Being a generous man by nature, I opted to donate the Method Foaming Handwash that Big Green Smile sent me to my friend Claire to let her to test. Not that I didn’t want it, but they sent me a load of things to test and there are only so many hours in the day.
So good old Claire (saying that, she’s 22) took it home and tried it out for me and then answered my insightful questions to see how she found it.
Did it work?
Do you mean did it clean my hands? I would say not quite as thoroughly as a liquid soap. Because it was self foaming it just wasn’t as effective. I always wash my hands when I get home after being on the Tube, and often I’ll have newspaper ink on my hands. I found that I had to rub my hands together longer and more vigorously with this stuff to get them looking clean.
Did you have to use a lot?
Just one pump per wash. Probably the same amount as a liquid soap pump but you can’t really tell since it comes out as a foam. But each pump is probably the size of a 50p coin.
How was the smell?
The smell was quite pleasant, I think there is tea tree in it. But yes, you can smell it and it smells nice. And the smell did stay on my hands after washing and drying them.
Did it foam up a lot?
One pump doesn’t create as much of a lather as a liquid soap, but it is enough per wash. It doesn’t create as much foam as the liquid soap does when it foams up in your hands, so you probably get more value for your money from the liquid soap.
How long has it lasted?
Well there are five of us in our house, it is next to the kitchen sink, so probably gets used 3-4 times a day. There is still about a quarter left in the bottle I think. So i guess it will last us three or four weeks. I don’t think that is as long as a bottle of liquid soap normally lasts us. They usually last more than a month.
Better than none eco-hand soap?
Not necessarily, non eco hand wash may have chemicals in it that people like to say are bad for us, but they are also probably better at cleaning your hands than the eco stuff. But this does feel gentle on your hands, doesn’t dry them out like soap can.
Is it better than soap?
No. Didn’t feel like it cleaned my hands as well as soap, and soaps nowadays have moisturisers in them to stop your hands drying out. [By the way Method contains natural moisturisers like aloe, vitamin E and glycerine]
Are you happier to use this than nasty chemical soaps? (that’s not a leading question at all)
When I’m choosing hand soaps, I don’t consider eco friendly ingredients or nice smells. I go for antiseptic capabilities, but that’s because I’m a germaphobe.
Are you hands any softer?
No. Often soaps can dry your hands out immediately after washing them, and I suppose this product didn’t, but you’re never going to rely on a hand soap alone to keep your hands moisturised and soft. That is what moisturising cream is for.
Any other comments?
If eco friendly is important to you then I think you’d like this product, it feels gentle on your hands, has a nice natural, organic smell and doesn’t dry your hands out. But for me personally, what I look for in a soap is that it cleans my hands and the bottle will last a long time, and I think other liquid soaps are better at this than the product I tried.
So there you have it. Method Foaming Handwash is available from Big Green Smile and costs £3.25.