Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Dazzling Diamond Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel Could Smell Like Anything, But It’s . . . Strawberry?!

The Good: Appears to work, Easy to apply, Good initial scent
The Bad: Indistinct scent that does not endure.
The Basics: Dazzling Diamond Anti-bacterial Hand Gel is good, but redundant given other, powerfully, strawberry scents from Bath & Body Works!

The impressive product lines that health and beauty companies have, especially Bath & Body Works, often include one or two harder-to-define scents. The products like anti-bacterial hand gels often include some products where the name does not tell the consumer exactly what it is. In the case of Bath & Body Works’s Dazzling Diamond antibacterial hand gel, the name does not make it clear what the scent will be. Instead of being a powerful new addition to the Bath & Body Works product line, Dazzling Diamond is most reminiscent of the scent of strawberry candle wax from when I used to make candles.

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; there are a ton of times one might want to use these!

Honestly, anti-bacterial hand gels are genius. They are wonderful when out 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.

Dazzling Diamond scented anti-bacterial hand gel from Bath & Body Works features a scent that is surprisingly weak and unfortunately vague. The gel smells like strawberries . . . diluted. This 1 oz. PocketBac plastic bottle holds a fluid that smells all right, but not spectacular, in the bottle and most of the times it is used on the hands. When it is not smelling like sweetened or waxy strawberries, the Dazzling Diamond smells vaguely like isopropyl alcohol.

Dazzling Diamond anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.75, $.99 on sale. The fluid is clear with tiny silver and green glitter flecks in it. The glitter does 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.

Dazzling Diamond anti-bacterial hand gel does not dry out the skin and it leaves the hands smelling vaguely like strawberry and sugar. It’s not a bad scent, but it’s not great. Given how there are plenty of strawberry-scented anti-bacterial hand gels from Bath & Body Works, Dazzling Diamond is redundant and a less than exceptional rendition of the scent than it could be, but it is fun and effective at what it does.

For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Midnight Pomegranate anti-bacterial hand gel
Stress Relief Eucalyptus Spearmint
Fresh Sparkling Snow
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!

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