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This hand cream comes presented in a tube with a screw on cap. It's easy to squeeze the cream out of the tube, although squeezing too hard can result in too much product being dispensed. I would suggest starting off with a small amount of cream to begin with then building it up as necessary. Be careful with the tube. I was constantly throwing mine in and out of my handbag and after a few weeks the tube began to split and crack. I then had to squeeze the product into a small container and scoop it out of there with my hands. Using a tube is much easier!
The hand cream isn't the best smelling hand cream I have ever tried, in fact the scent is very "Marmite", you either love it or hate it. I did hate it initially but since then the scent has grew on me and it doesn't seem as bad now. I would describe the scent as quite herbal and quite strong too. It lingers on your hands after use so I suppose you have no choice but to like it! The consistency of the cream itself is quite thick. It's a pale green colour. It soaks in after a few minutes without leaving any greasy residue on the skin afterwards. You can use it during the day as required or you can use it overnight with moisturising gloves, which I use if my hands are especially dry. The cream works overnight to leave you with gorgeous soft hands in the morning.
The hand cream really does soothe and protect dry winter hands, which is what I suffer from this time of year. It also helps nail growth. Since using this hand cream my nails have become noticeably stronger and less brittle.
I would recommend this hand cream to people who suffer from dry cracked hands. It works a treat.
This I think is one of the better hand cream that 'The Body Shop' produces.
I really trust and rate this particular product from their range.
This is fantastic if you have very dry skin or skin suffers badly from the cold weather, to condition and keep your hand supple and looking great.
They still believe in the ethical side of this product and this is part of the community trade range alongside that helps support communities and also packed with Vitmain E
For me, this worked great when I was working all day with stock take and having to work where deliveries came in because it was soooo cold this really relieved the dryness and chapped skin. Now I write for a living it helps to pamper my hands and I use it as an everyday hand cream when not using the 'Champneys' miracle hand and nail cream as a treat.
The packaging has remained the same, but they have others products in this hand care range, if you check out on their website they now provided a guide for hands with particular needs and recommend a 3 step treatment for your hands.
Working in a hospital has various occupational hazards. One of the most common ones is having dry, chapped hands due to having to clean your hands with alcohol gel 50-60 times a day as well as wash them regularly in hot soapy water.
In an effort to protect my hands, which to be fair are no great work of beauty, I have tried several products over the last decade or so.
This Body Shop hemp hand protector is supposedly suitable for very dry skin, with the aims to both soften the skin and to provide a barrier to further drying of the skin.
It is made with UK-sourced Community Trade hemp seed oil and can be bought from The Body Shop for between £5-£10 depending on the size: either 30ml or 100ml.
The product is packaged in an unremarkable brown metal tube, similar to old style toothpaste tubes. The small twist lid can be fiddly at times. The cream has a consistency similar to toothpaste, however its earthy, hemp aroma ensures that you don’t confuse the two.
When using this hemp hand protector, I use it at least twice a day on days that I am at work. I use a small amount, about the size of a five pence coin, and simply rub the product into my hands. It does leave my hands somewhat greasy for a little while, so I never apply it within 30 minutes of needing to drive my car.
This product is good enough for what it does. It protects my hands at work for a reasonable price. However it is not my preferred hand protection agent.
Three DooYoo hearts.
I bought this product about two weeks ago after constantly using some of my friends. I love it! I have eczema on my hands and I work in a salon so my hands are constantly in and out of water and wearing gloves that make my hands sweat and irritate and flare up my eczema.
I don't mind the smell because I love earthy scents, it does go on a bit oily but my skin sucks it right up. my hands went from being extremely chapped to being so smooth it doesn't even look like I have eczema. I love that there is no animal testing on the product. I even use it for my ears (they're stretched to an inch) it moisturizes them very well without suffocating them.
the only thing I dislike is the packaging. I don't hate it but it can be a pain because I just throw my life in my bag and if it gets damaged I know it will make a mess everywhere. but other than that I will probably be a loyal user of this product until they discontinue it which I hope they never do!
