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For mothers day my daughters bought me a Body Shop gift set containing three lovely products from the Hemp range. I was really happy with the set as it contained a few products I had not tried along with one of my Body Shop favourites, the Hemp Body Butter. Clearly I am not the only one who loves this particular body butter as it is one of the Body Shops best sellers.
The Body Shops Hemp body butter comes in a brown plastic tub with a silver screw on lid. A circular sticker on the lid shows the brand logo and product name along with a green hemp leaf design in the background. A sticker on the bottom gives some general information and an ingredients list. Once opened the product has a shelf life of twelve months.
As with all Body Shop products, this body butter has not been tested on animals. It also contains support community trade ingredients and the hemp seeds oil comes from hemp plants grown in England. It has been dermatological tested.
Hemp seed oil is incredibly good for the skin, it contains essential fatty acids, omega 3, 6 and 9. It is a natural humectant which helps keep moisture locked in the skin. It has anti ageing and anti- inflammatory properties and can be particularly beneficially to those with eczema and psoriasis.
The body butter itself is light green in colour and of a very thick consistency. It has a very unique fragrance which I could best describe as being earthy and it has a hint of patchouli. Its fragrance is quite strong and lingers on the skin for quite sometime. I would actually say it is a nice unisex product. Personally, I really like the smell but I can imagine it wouldn't be to everyones taste.
A little goes a long way with this product, so I advise only using a small amount. Initially the butter feels a little greasy on the skin, but I find it sinks in quickly and leaves no unwanted sticky after residues. It leaves my skin feeling wonderfully moisturised, soft and silky smooth. I find it incredibly nourishing and after using my skin is left looking and feeling great.
The Body Shop recommend this body butter for "very dry skin", I certainly think it would be beneficial to those with this skin type, but it is also well suited to those with a "normal" skin type like myself. Those prone to greasy skin may want to give this one a miss.
It currently costs £13.00 for a 200ml tub although like many of the Body Shops body butters it is often on offer or discount.
This was recommended to me when Kai was a lot younger. At the time he had really dry skin on his palms which would get sore & irritated and flaky, and I was looking for a good cream for him which wasn't full of chemicals.
I'd already tried a number of different products which hadn't had much effect before a friend recommended this and I thought it was worth a try. I checked with the sales assistant before I made the purchase because I was a bit concerned about using it on a very young baby with it containing hemp but I was advised that it was fine and because it is quite a natural product I decided to buy it.
It is quite expensive and a medium sized tub of it was about £12 if I remember right. It comes in quite an ugly tub which is black with a silver lid and green detailing. The packaging is a bit manly in my opinion, not that the packaging really matters.
The body butter its self is a nice shade of minty green, it's very thick and it has a strong smell to it. It does smell natural but the smell is very strong, however the smell never seemed to bother Kai and I got used to the fragrance quite quickly.
The cream even though it is super moisturising didn't really help with Kai's palms, i think helped lessen the dryness slightly but his palms would unfortunately still get flaky and irritated, and I didn't want to use it on his open scratches.
It didn't help lessen the itchiness of his palms either and didn't seem to provide any relief or soothe his skin, so after about a fortnight I stopped using it on his palms and just used it as a general moisturiser for all over his body and I used it on some dry patches on his cheeks at one point and it really helped so I don't know why it wouldn't work on his palms, it was extremely stubborn eczema though.
I've used this on my own skin and I usually use it after I've had a long soak in the bath so that my skin doesn't dry out and it leaves my skin feeling really soft. It is quite a greasy cream and it is a green colour so it can be a bit messy if I'm not careful but it melts into my skin quickly and leaves my skin with a slight healthy sheen which I like.
It's expensive but a tub lasts for a while. Though it didn't help that much with Kai's eczema its still a good moisturiser which I'd recommend.
I came across The Body Shop's hemp range around a year ago now and I have since purchased several items from the range, all of which I absolutely love and will certianly be re-purchasing. One of my latest purchases from the hemp range is the body butter, which I decided to try after seeing that it is ideal for use on very dry skin and also has eczema healing benefits. This seemed ideal for me as I do have quite dry skin, and I suffer from eczema flare ups on my arms and ankles every few months as well, unfortunetly!
