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Having used another variety in the Carex handwash range, I decided to review another of their products. I bought two different handwashes and am using this one in the kitchen and the other in the bathroom. The original handwash from Carex has a fresh light ocean fragrance which works well on your hands. It's available for around £1.80 but can be found in various deals from time to time. It lasts well which is another plus and that means you don't need to put too much on your hands to get a decent result when washing your hands. The bottle is 250ml which as you would expect is the same as others in the range.
Cussons Carex Hand Wash has a nice blue colour and works as well as other varieties in the range. It removes dirt, germs and stubborn odours rather well in a single hand washing. The hand wash contains Dermaclens, which is Carex's new moisturising system with antibacterial action, which is derived from natural oils. The formula is anti-bacterial and helps protect against moisture loss and actively conditions the skin. The handwash is suitable for sensitive skin as well as other types, I don't have sensitive skin and it works really well on my hands. You really notice the difference after using it as your hands look so clean and they feel refreshed too.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin, even if you don't this will still be a very useful product. It cleans your hands really well and leaves a lingering and very pleasant scent on your hands. This handwash is ideal for families as we all know kids like to get mucky but it has various uses which means it's suitable for a wide range. The fact it works so well on a range of skin types really makes it a very good all round product. So all in all it's an excellent product which I would recommend especially if you have sensitive skin and need a product that keeps your skin in good condition.
===Bottle and gel look slightly different now===
Cussons Carex Original Hand Wash.
Kills 99.9% or bacteria. Works in seconds.
'Special £1.29 Offer.'
Clear bottle with the blue logo with a water splash detail.
Liquid is aqua blue n colour and a thick transparent gel.
250 mls and will last for 18 months.
The original - gentle yet effective.
Improved formula works in seconds.'With unique blend of moisturisers your hands will feel soft, smooth and hygienically clean.'
Has added moisturisers and is dermatologically tested.
My bottle of 250 mls was price marked at £1.29 and was bought from my local Spar.
The full price in Tesco is 31.80 but currently half price so 90p.
Also available in 500 ml and 750 ml refill size.
This is probably the best known brand of antibacterial hand wash and while it now comes in many different colours and fragrances, this one is the original.
I would also think it is probably one fo the best as it states that it is very fast acting - some of the cheaper antibacterial hand washes, while they claim to kill 99.9% or bacteria, have to be used for quite a long time to get the required results - something that probably would not happen in a normal domestic situation.
This however is marketed as being quick acting - so if you have this in your home you know the hand wash will work and kill off any bugs that may be on people's hands.
I like the aqua blue colour which is a good shade to be acceptable to both sexes. the smell is quite clinical but fairly pleasant so is not too obtrusive when in use, and your hands are not smelling of perfume for ages afterwards. This I would class as a basic workhorse sort of hand wash - no fills or special tropical fragrances - but it does the job - which is what you need.
I always like to make sure I have some antibacterial hand wash in both the bathroom and kitchen - especially useful for when people have been handling raw poultry.
It is good that this does not dry out your hands - it does not look especially moisturising but that is the claim - and I do not find my hands have become dryer at all after using this wash.
It is a trusted name in hand washes and one that will not let you down.
The only downside is that at full price this retails for £1.80 - which is quite expensive when I can pick bottles up for under £1. So I will mark this down to four stars - the quality of the product is great bt these days with people having to economise I must admit I will be buying the cheaper versions or the supermarket's own brands unless this Care is on special offer.
===Would I Recommend?===
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool,CI 42051.
I love having clean hands and wash my hands everytime they get a little bit dirty! I am a little OCD with hand cleaning so I like to have a decent handwash around the house. I have tried many cheap varieties of handwash in my flat, but they never seem to be any good. Cheap handwashes dont seem to lather up very well and dont leave your hands feeling very cared for or soft. My mum always used carex at home so a few months back I switched to using carex original handwash, What also attracts me to this is that the bottle is very simple with no nonsense on the front. Carex is a well established brand and that Is why I have no issue using the product.
I purchased another bottle of this yesterday after running out. It cost me £1.80 which is more expenisve that it used to be. The price has slightly increased but it hasn't put me off buying it yet. A bottle will last me 3-4 weeks. You recieve a 250 ml bottle for you money. The bottle looks very small and I like this because it fits nicely in the kitchen and the bathroom. I usually have two bottles on the go because I use it in bathroom and the kitchen for before cooking etc.