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I would definetly reccomend this product for anyone looking for a moisturising hand product. Great value.
I find it hard not to get carried away in the Body Shop. I have a ‘Love Your Body’ card and access to a Body Shop ‘outlet’ at Cheshire Oaks in Ellesmere Port in Cheshire. The combination of their regular 40% off if you buy four or more items plus the extra 10% off with my card means that I always walk out wondering how I got SO much stuff for so little money.
My friend Gill also loves Body Shop and she is usually with me when I go to Body Shop so we can both use my card and club together to maximise the discounts. She always buys the Hemp Hand Protector for her son who is a keen gardener. I wasn’t keen - I don’t particularly want to smell like I’ve been smoking cannabis - but I started buying it for my sister who spent most of her youth smelling exactly like that. I got a bit carried away and bought an extra tube for myself and I would have to say that it’s not getting used very quickly.
It’s supposed to be an intense hand cream for really dry hands so I’m very surprised that it contains no shea butter. I always look for shea in any hand cream I buy and if I’d realised there wasn’t any in this one, I’d probably have given it a miss. It does give a soothing and smoothing effect but I find it a bit too slimy and it doesn’t soak in as well as other hand creams I have. And I have to be honest that the scent is very off-putting.
I think that the RRP of 11.00 for a 100ml tube makes this rather more expensive than it should be for a shea-free hand cream. I also suspect it gets a lot of its following from people looking to smell like they're less law abiding than they really are. If you're not sure, try the smaller 30 ml tube for a fiver.
Given a choice between this or the rose or absinthe hand creams from the Body Shop, I don't have to think hard at all - I wouldn’t buy this one. In fact, I think I’ll be slipping my barely used tube to my sister to see if she wants it. I just can’t be bothered with it. I have nicer smelling, more effective creams that I'd rather be using up.
I started buying this product a while ago when my friend recommended it to me.
It doesn't come cheap but nothing does from The Body Shop but I wouldn't say it's ever so expensive. The hand cream is packaged in a foil tube, a bit like a paint tube, and has a screw cap. It is an incredibly rich hand cream and a little does go a long way so it lasts well so justifies the price tag. If you put too much on though you're trying to get rid of it forever.
I've heard that some people don't like the smell and Body Shop reps at parties have even commented on it's smell negatively (strange sales ploy) but I don't actually mind it. It has a very natural earthy smell and is not ever so strong.
My husband is a mechanic so his work means that he is hard on his hands and the cold can make it particularly nasty so I like to buy him a tube of this for Christmas every now and then as it's ever so effective on extra dry skin and he swears by it. The smell would be probably more appealing to men then women.
The only negative thing I have to say about this product is that the tube can wear out, because it is a metal or foil bending and squeezing it repeatedly means a hole can wear in the crease. It can also clump up on the opening if you fail to remove all the cream soon after use.
I like to use a good quality cream moisturiser for my hands and one of the ones I’m using at the moment is the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector. I initially didn’t really like the sound of this but the lady in the shop was very persuasive and so I bought a tube. It cost me £10 and the tube isn’t massive (100ml) but really I hardly need to use a lot of this as it does a long way.
I do find this cream quite a greasy consistency and it takes a little bit of getting used to as it feels different on my hands to other creams I’ve used in that it sits there glistening for a while before it finally sinks in. It feels like a pretty intensive moisturiser though and it does appear to be working well as my dry knuckles have improved a lot since I’ve used his cream.
The colour of the cream isn’t particularly nice and looks slightly green to me. The fragrance on the other hand is lovely. It reminds me of patchouli and it lasts for ages after I’ve massaged this into my skin.
This cream is great for both helping to hydrate my already dry skin and also it’s good for protecting them against further onslaught from the elements. I used this during the winter months under my gloves or if I was walking the dogs on cold winter mornings and it really did seem to help protect my hands and skin from harsh cold winds. I also use it to massage in and around the cuticle area ad it has the ability to soften the cuticles so I can gently push tem back. It’s not advertised as being a product for using around the nail area but this is something I personally have found it works wonders for too.
