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I bought this travel size antibacterial hand gel to take on holiday with me as I wasn't sure what the hygiene standards would be like. It cost me £1.45 from boots. I've been really pleased with it, so much so that I have used it all up rather quickly.
This is a small, travel size product, containing 50 ml of gel. It is packaged in a transparent flexible bottle allowing you to see the pale green product inside. The bottle fits neatly in the palm of your hand and is a great size for popping in even the smallest of handbags. As a mum to 3 little ones, I always keep some sort of antibacterial gel either in the baby's changing bag or in my handbag. It's amazing how often it is useful!
The gel is dispensed through a pump action screw on top. It is useful for rationing the amount that comes out as you really only need 2 or 3 pumps per application. The blurb on the bottle claims that a 50 ml bottle will do 100 applications. I'm a little dubious about this!
Initially the smell if the alcohol denat is quite overpowering but this fades within seconds. The fragrance that remains is a warm aloe aroma which I really like. There is no trace of the alcohol smell. This is a big improvement on some of the other brands I have tried.
The gel dries quickly and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and very clean.
The bottle states that this gel kills 99.9% of bacteria which is on a par with most products of this type.
I should also mention that this is part of a range of carex hand gels which includes moisture plus, sensitive and original.
In summary I have been extremely pleased with this product and wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again.
THE PRODUCT: I have always had one of these small bottles in my bag with me no matter where I go as I find it handy to have, especially as I look after my nephews a lot. This hand Gel with Aloe Vera is an effective hand cleanser that can be used without water so is perfect on the go. Carex claims that the gel kills 99.9% of bacteria. They also claim that this hand gel dries instantly and the Aloe Vera in the gel helps to keep your hands nice and soft. I only started using this product a few years ago but since then I make sure I have one of these in my bag at all times.
PRICE/AVAILABILITY: I purchased a 50ml bottle of this (perfect for travelling) for £1.45 from my local Boot store. They also sell this product in Superdrug as well.
USING THE PRODUCT: The hand gel comes in a handy travel sized bottle which makes it perfect for popping into a small bag so you can take it wherever you go. Simply press down on the lid and this will pop up the front so you can squeeze the bottle gently to dispense some of the gel. You only need a little on the gel and once this has been dispensed onto your hands simply spread over the palms, backs of your hands and also the fingertips. This gel has a slight green tinge to it which must be something to do with the Aloe Vera in the product. I find that a little of this goes a long way so you need to be careful when squeezing the bottle to dispense some of the product. I found the gel very refreshing to use and it instantly made my hands feel refreshed and clean. The gel didn't dry out my hands or make them feel tight like some products I have tried before.
OVERALL OPINION: This is a really great product to have with you wherever you go and the handy travel sized bottle means that it can easily fit into a handbag or even a jacket pocket. I use this hand gel regularly and my nephews use it as well if we go out for somewhere to eat when in town. The gel doesn't have a great deal of scent to it but it does smell refreshing. I found the gel easy and nice to use and it did make my hands feel clean after rubbing the gel all over them and in between my fingers. The 50ml bottle should last for at least 100 applications which I think is very good. In terms of value I think the product is very reasonable. This is a regular buy for me.
I always carry some hand sanitiser gel around with me, as I find it so handy to have it for use throughout the day. There can be all sorts of reasons why I find I need to use it - from wanting to clean my hands when ordering food that requires to be eaten by hand to changing my daughter's nappies, this trusty little handwash always comes in very useful.
Carex sell a range of sanitisers, but I always seem to go back to this one, the aloe vera version. They do sell an original one that has no scent, but I found personally found that I preferred to use a scented one. Even though the aloe vera scent given from this is very subtle, I think in some respects it plays tricks on my mind and makes me think that my hands must be clean and fresh as the scent is also fresh.
It comes in a small bottle, that can be picked up in various places such as Boots and Tesco for somewhere between £1 and £1.50. For that, you receive 50ml of gel in a bottle, which is supposed to last for around 100 applications. The bottle is very handy to slot into a handbag or pocket. I have seen it available in two sorts of bottle - one a small squeezy type and one with a pump lid and having used both, I always try to get hold of the pump lid one. It's so much easier for application. Both bottles are fairly discreet.
