Germaphobe!

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I am a germaphobe, I won’t deny that and I have been for a very long time, if not all my life. I remember as a child my Mom when she first bought hand sanitizer, I hated the stuff. She picked up from school one afternoon and said, “Now you don’t need any water or towels to use this stuff, you just squib a bit on your hand and rub until it’s dry.” So I did as she advised and it was rubbish (in my mind anyway!) and I ended up wiping it off with a baby wipe.

Since then I have learnt that this stuff is wonderful and over the years it’s only got better as companies and shops have brought out more and more different alternatives, aloe vera, moisturising, sensitive, and of course scented!

Scented are definitely my favourite and in the past year and a half I have come to have loads in my possession.

So I thought for today’s post I would write a huge post on which scented hand sanitizers I recommend! It’s really cold lately and with autumn and winter coldness comes plenty of flu and colds, as well as kids and students alike going back to educate themselves once again where germs and freshers flu are all over the place.

Keep yourself germ free with these gorgeously scented beauties!

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I’m going to talk about the only bad one first, just to get it out-of-the-way. I bought this hand sanitizer thinking it would be great, as I’ve used Carex’s Strawberry Laces hand wash in the past and it smells gorgeous! However, this doesn’t even smell that much of strawberry, let alone strawberry laces! I’m rather disappointed with it to say the least and I know I won’t be buying it again. I keep one of these in my handbag as a spare for work and on the go, but I’d much rather use one of my The Body Shop ones instead as they actually smell strong! These aren’t worth the money if you’re expecting a strong scent like I was, however if you don’t like strong scents or even a strong alcohol scent then this will suit you down to the ground!

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I LOVE The Body Shop’s hand sanitizers and whenever I pop into The Body Shop I usually pick one up to add to my collection, or even try out for the first time. I’ve tried them all now apart from mango and absinthe. I doubt I’ll try mango, as I’m not a fan of that scent myself but absinthe is definitely one I’ll be giving a go next! The ones above are Lemon, Satsuma, Coconut, Strawberry and Pink Grapefruit. Lemon was limited edition and is now no longer available, however if you look hard enough SOME The Body Shop stores will have the odd lemon scent available. I have seen some before in the best and next time I see one I may pick it up. These cost £2.50 each, but are often in deals such as 3 for 2, or even buy one get one 50% off. My favourite of the bunch depends on my mood, but possibly coconut if I don’t want something strong and strawberry if I want something stronger. These are amazing for the money and I always get compliments whenever I wear these at work, or on the go. These are well worth the money and I recommend you give them a go if you fancy updating how you cleanse your hands on the go.

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Saving the best until last, these are ALLLLLL my PocketBac’s from Bath & Body Works. May I just add, I have never been over the pond to America, but eBay does that for me, as well as my friend Poppy being my PocketBac dealer!

eBay is amazing for products from Bath & Body Works, but sellers aren’t cheap with these and if you can find a bargain on there then I suggest snapping it up straight away. Whenever I find any on there that I would like and are just under or over £2.00, I make sure to pick them up as they often don’t come up that cheap.

As you can see I so far have thirteen, although three are finished with now. They’re all in the order of which I have obtained them and most of these I have bought myself off of eBay, but as I mentioned my friend Poppy brought me some back this year and being the awesome person she is, she’s going to bring me back some more later this year.

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L-R: Party Animal Confetti Cake, Fresh Picked Strawberries and Zippy Fruit Punch (A light refreshment of sparkling fruit punch).

Party Animal Confetti Cake Review

Fresh Picked Strawberries Review

Zippy Fruit Punch Review

Starting off with the PocketBac’s I’ve used up! These are all lovely starter hand sanitizers to start off with and are all fruity scents and were lovely to have over the spring and summer months. Party Animal Confetti Cake is one of my first favourites and smells delicious, definitely good enough to eat! Zippy Fruit Punch wasn’t exactly the nicest scent in the world but it was good enough to keep by my bedside table. I picked up Fresh Picked Strawberries really cheap for just a £1.00, but since then I haven’t found any other PocketBac’s that cheap. 😦

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L-R: Twisted Peppermint and Pink Sugarplum.

