Kitchen hand soap may not be the most glamorous beauty products in the world, but it is something all of us use on a daily basis. Though I wouldn't think twice about slathering my face in serums that cost a small fortune, for some reason, I've always stocked my kitchen sink with whatever is on offer at the supermarket. I've rarely spend more than a couple of quid on hand soap. Why? I always found myself thinking "is there really a huge difference between a hand soap that costs £1 and one that costs £5?"
It turns out there is. When a bottle of Yope's Honey and Bergamot Natural Kitchen Hand Soap landed on my desk, I decided to give my kitchen an upgrade, and I can honestly say, I don't think I'll ever go back.
Yope's products ditch many of the synthetic ingredients that have garnered a bad reputation in favour of a "natural" formula that promises to be more nourishing and gentle on the skin. The aim? To help soothe, smooth, and moisturise the skin whilst being anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Then there's the magic: a "specially designed vegetable ingredient" that claims to "accelerate decomposition of volatile particles with unpleasant aroma and transforms them into odourless particles." In short, it removes food smells from your hands.
I was sceptical about this claim at first, but I was really surprised to find this soap truly removes the strong odour of ingredients like garlic and onion in a way no standard hand soap ever has. I need less of this product to do the same job as a richly foaming alternative. In fact, the only time this soap has failed to deliver on the first wash was after I'd been gardening: a couple of applications were needed to get at the most ingrained dirt in that case.
Though at £5 to £6 a bottle it's pricier than anything you'll find on the shelves of your local Tesco, I think it's worth it. It looks good, does the job, and a little goes a long way. Find the brand online or in selected health stores around the UK.