The body butter is available via The Body Shop's website and it can also be purchased in store. It is priced at £12.50 per 200ml, which is the price of most of The Body Shop's body butters. £12.50 might seem quite expensive, but the quality defininetly makes it worth it. Also, because a little blob of it goes such a long way a tub lasts for ages - I've had mine since early June and the tub is still just over half full and I've used it almost daily, which is brilliant value for money.
The body butter comes in a round pot which is made of very sturdy plastic. The pot is a decent size and it is a little bigger than the palm of my hand. The tub has quite a chunky design which I like and it has a screw on lid, which I always screw back on tightly to ensure that the body butter stays nice and fresh. The tub is black and the lid is silver, with a large round label stuck on to it.
The label is half green, half black with a picture of a hemp leaf on the green side as well as the product name and a brief product description which simply says that the product is made with community fair trade hemp seed oil. It also states that the product is for very dry skin and is dermatologically tested. On the black half of the label it says all of this in a different language and the amount of product - 200ml - is also stated.
On the back of the pot there is another label. This has info on it such as which ingredients are fair trade, where the product was made etc and it also says that The Body Shop is against animal testing. This label peels back to reveal a lengthy list of ingredients as well as information on how to use. The packaging is not my favourite due to the colour scheme, which isn't very girly or bright, however I can see why they have made it unisex with the colourscheme as the smell is unisex and this will definitely appeal to men as well as women.
The body butter itself is a very light shade of mint green. The pot when full is full to the brim with product and it has quite an unusual, waxy appearence. This is not like the other Body Shop body butters that I've tried as it doesn't have that creamy, silky texture - it is a lot thicker. I only need two fingernail sized blobs to cover each of my arms (which is where I'm most prone to getting eczema) and the body butter is really easy to smooth onto the skin, it doesn't drag on the skin or anything despite how thick it is. The body butter has a real 'nourishing' effect and once I've rubbed it on to my skin it sinks in almost immedietly leaving no wetness, greasy residue or even a sheen - I love how fast this absorbs as I am able to get dressed straight away rather than waiting for it to dry.
After I've applied it my skin feels nice and soft/smooth as well as very moisturised. I usually apply this twice a day focussing on my dryest patches of skin. I also apply this onto a small patch of eczema that I currently have and it does not irritate the skin or sting at all - even E45 usually stings a little when applied to inflamed eczema, so this shows just how gentle the body butter is. The body butter has made a bit of a difference in the few months that I've been using it and I've noticed that it's helped to reduce any redness from eczema and it also helps soothe the skin. My skin does still get itchy and this doesn't help to prevent this, but I find that applying it provides a slight cooling sensation and I often reach for this instead of E45.
The body butter has a very unique smell - it smells very herbal and earthy and it has a slight hint of cucumber/aloe vera in it in my opinion. The smell will not appeal to everyone but I find it refreshing and it is not too strong, nor does it linger for very long. The smell is not at all fruity or girly which doesn't bother me at all as I wear perfume anyway and the smell of this is undetectable once I'm dressed and have put my deodrant etc on. I was a little concerned that due to the main ingredient, cannabis satlva seed oil it might make me smell a bit dodgy, but rest assured it doesn't!
My youngest daughter suffers badly with very dry skin, but not eczema, to the point where her skin almost looks and feels pimply at times, especially in the winter, which I really think that it is down to a combination of lack of sun, cold and the central heating being on almost constantly. After trying numerous shop bought creams recommended for dry skin including E45, Oilatum, Vaseline Intensive Care and so on, I decided to take her to the doctors and see what they would suggest. She was prescribed 3 other different emollients (the last one being Hydrous Ointment BP) which we tried on her without much improvement.
