The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Exceptionally good scent!
The Bad: Price/size.
The Basics: Warm Apple Cider Anti-bacterial Hand Gel from Bath & Body Works appears to effectively kill germs while making skin smell amazing!
Now that my wife and I are reunited from our summer apart, I have been thrilled to try new (at least to us!) health and beauty products. One of the latest that she has come home with is the Bath & Body Works Warm Apple Cider Anti-bacterial Hand Gel from the autumn line. Right off the bat, it is worth noting that the product is amazing and I love it. All that brings this product down in my rating is that it appears to be available (at least locally) only in the small pocketpac size. While this is convenient for purses, it is incredibly wasteful, from an environmental perspective, and it is disproportionately expensive when not on sale. That said, this is a wonderful product well worth stocking up on!
For those who are unfamiliar with the recent trend in personal hygiene, Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels are like liquid soap. You drop a few drops of a gel onto your hands, then rub your hands together and the gel evaporates, killing bacteria on your hands. Also, it has the tendency to clean off mild amounts of dirt. It's a convenient way to clean your hands and keep them sterile while on the run or around a lot of sick people. Or when you're not around water or when you're trying to interact with people you don't want to get sick, which is why a lot of hospitals are using these now.
Honestly, anti-bacterial hand gels are genius. They are wonderful when one is on the road and sees kids wiping their noses on their hands and then opening doors that you're about to have to touch. I could come up with literally a thousand places and times I've used anti-bacterial hand gels. Since I started working in a regular office environment (and seeing the habits of my coworkers) I’ve used more anti-bacterial hand gel lately. Anti-bacterial hand gels are essentially biological weapons against bacteria that are convenient, easy to use and basically make living in a first world country a real treat.
Warm Apple Cider scented anti-bacterial hand gel for Bath & Body Works is incredible! This 1 oz. pocketpac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells exactly like a cinnamon-spiced apple cider, hot off the stove! It is delightful and consistent and it makes my mouth water every time I smell it. Warm Apple Cider anti-bacterial hand gel makes it impossible to care about the fate of the bacteria one is wiping out of existence, it smells so good!
Warm Apple Cider anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketpac bottle for $.99. The fluid is translucent amber with dark little microbeads suspended in it. As near as I can tell, the microbeads do nothing. They dissipate when one uses the gel, so it is not like they are a grit for cleaning the hands.
The bottle is a rhombus shape that fits in the hand rather easily. The flip-top lid makes it easy to open and close the bottle with one hand. This is especially convenient because if you believe you need to sterilize your hands, odds are you will not want to touch many things until you've done. The ability to manipulate the bottle with one hand while getting the product out is a good selling point.
The bottle recommends a dime-sized drop to sterilize one's hands. That seemed to work for me and when applying this gel, the scent remains on the skin for two to three hours!
Unlike most anti-bacterial hand gels, the Warm Apple Cider scented Bath and Body Works hand gel does not dry the skin out. It’s a nice change from many of the other Bath & Body Works hand gels I have used. Even when I used two Warm Apple Cider blobs in an hour, this hasn’t dried out my skin.
Because I have only had this hand gel for a week, it’s too early for me to tell if it actually does prevent illness, but because I haven’t gotten sick and I have been using it daily for a week, I have to suspect that it is the real deal! Between that and the scent, it is well worth it!
For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Scary Cats (Black Cherry)
Winter Candy Apple
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