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Anyone who has read my previous reviews on hand cream, will know that I suffer from very dry hands, especially at this time of the year. The backs of my hands, all around the knuckle area, is where my skin is at its worst. It goes tight and quite sore and whenever I have to go outside in cold wet weather, I have to wear gloves. It's for this reason that I have to use high quality hand creams and lotions in order to protect and soften my skin. They get so bad that they will bleed and apart from anything else, sore tight cracked skin isn't a great look, and feels pretty uncomfortable.
I use a few of the Hemp range of products from the Body Shop and their Hemp hand cream is one of the things I use quite a lot, especially at this time of the year, when my hands are definitely at their worst. This cream is very rich and intensive and has wonderful moisturising properties, but for me, the smell is a big detractor from the actual moisturising properties of this cream. It contains cocoa butter and hemp seed oil, together with shea butter and all three key ingredients work together so well and helping to not only protect my skin but to heal it at the same time
This hand cream doesn't come cheap at £11 for a 100ml tub, but it lasts me ages and as it's so rich and intense, I only ever need to use a small amount in order to achieve pretty effective results in quite a short pace of time. The smell is awful, there is no denying that, and no matter how long you have been using this cream, I don't think the smell ever improves with age. The smell is most definitely at its worst when it's still in the tub, though it gets slightly better once it has been applied and rubbed into the skin. It becomes more bearable, anyway.
The ream itself is very rich, very thick and feels very oily when I first started to use it. It takes a little while to become totally absorbed into the skin and for this reason I never use this hand cream at any other time other than just before if am due to go to bed. By the following morning there is definitely a noticeable improvement to the feel, the tone, the hydration and the softness of my skin and I have found from personal experience that if I use this cream for about seven days every single night, then I can stop for a few weeks as it's done its job.
My husband also uses this hand cream from time to time as he also suffers from cracked skin as he works outside and his skin is open to the elements year round. Actually, my husband really doesn't mind the smell at all and doesn't understand why I dislike t so much.
On the whole, I can wholeheartedly recommend this cream from the Body Shop. It certainly does what it says on the tin and though it may seem like a lot of money to spend on a hand cream, I do think it is so much more than that. It is a little healing helper (albeit a stinky one) but I am happy to pay £11 for it as it lasts so long and does such a fantastic job.
I found this product was very strong smelling, perhaps a little too much for a hand cream/butter. I also was not entirely sure if i found the smell pleasant at first, although it has grown on me i am still sometimes concious of others opinions on it.
I also found that this product was very long lasting, however this could be due the fact that it is very very nourishing and rich. I would only recommend this product for people with dry skin, it may also be good for more mature skin too. I found it took a considerable amount of time to sink into my skin and i have to try and spread the smallest amount on my hands as I can over wise it remains on the surface for far too long.
I would say that the price is at the higher end of the market, however this product is quite unique so if you like it and it works for you it is probably still a good buy as you are unlikely to find another product like it.
Overall i would say that this product was not for me. However i feel it will be ideal for someone with dry/very dry skin. Perhaps i will try this product again when i am a bit older.
I was given a Body Shop hemp hand care gift set by a family member, as the knew that I suffered from very dry skin. This Intensive hand butter is one the products it contained. It is a heavy duty hand moisturiser aimed at very dry skin.
This butter is available in one size currently; 100ml and costs £11 at the tie of review. It comes in a small plastic tub with a screw top lid. The labelling is brown and green to match the rest of the Body Shop's hemp range. The butter itself has very thick consistency, if you turn the tub upside down it doesn't budge, and yoru finger will leave a peak in the surface after you've used it. It's a pale green colour. The scent is that of the entire hemp range which the body shop does, it's not one which is easy to describe and isn't for everyone.
The very first time I used one of their hemp products I wasn't all that taken with the smell, however it has grown on e over time and I actually now quite like it - I wouldn't wear it as a perfume, however it's nice in this form. To use the butter simple massage it into clean, dry hands and allow your skin to full absorb the product. To give yourself an intensive over night moisturising session then wear a pair of cotton 'moisturising' gloves after applying the cream to help stop the product from rubbing off.
When I first used the butter I would the consistency quite difficult to work with. As it's so thick it's difficult to work into your skin and you have to leave it and let it sink in - not something which you can do on the go or between hand washes. After getting used to the product I now keep it by my bed and apply it in the evenings before going to sleep, this way it has plenty of time to sink in overnight. Although it does sit onto of m skin after application a little, even after rubbing it in, it does sink in nicely over a period of time. The result is very good, and it moisturises extremely well once it has sunk in. The scent isn't overpowering - if ou sniff your hand you will get a subtle hint of it, but you won't be walking around smelling of hemp.
