Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Body Shop Hemp Body Butter - Review

Best if you want to: Repair dry skin using an ultra-rich, herbal-scented cream that moisturizes and conditions for up to 24 hours.

Best for: dry to extremely dry skin

How it works:
  • Hemp seed oil has an unusually high concentration of essential fatty acids to repair skin’s moisture barrier, so it is smooth and supple.
  • Community Trade shea butter and organic babassu oil (Organic Babassu oil - nature's best - is a wonderfully light and non-greasy skin moisturizer extracted from the wild-growing babassu palm trees only found in certain areas of Brazil and South America) moisturize and soften skin.
  • Community Trade cocoa butter is an excellent moisturizer that melts at body temperature, leaving skin soft and silky smooth.
Ingredents: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Hemp Seed Oil (Emollient), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Cyclopentasiloxane (Emollient), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter (Emollient), Glycerin (Humectant), Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Oil (Emollient), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Lanolin Alcohol (Stabiliser/Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Fragrance (Fragrance), Methylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Chromium Oxide Greens (Colour), Iron Oxides (Colour).

Price: Rs. 875 for a tub (I got this at 50% sale at Body Shop)

Pros:
1. Very, very hydrating & moisturising. I was very disappointed with the last body butter that I had got - Japanese Cherry Blossom - coz it smelled divine, but did nothing for my skin. Now I know that I just picked the wrong type. I need body butters like hemp which are heavier, for my skin. This is just perfect. I also noticed that this is less "runny" than my Jap CB BB. Maybe the high levels of shea & cocoa butter make it more solid.

2. I have used this on my face as well for a week at night, and it has made my skin very soft. I haven't broken out because of this. It never felt greasy to me, even on the face.

Cons:
1. The smell! Gawd.. I thought the Hemp Face protector smelt bad, untill I smelt this. I guess it is one of those acquired fragrences, which I am yet to acquire. Plus the fragrence tends to linger. So I use this only at night.

2. Since it is a little thick it takes some minutes to absorb. Another reason for me to use it at night. I cannot imagine waiting for this to absorb in the morning so that I can start getting ready. Also because it is thick, I don't think this would feel very nice on the body here in this heat & humidity.

Would I Re-Purchase: Yes, unless I find the Shea or the Coconut BB as moisturising as this - they'll have the added advantage that they smell nice too.

I honestly got this simply coz it was on 50% off sale & it felt superb on my arm when I tried it at the store. I do really like this BB a lot, except for the smell - which I now ignore coz it works so damn well, and would definately recommend it to girls with very dry skin.

Do try a sample at the store, as it smells a little funky. :-)

15 comments:

  1. i did check this out at TBS but didnt buy as it smelled weird.even i have used cherry blossom and u r rt it smells divine but does nothing for the skin:(

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  2. Hi Tanveer, you know my peculiar problem.... my face and back is oily but my legs are dry..dries out even more in the winters :P So I too have to use rich bbs :D This one sounds real nice, thanks for the review.

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  3. i hate products which smell bad, just cant use them

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  4. hey i smelt it in the store... i admire your courage to bear its smell..

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  5. I cant bear the smell of this..thankfully I dont need some much moisturization as well :)

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  6. @IMW: I know, I almost gagged at the store when I smelt it. But the SA convinced me that my skin would love it - which has turned out to be true. Last time I made the mistake of going for the BB which smelt best - Jap CB :P

    @BeautyDiva: I too used to have an oily back in my teens - I would infact get acne there at times *ouch*.. Yea, this one is very very nice, but do take a wiff before you buy. For me it was a steal at 50%

    @Retnu: I don't think this would suit you in any case. It is meant for very dry skin :)

    @Anamika: LOL, same way I admire your courage to bear the smell of eggs in vitamin hair pack.. My hubby says this BB smells like insects!!

    As you will understand - anything for healthy skin, plus 50% off.LOL.

    Lots of homemade herbal remedies smell *Gah* but have wonderful results. I think I don't see this as a indulgence product, this is more like a product that works so well that I don't mind the smell - it is a side effect. I apply this just minutes before I sleep & in the morning I wake up to skin that is so glowy & so soft. :)

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  7. Sounds highly moisturising but maybe a bit much for my skin. love the smell of the cherry blossom bb <3

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  8. hats off to you for using this product... i just could not handle the smell...

    you should try the shea 1.... it also smells nice.. :-))

    reviewofbeautyproducts.blogspot.com

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  9. It's for rxtemely dry skin. I have oily skin.

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  10. I have alligator skin and I use cocoa butter body butter by TBS. It's amaaaazing. It has even healed some scars, seriously. I was scared if i'll get really sensitive to the hemp smell, so I got CB BB :)

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  11. Hemp hand cream is one thing that has helped my hubby a lot with his extra dry hands...and yeah the smell is quite..well

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  12. I know what u mean about the smell. I've always wanted to try the Hemp Hand hand protector but don't the smell >.<

    ♥xx♥

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  13. @Sharon: Cherry Blossom smells amazing..

    @Shopping in B: I can understand, the smell is a little, shall we say 'overwhelming'! I will get Shea next time - it seems it is just as hydrating & smells better.. lol.

    @Shoppingaholic: Your body skin is oily? Yea, then it is def not for you :)

    @Appu: Thks for the reccos. Actually cocoa butter has made me break out in the past so I tread with caution, but I will check it out :)

    @GGG: yes, the less said the better about the smell. :)

    @CZ: No one likes the smell I think. TBS shd do something about it :)

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  14. Hey Tanveer,

    Wow hemp body butter heh, yes must say you are brave :-) i am not really into body butters, and have just tried one or two of them - but the fragrance is a major factor while picking it up...want to pick up a nice and light mildly fragrant natural Body butter...any suggestions?
    www.purebotanicalcare.com (adding my url as i guess there are a lot of anamika's in the blogging world)

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