Because I had also tried the Body Shop body butters for very dry skin (including the cocoa butter and the shea butter) which hadn't really improved her condition, I never actually considered the Hemp one, as I was not very keen on the smell. How can I describe the smell? It is a herbal, grass-like smell, almost medicinal, but doesn't actually smell like cannabis for those of you who are familiar with that smell (hemp is actually a non-drug variety of cannabis). Last year, however, I decided to give it a go as it was in the sales, reduced from the usual £12 for a 200ml tub.
The hemp body butter is recommended for those with extremely rather than very dry skin as it contains hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is 80% essential fatty acid and it so closely matches our own skin lipids, that it is able to penetrate our cells and lubricate the surfaces between them. The Body Shop hemp butter is very rich in consistency, almost like Lurpak or Anchor spreadable butter, a lot thicker than the other Body Shop body butters. Because it is so thick, it actually takes that little bit longer to rub it into the skin properly. However, it does absorb well without leaving your skin feeling greasy like other moisturizers. The smell is not actually bad, it is not as strong once it has been applied and I have actually got used to it!
Did it actually work? Yes, I noticed a difference in her skin after about 3 days of use, her skin felt smoother (less pimply), softer and shinier. A brilliant product that I am so happy I gave a chance and can no longer do without.
The Hemp Body Butter was another of the products that was included in the tin that I bought in the christmas sales. I have tried the body butters in the past and find them a lovely luxurious treat for thirsty skin, so was looking forward to how this one would compare.
I must admit, one of the big attractions for me with the body butters is the wide variety of lovely fragrances that you can buy. I was curious as to what the hemp variety would smell like, as all the products in the hemp range tend to have a slightly different scent, depending on what other ingredients have been added. The scent of this product seemed a lot weaker than the scent of the hand cream, which has a very strong, grassy, herbal fragrance. I found that this product didn't seem to have much of a scent when in the tub, though curiously, it seems to smell stronger when you apply it to the skin, perhaps as it may react with the natural oils on the skin or body heat. I'm not crazy about the smell, and if you buy products like this for the scent, steer clear of this one, as it smells a bit medicinal!
Body butters can vary hugely in consistency, and this is one of the more solid varieties. The nearest thing that I can think that compares to the consistency is butter itself! The product is high in cocoa butter and shea butter, which are very thick, rich ingredients, so the product is idel for very dry skin.
The butter comes in a 200ml tub, which in my opinion is a bit big. I'm not overly keen on tubs where you have to dip your fingers in and out constantly, as I think they are a breeding grounds for bacteria. I would prefer to decant this into smaller containers for hygiene purposes. The tub has a screw top lid, which is easy to open, and all the product information and ingredients are listed on the label on the bottom of the tub.
The active ingredient is cannabis seed oil, which is high in Omega 3 and known for its skin benefits. The type of cannabis used in this product is not the narcotic variety, and all Body Shop products follow a fairtrade policy for ingredients.
The butter is a pale green avocado colour and has small green dots of colour in it. When you touch it with your finger, the solid butter seems to melt into the skin, leaving a slightly waxy sheen. Ideally it should be used on very dry flaky areas of skin, or areas like elbows and feet. I don't think it is ideal for the hands, as it does not really sink in very well and tends to sit on the skin, although you could slather some on at night under a pair of cotton gloves as an overnight treatment.
Although I loved the feel of the butter on my skin, my sensitive skin was a bit reactive to the product, and I had some redness when I used it on sensitive ares such as my neck. For this reason, I would be reluctant to use it on areas where the skin is thinner such as the face and neck. I do actually prefer the hand protector cream to the body butter, as the hand cream sinks into the skin better and I don't react to it.
I think that this butter is a little touch of luxury, and it is an ideal product to combat the effects of the harsh winter weather. I think a 200ml tub would probably last about 6 months of daily use, as a little goes a long way.
Although I liked the product, I do prefer the other body butters more, and would probably not buy this particular variety again, as the hemp hand cream suits me better. Despite this, it is still a great product and many people with dry skin would find it beneficial, and thus I award it 4 stars.
I am a huge fan when it comes to body shop products. I feel like they are all amazing quality. I have been using their hand butters and body butters for a few months now and I have to say that I am really impressed. They always leave my skin looking and feeling fresh.
