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The Body Shop Absinthe Purifying Hand gel

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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Hand Gel / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Purifies,

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      22.02.2013 17:19
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      A stunning hand gel belonging to The Body Shop's newly launched Absinthe range

      I regularly use hand gels, particularly on those occasions when I need to wash my hands whilst I'm out and about. Whilst I cannot admit to being brand loyal, as I alternate the products that I use, there are a few that I will never repurchase due to their ingredients being very drying to my skin. When carrying out one of my regular shops on The Body Shop's website a couple of months ago, my eyes were drawn to their new Absinthe range. Intrigued to try out the new toiletries, I made a few purchases with this review discussing the Hand Gel, which is suitable for all skin types. The appearance of the range is considerably appealing to the eye although it is very similar to the Body Shop's Tea Tree range with the refreshing green tones of both the packaging and contents. The transparent plastic bottle of hand gel is fairly robust and contains 60 ml of vivid green product, which creates the illusion of clean and fresh although there is no information contained on the packaging to describe the aroma. Opening the flip top lid is effortless where I am able to flick it with the thumb of one hand and despite the bottle being fairly sturdy, it is easily squeezed where I need to dispense only a pea sized amount of the contents into the palm of my other hand. Whilst the product is of a vivid green when contained within the bottle, it offers a very pale shade when dispensed with its consistency initially being similar to that of a gel. However, the moment it touches the surface of my warm skin it instantly melts into a liquid and as a result, it is necessary to quickly rub it all over my hands as otherwise it will drip. The aroma is considerably pungent when first dispensed due to the high alcohol content, but this soon mellows into an extremely pleasant fragrance, which I would describe as clean and fresh. The aroma is quite unusual and not one with which I've previously been familiar, as following the initial clean and fresh scent I am able to witness stunning undertones of herbs and delicate spices with the herby scent quickly moving to the forefront and lingering on the skin's surface for a good while after using. I pulled back the sticky label contained on the reverse of the bottle where I learned that the cleansing gel has been enriched with absinthe extract, an ingredient that I had never previously heard of. Following a little research I discovered that absinthe is historically described as highly alcoholic and has often been depicted as an extremely addictive drug. However, in the case of The Body Shop range, the extract of the leaves and flowers of the herbaceous Artemisia absinthium plant have been used to create the delightful aroma. The hand gel dries within around thirty seconds of application and does not leave any sticky residue on the surface of my skin. Despite the fact that I suffer with problematic skin on my hands, which often splits and bleeds along my knuckles, I cannot speak of any issues when using such as burning, dryness or itching. However, as with all hand gels I would not consider using on cracked or broken skin as I've learned from experience that it burns like mad! The hand gel is highly effective at cleansing and freshening the skin on those occasions when I am unable to wash my hands with soap and water and I feel assured that any germs and bacteria have been eradicated. My bottle is stored in my hand bag and as a result, is frequently subjected to knocks and bumps, but fortunately, due to the sturdy packaging and secure flip top lid, I have not encountered any spillages. Whilst I have used a multitude of hand gels over the years, I would go as far as saying that this is the best I have used in terms of fragrance, particularly as it is so unique. The hand gel should be used within 12 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty. The only downside with this hand gel is the price, which is £2.50 for the 60 ml bottle, which I feel is a little pricey, particularly when making a comparison with other brands. I was fortunate to make my purchase with a 40% discount code and will only repurchase using a similar offer. If I were to rate this product solely on its performance and fragrance it would receive 5 stars from me, but unfortunately, I have had to remove one due to the price. There are a further three products belonging to The Body Shop's new Absinthe range, which are the hand wash, hand cream and the currently discounted hand butter. This is an absolutely stunning scent and I hope that The Body Shop will expand the range and introduce many more products. I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.


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