E45 Junior Hand and Body Wash

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PRODUCT: E45 Junior Hand and Body Wash (www.peppapig.e45.com)E45 Junior Hand and Body Wash

DESCRIPTION: A 200ml bottle of hypoallergenic cleansing wash, for use on young children in the bath, shower or as a hand wash. Contains coloured bubble beads. Perfume free, soap free and pH balanced. Suitable for use on children aged 12 months upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Hand and Body Wash is one in a range of fantastic skincare products for children that E45 has developed under their 'Junior' brand name.

One in five children in the UK apparently suffer from dry skin and Eczema, a skin complaint which can present itself from a very young age and can cause skin to become inflamed, cracked and very itchy. Eczema can be exacerbated by soaps and detergents among other things, however the E45 Junior Hand and Body Wash is a hypoallergenic product designed specifically to be used on sensitive skin prone to dryness and eczema.

The wash comes in a 200ml plastic bottle with a blue flip-top lid, and is a thick clear gel containing hundreds of tiny but brightly coloured suspended bubble beads (red, green and blue in colour) that will have an instant 'fun factor' and appeal among young children! These beads are actually emollients which contain mineral oil that is dispersed onto your child's hands and body, and which gently cleanses their skin without causing irritation or dryness.

The gel is completely soap and perfume free, and is mild enough for use daily on children aged 12 months upwards. It is used just like any other hand or body wash -apply a small amount to the skin, work gently it into a foamy lather and then thoroughly rinse. Note that the coloured bubble beads do not dye or leave colour on the skin. 

While the long-term effect of using the product could not be tested for the purposes of this review, we found the product to leave skin feeling cleansed, soft and moisturised, and the kids had great fun 'squashing' the bubble beads in the process! The E45 Junior Hand and Body Wash is, in our opinion, a wonderfully mild, fun and effective children's skin care product...a must-have for bathrooms everywhere!

Important to mention is that over the next 18 months (as of 1st June 2011) E45 Junior will be raising £100,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity by donating 10p per product sold from the following three products from the E45 Junior range: Foaming Bath Milk, Hand and Body Wash and Moisturising Lotion.

The E45 Junior website is excellent, and contains lots of information on the product range, along with advice for caring for sensitive skin and details about E45 Junior’s partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Hospital. What's more, E45 have teamed up with Peppa Pig to encourage children to throw their own bubble parties, and the website contains loads of homemade bubble ideas and downloadable activity sheets, along with a couple of fun Peppa Pig online games!

BAD POINTS: The product is fairly expensive compared to other such hand washes or body washes, and while you only need a small amount each time, 200ml will not last long if used daily, particularly in the hands of children!

PRICE: £3.45 for 200ml


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