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~*~The Product~ 'backhanded compliment'!~*~ The 500ml product comes in a plastic transparent container with a silver metal neck and black pump dispenser. The company name is written in a beautiful bold Castellar font. The container details the usual type of information for this type of product such as ingredients, directions for use, shelf life and safety guidelines. I have noted the ingredients in case consumers with skin sensitivity need to be aware of certain components in their hand wash. Worthy of mention is that the product has a twelve month shelf life, but unless there was such an amazing offer on worthy of buying copious amounts, like me, you'd probably need to replace the hand wash within a week or two of purchasing! The ingredients consist of Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide DEA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Parfum (Fragrance), Benzophenone-4, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Panthenol, Retinyl Palmitate, Limonene, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6). The Directions for Use are concise, unlike my reviews! :~D Simply 'Apply to moist skin, lather and rinse well'. Concerning safety information, the manufacturer states that consumers need to 'Avoid contact with eyes. If product gets in eyes, rinse immediately with clean warm water'. ~*~The Company ~ 'Get the upper hand'! ~*~ This product is one of the many diverse ranges that this well-known company supplies to stores, pharmacies among others. I didn't realise that the company also supply 'many retailers own brand lines' too. The company also state that 'many large department stores and fashion retailers seek' their 'expertise to source their own brand bath, body and cosmetic products. Full production from formulation development, packaging design and distribution are offered in this bespoke service'! I was also surprised to read that as the company have 'a presence as the licence manufacturer in the bath and body market with exclusive offerings is also a strong hold for' them as 'aimed mainly but not exclusively at children' their 'diverse range includes Mr Men and Little Miss, Timmy Time, Jelly Belly, Peter Rabbit and Thomas The Tank Engine'. I had no idea that this company is the manufacturer behind many of these popular ranges! 'Based in Redditch' their 'design and development facilities are incorporated within a state of the art, purpose built distribution centre. This 150,000 sq. foot base ensures ideal storage facilities for the wide variety of products. The sales networks are supported by a fully computerised stock control and purchasing system. This is crucial as' they say, because the company 'produce in excess of 15 million bottles of bath gel, ten million soaps and 12 million body scrubs each and every season'! The company's contact details are as follows: Baylis and Harding plc. Nash Road Park Farm Redditch Worcestershire B98 7AS England. http://baylisandharding.com/About-Us ~*~My Usage Experience~ 'Putty in hands'! ~*~ *Reason for purchase* I love the stylish appearance of Baylis & Harding products but tend to steer away from purchasing as they tend to be pricier than store named brands. As Sainsbury's are currently selling these hand washes on offer, I eagerly ordered them on my online shop. I love the bouquet of fruity aromas in such products so I happily arranged for the 'mandarin and grapefruit' hand wash to be delivered. *The container's appearance* As Leonardo da Vinci once quoted "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." And the design on the bottle certainly speaks elegance and style. The familiar large black bold Castellar font against the bright yellow contents oozes refinement. The container could easily pass for an expensive Harrods top toiletry product. Because the container doesn't bombard consumers with copious amounts of information and images, the product wouldn't look out of place in the rest rooms of an expensive renowned hotel. There is only one logo on the reverse side of a mustard coloured mosaic circular symbol. The material that is tastefully placed on the container is relevant and in my opinion, all that is required. 5/5 *The content's appearance* I love the colour yellow; it makes me feel optimistic, uplifted and happy. With its soft lemon hue, the contents of this product appeal to me as a pure and wonderfully warm cleansing hand wash. 5/5 *Ease of use* The pump action dispenser is very flexible to use. A simple twist to the 'open' mark produces an easy to depress lever. I keep the pump nozzle on the 'open' position because the contents remain intact without overflowing or dripping after each use. The fluid comes out in a gentle flow around the size of a fifty pence piece per pump action. I am pleased that the pump only releases a small amount when used by my grand-children; the grand-tots tend to be overly enthusiastic when it comes to toiletries! But when I use the hand wash I tend to use the pump twice to furnish me with enough of the fluid to be effective on my larger hands! 