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If were being honest, woodworking would be a lot more difficult in the winter months without O’Keeffe’s Working Hands. I have a container of this at my workbench and by my computer. It is the only thing that keeps my fingers moving smoothly over my tools and the keyboard.

I know there are a lot of other hand-care products out there. I’ve tried many of them. But I keep coming back to O’Keeffe’s for several reasons.

  • The smell. There isn’t any that I can detect. I dislike smelling like a daisy or a Fancy Lad.
  • The texture. It is decidedly non-greasy. I rub it on my hands, and I can immediately go to work without getting greasy fingerprints all over my tools or the wood.
  • It works. It really, really works. Within about 10 seconds, my hands go from a dry and stiff mess to normal and ready to work.
  • The container. It’s not some weird pump bottle that squirts cream all over the place like mayonnaise at a Belgian McDonald’s. The container slips in your shop apron pocket. Bonus: When you travel with it, the container won’t explode, dousing your clothing with greasy white cream.
  • It’s cheap. It’s about $7 for a supply that will last at least four winters.

You get the idea. Get some. Put it in your stocking. Then put it on your hands every night at bedtime.

— Christopher Schwarz

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  • wolffullmoon

    I certainly agree with all the comments. It is so far the most effective hand creme I have used. If you will note, the spelling of O’Keeffees is unusual. You might want to avoid spell check with proper names.

  • earthartinc

    Have used this for years and it can smooth a rough stone. I like the tube better and at your local Walgreens!

  • themavericktexan

    Is this suitable/good for chapped lips?

  • dawatson833

    I use this stuff and it does its job well. The non-greasy aspect is what I like best.
    Learned something else today. Didn’t realize that mayo is an issue in Belgium.

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