C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash Reviews

C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash

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We both LOVE it!

Feb 11, 2008 (Updated Feb 11, 2008)
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Pros:Lovely lemon aroma, fantastic at cleaning hands, doesn't irritate sensitive skin, moisturizes a little.

Cons:Regular price is too expensive.

The Bottom Line: FAVORITE soap with an excellent lemon scent and outstanding cleaning powers. Hands are happy but wallet isn't always.


We both love it. Honestly, it is probably one of my most favorite soaps ever – and it should be considering its regular price. Still, C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash is fantastic. If memory serves, I believe my sister gave this to me for Christmas a couple years ago. I had it on my list of things I want but probably won’t “splurge” on for myself. At $12 for a ten fluid ounce bottle, I knew I probably wouldn’t be purchasing it for me any time soon.

Turns out it was one of the best gifts she has ever given me. It is a great smelling and wonderful working soap. And since hubby and I both enjoyed it so much, I did indulge by picking up another bottle last month. I couldn’t resist. It was half price during Bath & Body Works clearance sales!

What’s so special about Lemon Hand Wash? For starters, the cute bottle is practical and “pretty” in an old-fashion way. It is a clear, rectangular, plastic container with a black pump top. “BIGELOW” is stamped into the sides of the bottle. The label is simple. It too has an old-time appeal with the C.O. Bigelow name on top, No 1142, Original Formulary next, the word Lemon scribbled across, then “HAND WASH” typed underneath. After that is a typed description of the product:

“Lemon Oil and Extracts 3%
Moisture-Rich and Skin-Brightening Formula
Our ultra-rich lathering formula combines excellent cleansing with ingredients that moisturize to create the ULTIMATE hand wash. This extraordinary cleanser, loaded with skin-brightening and nourishing Lemon Oil and Extracts (super-charged with vitamin C), cares for hands, keeping them feeling renewed, soft and supple. Use in combination with our Lemon Hand Treatment”.


The back label is filled with a similar font stating how the wash was created by Bigelow chemists, no added fragrance, no artificial colors, and not tested on animals. Directions and Ingredients can also be found:

Directions For Use: Wet hands, lather, rinse well.

“Apothecary Ingredient, Active Level: Lemon oil and extracts 3%

Other ingredients: Water (Aqua), sodium laureth sulfate, TEA-lauryl sulfate, cocamide MEA, lauramidopropyl betaine, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate, citrus medica limonum (lemon) peel oil, decyl glucoside, sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, PEG-75 shea butter glycerides, PEG-16 macademia glycerides, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, citrus medica limonum (lemon) juice extract, citrus medica limonum (lemon) fruit extract, daucus carota sativa (carrot) root extract, panthenol (ProVitamin B-5), glycol stearate, glycerin, butylene glycol, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, polyquaternium-7, PEG-60 almond glycerides, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E acetate), Tocopheryl (Vitamin E), hydrolyzed rice protein, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) protein, benzophenone-4, PEG-150 distearate, sodium chloride, citric acid, disodium EDTA, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, propylparaben, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, beta carotene (CI 75130).


C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.
New York City, New York 10011
Fur further information, please call 1-800-395-4004.

The pretty, pale, pearly yellow soap is heavenly scented. It has a yummy, creamy, fresh, lemon zest fragrance. It isn’t a domineering scent but has a subtle strength. It is wonderful. This is one lovely aroma that hubby and I both enjoy. Plus, it lingers lightly on my hands after washing.

Speaking of washing, C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash does an outstanding job. The thick, soft formula lathers and cleans my hands well without irritating my sensitive skin. My hands feel smoother have a slight tingle to them right after rinsing the sweet suds away. There’s a wee bit of moisturizing too. It is excellent. Hubby agrees. He likes how hard it works on his hands when he has oil or dirt on them. He was pleasantly surprised how the gentle gel had such chutzpa.

Lemon Hand Wash is one that we’ll buy again – preferably on sale. It is available at Bath & Body Works brick & mortar locations and their internet store as well as the C.O. Bigelow website. We tried their mint hand soap too while visiting the store and am looking forward to buying that one also. Give them a try the next time you are in BBW. I’m sure you’ll love it!

Oh, P.S.

I was just washing my hands when I realized that I forgot to tell you that this soap lasts a good, long time. You don't really need a whole pump full at every washing. Sure, this makes C.O. Bigelow Lemon Hand Wash a better value but it still doesn't justify the $12 price tag in my mind.


Recommend this product? Yes


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