Friday, May 31, 2013

Effective, But Lacking In A Strong Or Intriguing Scent: Simply Rain Is An Underwhelming Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel!

The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply
The Bad: Price/size, Smell is fairly indistinct
The Basics: Simply Rain Anti-bacterial Hand Gel smells mediocre in the bottle, but is almost scentless when out, making for a poor pocketbac for those who have a strong association with scents.

For the price, any product from Bath & Body Work is pretty much obligated in my mind to smell incredible. After all, all that separates most of the Bath & Body Works products from one another is the scent of the particular product. In the case of Simply Rain Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel, the scent is not at all impressive, making me think of it as very much overpriced compared to other Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels.

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 at the movie theater and sees how people treat their bodies, they are likely to use them excessively. I could come up with literally a thousand places and times I've used anti-bacterial hand gels. 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.

Simply Rain scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works smells like dish soap in the bottle and nothing outside the bottle! This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells initially like Dawn Dish Soap. It is a clean scent, but one that I only find myself associating with cleaning products, nothing more. When on the hands, this anti-bacterial hand gel smells like nothing at all. The lack of a strong (or any) scent puts it on par with the most basic and inexpensive anti-bacterial hand gels, like Purelle.

Simply Rain anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.50, $.99 on sale. The fluid is translucent light blue without any microbeads in it.

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.

Simply Rain anti-bacterial hand gel does not dry out the skin, but it does nothing exceptional for the skin as far as making it smell good, making it impossible to recommend.

For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Fresh Lavender
Winter Spice & Vanilla
Candy Cane Bliss
Cranberry Harvest
Creamy Pumpkin
Fresh Picked Strawberries
Eucalyptus Mint
Warm Apple Cider
Scary Cats (Black Cherry)


For other health and beauty reviews, please check out my Health And Beauty Product Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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