5/5 *The Scent* Umm, this is where I was in for a surprise or more like a disappointment. I thought that as the manufacturer had listed one of the aromas as mandarin that I would perceive a wonderfully sweet orangey scent. But no, I could not detect a mandarin fragrance at all. As for noticing a striking citrus bouquet from the grapefruit component, well this eluded me too! In fact, instead of a fruity aroma it gives off an odour similar to spicy incense sticks. When I asked my son if he could detect a specific balm, he said sandalwood! So there you have it, the perfume to this hand wash is so delicate, so incredibly subtle that it is very difficult to define an exact aroma. I feel that the fragrance can be summed as slightly floral with an undertone of a woody base. Although the scent is certainly not abhorrent in any way, it is simply too weak and faint to leave a definite impression. Even after washing with the product, the dainty scent dissipates leaving no noticeable essence other than a 'clean' bouquet on the skin. 1/5 (The scent is not undesirable simply not noticeable!) *The Feel* The liquid has a soft and gentle feel against my hands, so much so that I initially wondered whether the hand wash would be effective enough as a cleansing product! My grand-children also use this hand wash when they visit and it is certainly gentle to the touch for even the smallest of hands! I love the gel honey like consistency that remains on the hands without dripping onto the basin, thus being economical too. 5/5 *The Lather* You will be disappointed if you prefer copious suds and lather to your hand washes as this product only produces a fine understated white foam. I do like plenty of froth and suds to hand washes generally but as long as the soap is effective it really isn't a problem for me. Although having said that, if I have been out in the garden working hard on clearing and tidying task I find that I need to apply far more hand wash to afford enough cleansing action! 3/5 (Low mark if one prefers more bountiful lather!) *Effectiveness* Where the scent and lather disappoints, the effectiveness as a cleansing agent doesn't. The hand wash works well at cleaning my hands from debris such as when I have done arts and crafts with the grand-tots using such items as glue and sticky tapes. The hand wash successfully removes food odours such as garlic. There are no signs left from task undertaken such as messy gardening or housework. The fluid does leave a slight tacky feel but not so much as to be distracting or uncomfortable. I have found no sensitivity problems using this product. 5/5 ~*~Would I recommend? ~' shows of hands! ~*~ As an effective cleansing agent I most definitely would recommend this product. As an added bonus, the product has a lovely sophisticated appearance that would enhance bathroom shelves. The colour is bright and cheerful. The disappointment is that the fragrance is far too subtle, leaves no after bouquet on the skin and is difficult to discern the scent components. The lather is very delicate and may not appeal to consumers who prefer more generous foam like substance. I wouldn't fork out on the hand wash on full price but certainly very happy to spend that little extra that I normally would on store ranges when the hand wash is on offer! The Baylis & Harding sweet mandarin & grapefruit cleansing 500ml hand wash is currently on a 33% saving from £2.00 to £1.33. Thank you for taking the time to read my review on this 'Soap Opera'! :~)
Baylis & Harding Mandarin & Grapefruit Handwash I have previously received Baylis and Harding products for Christmas presents and have been impressed with the size and the quality of the products. I then found that my local Asda stocks the Baylis and Harding range. =Handwash= The hand wash I purchased was mandarin and grapefruit, it was 500ml bottle and was £2. =The Bottle= The bottle is a transparent bottle, and you can see the colour of the hand wash, in this case the hand wash is a pale yellow colour, with the grapefruit being the predominant colour way. The top has a black screw top pump action, you twist to break the seal then push down for the soap to be dispensed. On the front of the bottle, it describes the hand wash as a classic fragrance in a sophisticated hand wash, and that the sweet mandarin and grapefruit had been combined with vitamin A, B and C. =The Use= I find that one pump dispenses a good measure of hand wash and once run under water it produces a lovely lather and the smell of mandarin and grapefruit soon become apparent, there not over powering, just a nice fresh citrus fragrance, so could be used by men as well. =My Hands= I found that the hand wash had a moisturising effect on my hands, not enough to replace a hand cream application, but a smooth feeling. You can also buy the matching hand cream to go with the hand wash. =Lasting= I use this hand wash at the kitchen sink, as it is only a hand wash and does not have antibacterial properties, I find that this size bottle lasts between 3 weeks and 1 month, so value for money I would give it a 10/10. Also it is a pretty bottle, and one that you don't need to hide away. =Would I recommend= I would recommend this hand wash, and I would buy again.
