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Brand: Carex / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand

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      14.12.2013 10:55
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      5/5

      I recently picked up this Carex Sensitive Hand Wash during my weekly shop. I have tried many of the hand washes from the range, but hadn't had this one for a while.


      ~ Packaging ~
      It comes in a large clear plastic bottle with a clear sticker on the front with, 'Cussons Carex' written in a big blue oval shape in the middle of it. A swish of purple goes around the oval shape with pictures of purple feathers in it.
      Underneath it says, 'sensitive hand wash kills 99.9% of bacteria' in small purple lettering.
      There is a plastic dispenser pump on the top of the bottle, which can be screwed off to remove if required.
      The hand wash itself is a light purple colour.
      The label on the back of the bottle lists the ingredients and also says, 'Calming and soothing for skin that irritates easily, Carex Sensitive hand wash is effective yet gentle in healping to prevent the spead of germs.'
      It also claims to use an improved formula free from known fragrance allergens.


      ~ Price and availability ~
      This hand wash is available at Boots, Superdrug, Wilkinsons, Home Bargains and all supermarkets.
      I have a 333ml bottle with 33% extra free, which cost no more than £2.00, but the usual 250ml bottle costs £1.85 from Boots, £1.89 from Superdrug or just £0.90 from Tesco, where it is currently on offer reduced from £1.80.


      ~ In use ~
      To use this hand wash you twist the dispenser pump from the locked position and then the pump rises so that you can press it down.
      I find that you only need to use one or two pumps of this hand wash for both hands as there is a good amount dispensed and a little bit goes a long way.
      The hand wash is quite thin in consistency, but it isn't so thin that it feels watered down. It feels like it is a good quality hand wash.
      It has a lovely scent, which is quite subtle. It reminds me of fresh linen. The scent lingers on your hands for a while after you have washed them, which is nice.
      The hand wash is gentle on my hands and doesn't leave them feeling dry like soap sometimes can. My hands are left feeling clean and smelling nice.
      I like to use an anti-bacterial hand wash in the kitchen especially for when I am handling meat and I believe the claims that this hand wash kills 99.9% of germs.
      I find that this hand wash lasts for a few weeks before it runs out and the last of it is fairly easy to get out of the bottle. There is never much left that I can't get out of the bottle.
      I would definitely buy this product again.

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      26.07.2013 21:27
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      Carex cares for my hands

      I have sensitive hands and I have to be careful as to which hand washes I use on them. I've used so many different types in the past, but there are a couple that I always come back to - one of which is this Carex sensitive hand wash. I only ever purchase it on a special offer price and stock up - that being 89p in Tesco for a 250ml bottle. It is also available in Boots, Superdrug and other supermarkets.

      The hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle that is quite wide and quite tall (around 12cm tall and 10cm wide) but is also quite slimline at around 3cm, perfectly designed to sit on the top of our sinks. With the bottle being clear, I always know when it needs replacing - I find that a bottle will last up to three weeks sometimes in the bathroom with regular use by the two of us. I always have two bottles on the go in our house - one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom.

      The bottle has a pump lid at the top and is locked in place until it's first use. Then it just twists around once and pops up ready to use. One depression of the pump releases a good amount, I find that it's usually enough to wash my hands thoroughly, unless they're dirty from being in the garden or after baking a cake, when I need two or three squirts to clean them completely. It has quite a good consistency - it's certainly not runny so is easy to handle but isn't so thick that's it's a struggle to rinse off my hands either. It lathers up really well and rinses off as quickly as it lathers up.

      As I mentioned I seem to be sensitive to a lot of hand washes, resulting in rashes on my hands. I have no idea why as more often than not I'm fine with products over the rest of my body. But this hand wash seems to do the trick. It's never brought me out in any sort of rash or caused any sort of break out on my hands so I've continued to use it - in total, I've probably used it for excess of 4 years now with no problems at all. It comes with an allergen free fragrance too - this is very subtle but I find a nice extra. I prefer hand washes to have a scent as I think it sub-consciously makes me think that my hands are clean!

      My hands always feel clean when I've used this, but obviously I can't comment on whether it meets the claims on the bottle. The bottle claims that 99.9% of bacteria are killed with it's use. All I know is that they feel and smell fresh and that's all I can base my review on. I rate the Carex sensitive hand wash five dooyoo stars.

      Thanks for reading :o)

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      04.06.2013 23:10
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      A good, basic handwash

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      What's on offer?
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      We always use liquid handsoaps in our house, but I have no brand loyalty at all - always opting for whatever is on offer! I picked this one up for about £1 in my local supermarket and it was one I hadn't tried before. It is designed to be gentle and caring, while lightly moisturising the hands.

