“ Brand: Pampered / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand „
Being at student I am a fan of all things cheap, and cheerful which is one of the reasons I was attracted to this hand wash priced at 99p for 500ml. I personally chose the Mango Passion-fruit and Orange flavour.
I chose this because of the smell - I hate to wash my hands in something that smells nasty, because each time I put my hands near my face I smell it lingering on my skin (each time I drink, eat, scratch my nose)... In the shop this stuff smells fantastic, very much like the fruit you would expect. I figured it was worth a try. When I use this is lathers on wet hands well, and washes off easily. When used the scent isn't as fantastic as it is in the shop, but it is still nice. After washing it leaves my hands feeling clean. The bottle states it will leave hands feeling 'divinely soft' - which isn't exactly true. They are left soft, at best. Overall the wash does what it needs to, and it does it well.
As with most bottles of hand wash this is contained in a clear bottle with a pump dispenser - I personally had no issues with this working, throughout the period of use. The contents are not anti bacterial, which I had intentionally chosen, as none the local shop had smelt nice.
Overall I feel the hand wash performs well, and achieves all it needs to. It was a super cheap purchase, and is one that I may buy again. It does lose a star for the lack of moisturising qualities - but for such a cheap product I was pleasantly surprised.
As a single man I would always buy the cheapest soaps that I could find. However as a married man Vicky insists that we look for a soap that will smell nice before making a purchase. There's a subtle difference between our mind sets that I'm sure you can spot. As a result we both tend to team up whenever it comes time to shop so that we can get the correct balance between cost and fragrance. Walking around our local Home Bargains Vicky spotted the Pampered: Strawberry, Raspberry, and Pomegranate hand wash, and the price was reasonable enough for me to say yes.
We paid just over a Pound for a 500ml bottle, which we considered a fantastic bargain at the time. However I have looked online and seen a multi pack selling for around £7.50 for 2 bottles. With home bargains business model it is entirely possible that we were buying it at a reduced price, so I wouldn't recommend paying the RRP as it's just not worth that much!
Pampered hand wash comes in a large clear plastic container, with a black pump, and a stylish white font that explains what the product is. The artwork is nicely minimal and shows just the fruits that the product is named after. I liked this as it enabled you a clear view of the rich red soap inside. It was this that influenced our decision as it gives the product a high quality feel that wouldn't look out of place in the average gift basket.
The instructions on the back of the bottle are clear and concise. "Pump into wet hands and work into a rich and creamy lather. Rinse thoroughly."
The first time I tried to activate the nozzle was an absolute nightmare, yet once I'd managed to open the thing I found that a gentle pump was all that was required to get a small portion of the soap into my hand. If your hands are already wet then this small amount will lather up nicely and cover your whole hand. This was a bonus as I normally use way too much hand wash, but the portion provided has allowed this one to last us a long time.
Unfortunately the fruity smell is making this lifespan a bit of a chore. This soap smells way too sickly to be healthy. One small squeeze fills your senses with a fruity jam like smell that makes lathering up your hands a real endurance test. Thankfully the only after smell is located directly between your fingers, which are hopefully not going to be sniffed by too many people anyway.
With such a strong fruity smell it should come as no surprise that the consistency is thicker than the average hand wash. The soap has a very gel like consistency which means that you have to follow the instructions to the letter. Forget to wet your hands first and the thick substance will fall off the hands at the slightest hint of water. Thankfully if you remember to wet your hands first then the soap does thin out and lather up quickly. The lathering effect does cure the concerns I had with the consistency, but; alas, the sickly smell remained.
Due to this it remains very hard to feel comfortable that your hands are entirely clean after rinsing. I suspect that the reason for this is purely psychological, but I have noticed that my hands do get very dry whenever I have used this soap. The back of the bottle claims that the soap is made with a "special blend of conditioners to help gently moisture the skin leaving it feeling divinely soft and smelling fantastic." Needless to say my experience with the soap was very different. At times my hands have remained very dry for a few hours after washing, and as a result the concern that my hands were still riddled with germs remained with me.
It is a real shame to be honest. Vicky usually likes a hand wash with a fruity smell, but I think that these particular fruits will be better suited to Jam Tarts and Face Masks. The smell and consistency are just a little too much for soap, and the overly dry skin is an irritation that I can do without. Vicky herself has stated that she agrees with me on the smell and wants to buy a replacement. Being the cheapskate that I am I have said that we have to finish the bottle first! If you haven't yet paid for this particular soap though, then I advise that you steer clear.