“ Brand: Carex / Type: Hand Wash / Subcategory: Moisturiser / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Moisturizes, brightens, „
I've had a bottle of this sitting by my kitchen sink for months now and today I finally used the last of it so I decided that it might be an appropriate time to review it.
Carex is quite a well known brand in handwash although I'm not the sort of person to be blinded by brands, infact I think my mum bought this one. That said for a brand to get popular in the first place it must be doing something right.
This particular handwash of theirs is distinguished by the fact that it is 'collagen boost' which they claim is essential for skin health - now I'm 21 and not in any way suffering from wrinkles, cracks or dry patches of skin on my hands so I can't say whether this is in anyway affective and combating these issues. Suffice to say though it hasn't made my skin feel any more moisturised than any other standard handwash I've tried so this could well be just another marketing ploy.
The bottle is roughly square shaped with a purple pump dispenser on the top (not particularly stylish or attractive) and it contains 250ml of handwash. The handwash itself is translucent with a slight hint of purple to it and has quite a thick consistency that doesn't run straight off your hands and down the plug hole before you've had the chance to wash your hands with it. It lathers up quite well and gives off a faintly floral aroma which is quite pleasant.
My hands do feel quite clean after use but this handwash can't get rid of everything - for example I bleached some clothes earlier today so my hands had touched diluted bleach, I then washed them with this handwash but when I sniff my hands I can't smell the handwash instead I can still smell the bleach. Granted though bleach is a very strong product and otherwise this handwash is quite effective at cleansing your hands.
The product does last quite a while as you only need a small amount each time (one pump is generally enough) and as said above it has lasted me for quite a few months with average use of once a day.
Overall I don't think I'll be buying this again unless it's on a really good special offer - it's not that there's anything wrong with it exactly, it's just that there's nothing about it that puts it above other handwashes on the market that are available for cheaper (bog standard tesco handwash does just aswell and I actually prefer the tesco packaging too).
There are many handwashes that I have purchased and very much liked and vowed to continue using, and I will, but only if there isn't a better offer on some other handwashes in my local Tesco. One such offer that I took up a few weeks ago was a buy one get one free offer on Cussons Carex Collagen Boost Hand wash, with each container offering 50% extra free as well, so even better. It currently retails in Tesco for £1.
This carex handwash claims to be dermatologically tested with a non drying formulation, and containing a unique blend of moisturisers, leaving your hands hygienically clean.
As the name of the product states, this handwash contians collagen, which is 'essential for smooth and supple hands' according to the front of the item. How much collagen is in the product is not stated.
I don't tend to suffer much from dry skin, since I have predominately oiily skin, however my hands are in and out of water continually and I do like them to be soft and smooth. This carex handwash is easy to use, easy to lather up, and I do feel that my hands are fresh and clean afterwards. There is not a strong scent to this handwash, although there is a light fragrance that does linger on your hands, which smells clean.
Although I am happy using this product, and as I said, I feel that is cleanes my hands, which is really all I am after in a handwash, I think I prefer some other handwashes such a dove to this. Yes, my hands reamin soft and smooth when using this, but it is not something that I have noticed a big difference in. So although I would purchase this handwash again if it is on offer, for the simple fact that is cleans my hands well, I would certainly not rush to buy this simply because it has collagen in it, as I quite frankly have not noticed any significance difference in my hands for the 2 or 3 weeks that I have been using this handwash, which is a little disappointed. However, as a simple handwash to clean your hands, then this is fine, if you are looking for something that will leave your hands smelling really nice then there are better handwashes out there.
I fancied a change to my usual handwash and this one caught my eye on the shelve.
This handwash is made by the well known soap company Cussons and the range is called Carex. This is one of the newer versions and is called hygienically clean. It is an antibacterial handwash.
It comes in a very nice see through bottle. The soap inside is a pink colour. It has a purple pump dispenser, which has a pearl like sheen to it.
The bottle itself is very easy to open just twist and the pump is activated. It is very easy to push the pump down to dispense the soap. I like the square shape of the bottle as it makes it very sturdy and you can easily dispense the soap without having to pick up the bottle. It is also a nice size and does not take up too much space on the sink. It is very hygienic due to being a pump dispenser and not a bar of soap, where bacteria etc can be transferred.
This handwash is nice and thick and stays easily on your hands. It has a nice silky feel to it. It leaves your hands feeling soft and moisturised. This soap has collagen added which is essential for skin health. It maintains the skin natural pH. It has been tested to counter act odours so is perfect for use in the kitchen too.