It just needs one to two pumps on the bottle to squirt enough into the palm of your hand. Then it's just a case of rubbing your hands together so that the gel soaks in. Another reason I tend to opt for this is due to it's consistency - this gel is easy enough to rub in quickly, yet it never tends to slip off my hand. Only a small amount is needed too. My hands don't feel wet really after use, just a little damp for a couple of minutes until it has dried. The gel is very light green in colour but this isn't visible once applied.
The bottle claims that this gel kills 99.9% of bacteria. Obviously, I can't confirm whether that's true or not but I can say that my hands feel cleaner after use. Perhaps not as much so as using handwash, water and drying with a towel, but I feel happy enough to eat food by hand after using this as I feel that my hands are clean enough, certainly cleaner than not using anything on them. There are also many times that a sink and handwash aren't available close by, or those times when I've visited public toilets only for there to be no soap in the dispenser. For those times, this comes in incredibly handy - with the choice of this or just plain old water, I would choose this every single time. The only thing I would say is that this doesn't provide a deep clean. For messy jobs, such as gardening, I wouldn't opt for this as it wouldn't provide the chance to rinse the dirt off my hands which would be required.
I would definitely recommend this gel as a handy item to have when out and about. I wouldn't recommend this to replace handwashes at home, just as an extra for your travels. Four stars - one off for the alternative bottle that doesn't have a pump lid. I'm not sure why the two are offered but the pump lid is so much handier.
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So, I work in retail which means that I am in contact with a lot of germs ALL the time. Handling money is a really easy way to catch germs and I recently decided enough was enough, I was not going to spend another year with constant colds and stomach bugs! So I tried a couple of different anti-bacterial gels to keep my hands clean and germ free. So far, this is by far my favourite.
The gel I am reviewing is a 50ml version of Carex Aloe Vera hand gel. I picked mine up in Boots at an introductory price of £1 but it is readily available in most supermarkets and pharmacists. The packaging claims to kill 99.9% bacteria in seconds. It comes in a small clear plastic squeeze bottle with a push top. The gel is a cool pale green colour which complements the refreshing scent well. It smells of a gentle aloe Vera/ cucumber but is nice and gentle and not at all overpowering. It is also refreshing to have a gel like this which doesn't have that chemical alcohol smell left in its wake, there is no trace of that at all.
I am a big fan of this gel. To use, you simply squeeze a small amount not your hands and rub it in using a brainwashing motion. The gel us quickly and easily absorbed and doesn't leave a sticky residue. My hands feel instantly refreshed and clean. Also, despite having alcohol denat as in ingredient, the gel doesn't leave my hands feeling dry. I really feel protected, and recently when there was a nasty stomach bug going around work, I was one of the only people not to fall victim to it. I will definitely be keeping a bottle of this in my handbag from now on.
==WHY I USE CAREX HAND GEL==
As I get frequent visits from my nephews and nieces, I find it very important to keep my hands free from germs and bacteria, as we all know very young children and newborns can be prone to infections a lot more easily due to their developing immune systems. As a result I tend to have a few of these Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera bottles handy, one in the kitchen and one safely tucked away in my hand bag. Using public transport often, taking children to nursery or to doctor appointments can make them and including myself more vulnerable to infections; so therefore having one in my hand bag is highly useful.
==WHAT IS CAREX HAND GEL WITH ALOE VERA==
Carex Hand Gel Aloe Vera comes in a handy compact sized bottle that contains a gel that effectively cleans hands without the need of any water, the instantly absorbs into the skin using the added ingredient Aloe Vera to keep skin nice and soft.
The gel comes in a 50ml sized transparent bottle made of plastic. On the front the blue Carex logo is clearly visible, along with information of what the gel is (hand gel) and that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. The ingredients are listed on the back of the bottle.
