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I usually buy whatever hand wash is on offer although I do like to buy attractive bottles. I particularly like the stylish look of the Bayliss and Harding bottles and have tried several of their hand soaps. Just before Christmas Boots had this range on offer and so I decided to stock up. One of my choices was the black pepper and ginseng as it was one I had never tried and I liked the look of the dark orange liquid!
I prefer using liquid hand soap as I think it is more hygienic than solid bars of soap that send to leave a mess on my sink and are often covered in dirt after my boys have washed their hands! The black pepper and ginseng comes in an attractice clear plastic bottle that allows the dark orange soap to show through. It has a pump action dispenser with black nozzle surrounded by a classy looking silver metal band. I find the dispenser easy to use and am pleased to report that it doesn’t drip like some brands I have tried.
The soap lathers well and is easy to rinse off leaving no sticky residue. Unfortunately I really don’t like the scent! It is very masculine and smells like a cheap after shave. The scent tends to linger too. The other big negative for me is that I find this liquid soap is quite drying and I need to use plenty of hand cream after use to help soften my hands. The large 500ml bottle cost me just £1 and is now on sale in Boots for £2.15. Luckily my boys are quite happy to use this hand wash so it won’t go to waste!
I had ran out of handwash so picked up a bottle on a shopping trip a few weeks ago. I am not particularly loyal to any one brand and usually just opt for whatever is cheapest. In my local Tesco at the time the Baylis and Harding range was on offer for just £1.00 for a 500ml bottle. This ordinarily retails at around £2.00 a bottle. I'd not used any soap from this range before but the packaging made it look like a high quality product and the reasonable price swayed my decision into trying this product. I was unsure which scent to go for - I like quite spicy smells and so the one that appealed to me was the black pepper and ginseng variety.
The soap comes in a transparent plastic bottle which allows the deep, burnt orange coloured liquid to be seen through. There is not a lot of writing on the bottle - just the logo which consists of a tiled circle with Baylis and Harding written on it. Each bottle contains 500ml of soap which is dispensed through a black pump at the top which sits on a silver lid. I often have trouble with pump dispensers in that they stop working or get stuck after a little use but I'm pleased to note that this was not the case here.
Pressing the pump releases a small blob of handwash which has a fairly thick consistency. I apply this to hands that are already wet and then rub thoroughly. The wash produces a decent amount of lather and washes off easily leaving my hands feeling clean. However it is not particularly moisturising and my hands are usually left feeling a bit dry and I need to put on some moisturiser soon after washing with this.
The wash smells quite spicy and it is rather heady. In my opinion it is a very masculine scent and reminds me of aftershave. It's not really a scent that I am overly keen on. I bought this handwash for the bathroom and usually opt for a product that has some antibacterial properties. However in this case I didn't check in the supermarket and was disappointed to see when I got home that this was not antibacterial. The 500ml really does go a long way and I've been using this handwash for around 2 months now and still have half of it left. I have also decanted some into a different bottle for use in the kitchen.
Although this is cleans well it leaves my hands feeling quite dry and I am not overly keen on the scent. For these reasons I will probably not be buying this again though I would be happy to try other scents in the range. Overall 3 stars from me.