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Everybody I know who uses The Body Shop products and has dry skin raves about the Hemp range, it is iconic in Body Shop history and is one of their best selling ranges.
The product comes in a standard looking tube. It has a pop off cap at the top and a twist up mechanism at the bottom. The lid is easy to remove but it doesn't fall off when it's placed in your handbag and the twist up mechanism has stayed smooth and easy to control despite several months of use. The Hemp range has a signature colour scheme of brown, silver and 'Hemp green'. It isn't the most fashionable of packaging designs, more on the simple but effective side of things. The packaging tells me all the information I need to know such as contact details, an ingredient list and how long to store the product when opened- a hefty 36 months which is great if, like me, you lose a lip balm, search everywhere, open a new one then find the old one. It won't matter if you have two products on the go as this product will be happily be open for a 3 whole years!
This 'lip protector' is designed to provide 'intense moisturisation for dry lips', whilst I do not class myself as having excessively dry lips I did find that periods of intense snow, cold temperatures and a dog to walk combined to create a wind-stung, cracked and peeling set of lips. Not attractive. I started using my Hemp lip protector before I went to sleep, I applied a liberal layer and left it to soak in over night. The product looks like any other lip balm I have ever tried but on application I could immediately tell that this smooth, off-white balm was different. It went on heavier than any other lip balm but this isn't a negative as it provided an instant soothing sensation and it made my lips feel relaxed and less taut. There is no noticeable fragrance to the product, maybe a slightly earthy scent if you get up close and take a sniff but nothing that I can smell on my lips when applied. I still use this product nightly and I find it still provides a luxurious instant relief even though my lips aren't considerably dry at the moment. I also apply this product as I leave the house in a morning. It helps protect my lips whilst I am out with the dog and it keeps my moisture levels topped up throughout the day. I can now have good looking lips all day long.
This product is available from The Body Shop and is available both online and in-store. As I state in most of my Body Shop reviews it is worth purchasing online when a discount code* is available as I have not paid full price for a Body Shop item for several years. This product retails at £4.00 for a 4.2g tube but with a code I usually pay around the £2.00 mark for mine. Now, 4.2g might not sound like a lot but as I've said I have been using this product twice a day on a regular basis for several months now and I still have half a tube left! It is a very economical lip balm and for the price, both full and discounted I think it is great value for money. It is a well packaged, sturdy product that soothes and takes care of lips. I used to be a tart when it came to lip balms, I had every colour, fragrance and brand imaginable but I'm ready to settle down now....I think I've found the one!
* Discount Codes can be found by typing 'The Body Shop Discount Code' into a search engine. For the Body Shop the codes are usually words rather than numbers and usually open to all customers rather than just those specifically invited. The Body Shop allow one code per online order and it must be inputted into the designated box at the time the order is placed.
My lips are almost always on the dry side and if I don't use a good lip balm religiously, they are very prone to flaking and cracking. Not a good look! Because of this, I'm never without lip products and have an ever-growing stash thanks to my uncanny ability to lose them. This is one that I've been using for quite a while now. I use the hemp hand cream and have had good experiences with that so I was keen to try out the hemp lip protector too. It's marketed at very dry skin so I had high hopes that it would work wonders on my poor lips.
As you can see from the product image above, it's not at all dissimilar to most lip balms. It comes in a small tube, which you just twist at the bottom to encourage the balm up. I'm persisting in calling it a balm because it's not much different from lip balm. It has a slightly waxy consistency, which made me a bit concerned that it would just sit on my lips. This has been the case with other lip balms of similar consistency but thankfully, this one actually sinks into my lips and makes them look a lot more moisturised straight away. The colour is every so slightly off yellow but there's no colour once it's your lips - it just goes on as clear no matter how enthusiastic I am with my application! It gives my lips a slight sheen but nothing overly obvious. It just makes them look better really. There is a faint smell of hemp as you apply it but this isn't particularly obvious, quickly fades and I can't say that I've noticed it again after application so don't worry - you won't be smelling of hemp all day!
While it's on, my lips definitely feel more moisturised. I can feel that it's on but this isn't an uncomfortable feeling and it may just be because I'm always heavy handed in applying these kind of things! I drink quite a lot during the day so I'm frequently needing to reapply it but because it sinks into the lips, I've found that if I've not eating or drinking that much, I don't need to apply it too often. I can definitely feel the difference if I'm not wearing it as my lips will quickly become dry and irritated so it's a product that I feel the need to keep using to maintain the effects.
It costs around £4 I believe. This is more than I'd normally be willing to pay for a lip product so I'm sure that I didn't pay this for mine. I think it was on some kind of offer and that I paid around £2 but as it's now become a must-have item for me, I would actually be happy to pay the full price as it keeps my lips in good condition and really does the job.