So as part of my new years resolution I really want to revamp my home and whilst my focus is flitting around different rooms of the flat I have already done a few bits regarding the bathroom. I already bought a new lovely toilet brush, and as my current handwash in the bathroom (carex) was almost finished I wanted a really nice, lavish handwash for the bathroom. My mum has Molton Brown which is extravagantly expensive and I didn't want to spend that much (especially as it is not worth it!) So when I spotted this Baylis & Harding Mandarin & Grapefruit handwash for a mere £2.15 for a huge 500ml pump handwash. The packaging is really glam with a clear bottle, with the description across - sweet mandarin and grapefruit with vitamin a, b & c. The pump dispenser is made of black plastic with a silver rim across the neck which has Baylis & Harding engraved in it. I find the look really simple but elegant and it fits in lovely with our bathroom decor. The handwash itself is actually really lovely; thick, lustrious and only a little is required to thoroughly wash my hands! I lierally press down for one pump and the handwash glides into my palm and rubbed together with water it lathers easily leaving my hands feeling really fresh and clean. The scent of mandarin and grapefruit actually really compliment each other, and combine for a sweet, fruity but zesty combination which can be instantly smelled once the lather really gets going. The smell of the two fruits is really genuine and not artificial or sickly in anyway so I am loving this at the moment and it makes me want to wash my hands for no reason! The handwash feels really gentle and nourishing and does not leave my hand feeling at all dry or unnourished which I get with most other handwashes so I am really impressed! Overall I really like this handwash and think it is an absolutely bargain! The handwash is really lovely, smells great and is so cheap and excellent quality. It is so large I can see it lasting us months as we had a 300ml bottle of carex before which lasted about 3 months! I'd definitely recommend this as there is absolutely nothing I can fault it for! Gets a big 5 stars from me!
We have this handwash in our toilets at work. The fragrance of the handwash is Mandarin and Grapefruit. I am not sure how much you would pay for this as our manager bought it but I have noticed similar products on the high street for around £3. The handwash comes in a pump dispenser. You simply press down on the pump to release the handwash. A tip would be to not put too much pressure on the dispenser as you will dispense too much. Simply apply a little pressure and you will get the right amount of handwash. The handwash itself is a gorgeous light yellow colour and it is quite thick and gloopy in consistency. I would describe the scent of the handwash as quite citrusy and uplifting. It smells very fresh and very fruity and it is a scent that I think most people would enjoy. It is rather a feminine fragrance though so it's perhaps best left for ladies only! It is a lovely handwash and the smell isn't too overpowering. The handwash foams up really well and it leaves your hands feeling soft, smooth and cleansed. The handwash is ideal for people with sensitive skin as it is really mild and gentle. It also leaves a gorgeous fruity fragrance on your hands after use which lingers for a little bit! The handwash lasts ages too as you only need a small blob each time that you wash your hands. You can also use the handwash as a shower gel. I know that my mum has a few of these at home and she sometimes uses them in the shower in place of a normal shower gel. The handwash doesn't sting your hands either if you have a few cuts and grazes on them. This is a lovely handwash for everyone!
I first spotted the Baylis & Harding cleansing hand wash in a friends bathroom. From a distance I thought that it was a Molton Brown hand wash. It is certainly styled on the Molton Brown bottles, it's a pretty exact replica, even down to the pump and the silver bottle neck with the raised lettering company name on. It's basically just a bit bigger, the Molton Brown hand washes are 300ml, the Baylis & Harding hand washes are 500ml. I asked where she got it from and how much it was, and she said she got it from Sainsburys and it was only £1.99. I've since bought myself two bottles from Sainsburys as they were on offer at the time, 2 for £3.00, bargain! (especially as the Molton Brown hand wash that this is modelled on is £16.00) I bought the sweet mandarin and grapefruit fragranced hand wash, this has a gorgeous citrussy fruity smell, you can really smell both the mandarin and the grapefruit in this. The fragrance lingers on your hands for quite a while as well. One pump of the hand wash is plenty to adequately wash your hands, the hand wash is a fairly thick consistency, and it lathers up really well on your hands with just a small amount of water. It is quite gentle and it doesn't dry out your hands like some hand washes can, even with constant daily use. I bought this to go in our bathroom, it looks very sleek and classy and sophisticated, and it looks like a very expensive bottle of hand wash. I've since bought the matching hand lotion as well to keep next to it. I'm now having friends ask me where I got my hand soap from and how much it was! This is a large 500ml bottle, and I find that this lasts us around 3 months.
