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I love the Carex range of 'Fun Editions' novelty scented anti-bacterial hand washes, designed to appeal to children and adults alike. Included in the range is a really gorgeous and addictive 'Chocolate Orange' variety and also a fun, vibrant pink 'Strawberry Laces' version and an authentic 'Cola Bottles' version. This Bubble Gum variety is the newest addition to the range and the bottle currently gracing my kitchen sink, ready for all domestic hand washing emergencies.
One pump is a pretty accurate amount needed for hand washing, avoiding waste. I do like this slim and easy to store format of hand wash and I like that the transparent plastic container makes it easy to keep track of how full or empty the bottle may be.
With this variety, the packaging also makes the most of the funky blue contents, making this a surprisingly attractive dispenser that still functions well. It is an eye catching design and the blue colour, in particular, makes this a design that will certainly appeal to children and should encourage them to take more of an interest in keeping their hands clean. My four year old son is certainly keen on using the 'blue squeezy' and will empty half the bottle per wash, given half a chance! The pump dispenser does help to minimise mess and waste, although my youngest child does do his best to counteract this with his unmitigated enthusiasm for independent hand washing!
The bottle boasts three specific claims, as well as the general promise to kill 99.9% of bacteria:
"Effectively removes dirt and germs.
Our special blend of moisturisers helps skin feeling soft.
All round protection for healthy hands, big and small."
I find these claims to be an accurate reflection of the quality of this product.
The scent of this hand wash certainly matches my expectations when I think of bubblegum. It has that sweetness and slight artificial scent which is pretty distinctive and immediately evocative of sticky bubblegum and, bizarrely, also reminding me of those novelty rubbers that used to be all the rage in the 1980s! I find the fragrance is released immediately and lingers gently on my hands for several hours after washing, without being too conspicuous or cloying. This leaves my hands feeling clean and soft so is highly recommended
The days of soap at each sink at home are on the decline, and are now being replaced with liquid soap dispensers. These are being produced by many manufacturers and One of those manufacturers are Carex. Carex produces a wide range of hand wash products. The Carex brand is owned by Cussons whothemselves produce a wide range of personal care products.
The bottle has a simple design as with all the range, it is transparent when empty and has a easy to use dispenser. The dispenser releases a small but sufficient amount of the hand wash which itself has a very pleasant aroma to it. The labelling promotes that it kills 99.9 of bacteria and has a slogan promising to Clean (effectively removes dirt and germs), Cares (Special blend moisturisers helps keep skin feeling soft) and protects (ll round protection for healthy hands). It also promotes to have been dermatologically tested by experts.
The bottle itself contains 250 mls of the hand wash and this generally lasts a lengthy period of time due to its pump action dispenser and the amount it releases at each application.
Like all the hand washes in the Carex range these are often available at a discounted price in supermarkets, discount shop etc and you can generally purchase them for around £1.
To conclude Carex is a proven brand and consistently produces hand washes which are clinically proven to protect you as well as looking after the care of your hands. I give this hand wash 4 Dooyou stars.
I always keep a bottle of Cussons Carex hand wash in my kitchen because its such a handy, hardworking product to have.
Carex Original Handwash is an antibacterial handwash and is gentle yet effective in helping to prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness. I really like that it is an antibacterial hand wash because I find its in the kitchen that I need this protection the most. Most dinner times I prepare raw meat so to be able to clean my hands effectively before I prepare the rest of the meal is something that is very important to me. Plus, I always make sure my kids wash their hands with this liquid soap before they eat and knowing that it kills germs is great because their hands get so dirty with all the playing outside, going to the toilet etc that they do on a daily basis.
The liquid soap comes in a clear plastic bottle so you can see the blue liquid inside. Carex has an almost gel like consistency to it so when you squeeze some out on your hands it will stay there until you are ready to lather it up with water. The bottle has a plunge top lever to it so its easy to get the soap out and dispense it on your hands. The soap doesn't really have a particular smell to it, just a fresh clean scent that is perfect for when you want clean hands.
What's great about this soap too is that it has a Non-drying formulation and contains a unique blend of moisturisers so it is actually really good for your hands. I wash my hands in the kitchen so many times during the day and I never suffer with dry hands from this soap so I would say that it definitely works.
A 100ml bottle costs just £2.35 and lasts for a few weeks so its good value and a good hard working antibacterial hand soap.
