Beauty, Holistic Health, Product Reviews

The Body Shop Canada – Hemp Hand Oil – Intensive Care for Extra Dry Areas

Hemp Hand Oil

Spring is officially here! Dry skin and cold weather be gone! Not exactly. most of us are left with the aftermath of cold weather, dry air, hard water and loss of moisture. Hemp is known to take care of that! It’s concentrated ‘earthy’ smelling oil in a dark dropper bottle. It’s instructions specifically say ‘massage into very dry areas’. Not only is it good for dry areas but great for areas exposed to extreme temperatures.

The Body Shop’s Hemp oil is great as a scalp treatment, cuticle oil, rash salve (eczema or contact dermatitis), dry patches on elbows and between fingers. Can also be dropped  into lighter lotions for more moisture.

From The Body Shop UK website, ‘Our hemp seed oil comes from hemp plants grown in England. The plants are very fast-growing and thrive in the damp climate. According to the farmers, the plants are naturally resistant so there is no need to use pesticides’…it loos like ‘weed’, smells remotely like ‘weed’, but it is definitely not. 🙂

The Body Shop also carries a Hemp range of products in a hand cream, lip balm, foot cream and hand wash-which are all wildly popular for those who don’t like the perfumed scent. If you’ve got a sensitivity to almonds and/or almond oil; you may want to refrain from using this oil. There are other body/hand oil alternatives! If you plan on using this-please don’t ‘get high’.





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The Body Shop Canada – Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil and Lip Balm


I’m praying for some blazing hot, sunny weather! This product  for that type of weather!  Honey Bronze Shimmering Oil is a DRY oil. People initially think it’s a self-tanner and then they cringe when they see it’s an oil. Bertholletia Excelsia Oil (Brazil Nut Oil), Avocado Oil and Honey are its main ingredients and Mica (gives it the golden tint). All these oils are cold-pressed. ‘It’s made with Community Fair Trade Honey that comes from Ethiopia. And sourced from Beza Mar – a collective of beekeepers in the remote Sheka rainforest region. Which means on its own it will never be greasy. Filler oils are usually mixed with heavier oils to create a greasy finish.

For naturally drier skin: This is not to moisturize the skin like a lotion, body butter or balm! It should be used in addition to your regular skin moisturizer to finish off your moisture routine for glow!  It absorbs right into skin and disappears..leaving the shimmer behind. (Be careful with your hands and clothes. Just like the bottle instruction says, ‘shake well’-shaking the bottle keeps the liquid  gold dispersed throughout the bottle so that when you actually put it on your skin you can see the golden shimmer. I put just enough…I could put more, the only thing is because of the honey in the product it can get a little sticky…it’s great in the heat but right now…it feels a little plastered on!

hand dipped


The dry oil is available in 2 glows (Honey Kissed 01 & Golden Honey 02) In comparison they 01 looks bronze like a penny and 02 looks gold like a dollar coin. I refer to them as ‘glows’ because they will not make you ‘tan’ or ‘darker’! Online it does refer to the product as ‘tan enhancer’ and I assure you it is not as heavy as coconut oil to promote a full-on tan….but it is definitely a great product! It does make you look as if  you’ve been outdoors with a healthy ‘sun-kissed’ appearance. Did I mention it has an awesome Gardenia-type fragrance perfect for replacing heavy summer perfumes!

For deep, bronze or darker tones it’s recommended you pour the dry oil into your lotion or moisturizer to capture the ‘golden’ opportunity! lol

I have to put 2 applications to have a golden glow….and it looks like I’ve actually been dipped in bronze. Ladies, if you’ve got that strapless,backless, mini dress or shorts…. You’ll love this!




Honey Bronze Drop

Honey Bronze Shimmering Lip Balm

It’s not exactly shimmering like the oil but it has a golden/pastel look to it! It smells great it goes on real smooth and the BEST part  is that it is nut-free! It’s main ingredient is honey and castor oil which both make my lips extremely happy! Honey does not make a sticky lip product-it is a natural humectant drawing moisture from the air. It is much harder for beauty/cosmetics companies that do not test on animals to be nut-free as well so kudos to The Body Shop! Castor Oil is great for protecting the lips from the sun and penetrates the skin better than any petroleum based product! The lip balm can be used alone for base coverage or used with a lip liner for a little dimension. For naturally neutral lip hued girls it should and can be worn alone. For deeper hued or two-tone lipped ladies like my self you should and can definitely wear it in layers or to add a different tone to a darker tinted liner or lip gloss! Great addition to the summer make up bag!



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The Body Shop Canada – Tea Tree Squeaky-Clean Scrub

Tea Tree Scrub

Just in time for warmer weather to help shed dead, dull skin and not only on the face! Body Shop’s SQUEAKY CLEAN SCRUB is a new addition to the longstanding pore-removing tea-tree line. This scrub has replaced what they used to have (BLACKHEAD EXFOLIATING WASH) which was thicker with coarser grains made of apricot pits; which is much too harsh for the face.

It’s got a very fresh scent (tea tree oil, lemon extract,peppermint oil) and washes very clean! The tea-tree oil is Community Fair Trade Oil from Kenya and stem-distilled to pull out the oil used in all the tea-tree oil based products!

The East Coast dry winter weather made my combination oily skin oilier on top and reactive beneath the top layer. I broke out constantly this season. This wonderful clear scrub is great at removing dead skin cells and penetrating large and constricted  pores to minimize potential and existing breakouts.

I’ve used it now for about 6 weeks and I’m seeing clarity I haven’t seen in a few months. I alternate with OBAGI foaming cleanser and really concentrate mostly on my acne-prone areas (cheeks and chin). The granules in this scrub can withstand tons of water and really helps to buff the skin.

Many skin care brands are found to produce face and body-scrub products with man-made materials, detrimental to our water ways and wildlife (fish,birds). It is wonderful to see and feel that The Body Shop has made a scrub in which the beads melt as the product foams.(No synthetic granules)

I believe this new squeaky-clean scrub is an incredible upgrade because of it’s clear consistency. The previous formula was pasty and could still cause breakouts with combination/ reactive skin.


scrub on hand

It lathers quickly and  remains lathered for a long time! Not much is required unless you need to scrub your neck! This scrub is so good it can be used all over the body including any acne-prone or sweat zone areas on the body! It is great for the back and shoulders after a workout or when summer arrives!

It’s main ingredient (Melaleuca) is great for keeping intimate areas clean after waxing and shaving. Great for bikini lines and underarms and to prevent ingrown hair!

If you like clean, fresh smelling products this is for you! If you love tea-tree oil,this will be a hit. Don’t worry it’s not only for ‘blemished skin’.


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*If you like this product review there are more Body Shop products to follow…stay tuned 🙂