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      11.11.2014 19:52
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      The only product that has improved the condition of my feet!

      My heels tend to get dry in winter and lately, I've also been getting hard skin on other parts of my feet. I've tried a few products without much success and having used the hand cream in this range and been very pleased with the results, I decided to give the foot cream a go as well. It is designed for very dry feet so I had high hopes that it would go some way towards improving the condition of my feet, at least.

      I have been using it for over a month now and it has exceeded my expectations completely. My heels look a lot better and no flake flake or crack. The hard skin elsewhere is a lot softer and I am having much more success in then tackling that with the Body Shop's foot file. All in all, the condition of my feet is a lot better than before. I use this pretty much every day and do notice that my feet start to revert back to before if I do not do this so it is definitely something that needs to be used on a regular basis to see results.

      It costs £10 for a 100 ml tub. This might sound expensive but it does go further than you might think. In the month that I have been using it, I haven't made too much of a dent in the tub, despite using it more or less every day. Granted, I do not use it liberally across all of my foot and just concentrate on the heels and other problem areas. It is a little on the greasy side (although not in the same league as the hand cream) so you don't need to use too much in one go or it will struggle to sink in. Less is more basically, because of the consistency.

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      21.10.2013 22:16
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      a 'herbal' remedy

      I was browsing in The Body Shop, when I saw the hemp range. I remember not liking the smell a few years ago, but I have really dry feet and the range is designed for `very dry' skin, so I thought I would revisit the range.

      When I opened the pot, I was surprised at how much milder it smelt compared to how I remember it. The smell is quite plant like and its not the nicest of smells, especially when compared to some of the other products like cocoa butter, almond and coconut. I have easily gotten used to the smell now and it doesn't linger, I barely notice it now.

      The cream isn't greasy and I was surprised at how quickly it absorbed and improved the appearance of my feet. Now, my feet are really dry, especially the soles and this cream really helped and lasts a relatively long time, compared to other products I have used. It feels like the cream is absorbed deeply in my skin and not just on the top layers. I have been using the cream most days and even when I haven't, my feet are much softer than they were.

      The cream is normally £10 for the pot and I have been using it for about a month and have half a tub left. The Body Shop have frequent offers on products, so you should be able to get it cheaper than £10.

      There are other products in the range, including a hand cream, hand butter, body butter and face cream. I haven't tried these products, although I have bought the hand cream and face cream for my partner. He doesn't like any 'fancy' smelling products and is happy using the hemp products.

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      18.01.2012 14:43
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      A pampering treat.

      I have mentioned in previous reviews that I recently purchased a tin of Body Shop Hemp goodies in the christmas sales. I will now review another product from the tin: The Hemp Foot Protector. The product normally comes in a 100ml tub and costs £10, although this range is often on offer and can be bought for half price.

      If this product had not been in the tin, it is probably not something I would have considered buying, as I regularly use compeed cracked heel cream on my feet and I am perfectly happy with that. I suffer quite badly from cracked heels as my skin is very dry anyway and I am on my feet a lot, which causes deep cracks in my heels and gives my skin a sandpapery texture, so anything that helps is very welcome.

      The first thing that I did when I unscrewed the tub was to take a long sniff! The hemp range tends to have quite a herbal medicinal scent, but the scent seems to vary from product to product. The hand protector smalls like mown grass and the lip protector has a slight lemon scent, so I was interested to see what this would smell like. Again, it smelled quite herbal and medicinal, but seemed to have a bit of a minty scent too. When I checked the ingredients, I didn't see mint on the list, but thyme was listed, so I presume it was that I could smell.

      The appearance of the cream is quite similar to the softer body butters. It is a pale green colour, and looks thick and waxy. It reminded me of avocado! The texture of the cream was quite different to the hand protector cream that I was used to. It is quite thick and waxy and does not really sink well into the skin when you apply it. When I put it on the soles of my feet, the cream just sat on the surface, and even when I rubbed it in well, it still left a visible waxy layer. this is not really the kind of cream that you could put on your feet in the morning and then get up and get on with daily activities. It is more designed for application at night and then popping a pair of socks over the top to seal in the moisture.

