For Mothers’ Day, the Body Shop’s range for the hands is ideal: the wild rose hand cream (SPF 15), the hemp hand protector, and the almond hand and nail cream. You can spot them at Body Shop stores by the smart metallic packaging.
This trio is aimed at Mums who need some TLC for their hands: the wild rose hand cream has rosehip oil, Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil and Ghana shea butter, for hydrating mature skin and protecting it against brown spots. It has a lovely rosy scent, true to the product description, and absorbs quickly.
The hemp hand protector—a Body Shop classic—helps moisturize and protect very dry skin, and contains Community Fair Trade hemp seed oil.
Finally, our favourite of the three is the almond hand and nail cream, which is for all skin types. The ingredients are enough to make you salivate: it contains sweet almond oil, Ethiopian honey, Brazilian soy oil, Community Fair Trade Brazil nut oil and Ghana shea butter. Its panthenol helps with moisturizing. The cream also conditions nails, and absorbs quickly, with a subtle almond scent.
New for 2014 is the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil, which extends the company’s successful vitamin E range. The Body Shop promises the new product—which brings the power of a serum in a light, easily absorbable oil—will do for skin what a full eight hours’ sleep does for the body.
The Body Shop’s own sampling shows that 84 per cent of respondents feel their skin is replenished come the morning, 75 per cent say it’s recharged, and 87 per cent say it’s softer. We find it is easily absorbed and it works wonderfully in the evening, as the company suggests.
The oil has the highest concentration of wheatgerm oil across the Body Shop’s vitamin E range, helping with moisturizing. The wheatgerm oil is sourced from a UK supplier who can trace its source, bringing greater clarity in the supply chain. It also contains sunflower and jojoba oils, as well as marula, sesame and soya from Community Fair Trade farmers. RRP is NZ$44 for 28 ml at the Body Shop.