Product Type: Carex Hand & Nail Care
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Carex Handwash Strawberry Laces
Member Name: jo1976
Carex Handwash Strawberry Laces
Date: 20/12/12, updated on 15/08/13 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive colouring, authentic Strawberry Laces fragrance, practical dispenser
Disadvantages: Not quite as appealing as the Chocolate Orange version, not available in all supermarkets
I was delighted to discover that Carex had introduced a new range of 'Family Favourites' hand washes, designed to appeal to children and adults alike. Included in the range is a really gorgeous and authentic 'Chocolate Orange' variety and also a fun, vibrant pink ' Strawberry Laces' version.
Unfortunately this new range of 'Family Favourites' was not stocked in my local (large) Morrisons store or in Wilkinson's where I tend to buy household items such as this. I eventually managed to buy some in a large Tesco store where I paid the full RRP of £1.80 for a 250ml pump action bottle of each variety. I'd like this range to be more widely available to enable me to purchase this on a regular basis.
The hand wash is presented in the familiar Carex style with an easy to operate pump action helping to dispense the liquid soap inside in a steady flow. One pump is a pretty accurate amount needed for handwashing, helping to minimise waste. I do like this slim and easy to store format of hand wash and like that the transparent plastic container makes it easy to keep track of how full or empty the bottle may be. With this variety, the packaging also makes the most of the vibrant pink contents, making this a surprisingly attractive dispenser that still functions well.
Just as with its Chocolate Orange counterpart, I've been totally blown away by the authenticity of the fragrance. It is amazing just how well this beautiful bright pink hand wash captures the fragrance of strawberry laces. My kids and husband have a bit of an obsession with the real thing so I have lots of opportunity to compare this hand wash with the popular sweets. Whilst I've used strawberry fragranced hand washes before, this does not actually smell like most strawberry flavoured products, it really emulates that slightly sickly, sweet scent of artificial strawberries. There is only a very faint kind of chemical aroma that I can detect when the hand wash is first squeezed onto my hand, but this disappears quickly as I lather up the hand wash and leaves behind a lovely fruity sweetness. The scent isn't overpowering or all that noticeable after washing but there is still a residual sweetness and a faint whiff of strawberries that is quite reassuring. (It also enables me to catch the kids out if they claim to have washed their hands before meals when they haven't!)
I find the hand wash to lather up easily well with just a little warm water. It rinses off easily and doesn't leave behind any residue or any sense of greasiness or stickiness. Crucially, having dry and sensitive skin around my fingers, this hand wash has not irritated my hands at all and does not dry my skin out, no matter how frequently I have reason to wash my hands. This also offers the usual Carex reassurance of being an anti-bacterial wash, claiming to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria (although I do always wonder about that missing 0.1%!)
I must admit, out of the two Family Favourite varieties, 'Strawberry Laces' doesn't quite live up to the beauty of the Chocolate Orange version. My kids, however, much prefer this one and I find it a fun and inexpensive way to encourage them to wash their hands more frequently than they might otherwise do, even if it does also make them crave sweets at the same time!
I'll happily repurchase this variety although I would prefer it to be stocked in all the main supermarkets, as other Carex products are. This is currently on a half price promotional offer at Tesco so I'll certainly be stocking up when I get the opportunity and would recommend that you do the same, particularly if you have dirty young children to look after.
Summary: A sweet scented hand wash that encourages children to wash their hands
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