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One thing that I like to have in my home is a hand wash and in my kitchen I do like to have one that offers some anti-bacterial protection. I''m not sure quite how anti-bacterial a product like this really is but when I''m cooking I do like my kitchen and me to be as clean as possible, particularly when cooking for other people! This cost me just a Pound from Poundland and I felt that offered good value for money for such a well known brand. The Packaging: The bottle this comes in is see-through and squarish in shape and to the top of it, it has a white frosted sort of lever arm dispenser which twists to an on and off position. On the front of the bottle we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that it is meant to kill 99.9% of bacteria and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, how to use it, the ingredients are listed, the size is stated which is 250ml and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Nice enough bottle and easy to use this is. The Hand Wash: Well this is a light green transparent and rather runny gel and for this reason you really don''t need very much of it at all per hand wash. It lathers up quickly and feels soft and moisturising as you use it and the scent of this in use is lovely. It has a really crisp and clean aloe vera scent to the hand wash with a slight but still natural sweetness to it and I really do like this one because not only does it smell nice and refreshing in use but the scent lingers for ages after I have used it too on my hands. This leaves my hands feeling very clean and gently moisturised and well, just cared for really and I am very impressed with it. Like I mentioned earlier I''m not sure really how effective it really is in killing bacteria and I''m no scientist though I trust well enough what I''ve been told and at the end of the day I''m sure this cleans my hands well enough so yep I like it and will certainly purchase it again in the future! Widely available from all good supermarkets etc. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I first came across Carex Aloe Vera Handwash at my sisters house, liking it I bought my own. It retails at about 1 pound 80 p but I paid about a pound from Asda, it''s on offer often in various stores. Carex is made by Cussons so paying a pound for a proper brand is really good value. There are quite a few different varieties to choose from all available for about a pound. I wanted an anti bacterial because we seem to have an endless round of colds in our house. The plastic bottle is square and neatly shaped to ease holding. It contains 250 ml of green coloured hand wash gel. The label claims it will kill 99.9 % of all germs with a new formula which works in seconds. The handwash is dermatology tested, contains moisturisers and supports the skins natural anti bacterial defences. I''m not sure what Aloe Vera smells like but the handwash smells sweet, not heavy or floral just pleasant. The pump action is easy to depress; one or two quick pumps is enough to create a good lather for a thorough hand washing. whilst using it feels cooling and refreshing on my dry hands. Although the handwash contains moisturisers it doesn''t feel particularly moisturising at the time of using, but my hands are some what softer after use. I like this hand wash, it does leave my hands feeling really clean with no residue or lingering smell on my skin. I don''t know if the claims of killing germs are true and I can''t say we get less colds but I''ll give it the benefit of the doubt. The claims of it being refreshing are true and it definitely doesn''t dry or irritate. 5 stars from me
Now I have nothing against bars of soap but I hate it when they go all slimy underneath and as I use shower gels etc a bar just to wash my hands with would last a very long time. The solution in my flat for a long time has been liquid soap or hand wash. I don't stick to one particular brand in this area and I tend to buy the one which is on offer. I bought this one from my local Sainsbury's for £1 down from the usual £1.60 price for a 250 ml bottle.
Now as I have said in a previous review I am not one for all of these anti-bacterial things but after using the toilet and when cooking I feel this extra protection is needed and I tend to have this kind of soap or hand wash in my bathroom and kitchen.
This bottle is in my kitchen as when I'm cooking I'm forever washing my hands especially when using chicken. The fact that the claim is that it kills 99.9% of bacteria is a major bonus here. It probably does kill 100% of bacteria but this is hard to definitively prove.
The pump action does deliver a good amount of gel in each pump and I find that one pump is plenty to wash my hands with. The gel is fairly thick so it won't just run off your hands as soon as it hits them. It lathers up well and there is no strong smell to it and that it does have dissipates quickly in use which, when preparing food, is always a big plus. The gel leaves my hands not only looking clean but feeling and smelling clean as well which is always a bonus.
The pump mechanism, although rather stiff, does give the impression that it won't drop to bits half way through using the bottle. The pump head can be screwed back into the neck to lock it so you can take it away in your bag/luggage so it won't spill anywhere - or so you can stop your 6 year old nephew from pumping it all down the sink.
Although the aloe vera content is small it is enough to stop drying the skin on my hands out like regular soap can do. I can't say that it makes my hands any softer but it certainly does not make them feel like I have had industrial degreaser over them like with other brands I have tried. The product does rise off the skin well and no residue is left behind. I do not suffer from sensitive skin but I fell this product could be used by those who do with no problems. The bright green colour of the gel can be seen through the bottle and it doesn't exactly fit in with my kitchen tiles but you can't have everything.
