This is a review of the Pears hand wash we have been using in our downstairs toilet for the past few months. I picked it up from the supermarket whilst on offer and am really impressed with the quality and fragrance of this hand wash for the price paid.
What is it?
A lot of people will be familiar with the Pears brand for their tablet soap but did you know they also make this liquid hand wash? Moving with the times I suppose.
The Pears hand wash bottle is a lovely unique shape, quite old fashioned but still modern in that it is made of plastic and has a pump top dispenser. Each bottle is 237ml and contains enough to last for a few weeks or months even with regular use.
The main thing I notice is the fragrance of the soap, which is true to the Pears soap. It is quite strong and a little old fashioned, definitely floral notes and is a nice amber liquid colour. The soap foams up well on contact with water and enables a good hand wash which is the top priority I am looking for from a hand wash.
I liked this as a change although it took a while for me to get used to the stronger smelling fragrance it left on your hands after use. I have another bottle to use up yet as I got two in an offer. My husband commented that he liked it so it obviously gets the man's vote of approval. I wouldn't say it was my favourite hand wash (and I have tried a lot!) and this is important to me as I am using hand wash many times in a day due to having two young children and changing nappies and other duties such as taking out the rubbish and cooking food. My mum always used tablet soap at home and it is only recently that I have converted her to liquid soap in the bathrooms as it's easier and quicker to use when hand washing.
I got two bottles for £2 a few months back and it seems there are no such offers around at the moment. The cheapest price I can find is at Superdrug where the 237ml bottle retails at £1.39.
I am undecided as to whether I will repurchase this hand soap. I probably would if I could find a good offer again but I do prefer a less fragrant hand wash than this. The Pears liquid soap will probably appeal more to older generations as it is more of an old fashioned fragrance than other soaps I have used.
Whilst I have a few firm favourites in relation to hand washes, I tend to bulk purchase when I see special offers. I have vivid childhood memories of using Pears soap bars as there was something so magical about the delightful fragrance. Despite being aware that the brand produced shower gels and hand washes, it was the high price that put me off. However, earlier in the year I was delighted to be able to obtain the 237 ml bottle of hand wash at a reduced price with this review discussing my thoughts.
I love the unique shaped packaging because as the image above shows, the sturdy transparent plastic container is designed around the identical oval shape of the soap bar. In addition, the manufacturer, namely Unilever, has mirrored the colour of the soap bar, which offers a deep tone of burned orange. The contrasting black pump dispenser offers a touch of gold on its lower side to create an overall feeling of luxury and high quality. I would previously decant all of my hand washes into china dispensers, but these days the majority of the bottles fit in well with my décor and look stunning when situated next to the sinks.
A couple of presses of the pump release a sufficient amount of the good consistency 100% soap free hand wash where its scent is instantly evident. I'm generally easily able to describe a fragrance, but the aroma of Pears is somewhat difficult. It most certainly mirrors the soap bar with its strong, rich and fresh scent, but after speaking to a few of my friends, it seems that this is a love it or hate it aroma. A sufficient lather is created as soon as water is introduced and it effectively cleanses the hands removing all traces of grease and grime. It is effortlessly rinsed away with the beautiful aroma left lingering on my skin for a good while after use.
Unfortunately, I suffer with problem hands where the skin is often dry, particularly along the knuckles, which will frequently split and subsequently bleed. As a result, some hand washes can exacerbate the problem and cause itching. However, I experienced no issues when using, as I found the product extremely gentle and caring for my skin, which is no less than I would expect from Pears. Whilst I suffered no dryness, I cannot admit to finding the hand wash particularly moisturising, so on those occasions when my hands are feeling a little dry and rough I will apply a little hand cream.
Despite the dispensing unit reaching to the bottom of the bottle, I was unable to remove the entire contents, which is often the case with hand washes. As a result, it was necessary to remove the unit and bang the underside of the bottle to use the remainder. This is a stunning hand wash, which has been dermatologically tested and needs to be used within 12 months of opening. Due to the reasons discussed above, Pears Hand Wash receives five stars from me together with a high recommendation.
