I bought this about a year ago and oh so happy I did. So the story starts with me and my sister just browsing in the Body Shop and we see the little sale section and of course naturally we are gravitated towards there. Then I see the small little writing that says "VERY DRY SKIN" and BOOM! my eyes were on this product. I have dry everything -skin, hair lips ect. -and when I see something for VERY dry skin its a winner for me. I more shocked about the price. One Pound. Yup. One Pound. This was retailed at 12.50 but it was reduced to a pound. I grabbed one and rushed to counter.
Of cource, one pound is amazing value but I don't think this available in the Body Shop anymore. However, you can buy this on many online websites for up to 5 pounds, which I think is still a good price for this.
This comes in a small round tin which a very secure lid. This packaging is simple and very practical as I carry this around with me everywhere
You get 45ml/40g of product in one of this tins and at first it may not look enough but it has lasted me a very, very long time. The balm itself isn't very sticky, it applies like Vaseline but it a bit thinner than Vaseline. In this tin it's solidish but when you apply it to the skin it's feels like a creamy balm. Basically, the texture of the balm is great. I use this on any dry patches for example, on my knees or elbows and it quickly gets rid of any flakes as well. Also, if I forget my lipbalm, this is a great rescue for the lips as well. In hotter weather the balm does melt a tad bit in the tin but I don't see it as a problem.
As much as I like this product and I want to say good stuff about it. The smell. I can't. I really don't like the smell. It smell very oily even though the product isn't and the smell is very strong. For example, I'd open it to put some on my lips and then 10 minutes later my brother walks into my room and he ask 'What's that smell?' . So yeah. The smell is quite annoying but it won't stop me from not using this product.
I like this product it makes my skin feels soft and helps get rid of dry patches. However, the smell is horrible but tolerable. Will I but it again? Yes, I but I think it will take me some time to finish this one first!
I bought this balm when The Body Shop were having an online sale. Seeing the tins only cost £1, I bought two, despite never using the range before.
When the parcels from The Body Shop arrived, the first thing I did was put aside the gift sets intended for presents -- thank you The Body Shop for cheap Mother's Day gifts -- and then checked out the hemp tins.
First impression. The tin was small, cute, and worth £1. The tin itself is a screw opening type, and has a picture of a hemp leaf printed on the lid. The tin was easily opened, even by my other half who has hand issues that make gripping an issue.
The back of the tin has a peel off label that revealed the ingredients list, which on my tin were in a language I couldn't read. However, on The Body Shop site it lists them as:
Glycine Soja Oil, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Cera Alba, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii, Parfum, Glyceryl Oleate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citric Acid, Limonene.
The site also says this is a product perfect for elbows and knees, and I'm sure it is, but what I wanted to use it for was my badly cracked heels.
Unable to wait, I decided to try the balm, and found that the top of the product has a waxy film that you need to get through to use the actual product beneath. Once under that film, I scooped up some of the balm, and quickly found out you really don't need to use a lot.
Seriously, just a little is the way to go with this balm. It's thick and while it does sink in nicely, it will leave you skin slightly greasy. So be aware if you're applying it before bed or going out. However, it works beautifully. After a few days my heels did feel softer, the cracks weren't magically fixed, but really, I never expected them to be so.
A word of warning. The balm has a smell that can be really unpleasant. My other half has really dry skin, especially around his eyebrows, so I massaged in some balm, and he spent the next ten minutes complaining about the smell. I would have thought he was exaggerating, but after having a bad cold that left my nose sore and the skin over my lip rough and dried out, I tried some balm there, too. And it worked, soothing instantly, but man, the smell made my eyes water for a few moments.
Obviously, smell is subjective, and I know some people who have used this product and quite liked the smell, but, just something to keep in mind.
Still, despite that issue. I would recommend this balm. It does what it says and is excellent on dry skin, so, a thumbs up from me.
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This product is part of the Hemp range from The Body Shop. The hemp range is particularly for people with very dry skin as this helps to relieve, soothe and calm dry skin. I purchased a product from this range just before Christmas and I was so impressed with the results I decided to purchase this product in the range. The product I am reviewing is the Hemp Balm which provides intensive hydration for areas of very dry skin. Although I don't suffer from huge areas of dry skin I do get the odd patch of dry skin on my arms, particularly my shoulders. I also get dry skin on my knees and elbows which can cause issues when applying fake tan. I thought this product would be good to help to areas which I have dry skin. The balm gives instant relief to very dry skin and helps to restore the skin's moisture barrier. It actually states on the website that this is perfect for knees and elbows. The product comes in a round tin which is silver in colour and has a green label on the top of the lid stating what the product is. It also states that this product is suitable for very dry skin and is dermatalogically tested. On the bottom of the tin is a round label which can be peeled back to reveal a list of ingredients in different languages. The lid unscrews to reveal the balm which looks an off white colour. The top of the balm is very smooth. I couldn't actually smell any scent from the product but I suspected that this would change when I started to use the product.
