August 22 2014

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What to Wear When the Gloves Come Off: Uka Butter



Beauty editors from New York to Tokyo rave about Uka cuticle oils for their nongreasy, aromatherapeutic benefits. Created by manicurist Kiho Watanabe, one of Japan’s most in-demand nail pros, these pinkie-sized vials not only soften with essential oils (like argan extract), but are laced with scents designed for different hours of the day. For example, the 13:00 option is lemon- and mint-infused for a post-lunch pick-me-up, while 24:45 (my personal favorite) is a soothing blend of lavender, orange, and vanilla meant to help you drift off to sleep.

The product that has mysteriously stayed out of the spotlight, however, is the brand’s Butter Hand & Nail Cream. It’s hard to get hyped up about hand lotion, but this non-slimy formula deserves a round of applause (with hydrated palms, of course). A pea-sized dollop of this ultrarich moisturizer—which boasts argan oil, shea butter, white lupin, and masterwort extracts—does the job from wrist to fingertips. Even better: It instantly absorbs, meaning sheets stay free of greasy smears if you apply before bed. And with the gloves finally coming off after a truly horrendous winter, I plan to double dip by layering this cream over my cuticle oil to soothe my winter-ravaged hands in time for spring (whenever it decides to show up) and the bevy of new polishes prime for the painting.

Uka Butter Hand & Nail Cream, $45;

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