The 237 ml bottle generally retails at £2, but I was fortunate enough to obtain my bottle for just £1.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
I use hand wash products in both the kitchen and the bathroom as I tend to wash my hands frequently and therefore need a soft liquid soap which is mild to skin. I usually use shops own brand as hand wash is not something I want to spend a lot of money on. However I recently picked up a bottle of this Pears hand wash and because it was on offer I decided it was worth trying.
The product comes in an attractive transparent bottle through which you can see the thick amber coloured liquid soap. It looks like hot lava in a bottle and is rather striking. There is a touch of gold decoration on the pump and on the front of the bottle. This is definitely the kind of hand wash I'd put on display if I was going to have a party or invite relatives over as it looks quite good on the side of the sink or the windowsill!
The brand name is printed on the front of the 237ml or 8fl oz sized bottle. Underneath the brand name is some useful quick access information about the product. It is described as being "mild and gentle" as well as being "100% soap free" and also "dermatologist tested". The bottle also has a label on the back which provides a list of full ingredients. There is also some interesting facts about the product including the fact that this soap formula is Ph balanced, contains special 'agents' for conditioning your skin as well as "mild cleansers". The soap does not contain any "synthetic thickeners".
The pump action dispenser is child's play to use and is so well designed that I don't imagine it ever snapping or clogging up. You are able to dispense as much liquid soap as you need by pressing on the pump either lightly or pressing it down as far as it can go. I don't find I need much more than a 5p piece sized dollop.
The soap lathers if you rub your hands together but is not overly foamy. I didn't think my cheap shop's own hand wash would be much different in terms of experience but when using this Pears hand wash you can feel that the soap is a lot softer and more luxurious. In fact you can feel a moisturising sensation over your skin as you rub.
The hand wash has a fresh, mature fragrance which is quite nice although quite conservative. It certainly smells clean and the fragrance has bright, sharp tones which are appealing to me.
The soap bubbles rinse away easily and when I've dried my hands they feel surprisingly soft and as though I've just used a moisturising product. I find this very impressive and appreciate this benefit of the hand wash since I frequently wash my hands and would like my skin to be in the best condition it can be. This hand wash certainly helps in that effort.
Overall I'm very impressed with this product. It looks good on display and more importantly it leaves hands soft, clean and smelling fresh. This hand wash is slightly more expensive than the products I usually purchase but I'd be willing to pay the extra to receive the benefits of this Pears product.
Pears is a Unilever product and they also manufacturer a range of products including bar soap and shower gel.
We've used Pears soap in our house a few times, mainly when the little lad was much younger but we have never come across their handwash until more recently. This was on offer at Home Bargains for 99p and I think what initially attracted us to it was the peculiar shaped bottle and the fact that the liquid soap looks a bit different in colour to the usual ones we tend to buy.
The bottle has 237ml of liquid soap and the contents are dispensed in the usual fashion of manually pumping down the black plunger. A good amount of soap is dispensed and you don't have to do it more than once as there is enough in one squirt to allow you to get up a good lather once you have wet your hands and rubbed them together.
Personally I do not like the smell of this liquid soap though my other half and the little lad state they really do like it. I think it smells too sweet for me and a little on the sickly side to be honest. The smell lasts on the hands too long which isn't great if you don't like it.
The bottle is shaped I believe, to resemble the bar of Pears soap and it does. I have since found out since I bought this that my own mother entered me for the Pears competion years ago when I was a baby and I was taken to a photographers and had a portfolio of photos taken for the event - I did not win or come a runner up and it's not relevant to the review, obviously, but I just thought the reader might be interested to know that little nugget of information. It also shows I was an atractive child.
It refreshes, and cleans well but I find it a bit drying and tightens my sensitive skin. It's not antibacterial and rather more a liquid soap designed for women rather than a bloke, I feel.
Not great and undecided as to whether I recommend it. ..
Review of Pears Liquid Handwash
This is, as the title suggests, a liquid handwash. The product is presented in a recyclable plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser.
The bottle is very attractive in my opinion. What makes Pears Liquid Handwash stand out on the shelf is the fact that the upper part of the bottle is an oval shape, identical to Pears bar soap.
An added bonus to me is that, being made of clear plastic, the level of handwash is visible. No worries about running low and not noticing with this one!
Being printed in a black font, all information and the Pears logo are easy to read, whether the bottle is full or almost empty.