Each butter comes in a small round tub which is 100ml. The lid is a screw lid which keeps the butter really secure. It fits into the palm of your hand so you could even put this in your handbag for when you are out and about. The tub isn't very noticeable on the shelves compared to the body butters. It is plain white and green (or red or whatever the scent of the butter).
Each 100ml tub is from £10.00. You can purchase them in the Body Shop store or online. You can also purchase this on Amazon or Ebay. It is a little pricey but you get what you pay for. The quality and quantity of the butter is a 10/10 from me!
The butter in the tub would last quite a while depending on how often you use the butter. I would say if you use a 10p size blob of butter on your hands a day that this would last a few months. The butter stays on your hands until you wash it off.
I have the Rose hand butter and the Hemp hand butter (which is an odd name because it's from cannabis....). The rose one is absolutley lovely. It leaves my hands smelling like fresh roses. It smells a bit too old for me - what I mean by that is my Nan tends to wear rose scented perfumes and butters so I can smell like her sometimes with this , but other than that it still smells lovely! The Hemp butter smell like Lime, which is really refreshing too. It can be a little overpowering but if you rub it in enough then the smell doesn't last long.
THE CONSISTENCY AND ABSORBENCY
The butters are quite thick, and are like a moisturizer. They absorb well into the skin and leave your hands feeling smooth. If not rubbed in properly, or you have too much of the product, it leaves your hands feeling really slippery, which makes grabbing objects difficult !
The butters leave my hands looking and feeling fresh and smooth. If you have dry hands then use this because it really does moisturize your skin wonderfully. This is a handy thing to use in the winter when your hands tend to go dry! It's not too oily, but it's just enough to make your hands look and feel lovely. My mum used it and she even said that it made her hands look less wrinkly! So maybe this is a good anti wrinkle hand butter too!
Overall I recommend this to people with dry hands as it really does moisturize them well. It is a little expensive but totally worth it!
If you've been following my reviews you will be aware that I attended a Body Shop party a few months ago and unfortunately, I can never go anywhere and come back empty handed much to hubby's dismay! Consequently, I ended up purchasing quite a large amount of goodies and couldn't wait to try them out when they arrived a week later.
I'm a great fan of Body Shop hemp products and you may be aware that I use both the hand and foot protectors, which are perfectly suited to those who suffer with very dry skin. I was initially a little dubious about purchasing the product I am reviewing today, particularly as it is intended for very dry skin on the body with my skin type being normal other than areas such as my elbows. This review discusses my experience of using The Body Shop Hemp Body Butter.
I'm a little confused as to the appearance of my product and whilst I appreciate Dooyoo's photograph is probably the older version, the image provided on the Body Shop website is the same as that belonging to Dooyoo. Consequently, I am presuming my Body Butter has been modernised and that the Body Shop has simply failed to update their website.
We are provided with 200ml of the product in a rigid plastic circular container and its' appearance is identical to that of the Foot Protector, which I reviewed a few days ago. In fact, both the colour and the texture of the contents seem very similar to that of the Foot Protector. The familiar Body Shop logo is situated in the upper left hand side and located below is an image of a few hemp leaves. We are informed that the butter contains Community Trade hemp seed oil and has been dermatologically tested.
On the underside of the container is a large circular label, which advises us that the Body Shop are against animal testing and that they support Community Trade. We are advised that the butter contains Hemp seed oil from England and shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana. For further information we are required to peel back the sticky label, which reveals a huge list of ingredients together with the directions for use where we are informed to smooth onto the skin and to keep the butter in a cool place. Whilst we are not informed of this on the container the website advises that this product moisturises for 24 hours.
As I do not wish to be repeating chunks from my previous reviews I will not talk much about Community Trade. However, I would advise that it was launched by Body Shop in 1987 whereby they seek to use the finest of ingredients supplied by local farmers. In doing so, they can provide their suppliers with a stable and long-term income.
