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      08.08.2013 21:11
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      A pleasant enough hand wash but doesn't moisturise as expected

      Having no particular loyalty to hand washes, we tend to buy whatever's handy (no pun intended) or on offer at our local Sainsbury's where we do most of our grocery and household shopping, aside from items from the Basics range.

      Cussons Carex Nature Protect Hand Wash with Manuka Honey and Oatmilk seemed like a good buy and I do like products that have honey in them generally. I've always had good experiences in the past with Cussons products, e.g. we pretty much always use Imperial Leather soap, so we picked up a couple of these hand washes, knowing it was unlikely that we wouldn't like them.

      Carex has combined their Nature Protect Hand Wash with creamy oat milk which is supposedly known for its moisturising and nourishing elements. They extract the goodness from the oak milk from its seeds and mix it with Manuka Honey to give the user nourished and naturally clean hands. Manuka Honey is from New Zealand and is most known for its healing properties.

      The bottle is clear plastic with an easy to use dispenser pump so you can dispense a small amount of hand wash or more as required. On first use you need to turn the dispenser to unlock it which is easy enough to figure out. I would say the graphics and text on the bottle itself are quite pleasant and calming to look at with the words "triple moisturising" emblazoned in white over a peach banner above the Cussons Carex logo.

      The hand wash has a pleasant aroma and doesn't linger on your hands after use. The hand wash itself is thick enough that only a small amount is enough to clean your hands well and a bottle lasts quite a while.

      You do need to apply hand cream after use as this (like most hand washes without moisturising elements) does leave your hands feeling dry. We were rather disappointed that the hand wash didn't leave our hands moisturised as we expected and as claimed on the packaging, this was the case even when we tried to use larger quantities of the actual hand wash to see if it made any difference. It was also disappointing that the claims that this hand wash nourishes live exactly live up to its promise either. Not one we're likely to be buying again unfortunately but we will probably try other Carex hand washes just not this particular range.


      ~RATING~

      Although this is a nice enough hand wash I can't rate it more than 3 out of 5 stars. We did actually purchase it believing it would moisturise as well as cleanse hands but it does not have very effective moisturising properties.


      ~INFO~

      This hand wash was purchased from Sainsbury's for around £1 for 250ml. Offers mean this can be purchased even cheaper.

      Carex is the UK's top brand for hand hygiene. For more info about Carex you can visit the hand hygiene area of their site here: http://www.carex.co.uk/hand-hygiene-products


      ~MAIN INGREDIENTS~

      Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydrogenated Castor Oil (no mention of Manuka Honey or Oatmilk unless I didn't recognise their "techncal" names).


      NB: the packaging warns to avoid contact with natural stone surfaces and stainless steel which is a bit odd as this is a hand wash which is commonly used in the kitchen I imagine (kitchen or bathroom usually one or the other) and stainless steel is quite common in kitchens!

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        28.07.2013 08:10
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        A great handwash

        Handwash is one of those products that I'll buy when something is on offer. A little while ago in my local Sainsbury's I found Carex Nature Protect Handwash with Manuka Honey & Oatmilk on offer for only £1. The normal price for this product is roughly £1.80 depending on where you buy it from and this is for a 250ml bottle.

        This handwash comes in a square, plastic bottle which has a pump dispenser at the top. The front of the bottle has the Carex logo printed on it which is quite large but there is also room for the name of the handwash as well as the ingredients to be printed on there as well. As the bottle is clear, you are able to see the honey coloured liquid inside. The packaging is quite plain as there isn't too much on the front but it does look appealing on the shelf.

        One of the two main ingredients in this handwash is Manuka Honey which I had never heard of before. After looking it up online, I found that it comes from New Zealand and it is supposed to be a good antibacterial product. This, added with Oatmilk, makes for a good handwash as it combines antibacterial with moisturising ingredients. Due to working with money all day as well as making drinks, changing beer barrels etc. my hands do get quite dry and rough at times. I need a good handwash to help put the moisture back in and make my hands look nice again so this is what I was hoping this particular product would do.

