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The Scottish Fine Soaps Company are a premium brand which has been providing soaps, moisturisers and bathing products since 1974. We use their products in our toilets in work, and many people will recognise this brand from restaurants or hotels, as it's a brand that tends to be used in establishments to give the impression of luxury and extravagance.
The premium brand carries a premium price - £7.95 for a 300ml bottle! To me, a hand wash would have to be something really spectacular to justify this price tag, and unfortunately I can't say that this is the case.
The description of this hand wash is "a rich, lathering hand wash, scented with awakening sea kelp". It is designed to be refreshing and invigorating, containing Sea Kelp to allow you to "create a spa experience at home". Sea Kelp is powerful against cellulite apparently, although I'm not really sure why this would be useful for your hands as they're not exactly a cellulite hot spot.
The packaging of this product does resemble a premium branded product, being clear so you can see the green hand wash inside, and it has elegant black writing on the front. It's nothing special, but its simplicity does suggest it's a classy product. Unfortunately the packaging doesn't live up to expectations in terms of functionality. Whichever hand wash I use in work, you can guarantee the dispenser will start getting clogged after a while, and also as we have ours wall mounted, the product shoots out at such an angle and with such speed, that you frequently end up with hand wash in your hair or on your clothes. Not a great look just before going into a meeting.
In use, the hand wash is fairly average apart from the smell. It doesn't lather as well as some hand washes I have bought for £1, which is very disappointing and doesn't exactly give the illusion of luxury. The smell is lovely, however, being a pleasant uplifting unisex smell of sea-based products. It's difficult to describe sea kelp as a fragrance, but it's quite a distinctive smell which I find very uplifting as it reminds me of summer and beach holidays. It doesn't linger on my hands for long after using it though, which is disappointing considering cheaper hand washes give longer lasting results.
I haven't noticed this hand wash have any noticeable effect on my hands in terms of drying them or moisturising them. My hands are quite dry at the moment due to the weather, although we use this hand wash in work all year round and it doesn't affect my hands either way. In my opinion, it's a fairly average product carrying a ridiculous price tag, so I can only award it two stars I'm afraid.