Milk made smoothing hand buffer - hand cream by Cake Beauty - review by Jul!a

Makes My Hands, And Everything Else, Very Smooth

This hand buffer isn't the perfect product for everybody, but it is a nice product all the same. You'll get a wonderful exfoliation and some extra moisturizing but the oil that Cake uses sits on your skin for a while after you're done. This may bother some people, but it can be easily wiped off if it does bother you. If you do leave it, it should sink in within a few minutes.
Exfoliates nicely, Moisturizes nicely
Some may not like the way the oil sits on the skin at first
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review


I got this in the Good For You Milk Made Duo set, but I wanted to write a more thorough review on each individual part as well.

While initially intended to be a way to smooth out and exfoliate your hands, this buffer would work well pretty much anywhere you wanted to exfoliate. It works by utilizing large sugar crystals to buff off dead skin and the like, and moisturizing the skin left behind with the oil that holds the crystals.

Texture / Consistency / Thickness / Viscosity

In each container, you'll find sugar crystals and a fairly runny oil. The sugar crystals separate themselves out and sink to the bottom while the oil stays mostly on top of everything else. Because of this, you'll want to mix everything up before you start using it.

It's all easy to scoop out, although you'll want to make sure that you either spread it around right away or put it on a surface that is flat or scoop shaped so that you don't lose a big hunk of oil covered sugar. It definitely feels a bit oily, but that's to be expected because it's half oil. It doesn't seem to leave you feeling oily in a bad way afterwards though.

Taste / Aroma

The bottle doesn't really list a scent but the product page and the box both call it some form of raspberry vanilla. It doesn't smell anything like the raspberry vanilla products I have from anywhere else, and reminds me a lot of a candle shop I visited a while ago that specialized in homemade candles. To me, it smells a lot like a candle that's trying to smell like baked goods would smell, and maybe a touch like a sweet candy, but other than that it's hard for me to explain the scent at all. Based on my experience with the lotion, this scent seems to be the same throughout Cake's line of products so if you have something else in the same scent, you should be able to get a good idea of what this one smells like too. The scent is a bit stronger than the lotion and sticks around for a few hours after using it. You'd be able to smell it from a few feet away.

At first my mom and I went back and forth on what exactly the crystals are. We both thought that if they were sugar they would have dissolved if not in the oil then definitely from being moved around in our hands. Well I have this bad habit of getting stuff under my nails a lot, and then chewing on my nails. It's how I accidentally end up figuring out what most of what I'm reviewing tastes like. I discovered quite by accident that the crystals are indeed tasty, tasty sugar granules. If you eat them accidentally, I don't think anything bad will happen to you, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try and taste any of it.


This has gotten nothing but rave reviews from just about everybody I've had try it. My husband didn't seem to care one way or the other but I did notice that it made his hands appear softer and with less dead skin.

To start, make sure that you mix everything up with the provided spoon. If that spoon breaks, which it might, you can use just about any spoon you want. A longer spoon can also help you mix it up without feeling like you're going to accidentally spill it everywhere. Then scoop up a small amount and massage it gently into your hands or other affected area for about 30 seconds. Rinse, and pat to dry.

My mom and I both used it on our hands and loved the way it made them feel. She has a lot of problems with dry skin that can sometimes crack in the wintertime and this made her hands look and feel smoother and softer and combined with the lotion, not appear dry or cracked for a few days.

I took the opportunity to compare this with the sugar scrubs that I have from Mary Kay on my legs. Right after applying in the shower both legs felt exactly the same: smooth, soft, moisturized. After getting out and forgoing my usual lotioning afterwards and opting for a pat dry, both legs appeared soft and smooth. Upon further inspection, the Cake seemed to do a better job exfoliating than the Mary Kay, and Cake moisturized a bit better as well. My legs didn't appear dry at all until the next afternoon, which was about 24 hours.

I have noticed that it seems to take a while to feel like it's soaking into your skin rather than sitting on top. For quick results you can actually wipe yourself dry after rinsing it off. You won't be left feeling like you have oil sitting on your skin but you may not feel as moisturized with just this. If you opt to pat everything dry, you may feel like there's a bit of a residue on your hands or wherever you applied this.


The bottle is 4.9 fluid ounces and comes wrapped in plastic with a little plastic spoon attached to it. It's got a screw cap and a foil seal to help keep everything fresh and sealed up. The front says that it's cake and milk made soothing hand and cuticle buffer, and the back has a little blurb and instructions in both English and French.

The ingredients are also listed on the back as sugar, grape seed (vitis vinifera) oil, coconut (cocos nucifera) oil, avocado (persea gratissima) oil, sweet almond (prunus amygdalus dulcis) oil, tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e), milk amino acids, phenoxyethanol (and) caprylyl glycol (and) sorbic acid, parfum (fragrance), red 17, and violet 2.

Personal comments

Here are some pictures for you of the oil and sugar separated in the bottle, and of the mixed up mixture on my replacement spoon:


I like this stuff a lot, even if it's not perfect. I can see where the oil sitting on top of the skin would be bothersome for some people, but I really don't mind that one bit. I end up wiping off most of the excess and then using the lotion that came with the kit I got and calling it that while walking away feeling freshly buffed and wonderfully moisturized. You could use any other lotion you want afterwards to achieve virtually the same effect though.

For me, this is a 5 star product. I love everything except the scent. However for some I can see the way the oil in this works being a real bother, so I'll knock it down to 4, but very reluctantly.
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  • Jul!a
    I really didn't find it to be all that bad.
  • Terri69
    nice review, thanks
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    Thanks for the review!
  • Cat E.
    Thanks for reviewing and adding photos.
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    thanks for the review!
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