      This looks nice enough, as liquid handwashes go - it comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser at the top, and you can see through the bottle that the soap is a pale purple colour. Although once you dispense this it is pretty much colourless! It is quite a thick gel, and the scent is very mild - it has a slightly floral scent but it's really subtle and not too offensive. It lathers up well, and I find that just one or two pumps from the dispenser is more than adequate.

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      Not too moisturising
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      After use, this doesn't leave my hands as soft as other soaps - although it isn't massively drying, I do need to apply moisturiser quite soon after using this one. The smell lingers but very faintly, although my hands do feel clean and quite fresh after use.

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      Overall there is nothing really wrong with this soap, but it's a bit boring! The scent is nothing special and it doesn't linger particularly, and I have used nicer handwashes, I must say. So although this is okay and it does the job, I'm giving it three stars as there are others out there that cost the same but deliver more!

      This is widely available from all the usual supermarkets and chemists and retails for around £2 at full price, but is often on offer at around £1.

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      16.12.2012 18:15
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      Does not live up to it's claims

      I recently started wearing contact lenses and wanted to make sure I had a good antibacterial soap in the bathroom to wash my hands with while putting in and removing these. I picked up a bottle of this Carex Sensitive hand wash, choosing this for 2 main reasons; one because it was reasonably priced on offer at £1 and two because I have very sensitive skin and wanted something that wouldn't irritate this.

      This hand wash comes in a clear 250ml bottle with a pump top. Through the bottle you can see the soap which is a pale purple colour. The top is locked when you buy the product but a simple twist opens it for the first time and then all you need to do is press the pump down to release some soap. I find that about half a pump provides sufficient soap to wash my hands well. I have found this soap to be a little bit thinner in consistency than other hand wash style soaps I have used. It quite easily slips off your hands if you squeeze too much out. One complaint that I do have is that a small amount of soap drips from the dispenser of this bottle when not in use, meaning that I am often having to wipe away soap from my bathroom sink.

      The soap itself is lightly scented with a floral fragrance. This smell is evident when you are washing your hands but I find that it doesn't linger for long after you have rinsed your hands. After washing my hands with this hand wash they feel very clean, however they also feel quite dry and tight. I have found that since I have started using this hand wash I have needed to apply hand cream more frequently. This is not something I expected to happen with a hand wash that is designed for those with sensitive skin and claims to provide a "triple moisturising action!"

      This soap is widely available in most shops and seems to cost around £1.70 - £2.00 when at full price however is also frequently on offer. All in all while I am confident that this soap kills germs and leaves my hands clean, it is not something that I would buy again or recommend due to the drying effect it had on my skin. I have found that some regular hand washes (ie not 'sensitive' ones) are in fact more gentle and I will be sticking to these in the future. For this reason I am giving this a rating of just 2 stars. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found my review helpful.

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        15.12.2012 11:11
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        There are much better handwashes

        I have a 5 year old daughter and find that a bar of soap plus water plus her doesn't mix and we end up with a mad game of chase the soap around the bathroom hence the reason I use handwash in our bathroom.

        I tend to buy whichever decent branded handwash is on offer, I have tried the cheaper brands but find they don't really compare. I seem to end up passing back and forth between Radox and Carex as I find these ones often go on offer at £1 per bottle which I think is a decent price.

        The bottle the handwash comes in is see through and you can see the products inside but this is transparent too so apart from a little bit of bright pink on the front of the bottle the packaging isn't exactly exciting. The bottle has a pump top lid on it which is locked when you buy it but is simple to open with a simple twist and once a bottle is open in our house I leave it open so that my daughter can use it by herself.

        I work as a carer and the constant washing of my hands has caused me to have contact dermatitis which is why I decided to have a try of the sensitive version to see if it made any difference but to be honest it is no gentler than any other handwash in my opinion.

        The pump squirts a decent amount of liquid out per squirt which is great as my daughter knows one squirt is enough to do her hands so doesn't over use the product. The liquid is a little thinner and sloppier than most branded handwashes that we have used which I was surprised by. The liquid has a slight flowery scent to it but the smell doesn't remain on your hands although they do smell clean. The soap lathers up really well and then it rinses away from my hands easily too again this is a great thing in my opinion as it means my daughter doesn't waste loads of water trying to rinse her hands.

        After use my hands felt pretty soft but over time I found that this soap actually seemed to dry my hands out more than usual, once I stopped using this product I found my hands improved again so I know it was from this soap. I would have to give this soap a 3 as it is antibacterial which gives me great confidence in its cleaning abilities and it is easy to use however I like more of a scent and I found it dried my hands too much.

