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I use antibacterial soaps whenever I wash my hands so that I feel like they are as clean as they can be. This soap is a very good one which is a reasonable price.
It comes in a plastic bottle which isn't very inspiring ,it's just a square plastic bottle with a push down nozzle at the top. You can unscrew it if you wish. I bought a soap dispenser and pour it into that instead as it looks much nicer than this dull bottle.
When I wash my hands I just simply press down on the dispenser and the soap comes out. It is blue and when you rub your hands together it lathers up. My children like to do this and make little soapy like bubbles when they do so. You then simply rinse it away and your hands are clean.
The only negatives with this is sometimes it makes my hands feel quite dry so I think if you use it several times in close succession then it does dry you out a bit.
I use this when cooking between handling different meats, after nappy changes, any time when I feel like my hands could have been in contact with germs. I always feel like my hands have been well cleaned after using this.
My children use it and find it easy enough to use without help and it's a good way to encourage them to be hygienic. I highly recommend it, a very good soap that works well.
THE PRODUCT: I am reviewing a Carex hand wash which I have been using in my house-holed recently when washing my hands. Carex is a well known and popular brand of hand soap and I have used a wide range of the products over the past few years. I am reviewing the Original Hand Wash which is a gorgeous blue colour. This improved formula works in seconds to kill harmful bacteria and contains a unique blend of moisturisers so your hands feel soft, smooth and clean. This hand wash kills 99.9% of bacteria and is dermatologically tested. The hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle so you can see the handwash inside. The pump to the dispenser is white and you will ened to turn this to the on position when using it for the first time.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: You can purchase this from Boots, Superdrug and Supermarkets for around £1.85 although Boots currently have this on offer for just £1 which is a bargain.
USING THE PRODUCT: To use the product I always wet my hands under the tap and then press down on the pump once. This dispenses a reasonable amount of the hand wash. The hand wash is a bright blue colour and feel slightly gel like. As I rubbed my hands together it foamed up a little and felt as though my hands were getting a really good clean. The soap did smell very slightly and it was a pleasant smell. I rinsed my hands off before drying them with a clean towel. After washing my hands they felt very clean and fresh. They didn't have any scent to them but they felt really clean which is the main aim of the wash. Unlike some of the other hand washes in the Carex range I only found this ever so slightly drying.
OVERALL OPINION: Carex is a popular brand and one that I am ver familiar with as I have used quite a few of their different hand washes before. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this hand wash as a few of the other hand washes in the Carex range have dried out my skin a little an hour or so after using it. I like the packaging to the product as you can tell when you are running low on the product and when you need to buy some more. I have quite sensitive skin and the hand wash was kind to my skin without causing it any irritation. In terms of value I think the hand wash is very good value and it's one that i would definitely consider purchasing again.
~ Carex Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Wash ~
We go through a lot of hand wash in this house and I am not brand loyal in anyway but I do usually end up with a Carex brand hand wash as they are very often on offer for £1 or sometimes less, they are nice and easy to use, fit neatly on the sink and I have yet to smell a bad one!
This particular Carex hand wash is blue in colour and rather than being gel like and see through this one looks more creamy. I find it nice and gentle on my hands and they are left pretty soft after using.
I like to buy antibacterial products as I have four sons and they are not the cleanest I have to admit but they do at least wash their hands after using the toilet and this will ensure that they are nice and clean.
I like the smell of this, it's not floral or fruity but just a clean and fresh scent that lingers on the skin for a good while after using.
The pump action means that the kids tend to use less as they just pump out one squirt, maybe two and wash away. Anything they have to pour out ends up being half wasted!
This is also handy for the kitchen to use after cooking or handling raw meat and I usually pop a bottle on the window sill by the sink for ease of use.
The bottle looks neat and despite it being quite small this does go a long way. You can also buy this in a refill pack which allows you to just swap pumps over or you could fill your own bottle.
I like it.
Thanks for reading x
WHAT IS IT?
