Cien is the name carried by Lidl's toiletry range. When it comes to supermarket branded toiletries I am always cautious but Lidl's hand wash gets top marks from me.
My husband and myself are in constant disagreement about soap, he prefers the traditional bars of soap but I think soap pumps are far more hygienic and as I'm usually in charge of our shopping habits, we usually opt for a liquid soap in a pump bottle.
What initially grabbed my attention was the price tag of this product. It was just 55p! We are a family of 4 so get through a substantial amount of hand wash. Not only was this product just 55p so half the price I would usually spend on a similar product but also the bottle was a fair bit bigger. The price has since increased to about 75p I think but I still think this is a great price. I have neutral feeling about it's packaging, it's nothing spectacular but it's not ugly enough for to consider decanting it into a different bottle. I'm not ashamed to have it standing in my bathroom as the colour of the soap in the bottle is quite attractive.
There's quite an extensive range of different fragrances but it's so popular in our local store that I tend to buy what ever is left! I have no complaints about a single variety that I have tried, they all have an appealing, fresh smell that does tend to linger on your skin.
What is especially useful about this product is that they do an antibacterial range. I have always been a bit confused about this claim as I was lead to believe that soap and water was sufficient. As a home baker and cake decorator Environmental Health require me to wash my hands regularly whilst working using an antibacterial soap. An antibacterial Cien hand wash was the soap I had in my kitchen during my inspection and the officer was satisfied with my choice so I can continue to benefit from the savings of using this particular brand in my home business as well as amongst the family.
Review of Cien Milk and Honey Hand wash
Cien is the name of Lidl’s supermarket own range of toiletries and similar products.
I purchased this recently when in the supermarket on impulse. I like to keep a hand wash beside both the bathroom and kitchen sinks and I generally choose an anti-bacterial product for the kitchen, so this one was destined for the bathroom.
==The Hand Wash==
This is presented in a squat plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. The product packaging is very basic as you would expect from a supermarket own range. It is not in any way unattractive, but just plain. The hand wash is a rich creamy colour.
The pump works well, although it does seem to occasionally get an airlock, a quick rinse of the tube under the hot tap soon sorts that out. The actual hand wash is fairly thick and the amount produced with one or two presses of the pump is adequate for a good hand wash. I was pleasantly surprised at how this product lathers; living in a very hard water area many products, even top end ones, struggle to produce lather here, but this hand wash was very impressive. I know people say the lathering qualities make no difference to the effectiveness of the product but I like lather!
Scent wise, this is quite acceptable, not too sickly sweet as you might expect with honey being the main scent. It is not too heavily scented making it ideal for all he family to use. I am very pleased with the way my skin feel after use, some ‘cheap’ hand washes can be rather drying, but this is superb for the price and my skin feels cleansed and soft after use, which is exactly what I want from a hand wash.
The price is very low, just 59p for a 500ml of hand wash. I know cheap isn’t always cheerful, but at this low price you haven’t wasted too much of your hard earned cash should you not like the product. Refills are also available but I have not needed to replenish my hand wash to date so haven’t taken much notice of the cost of these.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
This hand wash was an eye opener for me. As the container holds double the amount of the brand I generally buy and at less than half the price, it represents real value for money. It is pleasant and effective in use and in my opinion, a very good buy. I know many people rave about Lidl’s Cien own brand goods, but I had not tried them myself, I can now see why people have recommended them.
I would say that this hand wash is comparable to many of the big name hand washes such as Carex, Palmolive and Imperial Leather. This particular version is not anti-bacterial although Lidl do stock other types so I will be looking at that next time I need to replace my kitchen hand wash.
I would heartily recommend this to others; it represents real value for money and is definitely worth every penny of its tiny price tag.
A 5* rating from me.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 October 2014
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I always buy Cien handwashes these days as they are just as good a the branded varieties and they are a fraction of the cost at less than sixty pence. The one I particularly love is their Milk and Honey variety and we go through a bottle of this possibly every three weeks in our house. These are not antibacterial hand soaps but nevertheless they come in the same format as any other liquid soaps and they do just as good a job at keeping our hands clean and germ free. They each have a pump dispenser and the liquid soap is dispensed evenly. the soap lathers up very well when it''''s been in contact with warm water and it rinses off again well after finishing washing your hands. The Milk and Honey soap smells divine, rich and almondy and very creamy. These soaps do not dry out my hands and they are suitable for use by the entire family. Highly recommended.
