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      02.03.2014 22:32
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      Not one I would buy again

      I have been going through a lot more handgel that usual recently as around my ring finger has been red and itchy from washing my hands and obviously soap getting between my rings, so I am trying to be very careful with washing my hands and sometimes I use the hand gel instead of soap when I am out to avoid my hands getting affected. Also, sometimes when I am taking my daughter to the toilet when out somewhere she can't always reach some of the sinks and rather than try to lift her as I try to wash her hands, I put this hand gel on to try to keep the germs at bay. This cuticura citrus hand gel was the last hand gel I bought as I was running out and happened to be in a discount pharmacy store which was only selling one hand gel and it was this one. It cost me less than a pound which I thought was reasonable value for a 100ml bottle, the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was 'citrus' fragrance rather than than a neutral fragrance.

      The gel has a yellow tint when you put it out on your skin to reflect the citrus element. On the front of this bottle, it states that this hand gel kills 99.99% of bacteria fast, and is suitable for all the family, when in public toilets, for eating out and when on the go. All times when I would be using this product.

      When using this hand gel the scent is fairly strong and very citrusy and reminds me of using a lemon cleaner rather than the more natural lemon smell you would get on your hands when cutting or grating a real lemon. Obviously I cannot say whether this product has effectively kiled 99.99% of bacteria, as both my daughter and I have still picked up a bad cough/sore throat/cold virus at the moment but at the same time, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't kept us away from other bugs. It is the citrus scent to this product which I don't like. After using this product, I have found that on occasion my hands have been a little tingly and itchy, particularly on the those areas of my hands prone to itchiness and redness in the dry weather. I haven't noticed my daughter having any redness however because of the effect on me, I probably only used this on her hands when I had no other choice and there were no other hand washing facilities. I really felt the citrus element of this product doesn't do much for the condition of the skin on my hands and I would much prefer a neutral hand gel with no fragrance as I have never previously had any problems with these.

      All in all, since buying this product I have bought a neutral hand gel since and have actually kept this hand gel on my desk at work to use before eating or if my hands are sticky, but I don't use it on my daughter now and I am simply using up the bottle rather than chucking it out, but I won't be buying this again.

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        03.02.2013 18:02
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        A handy way of killing bacteria on your hands

        I have a couple of family members with health problems that mean I have to be especially careful not to pass on minor illnesses or viruses. For that reason I wash my hands frequently, and I also seek the additional reassurance of using an antibacterial hand gel. I have used some that smell quite clinical and atrocious, and while how well they work is the most important thing for me, I thought I woud like to try a scented product if possible. When I first spotted a citrus version of Cuticura's hand hygiene gel, I was in Savers where it was on offer for just 59p for 100ml. In the hospital shop it costs more than twice that much. I decided to take advantage of the low price to give it a try.


        WHAT THE GEL PROMISES TO DO

        Cuticura promises that the gel will kill 99.99% of bacteria. It is promoted as an alternative to washing your hands when soap, water and towels are not available. It is said to leave you " feeling clean, fresh and free of bacteria". The citrus fragrance is advertised on my bottle as "new" but it has been around for a good few months at least. This is what attracted me to this particular gel because most similar products make the same claims about the number of bacteria they kill, and how fresh your hands willl feel after use. Suggested uses are in public toilets, eating out and while travelling. I use it mostly in public loos because while I wash my hands, I see many peple that don't and then touch the door handles etc. I can then use the gel after negoiating that door! I also take it camping when using so called wild sites where water is limited.


        FIRST IMPRESSIONS

        The 100ml size of the bottle makes it a perfect size to put in your handbag - or manbag of course! The bottle is clear so you can always see how much you have left to use which is handy. The lid of something like this needs to be secure if it is going to be transported everywhere and this one doesn't disappoint. It is the type of lid that requires you to press down on one side, leading to the other side popping up and revealing the dispenser. You then squeeze the bottle to dispense the gel. The bottle is relatively stiff so when the bottle is nearly finished, it takes a surprising amount of effort to actually get the gel out. On the other hand, when the bottle is full, popping the lid seems to often cause a minor gel explosion which will drip down the side of the bottle. This is probably because the bottle is shook up in my bag a lot - I don't think it wouldn't be such a problem if you kept it upright. I would prefer a different kind of lid really, but at least it doesn't leak in my bag. I can put up with the dispenser because I like the feel of the gel on my hands which is a more impportant factor for me.