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I purchased a 45ml put from The Body Shop website for just 50p, this was because I had a code to enter which took 50% off all the items in my basket. The balm is normally £1.00 as it's actually in the clearance section on the website.
Other Products in the Hemp range include:
* Intensive Hand Butter
* Body Butter
* Lip Protector
* Moisturising Hand Wash
* Foot Protector
There are also other items in the range but this is just a few.
Using the Product
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Massage into problems areas as often as required.
I used my fingertip to get some of the balm out of the tin, the top layer of balm is actually a little hard to get through but once you have got through this you can really see the colour and texture of the balm. I got a small amount onto my fingertips and rubbed it onto my knee's concentrating on the area where I get dry skin. The first thing I realised was that you don't need to use a lot of this as it's rather greasy and leaves your skin looking very shiny. I have read a few reviews about this product and people have said that it doesn't smell very nice. I don't think the balm particularly smells of much. I don't really like the smell of the Hemp Hand Butter or Hand Protector but surprisingly this balm doesn't smell anything like the other products. Once I had applied it to my knees and other dry areas such as my elbows I left it to work and work assess the results in the morning. I would strongly advise applying this before bed as it can be quite greasy so I personally wouldn't use this during the day and prefer to use it over-night so it can work. The following morning my knees and elbows felt a lot less dry than they were before applying the product and they also looked better as well. I was really impressed with the results. I did find that there were a few greasy patched on the bed covers from the product, how-ever this washed out of the sheets easily which was good. I have continued to use the product every night before I go to bed and the skin on my knee's and elbows are now as soft as the skin on the rest of my body. I have tried so many times to find a moisturiser that would help this area of my body and I can't believe I have finally found something that works. Now I don't have to worry when I apply fake tan as it will now look more natural on my knees and elbows.
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This product is fantastic and does an amazing job at moisturising very dry patches of skin. I noticed a different after using the product just once. As this product is in the clearance section on The Body Shop website I suspect that eventually you won't be able to get hold of the product which means I will have to find something else to use. I'm very tempted to purchase another 2 tins of this seeing as it's so cheap and it lives up to its claims and is the best product I have used on my knee's and elbows. If you have dry skin in other areas you can use the balm on this as well, it doesn't just have to be used on the elbows and knees. The only down side about this product is that I do find it rather greasy so I tend to apply the balm before bed or when I know when I am going to sit at my computer for a long period so the balm can soak into my skin. In terms of value the product is fantastic and one that I highly recommend to others.
(review also on ciao)
Body Shop Hemp Moisture High Balm - Dermatologically tested.For very dry skin.
45,ml, 1.4 grams or 4 ozs.
Comes in a silver tin with a black and green screw on lid.
Made in the UK and use within 12 months.
Instructions - massage into chapped dry skin.
Against animal testing.
Ingredients include Community Fair Trade: Hemp Seed Oil, Beeswax, Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Babassu Oil, Olive Oil and Soya Oil.
I believe the recommended price is £6 but currently it is not available on the Body Shop website but still for sale on ebay.
I bought mine form the Body Shop site for £1.
I have never tried any of the Hemp range before as I always go for the fragranced fruity or floral items but when this was on offer for £1 I gave it a try and bought two tins.
The tins are very cute and I like the screw off lid - it sort of gives it a bit of a retro feel.
The balm itself has a funny sort of smell, which I have been told is the same for all the hemp products, but I do not know. Personally I do not dislike it as such but it is not especially peasant or refreshing, just a bit weird. I am getting used to it but prefer a nice smelling hand cream.
The balm itself is a creamy colour and the texture is very much like Vaseline. It does moisturise my hands and feet quite well but is only something I would use when either going to bed (for my feet) or at home for my hands - it is not the sort of cream you would be able to put on your hands and then expect to walk straight out of the front door.
I am a bit neutral on this product - it is being used for my hands as they do get dry in the winter, as do my feet, but I have previously found the Body Shop Body Butters just as good and they also give you a lovely fragrance as well.
This was ok for £1 but I would not want to buy it for the full price and I think you might just as well buy a cheap tub of Petroleum Jelly or else opt for something a bit more enjoyable to use such as a Body Butter.
It tends to leave quite a layer on your skin, quite good from the moisturising point of view but it does not feel as nice to use as hand creams or butters.
The tin is cute and I will use it for other things after it is empty, possibly to carry a little Body Butter in my handbag.
I am not sure why this is no longer available on the Body Shop website; maybe they just stop stocking it through the Spring and Summer months.
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