Does it work?:
You only need a small mount of this in your hands and you will be able to get up a good lather between your fingers. It smells very fresh and washes off very easily. The colour of the handwash is blue (this is my favourite colour). The bottle says that it kills 99.9% of bacteria, I can not tell you if it is a true statement, but I believe it could be correct as I haven't recieved a cold as of yet and a lot of my friends have! I wash my hands a lot with this and that must kill off all of the germs. The pump is very easy to use and is not hard to press down. My hands do actually feel very moistturised and soft. It does not dry out your hands no matter how much you use it. I am so happy with this and it does everything you would want a hand wash to do. This is very family friendly, kids will find it easy to use and much better than a bar of soap. Its such a clean thing to use and I love it.
This may be a little expensive, but definately worth the money you pay. I like the smell and the way my hands feel so soft. I am going to give this product a 5 star rating as it has to be one of the best on the market. There are no gimmicks, just a decent wash! Thanks for reading, I hope you found my review helpful in your next search for a handwash.
I usually use liquid soaps in the kitchen and bathroom as I suppose most people do these days. I tend to just buy whichever soaps are on the best offers or cheapest when I run out and most recently that was Carex Original. I purchased a 250ml bottle of this from Wilkinson's for £1.
The soap come in a fairly thick, almost square shaped, plastic bottle. As with most soaps, this has a pump on top (blue plastic) that is compressed to release the soap. The front of the bottle has the carex label on. Through the bottle, you can see the soap which is a bright blue colour.
The soap is pretty basic - as you would suspect from the price - but it meets my needs perfectly. I do not wish to pay triple the price for a soap that smells nice/moisturises etc. It does, however, clean your hands and protect them from bacteria - perfect for in the kitchen and toilets! The soap is quite runny but lathers well under running water. One squeeze of soap is sufficient to wash both hands. The original variety has no scent added, so just smells soapy as opposed to pleasant and has no added moisturising benefit although it does not dry my hands at all, even after multiple uses.
A bottle of this usually lasts me well over a month and, in a house with two adults (and numerous nappy changes!!), I think this is great value for £1. Although it would be nice to have a soap with a scent to it, it is not essential to me and not something I would be willing to pay much more for. Therefore, although this soap could be described as basic, it is just what I require.
I've been lucky enough to get a decently well paid job for over the summer, so am happy to say that I have fewer financial worries at the moment than I used to. I'm still trying to be frugal, however, so that I can save up as much as possible for me (hopefully) moving to Germany in September. I therefore still try to get household essentials such as hand wash and washing up liquid on offer when possible. Over the past couple of months, there have been a couple of occasions in which Carex and other brand hand washes have been on some sort of offer, and I took advantage of these by buying a couple for the bathroom and the kitchen. Because of this, I've got to try quite a few different ones in the Carex range as I try to go for something a bit different each time.
== Carex Original Hand Wash ==
Despite there being several different varieties of Carex Hand Wash, you can still buy the original, plain one without any added moisturising benefits or scent. Since I'm not picky about which hand wash I use, it's therefore unsurprising that this is one that I've had a few times, as shops are usually better stocked with this than with the other Carex varieties. It is a simple hand wash, in a plastic container, with a dispenser for letting you get to the hand wash quickly and easily.
== What I Thought ==
This is a perfectly good hand wash that I am happy to use for washing my hands. While it doesn't have any moisturising properties, it also doesn't try my hands out at all, so I don't have to use hand cream afterwards to make my hands feel nice again. As with other liquid soaps, I can't tell actually how clean it makes my hands after use, but they certainly feel cleaner and I do trust that it is doing its job as it should be. The blue colour is attractive enough if a bit clinical, but it quickly lathers up into a light foam that rinses off well without leaving any residue. It smells pleasant enough with a generic soapy scent without anything else added to mask it.