The '18M' symbol on the back indicates that it has an 18 month shelf life after it is first opened, although a bottle never lasts me that long so it isn't a major problem. Looking on the list of ingredients there are no parabens in the product which is another plus.
This hand wash does a good job of keeping my hands clean as well helping them feel well cared for.
I had a bottle of this last year and I recall that it cost me the best part of £2 a bottle, so when I saw this is my local corner shop for just £1 - I couldn't resist!
My Carex bottle is slightly different to the one in the picture in that mine has a clear plastic pump to the top and not a pale green one, but other than that the bottle is the same - a square clear plastic bottle so you can see the handwash inside.
The handwash comes out easily enough from the pump at the top of the bottle. It is pale green which I really like as I just think it looks clean and fresh. It has a lovely clean fresh smell of herby flowers which again, I really like. It is not overpowering at all, just very refreshing and light.
Unfortunately I must admit that the skin on my hands feels tight after using this and I do have to apply a lotion, although that is true of any soap I use so I won't deduct a star for it.
The one problem I had with the last bottle of this that I did have is that the tube from the pump top didn't quite reach down to the bottom of the bottle so it was hard to get the last of the handwash out - I ended up having to have the empty bottle upside down on the side of my sink for a little while which isn't so great!
I've been trying Carex Aloe Vera handwash this week in the bathroom. I've tried Carex soaps many times and like the brand - but this particular variant was new to me. The colour caught my eye and I thought I'd give it a go. I bought the 250ml size. Although it is available in the larger 500ml size too.
The liquid soap comes in a plastic pump dispenser bottle which is recyclable. The product is formulated to 'work in seconds' killing up to 99.9% of bacteria. It has been dermatologically tested to be kind on your skin and contains added moisturisers. It aims to leave your hands soft and hygienically clean.
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Aloe Barbadensis, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Citronellol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool, CI 47005, CI 42051.
Experience with the product:
The first point in this product's favour is that the pump dispenser was not fiddly to get to work like some I have had in the past. The soap itself is a soft, fresh, pale green colour which looks appealing. When it is poured out onto your hand it looks more or less clear. The soap has a fresh aloe vera smell and a small amount produces a reasonable lather.
After using it all week I can say that it has not dried out my hands so its moisturising claims would appear to be sustained. The soap's fragrance lingers on my skin after washing but in a very light and pleasant way. I believe this makes it an ideal soap for use in the bathroom - or kitchen as there are no strong scents to be concerned about when handling food.
My hands feel clean, fresh and soft with this product. A good soap.
Great value for money at Asda for (250ml) £1.
Ocado has it even cheaper on offer at the moment if you use the multibuy: 2 for £1.80. (250ml bottles)
With the onset of winter well on its way, I am doing my utmost to ensure that neither of the two of us in my household catch any winter germs. It is easier said than done as this week we did have rather a nasty cold epidemic at work, however in buying antibacterial hand wash I am hoping to keep the germs at bay. With that in mind, when I popped in to my local Wilkinson last weekend I did spot some Carex aloe vera hand wash which happened to be on offer for just £1. Being that it was green and matched the pale green tiles in my bathroom I bought a bottle to take home.
First impressions of this product are good. The upright bottle is translucent in colour and is topped with a white pump down nozzle with which to apply the liquid. On the front of my bottle is a blue Carex logo which is encased in a stripe of green which I presume is to indicate the aloe vera ingredient. The text on the front of the bottle tells me that this is aloe vera hand wash that kills 99.9% of bacteria. Turning my bottle over, I am told that this wash is refreshing and soothing for busy hands and is gentle in preventing the spread of germs. All good statements in my opinion especially as we are coming to the time of year when my hands start to get dry and yet need to be clean.
The liquid inside the bottle is a light but clear green colour and this is a nice soft green rather than anything too dark. It is a colour that I like in hand wash products as I always assume any white, blue and green colours to by hygienic and clean. The liquid is of a medium consistency, this meaning that the hand wash pools in a nice puddle on my hands before washing but isn't so thick so as not to pour out of the plastic bottle and into my ceramic container with ease. The smell of this green liquid is rather special and true to its aloe ingredient. I have visited plantations in India in the past and so have sampled my fair share of aloe vera lotions whilst there and I have to say that this hand wash smells incredibly true to its namesake. Though difficult to describe, the liquid smells light and fresh with a definite aloe vera scent.
