I do not shop at Asda very often but every now and again I will pop in during my lunch break as there is a large store near to where I work. I often buy some of their own brand products and a while back I bought a massive (500ml) plastic bottle of their own brand hand wash for just under 60p. It wasn’t on a special offer, or anything like that, this is the price this hand wash always is.
I must admit that the bottle itself was rather too large for the side of the sink in my downstairs loo. IT was so massive it kept on toppling over and so I had to transfer the contents into one of my own soap dispensers so it stayed upright.
The soap itself is quite thick and gel like it its consistency though it does lathe rup really fast once it is mixed with a little water on the hands. I don’t like the fact that this soap is quite drying on my skin though and my daughter had a reaction to it after she had used it a few times too. So, although it is supposed to be fine for sensitive skin, I wouldn’t actually agree and say this was the case. I think that if your are prone to dry skin conditions that you should be careful if you use this one.
It has a strong masculine small to it which was slightly off putting but I didn’t go out and buy another one once this one was all used up. It’s cheap but to be honest I’d rater pay more and get something a little bit more special and something which likes my skin better.
I have been doing quite a lot of my shopping at Asda recently and since I had completely ran out of soap I decided to try the fresh blue antibacterial hand wash from the Asda essentials range. Usually I buy the antibacterial hand wash from Tesco and I like that so I assumed this one would be fairly similar.
The first thing I have to say about the packaging of this soap is that it looks huge. It is 500ml but it looks very bulky so it is not the prettiest looking hand wash I've tried.
The top is locked in place when it is originally purchased, this unlocks with ease and pushes down smoothly to release just the right amount of product.
**Using the soap**
As the soap is released the first thing I notice is that it has a very odd gel like consistency. It feels like gel in that it is quite slimy but it also feels very light.
It lathers up quite well but as I rub the product into my hands it is impossible not to notice how masculine this hand wash is. It smells like after shave and if I were to close my eyes and smell this product that is exactly what I would think it is.
Despite the manly scent of this product it cleans my hands very well and does not dry my hands out at all.
Although my hands feel and smell fresh after using this product the masculine undertones of this product are still evident as I smell my hands.
**Price and availability**
This hand wash can only be purchased through Asda either online or in store and it is priced at 55p.
Even though this is a very affordable hand wash I do not think I am going to be purchasing it again. I think it is just too masculine for my tastes. It is a good hand wash to keep if you have messy kids who need to wash their hands all the time as you are saving some pennies but not one for me I'm afraid.
When it comes to handwahses my wife and I almost always choose Carex in some form or another and I really do prefer an antibacterial one but recently we tried the Asda essential care fresh blue hand wash as it was just too cheap to pass up.
The 500ml bottle which is already very cheap at 57p per bottle was on offer at two for a pound so we grabbed two and I have to say I was quite impressed with them.
This handwash certainly gets the dirt off even the dirtiest of hands so it gets a five out of five for cleansing power and it lathered up well and had a decent scent so no problems there either.
Sadly I found that after using it for a while it dried my skin out a bit, not too much but enough to put me off it really and add that to it not being antibacterial and you have enough reason for me not to use it anymore.
If you do not have problems with your skin drying out or if it just doesn't bother you then this is a very decent handwash and it is certainly tough on even the very dirtiest of hands but if like me you like the added protection of antibacterial washing and you get dried out skin then for as cheap as this is I wouldn't advise using it.
It was whilst my partner was picking up a few bits and pieces in our local Asda supermarket that he consulted his shopping list - written by yours truly of course - and saw that one item on the list was "Asda's own blue hand wash".
To be fair, he followed the instructions on the list and purchased a blue-coloured hand wash that was of course an Asda's own branded product. Unfortunately, this was not the exact product that I had in mind, as I usually buy something that has 'anti-bacterial' properties or something similar, as I like to think I am preventing myself against germs whilst washing my hands.
My other half however, had picked up a bottle of the Asda "Essential Care" Fresh Blue hand wash instead of the one I would usually buy. This was not a big problem, but when I saw the bottle of hand wash I could see immediately that the product had no mention of the words 'Anti-Bacterial' or 'Kills germs' or any such statement, which would have been my own first choice.
Seeing from the till receipt that the 500ml bottle of hand wash cost the purse-friendly sum of only 57 pence, I did think that this was a really good price given that the product was in such a generous sized bottle... A bottle that is in fact, bigger than the usual product I would buy!
We have now been using the hand wash for the past while, and I do have to admit that I am fairly impressed with the product.
The plastic bottle is actually a pearly white colour, but because the soap product itself is such a bright blue colour it is clearly visible through the plastic. The pump dispenser is of a fairly high quality in my opinion as it is easy to use and quite durable.
To start using the hand wash, I did have to 'pump' the dispenser a few times to get the product moving through the pump mechanism. This was easy to do and I do find that the 'pump' part of the soap bottle dispenses just the right amount of hand wash to be used. If my hands are particularly dirty or grimy I will dispense another pump load of hand wash and that will usually be more than sufficient.
The hand wash itself lathers up quite nicely and feels pleasant on my hands whilst I am using it. I do not find that the liquid gets overly soapy or is particularly difficult to rinse from my skin.
I do find that there are no problems with the product being overly-drying on my skin, nor have I found there are any ill-effects from using this product in terms of my sensitive skin or my eczema.
The smell of the hand wash can be detected quite easily whilst it is lathering up on my skin. I don't find that the smell lasts for very long on my skin after I have washed and dried my hands though. Personally for me, this is not a huge problem and to be fair I do find that most hand washes that I use in my household regularly don't have smells that linger on my skin for a particularly long time either.