The handwash is a pretty amber colour, very similar to the bar soap. The scent is not quite the same as the traditional Pears soap. In my view, it is more of a floral fragrance, quite dense and it lingers quite well after use in the bathroom after use and more importantly, on your hands.
I used the handwash for the purposes of this review and even now, an hour and a half after use, I can still detect the fragrance, albeit quite faintly.
I was somewhat surprised, on studying the container, to find that this product is guaranteed to be 100% soap free. It is also non- comedogenic, meaning it will not block pores or cause blackheads.
As I have never suffered from blocked pores on my hands, I did vaguely wonder, does anyone?
The handwash is very pleasant to use, it lathers well, something that instantly gets a thumbs up in my book as I live in a very hard water area and am used to all kinds of products not lathering!
Pears Liquid handwash is a little thinner in texture than other brands I have bought in the past, but this does not seem to have any negative effect on the results or usage of the product. The pump on the top of the bottle is easy to operate, a quick press and it delivers just the right amount of the product to wash your hands. I have not noticed the pump dripping or leaking either which is something I loathe with these liquid washes. There is nothing worse than finding that the bottle leaves a ring on the vanity unit.
Our bathroom is decorated in peach and cream tones, and although I am not one to be fussy regarding choosing toiletries to match the décor, this certainly does tone very well with our colour scheme.
I note that this handwash is produced in India under license for Pears. The product has not been tested on animals and should be used up within 12 months of opening.
I will not pad out this review with a list of ingredients. I am certain that no one wants to wade through what reads like a pharmacist's stock list, and I am sure that anyone who has any skin sensitivities is likely to read the back of the bottle before selecting any product anyway.
**Price and Availability**
Pear Liquid Handwash is widely available from major supermarkets, chemists and other High Street stores. It costs in the region of £2 for a bottle containing 8fl.oz or 237ml for those who prefer using metric measurements.
Naturally prices can vary from store to store, so it may be worth shopping around for special offers.
On that note, I was fortunate enough to find my latest purchase of Pears Liquid Handwash in Boots' reduced section. The price had been slashed to just 45p, so being a cheapskate and knowing we like the product, I bought four bottles!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I really like this handwash. It is pleasant to use as it cleans the skin effectively, but gently. I have had no issues with dryness or that awful taut feeling some hand-washes can leave. Although the actual handwash is on the thin side, I have not found this to be a problem. I find I do not need to use a large amount of this product so consider it to be good value for money.
For me, the biggest bonus with this handwash is the fragrance. It is a really lovely scent, it reminds me of a good quality perfume, although to be honest, I am not sure which one! The fragrance is floral, almost talc like, I love it!
My only negative thoughts regarding the product are that it is not an anti-bacterial handwash, which is my preferred type for bathroom use and perhaps the scent is a little too feminine for male tastes.
Pears Liquid Handwash is a good quality product which I would definitely recommend to others.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2011
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
I suffer dreadfully with incredibly dry skin which means that the skin on my hands cracks and I end up having to use medical creams to stop this and the advice being to limit the amount of times my hands are in water.
I am a mother of two and I work in a hospital so I am washing my hands a lot during the day as well as having to do bath time washing up etc so keeping my hands out of water is pretty impossible also having the soap free medical soap in the bathroom isn't practical as little hands try it I therefore needed an alternative and whilst at my mother-in-laws I came across pears liquid hand wash which is soap free.
I nipped into Sainsbury's and discovered that they stocked this product and although at £1.99 it wasn't cheap anything that helps to relieve the dryness and itching and still allows clean hands is worth it.
What is it?
Pears Hand wash comes I a plastic bottle with the traditional pears logo on the front the bottle is quite a unique shape the middle is shaped like the soap and has a distinctive black dispenser.
The handwash is skin ph balanced, hypoallergenic, it is non-comedogenic so it doesn't block your pores and the product contains mild skin cleansers and skin conditioning agents.
Does it work?
I am happier that my children's sensitive skin is not being subjected to harsh chemicals and my hands after 1 week seem a lot less dry and the itching has stopped.
Cost an stockists
I purchased my bottle of handwash from Sainsbury's at £1.99 you can also buy this product from leading chemists as well.
I would not hesitate to recommend pears Handwash it is a great handwash that does not contain nasty chemicals.