== Conclusion ==
This is a nice hand wash that I would be happy to buy again. While some of the other soaps in the range may be more moisturising or have a more pleasant smell added to them, there's really nothing wrong with this hand wash and it fits its purpose. It can be bought in 250ml or 500ml containers at £1.69 and £2.30 respectively (Boots.com), so it's definitely better value to get a larger container of it, which should last you a decent length of time.
Handwash is one of those products that I'm not particularly brand loyal with. At home we have decorative pump dispensers at all of our sinks so I usually buy whatever's on offer and decant the wash into the pretty bottles. The only stipulation for me is that it has to be blue...if I tell you why, do you promise not to grass me up?! Well, in the downstairs loo I have a Molton Brown handwash bottle. It's a long time since there was actually Molton Brown handwash in (a lovely Christmas present from my cousin) but none of my guests know that, they all think I'm a pretty generous host. But I'm not, I just make sure that the wash that's in there is the same colour as the original product and nobody is any the wiser, except my Dooyoo buddies now :)
Anyway, I had completely run out of handwash at work and as we're handling money (and the public, ugh!) etc all day every day, it gets pretty difficult to keep my hands clean so off I trotted to the little Tesco's. This Carex Original caught my eye straight away and at £1.60 it was more than I'd normally spend, but at the time they didn't have any on offer (it's only a small Tesco, not a mega-Tes). What I hadn't banked on was the two deaf grannies stood right in front of it trying to have a conversation with each other, voices getting progressively louder, neither actually listening to the other and both completely oblivious to everything else around them. Despite several attempts to get them to shift, I still couldn't get anywhere near the handwash, was about to be late for work and so, chuntering under my breath the whole way, decided to go to the Co-op up the road instead. Luckily for the two old dears the very same handwash was on offer there and was down to only £1, so I forgave them slightly.
The Carex Original is very eye-catching on the shelf. The bottle is clear (it's changed slightly from the one in the picture) so you can see the bright blue liquid inside and, as all the branding is also either blue or white it makes a generally very cohesive bottle that grabs your eye. For your money you get 250ml of the lovely blue handwash which is dispensed through a pump action top. This is obviously sealed when you buy it, but is easily broken into with a quick twist of the top. The first time you use it you need to pump the top a few times to encourage the wash up through the tube but after that it's a simple one-pump job to get the required amount of handwash out.
According to the information labels the handwash works in seconds, kills 99% of bacteria to help prevent the spread of germs, has added moisturisers to leave your hands feeling soft, smooth and hygenically clean and is dermatologically tested. Sounds good to me! The bottle is also recycleable when empty which is another bonus.
So does the handwash live up to its claims? As with most things like this it is quite subjective as everybody's skin is different and what works for one might not work for another. But I have to say I've been very pleased with this handwash. I obviously can't comment on if it really does kill 99% of bacteria as I work in a shop, not a lab, so can't really quantify that! But it does leave my hands feeling clean and fresh so I have no reason to think that it isn't killing any bacteria.
What I like about this handwash:
- The smell is absolutely gorgeous. I am a big fan of the fresh smells when it comes to cosmetics and toiletries and this one doesn't disappoint. It's what I can only think of describing as an "aquatic" smell. Just nice and fresh and clean smelling, nothing fruity or floral about it. The smell also lingers for a while so I often find myself sniffing the back of my hand to get another quick whiff of the delish fragrance!
- It has a really lovely consistency, nice and thick and gel like. Some handwashes are so thin that they just dribble off your hand before you have time to rub it in. This Carex, however, is thick enough to stay in place until you rub your hands together, then it foams up nicely creating a good lather to really get to work on any dirt on your hands.
- It cleans my hands really well...the most important task for this product as far as I'm concerned! When unpacking deliveries, cleaning shelves or doing stocktakes my hands can get absolutely filthy and sometimes it feels like the dirt will be ingrained in my skin for ever more. This handwash works amazingly well at getting even the deepest most ground in dirt out and so far I've never had to resort to scrubbing at my skin with a nail brush or even using a second application, one squirt of this has always been enough.
- Because one squirt is enough, it lasts for ages. Granted there is only two of us using it, but I've had it for around 2 months now and have only used about half of the bottle, so it has been extremely good value for money.
- It doesn't have any side affects on my skin. It doesn't leave any residue or have a bad reaction to my skin and whilst I wouldn't say my hands feel softer or smoother nor does it dry them out and I don't feel like I have to rush to my tube of handcream after washing my hands.