This is hand wash that is made by Carex. It is antibacterial so can stop germs from being on your body and causing you to have a cold or another illness.
WHAT I THINK
I like to use Carex hand wash and think it is effective at making my hands clean. This one has got the original fragrance and that is a very fresh and clean smell that makes me feel like my hands are clean because they smell clean.
I do not know if it protects from germs but it says on the bottle that it does so I think that it must do something even if the protection is quite weak, I did not buy it because it has got antibacterial in it because I think if your hands are clean you do not need for germs to be killed also and it is good for you and your children to be in contact with some germs.
This cleans my hands very good and I am happy for that, I like that you get some bubbles but not too many because I think that when hand washes create very many bubbles it makes my skin feel very dry after and that is not good because I wash my hands too many times in a day to use hand cream every time.
This does not dry the skin on my hands and it makes them feel a little bit soft so I think it is moisturising.
This hand wash costs about £1.50 and I think that is value because it looks like it is a small bottle but it lasts for quite a long time.
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Carex liquid soap is one I have bought on several occasions. One of the reasons I like the brand because it’s also sold as a refill, slightly cheaper, simply the same sized bottle but without the pump dispenser, so that you can just transfer the pump from the old one. The savings aren’t massive, but it’s nice to think you are getting a slight bargain,
The soap itself is a lovely soft liquid soap. I have bought several varieties over time and this Original one is a very neutral and unisex soap which is suitable for a variety of uses – ok in the bathroom, but I find it ideal for the kitchen and in the past we have used it at work. It gives a clean fresh scent to hands, and is also “anti bacterial”, claiming to kill 99.9% of bacteria, another reason why it is ideal for kitchen use when you’re likely to be handling food.
It also has moisturisers within its makeup, which is important if you’re someone who washes hands a lot, like me, some soaps can dry the hands out. I can’t claim to have noticed that my hands are wonderfully soft when using Carex, but I certainly haven’t had any problems with them drying out.
The pump dispenses easily and gives a generous 10p size blob per push into the hand, which is more than enough (I usually do about half) for a thorough hand wash to give a lovely clean feel. Interestingly, the bottle suggests two pumps per handwash, strange that, as it would mean I got through twice or 4 times as much of this soap than I actually find that I need! Cheeky marketing ploy but a good try, Carex!
I have bought Carex handwashes in the past but I myself did not purchase this. My boyfriend happened to have it when I moved in. It is the first time I've used this particular hand wash.
** Carex **
Carex are a hand wash brand popular in the UK. They have a wide range of hand washes for all types of situations and skin. Plus some interesting flavours (I have a chocolate orange one waiting to be used in the bathroom). They also provide hand sanitisers which I have also used in the past.
** The handwash **
The hand wash is a lovely blue. You don't need to use too much to wash your hands as it lathers up rather nicely and covers your hands. That was the first thing I noticed, the second is the smell. It isn't unpleasant but I've smelled better. I can't say what it smells like. Though once my hands are dry I can't really smell anything other than cleanness - so I guess it isn't all bad.
My hands don't feel much softer than before but the wash definitely hasn't dried out my hands like some others have in the past. They do feel quite soft after washing and look and smell clean. I can't say much for how anti-bacterial the product is but I haven't had any indication that it doesn't work.
** Price and Availability **
This hand wash (and all other Carex hand washes) are widely available. You can find them in health and beauty stores such as Boots and Superdrug and supermarkets too. Generally they can be found for around £1 which is good for such a good quality product.
** Overall **
I would definitely recommend this product. It has left my hands feeling soft and smelling clean. It may not be the most 'exciting' hand wash out there but it does the job. And at only £1 you can't really complain!
I never used to use the liquid types of soaps until I moved into my own flat and now I use them all the time. I like to use the anti bacterial ones mostly but then sometimes I can also find that these are quite harsh on my skin and can be drying. Carex make a really nice moisturising one which his also anti bacterial and only costs 79p for a 250ml bottle.
They also make refills for this one and the refills are great value for money and it's very simple and easy to just take the pump dispenser off the top of the original bottle and empty the refill onto the bottle.
