Thursday, 2 February 2012
The Body Shop's Hemp Range
My latest The Body Shop obsession is the Hemp range - in particular, the hand and lip products.
Pictured are my latest Hemp range purchases. Initially, I went in to buy the Lip Protector and the Hand Protector, but, the Hand Protector was £10 alone, then I spotted a cute little set consisting of the Hand Protector, Hand Scrub, and Moisture High Balm for £11.40 - silly pricing huh? Good for me though!
The Hand Protector is targeted for 'very dry skin'. I personally don't have what I would class as dry skin on my hands by any means, I never even got dry hands until this year! It is a very thick consistency, and with this it means you only need a tiny bit otherwise it can turn onto the greasy side. If you use the correct amount however, it is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving residue. I'm highly impressed with this. Even after about a weeks usage, I can already see and feel the difference in my hands. My only beef is I don't like the packaging - I much prefer a flip top to my hand creams just for the practicality (greasy mitts + screw top = fiddly job!), but beggars can't be choosers. The 100ml size (there are smaller more handbag friendly sizes available) is usually priced at £10, but I've just noticed that it is half price on the website, so now is the perfect time to try for just £5! Available here.
Moisture High Balm
I'm yet to use this extensively, but the website blurb describes it as a dermatologically tested, multipurpose balm which provides intensive hydration for areas of very dry skin. As it's a balm, it is very greasy. I can imagine it being very effective on areas such as your knees or elbows. I've started to apply it to my cuticles so we shall see how effective it is soon! Available here for £6.
Again, I'm yet to use this product - at all to be honest! I actually can't find this product on the website, which is really handy. Not sure if this has been discontinued? Anyway, it is a very fine exfoliator designed for the hands, with a few larger grains of exfoliator included. I would imagine this would be brilliant for somebody who has very, very dry hands - maybe a gift for your builder boyfriend!
The Lip Protector has to be the real winner for me. I remember having this when I was about 13 and giggling at the fact it had a marijuana leaf picture on it! I also remember it being wonderful for chapped lips. I've never really suffered hugely from chapped lips, but this year despite the UK having an unseasonably 'mild' winter, my lips got so sore and chapped that they split and bled - hurty! Sudocrem sorted that out, but now I'm determined to keep my lips moisturised at all times. This balm is designed to restore very dry lips and protect them in extreme weather conditions, and that it does! Again, the texture is very thick, but I don't mind that on my lips. As it's a protector too, it works to lock in the moisture too which is a bonus. I can't recommend this enough! Available here for £4.
Overall, I'm liking the Hemp range. I think some may be adverse to the smell... it is very, um, 'green' smelling - if you can imagine what a colour smelt like, I would imagine it to smell like this! I actually quite like the smell, it's different to the usual sweet offerings available.
As always with The Body Shop's products, the hemp seed oil is ethically sourced via their Community Fair Trade campaign. Click here to read more about The Body Shop's Values & Campaigns.
I also bought the new Almond Hand & Nail Cream as a more lightweight hand cream for work. So far, I'm definitely impressed with this and love the light consistency of this. If you find the Hemp Hand Protector too heavy, this could be a great alternative. Available here from £5.
I've also bought some other products which I have fallen in love with (Vitamin E range!) which I will talk about shortly :)