We use lots of different types of hand washes in our house and I much prefer them to bars of soap for the simple reason that I find them far more hygienic. I buy the Strawberry Laces soap a lot, mainly as it is a firm favourite of my daughters, however, I have recently been starting to use Carex Coal Bottles and she also loves this one too – mainly because of the super sweet smell, I think.
Last time I bought a bottle of this it was from the Pound Shop and it was in a pump dispenser containing 250mls of the product. The pump dispenser pumps out exactly the right amount in just one firm pump and it lathers up exceptionally well in the hands on damp skin.
I also admit to really loving the smell of this one – it really appeals t me though my hubby is less keen and his exact description is, “it stinks!”. The smell lingers on the skin for quite some time after it has been rinsed off and it leaves no sticky residue or greasy feeling on the skin after it has been rinsed off in warm water.
It is hydrating and moisturising and my skin feels refreshed after I have use dit. One bottle lasts us for a couple of months as you hardly need to use very much of this hand wash in order to be able to get a really excellent lather.
On the whole I really cannot say anything at all negative about it and I really love it and highly recommend it.
ABOUT: My nephews often come to stay so I have bene purchasing the fun edition hand washes from Carex for when they need to wash their hands. My dad actually picked up this one not me. This product is an anti-bacterial hand wash that has been created to make hand washing fun. It cleans, cares and protects so you know you are your children are getting clean hands when using this product. Carex claim that the hand wash effectively removes dirt and germs, and gives all around protection for healthy hands, whether they are big or small. The hand wash also contains a speicla blend of moisturisers to help keep skin feeling soft.
The hand wash comes in a square-ish shaped bottle which is made from plastic and you can clearly see the colour of the hand-wash which is a beige like colour. It clearly states on the front what the product is and that it's part of their 'Fun Edition'. It has a picture of a cola bottle on the front as well.
PRICE: This can be purchased from most supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug stores. Prices may vary but this range is often on offer for around £1.00 reduced from £1.85.
IN USE: When pressing down once on the pump this is enough to wash your hands whether they are big or small. The hand wash seems to lather up well with wet hands and as it lathers up you can smell the Cola smell to the product which I have to admit am not a huge fan of. My nephews of course quite like the smell and find it fun to wash their hands thanks to this product.
The hand wash does make my hands feel clean, but I don't find it all that moisturising; although I don't seem to find any carex hand washes moisturising, probably because I suffer from slightly dry skin anyway. The hand wash seems to be kind to my nephews hands and haven't caused they any problems or skin irritations.
OVERALL: A fun hand wash which makes children want to wash their hands.
I much prefer to use and hand wash rather than a bar of soap when it comes to washing my hands and one brand I really like is Carex.
The hand wash costs around £1.80 for a 250ml bottle which is inline with the Carex range and it is available from supermarkets, home stores and chemists. Normally, I buy handwash when its on offer, a lot of places reduce this to half price however the 'sweet' flavoured range is normally excluded however a couple of weeks back whilst doing my weekly shop online at Asda, I saw this was reduced to 87p so I decided to buy.
I had recently tried the Strawberry Laces version and loved it so I was looking forward to trying this one. It comes in a small square shaped clear bottle which is topped with a little white pump. The pump is really easy to operate single handed and upon depressing, it dispenses a nice amount of hand soap.
The handwash lathers up really easily and rinses well too, after drying my hands they feel nice and clean and upon rinsing and drying my hands, they feel lovely and soft, and better still, they smell lovely and sweet. The fragrance was the main reason for purchasing this, it is designed to smell like Cola Bottles and I must say, it does smell similar to that but not as strong as I would have liked.
I would definitely recommend this hand wash and it gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
This review discusses my thoughts about the "Carex Cola Bottles Handwash", which I recently purchased online at www.tesco.com.
The 250ml bottle cost me around £1 each at the time of purchase, but this was a promotional offer, and you can generally expect to pay around £1.80 for the product.
The packaging is fairly simplistic and quite plain, I think, but it serves its purpose well. The bottle is made of clear, robust plastic, and the bottle's square shape has a slight 'curve' at the sides to enable ease of use if hands are wet or soapy. The bottle has a plastic 'pump' dispenser and this too feels sturdy and robust.
