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I'm sure you do not need me to advise you of my passion for toiletries where I love trying and testing new products, as I'm always on the look out for a bargain. I have used a number of products from Enliven, which is a value brand that offers a wide variety of toiletries for the hair and body. One of my purchases was their Anti-Bacterial Handwash and this review discusses my experience with using the product.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
I cannot describe the handwash as being eye-catching, as in my opinion it is rather basic where we are provided with 500 ml of bright blue product contained within a cylinder shaped transparent plastic container. Whilst this is solely down to personal preference, I always find that many of the shops' value products, such as bubble baths, shower gels and hand washes are always coloured blue and I subsequently associate them with being of an inferior quality. However, I am always open to trying new products with my reasons for this purchase being the reasonable price and the fact that it is an anti-bacterial handwash. There is minimal text on the front of the container, but for some unknown reason Enliven love to clutter the reverse with the smallest of text, which proves extremely difficult reading.
USING THE HANDWASH
Due to its' rather unappealing packaging and the size of the container I used the handwash solely in the kitchen, as I prefer something luxurious in my bathrooms. The product has a transparent plastic pump dispenser, which initially needs to be removed from the locked position and pressed to draw the handwash into the unit. This proved to be rather difficult, as unlike other brands that require only a few pumps I found myself harshly pressing the pump about twenty times in order to dispense the liquid. Unfortunately, the consistency was rather runny, as there was far too much water content, so it was necessary to ensure that my fingers were tightly closed to prevent it from dispersing between them and subsequently, slipping straight down the plughole. The aroma was difficult to describe and as a rule I can normally detect a specific fragrance, but I have failed with this as all I can say is that it was clean and fresh. The lather created was very minimal, so I did not feel that I was sufficiently washing my hands and consequently, I felt the need to wash them again.
A real frustration for me is that each time the dispensing unit was pressed the handwash seeped out of its' underside and over a period of time began to run down the outside of the container and cause a messy pool on my kitchen worktop. The wash was easily rinsed away from my hands and left a delicate aroma for literally a few minutes; after which I was unable to smell anything. I had expected the handwash to be drying and a little harsh on the skin, but fortunately, this was not the case, but I cannot report that it was moisturising as per Enliven's claim. I found that due to the vast amount that I needed to use on each occasion, the handwash was used very quickly, but as I suspected it proved difficult to use every last drop. Consequently, I found myself removing the dispensing unit and placing the container on its' side and needing to vigorously bang the base to access the handwash. For the reasons I have discussed above, this is a product that I cannot recommend, as it is of a poor quality and very disappointing. Consequently, Enliven Anti-Bacterial Handwash receives only 1 star from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
There is a long list of ingredients contained on the reverse of the packaging, which I do not intend copying into this review. However, I would advise that the handwash contains alcohol. Enliven does not test any of its' products on animals, the handwash should be used within 3 months of opening and the container can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
If you are interested in purchasing this product you can find it in stores such as Lloyds Pharmacy and Body Care where the 500 ml bottle will cost you 79p.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.