Possibly one of my least favourite hand soaps is that made by Sainsburys and is part of their basic range. This particular hand soap only costs sixty pence but you really can tell that as the quality isn''''t very good at all. The smell is very faint and it doesn''''t lather up very well at all. The consistency of this hand cream is very thin, almost runny and I always feel that i have to use a lot of it in order to get a decent lather when compared to my usual hand soaps. Also, as it is part of Sainsbury''''s basic range, the packaging is fairly plain and simple and not that great to look at and I prefer only to use this if I have absolutely nothing else to use. I have bought this a couple of times but it also dries out my hands quite quickly and I then find I have to use a hand cream to counteract the dryness. Not one I am impressed with and I don''''t recommend it.
When it comes to value products Sainsbury's is one of my favourites for these items as the quality just seems that little bit better than Tesco and Asda. I always have some hand wash next to the sink in my downstairs toilet for guests to use and I had an empty bottle of Carex hand wash and decided to buy this and decant it to my empty bottle therefor saving me a few pennies. I could have just put the Sainsbury's bottle in the toilet but let's be honest it is cheap and nasty looking and you want to give a good impression to people even if it is a lie.What I can't complain about it the price as it is only 40p for a large 500ml bottle which is significantly bigger than most of the liquid soaps I normally buy for the bathroom. Unfortunately it is cheap for a reason and you can tell straight away this isn't the same quality as the more expensive ones which I suppose is understandable given the price but for some reason I expected it to be better coming from Sainsbury's.First of all it is very thin and runny and nowhere near as thick as most of the hand washes that I normally buy. It also doesn't have the scent that most of them do as the fragrance with this one was very faint and not that great even when I could smell it. It does what it is supposed to do and that is wash hands but it isn't the best even at that. It doesn't lather very well so you end up using more of it than you would with a thicker one and although it did clean my hands I never felt as though they were particularly cleaned well if that makes sense. They looked clean but they didn't have that really clean feeling you get from a good hand wash and it always felt as though there was some residue of the liquid soap on my skin. It also didn't leave my skin feeling very nice and my hands were left dry after using this a few times. I wouldn't buy this again not because it was particularly terrible but it just wasn't very good and money isn't that tight that I can't buy a decent branded hand wash which are usually to be found on offer for only a pound or so.I do think that this offers good value for money but I just think life is too short to use something that isn't very good for the sake of 60p.
Review of Sainsbury's Basics Hand Wash
As the name implies, this is a basic, no frills product. Along with most of the main UK supermarkets, Sainsbury's have their own budget end range of goods. It seems almost everything from bedding to laundry products and groceries to alcohol can now be found bearing a 'Basics' logo. I have tried many of these goods and on the whole been pleasantly surprised at the good quality.
I purchased this hand wash as we were running low on liquid soap. I do like to keep a bottle by the kitchen sink and in the bathroom. As I am not brand conscious in any which way, I thought on this occasion, I may as well invest my hard earned cash on this one.
Presented in a very basic white plastic container with a pump action top, this product would certainly not win any prizes for aesthetic design! The gaudy orange strip bearing the Sainsbury's logo does nothing for me, it what it looks, functional. I feel it is fine for kitchen use, but I am not sure I'd use it in the bathroom. All ingredients, product information and usage directions can be found on the reverse of the bottle.
The actual soap is what I am most interested in of course, and I felt it was just about acceptable. The soap is a thin, watery liquid; it is a pearly white in colour and has very little discernible scent. The soap does not lather particularly well, but in all fairness I do live in a very hard water area, which can have a dire effect on the lathering qualities of many products.
This liquid soap cleanses your hands adequately, it has no moisturising benefits mentioned on the bottle and although it did not dry the skin on my hands particularly, I would not say that they felt anything other than cleansed after using this. I suppose for such a cheap product, one cannot expect miracles!