I really love this cream and it’s definitely good value for money and a great quality product.
Why did I buy it? I actually received this hand cream as part of a bag of goodies I bought recently from the Body Shop. It''s a product I''ve seen before but not ever tried - and in fact I''ve never tried any Body Shop hand products so I was keen to give this one a go. What does it do, and how much will it cost me? This cream is designed for very dry skin and it helps soften and protect hands. According to the Body Shop website, it is dermatologically tested and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil. A 100ml tube of this hand cream currently costs GBP5. Using the product This cream is really thick, and is an off white colour. When I apply this to my hands, it feels like it will take ages to sink into the skin as it has such a rich, slightly greasy texture. But actually it takes no time at all for this to be fully absorbed into the hands. After application, my hands feel really soft and very well moisturised. I am really impressed at just how nice and moisturising this and cream is. And they feel soft for a good while after use. But there is one issue for me with this hand cream - the smell! It has a very earthy scent that reminds me of patchouli - and it really is not a fragrance I''m fond of. This is a real shame for me as I actually think the cream itself is fantastic, but the scent puts me off using it. I tend to use it very rarely as a result. The verdict This is a fantastic hand cream - it is a really high quality and it''s an excellent moisturiser. But for me the scent is a problem as I am not a fan of it at all! So although I wouldn''t buy this hand cream again, I would definitely look at other Body Shop hand creams, as I think that even though the price is higher than other hand creams, the quality justifies the extra expense.
This is an amazing hemp hand protector for dry skin designed by the Body Shop. The product itself has been made with Trade hemp seed oil and costs between £5-£10 and comes in various sizes.
My partner has suffered with dry skin for years and I saw this and thought Id buy him it for a Christmas prezzie, so glad that I did. It comes in a very attractive looking shiny tube with information about the product on the front, I really didnt know what to expect with this but since my partner has been using it and it has only been a week or so his skin on his hands has become so much softer, this cream really protects against the harsh winter weather and allows your cracks in your skin to heal nicely.
Once applied in the morning this cream seems to last most of the day only having to re-apply before bed (of course regular washing of your hands does wash the cream off over time and I would suggest you put some more cream on)
When putting the cream on the texture can seem somewhat greasy but this should be expected as it does have oil in it, the benefit of this is that you feel like you do not need to use a large amount of the cream which would make it last much longer than most also if you rub it in properly this should resolve this issue.
The smell is not in my opinion to everyone's taste, it does smell slightly earthy but my partner doesn't seem to mind (I guess it makes him feel more manly!)
I think this is an amazing product and something a little different from the usual hand creams that you can buy.
I've suffered from dry hands for a number of years now and have worked my way through many hand creams on the market. I find the ones from L'Occitane are the most effective for me however they are quite expensive so I do keep a lookout for new creams that may be just as effective but cheaper. A few months ago the Body Shop had an offer where if you presented them with a code through vouchercodes.co.uk you could pick up a free 30ml hand cream worth £5 so I, of course, had to snap one up. I hadn't actually used any hand creams from the Body Shop range so was curious to see how they'd fare. The hand cream that I decided to go for was the Hemp hand protector as it is formulated for very dry skin and claims to restore the skins moisture and suppleness. As the name suggests this cream contains hemp seed oil which is community fair trade, which is reassuring as the farmers who grow the seeds get a fair price for them.
The hand cream comes packaged in a silver foil tube with a green and brown label printed on it and a black screw on lid. This style of packaging is very similar to the L'Occitane cream and makes the cream look like a classy, high end product. However I find that the metallic tube is a little thicker than the L'Occitane one and can quickly become misshapen and dented.
The cream itself is very thick and pale green in colour. I squeezed a 5p sized blob onto my hand and then rubbed into my skin. Despite its thickness I found that the cream absorbs into my skin with each. It is one that I would describe as very rich and once absorbed it does tend to leave a bit of a residual stickiness on my skin, which is not at all pleasant. If I use this as a day cream then for around half an hour after applying I have trouble gripping things as my hands are slippery. For this reason I tend to use this cream at night applying just before I go to sleep and when I wake in the morning I have lovely soft hands with skin that looks hydrated and healthy rather than dry and flaky. With regular application of the cream I have noticed that the skin between my fingers, which usually becomes dry very quickly is noticeably improved and doesn't become dry quite so quickly. A little really does go a long way with this cream - a small blob is plenty to moisturise my hands.