Before using this hand wash I like to ensure that I have a ready supply of warm water running out of the tap, after all there is nothing worse in my opinion than using cold water. I then slightly dampen my hands before applying a small blob of hand wash in the centre of my palm. This soap lathers up quite easily when it comes into contact with water and I generally find a pea sized blob sufficient. I then thoroughly coat my hands with soap paying special attention to the fingernail area and enjoying the fresh scent before rinsing off and towel drying.
After washing I am pleased to report that my skin feels refreshed, looks clean and doesn't feel too stripped of moisture which I have found with other antibacterial washes. Another feature that I love is the smell of this hand wash which lingers on my fingers until I eat something or do a task which makes them dirty again.
When I purchased this hand wash I was fortunate that it came with an extra 33% of liquid meaning that I actually got 333ml for £1. A look online reveals that this is quite a standard price to pay with most supermarkets charging around £1 - £1.50. In my opinion this is a good price to pay for a branded hand wash that lasts for a good few months.
I really like this hand wash and as such it scores an excellent five stars from me. Carex is a brand I trust and for that reason I would recommend this product.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
When I last bought a product bearing the Carex name in April this year, it was an ever so compact travel bottle sized antibacterial hand gel claimed to keep my hands soft. It did anything but, meaning that I would probably not consider the brand again for hand gels, preferring the Cuticura brand for the sole purpose of having soft and cleansed hands. The Carex brand however is very popular in my home in general though stemming from the time Cussons first came to market with their liquid hand washes. Clearly tapping into a market when the world was alerted to the dangers of not washing hands the Carex brand has always been generically antibacterial from the start.
As a buyer who normally buys a moisturising type for liquid hand washes and usually a fan of the Dettol "No-touch" soap formula, what attracted to me this variety of Carex is the additional use of Aloe Vera and a bonus of "33% extra," for the princely sum of just 99p, when I found it on sale at my local Boots store. Prices on average for this product stem from this price to around £1-15 but it can get expensive dependent on the stockist and the mark up held on the Carex name, alone! Largely then the company promise with this product that it contains "added moisturisers," but there does appear to be a similar product with the added word "moisturising" which the bottle and product I purchased, doesn't seem to have. It is a fairly modern looking bottle though squarish but with a curvy oval shaped central bezel showing off the name and the liquid soap is clear with a slight green tint to the bottle, no doubt cashing in on the natural appearance of Aloe Vera gel.
General Performance & Downsides
Like a lot of hand washes on the market, you get a dispersal tap that allows liquid soap to emerge, but unlike Palmolive, the tap you get here seems to be better made and better designed. I adore Palmolive's "Milk and Honey" moisturising liquid hand soap but the tap can be liable to break dependent on the angle that I've pushed the tap. Once push is all that I require to ensure a lot of soap for my two palms to push together under a flowing tap and I rather like the scent that this soap has - it is a smidge away from Kringle's garden based "mint" candle, thus quite a fresh mix of cucumber and aloe vera is given away here, obviously without the mint but just as "green garden fresh." Never synthetic to my nose, it is a pleasure to use this hand wash in other areas of the home, not just for the kitchen but apt for garden sheds or outhouses if you have running water, or in the bathroom for a fresh scent, in general.
Despite the freshness, the scent dies down quite rapidly but it is not very different from other brands that I buy. When I have been handling strong foods such as raw fish when preparing it or onions, garlic and even emptying my kitchen bin, Carex's product here leaves my hand absolutely taint free of these known, strong odours. More importantly my hands don't react badly to this hand wash as some others have done in the past. Carex's original hand wash is a key example - it seems to react badly with some of my dry skin.
Under water, the soap rapidly changes from a clear gel to a white and creamy soapy foam, able to get around the webs of my hands and far more travel from just one push of the tap. Thus for the price and the amount you get here, thus product does appear to last longer than the standard 250ml to 300ml liquid hand washes from other companies.
However, as I was washing my hands with this liquid soap and getting my hands clean, I find that this product leaves my hands feeling rough after the soap has rinsed off. Although the product does claim to have "added moisturisers," I wasn't expecting my hands to feel as rough as sand paper. Regardless of this aspect I carried on and reached for a clean hand towel to dry off my hands. In an instant when my skin returns to normal after being under water, whether it is tepid cold, lukewarm or hot, my skin seems to react to what it has just endured - with a big surprise!
