I bought several bottles of this last year when The Body Shop had a sale on. I got each 200ml bottle for a pound with the retail price being around £6. Although I do think that the full price is expensive, I really like it so would definitely be willing to pay the full price.
I'm not too sure why this is called a body wash as it is more of a shower gel in my opinion because of the texture of it. It comes in a plastic bottle which is dark brown colour with a green and black label on it and the bottle has a flip top lid. The bottle isn't very easy to squeeze which in my opinion is a disadvantage but it is not a massive problem.
The shower gel itself is thick and a honey yellow colour - not green as I was expecting. It has an unusual smell which to be honest is pretty impossible to describe. It is an earthy sort of scent and it doesn't really smell anything like the hemp body butter that I have.
It's an okay scent but not the most refreshing or pleasant, but it is bearable. The distinctive smell is suitable for both guys & girls and the unisex packaging and unisex smell means that my fiancé also uses this. The shower gel is very thick and I don't need very much of it. One thing that I especially like about this shower gel is that when I rub it over my skin it warms up which is a really nice sensation.
Rather than lathering up it kind of just leaves a layer of the product on my skin so I tend to use it as a bubble bath then lay and relax while it moisturises my skin - and it really does moisturise, my usually dry skin always feels moisturised, soft and smooth after using this and my eczema always appears calmed as well - not as red and angry looking which is great when I have a flare up. It is nice and gentle on my skin and doesn't irritate any sore bits of eczema.
The smell doesn't linger for long which is good as I'm not too fond the smell. All in all I highly recommend this body wash/shower gel and I give it a well deserved five out of five stars. I was considering knocking a star off for the smell but its actually not that bad once you get used to it.
200ml of gloopy gorgeousness which truly does soften.
And I guess that I really should write this article about the product itself.
It smells nice. It works. It is regularly on offer for little more than £2 on the website.
If you place some on your hands and then rub it in, rinse and dry, you will actually feel how good this stuff feels. The smell is delicious, kind of nutty, earthy and warm. The packaging and " Body shop" name hide the fact that actually this is no way close to a remotely natural product and I do think that people need to know this.
This little green bottle is contains a soap free blend of "dermatologically tested " thick velvety goo containing:
Glycerin, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-3, PEG-8, Laureth-7 Citrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Parfum, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycine Soja Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid.
Chemical foaming agents anyone? Known allergens?
Now for the real kicker for those who think that in buying this they are somehow shopping ethically.
The Body shop was bought out by L'Oreal. L'Oreal test on animals.... and L'Oreal also have links to Nestle. ( Please take a look : http://info.babymilkaction.org )
I am saddened that the initial philosophy set in place by founder Anita Roddick is being trampled by multinationals who contribute to animal and human suffering.
There are a myriad of reviews on here that extol the virtues of the Body Shop and the words "natural" come up often. Do people not read the labels?
Summarised beautifully here:
"It's ironic that a company well-known for its anti-animal testing stance should sell-out to one that tests on animals and which has yet to show its commitment to any ethical issues at all" - Ruth Rosselson from Ethical Consumer magazine"
Indeed. Buyer beware I am afraid :(
Whilst I would normally describe the skin on my body as normal with a couple of dry patches, over the past couple of months I have suffered more dryness than normal, which has been accompanied with tightness and itching. Despite moisturising with creams morning and night, I believe the change in the condition of my skin is due to a combination of spending long periods in a centrally heated home and office and also the extreme weather conditions we are intermittently experiencing. I have been a fan of The Body Shop's Hemp range for a good few years and swear by their foot, hand and body creams. Consequently, when I saw that they also produced a Moisturising Wash I decided to make a purchase with this review discussing my experience with using.
I cannot admit to finding the dreary dark green packaging aesthetically pleasing and had I not previously used other products from the Hemp range I wouldn't have looked twice at this moisturising wash. We are provided with 200ml of the wash, which is contained within a tall, slim sturdy plastic bottle with a pale green label displaying the familiar hemp design and we are informed that the product has been dermatologically tested, is soap free and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil offers huge benefits to the skin due to its high content of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids, which offers anti-inflammatory, moisturising and anti-ageing properties. The product is intended for those suffering with very dry skin and I anticipated miracle results, particularly as I can speak very favourably of the other products I've tried.
