Monday, 9 September 2013

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Oil Treatment (review)

The Body Shop Hemp Hand
 Oil Treatment
When The Body Shop's iconic Hand Protector hand cream became a best seller, it was inevitable that they'd add to the range. Hemp Hand Oil Treatment is one of those additions, and it suits very dry skins. 

Considering the success of Hemp Hand Protector, it has a lot to live up to. Loaded with sesame seed oil, and hemp oil harvested in England, this can soften even seriously-dry hands, The Body Shop claim. Still, I was reluctant to try this product. There is something I like about The Body Shop; probably a combination of its branding, philosophy, and conscience. But, time after time, I find I am let down by their products. I don't know if they are getting steadily worse over time, or whether my expectations are more stringent. 

Hemp Hand Oil Treatment is a product that would be very hard for The Body Shop to get wrong. It is a simple combination of sweet almond, sunflower, sesame seed, and hemp oils, fragrance, and antioxidant tocopherol. It is bottled in a 15 ml glass bottle with a dropper for easy measurement. The packaging can be recycled, and they support fair trade with some of their ingredients. Of course, they haven't tested the product on animals. 

On first application the product's fragrance is noticeable, pleasant, in my opinion at least, and different from the norm. Not a floral within smelling distance, this product is a little dirty smelling, masculine, and quite raw.  I think the aroma is nice enough to justify its addition, though I'd be just as happy if they didn't include it, because the fewer ingredients a product has, the fewer people are likely to find they are sensitive to it.

This product is incredibly softening. It is light, fluid, and not at all gloopy or thick. If you haven't tried hand, body or face oils before, you might have a picture in your mind of them being a thick, unforgiving slime like, perhaps, a cooking oil might be. This isn't, and in fact it just glides on and absorbs. If you only use a few drops, it'll sink right in and you won't know it is there. You don't need to be concerned about making a mess because it won't sit on your skin and transfer to your pen, phone or keyboard. If you want to use a few more drops then you can, and it'll leave a film on your hands, and the outer layers of skin will be softened, too. 

When it's on it'll reduce fine lines, redness, tautness, and increase elasticity. It has a noticeable, undeniable benefit on first use: After a few drops, I've gone from rough and tight-feeling to super-comfy, supple hands. The effect increases with time, if used regularly, but it is equally as nice as a one-off when really necessary. 

What you can get out of using a hand oil is dependant on your skin type. If all you need is more oil, then this'll be great, and you can use it alone. If your skin needs hydration, then you'll find that this product isn't enough, because it doesn't contain any glycerin-like ingredients that could bind water to the skin. Other than the oils and an antioxidant, there aren't any other skin conditioning ingredients either, so it doesn't do anything fancy like reduce dark spots or provide sun protection. 

I use this hand oil underneath regular hand cream with SPF when I need it. I save it for days when my skin is terribly dry (the bottle states a 12-month shelf life so there's no rush to use it all). It can boost a normal hand cream into a super-efficient, luxurious treatment with just a few drops. For that reason, it can be a very economical purchase. It is also nice to use at night before bed, with or without a hand cream, though don't by any means limit its use to the hands: it is a great product for any dry areas and I use it on my elbows. 

The Body Shop has a great product in this. I am so glad I persevered despite my weakening perception of their brand. 

Great intensive treatment for very dry skin
Contains parfum which, while lovely, is unnecessary 
Good value


Brand: The Body Shop

Size: 15 ml
Price: £7.00 (£46.67/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Emollient), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).


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