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MY FAMILY’S USAGE
My wife thought that the anti-bacterial handwashes we had tried were overdrying her hands, so she bought this instead. She intends to continue using this as she finds it less harsh.
As well as being kinder to skin (apparently the pro-vitamin B5 actively restores, softens and soothes), the fresh mint oil helps neutralise the smells of food preparation.
Like most handwashes it comes in a convenient pump action container.
As this is what is available, I use it too of course. I also prefer it, although not for exactly the same reason. All the hand washes that we have bought seem to have the same effectiveness on my hardy hands.
The reason I prefer it is that I have successfully used it on my face when I have had spot break-outs. The manufacturers did not design it for this purpose, but I thought I would give it a try on my weathered face. (I don’t have wrinkles - I have chasms - probably due to working outside in all weathers for many years.)
Washing every part of me under the shower once a day and then using this at other times suits my skin.
Like all Simple brand products it has no artificial perfume or colour, although it does have a green tint, presumably from the mint oil.
Full price seems to be about £2 for 250ml. I’m pleased to say my local 99p Store sometimes stocks it. But today I got it for 85p in Morrisons, bargain!
'Simple' have been around since the 1960s and specialise in skin care items that are geared towards those with sensitive skin.
Comes in clear curved pump action plastic bottle.
Simple 'Kind to Skin' Anitbacterial Handwash.
From the experts for sensitive skin.
Fresh minty goodness.
1 - Vitamin - Pro Vitamin B5.
2 - vital ingredients- Fresh Mint Oil and Citrus Oil
0 - perfume or colour.
Dermatologically tested and approved.
'No unnecessary ingredients.'
'A perfect blend of active ingredients and fresh mint goodness to remove everyday germs and neutralise cooking odours. Perfect for even sensitive skin.'
Contains no animal derived ingredients.
Use within 24 months.
Thick clear gel in a light transparent aqua colour.
£2 at Tesco but currently half price for £1.
I always do my grocery shopping online with Tesco and try and have a bottle of antibacterial handwash for use in both the bathroom and kitchen at all times.
However quite often Tesco do not have their own version of antibacterial handwash available so then I try and find the cheapest alternative, as really so long as it is antibacterial I am not bothered about its colour, make or smell.
This time when shopping the best option seemed to be this bottle of Simple handwash which was half price and only £1 - although it was half the quantity that I usually get in the Tesco bottle.
The bottle itself has nice curved edges and I like the pale aqua colour of the transparent thick gel inside - it is so thick in fact that little bubbles will stay in it for quite some time.
The pump action top is well made and very strong and in fact I think I will keep this one to re-use.
To the handwash itself. Saying it has mint in it may make you think it will have a strong aroma - but it does not. The gel is nice and thick and cleans your hands well without any stickiness. There is a very faint minty smell - but not very noticeable at all. Personally I would prefer a stronger smell but as this is made for those with sensitive skin I can understand why it does not.
In fact mint seems an odd aroma to have for a handwash although I suppose it is because it helps to neutralise odours.
This handwash works perfectly well and clears your hands as expected, and I am assuming it works well on the antibacterial front too.
The texture and colour are pleasant but personally I would like a bit more aroma - even if it was from essential oils.
I know this has a target market of those with sensitive skins so perhaps I am not the right person to be testing this anyway, and at full price of £2 for a small 250 ml bottle I would find it too expensive anyway - unless it turned out to be the only thing I could use. There also seems a lot of strange ingredients for a product that is supposedly made without excess ingredients.
Definitely worth buying if you have very sensitive skin but for me its not one I would rave over.
===Would I Recommend?===
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide DEA, Panthenol, Glyceryl Laurate, Citronellyl Methylcrotonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-7, d-Limonene, Citrus Grandis Seed Extract, Benzophenone-4, Mentha Arvensis Oil, Copper PCA, Sodium Hydroxide, Pantolactone, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.
I am not particularly loyal to any specific brand of household soaps and regularly buy whichever items are on offer in the supermarket or drugstore I am shopping in. Whilst shopping in a branch of Savers, the discounted drugstore recently, I spotted a bottle of liquid hand soap that I had not come across before from the "Simple" range of toiletries and cosmetics.
The "Simple Kind To Skin Antibacterial Handwash" appealed to me because I have used many items from the range in the past and have found firstly that they are products of a fairly high quality, but they are also very gentle and kind to use on my sensitive skin, which can often been aggravated by more 'robust' products, often causing itching and irritation. I was also pleased with the price of the product as it only cost £1 for the bottle.
Packaged in a clear plastic bottle that is 250ml in size, I can see the liquid hand soap through the bottle, which is a clear liquid that looks like a gel and is slightly pale green in colour. It looks to be quite thick in appearance.
When it came to using the hand wash for the first time, I had to 'open' up the plastic pump dispenser on the bottle by rotating the pump a couple of times. This allows the spring-like mechanism in the pump dispenser to open up slightly, and let the flow of hand wash travel up into the dispenser. By pressing down on top of the plastic pump, I can dispense a little of the liquid hand wash into my open palm. I am pleased that there is not a huge 'dollop' of the liquid dispensed at any one time, but rather a small blob is produced into my open palm, so I am quite sure that the bottle will last a reasonable amount of time and little or no liquid will be wasted as a result of an over-zealous hand pump dispenser!
The gel-like consistency of the Simple Antibacterial Hand wash is quite cool to the touch and it feels quite thick. It is not able to run from my hands or 'drip' as I lather it into a foam. I can easily achieve a soft foam-like lather when using the Simple soap which makes it feel quite luxurious to use.
