Sunday, March 8, 2015

Fruit Turns Rancid: Zippy Fruit Punch Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel Leaves Me Unimpressed!

The Good: Appears to work
The Bad: Price/size, Smell quickly transitions from fruit to terrible, Awful smell out of the bottle!
The Basics: Zippy Fruit Punch Anti-bacterial Hand Gel is one of the worst Bath & Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gels . . . by scent at least.

For all my enjoyment of Bath & Body Works’s anti-bacterial hand gels, they do not always hit the mark. Even some of their vaguely-named scents just do not quite hit a pleasant scent that would make them worth buying. One such scent is the Zippy Fruit Punch, a scent my wife picked up because she likes fruity scents. Unfortunately for both of us, the Zippy Fruit Punch is one of the less-pleasant anti-bacterial hand gels both initially and after it has a moment to effervesce.

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.

Zippy Fruit Punch 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 a generic fruit punch (like Hi-C). However, within two seconds out of the bottle and whenever on the skin, it takes on an obscenely alcohol (rubbing alcohol) dominated scent . The scent then turns into one that smells suspiciously like rancid fruit and it is utterly without redeeming value. The off-kilter fruit scent remains on the skin.

Zippy Fruit Punch anti-bacterial hand gel comes in a pocketbac bottle for $1.75, $.99 on sale. The fluid is translucent dark red 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, Zippy Fruit Punch 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 Zippy Fruit Punch smells horrible and given how many other, actually wonderful, scents of anti-bacterial hand gel Bath & Body Works has, it is an impossible sell for discriminating consumers.

For other Bath & Body Works anti-bacterial hand gels, please visit my reviews of:
Peach Pecan Cupcake
Dazzling Diamond
Midnight Pomegranate


For other health and beauty reviews, please check out my Health And Beauty Review Index Page for an organized listing!

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