The Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash claims to include an energizing blend of oils and environmentally friendly bamboo particles that creates a perfect exfoliating hand wash that leaves hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished after every wash.
The hero brand ingredient, Olive Oil, contains powerful antioxidants which help to protect against premature ageing by restoring skin smoothness and protecting against ultraviolet light. Olive oil penetrates deeply to provide both cleansing and moisturising effects. Included for its gentle exfoliation is Bamboo Stem Powder.
Helping to provide the lather are the surfactants. Coco Glucoside and Decyl Glucoside are natural composites of coconut based fatty alcohols and glucose. They are both very mild and gentle and won’t dry out the skin, yet still produce a satisfying and stable foam. The inclusion of Cocamidopropyl Betaine helps give smoothness to that foam. Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate is a coconut derived fatty acid which also reduces surface tension by helping to mix water with oil and dirt for more effective cleansing.
Essential oils enhance fragrance and provide anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. As well as contributing a lemony scent, citrus oils, namely Bergamot, Orange and Petitgrain are good acne fighters that can increase collagen production and stimulate blood flow. Geranium Oil is able to kill germs and acne causing bacteria as well as calm skin inflammation while Cedarwood Oil helps to regulate sebum production.
Rounding off the formula are moisturising elements to ensure the cleansing effects are not drying.
Water (Aqua), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Powder, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil, Barosma Betulina (Buchu) Leaf Oil, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Petitgrain) Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride
The Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash is presented in a plastic green tinted transparent pump action bottle.
Dispense product into damp hands, lather and rinse thoroughly.
The hand wash has a mild, natural scent. Nothing is added for fragrance enhancement.
A 500ml tube of the Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash sells for AUD$19.99 on the brand’s website.
The bottle of hand wash has an expiry date printed on it which suggests a 1-2 year shelf life although it should be used within 12 months of opening.
The Olive Oil Skincare Company Naturally Nourished Hand Wash is elegant and modern in appearance, presented in a stable, green tinted plastic bottle. The pump action dispenser allows for the appropriate amount to be used each time. The wash has a smell derived primarily from the citrus oils which is fresh and pleasant without being overpowering. Those sensitive to essential oils should patch test first. Its texture is viscous but runny with a cloudy appearance.
The image below shows the last drops from a finished bottle which have collected all the remnants of bamboo particles, included for exfoliation. However, these particles were not consistently distributed in the bottle no matter how much I shook it. I got a good supply mixed through the wash initially for the first few pumps and then it completely disappeared until I got to the very last amount.
Below, you can clearly see the last drops coating the bottle, clinging to all the remaining bamboo.
In the following image, you can see the bamboo fragments left on the inside surface of the bottle as the weight of the remaining wash drops to the bottle floor.
Compare this bamboo dense texture to the image below which shows how the wash came out the majority of the time. It is thick but smooth without any exfoliation grains. Their absence affected the quality of the foam generated and the level of exfoliation received. Without the bamboo, the foam was very lightweight as shown. No exfoliation occurs since that incorporated is purely physical (there are no chemical exfoliants in the formula). However when the bamboo particles are present, (as in the last few pumps), the foam was richer because the particles were contributing friction in the lathering process, causing a denser foam formation and also aiding cell turnover.
Furthermore, feeling the bamboo during lathering is so satisfying. It makes the whole hand washing experience totally different. Without it, this is a nice hand wash. With it, it’s something special. This is because your hands rinse smooth and soft when exfoliation occurs. Regardless, in all cases, the wash left my hands perfectly clean and feeling hydrated every time. They also retained a short term natural fragrance that is fresh and invigorating.
An ideal pH reading of 5.5 confirmed the formula was not drying.
If this was a consistent mixture, it would have been completely brilliant, however, since the distribution of exfoliation particles was mainly concentrated at the end, it fell a little short. Regardless, the cleansing and moisturising were very good and the natural ingredients are delightful.
|Safe, all natural formula||Contains potentially sensitizing essential oils|
|Effectively washes at the optimum pH||Exfoliation particles not evenly distributed|
|Leaves hands clean and moisturised|
|Exfoliation particles leave skin smooth|
Olive Oil Skincare Company website
Benefits of Olive Oil for Skin Dr. Edward Group
Decyl Glucoside Ingredients to Die For
Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate Truth In Aging
Coco Glucoside Ingredients to Die For
Please read in context with my disclaimer.
This product was provided to me free of charge by Olive Oil Skincare Company for review. This post only includes my honest opinion and experience of this product and is in no way influenced by Olive Oil Skincare Company, any of its representatives or any other third party.