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Palmolive Bergamot and Verbena hand wash.
Refreshing and aromatic.
Comes in elegant curved clear bottle with a navy blue pump top.
Has old fashioned style label with black line drawings of plants around the outer edge of the label.
Palmolive have been making soap since 1898 and have a rich history of soap making.
The hand wash is infused with natural bergamot oil from Southern Italy and Verbena extract.
'Its refreshing blend leaves your hands pleasantly fragranced.'
Made by Colgate Palmolive.
250 mls and use within 12 months.
Is a clear olive green transparent liquid.
Also comes in Damask Rose & Musk and Lavender & Camomile.
You can also have a shower gel in Bergamot and Verbena.
Full price is around £1.99 but you can currently buy both the shower gel and hand wash at Superdrug for 99p and 97p respectively.
Bergamot and Verbena - Bergamot is a citrusy orangy smell while Verbena comes from Lemon Verbena so may have a lemony smell to it.
I was pleased to buy this hand wash so reasonably from Superdrug when I was purchasing suncream. Superdrug regularly have special times when you have free postage so that is when I buy things online.
This comes form a well known make and I was attracted to the style of the bottle and also the colouring of the hand wash itself.
The design of the label and the bottle is quite classy in my opinion and would really look attractive in a cloakroom or bathroom. I also love the olive green colour - it definitely looks a cut above other £2 hand wash you can buy - let along the 99p ones.
The smell is rather unusual - being a sort of faint lemon/herby type smell - but not he true lemon you might be used to. The pump works easily and effortlessly and deposits a good amount of hand wash for you - possibly a little too much.
Anyway it lathers up fairly well and cleans your hands - the faint smell does linger - but not in an overpowering way as it is quite faint to begin with. I am undecided about this hand wash as I feel it might make your hands feel rather dry if used continually.
Personally I usually prefer the antibacterial hand washes so therefore I tend to alternate which ones I use.
Definitely a classy looking hand wash but I think it does not quite live up to expectations.
===Would I Recommend?===
Aqua, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate / Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Sodium Salicylate, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Verbena Officinalis Flower/Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia Fruit Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 19140, CI 60730, CI 42090,
I think this liquid handsoap from Palmolive is quite a new product as I only spotted it recently in my local supermarket. It caught my eye as the packaging is so unusual. It has quite a unique teardrop shape and has a French vintage feel about it! It definitely stands out amongst other liquid handwashes that tend to have plainer or more practical packaging. It is also very different from other Palmolive handwashes.
I believe this is available in most supermarkets, as well as Boots and Superdrug, and a 250ml bottle currently costs £2 in Tesco, but as always shop around and keep your eyes peeled for offers! There is also a lavender and chamomile version of this handwash available.
Easy to use
So as described this packaging is different from the norm which makes it stand out and look quite unique. And inside the bottle you can see the handwash is an olive-green colour. As with all liquid handwashes there is a pump at the top, so it's very easy to use - simply dispense a pump or two into your palms and get washing!
Where's the zing?
This lathers up fairly quickly and easily. I was really looking forward to getting my first whiff of the scent of this as I do like both bergamot (which has an orange scent) and verbena (which is lemon scented). And while both scents are detectable, I was really disappointed at how faint both fragrances were. I expected it to be fresher and zingier, given the citrussy nature of the scents but really it is very underwhelming. It is definitely not as pleasantly scented as other handwashes I have used - including Palmolive ones!
Despite the disappointment with the fragrance, this did leave my hands feeling clean and reasonably soft.
In summary ...
This handwash looks really nice and unique but sadly it fails to deliver on the fragrance front, and I was quite disappointed at how faint the scent is. There is actually a shower gel available in the same fragrance as this which I was really looking forward to trying out, but I doubt I will bother now. It is a shame that this doesn't smell as good as it should as otherwise it is a good handwash. I doubt I'd buy this one again, but it may be good for those of you who prefer less strongly fragranced products.
I adore using beautiful toiletries and am always open to the challenge of trying and testing something new. I believe it was just before Christmas last year when I noticed that Palmolive had introduced two rather luxurious looking hand washes to their range; one of which was Bergamot and Verbena with the other being Lavender. I made a purchase of both and placed them into my mother's Christmas pamper hamper. However, her highly positive comments resulted in me making a purchase of both with this review discussing Bergamot and Verbena.
If you are familiar with the long running range of Palmolive hand washes, you will be aware of the rather chunky appearance of the bottles. However, both of the new additions display eye-catching curvaceous transparent plastic bottles with the Bergamot and Verbena being of a calming sage green. In addition to the appearance of the packaging, it was the main text that captured my attention, particularly as it resembles that of an old fashioned typewriter. I like the inclusion of the image located on the centre of the bottle of a display of bergamot leaves, which further adds to the up market appeal of the packaging.
I cannot admit to ever having previously witnessed the fragrance of bergamot and on unscrewing the bottle to take a sniff, I was overwhelmed with the most stunning, uplifting and zesty aroma, which I would describe as similar to that of lemons. Being the inquisitive person that I am I carried out a little research and discovered that bergamot is a fragrant fruit similar in size to an orange. I wouldn't recognise the aroma of verbena if it smacked me in the nose, so a further google satisfied my curiosity where I learned that it is a flower and further sniffs of the bottle had me detecting its delicate floral aroma.
