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      08.07.2014 21:02
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      • "Non greasy "
      • "Good packaging"
      • "Easy to squeeze out"
      • "Good consistency"
      • "Pleasant scent"
      • Gentle
      • Moisturising

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      A convenient, gentle, moisturising hand sanitizer, best on the market I think!

      This is the best hand gel I have used and there have been a fair few. I am bedbound due to a chronic illness so using a handgel is one way of keeping germ free whilst maintaining my independence. Many of these hand gels have a gel like consistency (surprise, surprise) that varies from too runny to the other extreme where you have to squeeze the bottle hard and shake it for some to come out in a blob that invariably ends up being too big. This particular product comes in a bottle with a click down dispenser which is easy to use and dispenses the right amount - never too much. The best thing about it is the consistency - it is like a cream but not greasy. Two of the top five ingredients are glycerin and cotton seed extract or gossypium herbaceum seed extract which I imagine is partly what helps it be Moisturising. It says it contains 3 Moisturisers. I like the scent. To me it smells like a relaxing bubble bath. It does not smell alcoholic at all (although it obviously contains alcohol to kill bacteria). It appears to contain essential oils although ''parfum'' is higher on the list. The bottle is quite small but actually contains a fair amount of product - 50ml.I imagine that being a small bottle with quite a lot of product helps in dispensing the product. Not sure why we have to import this from Indonesia by the look of where it is made though!

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      07.06.2013 16:07
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      One would assume with a name like Carex that this product would do what it says - it doesn't!

      When it comes to hand sanitizer products, there is one brand that has never let me down; "No-Germs." Though it used to be available to buy everywhere a few years ago, this instant foam hand sanitizer has been difficult to track down of late and had to find a few alternatives in between waiting for my purchase of "No-Germs" to arrive from an online seller. Though viruses such as Bird Flu have fallen by the wayside now, there's still a call to take a hand sanitizer with you for general peace of mind. Though I still have quite a lot of liquid hand soaps that are antibacterial at home, the hand washing process means that I need to go and actually wash my hands at a basin and dry them off before returning to what I'm doing. Normally this would be okay at home but when at work or out and about, I really need something more instant that actually going to wash my hands and "No Germs," has always been my saviour where I can wash my hands properly later on. Since reviewing "No Germs," this product has just about disappeared off the radar at high street shops and as such remains to be a product that I can only get online. Whilst "No Germs," is very appealing due to its excellent quick "apply and dry" technique and process, it leaves my hands feeling fresh and slightly soft, ready for clean working afterwards. I much prefer lotions and hand gel or foam products as opposed to carrying wet wipes with me where usually the wipe packets become undone in transit, end up soaking whatever is in the bag or just plainly dry out!



      The Product, The Price & The Promise


      At my local Tesco I found two products and bought both, one to keep in my laptop bag for work and another for use at home; the product of choice being "Carex Moisture Plus," hand gel sanitizer, priced at a reasonable 99p and another certain hand moisturiser that cost a little more...

      Over the larger bottle from the other brand, the smaller and far more compact "Carex Moisture Plus," claims to be kill 99.9% of bacteria (just like so many on the market) but also able to be used with 100 applications, contains three moisturisers with glycerine being one of them and claims to be keep hands clean without using water. With an average cost price of 99p per 50ml bottle, the promise and its additives look quite professional - and thus I chose the product and has the bonus of being that little bit smaller in the hand. There's also a handy safety designed flip top dispersal cap that has a better sealage to it than the usual flip up types that eventually weaken and then fall off, liable to let the product go to waste.


      General Design & Impressions


      This time around, the product on offer here isn't a quick to release modern airy foam splodge that disperses out of the bottle, but rather back to the more old fashioned lump of water based white lotion similar to the kinds of consistency that Carex add into their liquid "kitchen sink" or bathroom type hand soaps. Carex promise or, rather claim that the this hand sanitizer product is a hand "gel" but it looks like white lotion and slides on my palms indicating that it is water based once it lands on the skin. Sadly to my eye it looks like it has the consistency of snot! However I do like the bottle - it is simple, plain and has the odd blue and white lettering on the front that lends its professional design - plus it is ever so compact measuring no bigger than 9.5cm and able to slip into bags or drawers of office tables being understated and neat.



      General Performance & Downsides


      As a brand, Carex have been "at it" far longer where antibacterial-based products are concerned, probably being one of the very first brands that is recognisable for such products. Therefore they should know a thing a two about hand sanitizers following their saturation in the market for similarly designed liquid hand soaps and gel products. Led by the name, I was looking forward to trying the product and gingerly plopped a bit of the lotion onto my hands at work where I don't normally have spare hand lotion for moisturising.

