Body Shop’s Hemp Products Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 06/09

| May 15, 2014 | 50 Comments

If there was ever a time and place to put the Body Shop’s Hemp products to the test, it was the Ottawa winter. It’s still going strong and showing no signs of letting up! As I write this as the snow swirls around the house, every fresh new centimeter threatening to topple the ever-growing snow banks. The winter has been long, snow covered, and freezing cold – which means my skin has been exposed to months of dry, hot forced air heating at home and office buildings.

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And if months of parched interior heat didn’t wreck enough havoc on my skin, it didn’t help that I started the winter with some serious peeling. A December trip to Australia resulted in a dramatic sunburn after a few hours at Bondi Beach. Apparently SPF 60 isn’t enough for me, but that’s a conversation for another day! I returned home exhilarated from the trip but with raw, rough, peeling skin, which was immediately plunged into the challenges of the Canadian winter. I’ve been an itchy, highly unattractive mess for a third of the year now and I need some serious help!

Enter the Body Shop’s Hemp products. Billed as heavy duty hydration for very dry, overexposed skin, the Hemp line contains fair trade hemp seed oil from England. Hemp oil has an unusually high concentration of fatty acids to soothe and repair damaged, dehydrated skin and additional ingredients, like beeswax, to help as well. I couldn’t wait to try the intensive hand butter, the hand protector, and the foot protector.

 

 

The intensive hand butter was so smooth and silky that I immediately started using it as an overall body butter. It did an outstanding job of making my skin feel soft and moisturized. As I would soon learn from all the products, the hemp line has a stronger scent than other Body Shop products. It wasn’t unpleasant but those who prefer lighter, fruitier scents may not enjoy it. The other thing I learned is that it takes a little extra effort for the products to fully absorb into the skin. I had to rub them in just a little bit more than the average lotion, or otherwise a white film of the product remained on my skin.

The hand protector comes in a metal tube with a small, flat, screw on plastic lid. With my hands lathered with a highly concentrated, slippery lotion, it was nearly impossible to screw the plastic lid back on! The hand protector offers very intense, very thick, concentrated moisture that would be ideal for anyone who has to wash their hands frequently, like a nurse or teacher, but it was almost too heavy for me and I found myself reaching for the slightly lighter hand butter instead.

My absolute favorite product was the foot protector. The smell was less intense and I thought I caught a whiff of peppermint in the mix. The very thick butter absorbed the best of any product and, before long; I was using it not just on my feet but my legs as well. After scrubbing my feet with a pumice stone, lathering them up with the foot protector, and sleeping in socks, my feet felt as soft and moisturized as if I had just had a high end pedicure.

Overall, the Hemp Body Shop lines delivers exactly what it promises, giving high quality, high intensity moisture for dehydrated, damaged skin. With winter still swirling around me, I’m not entirely out of the woods yet but after two weeks of using the Hemp products around the clock, I am well on my way.

BODY SHOP GIVEAWAY

Enter to win the Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and Foot Protector (value $38)

Giveaway ends June 9th, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST.

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48  hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

 

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Vanessa Chiasson is an ocean loving Maritimer now settled as a professional travel blogger, freelance writer, and social media strategist in Ottawa. Her diverse travels include the coffee farms of Hawaii, the national parks of Malawi, and the streets of Paris - where she ran a marathon! Vanessa is the 2013 Norfolk County Travel Writer of the Year and was named on the White House's list of the top 100 most influential travel bloggers. You can read more about her adventures at TurnipseedTravel.com and follower her on Twitter @Turnipseeds Author's website.

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  1. Judy C (Judy Cowan) says:

    The have a mix & match sale on right now, buy 2 get 1 free or buy 1 get one 50% off. I have not tried any of the hemp products but would love to try the HEMP INTENSIVE HAND BUTTER and see if would help my dry skin!

  2. Elaine G says:

    I don’t have a favorite because I have never tried their hemp products before. But i would like to try their Lip Protector.
    They are having a mix & match sale.

  3. Sarah says:

    Mix and match sale
    Hand cream for sure!

  4. Jennifer L. says:

    I really like the HEMP MOISTURIZING HAND WASH. Right now they have a Buy 2, Get 1 Free or Buy 1, Get 1 at 50% off Sale.

  5. Darwin says:

    I would like to have the Hemp foot protector. Right now at the body shop, they are having a buy 2 get 1 free or buy 1 get one 50% off sale.

  6. Heidi C. says:

    I would love to try the Hemp Intensive Hand Butter. There is a mix & match sale going on – buy 2, get 1 free; buy 1, get 50% off.

  7. kristen visser says:

    i would LOVE to try the Hemp Foot Protector. 40% off the entire site

  8. Darlene Wissenz says:

    They have 50% off all Bath and Body products. I would like to try the Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet

  9. Juliee Fitze says:

    I would like to try the HEMP BODY BUTTER

  10. Joy says:

    I would love the hand protector – hand creams are 50% off, and the whole site is 40% off!

  11. Victoria Ess says:

    I would like to try the Hemp Body Butter. Right now, they are having a 40% off the entire site sale.

