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Hand wash is a product that I would normally just pick up in the supermarket or at Boots, Superdrug, Savers etc without being too fussy and I can usually be easily persuaded to buy different ones when they are reduced or on offer. This Body Shop almond oil conditioning hand wash costs £5 for a 250 ml bottle and normally I would find that a bit too expensive for what it is. However, I have a few of the "£10 off when you spend £25" vouchers for Body Shop so that along with my Love Your Body discount and the fact I am nearing my final stamp for another free gift led me to get one of these last week. Sad as it might sound I was also quite pleased to have a really nice hand wash in my new bathroom as I have just moved into a new flat!
I like the Body Shop in general and I particularly like their almond products as I find the scent of almond oil absolutely gorgeous - it is nutty but quite sweet and creamy, and I just find it lovely. The other almond products I have tried such as the body butter and the hand and nail cream have had a very pleasant texture and been very moisturising and smooth, so I expected good things from this hand wash.
First of all I did find it quite difficult to activate the pump in the first place. Not sure what I was doing wrong but eventually it did work. It is a standard one where you twist it into the on position then pump a few times before anything comes out. The on and off positions were not marked completely clearly which is where my confusion came in, as I was just randomly twistin and pressing it for a few minutes! Once it is on, it is easy to dispense the hand wash and one pump gives a good amount. The bottle does look quite nice and. Bit fancier than some of the cheaper ones you get at the supermarket, as it is tall and thin rather than sort and stout, and the plastic looks a bit sturdier.
The hand wash is really creamy and feels quite silky when it comes out. When I rub it into my hands it doesn't create a huge amount of lather, but you do get a bit. Mainly it retains the same more liquids creaminess. Despite the lack of lather I do feel that it gets my hands clean. It feels very kind and gentle to my skin so I think it deserves it's "conditioning" label. It keeps my skin soft and doesn't leave it dried out at all. I don't need to use hand cream after, although I often do use the almond hand cream too to make my hands feel even better.
Due to the price I would not make this a regular purchase but I really like this hand wash and I will buy it again every now and again when there is an offer on. I would recommend it if you want a hand wash which is kind to your hands and you don't mind spending a bit more.
I bought this a few months ago when me and my boyfriend moved into our first home together as our house has a downstairs cloakroom with a toilet and sink, so I thought that it'd be handy to have some hand wash in there for guests as well as myself and my boyfriend.
I got this in the 50% sale which I am glad about as the recommended retail price of £5.00 per 250ml bottle is quite expensive for hand wash in my opinion considering that you can get supermarket own brands for under a pound. To be fair though it is good quality with a real luxurious feel to it, plus we've had this for a few months now and have used it almost daily and it is still over half full - mainly because one push of the pump dispenser dispenses quite a large blob of the handwash which is more than enough for both of my hands.
The hand wash comes in a medium sized rounded bottle which is transparent, meaning that the creamy off-white hand wash can be seen through the bottle. The bottle is a handy size and it is just the right size to sit on the sink between the taps. The bottle has a very light brown label on the front which has a picture of a hand on it and there is the body shop logo, the product name and a brief product description which says that the hand wash offers soap free, ph balanced cleansing. The two main ingredients are also mentioned - sweet almond oil and community fair trade honey.
There's another label on the back which says that The Body Shop is against animal testing, meaning that the hand wash is cruelty free - a huge advatage. The lengthy list of ingredients is also on the back in small dark brown writing. The bottle has a pump mechanism and the pump is made of sturdy plastic. The lid can be unscrewed meaning the pump can be removed which is handy too.
The hand wash itself is lovely and thick - it doesn't feel like a lotion like most handwashes do, it is really rich and luxuriously creamy. It has a silky smooth texture and despite being thick, it spreads over my skin easily and lathers up incredibly well, creating plenty of bubbles. The handwash has a really nice, strong smell - it is nice and sweet and it has a lovely nutty undertone to it which I like. If I apply too much though the smell can become a little sickly. The smell doesn't linger for very long at all - five minutes at the most.
The hand wash leaves my hands feeling clean, moisturised and soft and as it has such a strong smell it makes my hands smell lovely and even once the smell has faded my skin still has that 'fresh' sort of smell. The hand wash washes off well and doesn't leave any sticky or greasy residue behind. It is not at all drying and it is gentle on my skin.
I didn't go into the Body Shop with the intention of buying hand wash. Hand wash is one of those things that I've never really thought too much about, I just tend to buy whatever smells nice and is reasonably priced. But I do tend to get dry hands on occasion so when I saw this hand wash I thought that it would be worth trying.
==What it is and what it claims to do==
The Almond Oil Conditioning Hand Wash is a hand wash that claims to both clean and moisturise hands. The Body Shop state that the almond oil used to make this product repairs the moisture barriers of the skin which helps hands to be moisturised, smooth and supple. They claim that cocoa butter gently cleanses, leaving the skin feeling clean soft and smooth.
They Body Shop instruct users to squeeze a small amount onto wet hands, distribute it evenly and then wash off. I don't mean to patronise by telling you how to use hand wash but I think that the fact that they say that you only need to use a small amount is significant!
The reason why I shop in the Body Shop is that they have a community trade programme where they support community's. Human rights are always one of my main considerations when buying products and like all Body Shop products the Almond Hand Wash contains community trade ingredients.
The cocoa butter used in this product is sourced from women in Ghana, who are part of the Kuapa Kokoo co-operative. The money that the co-operative earn from selling the cocoa butter is used to fund clean water, medical facilities and educational facilities. This product also contains community fair trade honey which comes from Ethiopia. In addition to what they pay for the honey The Body Shop has a fund for a local organisation that works with the local community to help people develop skills and learn about sustainable forest management.
For more details on the Community Trade programme and individual ingredients you can go to www.thebodyshop.co.uk
The first thing that I noticed about this product is that you need to use more than just a small amount. This hand wash does not lather up very well at all and I found that I had to use quite large quantities just to get it to spread to my whole hand. Even when using larger amounts it doesn't really lather up as such. I tried using more and less water but it didn't seem to make much difference. Due to the amount of this product that you have to use each time you wash your hands it doesn't last particularly well.
I used this product every day, several times a day (basically every time I had to wash my hands when I was at home) and found that it didn't make any difference at all to the dryness of my hands. I do tend to get very dry hands and hoped that by using this hand wash I would find them softer but sadly that's not what happened. It didn't make my hands any drier but this product is too expensive to only clean hands. At £6.50 for a 250ml bottle I expect it to do something more than the average hand wash and I expect it to do exactly what it claims to do. This didn't leave my hands feeling moisturised, softer or more supple.
Perhaps the only thing that this product has to offer is a pleasant scent but even that didn't seem to last very long. The scent is almost identical to the almond scent of the hand cream that's in this range and it's a scent that I really like.
In terms of cleaning hands it seems to work fine. It certainly did leave my hands feeling clean but not any more so than any other hand wash.
I'm giving this product 1 star out of 5. It didn't leave my hands feeling soft and supple and it is an expensive product. If this product delivered what it promises then I would be more than happy to pay so much for it but it doesn't and £6.50 is a lot to pay for a hand wash that doesn't do anything more than clean your hands. I do not recommend this product.
Price: £6.50 for 250ml.