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September 05, 2014

Review of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector & Moringa Body Butter

The Body Shop is one of the first beauty brands I remember going to purchase as a teenager. I used to be completely enamored by their white musk body splash and would douse myself in it every few hours, loving it’s sweet smell and how grown up it made me feel.

So I’m surprised that I haven’t really talked about the Body Shop till now. Well I’m remedying that with not one but two reviews today

The Body Shop hemp Hand Protector

My hands have been incredibly dry recently and this hand cream has been a complete hand saver.

A little bit of information on the key ingredient Hemp Seed Oil. It’s an oil that funnily enough I have been researching recently because I have heard quite a bit about its benefits.

Hemp Seed Oil is known for having particularly high levels Omega-6 (50-60%) and Omega-3 (15-20%), otherwise known as Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s). EFA’s are essential to the healthy functioning of our body, however we cannot produce them so need to ingest them within our diet.

Hemp seed oil is hailed as a non –clogging oil that is anti-inflammatory. It also helps to protect the skin from free radicals and nourishes the body with essential nutrients.

Smell wise it isn’t what I would call a pretty or girly scent. It’s quite natural and grassy (is that a word?) but not in a negative way.  I honestly prefer that it does what it says on the tin and this does just that. I’m not surprised that it is one of the Body Shops best sellers. It’s rich but not greasy and it leaves my hands feeling incredibly moisturised, soft and not ashy. Enough said!

The only thing I wish they would change is the packaging. The top can sometimes get a little messy with some of the product slipping out onto the side and the lid can be a little fiddly to put back on.

It retails from £5.00 for 30ml and is available from The Body  Shop and  online

The Body Shop Moringa Body Butter

Lets start off by saying Mmm! I’m not usually a fan of floral scents, which this is. However it’s a more grown up and lovely floral scent that somehow gets my vote.

It’s rich but not too rich, and is recommended for dry skin. I personally felt that it was a lighter formulation than some of the other Body Shop body butters, so it has been perfect for the summer. If however you tend to have drier skin in the winter like I do, you might need something a little heavier.

It contains a fantastic mix of oils and butters that are well known for their moisturising and beneficial properties such as shea butter, cocoa butter, moringa seed oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil as well as honey and glycerine, two other great hydrating ingredients.

It absorbs well into the skin, although I would suggest waiting a few minutes for it to fully absorb before getting dressed, however once it’s absorbed you are good to go.

It’s such a beautiful floral scent and it lingers beautifully after you apply it. I even had a guy on the tube tell me that I smelt “just like a pretty flower” yes I struggled to keep a straight face at this considering that he didn’t look like the sort of guy that walked around smelling flowers.

Still it was confirmation of just how beautiful it smells.

It retails for £13.00 for 200ml and is available from The Body Shop and  online

What are some of your favourite products from The Body Shop? Let me know in the comments below

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