The lid is easily flipped open with one hand whilst receiving the product with the other and due to the bottle shape, I found it extremely comfortable to grip and hold with wet hands. Despite my positive experiences with The Body Shop Hemp range, I cannot admit to being a fan of the aroma, as I prefer my bath and shower products to either be fresh and zingy for the morning or relaxing and calming for the evening. The aroma of hemp is somewhat difficult to describe as it's rather earthy and gives off a scent similar to that of incense although a little more delicate.
I anticipated the moisturising wash to be of a pale green colour similar to that of the hand, foot and body creams, so was surprised to witness that it offered a very pale orange colour. It offered a good consistency identical to that of a quality shower gel and was effortlessly squeezed from the bottle. I squirted out only a small amount, particularly as I always use a net body polisher for bathing and showering and as a result, it enables my products to go much further. Within seconds of me gently rubbing the polisher over the surface of my skin whilst standing under a hot running shower, I found that a lather was created although it was slightly less than those produced by shower gels. However, the white lather was soft and creamy and I was pleasantly surprised at the aroma, which whilst still a little earthy, was not as strong as the Hemp creams that I've used.
The moisturising wash exceeded my expectations, as in addition to being highly effective at cleansing the skin of any grease and grime, it did not feel greasy, which is something I had anticipated. It offered a pleasant showering experience and after rinsing the product away, as I would with any normal shower gel, I was able to witness a very fine layer of oil nestling on the surface of my skin. However, I would not describe this as being either greasy or a sticky residue, particularly as it rapidly soaked into my skin. As a result, the surface of my skin felt wonderfully soft and smooth to the touch in addition to offering a velvety texture and just as I had anticipated, I did not experience any dryness, as my skin felt considerably moisturised. I was pleasantly surprised with the aroma that lingered on my skin, which although delicate, was very favourable.
The problem areas of skin for me were my elbows, knees and legs and whilst I cannot admit to noticing instant results, I contained to use the moisturising wash on a twice daily basis in combination with my body cream. Within a few days I was able to witness a marked improvement in the condition of my skin, as the dry areas had totally disappeared along with the discomfort of the tightness and itching. As a result, I continued to use the product twice a week to ensure that the uncomfortable areas of dry skin did not return. I am unable to advise if the moisturising wash is effective on its own and in my case I think it would have been doubtful, particularly as highly moisturising creams weren't sufficient.
Due to the reasons discussed above, I can highly recommend Hemp Moisturising Wash, as it quickly repaired my damaged skin and I wouldn't hesitate to repurchase. Whilst some of The Body Shop products carry a rather high price tag, this product is very affordable at just £2 for a 200 ml bottle and as a result, it receives a high recommendation together with five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I really like using products from The Body Shop and have tried out many of the assorted ranges available from this brand over the years, most of which have proven to be absolutely glorious. One range that I have only limited experience with is The Body Shop's "Hemp" range, from which I have tried out only a couple of products.
It was whilst I was shopping in-store in a local branch of The Body Shop (TBS) a few months back that I noticed they had a sale on. I ended up making a number of purchases for myself on this occasion, with this review outlinining my experiences of using the "Hemp Moisturising Wash."
I paid only £2 for my bottle of Hemp Moisturising Wash which is a generous enough 200ml in size. The product is still available at this price as @ the time of writing, although I believe the original selling price was around the £5 mark.
The bottle is a dark brown colour, which I have to admit is not the most attractive. There is a label going round the bottle that details colours of brown, white and lime green and this does provide some attractive, eye-catching detail which would otherwise be lacking, in my opinion. There is a plastic 'flip-up' cap on top of the bottle which can be opened and closed easily. I have never experienced any problems in utilising the cap of the bottle, even with limited mobility in my hands, but one issue I have discovered is in the density of the plastic used for the bottle. I find the bottle is extremely robust, and whilst this was not a huge issue the first few times I used the product, I found that the emptier the bottle became, the harder it became for me to squeeze the product out, as a result of the plastic bottle being so hard. In the end, my husband had to decant around a third of the bottle's remnants into a different container so that I could dispense it more easily for myself. This may not sound like a huge issue to the average consumer, but for those of us who struggle with stamina, weakness and mobility issues, it may be worth noting that a little help may be required to use this particular bottle.
