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Bath & Body Works Healthy Clean Kitchen Collection — A Neat Kitchen AND Yummy-Smelling Hands

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Think about how often you wash your hands when you’re in the kitchen — before touching any food you’re preparing to cook (whether it’s chicken, steak, or tofu), after handling each and every ingredient in a recipe (whether it’s an onion or pepper you’re chopping, a scallion you’re slicing, or a potato you’re peeling), whenever a tiny bit of juice or sauce drips onto your hands, and so on. Now, do you keep a hand wash in the kitchen? And if so, does it actually have an anti-bacterial component? Chances are, the answer is no. Most women simply wash their hands with whatever dishwashing detergent lies within reach — and while these do help to sanitize your hands, they’re not meant for such aggressive, routine use (even soaps like Olay Hand Renewal won’t leave your mitts silky soft if you’re applying them 10+ times a day). The Bath & Body Works Healthy Kitchen collection offers a range of Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soaps, Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Hand Soaps, Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel Sanitizers, and Moisturizing Hand Lotions that kill germs, condition hands and eliminate strong smells like garlic and onion.

I tried the Pure Vanilla Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Hand Soap with a healthy dose of dread. Sure, it managed to overpower lighter scents like lime, apricot, and cilantro, but how would it fare against the oh-so-powerful stench of a Spanish onion? I feared my hands would wind up smelling like a nauseating combination of vanilla ice cream and onion (not exactly on Ben & Jerry’s next-to-try ice cream flavor list). Much to my surprise, the soap did manage to eliminate all traces of that nasty onion smell — sure, it took two washes to get rid of all traces of the scent, but it did do the trick. Plus, the soap features tiny microspheres that exfoliate hands ever so gently (you’ll barely even feel the beads), as well as conditioning and moisturizing ingredients like honey, coconut, milk, and olive fruit extract. The Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap is also a solid investment, though I would recommend this one for eliminating less hearty smells. I actually use the Foaming Hand Soap most often (in part because I love its lightweight, frothy texture) and rely on the Deep Cleansing Hand Soap for heftier tasks.

After cleansing your hands, you can then follow up with the odor-fighting Moisturizing Hand Lotion, a lightweight cream featuring vitamin E, macadamia oil, oat extract, apple and grape seed extracts. The lotion’s scent isn’t overpowering, so you don’t have to worry about having too many smells going on at once (you don’t want the smell of your hands to compete with that of your perfume), and it alleviates some of the damage done by kitchen combat.

The Bath & Body Works Healthy Kitchen collection kicked off with the scents Sunburst Tangerine, Crisp Cucumber, Pure Vanilla and Ginger Pear. I tried both Pure Vanilla and Sunburst Tangerine and was pleased with both smell though, surprisingly, I actually prefer the vanilla scent (it’s less likely to remind me of the dishwashing detergent smells on the market, which tend to lean towards the citrus end of the spectrum). Since the collection debuted, however, it has expanded to include new scents like Tropical Papaya, Caribbean Escape, Tropical Passionfruit, Calypso Berry, Fresh Linen, Island Nectar, and Black Raspberry Vanilla. The passionfruit and papaya scents are calling my name so I’m about to take advantage of the  amazing 4 for $15 deal on the tropical anti-bacterial soaps — check it out at BathAndBodyWorks.com now!

Bath & Body Works Healthy Clean Kitchen Anti-Bacterial Gentle Foaming Hand Soap, $5; Bath & Body Works Healthy Clean Kitchen Anti-Bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Soap, $5; and Bath & Body Works Healthy Clean Kitchen Moisturizing Hand Lotion, $5. Available at Bath & Body Works stores or BathAndBodyWorks.com

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