        In order to use the handwash you just need to give the pump dispenser a quick push down and out will come the liquid. One pump will dispense a really good amount of liquid so you only need to do this once. The handwash is a lovely, rich honey colour which feels silky and smooth in the hands. Once added to a bit of warm water, the handwash lathers up extremely well, which again, backs up the only needing to use one pump of the liquid. Although this has both Manuka Honey and Oatmilk, it does smell more like honey which is extremely sweet but a scent I like a lot.

        After using this handwash, my hands feel smooth and in much better condition than they did before. Although not a miracle working in regards to dry and rough skin, continued use does make my hands better over time. For the £1 I paid for this product, I really can't complain. It makes my hands feel great and it also smells really nice.

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          17.12.2012 10:30
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          A great handwash

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          Always on my shopping list!
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          Liquid hand soaps are a bit of an essential purchase in our house, as I am not a big fan of bars of soap, and there is a lot of handwashing going on, especially with a new baby around! I have no brand loyalty whatsoever when it comes to the products I purchase, and I generally buy whatever is on offer when I'm shopping!

          One brand that I buy quite frequently is Carex, and I generally have pretty good experiences of these products. I am not entirely sure where or when I purchased this particular handwash as I usually stock up and have a few in the cupboard, but it currently costs £1.69 in Boots, or £1 in Asda. The version I am reviewing is manuka honey and oatmilk.

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          Honey and oatmilk
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          This handwash promises to nourish and smooth the skin. It contains manuka honey, which is a natural antibacterial ingredient, as well as oatmilk to moisturise. After washing your hands, this soap is designed to keep them soft, smooth and hygienically clean.

          In terms of appearance, this is a pretty standard bottle of handwash. It comes in a slightly square shaped pump action bottle, and inside you can see the handwash is a nice creamy looking product that is a light peachy shade.

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          Soft and sweet smelling
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          I find that two pumps of this is plenty to get my hands nice and lathery and this really does feel creamy and soft on the skin. I also love the smell of this - it is a very nice, sweet fragrance that definitely has notes of honey. The fragrance is actually quite strong and it lingers on the hands long after washing them, which I really like. An added bonus is that it does leave hands feeling soft and smooth after use too. Some hand soaps leave my hands feeling really dry and crying out for moisturiser - this one doesn't have this affect which is great.

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          Overall I really like this handwash and would definitely purchase it again. It smells lovely, cleanses the hands and leaves them feeling nice and soft. That is pretty much all I can ask for in a handwash, so it;s five stars from me!

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          11.03.2012 18:15
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          A decent handwash

          I purchased the yellow,munuka honey and oatmilk version of this handwash from the supermarket whilst on offer. With 333ml for £1, I thought it was a reasonable buy.

          I use this in the bathroom, its standard pump dispenser providing just enough product to wash the hands with. It smell devine, a real creamy honey smell. The smell lingers on the skin and in the air after washing too, which is pleasant.

          The handwash lathers up nicely and washes hands efficiently and effectively. It is washed off easily, with hands feeling clean.

          The only problem I have with it is that the hands aren't as moisturised after using this as I would have liked and expected considering the ingredients. Saying that, my hands don't feel stripped of moisture, but they aren't as nourished as I hoped for. My hands felt the same as when I've used any of their standard handwashed and this is supposed to nourish and protect.

          The pump doesn't clog up and the product lasts a reasonable amount of time.

          Overall, It smells nice and I would buy this again if it were on offer at a special price, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it and purchase.

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          16.10.2011 17:10
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          Smells lovely!

          I bought this when it was on offer at 80p, otherwise expect it to be in the £1.50-ish range. The handwash is by Carex and comes in a clear bottle where you can see how much liquid hand wash is left inside. The handwash itself is a yellow-y cream colour and you use a pump to press down to get the liquid out. The bottle design is made well and it allows you to get the handwash out easily without the bottle falling down.

          I have to state that the smell is lovely!, It gives quite a nice scent when washing your hands and it lingers on afterwards. The handwash is antibacterial which is always a good thing, and this particular one is manuka honey and oatmilk.

