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Product Review: Yu-Be Cream

When I first heard about Yu-Be, I was dying to know what the hype was about. When I heard it had been used in expeditions of Mount Everest, I was sold. If a cream can prevent chapping at 30,000 feet, I needed to see what it would do for my hands down here at sea level.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Yu-Be is packaged in a retro-looking tube with Japanese writing on the outside. It made me feel as though I had my hands on the very same product that Yoshikiyo Nowatari concocted in his lab back in 1957. I am a tough critic when it comes to hand creams; I expect nothing less than mega-moisture without an ounce of greasiness. Luckily, Yu-Be can be described as just that. A dab of the yellow, salve-like cream was absorbed instantaneously into my hands, leaving them super soft without a trace of slipperiness.

The only drawback to this wonderful stuff is the overwhelming medicinal smell of camphor. But it makes me feel like it is actually healing my hands, and it dissipates within a minute or two of application. One thing's for sure: I'm keeping this little tube of Yu-Be.

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rumpel2 rumpel2 9 years
saw it in anthropologie yday.
Mizz_D Mizz_D 9 years
Saw this over at and was curious about it. Now I want to try it!
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I'll have to try this! My Aunt turned me on to L'Occitane and it's pretty good but it's $$. We'll see how this compares.
ladyjules79 ladyjules79 9 years
love this stuff--i have really dry skin all over and this soothes the worst cracking, etc...
imeesagad imeesagad 9 years
i think you can get a 3, 0.01 oz yu-be from the website if you pay for the shipping and handling.
marcella marcella 9 years
Love Yu-Be. I use it on my feet, elbows, and hands in winter months.
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Great review, Bella. My hands get dry only in the cold months and nothing helps them like Yu-Be! Sometimes they crack (yuck!) and Yu-Be is the only thing I can put on them! Found in a container from New Beauty!
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Hi! If you want to purchase Yu-Be, just click the link in the beginning of the post, and it will take you to the Yu-Be Website, where you can shop online if you're in the US. Enjoy!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Reminds me of my bag balm. :)
SugarKim4203 SugarKim4203 9 years
I love my Khiels (sp?) hand salve, it's by far the best hand cream I've ever used.
mischo-beauty mischo-beauty 9 years
Hmmmmm... I'll have to check this out.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
where do you buy this at? I've never heard of it
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
Oh need some of this my hands are always chapped in winter.
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