“ Brand: Carex / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Refreshes, „
There are tons of hand washes to choose from and I just tend to pick up whichever one is priced the cheapest or on offer, or I choose one that I have bought quite a lot and like it. This brand have offers on quite a lot and this wash was one which I bought some time ago on offer. We use a lot of hand washes in our home because have a lot of grandchildren visiting. Also we have more than one toilet to house with washes so buy a lot to accommodate them.
It comes housed in a clear plastic bottle and it has a pump dispenser which is handy to pump the wash onto the hands. Makes life easier than having to maybe unscrew a top. The wash is a orange colour and is a thick consistency. Doesn't make a mess of the sink when pumping it onto the hands. The bottle also sits well on the side of the sink without tipping over.
The smell of it is a nice orange smell and it is a sharp smell and quite strong. Is also a citrus smell which I do like a lot. Smells refreshing when using it to wash the hands. The wash is also soft and smooth.
It lathers well indeed and provides lots of foam on the hands. It melts grease really well indeed too and I often come home from work with greasy hands and the wash just melts it away. It feels soft and creamy on the hands too and so is suitable if you have sensitive skin because it is a mild wash.
After drying my hands I can smell the orange smell on them and the smell does last for a long time on the skin. It smells less after around a hour or so after washing the hands and it does become milder.
It cleans hands well indeed and removes any dirt on the skin and chocolate or sticky foods my grandchildren have eaten. It melts the chocolate and sticky food away in one wash without having to wash the hands twice to remove it.
It rinses away well indeed too in a quite time without having to run the tap constantly to rinse it away so it does save on my water bill and not having to waste water to rinse for longer. Every penny counts in my house and if a wash rinses away quickly that can cut my water bill down.
It leaves the hands feeling soft and I have noticed how soft my grandchildren's skin feels when I hold their hands after they have washed them using this hand wash.
You only need to use one pump of the wash for it to clean the hands well, I sometimes have to wash them twice but that is only if my hands are extremely greasy and I need to remove all of the grease if my hands feel greasy after washing them and I have been in my garage doing a very dirty job.
A good hand wash which I recommend and will buy again.
I rate it 5 stars.
I consider myself to be a real fuss pot when it comes to the appearance of my home and the only place you will find a bar of soap is on the side of the bath where it is neatly located on a ceramic dish. For the wash hand basins and sinks I prefer to use a hand wash, particularly as it looks neater, is easier to use and there is no mess, which is often the case with a bar of soap. I cannot admit to being loyal to any particular brand and tend to stock up when I see hand washes on offer, which often results in around a dozen being in my stash at any particular time! A brand that I occasionally use in the kitchen is Carex with this review discussing their Active Fresh Hand Wash with Mandarin and Bergamot.
The appearance of the packaging is far more appealing than it was several years ago due to its curved edges as opposed to the chunky bottle that the brand previously used. We are provided with 250 ml of hand wash, which is contained within a sturdy transparent plastic container enabling the vivid orange coloured contents to be clearly visible. My reason for making this particular purchase was due to the bacteria killing properties where we are informed that 99.9% are eradicated although obviously this is a claim that I am unable to evidence. In addition, it was the claim of "reduces odours in one wash" that was another deciding factor, particularly as I cannot bear the smell of food lingering on my skin following preparation.
It was also the fragrance that tempted me with its inclusion of mandarin and bergamot; both of which I felt were well suited for use in the kitchen. The hand wash is easily dispensed via a push down mechanism with the aperture being of a sufficient size to deliver enough for one use. It offers a good consistency, which I would describe as slightly thicker than some of the other brands I've used and whilst I was aware of the aroma I was well impressed with its authenticity with it being highly refreshing and zesty. I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at its strength, as my previous experience with Carex products has mainly been positive, but the fragrances are not always up to scratch.
As I would have expected from a product belonging to Cussons, the hand wash created a good lather when being introduced to water and enabled me to quickly remove any grease and grime from my skin. It was easily rinsed away without leaving any stickiness or lingering film on the surface of my skin and I would totally agree with the claim of the reduction of odours, as the pong of the onions that I had been chopping totally vanished. The only downside I experience with the majority of Carex hand washes is that they can be a little drying, so it was necessary to apply hand cream directly after washing my hands. This is a little disappointing, particularly as the reverse of the bottle advises us that the product contains added moisturisers. However, I cannot speak of any adverse affects such as stinging, which can sometimes be the case for me when using zesty skin products.