      However, unlike "No Germs" that gives you enough from one application to get around average hands, I find that Carex Moisture Plus needs about four to five amounts each time to successfully get around my hands, webs and fingers for even coverage. The direction suggests "1 to 2" pumps but without an actual pump fitted, you're none the wiser from squeezing the bottle physically getting different sizes of white snot each time! Once the lotion lands on the palms of my hands, it only takes a few seconds to rub the lotion around and for it to begin to vanish into the skin to absorb.

      The perfume however is an unusual take on a very similar product I've had before from Carex which is their usual "Moisture Plus" liquid hand wash, but this hand lotion appears to be more like Atrixo hand cream, or Astral face cream which has a stronger flowery content. Quite pleasing at first, the aroma suddenly changes after half an hour into the most disappointing stench something more akin to weak nail varnish remover, which on my hands doesn't smell very nice. Luckily the product's aroma does die down to nothing after an hour though!

      When it comes to general performance, Carex Moisture Plus is anything but moisturising, sadly. The bottle has a soft and glossy finish that doesn't seem to travel to the actual white lotion that comes out of it. It leaves my hands quite rough to the point that they feel like they have been washed with traditional soap, and thus give off a rough sand paper like quality that I was not expecting. Where are the claimed triple moisturisers? At least the product is easy to wash off in an instant, which is some saving grace.

      There is however another surprise - if I am working around computers or appliances and my hands have been previously left dry with Carex Moisture Plus five minutes previously, the slightest heat to the palms produces a rather sticky feeling - for those inclined to get sweaty hands, this isn't the product of choice. If that's the moisturisers working, it doesn't appeal!



      Final Thoughts


      Despite its clear bottle and easier to disperse safety flip top, Carex Moisture Plus hand "gel" moisturising hand sanitizer is anything than the actual product actually promises. Leaving my hands rough with a rather nasty scent once the flowery tone has subsided, the only good aspects it has is that it promises to kill bacteria and has a rather nifty small and compact bottle by design matched with a good and cheap price.

      However, this isn't the product for anyone who is expecting to use this antibacterial hand lotion in the hope that they won't require separate moisturising cream or at best have the option of having soft and supple hands after application. With the threat of becoming sticky if your palms get too hot, this isn't a product that has the decency to absorb properly, either. Carex should be ashamed of themselves of having such a poor product on the market - not recommended, when there are better products out there either priced the same or cost a bit more that actually perform to their actual claim! Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2013.

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        15.05.2013 16:33
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        A handbag staple

        I always carry a little bottle of antibacterial gel with me and have done for ages. It's invaluable when travelling and incredibly useful anytime you want to clean your hands but there isn't a sink, warm water and soap available.

        This particular gel is definitely my favourite and ticks all the right boxes for me. It smells very pleasant and dries quickly leaving your hands smelling lightly of soap, rather than knocking you out with a strong alcoholic wiff like some cheaper brands. As the name suggests, as well as killing germs the gel also moisturises your hands - nowhere near as much as a dedicated hand cream though (I still carry one of those round with me too), but it's better than nothing and at least it doesn't leave your hands feeling horribly dry, which some similar gels do. The bottle is a handy 50ml size: small enough to fit into even a very small bag but big enough to last for a fairly long time - mine has been going for several months and there's still plenty left, although I do have small hands! It will also make it through airport security in your hand luggage, which is always a bonus. The pump-action dispenser prevents wastage and makes it easy to dispense a blob onto a friend's or child's hands without getting it everywhere.

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        09.05.2012 14:01
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        An easy applicator gel that kills 99% of germs (apparently) and smells.

        've been known to get rather dirty from time to time, I do try to resist it but I just cant help it. Life is like that when you have a partner who does building maintenance, cleaning out other peoples rubbish and just cleaning filthy houses can sometimes be rather messy and unhygienic. It's not always the case that there's somewhere clean to wash your hands as well, I also used to work in Homecare and the community as well so being able to feel that your hands were thoroughly clean and germ free was a necessity.
        We always therefore have something in our car that we can use to make sure they are bug free before we can finally get home and scrub them with some nice hot water.

        I couldn't resist when I saw these in the local Poundshop, only a £1 and you actually get 2 in a packet, excellent therefore for each car. It's only got 50ml in each bottle but you only need a few drops onto your hand to spread across the backs and fingers in fact it says it has a 100 applications per bottle which is quite impressive. I also quite fancied this because it was a Moisture Plus and I've found some hand gels to be quite astringent and make the skin feel tight. The only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was a flip top rather than a spray.

        I finally got the chance to use it after shifting some black bin bags left outside in the rain. I squirted some onto my hands and rubbed vigorously. Well, the palms of my hands were lovely and moisturised, but that'll be because it dried so quickly it never actually the reached the back of my hands (where I was glad to see my hand moisturiser was still doing its job) while my palms actually felt quite tight and not moisturised at all. I know the bottle says it is fast drying, but this is really ridiculous I'd have to literally pour it all over before I got the chance to rub it in. I think it's not helped by the fact it's a liquid rather than a gel.