I like this Carex Moisturising hand wash because it doesn't dry out the skin on my hands and it really makes them soft as well as clean at the same time. This is a double bonus for me and I like to know that my hands are super clean and that I have no germs on them. The bottle has a pump action dispenser on the top which just needs one gentle push down to dispense the right amount of soap and then when it's rubbed together on wet hands it turns into a nice foamy lather. I don't have to use a lot of this because it foams with just a small amount and it leaves a great clean fresh on my skin.
It rinses off quickly and effectively and doesn't leave any tacky or glue-like feeling on the skin afterwards. It just leaves my hands feeling fresh and very clean, smelling nice and also moisturised into the bargain. I can't ask for anything more than that really for such a small price and the fat that they also make the refill bottles is an added bonus because it means I can save even more money.
Carex is a well known brand and it has to be said it's a brand which is trusted by millions. This is a great family type of cleaning product and I'd think it would be kind and gentle enough to use on even little children's skin because it is really so gentle to use.
I hope this review is of some help.
I have this Carex antibaacterial hand washing gel by my kitchen sink. I use it several times a day and find it to be very good.
I own various animals as well as grandchildren so throughout the course of a day I'm often needing to wash my hands properly whether it's because I've changed a dirty nappy or been cleaning out rabbit hutches and so always use this whilst washing my hands after such an activity.
It comes in a square plastic bottle which is pale blue and has blue detail on the label and also the nozzle. It is a pump action to get the gel out which is best as it means if you have dirty hands it's easier to dispense the liquid. One little pump is usually enough, that dispenses about a pea sized amount and once you mix that with having damp hands it lathers up nicely and covers your hands and wrists in a soapy froth.
It has a mild smell to it, it reminds me a bit of original fairy liquid. I find that it is very gentle on skin and cleans really well. I don't know how much bacteria it removes but I always feel as though I have really nicely cleaned hands after using this which is what I need to have after I've been handling animals and/or dirty nappies!
The last bottle of this I bought from a pound shop for just £1 which is brilliant value for money because I use it regularly but it lasts a long time, a bottle lasts me about 2 months that is with being used about 3 or 4 times a day and sometimes my grandchildren use it too.
I think having an antibacterial hand wash is really important and think this one works really well, it's never dried out my skin or caused any problems with me or the grandchildren so I think I will be sticking to this still. Highly recommended.
I recently started a science project that involved growing bacteria in petri dishes. I used a science kit , but the process is quite simple you set up several samples with a growing medium ( gelatin or agar) and use a wide variety of contaminants to see which grow the most bacteria. We've done this a number of times, and one of the things I always include is having the children spit on a sample before and after brushing their teeth, and touch two more samples, before and after washing hands. So far the the brushed and unbrushed teeth samples have always shown a clear difference, as have the washed and unwashed hands and I use these a reminder as to why good hygiene is so important. The results were spectacular this time - but not at all what I had expected.
I can't say that I have any brand loyalty to hand soaps. As far as I know they all they do the same thing. My husband bought Carex for one reason - it was cheap. I'm pretty sure he bought it in the pound shop. We've been using this all winter ( we bought a few bottles), with no problems. It lathers nicely, the smell is a bit strong, but not too bad if you rinse well, and it is a nice blue colour ( not that the colour really matters). The scent is not girly, so it suits both sexes. The pump works well enough - I haven't found any leakage underneath the one in the kitchen unless my boys have washed in the kitchen sink. I put down any mess beneath the one in the bathroom to them just squirting out to much. The pump is easy to use and one quick press gives enough soap to lather well - although the children often use more.