        THE SCENT AND HOW NICE IT IS TO APPLY

        To use the gel, you just squeeze a small amount onto your dry hands. You then rub it in until your skin feels dry again - there is no need to use a towel. For a gel, this is actually quite runny, so you need to use less than you might think. I like the fact it spreads easily and quickly over my hands. It doesn't sting as some do. It feels surprisingly cool and fresh and I was pleasantly surprised at how fast it dries. Using the recommended small amount per hand, I only have to rub it in for a few seconds and a minute or two later, I won't feel that I have anything on my hands at all. Only when I have been too enthusiastic with application and dispensed too much, does the gel feel slightly sticky. Even that rubs away soon enough. I think that the fact the gel is so quick and easy to use is a big part of why I was able to discipline myself in using in frequently. There really is no need to use a towel - it even dries faster than the hospital provided gels which is a plus.

        As for the scent, when I sniffed the bottle I thought the citrus lemony aroma was strong and quite bitter. It doesn't smell quite as fresh as the real fruit - there is something artificial about it. As I rub it in, the smell of the alcohol it contains comes to the fore but it is much more pleasant than other unscented products I have used. This is because the alcohol scent fades before the lemon one, so I can detect the latter lightly on my hands for a few hours afterwards but only if I sniff them.

        With regular use this hasn't made my hands dry or uncomfortable, although I know the alcohol will have that effect for some people. I do moisturise my hands as a precaution, a little more often than I would otherwise. As for whether the gel lives up to it's claims on killing the majority of bacteria, I will have to take that on trust. It has been laboratory tested to the relevant BS safety standard, as you would expect.


        WOULD I RECOMMEND THE GEL?

        Before anyone in my family was ill, I thought these products were a waste of time to be honest and would only be used by someone who had a sort of germ/bacteria phobia. Now I know differently. If you are looking for something like this, I would recommend the Cuticura citrus hand gel, because it smells better than many similar ones, and it really is simple to use and fast drying. I am not going to give it full marks because of the minor problems I have with the lid, but otherwise it is fine. Savers still seems to offer the best price for this, but I have seen it for £1 in independent chemists, and for a bit more in Boots and Superdrug.

        [This review is also on Ciao under the same user name x.]

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          19.12.2012 22:30
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          A good hand gel

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          I have used these sanitising hand gels for a few years now, as I find them really useful to have on me when I'm out and about and need to clean my hands. And now I have a young baby around I seem to have these all over the house too!

          While I really like the Body Shop versions of these gels, as they smell so nice, I am always happy to try out other versions especially as I often spot them for £1 or so. This is one I found for £1, and I have the citrus version, although I can see on the Boots website that there is also a passion flower and mango version. The bottle I have is 100ml, although there are larger versions available.

          This comes in a simple bottle that is a slightly flat shape, so it is quite easy to slip into the side pocket of my baby's changing bag. Inside you can see that the gel had a light yellow colour to it.

          The downside of these gels is that they can smell unpleasant as they contain alcohol, but this promises a citrus fragrance and to kill 99.9% of all bacteria.

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          This has quite a thin gel texture, and it is very easy to rub into the hands. It gives a slight cooling sensation, but it is absorbed quickly. It does have that alcohol smell, which I did expect, however after you rub this into the hands the citrus scent comes through. It is definitely lemony but it isn't too unpleasant or sickly, as I find lemon scents can sometimes be.

          And once this is fully rubbed into hands, I find that the alcohol scent has gone completely, leaving behind the lemony fresh scent.

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          As scented hand gels go this is pretty good as it doesn't leave you smelling like you've just had a quick gin and tonic! However, the lemon isn't my favourite fragrance ever and I still prefer the Body Shop versions - although they are of course more expensive! I am definitely going to give the mango and passion flower version of this a go, but for the time being I will be giving this 4 stars. It works well, is easy to use and smells lemony, but I have used gels that have a fragrance I prefer.

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          17.12.2012 19:44
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          Would like more lemons please

          I purchased a bottle of the Cuticura Citrus Hand Hygiene gel many months ago having previously used the original version of the gel. I had found the original version to smell rather too strongly of the alcohol content and also have an oddly cucumbery aroma. I hoped that the citrus version would have a more pleasant and appealing scent whilst doing the job just as well.