It smells very nice and fresh and has a very pleasant perfume to it. It is also a very pleasing colour.
It comes in a 250ml bottle. It costs £1.49 (it is often found on special offer.)
It is available from most supermarkets.
I first used this product when I found it on offer in my local supermarket and have loved the product so much have continued to use over the last few months
The first thing that caught my eye was the colour. Lilac/purple is the colour of my bathroom and so the dispenser fitted in beautifully with my colour scheme.
I found the dispenser unusual in that it worked perfectly right down to the last drop unlike many other products I have tried in the past.
The liquid soap was amazing. Not only was the perfume appealing but the aroma remained on my hands for several hours.
I now also keep one in the kitchen to wash my hands when I come in from a couple of hours strenuous gardening.
This was where I discovered the truly fantastic cleaning powers this product holds. You see I am rather lazy and do not use gardening gloves, consequently my hands are usually black with dried earth under every nail. You can imagine the difficulty removing this But with Carex there was no rubbing and scrubbing ending up with red swollen hands. The dirt wasremoved almost instantaneously and the moisturising effect was superior to any other.
All in all a fantastic hand product you certainly must try, at a good price and i will always search the shelves for this one.
Carex by Cussons and I go back a long way; well before any other brand of antibacterial hand wash became known to me. As far as I'm aware Carex is a brand name that certainly put antibacterial liquid hand wash on the market for the domestic customer, and for once it replaced the more traditional use of perhaps using a medicated soap such as Dettol to rid yourself of germs in the home. Available in different varieties (Carex currently have five antibacterial hand washes as well as four new hand gels which combat germs on contact amidst other new products), I was only ever a buyer of two of their products many years ago and appreciated their overall quality and a long lasting fragrance; so its good to see that Carex have really gone to town to offer the consumer that little bit more. This current product has been dermatologically tested and claims to be Ph neutral.
Over the years their bottles haven't changed much although this one has a feminine pastel purple colour and a glossy push down pump at the top whilst sides of it are slightly curved in the way against the more traditional squarish bottle. That in itself should tell you without its additional blurb stating that it has "Collagen Boost," this is a special liquid hand wash against other varieties in the Carex range and with its skin orientated claims, its clearly marketed for people who want to look after their hands and leaving them in good healthy condition soft after each application.
The price of the product depends largely on where you shop. At my local Somerfields I found this on sale for the 250ml size bottle at a cost of £1-87 whilst Tesco recently had it on sale at a reduced price of £1-47. My local pound shop only sells the original blue and green bottled versions so no hope there!
The moment you open this hand wash up reveals a wonderful flowery scent that is both heavy and reminiscent of Myrrh and sometimes Mistletoe. I find that it is extremely long lasting and whilst the product claims only to cover up the smells of citrus fruits and onions, I find it works well after use of emptying our refuse bin as well as handling other mild cleaning liquids; it does however not clear the smell of handling strong foods such as fish or Danish blue cheese! The scent is quite progressive though; positive in its high tones but still refreshing if you have been used to the normal clinical smell of original Carex and quite intoxicating if you apply too much! On appearance the liquid wash has a soft purple milk look whilst its consistency is fairly gloopy without being too thick. Sometimes it reminds me of washing liquid for wool on appearance. One push of the dispersing pump is all you need for an overall rinse and clean of dirty hands, although my mum uses two pumps to get a more thorough effect. More importantly it foams up well and feels soft in between my fingers and hands when washing under a lukewarm to hot water tap.
Whilst there are claims of masking odours and that they do stand up well to the claims made by Carex on the back of the bottle, hands in general are one of the worst areas of your body which get the most abuse and often need constant moisturisation. I know this well from being a pianist which is why I often have different reviews of different hand and moisturiser products! The Collagen boost however has been added to improve the "skin health," of hands in general, prolonging ageing perhaps and since I've been using this product, to some extent I have noticed a better condition of the skin on my hands overall.
Now to my mind, the use of any product to be applied to skin that contains or pertains to include "Collagen," immediately creates images of Collagen pumped lips and a faded image of the lips of Lesley Ash after the event! Collagen has a few wonderful properties, briefly being composed of bone or cartilage and when used in beauty products is said to repair skin rather than soften it. It is however the perception of many that Collagen will naturally soften skin. Sadly it doesn't and an interesting fact of Collagen is that when it's boiled up, it turns to Gelatine!
