Product Type: Radox Hand & Nail Care
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Out of Africa...(and out of the kitchen too)
Radox Handwash African Savannah
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Radox Handwash African Savannah
Advantages: Lovely fragrance of redbush; leaves hands feeling clean
Disadvantages: Ineffective on strong food stains
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.
Summary: An unusual scent from Radox used in a handwash
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