Pears have been around in its original format since 1789 and all that history cannot be a bad thing!
I personally remember my Great Gran using pears as her mother had before her I just wish I had remembered about it before.
I have quite sensitive skin on my hands, which are prone to extreme dryness, which can lead to cracking and bleeding, especially in winter. That's not especially pleasant, so I try to avoid any products that exacerbate the problem. Some liquid soaps are too harsh for my skin. I also avoid any anti-bacterial soaps, because the act of washing your hands properly with soap and water removes bacteria and other pathogens faitly effectively; they are washed down the drain. There's no need to kill them using an anti-bacterial soap in that situation, and it may be that the overuse of anti-bacterial products could lead to harmful bacteria becoming resistant to some disinfectant substances, which would not be good at all!
Pears handwash comes in an elegant bottle, with an oval, curved area and a sturdier base. It is transparent, and displays the amber liquid inside it. The only decoration of the bottle is in black, matching the pump at the top, so it has a rather tasteful, understated appearance. It's narrow enough to perch on small sinks.
The bottle is easy to open. Often I have difficulty in getting the pumps on bottles such as this to work, but the Pears handwash always seem to open with twisting the pump in the required direction just once.
The pump dispenses a generous amount of handwash, so you may wish to avoid wastage by only pressing the pump gently. The handwash is a fairly viscous, thick liquid, which lathers easily and has a really lovely scent. I can't remember what the Pears bar-soap smells like, but I remember not liking it particularly. The handwash, however, smells sweet and very pleasant. I think it smells a little bit like Chanel No.5 - sort of aldehylic! That could be my imagination running away with me, though I'd be interested to hear if others agree. The scent doesn't really linger on the hands, but that's not really something you want from a hand soap anyway.
I wash my hands for around 20 seconds, ensuring that I clean the palms and backs of my hands, fingertips, between fingers and under nails (I have short nails so scrubbing them into the other hand's palm with lots of lather tends to help), and then rinse properly and dry. My hands do get a bit dry unless I use hand cream overnight, but that's not the fault of the handwash. I've had some very expensive hand washes cause bad reactions on my skin before; and this one doesn't!
Pears Handwash costs £1.90 for a 237ml container, and is available from Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose.
I always like to have a really nice handwash in my bathroom, as its an item where I think you can add a little bit of luxury to life without spending a fortune. Anyhow, money has been a bit tight lately, so I've been looking for cheaper options which still have that something special. Pears hand wash fits the bill perfectly!
The first thing I look for in a handwash is something that isn't going to be too harsh. I have sensitive skin on my hands and a lot of liquid handwashes make my skin red and feeling sore, particularly anti-bacterial varieties. Pears is mild, soap-free, skin PH-balanced and hypo-allergenic, so I thought this would be ideal. Needless to say, I've never suffered with any skin problems on my hands after using this. My skins feels quite soft after use.
Secondly, I like handwash to have a nice scent. The Pears fragrance is gentle but I love it. It takes me back to my childhood! I can't quite describe it, but it has a slight sweetness.
The feel of the handwash is what I suppose anyone would expect - its a gel rather than a cream and doesn't develop into too much of a lather, so rinses away nicely.
I love the appearance of the handwash - it's a translucent amber gel, which looks almost like honey or golden syrup, making it seem quite indulgent.
The packaging is simple, but stylish and functional. The transparent plastic pump-action bottle delivers just the right amount of soap with one pump, which goes a long way - I don't run out of this handwash quickly! The bottle contains features minimum print in simple black font and a black pump, so the amber liquid is the main thing you notice. The shape of the bottle is quite stylish too and reminds me of art deco.
This handwash is easily available in supermarkets and on the high street in stores such as Superdrug. The cost seems to be an average of £2.00 for 237ml - I purchased my latest bottle of this for £1.88 in Asda. I think this is excellent value for money, considering that I have paid much more for handwashes that deliver the same quality.
Overall, I think this is a really good quality handwash, and although you can get handwashes much cheaper, this provides a little added luxury which I think most everyday handwashes lack. It is also kind to skin, which for me is the most important aspect.
I loved the shape of the bottle, with its pump lid in black and the round fat little body of the bottle resembling a bar of pears soap which is a brand that I know and love so well, it is a clear see through bottle, and you can see the orangy liquid inside it, it really is lovely looking.