I used to just insist on hand washing after the loo, when handling messy things or before eating a meal. However, I noticed all too often the children would get a wee snack without hand washing and I've made a new rule - which I follow as well. We wash hands as soon as we get in the door whenever we go out now. I've found that we have been sick far less this year, and put it down to the new hand washing routine, assuming this soap was very effective. Now - it may be very effective - our experiments may be a fluke - or it may very well be that just the act of washing the hands has removed most of the bacteria - or maybe we have just have better luck this year. You can't place too much weight on a single experiment but here is what happened:
We prepared two identical petri dishes with gelatin as a medium on which to grow bacteria. I slightly dampened my sons hand and pressed it to the dish, and then sealed it up. Then I had him wash his hands with soap. As usual he used too much and I do not think he rinsed very well - but cheat that I am - I thought a good residue of soap would make sure nothing grew in that dish - and further convince them of the importance of hand washing. A week later we took out the dishes to compare. The one with the washed hands had far more bacteria than unwashed hands - or unbrushed teeth or anything else. I've read bacteria can grow on bars of soap so could the soap be providing a breeding ground? Not a nice thought. Or could the soap have killed off one type of bacteria - only to allow another more virulent to spread? Finally could my son have picked up enough bacteria on the dispenser head to have affected the results? Finally - we are not working in a sterile lab - other factors may have affected results. Whatever the cause - my faith in anti bacterial soaps has been shaken.
But up until our science project - I was quite happy with this soap other than thinking the scent was a bit strong - and I am overly sensitive to smells. I won't mark down to heavily for one single experiment - but I am taking two stars off. I don't think more bacteria should have grown on a sample with residues of soap than one without. We have done this several times before with other brands and always had much less bacteria on the soapy sample.
Hand wash, or liquid soap of some description is an absolute necessity in my house. I usually have two bottles on the go, both in the upstairs and downstairs loos and then I'll also have a spare bottle or two underneath my kitchen cupboard. I've used all sorts of different types of hand washes and I'm not loyal to any one brand in particular, but over time, I've discovered that some of them are a lot better than others. A lot of the cheaper ones I've used can feel very drying on the skin and they seem to strip out oils, so from time to time I take care to buy what I consider to be a 'better brand' and I opt for Carex Moisturising Hand wash. Sometimes these can be found on special offer in the supermarkets, and that's when I'll stock up.
The Carex Moisturising Hand wash looks much the same as any other bog standard bottle of liquid soap. It's in a square shaped plastic container with the usual pump type dispenser on the top. You have to fiddles about with it at first to get the dispenser nozzle in the right place to be able to depress it. The container holds 250ml of liquid soap and it looks light blue in colour and this can be seen through the semi-transparent bottle. It's a size which can be placed neatly at the side of the bathroom sinks without looking too large or bulky. Last time I bought these they were on a two for one offer at Tescos and were selling at 89p each.
Using Carex Moisturising Hand wash is the same as using any other liquid soap. I went my hands slightly first and then press down lightly on the pump dispenser. The soap is very gel-like and blue in colour. It isn't runny but if you held your hand upside down then I dare say it would fall off!
It lathers really well, that's the first thing I noticed about this soap. It has a great fresh clean smell and I only need to use the tiniest amount to achieve nice clean hands. It rinses off well under hot running water and the best thing by far about this liquid soap is that it most certainly will not dry out my hands, no matter how many times I use it.
It's so much more convenient to use after using the bathroom than it is to use a bar of soap and I also think it's probably more hygienic and less messy. My daughter can use the dispenser herself really well without any problems and as I only need to use a tiny amount then a 250ml-sized bottle will stretch on and on and last simply ages.
It kills up to 99.9% of all sorts of nasty germs and bacteria and I feel sure that it's doing a brilliant job at killing nasty bugs as well as keeping my hands nice and soft and well moisturised. I don't use this particular brand all of the time, I tend to buy whatever is on offer at the time. However, I do find that I keep on reverting back to Carex Moisturising Hand wash for the simple fact that it does not strip may hands of moisture and keeps them nice and soft, smooth and supple.
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I have to wash my hands very often, in general I was them about 15 times a day so have lots of experience with all sorts of soaps. My most used brand is Carex.