I like buying nice hand washes for my guest bathrooms and cloakrooms and one of my favourites is the Baylis and Harding range. I like to buy Molton Brown ones too but these are so expensive compared to the Baylis and HArding ones that I have decided to stick with the cheaper but still just as good quality brand. This hand wash cost me in the £2 region which compared to £11ish is a really good economy in my opinion. This hand wash has the most amazing smell and is one of my favourites in their range. They describe this as, "Sweet Mandarin and Grapefruit, combined with vitamin A, B and C, creating our classic fragrance which features in this sophisticated hand wash. This smells very fruity and citrusy but is not too overpowering which is nice. The smell does stay on your hands after you have washed your hands with it but that is not a real hardship as in my opinion its a really nice smell. The hand wash has a light yellow colour to it, obviously the inclusion of the mandarin and grapefruit and is a somewhat thick gel consistency. The wash comes in a really nice plastic bottle that I think is nice enough to display in a guest bathroom which is why I have it in there. The front has the posh looking Baylis and Harding design, a sort of gold mosaic circle and then has Baylis and Harding England written across the front. The bottle has a black pump action at the top so it's easy to get the soap out and it doesn't make a mess all over the sink like a bar of soap would. The hand wash does last for quite a long time and for the price is a really good bargain in my opinion. I like the way the hand wash makes my hands feel as well as they are always quite nice and soft after applying this which probably has to do with the inclusion of vitamins. All in all a nice hand wash to use in terms of smell, price and usage.
I bought two of these handwashes on offer in Asda. They normally cost £2 each but are currently 2 for £3. One thing that drew me to this handwash was the size of the bottle it's a massive 500ml this is almost double the size of most washes. The bottle is transparent so you can see the pale yellow handwash inside. This also makes it easy to see how much is left. The soap is dispensed using a pump action. On the front of the bottle the soap is described as 'sweet mandarin and grapefruit, combined with vitamin A, B and C to create our classic fragrance in a sophisticated handwash' To use the wash you simply dispense the desired amount and lather under running water until all the wash has disappeared. One thing I like about this handwash is how little you have to use, I only use half a pump at most. This gives a really good lather that allows you to wash your hands thoroughly. The handwash smells really nice, it is very citrusy and this makes it really refreshing, and unlike the Rose wash I bought at the same time my partner had no problem using this. I keep the handwash in my bathroom so it gets used very frequently, I normally use about 2 bottles a week but this lasts longer than other washes I have used and so far we're on day 10 and still going strong. I also like the fact that this leaves my hands really soft after use. It didn't dry my hands out unlike some other washes I have used. You can also get a matching moisturiser. This wash is also really good at removing odours from your hands, after chopping onions and garlic I normally have to wash my hands several times to get rid of the smell, however with this wash just using it once removed the odour. I would definately buy this again, the only downside for me is that it doesn't have any antibacterial properties.
