10 April 2016

A mistaken idea put right...

One shop I never, ever visited was The Body Shop. For some unknown reason I imagined the products to be cheap and worthless. This idea might have stemmed from family opinions that anything unfamiliar was worthless. Let’s face it, The Body Shop was extremely unfamiliar to the then older generation, consequently I was raised to think the same. However, now that I am a fully fledged and paid up member of the elderly section of the universe I thank the youngsters for introducing me to some of The Body Shop products.

I confess to suffering with dry, ageing skin, something I thought would never happen to me after all the years of regular moisturising. I’m told it doesn’t show but I know it’s there. Hard to miss really when the lips are continually sore and there is hard skin around the nails, so hard it makes me want to pick it off. Same goes for the feet; I am constantly treating the heels. Now isn’t that curious, it’s only the heels; skin covering soles and instep are fine. Anyway, all this causes a lot of anxiety, or rather it did before our Rosanne bought me some hemp products.

Hemp? Isn’t that some kind of cannabis?

Yes, that’s what I thought until I checked it out on Wikipedia:
Hemp (from Old English h├Žnep) is a commonly used term for high-growing industrial varieties of the Cannabis plant and its products, which include fiber, oil, and seed. Hemp is refined into products such as hemp seed foods, hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, paper, and fuel.
Hemp is not to be confused with the close relative cannabis, which is also a Cannabis plant, but is widely used as a recreational drug and medicine. These variants are typically low-growing and have higher content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids. The legality of Cannabis varies widely from country to country, and from state to state in the United States. In many countries regulatory limits for concentrations of psychoactive compounds, particularly THC, in hemp require the use of strains of the plant which are bred for low content.
Actually my first venture to The Body Shop wasn’t to buy products made from hemp, it was to acquire a pot of Shea Butter ... on the recommendation of Paola, the young lady who helps with the housework. She was very into Body Shop products and couldn’t wait to introduce me. That was when I complained about the dry skin on the legs.  Shea butter is what you need, she said, before talking me into buying some. She’s good at persuasion, is Paola. She knew very well it would work.
Then came Rosanne, but she didn’t just talk about it she bought stuff for me. First off was the hemp lip salve which I found so good I now have three tubes, one in the handbag, one in the bathroom and another in the kitchen. 

It wasn’t long before she came bearing gifts of two kinds of hand cream. Hemp Hand Butter with heavy-duty hydration and Hemp Hand Protector which is described as a hard working moisturiser. I use the latter more because of its deep seated penetration ... that’s my description not something I read on the tube. I have to use it a lot, certainly every time I wash my hands, but their appearance is 100% better than it was a couple of months ago. At one time I hid the hands rather than let people see them, now I can show them without shame.

Altogether now..... HOORAY!


  1. My apologies. What a mess this post is. I tried to correct the variations in the text but Blogger wouldn't co-operate.

  2. I'm all for natural products and although I don't use the Body Shop products, I know a lot of people who love them.

    I hear ya, re: the formatting, that happened to me a LOT with my WordPress blogs, not so much with Blogger. Still readable though here, you're good to go.

    Have a great Sunday and week to come. Keep smiling, G

  3. I have that Gold Bond Ultimate lotion works really well for me.

  4. Valerie, I was smiling through reading this post because I am a HUGE fan of The Body Shop products (hand and foot creams, essential oils, face and body washes). I discovered them many, many years ago while I was still living in Florida because they have a lot of those stores in the various malls. I like their products because they are of natural quality and work very well.

    I know their hemp line because I've tried the lip balm in the past and loved it.

    And I'm sure you know this, but The Body Shops headquarters are in United Kingdom!

    Glad to hear you found products that worked for your dry skin. Have a FABULOUS week, my friend!


  5. I venture into stores like The Body Shop to get a couple things once in a while. I like to get the body scrub for my feet. They have things that make good gifts for other people.

  6. Hi Geraldine. I thought Blogger was the only one that went haywire. How wrong can a gal be?

  7. Good morning, Ron. Yes I knew The Body Shop started here in the UK. I didn't know it had spread so far across the globe, though. I agree with you about the lip balm, it beats all other brands into a corner.

  8. One of our 'all things healthy' supermarkets sells many hemp products. I haven't bought any of them yet but I will give them a try after reading your post. Thanks Valerie. Also we had a Body Shop at the nearby mall but alas it closed years ago. I liked the fact that there was no animal testing in their products. Now I rarely wear make up but there are times when I feel I need it.

  9. I used to buy a lot of Body shop products, but have got out of the habit. Can't think why.

  10. Hello Patsy. It's been a long time. Thanks for your comment - I'll pop across to your blog for a read.

  11. Glad to hear, Val. Awesome that you found something that makes you feel better inside and outside. Take care.

  12. Ah yes, dry skin! Sounds as if you have it covered (haha!) but another thing you can do, which is great for hands and feet (and elbows and knees), is make yourself a sugar scrub. It's really cheap and easy: you just need ordinary sugar, a bottle of olive oil (extra virgin is best) and perhaps a bottle of the food essence of your choice. I like vanilla.

    Just put enough sugar into an empty jar to almost fill it, then add olive oil to barely cover the sugar. Add a few drops of essence (if you're using it) and stir well. Screw on the top and leave it to sit overnight. If there's a lot of spare oil on top in the morning you can add some more sugar. Then to use it, dip your fingers in and scoop out about a heaped teaspoonful and rub it into your hands well with a washing motion. Rinse with plain water and pat dry. Do the same with feet. Easy as pie, and sooo moisturising! I love it - but with feet, be careful not to slip after using it. Wear slippers!!


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