Twisted Peppermint Review

These are probably two of my favourite scents, and they’re also from the Christmas line. As far as I know these come out every year, but I do know that last year the labels design changed which is a shame as they aren’t as cute as these ones are for sure! Twisted Peppermint is definitely my favourite scent and due to that and the fact its limited edition I don’t use it all that often, only if I fancy it as a treat. Pink Sugarplum is gorgeous and one that is really nice to use to cheer you up on cold winter days. I need to get more of the PocketBac’s from the Christmas range!

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L-R: I Love S’Mores, Mr Fox Sugar Maple (The sweet scent of sugar maple, like a perfect drizzle of syrup) and Crisp Morning Air (Breathe in the invigorating scent of mountain pine, fresh juniper and pear).

Some of my newest scents, as well as an old favourite! I Love S’Mores is a definite favourite and it came out last year for autumn, and sadly I don’t know if it will be coming back out this year. I have a feeling it won’t… Although they have brought out Graham Cracker Marshmallow recently, which I want to get. The next two are my most recent purchases and already firm favourites. I recently watched one of HollieEatsLipstick‘s videos on YouTube where she was talking and showing off what she had recently bought from Bath & Body Works, which included Crisp Morning Air. She sounded in love with this scent and I knew I had to find out for myself what all the fuss was about, and I’m glad I did! This reminds me of autumn for sure! Crisp apples show through this and it makes me really happy, I have to say. It also smells like fresh air, just as the scent says and is named after. I love this and I really do want to order more of these to last me through until the end of the year and autumn time. As well as that I have Mr Fox Sugar Maple, which reminds me of maple syrup you get on your breakfast pancakes in Frankie & Benny’s. It smells sugary and just amazing and like something I haven’t smelt for a very, VERY long time. My boyfriend loved this too and the scent lasted on my hands for ages.

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L-R: Fresh Picked Garden Strawberries (Succulent scent of sun-warmed strawberries fresh from the vine), Fresh Picked Meyer Lemon (Fresh and clean meets the legendary sweetness of Meyer lemon in this sun-kissed scent), Strawberry Cheesecake, Caribbean Escape (Lightly scented with crushed raspberries, sweet strawberries and warm musk) and Beautiful Day (Lightly scented with sun-kissed apple, wild daisies & fresh pink peonies).

Finally I have some PocketBac’s that my friend Poppy brought me back from New York. It was lovely of her to get these for me and I didn’t even ask her to pick me up any scents in particular, she just went off what scents I have smelt and liked on our days out together. Let me tell you, she did very well! Garden Strawberries smells just like Fresh Picked Strawberries and is one I keep on my bed side table to use before I go to sleep. Meyer Lemon is a beautiful fresh citrus scent that I am saving for winter mornings to perk me up. Strawberry Cheesecake is by FAR my favourite of the bunch as not only does it smell like it says on the bottle but it also have glitter/shimmer running throughout, which makes a pleasant change and also looks super pretty and girly. Now with Caribbean Escape and Beautiful Day I didn’t actually know if I would like either scents or not, but I love these both more than the fruity scents! Caribbean Escape reminds me of holidays as a teen as I used to use a body spritz just like this, it smells creamy and like coconuts, which I adore! Beautiful Day reminds me of spring in my garden, it smells of fresh apples and cut grass, which as a hay fever sufferer you think I would hate but this is delightful and light, something I will enjoy using during autumn and winter to perk myself up.

So those are alllll my hand sanitizers, and Pocketbac’s mostly as you can see. If you have seen any you are interested in finding out more about, feel free to request a review (or two), I’ll be happy to write some up in the future.

Until next time, take care all! I’m shattered, need a cup of tea and some much-needed sleep. Have a great bank holiday Monday!

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Bath & Body Works PocketBac Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel in Zippy Fruit Punch – Review

It’s been a while since I last wrote a PocketBac review (April to be exact) and in the past month I’ve bought myself two more PocketBac’s to add to my somewhat growing collection.