~~~~~~~~~~ Looks familiar? ~~~~~~~~~~ Let's start with a fact about this product. The packaging is a blatant rip-off of the packaging of a high-end range of beauty products that may or may not rhyme with Bolton Crown. From the plastic see-through packaging with the simple, classy writing all the way up to the black pump with embossed silver trim. One thing that has not been emulated, however, is the price. Coming in at the £2 mark, this is a fraction of the price of the range which Baylis and Harding imitates. And coming in at 500ml, it is also great value for money when you consider that a lot of other hand soaps come in at 300ml. Although I was not previously very familiar with this range, I have discovered that the company produces a wide range of products, including character-branded children's toiletries. There are many handwashes available, and other scents include wild lavender, and wild rose and raspberry. There are also matching hand lotions available, also costing £2, and sets featuring the hand wash and matching lotion for £5 - yes - that's more than if you buy each item individually but they do come in a little plastic holder. It's up to you whether or not you think that's worth the extra £1! You can purchase the products from various supermarkets and chemists, or from the Baylis and Harding website direct. ~~~~~~~~~~ Very impressed ~~~~~~~~~~ The reason I purchased this wasn't because of the packaging and the fact that I can't afford the original. It was simply because I had tried this product in a friend's house and been really impressed with the quality of the product and the lovely scent. So when I discovered this soon after in Tesco with the £2 price tag, I didn't hesitate to make the purchase. As mentioned, the product comes in a large, round plastic bottle with a pump-action dispenser. The bottle is see-through and the contents inside are a pale golden yellow. The bottle has simple writing all in one colour, which makes the product look tasteful and quite classy. On the back of the bottle is a circle shape made up of small squares. This reflects through the bottle and is a nice touch to the overall design. The dispenser pump at the top of the bottle is black but the portion that screws onto the bottle is silver, with the words Baylis and Harding embossed onto it. The high quality packaging really does betray the price of this product and if you didn't know it was so cheap you would definitely think this was a much pricier product. It is a very nice looking bottle and looks good in any bathroom or kitchen! ~~~~~~~~~~~ The right balance ~~~~~~~~~~~ The pump action dispenser works as you would expect, and one or two pumps is the perfect amount to give your hands a good wash. The smell of this is lovely - despite the fruity contents it isn't too sweet or at all sickly - it actually has quite a mellow, sophisticated smell and while I can detect both the mandarin and grapefruit, neither of these smells is overpowering. It is a really nicely balanced, pleasant fragrance which complements the elegant packaging. I think it is the kind of fragrance that would suit anyone and I can't imagine anyone would really dislike it. The handwash lathers up nicely and washes away easily, leaving hands feeling clean and fresh. The fragrance lingers slightly - again it isn't at all overpowering - and overall this is really nice to use. The one thing I would mention is that it doesn't moisturise hands that much - although it doesn't claim to so this isn't problem or me - and I shall definitely be looking out or the co-ordinating hand cream in the future. ~~~~~~~ The verdict ~~~~~~~ Overall I think this is a fantastic product that delivers on all counts. It is very well priced for the quality of the product, the packaging looks really good and much more expensive than it is, and the quality of the handwash is very good as well. It also has a lovely, fresh smell that makes it an all-round top product. Five stars from me!
We used to have Molton Brown handwash and handcream in our downstairs toilet (purloined (with permission) by my husband from his office) but once he lost his job he lost this particular perk and times being what they are, we had to find a substitute. We tend to opt for nicer products in the downstairs loo purely because that is mainly where visitors go! Having children I like to have anti-bacterial handwashes around and Carex usually suffices for me but my husband likes to have something a little bit nicer in this convenience and in ours too so the Carex is now relegated to the kitchen and the kids' bathroom! Marketed as a luxury handwash, Baylis & Harding products do look vaguely expensive for fairly inexpensive fare. A 500ml bottle of sweet mandarin & grapefruit (with vitamin a b & c) cleansing hand wash costs £1.50-£2.00. Other varieties include: French Lavender (£2.05); Citrus Lime & Eucalyptus; Lemon & Mandarin; Wild Cherry & Fig; Pink Peony; and Rose & Raspberry (also £1.50) although the