Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Baylis & Harding Wild Rose & Raspberry Leaf Hand Wash (review)

We all use hand soap of some description, right? And if you work in a job where hygiene is of the utmost importance like me then you're scrubbing your hands all day long. Inevitably this has a negative effect on the condition of the skin on your hands, so you should choose your hand cleanser wisely.

Baylis & Harding Wild Rose & Raspberry Leaf Hand Wash

I'm currently using this lovely smelling Wild Rose & Raspberry Leaf hand wash from the expensive-looking but cheap to buy Baylis & Harding collection. Unsurprisingly it contains sodium laureth sulphate, artificial fragrance and colour as well as suspicious DEA. You tend to find these ingredients in cheaper products.

But does it matter? Well, yes. I'll get to the good points in a minute but first I should point out that using this soap regularly has irritated the eczema patches on my hands. All the time I'm using this day in, day out, my eczema stays red and gets itchy. This isn't a huge surprise bearing in mind what the wash contains.

On the bright side, I'm the only one in my family to be so affected. No one else has reported any irritation or dryness, so I suspect it's only an issue if you suffer from the odd bout of eczema, dermatitis and have sensitive skin.

Now for the positives. It's a brilliant latherer, washing away all traces of dirt effortlessly and leaving your hands smelling beautifully fragrant in the process. I'm not sure if it removes hand odours or just disguises them. Maybe a bit of both. With a little light scrubbing this wash can also remove felt tip pen in one go.

It's also amazingly good value for money. This is the big-size 500 ml bottle (complete with handy pump dispenser) and there's a matching hand lotion and various body products available. If this scent isn't for you Baylis & Harding offer numerous others. To top it off, the collection is available in numerous places both on the High Street and in supermarkets.

While this hand wash affects me negatively, most people seem absolutely fine with it. It clearly isn't a natural choice at all (but you could justify that it has a small carbon footprint if you live in the U.K.). It looks more expensive than it is which might appeal, and the cost is incredibly low – it is 13.5 times cheaper than the alternative below! That doesn't sway me, though, I'm going to try something else.

So very affordable
Irritates sensitive skin
Big value – lasts for ages
No natural qualities at all
Looks good, smells nice
Too drying for some skin types
Wide variety of alternatives available


Brand: Baylis & Harding

Size: 500 ml
Price: £2.00 (£0.40/100 ml)

Manufactured: United Kingdom

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Parfum (Fragrance), Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Benzophenone-4, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol, Geraniol, CI 17200

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