The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Review & Pictures

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

Many thanks to the person who invented waterless hand sanitizers. While these do not replace soap and hot water, they make me feel better about the cleanliness of my hands…and I especially love them when they are scented.

Today, I bring you a review of The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer. The Body Shop only has 6 scents for their anti-bacs (compare that to hundreds from Bath & Body Works!), and I think the Satsuma one is the best-smelling! But the fragrance aside, is it a good buy?

The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Pictures & Photos


    Kills 99.9% of germs
    Rinse-free cleansing
    Fresh scent

Key Notes

  • Name: The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
  • Amount: 60ml or 2.0 fl. oz.
  • What I Paid: $2CAD (promotion of 5 for $10)
  • Retail Price: $4CAD
  • Price Per Unit: $0.33/ml or $1/fl. oz.
  • Other Scents Available: Lemon, Strawberry, Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Coconut
  • Where to Buy: The Body Shop CA website, The Body Shop in-store

The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cleanse Gel Review

Overall, I like The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Cleanse Gel. It smells yummy, and it makes my hands feel clean – capturing 2 major requirements for hand sanitizers for me. But of course, there are other specifics to consider!


I would describe Satsuma as a fresh mandarin fragrance with a fruity citrus side. No alcoholic or chemical smell to it at all – very refreshing. Makes me want to eat my hands. (You can call me weird; I don’t mind.)

I like citrus scents, but I don’t like it when it’s so overpowering that I feel like I’m breathing in Pledge or something. Don’t worry – the fragrance of The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Sanitizer isn’t strong. Once it dries on my hands, the scent is very subtle and lasts about 10 minutes before it fades into just a faint yummy smell.

Effectiveness & Results

While I can’t tell you if The Body Shop Satsuma Hand Sanitizer kills exactly 99.9% of germs, it does take away any feeling of the griminess. My hands just feel cleaner!

And it’s not at all drying. I hate it when I have to put on lotion after sanitizing my hands since the lotion is usually also scented, resulting in competing fragrances. This leaves my hands feeling soft to the touch, so I don’t have to put on lotion right away.

Product & Packaging

If you love delicious scents, I have no doubt you have tried Bath & Body Works PocketBacs. You might find the packaging of this bulky in comparison, but you’re getting more than twice the amount of B&BW. However, The Body Shop Hand Gel in Satsuma is still good for taking on airplanes – so no worries about dirty hands on flights!

It can be hard to get the product out of the bottle. Two reasons: 1.) The consistency is much thicker than B&BW’s and 2.) The bottle’s plastic is kind of hard. I actually don’t really like the liquidy consistency of Bath and Body Works’ since it runs everywhere, so I can appreciate the thicker gel from TBS. The trick to getting the product out is shake the gel to the top where the opening is before squeezing. This way you get just the right amount that’s not too much or too little.

No Triclosan

I have to admit: I didn’t know triclosan was even considered a bad ingredient before seeing it on this hand gel. Triclosan is mainly used in household products that offer anti-bacterial properties. The main health concern linked to it is that it causes the development of allergies. It is not known to be hazardous to humans; however, the FDA is conducting a review and will announce their results soon. For more information, visit here.


  • Yummy scent that’s not overpowering
  • Portable packaging can be reused
  • Not drying
  • No triclosan (jury’s still out on whether this matters)
  • Uses Community Trade ingredients

  • Can be hard to get out of the bottle
  • Slightly bulky packaging

Final Verdict: 8.9/10

At their regular retail prices, The Body Shop Satsuma Gel (60 ml at $4CAD) is better value than Bath & Body Works (29 ml at $2CAD). However, B&BW always, always, always has sales, and I don’t see The Body Shop having promotions as often. So… most likely, I’d buy B&BW over it unless TBS has a sale! lol

Which The Body Shop scent do you prefer? Or are you a Bath & Body Works-only user? Do tell.


2 thoughts on “The Body Shop Satsuma Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer Review & Pictures

  1. maddy

    I have the mango one and it is fabulous! my only concern is that it doesn’talways come out of the bottle. sometimes it is quite a struggle! i usually buy the bath and body works sanitizers because i prefer more of the playful scents and they sometimes have matching hand lotions which make great pairs.

    1. Mary

      Hey maddy!

      I’ve only ever tried the Bath & Body Works sanitizers, too…well, and Purell, of course.

      Around the same time when Fiona wrote that post (back when she used to blog on here), she gave me the mango one to try. It smelled nice, but I still have soooo many Bath & Body Works ones to go through…haha! I bought TONS of the Vanilla Bean Noel one.


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