“ Brand: Cussons Carex / Type: Hand Wash / Subcategory: Splash / Suitable for: Hand „
As a Mum, my main aim in life is protect my family any way I can. One way I can safeguard their well-being and protect them from germs and the like, is to use antibacterial products wherever possible. I'm not fussy which ones as a rule, as long as they do the job. My review discusses my thoughts about Carex Splash, from Cussons, of which I have several bottles currently stashed away under my sink.
Cussons was a household name when I was growing up, but we didn't have antibac' products then and it never did me any harm (gosh, I sound like my Mother). We were lucky enough to use Pears soap (if Mum was particularly flush that week) or Imperial Leather (the one with the sticker), from the aforementioned Cussons. The problem with those was they weren't particularly hygienic and always turned to mush if you didn't let them dry between uses. Cue today, where we have hand wash gels with emollient, sensitive and antibacterial properties; my poor old Granddad would be turning in his grave calling us all Namby Pamby's, bless him.
The picture above is for the 300ml bottle, but mine is a 250ml size. The shape of the bottle on mine is the familiar square shape with softened edges that we all will instantly recognise. Whereas the bottle above is transparent, mine is a semi opaque white, but it still enables you to see the product inside, and when it's about to run out. The Carex branding is situated right in the middle of the front, with the Splash name underneath. As you may have gathered from the Splash name, this product is aimed at children, and there are two fun designs in the range, we have both. The first has a cute little penguin fishing, and the other features a dolphin or a rather friendly looking shark, depending on your opinion, the jury is out for deliberation :) Either way, the cute packaging appeals to me (43) as much as it does to my youngest (10).
The clear hand wash is as you would expect; gel like and quite viscous. The pump dispenses the correct amount for adult hands, although you could just press the pump lightly for a smaller quantity for little hands. The lather is quite sparse but I feel it cleanses our hands well. The fragrance is gentle and not too perfumed; it reminds me of lemons and a herb, possibly thyme, but it's a clean and fresh scent nonetheless. The hand wash is classed as being suitable for sensitive skin as one would expect from a children's product, but it does leave my hands feeling a little dry, there's certainly no emollient properties in this one. It's not a problem though, as you could use another product in the Carex range if you needed that specifically. I keep a bottle of this beside my kitchen sink, especially for use when handling raw meats etc., and general day to day use, and another in the bathroom, for obvious reasons. The semi opaque white bottle, with the translucent blue pump doesn't look out of place in either setting, and certainly looks quite appealing with the fun design on the front.
The main downfall to this product is that it's not more widely available in supermarkets and chemists like it used to be. This hand wash was the exclusive hand wash of choice when my youngest daughter was smaller; I tend now to use what's on the best promotion at the time. This is how I came to find this little gem again, I happened to see it an Amazon.co.uk of all places at a bargain price. It's quite expensive today (6.6.13), but keep an eye out as I purchased a package containing 6 units of this hand wash for a little over the price of one, and that included delivery; hence my reason for stocking up with a dozen of them, they should last us a while.
I highly recommend this Carex Splash hand wash; it's colour free, it's suitable for sensitive skins, it's antibacterial, it has cute packaging, and protects your family from bugs and germs. What more could you ask for?