The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Good initial scent
The Bad: Scent turns unfortunately medicinal, Price/size
The Basics: Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Anti-bacterial Hand Gel is good, but does not retain its advertised scent long enough to truly be worth buying.
As I continue to consider the antibacterial hand gels my wife brings home, I find myself considering the Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel! I liked the Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint Anti-Bacterial Hang Gel initially, but the more I used it and the more I tried it, the more it disturbed me. The smell is good . . .for about five seconds (if that). Then it starts smelling like medicine and alcohol.
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 shopping in the winter and when one sees how a number of people spread germs as a matter of course, 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.
Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works features a scent that transitions very poorly. The initial scent is strongly minty, opening up the nasal passage delightfully. The scent of menthol opens up the nose . . . but then the scent transitions into a medicinal, alcohol scent that burns the nostrils. This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells mediocre after the first few seconds once it is out of the bottle and horrible on the hands. It is an underwhelming scent that quickly unpleasant. This does not really reduce stress because of how bad the scent becomes.
Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.75, $.99 on sale. The fluid is a translucent amber color with tiny green 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.
Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint anti-bacterial hand gel does not dry out the skin and it leaves the hands smelling like medicine and chemicals for about ten minutes after application. Given that what truly differentiates the different anti-bacterial hand gels is the scent, one needs to truly be sure they can handle medicinal smells before committing to buying the Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint gel.
For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Fresh Sparkling Snow
Lemon Meringue Cheer
Sparking Pink Champagne
Winter Spice & Vanilla
Candy Cane Bliss
Fresh Picked Strawberries
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!
© 2014 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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