“ Brand: Asda / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand „
For as long as I can remember I had always visited Tesco for my main weekly shop and would call in at various other stores for a mid-week top-up. Consequently, it would be a very rare occasion that I would browse the aisles in stores such as Asda, as I would normally run in to grab only a few items, pay and leave. However, a few months ago I decided to carry out my entire weekly shop within their store and it was during this visit that I discovered their Essential Care range. Consequently, a 500 ml bottle of citrus handwash caught my eye and subsequently found its' way into my trolley and this review will discuss my experience of using the product.
The handwash is within the lower price range of toiletries and is exclusively manufactured for Asda. I cannot state that this is particularly appealing to the eye, as what captured my attention was its' very reasonable price, which I will provide for you at the end of this review. The opaque container is fairly basic with the familiar Asda logo located in the upper left hand section and in the centre is a cartoon style image of a pair of hands. What I favour with this product and which swayed my decision to purchase is that the packaging is uncluttered, so I was able to make an informed choice within seconds of my discovery.
USING THE HANDWASH
The pump action dispenser swiftly provides us with a reasonable amount of the good consistency bright yellow handwash, which is sufficient to effectively remove all traces of grease and grime from your hands. The citrus fragrance is most definitely evident, as there is a fairly strong aroma of lemons, which I absolutely adore and associate with fresh and clean.
The handwash is soft and caring on my hands due to the fact that Asda have added moisturisers. I have to say that I was initially a little apprehensive about using a citrus product due to the fact that the skin on my hands tends to split and bleed during the cold winter months. However, I need not have been concerned as whilst this was an extremely effective product it was also very gentle. After each hand wash I normally apply a moisturising lotion to keep my skin in tip top condition, but for the purpose of this review I omitted to do so for approximately half an hour. As a result, I am pleased to advise that I did not suffer any adverse reactions and my hands felt totally moisturised as well as being soft and smooth.
A real positive with this handwash is that the lemon aroma remains on your hands for a short period of time following use. However, the wash is not anti-bacterial and I prefer to use these type products in my kitchen, particularly for hand washing following food preparation where meat has been handled.
This is a delightful zingy fresh fragranced handwash and my experience of using it is extremely positive. The fact that it does not sting or burn my hands evidences to me that this is most definitely a caring product and I will continue to use it in my home where I alternate it with my other favourite brands. I have never suffered any adverse reactions when using this product and it comes with my full recommendation. A real positive is that the dispenser does not drip, unlike many others I've owned where I would continuously discover blobs of handwash in my bathroom sink. The only negative for me with this product is that it is manufactured in Croatia, so there have been a lot of air miles to bring this product to Asda's shelves.
There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients presented to us on the reverse of the bottle, but I do not feel it acceptable to be copying this onto my review, so if you are interested in purchasing I would recommend you check that you are not allergic to anything contained within this handwash. However, I would state that Asda are against animal testing, so this product is suitable for vegetarians.
As with all products of this nature we are provided with some cautionary information, which informs us to keep out of the eyes and should this occur to immediately rinse with clean warm water. The handwash should be used within 24 months of purchase and the empty container is recyclable once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can purchase Asda Essential Care Citrus Handwash in Asda stores at 54p for a 500 ml container, which is excellent value for money. Consequently, this handwash receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Asda "Essential care" Citrus handwash, costing 57p for a 500ml bottle - Why the hell we don't use English measurements in England anymore is beyond me. Anyway, I digress... A bottle full of liquid hand cleaner for 57p sounds like reasonable value to me, but is it any good?
From the top then, a slightly yellowish plastic bottle topped with a typical - nowadays, pump action dispenser, containing a quite thin in viscosity yellow liquid, that's what you get. The bottle itself has some really cheap looking graphics on the label, but it's supposed to be cheap and cheerful, what do you expect.
The pump action dispenser needs to be unscrewed and pumped a couple of times in order to prime it when the bottle is first opened, but after that a quick push with the palm of the hand is all you need to extract a squirt of this handwash from the Nozzle.
The handwash itself is relatively thin, as stated previously, yellowish and just about smells of Citrus - on a good day. It feels OK in the hand, but doesn't feel like a top quality cleaner - as you would expect from something at this price. It lathers up reasonably well and cleans reasonably well, but not brilliantly. You sometimes feel that a second dose is required if your hands are particularly greasy or grubby - it doesn't work out as such a good bargain if you have to use two treatments some times.... I think it best to be used only when your hands are just lightly soiled and only need a quick clean / freshen up. If they are really dirty use something of a better quality.
