Product Type: Cussons Hand & Nail Care
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Cussons Imperial Leather Moisture Hand Wash
Member Name: cmh4135
Cussons Imperial Leather Moisture Hand Wash
Date: 18/02/08, updated on 18/02/08 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant smell and a good lather
Disadvantages: Doesn't deal with grease or strong smells
Having a toddler means a lot of hand washing. Having a toddler also means that I don't have time to faff - moisturizing my hands, heck, even managing to rinse all the soap off can, at times, be next to impossible. I therefore try to seek out products that will not dry my hands too much and will be easy to use. I'm also not terribly brand loyal and so will buy a variety of things, depending what's on offer at the time, although, if I don't like something I won't buy it again (as long as I remember that I don't like it!).
I quickly found that pump soaps were easier to use than bar soaps when you've got someone trying to prise you from the sink! Liquid soaps also seem to be more moisturizing, particularly if they are soap-free washes. [Why do I always giggle at the thought of a soap-free soap?]
Imperial Leather was a brand of my childhood, my mother seeing to love the small, beige coloured bars or soap with their foil labels. It has therefore become a brand I trust and so trying their hand washes was a natural step. Moisture Hand Wash is one of a range of handwashes produced under the Imperial Leather brand but it seems to be one of the most widely available.
The hand wash dispenses from a pump action bottle which is slightly opaque. Personally I prefer totally clear bottles as I find it easier to see at a glance when I am running out of wash but you can see the level through the plastic without too much difficulty.
This is one of those soap-free hand washes and it contains jojoba and Vitamin E, both used for their moisturizing properties.
The soap it fairly thick and creamy, certainly thicker than Palmolive liquid soaps, and it feels rather like a hand cream when you first dispense it. A small amount will produce a good level of foam and it rinses well. I have found that you have to lather it quite well to rinse it all off - if there is any wash on your hands that hasn't lathered particularly well then it won't just rinse off quickly. This means that I'm happy to use it but I won't let my son as he tends to want to "do it himself" and I end up with unrinsed wash all over the towels!
The wash is slightly scented with a scent that reminds me of a cross between fading roses and baby powder. It is floral but not so much so that men might object. It's a fresh enough smell but it doesn't linger after rinsing which to my mind is good. It won't interfere with any other scents that you might be wearing throughout the day.
After rinsing my hands do feel clean and they are not taut through dryness. I don't hold much to the overall moisturizing ability of the soap though as I still find that my skin gets very dry and I have to find time to use a moisturizer on my hands. I certainly have used worse though!
The wash doesn't deal with grease too well, so, if for example, I've been chopping raw bacon (or other meat) then I have to use something else (this tends to be the washing up liquid which I KNOW doesn't do my skin any good). The wash is also not good at getting food smells off, such as fish, onion or garlic. Again you'll need something stronger (I can recommend steel soaps for this!).
Overall, this is a handwash I'm happy to have in my bathroom and cloakrooms but it's not one that stands up to the wash needs of the kitchen.
I would recommend it though.
Summary: A useful semi-moisturising handwash suitable for bathrooms.
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