The grey screw top lid is easily removed where you will be faced with a rather strangely fragranced light green crème. I find it totally impossible to describe the aroma of hemp, particularly as it's not a smell that I particularly favour. However, I cannot say that it is unpleasant, but I would not want to go outside with the aroma all over my body. Consequently, this is a product that I have been tending to use only at bedtime so I am able to remove its' fragrance when I shower the following morning.
The butter is fairly thick and surprisingly, not as greasy as I would have expected a very dry skin product to be. It absorbs fairly quickly and feels very soft and cooling on the skin. A positive for me is that the fragrance seems somewhat subtle when applied to the skin and is definitely not as strong as when you take a sniff of the container. As the butter is specifically designed for very dry skin I was expecting it to be a little sticky or tacky, but this was definitely not the case.
I generally tend to use Body Shop Satsuma Body Butter all over my body when I've bathed in the evenings, but to enable me to test this product for its' effectiveness I used nothing but Hemp Body Butter for a period of two weeks. I have to say that I was very pleased with the results, particularly as I frequently suffer with dry skin on my elbows.
The butter was extremely effective and left me feeling silky smooth and soft. However, its' rather strange smell was a little off-putting and hubby ended up sleeping in the spare bedroom for the whole two weeks that I used the product! This was quite positive for me, particularly as he frequently snores and has a terrible tendency to jump in his sleep! Also, I never found myself "having a headache" at bedtimes if you get my drift, as all I needed was to apply a little hemp body butter!
Whilst I found the butter extremely effective and left my skin feeling very soft I do not think I would buy it again due to its' aroma. I will continue to purchase the Foot Protector, particularly as only a small amount is applied and I cannot smell my feet after it's been applied! Unfortunately, it's not a fragrance that I can tolerate all over my body.
I have to be fair when rating this product and I do not think it appropriate to knock off any stars simply due to the fact that I do not like the fragrance, particularly as I knew exactly what to expect having used other hemp products. Consequently, Body Shop Hemp Body Butter receives a full 5 out of 5 stars from me as it most definitely achieves its' purpose.
If you are interested in purchasing this product I would advise that a 200ml container will cost you £12.50. The butter should be used within 12 months of opening and the empty container can be recycled once empty.
I've decided to add this paragraph after reading Praskipark's comment, which made me laugh! How would I describe it? I suppose she's quite close with the smell of wet straw, but with an added something! It's not an aroma that is easy to describe as I know of absolutely nothing else like it, so if anyone can describe it for me I would be most grateful! - Thanks
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Having used some of the Body Shop's body butters before and being initially attracted to and later offended by their strong fragrance, I decided to give the Hemp version a try after reading good reviews.
My first impression was that it doesn't stink, thankfully. I like the smell of peaches/strawberries/coconut but I don't want to smell like one all day (and have people comment on it) which is what happens with the Body Shop's peach/strawberry/coconut body butter. The hemp product smells unfamiliar but not unpleasant, just like plants I suppose. To be honest I've never really considered what it smells of exactly until right now so to me it must be inoffensive - definitely a good thing.
The butter goes on beauifully, sinks in quickly and doesn't leave an oil slick behind. My skin left feels soft and cared-for (this sounds like a tv ad - it really does feel like that though!) after application and it even makes my dinosaur-style, scaley, dry legs feel great. This particular butter is aimed at very dry skin and I'd say it does a very good job! Even when I get changed in the evening my skin feels lovely and after a week or so of application my skin is much smoother and less scaley even without moisturiser.
I have two negatives, the first is with body butters in general. They come in a pot so you have to scoop the contents out. This means you end up with body butter all up your finger nails and I really dislike that. My second negative is the price, it's priced a little higher than the Body Shop's other butters at around £12ish. Considering the amount that I go through that makes it pretty dear, much cheaper than Cliniques body butter though, which is the only other comparable body butter I've found. I find myself repurchasing the hemp butter during the winter months but trying to manage without in the summer to keep costs down.
Hemp - My favourite plant extract.
I have used quite a few of the Body Shop Hemp products such as the hand protector and the foot protector so over the winter I decided to try the Body Butter as I love the Body Shop Body Butters anyway and though this would be a good addition to my collection.
