Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Adjective Scent: Fresh Sparkling Snow Is An Unfortunate Anti-Bacterial Gel!

The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply
The Bad: Horrible scent, Price/size
The Basics: Fresh Sparkling Snow Anti-bacterial Hand Gel smells neither fresh, nor good, making it a huge dud from Bath & Body Works!

When it comes to the teas I review, the flavors I feel the most useful for reviewing are the “adjective teas.” “Adjective teas” are teas where the name does not describe the flavor of the tea, like Stash’s Christmas Eve (reviewed here!). By similar extension, Bath & Body Works has a number of “adjective scents,” various health and beauty products that have a name that tell the consumer absolutely nothing about the scent they will be getting. This winter, one of the big adjective scents from Bath & Body Works is Fresh Sparkling Snow Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel! Unfortunately, Fresh Sparkling Snow – which implies it will be a light, pleasant scent – is actually one of the most foul anti-bacterial gels the company has 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 out Christmas shopping and when one sees how a number of people spread germs as a matter of course, especially in the winter, they are likely to want to use them pretty much constantly. 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 great.

Fresh Sparkling Snow scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works features a scent that transitions exceptionally poorly. The initial scent is very light and fruity, with a recognizable aroma: it’s watermelon! Unfortunately, outside the bottle, it transforms almost instantly into an alcohol-scented fluid that is powerful and very chemical-like. This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells mediocre in the bottle and horrible on the hands. It is an underwhelming scent that quickly becomes foul. This does not smell clean or light like one expects of Fresh Sparkling Snow.

Fresh Sparkling Snow anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.75, $.99 on sale. The fluid is a translucent purple color with tiny clear microbeads in it. The microbeads do not seem to do anything.

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.

Fresh Sparkling Snow anti-bacterial hand gel does not dry out the skin and it leaves the hands smelling like medicine and chemicals for about fifteen minutes after application. Given that what truly differentiates the different anti-bacterial hand gels is the scent, the fact that the Fresh Sparkling Snow gel is so terrible makes it not worth even trying!

For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Lemon Meringue Cheer
Sparking Pink Champagne
Simply Rain
Fresh Lavender
Winter Spice & Vanilla
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 check out my Health And Beauty Product Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2013 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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