5.15.2013

Influenster Review: Palmolive Soft Touch

Influenster Palmolive Soft Touch Review
When I go shopping, I generally select items based on three things:
  1. Effectiveness
  2. Price
  3. Design
For these three reasons, I tend to stick with certain brands.  Sometimes, one of these items are not part of the decision.  For example, I am willing to pay more for an item if it really works well.  Like a hair product, or makeup.

I recently joined Influenster, and was sent two bottles of Ultra Palmolive Soft Touch dishwashing liquid (for free, to test out and review – full disclosure!).  I was told to give one to a friend, so naturally, I sent the other bottle to my blogging partner-in-crime, Stephanie.  I kept the pink Vitamin E one, and gave her the Soft Touch Coconut Butter.

I don’t normally use Palmolive.  But free is good for my pocketbook, so I decided to give it a whirl.  Coincidentally, I was just about to run out of dishwashing liquid anyways, so bonus! 

I have a dishwasher, but there’s always a few hand-wash only items sitting on the counter.  Therefore, I’ve washed dishes at least a couple of times prior to writing this up.  Here’s what I noticed:
  1. It’s very bubbly.  You don’t need to use a lot.
  2. It smells pretty, but almost like a body wash, which I found a little disconcerting for washing dishes.  Maybe that’s just me.
  3. It’s supposed to be good for your hands.  I didn’t notice results to either end of this… my hands were not noticeably softer, but they certainly didn’t get any worse.  So, a draw on this end?
  4. The dishes were clean, so effectiveness = yes.
So, since the effectiveness was a “yes,” I now reach the price component.  I researched on Amazon, and found that Palmolive Ultra Soft Touch came up with a price of about $3.50 a bottle.  I was also sent a few $1 off coupons, which would knock it down to $2.50, and maybe you can find a sale too - so if you’re interested, I’ve got a few left and I can send ‘em your way.  Let me know.

My current favorite dish soap, Method, comes in at about $2.99 a bottle (via Target), so it’s a little bit cheaper.  It is effective at getting the dishes clean, and I like how it smells.  But where Method really wins out is the design category.  I would much rather have the Method bottle sitting on my sink ledge than a bottle of Palmolive.  Maybe it’s the art teacher in me, but the Palmolive bottle is kind of ugly.  I want to go out and buy a container to put the Palmolive into, so it’s not sitting there.  Yes, I could also not keep my dishwashing liquid up on the counter.  But it’s a convenience thing.  If I have to hand-wash dishes, I want my set up to be as easy as possible.

So, in conclusion, I’m not really won over on this product.  But there’s nothing “bad” about it either.  I’m just kinda meh.  I’ll definitely finish up the bottle that I have (no sense in wasting it), but I won’t be running to the store for more.

So, there you have it, my honest 100% review of free stuff I got in the mail.  I just recently found out that I qualified for the Influenster “Spring Vox Box,” so be on the lookout for another IMHO review coming soon!

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Rock on,
Jen @ Hell Razor

P.S. Happy happy birthday today to my blogging bestie, Steph @ Calamity Layne!  Stop by her Facebook page and leave her some birthday wishes!

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