          A 100ml bottle of this cost me a little over a pound (currently priced at around £1.39). It is a small bottle that fits neatly in a handbag or even a pocket. It has a blue flip lid through which the gel can be squeezed for application. The bottle is a clear plastic and through this you can see the gel which is a vibrant yellow colour. The gel is said to kill 99.99% of bacteria, fast.

          The gel is easy to apply and I use a generous amount to clean both of my hands by placing a dollop in one palm and rubbing my hands together. This feels wet at first but it dries rapidly to leave your hands feeling clean and not at all sticky. Now, the citrus scent is not at all evident when you open the bottle. I had hoped that this would be a really refreshing smell and add to the feeling that your hands had been cleansed - rather like the smell of the hot towels they give you to wipe your hands with in some restaurants. Unfortunately, the scent was very mild and not really very citrus like at all. It barely masked the alcohol hand gel smell that I had been keen to get away from.

          As with all hand gels, there is no real way of knowing if this does all that it claims - how can anyone tell if 99.99% of bacteria have been killed? All I can say is that my hands do feel clean after use and I would have a certain degree of confidence that a lot of the bacteria have been killed. I do find the gel quite harsh though and my hands do get very dry if I have used this a lot, so a tube of hand cream is also an essential for me. I don't think that I will purchase this again as the market has evolved since my purchase and there are now other scented gels available that I have found to smell very pleasant so I would rather opt for one of these.

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          08.11.2012 16:47
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          decent hand gel by cuticura

          My new boss seems to have a mild tendency of ODC and scattered around the desks at work he has laying around a few of these small 100ml bottle of this Cuticura Citrus hand hygiene gel. Before he starts to eat something or gets on the phone he always uses this gel and today he said I could have this one before I went out for lunch lol!

          It comes in a clear plastic bottle, with a dark blue flip top lid with a small hole through which it is possible to squeeze the gel out. The gel itself is actually more of a dark yellow colour (not as bright as the picture appears). It has a strong citrus flavour which for me reminds me of cleaning disenfectant and isn't awfully appealing but fortunately it doesn't linger on the hands for too long lol. Using it, the hand gel isn't too 'gelly' which I like in that it is slightly runnier than expected and it doesn't feel to greasy at all. A small blob about the size of a 5 pence piece is more than enough to spread over both my hands and it absorbs into my hands well without leaving them clammy or sticky.

          The packaging states it kills 99.99% of bacteria fast and is a fast effective, hygienic alternative to washing hands when soap and water are not available and I wholeheartedly agree. I do really like this brand and although of course there is no way for me to be 100% sure it has cleaned my hands of 99.99% bacteria, it gives me peace of mind that my hands are cleaner and I find it leaves my hands very refreshing with no need for an additional hand cream afterwards.

          I would definitely recommend this hand gel for thos who like a handy little bottle of antibac in their bag, and aren't put off by the disenfectant look of the product! It only costs about £1 and can be bought in most local pharmacies and retail outlets or online!

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          11.10.2012 19:08
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          A great cleansing gel

          As box secretary to our local lifeboat guild I spend time emptying the various collection boxes around the town. As you might guess my hands get very grubby indeed!

          I always carry a little bottle of anti-bacterial cleansing gel in my bag to just keep my hands fairly clean. I realise that the amount of dirt that I manage to accumulate means that my hands aren't squeaky clean after using the gel but it certainly does help until I can get to hot water and soap!

          Last time I needed a new bottle I headed off to Boots to see what was on offer. I found the Cuticura Hand Cleansing Gel at £1 for 100ml which I thought was an excellent price so I chose the Citrus variation and bought it. It is advertised as the ideal alternative to washing your hands when soap and water is not available.

          The gel comes in a little clear plastic bottle with a bright blue lid and it is a nice handy size to fit in your handbag. The front of the bottle has the Cuticura logo and the name of the product. The writing tells us that this has anti-bacterial qualities and will kill 99.99% of bacteria fast! It also gives a few ideas for use of the gel - for the family, public toilets, eating out, on the go.

