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      31.07.2013 19:45
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      I would recommend this to anyone who wants clean, fresh-feeling hands on-the-go.

      As a bit of a germaphobe, I like to carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer in my handbag with me wherever I go. Using it after being on public transport or before eating out, it puts my mind at ease knowing that my hands are bacteria-free, meaning I'm less likely to catch something from all those germs.

      Cuticura is a brand specialising in hand care. They sell a range of soaps, sanitizers and hand creams in a variety of scents. Cuticura Anti Bacterial Hand Gel is readily available in most drugstores and supermarkets, as well as in some discount stores. I've bought the gel for around 80p from Bodycare but I'm pretty sure I also managed to get three for £1 in Boots on promotional offer. The gel comes in a small 50ml bottle, but is also available in larger 100ml and 250ml sizes suitable for use in the home or workplace. The gel claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria.

      Using the gel is easy enough. I flip open the lid and squirt a small 5p size into my palm and rub in, just as if I was washing with soap under a tap. I make sure I also cover the top of my hands and in between my fingers too to kill those germs! The scent is fairly strong and tends to linger, but this is no problem as it is a lovely fresh cucumber scent.

      After rubbing the gel in, my hands are dry and there is no residue left over. It does not cause my skin to feel tight or over-dry in any way. In fact, my hands feel smoother and definitely cleaner. Any grease that was on my hands seems to dissolve away and I don't feel anxious about eating out.

      Obviously, if your hands have physical dirt on them, you will need to wash your hands properly, but this is good for the invisible bacterial that we can't see.

      In conclusion, I would recommend this to anyone who wants clean, fresh-feeling hands on-the-go. It will also make a great addition to anyone's medicine cabinet in the home.

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      14.06.2013 11:36
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      Great for days out

      I first bout this product when I found two bottles for a £1 in my local supermarket and liked the size of it to pop into my handbag for when I'm out and about. I often have my god sons and take them for picnics and hate the thought of them eating without washing their hands which isn't always convenient in parks and remote areas.

      The first time I took this with me the kids loved the gel as they get a bit winy about wipes and they happily rubbed it into their hands. It has a lovely fragrance and it feels like a jelly substance to start with but then goes down to a water after a few rubs. They were happy to use it, as it felt gooey and ideal for kids. I loved it as I had confidence that their hands would be hygienic and germ free for eating. The fragrance was quite strong but does wear off a little after a few minutes. The hands are left dry fairly quickly without the need to dry them afterwards. I found it doesn't dry out the skin or leave it tight at all, in fact after they felt smooth and silky after use. It isn't suitable for hands that have visible dirt, as it is more of a hygiene product rather than an actually cleaning product.

      The size is ideal, as only a little is needed to make sure the hands are hygienic and even though small it does last a good while. It's so much more convenient than wipes because of the compact size. I will take this camping as sometimes the toilets don't have hand soap in them and this is easier than consistently taking a bottle of hand wash overtime we go to the toilet.

      I would recommend this product as it is so convenient and it's a must for small children for days out. We love this and would buy it again. I have recommended it many times and kids love the feel of it so no more tantrums about cleaning their hands.

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      10.06.2013 10:44
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      A good all round hand sanitizer that does the job well - better than Carex Moisture Plus!

      As a fan of Cuticura's dry skin facial wash, I bring you a product that has got everyone writing a review about, recently. Not just fuelled by an online product promotion campaign, the sudden arrival of Cuticura products for hands have also appeared at far more pharmacies than I can remember of late, not just spurned on by endless reviews on how good Cuticura hand gel is. I only declare my observations because I'm a long time fan of Cuticura's other range for face and hands and only the hand sanitizer seems to be available at most large franchise supermarkets compared to their excellent cost effective treatments like their dry skin facial wash or hand lotion that can't be found in the same stores. On the day that I purchased Carex Moisture Plus hand sanitizer gel/cream, I also purchased a bottle of Cuticura hand sanitizer to use in between waiting for my "No Germs" hand foam to arrive from an online purchase.