I'm on a strict budget and need to be careful every week as to how much money I spend, I can barely afford many luxuries but I've found a great liquid cream hand soap from one of my favourite sops - Lidll. They make their own range of toiletries called Cien and so far I've tried a few and I've been really impressed with everything I've used so far. I love their milk and honey cream hand wash because it only costs 59p for a great huge massive 500ml plastic bottle. It's got one of those pump dispensers on the top and I only need one pump down to make loads of bubbles and creamy lather on my hands.
It's very floral and sweet smelling and probably not the sort of fragrance I'd use but now I've used up most of the bottle I can see it's been worth the money. I prefer the liquid soaps to the bars of soaps because they always seem to dry out and go quite hard and I think it's more hygienic to use a liquid type soap.
It's quite thick in its consistency and it's a light creamy golden colour and it glistens a little bit on the hands. The smell lasts quite a while after it's been rinsed away and my hands are always left feeling soft and moisturised and really well cleaned.
It's not antibacterial, or at least it doesn't claim to be but I don't really mind that because for the price it's still worth the money.
Quality wise I think it's just as good as the more expensive brands but you do get far more for your money with this brand. I'd by this again but next time I'll try another fragrance just to compare.
I'm trying (and probably currently failing!) to save money on our monthly shopping bills. We spend an absolute fortune in the supermarket each month, and for just 2 people it's actually an obscene amount of money that we spend. So I've been nipping into Lidl or Aldi occasionally to try and pick up some cheaper items. One of my friends raves about the Cien range of toiletries from Lidl, it's their own brand, and unsurprisingly it's really cheap. I've tried quite a few items in the Cien range now, some I've loved and will buy again, some haven't been so great and so lesson learned.
One of the items that I've bought, liked, and will continue to buy is the Cien hand soap. I've just tried the one fragrance so far; the milk & honey, but I've been impressed with the price, the fragrance and the quality, and so I'll definitely buy the milk & honey fragrance again, and I'm also going to try other fragrances in the range too.
First the price - just 59 pence for a whopping 500ml! That's double the quantity of soap in most handwash bottles, for just half the price or less! Lidl also sell refill packs for their handwashes too. I can't remember either the price, or the quantity of handwash that you got in the refill, but it's bound to work out cheaper than buying another pump dispenser of handwash. And 59 pence for 500ml of handwash is hardly expensive anyway.
Now for the fragrance. The milk & honey fragrance that I currently have actually smells exactly like the Palmolive milk & honey fragranced handwash. The liquid soap itself is exactly the same colour and consistency too. It has that very distinctive, sweet, yet somehow creamy, gorgeous honeyed fragrance to it. The only thing that I would say is different is that the fragrance in the Cien handsoap doesn't linger on my hands quite as long as the fragrance in the Palmolive handsoap does.
Finally on to the quality. The milk & honey handwash isn't anti-bacterial. One pump of the handwash is plenty to adequately wash my hands, it lathers up really well on my hands with just a small amount of water. It feels quite gentle and it doesn't seem to dry out my hands even with constant daily use, it doesn't moisturise them either but then it doesn't claim to. This leaves my hands perfectly clean, and it certainly does its job well for such a bargain price.
Although the bottle is quite large, as it contains 500ml, it doesn't look bulky or out of place on the sink. The pump works well, and doesn't stick, and it dispenses a perfect amount of soap with one just pump.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Cien milk & honey handwash from Lidl, and I'll certainly buy it again.
I'm reviewing CIEN cream soap handwash .
The one I have is MILK and HONEY.
It comes in a pump action bottle containing 500ml.
It cost 59p in LIDL.
***WHY I BOUGHT IT***
I have a thing regarding using fragranced hand washes in the kitchen and won't use the heavily perfumed ones. Normally I've used brand named "milk and honey" ones at £1 a time , but having seen this 'milk and honey' one in Lidl at just 59p I decided to try it out. Every little saving helps.
