Happy Tuesday, MNN readers! I hope everyone had a safe and sound Fourth of July. Although I'm guessing many of you patriotic party-goers would prefer to crawl into a dark, air-conditioned hole this workday-after-the-Fourth, I'm heading back outside into the bright sunshine to get down and dirty for the fourth installment of “Not of the garden variety," a weekly, product-centric series that's all about exceptional, agrarian-minded outdoor living accessories and odds and ends — items for in and around the garden that you won't find in the backyards of every Tom, Dick and Harry. 

Even though you might have a different kind of remedy on your mind at the moment, but here's a look at several standout lotions and potions designed to clean, protect, and provide relief to the gritty, grimy, roughed-up hands — and other body exposed parts — of avid gardeners.

From healing salves to exfoliating soaps to soothing balms originally meant to sooth chapped cow udders, most, but not all, of the products listed below contain natural/organic ingredients and are free of petrochemicals and synthetic preservatives like parabens. And for more skin-protecting gardening gear, be sure to check out my post on gloves and hats

Gardeners: Is there a specific skin-soothing product that's a staple in both your garden shed and medicine cabinet? How do you clean or treat rough, cracked hands and other exposed areas after a long but rewarding day in the garden?

Gardener's Glee Dry Hand Remedy @ Abe's Market ($10)

Beekman 1802 Wild Poppyseed After-the-Garden Bar @ Beekman 1802 Mercantile ($10)

Bonny Doon Farm Lavender Gardener Salve @ Terrain ($12)

Saipua Gardener's Soap @ Lekker Home ($10)

Bag Balm @ Vermont Country Store ($9.95)

Smith's Rosebud Salve @ Bigelow Chemists ($6)

  

Kiehl's Unusually Rich-But-Not-Greasy-At-All-Hand Cream with SPF 10 @ Kiehl's ($16)

Korres Yoghurt Cooling Gel @ Sephora ($23.50)

Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice @ Crabtree & Evelyn ($18)

Burt's Bees Res-Q Ointment @ Burt's Bees ($6)


Weleda Skin Food @ Weleda($18)


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