Ingredients: Alcohol Denat.,Aqua ,Glycerin ,Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract ,Carbomer ,Parfum ,Citric Acid ,Potassium Sorbate ,Aminomethyl Propanol ,Benzophenone-1 ,Limonene ,Linalool ,Hexyl Cinnamal ,Butylphenyl Methylpropional ,Geraniol ,Citronellol ,CI 19140 ,CI 42090
The packaging also states that it is flammable and should be kept away from sources of ignition, as well as clearly stating instructions of use.
The bottle has a plastic lid on top a pump to prevent the gel from leaking. The pump is just underneath the lid and is where the gel comes out of. The gel in appearance is a green colour, which in my opinion shows the inclusion of the Aloe Vera plant extract and gives it a more natural appearance.
The bottle also states that each bottle contains 100 applications. In my opinion the bottle lasts me a good few months, with two or three applications per day. So you do get a lot in a 50 ml bottle.
==PUT TO THE TEST==
Push down the pump to dispense the gel onto the hands. I then gently rub the gel onto my hands thoroughly. I found that the gel almost instantly absorbs into the skin, leaving them nice a soft thanks to the added element of Aloe Vera. This is great, as I tend to suffer from sensitive skin that can get easily dry after using hand wash or other hand gels, but thankfully this left my hands feeling smooth and clean. It does have a soapy type fragrance, as well as a small scent of alcohol; which was expected due to its high alcohol content. However the fragrance is not over powering and just lingers for a few minutes, which I personally liked as I just wanted a simple hand gel that did not give off too much scent.
As it dries so quickly, it saves a lot of time from using hand washes with water and the added time need to use a paper towel to dry the wet hands. Therefore I found this Carex hand gel not only to be effective but also very convenient.
I like the fact that it comes in a compact pocket size bottle, making it even more easily readily available. All I have to do is pop it out of my hand bag or pocket and apply it and pop in back into my handbag.
I purchased mine from Tesco at around £1.00 for a 50ml bottle. It is also available at boots but at a higher price of £1.45. It also comes in a 200ml sized bottle priced at £2.69 from boots, however I find it hard to find the 200ml bottle at Tesco, so it is worth shopping around to look for offers etc.
In conclusion I would highly recommend this product. It comes in a handy pocket sized bottle making it very easy to carry around when out and about. The gel is fast absorbent, easy to apply, and leaves hands feeling soft and dry. The fact that it kills 99.9% of bacteria is a huge plus, and has probably saved my young relatives and family members from catching bugs and viruses. The bottle lasts me for a good length of time, making it value of money.
==My rating for this item is 5/5==
Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera
I'm sure I'm not the only person these days that often carries a little bottle of anti-bacterial hand gel around with them in their handbag. Personally, I find that the hand gel just takes the slight yuck feeling out of commuting on busy buses or when out shopping and you just can't find a place to wash your hands before you tuck into a nice cup of coffee and cake. It is a great convenience item that comes in handy more than you might think it could in a range of different circumstances. It's also a great little bottle to have in the medicine cabinet, especially this time of year and if any of your family members have been affected by the Winter bug virus or flu.
When you first use the Carex anti-bacterial hand gel you will notice that it does have quite a watery consistency (as does most of all these types of products) and when you initially dispense some of the gel you really do need to rub it in quickly before it can run everywhere. However, a small amount will and does go a long way and the hand gel so you don't need to use much to cover both hands. The gel is also very fast to absorb and in a matter of seconds your hands will be left dry and feeling refreshed.
So far in my experience the Carex hand gel won't leave your hands any worse off than it found them. When my husband was in hospital for a few weeks and I was going back and forth visiting him every day I always had a bottle of this product in my pocket because I found that when I used the hospital equivalent multiple times throughout a day (which you will find at all the main doors on and off of wards, etc) my hands where getting dried, cracked and rather painful. The Carex hand gel with added Aloe Vera just doesn't dry out my hands to the same degree.
