Hand cream is a necessity in my purse, on my bedside table, at my desk, at the office, etc. I was recently sent The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector to try and to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve tried the Wild Rose Hand Protector by The Body Shop and really was not a fan of it, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found that the Hemp version is 10000x better.
The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is a creamy, emollient hand cream that smells lightly herb-y. It is super moisturizing, spreads very easily on the hand, and my hands stay moisturized for hours after application. I love this to use in the winter, especially in a dry office environment because it absorbs a bit slower compared to some of the other hand creams I’ve used, which is great because you don’t have to keep applying. It isn’t greasy, per se, but it does absorb slower than other hand cream.
It is regularly priced at $20, but The Body Shop regularly has promotions so you will likely find it on sale.
Ingredients: Water (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil (Emollient), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Beeswax (Emulsifier/Emollient), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Methyl Soyate (Skin Conditioning Agent – Emollient), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Fragrance (Fragrance), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Allantoin (Skin Soothing Agent), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emollient), Retinyl Palmitate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), Chromium Oxide Greens (Colour), Iron Oxides (Colour).
Comparison with Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy and L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
Efficacy – The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is very excellent for moisture and also how long the hands stay moisturized. L’Occitane ranks a close second, and C&E is better for summer when it’s not so dry.
Length of absorption – The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is the slowest at absorption. C&E absorbs the fastest and L’Occitane is somewhere between the two.
Scent – C&E wins this hands down. They have a plethora of different scents to choose from, all of which are part of the permanent range. L’Occitane has a few scents but only available in the smaller size format (30mL), and The Body Shop only has four. Also my boyfriend hates the Hemp scent so unfortunately it will have to rank last.
Price – The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector is $20 for 100mL, C&E is also $20 for 100mL, and L’Occitane is $30 for 150mL. In terms of value per volume, the three are priced exactly the same. The Body Shop and C&E regularly have price promotions for their products, for example I’ve seem The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector priced at $10 sometimes, and C&E has two for $32 or three for $40 promotions going on. L’Occitane sometimes does 10 or 15% off sales, but rarely are there other price promotions.
I hope this review and comparison were helpful! If you have a favourite hand cream, please do share with the rest of us; I love discovering a new favourite.