Product Type: Carex Hand & Nail Care
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Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera
Member Name: helenc72
Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera
Advantages: Easy to use, hygienic, convenient, smells fresh, kills bacteria
Disadvantages: Strong alcohol smell, bit drying on skin, squeeze bottle dispenses too much so get the pump one
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.
Summary: Good gel to keep hands clean and germ free
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