If I'm honest I do think that the packaging isn't the greatest and best design possible. I have had a few moments of panic when I have thought that the Carex hand gel has leaked all over my bag but so far that hasn't actually happened despite the fact that the top just won't stay on, but I do make a big effort to keep this hand gel in a small pocket that it can be stored up right and not left lying on its side or near anything else that might continually bump into it.
So does it work?
As far as I know yes. Or at least it certainly in my experience hasn't done any harm and it is much more pleasant to use than the generic brands that I'm sure everyone has tried at the their local hospital. The Carex hand gel hasn't dried the skin on my hands and it doesn't really leave a nasty residue. It is always nice to finally get to properly wash my hands but using the hand gel is a quick and mostly pleasant substitute.
My favourite thing about the Carex hand gel with Aloe Vera and the reason that I keep going back to buy this one rather than some of the other hand gels available is the lovely fragrance. The Aloe Vera smell is really fresh, appealing and clean, it is exactly what I would expect and want in an anti-bacterial hand gel and a skin care product in general.
If you are interested in trying the Carex hand gel for yourself then you can easily find it in most supermarkets, drug stores or smaller grocery shops for around £1.50. I usually pick this sort of item up either during my weekly supermarket shop or from Boots - you've got to love those points!
To sum, the Carex hand gel is a nice product to use, it smells lovely and it doesn't leave the skin on my hands dry or sore.
The Carex hand gel with Aloe Vera definitely gets the full Five out of five star rating from me. If you are looking for a anti-bacterial hand gel then I would highly recommend trying this one.
When my daughter was younger, one thing I always took around in her changing bag was hand gel so we could clean our hands whenever we need too, after changing her bum for example. It's something that I like to keep in my handbag now, you can never wash your hands too much to keep germs at bay. The hand gel I'm using at the moment is this Carex one.
Carex hand gel with aloe vera can be purchased from places such as Asda, Tesco and Boots and usually costs around the £1 mark.
The plastic see through bottle contains 50ml of the hand gel, it has all the relevant information and claims that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. There is a handy pump on the top of the bottle that is covered by a plastic lid to stop it 'going off' in your bag and covering the contents in gel (very handy!). The bottle being small means it is ideal to use on the move and would fit in most hand bags or even jeans pockets and such.
To use the hand gel you simply push on the pump and it dispenses the gel, the pump is easy to push and I find one squirt is adequate to get a good clean of both hands. When it comes out, the gel does have the normal strong alcohol smell to it, it is cold to the touch and has a gel like consistency. It doesn't stay like this for long, once you start working it over your hands the gel turns runny and the strong alcohol smell does start to disappear. It doesn't take much rubbing over your hands before it disappears entirely and leaves a fresh, clean scent on your hands. I find that it doesn't leave my hands dry like some other hand gels have done in the past, they feel nice and clean.
As for Carex claiming that the hand gel kills 99.9% of germs, I can't tell you if that is true or not, I don't have special germ seeing abilities! But it is reassuring to know that they do and you don't have to worry about carrying germs around after touching different surfaces.
I'd definitely recommend this aloe vera hand gel from Carex, although it's a small bottle, it lasts months as you only need to use one pump at a time. It cleans hands well and doesn't dry them out. The hand gel is well worth the £1 spent.
I like to have a hand gel in my hand bag just in case I ever feel the need to wash my hands but it's not convenient to go and wash them in a sink with soap and water. I find my hands sometimes feel a bit grubby if I have been out and touching a lot of stuff, especially when holding onto the railings on the tube and the thought of all the germs on surfaces like that is a bit unnerving so if I am going to do something when I get off the tube like eat a sandwich then I am really glad of having a hand gel to use!
I bought this one as I saw it in Tesco recently and had used another one from Carmex before which I was happy with, the grapefruit and lime, so I felt I could trust this brand. Aloe Vera appealed to me as it is a typical clean fresh scent. I think I paid around a £1 for this and it contains 50 ml which the bottle states is 100 applications.
My bottle is a squeeze one with a flip top cap, slightly different to the one pictured which has a pump. My other Carmex gel had a pump and I definitely prefer that packaging as it is so much easier to dispense the gel from a pump. With my current aloe Vera bottle, sometimes way too much gel is squirted out and it is a waste. I would definitely make an effort to buy the pump bottle next time.