          To dispense the gel you have to press one side of the top of the bottle which will make it rock revealing a small hole opposite to where you pressed. You then need to hold the bottle upside down over your open hand and gently squeeze the bottle. I say 'gently' because, if you squeeze too hard, you'll end up with a handful of the gel!

          The gel is a thick gloopy consistency and it smells lovely! It has a really sharp, refreshing lemon smell which isn't at all chemical in nature. Once you have a small amount of gel in your hand all you have to do is rub your hands together until the gel disappears along with the bacteria.

          I find that this gel works really well - it disappears very quickly, leaving my hands feeling clean and fresh with no sticky residue. As I said earlier I use the gel when I have been emptying collecting boxes as my hands get dirty and very sticky especially with boxes that sit on the bar in pubs getting splashed with beer. I also use it when I am working in the lifeboat shop. When it is quiet I usually take my knitting in with me and I use the gel to make sure that my hands are clean before I begin to knit.

          In conclusion I would definitely recommend this gel - it leaves my hands feeling clean and smelling fresh and the price is brilliant - a definite winner in my eyes.

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            30.11.2011 17:08
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            A handy product for on the go

            *~*Introduction*~*

            Though my everyday bag is quite small one item I have to have in there and find essential is a hand gel. I find them so practical, and they tend to take up little space so always have one for when I'm on the go and have tried many brands and have yet to be disappointed in any so far.

            What drew me to this one by Cuticura was the fact it is still an anti bacterial gel but it is also fragranced with citrus, and though I don't have a problem with the generic anti- bac scent that normally accompanies these gels I must say the reason this appealed to me when I saw it was because of the citrus fragrance it claims to have.


            *~*Price, packaging & Availability*~*

            The packaging for this hand gel differs to my last choice as opposed to it being in a tube it comes housed in a rectangular, upright standing bottle. The access is gained from a flip top lid which is perched directly on the top and apart from the lid and the logo being in a bold blue colour, the bottle itself is a soft yet sturdy plastic which is totally clear and the contents are therefor completely visible.

            The size of this is 100 ml's and cost wise I paid £1.59 from my local Superdrug store over 6 months ago and there is still just under half of the contents left.

            Availability wise I have seen this brand in large pharmacies, supermarkets and even discount shops such as Poundstretcher so it is widely available and costs anything from £1 upwards.


            *~*The claim*~*

            This gel claims to ".. stop bacteria spreading on the hands as well as being an effective and hygienic alternative to washing hands when soap/ water is not readily available.."

            *It states it is proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria

            *Dries in seconds and is non sticky

            *Leaves hands clean and free of bacteria whilst feeling refreshed

            *Contains alcohol


            *~*My experience of using this*~*

            I first started using these products when I had my first baby and kept a bottle in with the changing bag and I can't say I've ever had any negative experiences with any hand gel, apart from some leave my skin slightly drier than others but not in an uncomfortable way. As mentioned what drew me to this was the fact it's fragranced with a citrus aroma and even though I paid slightly more than I usually would it did lure me in.

            On opening the lid there is an obvious 'hand gel aroma' and at first it reminded me of the ones placed in the corridors of hospitals and though not entirely unpleasant it wasn't what I would call citrus based either.

            On squeezing a small amount out of the bottle into each hand I found that the gel was transparent though it did have a slight yellow/ orange hue to it. The texture is quite silky whilst the consistency is incredibly watery, which surprised me somewhat given it looks to be a much thicker gel whilst still in the bottle.

            On rubbing into my hands I found the hand gel literally melted away, and unlike other brands it seemed to dry much quicker also. Once I started to rub my hands together I noticed the citrus scent which was very fresh and had a clean and had a real 'tang' to it giving the illusion that my hands were cleaner.


            *~*Recommended?*~*

            I really like this and haven't got anything overly negative to say about it really. I found the lid to open with ease and also closed securely enough after each application which gave me peace of mind whilst the bottle was being 'bashed about' in my bag, and I can vouch that it has never spilled or leaked (up to press anyway).

            The gel itself does seem to dry quicker and very little actual rubbing seems to be needed so is very convenient if using public toilets or just general freshening up of hands is required, and though I do prefer to wash my hands with actual soap and water when this isn't convenient then I do feel confident that my hands are being cleaned as thoroughly as able and using this is a good 'runner up'.

