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I like to make sure that I always have some liquid soap in our home and I prefer to use this instead of bars as I find it so much more hygienic. The one we are all using at the moment is CArex Protect Plus hand wash. I paid two pounds forty nine for this plastic bottle with a very useful pump dispenser on the top. It lathers up very well and rinses off nicely without leaving any sticky residue behind. this liquid soap is designed to protect your hands for up to two hours after using, from nasty germs and bacteria. It smells really pleasant and has a delicate and light fragrance. It is suitable for use by the whole family and my little girl is able to wash er hands herself with this soap. One bottle seems to be lasting for ages as I hardly need to use more than a very tiny little amount. It creates a lovely creamy lather and it leaves my hands feeling nice and soft. It also doesn't seem to dry out the skin, which is always an added bonus. On the whole, I cannot say anything negative about this hand soap and I really recommend it.
When I saw that carex were bringing out a protect plus range I got very excited (oh the joys of being an OCD sufferer!). The protect plus range was supposed to help protect you from bacteria for up to two hours after application. I thought that was a fantastic idea as it is a concern of mine that ten minutes after washing my hands they could be swimming in bacteria again. My condition used to leave me scrubbing my hands every ten minutes but I gradually managed to cut this down and I am now in a position where I think that I only wash my hands as much as the average person would do. However sometimes refraining from washing my hands is difficult for me and my anxiety levels will increase. Therefore when I first heard about this brand I was rather excited because it would leave me feeling a bit calmer about the germs floating about here there and everywhere.
The range from carex includes a handwash and a hand gel. Initially I bought the hand gel as it was on offer for around half of the recommended retail price in superdrug making it around a pound. My mum then bought the handwash from Tesco where she found it on a half price offer and she paid around £1.20 for 250ml because this range does seem to retail at a slightly higher price than the regular carex range.
The carex soap comes in a nice bottle which is square in shape but it is curved and the two edges dip in slightly making it easy to hold. The bottle itself is a crystal clear plastic and it has a frosted clear pump that is released by a simple twist. I really like the branding of the protect plus and it has a sort of rainbow metallic effect and it really catches your eye on the supermarket shelf.
You use the soap just as you would any other handwash. You simply push the pump down which is easy to do and you will receive a good amount of handwash. If the pump is fully pressed then you end up with a blob of soap around the size of a 50p piece. I always find that I really don't need this much so I give the pump a quick press and have a blob about the same size as a 5p piece.
The soap is bright white in colour and is quite thick. It has a fresh and clean aroma and it is easy to lather up. A piece of soap this size cleans my hands and wrists with ease and I personally like to make sure I get all of the skin under my nails and in between each of my fingers too. When it comes to rinsing the soap off it glides from my skin with ease and I am left with clean smelling hands.
After drying my hands I am always pleased with how soft my skin feels. I do suffer with dry skin especially on my hands but after using this I always notice that my skin feels really soft and supple. When using this I find that my hands remain much more moisturised throughout the day and on the whole my skin just feels healthier.
So as for the claims that the soap protects for up to two hours after use I cannot answer the claim really. I do notice that my hands smell clean and look clean but as I personally have no way of telling how many germs I have on my hands. However I have not experienced any coughs or colds since using this.
I find this soap really good. Although it is a little more expensive than the rest of the carex range it is really caring and it leaves my hands feeling soft and clean. I think that the peace of mind given regarding the extra protection is more than worth the price. Recommended.