The gel is easy to use. When dispensed it has a strong alcohol smell but when rubbed over the hands it dries pretty much instantly and the alcohol smells fades and leaves a fresh clean aloe scent. I like this and I find it nicer than the grapefruit and lime as it smells cleaner and more neutral. It does feel a little bit drying on my skin when I use it often, as alcohol can be drying and not especially kind, but I think that's an acceptable price to pay for the convenience of being able to wash hands and keep germs at bay this easily without water. I do wash my hands at a sink when I can so I am not constantly relying on this and so it hasn't made my hands too dry really.
The bottle states it kills 99.9% of bacteria, which is very reassuring. It also makes it great to use when I have a cold and want to get rid of germs after I have been coughing into my hand as I would not want to pass on all the germs if I then have to shake hands with someone etc.
The bottle really is pocket and hand bag friendly as it is so small. So I think it's definitely something that will come in handy for most people to have and I would recommend it.
Introduction about Cussons Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel
This review is about Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel. I brought the Customs Carex Aloe Vera Hand gel in the sample size of 50 ml. On the front of the bottle it says "Refreshing Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel" and the phrase "kills 99.9% of bacteria in seconds". This phrase is what made me buy this hand gel as I like to make sure that my hands are clean all the time and clear of germs picked up on my journey to and from work. Another reason that I brought Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel is because it is a small bottle and does not take up too much space in my hand bag. To use the gel, you have to click the press button downwards on the bottle and then dispense the hand gel on to the palm of your hands and rub your hands together and spread the gel all over your hands. The aloe vera smell is nice and has a light fragrance and the smell is not overpowering. Cussons Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel costs about £1.27 for 50ml at various outlets.
Other Information about Cussons Carex Aloe Vera Hand Gel
Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel is made in Indonesia. The ingredients of Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel consists of Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Benzophenone-1, Aloe Barbadensis, Parfum, Citronellol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl, Methylpropianal. Linalool, CI 19140, CI 42090. The supplier indicates that you should not bring the hand gel in contact with fabric as it can discolour it. I hope you are not allergic to any of the ingredients as this is a fantastic hand gel. I have sensitive skin and I suffer from allergies, however this hand gel was brilliant and it blended well on to my skin and I suffered no irritation at all. I will definitely buy Cussons Carex Aloe Vera hand gel again and I will be having a bottle in my hand bag all the time.
When travelling about on public transport, using public toilets or even pushing the trolley round the supermarket I always feel like I am surrounded by millions of germs and start thinking I am going to come down with yet another dose of flu or a cold (a bit of a hypochondriac I am!), hence I always carry around with me some kind of hand gel.
I came across the Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera a few months ago, whilst in Boots browsing through the many different ones that were available. I liked the sound of it simply because it contains aloe vera, which is an ingredient that I really like, so I decided to buy it.
The Carex hand Gel with aloe Vera is made by Cussons (a well known and trusted brand in my opinion), and comes in a clear, see through plastic bottle containing 50 ml. On the front, there is the blue Carex logo, underneath Hand Gel Aloe Vera and it claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria. You are supposed to get 100 applications out of the 50 ml bottle, something that I don't think anyone can argue with, because who is going to count the number of times they actually use it?! Saying that, one of these bottles usually last me a good couple of months, and I use it two or three times a day, so that sounds about right. On the back of the bottle there is a list of ingredients (a lot), the usual warnings (flammable, don't get it in your eyes and so on), directions for use and details for contacting Cussons.
The gel is dispensed via a pump, and there is also a plastic lid that covers this, to protect the pump from being activated whilst in your handbag I suppose. The gel is a very light green colour, which makes it that bit different from the other typically clear hand gels.