          I would recommend this handwash, especially to buy when it is down on offer as it's not a bad one. However I give it 4 stars rather than 5 purely because it states the handwash to be triple moisturising but I don't see any difference with this and certain other ones on the moisturising aspect. Especially not "triple". Apart from that it washes well and lathers up in your hands and the scent of it is great and not chemically.

          The bottle states that the Manuka Honey is from New Zealand, a well-known natural antibacterial, and creamy Oatmilk to help mousturise and nourish the skin. Your hands will feel soft, smooth and hygenically clean. The bottle is 250ml which is a good amount but I know others are 300ml for the same price so that also can be a drawback with it. If you ever do come across this on offer though, it's not a bad one to buy.. although i've noticed it does have mixed reviews on here.

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          20.08.2011 20:15
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          Tried hard, but could do better!

          I needed a new hand wash for my kitchen and at the time the Carex range was on special offer at just 75p in ASDA. After quickly browsing the range I decided on the Nature Protect Manuka Honey and Oatmilk variety as I felt it sounded quite luxurious.

          This hand wash claims to be triple moisturising and contains manuka honey which is a natural anti-bacterial. In my experience antibacterial hand washes tend to be blue in colour with a chemical scent, so I was intrigued to find one which wasn't, as I'm very paranoid when cooking (especially when handling raw meat) and like to have an anti-bacterial hand wash.

          The product comes in a clear bottle with a pump action dispenser. I find it sturdy and even now I've used over half of the bottle it doesn't tip when the pump is pressed. The wash itself is a creamy yellow colour which, although it sounds silly, I thought looked quite luxurious when compared to the other more brightly coloured options available!

          I find that one pump is usually sufficient to leave my hands feeling clean, although I will sometimes use more, especially if I have been handling raw meat, which for some reason I am slightly terrified of!

          The consistency of the wash is rather difficult to describe - on the one hand it has a creaminess to it and is definitely more creamy feeling than the Avon hand wash which currently resides in my bathroom. On the other hand the wash doesn't feel completely smooth - I wouldn't say it's gritty exactly, but it has an unusual texture to it which is fairly unique - and as you can probably tell from my rambling, indescribable!

          The hand wash creates a lather, but is not overly bubbly or frothy. I would say it creates a thick white soapiness rather than bubbles. The smell of the hand wash comes out quite a lot whilst it's in use and I really love the fragrance. It reminds me of another product actually, the Palmolive Milk and Honey hand wash, as in my opinion the two smell very similar. I'd say the honey is the predominant fragrance - it's a very feminine scent, but still manages to be quite neutral and inoffensive.

          The scent of this product really lingers on my hands after use and it's not unusual for me to still be able to smell it for up to twenty minutes after I have used it.

          The product is described as being 'triple moisturising' and this is a claim I would have to disagree with. I have quite dry, eczema prone skin and so it is important to me that I use a non-drying hand wash. I found that whilst this didn't dry out my skin when just used occasionally, if I was cooking and washing my hands two or three times over, say, half an hour, they became very dry and uncomfortable which was a bit of a disappointment to me. I think therefore that this product is probably best suited to the bathroom, as I only really use bathroom hand wash after going to the toilet or before putting in/taking out my contact lenses, so there would be less cause to use it many times in a short space of time.

          I paid 75p for a 250ml bottle of this which I feel was a good price. The normal price is just £1 in ASDA, which again I would be happy to pay.

          Overall, I thought that this was a nice product, but would not be my first choice when I next go to buy hand wash. I found that it was more suited to occasional use, than frequent use in my kitchen, but the smell was lovely and the price wasn't bad either, so I will happily give it three out of five stars.

          *review originally posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne

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          31.05.2011 22:01
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          PZ Cussons is a major manufacturer of personal healthcare products and consumer goods. It was founded in 1879 in the UK. Today it operates worldwide and has a marketing presence in Europe, Africa and Asia. Carex is one of Cussons healthcare brands. The one I'm writing about is one of its liquid soaps, to give it a full name, Cussons Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk.