  12. Elizabeth Carson says:

    40% off the entire site? I’m going shopping!! Thanks for making me aware of this! My poor skin is in desperate need of some TLC after that never-ending winter, it only exacerbated my proneness to dry skin. Sensitive skin sucks. Thanks for offering this giveaway, I love your blog!

  13. Monica says:

    40% off the whole site – I would like the try the body butter

  14. Lisa Neutel says:

    Wow 40% off the entire site…..this is awesome ???I’m going shopping
    Also excited to try the Hemp foot cream

  15. Florence C says:

    I like to have the Hemp Lip protector and they have 40 % off promotion

  16. amber y says:

    I’d like to have the HEMP MOISTURIZING HAND WASH. they seem to be having a 40% off the entire site sale!! Shweet!!

  17. Suzanne G says:

    I would like to try the Hemp Body Butter and the sale is 40% off entire site right now.

  18. Jonnie says:

    I would like to have the hemp lip protector and they are having 40% off the entire site sale!

  19. Julie Bolduc says:

    I love the mix n match sale I would like to have the Hemp foot protector

  20. nikki robak says:

    hemp foot protector 40% off entire site

  21. D.Petch says:

    I would like to try HEMP INTENSIVE HAND BUTTER.

  22. Amy C says:

    They are having a 40% off the entire site sale. I would like to have the HEMP BODY BUTTER.

  23. Fan R says:

    I like Hemp Face Protector, 40% Off Sitewide.

  24. Eldon says:

    They are having 40% off site wide and I would like to try the Hemp face Protector.

  25. KD says:

    My hands get very dry, and the hemp hand protector would be wonderful. They have 40% off the entire site.

  26. andie says:

    I’d like to try their “Hemp Moisturizing Hand Wash.”

  27. I would like to try the Hemp Lip Protector, my lips are CONSTANTLY chapped, 24/7!! Not very “a-peel-ing” if you ask me!! lol Current sale is 40% off the entire site!

  28. Isabel Topps says:

    I like the Hemp face protector, 40% sale site wide!

  29. Brenda A says:

    The hand butter really works amazingly well. My hubs has very dry wintery skin and the Hamp hand cream is great! I agree the packaging is a little tough to use with slippery hands, but he just screws the cap back on after applying the lotion in a blob on one hand, rubbing it in after the cap is back on.

  30. Monique L.S. says:

    I would like to have the Hemp Hand Protector.
    Body Shop is having 40% off the entire site.

  31. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    haven’t tried any hemp product yet and they are having a 40% off the entire site

  32. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    I need the Hemp foot protector, my feet need moisture.

  33. Angela Mitchell says:

    I’d love to try the Hemp Body Butter. They are having a 40% off the entire site sale.

  34. Karen Galbraith says:

    They have quite a few of the hemp products on sale one being the Hemp hand protector which would be my preference.

  35. pam says:

    The offer I saw was 40% off the entire site.
    I would also like the moisturizing hand wash.

  36. Ashley Lauren says:

    40% off entire site today! and id love to try the hemp hand protector 🙂

  37. Lori Bazan says:

    I would love to try their Hemp Foot Protector for only 18.00. On the first page of the link their sale is buy 2 get 1 free or buy 1 get one 50% off.

  38. Jenness M says:

    Would like to try their hemp hand protector. Their sale is 50% off jumbo shower gels.

  39. Kayla Gilbert says:

    They are having a buy 2, get 1 free sale or buy 1, get one 50% off sale. The Hemp product I’d like the most is Hemp Face Protector.

  40. Sandra says:

    They are having a buy 2, get 1 free sale or buy 1, get one 50% off sale. I’d want the hemp hand protector

  41. Gillian Morgan says:

    They are having a mix and match sale. I would love to try the hemp hand protecter

  42. angela m says:

    I would love to try the HEMP HAND PROTECTOR.
    They have a buy 2 get one free or buy 1 save 50%

  43. Glogirl says:

    I would like to try the HEMP LIP PROTECTOR. The sale they are having right now is Buy 2 get 1 free or Buy 1 get 1 50% off.

  44. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I would really like to try the HEMP HAND PROTECTOR.
    And they have a buy 2 get one free or buy 1 save 50%

  45. Eldon says:

    Hemp Hand Protector and they are having a mix and match sale

  46. jan says:

    You can buy 2 and get one free right now. I’d like to try the Hemp Lip Balm first.

  47. Buy 2 get 1 free or buy 1 get another one 50% off.I would like Hemp foot protector.

  48. Andrea lee says:

    Buy 2 get 1 free or buy 1 get another one 50% off.I would like Hemp hand cream and lip balm

  49. stacey h says:

    i would love to try the hemp lip protector – i am always applying balm to my lips, its my mini addiction
    the sale – 40% site wide & 50% off body butters

  50. Amy Lovell says:

    although Ive never heard of using hemp as a hand lotion, ive heard of hemp hearts and have some in my cupboard, they are delicious and very good for you, can only imagine how awesome it would be in a lotion

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