      The herbal scent stays on your feet and is not unpleasant. In fact, it is infinitely preferable to smelly feet! You need to apply quite a lot of the cream and the level in the tub goes down very quickly. A tub of this cream would probably only last a couple of months with daily use.

      I used the cream every night instead of my usual compeed cream. Within 3 days, the skin on my feet had lost the sandpapery feel and the cracks were less noticeable. The skin was very smooth on my heels and I was really impressed with the results. The more I use the cream, the better my feet look and feel and I have not had any new cracks appear. It is very effective. It also feels like a pampering, luxury product and feels natural rather than artificial.

      Would I swap my regular cream? Well, that is a big question! The compeed cream costs less than half of what this costs and does a great job. This cream is very good, but it is a bit pricey and also quite messy as it does not skin in well. I might buy it if it was on offer, but I am not convinced enough to swap brands.

      The cream contains lots of lovely ingredients for pampering the skin, including glycerin, cocoa butter, cannabis seed oil and castor oil. Body Shop are well know for their fairtrade policies, so consumers can be sure that farmers overseas are being paid a fair price for their products.

      I award the cream 4 stars, as I was very impressed with the results, but I would have liked a cream that absorbed better into the skin and was slightly cheaper in price.

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      28.01.2011 22:59
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      Recommended.

      The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector is something I picked up to try to improve the condition of my feet. I work as a staff nurse and, as such, I tend to be on my feet all day. As a result, my feet are very dry with a lot of hard skin, particularly on the balls of my feet and I've really found nothing that helps in the long term with the exception of hot wax treatments at the spa. However, I cannot afford to have twice a week hot wax treatments at the spa - and so I needed some sort of alternative. And this is it. A tub of The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector costs me £9.95 for a 100ml tub which lasts me around two weeks - which may seem expensive but, to be honest, I would doubt that most people would get through it this quickly.

      Ultimately this is an intensive moisuriser - and when I say "intensive", I mean that it is like an industrial strength moisturiser that will even make a very good attempt at tackling me feet! The cream itself is an off-white and is very thick and creamy - and kind of has the consistency of hair wax. Initially, this consistency put me off a little bit because I thought it was going to be difficult to apply and sticky once it was applied, but in actual fact it wasn't as I feared at all.

      I apply a generous amount of the cream to the bottoms of my feet - and gently rub in. Its actual nice if you can convince your partner to massage the cream into your feet and work the cream into the worst driest areas because the effectiveness of the cream really does improve it the moisturiser is targeted. It works into the feet really easily and it gets absorbed effortlessly. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised and hydrated without any stickiness or tackiness.

      In order for it to be effective, I do need to use it every day - hence I get through the whole pot in a couple of weeks. I would say there is a 200% improvement in the hydration and general appearance of my feet since I've been using this.

      Now, there is a downside - and that's the smell. To me it smells faintly but definitely of petrol. Its a subtle and non-pervasive smell but it is evident. I have counteracted this by applying a thin layer of a perfumed moisturizer on top and this does cover the smell very well.

      I really do recommend this moisturizer for anyone who has very dry skin on their feet.

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        21.01.2011 15:00
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        Great foot protector

        I received this foot creme as a Christmas present and I thoroughly enjoy it. It is just as good as the hand protector so personally I think it is excellent. It has the same type of smell which could be described as earthy. I love the smell because it is strong but does not linger.

        The creme comes in a 100ml tin and like the hand protector states that it is dermatologically tested and that it contains hemp seed oil.

        I do try apply about a 10p coin size amount to each foot since I do get quite dry feet and I was impressed that my feet felt a lot more moist straight away, so I definitely think the foot creme does it's job and I would give it a personal rating of 5/5. I love this foot protector also because it's good for protecting against cut and sores and I would recommend it to people who walk a lot and/or do things like gardening.

        The product can be bought from the body shop and is made in the Uk.

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        22.10.2010 08:14
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        A superb foot product from the Body Shop hemp range

        A few months ago I attended a Body Shop party, which was really not a good idea where I am concerned, particularly as I absolutely adore purchasing and using new toiletries. A product that I have been using for many years is Body Shop Hemp Hand Crème, which I would regularly apply to my feet. However, I was delighted to discover that Body Shop now manufacturer a Foot Protector in the same range and this review will discuss my experience of using this fantastic product.

