Things I Didn't Know I Needed: Le Tube Wringer

I love hand cream. No, scratch that. I need hand cream - my hands get crazy dry and uncomfortable without it. But the best ones always come in aluminum tubes, which I hate. Pretty? Yes. Practical? Uh, pretty. Not only is it harder to squeeze everything out, but once the tube gets all wrinkly it is also likely to develop tiny holes on the creases. On more than one occasion I've had to deal with the aftermath of a punctured tube inside my bag, and while it's lovely slathered on my hands, it's a disaster on everything else. So I've tried to stay away from aluminum tubes, but my goodness do I miss Crabtree & Evelyn.

As it turns out, there exists a gadget whose sole purpose is to squeeze out aluminium tubes. And apparently it's been around for ages, but it was marketed towards painters and artists and craftspeople, not crazy women with serious hand cream problems.

I managed to hunt one down from this arts and crafts seller in eBay, and I got it within a week (it shipped from Korea, I think, and it was made in Korea too). Naturally the moment I got my grubby mitts on it, every single aluminum tube I owned got squeezed within an inch of its life.

I've often wondered how the in-store testers get that lovely corrugated pattern on the tubes and now I realize this must be it! Awesome, awesome product. If you have a love-hate relationship with aluminum tubes like I do, you really should be ordering one for yourself. Like, right now.

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