          Packaging:

          Cussons Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk is a new version of Carex handwash series. It comes in a half-transparent plastic bottle with a white pump action dispenser. At the centre of the front face you can see Cussons Carex logo in white colour and a blue circle. At the top you can also see yellow Manuka honey and off white oatmilk pictures. At the bottom you can see the claim of nature protect: naturally antibacterial handwash, manuka honey & oatmilk.

          There are product information and some ingredients clue on the back side of the bottle. The hand wash is 100% soap free and uses natural antibacterial ingredients to help moisturise and nourish your skin. It contains Manuka Honey from New Zealand and creamy Oatmilk that can make your hands feel soft, smooth and hygienically clean.

          You can also see the claim of ph balanced and dermatologically tested that implies the product has reached a certain level of safety or effectiveness.

          The handwash and main ingredients:

          The handwash is soft yellow in colour and has a slightly floral soapy smell. The main ingredients are listed as: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, etc.

          Price and Availability:

          In the UK you can buy Cussons Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk from many outlets including Sainsbury's, Tesco, Boots, Amazon just to name a few. You will find prices vary little. As a guide the current price at Boots is £1.58 for 250ml.

          My opinion:

          I bought my Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk at my local Sainsbury's when it was on half price, 80p per bottle. I thought it would be a bargain. But I didn't realize it was just for 250ml. Generally I pay £1 for Radox or Palmolive 300ml liquid soaps. So in fact Carex Nature Protect Handwash was not cheap.

          After using it for a while I feel a bit upset. First I don't like the bottle. It looks cheap and ugly. The bottle is not comfortable to hold. Second the dispenser is not user friendly. You need to hold on the bottle to press it strongly. Third the liquid doesn't do the job. After using it I don't feel my hands clean. The worst thing is I don't feel my hand soft. I must use hand cream immediately. Otherwise I will feel my hand dry and itchy.

          Conclusion:

          Considering its price and performance I would not recommend Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk to anybody for daily use.

          Compared to Palmolive Naturals Liquid Handwash Milk & Honey and Radox Clean and Moisturise Handwash I have used Carex Nature Protect Handwash Manuka Honey & Oatmilk is a less value for money.

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            14.05.2011 17:42
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            I am always trying different handwashes, to see which are the best. Not just for that reason but also to try out different brands and see which scents I like and which make my hands cleaner and softer. The Carex brand always have new products coming out but up until now I hadn't used their Nature Protect products so this Manuka Honey & Oatmilk scent I picked up sounded brilliant. The scent sounded really unusual but I liked the idea of these two ingredients and was excited to give it a try.

            PACKAGING

            This soap comes in a square plastic bottle and it has a dispenser head on it. It has the Carex logo on the front of it as well as having an image of honey and the included ingredients and it is a clear bottle so you can see the honey coloured liquid. It is quite a neutral looking design on the label but it all fits in with the ingredients and that these are in a 'Nature Protect' range as anything too over the top really wouldn't have fit in with the look of the range. I think it stands out on the shelf because it is quite neutral coloured and the label seems nice enough and is clear to read.

            INGREDIENTS

            Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Mel, Avena Sativa Kernal Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, CI 19140, CI 15986.

            MANUKA HONEY & OATMILK

            This handwash is made from Manuka Honey which comes all the way from New Zealand and it is meant to be a well known antibacterial and it is combined with Oatmilk which is there to help moisturise skin and it is meant to make hands feel smoother and cleaner. This handwash is meant to give your hands protective care from the natural world. I have quite sensitive hands but this does also state that it is dermatologically tested for skin kindness and it has triple moisturising action.

            When using this I only used one pump and it just gave a good sized amount, it seems to smell really sweet but it is nice. It has more of a scent of honey I'd say but it does look creamy and it leaves hands smelling really nice as a lot of handwashes tend to smell strong these days so it is nice to have a scent like this. I think it lathered up really nicely when the water comes into contact with it and I did feel it really cleaning my hands which is always a good sign with a handwash.