The liquid itself looks nice enough, but it too is quite plain as it is a plain white-beige colour, although there is an obvious 'pearl-like' sheen to be observed from the liquid. I do feel that this particular Handwash is quite thin and runny, but I can't say that I've noticed it spilling or dripping during use.
The Carex Handwash produces a light, foamy lather, and it does so quite easily upon contact with water. The lather produced is not overly 'foamy' and it is rinsed easily from the skin. After hands have been dried, I am pleased to note that there is no tackiness or sticky residue present.
The product's main selling point, of course, is its aroma. I do find that the scent is not as strong as I'd anticipated, and it is without the sickliness that I'd presumed would be present. True, the aroma is very sweet, (unsurprisingly, as the product has been fragranced with a 'Cola Bottles' scent!) but I couldn't say that I found it over-bearing at all.
The scent of Cola Bottles IS noticeable, although I do wonder whether I'd have been able to pinpoint it as being this exact fragrance, had I not known prior to use. In reality, the scent is very pleasant, and I find it offers a nice change from other handwash products that I buy regularly.
I don't find that the Cola Bottles scent hangs around on the skin for too long after use; I am aware of the scent lingering on the skin's surface for a short time if I sniff at my hands, but I do find that the scent feels quite subdued on the skin.
As with all other Handwash products from the Carex brand that I have tried before, my sensitive skin has suffered from no aggravation during or after use of the Cola Bottles Handwash. Based on these results, I do recommend it as being entirely suitable for those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin issues.
The only real downside for me, when considering the product, is the fact that it is so expensive; I feel its price is rather inflated when compared to similar products.
Other than this point, however, I felt that it was a nice product that I would recommend.
My kids really liked the strawberry laces version of this hand wash so I thought that I would try out the cola bottle version too and see if it was as good as the strawberry laces one.
I really love the idea of these hand washes as I find it really difficult to get my kids to wash their hands before eating and it always turns into a stressful experience getting them to do it so the idea of a fun hand wash that makes it a little bit more enjoyable for them and less of a chore is good in my books.
Also being a hand wash by Carex it is also gentle on their delicate skin. My daughter suffers from eczema and loads of things irritate her skin and can make the eczema worse. This doesn’t irritate her skin or dry it out and it actually feels quite soothing.
It also kills 99.9% of bacteria so it is good to use before eating or when they come in from playing because for some reason my kids can go outside for five minutes yet come in with filthy hands and nails and I really want them to get in to a good habit with washing their hands because I know how important it is to stop germs being spread and stop them from getting as many colds.
The cola bottles hand wash isn’t quite as striking as the strawberry laces one mainly because of the colour which is a lot more muted. With the strawberry laces one they were excited to use it and wash their hands because the bright colour was attractive. This one to begin with didn’t have the same immediate appeal to them.
They loved the smell of it and again like the strawberry laces one I was surprised to see how much it actually resembled cola bottles. It is a nice smell but for me personally I didn’t like it quite as much though my kids enjoyed the smell of it.
This costs £1.85 and I think it is worth the price though for me personally I like the strawberry laces one better as I think the colour and the smell were more attractive. If your kids like cola bottles then they will probably love the smell of this and anything that encourages them to wash their hands more is definitely a good thing in my book.
I'm not usually sucked in my novelty products when I was searching for hand wash during my online shop and this one popped up under special offers I couldn't help but try it. The thought of a hand wash smelling like one of my childhood favourite sweets really appealed to me, I had previously tried the chocolate orange variety so this was an obvious extension to their novelty fragrances. I don't usually buy Carex hand was so their clever ploy worked. I usually try and get an even better deal and go for a larger bottle and this one was only a 250ml bottle so I knew it wouldn't last very long.
Sadly enough I couldn't wait to try and opened it straight away so we could start using it. I thought that this cola bottle hand wash would appeal to both my children and my husband. On first use I could smell the familiar cola bottle scent immediately and there was no mistaking it. It did smell exactly like cola bottle jelly sweets! My children obviously loved it and enjoyed using it and found every excuse to wash their hands which is usually something that they would forget to do. They would come running to me asking me to smell their hands and would ask me what they smelt like. The cola bottle fragrance did linger on the skin for quite some time which I was impressed by as usually novelty products such as this only work in the short term.
