“ Brand: Radox / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand „
Having a liquid handwash in stock to me is a must. I hate using solid bar type soaps for washing my hands as I hate the look of wet soggy soap in my bathrooms. Therefore, a liquid handwash is what I prefer to use. I am an avid handwasher so I can go through handwashes quite quickly and therefore tend to buy whatever is on offer to save a little money. I am not loyal to any particular brand and will buy whatever can be bought at a low price. I do however tend to stay clear from supermarkets own as I find them quite drying.
In Tesco a few months ago they had an offer on all Radox handwashes where they had reduced the prices. I bought a couple knowing they would last for a few months. One was the Radox African Savannah Handwash. Now, I loved the African Savannah shower gel as I thought the fragrance was warm and spicy, perfect for a cold winters evening so I hoped the handwash would be just as good.
== The Handwash ==
The handwash (which is a limited edition) itself contains rooibos together with red thyme. The two ingredients are used to help sooth your hands as well as keeping them incredibly clean together with giving a gorgeous fragrance. Rooibos has been used in Africa for centuries due to its soothing benefits (you also get Rooibos tea which has the same soothing properties).
== Packaging ==
The handwash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump to dispense the liquid. Because the bottle is clear you can clearly see the liquid inside which is a gorgeous cinnamon brown colour and is transparent. On the front of the bottle there is the Radox logo together with product name and an image of what I can guess is Rooibos set on an African plain. On the back there is information about the handwash together with the ingredients list and contact information for Radox.
== In Use ==
To use the handwash you simply need to use the pump to dispense the liquid out onto your hands. Now unless your hands are incredibly dirty then you don't need to use a ridiculously large amount. I find just two pumps worth gives me enough to sufficiently wash my hands. It has a decent consistency whereby it won't suddenly slip through your fingers once out of the bottle enabling you to wash your hands thoroughly.
The fragrance of this handwash is definitely quite a masculine fragrance as it is quite spicy and musky which although quite strong I absolutely love it. There is something incredibly warming about it and when I have come in from the yard freezing cold this really warms the senses and I adore it. It is just a real shame it can't be bought that easily anymore as I don't think I'd ever tire of the smell.
Anyway...the handwash does have a gorgeous scent but does it clean and sooth the hands? Well, I don't think it has major moisturising properties at all and I think if not careful it may possibly dry out the skin but for me I do find that my skin is cleansed and left feeling nice and clean. It lathers up easily and produces a very soft white foam. As for my hands feeling soothed, I can't really comment as my hands were never chapped or in need of major looking after but they have felt cared for which is a plus.
== Overall ==
I really like this handwash although from reading other reviews I can see why they would find it quite drying but as I always follow with a handcream after washing my hands I don't find it drying. It's definitely a handwash with a more masculine, in your face aroma which may not suit everyone but for me I love it. Just a shame Radox discontinued it but should you find it I would definitely recommend it. 4 stars from me.
== Product Information ==
Price: If available from £1
Availability: Limited as it is no longer made by Radox
Radox Hand wash African Savannah ~
300 ml £1 at poundland
The African Savannah hand wash is scented with African rooibos and red thyme. Roobios is meant to have soothing qualities, and the red thyme is meant to have a great cleaning action.
I personally found the hand wash to have an unappealing spicy musky scent that was very long lasting and very strong. However this may just have seemed strong as I found it so unappealing... The hand wash itself comes in the usual see through bottle that Radox products are available in which makes it easier to see how much is left.
The product did clean my hands, however it didn't seem to be very soothing, and it may be the only product I have disliked so much I actually threw about half of the bottle away...
I wouldn't recommend this as it not only smelt bad but was a little drying in my hands.