        The Protector is contained within a 100ml circular plastic tub with a grey screw top lid. On the upper label we are provided with the familiar logo of the Body Shop, together with an image of several hemp leaves. There is a similar label around the entire tub where we are also advised that the protector contains Community Trade hemp seed oil. The product is specifically designed for very dry skin and has been dermatologically tested.

        You may be aware that the Body Shop do not test any of their product ingredients on animals and in 1987 they launched Community Trade. Consequently, they endeavour to use Community Trade ingredients in all of their products, which subsequently provide their suppliers with a stable, long-term income. I learned that the hemp seed oil contained within this product is provided by a family run English co-operative and is grown without pesticides using traditional farming methods, which have been passed down through generations.

        If you have never before used Body Shop hemp products you may initially find the aroma a little overwhelming. Whilst I am unable to state that the fragrance is particularly favourable, I cannot say that it is unpleasant and as far as I am concerned, as long as the product is effective, the aroma is something I can simply put up with.

        The consistency of the light green coloured crème is considerably thick and is easily applied to the feet. I suffer with considerably dry skin on both of my heels, particularly as I tend to walk around my home barefooted in the warmer months. Consequently, it is necessary for me to apply a good quality crème to the underside of my feet on a weekly basis. The crème is fairly greasy due to its' content of cocoa butter from Guana and beeswax and I find it takes a really good hand wash to remove all traces. However, I would expect nothing less, particularly as the product is intended for very dry skin.

        After applying a fairly thin layer to both of my feet I put on a pair of fluffy bed socks and allow the crème to work its' magic whilst I'm in the land of nod. I wouldn't advise applying this product to your feet without covering them, as otherwise you will end up with grease marks all over your carpets and wooden flooring. I would also advise that your feet will become extremely slippery, so make sure you're well protected.

        When I remove my socks in the morning I have to say that I am absolutely delighted with the results, as my feet are always extremely soft and smooth. Unfortunately, the product will not remove extremely hardened skin, so you will need to remove by an alternative method, such as a Ped Egg. However, I am pleased to advise that Hemp Foot Protector will prevent any further hard skin from occurring provided you apply on a regular basis.

        As previously advised, prior to discovering this product a few months ago I had been using the Hemp Hand Crème, which provided me with superb results even though it was not specifically designed for the feet. As far as I am aware the Foot Protector has only been around for a few months and it is most definitely a welcome addition to my beauty routine. I apply the crème every Sunday evening and during the week I tend to use Satsuma Body Shop Butter.

        Would I recommend this product? Most definitely yes, as this has to be one of the best crèmes that I have ever used on my feet. I have a huge scar on the upper section of my one foot after recently undergoing surgery and when my feet get cold the scar feels as though it is tightening and causes me considerable pain. Using this product has alleviated the problem somewhat, particularly as my skin is always well moisturised. Whilst the crème retails at £10 for a 100ml tub a little goes a very long way and you will instantly notice its' superb effects.

        Consequently, Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector receives a huge recommendation from me, together with 5 out of 5 stars.

        This review may also appear on other sites under the same user name.

        I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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          22.08.2010 15:54
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          Perhaps a good maintenance product once your toes are in tip-top shape?

          It's nice to pamper our, normally neglected, tootsies and it was this that I had in mind when I received a small pot of Hemp Foot Protector in a gift hamper last Christmas. Having already used and been amazed by the Hemp Body Butter and Hemp hand cream I had high hopes for this product.

          The cream came in a pot similar to the body shop's body butters with labelling that ties in with the rest of the hemp range. On opening the pot I expected to be greeted by a thick, rich cream but I was disappointed when this wasn't the case. The foot protector is a cream but it's not as thick and rich as I'd imagined given the name. The other hemp products I've tried are so great that I put these preconceptions to one side and duely applied the product.

          The cream has a nice feel to it and sinks in reasonably quick. It left a slight oily residue but nothing that would stop me from reapplying. My initial impressions were that it didn't have that immediate effect I'd experienced with the hemp hand cream; my skin didn't feel instantly softer. This is perhaps because my feet are less well cared for than my hands to begin with. I also had to apply more product than I'd anticipated as the product spread out quite thinly. I felt I had to apply more in order to moisturise the area properly.