I have to admit I probably wouldn't buy it again as the bottle size is just too small, we got through the bottle ever so quickly as we are a family of 4. I usually have 500ml bottles of hand wash that cost even less than the Carex one even when it's on special offer so it's not particularly great value but I would expect to pay a slight premium for a novelty fragrance.
I bought this Carex Cola Bottles flavoured hand wash last time we went shopping as it was on offer in Morrisons for just £0.90 reduced from £1.80.
It is available from Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons and most supermarkets for around £1.80 for a 250ml bottle.
~ Bottle ~
The hand wash comes in a narrow, square shaped bottle with a pump dispenser.
The bottle is made from clear plastic with a sticker on the front with the Carex logo in blue and white and then a swish of brown with bubbles in it and pictures of some sparkling cola bottles.
The hand wash itself is a pearly cream colour.
~ In use ~
The hand wash, like the others from the Carex range claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
The back of the bottle suggests using two pumps with warm water and washing your hands for at least 15 seconds.
I find that quite a bit of hand wash is released with a single pump so you can push the pump dispenser half way down, which means that less will be dispensed. I rarely find that more is required.
The hand wash itself feels quite thin and runny on my hands, but it looks quite thick in the bottle.
It lathers up well and creates a thick, creamy lather, rather than a soapy one.
The scent of cola bottles is rather strong in the hand wash. It initially has a sour cola scent, like when you put a fizzy cola bottle sweet on your tongue and get that sharp, tangy taste.
I find that if you put your hands close to your face with this product on them to smell it, the scent of this hand wash can be a bit overpowering and harsh.
I do like this hand wash. It is a lovely scent. I find that the scent of cola bottles lingers on your hands for a while after you have washed them.
I had never tried this hand wash until I bought my current bottle, but it is definitely one I would consider buying again.
It makes my hands feel clean and refreshed. It is not drying at all like some similar products can be. It claims to have added moisturisers and it is quite creamy.
I believe the claims that this hand wash kills 99.9% of bacteria. It is great for keeping in the kitchen for using after handling raw meat. I also often have a bottle of Carex in my bathroom.
I think I prefer the chocolate orange and strawberry laces scented Carex hand washes, but I do really like this cola bottles hand wash. It is a very different scent. I don’t think I have come across any other cola flavoured toiletries.
=== Introduction: ===
Carex, owned by PZ Cussons, is a brand well known for its'''' anti-bacterial hand soaps. In recent years, they have started to produce ''''fun edition'''' soaps, such as chocolate orange, strawberry laces and my all time favourite, cola bottles!
=== Packaging: ===
This bottle of Carex looks just like any other! Small, square with a pump top. The liquid inside is a cola-bottle light brown colour that has a slight sheen to it. Despite its colour, it is actually quite attractive looking!
=== Smell: ===
This stuff smells incredible! Honestly, it smells exactly like cola bottles. And the smell lasts on your hands for quite a while too!
=== Consistency: ===
This soap is just the right consistency, it''''s not too thick and not too runny. It lathers up well and gives a satisfying cleaning feeling.
=== Price and Availability: ===
It only comes in 250ml bottles and can be found in most supermarkets.
Currently (as of July 15th 2014) the prices are:
I normally buy it when it''''s on offer, so I normally manage to grab it for around a pound or less!
=== Results: ===
This stuff leaves my hands feeling very clean and soft after use.
It doesn''''t react very well with strong smells (e.g onion and garlic) so it''''s no great for the kitchen, however, it''''s great for the bathroom, which is where I keep it.
I love this stuff, it smells great, it''''s not too expensive, it hydrates my skin and makes my hands feel clean and fresh. I dare say that the smell of this stuff would help incite little ones to wash their hand, but be careful, they may try to eat it!