What I don't like:
- I have yet to be able to find away to stop the pump top from working, so if I wanted to take it home I don't think there's a way of transporting it once it's been opened without risking a big sticky mess. This isn't a real complaint though, as I don't envisage transporting it anyway, but I always like to try and find something negative to say in a review as very few things are perfect.
In case you hadn't guessed I love this handwash and would definitely buy it again. It does exactly what I would expect and hope a handwash would do ie; it cleans my hands and leaves them feeling and smelling fresh and it is very good value for money, especially when you find it on offer (Tesco are currently selling it for half price so I've stocked up for home this week too!). And the very slight niggle of not being able to reseal it is in no way a big enough niggle to deduct any stars so it gets a big 5 from me.
I usually buy Carex handwash as it is my favourite brand of handwash, plus it's good value too.
The handwash has a mild and gentle formula so it is safe to use on sensitive hands. I suffer from sensitive skin and this handwash is fine on my hands, it makes them feel better if anything. The handwash comes in packaging exactly as the same one above in this photo. I'm sure you can buy refills for the handwash too. I paid 79p for my bottle, which I think is good value for what you receive.
The handwash is blue in colour and it has a thick and creamy consistency. It smells nice too. I would describe the scent of the handwash as quite pleasant and uplifting. It does have a nice aroma and it doesn't smell medicinal, which is a bonus as I dislike medicinal scents. The handwash is to be mixed with water to create foam. It does foam up really well and it feels nice and frothy on the hands. It washes the hands well and it takes away odour. For example, I can chop and peel onions until my heart's content but this handwash will always banish odour, great for chefs and household cooks!
The handwash is long lasting as you only need a small amount of it each time that you use it.
This is a great handwash. I always have one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom!
As you may have seen from a previous review I recently acquired one of the Dettol hands free pumps at a bargain price, however after it ran out I decided to have a look at how much the refills were. I wasn't surprised to discover that they were quite pricey especially compared to a regular bottle of hand wash. Now I quite liked the way the hand free pump looked in our bathroom so I decided to buy a bottle of hand wash and have a go at re-filling the bottle I currently had. I was pleased to discover that I could simply prise off the lid of the Dettol bottle inside the hand free pump and pour in the contents of a regular hand wash and it worked perfectly, I got to keep the hand free pump which goes nicely with my bathroom but didn't have to pay a fortune for the expensive refills. I recently needed to buy another hand wash to refill my pump with and I noticed that the Cussons Carex Original hand wash was on offer in my local Tesco, I have used Carex products on several occasions before but I couldn't actually remember trying the original hand wash so I decided to give it a go.
The Carex Original Hand wash comes in a squareish clear plastic bottle allowing you to see the colour of the product inside, this particular hand wash bottle does not come with a pump on the top, just a screw top lid, making it ideal to re-fill an existing pump. The front of the bottle has a clear label on it, the majority of this is taken up with the Carex logo which is a dark blue oval with the words "Cussons Carex" written in the middle of it in white writing, the bottom part of this is surrounded with blue swirls in different shades designed to give the impression of water. Above the logo is a dark blue arrow with "works in seconds" written inside it, again in white. The words "Original Hand Wash Kills 99.9% of Bacteria" is written in white at the bottom of the label. This is the only information on the front of the bottle, however it does stand out and tells you what you need to know. The back of the bottle has a pale blue label on it which contains various pieces of product information such as the ingredients and facts about the hand wash, some of which are written in bullet point style. The information although written quite small is clearly set out making it easy to read and follow.
The Hand wash
The Carex Original Hand wash is a bright blue colour making it really stand out, the consistency is quite thick which gave me the impression that you do not need much of this product at one time. With this particular hand wash it is the fragrance that is quite distinctive, the smell is quite strong but hard to distinguish exactly what it is. Personally I think this hand wash has quite a masculine fragrance to it when smelt inside the bottle, it is a musky fragrance, I do think it smells fresh though, on occasions if I use too much of it at once it does remind me a little bit of a mans shower gel. Although the fragrance of this is quite strong it is not unpleasant at all, after washing my hands using this the fragrance lingers for some time afterwards and leaves my skin smelling clean and fresh. Carex Original is described as being a protecting antibacterial hand wash and stops the spreading of germs, it is described as effective yet gentle. The back of the bottle states that this product works within seconds to help protect your families hands, it is described as being gentle as it contains added moisturisers which supports your skins natural antibacterial defences and it is also dermalogically tested.