Hemp, from the Old English hænep, is the common name for plants of the entire genus Cannabis, although the term is often used to refer only to Cannabis strains cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use. The actual strain they use for the drugs is different and this strain is known for its many industrial and nutritional uses.
The Hemp Body Butter is for extremely dry skin and as I had really dry skin after childbirth and this cold winter I knew it would be hard working. The butter is described as an ultra-rich, intensive and creamy all-over body moisturiser with pure hemp seed oil. It absorbs into the skin easily, helping to condition, soften and smooth the skin and prevent dryness for up to 24 hours. Hemp seed oil has an unusually high concentration of essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
The Body Butter comes in a round tub like all of the Bodyshop's butters. It features a little picture of a hemp leaf on it and a green and black strip which is featured on all of the hemp products. The cream comes in a 200ml tub and costs £12.50
The smell is an interesting one and I think you either like it or hate it. I think it's not a particularly nice smell; I've heard people say it does actually smell like hemp. To me it has quite a grass/soil type smell to it. It does fade fairly quickly so you do not have to put up with smelling like hemp seed all day. The lovely thing about this cream is that it is not greasy at all. I have tried various heavy duty creams in the past which always seem to go on and stay very greasy but even though this cream is lovely and thick it absorbs really well and just leaves your hands feeling very moisturised.
This body butter is great and if you're deciding which one to buy purely on how it will make your skin feel then forget about the smell and go for this one. I've found that it not only takes away my dry patches, it does indeed have a barrier type feel to it and my hands stay extremely soft throughout the whole day. This is definitely a product I recommend.
I am a huge fan of the Body Shop's body butters, and when they recently offered a special 2 for 1 deal on their winter skin essentials, I decided to stock up. I chose the Hemp Body Butter because it states that it's meant for very dry skin, and that's definitely me. I am always looking for moisturisers that are extremely thick and creamy and this body butter does the trick wonderfully.
I got off to a bad start with this body butter because I ordered online and when it arrived in a soft padded envelope, the bottom of the tub was cracked open and the body butter had leaked all over the place. So I emailed the Body Shop customer service and immediately got a very helpful email back saying they would send out a replacement right away, or if I wanted I could have my money back. Excellent result - I chose the replacement body butter and feel very pleased with their customer service.
So on to the product itself. It comes in a plastic tub with a huge picture of a pot leaf on it! I will be hiding this one in the bathroom cabinet and will also not be wearing it to work because it really does smell a lot like the leaf does - remembering this from my university days when this scent would linger in the hallways sometimes! So this is one for the weekend only.
However, I really do love this product. It's a light green in colour and very rich and thick. I apply it all over my body after my bath and before I go to bed. When I wake up in the morning my skin is as smooth as a baby's and very, very soft. This is a miracle product for me and I wish I could wear it during the week, but in my very conservative workplace I don't dare!
This body butter normally costs around £12 for a large tub from the Body Shop. However, you can buy it for a lot less if you watch out for deals. A great way to do this is to go to the moneysaving expert web site and keep an eye on their "Grabbit while you can" forum which often lists great prices on Body Shop stuff. Or if you're too impatient for that, go ahead and buy it, but go through Quidco for about 8% cashback!
This is described on the tub as 'Intense moisturisation, protection and repair' for 'extremely dry skin'. It is packaged in a round squat green and brown tub with a picture of a cannabis leaf on the lid. The last time I looked it cost £12 for a 200ml/6.7oz/192g tub, although the Body Shop quite often do offers which it may be worth looking out for.
I bought a tub last year as someone told me that it worked wonders for eczema and my little girl had a stubborn patch of it at the time. I applied it regularly to her eczema but it didn't work for her so I put it to one side, apart from occasionally picking it up and using it on my own dry skin areas, (knees, elbows, ankles), after a bath. I can't say I noticed it having much of an effect, but then as I tend to vary my usage of creams and don't use things regularly it wouldn't be fair to judge it on that basis.
