Sunday, January 6, 2013

Good In The Bottle, Horrible On The Skin, Winter Spice & Vanilla Is An Unlikable Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel!

The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Smells good in the bottle
The Bad: Price/size, Smell is disgusting out of the bottle, Dries out skin
The Basics: Winter Spice & Vanilla Anti-bacterial Hand Gel smells great in the bottle, but is one of the worst when applied to the skin!

I swear, for every season at Bath & Body Works, there is a scented product that just falls short of the others, at least in the anti-bacterial hand gel department. For the winter line-up, the noticeable dud is Winter Spice & Vanilla Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel. Sadly, while it smells good in its bottle, the moment it touches skin outside the bottle, it is one of the most vile-smelling products that Bath & Body Works ever produced.

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.

Winter Spice & Vanilla scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works smells incredible in the bottle, but out of it is just horrible! This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells initially like brown sugar originally. But, when on the hands, this anti-bacterial hand gel smells just like lighter fluid or something even more toxic. That smell is enough to turn the stomach and that scent remains that way for about five minutes. After that, on the skin, the residual scent is still anything but festive. The final scent on the hands like a denatured plastic scent.

Winter Spice & Vanilla 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, Winter Spice & Vanilla scented Bath and Body Works hand gel dries the skin out and that makes it worth even less than most of the others. Between the scent and the drying out problem, the Winter Spice & Vanilla is one of the few duds from Bath & Body Works’ anti-bacterial hand gel line.

For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
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 click here to visit my index page on the subject!

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