            Carex also state that this handwash kills 99.9% of bacteria in just seconds which is less than any other handwash. However, it isn't really something you can ever proof but all I do know is that my hands smell really nice after using this and my hands also feel nice and smooth and do not feel irritated in any way which is a bonus for me as some that have stronger scents flare up my hands. Carex are a brand I trust though and now that I have found this Nature Protect range I will stick to it.

            You will like this if you like your hands smelling sweet like honey but also if you want soft hands and want them to be protected. It may be too sweet for some but men and women should like this really. It may not be the strongest antibacterial around but it is natural and in that sense I like it.

            COST

            If this handwash sounds like one you want to try or if you just want a new scent of handwash then you can buy this Manuka Honey & Oatmilk one at Asda where it is currently £1 or on multibuy offer 4 for £3 for the 250ml bottle which is the only size.

            If you want more information you can go to http://www.carex.xo.uk and go to Products and they will give you more detail on this exact product.

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              13.02.2011 17:23
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              Makes me like Carex again

              Carex used to be my default handwash, the first one I went to every time. If we were on Family Fortunes and I had to list handwashes, Carex would be the top option.

              However, the way the bottle would leave trails of blue liquid around the washbasin and the speed at which the product got used up started to bother me and I started to use handwash from Radox which I still very much like.

              However, I recently came across this, Carex Nature Protect honey and oatmilk handwash.

              In terms of packaging it's nothing special, it's see through bottle with a pump at the top, there's a picture of some honey and the blue logo. The handwash inside is a soft yellow to gold colour. It does look a bit odd those two colours, the yellow and the blue together I think though.

              The USP of this is its ability to kill bacteria naturally using manuka honey that is sourced from New Zealand. I'm not bothered one way or another whether its anti-bacterial properties are natural or chemical but I am sure it's important to some people.

              The other main ingredient is oatmilk, originally I thought it said oatmeal like the porridge which would have been strange but this oatmilk is supposed to be moisturising. Now I haven't noticed any difference from usual. Hand washing generally takes the moistures out of the skin due to the properties of soap and the water so not too sure on this claim.

              What I do like about this handwash and what has encouraged me to buy it again is the amazing smell. It really is lovely, the other day I couldn't figure out why I smelt so nice as I hadn't sprayed my perfume for a while then realised it was the lingering scent of honey on my hands. Also, given the colour the trails of handwash on the basin are much harder to see and thus irritate me less.

              This cost roughly over a £1, expect to pay anywhere from £1 to £1.50 depending where you are and look out for the common special offers.

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                10.01.2010 17:32
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                Get to your local 99p shop and buy some, quick!

                This is a review of Carex nature protect in manuka honey and oatmilk.

                ***How much?***
                I picked up this 375ml pump action bottle (with 50% free) from the 99p shop and I am really impressed with the quality of the product.

                ***Delivery system****
                It consistently delivers just the right amount to wash your hands with, so no waste, and it foams up well and smells divine. The smell stays on your hands for an hour or so after washing.

                **What's in it?**
                The back of the pack claims it uses proven natural antibacterial ingredients, to give hands gentle protective care from the natural world. Manuka honey is from New Zealand and has natural known antibacterial properties. The Oatmilk helps to moisturise and nourish the hands.

                ***The verdict***
                I think the claim that it will leave your hands soft, smooth and hygienically clean is right. It is ph balanced and dermatologically tested and 100% soap free. Carex, if you're listening, you've got an award-worthy product here!

                ***Would I buy again?***
                I'm happy with this product and especially at that price will be buying again some time soon. The bottle I've got (at 375ml) should last another month or so I think.

                ***What will it become next?!! ***
                I will be sure to put the empty bottle in the recycling box too when it's all finished.

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                  14.11.2009 12:10
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                  A lovely handwash that I'll be buying again!

                  Note: This review is about the Carex Nature Protect "Naturally Antibacterial" Handwash.

                  Rather than buying the same handwash over and over again, we tend to buy what's on offer (unless I spot something new I'd like to try!). So when we saw this Carex Nature Protect Naturally Antibacterial Handwash with 50% extra free for just £1, we snapped it up!

