“ Brand: Marks and Spencers / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand „
I've just recently bought this Cocoa Butter & Vanilla 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 Cocoa Butter & Vanilla hand wash and the Coconut Milk 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 very pale beige colour. This smells gorgeous, it has that gorgeous rich and creamy cocoa butter scent, shot through with the sweetness of vanilla. It kinda reminds me of Palmer's Cocoa Butter, although it seems to have a slightly 'cleaner' scent to it. The hand wash leaves my hands feeling lovely and soft, and smelling gorgeous, and the gorgeous cocoa butter and vanilla 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 coconut milk 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 wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hand wash, and I'd certainly buy it again. It's really great value at just £1, and even more so if you take advantage of the offer and get a second item at just 50 pence. I'd also like to try some of the other hand washes in the range too.
The other hand washes available were; Passion Flower, Grapefruit, Peach & Almond, Wild Berry, and Aloe Vera. Along with the two that I purchased; the Cocoa Butter & Vanilla hand wash, and the Coconut Milk hand wash.
Having such a large family means I don't shop in M&S as much as I'd like, it's financially not viable regardless of how much I adore their products. A while ago however we decided to treat ourselves and did the weekly shop in the scarily expensive store - and while I was there I picked myself a few goodies up from their lovely beauty aisle. We needed hand wash anyway and when I saw this Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Hand Wash was only £1 I grabbed a couple of bottles.
It's a gel hand wash which is sold in an attractive, if basic, pump action bottle. It's not going to win any design awards but looks smart in my bathroom with its neutral beige colour scheme; the pump needed priming for an age before it would dispense any hand wash, after priming the flow of hand wash is continual and the pump action is smooth and responsive. You're advised to use a small amount and I feel the pump dispenses much too much at a time but I've learned how to control this as I don't want to waste any!
The smell wasn't what I was expecting at all - the cocoa butter is nowhere near as rich as it should be and although the vanilla is very apparent it seems somehow muted, I wouldn't say I'm disappointed with the fragrance but it's definitely not the sweet chocolatey smell I wanted it to be! It's not amazingly intense but is a pleasant aroma to be greeted with when doing something as mundane as washing your hands.
The hand wash lathers nicely, as with most hand washes you don't get a huge amount of bubbles but it's enough to clean my hands along with lots of hot water. The foam created is strong but soft which ensures it feels relatively pampering but also makes me feel as though it's working to cleanse my skin, I'm a bit of a Pavlov Dogs type so only use hand wash on my hands just like I'd never use shower gel as shampoo - as far as my hands are concerned this does an excellent job and also has the added bonus of leaving my skin soft and supple.
I haven't experienced any dryness since using this M&S hand wash and don't feel the need to use a hand cream afterwards, I sometimes get a small patch of eczema on my hand and cheaper hand washes can cause a flare up or make this area feel itchy. Not so this one, after washing my hands feel not only clean but also well looked after - it's strange really as this is a gel hand wash and those tend to be drying for me, usually I'll opt for washes with a creamy consistency to prevent this irritation but took a chance this time and am glad I did!
I'm highly impressed with this M&S Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Hand Wash, considering the low price (and considering the other hand washes available that day were all three times the price) I assume this is their version of a Tesco Value product but it doesn't feel like it. I wouldn't say it is particularly luxurious, but then that's not a word I'd use to describe hand wash anyway - it is a lovely product though, with a pleasant fragrance and a gentle enough formulation to be suitable for even the youngest members of my family. As you only need to use a small blob of hand wash each time the bottle has so far lasted for weeks, this is even with Hollie using far too much every time she washes her hands so for those of you without a wasteful five year old in the house I reckon you might get a couple of months out of just the one bottle - I envisage ours will make it to the six week mark and probably not much longer, but for a quid that's pretty good value considering the much shorter lifespan of the majority of unbranded hand washes you can buy in Poundland.
One of things I hate to see in my bathroom is a piece of tatty scummy soap for people to wash their hands with on display. It really is a pet hate of mine actually and looks rather unhygienic to me which is why I always buy a bottle of hand wash for my bathroom. I usually opt for Dove when I see it sold cheaply in places like Poundland however recently I was in a Marks And Spencer's store and saw their hand wash at only a pound a bottle but at the time I purchased it, it was on offer with many items buy one get one half price so I grabbed a couple of bottles and thought I'd shove one near the sink in my kitchen as a little treat for myself!
The hand wash comes in a see-through, plastic bottle with a white frosted 'arm' to the top of it which does have an on/off function to it, ideal for travelling or keeping the kids from using it all up! On the front of the bottle we are told that it is Essential Extracts Cocoa Butter & Vanilla Hand Wash and that it is a 300ml size and there is a photograph of what I assume is a cocoa bean on there. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told how to use the product, the ingredients are given, we are told that the bottle is recyclable and that it isn't tested on animals and contact details for Marks & Spencer's are given. This doesn't look like an expensive product, which to be fair it isn't but Marks & Spencer's is only discreetly written on the back so nobody will ever know where it came from sadly lol.
The Hand wash Itself:
Well this hand wash is more like a thin gel in consistency and a very pale golden colour in the bottle and dispenses out of the bottle with ease and with no colour on the skin at all. You only need a pump or so to get a nice lather going on your hands and it lathers up ever so easily and feels smooth and soft in use too.
However this is meant to smell of cocoa and vanilla and it seriously doesn't as doesn't the bath foam and bath cream I have tried out in this same scent from Marks. It actually smells slightly floral and a bit soapy and although it is nice enough, really isn't what I expected at all though the scent isn't horrible it just doesn't have a scent of what its meant to.
However this leaves my hands soft enough though not overly moisturised or anything and does remove nasty odours and grime easily enough. It isn't anti bacterial or anything like that but is simply just a hand wash to use for not so dirty hands in my opinion and to freshen them up a bit and the scent does linger gently on the hands for a good hour too after using it.
This bottle will last me and my guests ages as we don't need to use much of it but although I feel it is an ok product I do feel that this is seriously let down by the scent and packaging an so won't be repurchasing this in the future sadly!
Only available from Marks & Spencers stores.