Product Type: Cuticura Hand & Nail Care
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This could come in handy - Cuticura Citrus Hand Gel
Cuticura Citrus Hand Hygeine Gel
Member Name: ryeb
Cuticura Citrus Hand Hygeine Gel
Advantages: Smells nicer than many similar products, dries quickly, non sticky if used as directed.
Disadvantages: Citrus smell is artificial, dispenser could be improved
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.
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.]
Summary: A handy way of killing bacteria on your hands
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