                  This handwash comes in a 375ml recyclable plastic container (which is a different shape to those in the picture, this could be due to it containing 50% extra handwash) with a hand-pump on top for dispensing. So it's a reasonably large container and it takes quite a while to get through the handwash (which is good, because I love it!).

                  The handwash itself is 'Manuka Honey & Oakmilk' scented and it smells devine! Having use the handwash, the lovely scent remains on your hands for quite a while afterwards.

                  The handwash has a nice thick consistancy and lathers up well. Apparently, the Manuka Honey is a well known natural antibacterial ingredient, where as the Oatmilk helps moisturise and nourish the skin.

                  Having used this handwash for a while now, I can whole-heartedly agree that it leaves my hands feeling soft and clean, and as I said before, smelling lovely too.

                  This handwash is pH balanced, dermatologically tested and 100% soap free, so I know it won't irritate my skin.

                  I'll certainly be buying this handwash again and would highly recommend it.

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                    It Makes Real Sense To Switch To Liquid Soap

                    I have been buying Carex liquid soap for a while now. It is made by the trusted name of Cussons who are huge worldwide in the soap business and have incredibly been around since 1879.

                    The reason I have started using liquid soap is that it is more hygienic compared to using a conventional bar of soap.

                    You have to ask yourself, "who washes the bar of soap?". Surely after the previous person has used it there must be some germs left on it.

                    The other thing is that some very thrifty people join the last scrap of an old bar of soap on to the new bar by wetting them both and moulding them together.

                    This means that theoretically if this process has been repeated over and over that some people are using remnants of bars of soap that are potentially hundreds of years old. Hardly hygienic is it?

                    The first known records of soap are from 4000 B.C. so there could be some bars of soap knocking around on people's sinks that have traces of 6000 year soap in them. Think about it.

                    Carex liquid soap adequately deals with all of these issues of hygiene because it comes in a pump action dispenser meaning that the soap you get dispensed is untouched by another human hand.

                    It comes in a few different types and fragrances within the Carex range. I am currently using the Carex Hygienically Clean Moisture Plus one which comes in a clear container with a mauve cap and nozzle on it. The soap is lilac in colour and has a fresh neutral slightly floral soapy fragrance to it.

                    I paid £1.50 in Boots for my 250 ml bottle.

                    It is thicker than runny in consistency but runny enough to make it easy to get a small squirt to cover your hands, fingers and in between the fingers.

                    It easily washes completely off of the skin and leaves my hands feeling very clean.

                    It contains milk protein which it says is a natural skin conditioner. Other claims on the back of the container are that it prevents dry skin, has an antibacterial formulation, maintains natural skin ph balance and counters common food odours such as onions and citrus smells.

                    I am very happy with my Carex liquid soap and will not be returning any time soon to bars of soap that contain molecules that might originate from a time before Christ.

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                      Surprisingly disappointing considering it's from Carex

                      I have recently been using the new 'Nature Protect' handwashes from Carex. I have two different ones residing at the two sinks in my house. The kitchen sink is the proud owner of the 'Sensitive' type which contains water lily and white willow bark, and the bathroom is the living quarters of the 'Hydrating' type containing white grapefruit and bamboo. Apparantly there is also a third 'Nourishing' type of this handwash, but I have yet to see or try it so can't comment on that one.

                      The handwashes come in a clear container, so you can see how much is left, which is always useful. They have a pump which is easy to use and disperses just enough handwash to wash your hands if you're reasonably stingy. If you want a good amount of handwash you might need two presses.

                      The Sensitive handwash is a transparent light pink, while the Hydrating one is a transparent light blue. Both of them smell quite fresh and plant-like (though not really flowery), but I can't say that the difference between the scents is huge. The handwashes are both the same consistency too, which is quite thin and runny and feels unsubstatial compared to the thick creaminess of some soaps or even the thicker gel style of other Carex products. I find the handwash is a bit reluctant to lather up and I have to say I don't feel like it does its job properly without a decent lather!