The ingredients are not as natural as you may hope for, however do contain Fair Trade hemp seed oil:
Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Coco-Caprylate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Mel (Natural Additive), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Lactic Acid (Skin Conditioning Agent), Serine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Lactate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Oleate (Emulsifier), Urea (Humectant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Evernia Furfuracea Extract (Fragrance Ingredient), Allantoin (Skin Soothing Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), CI 77288 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour).
Overall this is a very good intensive hand butter, however it's no something you can use throughout the day with ease and it is very expensive. A little goes a long way, but the initial outlay of £11 is very expensive for a 100ml product. 4/5 stars from
For the past six months I have been on a self-imposed ban to use all of my current toiletries before purchasing anything new and whilst this has proved to be rather difficult it has saved me an absolute fortune. Sorting through the two large plastic trunks located at the back of my wardrobe has been similar to a shopping experience in itself, as I discovered an array of products that had been totally forgotten. In amongst my stash was a 100 ml tub of The Body Shop's Hemp Intensive Hand Butter, which is intended for very dry skin with this review discussing my experience with using.
I was somewhat surprised to come across the circular plastic tub, particularly as I suffer with problematic skin on my hands, which can become extremely dry and tight. As a result, I often experience the discomfort and soreness of cracking and bleeding especially on my knuckles where the condition is at its worst. I generally tend to use these types of products straight away as opposed to stashing them away, so I had clearly forgotten all about it.
The sturdy plastic tube offers a calming appearance due to The Body Shop's use of the colour green and in-keeping with the entire Hemp range, the label displays a number of images of the hemp leaf. The lid is unscrewed with great ease to reveal the contents, which offer a subtle shade of green. I've been a regular user of the Hemp Foot Cream for many years and whilst I do not find the aroma offensive, I am unable to admit to finding it particularly favourable.
I generally feel confident when describing a scent, but struggle with hemp due to it being extremely unique and in a category of its own. As a result, I took the tub into the office and asked my work colleagues for their opinion although the descriptions of stinking, horrid and a damp aroma were all they could come up with! The best explanation I can give is that the butter presents an almost earthy undertone combined with an aroma that reminds me of some rather weird herbs.
The consistency of the butter is far thicker than any hand creams that I have used and my initial impressions were that it would be difficult to spread over my skin in addition to taking forever to absorb. I scooped out a small amount using my fingertips and was pleasantly surprised that it was so easy to apply, as it slightly softened when making contact with my warm skin. Thankfully, the strength of the aroma can be described as delicate and is therefore, tolerable when the butter has been applied.
The intensive ingredients are immediately noticeable, as the butter feels rich and nourishing and whilst the underside of the tub displays a huge list of the contents, the most obvious and important to me are the Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. Once I had fully rubbed the butter into my skin I noticed a slight coating remaining on the surface, which is no doubt due to the high level of moisturising properties. The layer disappeared within five minutes or so, but it took approximately twenty minutes for the butter to fully absorb and for any tackiness to disperse although I cannot report of my hands feeling greasy despite the inclusion of oil. Due to the time taken for the butter to fully absorb, I found it more convenient to apply just before bedtime so the ingredients would be able to deeply penetrate my skin whilst I was in the land of nod.
On awakening following my initial use I was impressed with the high level of softness that had been delivered to my skin and whilst I sometimes suffer a little tightness, particularly when I get out of bed, my hands felt completely hydrated. I had anticipated that my morning shower would wash the butter away and that I would need to reapply. However, despite me using a number of toiletries during my shower, the softness and hydration levels remained with me not requiring a further application until bedtime later that day.
When I first began using the butter my hands were feeling slightly itching and uncomfortable with my skin condition having been affected by the cold and windy weather. I found that after only two days of using, my skin was significantly improved with the surface feeling soft and smooth and a visible improvement in their appearance. As a result, I keep the tub for use on those occasions when my condition becomes problematic. Hemp Intensive Hand Butter is only available in a 100 ml tub where it retails for £11. I have since restocked using a 40% discount code, as I never pay full price for any of The Body Shop products.
As you have no doubt guessed, my experience with using this butter is highly positive and I can highly recommend it for anyone suffering with dry skin.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
It's that time of year again where I dread standing on the platform or at the bus stop waiting for a delayed bus or train. My hands get so cold even with gloves and the cold makes them extremely dry, meaning I sometimes suffer from cracked skin which isn't a nice sight not to mention sore. I have used lots of different hand creams in the past, some have been better than others but I am still looking for a really good hand cream that will help my dry skin and keep them hydrated. I recently purchased some items from The Body Shop website and decided to browse their range of hand care products. I saw 2 products which sounded and looked really good and as I could get 50% off of the products I decided to purchase both.