The smell of the product is quite hard to describe, so bear with me on this one! I find it is quite masculine at first, similar to a "men's" shower gel or similar product. The smell is quite similar to one of those 'oceanic' shower gels that are bright blue in colour. That is the initial fragrance that hits my nostrils, anyway! After a few seconds however, this fragrance subsides a little, and we are left with a slightly more feminine scent.
I would go so far as to say there was even a hint of a floral undertone to the scent, although this is not overly major, so it is quite difficult to detect. I do find that the overall scent is quite similar to a talcum powder or baby product, once the initial first fragrances have subsided a bit. If this doesn't really make much sense, I can only apologise but I have done my best to note all of the fragrances that I can detect.
All in all I was quite impressed with this little hand wash and I probably would buy it again. My own personal preference is to have something with a sort of safeguard against bacteria or germs though, and this is the only downside for me personally when it comes to this particular product. For that reason, this Fresh Blue hand wash would be my second choice when choosing a hand wash, but other than that I cannot really fault it... It does exactly what it says on the tin, and at a very affordable price too!
I personally would award this little blue gem full marks, and it gets five Dooyoo stars from me because I really did think it was a pleasant product to use and that it offered excellent value for money... Nice job Asda!
I am always washing my hands, so I bought this for 69p whilst out shopping.
The front is simple with clear labeling. Just says handwash, fresh blue with added moisturisers and a picture of some hands
It is a lovely blue colour and the product name is fresh blue, so it fits in well. The scent is also a fresh smell.
The product comes in a 500 ml bottle and is a pump action which can be closed to stop drips coming out.
The product claims it "gently cleanses and helps condition hands", my hands did feel soft after using it.
"Leaves skin feeling, soft and fresh" The smell of the handwash did stay on my sking for a few hours after using it.
There are the instructions on the back how to use the product, but its simple to use. Turn pump to position and press, massage into wet hand and clean thoroughly.
There are a list of all ingredients too, but i wont list as there are loads and i havent heard of any of them except aqua!
The handwash is suitable for vegetarians and has to be used within 24 months of opening.
A simple product which does the job. Also looks good in a bathroom which is blue.
I have previously reviewed another handwash in the Asda Essential Care Range, which was called Citrus Fresh. I wasn't very impressed with it but seeing as the range is so cheap I thought I would give it another chance, and bought the Fresh Blue Hand Wash.
The handwash comes in a tall bottle which is see through so allows you to see how much soap you have left. It has a blue plastic push down dispenser on top and blue writing along with a picture of some hands on the front. It doesn't look particularly stylish and it's easy to see that it is a budget handwash, but it does look better than the yellow citrus version and it's not too ugly.
The dispenser releases a good amount of the blue liquid wash. It has a nice texture that is not too thin or runny but not too thick and gloopy either.
It lathers up well and has a lovely delicate smell. The smell is difficult to describe but it reminds me of fresh, oceanic scents and I think there is also a little hint of lavender in there as well. The smell is unfortunately not strong enough to last on your hands for more than a few minutes afterwards, but it is enjoyable whilst you are washing.
This handwash works fine and whilst it doesn't leave my hands particularly moisturised it doesn't dry them out as much as some other soaps, so I would probably buy it again, especially as it is such good value.
A 500 ml bottle costs just 49 pence which is excellent when you think that a much smaller bottle of branded handwash will cost you two, three or four times that!
My family seem to get through bucket loads of hand wash. The fact that I actively try to encourage good hand hygiene only adds to the amount.
My kids had been using a foaming hand wash to encourage them but even at the pound land price I found that due to the credit crunch I have had to find cheaper alternatives, this being one of them!
The product I will now review is "Asda essential care hand wash - fresh blue with added moisturisers"
The bottle is understandably simple, a plain white bottle, with a blue pump action dispenser. Even though the bottle is white, when the bottle is full the hand wash itself is blue so gives the bottle the illusion of colour!
There is the usual information stated, the name, the asda brand and a pair of hands above the ptoduct name.
Before use you have to unscrew the pump, this is screwed right into the bottle so as to prevent any leakages, or presumably any "little hands" playing with it when it's on the shelf in store. The times I have had to drag my 3 year old of because he has sprayed the contents of an aerosol over himself, he would think nothing of pumping the entire bottle out!
Once the pump is unscrewed you pump down a couple of times to get the product into the tube and away you go.
You will only need one pump of the product into well moistened hands, and then rub together vigorously to create a lather.
You then simply rinse your hands thoroughly and dry.
The smell, considering this is a cheap product is lovely, it is fresh and has a slight tinge of lavender to it, though it is not an overpowering smell. The scent lasts for at least ½ hour after washing, this leaves you feeling that your hands are lovely and fresh.
This product states it also contains moisturisers, my hands never feel overly moisturised, but are never tight or dry feeling.
This particular hand wash will set you back around 40p a bottle, which is exceptional value as it contains 500ml of the hand wash. It is available in sunshine yellow also, and if my memory is correct is also a lovely hand wash with a pleasant scent to it.
This is an Asda own brand, so of course can only be purchased from one of there stores.
One bottle lasts us around a month, if not a bit more, the bottle states though that it has a shelf life of 24 months.
This is a lovely product that is cheap and good quality, don't be put of by the rather bland packaging, this is down to the money being used on the product rather than the bottle, and I can live with that!
For more information visit -www.asda.co.uk
Thanks for reading x