Product Type: The Body Shop Hand & Nail Care
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The Body Shop Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash
Member Name: Beccky
The Body Shop Hemp Moisturising Hand Wash
Advantages: Very moisturising, lasts a while, better quality ingredients that cheaper washes
Disadvantages: Some people may not like the scent, it's quite expensive
For my birthday last year one of the gifts I received was a hand care kit from The Body Shop, one of the items I proceed to purchase after finishing from the set was this Hemp hand wash. It costs £5 for a 250ml bottle. It is available from an Body Shop store, or from their website. They often have offers and discounts running which may mean you can get it a little cheaper.
The hand wash comes in quite a tall, thin bottle with a pump top for easy application to your hands.. The labelling is green and brown, and the bottle is clear enough for you to see how much soap is remaining - very handy!
To use the soap you simply depress the pump to squirt some onto your hands, one pump is usually enough, lather up with warm water and then rinse thoroughly. The soap lathers up more than I was expecting it to, and has a rich but gentle foam. The hand wash is a pale creamy colour and relatively thick for a hand wash. The scent is one I find difficult to describe, and is quite unique to the hemp range, it's a slightly earth smells, and although not something I would choose to wear as a perfume it is pleasant. After rinsing my hands always feel much softer than the were before washing. The scent lingers on your skin for some time but isn't overpowering.
The Body Shop recommend that this hand wash is used as part of a skincare regime using their other hemp products, however I put the bottle in my bathroom and used it whenever I would have normally washed my hands. I do use some of their other hemp hand care range, however I don't feel that you need one to use the other.
I have to wash my hands a lot for work and find that the are usually very dry, and suffer a lot for it. Although I'm not able to use this soap at work, I have found that it helped to prevent my hands from drying out even more when washing them at home. Along with a good hand cream it makes a noticeable difference and prevents your hands from becomes too dry from washing with very harsh chemicals that you may find in other soaps and hand washes. The website states that the hand wash provides 24 hour hydration which I don't agree with - how many people can go 24 hours without doing the washing up or using something which would take the soap off their hands? Not a practical or believable statement in my eyes, however I do feel the soap hydrates our hands for reasonably longer than cheaper, or harsher versions. I found the hand wash lasted around a month in m bathroom with frequent use.
The hand wash is dermatological tested and soap free. There are quite a few chemicals in the ingredients list, however I struggle to find products without a lot now. The ingredients are:
(Solvent/Diluent), Brassica Campestris Seed Oil (Emollient), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Surfactant - Cleansing Agent), Cocamide MEA (Surfactant), Parfum (Fragrance), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Chelating Agent), Mel (Natural Additive), Cyanopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Binder/Viscosity Modifier), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Hair Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).
Overall, this is a good quality hand wash that lasts a qhile and moisurises well. It is quite pricey, but works well and is worth it if you would like a hydrating hand wash. The smell won't be for everyone, but it does grow on you the more you use it. I'm going to give it 4 stars, as the price is on the high side and I find it a bit steep for a hand wash - other than that it's great!
Summary: An expensive, but otherwise great hand wash which really does help moisturise dry hands!
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