When it comes to creams I am quite particular about how the cream smells as well as how it affects my skin. As I rubbed the cream into my skin I noticed the rather strange and pungent aroma of the cream. It really is quite hard to describe - I would say that it smells very natural, almost grass-like. I have to be honest and say that this is not a scent that I like at all.
I find that the packaging of this tube is a little awkward. Firstly the screw on lid is quite fiddly and can be difficult to screw back on particularly after applying the cream! I also find that even though the cream is quite thick a small amount tends to squeeze out of the tube once I have finished using it and accumulate in the lid causing a bit of a mess, especially if the cream is being carried in a purse or pocket. I thought that perhaps I had a dodgy tube but after having mentioned this to my mum who'd previously used this cream she too commented on how a small amount of the cream would leak out once used.
Overall, I think this hand cream does its job well. It moisturises my skin very well, leaving it looking healthy, smooth and noticeably softer. However the cream does have several downsides for me. The first of these is the smell which I really dislike. There is also the stickiness issue once applied which makes it difficult to grip things for a while after application. I also find the packaging a bit awkward and the leaking cream is not great either. Once I finish the tube I'm not sure that this will be one that I will be repurchasing.
Being a bit of a beauty product addict, I always like to try out new things and vary the brands that I use. I have heard many positive reviews about this particular product, and after receiving a recommendation from one of the store sale assistants I decided to give it a try. It is available to purchase in the full size 100ml version which costs RRP £10.00, and also comes in a smaller 30ml version which costs RRP £5.00.
Product description: "Our best-selling Hemp Hand Protector helps soften and protect hands. It is dermatologically tested for very dry skin and contains Community Trade hemp seed oil.
+ Relieves very dry skin
+ Restores moisture and suppleness"
This hand cream comes in a tube which has a silver foil main section and a plastic screw-top lid, much like a tube of toothpaste. I purchased a full size tube and a smaller size as well so that I could keep the larger one at home and carry the smaller one around in my handbag for use on the go. Annoyingly, I had problems with both tubes. In particular, it can be hard to squeeze all the last bits out of the tube, and it took quite a lot of pinching and squeezing to make sure I got to use all of the product. The lids also seem to be a bit of a pain. I was using my smaller tube of hand cream on the train, and after unscrewing the lid it fell out of my hand and rolled away never to be seen again, so I had to make do with using the tube without a lid which meant that some of the cream started to leak out of the end. The larger tube also had a problem with the lid, and it formed a crack in the plastic after a short while of use before eventually breaking off fully which meant that, again, I had to use the tube without a lid.
Recommended directions for use: Squeeze a small amount onto hands and massage well.
The hand cream is a light sort of sage green colour and has a very thick consistency despite the fact that it has a somewhat oily appearance to it. It seems more like an ointment than a regular hand lotion. It spreads easily over my skin but it takes a lot of work to rub it in and does not absorb very well at all. I apply a very small amount when using this cream, putting a pea-sized blob onto each hand, and this gives me a full coverage. Once I have applied the cream it sort of sits on the surface of my skin and leaves a greasy feeling layer behind which lasts for around 5-10 minutes. This can be quite restrictive because I then have to be careful when holding items as my hands are slippery and can cause me to lose grip. I reserve this hand cream for use only during the winter season as it is far too rich and heavy to use when the weather is better. If I use this cream at any other time the residue makes my hands feel sweaty and then it goes sticky, so I stick to using lighter hand lotions the rest of the year and only bring out this product when my skin is in need of an extra boost due to wintry conditions. The cream works to restore dry skin, and is perfect for using when the cold weather and central heating are messing with my skin. It also provides long lasting protection which carries on long after each application, so this is useful to keep hands cared for when spending time outdoors. I find it also provides a strange sort of semi-waterproofing effect, and this is helpful for preventing my hands from drying out when I am doing things like washing the dishes or taking a long soak in the bath. This is a heavy duty cream which is rich enough to care for very dry and damaged skin.