I favoured the fact that the uplifting aroma of mandarin and bergamot lingered on my skin after using although it was a little pointless in my case, as the scent was soon masked with my hand cream. As with the majority of hand washes that I have used, the dispensing unit does not reach to the bases of the bottle, so the last few drops need to be removed by unscrewing the unit and giving the bottle a good bang on its underside. I can see me making further purchases of this product in the future, particularly as it is so affordable at just 90p per bottle, which is a good price when making a comparison with other brands.
As I suffered slight dryness when using, I feel a four star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
A household essential
Liquid handwash is an absolute essential household item for me - I hate using bars of soap and with a toddler and a new baby in the house there is a lot of handwashing going on! I have no brand loyalty whatsoever when it comes to making my purchases though, and really I just opt for whatever is cheaper or on offer.
This Carex handwash costs £1.69 when at full price. With this purchase you will also receive 4 Boots Advantage Card points.
A trusted brand
When it comes to handwash I would say that Carex is a well known and trusted name. This handwash promises to freshen your hands while killing bacteria, as well as hydrating and moisturising hands. It contains Mediterranean Olive Leaf Extract, which is apparently renowned for its antibacterial properties. The product is also dermatologically tested, soap free and pH balanced.
This handwash is a very bright orange colour and contains mandarin and bergamot. I love orange-scented products so I was looking forward to trying this out. As with all handwashes, this has a simple pump action dispenser at the top which makes it easy and convenient to use.
Doesn't get me in a lather
The first time I used this I opted for two small pumps - however I found this wasn't quite enough to produce enough lather. In fact I felt that the texture of this handwash was somewhat thin and I found that it was trickier to create a nice lather than with other hand soaps.
However, I did like the smell of this! It is fresh and citrussy without being overpowering - in fact I would say that it is really quite subtle and I would have been happier if the scent was a bit stronger! It doesn't linger on the skin particularly - again I would rather it did but this may not be a problem for some people and in fact others may prefer a fainter scent.
I will say that this handwash did leave my hands feeling very clean, and I was confident that the product had effectively cleansed my hands.
In summary ...
Overall this is aperfectly decent handwash but it isn't the best I have tried. The consistency is a bit lacking and it doesn't really produce much of a lather, and the smell is nice but too faint for me. There is nothing wrong with it particularly, and it does clean the hands well, but it probably isn't one I would buy again.
Carex active fresh
I always like to have liquid hand wash in the bathroom and kitchen and tend to opt for the more well known brands. This caught my eye because it was on special offer at the time; its worth stocking up as its often on offer.
WHAT IS IT?
This soap promises to be odour neutralising and cleansing and is apparently effective in ridding hands of germs. The blurb tells me that the, improved formula uses active fragrance technology to neutralise nasty smells in just one wash. With all of this, my hands should feel refreshed and hygienically clean and with the added moisturisers they should also feel soft and moisturised.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The soap comes in a plastic 250ml bottle with the instructions and information on the back. To dispense the soap there is a pump action dispenser which has to be twisted to first dispense the soap. It does press down easily and with one press on the pump the slightly orangey looking soap comes out, and still looks a light orange on my hands. It isn't overly thick but despite this does work into a nice thick lather when I add water and rub my hands together. Despite it being antibacterial it doesn't smell at all clinical but has a sweet almost fruity smell, possibly down to the mandarins!
Simply press the pump, dispense the product and wash hands as necessary then rinse and dry. Not for use on the face.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY...
The product is widely available in supermarkets and chemists and costs around £1 so its not going to break the bank
I like this product. Whilst I can't vouch for it being anti bacterial I can say that it smells good and leaves my hands feeling soft and clean. It also gets rid of any odours such as onions if I have chopped them, so this is good enough for me.
A recommended liquid soap.
Thanks for reading
Cussons is a range of personal hygeine products such as soap and hand wash.
Carex is their range of hand washes and there are various scented washes available.
Active Fresh is one of the scented hand washes available in the Carex range. It has an anti-bacterial formula, is dermatologically tested and contains added moisturisers. This hand wash is designed to prevent germs spreading and should also combat any food smells such as fish and garlic which may linger on your hands.