We seem to use a lot of hand wash in our household due partly to washing our hands frequently after patting our lovely dog,(which we do a lot!) and also trying to be hygienic particularly in the kitchen. It is amazing just how many times you wash your hands while preparing a meal, I´ve occasionally tried to count but always get too involved in the cooking. Although I often buy Morrison´s own brand of anti bacterial hand wash, I can be persuaded to try out others which led me to buying Carex Original a few weeks ago. It was on offer at 89pence and 33% free which I thought was a really god deal for 333ml of anti bacterial hand wash.
The bottle is made of recyclable clear plastic, slightly waisted in shape to make it easy to hold with wet hands. It is topped by a push down dispenser which can be locked off by pushing it down and twisting it if the need occurs.
On the front is the Cussons name underneath which appears "Carex original,protecting antibacterial hand wash. cleans and protects, "This is on a blue background which looks nice and fresh against the light turquoise colour of the liquid.
On the reverse we are told that the Carex experts have developed a new improved formula which works 3 x faster to kill harmful germs! This is of course compared to their previous hand wash, but , it stills sounds good to me!
It also contains added moisturisers, supports the skins natural anti bacterial defences and is dermaologically tested for skin kindness.
How I Use It.
I keep my bottle next to the kitchen sink and simply press a little of the clear turquoise liquid into the palm of my hand . The pump works well and the consistency of the liquid is almost gel like so it is one of the least messy hand washes that i have used. Then I rub my hands together and add water. The hand wash does not foam a lot and is easily rinsed off my hands leaving a very nice, fresh scent that won´t interfere with the smell of anything I am cooking. Who wants a nose full of flowers when you are testing a curry? That´s it, my hands are clean and moisturised as well.
One of the best hand washes that I have used, good cleaning, nice consistency, lovely fresh scent and leaves my hands in good condition. I will be buying this one again particularly if it is on special offer and this does seem to happen a lot.
5 stars from me, good for all the family.
Readily available in supermarkets. Made by Cussons it has an 18monthlife after opening.
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Liquid hand washes from pump dispensers have become very popular, largely through their convenience value. There can't be many households in the country that don't use them.
We are currently using Carex Bacteria Protect Superior, an antibacterial hand wash with silver. It kills 99.9% of bacteria. It comes in a lovely silvery light blue colour and you get 250ml in a clear recyclable pump dispenser. Included on the container is a wealth of information on the product and the ingredients thereof. We are also directed to go to the Carex website for detailed information on hand hygiene
We like it because it is not strongly perfumed and that seems only right in a kitchen situation. The manufacturers, Cussons, claim that it kills germs 3 x faster.
The hand wash has added moisturiser, is dermatologically tested for skin kindness and supports the skin's natural anti-bacterial defences.
It isn't as thick and gloopy as some hand washes and you don't get a strong lather. However, your hands do feel soft and clean after use.
Carex is a brand that has a good reputation and this is a product we would buy and use again.
I think it is very important to have good hand hygiene, especially in todays times of swine flu and other germs being passed around, and I think its alwasy good to have a hard working hand wash in the bathroom.
Carex has been a big used brand in my family since I was a kid, so its pretty much always been in my house somewhere, and today is no exception.
I could be known as one of those people who washes their hands a bit too often sometimes, you would never know by looking at my hands. They are not dry or cracked, and this is as least in part due to the handwash I use.
The carex hand washes are, to me, a great part to play in keeping my hads soft as well as clean and hygienic. They have a moisturising agent in all the different varieties of the washes, and they are all anti-bactieral too, so you kill all germs and keeps your hands soft.
The handwash, thankfully, does not smell strong or strange, in fact it has quite a pleasant, freshly clean smelling scent, that you wouldn't think is anti bactieral at all, it just smells too clean to be good at kiling germs on contact.
Carex can be a little bit more expensive than cheaper brands, but its worth the money as it lasts a long time, kills germs and won't dry your hands out. I recommend this to everyone, as I think everyone should keep on top of hand hygiene, especially in the winter.
My boyfriend did the shopping for us a while back and came back with 4 bottles of Carex - it must have been 241 or something, but now it means we're lumbered with it for about 6 months! It's not that I'm against it, I just think it's a very non-luxurious product that does what it says.
The bottles we have are 250ml, bought from Tesco's but I think you can buy 500ml bottles as well. The price seems to vary quite widely from being on offer at about £1, up to about £2.40.
The point of Carex is that it's an antibacterial handwash which will stop the spreading of germs so it's a good one to stick in your bathroom. It also claims to be dermatologically-tested with a non-drying formulation and a unique blend of moisturisers. As it comes out in a gel and not a creamy wash I find it surprising that it claims to be so moisturising, as I tend to find the creamy / milk-based washes to be the more softening. I must say that I haven't especially noticed either way as to whether it's made my hands softer, but I would say it's not by a huge amount if it does.