The key ingredient in this hand cream is the Community Traded hemp seed oil. This seems like an unusual thing to see in a skincare product, but it obviously has some excellent properties for keeping skin protected and richly moisturised. The smell is not particularly to my taste as it is very earthy and natural with a slight hint of bitterness to it, and I much prefer my beauty products to have a sweet fragrance to them.
Overall, I would say that this is a good hand cream. It is definitely best suited to people who have very dry skin on their hands, and I only ever use it during the winter months when my skin needs more intensive hydration. It works well to protect skin from the elements, and I can recommend it if you need a very rich hand cream. If only they would sort out the silly packaging this would improve my view of the product greatly.
Body shop hemp hand protector for very dry skin is a hand cream designed to soften the skin, but also provide a barrier to further drying of the skin. It is made with Community Trade hemp seed oil and can be bought from The Body Shop for between £5-£10 (depending on size).
It comes in a handy travel sized 30ml and a 100ml tube. The tube is easy to squeeze and roll at the end so that as much of the contents of the tube can be used without too much disappointment at not being able to get the last dregs out.
I was recommended this some years ago by a friend when I complained about having very dry hands, especially through the winter period. My hands would be cracked and bleeding and nothing seemed to work. Since I have started using this cream I have never looked back. My main problem with hand creams before I discovered this one was that none of the array that I had tried did what they promised - soften the skin of my hands and do a good job of keeping them that way without constant application.
On first trying this product I noticed how much thicker the cream was to any others I had tried and how it sunk into the skin and immediately changed the feeling of the skin. I felt like it was working straight away. Regardless, I was still a little dubious until I went to wash my hands. I washed my hands thoroughly (as you do), expecting after drying for my skin to be rough and sore again as this is what I had experienced every time before. My hands were soft and it took another couple of washes over the course of the day to wear off the feeling of softness. With regular application it very quickly helped create a barrier against the weather and allowed my cracked and sore hands to heal.
You can only please some of the people some of the time and so there are a small number of negatives:
1. The smell is an acquired taste. I don't mind it really, and prefer a natural smell, but sometimes I smell my hands and think of soil! That could just be me though.....
2. The barrier effect is not immediate. If I apply and then wash my hands or get them wet just after application then all the cream will wash off and I will have to re-apply again (best time for application is just before bed in my opinion).
3. It has a bit of a greasy feel to it that is not entirely pleasant.
As you see only small negatives and I myself am willing to live with them to enjoy soreness and crack free hands.
At its full price it can be argued that it is a little pricey, but The Body Shop regularly have offers or discounts on the product so I tend to buy mine in bulk when it is reduced. Would I buy it at full price if there were no offers? Well, I think the advantages far outweigh the price, and one 100ml tube lasts for so long that I would argue that at its full price it is worth it and when on offer it is definitely a bargain.
In my opinion this is by far the best product on the market - quite a bold statement but I truly mean it. I have used this hand cream for the past few years and now wouldn't buy anything else.
I love it so much that I bought some for my mother - who incidentally loves it (is a keen gardener and struggles to find a good handcream) I have bought one for my husband - an engineer who constantly has dry and cracked skin from work. Both of whom are amazed by the quality.
The cream itself is thick and a little bit does go an awful long way, it has a nice scent and it isn't at all oily and gives a lengthy hydration. I have one on my desk at work and use it about 2/3 times a day and it lasts months.
A great purchase for men and women particularly those who have dry skin.
For Christmas one of the presents I got my mother was a little pampering box of various goodies, many of them from The Body Shop. One of them was intended to counter her work which means her hands get a lot of strife (working with clay = lots of handwashing!), specifically a big tube of this Hemp Hand Protector.