This particular hand wash carries a mandarin and bergamot scent.
The hand wash is presented in a rather squarish style, curvy edged bottle. The bottle is made of clear plastic and can be recycled. The hand wash is dispensed via a convenient pump dispenser. The bottle should be used up within 18months from first use.
Active Fresh is available in a 250ml sized bottle. Asda offer this at £1.00 as do Boots.
We go through a lot of hand wash in our home as I am rather obsessed with ensuring hands are clean! I usually buy Dove but the last time I was stocking up on household bits and pieces, I ended up with 2 bottles of Active Fresh. I bought these purely because the colour was appealing and that they were only £1.00. I have been using this hand wash in my bathroom and kitchen for a month or so now.
I suppose I do ask a lot from any hand wash and if it doesn't perform it doesn't get allowed back on my sink. I want it to create a pleasing lather which will cleanse my skin and eliminate germs and dodgy smells. I also ask that the hand wash is gentle enough for my families sensitive skin and that it smells decent enough. So how does Active Fresh perform?
~It's Fresh..It's Active..Does It Do The Job?~
The bottle looks decent enough. Not as fancy as my fave Dove but not as cheap as store own brands. The pump works well. The hand wash itself resembles jelly which has partially set and is very runny and gloopy. It is a pale orange colour. Once my hands are wet, I pump some of this hand wash out. A little goes a long way. It feels cooling and soothing and with a few hand rubs, a plentiful lather is created. I love the smell of this hand wash. It is citrussy and fresh and definently nice to use in the mornings when I need a quick wake up.
The lather rinses off my hands easily with a quick run under the tap. The scent lingers for a short while but I wouldn't say it is brilliant at ridding my hands of garlic smells if I have been using garlic. I think it is a let down and a bold claim to make as it doesn't effectively remove smells it simply covers them up with a short lived, orange topping!
I really wish I hadn't bought this for my kitchen and my bathroom. It does make my hands feel clean but there is nothing luxurious about it and I do like a bit of luxury in the bathroom. My hands don't seem to like the hand wash very much. I find it makes them feel uncomfortable and a bit tight. My fiance will normally use whatever I buy but mentioned he wasn't keen on this one and he doesn't suffer with really sensitive skin. It didn't appear to be as gentle as it makes out to be.
Our bottles are lasting well despite being used several times a day. We aren't keen on it. It may smell nice but it doesn't soften my hands in any way and dries them out so the added moisturiser claim is unjustified given our experience. I always need to spread on some hand cream after using this hand wash or my hands feel weird and tight.
I don't like wastage but have decided to chuck the remainder of my bottles and buy some more Dove tomorrow!
---------- Price and Availability ----------
I don't tend to stick to one brand when it comes to buying hand washes. So while I was doing my online ASDA shopping, I decided to buy this hand wash and give it a try. It cost me £1 for a 250ml bottle, which I find is a good price. You can find this hand wash in most places such as supermarkets and boots.
---------- Packaging ----------
This hand wash comes in simple packaging. It comes in a clear square bottle with a pump dispenser. On the front there is a picture of some oranges which gives a hint about what the smell is going to be like. On the back it tells you the claims of the hand wash and the ingredients.
---------- Claims ----------
On the back of the bottle, this hand wash claims to help prevent the spread of germs and neutralise nasty smells. The claims are quite simple really and something you would expect from all hand washes.
---------- The Hand Wash ----------
The colour of the hand wash is an orange colour, which does look nice in my bathroom. And the smell of the hand wash is a citrus smell, and I must admit, it does smell really nice. To use the hand wash, well I probably don't need to explain this, but wet your hands first, then pump out the hand wash and rub it into your hands, then wash it off. I find that this hand wash lathered up fairly well, however there weren't enough bubbles for me! I used the hand wash after eating greasy pizza and sticky ice cream, and I must say that it did remove the greasiness and stickiness from my hands, which is the main job for a hand wash.
After I washed my hands and smelt them, they did smell nice, but I was quite disappointed. The reason I was disappointed was because when I smelt the hand wash through the bottle it was a lovely strong smell. But the smell was quite faint on my hands and I couldn't smell it very easily. After using the hand wash my hands were basically in the same condition. The hand wash didn't dry out my hands like some hand washes do, so I was pleased about that.