Once you dispense a couple of small blob of this gel, it sort of turns quite runny, so it is easily rubbed in and absorbed immediately, without leaving your hands feeling wet. What I love about this gel is the refreshing aloe vera scent, which lingers for a while. I think that some hand gels smell quite medicated, but this really makes your hands smell like you have just used a very nice soap. When you have rubbed it in, it also makes your hands feel very cool and tingly, a wonderful refreshing sensation. Another good thing about it is that it doesn't dry your hands out, like some other hand gels do, so no need for moisturising after.
I think this is the best hand gel that I have ever used, and even though it is slightly more expensive than others (only by pennies mind you), I think it is totally worth it and would recommend it to anyone who uses hand gels.
I work as a carer and as such i'm am forever washing my hands however I like to keep a handgel in my pocket so at least if I am on my way to wash my hands and a resident needs me I have a way of cleaning my hands.
I normally just buy whatever is on offer and I was in my local Asda store and they had reduced this one from £1 to 50p so I decided I would buy it, for all you can get about 5 for £1 in the poundshop they are sticky and not very nice so I wanted a better one.
The bottle holds 50mls of product and comes in a see through plastic pump bottle, the lid is a pump action but also has a small see through plastic push on lid too. I have actually discared the push on lid as I think it is just soemthing extra to transmit germs really and don't see a need for it.
The make content of the product is alcohol just like every hand gel I have ever used, this gel contains aloe vera and it actually smells really nice not like the usual alcohol smell. I think this smells like cucuumber and fruit mixed together and I really like the smell and I have found that when you wash your hands the smell from the gel gets stringer again.
The gel is a pale green in colour and when you want to use it you simply pump the top for a little squirt, the squirt is pretty little and it takes 3 squirts to cover my hands which I admit are quite large. The gel is really easxy to rub in and it dries very quickly so if you are not quick to rub it in you would need to use extra, I would say this gel is the fastest drying I have ever used. When the gel has been rubbed in I found my hands felt really soft and smooth which i didn't expect for the gel but was pleased with.
I really like this gel, it is easy to administer, it was a great price, it smells nice and most of all my hands feel clean and fresh. I will certainly buy this one again I just hope they hadn't reduced it because they're going to stop selling it.
I bought heaps of this stuff to take travelling around India with me as there is a huge problem with stuff not being sanatised hygieneic ect. , this product was great I had lots of the small bottles so it was easy to carry in my day bag or shorts and to be honest I didnt know it was there half the time this was a huge bonus. I bought them at 6 for £3.50 so after reading other reviews and seeing the price in different shops this was certainly great value for the price . As for keeping my hands sanatised it did a fantastic job there were some very scetchy places we ate at in our 4 months travelling and I cant say I was ill once this is deffinetly in part due to the carex I would reccomend this to anybody travelling or if someone just wants the peace of mind that their hands are perfectly clean
hope this was helpfull
I always like to carry a bottle of hand gel in my handbag so that if we are out and about and it is not always convenient for Lauren to wash her hands, I can give her a quick squirt of hand gel. I am not particularly loyal to one brand, I tend to buy whatever is on offer but the hand gel that I am currently using is Carex Aloe Vera.
It is available from most supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug etc, a 50ml bottle costs anywhere from 50p to £1.50 depending upon where you buy, I tend to pay around £1. The product is also available in a family sized 200ml bottle for around £2.80 and there is also a hand wash.
The product boasts that it kills 99.9% of germs, although I cannot confirm that this is correct, we have never really suffered from any stomach upsets in out family.
The bottle is quite small, so I don't really notice it in my handbag. The bottle is see-through and on the front there is a picture of an Aloe Vera plant.
To use, just open the flip top lid and squeeze a small amount into the palm of your hand, then rub into your hands, between your fingers and the back of your hands, as you rub, the gel dries. The gel is quite runny so the fact that it has a flip top lid means it is quite easy to close when you first pour into your hands. Once used, you hands smell and feel quite refreshed and clean, the aroma of Aloe Vera can be present for a good 20minutes after application.
Carex say that a 50ml bottle last around 100 applications, although I have never counted, a bottle seems to last for ages and that is with all three of us using when we are out.