The Moisturising Wash is described as "Soap Free Cleansing" on the product's packaging which appealed to me instantly as I suffer from very dry skin. I find that soap-free products can be more gentle on my sensitive skin than some alternatives that contain soap in their ingredients. The claim on the packaging that indicates the product is for "Very Dry Skin" reinforced this appeal, and I was keen to give the product a try out.
The liquid Body Wash is a pale or weak amber/brown colour and it is quite thin in its consistency. It is not so thin that it drips and spills all over the place, but it is certainly runnier than a lot of alternative body wash products that I use on a regular basis. I tend to have more baths than showers, and so I like my body wash products to be versatile enough to cope with either method. I had no concerns where this is concerned, as I could see on the product's packaging that instructions were provided regarding how to use the liquid in the bath. I can confirm that I have used the product in both the bath and shower, and both practices were very positive, so I don't have any complaints regarding TBS's claims on this matter. My review will focus on using the product in the bath as this is how it was used most often.
Pouring even a small amount of the liquid under a running tap allows the strong, earthy aroma to instantly escape, clouding pleasantly in the bathroom whilst the bath fills. I found the aroma to be surprisingly pleasant - only surprisingly so, because previous experiences of using Hemp-scented products had left me slightly unsure of the product's fragrance. In the case of the Moisturising Wash however, I found the scent was really pleasant which is perhaps down to the warming, earthy tone contained within feeling perfectly suited to the bitter cold of the winter mornings we have been experiencing lately. I found the scent really developed in the bathwater too, allowing the initial scent, which admittedly has an underlying 'bitterness' to it, to develop into something much more warming and indulgent. This was a really pleasant surprise, as I had experienced the familiar pang of trepidation as I tentatively sniffed the product through the bottle's lid.. I admit, I had found it slightly bitter as I touched on earlier, and with a tobacco-like 'smoky' edge that I was unsure of. Thankfully, this slightly bitter edge dulls significantly when the product meets with water and becomes diluted, developing into a smoother, softer fragrance that feels like warming amber to tired, aching joints.
The scent feels wonderfully powerful and with a strong earthy core, making it feel really natural and free from anything sickly or synthetic which I found to be a highly refreshing change from my other body wash products, most of which are strawberry scented or contain some other highly-fragranced or strongly perfumed tone. The Hemp Wash, in comparison, felt really different to use, and I can't say that I experienced anything negative about its fragrance at all. I liked too that the product's scent lingered delicately on my skin after use, without screaming its presence at me, which would have probably been off-putting. Instead, the earthy, herb-like aroma whispers from my skin for a couple of hours after use, although I do find that strongly-scented body butters or other skincare products will easily swamp the scent altogether.
The product produces a gentle lather, and I would stress that anyone who is a fan of a foam-infused bubble bath would probably not really appreciate the soft, gentle lather that easily adorns the bathwater's top layer. I find the lather is extremely soft and without copious amounts of bubbles, but it feels rather indulgent nevertheless. I find too that the lather is created easily, and even as the product is poured from the bottle, the fluffy bubbles start to appear and then multiply generously, but without layers of foam accompanying them. When the product is used in the shower too, I find that a gentle lather is easily produced on my flannel which feels very soft and pleasant when smoothened over my tired skin. This lather is easily manipulated into multiplying in the shower by using a bath 'scrunchie' or loofah.... A result which is quite common with a product like this one in my experience.
Given how easily the lather is created, I have found that only a small amount of product is required for use in the bathtub. This has led me to the conclusion that the product is rather economical, which perhaps goes some way to justifying its slightly higher-than-average price tag.