            The only slight negative, if that's what you can even call it, is that as the product starts to get used up I am finding it harder each time to get the gel out of the bottle. Despite it being made of a soft and squeezy plastic it seems that the choice to house it in a bottle is perhaps not the wisest as I think a tube would have been more practical.

            That aside though, the bottle takes up very little space and is really quite compact when stored in my bag and is an extremely handy product to have (pardon the pun) whilst on the go and I wouldn't be without a bottle/ tube. It is such a relief to know if my hands need to be cleaned where water/ soap isn't readily available then at least I have good old Cuticura to hand (again, no pun intended).


            *~*Summery*~*

            This is one of the better hand gels I have used and not only cleans my hands thoroughly (or so I'm led to believe) but the added addition of a citrus fragrances actually makes me feel that my hands are cleaner after each application.

            It dries quickly, doesn't overly dry my skin, causes no soreness or rashes and leaves my hands feeling refreshed so is perfect for me, plus a little really goes a long way so a bottle will last me over 6 months even with constant use.. but that's just my opinion so try it out for yourself I don't think you will be disappointed.

            Cuticura is a registered trademark of Keyline Brands Limited and for more information you can check out www.cuticura.co.uk

            4 out of 5 shiny stars from me as it does get more difficult to get the gel out the less there is though the actual performance of the product actually rates a full 5 out of 5.

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              29.09.2011 22:01
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              A Must have!

              Now this is a must have!

              Today, I will be reviewing Culticura's Citrus Hand Hygiene Gel which is available to buy from places such as Wikinsons for around £1 which I think is great value for money.

              The bottle is very attractive. It is a cute little bottle, containing 100ml of this gel. The bottle is see through and so you can easily see the brightly-coloured yellow gel inside.

              The gel is a bright yellow colour. It has a very strong lemon-y scent. I love fresh lemons yet I hate any lemony- deserts such as pie or meringue which is quite weird. This smells of an artificial kind of lemon which I find to be quite sickly sweet as it is quite overpowering. However, I do like it's fresh smell.

              Using the gel is very easy. Simply lift the lift (it has a shampoo-bottle kind of lid) which is quite stiff yet at the same time easy to open. This is good because it means that the contents do not leak everywhere.

              Quick word of warning - make sure that you quickly rub the gel in after 'squirting' it out of the bottle as it does transform into a really runny liquid very quickly.

              Also be careful not to 'squirt' too much out otherwise you will have to wipe it off as you won't be able to rub all of it into your hands. You only need a tiny bit - around the size of a 1p coin (which is enough for both hands.)

              I find this gel to be very useful - especially if you are on the go. It is perfect if you are in a café or eating your lunch on the go as it is unlikely that you will be able to wash your hands before eating. So this is perfect.

              This is one clever little gel. It kills 99.99% of bacteria (what about the other 00.01% ? ). It is also good for when you can't wash your hands - it may even prevent illnesses such as cold as most colds are caught through hand-to-hand contact.

              I find that my hands smell 'alcoholic' for hours after (until I wash them) which to me shows that it is long lasting. However, I am not sure how good it is for your hands - what with all the chemicals in it etc.

              I love that my hands feel really clean and fresh after using this. What is more is the fact that it does not make your hands sticky - I can't bear sticky hands and so this is a great point to me. The gel also dries within seconds which means that you don't have to wait for it to dry.

              The last bottle of this I had lasted around 6 months (I didn't use it every single day, but I did use it quite a bit) and this is the same brand and same sized bottle (just a different 'flavour') so I should get a lot of use out of this one too.

              I like to use mine before and after washing. For example if you are on the go, and you have just eaten a sandwich or something and your hands are left feeling sticky - this is a great way of 'washing them' if you are not near a sink.

              The bottle states that this bottle is suitable for families so it must be a very safe product.

              The bottle is a great size which means that it fits in my handbag easily and doesn't take up much room.

              I would definitely recommend this gel to everyone!

              Thanks for reading!
              September 2011
              Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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                22.09.2011 22:28
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                A handy gel ideal for your bag to clean your hands

                I always keep a bottle of this in my bag as you never know when you are going to need it. It costs £1.32 in boots for 100ml, which I believe is good value. The bottle I have has lasted for months as you only use a couple of drops at a time.

