The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Great smell
The Bad: Price/size
The Basics: Cranberry Harvest Anti-bacterial Hand Gel smells great and works exceptionally well to kill bacteria.
With the pile of Bath & Body Works products that my wife gets, it is unsurprising to me that every now and then, I discover something in her collection that pleasantly surprises me. With the Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels, my wife and I were out and I had need of one, I used her Cranberry Harvest Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel and it was delightful. The scent is strong and interesting without being overbearing, without drying the skin out and without breaking the budget.
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.
Cranberry Harvest scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works starts incredible and turns terrible before becoming passable again! This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells initially like cinnamon and cranberries. That smell is strongly fruity enough to embody the claimed cranberry scent which the Cranberry Harvest is supposed to be. However, after about three minutes on the skin, the fruit scent essentially burns off and the lingering scent is brown sugar and cinnamon, which is still pretty delightful.
Cranberry Harvest anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.50, $.99 on sale. The fluid is translucent dark red with tiny dark purple 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.
Even when used more than once per hour, Cranberry Harvest scented Bath and Body Works hand gel does not dry the skin out. Bath & Body Works does great work with the anti-bacterial hand gels and the Cranberry Harvest is one of the surprise successes.
For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Fresh Picked Strawberries
Warm Apple Cider
Scary Cats (Black Cherry)
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