Like Dettol's No-Touch soap, Carex Aloe Vera seems to leave my hands feeling very soft. At first I had to retrace my steps wondering if I had applied hand cream after washing my hands, but after using this soap many times since, it leaves my skin feeling rough just after washing and regains a beautifully soft and smooth feeling ONLY when my hands have been dried afterwards.
Other Sorts & Final Thoughts
Due to overstock on the market and no doubt due to "other European versions," there are plenty of Carex liquid hand wash soap products on the market that claim to have added moisturisers and if you shop at pound shops or thrift pharmacies, the following ranges are far cheaper than a lot of the supermarket prices. Of the 14 different versions or types that already exist by Carex, there are seven other Carex liquid hand soaps that are all-antibacterial by nature and yet contain moisturisers such as:
* Carex Original
* Carex Sensitive with an allergen free fragrance and triple moisturisers.
* Carex Moisture Plus
* Carex Active Fresh (with mandarin & bergamot).
* Carex Bacteria Protect Zinc Hand Wash.
* Carex Bacteria Protect Silver Hand Wash.
Although I haven't quite found something that feels as luxuriously smooth or as enticing in the aroma department as Palmolive's Milk & Honey Hand-wash, Carex Aloe Vera does a better job than Imperial Leather's Jasmine Touch antibacterial liquid hand soap. Though it doesn't give me soft hands after rinsing the soap off, the magic comes later when my skin reacts positively to the agents contained in this product. Aided by a fresh garden scent, Carex Aloe Vera gets top marks on the basis that it is antibacterial at heart and has a bigger amount than normal 300ml products. It is a bonus when handling everyday things in life that hold bacteria and just get washed away with peace of mind and softness! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.
I go through quite a lot of hand wash, they are often found on offer in supermarkets anyway so I'm not really that brand loyal, I just pick up whatever happens to be on offer, including this Carex aloe vera hand wash.
This hand wash is quite widely available to purchase from supermarkets and places like Superdrug, it has a full price of around £1.80 but as I said previously, it's often found on offer for half price.
The packaging isn't anything out of the ordinary of this product type. It is a transparent plastic bottle with a push down pump dispenser at the top. The product name, information and warnings are found on the bottle and it also stats that this gets to work in seconds. I find the pump dispenser at the top very easy to use and haven't experienced it clogging up with the product inside.
When I go to use the hand wash, I find one pump of the dispenser provides an adequate amount of product to coat my hands. As soon as it has come out of the pump, you can smell the aloe vera scent and this is realistic without smelling fake or artificial at all. The scent seems to have the perfect power, it isn't too in your face but you can still smell it. The hand wash has a pale green colour and comes out in a gel form, this gel means that it doesn't lather that well but you don't always need a decent lather to get your hands clean.
After I've used this hand wash and rinsed it off again, I feel like my hands are clean and it doesn't dry them out at all. I've experience hand washes in the past that instantly dry out my hands but this one leaves them soft, smooth and refreshed. The claims on the packaging say that this gets to work in seconds and removes 99% of harmful bacteria, I'm no science expert so can't tell you whether or not this is right but it is reassuring to know. The aloe vera scent is still present on my hands after the hand washing process is completed, it is very faint but it's nice that it tends to stick around for a while after washing.
This Carex aloe vera hand wash is definitely one I would recommend. It cleans hands well with just a little product, it may not lather up much but it still leaves hands clean and soft and smooth. It's well worth buying if you see it on offer.
This is the handwash we use where I work, and in my opinion, a great choice. I wash my hands a lot, handling keys and tools and also going out on site sometimes, and I can't bear unclean hands. I probably wash my hands with this product at least 5 times a day and sometimes up to 10. Washing your hands so often, particularly in all the recent cold weather, I think it speaks for itself that I have never suffered with dry hands having used this product. I believe the moisturising properties come from the natural characteristics of the aloe ingredient. The handwash also has anti-bacterial properties which is obviously an advantage in terms of peace of mind in a busy workplace, even if it can't be seen or sensed.
The other really pleasant thing about this product, though, is the smell, which I absolutely adore. It's a fresh and clean smell, yet really subtle. You don't get wafts of strong fragrance when you're back at your desk, and that's something I don't want, even of a smell that I find pleasant. So it's a combination of not just the physical cleanliness of your newly-washed hands but the faint fresh smell that gives that beautiful feeling you can hardly describe, it's just *lovely clean hands*.
