This is one of those things you learn as you get older. Nobody told me the difference between these products, I just figured it out when I was about twenty-five years old. In one office I worked in (there were many women) we kept a large pump bottle of inexpensive hand lotion. We could use it whenever we wanted. We took turns buying a refill bottle when one was used up. It worked okay I guess, but pretty soon your hands (or elbows or arms) soon got dry feeling. I checked the contents and found it was basically water. When I started making a little more money, I could afford to buy hand LOTION for myself and kept it at home. There was less water in it. It was heavier, sometimes waxier feeling, but in a good way. You could use just a dab and it lasted way longer. Of course, it cost a lot more but in the long run you saved money. Fancy lotion always make a nice gift for your girlfriends!