                      The bottle tells me that the handwash contains the 'antibacterial complex Nectarol derived from Manuka honey and natural plant sources' and that this 'provides effective protection against harmful bacteria whilst helping to retain your skin's moisture'. This all sounds very good, but I have to take issue with at least the last part about retaining moisture. Since using these handwashes I have found the skin on my hands to be tight and slightly dry, especially in between my fingers where in places it has almost gone white. This seems to be the very opposite of moisturising and effectively means that I will not be buying these again.

                      On the plus side, these are 100 per cent soap free and pH balanced, so theoretically they won't irritate your skin. Still, if they leave it dry and cracked then surely that's bad enough!

                      One of these will cost you £1.98 for 300ml, which is a lot to pay for a poor handwash!

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                        15.11.2008 12:10
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                        I will certainly try the other two fragrances

                        When we moved into our cottage we had a downstairs cloakroom installed and the washbasin in there is a small one. This means that ordinary soap is out of the question as there just isn't room for it so I use a small container of handwash in there.

                        We were in Asda the other day and I noticed that the Carex Nature Protect Handwash was being sold at a ridiculous 50p! The problem was that they only had the nourishing one on offer and I would have preferred either of the other two variations but for 50p I thought I would give it a go.

                        The full price for 300ml is £1.98 and there are three different varieties. These are hydrating with bamboo and white grapefruit, sensitive with water lily and white willow bark and nourishing with Manuka honey and oatmilk.

                        As I said the one I bought was the nourishing one and it comes, as they all do, in a smart, slightly curved, see through plastic container with a pump action dispenser. Inside the handwash is a delicate shade of orange, the other two are blue and pink respectively.

                        The handwash apparently uses natural antibacterial ingredients to 'give your hands reassuring protective care from the natural world'. This seems logical as I know that Manuka honey can be used in a variety of medicinal ways including aiding the recovery of cuts and bruises. The information that I found told me that a complex called Nectarol has now been derived from Manuka honey and is being used in the handwash.

                        The handwash is 100% soap free, ph balanced and dermatologically tested.

                        So that's the descriptions done then, so what is the product like?

                        Well, I have to say I am disappointed by it but only because the overriding fragrance is coconut! Yuk, coconut isn't mentioned so maybe oatmilk smells like coconut because I know Manuka honey doesn't! Obviously if you like the smell of coconut this won't be a problem, but it's one I don't like at all.

                        The handwash is a pearlescent liquid - a lot of them seem to be nowadays have you noticed? It is thick enough for you to be able to rub it between your hands to get a good lather and it cleans the hands well. I have noticed that my hands aren't drying out even when I am working in the house and washing my hands a lot.

                        In conclusion I would recommend this one if you like the smell of coconut. As for me I shall certainly try the other fragrances - mind you I shall have a crafty sniff in the supermarket before I buy them just in case! LOL!

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                          02.11.2008 18:01
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                          Take carex of your hands

                          Having just moved to a house that has four sinks in the house instead of two I suddenly realised that I hadn't bought enough hand washes in my last grocery run.

                          I am a little bit paranoid about having enough hand wash in the house as I need to keep my hands clean at all times due handling silver all the time with work (and obviously for after we go to the loo). So off I pop to the local supermarket to see what products they had on offer. As I was about to pick up a couple of my usual brand I noticed a New Product sign with the even better Buy One Get One Free sign under it. This was for Carex Nature Product Hand Wash which was in three varieties - all of which I loved the sound of - Hydrating Bamboo and White Grapefruit - an aqua coloured clear looking liquid, Nourishing Manuka Honey and Oatmilk - a yellow coloured (a bit like set honey) slightly creamy looking liquid and Sensitive Water Lily and White Willow Bark - a pink clear liquid. The important things for me when deciding which of these three varieties to buy is a) is it a hydrating or nourishing formula because I have eczema, b) does it smell nice and c) does the bottle go with my décor (ok I admit that's a bad reason but I do need to indulge my artistic side)? So on this occasion I opted for the Hydrating Bamboo and White Grapefruit and Nourishing Manuka Honey and Oatmilk varieties.