The smell is also very average and I just can't feel strongly about it in any way. It's quite a neutral smell and reminds me a bit of bubble-bath.
Overall it's nice to have a good handwash in your bathroom, but when I'm doing the shopping I will probably go for something a bit more exciting with a nicer smell and one which looks a bit less clinical. Then again, it does what it says on the tin (I presume anyway) which is to kill bacteria and is therefore, in theory, an ideal handwash for the bathroom.
As I have quite sensitive skin, I've always used the Dove bar of soap. However, when myself and my boyfriend moved in together recently, he kicked up a bit of a fuss about the girlyness of Dove when he was supposed to use it. So in the interest of compromise, off we trotted to Tesco, where we spotted this Cussons Carex sensitive handwash (the purple one), which was on offer at £1.00 a bottle, which seemed a bargain.
The handwash was duly put into the kitchen for both of us to use, where the purple liquid in a pump-action bottle looked fine on the windowsill. But now for the real test - would it annoy my skin? Having a slight case of OCD (I say slight, I mean quite bad!) means that I wash my hands quite a bit so it would soon be put in the bin if it didn't live up to its 'sensitive' label.
24 hours later, after having a fair bit of use from the handwash, my hands were showing no reaction to the Carex other than feeling very soft. There was also a very nice smell, which lingered even after I'd dried my hands, even though the suds themselves rinsed off very easily.
The pump-action on the bottle itself was very smooth and pumped out just enough liquid to wash my hands, plus it didn't drip or create gloopy bits around the nozzle, which is always a bonus!
My boyfriend (who denies he's got OCD but actually has it worse than I do...) was also pleased with our purchase and so the Dove soap bars are consigned to the side of the bath. Although the next time we go shopping, we will be keeping an eye out for these in a refill pouch, as the bottle seems like a lot of waste just to use once.
So, for just a pound, this was a bargain buy that diffused a potential hiccough in our kitchen, highly recommended!
I have always washed my hands with hand wash but when I had my first baby I seemed to spend all of my day washing my hands. Before feeding, making up bottles, after changing baby, when you have a newborn you're always washing your hands. Now at the time the handwash I had was just something cheap, I think Tesco's own brand but once I started using it frequently it made my hands sore and chapped. In search of a better alternative I came across Cussons Carex and have used that ever since.
Cussons Carex is a protecting antibacterial hand wash, the one I get is original and comes in a clear bottle with a blue liquid inside but I think you can get other kinds. It comes in a 250ml bottle but you often see them with 50% extra free so you get 375ml for your money. It costs around £1.50 depending on where you buy it from.
The bottle has a pump dispenser which is great because even my little boys use this and the dispenser makes it easy for them to use my themselves. I used to buy them their own hand wash, I think Kandoo, which is specifically for kids but I am that pleased with how soft this makes your hands feel that they now use this as well. No need for over-priced children's hand washes.
On the bottle it tells you that the hand wash is:
* Dermatologically tested
* Non-drying formulation
* Contains a unique blend of moisturisers
* Hygienically clean
It is a gentle yet effective way to wash your hands. It doesn't matter how many times a day I wash my hands they remain in good condition and are nice and soft, unlike the dry chapped hands I get using other brands.
I also believe you get good value for money, you only need a very small amount and that will be enough to lather up and get lots of foam. A 250ml bottle will last ages.
I am really pleased with this product, a hand wash that is gentle enough for all the family to use and yet is antibacterial so cleans your hands like a hand wash should.
I don't know about you, but I can't stand seeing used bars of soap in bathrooms, particularly if they are cracked or veined with other people's dirt and germs. I have always bought liquid hand soaps, and last month I must confess I went through the best part of ten bottles in my house. Before you start posting comments, I don't suffer from OCD and I'm not Lady Macbeth; the reason for my temporary obsession with hand washing was the fact I was visiting my Dad who was seriously ill in hospital and I was paranoid about germ transfer. As I needed a liquid hand soap that was tough on germs yet kind to my skin I opted for Carex liquid soap as this claimed to fulfil my criteria.
Price and availability
The traditional bottle of blue Carex soap is available almost everywhere and the price does vary depending on the outlet. I found the cheapest place was Asda who were promoting it at 4 x 250ml bottles for £3. I don't think you'll get it much cheaper than that.
Carex hand soap comes simply packaged in a see through cuboid shaped plastic container which can be recycled or refilled when empty. The soap is dispensed via a press down pump action top which seals the bottle. The soap inside gives the bottle a distinctive blue appearance making the bottle easy to identify on the shelf along with clear concise product brand labelling.