The product itself is in a square plastic bottle (which is recyclable) approx 10cm square and quite slim. On top is a simple pump action dispenser. One twist after you purchase it and it's then ready to dispense the soap. One firm pump dispenses enough handwash to give your hands a really thorough clean, so together with its cheap price of around £1 (often I seem them in Poundland), it lasts and represents excellent value for money. I definitely prefer a pump dispenser for the soap at work for hygiene reasons, as bars of soap very quickly become dirty and cracked etc. when being used so often by a few people.
The Carex logo is prominent in dark blue, and the manufacturer (Cussons) in smaller writing - these are easily visible and recognisable and are brands which carry a good image in my mind - Cussons Imperial Leather and Cussons Pearl were staple appearances in my childhood. Therefore, aside from my own positive experience, this is a brand I already feel inclined to trust.
You can also get the refill bottles (exactly as the picture but with a screw cap instead of the pump - you simply reuse the pump from the last bottle) which are even cheaper (79p in the local chemist).
I also use this at home, it's ideal for the kitchen for all the reasons above, notably the anti-bacterial properties, and particularly the smell being only subtle yet really clean. It's perfect to have by the sink - it's so much easier to keep clean and tidy on the worktop rather than trying to keep a soap dish looking tidy! If you've got really greasy or dirty hands, the liquid soap has the added advantage that you can rub your hands in the soap to start the cleaning process before turning the tap on. Again I feel it's more hygienic to have a bottle like this rather than a bar of soap which eventually inevitably becomes grubby.
All in all, while it remains available, I don't see myself ever seeking an alternative for work or for the kitchen.
Carex is a brand that both myself and my family return to time and time again. It seems to be pretty much the most trusted brand of handwash and it comes in a variety of scents and each one of these tends to have a slightly different caring quality.
My Mum often has this Aloe Vera soap in her bathroom though to be honest it is one that I dont tend to turn to because a) I dont like the colour and b) I dont really like the smell! However, it can be purchased from a numerous amount of shops and can often be found either on a half price offer or a round pound deal. I never buy handwash full price because you can guarantee that it will be on offer once every few weeks so it makes more sense to stock up when it is on offer.
The handwash looks quite different to the picture shown above and Carex have had somewhat of a facelift since the picture was added. Now the bottle is crystal clear and showing the product inside. The logo has slightly changed and instead of the pale green fluid the soap is now a translucent mid-dark green. The bottles pump is now of the clear plastic and you will often find these in two bottle sizes - the regular size is 250ml I believe but you often also get the special 33% extra free packs which always work out as fantastic value for money when the soap is also on a half price deal.
So to use the soap you simply need to twist the top of the pump round to release the lock on it. The pump is then ready to be used and it is very simple to dispense the product, you do not need to press hard at all so this is brilliant if you have mucky hands and want to push it with the side of your hand or if you have mobility/weakness issues. Each pump dispenses a good amount of product and it is about the same size at 2 peas. This is plenty to wash an adults hands and there is plenty of product to allow you to get a good lather and wash all between your fingers, under your nails etc.
The scent of the soap is aloe vera. I find it quite difficult to describe the scent of aloe vera but it smells a bit like plants/trees. I dont like the scent of aloe vera particularly but this is not any problem with the soap its just my personal preference!
After rinsing my hands I can still detect the scent on my skin for half an hour or so but this is very subtle so it doesnt bother me. I actually like the fact that it leaves a slight scent on my skin because I can then detect that my hands are clean and this is especially useful if you have been cooking with onions or using garlic.
When using the soap it feels soft on my skin and it is not at all irritating. The same can be said when I dry my hands and even using this numerous times daily I find it causes no problems and infact my skin feels nourished and supple. This is essential for me as I do suffer with dry skin which, on my hands is absolutely terrible at times (skin peeling off in big clumps etc) but this soap from Carex helps to moisturise my hands and keep them healthy.
When using this soap I am more than happy that my hands are clean and I am confident when I use Carex. I think it is a trusted brand and have found all of the varieties in their range to provide a high quality handwash. I do like this handwash, my personal preference is not the scent of aloe vera but the soap does exactly what it claims to do and it lathers up well and cares for my skin. Carex is a brand I return to time and time again and I think that this soap does live up to Carex's well known name so I would recommend it.
I was well glad when my last handwash in my bathroom finished (see my earlier review of the awful Dettol Healthy Touch Antibacterial Hand Wash) so was eager to get a well known but cheap little handwash to replace it. I was in Sainsburys doing my weekly shop some time ago and managed to get this 250ml pump of Carex Aloe Vera handwash for a mere 81p!