I recently discovered (and reviewed) the amazing Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Cream, which has been working small miracles on my skin. During a visit to the post-christmas sales, I was pleased to see that Body Shop were selling a Tin of Hemp goodies for £14, including my favourite hand cream, usually £10, A body butter worth £12.50, a sample of foot cream and this tube of lip protector, which usually retails for £4. Naturally I snapped up the tin, although I was gutted that it has since been reduced to £10, and got busy testing all of the goodies inside for the purpose of reviewing. This review is for the lip protector only.
The packaging for the lip protector is typical of the hemp range, with an olive green tube with an image of a cannabis leaf on it. The type of cannabis used in this range is completely safe and not the narcotic variety. Cannabis seed oil is very rich in omega 3, which makes it an ideal ingredient in skin products and this range is aimed at people with very dry skin. My lips are not particularly dry, but I am prone to skin sensitivity and eczema, which means that the skin around my mouth can be prone to mild perioral dermatitis, or flaking, so it does help to use moisturising products. The tube is a typical chapstick size, with a pull off lid and a swivel base that enables the user to push the stick up out of the tube or retract it.
If you pull back the label, you can see a list of lovely ingredients, which include beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, fruit oil and panthenol, as well as the hemp seed oil. This rich mix of ingredients makes for a very luxurious product, and although £4 seems expensive for a chapstick product, this is extremely high quality and I think better than the petroleum based alternatives that you see in shops, as this is natural.
The stick has a characteristic scent, and it smells medicinal with a hint of lemon or citrus. I really like the scent, but it might not appeal to everyone. I would say the scent is suitable for men or women though. Once the product is applied to the lips it has no discernable flavour. The stick is a pale green opaque colour, but leaves no colour on the lips, just a slight sheen.
When I use this product, my lips feel instantly moisturised, with a nice sensation. The product stays on the lips pretty well, even after food and drink, but does wear off after a couple of hours. You can reapply as often as you need and the size makes it the perfect product to slip into a bag when going out, You could also apply it over lipstick to give a slight gloss to the lips.
Now I have used this product, i won't go back to the cheaper versions, as I love the sensation of using this and the good effect it has had on my lips and the surrounding skin. I have had no bad effects or sensitivity from this product at all. A lot of the time it is on offer half price at £2, and I have a love your body card, which means I can get another 10% off, which means I can get another one quite cheaply, although I have been using this one daily for 3 weeks now and there is still plenty left. I would estimate that it will probably last me about 6 months or more of daily use.
I am very impressed with the Body Shop lip conditioner and award it a full 5 stars as I cannot fault it at all.
I bought this a few weeks ago when I had a Body Shop discount code. I paid £2 for it which I think is a bargain and the RRP is £4, which isn't cheap but not too expensive considering how good the product is. This is a 'lip protector' which is basically a lip balm that has lots of nutrients in it and it helps keeps my lips looking and feeling healthy, it especially is handy for when it's cold and windy as it's so hydrating and it therefor prevents my lips from drying out or cracking.
The lip balm comes in a little plastic tube that contains 4.2 grams of product. The tube is very basic and it's the kind that has a little swivelly bit at the bottom which you twist to expose the lip balm. The lip balm is white in colour and looks like any other lip balm but it's amazing! The smell is gorgeous - a very herbal, distinctive smell. It's definetly a very unisex smell as it's not sweet at all and at first I admit that I didn't like it as it's quite strong, but I have grown to love it, and I actually find it quite refreshing now.
The lip balm is dermatologically tested and contains lots of goodies including coconut oil, beeswax, hemp seed oil, cannabis sativa seed oil and salvia sclare oil. It sounds quite dodgy but it's not at all, and it does a great job in keeping my lips feeling and looking great. I usually apply this around 3 times a day and it keeps my lips smooth, soft and generally feeling great throughout the day. It makes a great lipstick base as I often find lipsticks can be quite drying but this prevents that. It leaves my lips feeling and looking great and absorbs nicely, leaving no residue.
The lip balm is small enough to fit into my pocket meaning I can take it out with me and top up on it whenever my lips feel dry, I have a feeling that I will be using this throughout the winter as my lips have a tendancy to dry out in the colder and windier weather and this definetly prevents that, even with normal weather conditions. Overall reccomended.
A few years ago I used to love buying and trying out the various lip balms available. This kind of wore off though as most of the balms I bought had pretty packaging but didn't do what they were supposed to ie. moisturise and protect your lips. I was also irritated by the frequency with which most of the lip balms needed to be applied.
The Body Shop Hemp balm is much better however. I was first introduced to this product when somebody bought me the Body Shop Hemp gift box for christmas. As it was Christmas time the weather was warm and unchrismassy (as we've come to expect most yerars!) but it soon beacame cold and Chrismassy around February. I was in desperate need of a good lip balm and so I cracked this one out to try.