I paid £1.95p for the bottle which incidentally contains 237mls of lovely soap free liquid, this is one hundred percent soap free and states that on the bottle.
I loved the way it made my hands not only smell lovely and fresh like a sping meadow, after rinsing a couple of times i could still smell this one.
It is hypo-allerginic and contains cleanses, it really is great for sensitive skin and also if you are a little bit older and have thin delicate skin, this really is the one for you it not only cleanses and leaves you skin smelling fresh, it also contains a balance of ph and has skin conditioning agents so that it wont clog up your pores, I love it, my mum uses it always so I am familiar with it and also ive tried their bars of soap before, but this is so great especially what with the hand pump delivering just enough of the liquid to sufficiently wash both your hands.
They do give out a freephone telephone on the back of the bottle just in case you have any problems, or in case you need any advice which I always find to be of use.
I will be going back to Sainsbury's to buy another couple of bottles of this so that I have a spare bottle for my bathroom, and also would like to add a bottle of this to my kitchen, I love the way that due to my sometimes sensitive natured skin, I can use this product and not have any problems with my skin, I love it and am happy to recommend this product to you.
Thanks for reading and rating my reviews. x.
I bought this handwash purely as it was on offer and it matched my bathroom.
It costs £1.85 for 237ml usually but it was £1.00 when I bought it.
237ml doesn't sound like a lot, but this product seems to have lasted for ages. I would say this has been on the go for a good couple of months and it's only half empty. It lathers up quite a lot so you do only need a tiny bit.
This handwash claims it is good for even sensitive skin, it says it is 100% Soap-Free, Hypoallergenic and Non-Comedogenic. I don't really understand the technical side of all that, but I do tend to get dry chapped hands if I use the wrong type of soap and this leaves my hands feeling soft and clean.
I expected this soap to smell of orange as it's that colour, but it smells a tad more medicinal, not a horrible smell, just not what I was expecting, it's still a really great scent.
The pump on this is great, it hasn't clogged or anything which I have found other hand washes can.
The bottle looks stylish but simple, which I really like and it's a great quality soap. I would recommend it, especially if you have sensitive skin.
I've always been a lover of Pears soap. Due to my sensitive skin, I have to be a little bit careful with what I use and as I have never had any problems with pears hand soap, I thought I'd try their hand wash.
Like the traditional soap bar, the liquid has that same warm amber colour. It's decanted in a rather stylish tough plastic container, designed I think to be reminiscent of the oval soap bar on it's side. The brand name is in black type which stands out boldly against the amber of the contents and the pump dispenser is also black. The bottle contains 237ml (8 fl. oz of product).
The hand wash itself is 100% soap free, hypoallergenic and non comedogenic which infers that it will not block pores. It has that traditional Pears aroma that is pleasant, refreshingly subtle and leaves your hands feeling clean, fresh and gently moisturised.
At approx £2.00, my view is that it's good value for money as the hand wash is such good quality that you will only require a small amount to do the job properly. Also, for all of us with Rolls Royce ideas on push bike money, it looks as classy as many of the top end brands but at a fraction of the cost.
When I started doing competitions one of the first prizes I won was a Pears goody bag and that was 2 bars of Pears soap, a bottle of their handwash and a Pears branded hand towel. We never got round to using the handwash but I saw we needed to open a new bottle in the kitchen yesterday so pulled it out quick before my mum could open another one of the Avon Senses ones that she loves, but I wanted to try my prize out!
I love the smell of this handwash because it's just like Pears soap, it's got the same clinical type of smell which smells like it's good for you but also is surprisingly nice once you get past it smelling a bit like a hospital!
The handwash lathers nice and you don't need a lot to clean your hands well, it's gentle and cleans my hands well. I think the handwash itself is a bit sticky straight out of the bottle but when you rub your hands together under the water it lathers up nice and you can feel how well it's cleaning the skin on your hands. It's a gentle handwash and doesn't leave my hands feeling dry or itchy like some handwashes do. You don't get shedloads of bubbles but what's there are nice and thick and really make you feel like you're using a brill quality soap to wash with.
The handwash is soap free but it still cleans my hands brilliantly and after I'd helped my sister paint her dolls house last week I came to wash my hands and was surprised that it got the paint off straight away with hardly any scrubbing or rubbing.