Review also on Ciao under same username
I have read countless reviews on the Fun Edition Carex hand washes - and wanting to add some frivolity to hand washing I decided to give the Cola Bottles variety a try! I usually use blue Carex, so it is a brand I am happy with - and reassured of its quality and antibacterial properties. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty, and dirty they do get, as I am allergic to many types of rubber gloves. My time at home is mostly divided between dog care and food preparation, so it's really important that my hands are well cleaned in-between each activity. Of course, there is the extra mucky business of dog food preparation and that's when I really need a good scrub. I took the really extravagant step of washing my hands there and then, even though they didn't need it and I was quite delighted and amused at the lovely sweet cola scent! The bottle advised two squirts, but I found one was enough. The bottle claims that the hand wash kills 99.9% of bacteria, it is dermatologically tested, and warns to avoid contact with natural stone and stainless steel. Since I use this in the kitchen over a stainless steel sink I was a bit concerned but nothing horrible happened. The bottle is also recyclable. Just now a 250ml bottle is half price at Tesco for 90p. So how wash it when my hands were actually dirty! Not just as much fun, I'm sad to say. The smell got mixed in with whatever I had on my hands - and the result wasn't often pleasant. For example, oniony, garlicky hands and cola bottles to do not mix well, and I found the same with other strong smelling foodstuff such as tuna or herbs. However, curry and cola did seem to go well together, and as far as post-doggy care, the smell and the lather were great for cleaning up my hands. The real test was off course the doggy-dinner preparation - if I have any bones, rough cuts of meat or left overs they all get boiled up, and when cool I strip every morsel of meat off the remains to make a big gooey, greasy, gunky, gourmet meal for the mutts. Unfortunately my hands are always in a really bad state after doing this and poor old cola bottles was just not tough enough to shift the grease and the smell - so I resorted to the standard scrubbing brush and washing up liquid. I have to do this usually anyway, so I wasn't that surprised or disappointed that cola Carex wasn't just heavy duty enough. I've now switched the Cola Bottle Carex to the bathroom, where it is much nicer to use. I would recommend it for general hand-washing, but for especially pungent food preparation the scent doesn't work too well. Thanks for reading! Also posted on Ciao under same user name.
I had been meaning to get around to trying the new Carex range of ''foody'' scented hand washes for a while. The time finally came a couple of months ago when I saw them on offer in Sainsbury''s! I stocked up with 3 different scented Carex hand washes - Cola Bottles, Chocolate Orange and Strawberry Laces. I haven''t yet tried the Chocolate Orange or Strawberry Laces but can say that I am thoroughly addicted to Cola Bottles! The hand wash comes in a 250ml transparent bottle and looks similar to the other Carex hand washes but with little cola bottles dotted over the front. It has a pump top and dispensing the hand wash is very easy and convenient. I wasn''t too convinced that the hand wash would smell like cola bottles but it really does. It''s an absolutely gorgeous scent that is very sweet and reminds me of my childhood! It doesn''t smell like Coca Cola (that doesn''t really have a smell) but smells very similar to the cheaper ''value'' colas and smells EXACTLY like cola bottle sweets. The bottle reads ''Family Favourite Fragrance'' which is completely true as everybody in my family loves the scent and I have noticed that my daughter hasn''t stopped washing her hands since I placed the Cola Bottles hand wash in the bathroom! I definitely think this is a great hand wash to encourage children to wash their hands more often. The bottle also states that the hand wash ''kills 99.9% of bacteria'' which is good to know (I don''t like hand washes that aren''t anti-bacterial). The hand wash recommends 2 pumps per wash but I generally find that 1 pump is enough for me. The hand wash lathers well and the smell is very apparent when using it. The scent also transfers well to the skin and appears to stay on my hands for up to thirty minutes. It is said to have ''added moisturisers'' and I must say I have experienced no problems with my skin whilst using this hand wash, my hands have always been left soft and smooth after use. Carex Cola Bottles Hand Wash normally costs around the 1.50 mark but can often be found on offer (I got mine for 80p) and is available at most supermarkets. I have been using my current bottle regularly for about a month and there is still quite a lot left, so it''s pretty good value for money too! I''m happy to recommend.
A sweet handwash
Having tried the other unusually scented liquid hand soaps in this range - chocolate orange and strawberry laces - I couldn't resist giving this new version a try. I have to admit to being very unsure about the concept of it, however - as much as I like cola bottles I was unconvinced about the suitability of the fragrance for a handwash! But as it was half price in my local supermarket, for about 85p, I felt it was worth a try - and could always be palmed off (pardon the pun) on my five year old if it turned out to be too sickly sweet for me.