      The Product, The Promise & The Price


      "Fast Acting Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel," is as simple as it sounds and delivers it promise as being a clear water based gel for hands that claims to kill 99.99% of bacterial "fast." Contained in a clear bottle with a dark blue flip up lid, this product costs £1-99 to £2-15 on average for 100ml sizing. Measuring approximately 11cm height by a 4.5cm width, the bottle is easy enough to slip into a bag and small enough to be taken on aircraft thanks also to the fact that it doesn't contain a pressured dispersal cap or delivery system.



      General Performance & Downsides


      Since I bought the under performing Carex Moisture Plus and waiting delivery of my favourite "No Germs" foam hand sanitizer, Cuticura's product was bought essentially for use everywhere until my product of choice arrives for use at work. However, I have since taken this rather fresh and fragrant hand gel to work with me because of its general scent, promise and performance as well as using it at home. With both applications where a quick wipe down of shifting bacteria off my hands is concerned, I'm fairly confident that Cuticura works, though it is impossible to test this product fully with its antibacterial claims, as with all hand sanitizer products.

      Largely in my experience, the scent is the first attracting quality of this product. It doesn't smell anything like the usual clinical stench that many hand sanitizers give off, even if the latter "No Germs" has hardly any scent. I was quite surprised as to the level of scent that this product gives off and from first use with just a gentle squeeze of the bottle, a water based gel is easily dispersed and rolls down my palm quite easily because of its water based content. It has been better to keep this product at home, especially if I have been out in the garden and my hands reek of shrubs and soil and I'm not near a sink with soap and hot water.

      Scent wise, there is a very strong layer of cucumber that is abundantly fresh and quite heavy with just a small earthy layer of mint, a slight downside to what I was expecting given my love for mint as a general fragrance either in the home or on my body. Though there is a little mint, there are no reminiscent reminders of the creamier "wild mint," luxury hand lotion produced by The White Company I treated myself to at Christmas. The scent lasts for a couple of minutes before it dies away, though it smells fresh at the first use and very appealing and non-synthetic.

      Cooling to the touch when my paws are rubbed together though, I find a little can go a long way around my hands dependent on the amount you want to spread around fingers, webs and the whole hand. A 5p-sized blob is all that I need to work this clear gel into my whole hand, though it doesn't claim to leave skin soft, it can furnish the skin with a gentle feeling but no where near the awful sand paper like quality achieved with the poor performing Carex Moisture Plus product! It only takes a few minutes for this product to absorb into my hands too, thus reiterating Cuticura's claim here of a quick drying formula. Thus for me, it is a quick-to-apply-and-rely hand gel sanitizer product.

      Sadly though this product feels extremely cooling to the touch, my sensitive skin has reacted badly at times with this product because of the high alcohol factor that this product contains. It seems to be a problem that I also found when visiting relatives in hospitals and having to apply similar hand gel products that contain ethanol. A quick look on the back clearly displays that Cuticura Cucumber & Garden Mint gel contains 57.6% ethanol. Open wounds can also cause very painful stinging because of the high alcohol factor and the product also carries a flammable warning. Though I didn't develop a rash or anything too drastic, the gel causes the top of my hand and knuckles to become slightly itchy if too much is applied in one go.

      Though Cuticura argues that the reason the product has so much alcohol is simply because of its germ killing properties, the company go onto suggest that once the alcohol dries out, bacteria can re-grow which is either a ploy to use more and buy more, or marketing speak. Effectively though Cuticura wants all of its buyers to believe that this product is a good alternative to washing hands with soap and water, I don't think it's a particularly good substitute - though undoubtedly due to its fast drying action and high scent, it is a good alternative IF you can't get to a sink with soap and hot water on demand.

      One other downside that Cuticura should "cure" with this product is the flip top lid. Though it has a tiny little pin that ensures proper closure, it is only a matter of time with constant use that the lid could work itself free. This is more apparent when the hinge is viewed and where on my bottle I can clearly see the light blue colour coming through the darker colour very easily from using this product every couple of days. Cuticura should consider the rather safer and better made flush fitting flip lid that Carex have used on their products to prevent the product drying out, or be susceptible to dirt. The product bottle also lacks a best before date against other brands that state clearly when this product's time is up.



      Other Sorts & Final Thoughts


      Online and not on their UK website, it turns out that Cuticura have been dabbling with quite a few different antibacterial products such as hand wipes to an instant foam product that I regularly use with the same approach offered by "No Germs." The UK website doesn't show up half of the products available though which can be downside unless you shop entirely online and are prepared to shop around.