---------- Overall ----------
My thoughts about this hand wash is kind of mixed. The things I liked about it is the price and the smell. However the things I disliked is that there weren't enough bubbles for me, and the smell was quite faint. But overall I am giving it 4 stars, as I believe for £1 you can't expect too much from a hand wash!
First I'll do my part at spreading the bargain news - Carex handwashes are currently in a 3 for £3 deal in Morrisons! Go stock up!!
Now on to the actual produce itself. Generally I find handwashes to be far more conventient than bars of soap as they're practially idiot-proof (once you get past the 'how to open it' issue which I'm sorry to say can cause confusion - I've witnessed it), you don't have to put up with it flying out of wet hands, etc. And everyone knows the annoying little bit at the bottom of the bottle that would rather make a slurping noise than come out can be fixed by adding a little water to the bottle.
This handwash however has an absolutely gorgeous citrusy smell. I do love citrus anyway, but I don't think many would be able to complain about the fragrance here. It makes your hands smell really fresh for ages after. As I'm sitting here typing this, about half an hour after having used the product, I can tell you that my hands still smell orangey fresh.
The skin condition of my hands had been pretty good with this product too - I have had others that dry out my skin, but my hands feel slightly moisturised after use.
The colour is probably not for everyone, but as I have an all white bathroom I don't really get hung up on soap colour!
At work, we have ladies staff toilets that we wanted to personalise. I have bought the handwash for the last 4 months. Every female member of staff that uses the Carex handwash always comments on the quality. I have found this handwash to be awesome! If you have any dirt on your hands, the soap removes it completly. You hands are left feeling soft and silky once you have washed the suds off. The toilet is left smelling clean and fresh and the smell that remains on your hands, lasts for a considerable length of time. Your hands continue to feel soft, supple and moisturised - which is a beautiful sensation. I have found the handwash to be a beautiful addition to my skincare routine and I have encouraged all of my family to buy the handwash. They are all very impressed and have been buying for months. They continue to do so and they are delighted with the outcome!
Handwash's come and go quite regularly in my house as we tend to need to wash our hands quite often. I opted for this one quite recently as I have never seen it before and it was on offer for only £1 in my local supermarket.
--- The Bottle ---
The hand wash comes in a see through bottle that is rectangular in shape and 11cm x 9cm x 3cm in size. On the top the is a white opaque plastic pump that is used to dispense the gel inside. On the front there is a large prominent "Carex" logo, with the product variation details in a smaller white font. The rear has lots of product information in a small black font.
This bottle contains an extra 33% extra free, which makes it 333ml volume. This makes it even better value for the price.
--- The Handwash ---
The handwash is light orange in colour and has quite a runny consistency in comparison to other handwash's I have used in the past. The gel has a lovely strong smell which matches the scents mentioned on the front of the pack (orange and bergomot). This is a lovely combination of scents as it I really like the smell and it leaves a fresh scent afterwards.
The handwash frothed up quite well with only a small amount needed. It spreads well over my hands which makes it very easy to wash with. Once you have finished washing, the froth is easily removed from your hands by placing them under water. Once dry, it leaves your hands feel fresh and clean.
I find that it is very good for getting rid of even the most stubborn of dirt on your hands, such as oil. This is very useful as I often fiddle with my bike, which leaves my hands quite oily. The handwash claims to be antibacterial too which is another great bonus as if you have been working with something dirty that may contain bad bacteria, then this should kill it.
The pack also claims to be odour neutralising. This is a nice feature, however I have never really noticed it neutralising any odours on my hands I find that bad odours don't seem to stick to my hands, however I do find that my hands smell really nice after washing.
--- Overall ---
On the whole, I think that this is a really good handwash as it works really well to keep my hands clean and free of harmful bacteria. For the price I paid it is very good value for money and if I ever see it for this price again I will definitely buy it. I am going to give it 5/5 as it is a very good product and I would highly recommend it.
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When visiting my parents at the weekend a few weeks ago I noticed my Mum had bought some new handwash from the Cussons Carex range. Now I was quite familiar with the original turquoise blue anti-bacterial handwash which has been around for a number of years, but was unaware that Carex had brought out some new scents in the same range. The bottle sitting by the basin contained a deep orange coloured liquid and had the same antibacterial properties as the original wash but was infused with mandarin and bergamot extracts.