          I slipped on some cotton socks overnight and eagely awaited the revelation of well-moisturised heels in the morning. When I took the socks off however, my feet were perhaps a little less rough than they had been but there wasn't really a marked difference. Not one to be deterred I persevered with the same routine every evening for a week. Still not a great deal of difference. At this point my small pot had ran out - it was only a very tiny one remember - and I couldn't continue to try and get a result from this product.

          Now my feet aren't that terrible, the area arouns my heels is a dry but not cracked and I suffer with dry skin along the tops of my toes due to the awful shoes I have to wear at work. I wouldn't have said that they'd be that much of a challenge for a moisturing product to sort out. With this in mind I was disappointed with the performance of the hemp foot protector. While it did provide some improvement it wasn't anywhere near as good as I'd hoped. I've since used the hand protector on my feet with much better results!

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          18.06.2010 11:45
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          I would recommend it!

          Since I was diagnosed as a diabetic (type 2) I have made a more conscious effort to look after my feet. Apparently they are prone to something called neuropathy where the nerves get damaged and therefore I am invited to have them checked once a year at our local doctor's surgery as part of my diabetes care.

          I recently got into the habit of using the Soap and Glory foot cream which I found to be excellent but, as I had a voucher for the Body Shop, I decided to try their Hemp Foot Protector for a change.

          It cost me £10 for a pot containing 100ml of the cream and I immediately got £1 off as I have a Body Shop Loyalty Card giving me 10% off all purchases and of course I used the voucher as well which I think was for £5 if I remember correctly so I did get a bargain.

          The Hemp Foot Protector comes in a round, flat tub, which is the same style as the ones used for the body butters and body scrubs although it isn't quite as big. As with all the Body Shop products the packaging is kept to a minimum and so is the wording thereon. The label on the top of this one just tells us that it contains 100ml / 3.4oz / 99g of Hemp Foot Protector and that it provides heavy duty moisturisation, protection and repair for extremely dry skin. Come to think of it I wouldn't have thought you would ever have anything other than dry skin on your feet but maybe I am wrong.

          The top of the tub unscrews and inside I found a smooth, pale green cream and the first thing that I noticed about it was the fragrance which I assume to be that of the hemp seed oil that the cream contains. It isn't an unpleasant smell but it isn't one I would choose as a main fragrance so I won't be buying the matching body butter or face protector! I found it to be more of an earthy smell than a flowery one.

          I have just taken a look at the Body Shop website - www.thebodyshop.co.uk - and found that the three main ingredients of the foot protector are hemp seed oil which has a high concentration of essential fatty acids to help repair the skin and restore its moisture, smoothness and suppleness, panthenol which helps to improve the toenails and lanolin which is a rich, readily absorbed moisturiser. It also contains glycerine and beeswax.

          I use the cream each morning when I have finished in the shower and dried my feet. I apply a little of the cream to each foot, and a little does go a long way, and rub it well in. It is absorbed very quickly and easily and leaves no greasy residue.

          Since using the cream I have found that the skin on my feet remains smooth and supple and I rarely have any problems with hard skin even now that I am wearing sandals rather than shoes. I always have a clean bill of health at my annual check up too!

          In conclusion I would definitely recommend this cream and I like it equally as much as the Soap and Glory one so once the pot is finished I shall take a look at both creams, see which is the best value at the time, and that is the one that I shall buy!

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            10.04.2010 18:48
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            A great moisturizer to rescue dry feet.

            As summer approaches, I look at my feet with dread. Soon those dry, cracked heels will be on show to everyone, shielded only by a mere flip-flop. This year I have resolved to be prepared for summer, including being able to show off my feet. So, wondering around the body shop, how delighted I was to find this dinky green pot of foot protector.

            It wasn't exactly love at first sight as the product comes in a dull grey-ish green and brown pot. The label on the top simply says Hemp Foot Protector, with a little detail underneath noting that it is for extremely dry skin. The label can be peeled off to reveal further information underneath but unfortunately I left my pot in the bathroom where it got very wet. Now, whenever I attempt to peel the label off it cracks. So, regrettably I can't say what product details it gives underneath.