My bottle of Fresh Picked Strawberries (review here) was due to run out and as I like to apply a scented hand sanitizer when I’m slobbed around my room and before I go to bed, I knew I was due to buy a new one. I ended up buying two and it sounds silly but I still have my Twisted Peppermint (review here) and Confetti Cake (review here) PocketBac’s left, infact still like new, but I don’t have the heart to use them as they’re both so hard to find at decent prices!

There are a few places on the internet where you can snap some PocketBac’s up for yourself, but my favourite place to buy them from is eBay, as some sellers on there sell them pretty cheap and if you can bid on them in an auction, you could get them for next to nothing!

So after having a look around for which PocketBac I wanted to order, I decided to buy two, Zippy Fruit Punch and Pink Sugarplum. I got them both for £2.35 each with free P&P, which I thought was great considering one of them is a limited edition product for Christmas.

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I decided to pick up Zippy Fruit Punch because it sounded fruity and the sort of scent I wanted to use whilst around the house, plus the zebra on the picture looked rather cute. The scent reminds me of a tropical drink I would have had as a child during the summer, or something alcoholic I would have as a cocktail now.

As far as I know this is in Bath & Body Works permanent range, but I do think it’s a new product as I’ve only recently seen it being advertised on eBay sellers stores. It’s more of a summer scent than an all year scent though.

I love fruity smells in pretty much anything and I haven’t really picked up any tropical smelling things lately so I thought I would enjoy this. It’s really nice and reminds me of hot summer days due to the fresh and exotic fruit notes you get when sniffing this on your hands after use.

This is ideal for children due to the lovely scent, as well as the cute packaging, which I really do love about these hand sanitizers! You can pop one in a little ones pocket and feel ensured that they’ll use it just to smell the yummy scent it leaves behind.

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The gel is dark red in the tube and stays that colour when put onto the skin/onto your hands and contains dark blue beads that pop and disappear when rubbed into the skin.

This doesn’t last as long as some of my PocketBac’s do, but it lasts long enough for my liking. I can pop some on before I sleep and when I wake up a few hours later to go to the toilet or get some water my hands will still smell slightly.

You can buy an adorable Zebra PocketBac holder to keep your hand sanitizer in, but sadly you can’t get anymore products with this same scent.

Pocketbac’s only contain 68% alcohol and also contain Tahitian Palm Milk, which helps soothe and soften hands. Normal hand sanitizers usually dry out the skin due to their high alcohol percentage and as my eczema is playing up again I could do with a hand sanitizer that doesn’t dry my skin out anymore than the weather is doing already.

For your money you get 29ml of product, which will last ages when you only need a 5 pence or 20 pence piece worth to do a good job. I’ve owned this PocketBac for well over a month now and it’s lasting me quite a while for something I use quite a lot.

These aren’t available in the UK as easily as they are in the USA, which is where they originate from. They usually sell over the pond for $1.75 each or 5 for $5! Bargain eh? You can pick up good deals on eBay, so keep your eyes peeled for those, especially when Halloween and Christmas limited editions come out!

Even though I love it, I don’t think I would buy it again in as much hurry as the other two Pocketbac’s I own. I have loads of scents I want to try yet and I think once this is near to running out, I’ll order myself something new to try. 🙂

If you haven’t yet tried PocketBac’s and you like hand sanitizers as much as I do then I recommend you try at least one PocketBac, they’re really worth the money and come in a large array of scents that will suite everyone.

You can pick them up at bathandbodyshop.co.uk or you can just search for them on eBay, as I mentioned earlier, which is also where I picked this one up from, as I also mentioned earlier.

I hope you enjoyed this review, I know I’ve been meaning to write it for a couple of weeks now!

If you have any questions about Pocketbac’s, feel free to leave them down in the comments for me.

Will you be buying any soon? Or if you own any, which scents do you have? Let me know in the comments down below!

Keep eyes peeled for another PocketBac review new week! Until then, take care all and see you soon.

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