I picked up the hemp hand oil from The Body Shop during a buy-2-get-2-free sale. I wasn’t sure what to get for that fourth item, and grabbed this on a whim because I’m a very regular user of hand moisturizers and I liked the look of the ingredients on this. It comes in a small glass bottle with a dropper, and while it’s initial smell can be a bit medicinal, as it absorbs into the skin it takes on a wonderful light earthy scent that I really enjoy. The Body Shop says that this oil provides 24-hour hydration for very dry skin and is intended for daily use.
Over the first two weeks that I used this oil, I rubbed it into my hands and all over my feet right before going to bed. My hands are moderately dehydrated on a daily basis from hand washing and that sort of thing, but my feet were in especially bad shape at the end of the summer, as wearing sandals had the skin rough and flaking. I held off from using any other hand lotions during those first weeks so that I could get a better idea of how much hydration the oil could provide.
Although this oil does leave hands feeling a little, well, oily for a bit, it does sink in pretty fast. After 10 or 15 minutes I could more or less return to normal activity, though more often than not I was drifting to sleep by that point. And if I’m being honest, I’ll admit that I’d keep my hands near my face on my pillow so that I could continue to smell it. The scent is subtle, which I appreciate because I think that there are so many times when having a heavily scented moisturizer is not good for the people around you … in elevators, cubicles, meetings, that sort of thing. So, I like it when the smell can be a little more private.
I do think that this provides a good level of hydration, however, the conclusion I reached was that once-daily application was not quite sufficient for keeping my hands hydrated. I still continued to see some dryness around my nails. On the other hand, the oil completely transformed my feet. After the first week, the skin on my feet started to seriously peel. With the addition of just a little physical exfoliation, the state of my feet had made a complete about-face by week three. It was as if the summer never happened, and I’m impressed. The Body Shop does mention on their “how to use” section that the oil is part two of their hemp hand line, so to me that suggests they intend for it to be used after a lotion, which makes sense.
At this point, I use this oil alongside a hand lotion and I’m generally applying a moisturizer twice (maybe three times) a day, and my hands are looking and feeling great. If you’re looking for a treatment for dry skin, I’d say give this one a try. It’s a nice product to pick up during one The Body Shop’s many sales, although I’d also add that the full $12 for a bottle isn’t totally outrageous. The ingredients are good and the little bottle will last a while. My suggestion is to just stay away from doorknobs and that kind of thing for 10 to 15 minutes after applying. I find it’s nice to use it as I’m sitting down to watch a 30-minute show.
Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil (Emollient), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Tocopherol (Antioxidant).
The hemp hand oil costs $12 for 0.5 fl. oz. and is available at The Body Shop.
Have you tried it? Do you like it?