            Upon opening the pot, the smell really does hit you right away. It isn't an extremely unpleasant smell but the scent of hemp is very strong. The cream is of a very thick consistency and resembles a thick body butter, it does melt a little in your hands and so a little goes a long way.
            I always tend to use the product after a bath or shower to help lock in the moisture. Another great tip is to sleep in some cotton socks after applying the foot protector, apparantly the warmth opens up your pores, helping the cream to sink in.

            The results after using this product are brilliant! Even the next morning my feet feel softer and moisturized. I have had this product for a couple of weeks and using it just once a week makes a noticable difference; my heels are no way near as hard, nor do they appear cracked.

            100ml of the foot protector will set you back £10, this may seem expensive but I think this is good value for money as it will prevent embarrasing days out in sandals and also last a long time.

            Overall a fantastic product to save dry and cracking feet that I would recommend to everyone!

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              21.01.2010 11:29
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              A moisturiser that does what it says!!

              ~What is it~

              The Body Shop - Hemp Foot Protector.

              A heavy duty moisturiser that is suitable for extremely dry skin that is meant to 'protect and repair.' The product comes in a greenish 100ml tub with a silver-like lid. Although pretty basic packaging, it more than does the job or portraying the moisturiser to be more of a medicated product than a general everday moisturiser. Although I know hemp to be made from the cannabis plant, I still find it quite amusing to see a giant cannabis leaf on the front of the tub. (Childish I know!)

              ~My Opinion~

              Having a sister that suffers severe excema and having dermatitis myself, it's about time you can find a non-medicated product that moisturises aswell as medicated products. My sister swears by this product and was the one who advised me to try it out in the first place. So off I went to my local Boots and bought myself a tub for £9.45, a little expensive I hear you cry, but the difference between this and other moisturisers is that a little goes a long way, so on buying mine in the summer, and using it quite frequently, I still have quite a reasonable amount left over.

              On first opening the cream, I was quite shocked by the smell, gone is the usual lovely smell that you usually associate with any Body Shop moisturisers and in its place, is a more medicated type smell, which although quite overpowering in the tub, once applied tones down to a more subtle smell. But for the people this product is aimed at, those with extremely dry feet, the smell is more than adequate to deal with, and after a few applications becomes more pleasant.

              The cream itself is a light greeny colour, and as you would expect, it has quite a thick consistency. As I've said previously a little goes a long way, and the product is very easy to apply, and doesn't leave your skin feeling sticky as other moisturisers tend to do.

              I usually use this product with the moisturising socks I also bought from The Body Shop, and therefore after taking a bath or shower, I then make sure my feet are well covered with the cream before slipping my socks on. Given that the product is not a miracle worker, and doesn't immediately solve an dry skin problem overnight, you are definately able to see a difference, and within weeks by feet were much healthier and were very very soft!!!

              Although the product is a little on the expensive side, I don't think it's really intended for everyday use or for those with perfectly healthy skin. It's really made for those with some sort of skin complaint, and from my experience, if a product works you don't mind paying a little extra for it!!

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              10.01.2010 00:45
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              Does what it should, but feels like a punishment

              When the Body Shop introduced its Hemp range several years ago I was told it was a replacement for the discontinued Sesame range, which was also for very dry skin.
              Now I don't know about you but I've always thought the delicate, warm toasty smell of sesame is rather attractive. Now, it appeared, I was to smell of old rope instead.
              On the plus side, the Hemp Foot Protector does what it's supposed to. Thanks to the fatty acids of the hemp and the addition of lanolin, moisturation is very effective. It has a silky texture which feels pleasant on the skin. Used regularly, it keeps feet soft and hydrated. I found that the skin on my heels cracked less and even my toenails seemed to improve - apparently that's because it also contains panthenol.
              On the downside, it's almost impossible to rub in completely. The best time to use it is just before bed, or when you're able to put on a pair of cotton socks immediately afterwards. Otherwise, you're likely to leave slimy footsteps everywhere.
              Aesthetically, it's one of the least appealing of the Body Shop's products. Instead of the 'good enough to eat' colours of most of the ranges, it's a sludgy green. And instead of those lovely fruity smells, such as Mango and Raspberry, it really does smell of old rope.
              Perhaps it's a punishment for having such nasty feet.
              Personally, I now use one of The Body Shop's body butters on my feet. It looks good and smells good and my feet are happy. And it works out about half the price of the foot protector, which is £10 for 100ml.