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The product I am reviewing is the Hemp Intensive Hand Butter. The hand butter is a heavy-duty hydrating treatment for hands that restores moisture for up to 24 hours. The butter is dermatologically tested for very dry skin and contains hemp seed oil. This product has a lovely buttery texture and is suitable for very dry skin. Although my skin isn't very, very dry it is still dry and I wanted something good and intensive that was going to help my hands and stop them from looking so dry and feeling tight. Hemp Oil is regularly used in hand and body lotions and is becoming more popular due to research showing that hemp oil contains high amounts of Omega-3 and gamma-linolenic acid oils, known as Essential Fatty Acids. Essential Fatty Acids help to prevent moisture loss in the skin and also plays a role in the skin ageing process. The butter comes in a round tub which is white in colour but the labels on the tub are a light green colour. On the top of the screw lid it states what the product is and it also states that the product is suitable for very dry skin. On the bottom of the tub is a round sticker and if you open this you will find information on how to use the product and a list of ingredients. I purchased this product for intended use at night just before I go to bed so the butter could work whilst I was sleeping. I actually purchased a small tube of the Hemp Hand Protector to pop in my bag for use during the day.
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This can be purchased from The Body Shop website or from their high street stores. The hand butter comes in one size which is 100ml and this will cost you £11.00. This is the most I have spent on a hand product so I was hoping that this was going to work well. You can also purchase other products in the Hemp range which includes:
* Body Butter
* Face Protector
* Foot Protector
* Lip Protector
* Moisturising Wash
* Hand Oil Treatment
* Moisturising Hand Wash
Using the Product
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I unscrewed the lid to the tub and looked at the product and smelt it. The butter looked quite thick and had a slightly glossy/shiny look to it. The butter looked as though it would be smooth and easy to apply to my hands. The butter did have a very distinctive smell to it which reminds me of the smell of a type of plant which is where I believe Hemp Oil comes from so this would probably explain why it smells like this. Although I didn't find the smell of the butter really nice it wasn't unpleasant either. I was planning on using the butter with some moisture gloves whilst in bed but I realised I didn't actually have any moisture gloves so decided I would have to go without for now. I did all of my usual things before going to bed and then got ready to apply the product. I unscrewed the lid to reveal the butter and used my fingertips to scoop a small amount out. I didn't want to use too much as I didn't want lots of the product left on my hands, especially as I didn't have moisture gloves. I rubbed the butter all over my hands ensuring I rubbed the butter in between my fingers and around the nails where I sometimes get dry, sore skin. The butter felt cold but warmed up as I rubbed it into my hands. The butter was very silky and soft and felt nice as it felt like it was instantly moisturising my hands. As I rubbed the butter into my hands I could smell the plant like smell of the product. Although I wasn't too keen on the smell I'm sure it's something that I would get used to after using the product for a few times. After rubbing the butter into my hands I could still smell the product on my hands. Although there was no trace of the butter on my hands there was still a slight residue, how-ever this wasn't really greasy. I got into bed and would assess the results in the morning.
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The following morning after waking up the first thing I did was smell my hands. I could still smell the butter on my hands but the smell wasn't as strong and had calmed down a bit during the night. My hands felt really smooth and soft and they looked in much better condition and looked less dry than they had done before I had applied the butter the previous night. I wouldn't be applying the butter until the evening before going to bed again and I decided I would see how long the moisture lasted through my working day. Obviously through my working day I had to wash my hands a few fair times with soap and my hands stayed reasonably moisturised throughout these times. The scent was no longer on my hands which wasn't such a bad thing. Although I had washed my hands a fair amount of time and also done other jobs during the day my hands didn't feel as dry or tight as they would have felt if I hadn't applied any of the hand butter the previous evening. The butter definitely kept my hands moisturised and feeling soft for the majority of the day, without applying anything else to them.
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Since I have been using the hand butter my hands look and feel a lot less dry than they did before. My hands don't feel tight either, especially after washing them throughout the day. Although I don't particularly like the smell of this product it is something I will probably get used to and is something I can't put up with as the smell seems to calm down during the night as the butter gets to work on my hands. Although I wouldn't use the butter during the day it's a fantastic product to use just before you go to bed and if you wear moisture gloves I think the results of the product would be even better. There have been a few greasy marks which have appeared on my bed sheets from where this has been applied to my hands before going to bed, how-ever this washes out easily and doesn't leave greasy stains on the sheets. In terms of value I don't think the product is badly priced as you don't need to use a lot of the butter as a little goes a long way. If I use the butter every night as I have been I would expect the tub I purchased to last me well over 1 month, if not a lot longer. I would definitely buy this product again as its brilliant and I have been really impressed with the results. I am going to take 1 star of the product because I don't find the smell too pleasant and I have smelt better hand products before, but apart from this it's a fantastic product and one that I highly recommend to others.
(review also on ciao)