Not that you should boil up Carex to see if it does indeed turn into a purple mousse like jelly!
After use Carex Collagen Boost leaves my hands feeling quite rough and that's surprising since the product does promise to prevent dry skin, even though it may not have additives to combat serious dry skin allergies like eczema, I find generally that Collagen Boost Carex dries out my hands and they don't feel moisturised at all. Infact most antibacterial hand washes have this problem of drying out hands generally, and here the Collagen Boost is no different. This is where other liquid hand washes which are not antibacterial in their nature do a better job and yet Carex claim that none of their liquid washes are of a "non-drying formulation" (taken from their UK website).
So in terms of being able to offer so many advantages as well as being reasonably healthy for your hands, Carex Collagen Boost should be approached with caution if you assume that a Collagen additive will keep your hands soft. And if you don't assume that then you may well question why Carex go to the bother of adding info that all of their hand washes including Collagen Boost have moisturisers built in - well with this product I haven't found any. Collagen Boost does however smell great, can give some healthy appearance if used for a long time before the bottle finishes and the scent lasts for a very long time. Until consumers can have measures to test whether this product is truly antibacterial, its all very much down to what brand name reputation would have you believe; and for the moment Carex seems to be strengthening its ability to combat its clean factor based on its antibacterial expertise; you only need to research their product base to see how far they have come. For most consumers that's all they need to know before purchase. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
Carex has done very well for itself I reckon...I'm not sure how long they've been around, but it has been only the last couple of years since I first bought one of their products, I think it was a packet of handwipes or something and I do remember being a bit apprehensive of them as they were 'new' and lesser know back then, well, at least to me.
But now, a lot of the bath and hygiene products that we get are actually from them and they seem to have boomed and the shelves have been filled a lot more of their things.
I was pretty excited when I saw this one - we're a bit mad with the handwashes in our house, it's what makes us wash our hands more often. If we run out, then we end up washing our hands for half an hour - the psychologists should advise on Carex for OCD!
Anyway, this particular handwash is actually is a little different from the others. It doesn't actually have the anti-bacterial agent the original Carex ones have, or else it is not stated on the packaging. I think this one comes from their unofficial 'pampering' range rather than for hygiene use.
I happily popped this one into my basket as I was looking forward to getting nice soft plump hands again with using this - or so I'd hoped.
I know my expectations were a little too high as my hands didn't really feel any different after using this. Nevertheless this is still a lovely handwash and has a nice consistency, not too slippery like a few of their other ones from the original range. It has a very pleasant feminine smell and will definitely appeal more to women buyers. To be fair, my hands did feel somewhat softer after using this.
The pinkish colour makes it look very cosy and comforting, but unfortunately spoiled by the word 'collagen' advertising it... yes, this was the word that got me to buy it in the first place, and I was a little disappointed for it not to live up to what the 'collagen' part was going to achieve (plumper, smoother hands).
Besides the 'collagen' - this is another decent handwash in their top quality range.
For £1.39, definitely worth it !
*** Cussons Carex Collagen Boost Liquid Handwash ***
Cussons Carex comes in an attractive square shaped plastic see through bottle. The wash inside is a pastel pink. When I picked the bottle up from the shelf in Boots, it felt comfortable in my hand. It is shaped at the sides for easy handling, and had a pretty purple pearlised push down dispenser to the top. To the front of the bottle it has a blue soap bubble image with Cussons Carex written within, alongside the words Hygienically clean. There is a further pink soap bubble with the statement Collagen boost-Moisturising handwash! And the claim that it contains Collagen "Essential for skins health". The bottle contains 250 mls and cost £1.49.
Now I was intrigued to find out a little more about Collagen. Is it indeed "Essential for skins health"? as they so claim, I wonder...
Collagen makes up 75% of skin tissue but we lose 1 and a half % of it each year, hence the ageing process that none of us can escape. Collagen is responsible for the strength of skin and it's elasticity, and its gradual decline lead to wrinkles that go hand in hand with aging. We can however give back to the skin, the properties that are lacking, by replacing the Collagen to help restore somewhat, the appearance of the skin. Collagen's can be sourced from equine, bovine, or porcine, and even human sources and are sometimes used in combination with silicone and other substances-
So in reply to the statement Cussons Carex with Collagen is essential for skins health"...Yes it is, to a degree.