The product seems to have been something of a calming 'balm' to my tired, dry skin. Before, I was bothered on and off with troublesome flare ups of eczema near my elbows and upper arms and the product seems to have allowed for a little 'calm' to this area, with them refusing to become aggravated or irritated throughout the product's use. Instead, my dry skin feels wonderfully 'quenched' and without the familiar 'tightness' and tingling feeling that is so regularly present in my upper arms, particularly after bathing or showering. To me, this is proof that the product is entirely suitable for those consumers who suffer from eczema as I do, and I do feel that the product has been formulated with us in mind, such is the strength of calmness obtained to these troublesome patches of skin. For this reason alone, I have already repurchased the Hemp Moisturising Wash and I cannot sing its praises highly enough. I have even given a bottle to my friend who suffers from psoriasis and eczema on her neck and face, as a result of the faith I have in the product's formulation. I can't honestly remember the last time I achieved such positive results from a body wash product - in terms of combating the problems I face with my dry, sensitive skin at least.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I feel the product is completely deserving of top marks in the product rating score, and it comes with my full recommendation - particularly for those consumers who suffer with dry or sensitive skin, or for those who suffer with skin complains such as eczema. I only wish I had discovered this magic potion years ago!
As @ the time of writing (December 2012), you can purchase The Body Shop's Hemp Moisturising Wash online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk where the current price is £2, although postage costs apply. I haven't seen the item for sale in store in my local branch of The Body Shop recently, although this might be down to the displays being dominated by Christmas goods. I have also recently seen the item for sale on eBay for around £3, with free postage.
Like most people seem to nowadays, I like to use natural products on my skin. A problem with this is that manufacturers are wise to it and go out of their way to make products seem natural when they may actually be full of unpleasant chemicals, (not that all chemicals are necessarily unpleasant). I have, (reservedly), sung the praises of the Body Shop's Hemp Body Butter in a previous review and I was pleased to receive this seemingly natural product from the Body shop, Hemp Moisturising Wash, amongst my Christmas booty.
One of the first things to strike the consumer about this product is how plain it is. There's nothing girly about it, some people might think it looks a bit masculine, I'd say it looks functional and unisex. The bottle is a dark brown colour with a brown flip lid and a predominantly green label with a leaf motif. The front of the label has the words 'soap-free cleansing' and 'with community trade hemp seed oil'. It also says 'Very Dry Skin'. On the back it reads 'No SLS/SLES', and also 'For adult use only.'
For those who don't know SLS/SLES refers to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Sulphate), and Sodium Lauryth Sulfate, common ingredients in shampoos, soaps and toothpastes. These are foaming agents that can be very harsh to the skin and eyes, and have even been linked to cancer, but I have no idea how scientific any of the evidence for this is. There's certainly been enough publicity to make a lot of people uneasy about these ingredients, I know I am, particularly for my little girl.
So, if it's SLS free then that's good, right? Not according to treehugger.com who claim that the alleged but unproven links between cancer and SLS have been used by unscrupulous companies to market products as 'SLS free' when in fact they contain other far more harmful chemicals such as parabens and ethanolamines. Treehugger claims SLS has been used as a scapegoat. Confusing isn't it? In an article about SLS, (http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/07/common_ecomyth_sls.php), PEG ingredients are mentioned, amongst others, as being potentially more problematic. Let's see what exactly is in Hemp Moisturising Wash:
Glycerin, MIPA-Laureth Sulfate, Laureth-3, PEG-8, Laureth-7 Citrate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Parfum, PEG-150 Distearate, Glycine Soja Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid.
Oh dear, doesn't seem all that natural after all and to me, because of MIPA-Laureth Sulfate and Laureth-3 ingredients, it makes even the 'SLS free' claim look misleading.
As to why it is 'For adult use only', I have tried unsuccessfully to find out. I have actually used it on my daughter with the thought that it might be more gentle on her skin than the supermarket bubble bath we had in, (this was before I noticed what it said on the label). I've used it a couple of times in her bath as she had some irritated skin and I thought it might help, it seemed to, but I didn't use it often enough to be sure and because I've now read the label properly I'll have to look for something else for her.
As stated I've had this since Christmas, I've probably used it an average of once a week in the shower, as I have a variety of smellies which are also in use. I have around a fifth of the bottle left, (at a guess - the bottle is opaque, perhaps to preserve the oils). The colour is a kind of pale cloudy yellowy green, makes me think of weak sunlight. It has a reasonably thick consistency and needs to be rinsed well as it can leave a slight residue. I tend to use it with a lily and you only need a small amount to work up a decent lather. (Personally, I wouldn't mind less lather if it meant more truly natural ingredients). It feels soft and gentle on my skin. I don't have particularly dry skin, other than the common knee, elbow and ankle patches and I couldn't say it's had any effect on those, but then I haven't used it exclusively.