Price and Availability
Carex Original Hand wash is available in a variety of places such as supermarkets and stores such as Superdrug and Boots. I purchased our 250ml bottle from our local Tesco and it cost us just 95p, this was because it was a price drop item and is currently on offer, when full price this sized bottle will cost £1.20, personally I think even when sold at full price it is still good value for money as you tend not to need much of this at once making it long lasting.
So far I really like the Carex Original Hand wash, when I first used it I applied a small amount to my hands and lathered it up, I found I only needed a small amount to produce a decent amount of lather making it very long lasting. You can tell that it contains moisturiser as after using it the skin on my hands feels lovely and soft, although it is tough on killing germs it is gentle on your skin making it ideal for the whole family. Whilst I find the fragrance is a little strong initially once I have used the soap the fragrance left behind is much more delicate and quite pleasant, it looses that masculine fragrance that it has when you smell it in the bottle, I do like the fragrance although I still cannot really distinguish exactly what it is.
The 250ml bottle is very reasonably priced especially as it is long lasting, one bottle lasts our house quite a while and that is with it being used several times a day. I do feel that once I have used this hand wash that it really has cleaned my hands killing all germs and bacteria, I feel that this hand wash really does do what it says it does. I also particularly like the fact that the Carex Original Hand wash contains moisturiser, I do suffer with dry skin on my hands, however I can use this as often as I like and know it is not going to make this worse and will keep my skin soft whilst cleansing it at the same time. This is definitely a hand wash I will be buying in the future and one I would recommend, its ideal for the whole family.
Like most people I like to use a liquid hand soap when I wash my hands because it is usually a quicker way of washing the hands. I buy lots of different brands of hand soap because I do not have a favourite one.
This soap is housed in a clear plastic bottle of which has a pump dispenser. It is a big bottle and the liquid soap inside is a really nice blue colour and looks really fresh inside the bottle. The soap has a really nice texture to it and one that is fairly rich in consistency and not at all runny as some other brands. It is a nice soft liquid and it feels really soft on the hands while washing them.
It has a nice smell to it and it is a light perfume smell. It is not a strong smell but it is very noticeable. It leaves a nice fragrance on the hands after they have been washed. This one also lathers really well without using too much of the soap. Just a few presses of the pump and that is enough to create the lather. It does not drip from the dispenser too.
It also rinses well from the hands to leave them very clean. This one is suitable for all the family to use and my grandchildren have not had any irritations on their more softer skin after using it. I myself have also had not irritations on my skin. It does not dry the skin because it contains moisturisers. It is anti bacterial and so it kills germs and kills bacteria that is on the hands. The small amount needed to wash, means that it is a very good quality soap and excellent value for the price. It says a lot about a product if you can use a small amount and get the results that you need. This one certainly does the job indeed and worth every penny spent.
This one costs around a £2 for a 500ml bottle and so a good price for a very well known brand that has been around for a very long time. This one is a long lasting soap. This one can often be bought on special offer at most supermarkets and so it is wise to buy it at a lower price if you spot it on the shelves.
This is a very nice, mild soap and one that is a good family wash. It is gentle on the skin too. It is cheap to buy for anyone on a lower budget and because the bottle is a large one, it means it does last for quite some time. I will continue to buy this one and I highly recommend it to others to buy.
I rate it 5 stars.
I like both liquid soap and bar soap. I tend to keep a liquid hand wash in my downstairs toilet and bar soap in my bathroom. A quick wash of the hands is all that's usually needed in my downstairs toilet (unless I dislocate my knee again and it turns into my bathroom!), so liquid soap is the soap of choice due to the quickness and easiness of it. The soap we are using at the moment is Carex Original Handwash.
The hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. This makes it easy to see how much of the light blue liquid soap is left. The label on the front of the bottle shows us the Carex logo, and the back states all of the normal information such as ingredients.
