Product Type: Carex Hand & Nail Care
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Carex Collagen Boost Moisturising Handwash
Member Name: Nar2
Carex Collagen Boost Moisturising Handwash
Advantages: Great intoxicating scent, masks some food odours, antibacterial, gives good appearance on hands
Disadvantages: Slightly off putting colour, leaves hands rough, changing prices
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. İNar2 2008
Summary: Where's the moisturising aspect, Carex?
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