Although I use Carex most often, this particular "moisturising" hand wash could not be further than the truth. I suffer from incredibly dry hands because of this soap and if I use it, I must use a separate intensive moisturiser to make up for how it dries them up.
This hand wash also appears to not want to stay on hands. When it comes out of the dispenser, it is more like jelly than cream and therefore it generally just slides off and gets wasted. This also makes it very difficult to lather up in your hands and requires you to add more to your hands. Is this a marketing strategy to get you to buy more often?
If you are careful with not letting the hand wash slide off your hands, this hand wash is very good. Eventually it will lather up well and leaves your hands feeling fresh. The latest revisions of the formula advertise anti-bacterial action within seconds which is far more convenient than soaps which do not have this, especially if you are in the middle of cooking a meat dish.
Carex hand washes tend to be on offer very frequently which takes it from a premium priced brand to an everyday priced brand. I have seen it as low as £1 for 300ml and sometimes it even comes with 200ml extra fro free - making it 500ml.
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 kitchen where I am regularly washing my hands whilst preparing food for my family I like to have one that kills bacteria as well as helping 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. This review is of the original Carex hand wash made by the familiar Cussons brand.
I really like the shape of the Carex bottle it is a slightly curved rectangular shape with a decent base area. 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, it has a large enough to press down on and 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 of the turquoise in colour hand wash is left.
As the bottle is plastic it is widely recycled which is always good to see.
What's the hand wash like?
It claims to leave your hands feeling 'soft, smooth and hygienically clean' I can't see whether the antibacterial formula has killed all the germs on my hands in seconds but hopefully it does. They don't feel particularly soft after I've used it during these winter months although I don't have any problems most of the year.
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 90p it is currently (December 2012) available at this price which is a brilliant price for this hand wash and I'll be stocking up.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great antibacterial hand wash it comes in an easy to use bottle which also looks nice.
I've been lucky enough to get a decently well paid job for over the summer, so am happy to say that I have fewer financial worries at the moment than I used to. I'm still trying to be frugal, however, so that I can save up as much as possible for me (hopefully) moving to Germany in September. I therefore still try to get household essentials such as hand wash and washing up liquid on offer when possible. Over the past couple of months, there have been a couple of occasions in which Carex and other brand hand washes have been on some sort of offer, and I took advantage of these by buying a couple for the bathroom and the kitchen. Because of this, I've got to try quite a few different ones in the Carex range as I try to go for something a bit different each time.
== Carex Antibacterial Moisturising Hand Wash ==
Despite my preamble, this hand wash is actually one that I have been using at my parents' house rather than at my flat in Edinburgh. I don't know why my parents bought it, but I imagine their reasoning was along similar lines as mine when I buy Carex hand washes: they're reasonably priced, from a brand that we recognise and haven't been disappointed by in the past, as well as the 250ml containers lasting a decent length of time.
== What I Thought ==
I have to say that I like this hand wash. While I can't comment on how much bacteria on my hands was killed by using this hand wash, as I have no way of knowing this without using a microscope, my hands certainly felt cleaner after having used it. Also, while not as effective as using a good hand cream, the moisturising effect was also a nice bonus that made my hands feel softer and nicer after use. It also lathered up pretty well and rinsed away with ease, with no noticeable residue left on my hands afterwards. Considering that many hand washes actually tend to try out the skin on your hands, having one that does the opposite is certainly a good thing. This hand wash also lasts a long time: I've visited my parents a few times in the past month or two and they've been on the same one each time, which is pretty impressive considering that there are three or four people living in the house and using it on a regular basis.
== Conclusion ==
This is a good hand wash that I am happy to recommend. As well as it cleaning your hands, it doesn't dry them out and leaves them feeling nice after use. As far as liquid soap goes, it's also very reasonably priced: Tesco currently have it on offer at 75p for 250ml (according to mysupermarket.co.uk) and Boots have it on 3 for 2 at £1.69 each. I'd not hesitate to buy this myself and might even look out for it the next time my flat's hand washes need replacing.