That leads me nicely on to the big problem with this handwash, well as far as I am concerned anyway. If I have been handling something with a strong smell, such as Fresh Fish, using this Handwash does not remove that smell from my hands - it just doesn't work that well.
I did look on the ASDA website for the ingredients, as these are important to many people who have sensitive skin and allergies etc, they are detailed below.
Aqua , Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine , Sodium Chloride , Glycol Distearate , Glycerin , Laureth-3 , Laureth-4 , DMDM Hydantoin , PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate , Citric Acid , Magnesium Nitrate , Methylchloroisothiazolinone , Magnesium Chloride , Methylisothiazolinone , Parfum , Hexyl Cinnamal , Limonene , Linalool , C.I. 19140 .
Just as a final point, the handwashs' origin is Croatia.
Overall though you must take into account that this Handwash is sold as being cheap and cheerful, it doesn't purport to be the best on the market and taking that into account it not too bad, especially at 57p a bottle.
Asdas Essential Care citrus Hand Wash.
Cheap at just under 60p for a 500ml bottle.
Says Asda Essential care in green writing on the front of the bottle, with a illustration of a pair of hands.
Handwash citrus, written underneath it.
The smell, really fresh and yes does smell like a citrus flavour, once pumped one squirt is sufficient enough, to wash your hands with.
The handwash is quite thick, so you really dont need any more than one pump filled squirt. It contains moisturisers, so it is good for your skin too. And as well as leaving my hands clean, makes them smell and feel fresh and soft.
It really is great value for money, and having had my bottle for ages it is worth it.
On the back of this bottle of handwash, it does give you a 0845 telephone number, if you are not 100 percent happy with their product. I must admit i was. They also advertise their website on the back of the bottle.
I like to keep a bottle of this by the sink, in my toilet, and bathroom, so that it is fun to pump the liquid up, and that in turn encourages my grandchildren to wash their hands after visiting the guest room.
To use : Turn the pump to the open position and press.
Massage onto wet hands, but make sure you rinse throughly.
Dry either under warm air, or with a hand towel.
The Ingredients are listed as containing Aqua. As with all these kind of products, avoid contact with your eyes, if you are silly enough to rub this into your eyes, rinse throughly with clean clear warm water.
I must admit that after using this particular handwash, it has left my hands and skin feeling silky smooth, must be because of all those moisturers, it contains.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. Definitely one to buy, at a cheap price.
I am always on the lookout for bargains, and since I have found the cheap Tesco Honeysuckle and Silk soap to be such a good product, I thought I would try one of Asda's cheap brands too. At only 57 pence for 500 ml this Essential Care Citrus handwash seemed excellent value so I popped it in my trolley.
The soap comes in a tall plastic bottle. It is clear which lets you see how much handwash you have left, which is always a good feature as it means you don't run out of it unexpectedly. Although the bottle is clear it looks yellow when it is full due to the quite bright yellow liquid inside it. The bottle also has the word 'handwash' printed in large green letters on the front, along with some crudely drawn hands. I think the packaging makes this look quite cheap and tacky and it is reminiscent of washing up liquid.
The bottle has a bright yellow plastic pump on top of it. It has to be unscrewed and then pumped repeatedly before its first use, as a safety measure. Normally I find this easy enough with handwashes but with this one it was too tough for me and after trying for ages I had to get someone else to do it for me, which was a pain!
When you finally manage to get the pump undone, you can of course use the soap. One press of the pump dispenses enough of the liquid, which is quite thick and gooey, but also translucent. The liquid feels quite nice on your hands and quickly lathers up.
The smell of the handwash is not really strong but it is noticeable. It has a citrusy scent, mostly of lemon, and unfortunately again reminds me very much of washing up liquid. The clearness of the liquid also adds to this impression.
After use my hands feel OK, but although the bottle says the handwash has added moisturisers my hands don't feel moisturised at all and after repeated use they do tend to get a little bit dry and feel a bit tight. I have also noticed that the smell doesn't linger long, and that the handwash fails to get rid of strong smells that were already on my hands, for example from cooking.
This is a below average soap but it is very cheap so it still gets a couple of stars from me. I might try others in the Essential Care range to see if they are any better.