The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Initially great smell
The Bad: Price/size, Smell quickly turns disgusting, Dries out skin
The Basics: Creamy Pumpkin Anti-bacterial Hand Gel smells great in the bottle, but quickly turns terrible out of the bottle!
As autumn progresses and the new Bath & Body Works line is rolled out, I have been trying so many new products from the company. There are very few that do not give one an adequate impression while in the bottle, but the autumn line’s Creamy Pumpkin Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel is one of them and it is a product with some truly unfortunate transitions.
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.
Creamy Pumpkin 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 pumpkin. But, when on the hands, this anti-bacterial hand gel smells just like lighter fluid or something like gasoline. That smell is enough to turn the stomach and that scent remains that way for about three minutes. After that, on the skin, the residual scent is actually like pumpkin and it works. But, the intermediate scent is so much stronger and while it is impermanent, it is enough to completely change one’s perception of the gel and make it unpleasant to use.
Creamy Pumpkin anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.50, $.99 on sale. The fluid is translucent light brown 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.
When used more than once per hour, Creamy Pumpkin scented Bath and Body Works hand gel dries the skin out and that makes it worth even less than most of the others.
Bath & Body Works usually does great work with the anti-bacterial hand gels, but the Creamy Pumpkin is not one of their 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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