Carex antibacterial hand wash is gentle yet effective in helping to prevent the spread of germs that can cause illness. The product is dermatologically tested with a non-drying formulation. It contains a unique blend of moisturisers, it is dermatologically tested and kills 99.8% of bacteria.
My experience and opinion
The soap is easy to dispense, simply push down on the top and just the right amount of soap is dispensed into the hand. The soap is blue in colour and quite viscous so the soap sticks to your hand rather than dribbling between your fingers before you've had chance to work up a lather. The soap has a clean, fresh aroma which I personally thought smelled like kids bubble bath. Once water is added, the soap produces a pleasant workable lather, not too frothy, but just right and it rinses clean away with no slimy residue. After use, my hands did feel clean and even with the excessive washing described above, there was no irritation to my skin, even under my rings. I cannot say whether 99.9% of germs are killed, as I don't have access to microbiological facilities, so we'll have to take Cussons word for it.
There are two very minor things I don't like about the product and these relate to the bottle itself. Firstly, after the soap is dispensed, the pump seems to run on a little, leaving a thin blue trail all over the washbasin - perhaps some tweaking in the design of the nozzle outlet would remedy this. Secondly, I would prefer it if the bottom of the bottle was a bit wider because the base of the current bottle has a small surface area and more often than not it topples over when the pump is depressed. As a lot of sinks and hand basins are not horizontal with shaped sloping edges, a wider base would be a useful characteristic.
Overall I think Carex hand soap represents excellent value for money, particularly at the promotional price I paid. I was pleased to find that it did live up to the manufacturers claims as it does leave hands feeling clean and soft without irritation, even with repeated excessive use. Highly recommended.
Cussons Carex Bacteria Protect Handwash
I have always used a handwash rather than a bar of soap as soap dries my hands out and I find it pretty unhygienic to be truthful.
When my little boy was born I started using antibacterial handwashes because of the need to be extra clean during the early months. I bought a 250ml bottle of this for £1 at either Tesco or Asda where this product can regular be found on some sort of special offer.
The handwash is packaged in a square shaped bottle with ripples at each side and a blue pump action dispenser. The label displays the Green Dot, making this bottle compliant with the Germany Packaging Ordinance. It has a shelf life of 18 months once opened. The labelling does not give a huge amount of information, but what is there is to the point and relevant. It claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and to be effective in helping to prevent the spread of germs and illnesses.
The gel type liquid is a vibrant blue colour and once lathered with water will turn to a much paler blue foam. This product smells good and cleanses well. The non-drying formulation is true to its word, with my hands not feeling dried out, which is great particularly was when my son was newborn I was washing my hands very regularly.
I like this product and think that if you can pick one up for £1 or on a BOGOF offer then you should try it.
Carex Original Handwash:
My first memories of Carex Original are from my school days, the school nurse had some in her little room where I often went to take my painkillers, (I had a hiking accident at age 10 which caused me to have a displaced knee cap for nearly six years). I loved the smell of Carex right from the start and when I saw it on offer in the supermarket the other day, (having not used it for a few years), I decided to try it again.
Carex original comes in a square-ish bottle with a dark aqua/blue pump dispenser on the top. The bottle is tinted white but clear enough so you can see the aqua coloured Handwash inside. I guess it's reasonably attractive but it's also plain enough to go in most bathrooms and kitchens without looking out of place. The labels are simple and understated, (which is something I like), but convey all the information you need.
Now I am sure I can remember Carex being more expensive, (it can widely be purchased for around £1.00 in supermarkets and often is even cheaper on special offer), and I am sure I can remember it being better too. Maybe they have cut the price to be competitive, (there are so many handwashes to choose from these days after all), but as a result had to cut the quality too or maybe I am just remembering it wrong.
Carex is an anti-bacterial Handwash made by Cussons, (one of those claims you'd need to be a chemist to check), and it certainly looks anti-bacterial, it just looks clean and fresh. If we just assume that it is anti-bacterial then that's a good thing what with all the 'bugs' going around oh and swine flu but part of me can't help wonder if all these anti-bacterial products don't just make things worse.
I really love the smell of Carex too; it doesn't smell of anything in particular just clean and surprisingly sweet. It smells a bit like some of the stuff that is marketed as "sea-breeze" or "ocean fresh" which smells nothing like either, (i.e. sewerage, rotting sea-weed, fish and chips and salty sea water- yuk), or else you would never buy it! The smell lasts on my hands until the next time I wash them, (unless I am cooking), and my hands normally smell of Carex when I wake up too so it lasts well.