                It is designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria and I think it is really useful to have on you just to ensure your hands are clean, especially before eating.

                It is easy to use, as you just open the cap, put a couple of drops onto your hands and rub it in. You don't need to wash it off or anything. The citrus scent is really refreshing, and makes your hands smell nice too! I think this citrus version is more interesting than the original version, as it has a nice scent and is more fun being the yellow colour.

                It isn't sticky, and does rub in quickly so is handy to use quickly before eating or if you are in a hurry for example. It has quite a thick consistency but be careful not to put too much on your hands as it can slide off which is annoying!

                I have found that the handy size is ideal for my bag and does not leak as the cap is effective. I would definitely recommend this to keep in your bag for whenever you may need it.

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                22.08.2010 17:58
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                A handy product

                Having twin toddlers who are more often than not grubby and mucky it isn't always possible to ensure both mine and their hands are clean so I do like to keep a hand gel in my bag for quick, clean convenience.

                The one I have in my handbag at the moment is Cuticura Citrus Hand Hygiene Gel.

                You can purchase this gel in many stores including Boots, Superdrug, Savers, Bodycare and even supermarkets.

                The hand gel comes in a 100ml see through plastic bottle, small and compact to fit in bags more than pockets I'd say. It has a blue flip up cap/lid on the top and the sticker on the front has a bit of blue colouring to it allowing us to see this is a Cuticura product. Beneath the Cuticura logo it tells us it is Anti - Bacterial, Citrus Hand Hygiene Gel. It then goes on to say Instant Results, No Water, No Towels and it kills 99.99% of germs within 15 seconds.

                You can buy the Cuticura hand gel in 'original' as well but for something different I chose this one, especially as I'm a sucker for things that smell a bit fruity and different.

                Thanks to the bottle being see through you can see the gel within and it just looks like a lemon jelly.

                To use the hand gel you simply need to flip up the lid and squirt a small amount onto your hands. It squirts out quite quickly and when it meets the heat of your hand it turns from a transparent lemon coloured gel to a watery liquid, so you do need to be quick in rubbing it in your hands. As you rub it within your hands you will notice how quickly it soon dries up, as promised on the front of the bottle no water is needed to 'wash it off' and no towels are needed to dry your hands either. The smell isn't your typical sniff your perfume fragrance, as it is very strong and chemical like, but it's not a horrible smell either.

                The gel has a very overpowering smell to it but the lemon scent to it is fruity, you can smell the chemically clean scent more so though. It definitely leaves my hands feeling clean, as well as smelling fruity. My hands feel smooth and clean after using the gel and no stickyness is left on them from using the gel, in fact if it wasn't for the smell it wouldn't feel like I'd just used anything on my hands.

                I love using hand gels for convenience cleaning whilst out and about with the kids and I really feel it leaves my hands clean.

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                  A good way of keeping hands clean when no soap and water is available

                  Hand sanitizer is something which has come to be one of my must-have products, and has gained a huge increase in popularity among many hygiene-conscious people. What with all the worries over illnesses like swine flu and the scaremongering over germs being transmitted in places such as on public transport, many people have turned to using hand sanitizer religiously in an effort to prevent any nasty bugs entering their bodies and making them sick.

                  Having used the original version of Cuticura's Hand Hygiene Gel and not having liked it - mainly due to the smell being... well, it's hard to describe, but I didn't like it anyway - I had decided to avoid this product in the future and opted for Boots' own brand instead. However, the last time I was in Boots, there wasn't a great selection of hand sanitizers, so after much sniffing and price comparison, I decided to give the citrus Cuticura gel a try.

                  I chose the 100ml bottle, which is less chunky and easier to fit into a small handbag than the bigger bottle (and, of course, it's cheaper as well.) The bottle has a blue lid which clicks into place when you press it down and pulls off easily. When you open the lid, there is a small hole through which the gel is squeezed. When I bought the original Cuticura gel, the lid eventually snapped off, which was obviously very annoying seeing as I don't think I was forceful enough with it to have broken it off had it been sturdy enough. However, with my second bottle, the lid is thankfully still intact and has never opened in my bag or anything like that, so I am hoping this remains the case.

