On my quest to find a hand wash that was as natural as possible and wouldn't irritate my hands, whilst at the same time not costing the Earth, I was drawn back to a product I have used in the past, but had somehow forgotten about. Faith in Nature's range of hand washes used to be made with 70% organic ingredients, although I believe they have now increased this so that all ingredients are organic where possible, and they do not contain parabens or SLES. Free from artificial colours and preservatives, and fully biodegradable, they are good for the environment as well.
This seaweed variety has a lovely smell, which I can't put my finger on, although I wouldn't say it is particularly seaweed-y. At least, it doesn't smell like that stinking, rotting slimy stuff you find on the beach after the tide has gone out. Fortunately. Whilst the smell is noticeably pleasant, it is not too strong and is in no way fake. Similarly, the yellow colour of the product inside makes it appear quite natural and is not ridiculously bright and dazzling and the colour of children's paints, like some products on the shelves.
Although this product is not marketed as being actively moisturising, it definitely doesn't aggravate the chronic dermatitis I have been battling for years! Of all its ingredients, there are one or two I would have perhaps preferred they left out just because I'm a purist. However, I also like to think I'm a realist, and finding products such as hand washes that are entirely natural and 100% perfect is very difficult and often expensive. I've also found that totally natural products have a very short life on them, for obvious reasons. Looking at the product as a whole, I'm not unhappy using it on my skin on a daily basis and it certainly seems to be very gentle.
If you are used to using many of the popular mainstream hand washes, this may seem a little different. Firstly, it is not a thick product that, when dispensed, forms in dollops on the side of the sink before sliding in one smooth movement off the edge and disappearing down the plughole before you can catch it. (I hate those hand washes.) Its consistency is thinner, making it easier, in my opinion, to use. Secondly, don't expect an abundance of bubbles from this product. The lack of SLES is probably the reason for their absence, but we do seem to have become rather obsessed with foaming products in the western world and think that bubbles are synonymous with cleanliness. Not so. This seaweed hand wash does a perfectly good job at cleaning your hands - without stripping them of the natural oils they need to protect them.
The understated packaging of Faith in Nature's products is appropriate in my opinion. They are not trying to be anything flashy or superior - just as natural as possible for a reasonable price. I say reasonable. It depends whether you tend to buy whatever is on offer. If that's the case, then £3.25 (approximately) may seem a little steep. On the other hand, if you have sensitive skin, you have little choice but to spend a bit more, and this still puts it well below the cost of many of the better known organic brands.
This product is not only organic, but approved by the Vegan Society and not tested on animals. So there are several good reasons to use it! In case you are still not convinced, this is what the manufacturer has to say: "Organic seaweed is rich in iodine, selenium and other essential trace minerals, vitamins and proteins... removing free radicals and reducing cellular damage, and regenerates and promotes healthy skin."