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        14.12.2012 12:44

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        defently worth buying

        I buy carex products Alot snd thought I would give this a go, well it had a lovely smell and was gentle on my husbands hands but after a couple of uses on my hands it made mine and daughters hand dry amd itchy. Maybe we are allergic im not sure but either way I try to limit how often I use it. But its defently worth its money as husband seems to like it alot.
        Due to my not so perfect reaction I did ask my husband on his view of this productand he is very happy indeed as he saud it made his hands soft and supple and he uses it quite alot. This is very reassuring as he doesnt use hand washes due to them giving him a bad reaction, therefore this will defently be a permanent resident in our bathroom and I give it 4 out of 5 and thats only due to my own reaction

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        18.11.2012 12:35

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        Easy to dispense, pleasant smell, gel texture

        It can be quite difficult to find a hand wash that is suitable for sensitive skin, and children. Most of them are just to harsh and drying. I decided to give carex sensitive a go, based on the fact it was allergen-free, antibacterial and has moisturising ingredients, so hopefully wouldn't be over drying. It comes in a 250ml, pump bottle that fits neatly between the taps on the hand basin and is easy to dispense (as some pumps can be tricky for children). It has a very smooth, gel texture however didn't feel creamy, it felt soft on my skin and did not foam to much. There is a very faint fragrance which is pleasant compared to some brands that can be over powering. It didnt over dry my skin, however I did still use a moisturiser as well. As far as sensitive hand wash goes I think carex lives up to its claims, and I would buy it again.

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        12.09.2012 17:34
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        It was an OK product

        Carex Sensitive Hand Wash - very often £1 at all of our favourite supermarkets

        This hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle, that is rectangular, with rounded corners. The contents of the bottle are a soft lilac colour. The product is marketed as being kind to sensitive hands (it has triple moisturising action - whatever that is), as well as anti bacterial.

        As someone who has sensitive skin I thought it would worth trying this product, as in the winter months with all of the battering my hands get from the weather they tend to be drier than usual.

        I didn't notice the hand wash having any particularly offensive scent, however it didn't smell 'good' either. (Some hand soaps smell good enough to eat, and this isn't one of them). The product did all that it needed to in the way of cleaning, however having said that it had 'triple action moisturising' it didn't leave my hands feeling silky soft. To be fair to the product though they didn't start off in good nick before I started using this, but it didn't seem to help.

        It was a modestly priced product, that was moderately effective, but I wouldn't be in a rush to purchase it again, and therefore could not recommend it in good conscience.

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        12.09.2012 17:17
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        A disappointing hand wash from the Carex range

        I tend to alternate with the brands of hand washes that I purchase dependent upon price with the fragrance being the deciding factor for me. Whilst shopping at Tesco a few months ago my husband made a purchase of Carex Sensitive as of all of their hand washes were on offer and this review discusses my experience with using it.

        I find the chunky appearance of the transparent plastic packaging rather uninspiring with its 250 ml of liquid contents, which offer a barely there shade of lilac. Whilst I suffer with problematic skin on my hands, which are frequently dry and cause the knuckles to split and subsequently bleed, I don't generally tend to purchase sensitive hand washes, as I find that most hand washes do not exacerbate my condition. For those consumers concerned about allergens, I would advise that this product has an allergen free fragrance. I unscrewed the dispensing unit for a quick sniff half expecting a non existent aroma and was pleasant surprised to witness a delicate floral scent.

        The pump dispenser is easy to use and after initially pressing several times to draw the liquid into the unit, I found that one press was sufficient to release enough of the good consistency hand wash. I would previously find that Carex hand washes were slightly thicker than other brands, but it seems that in the last couple of years they have achieved the correct consistency. I often find that the Carex's dispensing units drip and unfortunately, this was the case, so after using it was necessary to gently rub my finger underneath to remove any last drops.

        The hand wash offered a good lather when introduced to warm water and it effectively removed any grease and grime from my hands. I always choose anti-bacterial products for the kitchen to avoid cross contamination with food preparation and as this hand wash is claimed to kill 99.9% of bacteria it was placed next to my kitchen sink. Whilst the delicately floral aroma was initially evident, the scent rapidly disappeared, which I cannot admit to being bothered about, particularly when using in the kitchen. The product was easily rinsed away from my skin without leaving any sticky residue and the surface of my hands was fairly soft and smooth.

        The only issue I experience with some of the hand washes belonging to Carex is that they can often be a little drying and although Carex claim this product is lightly moisturising and is suited for both sensitive and delicate skin, unfortunately, the skin on the back of my right hand became a little tight and itchy, so it was necessary for me to use hand cream directly after use. Despite the dispensing unit reaching to the base of the bottle I found the remaining centimetre of hand wash impossible to remove, so it was a case of discarding the dispensing unit and vigorously banging the underside of the bottle to release the contents.

        The hand wash should be used within 18 months of opening with the bottle being recyclable once empty. Due to the fact that I suffered dryness and itching when using I would not repurchase this product and I am surprised that it is marketed towards those consumers who suffer with sensitive skin. Carex Sensitive Hand Wash is widely available and generally retails at around £1.60. Due to the reasons discussed above, I can only award two stars.

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