        I would not use that much either as I wouldn't want to subject myself to any more of the smell than I have to, it really is quite revolting and extremely strong even with a few drops. And the smell seems to last on your hands for ages, necessitating a good scrub to get rid of it which rather defeats the object of the stuff in the first place. I cant really place the smell but it just smells like strong unpleasant chemicals. And the build up of the smells after I've been to see 5 clients is just likely to knock the 6th one out!

        Does it work though? Well, you cant really tell can you. You've only got the manufacturers claim of kills 99.9% of bacteria's to go on. It's not like you can see the little critters dying off on your hands and not many of us go home to have tests done to make sure it's all gone! Though I have to say it's probably the smell that incapacitates them!

        So, sad to say it's only made it to the bin, I wouldn't even have it in the car as an emergency one, even my partner wont use it because of the smell and the effects on his hands and he uses his hands everyday! So we've gone back to using sprays which I prefer and if I have to get a different one it'll be a gel one.

        Now if you will excuse me I have to go wash my hands, I put a couple of drops on my hands to make sure it smelled as revolting as I remembered and indeed it does!

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        09.11.2010 13:39
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        Great product

        Since getting ill a couple of years ago now I have turned into a germ freak. Therefore, I always have a bottle of Carex hand gel in my bag for times when soap and water just isnt available.

        There are a number of different types of hand gels on the market however I always go for carex because its a brand I trust, I like the way the gel is dispensed and I think it provides good value for money.

        There are a few different varieties of the carex gel including this one, an aloe vera one, a blue one called splash and one for sensitive skin. I used to always get the sensitive skin one but I noticed my hands got quite dry over winter so now I buy this one a lot of the time.

        Carex hand gel can be found in a number of shops including Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets. I usually buy mine from Tesco but at the moment I have noticed Boots is selling a 50ml bottle for just £1 instead of £1.38.

        The bottle the gel comes in is quite small, it is around 4 inches tall and one inch wide and fits nicely in my handbag. There is a pump to dispense the gel and there is a plastic lid which goes over the top of this to ensure none of it is spilled. There is also another top which I see about sometimes which has a flip top and you squeeze the gel out however I dont buy this one as I find you often get too much gel out and there is a greater risk of it spilling.

        So to use the gel is really easy, you simply squirt some of the gel onto your hands and rub in. The bottle suggests there is 100 applications in the bottle (which I imagine is 1 pump per application) however I always like to use 2 or 3 pumps to ensure my hands are spotlessly clean! I find the pump works easily and only when the bottle is getting empty do I have a little trouble getting the gel out, however this is usually because I dont have the bottle upright!

        The gel absorbs into the hands really quickly and they are dry within seconds. I usually use this gel twice a day and my skin has not dried out or become itchy. I have also used this on childrens hands and again have found no problems.

        I think this gel is fantastic and I recommend it, it is good value for money and a well known brand and is great for when there is no soap and water about.

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        11.06.2010 15:40
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        a solid product

        I am prone to catching illnesses, diseases, strange growths, etc so I am always taking extra care in the hygiene department. In our house, we have numerous hand gels littered around. I have long used Carex soap, so I trust the brand to perform well. They also manufacture a moisture plus hand gel, which does two things. It acts as a soap and cleans and rids the hands of nasty germs and it also offers extra moisture levels to dry or parched skin. Some hands gels that I have tried before leave my skin dry and itchy and very odd feeling, so I want a gel that smooths ans soothes and doesn't smell of a hospital ward.

        Good news! No stinky clinical smells in this gel, just a subtle fresh fragrance and nothing to irritate sensitive noses. The gel is also most refreshing and soothing on the hands, applying it is a pleasure and it absorbs into my skin with ease. I find that one tiny drop of the stuff is enough to coat the whole hands too, so a little does go a long way. It leaves hand soft and there are no dry patches in between the fingers.

        The 50ml bottle can produce up to one hundred applications, making it good value for just over the pound mark. On the downside, it only kills 99.9% of bacteria, there is still that little bit it cannot get! It is pocket sized, great for handbags or desks and an ideal companion for people travelling on trains, buses or tubes with all that dirt and grime. One of the best hand gels I have used and definitely worth having in your bag and also very hand to use in bathrooms as an alternative to regular soap.

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        08.06.2010 20:38
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        Great for keeping in your bag

        I bought this carex hand gel about 4 months ago for £1.38 in Boots. I have just purchased another bottle as I have finally ran out, and found it was on offer for just 69p in Boots! So I've stocked up on them!