This comes packaged like any other liquid handsoap - in a plastic pump-action bottle. The colour of the handwash inside is a creamy beige colour, and is more like a pale toffee colour than cola! The very first thing I did when I got this home was to unscrew the top and have a good sniff. And, yes, this definitely smells of cola! I still wasn't convinced this would work too well as a handwash but decided to give it a go.
The texture of the handwash is really nice - it is smooth and creamy and creates a nice, quite rich lather. It also washes away really easily, leaving my hands feeling very clean and quite soft. But what of the crazy scent? Well... It is definitely odd and the smell of cola on your hands is definitely a bit disconcerting. But having said this, it isn't actually unpleasant. It is quite sweet, without being overpowering, and has that slight edge of vanilla to it which is pleasant. It manages to stay quite subtle, and isn't sickly as you may expect. Overall I actually like the smell and the fragrance lingers on the hands after use.
A bit of a grower
Although I wasn't quite sure about this at first, I found it really grew on me and by the time the bottle was finished I was converted! It is definitely quite odd and unusual but it is nice and a bit of fun. It was also a talking point with everyone who came round commenting on it! It was also quite a hit with my daughter too. I would actually buy this one again - although I think I still like the chocolate orange version the best.
I came across this hand wash whilst in the supermarket the other week. I though I would give it a go to get the kids to wash there hands. I bought it for £1. I gotta say this is one of the best £1 I have ever spent.
The kids love the smell of it. So when I ask them to wash there hands they go and do it properly as they love the smell. Sometimes I have to tell them to stop washing there hands lol.
I think this is a must for them mucky kids out there.
Only thing is every time I smell it I won't some cola bottles lol.
I have this one in the kitchen and in the bathroom I have the carex strawberry laces both are great for kids.
Girls love the strawberry laces as it is pink.
I think they both make me crave sweets.
When I was little, going to the corner shop and loading up on penny sweets was one of my favourite treats. My favourites were Cola Bottles (both the plain type and the fizzy ones) - in fact, I still have a soft spot for them now. So, when I spotted this Carex Cola Bottle handwash while browsing the aisles in my local supermarket, I just had to give it a try.
Carex Cola Bottles is marketed as a 'family favourite fragrance' handwash. It comes in a clear plastic bottle with a white pump dispenser. The front has the Carex logo, a couple of slightly random blue 'creatures' (apparently called 'The Squirts') and a swirl of fizzy cola. The hand wash claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria which seems to be fairly standard for this type of product. It is described as "a fun antibacterial handwash that the whole family will love to use, from the smallest to the biggest of hands". It is also said to have added moisturisers, support the skin's natural anti-bacterial defences and be "dermatologically tested for skin kindness". The product itself is a creamy beige colour, there is a 'hint' of Cola cola but only a very small hint.
Using the handwash is simple. The recommendations on the bottle suggest using two pumps of liquid, warm water and washing your hands for at least 15 seconds - this should be enough for the antibacterial properties of the handwash to work. To be honest, one pump produces a reasonable amount of slightly bubbly lather which is increased the longer you rub your hands together. The lather feels smooth and creamy, even slightly luxurious (which I wouldn't necessarily expect from an 'anti-bacterial' product' and my hands feel clean and soft after use. What I really love, however, is the fragrance. One squirt releases that delicious cola bottle smell, and I am instantly transported back to my five year old self, stood in that corner shop making the agonising decision over whether to choose cola bottles, flying saucers or foam bananas. Friends have also commented on the smell - they all seem to like it (well, we're all the same generation and getting a bit nostalgic as we approach the big 4-0 in the next couple of years) - and it does provide a little bit of a talking point! Although my hands do feel soft immediately after using the product, I don't feel that it has any long term moisturising effects. Even though it hasn't been a particularly cold winter, I've still suffered from the odd bit of cracked skin on my hands, and definitely need to use a proper hand cream to keep my hands in a reasonable condition. To be fair, I'm yet to find a handwash that is genuinely moisturising enough to avoid needing cream as well so that doesn't bother me too much.