      Cuticura produce their hand gel in sizes of 50ml, 100ml and 200ml. However there are two other fragrances and other types that this company produce other than the Cucumber & Garden Mint, comprising of:

      * Cuticura Passion Flower & Mango gel hand sanitizer.
      * Cuticura Citrus gel hand sanitizer.
      * Cuticura 2 in 1 Hand lotion & Moisturiser.
      * Cuticura Hand Wipes.
      * Cuticura Hand Hygiene Foam.
      * Cuticura Hand Hygiene Lotion.
      * Cuticura Hand Sanitizer Serum.


      To conclude, I rather like the concept that Cuticura offer here in terms of a highly scented hand gel sanitizer that isn't too expensive and yet has other products in the antibacterial hand sanitizer range as opposed to brands that just offer one type. I would be interested in buying their 2 in 1 hand lotion next as I find the high alcohol content in this product to be too high for my skin to trust fully without reaction. Though it leaves my hands/paws and claws feeling fully refreshed, clean and cooling, there are some improvements required for this product to get the full recommendation from me. However, for a good garden fresh fragrance alone, this is a very capable and reliable product. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2013.

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        02.06.2013 16:29
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        A good hand hygiene gel from Cuticura

        I like to keep a hand hygiene gel in my handbag for when I am out and about. I use it periodically to clean my hands and in particular for example last weekend when I was at an outdoor concert and had to use portaloos! I also keep a little hand gel in the glove box of my car as my job involves driving about a lot and I often have to eat lunch on the go.

        I find hand gels in general really convenient to use. They assure me that my hands are clean and germ free at times when I don't have access to soap and water. The hand gel that I have been using lately is this Cuticura Cucumber hand hygiene gel. It comes in a 100ml clear plastic bottle. The lid flips open easily and can even be opened with one hand. The lid stays firmly shut when the bottle is in my handbag and I have never had any problems with leakage.

        Inside the bottle is a clear gel with a slightly green tint. The opening in the lid is small enough to allow you to easily control how much or how little of the gel you squeeze out. The gel itself is quite thick. I find that a small amount, about the size of a 5p piece is sufficient to clean my hands. To use I simply squeeze it into the palm of my hand and quickly rub it all over my hands and fingers.

        I find this gel is really easily absorbed and quickly dries on my hands. The gel has a pleasant cucumber smell which masks the alcohol smell really well. As well as being able to smell the fragrance when applying the gel, I find that it lingers on your hands for a while afterwards as well leaving them smelling clean but without being overpowering.

        I find this hand gel to be quite mild on my skin. My hands are easily irritated and I occasionally get eczema on them. Hand hygiene gels will therefore sometimes sting my hands when I apply them but this is not the case with this product. It is gentle on my skin.

        I only use this hand gel on my hands when they are visibly clean. It isn't suitable for use on soiled hands, these will need washed with soap and water. Cuticura claim that this hand gel destroys 99.99% of germs. Obviously it is difficult for me to prove or disprove this claim, but I think it's safe to say that a product from such a trustworthy brand probably works. My hands definitely do feel clean after applying this gel and I am confident that they are germ free.

        This product costs around £1.50 for a 100ml bottle which lasts me absolutely ages. I would definitely recommend it, particularly for those with sensitive skin like me. A full 5 star rating from me. Thanks for reading/rating, I hope you found this useful.

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        01.06.2013 22:44
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        Love the fragrance of this one

        I am a hand hygiene gel addict, I think. I always have one of those little plastic bottles of hand gels in my bag and in my locker at work and in the glove compartment in my car. It's a bit like paper tissues - I take hand gels with me everywhere as you never know when you are going to need them. Since having my daughter, they become almost invaluable too. One of the hand gels I like to use is by Cuticura and it's the Cucumber one they make. I buy this gel in a small sized 50ml plastic bottle and its costs me anywhere from around £1.49 to £1.69, depending upon where I buy it from. Generally speaking, Tesco seems to be the cheapest place right now to buy this particular gel.

        I use hand gels most days, mainly when I am at work. They are so easy and convenient to use and my daughter uses them herself. She seems to really like to use them and I think they also encourage her to keep her hands clean. She prefers using hand hygiene gels to actually washing her hand with soap and water - or so she tells me.

