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I've got a bit of a hygiene obsession (or OCD as my husband calls it!) and I'm always either washing my hands, or using an anti-bacterial cleansing gel on my hands if no soap and water are available. I used to buy the Carex anti-bacterial hand gels, which usually cost around £1.50, but more often than not you can pick them up on offer for around £1 in Boots or Superdrug or one of the supermarkets. My main gripe with the Carex hand gels however is their fairly 'chemically' fragrance, I've tried all of the fragrances in the range and they all have that 'chemically' undertone to them.
I'm a fairly recent convert to The Body range of hand cleansing gels; the Strawberry Hand Cleanse Gel is the third and most recent one that I've tried in the range. All of the fragrances that I've tried so far smell very natural, and none leave that 'chemically' aroma behind. The hand cleansing gels cost £2.50 for a 60ml bottle, which is very expensive when you compare it to the Carmex hand gels (which are £1 when on offer for a 50ml bottle), but I much prefer these and I'm going to continue to buy them. The Body Shop hand cleanse gels are available in a number of different fragrances, Strawberry, Satsuma, Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Lemon, Coconut and Mango.
This smells absolutely divine, just like delicious sweet and juicy strawberries. The strawberry fragrance is really quite strong, both in the bottle and on my hands, and the sweet strawberry fragrance lingers on my hands and lasts for absolutely ages after I've applied this. This doesn't have a 'chemically' scent at all, just a very natural and fruity strawberry scent. The gel itself in the bottle is a clear gel, and the bottle is clear too so that you can see when you are running low on the cleansing gel. The bottle itself is fairly small and so it very easily fits into a handbag.
This works like all of the hand cleansing gels on the market, it cleanses and freshens your hands on the go without the need for soap and water, or when soap and water isn't available. Just flip up the top and squeeze a small blob of the gel onto your palm, then rub the gel into your hands and allow to dry. It dries in seconds, and doesn't leave behind any sticky residue at all. This doesn't dry my hands out at all, and it doesn't sting or irritate my hands at all. It doesn't moisturise my hands at all, but then again it doesn't claim to. You only need a very small blob of this to adequately cleanse your hands, so it does last for quite a while.
I'm definitely going to continue to buy and use The Body Shop hand cleansing gels, and I'd definitely recommend them. They are pricey, but for me, the lack of that 'chemically' undertone is definitely worth the extra money.
The Body Shop Strawberry Hand Cleanse Gel
I absolutely love The Body Shop and always sneak a peep on the website to see what offers there are, or when I am in town I tend to call in and have a look.
I always carry Hand Gel with me, as it still surprises me the amount of people that come out of the ladies and never wash their hands, from that to touching doors, surfaces and even change there is bacteria everywhere.
I was really surprised and extremely delighted to see that Body Shop had a range of gels, and instantly I wanted the strawberry one.
The gel is a 60ml size and the gel cost me £2,50, I purchased mine before Christmas,
The bottle is clear plastic and is a similar size to the small trial size shower gels, it has the black plastic flip top lid with the Body shop on the lid. The front of the bottle has the labelling, this is simple as in line with the Body shop items as a whole. It is a white coloured label, and has a picture of a outstretched hand, the hand is coloured red, like a strawberry, another indicator that this is the Strawberry fragrance. Whilst the gel itself is clear.
Just flip up the lid, and straight away you are greeted with a beautiful smell of strawberries, the smell is sweet, but then the strawberry is a sweet smelling product. The gel is quite thick, on par with other gels, just give a quick squeeze and a small dollop of gel appears. Although it looks thick it is quickly and smoothly spreads over the skin and absorbs quickly.
Even after an hour later, I could still smell the strawberry scent, it was not over powering, but there. As I find some antibacterial alcohol gels remind of a clinical smell, this is pleasant.
I would highly recommend this gel, and I hope it will be back in stores soon, as I would like to try others in the range. It has also got a massive thumbs up from my daughter, as when were away she literally here we go again, I've just touched something and mum has got the gel out, but with this one, I actually had no back-chat she even reminded me that her hands hadn't been through the gel treatment.
The only negative point is the price, as its £2.50 for 1 bottle, whilst you can pick up 3 bottles for £1 from most retailers.
I would buy it again, it would be out up for holidays so we don't have any here we go again moments.
Around Christmas time The bodyshop were doing an offer, so whenever you purchase something online, you received a free gift card loaded with the amount of £3, £15 or £100. Of course the con is you actually have to go in store to find out how much your card is loaded with so tempting you to buy all kinds of goodies. From my reviews on here you may have gathered I am quite a new convert to the love of Bodyshop and so can't seem to resist myself! Anyhow, I shopped online and got one of these sassy cards so popped in the local store near my work place to find out how much was on it. Disappointingly it was only the three quid and since it was my lunch break and I was actually in a lazy mood having bought all what I wanted from the bodyshop online I settled on buying this Strawberry Hand Cleanse gel as it was £2.50 and I purposely did not bring my purse out with me so I would not be lured into getting something I did not need!
It comes in a clear plastic bottle, with a transparent flip top lid which opens up to reveal with a small hole through which it is possible to squeeze the gel out. The gel itself is actually completely clear and is really thick yet runny at the same time. In terms of smell is does predominantly have a whiff of the really distinct chemical smell that antibacterial gels have with an after scent of a really rich strawberry base. As soon as this is applied to my hands it is weird as it stinks awfully of anti-bacterial-ness but once rubbed in all you can smell is strawberry and to a passer by it would smell as though I had applied my hands with strawberry body butter!