This product is available in most locations where you would expect to find handwash. A quick google reveals it costs £1.00 in Wilkinsons, £1.20 on Ocado and £1.85 in Boots. Other fragrances in the 'Family Favourites' range include Chocolate Orange and Strawberry Laces... more childhood memories there!
I would recommend this product. I'm going with a four star rating because it doesn't moisturise as well as I would like, but it is probably closer to 4.5 stars. It is a product which does pretty much all you would expect it to do - cleans hands, kills bacteria (not that you can ever prove that) and smells delicious. And, the kids like it.... which means getting them to wash their hands is less of a battle!
I first encountered Carex Cola Bottle hand wash in our local shop, where it was spotted my daughter who was very eager to try it. I was rather sceptical at first and was unsure whether it was possible for any company to produce a hand wash with such a unique and specific scent. After all, there is no mistaking the distinct smell of cola bottles and to me, recreating this was going to be a tall order. However, as the product was on offer for two for £2, I decided to give it a shot, along with another Carex hand wash with the equally unique scent of 'Strawberry Laces'.
I believe the RRP price of this product to be around £1.60 for a 250ml bottle and I have seen it stocked in both Tesco and Morrisons.
The brand Carex makes me think of good quality so my expectations of this product were quite high and I wasn't disappointed with the hand wash.
The bottle is easy to use and features the usual pump dispenser top found on most hand wash bottles. The design on the bottle is clear, simple and appealing to children. It gives the impression that this hand wash is very different to any other. The bottle is also transparent so easy to see when the hand wash is running out. The hand wash itself is a creamy brown colour and as soon as I began washing my hands I noticed the sweet Cola smell. I was very impressed how much it really does smell like Cola bottles in a subtle way that is not too over powering, but strong enough to leave the distinctive scent.
I found that I only needed a small amount of the hand wash to get a good lather. The bottle states that it holds 18 washes, although I suspect that I will get more hand washes than that from it.
The bottle states that the hand wash kills 99.9% bacteria, which is a must in my opinion for all hand washes. It also claims to contain added moisturisers which make it kinder to skin. Having sensitive skin which is prone to drying out, this protection is very important to me. However, after washing my hands with this product for several days, I noticed that it didn't dry out my skin as much as the other hand washes I have used. This was an added bonus. This product also claims to care for nails. Another unique feature which you don't usually associate with a hand wash.
My daughter adores this hand wash and at first, was looking for excuses to go and wash her hands. However, I don't think that this will appeal to everyone. Some people may have the belief that soap should smell like soap and might miss that 'clean' smell on their hands after washing. A soap which smells like sweets doesn't really have that same effect. I also think that parents with younger children may need to be aware that this product really does smell good enough to eat! and young children should perhaps be closely supervised when using it.
The novelty of this product makes it worth its money and is a fun alternative to an everyday scented hand wash.
Carex hand wash bottle can be recycled.
Creating Carex Cola Bottle handwash is a totally unique idea and very appealing, particularly to children who perhaps may need more encouragement to wash their hands. It smells delicious and I can't wait to open the Strawberry Laces scented one.
Hand wash is an absolute essential item for me, however I usually find hand wash in cleaning product scents; by this I mean scents such a lemon and antibacterial smells. I stumbled across this cola bottle flavour handwash and was pleasantly surprised, it was the first time I saw such an adventurous flavour.
What does the product do?
Hand wash is used to remove unwanted bacteria and dirt leaving your hands clean and fresh. The main point of this product was obviously to clean hands however another important factor was the scent, I think that carex were trying to reach out to customers by using unusual different and unique scents.
My personal opinion
The delightful smell of cola bottles reminds me of carefree days when I just a little child, so personally I really like the smell. I really enjoyed using this hand wash as every time I used it it bought back great memories and left me feeling very nostalgic. This handwash was a favorite with my nieces and nephews who now seem to wash their hands more than ever!
The only problem i faces with this product was that there was not enough! I wish that it came in a bigger bottle as it finished so quickly.
Overall I really enjoyed using this product and I am glad that I tried it out instead of sticking with the usual cleaning product scents.