The balm goes on nicely and is not oily like some chap-sticks I've used. You can definitely tell it's there but it doesn't leave a thick coating - your lips just feel soft and moisturised. They also look quite lovely, not shiny like a gloss but sort of sheeny. The balm seemed to protect my lips from becoming cracked and chapped and I'm very impressed by its staying power. Once on I can feel the difference it's making for at least a few hours if not longer. It's not heavily fragranced like some so you and the person sitting next to you at work doesn't get a nose full of strawberry/cherry/mandarin whenever you reapply.
The balm is a 'wind-up' type where you have to twist the base to make the lip balm appear at the top of the tube. I prefer this to the potted variety in winter as you don't have to take your gloves off to use it!
Just an all-round, does-what-it-says-on-the-tin lip balm. It's a little pricier than I'd like but I'm happy to pay as it lasts much longer than a cheaper version.
The Body Shop Hemp Lip Protector
Description: Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Lip Care.
I like to use lip balms all year round to keep my lips as soft and kissable as possible but I think we would all agree that at this time of year, this is especially important. The combination of the cold, the wind and the damp all conspire to give us chapped, dry and sore lips which can actually be quite painful, not to mention unsightly!
Now there are loads of different products on the market which are designed to help to prevent this happening, some of which are better than others. Personally, I do tend to find that good old Chap Stick is one of the most effective and cost effective things that you can buy, and no matter how many other products I try, I do keep returning to it because it is one of the best.
Having said that, I do like to try different things to see what else works well, so recently bought this Hemp Lip Protector to give it a try. I use this brand of hand cream and find it excellent so hoped that the lip protector would be as good.
The 4.2g lip protector costs £4 and can be bought online or in stores. It comes in a plastic tube (the same as a Chap Stick) which is pushed up from the bottom. The Body Shop tell us the following;
"This wonder stick is enriched with Community Trade beeswax from Zambia to moisturise and soothe even the driest lips"
For me, the problem with this lip protector is the fragrance. The scent of hemp oil is quite pungent and while it does absorb well when using the hand cream, smearing it on your lips means that it is right under your nose and you cannot help but smell it! There is no doubt that this lip protector quickly soothes sore or dry lips, and heals them well but if you cannot stand the smell, then you are likely to find that you will not use this product very much.
I do find that I compare most products like this to Chap Stick and in this case, it doesn't really offer any extra moisturising properties in my opinion. Yes, it certainly does help dry or chapped lips but so does Chap Stick and without the weird fragrance that the hemp oil has.
I won't be buying this one again, it did exactly what it was supposed to and if you like the fragrance, then it is definitely worth trying. If like me, you prefer something a little more subtle then maybe this product is not for you!
Ingredients are as follows (taken from the Body Shop website);
Hydrogenated Coconut Oil (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Olea europaea (Olive Oil) (Emollient), Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Emulsifier/Emollient), Candelilla Cera (Candelilla Wax) (Stabiliser), Cannabis sativa (Hemp Seed Oil) (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Salvia sclarea (Clary Oil) (Fragrance/Essential Oil), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Retinyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient).
This is a short one, there's only so much to be said about lip balm!
I was long over due for replacing my last lip balm and I got this from the Body Shop. I specifically looked for a stick balm: I don't like tub balms because there's nothing worse than the feeling of balm on the fingers and because it's far more hygenic-when it comes to cosmetics I am really fussy about packaging and always seek out the most hygienic products I can find.
There were three stick balms: hemp, vitamin e and coco butter. I have tried both the vitamin e and coco butter, and though they are both good I am not a fan of the scents of either of them. I had never tried the hemp so I chose that one.
I'm not a huge fan of the scent of the hemp range from the body shop either, however I recognise the benefits of the fatty acids of hemp products in softening and smoothing the skin, even for very dry skin, which is one of the reasons I chose this over one of the other lip balms. Fortunately the scent is very mild, and not as pungent as the other hemp products. It is very waxy, earthy and herbal, and also slightly like TCP (not in an unpleasant way).
When applied to the lips the balm melts evenly and coats the lips in a smooth and slippery barrier which doesn't feel greasy or sticky. Often lip balms feel like a layer of oil over dry skin and you feel the dry skin harden underneath, this softens the skin and all the flaky bits of skin disappear. It lasts quite well because it is thick and opaque, and when it does go through lip movement the skin is left very soft.
I use this a few times a day, maybe every 2-3 hours, not because I need it that often, since one or two uses a day would be sufficient, but because it feels good. Since it is a wax based product it has a very opaque consistency and is more matte than the tub lip balms, so on the lips it is almost invisible if you apply in a thin even layer. Also it has no taste and because the scent isn't fruity you won't find yourself licking it all off.
It costs £3.90, by no means the cheapest stick lip balm around and I am sure that will discourage many people, but definitely a keeper for me. I find with several uses a day it will last about 6 weeks.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.