***USING and MY OPINION***
The bottle is what I'd call chunky or dumpy and is clear plastic.
The hand wash itself is a pleasant pale buttery yellow in colour.
All hand washes are the same so the method of use is basic.
You twist the pump cap to one side to enable you to activate the pump action.
Then you pump the top up and down a few times to get the cream into the pump and ready for use.
Once this is done you should be able to press the pump easily to get the required amount for your needs .
This is where mine went a bit wrong. The pump refused to work. No matter how much I tried, it just refused to cooperate and emit any handwash at all. Nothing .
However, I have encountered this with cheap pumps and spray bottles before, and for that reason I tend to store an empty spare 'quality' pump bottle (or spray) from a brand name, so I simply unscrewed the top from the CIEN bottle and poured the contents into the old reliable branded pump bottle. Problem solved.
I may have been unlucky re my pump though .
The hand wash itself is lovely, just lightly fragranced with a gentle sweet smell . Is it milk and honey though ?.....not sure on that , but it does smell 'sweet foody' ........or at least only very mildly fragranced and NOT perfumed with a heavy floral fragrance.
The hand wash itself feels wonderful. Nice and moisturised and totally creamy.
It lathers up well too. This surprised me, because I had expected such a bargain basement hand wash to be rather weak and basic. Not so. This is equal in quality to the brand name regarding lather.
My hands feel fine after using it and it hasn't caused excessive dryness. Well, not any more so than the branded hand washes do .
Apart from the pump issue my only gripe with this is that it doesn't seem to be antibacterial, or if it is then they don't say so on the bottle. Personally I'm prepared to overlook that, but it might bother other people wanting it for kitchen use.
It IS dermatologically tested though, so should be safe for most people to use.
Something I hadn't noticed when I bought it is that this bottle contains 500ml, whereas my usual ones contain just 250ml ! That quite shocked me and I only noticed it when decanting it into the old brand name container . So now I have a full bottle in use and the same amount in the CIEN bottle stored under the sink for topping up.
That means I got £2 worth of handwash for just 59p....BARGAIN !
I'm taking away one star for that faulty pump.
Would I recommend it ? Yes. Unless the fact that it is NOT antibacterial is a deal breaker.
Thank you for reading ~~~myloh.
*** The product ***
Cien cream soap is from Lidl's range of beauty and personal grooming products. It is dermatologically tested and available in a variety of fragrances & colours. I have tried the Orange & White Tea version and the Aloe Vera one. The first is a clear orange liquid soap, while the latter is an opaque white.
It comes in a push-top pump dispensing bottle, of which the plastic bottle is recyclable, while the pump is not. It contains 500ml of hand-soap. The product is made in Germany. There is not a great deal of information supplied on the product other than these basics and the ingredients.
The Orange & White Tea hand-soap is described as providing 'gentle and refreshing cleansing for the skin and hands', while the Aloe Vera says much the same but also offers 'nourishing care'.
The price, as you would expect from Lidl, is low: 55p per bottle.
*** My opinion ***
I quite like the shape and overall look of the hand-soap bottles: the label design is simple yet attractive and the sides of the bottles are dimpled. I don't think it looks like a budget or value product.
Sometimes I find pump bottles difficult to get working, ending up turning them round and round seemingly endlessly, but I haven't had any trouble with these at all: a twist & they're ready for use.
I bought the Orange & White Tea first and really liked it. The scent is really nice, you can smell both the orange & tea clearly. Likewise, the Aloe Vera version has the distinctive fragrance of aloe vera without being overpowering.
The liquid soap has a good consistency, not too runny and it lathers up nicely on your hands. I don't find either drying or harsh on my skin or the children's. It works well. I sometimes use the soap for things like cleaning hair-dye from my ears etc when I'm dying my hair at home, so it's effective. I've even been known to dab a bit on tissue to remove eye-make-up, which is probably wrong, but hasn't done me any harm yet! I think it lives up to its gentle but cleansing claims.
I think this hand-soap from Lidl is a really good buy.