Using it is really easy simply applying a small blob about the size of a 5 pence piece into my palm and rubbing it in is more than enough to spread over both my hands and it absorbs into my hands well without leaving them clammy or sticky. The hand gel isn't too 'gelly' which I like in that it is slightly runnier than expected and it doesn't feel to greasy at all.
The packaging states is quite basic and disappointingly it does not say any of those bold claims like "kills 99.9% bacteria" or anything at all for that matter! Researching online the website says "it cleanses instantly" which in all honesty is a bit vague but hey ho I guess that's the way this show goes. As a result I tend to use this after washing my hands if there is no soap in a public bathroom etc more than relying on it to completely clean my hands.
The bottle and website also mentions it does not contain Triclosan which is an antibacterial and antifungal agent. I'm not so sure what the upside/downside to this is or if it is an ethical thing but I guess it must do something or else I'm not sure why else they'd put it on the bottle.
This cleanse gel is only 60ml so a nice, handy pocket size and to be honest I would definitely recommend this hand gel more for the smell more than any of the cleaning properties. I got it for free considering The bodyshop were being so generous around Christmas time but I have seen it is now on sale online for only £1.25 for anyone who is interested!
Sanitising hand gels have become more and more popular in recent years, and if I remember rightly their popularity grew a few years back with the outbreak of swine flu. Suddenly people were much more aware of spreading germs and did their utmost to keep themselves clean and germ free.
The Body Shop range
As well as brands such as Dettol and Carex producing their own sanitising hand gels, other companies also jumped on the bandwagon, and one of these was the Body Shop. These are relatively new additions, and definitely appealed to me as hand gels often have a horrible scent. But of course the Body Shop is well known for pleasantly fragranced products, so I decided to give these a try.
I had already had a successful purchase of the satsuma version of the gel, and when my little boy was born earlier this year I decided this gave me a good excuse to try out some of the other fragrances. I love the Body Shop strawberry range so this seemed an obvious one to try out. It costs £2.50 for a 60ml bottle.
This comes in typical Body Shop packaging - a plastic bottle with a flip-top lid, complete with a Body Shop logo and a hand on the label. The liquid inside is completely clear.
Applying the gel
This has a gel format of course, but it is quite a thin gel - not at all sticky or thick to the touch, and it is so easy to rub into the hands. I also find that you need very little making this good value for money. It instantly gives hands a fresh, cool feeling which is quite pleasant. Also at first it does have that slightly unpleasant alcohol scent that I associate with sanitising hand gels, however once this is rubbed in and hands are dry, this has a lovely fragrance. If you are familiar with any other Body Shop strawberry scented products then you will recognise this scent instantly as it is almost exactly the same as the other strawberry products I've tried. It is a scent I love anyway, so the fact I can sanitise my hands and be left with the lovely fragrance is a real bonus.
The scent of this does linger nicely on the hands too - although I would say that you may well want to use a moisturiser after applying it as it is slightly drying. However this isn't really a criticism of the product as I think it would be impossible to find a gel like this that actually moisturises the hands!
In summary ...
I highly recommend this hand cleansing gel. It offers the reassurance of other gels that kill germs but with the added bonus that it smells lovely too. As you need so little, a bottle will last a long time. I have a few bottles of this now and I really recommend them for baby's changing bag as you never know when you may need to give hands a good clean! And another good thing is that my little girl likes to use this too because of the fruity fragrance - again this can be really useful when out and about to ensure her hands are clean.
A great product from the Body Shop - five stars from me.
Other variations ...
As well as strawberry and satsuma, this hand gel is also available in sweet lemon, coconut, mango and pink grapefruit fragrances. A 60ml bottle costs £2.50 and is available exclusively from the Body Shop.
I always like to carry a small bottle of cleanse gel with me in my handbag - or in the changing bag I carry for my son (it never fails to surprise me, the lack of hand-washing facilities in baby change areas). When I saw that The Body Shop did a range of these, I thought I'd treat myself and have a change from my usual. I love the Body Shop range and they always smell do lovely, so I knew that this would be the same. They offer a range of scented gels in 60ml bottles for £2.50 and I opted for the strawberry fragrance as this is one of my favourites. I actually purchased this online when there was a Body Shop sale event on, so paid less than the £2.50 price tag.
The bottle is a clear plastic and round in shape - much the same as their miniature shower gels etc. It has a plastic flip top lid, through which the gel can be squeezed and applied. The labelling on the front of the bottle is quite simple and effective - a white label with an outstretched hand on. The hand is coloured to resemble the skin of a strawberry. The gel inside is completely clear.
On flipping the lid open, you are hit immediately with a sweet strawberry scent - fruity and very pleasant. I really like the smell, but it may be too sweet and sickly for some. The gel squeezes from the bottle easily and is quite thick in consistency. A small dollop is perfect for covering both hands and it spreads easily and evenly over the skin. It also absorbs easily leaving hands feeling clean, refreshed and, importantly, not at all sticky. The smell really lasts on my hands and leaves them feeling fresh and clean for up to an hour after applying.
This is always popular with others too who always remark on the scent after using - it really makes a nice change from the harsh alcohol smell that these often have. A bottle also lasts a fair amount of time (obviously dependent on how many times you use it a day) and fits neatly in my bag. I will definitely be buying again and quite fancy trying some of the other scents available too.
The Body Shop / Hand Gel