        The Cuticura Hand Hygiene Gel is especially nice as I really like the fresh and light fragrance it has. This is a clear gel which is quite thick (and wobbly) when you place a tiny amount on the palm of your hand. You only need to use the smallest amount of this gel and then I rub it very quickly between the palms of my hands, and between my fingers.

        The gel is absorbed very quickly into my skin and it dries almost in an instant. It leaves my hands feeling refreshed and clean and as it's a brand I trust, I have no reason to disbelieve Cubicula's claim that this gel will in fact, kill 99.9% of bacteria on my hands. It's a brilliant product to use whenever I am out and we need soap and water but don't have easy access to it. It's so easy to use and the fragrance of this cucumber one is that it's so much nicer than some of the other ones I have used. It has a little lid on top and a tiny hole inside which means that there's not much chance of squirting too much out of the bottle at once. The other thing I really like about these bottles is that the lid clips back nice and firmly, ensuring none escapes when it's lying at the bottom of my bag.

        The bottle may not seem very large, at only 50ml, but as I need to use hardly any, it actually lasts me for ages. The little plastic container can also be recycled after use, so no wastage.

        Great hand gel at a great price, what more could you ask for.

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        31.05.2013 23:37
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        A good handgel with a nice scent

        I always keep a handgel at work to avoid catching bugs during the year, and I find it really does cut down the number of colds etc that I pick up. I have always tended to pick up the Tesco own range of hand gel, and recently after my little girl caught a 24 hour vomiting bug, I have been even more insistent on washing her hands with the gel especially if we have been in public places. When I went to pick up another hand gel to put in my bag to keep for my daughter, Tesco were out of their own brand, so I had to pick up something else and noticed the Cuticura Cucumber Hand gel for £1.50 for a 50ml bottle, and having used the facial wash of the same brand I knew it was effective.

        The Cuticura Cucumber Hand gel claims to be a 'fast, effective and hygienic' way to washing hands when there is no soap and water available, which is obviously ideal for when you are out and about and not always near a sink. It is also meant to be a non sticky gel which dries within seconds and should leave hands feeling clean and refreshed and most importantly free from bacteria. It states that it will kill 99.99% of bacteria, which is a might but common claim amongst all these hand gels. As you would expect from the name of the product this hand gel has a cucumber and garden mint fragrance.

        Like other hand gels this one is very easy to use. It is only a matter of squeezing a little gel onto each hand and rubbing it in and as the product claims, it does disappear within a few seconds and your hands are not left feeling sticky, but instead clean.

        In regards to the scent, the cucumber scent isn't overpowering but it is certainly recognisable, and it does linger on your hands, leaving them feeling fresh and clean, and I actually really like the little added scent.

        Its hard to tell whether this handgel has protected my daughter from any bugs, she certainly hasn't had any since I started applying this more regularly, but I do know myself, that hand gels in general have reduced the number of bugs etc that I have, and I expect this to be as effective as others. It is a little pricier than the Tesco own brand although I prefer the added scent of this product, but to be honest, they are probably all quite alike and do the same job, so despite me liking this product, I don't know that I would pay the extra for it.

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        A refreshing hand sanitizer that leaves hands feeling refreshed and smelling good

        I must confess to being a little bit too weary of germs as a long-time sufferer of OCD. After therapy, my OCD has lessened to a great extent. However, I still care to be hygienic. I find I worry more about hand hygiene due to the fact that others are not over cautious with hand washing. When it comes to public places and public transport, you can never be too careful! You never know what germs are transferred around.


        >> Sticky little hands

        Having an autistic son that is a sensory seeker, his hands are constantly feeling his way around his world. As such they can become quite grubby. Sensory issues lead him to chew on his fingers also, so I do my best to keep his hands clean and hygienic. It just isn't always possible to wash hands on-the-go, and it isn't feasible to be washing too frequently. There are times where you just want to clean hands that are not actually soiled, but may not be clean.


        >> Hygiene out and about

        We travel a lot by train and use buses occasionally, too. Public transport leaves a lot to be desired, often grubby and smelly - not pleasant. While I can sit on my seat and keep my hands to myself, this is impossible for son who seeks movement and information from touching. As such, this leads me to worry about the less than sanitary fixtures on public transport. Once we are ready to depart there isn't the means to wash his hands, so I find hand sanitizer a viable solution during these time.

