Product Type: Carex Hand & Nail Care
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Carex Sensitive Hand Wash
Member Name: alyson29
Carex Sensitive Hand Wash
Date: 12/09/12, updated on 12/09/12 (76 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant aroma and effective for hand washing
Disadvantages: Caused my skin to become dry and irritated
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.
Summary: A disappointing hand wash from the Carex range
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