Product Type: The Body Shop Hand & Nail Care
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The Body Shop Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash
Member Name: loopy-lou33
The Body Shop Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash
Advantages: Leaves hands soft.
I have a Body Shop card that entitles me to a free reward worth £5 every so often. I love browsing in the store and found it quite hard deciding what to spend my reward on. I am a huge fan of the hemp range, as it has helped me through a really difficult time in my life sincce I decided to stop using steroid creams to treat my eczema. The hemp hand cream and lip protector have been fantastic and I am constantly on the lookout for new products in the range that I haven't tried before. Whilst browsing I noticed this hemp moisturising hand wash. I think it must be quite new as I hadn't seen it before and as it was £5 I decided to cash in my reward and get it.
One of the reasons that I bought the handwash was because the skin on my hands can get quite dry and regular soaps can strip the skin of natural oils. My husband has always done manual work, which means that the skin on his hands gets very dry and cracked, sometimes with deep, painful cracks forming. Therefore, I thought that this soap-free handwash would be ideal for both of us.
The handwash comes in a tall narrow bottle, which contains 250ml of product. I estimate that a bottle would last about a month in our house, maybe a little less, as you do not need to use much product to get a good lather. The bottle is clear, so you can see the handwash inside which is a light green colour. The scent is very similar to other items in the hemp range and reminds me of cut, dried grass or hay. It is not a smell that is to everyone's taste and is perhaps more masculine than feminine. Children would not like the scent, and I don't let the kids use this soap!
The bottle has a pump lid which is quite good at giving control over the amount that you want depending on the amount of pressure you apply. I also like the fact that the lid does not drip. I find that only a very small amount of handwash is needed. As this is a soap free product, it feels very different to your average hand soap. The product feels creamy, viscous and slippery as you apply it to the hands and has a similar consistency to hand cream. As you add water and rub your hands together, the handwash lathers to a creamy foam, giving a good coverage over the hands. After patting the hands dry with a towel, my hands feel noticeable softer, as if I had applied a light layer of cream. The scent is quite light and not overpowering and does tend to fade from the hands after a few minutes.
I have been using the handwash several times a day for almost a week and I have definitely noticed a difference. My hands feel soft and protected and this certainly feels like a luxury, premium product.
In fact I only have one gripe with this product and that is price. I know it is great stuff, but can I really justify paying £5 for a bottle, when a regular bottle of handwash from the supermarket only costs £1? The answer is no, and this is not a product that I plan to buy regularly. As a busy mom, I wash my hands lots of times in a day and I would have to replenish the bottle quite regularly, which would cost me a pretty penny. In my opinion, the product is worth about £3 and if I see it on offer I will have to stock up on it then.
The handwash contains lots of lovely ingredients, such as hemp of course, which is rich in omega oils. It also contains rapeseed oil. The hempseed oil is fairtrade, which means that the farmers get a fair price for their crop.
I love this handwash and the way it makes my hands feel, but I am going to be a bit of a meanie and deduct a star for the high price, which I think is too much to pay for a bottle of hand wash.
Summary: Premium but pricey.
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