Rose & Raspberry was the only other one I saw in my local Tesco. Molton Brown handwashes cost in the region of £15 and so this not so dissimilar looking product for £2.00 is definitely a great stand in as far as I am concerned. THE BOTTLE: A dome shaped plastic bottle with with a silver surround circling the black dispenser with Baylis & Harding (in raised silver lettering) around it does give a better look than, Carex for example which does look a little more medicinal. The hue of this yellow handwash also looks appealing although once dispensed it is almost clear with just as hint of colour. I liked the look of the pink one but think that was too girly for the males in my houshold! THE PRODUCT: The handwash itself is of just the right consistency - neither too runny nor too thick. The liquid is silky in texture and lathers well onto damp hands. The smell is very refreshing, zesty and fruity and you can detect the grapefruit and mandarin in equal measure. Your hands feel very fresh and clean after use and the smell does linger on them after use which is nice especially if you have been dealing with food items that can leave an odour behind. This product contains vitamins a b & c although I am not sure what they specifically do. Obviously they help to care for your hands' health and apperance overall but I could not see on the Baylis & Harding website any extra, specific information on this and neither is there any additional information on the bottle itself. Ok it's not Molton Brown but in summary, I do like this handwash as it is delicately scented, cleanses well, leavings hands soft, clean with a feeling of being well cared for, looks nice on the shelf and I guess for a couple of quid you can't ask for much more than that can you? Recommended by me (and my husband)! Thanks for reading. x also on ciao under ryanellaxx
The baylis and Harding collection is indulgent and exciting! This gorgeous smelling sweet mandarin and grapefruit combination is creamy although does not get lots of lather, it does leave your skin nice and soft .I was given these as a christmas present and had not heard of the company before but i would most probably like to use this hand wash again and would not mind trying their range of different beauty products.The fragrance is exactly as it says it really does smell of the fruits- sweet mandarin and grapefruit and takes you to a spa like place when you apply the treatments.The packaging is pretty the usual normal for hand wash dispensers although you can clearly see the liquid and the bottle has a nice gold motiff around the dispenser and would look nice in any clockroom downstairs w/c as the french say!. The fragrance does not seem to last but thats just my view but i found Once you have washed the product off your hands the aroma has gone wich is a bit disappointing.The body lotion is the same once you applied it within ten minutes the aroma has left your skin and i have found other products that last a lot longer. Would i recommend the handwash? I'm not shouting this one from the rooftops and thats only on the fact that the fragrance doesn't last long enough for me but it does leave your skin nice and soft. It also has the added element of the vitamins A,b&c- Vitamin A is a good one to help keep skin looking youthful and vitamin C is also well known for the skin. You know when you eat fruit such as oranges e.c.t that they are full of vitamin C so it's not just a hand wash thats a BONUS .The only way is to try it yourself.HAPPY HAND WASHING! You can get BAYLIS&HARDING products from boots and also their own website, At baylisandharding.com They charge £5.99 for a normal order, of weight upto 15kg and that usually takes 1to2days to arrive. They have a vast range of beauty products that you can browse at your own leisure. THANKYOU FOR TAKING TIME TO READ MY REVIEW
For some reason I find that most bar soaps really dry my hands out so I always use a liquid soap. When I moved in with my boyfriend he already had this Baylis and Harding soap so it wasn't my choice. I don't really like grapefruit so I would not have gone out to the shop and bought this product. Having said that, I have been using it consistently for the past month and think it's fine. It doesn't leave my hands with the dry, tight feeling I often get from soaps and the scent isn't overpowering. I find one pump quite sufficient to give a decent lather so that with four weeks consistent use there is still half the bottle left: it only costs around £2 so this is good value for money. Looks wise this is quite an elegant looking product and it looks more expensive than it actually is. I was quite surprised when I saw it on sale in Sainsbury's for it's price as I was convinced that it would be more expensive. I also like the fact that it is a clear bottle so you can see how much of the soap you have left. Although it wouldn't be my choice to buy from the shop, this Bayliss and Harding liquid soap does its job perfectly well!