Carex is a very well known brand. I have bought quite a lot of hand washes in this range and found them to be very reliable and really good value for the price. They are not expensive hand washes and cheap enough to buy. I bought this one from my local shop a while ago and have been using this one recently.
This one comes housed in a clear plastic bottle which has a pump dispenser. It is easy to press it down to release the soap. The liquid is a nice blue colour and looks refreshing inside the bottle. The liquid is extremely smooth with a very nice soft texture. It is a rich soap and so it does not drip from the bottle.
It has a really nice perfume smell to it and one that I quite like a lot with this one. It is an anti bacterial hand wash and so it kills germs on the hands. It claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria on the hands. It is always nice to know a hand wash kills this amount of bacteria on the hands, especially when you have a lot of children because they are always touching things and then putting their hands into their mouths a lot.
Because this one is so rich, only a little amount is needed on the hands to wash them. I find that one or 2 pumps is enough to wash my hands and my grandchildren only need one pump and so a little does go a very long way with this soap. It means that the bottle can last for a good couple of weeks with regular usage in my household. Because the pump is easy to press, it also means my grandchildren do not have to keep on pressing it to release the liquid as I have often found they have to with some other brands.
Also because it is a moisturising hand wash it means it does not dry the hands and leaves them nice and soft. This one is a good one for children because their skin is much softer than an adults and so it keeps their skin in a good condition. Myself and my family have not had any irritations on the skin since using this soap. It just leaves the hands feeling soft and clean.
It is extremely good value for the money and I paid only £1 for it as I said earlier in my review from my local shop. It is very good quality too and worth the money.
This soap cleans really well, it kills germs on the hands and also leaves them nice and soft, what more could I possibly ask for when a soap washes to include all these at once.
I would definitely buy this one again and I highly do recommend it for anyone to buy it.
Once used the bottle can be recycled.
I rate this soap 5 stars.
Everyone knows the importance of keeping your hands clean and germ free which is why whenever I buy hand wash I always make sure it is antibacterial. I do not tend to be brand loyal towards these products so when I saw that the carex products were on offer I decided to give them a go.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT
The carex antibacterial hand wash has been developed to kill 99.9% of bacterial and 3 times faster. As someone who gets a bit paranoid about germs especially when I'm cooking this sounded perfect.
The product also claims to have added moisturisers and to support skins natural antibacterial defences.
The curved plastic bottle sits perfectly on the sink and is very sturdy. I much prefer having see through plastic bottles as it allows you to see exactly how much product you have left.
In order to open the soap for the first time you just twist the pump, this is very easy as the pump pops up quite smoothly.
The pump itself I think has been made perfectly. It is not too stiff or too easy to press. I have used some products in the past where the pump could be pressed down too easily and soap has gone everywhere and been wasted.
The pump allows just the right amount of product to be released in order to wash your hands effectively.
USING THE PRODUCT
As the soap is released you immediately notice its gel like texture and vivid blue appearance. Personally I think that the soap looks quite slimy so I was a bit worried about how it would affect my hands.
However I need not have worried. As I began to massage the soap into my skin a light lather was created and the scent of the soap hit me. It is quite a difficult smell to describe as it doesn't particularly smell like anything other than the smell of cleanliness. It is quite fresh and doesn't linger on your skin for too long afterwards.
The lather created was just enough to ensure that my hands were clean and was not over the top.
I did notice that the lather itself was not really moisturising as the packaging had promised. My hands did not feel any softer and the lather didn't feel smooth like some other moisturising hand washes do. Despite not being moisturising the product did not leave my hands feeling irritated or dried out.
I do not really get very dirty hands but do have a habit when I'm at work of writing stuff on my hands. I have found that this soap is very effective and can wash away such dirt very easily and effectively.
Having looked online for the price of this product I have seen that it is priced at around the £2.10 mark in most supermarkets. However, when I purchased this product it was only £1 so it's best to look out for these offers.
I do like this product and it does a good job however I do prefer products that are a bit more moisturising. I would purchase this again if it was on offer but I would not pay the full price for it.
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