I love the fresh smell on my hands after using this, it's a bit like the smell of the soap but the smell that lingers is a lot fresher and a lot more delicate and I love lifting my hands up to my nose and having a good sniff because I find the smell of Pears proper relaxing and calm.
It costs about £1.75 but I reckon this bottle will last for ages because you only need a small pump out of the bottle to get your hands clean but even at that price I'll buy it again I reckon because it's loads nicer than others.
I'm not terribly loyal to any one hand wash brand and tend to buy any that I know suit my sensitive skin which happen to be on special offer at the time. Unfortunately last week there were only brands on offer in Sainsbury's that I know definitely don't suit me so for the first time in a while I was forced to pay full price for whichever bottle of hand wash I eventually opted for.
I knew the cost issue was out of the window as soon as I saw the solitary bottle of Pears hand wash on the shelf, I've used this in the past and loved it but priced at £1.85 for a 250ml bottle it's rather more expensive than the other hand washes I tend to buy.
It's worth it though, oh yes it is! This hand wash has almost the same fragrance as the better known Pears bar soap, although it's nicer because the aroma from the hand wash seems to be less concentrated and a little sweeter perhaps. I can also very, very subtly detect a slight citrus aroma which comes through more while I am washing my hands with hot water although I can occasionally tell it's there when I sniff the hand wash straight from the bottle.
Although this is an extremely gentle hand wash, I find it does it's job admirably. I'm an obsessive hand washer anyway so the skin on my hands rarely becomes dirty enough to stretch the abilities of what ever soap or hand wash I am using. This week however I have taken advantage of some dry spells and done a little work in the garden so my hands have obviously become grubby, especially I've noticed around the base of my thumb where I've been pulling weeds and patting down the earth around my new seedlings.
Despite the fact that this hand wash is soap free I find it very cleansing, removing visible dirt on my skin and leaving my hands with that soft, smooth feeling that denotes a thorough washing. The scent left on my hands afterwards is a toned down version of the scent you first encounter when washing your hands, it lingers beautifully for a while before fading away completely to leave my hands smelling simply clean and fresh.
This hand wash produces only a small amount of lather as I wash my hands, although the few bubbles that do appear on my hands are robust and fairly luxurious in consistency. I do wish there were more of them, however.
After using this hand wash for around a week now I am impressed with how soft my hands feel; my skin feels supple and I have had absolutely no skin irritation whatsoever from using Pears.
I cannot recommend this hand wash highly enough. Granted, it's far more expensive than those hand washes you can buy in Poundland or any which are on special offer in any of the main supermarkets but then the quality of this one far surpasses those and it's an absolute pleasure to use.
I used to have a fascination with Pears Soap when I was younger, due to its transparent nature, amber colour, and pleasing smell - it was a world apart from the white and boring soap block that usually sat by the sink. Nowadays i'm not so easy to please, but Pears soap still has a nostalgia about it - as does anything made by Pears in fact. Therefore, when I saw that Pears made a hand wash, I was interested to see how effective it was as a product.
Pears soap was first sold in 1789 from a factory located just off Oxford Street, and an interesting fact, which may be useful in pub-quizzes, is that Pears is the worlds oldest registered brand.
The hypo-allergenic hand wash comes in a 237ml pump-top container and costs around £2 depending on the retailer. The plastic bottle is transparent and you can clearly see the thick amber liquid which is contained inside.
The pumping action of the dispenser is very effective, and one pump usually provides a generous squirt of the hand wash - certainly enough to do the job (unless your hands are the size of dinner plates). The smell is very hard to describe, but certainly very pleasant. It isn't the same smell as the classic soap however, as it's a little sweeter and less clinical in its aroma.
After using, hands feel soft without being dry, and ultimately very clean. The text on the bottle informs us that the product is non-comedogenic (whatever that means), ph balanced, and suitable for sensitive skin.
In summary, I would highly recommend this product, as it smells good and does the job. It may be a little pricey when compared to the generic supermarket hand washes, but it is certainly a classy product :)
Pears 100% soap free Hand Wash / It is especially made to take care of even sensitive and delicate skin, cleansing thoroughly, yet gently and rinsing clean /