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                05.01.2010 04:39
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                not cheap to purchase, but a wonderful product that helps

                If you suffer with dry skin on your feet, I personally love this.

                I find the cream very rich, and best used at night or with socks in your shoes, otherwise i find your feet slip and slide about a little, as i never have time to let it sink in before having to rush off to work

                This i use after using my favourite foot file which is a microplane xl pro, and find it leaves my feet feeling fully hydrated, soft and smooth.
                I have found it also helps my toe nail area, where you can again get problems with the cuticle area.
                I like to rub the excess, after giving my feet a good massage, into my hand which i think appreciate it

                The smell it not over pleasant, but you get used to it and i wouldnt describe it as awful, more like different, as its not filled with artifical frangrances.

                I would certainly recommend this to anyone, who like myself suffer with dry skin, as my feet live in boots most of the week and love me for applying this to them most nights

                Its not the cheapest to purchase either, but it definately worth giving it a go especially if you file your feet first

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                Hopefully will get it for my birthday!

                Recently I went into the Body Shop to buy a Christmas present and found that they were offering a small free sample to anyone who asked. I requested a sample of the Hemp Foot Protector, which was a product I've wanted to try for a while but have resisted buying because of its price.

                The Hemp Foot Protector is part of the Body Shop's popular hemp range, which also includes a lip balm, hand protector and a body butter. The Foot Protector comes in a 100 ml tub and costs £10, which seems quite expensive to me seeing as most of the Body Shop's body butters cost around £12 for twice that amount.

                The cream is described by the Body Shop as being 'Packed full of hemp seed oil, glycerine and beeswax for extreme moisturisation' and is marketed as those people who have 'extremely dry skin'. This applies to me as the skin on my feet tends to get very dry and often itchy.

                The cream comes in a round pot which is coloured in shades of grey, cream and green. It looks functional rather than cute, luxurious or bright as most of the Body Shop's products. However what matters is whether it works or not I suppose!

                Inside the pot the cream is quite thick, though not as firm or thick as a body butter. It is a light green colour and looks and smells quite unpleasant. However it smooths easily into the skin on my feet and my skin instantly absorbs it and drinks it up. Afterwards my feet don't feel sticky or coated at all, but they do feel less thirsty and less itchy than they have for a long time.

                I would recommend this if you don't mind the smell and if you're happy to pay the slightly expensive price. I will probably wait until I get it as a gift rather than buying it myself!

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                  25.06.2009 11:34

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                  Get those toes out!!!!

                  From the massive Hemp range at The Body Shop, this product is just what you need coming in to summer, to get fantastically smooth and gorgeous feet, ready for breaking out the flip flops.

                  This comes in a tub (rather like a Body Butter) which contains 100ml of cream. This is not as portable as the hand tube of hand protector, but it is less likely to be something you want to reapply through the day. At £9.75 this isn't cheap but it does really work and unless you are scooping it on the pot will last 6 weeks plus.

                  The smell is great and does remind me of incense!! It is not a feminine or masculine smell particularly.

                  The cream is not and attractive colour, but this doesn't really bother me!
                  In addition to the Hemp oil and Panthenol (bring out the toenails - this did improve the colour and texture of mine) this contains Lanolin, which is a stonger moisturiser than in most of the products it the range - I guess beccause feet need more!!! After a week of using my feet felt much much softer and even not using the cream for a couple of days I could feel the effects.

                  The only thing I have negative to say about this is don't put your feet down for several minutes after using this - it marks carpets!!!

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                  29.05.2009 13:43
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                  Go on - give your feet a treat!

                  It's that time of year again .....no, not getting ready for the latest Big Brother contestants to enter the house and try to become famous for being, well, urm, who knows or cares....., but Summer has arrived. We, the Great British public aim to make the most of our measly summer by baring legs that have been hidden away for months - white with a hint of blue - wearing strappy tops showing muffin top bellies that have been lovingly cultivated over winter, and topping off the look with flip flops and sandals.