The bottle offers a good sized pump dispenser to enable a sufficient amount of the hand wash to be released with a single press. It offers a good consistency and I found that only a small amount was required to effectively cleanse my hands and remove any dirt and impurities. Unlike some brands of hand washes that I've previously used, the dispensing unit did not drip, so definitely a bonus in my book. The hand wash was effortlessly rinsed away with warm water without leaving any residue. I adore hand washes that leave a lasting aroma lingering on the surface of my skin and this product definitely achieved this, as my hands smelled absolutely stunning for a good while afterwards.
An important factor with hand washes for me is that I cannot afford for them to be drying, particularly as the skin on my hands is problematic where it is frequently dry and will split and subsequently bleed along my knuckles. However, despite the hand wash containing zest I cannot report of suffering from any dryness although I cannot admit to it offering any moisturising properties. Palmolive does not make any false claims in this area and simply advise that the product is refreshing and aromatic and I would wholeheartedly agree with this statement.
As with most hand washes, the dispensing unit does not quite reach to the bottom of the bottle, so in order to use the remaining drops I removed the unit and banged the underside of the bottle over my hands to release the last of the hand wash. For some reason I believed the hand wash would offer a herby fragrance, but I was over the moon when I discovered it to emit an extremely uplifting and refreshing scent and I have since made further purchases when I have been able to obtain it discounted from its normal price of £2. I would previously decant all of my hand washes into china bottles, but the bottle is very appealing and will not look out of place when situated next to the sink.
I can highly recommend Palmolive Bergamot and Verbena Hand Wash, which at the time of writing, is available in Asda for £1 a bottle, so of course, it has been necessary for me to stock up! I would love for Palmolive to introduce some more fragrances to this new range and also make them available in bathing products.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I love soaps, usually I stick to Lush soaps because they look and smell wonderful, but when needs must and the nearest Lush shop is an effort to get too you have to do your best and find something that smells almost as good and looks almost as nice.
Palmolive Bergamot and Verbena hand wash or refreshing and aromatic hand wash to give it the proper title, caught my attention in Asda being on offer for £1 on the shelf where there would normally be shower gel, the reason had gone into Asda to buy some Nspa stuff for a friend. Anyway, in need of soap and it being a £1 was one of the only reasons I bought it, the second was the Bergamot and Verbena fragrance.
As a company, Palmolive is just over 200 years old and you can find it amongst the Colgate family making it one of the most recognised household brand names. On the front of this bottle it actually tells you that Palmolive have been 'Savonniers' since 1898, I quite like that word it rolls off the tongue and it makes your product sound more exciting than it is - soap!
The bottle is designed quite attractively in that it has womanly curves in my view, it has a thin waist making it easy ti grasp and hold on to should you hands be wet when you need to use it. It is made of clear plastic and on both the front and back of the bottle is a plastic label which is shaped liked a water droplet and on each side you can find further information about the product. So on the front of the bottle the label, which is see-through apart from the 'Palmolive' logo and a old fashioned style section giving you the aroma of the soap which has leaves stencilled all the way round. On the back of the bottle on the label is information about the company and a list of ingredients.
To use this soap, it has a black dispenser which is pump action. To get it to work you have to twist it free and then it pops up and to release some soap you press it gently to dispense. The dispenser is spring loaded, so if you are too heavy handed with it, then it will break. Whenever I use this soap, I find that one pump from the dispenser gives more than enough soap to wash my hands with when needed.
The soap itself is a light green almost olive oil colour and if you move the bottle from side to side you can see that it is of a fairly thick consistency and naturally once mixed with water a little goes a long way. Once it is mixed with water then it does lather really well and the liquid turns from the light green colour to a white bubbled lather and the fragrance becomes noticeable but not as strong as I had hoped it would be because I do like the fragrance quite a lot.
So with this soap there are two main ingredients one is Bergamot Oil and the other is Verbena Leaf. Starting with Bergamot Oil which gives the citrusy smell and by that I mean similar to an orange and a grapefruit, maybe a mixture of the two that you notice when using the soap. Some people say that you should use Bergamot Oil if you suffer from Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD) because it has an uplifting aroma which can help with depression, anxiety and tension. In a product like this however it is used because of its antiseptic properties. Verbena Leaf which has a lemony scent is used in this soap again because it has a pleasant fragrance which leave your hands smelling wonderful but also because it helps to cleanse the skin gently leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
As you use this soap, you do notice the fragrance but I expected it to be much stronger than it is which for some people might not be an issue, but I like to know I have used a fragrance such as this because I like it so much. That said it was only £1 so I don't feel too let down and it hasn't put me off buying it should I need something in an emergency, but it wouldn't be a product which is on my 'must have' list. When I buy a soap I want a strong dominant but pleasant smell and I don't get that with this and for me that is the only issue because it does leave your skin soft, smooth and feeling moisturised. So for £1 it is fine but if you want a soap with a stronger smell then I wouldn't choose this.