The pump dispenser is easy to use and just one squirt will produce an adequate amount of soap to wash your hands. The pipe feeding the soap to the dispenser is of a nice thickness and I haven't had a bottle that's clogged up the pipe yet.
The consistency of the hand wash is very gel like, only a little bit is needed to create a nice amount of lather to wash both hands. After washing the product off it leaves my hands feeling fresh, clean and even slightly moisturised. It doesn't leave my hands feeling dry in the slightest.
Carex say that the hand wash is effective in helping to prevent the spread of germs. I'm not wonder woman so I can't actually see germs to see if this wash does what it says, but as my hands feel so clean after use I can only imagine that is does help prevent germs spreading.
The 250ml bottle of handwash is usually on sale for around £1.50, but there are often special offers from various supermarkets for this product, such as 3 for £3.
I'd definitely recommend this hand wash, it's easy to use and leaves hands feeling fresh and clean, and the slight moisturised feeling is great. It's nice to know that it helps prevent the spread of germs, even though I don't know how true this is.
Although there are only 3 of us now in our home (sometimes 4) we seem to go through a heck of a lot of handwash so I am always looking for branded products at bargain prices. Luckily Wilkinsons have opened a new store not far from where we live and I found this Carex handwash on offer at just 84p so I just had to stock up on it didn't I?
I have used several Carex products in the past finding them to be pretty good value even at full price and the results have usually been good. so I knew I was getting a bargain as these are a handy 500ml.
The bottle comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture with a turquoise pump lid which is easy to use and does not clog. The handwash itself matches the lid in colour and is not too thick nor is it runny. I find one pump is adequate to wash my hands well but,after clearing up after the pets, I like to use two or more because it does not seem to dry out the skin.
The handwash has only a slight scent which is not at all feminine so I would say the whole family can use it without smelling like flowers or perfume. Not all handwashes are antibacterial but this Carex one claims to be so 'helping to prevent the spread of germs that cause illness'- obviously I cannot verify this but I trust Carex
because they have been around for many years.
I like the way this product is packaged because it looks quite attractive and you can tell how much is left in the bottle so you do not forget to replenish; I have been caught out sometimes by running out when the bottles are not see through.
The only negative side is that sometimes I have notiiced it drips onto the worktop but this is easily remidied by popping a folded kitchen roll underneath. Considering how rarely this happens and how little I paid for this handwash I have no hesitation in recommending it and am therefore awarding the full 5 stars.
Despite only being two of us in our household, we are clean creatures and do get through a fair amount of handwash. With a cat, a fiancé who loves working on cars, and a house that's being renovated, there is a need to wash our hands a lot, which in turn means getting through a lot of handwash.
Although I'm a very hygienic person, I'm not overly fussy when it comes to anti-bacterial properties and am not generally swayed by advertising that tells me my household will fall ill if I don't buy certain products. I tend to buy whatever is on offer, and for this reason it's easy to stock up when in the supermarket. The Carex bottles are usually on offer 3 for £3 in Asda and/or Tesco, so for this reason I use Carex quite often in the absence of a better offer.
It's blue and looks quite clinical in our purple bathroom, but smells clean and fresh and I think it puts your mind at ease that your hands are clean because of the brand. Sometimes I use supermarkets own-brand handwash, and I can get a little paranoid when washing my hands after cutting chicken, for example, that it isn't doing as good a job. For this reason, I usually end up using more. With Carex you don't have to worry about this.
My hands usually feel quite soft after using Carex. I suffer with dry skin so they're usually quite dry anyway, but Carex doesn't strip your skin of a layer like some of the anti-bacterial or medicated ones can. The pump that dispenses the soap is easy to use, and there's no unpredictable action that results in you wearing the soap, which is something that can be an issue with cheaper brands.
i use this handwash mainly at home in the kitchen and in the bathroom. Handwashes tend to be the last thing on my shopping list so I tend to go for the cheapest one available. I decided to buy this from my local supermarket as it was on offer. Four for £3.00 so i stocked up. The handwash is very light to use. You only need a little bit as it does lather up quite alot. I found it really easy to use no fuss and it left my hands feeling really clean, fresh and moisturised my hands as well. Sometimes you find that when you are using handwash alot it dries your hands but this doesnt. I also have two kids and im always trying to encouraging them to wash their hands and they are at that age when they should be independantly doing that. The bottle is really eye catching and the contents is a blue colour so you can spot the places you've missed which is great for the kids.
