The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Good initial smell
The Bad: Price/size, Terrible smell out of the bottle!
The Basics: Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-bacterial Hand Gel is a gut-wrenchingly bad Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel.
Sometimes, I worry with how much I enjoy so many of the Bath And Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels that I might just seem like a shill for the company at some points. So, it was with a mixture of revulsion and a perverse sense of joy (as a reviewer) when my wife handed me a bottle of Sparkling Pink Champagne Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel and it was gross. I can see why she picked up the Sparkling Pink Champagne; it smells real good in its bottle. But out of that, on the skin, it emits a pretty revolting odor that is enough to turn the stomach. Anyone using an Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel will not want to use the Sparkling Pink Champagne because it smells so bad, they might become nauseated, vomit, and need more! It is seriously that unpleasant.
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 exposed to a wide variety of people and sees how other people treat their bodies. Witnessing that, one is likely to use anti-bacterial hand gels 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.
Sparkling Pink Champagne scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works has a disgusting scent. This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells initially like champagne. However, on the skin, it takes on an obscenely alcohol (rubbing alcohol) dominated scent . The scent then turns into one that smells suspiciously like rancid strawberries and it is disgusting. Sadly, it is this off-kilter rancid fruit scent that remains on the skin.
Sparkling Pink Champagne anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.50, $.99 on sale. The fluid is translucent pink with tiny 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, Sparkling Pink Champagne scented Bath and Body Works hand gel dries the skin out. Bath & Body Works does great work with the anti-bacterial hand gels, but the Sparkling Pink Champagne smells bad and is not as gentle on the skin as one might want.
For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Winter Spice & Vanilla
Candy Cane Bliss
Fresh Picked Strawberries
Warm Apple Cider
Scary Cats (Black Cherry)
For other health and beauty reviews, please click here to visit my index page on the subject!
© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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