In the past, I have found that some hand gels have tended to dry my skin, however the Aloe Vera element seems to work in this as I have never experienced any problems, my partner has particularly sensitive skin and he has experienced any reactions or irritations by using it.
Overall, I would recommend this product, it can be a real life saver when you need to wash your hands and either there aren't any facilities available, or if what is available, doesn't look that hygienic.
Thanks for reading.
I bought this while on a short break with my boyfriend as when we got to the hotel all that there was in the bathroom was a tiny bar of soap which I'm allergic to. I didn't really want to buy a handwash just for the few days we were there so I ended up with this as it's a nice small bottle which would be easy to carry around with us as well as using after washing my hands with water in the hotel. I paid £1.29 for it in Superdrug.
The bottle is transparent so you can always see how much you have left which is important especially with such a small bottle that could run out fairly quickly. It has a pull-off lid which covers the small pump dispenser.
One press of the dispenser gives a tiny amount of the gel but this is really all you need to clean both hands. The gel is quite thin and watery in consistency and has a strong but pleasant scent of aloe vera with a little fruitiness to it. It feels very refreshing on my skin and it absorbs almost instantly once I rub it into my hands, leaving no sticky residue or greasy feeling behind.
I also used this on my upper lip as I developed a sore rash from my boyfriends stubble and I can definitely vouch for the effects of the aloe vera as it soothed it instantly and made it look a lot less red and sore. I was a little worried that repeated use might dry out my skin but again the aloe vera obviously works because it actually left my skin feeling softer.
I wouldn't choose this as my regular hand washing method as I do like to use a nice moisturising handwash or an antibacterial one when I feel it's needed, but as this kills 99.9% of bacteria I'm confident that it leaves my hands clean and fresh and am happy to use it when a handwash is not available or convenient.
- Why I Bought -
I have been a bit obsessed with hand gel since working in a hospital a few years ago. I like to keep one in my bag because you never know when you might desperately need to wash your hands but there are no facilities or the facilities are unhygienic. With hand gel no water is needed. I find this Carex hand gel to be a handy size for taking out with me.
- The Packaging -
The gel comes in a 50ml clear plastic bottle. It has a clear plastic lid and a clear plastic pump which dispenses the gel. This works effectively. The label on the front of the bottle states the brand, that it is hand gel with aloe vera and that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. It also states that the bottle provides 100 applications and that the gel dries instantly. The back of the bottle has a list of ingredients (including alcohol, glycerin, aloe and parfum) and states to avoid contact with eyes. Over all the packaging is very simple but functional. I like that you can easily see how much gel is left.
- The Gel -
The gel is quite runny and rubs very easily into my hands and, as it states, it dries instantly. The initial smell is of alcohol and it is rather strong but this quickly gives way to a lovely fresh aloe vera scent. After use my hands feel clean and fresh.
- How it works -
The reason this gel kills bacteria so well is that it contains highly concentrated alcohol. This is a very effective way of killing germs. However, it is important to remember that the gel kills the bacteria already on your hands but won't protect you if you touch something after application.
My experience of using hand gel 20+ times a day in a hospital is that it dries out your hands because alcohol isn't kind to the skin. This hand gel contains glycerin and aloe vera which are gentle on the skin so this helps to protect your hands from the alcohol. I use this a maximum of about three times a day and I don't find my skin to be dry from this.
- Uses -
Obviously there is one main use for this gel, to clean your hands and kill bacteria. But there are many places it can be used so here are some of the places I have found it useful:
In the unsavoury toilets of bars, pubs, night clubs
On holiday for the plane and the beach
In the changing bag for use after changing nappies when out and about
- Price and Availability -
This hand gel retails for around £1.38 and is available from most supermarkets and Boots. I often see it on offer for £1 which I think is a good price as it does last quite a while.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would recommend that everyone carries one of these with them. They are a handy size, are pleasant to use, kills bacteria and have allowed me to keep my hands clean in a variety of different locations when either I didn't have access to water or the facilities were unusable. I wouldn't be without one.
Effective hand gel that kills germs without the need for water!