A few weeks after Christmas I noticed that my own paws were looking pretty shabby, and to be honest so was the rest of me. The Body Shop had a big offer on which I decided to take advantage of online so I asked how she was getting on with the product and added it to my list for a bit of a treat and to bump the total above their free shopping boundary. A few months down the line of use both regular and sporadic, here are my thoughts...
The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector is reportedly one of their best selling products. Dermatologically tested, devised for very dry skin and contains Community Trade hemp oil. It is meant to relieve very dry skin and restore moisture. It's current customer rating on the store's website is 4.8 out of 5 stars, which is pretty impressive, and it is frequently subject to the seller's various offers from what I have seen.
The product comes in a silver foil type tube with a small plastic screw cap lid. The price starts at £5 for a 30ml tube (which is what I have) although for £10 you can get 100ml so clearly the bigger tube is the better value if you find that you like this product.
The hemp plants used to produce this cream are grown in England by small family run farms united by a trade co-operative devised to encourage employment and plant diversification in the UK.
For those who would prefer disclosure of the ingredients, this list is from the product's page on the Body Shop site:
Aqua, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Myristate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cera Alba, Panthenol, Methyl Soyate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Talc, CI 77288, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499.
To use you simply squeeze the tube to dispense the light green cream and massage well into the skin.
Okay. Well first, let's look at the packaging. The foil feels sturdy although I wouldn't carry it around in my handbag - but I often carry a shopper bag on my commute with considerably less stuff and weight and this has been fine in that with no break to the metal tube. However, the product is properly packed in there and as this has the effect of making it basically air tight, when you dispense some product you often get a little more seep out due to the residual pressure - and when you screw the effective, tight little brown top back on, this can seep out of the sides which can build up over time and because of the shape of the cap, it can be hard to get all of the leakage out. So a small frown on the packaging front. However, it is recyclable and the fact that the foil type packaging is malleable means you are unlikely to waste any product when you finish your tube. The packaging also features light green and brown decoration and basic product information and directions along with ingredients. I find that because of the tube changing shape it doesn't really work being stood on its head, as the balance point constantly changes.
On the plus side, unlike toothpaste, I always manage to squeeze this from the end of the tube as I enjoy the thought of getting the most out of my tube of Hand Protector as possible!
***INSIDE THE TUBE?***
Well now. You'll either like the scent of this light green, thick moisturising cream or you won't. This is fairly solid stuff - once a small caterpillar-sized (domestic UK, not tropical multi-legged tree-destroying monster size) line of product has been dispensed, it won't melt across your skin. You need to rub this stuff in thoroughly. Also, a little goes a long way - this is the sort of stuff that you could use overnight with gloves if your hands are really suffering, although judicial use day to day isn't so bad if you have five minutes to let it get worked into the skin.
But the smell will divide opinion. I personally really love it - it is a herbal, earthy scent of hemp which I find very soothing and natural, far superior for me in a hand product that some flowery synthetic nonsense. But if you don't like that sort of slightly heavy hemp scent then you won't like this because it does linger for a little while.
In terms of texture, the thick cream is instantly soothing although the finishing effect is unusual - initially after use when my hands are suffering they don't feel heavily moisturised although it does feel that there is a barrier on them. If you overuse this cream - on a day to day basic so I can still type I use just a pea-sized blob, more if not doing anything at home or using gloves - then you will have a film of it on your hands which you will end up wiping off. However with any product comes a learning curve of use so let's move on to the important matter of whether or not this does what it says on the "sort of" tin...
Well to be honest I'm impressed. Mum's hands were in a bad shape when I got her this - a cold winter and her job combined with her natural skin's dryness meant she had actual cracks. This soothed her and did not irritate her at all, and helped the condition clear up.
My skin was not so far gone but was deeply dried out. Recently this has flared up again so I have started re-using this, having previously used it for a period regularly in spring. In between those times, when my skin has felt a bit tight I have used a small treatment here or there, and it has instantly soothed the irritation of dry skin.
Used more frequently I find this is a really effective cream for soothing bad dry skin on my hands. The scent, being a natural, oil-derived one, does not irritate my skin in any way and as I think that it is very soothing personally I have no objection to it and actually really enjoy it.