Now I am sure this used to lather up more; you only get a measly amount of lather, (more than a lot of soap bars these days but not as much as most other liquid handwashes), which doesn't manage to shift smells like onion or garlic. My hands don't feel as clean and fresh as I remember them feeling and not as clean as most other handwashes I have used either. For me this is a big letdown as I like my hands to feel REALLY clean after I wash them.
For something that I remember being so good I was totally let down by Carex Original. It is merely just another average Handwash in an endless sea of handwashes rather than the stand0out product it used to be. On the positive side though there are loads of moisturisers added now so your hands don't get dry at all using this and in fact, after a few day my hands were noticeably softer than before.
I searched for this the other day and couldn't find it to review! It is a product I use every day. I usually purchase it from a pound shop, Home Bargains, or the like and when I find it on a good offer I stock up.
In the past I have purchased refills from the super market that are 'own-brand'. I find that without fail the same problem occurs. Carex Anti-Bacterial hand wash is just a cut above. When I wash my hands I want to FEEL that they are clean.
Carex comes in a cuboid shaped container and I use the Original 250ml variety. It is a turquoise blue colour and has a pump action dispenser. It smells pleasant and it is a smell I associate with clean.
One pump is all I use and it lathers up nicely in my hands. After cleaning my hands all the residue washes away and after using a nice clean fluffy towel my hands dry and feel clean and smooth.
I have never had any problems with dry skin using this product, and as previously mentioned I use it many times a day (we have one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom). The smell remains on my hands and any nasty odours, even garlic, are washed away in one wash.
It lasts for a long time, I would approximate about one month per bottle, although it is a product I keep in stock so I can't recall as easily when it runs out.
I mentioned above about the others not matching in quality. In my opinion the others don't get rid of odours as easily and don't leave me feeling confident that my hands are clean and grease free. It is a more expensive product but I don't believe in false economy and wash for wash I think this product is far superior.
I love to cook meals from scratch and keep a tidy home (wherever I may be that week!) and for this reason I want a hand wash that's kind of my sensitive skin, moisturising on my hands and contains anti-bacterial to ensure that there's no cross contamination when using raw meat products and the like.
Carex handwash is provided in a plastic container which is clear and has a plastic pump action dispenser on the top which is ideal for when I've only got my elbows to get the soap dispensed with and it's very easy to wipe clean at the end of the day to ensure everything stays germ free and hygienic.
The hand wash itself is a light blue colour and when I press down on the dispenser I get just enough to rub all over my hands, lather up, rub around my hands and then rinse off with warm water. It's got a fairly nice scent to it that stays on my hands for a little while after use and it's moisturising to hands, ensuring that they stay soft and don't have any flare ups to using this hand wash.
If I have been chopping up meat or petting an animal etc it's great to always have this to hand as it removes all nasty smells and I find that I never get poorly when cooking from scratch as there is no contamination of foods providing I wash my hands with this between cutting ingredients.
I am very pleased with the quality of this hand wash, it's reasonably priced at £1.33 per 250ml bottle and this usually lasts me a couple of weeks with regular use. However, it's quite common to see this on special offer so I do stock up from time to time or buy the refill ones (no dispenser on the top simply use it to fill up the bottles you already have).
I have noticed that this is a fairly common hand wash amongst friends and family so they must think that it's just as good as I do!
I would definitely recommend this fresh smelling hand wash which comes in a few different varieties and agrees with my sensitive skin whilst helping to ensure my hands don't dry out from the constant cleaning. I am rating this hand wash 5/5.
Carex is the soap that I use all around my home in the kitchen, bathroom & toilet. I prefer this soap to others as it is antibacterial but still kind on the skin as I have very sensitive skinn so have to look for products that are dermatalogically tested. This also states that it contains moistursers so this probably helps nourish the skin as well as clean it.
There are various different varieties in the range - I tend to buy the blue one which is the original version. It has a nice fresh smell to it & does an excellent job in making my hands feel clean. There are also Aloe Vera and Ecalyptus & Moisture Plus with moisturising milk protein products. There is a sensitive product in the range but I have never felt the need to revert to this.
Quite often you can get this on BOGOF in the supermarket or 50% extra free packs. A standard 250ml bottles costs around £1.30 but I got a 375ml for the same price last week. You can also, as they are pump dispensers, get re-fills for them which work out slightly cheaper. You just have to twist the cap around when you first get the bottle & press it down a couple of times for the soap to start coming out.