On opening the Carex you need to twist the dispenser to unlock, and the nozzle will extend itself to full height for application,which I found I could do with ease. It is well made and not at all fiddly. The bottle itself is slim and very sturdy and will not take up too much room when placed on the sink. It measures six inches high when fully opened and 1 and a half inches deep. The width is just under four inches wide. I like the slimness of this bottle, some containers are much too bulky to actually sit on the sink without getting in the way. So I shall give it 10/10 for the design of the bottle.
I took the dispenser fully out of the bottle to get a real impression of the scent And it is actually quite pleasant. It smells very fresh and slightly clinical. A smell of lemons and chamomile as far as I could detect. This product contains hexyl cinnamal. This is is an additive used in perfume and cosmetics and it is the essential oil of chamomile. Hexyl cinnamal is a class B allergen. It is also an irritant in concentrations higher than recommended. Though I should imagine the amount in this hand wash would be well within the safety guidelines. So it has a nice fresh clean smell about it without being flowery or overpowering. So I shall give it 9/10 for scent.
As I pump the Carex onto my hands, a measured amount is dispensed. I scoop some water to blend it in and the first thing I notice is that the consistency of the Carex is fairly thick and stays upon the hand without running. The feel of it upon my skin is that of silkiness and a definite moisturising feel. The lather is soaping quite well and is just enough for the job. I massage it in and leave on my skin for for about a minute, giving time for the handwash to work into my skin well. On completion of washing and rinsing my hands, then drying, they are feeling really moisturised as if I had just applied hand cream, and they are also feeling really soft and clean. My hands have now been left with a lovely fresh smell. So I already like the feel of the product and I am quite impressed with the softening effect on my hands, so I shall give it 9/10 for feel.
I think the advantage that liquid soap has over the more old fashioned product of tablet soap, is that of hygiene. Obviously each application is fresh and no ones hands will have touched it before. Also liquid soap is non messy, as opposed to the tablet form which leaves hard caked soap upon the sink which I find quite hard to clean off. Tablet soap also loses it's scent quite quickly, whereas liquid soap retains it's perfume inside the bottle. So all in all liquid soap scores all round for me.
Long term benefits: Well obviously I cannot say as yet, as you would need to use this product for some while before giving that opinion. What I will do is up-date this review after using up this bottle, to add my opinion on any benefits which I may notice. I think the very fact that on the first appliction I noticed a softness and moisturising feel, that Collagen Boost will add conditioning properties to my skin. Apart from that; only time will tell.
Carex with Collagen claims to be a Unique antibacterial formulation, to maintain skins natural PH balance, to help prevent dry skin, to be Dermatologically tested, and to counter and freshen common food odours! Cussons have actually tested this product for effect on Onions and Citrus odours. Carex claims to leave your hands 'hygienically soft and clean'.
As with most products this comes with a warning to Avoid contact with eyes!!-In case of contact rinse well with cold water. And it also warns to avoid contact with fabrics. I can only presume because of staining. For your information, all ingredients contained in the Carex are listed on the back of the container. Once opened the the use by date of Collagen Boost is 18 months. I will just mention that after I had washed and rinsed my hands I put my finger to my mouth and there was a very strong sharp taste left from the Handwash which I immediately rinsed out. So be careful not to do that.
The Cussons Company.
The Cussons Company was formed in the early 1900's, and in 1920 Alexander Cussons set up a soap factory in Kersal Vale, Salford where production still continues to this day. Cussons is now a multinational company, with sales in many Commonwealth countries, inc: UK, Thailand and the Middle East.
I actually did have to search a little for this product. But I eventually did find it in Boots. I presume you could find it at any large supermarket chain or chemist. This product comes in a 250ml container and cost me £1.49 ( Prices may vary from store to store.)
My Final Thoughts.
I liked this product very much. I like the convenience and hygienic aspect of liquid handwash. The smell of the Carex was pleasant and fresh. The bottle was attractive and slim, and easy to grip, and the feel on my skin, and after washing, was very moisturising. The price was fine. It was what I would expect to pay for a quality product. All in all I was very happy with this purchase, and would definitely buy it again. So I shall be recommending Carex Collagen Handwash with confidence.
**If you wish to contact Cussons details are as below**
PZ Cussons House,
Bird Hall Lane
Telephone: 44 161 491 8000
Fax: 44 161 491 8191
Thank you for reading.
A handwash with collagen / Effectively removes dirt and kills bacteria leaving your hands feeling soft and moisturised /