It has a warm, clean green smell, quite earthy, distinctive, not typical of a body wash. It's a pleasant yet subtle scent and it doesn't linger on the skin for very long. It certainly wouldn't clash with any perfumes or body lotions you might want to apply after a shower. In use it feels gentle and there is a silkiness to my skin after use.
If you have trouble with dry skin you might want to give this a punt. I like it, it feels nice on my skin and I like the scent, but having taken a closer look at the ingredients I'm not sure I would fork out for it myself. It's no worse than the majority of bath and shower products in that respect, but it's probably more pricey.
Hemp Moisturising Wash comes in a 200ml plastic bottle and is currently priced £6 on the Body Shop website, (www.thebodyshop.co.uk).
I was given a bottle of this new The Bodyshop Hemp Moisurising Wash for Christmas along with a few other items from their Hemp infused range. It's not something I would ever have thought of purchasing for myself as I just think that anything with hemp ingredients in it sounds a little hippy and not something I'd find suited my personality. However, after using several of the hemp products I was really surprised by their high quality and now I realise that they should have a broad appeal.
This product is a liquid body wash for shower/bath or a bubble bath. The product comes in a dark brown plastic bottle which is 200ml sized. It has a lid on the top which has a flip style opening but you can also screw it off too if you wish to use a lot of the product all at once (ie. as a bubble bath). The lid is very easy to open and when closed is secure enough to be able to turn the bottle over without anything spilling out. I find the bottle a little tough and stiff when squeezing it though. The bottle's label is printed with some information but the full details are best found online at the Bodyshop website. Full ingredients are written on the inside of the label, though, in a section where you can peel back the sticky wrapper to read the details.
The Hemp Moisturising Wash is dermatologically tested so that it's safe and kind to skins, including sensitive skins. The formula is soap-free and contains hemp seed oil and soya oil which are ethically sourced from farmers in Brazil. It is marked on the bottle that this is especially aimed at those with very dry skin.
The gel liquid is very thick and sticky and oozes out of the dispenser hole very slowly. It is a watered-down coffee colour and on smelling it's fragrance initially it has a sweet toffee aroma. This fragrance changes when you lather the gel though, turning into a deep firey, earthy kind of smell. The gel works up into a lather quite easily although I find it's better to use a shower loofar to help create more bubbles if you are using this like a body wash. One problem with this is that your loofar tends to buildup a heavy oily residue over time though. If you pour the product directly into running hot water it foams up into a soft, loose gentle layer of bubbles. It's not a product you would use to get a dense covering of foam. I find that because the gel is so thick it dilutes quite well though and a little goes a long way.
The effect on my skin is great as you can feel the moisturising qualities almost immediately. The gel is soft and velvety to the touch and when the water has rinsed the froth away my skin feels amazing, kind of like how a newborn baby's skin feels. When my skin is dry my hands feel soft enough that I feel I don't need any extra moisturising products like creams or oils. It seems to have restored youth and health to my skin especially on the driest parts of my body. My hands in particular have seen an amazing transformation!
I'm not exactly certain I love the fragrance of the product 100% just yet but it is becoming more appealling each time I use it. When my skin is dry the fragrance of the product as it's left on my skin like a perfume is rather nutty, mud-like and even somewhat like cigarette smoke. This unusual fragrance is not typical of most beauty products and, like the other Hemp products in the Bodyshop range, takes some getting used to. Overall I think the perfume of the product is quite mild - you can't smell it radiating from your skin but you can smell it if you hold your nose right up to your skin! As the fragrance is more earthy with no floral or sweet notes it's totally acceptable for both men and women.
The product costs £6 for what is quite a small bottle at 200mls. I think that's very expensive and will probably not buy it again unless on special offer, despite enjoying using it and finding it does wonders for dry skin. I think this is a great investment if you have really dry skin or are prone to patches of eczema as it really does offer an intensive solution to problematic dry skin. If you chose products based on their fragrance alone then be aware that how this smells when you sniff the bottle top is different to how it smells when on the skin!
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