“ Brand: Marks and Spencer / Type: Hand Wash / Subcategory: Hand Milk / Suitable for: Hand „
I've just recently bought this Coconut Milk hand wash from Marks & Spencer, it's part of their 'essential extracts' toiletries collection, and there's an offer on at the moment whereby you can 'buy one get one half price' over the entire range. The range includes hand washes, shower gels, bath foams, bath creams, hand & body lotions, hand & nail lotions, talcs and antiperspirant roll-ons. Each item in the range is just £1, and so under the offer you get two items for just £1.50 - bargain! I bought the Coconut Milk hand wash and the Cocoa Butter & Vanilla hand wash. I did have a little sniff of a few of the other products in the range and all of the ones that I smelt were lovely. This is the first time that I've used any of the products in the M&S essential extracts toiletries collection, but it definitely won't be the last.
The hand wash comes in a 300ml bottle. The hand wash is a luxurious fairly thick consistency, and it's a transparent clear colour. This smells really rich and coconutty, it smells of suntan oil and summer, however I do find the fragrance to be slightly too sweet for my liking, bordering on sickly sweet to a certain extent. The hand wash leaves my hands feeling lovely and soft, and smelling very coconutty, and the sweet coconut fragrance lingers on my hands for a little while after washing them.
The pump on this hand wash has been a little bit stiff, (and so has the pump on the cocoa butter & vanilla hand wash - maybe there's a design flaw in the pumps) and I have found that it is easy to knock the bottle over as the pump doesn't always depress properly. This is my only gripe with it though as the quality of the hand wash itself is fine. One pump of the hand wash is plenty to adequately wash my hands, it lathers up really well on my hands with just a small amount of water. It is really quite gentle and really kind to my skin, and it doesn't dry out my hands like some hand washes can, even with constant daily use. This leaves my hands perfectly clean.
I would recommend this hand wash, purely for quality alone, and certainly for the low price. I wouldn't however buy this particular fragrance again as I personally found it to be too sweet. I will try other hand washes in the range though as they do sound lovely.
The other hand washes available were; Passion Flower, Grapefruit, Peach & Almond, Wild Berry, and Aloe Vera. Along with the two that I purchased; the Coconut Milk hand wash, and the Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Milk hand wash.
The other day whilst I was out shopping with my best mate Liz we found ourselves mooching about a Marks & Spencers store. Up until this point it actually isn't a shop I have been in for years as I always believed it was a little bit pricey for me, however I was pretty pleased at the prices of a lot of the things I looked at and was surprised at the prices of the toiletries in particular with a range called 'Essentials' which is Marks & Spencers economy version offering and this item only costs £1.00 normally but at the time I bought it all the 'Essential' products were on offer at buy one get half price meaning that I did get two hand washes for a mere £1.50 along with a few other products too!
The hand wash comes in a see through bottle with a white frosted coloured lever style arm to the top of it which does have an on/off function to it. On the front of the bottle we are told that it is Essential Extracts Coconut Milk Hand Wash and there is a photograph of a coconut shown and the size of the product is given which is 300ml. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told how to use the product and the ingredients are given, we are told that this product is not tested on animals and has recyclable packaging and contact details for Marks & Spencers are given. This is a very simple looking bottle indeed and actually has a cheap feel and look to it really. We are only told that it is a Marks & Spencers product discreetly on the back of it but it is easy to dispense the product out of etc.
The Hand Wash:
Well this smells of coconuts, sweetened slightly and in my opinion slightly too much. It is a bit of a fake aroma and not as naturally fragranced as I expected it to be but it is pleasant enough and very unisex in fragrance to be fair to it.
Although this is referred to as a milk it is actually a clear and rather runny gel and all you need of this is one pump and some water to get a rich enough lather going on.
This is not an anti bacterial hand wash and basically is simply a hand freshener. I find that it is kind enough to skin and that it leaves my hands fresh enough and clean and that the fragrance lingers for about an hour on my skin. It doesn't agitate my sensitive skin, moisturise it or dry my hands out and basically works well enough though isn't anything special at all sadly.
I think this is an ok product but worth no more than a pound a product and personally I feel a bit let down by it really and can't wait to go back to my trusted Dove hand washes!
Only available in Marks & Spencers stores.