                          The active natural antibacterial ingredient in all of these products in Nectarol which has been derived from Manuka Honey and natural plant sources. I know that whenever I had a sore throat my gran always made me eat a spoonful of honey no just because it helped soothe my throat but because she said it would help kill the nasty bacteria off. So I guess it makes sense to use a natural derivative of honey in an antibacterial hand wash. And because the active ingredients are naturally derived they are more likely to be kinder to your skin. The product is 100% soap free which I always find much better for my skin, is pH balanced and dermatologically tested.

                          The bottle is quite easy to use - it is a clear plastic bottle with a good pump action which is quite clean. You don't get any unnecessary strings of hand wash dribbling all over the sink (again important for someone like me with a cleaning phobia!). If you wanted to hold the bottle it is easy to grip but it is stable enough to be operated directly from a solid surface and with one hand. Each bottle is 300ml and at £1.98 it is quite expensive in comparison to similar products of this nature but on a Buy One Get One Free (as it was in Sainsburys when I bought it) 600ml at £1.98 is extremely good value. So far all good nothing bad!

                          So what are the products actually like? Well I will deal with each variety I purchased individually and then make an overall conclusion at the end.

                          First of all the Nourishing Manuka Honey and Oatmilk variety looks like it will do what it says on the tin - the creamier formula looks gentle and it doesn't look like it will strip your skin of all its natural oils. When you use it (and I would say you need a good two or three pumps to get enough to wash your hands thoroughly but some might prefer to just use one) the liquid really clings to your hands more like a hand cream than a hand wash. As you rub your hands together without water the liquid turns white and semi foams. By the time you add water the liquid foams quite easily (even in a hard water area) and washes away easily too leaving no residue but quite a nice warm honeyed floral scent. It isn't quite like other honey based products I have tried. The fragrances of a lot of these products can be lovely but a little sickly sometimes but the nice floral note lifts it. My husband on the other hand isn't too keen on the smell of this one - he thinks it is more one for the girls! This smell stays on the hands for quite a while but isn't overpowering at all. And the best bit is your hands feel soft and clean and there is no hint of dryness. So impressed was I with this product that I put it on my online shopping list straight away.

                          Now to the Hydrating Bamboo and White Grapefruit version. I was expecting great things from this variety following on from the success that I felt was the Manuka Honey and Oatmilk version. The aqua liquid (again you need two or three pumps of product) seems much thinner in texture than the other variety and doesn't seem to coat the skin in the same way. It almost turns into a thin watery layer. Again it begins to turn white as you rub your hands together and as you wash it off it again foams easily but I felt that it took a little longer to wash off. The fragrance is quite pleasant - a light sharp citrus/floral fragrance which doesn't seem to last as long (and gets the thumbs up from my husband). Now I do have a problem with this variety. Whether it is because I have sensitive skin I don't know but I noticed that after a few days of mainly using this variety my skin seemed tight and shiny. It didn't feel dry (so I guess the hydrating part of this product was working) but in between my fingers and when I removed my rings it looked like all the skin was flaking after a few days of use. I can't say that it irritated my skin because there was no soreness or itching and it didn't flare up my eczema but it was making it flake. It could be that the product wasn't washing off as well and was getting trapped under my rings/in between my fingers but this isn't what you expect from any product especially when it claims to leave your hands "feeling hygienically clean, soft and cared for" as it says on the bottle. I'm sure others will find this product really good - like I say I do have sensitive skin - but I just found that it didn't quite live up to the other variety I tried. It might be that I need to try the Sensitive Water Lily and White Willow Bark variety (even though it doesn't go with my colour schemes!).

                          Overall I would say that this is quite a good product even if one of the varieties didn't get on with me very much. OK I know it isn't the most exciting thing that can be reviewed but it is something that we use a lot of in this house and so it needs to be quite good to get purchased again. Unfortunately I need to rate this product overall (not just the variety) and so I can only give it 3 stars as an average. I would give the Manuka Honey variety 4 stars and the Bamboo and White Grapefruit 2 stars.
                          I doubt I would buy the Hydrating Bamboo and White Grapefuit again but certainly would buy the Manuka Honey and Oatmilk version. That said I wouldn't say not to buy the Hydrating version - I didn't get on with it but I am sure others will.

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