REVIEW: Hempz Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizer

by - December 05, 2019

There are a couple of staples in my life when it comes to body moisturizer, products that I literally have near me at all times, and one of those products is the HEMPZ Original Herbal Body Moisturizer. I often carry one of the little travel sizes around with me in my purse to use while I'm out and about, but I also have a full sized bottle of it on my desk at work and I reach for it pretty much every day. I don't often venture outside of the original, which I think smells gorgeous, but as soon as I tried out the HEMPZ Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizing, it had to come home with me and I've been a little bit obsessed with it ever since. 

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There are a lot of great smelling body lotions out there - and I will definitely get to the smell of this in a bit - but what really keeps me coming back to HEMPZ over and over again is the formula. It manages to walk that line of being rich really and moisturizing without being so heavy that it's going to leave me greasy if I use it throughout the day. This one definitely lives up to the original moisturizer, though I do think this one might be a hair heavier and take a touch longer to sink in. It's still not a greasy formula though. As its sinking in, I can definitely feel it on my skin, but not in a slimy or sticky way that's going to keep me from being able to do stuff. (In fact, I just applied it moments before typing this paragraph and I'm completely good to go.)

Now for the smell - which I think is going to be the most polarizing part of this product. Personally, I'm obsessed with the rich, spicy scent of it and I think it's perfectly formulated. That being said, if you're expecting a really sweet scent, you're likely going to be disappointed. This scent is really spice forward with those strong cinnamon hits that I love. It's also got a little bit of... maybe smokiness or muskiness that makes it feel a little bit more masculine. I was actually expecting this to be really sweet as so many pumpkin spice or vanilla or chai scents tend to be but it's definitely not what I would consider a sweet scent at all. I don't actually generally like pumpkin spice scented things at all, but I absolutely love this. 

There is one thing about the smell of this that I do want to caution people about, though. This is not a subtle or gentle scent, it really kind of punches you in the face. I would definitely not recommend this for anyone who has issues with strong scents or who works in a scent free environment - at least not for day to day wear. It's very strong and it very much sticks around on your skin for ages. I personally know that there are people in my life that I'm not going to be able to have this one around, so I would definitely recommend being mindful of that. It's a plus for me, how well and long it lasts on the skin, but there's definitely considerations that come with that as well.

I love this stuff. Period. Like I said, it's a STRONG scent, both in the actual notes and the way it lasts on the skin and it definitely isn't going to be for everyone, but I think it's stunning and it's absolutely right up my alley. Particularly as a winter scent when there's something about that warmth that really kind of makes everything feel a little bit more cozy. Highly recommend - if your tastes are the same as mine. 

The HEMPZ Pumpkin Spice & Vanilla Chai Herbal Body Moisturizer is Limited Edition, so if you want to get your hands on it, I would run - not walk - to whatever salon or retailer near you sells the brand.

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