What I have found it useful for lately though, is soothing itchy skin and prickly heat. In recent years I have been having problems with my skin when I've been out in the sun. I do use sun block but still I get a reaction. I get a heat rash on my arms when they have been bare, in the form of tiny little blisters which result in very red and angry looking skin if I scratch at them. I also get prickly heat on occasion which can be pretty sore as well as extremely irritating. When I first picked up Hemp body butter to use on my arms at the end of a sunny day a while back, I instantly felt relief. It feels cold and has a cooling, soothing effect on hot skin. It did need re applying after a couple of hours but it has really had an effect on my arms. I have been using it regularly and I have noticed that my arms look much better now than they have for a few years. For the last few years my arms have been blighted by tiny spots from the first hot weather of the year which only calm down at the end of the Summer, fading over Autumn and Winter. Although they are back again this year, they are now hardly noticeable to the eye. Hemp body butter has helped this more than any other moisturisers or treatments I have tried. It even seems to have helped soften the skin around my elbows. I now dollop this on at the first sign of any rash or soreness on my skin and it always helps.
It is a very thick rich green coloured cream. It slides onto the skin and leaves a sticky sheen on top for a minute or two. It's quite heavy and greasy to put on at first. It has an unusual smell which I quite like, but it's not like any perfume I know of, so it won't be to everyone's taste. I'm not sure how to describe it -my husband says it's definitely a hippy smell, if that helps! I think the scent is quite subtle and has something faintly medicinal about it. It has a hint of leaves or some sort of greenery in there - the label tells me it contains tree moss extract which might be what I am picking up. It doesn't seem to linger for long anyway and I think you could probably wear any other scent as normal after using this. I think of it as a bit different from the other Body Shop body butters as I can't see people buying it primarily for the scent.
The active ingredients would seem to be Hemp Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Babbassu oil (your guess is as good as mine!). It also has various 'parabens' in the ingredients list. I have heard a lot of talk about the miraculous properties of Shea Butter and have wondered if this is what is doing the trick for me. I might look into getting hold of a purer version of that when this runs out to see if this is the case.
If you ask nicely the body shop sometimes give out small free samples instore, so you can try it out before making a purchase. £12 may seem like a bit of an outlay, but it is a good sized tub so I think it's actually quite reasonable, as long as it works for you obviously!
To sum up then; an unusual cream that seems to have some healing properties for skin troubles.
I've been a huge fan of The Body Shop body butter for the last five years or so, but I'd never have bought the hemp version myself. I got given a tub of this from my boyfriend and I have to say it's amazing stuff. Each body butter tub is 200ml and is nice and easy to open and close when your hands are a bit buttery (in the past I've had problems getting a grip on some pots to close them because I'm so greasy from the product!).
At first sight the actual product isn't a lot to look at, in fact, the colour and texture reminded me a lot of a face pack. Personally I really don't like the smell of the product which can be a bit of a problem as all of the different body butter varieties smell quite strongly when you are wearing them. This is really good with some of the others (passion fruit and blueberry are my favourites) but I really wish this one was fragrance free as I think I smell horrible when I use it!
Having suffered from eczema my entire life I have very dry skin which is often very sore, and it's for this reason that I continue to use this stuff in spite of the smell. This does amazing stuff for my skin, in my opinion it's probably the best of the Body Shop body butters for moisturising very dry skin. The product does take a while to sink in as it is quite heavy, so it is best to try and avoid wearing close fitting clothes just after you've applied it.
At £12.50 it isn't cheap for what seems to be glorified moisturiser, but a pot does last a surprising long time. I apply body butter to most of my body every time I have a shower as it dries my skin out, and a pot will last at least a month. It's best to look out for this when it's on offer, the Body Shop usually has a deal on if you buy two pots, and you can get an extra 10% off if you have a love your body card.
I'm giving this 5 stars in spite of the smell because it moisturises so amazingly well.
Where I am such a lover of The Body Shops Hemp hand cream and needed a replacement I decided to treat myself to a gift box of hemp products. This body butter was in that box. Before buying the set I had not used any of the other hemp products that The Body Shop offers.
