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I was really intrigued by this hand gel due to the fact that it was absinthe flavoured. It really interested me because it was not something that I would typically expect from a hand gel. I assumed that this gel was a hand wash type of thing but upon closer examination I understood that it was more of a hand sanitizer, which makes having the absinthe smell going on far more understandable.
The price of the bottle is actually £3.00 instead of £2.50 like this post suggests. The bottle is quite small but for such a good quality product I do not mind paying that price. Also, with The Body Shop they are such a trustworthy brand with great products that never fail to impress.
The size of the bottle makes it handy for transportation. You can easily place it in your bag without it taking up much space at all. This makes it very convenient as you never know when you will need to use it.
The smell of the hand gel is actually quite refreshing, it is strong but not so much that it will give you a headache. I, personally, really like it. Also, unlike some other sanitizer's this hand gel does not feel sticky. It makes your hands feel clean and fresh, rather than sticky and gross and worse than they were before! Also, I sometimes find that certain hand sanitizer's dry my hands out but this one does not, which is great because I do not have to carry a mini hand lotion.
A good product, would definitely recommend.
I have a slight obsession with hand gel and keep some everywhere. I especially always have some in the car because I like to make sure that I can clean my hands whenever I feel the need even if I have no access to water and soap. I have absolutely no preference to what hand gel to use and normally just get whatever catches my eye. I bought this one because I was in The Body Shop with my sister and I saw it and knew the one in my car was running low. This cost me 2.50 for a 60ml bottle which is more than I normally pay for a hand gel as I can normally pick them up for about 1.00 but since I already had it in my hand I decided to buy it anyway plus I was curious to see what it would be like as I had never tried anything that had absinthe as its main ingredient. The hand gel comes in a squeezy plastic bottle and to use it you just squeeze some into your hands and then rub them vigorously together until the gel is equally distributed all over your hands and fingers and has absorbed. This kills germs and bacteria and leaves hands feeling really clean. It isn't quite the same clean feeling that you get from using good old fashioned soap and water but it does make them feel cleaner. It doesn't leave your hands feeling sticky either.It has a strong smell to it but it isn't that overpowering clinical smell that most hand gels have and is actually quite pleasant. It also isn't quite as harsh feeling as some hand gels can be. With some especially the cheaper ones they can sting my skin and are a little bit too harsh but this one neither stung not felt overly drying either. You only need a little bit of this gel each time you cleanse your hands with it so it should last for ages but make sure and close it properly so that it doesn't just evaporate.
I liked this and although it was more expensive than I would normally pay I do think that you can actually tell it is better quality than normal. If you want one that will not only clean and disinfect germs but is also actually pleasant to use then this is a good one to try without breaking the bank.
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.