A range from The Body Shop I hadn't yet tried? Their CBD line. This skinare review is for the moisturizing cream from that line. Review of The Body Shop's CBD collection containing a cleanser, cream and oil, is a great fit for dry, dehydrated and/or sensitive skin.
The Body Shop CBD moisturizer review
Are you excited for another skincare review? I most certainly am, because today’s review features one of the skincare brands that got me started using skincare more regularly. I used to mention a lot in the past how The Body Shop was the place where I had my start in skincare. I had tried other things, but everything I tried made my skin react. I then discovered their Aloe Vera line and finally found products I could use consistently that worked well on my dry/ dehydrated and sensitive skin. The product I had just never found from the brand? A good moisturizer. Everything I tried was nice and okay but nothing that truly gave my skin what it needed. Enter the newish CBD line which is formulated specifically for dehydrated skin. I think I may have found a new holy grail!
Skincare review: The Body Shop CBD Replenishing Moisture Cream
The CBD line isn’t super new. I think this launched last year? I am a bit out of the loop with The Body Shop. The brand isn’t talked about much anymore and I used to live around the corner from a store so I knew exactly what the brand had out. I bought this when I needed to restock on some things from their website and was intrigued by some of the claims. At €23 tis isn’t a cheap moisturizer but it also isn’t the most expensive one I have ever tried. Let’s have a closer look.
What does this moisturizer have to offer?
According to The Body Shop this is a rich cream that sinks in quickly. It’s main aim is to repair the moisture barrier of your skin and contains CBD, hemp oil and squalane to do so. The brand claims this should help with ‘stressed out skin’. I didn’t know your skin could be stressed out, but they classify ‘stressed skin’ as skin that is dehydrated, dry, dull and just overall not the best looking. It consists of 97% natural ingredients and can be used on all skin types.
What does this cream do?
If we want to determine how works, it may be good to have a look at the ingredients. Here is the ingredient list:
Aqua/Water/Eau, Propanediol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter/Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Glycerin, Arachidyl Alcohol, Squalane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Octyldodecanol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Arachidyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Panthenol, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Parfum/Fragrance, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Cannabidiol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pogostemon Cablin Leaf Extract, Geraniol, Citric Acid, Limonene, Citronellol, Linalool, Sodium Hydroxide.
Before I go into the ingredients list it may be good to know that I would not categorize my knowledge of skincare to be of an expert level. I have just used lots of skincare, from lots of brands and at different price points to see what works for me. Having sensitive skin means my skin can be fickle and trying skincare as always been a huge challenge but I have never been able to determine what my skin reacts to exactly. So please bare in mind this review doesn’t come for the perspective of a dermatologist, chemist or cosmotologist, but the consumer point of view.
The ingredient list starts with water which is quite common. High on the list are also shea butter, glycerin and squalane. The promised cannabis oil is also in the first half of the list as are olive oil. The CBD the product is named after is in the second half of the list though (Cannabidiol), so this is not a main ingredient. In fact, fragrance is higher on the list. So depending on what sensitivities you have you may want to skip this one.
How did I experience using this product?
What matters to me most though isn’t just the ingredient list, but what it does for my skin. This is the best moisturizer from The Body Shop I have tried. I used it in my evening skincare routine and I felt it worked well over face oils and still worked well enough for truly moisturizing my skin. For winter it perhaps could be even richer for my dry skin, but this is a good, all round moisturizer that I think can work for me in the day time too in the dryer, colder seasons. By now my tub is pretty much empty, but I know I want to go back and repurchase this.
My final thoughts
The Body Shop’s CBD moisturizer is one of my recent skincare favorites. It sinks in quickly but makes my skin feel great too. It may be too rich for most people but my dry skin just laps this up and I am a bit sad I have nearly used this up. I have finally found a moisturizer from The Body Shop that I love and I am very happy about that fact. This is rich enough for my dry/ dehydrated skin, I didn’t have any reactions and it makes my skin feel and look great. Even though there is quite a bit of fragrance in this product, I don’t experience this as overly scented which is an added bonus.
Would I recommend The Body Shop CBD moisturizer?
I think people with dry skin may like this. I would say that this is better if you lean more dehydrated rather than true dry skin. Also, depending on what you are sensitive too, this may not be for you as there is quite a bit of fragrance here. I am just happy that there are enough ‘good ingredients’ for me in the top of the ingredient list to make this work for me and I know this is one I want to go back to.
The Body Shop CBD Skincare Collection: Review
Look, I get it. We’re all CBD tired. But if there’s one brand that should be exempt of our collective side-eye, it’s The Body Shop. Back in 1992, they were the first mainstream brand to use hemp oil in their skincare products and since then, the Hemp Hand Protector has grown into a cult product for dry hands (and It lord knows we’ve got some cracked knuckles going on due to all that sanitising right now).