It is a gel green handwash which kills 99.9% of bacteria and the new and improved formula works "in seconds" apparently to kill bacteria faster and so the family's hands are protected from bacteria. I of course cannot see the bacteria dying lol but I believe Carex to be a trusted brand when it comes to handwash so I give this information the benefit of the doubt!
It comes in a square shaped plastic bottle with an easy dispense pump at the top. The function is simple, just press down on the pump and the handwash comes out in a green gel type liquid into the palm of my hand. I usually wet my hands under the running tap first, and then pump a small amount into my hands, usually the size of a 10p coin and I always find this to be more than enough at creating ample amount of lather so I feel I am giving my hands a good scrub! I really like this handwash as it doesn't leave my hands feeling too dry and in need of a good moisturising post-handwashing lol. It says on the back that it has added moisturisers and I feel the difference in using this handwash compared to other handwashes I have owned (and the crappy one we have at work) so I prefer this heavily on this factor alone.
In terms of the smell, it doesn't really have a rich aloe vera scent to it, it's much more subtle but does smell of genuine aloe vera. My mum used to be a freak for all kinds of aloe vera products so I found this put me off and so usually I am not always the biggest fan of aloe vera smelling products but I actually quite like this one as it is not too overpowering and synthetic so as to annoy me lol.
Overall I am really happy with this handwash and for 81p it is a nifty little bargain. It smells nice, is easy to use and cleans my hands really well. Only using a little at a time proves it to be long lasting so I am sure I will get my monies worth! It does all you could ask for from a handwash so I would definitely recommend :)
Hand wash is an important essential to every household, and I am constantly changing ours to try out different brands and scents. When doing the food shopping, I decided to pick up this particular one from Carex because it was quite cheap and also I have been impressed with some of their hand gels in the past, so thought I would give it a go.
I purchased mine from Asda for only £1.00 which I think is a really good price for a branded hand wash. I have seen this in many other supermarkets, as well as in pharmacies such as Boots - but I tend to find it cheaper in the supermarkets if you are after one. There was a whole range of scented hand washes in this range, but I decided to try the aloe vera one, just for a change really.
You get 250ml worth of product within the bottle which is around average for a hand wash, but I think is generous for the price paid. The bottle has been updated quite a bit since the one shown in the image. It is now a clear bottle, and the label has been spruced up a bit. Nothing great, still quite simple, but suitable for bathroom use.
To use this you have to simply push down on the pump. The hand wash dispenses as a green liquid, and you get a good amount with just one or two pumps of this, which I find great as it lasts a lot longer than other hand washes. The first thing that I noticed with this hand wash the smell. Personally, I was not too bothered by it, but I know that others would be. As it is aloe vera, you can imagine it is quite a pungent, under the nose scent. It has a strong anti bacterial, disinfectant sort of smell, which at first I thought was not very pleasant. However, this was not too much an issue to me, but if you like the fruity or floral scented kinds of hand wash, steer clear of this one!
Thankfully, after I had lathered this hand wash into the skin, the smell did seem to improve somehow. It lathered up really nicely and quickly, and I find this hand wash really effective for a quick hand wash, so I like to keep it downstairs to use in between jobs or in the kitchen, as it is really simple and quick to use. It washes off easily, and the disinfectant like smell does seem to wear away after a while which I was happy about.
Something which I was really impressed with this hand wash is that it kills 99.9% of bacteria, and it also states that it "supports the skin in its natural defences", meaning this one is really good for all the family to use. It is also much safer than using other hand washes, especially when it comes to hygiene and infection etc... In addition to this, it does contain moisturisers. I did not find that it left my hands feeling particularly moisturised, however they do seem noticeably softer after using this which is fantastic, and a nice little extra - particularly when you have only paid £1.00 for the product!
Overall, I am really pleased that I picked this up on a whim, as I will now be going back to buy another one. It does everything it states and leaves my family's hands clean and well protected against germs. The smell is not great, so I may potentially check out some of the other scents in the range, but overall this does everything that I wish, and it kills of 99.9% of bacteria. What more could you want? Thanks for reading and hope this helps.
In my utility room at home I have a separate sink which is ideal for me as this is where the dogs/cats bowls tend to be washed and anything else either animal related or cleaning related. Due to the nature of pets I do like to wash my hands after sorting their stuff out, feeding them, washing bowls etc so I tend to keep a bottle of antibacterial handwash handy and of course it gets used quite often. I always by antibacterial handwashes especially for the utility room as apart from having pets I also have a toddler so I want to minimise the risk of spreading anything nasty to her.
