Skin Care

Very Dry Hands: The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector

Th skin on my hands is not just dry, it’s parched. I have tried all of my usual hand creams; Vaseline Intensive Care, Boots, Garnier, Clarins. The best one I have come across is The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector for very dry skin.

The protector cones in a L’Occataine/oil paint style tube which is quite chic. It also makes it great for throwing in your handbag (the smaller tube anyway – mine is 30ml).

Scent wise, it smells mildly of Patchoulli essential oil which you will love or hate.

This is definitely not a lotion, it has a more balm-like consistency. It’s quite thick and really does protect my hands.

Ingredients wise, it contains Community Trade organic beeswax which is said to moisturise, condition and act as a barrier to seal in moisture. It also contains Community Trade hemp seed oil has an unusually high concentration of essential fatty acids that help to repair skin’s moisture barrier. Well, whatever is in there, it works for me.

The tube only contains 30ml but because of the consistency I don’t use as much per application as I would a lotion. It’s so rich that I don’t need to apply it throughout the dry, morning and bedtime does it for me. It costs €15.95 for the large 100ml tube. I checked the prices on the UK website and found the large 100ml tube for £7, reduced from £10.

What hand cream are you using at the moment?

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  • Annie

    definately soap and glory hand food- smells amazing and is the only thing that keeps my hand remotely moisturised :)

    • Amy

      Thanks for the tip Annie :) Love the soap and glory scrub!

  • Jenny

    Thank you so much for the review! I suggested it to my sister to buy as a Christmas present for my mom and it’s not sitting under the Christmas tree wrapped. She was shopping around for highly moisturizing hand lotions at a fair price and this was perfect!

    • Amy

      Such a nice gift idea!

  • Becky

    Oh my god!! I JUST bought this a few days ago!! It hasn’t arrived in the post yet but I’m looking forward to it. It’s good to know it’s good! :)

    I need something heavy-duty like this cos I work in a laboratory all day with chemicals, so I wash my hands a lot, and also every time I wash a piece of glassware I have to rinse it with acetone, which then goes all over my hands, and it’s very drying indeed.

    I bought the hemp lipbalm while I was at it, just to try, cos Im always up for trying a new lipbalm. It’s even worse in the winter, but all year round I have really chapped, dry lips cos I have a habit of scraping them with my teeth, and I lick them a lot. It’s not good. At the moment I’m using Burt’s Bees, a rose lipbalm from Boots, and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (the cream, not the actual lipbalm) for my lips, depending on how they feel at that moment. Looking forward to trying the hemp one though!

    • Amy

      Let me know how you get on with the hemp balm, I might pick it up if it’s good! :)

  • Emma

    Talking of L’Occitane style packaging – I actually love L’Occitane’s Dry Skin Hand Cream. It has 20% Shea butter and smells an awful lot better than the Hemp hand protector… although I do have a ‘fall-back’ sample pot of the stinky hemp cream in my bag!!! Can’t bear the smell but it’s great for winter hands!

    • Amy

      Love L’Occitane but I’m not a fan of their shea butter dry hand cream. Smells amazing but I hate the feel of my hands afterwards. I have passed it on to my mum though who loves it!

  • Aysha

    Love this stuff! I recently re-discovered this fab cream after misplacing my current love which is Soap & Glory’s hand food. The smell is very strong and takes some getting used too! But seeing how soft it left my hands, its deffo worth it! :)

    Aysh xoxo

    • Amy

      Agree with you on the smell, patchouli really isn’t my thing but it’s worth it for hand comfort :) x

  • Jen

    I love this product! It is one of the only things I’ve found that helps my husband’s dry winter skin. I’ve used it too, but not as frequently. I does smell a little funny, but it’s not too bad. Have you tried Neutrogena Hand Cream? I really like that one as well. You don’t need as much of it, and I find it lasts a bit longer… even through hand washes. *HUGS*

    • Amy

      I used to eat through tubes of the neutrogena hand cream when I worked in a bar in my teens. The detergent on the glasses used to irritate my poor hands and that was the only barrier cream I found that worked. Great for barrier but I’m not sure it’s moisturised my hands that much. More like vaseline or something ha ha

  • Orla

    I love the body shop, there new shampoo’s are so nice xx

    • Amy

      I have never tried the shampoos before. Hmmm, must check them out :) x

  • Llora

    I use this stuff all winter long and I can’t live without it! My guy also uses this year-round as he’s a Machinist and constantly has to wash his hands to get grease, solvents, etc off his skin. His hands get so bad they crack and bleed and the Hemp Hand Protector is the only thing that soothes and heals them!

    • Amy

      Tis magic stuff all right! :)

  • Tracey

    I used to date a farmer who used this (not sure if i should admit that haha)…but obviously if he was a farmer and doing outdoor work all the time, his hands would have been very rough and ready. So if it worked for him, im sure its one of the best hand creams out there. Ive never bought it myself, but I got the “Bicyclists Repair Kit” from LUSH online and have travel size ultra balm and handy guru cream to keep me going at the moment

    • Amy

      Ha ha I like the idea of a farmer who takes the time to moisturise :) I’m loving ultrabalm at the mo too!

  • Lyndsey

    My husband uses this cream for his extremely dry hands. He hands used to be like sandpaper due to his job, but this sorts them out really well.

    • Amy

      This one seems to be very popular with the men! I’m impressed!

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