        While on days out I also find that when we our out for the day, usually visiting places such as zoos and museums, hand hygiene is important. This is especially true around animals and in public places where there's a lot of people. Again, hand washing isn't always possible, and of course takes valuable time out of the day. Besides, during these times where the hands need to be cleansed to remove impurities, this is where hand sanitizer is a great option. This makes it possible to keep hands feeling clean on-the-go.


        >> Hand sanitizer to the rescue

        When it comes to hand sanitizers, I'm not particularly loyal. I do, however, opt for the ones that I know are good and trusted. Cuticura falls into that category, and are one of the leading brands when it comes to hand sanitizer. They offer a few variations on the hand gels with different fragrances, some which are moisturizing, and others that are suitable for sensitive skin. In general I opt for the scented ones, as they mask the alcohol scent which can be rather strong. There are a couple I avoid, as they tend to be a little messier once rubbed in.

        >> Fresh with mint and cucumber

        I simply want a hand sanitizer that is easy to use that leaves no residue behind. I tend to grab the bottle from the shelf without paying too much attention. The colour of the bottle generally gives away what you might be getting. For some though, it isn't as obvious. This particular hand sanitizer is fragranced with cucumber and mint, but there is nothing on the bottle to denote this without reading the fine print. I thought the cucumber would be a pleasing scent and it usually works well with products of this type. Mint is also another favourite, as it is uplifting and is a pleasing scent. Both scents are rather refreshing, which is just what you want from a hygiene product.


        >> Keep hands clean time and time again

        The bottle is small, yet it contains 100 applications, which means it's going to last you for quite some time. At around a £1 you cannot go wrong, even if it is just used for peace of mind. You can never be sure how effective these products are, so the claims of being 99.9% effective against germs, you just have to expect it to clean effectively. There is, of course, no way of actually testing the claims. However, I can say that it certainly makes me feel like I have cleaned my hands, and I am happy to use it in place of soap and water when needed.


        >> All clean within seconds

        The hand gel is like any other. The flip top cap is easy to flick open with one hand, and the small opening allows the product to be used accordingly. You certainly don't need much; just a small squeeze into the palm of the hand produces an adequate amount. You only need to use the same amount that you would with soap. The difference here is that you don't need water or a towel. You simply rub the gel over the hands covering all areas and under the nails, using the same technique that you would when applying soap.

        The scent is actually pleasant, with the cucumber being the dominant scent, with a soft undertone of mint. The scent is pleasing and better than the original version of this product. It is advised to avoid using on broken skin. Having done this, I can say it stings, but it doesn't last long, and causes no ill effects. It is to be rubbed over the skin until it is dry which takes seconds. Once dry you are safe to eat and continue doing whatever you are doing.


        >> Wipe the dirt and sanitize

        I find that if my son has been playing in the dirt, which is often the case, or he has been rubbing his hands over every conceivable surface while out, his hands are in need of wiping. A baby wipe here fixes that solution to remove the dirt, and the hand sanitizer can be used after. This makes me feel like his hands are clean, and this is the method used prior to eating when there is nowhere to actually wash his hands. It just isn't possible to explain to him that he must wait, or keep his hands clean to eat. Using this method has served me well, and has allowed my son to enjoy his food.

        A small bottle of this either slips into my trouser or coat pocket or into the small outer pocket on the front of my bag. This means that it is always available and easily accessible. With it being small, it takes up no space and isn't a burden to carry around. You never know when you might need it, especially when you have little ones that like to get messy! Once in the habit of using it, it is always packed into the bag for a day out.


        >> Clean hands and no drying

        The gel is quite thick, but it is best to pour it into the palm of the hand to avoid losing any. It rubs in well and takes no times to dry at all. It leaves no residue behind. It leaves hands feeling fresh and clean, and the refreshing fragrance and cooling sensation leaves the skin feeling clean. It isn't drying to the skin, and can actually be better than washing hands when you just want to clean them where there's no visible dirt.


        >> Have you got a bottle of sanitizer?