Whenever my hands are excessively dirty or perhaps covered in a greasy film from doing some chores around the house, I find that the rather 'robust' nature of the Simple Antibacterial Handwash helps to 'cut through' any excessive dirt, which I think is as a result of the thick gel-like consistency of the product. The soap cleans my hands easily, without me having to re-apply it or repeat the cleaning process, and my hands are left spotlessly clean after use.
Almost as soon as the product is dispensed into my hands, I can detect the aroma from the soap. I hadn't noticed the small wording on front of the plastic bottle when I bought the product that explains the product's fragrance in more detail... "Fresh Mint Goodness For Naturally Healthy Skin". Due to not noticing this statement, I was slightly surprised by the fresh, minty aroma that was quite noticeable as I used the hand wash product for the first time.
I do have to be honest and say that I find that the soft minty fragrance that the product has is quite strange at first, as I am more used to using hand wash products that are either quite feminine or attractively-perfumed. The mint fragrance is not at all unpleasant, I just felt that it took a little time to get used to using a hand soap product that smelled of mint, as it is a fragrance that I would associate with dental hygiene or something to use on my spot breakouts, rather than a product to wash my hands with.
That said, the fragrance is quite refreshing, and very slightly revitalising, as the product gives the impression of being quite cooling and calming when applied onto the skin. I don't find that the fragrance lasts particularly long on my skin after I have used it to wash my hands, but this is not necessarily a negative point for me, and I find that most hand wash products that I use regularly give similar results in terms of their fragrance lasting on the skin.
I have found that the product is very gentle and kind to use on the skin, as I had initially anticipated and I have not experienced any ill-effects in terms of aggravation or irritation to my sensitive skin. Neither has there been any inflammation to the sensitive patches of eczema that I have, that often flare up at this time of year. For these reasons, I think that the product is quite mild and so would be suitable for the whole family to use, youngsters included.
As the Simple Handwash is Antibacterial, using the product goes some way to giving peace of mind that any nasty germs or bugs may be stopped in their tracks, rather than being passed around my household. This is particularly reassuring for yours truly, as chronic illness and certain medications that I am required to take daily leave my immune system slightly compromised, so I am always on the look-out for antibacterial products to use around the house, particularly at this time of year when colds and bugs seem to be a bit more aggressive.
On the whole, I am really quite pleased with the performance of the Simple Antibacterial Handwash and I would definitely buy it again. It is true that it took me a little while to get used to the subtle mint aroma of the product, but this is probably as a result of my not being used to it, rather than a fault of the product itself.
There is a whole range of cosmetics and toiletries available in the Simple range, which can be found in some supermarkets and good drugstores such as Superdrug and Boots.
Having bought this handwash on an offer, at around £1 in Sainsbury's, I can say I've been rather impressed. As someone with sensitive skin, I am a big fan of Simple products, and with this handwash you get the same kind of good quality product you expect from the name.
The bottle is not amazingly big, but is large enough to endure many applications. The liquid itself is transparent and looks quite nice as far as handwashes go. The product looks smart, and you wouldn't be ashamed to have it on show in your house.
I found the mint fragrance very pleasant, as it was not overpowering but strong enough to leave a nice aroma on your hands. It left my hands feeling soft, and didn't feel as abrasive as other lower-priced own brand handwashes are.
It is not a cheap product though, and, on balance, I'd probably advise you to get a normal anti-bacterial handwash instead. Even the basic ones seem to do the job well and they are a lot cheaper than this. I would've never bought it at full price, as it's simply not cost-effective. For those with sensitive skin, though, it is a great product and well worth recommendation.
A simple handwash (no pun intended), with a pleasant smell, but just too expensive to be a regular purchase.
I bought this Simple Antibacterial Handwash last week because Asda has a special offer on whereby it is reduced from its normal price of £1.94 to just £1. I love trying new handwashes and I use other products from the Simple range, such as their facewipes, so I thought it was worth a try.
The handwash is in quite a cute, curvy little bottle with a pump at the top. The bottle is clear which lets you see the light green, clear handwash inside and also allows you to keep an eye on whether or not you are running out. There are 250 millilitres of handwash in the bottle.
The bottle states that the handwash has no added perfume or colour, is dermatologically tested and is made by 'experts in sensitive skin'. The handwash aims to provide 'gentle hand cleansing combined with a blend of naturally enhancing, aromatic ingredients', and to 'remove everyday germs and neutralise cooking odours'. The handwash contains the active ingredients of Peppermint Oil to 'refresh and soothe' and Mandarin Oils to 'cleanse and purify'. It also contains Pro-Vitamin B5 to 'restore, soften and smoothe'.
The first thing I noticed when using the handwash was that the pump was a bit over-eager to dispense handwash. I barely have to touch it and a huge blob comes out which is more than I need. I dread to think how much would be dispensed if you pushed the pump all the way down. I think this is a bit wasteful and I can see that after only one day the handwash has already gone down quite a bit.
The handwash lathers up really well and feels nice when you wash your hands. If I sniff then I can smell a slight hint of mint which smells quite menthol-y, but I can't pick out the mandarin at all. It is a slightly clinical smell. After washing the smell doesn't linger at all and my hands don't feel softened or smoothed, though they do feel cleansed and they are not any drier than normal.
I didn't find much to get excited about with this handwash. The pump is wasteful and at its full price it's very pricey. Even at its offer price it seems expensive. It isn't luxurious and the lack of lovely scents or moisturisation means I probably won't bother buying it again. However if you have very sensitive skin then from the claims it makes about being gentle, I imagine it would be worth trying.