Product Type: The Body Shop Hand & Nail Care
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Give Yourself A Helping Hand
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
Member Name: missrarr
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
Advantages: Effective hand treatment
Disadvantages: You'll either like the scent or you won't - slightly annoying lid
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.
Summary: Very useful treatment to have 'to hand' particularly in winter!
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