This hand wash smells ok, but I wouldn't necesserily have thought it smells like the african savannah, its quite a strong smell which reminds me little bit of floor cleaner. I found the product quite drying and as i already have dermatitis on my hands I had to stop using it as this hand wash made my rashes worse, I would not say that this is a bad handwash it just didnt suit my skin type or taste, but for 5 pounds which is quite expensive for what it is, I dont think that its worth it, saying that you only need a small amount and it would last in your bathroom for quite a while. Packaging is ok but again is nothing that special, I would reccommend buying one of the leading stores own brand handwashes which are much cheaper, smell just as good and look nearly exactly the same
Last weekend I was feeling very virtuous because we went out for the first bike ride of the year. We didn't actually go very far, just a couple of miles is enough for the first trip out and it was still quite chilly for cycling; still I was feeling rather cocky when I strutted into Hobbycraft where I'd insisted we stop on the way back, wearing my little backpack and with my trousers tucked into my sockss. Get a load of Gateshead's answer to Victoria Pendleton, card-crafters!
Fifteen minutes later I was at the counter extracting my purse from said backpack when I noticed a look of alarm on the face of the assistant. She was looking at my hands with a horror stricken expression and when I examined my hands to see what it was that was causing her to stare, I saw that my nails and cuticles were a rather radioactive looking yellow colour. Keen not to be seen as the crafting version of Stacey Solomon I hastily explained that I had been rubbing a marinade into the meat for a chicken tagine but the look on the girl's face told me she didn't believe a word of it.
We usually have an antibacterial handwash next to the kitchen sink but I had recently swapped a half used bottle for a new bottle of Radox African Savanah handwash that I had spotted in Poundland, though I don't recall exactly how much I paid for it (think about it....) I was so dying to the try this new handwash that I threw the other one under the sink and impatiently popped open the plunger of the new bottle which I fear I have broken as it will now only depress when the spout is poisitioned at the back of the bottle. It says on the label that this is a limited edition so if you want to buy it you may have to look in discount stores.
African Savannah is represented by 'african rooibos and red thyme' (sic). It was the rooibos (redbush) that interested me as I am a big fan of redbush tea and I love the slightly antiseptic fragrance of it. I was pleased to find that it does have a very pleasing redbush aroma, light and clean, slightly medicinal and herbal and in no way over-powering. After use the smell lingers on my hands for a couple of hours. I've no idea whether red thyme smells like 'normal' thyme but I suspect it probably does. As I said there's a mild herbal fragrance to this but the rooibos is the star of the show. Interestlngly the blurb on the back of the bottle says that rooibos has been used in this product because it has traditionally been used in Africa for hundreds of years due to its soothing qualities, while the red thyme is included for its ability to clean and to impart fragrance.
Until the turmeric incident I'd been very happy with this product. It lathers nicely but not excessively, and leaves my hands feeling clean and fresh. It doesn't feel as if it dries my skn and it seems as effective for a quick handwash before starting to cook as it does when my hands are quite sticky or greasy.
Admittedly turmeric does stain the hands quickly but I had washed my hands as soon as I was finished with the chicken. I also washed once, rinsed and washed again. I didn't stop to examine my hands when I was done; I just shoved the bowl of marinating chicken into the fridge, slipped my shoes on and we were out of the door. Needless to say this handwash has been relegated to the bathroom; it looks a lot nicer in there anyway. I'm not really one to be fussy about colour co-ordinating household products but the coppery brown colour of this handwash doesn't look quite right in the kitchen whereas it looks quite smart against the warm stone effect tiles in my bathroom.
Overall I'm pretty happy with this product though it is clearly more of a cosmetic product than one for kitchen use. At the discounted price of just £1 for 300ml it's good value but I wouldn't want to pay much more when it's use is limited. (www.auravita.com sell this product for £2.02, while www.landyschemist.com sells it for £1.93)
If this appeals to you, you may be interested to know that Radox also make a shower gel in this scent.
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Thymus Vulgaris Oil, Aspalathus Linearis Leaf Extract, Parfum, Lactic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Limonene, Linalool, Glycerin, Maltodextrin, Sodium Benzoate, CI 16255, CI 19140, CI 42090.