By most of the sinks in our home is some form of hand washing facility. I like to use it in the kitchen before cooking or preparing foods and use it in the bathroom for general hand washing duties.
I think it is important for a hand wash to have anti bacterial qualities, especially when using the bathroom. I saw this one on offer for a pound and thought I would give it a whirl.
*Price and availability*
I managed to snap up a 300ml bottle that had an extra 50ml for a pound at Wilkinson's. A regular 250ml bottle will usually cost between £1.40 and £1.60.
The 250ml hand wash bottle that stands at around 10 cm tall. On the top of the bottle there is a white pump that when pushed down, dispenses a good squirt of the hand wash. Two pumps is usually enough liquid for a thorough hand wash.
The liquid is light blue, which is great as my bathroom is blue, so it fits in nicely. The liquid is quite thick and more gel like rather than watery. This is good as it means it doesn't slip off the hands as easily. When mixed with water it foams up nicely, giving a good lather and good hand washing experience.
The liquid smells vaguely like disinfectant and not that appealing really. I think this is due to the anti bacterial qualities in it. I tend to use a scented moisturiser after hand washing and the scent of the hand wash does not last, it is replaced by the scent of my moisturiser.
The hand wash claims that it kills germs 3 times faster. I am guessing this is compared to the other Carex products on the market. I like this hand wash because of the antibacterial qualities and really do feel like my hands are clean after using it.
It is a shame that the product does not smell that great, I have used other Carex products that smell great so I was slightly disappointed by this.
A good double pump of hand wash produces a good hand wash, therefore the bottle does last a fair while. This is good because at full price the bottle can be quite expensive.
After using the hand wash I always finish off with a hand moisturiser because my hands do feel quite dry from using it. I do not have any dry patches of skin but they just feel generally dehydrated. A god lather of moisturiser soon sorts this out though!
Handwash is a commodity in our house that gets used up very quickly and so replacing it with a good brand usually occurs. This one was one offer for £1 recently so I bought it as that is not much more expensive than the cheap own brands.
--- The Bottle ---
The handwash comes in a clear plastic bottle that is 11cm x 9cm x 3cm in size. This bottle holds 250ml of the transparent blue handwash. On the top of the bottle there is an opaque white pump that when pushed down, dispenses some of the handwash. On the front of the bottle there is a clear label that has a large Carex logo with information about the product above and below it. On the rear there is a large white label with lots of product information in small writing.
--- The Handwash ---
This is the "Original" handwash by Carex and the front of the bottle claims it is an antibacterial handwash that cleans and protects. It claims that it kills germs 3 times faster, however I am unsure as to what this is compared against.
The light blue colour of the handwash is really nice and I feel it makes it quite fitting for any bathroom or sink. The bottle looks quite nice and is not too obtrusive therefore it should blend into most environments quite easily. The dispenser works really well by placing a good amount of the handwash onto your hands.
The handwash doesn't have a distinguishable scent like other washes I have used, however there is a scent to it which isn't the nicest. This isn't a problem though as when you use a small amount, this scent is not noticeable and does not stick to your hands at all. The dispenser puts about a pea sized drop of the handwash onto your hand which when worked with water produces a good lather that will cover and clean your hands with ease.
I find that the handwash is good for washing dirt off your hands and just as good for killing any bacteria after using the bathroom. I have used this handwash quite a bit over the last few weeks and I have not had any problems with my hands becoming dry or rough. Some handwashes can make your hands dry, however this one does not as it seems to moisturise my hands after use. This is very good for a reasonably priced handwash.
--- Where To Buy ---
Normally the RRP is £1.60, however it can usually be bought for only £1 in some major supermarkets, chemists and shops.
--- The Verdict ---
On the whole I am very happy with this handwash as for the price it gives an excellent wash without dehydrating my hands. Personally I would of liked it to have a nice refreshing scent to it however Carex do have fragrenced washes in there range that I could try.
I am going to give it 5/5 as for the price and the great wash it does it is well worth the money.
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