Tesco as usual is full of bargains and when it comes to their toiletries a lot of the time the named brands are on offer. A couple of months ago I managed to pick up a few bottles of antibacterial hand washes from Carex for just £1 per bottle. I picked up several varieties and one of those was the Carex Aloe Vera Hand Wash. I opted for this variety not only because it was so cheap but also because I do like products which contain aloe vera as generally products containing aloe vera tend to be nice and gentle and as someone who can suffer with sensitive skin they don't make my skin flare up like others.
Carex is a brand by Cussons who are widely known for their healthcare and toiletry products. They have a wide range of antibacterial hand washes and the aloe vera is just one that makes up the range. Aloe vera as most people will have heard has anti-inflammatory properties which helps not only to protect and soothe but also to help speed up the recovery process. The hand wash has been specifically formulated to effectively rid your hands of germs and to prevent them spreading whilst being gentle all at the same time. Making this hand wash ideal for suffers of skin problems such as eczema.
Now the picture on Dooyoo is a little outdated as not so long ago Carex re-vamped their packaging. The aloe vera variety comes in a clear, plastic bottle which is now slightly shaped as it curves in at the sides and comes complete with a pump action top. On the front there is the Carex logo together with the product name as well as a swirling image of the colour green - to represent the aloe vera! On the back of the bottle there is all the usual blurb you would expect to see such as product information, ingredients as well as contact information for Cussons/Carex.
The hand wash itself is a pale green colour and in its original state (pre-wash) I really don't like the smell of it. It isn't a pungent smell by any means but there is just something I really do not like. However, the consistency is great it is like an antibacterial hand gel type feel to it so it won't slip through your fingers as soon as you have pumped it out onto your hand and even when you go to turn the tap on the hand wash stays put. But as soon as it is diluted with water it is easily massaged into your skin with a lovely build up of a white froth which is soft and caring on your hands.
To use the hand wash you just need to unlock the pump by twisting it round until it pops up. Carex do have instructions on the back of the bottle in regards to using this hand wash but I think it is pretty self explanatory. You only need to use 1 or 2 pumps worth of hand wash to get a good amount of lather as well as being able to clean your hands effectively. Using anymore would just be a simple waste of the product as no doubt once diluted with water most of it would run down the drain. The only thing I have found is as soon as you've used at least half of the bottle the pump isn't as effective and you can get a little waste as it seems the suction in the pump doesn't work as quickly.
Now despite really disliking it's initial aroma as soon as the water has mixed with the hand wash it has a lovely aroma which is really nice! Despite being an aloe vera based hand wash I wasn't expecting much of an aroma anyway but this is almost quite perfumed with an earthy edge to it which certainly lasts on your skin for quite some considerable time even when you have dried your hands which is lovely although when I first smelt the hand wash I was concerned that my hands were going to smell quite horrible and that I would need to use a heavily scented handcream to get rid of the smell so I was very pleasantly surprised and pleased!
Now for those that can suffer with sensitive skin like I do will be pleased to hear that this hand wash is incredibly gentle and caring on the hands. I have found that it doesn't irritate my skin whatsoever in fact it helps soften the skin (great if you suffer with dry skin or eczema etc) and it also protects it too. I've struggled recently with dry skin on my hands and I have found that this hand wash whilst not being the most moisturising in the world hasn't dried my skin out so although I don't expect my skin to be moisturised it has helped reduce any inflammation that the dry skin can cause especially as mine is caused by eczema and it has cared for my hands rather than dry them out even more.
The hand wash claims to kill 99.99% of bacteria and germs and whilst I cannot prove this is the case I would like to think that it does especially when I use it for handling my pets bowls etc. But whatever the percentage of bacteria it kills I do like this hand wash of course apart from its initial smell but it has managed to keep my skin from flaring up especially when I wash my hands quite a lot and it has given me soft skin which is also a big plus. It is definitely nice to find a gentle hand wash with an aroma suitable for people with sensitive skin. I can't find fault with it other than the smell mentioned above as it does exactly what it offers so I would definitely recommend it and not just to those with sensitive skin. 5 stars from me.
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Brand: Cusson/ Carex
Price: £1.69 - Boots Aug 12
Availability: Pharmacies, supermarkets, discount stores etc
I have always used hand washes in my kitchen and bathroom and over the years a couple of brands have become my favourites. One of these brands is Carex who do a large range of hand washes. In the downstairs toilet where I am frequently washing my hands after changing nappies I like to have one that helps to moisturise my hands. I do tend to suffer from dry skin on my hands, particularly in the winter months so anything that helps prevent this is good. When I saw that Carex did a aloe vera version I thought I would give it a try.