To add to the extensive range of bodycare and specialist hemp oil-infused skincare products, The Body shop recently introduced a 3-part CBD collection. They kindly sent me the new launches to review.
By the way if you clicked on this post from the homepage and are wondering about the purp skurp – this amazing video is what it refers to.
All jokes aside though, CBD will not get you high. What it will do for your skin, you’ll find out below.
What does CBD do for your skin?
First things first. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a chemical compound derived from the cannabis plant. A “CBD oil” is always a mix of the compound with an oil such as olive, hemp or coconut.
Despite the consensus that more research needs to be done, many studies have shown that CBD has an array of benefits to the skin. CBD is anti-inflammatory, making it an excellent ingredient to use on acne-prone skin. The soothing properties can make reactive and sensitive skin look and feel better. The antioxidants found in CBD make it one of the many ways to protect your skin from premature aging.
The Body Shop CBD Skincare: Review
CBD Soothing Oil-Balm Cleansing Mask
This cleansing mask is described as an “indulgent gel-to milk texture” with a formula that “removes impurities without leaving [the skin] feeling dry”. I expected the texture to be slightly dry, maybe even a bit gritty because of the white clay that’s in it. But oh boy, I was happy to be wrong.
The CBD Soothing Oil-Balm Cleansing Mask is thicc as fucc and spreads like a juicy dream. I like to apply this before I brush my hair and take my clothes off to hop into the shower. It only needs 5 minutes to work into the skin and perform its magic. After rinsing, you get a a little hint of that lovely refreshed feeling only the Eve Lom cleansing balm has ever given me.
Don’t worry about your face smelling like a baggy of weed by the way. Upon application you’ll notice a delicate, floral-fresh scent but even that dissipates quickly.
In their review on The Body Shop’s website, user BigT14 describes the cleansing mask as “Jeff Bezos rich”. I’d say that observation is spot-on.
Get the CBD Soothing Oil-Balm Cleansing Mask for £17.00 in the UK or € 20 in the Netherlands
CBD Replenishing Moisture Cream
When The Body Shop said replenishing, they weren’t lying. The Replenishing Moisture Cream is super rich, perfect for dry skin like mine. All that hydration comes with a price though: this moisturiser doesn’t fully sink into the skin the way I’d like it to. When layered over my serum, Holika Holika’s 3 Seconds Starter Collagen, I feel greasy. On its own however, it’ll only leave a little bit of a tacky feeling – which is okay, until you have to put on your mask.
If you’re after maximum dewy glow, adding this over a serum or under an oil will give you exactly that. I’ll probably use this in the evening, or on days I don’t have to leave the house. Those days are very frequent, haha.
As with the cleanser, the fragrance is mild and pleasant. No dank notes detected.
Get the CBD Replenishing Moisture Cream for £20.00 in the UK or € 23 in the Netherlands
CBD Restoring Facial Oil
An oil in your skincare routine is a game changer, guys. Adding a few drops to your moisturiser is a great way to adapt your skincare to the changing seasons. Here in Belgium, central heating is on full blast again and without the extra moisture I would turn into a raisin overnight.
The CBD Restoring Facial Oil contains oils derived from sweet almond, jojoba, hemp and soy bean. It feels lightweight and sinks into the skin quickly.
Due to the vast difference in price, it’s almost unfair to compare The Body Shop’s CBD Restoring Facial Oil to Kiehl’s’ Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate . But considering I have both, I’ll consider it my duty.
The very first thing I did when receiving the package from The Body Shop was sniff the oil. If you’ve ever had a whiff of the Kiehl’s one, you’ll understand why. Due to the oregano oil in the formula it makes your face smell like a pizza pie. The CBD Restoring Facial Oil is a lot less offensive and has the same gentle scent the cream has. A little green, a little citrus, a little floral. A delight.
If it’s something you’re wary of however, you’ll be disappointed to learn the INCI lists geraniol, citronellol, linalool, citral and the unspecified “fragrance”. Kiehl’s’ has none of those, which makes it more compatible for the most sensitive of skins. The € 46 price tag could be justified by the whopping 60% cannabis sativa seed oil content. The Body Shop doesn’t specify exactly how much hempseed oil is in their formula, but considering the CBD Restoring Facial Oil is a mix of various plant oils, I doubt they can compare.
In performance however, I don’t notice much of a difference and due to the scent, I prefer the one by The Body Shop, personally.
Get the CBD Restoring Facial oil for £25 in the UK or € 28 in the Netherlands