Product Type: Yankee Candle Hand & Nail Care
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Germ free hands that smell delicious
Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Hand Sanitizer
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Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie Hand Sanitizer
Advantages: It smells gorgeous, easy to carry around, convenient
Disadvantages: Expensive compared to other hand gels, not readily available
I didn't mean to buy the hand sanitizer that I'm reviewing today, I was actually browsing on ebay for some Christmas Cookie wax tarts which are one of my favourite scents when I come across this. I'd heard of Yankee Candle Hand Sanitizers before as I'd bought someone a little Yankee gift set last Christmas and it had one in but I didn't know that you could buy them individually until then. I decided that I would purchase three of them, I could keep one for myself and use two of them for the little hampers I like to make my friends for Christmas.
A few days later my parcel arrived from the ebay seller and I was keen to open it and have a look and a sniff of one of them.
The sanitizer comes in a small stubby plastic bottle, the bottle is clear so that you can see how much of the gel you have used. It has a plastic flip top lid, which has the shape of one of the lids of the glass jar Yankee Candles I think this is a great little touch and, not something that I was expecting as it isn't very clear on the picture. The label has the same picture on it as the Christmas Cookie candles and wax tarts and shows festive iced biscuits, so it is recognisable as a Yankee product. There is another label on the back which tells you that the gel kills 99.9% of common germs and bacteria, that it moisturises leaving hands feeling soft and that the fragrance is inspired by America's best-loved candle. It also has in quite bold letters Drug Facts, which was surprised me a little when I first saw it as I don't really associate hand gels as being a drug. We are then told that the active ingredient is Alcohol Denat at 72% and that its purpose is an antiseptic. Its use is to decrease bacteria on your hands. The back label also peels up to reveal some more information such as a full list of ingredients, that you should stop use if irritation occurs and that it is harmful to wood finishes and plastics.
When the gel is in the bottle it is a lovely warm golden colour and it reminds me of a pale honey. Once it is poured out and onto your hands the gel doesn't appear to have any colour. As soon as you open the lid you get a lovely whiff of the Christmas Cookie scent, which I think is very true to the smell of the candle that it is based on. If you haven't smelled Christmas Cookie before it is a very warm buttery vanilla fragrance with a hint of spice like cinnamon or nutmeg. To me it does smell very much like biscuits being baked. If you're not a fan of vanilla scented things then this would be one to avoid. Although it is called Christmas Cookie I do think this is one that you could use throughout the year as it isn't too Christmassy.
The instructions on the label say to put a dime sized amount onto your hands, but I have no idea how big a dime is so I use something between a five pence and a ten pence piece and find that this is sufficient to do the palms and backs of my hands and my fingers. The gel when first applied can feel a little bitty but as you rub it in this soon disappears. I find that it is absorbed very quickly and doesn't leave any residue on your hands at all. If you have any cuts on your hands then it does sting when you apply this, but I have found that to be the case with any alcohol gels. The fragrance however is fantastic and can be smelled for ages after you have used the gel. I even had someone comment on it about an hour after I had put it on the other day about the "nice smell".
As I mentioned I like to keep a bottle of this in my handbag, and so far the bottle has been very robust and I haven't had any problems with it leaking out. The lid could potentially be a bit flimsy if not opened carefully, but as long as you didn't lose it, it would still clip back in place so it shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Although it says that it is moisturising I can't say that I have felt any benefit of that and my hands are no softer than they would usually be. Having said that they aren't being dried out by the alcohol, so maybe it is doing something and I'm just expecting too much.
There is a lot of debate whether these sort of antibacterial gels actually do any good, and the same can probably be said for this one. All I know is that I would rather use this than not, for all the times when it's not possible to wash your hands properly.
I paid around £2.50 for each 58ml bottle of this and prices online do seem to vary, one website has them for £5 which I think is a lot for this sort of thing but I suppose it does make a different present for someone who loves Yankee Candles. I love it so much I ended up buying myself another one otherwise one of my friends wouldn't have ended up getting one for Christmas.
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