                  Lily white legs can be solved with some tinted moisturiser or one of the ever increasing range of self tan products. Muffin tops will take a little more work, but a few weeks of less stodge and more exercise will help there....but what about those feet. Have you actually looked at your feet yet to see whether they are fit to don those sandals?

                  Go on - be brave.....peel off your socks and have a good look at your feet..... How do they look, a little unloved and uncared for, perhaps....has a winter shoved in socks and shoes had a detrimental effect? Do you have slabs of hard skin, and dry cracked heels? Are you REALLY sure you are ready to bare these to the world?

                  Now is the time to start loving your feet again - after all, they work bloomin' hard for us, day in day out, load bearing, shoved into trainers or stilettos, it is time we paid them back for their loyalty, and made them ready to greet the world without shame or embarrassment.

                  Let me therefore introduce to you Hemp Foot Protector from the Body Shop.....described by them as "Heavy duty moisturisation, protection and repair. For extremely dry skin". Hmm....."Moisturisation, protection and repair" - sounds just the job for a foot-exposure crisis! And at £9.45 for a 100ml tub which lasts for a while, it is not bad value to boot!

                  Hemp is a plant that is a variety of the same plant from which cannabis is cultivated. This cream is not, however, going to send you off into some sort of drug induced stupor, so please don't try and smoke it..... Hemp plants are used for a range of things, including clothing and herbal remedies, and of course creams such as this. Hemp is high in fatty acids, so excellent as a nourishing moisturiser, and this cream also contains Panthenol which is good for helping strengthen toenails and stopping them from flaking, and lanolin, commonly used in moisturisers.

                  This cream from the Body Shop is in a tub with a screw on lid. The colouring of the labelling is a "sage" green, meaning that this is appealing to both men and women. When you open the tub up, you see a very thick pale grey cream. Although it is thick, you can see that it is very moisturising - there is almost a layer of liquid on the top....almost, but not quite.....but you might want to give it a little stir with your fingers before pulling a dollop out.
                  Although it is a thick moisturising cream, it is deceptively light to apply, and it absorbs into the skin very easily. Compare this to a Body Shop Body Butter, for example, and you will be amazed at the lightness of this cream.

                  The smell is quite distinctive. Not strong, but not what you would expect from most foot creams which often contain peppermint, menthol, lemon, or other cooling ingredients. This is more of a herbal smell, but the sort of scent I associate with an amazing aromatherapy massage in a day spa.....Again, it is a smell that will suit men and women alike - there is nothing girly about it, but equally if it smells like a day spa, it must be suitable for those of us that are of the female species.

                  To apply, simply scoop out a dollop with your fingers and massage it into your feet. Ideally, use a pumice stone or a chiropodist's sponge on the hard skin areas, in the bath or shower, before, and towel dry. Pay special attention to the hard skin areas and dry patches. For best results, do this before you go to bed, and put a pair of pure cotton socks on overnight. This is a really good deep moisturising trick that is used (or a variety of it, in any event) by people with severe eczema and other skin conditions. Plus, it saves any risk of getting bits of carpet fluff stuck to your newly moisturised feet as you head for that late night trip to the bathroom.....!

                  Regular use is best - if you are trying to repair your manky feet and bring them back to life, you should use this daily, certainly to start with. If you are using it as a foot protector, and to keep them looking lovely, then every other day or once or twice a week will probably suffice.

                  I tend to use this as an occasional moisturiser, but my husband suffers terribly from hard sore skin on his feet so uses this daily whenever he has ignored his feet for a while and needs to get them sorted. If only he would remember to use it as a "maintenance tool" as well, he might not have the problems in the first place.

                  One little nugget of information though, is that if any of you ladies reading this find that no matter what you do, that area around your heels is unsightly and cracked, it may be because this area is particularly affected by hormones. Changes in our monthly cycle or going through the menopause can have a huge impact on the state of our heels.......it might be worth just bearing that in mind, because if that is the case, then it should get better naturally, even if it doesn't seem like it at the time!

                  So there we are - a unisex foot cream that is light to apply, and helps even the driest of skin. There is a wider range of hemp products at the body shop, including a body butter, hand cream, lip balm and face protector.

                  Readily available in body shop stores and online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk

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                  Bring moisture back to your feet with a cream that is full of hemp seed oil, glycerine and beeswax for extreme moisturisation /