When I've used this with gloves for just a couple of hours my skin feels really soothed and soft and I can use a little more product this way without leaving traces of it everywhere - this makes it a good intensive treatment. The fact that it is also useful on a passing basis with conservative application means it covers all bases for me. But its real strength is in continued use, which does leave my hands feeling soft, renewed and I have to say, actually looking more youthful and soothed. Because of the tiny amounts that you need to use, my 30ml tube is not even near half way yet when used as required, so a better-value 100ml tube would go on for ages.
So despite the slight failing in the packing, and considering that I love the scent as well as the product's effectiveness, I'm going to go for five stars despite the slightly unusual feeling of a film on my hands - at the end of the day this is a intensive moisturising treatment which soothes uncomfortably dry skin, and for that it really does what it sets out to do.
Some years ago I used to work with this guy who was about as smug a dad as you could ever have the misfortune to meet. He used to dish out constant righteous parenting advice to his co-workers (all of whom were under 25, single and not in the least interested). Looking back on this advice, it was nearly all wrong or didn't apply to me when I became a parent. However, the one snippet that stuck with me was "you always have dry hands from washing and sterilising everything".
I didn't wash and sterilise everything, the house stayed a little grubby and M&M never took a bottle. Some two years in, the thing that dried my hands out was toilet training. Wiping, washing hands. Washing her hands, washing my hands. Washing the poo of the wall and spraying the floor with dettol, washing my hands. And then, just as we were pretty much through this stage, a bacteria outbreak at work left me compulsively washing my hands there and using alcohol hand gel which only exacerbated the problem. The skin on my hands ended up cracked and sore, with flaking between my fingers.
I tried Aveeno, which caused me to shed tons of skin for some reason (embarrassingly, all over my desk) and Palmers Cocoa butter which provided less than half an hour of relief and wiped off on everything. I'm allergic to E45 and most other medicated creams and the whole thing became a daily annoyance. Eventually, while out for lunch I spotted a 50% off banner in the window of the body shop. Annoyingly, the hand cream wasn't on any special offer, but there was a fair old selection. One with Almond Oil for your nails, one with Absinthe, a Rose one which the assistant said was for 'mature' skin. And on top of these all, the best selling one, Hemp Hand Protector.
I had planned to choose the cream based on the scent. The Hemp Hand Protector was the least nice smelling of all of these, but so thick and luxurious that I ended up buying a handbag sized metal tube for £5.00. It squeezed out like toothpaste, holding a thick, waxy, ungloopy shape. And when I smoothed it on it glided over my hands and absorbed really easily. My hands felt smooth and clean and soft.
The smell is hempy - like an organic food store, freshly cut grass, a scratchy shirt bought at a festival stall. It reminds me of shops where they burn incense or hot geothermal pools with magic mud. It's grown on me, a change from the fruity , perfumy alternatives without chemical potency. I don't mind it on my hands in the least. As mentioned, it's a metal tube, making it easy to squeeze every last drop out. I don't love the packaging, the little brown screw on lid is functional but annoyingly small and easy to lose if you fumble it on opening. The green and brown label is unattractive and not particularly easy to spot on a busy shelf. Overall it's more hygienic to have a squeezy tube, but this could have been prettier.
In terms of staying power, the beeswax means that you can keep lovely soft hands without having to reapply everytime you head to the sink. I'm really happy with this as a purchase and with it sinking into my skin so easily, theres no wiping off excess or leaving greasy spots on paperwork or my iphone screen.
After swabs of all the sinks and dishwashers, the bacteria poisoning has been blamed on factors external to our office and with the weather finally waming a little, dry skin will hopefully be pushed aside as a seasonal problem. However, I'll be keeping this to hand (geddit?) to deal with my feet before I bare them in flip flops. Even as I type this, my hands look a million times better without that itchy flaking.
Intense therapy for moisture-starved skin, hands down / With hemp seed oil and glycerin to soften and reverse dryness, plus lanolin to help lock it all in /