The handwash comes in a 250ml see-through plastic bottle with a pump dispenser with pictures of juicy oranges decorating the front. The design of the bottle has changed somewhat too and it now has a lovely curvy shape. This new wash differs from the original variety in that it is meant to neutralise odours. Cussons claim that this handwash has been expertly developed to help cleanse your hands of nasty odours yet be gentle enough to prevent the spread of germs with just one wash. With refreshing mandarin and bergamot they claim it is effective on food odours such as onions, fish and garlic. This was a quite a big claim and of course I had to put it to the test! The handwash also contains added moisturisers which Carex claim will leave your hands feeling soft and refreshed.
The first time I used this my hands just needed to be washed but weren't particularly smelly. I found that the soap lathered up really well and smelt amazing. It was really zingy and citrussy and I was surprised at just how strong this smell was - it made the bath smell beautiful and summery. No need for air fresheners then! The handwash rinsed off easily leaving my hands soft. I have in the past found some handwashes to be quite drying on my skin but I was pleased to note that this wasn't the case here. I however wouldn't go as far as saying this was a moisturising wash. I tend to suffer from quite dry skin on my hands so really the only types of hand wash that I find moisturising are those with shea butter.
I then wanted to test out the odour neutralising properties of this wash. I must admit I really did put it through it's paces! My mum and I decided to cook some burgers - a recipe which contains a LOT of onion and garlic. After 30 mins or so of chopping, grating and mixing onion and garlic my hands reeked! "Let's see if the handwash in the bathroom lives up to its claim" I thought. "It'll be good to put in my review on dooyoo!" I applied the soap and washed my hands as normal. After drying them I had a little sniff and noticed that the smell had been dulled considerably but I could still detect a faint smell of onions.
To be honest given how smelly my hands were I was impressed that it had removed as much odour as it had. I decided to give my hands one more rinse with the handwash and after drying smelt my hands again. This time all traces of onion and garlic had been removed and my hands smelt lovely and citrussy. This smell, I was pleased to note, was quite long-lasting too.
Overall I was really quite impressed with this new addition to the Carex range and shall be looking into getting myself a bottle of this when I've run out of my current handwash. Looking online it retails at around the £1.60 mark, but can no doubt be picked up cheaper when on offer.
Carex is a Cussons brand and we don't normally buy much from their range. However, they seem to enjoy good market representation and I picked this up a week or so when we used the last of the handwash in the kitchen.
Apparently I got the wrong colour as it doesn't match the kitchen, but if I hadn't been told off about that, it would have been about something else.....whoosh! - straight over my head - what is it with you women that you feel we need a regular scolding whether we deserve it or not?
Anyway the offending colour is a kind of insipid orange and presumably this has something to do with the mandarin part of the mandarin and bergamot scent. Apparently these scents "complement the odour neutralising ingredients perfectly" Yeah - that will be right.
In use I have to say that this handwash was much better than the one we had just completed. I had sneakily refilled a Palmolive container with cheaper non branded supermarket stuff and seem to have got away with it as my darling wife didn't seem to notice and if she did she didn't complain. Ha!
No, in fairness this one was a bit thicker, clung well to the hands when washing - the cheap ones tend to just wash off when you introduce some tap water into your palm and produced sufficient lather to have a decent wash. It did seem to cope well with neutralising odours - one of its proud claims is that it uses active fragrance technology (whatever that is) to cope with nasty niffs like garlic and fish. Well we don't often handle garlic or fish so I cannot substantiate that claim but I can confirm that it manages to clear an onion smell. I chop a lot of onions - we like them.
This antibacterial handwash contains added moisturisers and olive leaf extract and your hands do feel nice and clean and fresh after use. Although I am not overly enthused about the mandarin smell, it soon goes.
This 250ml bottle was only 80p in Tesco. It has been reduced from the standard price of £1.60 and the offer is on until Tuesday 10th May. If you really like it or want to stock up, Asda are doing a 4 for £3 offer.
All in all, this is a good quality product and offers tremendous value at the current offer price. I would not buy it at full price as there are always so many offers available on the multiplicity of handwash products now available to the consumer.