The Body Shop are famous for their array of different body butters, they are more moisturising than most other body lotions and creams, containing natural butters for twenty four hours of moisturisation. I am a complete fan, I have far more than is anything like necessary and love using the one that suits my mood on any given day.
Everyone's skin needs to be moisturised and whether you know it or not, you are no exception! Even oily skin needs to be moisturised and it may well be that your skin is oily because you don't! On the days when my skin feels dry and itchy I reach for this body butter because it has been formulated for extremely dry skin. If you have trouble getting products that are moisturising enough where your skin is so desperate for moisture then look no further, you have found your saviour!
Ready for the science bit?
The natural oils in this product (and range) are what make it so effective. They include hemp seed oil, this contains large amounts of essential fatty acids, don't know what they are? All you need to know is they are essential! These help hydrate your skin and seal in the moisture and prevent your skin drying out and cracking.
Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Babassu oil add to the moisturisation offered by this product and leave you skin silky soft.
Loads of moisturising ingredients means loads of moisturisation! OK so there wasn't much science involved but you get the gist I am sure.
The Body Shop runs a similar programme to fair trade but they call theirs Community Trade, they pay fair prices and make sure that the farmers of these ingredients have a better life.
The Shea butter, Cocoa butter and Babassu oil are all Community traded, the oil from Brazil and the butters from Ghana. There is a small amount of information about these specific items on the website, just look up this product and it will tell you a bit about it. More information about Community trade in general can be found here; http://www.thebodyshop.com/_en/_ww/values-campaigns/community-trade.aspx
This product comes in a screw top tub, nothing to write home about really. The base of the tub is a dirty greeny brown, the lid is silver grey with a large sticker covering the majority of the top of the lid. Lets face it, although pretty packaging can be a very nice thing to have it doesn't actually matter, you buy a product because of what is inside and not because of what it looks like.
Taking the lid off reveals a pale sludgy green butter that is rather unappealing and disappointing. The smell is rather masculine and herbal, that said it does smell clean and fresh. I doubt all that many people will like the scent but it is worth reading on, honestly!
This is one of the harder body butters, almost solid at room temperature. As soon as it touches skin it softens and is easily rubbed into your skin. A little goes a very long way indeed!
If you don't have dry skin this would leave an absolute oil slick across your skin, you can definitely tell that it is packed full of moisturising oils and butters! Just after it is first applied my skin feels slightly tacky, after just a minute or two my skin is just left feeling moisturised and smooth. The drier my skin the quicker this disappears.
I have found my skin to stay looking, and feeling moisturised all day long when I have used this and am glad that I bought the box now as I really think that my usually dry arms during the winter may now be a thing of the past. Every winter my skin dries out to the point where even if I use body butters they don't escape from being flaky, that said no other winter have I used this or the Coconut body butters!
At £12.50 for a tub of 200ml it does sound rather expensive I know but a tub of that size will last quite a while and a little goes a long way, which makes it better value than it appears.
Even though this looks like something that should only ever be used by Kermit the frog and doesn't smell all pretty I think it is well worth using! If you have dry skin, don't just take my word for it!
The Body Shop do a whole range of Hemp products for extremely dry skin;
Hemp Body Butter £12.50
Hemp Face Protector £8.00
Hemp Hand Protector £5.00 - £10.00
Hemp Hand Scrub £8.00
Hemp Foot Protector £10.00
Hemp Lip Conditioner £4.00
Hemp Perfect Protection (GIFT BOX) £20.00
The Body Shop is involved with many charities and foundations, information on these can be found through links on their website. None of their products are tested on animals. They also run their own version of fair trade, which they call community trade. Details of their community trade programme and other charities can also be found on their website.
The website is very user friendly and means not only can you buy online (good P&P charges and fast delivery) but you can also find out more about their products and find out where your local store is situated.
For extremely dry skin / An ultra-rich and intensive all-over body moisturiser containing pure hemp seed oil / It absorbs into the skin easily working all day to help condition and smooth the skin /