Liquid Hand Soap Review: Black Cherry Merlot Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, Bath & Body Works

Bath & Body Works, Black Cherry Merlot
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Review Summary:

A fruity, sweet liquid hand soap that is gentler on the hands.

Black Cherry Merlot, Bath & Body Works

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An addictive blend of dark cherry, black raspberry and sumptuous merlot

Size: 8.75 fluid ounces

Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Fragrance (Parfum), Oleth-10, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propanediol, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Propylene Glycol, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Triethylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-4, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Ext. Violet 2 (CI 60730), Blue 1 (CI 42090)

What it claims: “Our Gentle Foaming Hand Soap Delivers a cloud of luxurious foam that transforms into a rich, creamy lather to gently wash away dirt and germs, while soothing Aloe and nourishing Vitamin E leave hands feeling soft, smooth and lightly scented.”

What it did: This soap did clean my hands well and was gentle. My hands felt soft and smooth while using and immediately thereafter. A few minutes later, though, my palms did start to feel a little tight. The scent was strong while using and lingered lightly for several minutes afterwards.

Would I repurchase? Yes.

Rating Breakdown:

  • Sink Presence: This bottle was the new design from Bath & Body Works – clear plastic bottle with angled corners. The large, oversized white pump was distracting to me. The soap liquid itself was a pretty deep purple and the label was attractive – a glass of merlot surrounded by a bunch of black cherries. I would prefer to keep this bottle in one of the sleeves or just to transfer it into a different container. 3/5
  • Scent: Mmmmm, this scent was delicious! It was sweet and full-bodied, not sticky candy-sweet. There is just a hint of tartness in this fruity concoction. Yum! 5/5
  • The Soap: The soap was a little runny right out of the pump. It did bubble up easily and provided a light, airy lather. It was easy to rinse off and my hands did feel clean afterwards. 4/5
  • Hand Feel: My hands felt very good while washing with this soap. Once the soap was rinsed off, my hands still felt soft and I didn’t have to immediately run for the lotion. A few minutes later, I noticed my hands were starting to feel a little tight. Mainly my palms. 3.5/5
  • Value: At full price, you’re paying almost 75c per ounce. Luckily, B&BW has frequent sales and you don’t have to be stuck paying full price unless you’re just dying to do so. 3.5/5
  • Overall rating: 3.5 (Technically 3.8 but rounding down for hand feel and sink presence.)

Disclosures: None. I purchased this product myself.

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Author: Andrea

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  1. Andrea,
    I like the variety B&BW offers with these soaps. They have new scents virtually every season! The actual scent quality does vary, though; sometimes it’s a matter of finding a few that are great and sticking with them.
    On a related note, I just ordered some bath stuff and will plan to do a review….

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    • They changed the formula and put coconut in it! I am allergic to all coconut and can no longer buy this !!!

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