Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Halloween Exclusive Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Figural Soap Dispenser Is Overpriced.

The Good: Cute (in a kitschy way), Works
The Bad: Expensive for a plastic soap dispenser, Kitschy, Foaming hand soap inside is utterly ineffective.
The Basics: For Halloween, Bath & Body Works delivers an overpriced soap dispenser with their Pumpkin Figural Antibacterial Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser which delivers an utterly worthless soap for seasonal consumption.

I honestly do not understand my mother. My mother, once upon a time, had a vast rubber stamp collection. She would make greeting cards and thrill to new stamp releases and even make a point of stopping at little rubber stamp shops in the middle of nowhere when she traveled. Then, a few years ago, she abruptly sold 90% of her rubber stamp collection and she acts like it is an imposition to get out rubber stamps now when she does decide to use the ones she has left to make cards. She jettisoned a collection that was very different and surprisingly cool and now it seems she has taken to collecting figural soap dispensers. The latest in her collection is the Pumpkin, or more accurately Jack O' Lantern, soap dispenser for Halloween. This is an overpriced way for fans of Bath & Body Works to dispense that company's utterly worthless Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Anti-bacterial Foaming Hand Soap (reviewed here!). That said, because it does come filled, the Pumpkin Dispenser is pretty cute and looks decent for a Halloween-themed bathroom set.

The Pumpkin dispenser is what people are truly paying for with this package, as it holds less Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Foaming Hand Soap than the standard bottle of the soap. With the pump up and ready to go, the Bath & Body Works Pumpkin Figural Soap Dispenser is five and a half inches high, four inches wide and two and one-eighth inches deep. This is a surprisingly large footprint for a soap container, but again this seems designed for people who have more room and a sense of style as opposed to practical elements like conserving space. The pump is a plastic soap dispenser shaped like a bright orange jack o' lantern with a slightly smiling face and big, cross-eyed black circles for eyes. There is a tiny off-centered triangle for the nose above the railroad track smile.. The pump comes out of the top of the jack o' lantern's head and to refill this, all one needs to do is twist the base of the pump to twist off the spout.

As far as the pump goes, it allows easy access to the foaming soap without making a mess. I like pump dispensers better than liquid soaps with a flip top lid because when my hands are dirty, I don't like the inconvenience of having to hold the soap bottle with a dirty hand and flip the top with another dirty hand. The Pumpkin pump is pretty light, but because of the squat form, it is very stable. As such, it is virtually untippable. The wide spout transforms the liquid inside into a foam and this type spout is only ideal for the foaming hand washes.

Once the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Foaming Soap is gone, the figural Pumpkin dispenser may be refilled with any other foaming soap from Bath & Body Works. Those buying these on clearance will find they have a long time to use up the soap that came in it. Purchased this season, ours had an expiration date of June 2014 on it, so that's two seasons more!

Even on clearance, I cannot rightfully recommend the Pumpkin figural dispenser, at least not with the craptastic foaming hand soap that comes in it. Having pretty effectively panned that, the only way I would recommend this dispenser is if one gets it cheap and is immediately replacing the foaming hand soap inside. But as I have not found any other foaming hand soaps that have yet wowed me, I cannot actually recommend that, either.

For other Bath & Body Works figural soap dispensers, please check out my reviews of:
Christmas Tree Vanilla Bean Noel soap dispenser
Polar Bear figural soap dispenser
Snowman Figural Soap Dispenser


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