                  Even the small bottle of this gel will last you a good 2 or 3 months because you only really need to use a small amount on your hands each time you use it - a little bit goes a long way with this product. In fact, if you accidentally squeeze the bottle a bit too hard, quite a bit of the gel can come out and then there's too much to rub into your hands, meaning you either need to rub it all over your arms or wipe it off, which can be a bit of a pain.

                  The label on the bottle claims that the gel is proven to kill over 99.9% of bacteria; that it is non-sticky and dries in seconds; and that it leaves your hands feeling clean and refreshed. Obviously, short of examining the effects of the gel under a microscope, I can't vouch for how much of the bacteria on hands it kills, but I would definitely say that its other claims are truthful. The gel is non-sticky, but again, this is only if you use a small amount, as accidentally using too much can actually create quite a noticable sticky feeling. It also does dry fast, and, most importantly, it does make you feel as if you've just washed your hands. The lemony fragrance of the gel is very fresh, but may be a bit sickly sweet to some people.

                  So, this hand sanitizer is obviously a very useful alternative to washing with soap and water. It can be carried anywhere and used quickly and easily, with no need for any other products, which is obviously very helpful if your hands are feeling dirty and you don't have a sink etc available. However, despite this gel being very useful and making your hands feel fresh, it still isn't really quite as effective as washing your hands in the old fashioned way. This is especially true if your hands are extremely dirty as opposed to just not feeling very fresh - this gel wouldn't be any use in shifting dirt or other substances off of your hands, so if your hands are really dirty, soap and water will still be needed to get them clean. Also, as the label on the bottle warns, this product isn't suitable for use on broken skin, which means if you have any cuts on your hands, using this gel could lead to quite a bit of pain. All in all, however, it is a great product and I am inclined to trust its effectiveness in fighting bacteria.

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                  Great stuff and I trust it!

                  When it comes to hygiene I'm a real fuss pot! Going caravaning for 6 weeks in bad conditions meant half the time I felt rather grubby and add to the that getting covered in 4 sets of dog hair all the time and having to wash me and my clothes wherever possible usually in freezing cold water (pipes burst on caravan sites in the winter months!) I never felt as clean and fresh as I'd of appreciated!

                  However I did carry a few things around with me like baby and face wipes and of course hand gel (this one lol). Smoking made my hands feel grubby alone and dealing with sometimes dirty dogs and their bad habits meant that this came in really handy!

                  The Packaging:

                  100ml see-through clear plastic bottle that has a flip top blue plastic lid to the top of it. On the front of the bottle I'm told it is Cuticura 'Citrus' Hand Hygiene Gel, Anti-Bacterial 'Kills 99.99 of bacteria fast' and that there is no need for water or towels and that it is suitable for all the family, public toilets, eating out and on the go and that now it has a new fresh fragrance. On the back of the bottle I'm told a bit more about the product, directions for use and cautions are listed as are the ingredients and size stated (which I have listed already) and contact details for Keyline Brands Limited are stated (the manufacturer of the product). It's no nonsense packaging this and doesn't look pretty at all but looks functional and it is informative enough.

                  A Bit About The Product According To The Information Given On The Back Of the Bottle:

                  A fast, effective, hygienic alternative to washing hands when soap and water are not available
                  Proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria fast
                  Non-sticky gel that dries in seconds
                  ideal for use anytime, anywhere when out and about
                  Leaves hands feeling clean, refreshed and free of bacteria

                  Using It:

                  Well all you need of this transparent light yellow coloured liquid gel is a really small amount indeed making this really a very economical product indeed. Simply apply it to your hand and then quickly rub it in. It smells really strongly of fake lemons but it is fresh and sweet enough and it absorbs really mega fast. When rubbing it in hands you get a cool sensation and it feels refreshing to use and when the liquid has disappeared as promised hands don't feel sticky but a little bit softer in my opinion and they really do smell a whole lot fresher and certainly feel clean.

                  Course I don't know if they kill germs, I'll have to take the products word for that but I really do like it. The smell isn't brilliant but it does disguise any nasty niffs and as a smoker I do appreciate that although when I have used this I can still smoke a fag after immediately applying it and not getting that taste transferred to my lips!

                  Overall it's ever so simple to use, none sticky and leaves hands refreshed and I feel more confident after using it! Great stuff and from a brand I really now trust because of this product.

                  Available in all good supermarkets, chemists etc costing about £1.59 a bottle.

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