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
This liquid hand wash is sold in a generous 500ml bottle and at just 38p, it won't break the bank. I tend to buy a better quality hand wash for bathroom and kitchen use, usually one with anti-bacterial properties, something this basics version does not have. I finished the hand wash recently and I was pleased to find that the empty container was recyclable.
For the small expenditure I would have to say that this Sainsbury's Basics Hand wash does represent good value for money. It is definitely a cheap and cheerful hand wash, it does the job it is intended for, but no more.
I doubt I would bother buying this again.
This hand wash gets a 3* rating from me.
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~~The Product 'Sainsbury's basics handwash' ~ 'Soap Box'~~
The liquid hand soap comes in a 500ml bright white plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. A large 'no nonsense' red and white label clearly displays the 'JS Basics Hand wash Simple formula, still effective' in bold lettering. The product is produced in the UK for Sainsbury's. As part of the Company's 'cheap and cheerful' range it is noted as part of their 'Basics' group of products that is far lower in price than brand named items.
Noteworthy is that this particular product comes under the Sainsbury category of 'Cruelty free cosmetics'. On the reverse of the container there is a symbol that says the item is 'BUAV APPROVED'. On the Sainsbury's grocery web site this sign indicates that 'Sainsbury's are members of the Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS), the international no-animal-testing certification administered by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) and signified by the Leaping Bunny logo. The standard certifies that all Sainsbury's cosmetics and toiletry products are free from animal testing on both the products and their ingredients, since the agreed fixed cut-off date. This applies to all Sainsbury's branded cosmetics and toiletries products, including skincare, sun care, hair care, dental care and baby toiletries. Animal welfare continues to be a key concern for our customers so we are pleased to offer them this choice of non-animal tested products'.
There is also the usual trademark date signature of, in this case, a twelve month shelf life. The bottle is recyclable but as yet, not the pump dispenser. The ingredients that are used to produce this soap are as noted on the label 'Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool, Disodium EDTA, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hydroxide, CI 19140, CI 42090'.
~~My Usage Experience ~ 'Soap Opera'~~
I purchased this liquid cleanser as I was experiencing a 'short' week and at 38p felt very happy that I was saving money!
I found that to open the pump was very easy. Having ensured the collar to the pump was secured I simply twisted the tap anti-clockwise and it swirled into position fluidly (excuse the pun). I pressed the top down twice as the quantity amounts to roughly a level teaspoon at a time. The liquid comes out as a lovely lime green. Unfortunately, the gel is fairly uncongealed, more like watery moisturizer! The smell isn't offensive but neither is it especially fragrant. The soap tends to smell like a synthetically produced apple scent, which is exactly what it is I suppose! :~)
I tend to turn on the tap to a medium flow of warm water but pop a couple of measures of the soap onto my hands first. Wetting my hands with water in the first instance contributes to a good portion of the liquid soap ending up in the basin! Therefore, popping on the soap and then beginning to work the gel in starts the process of cleaning my hands without needless waste; the whole point of purchasing the cheaper brand in the first place! I then add water and attempt to work up a lather, which proves pointless. The runny and thin fluid fails to produce anything more than a few poor suds but no rich foam occurs.
But, in defense of this inexpensive purifier, the gel is soft to the touch and certainly cleans my hands. As long as one's hands are not heavily soiled, such as after a stint in the garden, the liquid manages to remove dirt and grime in one good wash. The limp suds take very little water to remove! The scent of the soap only last a short while after washing and doesn't leave a suffiently lasting softness to the skin. A good moisturizing hand cream would be appropriate after washing with this product.
~~Would I recommend? ~ 'What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul?"~~
Yes and no! If you need to save pennies this is an adequate cleanser but as the Company describe, 'Basic'! But, there are other low priced liquid hand soaps online and on the high street that provide a far more pleasing result at only 18p more!
The product is available at Sainsburys stores and also online at http://www.sainsburys.co.uk for 38p
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on this reasonably priced but 'basic' product :~)