I really like the shape of the Carex bottle it is a slightly curved rectangular shape with a decent base area. I don't have much space on the edge of my sink where it stands and this bottle fits perfectly, the size of the base means that it doesn't easily get knocked over when there isn't much left which often happens with other bottles.
The hand wash is dispensed from a plunger which is really easy to use having a decent area to press down on. I never have any problems controlling the amount of hand wash I want to get out.
The bottle is clear with a mainly clear label on the front, this easily allows you to see how much hand wash is left. The hand wash is bright green which I think looks nice and looks find with the neutral decoration in my downstairs toilet.
As the bottle is plastic it is widely recycled which is always good to see.
What's the hand wash like?
It has a lovely smell of aloe vera to it which stays on your hands for a short while after use. It claims to leave your hands feeling 'soft, refreshed and hygienically clean' Although I can't see whether the antibacterial formula has killed all the germs on my hands they definitely feel soft and refreshed after I've used it.
I always find a get a good enough lather from a small amount of this hand wash although you wont find that it covers your hands in bubbles like a soap lather would.
This product has been dermatologically tested but as I only suffer from dryness I can't comment on how this hand wash would be on any skin conditions.
Price and availability
I purchased mine in Tesco when it was on offer for 99p it also had 33% free so 333ml for the price of 250ml. It is currently on offer in Tesco for 75p which is a brilliant price for this hand wash and I'll be stocking up. It is widely available from stockists of hand washes such as Boots (£1.69) and Superdrug (£1.59)
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great hand wash it is antibacterial with added moisturisers, often you either get one or the other. It has a lovely fragrance and comes in a good practical bottle.
I tend to prefer handwashes these days as opposed to soaps, especially in the kitchen for ease of use. Carex is a brand I really like, but whilst the aloe vera wash is okay, it unfortunately hasn't been the best of their range I've tried.
Carex is a very popular brand produced by Cussons and is reputable for gentle yet effective soaps and hand washes. It's one I've used in the past and don't hesitate over purchasing, so I gave the aloe vera hand wash a try when it was on offer at £1 and had 33% extra free (I'm a sucker for a bargain!).
This comes in a curvy clear plastic bottle that I find looks quite cute and recognisable, with the Carex logo in the middle. The liquid is a green colour symbolic of the aloe vera ingredients, and on the front we're told this is a 'protecting antibacterial hand wash' that 'freshes and sooths'. It has a twist-off lid with a pump dispenser and all in all, it looks neat and compact.
This hand wash is set apart from others because it aims to be both skin-kind and effective. This is, apparently, specially developed with a 'new, improved formula that works 3x faster to kill harmful germs', whilst also containing additional moisturisers and helping to aid skin's natural antibacterial defences. It sounds good, but does it work?
The bottle is easy to store and the pump dispenser works easily to enable just enough gel out of the bottle each time, even though it doesn't necessarily come out completely mess-free. It's relatively quick to use and I find it has a pleasant fragrance that smells somewhat sweet of aloe but not overpowering, because at the same time the scent is also fresh without being too clinical. It doesn't lather majorly when washing your hands, but I don't find this to be too much of an issue as it's a gel so I wasn't expecting much in the way of lather. It's easy enough to wash over your hands thoroughly and to wash off without leaving hands sticky or too scented.
If using quite often, however, and you have somewhat sensitive skin, you may find this a little drying. Despite it being kind to skin and containing added moisturisers, I think aloe can be one of those ingredients that some people find a little harsh, so I'd just bare this in mind if your hands are susceptible to being sensitive and maybe use a little less or moisturise in the evenings. I find this to be 'okay' to my hands, but then again I don't use it every time I wash my hands as this is one I've only got in the kitchen at the moment.
It's reassuring to know it's dermatalogically tested and seems to be effective, but effectiveness and how well it kills germs is something I can't test or comment on without being a scientist! So, I'll trust Carex's word on that, and because I don't really have any major problems with this, I'd recommend giving it a try when it's on offer. I just personally find other varieties of Carex a little more pleasant to use and more gentle on skin, but I think that's down to the Aloe Vera rather than Carex or the product itself per se.
Sells for around £1.79 (Lloyds) but can often be found on offer for £1 in discounter stores or on sale in supermarkets.
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