I was quite surprised to notice this in the Top 5 Popular products on DooYoo this week, for this hand wash has been sitting in my kitchen for 6 months now. When I purchased my flat, I took out a mortgage with Halifax. A couple of weeks after moving in we received a huge hamper full of goodies from Halifax saying thank you, it was a lovely surprise especially as it was full of good quality goodies such as fair trade cookies, posh tea bags and coffee, chocolates and lots of other things, and a Baylis & Harding set was amongst these. The set includes the sweet mandarin and grapefruit hand wash, as well as the matching hand lotion. It comes on a nice Baylis & Harding stand and it's been sat on the window sill above my sink since I took it out of the hamper, as it looks very nice sitting there! I had heard of Baylis & Harding before, though I must admit I've never used any of their products before until now. If I am honest and had chosen my own scent, then this sweet mandarin and grapefruit would have been near the bottom of my list as I don't like grapefruit at all. I must admit though it does look rather nice, for a hand wash. The packaging is expensive looking, if not simple in design, and the metal cap around the black pump at the top engraved with the Baylis & Harding lettering sets it off nicely. The hand wash itself is a light golden orange colour, very fitting with the mandarin image. I personally don't use the hand wash all that much, and I find myself using the hand lotion more. When in the kitchen dealing with food I prefer to use an anti-bacterial hand wash (using a bright blue bottle of Carex!) and scented products like these are abandoned. Despite this I do reach for this straight away if I've handled stuff such as garlic or onions, as it gets rid of those smells nicely. When I first went to use this hand wash, I did have a bit of trouble getting it to work the first time. The top of the pump indicates to turn it one way to 'open' it up. But no matter what I did it wouldn't work. In the end in my frustration I pulled the top of the pump off. Thinking I had broken it, I hastily put it back on but then it started working straight away. I had been outwitted by a pump dispenser! I find that 2 pumps is quite sufficient, and it lathers up rather nicely. I mentioned before I dislike grapefruit however I am pleased to note quite a nice smell on my hands. I don't find that it smells too strongly of citrus fruits, and the smell is actually quite faint on my hands. It does get rid of any food smells, but what scent is left behind is nice and subtle and not overpowering. Unfortunately I don't find it's very good at moisturising. At first my hands feel smoother, but as they completely dry off, the smoothness stays but I do feel some dryness on my skin, so I often reach for the hand lotion afterwards. I'm surprised that this huge 500ml hand wash actually only costs around £2, and that's a bargain price for something which certainly looks more expensive than it really is! I would prefer something which smells maybe a bit stronger, and something which moisturises my hands better, but for the price it's a good bargain to be had.
I received this product as part of a Christmas gift set and was initially really pleased as the packaging reminded me of Molton Brown stuff - I think it's supposed to! - and so I thought the product might be of a similar quality. Unfortunately, I couldn't have been more wrong. The consistency is quite thin, almsot like it's been watered down, and although when mixed with water it does foam up quite a bit it doesn't really make a nice rich later, instead quite airy thin bubbles so you end up using loads more than you would for a normal handwash and worst of all the smell is very faint and hardly lasts at all. On the plus side, the product isn't drying and does leave your hands feeling clean, but I'd rather go either for a cheaper more effective handwash like radox or a pricer one which lasts longer and is of a better quality - this sort of falls in the middle.
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It's only in the last few months I've really noticed Baylis and Harding products, as this Christmas just gone, my mum received a lovely gift set of their products from my mother in law, and coincidentally my mum bought me this Mandarin and Grapefruit handwash as part of a hamper she'd put together. It's a large bottle, with a black pump dispenser and a classy, simple clear bottle with black text and a green modern floral motif. There's 500ml of handwash here, so you do get a few months supply, and it looks very nice next to the sink. I never use soap as it's drying to the skin so this handwash is right up my street. The handwash is a light, clear green in colour and the smell - it's gorgeous. Fresh and fruity, not floral and fake, and very clean-smelling. It's one of those smells you could smell all day and not get fed up of. The handwash itself foams up nicely with water and the lather is a soft white colour. After rinsing, my hands smell softly of the fragrance, which is lovely, and my skin is soft and hydrated. I've even used the handwash to wash my face, and found the same great results (though I always use moisturiser afterward and wouldn't use this in place of my usual face wash - it's a good temporary substitute though). I loved the Baylis and Harding Mandarin and Grapefruit handwash so much that I actually purchased a set including a body moisturiser for a friend's birthday, which she loved. I will keep buying these as gifts as you can buy a set in a lovely gift box for only £6 (I got one from ASDA) and they really do represent good value for money as the products are huge and are sure to last a long time. All in all I really love this Baylis and Harding Mandarin and Grapefruit Handwash, it was a great gift to receive and it's lasting ages too! It smells great and looks great, and I'll be buying a replacement when (finally!) it's used up. I'll also keep my eye out for other fragranced products in their range as the scent really does last and it's very nice. Even if you have sensitive skin as I do the range is soft and gentle on the skin and leaves it feeling great. A fab product.