        I have been using different hand gels for years as they are so handy, but I find they all really dry my skin out, so when I saw this moisture plus one by carex I thought it would be a good investment, £1.38 is a lot of money when other hand gels are so much cheaper but this one is definitely worth paying more for.

        This hand gel kills 99.9% of bacteria and is designed to clean your hands without the need for water, whilst you are on the go. Each bottle contains roughly 100 applications.

        It comes is a really small bottle which fits perfectly in any handbag, these are great to keep in your car or draw at work too. I have loads of them! The gel is clear like most of them and the consistency is just right. I have used some hand gels where it is really runny, or some where they are quite thick. But this one is fine, and you need about 2 pumps of gel to cover your whole hands.

        You just rub it into your fingers, nails, palms and backs of your hands until it dries. It dries near enough instantly and then you can carry on with what you are doing straight away with no greasy or sticky hands. I have used some hand gels where you can be left with bits all over your hands, which makes them feel dirty and like I need to wash them, but there is no bits in this hand gel it is completely smooth and rubs in well enough not to leave anything behind.

        This hand gel doesn't have a strong smell either, I have used some in the past that have really strong smells, which people always notice. This hand gel has a really discreet fresh smell.

        After using this hand gel for months I can definitely tell the difference between using this one and others which used to dry my hands out. This one doesn't dry your hands out at all, and when you rub it in, your hands do feel quite soft. Not as soft as hand creams make your skin, but it definitely is more moisturising than any other I have used.

        I wouldn't be without a bottle of this moisture plus hand gel! It is so handy, for when you have been shopping or out and about and you cant get to a sink to wash your hands.

        I highly recommend this moisture plus hand gel, it dries quickly, leaves hands smooth and doesn't dry them out. Stock up now whilst they are on offer!

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        01.03.2010 10:28
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        worth trying if you use hand gels

        I've become a little paranoid about using handwashes & gel as I was ill for a few months last year & kept picking up infections - although using these products more often I obviously can't say for sure that this is the reason I've lately enjoyed better health but I like to think they've helped!

        I found Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel in one of our many local pound shops & thought I'd give it a go as I've been pleased with most Cussons products I've bought over the years. I bought one to pop in my handbag (hate washing my hands in public toilets) & one for the home & must say it's a good item to have in stock.

        I use a couple of pumps from the bottle each time which makes my hands feel really clean. The white gel dries very quickly yet doesn't seem to dry out the skin but I wouldn't say I found it particularly moisturising either. There's no residue left on the hands (as I've found with cheaper brands) & they smell nice & fresh. I'm not sure how to describe the smell - a mix between a mild bubble bath & an air-freshener? - certainly not too feminine so I'd say it was good for men as well as women.

        I've had these 50ml bottles for a few months now & they are still going strong so, all in all, I'd recommend trying some. Anything that claims to kill 99.9% of all germs has to be good in my book!

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          15.12.2009 18:55
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          Very useful!

          My last bottle of Carex Hand Gel Sensitive was running out, so I thought I'd better get some more. Superdrug had it on offer for £1, but I noticed they'd also got the Carex Hand Gel with Aloe Vera and Carex Hand Gel Moisture Plus on offer. I picked up my usual Carex Hand Gel Sensitive, but thought I'd try the Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel too (I don't like the smell of the Aloe Vera one).

          Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel comes in a hand sized 50ml bottle (small enough to easily fit in a pocket, handbag or manbag!). The bottle notes that there is 100 applications per bottle... I've never counted, so I don't know whether this is true or not. I don't think one push of the pump gives you enough hand gel to clean your hands properly, so I always use 2 pushes of the pump to get the ideal amount of gel to clean my hands. However, 1 bottle does last quite a while.

          This hand gel has a thick-ish consistency and is white in colour (due to the moisturiser contained in it). It smells a bit alcoholly when rubbing it into your hands, but it's not a horrible smell and it does ensure your hands are clean. This hand gel (as with Carex's other hand gels) claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria, so that's good enough for me! At the same time as cleaning your hands, this hand gel also moisturises them... It doesn't moisturise them a great deal, but it does a bit and I think this is helpful, especially with this cold winter weather that has just descended on us.

          I keep a bottle with me as it is so much easier to clean my hands with this hand gel than it is to wash & dry my hands in public toilets (the driers never dry them properly). When using this hand gel there is no need to wash or dry your hands... Simply, pump a couple of squirts of hand gel into your hands and rub into your palms, fingers and the back of your hands. As you rub it in you'll notice the gel drying and your hands will be nice & clean.

          I got my bottle of Carex Moisture Plus Hand Gel on offer from Superdrug for £1, but it usually retails around the £1.29 mark. I'd certainly recommend carrying a bottle with you (especially if you've got kids).

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