        Hand sanitizers are a popular choice, as they allow you to get on with the day without worrying about hand hygiene. Hand sanitizers are commonplace in banks, hospitals and zoos. This is a great backup to carry with you for times where there is nowhere to clean your hands. Even after using a public bathroom, it is a good to use even after washing, especially for those less desirable bathrooms.
        I find that I only need to carry the one bottle for the three of us to use on a day out, and it certainly lasts a good amount of time. For the low price, it is worth it. It also reminds youngsters to be hygienic and clean their hands before eating.

        Hand hygiene is important, and is especially a habit that children need to learn. It seems more important to be hygienic with the amount of different illnesses that are arising, and with the amount of illnesses that seem to circulate.

        A bottle of Cuticura hand gel is a good product to slip into you bag or pocket to use on-the-go to keep hands clean when needed.



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          12.05.2013 09:29
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          A very useful hand sanitising gel

          Anti-bacterial hand gel is something that seems to have come to prominence in the last few years, possibly as a response to the threat of the swine flu pandemic. For me, as a mum of two young children, it is one of those products that I almost always have in my handbag as you never know when it will come in handy. I am not particularly brand loyal when it comes to anti-bacterial hand gel as essentially I believe that they all do the same job, but I do seem to buy the Cuticura one most frequently.

          * The Product *
          Cuticura Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel is a clear gel in a clear plastic bottle with a blue flip-top lid. Looking through the bottle, you can see bubbles in the gel but, apart from this, there is nothing visually exciting about the product. The blurb on the back of the bottle says that it is a product that you can trust 'to protect your hands when out and about'. It claims to be a quick drying formula which will kill 99.9% of bacteria fast while leaving your hands feeling clean, fresh and lightly scented. For effective use, you should squeeze a 'generous' amount on to dry hands and massage it in, paying attention to the entire surface area of your hands. You then need to leave your hands to dry naturally - this only takes a few seconds. I find that this product is very simple to use - it squeezes easily out of the bottle, absorbs well into my skin and leaves my hands feeling clean and fresh with minimal effort. Importantly, for me, there is no residual stickiness after using this. According to the bottle, this gel is a 'cucumber and garden mint' fragrance - I can definitely detect the freshness and cooling properties of the cucumber but the mint is slightly harder to detect. Now that I 'know' it is supposed to smell of mint I can just about make it out, but it is a secondary smell to the cucumber which is the predominant scent in this product.

          * Does It Work? *
          The big question is, does this product actually work? To be honest, it is difficult to tell exactly how effective it is at killing bacteria as you can never be sure how much you have actually been exposed to or what inbuilt immunities you may already have. My family are a fairly healthy bunch - the children do get the occasional bug, but that is normal when young children are exposed to each other at school / nursery. In terms of getting your hands feeling clean, I would say that this product definitely does work. I really like the clean, fresh feeling of my hands after using this product although I do find that they start to feel dry if I use it too frequently, at which point I need to follow it up with a hand cream. I find it an extremely useful product to keep with me when out and about as well - my three year old has a phobia about taps where the water comes out to hot, to the extent that she will refuse outright to wash her hands somewhere where she thinks the water will be hot. However, she loves using the hand gel so knowing that I have some in my bag gives me a bit of peace of mind. It is not a substitute for hand washing though - it does make hands that are 'visually clean' look cleaner, but it won't get hands that are sticky/dirty thoroughly clean in the way that soap and water (or baby wipes) do. It is also great for things like soft play (a veritable hotbed of germs in my experience) as you can get the children to give their hands a quick clean with this before sitting down for a snack. In fact, it is perfect for a pre-snack clean wherever you are - after all, if your children are anything like mine they will have picked up several sticks, stones, elastic bands and random objects from the pavement even in a ten minute stroll down the road.

          * Price *
          I tend to buy the 100ml bottles of this as they fit perfectly in my handbag and these cost around £1.50. It also comes in a 50ml travel size, perfect for plane journeys, and a larger 300ml size.

          * Final Thoughts *
          Overall, this is a product that I would recommend. Essentially it is a very simple concept - apply gel, rub hands together until it is absorbed and protect yourself from germs - but it is a concept which seems to work. We have several bottles of hand gel in our current family usage - in the car's glove compartment, in various handbags and on the shelf by the garden door - and they are all used on a regular basis. If you have young children, then I would suggest this is the kind of product which has become an essential - providing you with that little bit of extra peace of mind and making you feel like you are doing the best you can to protect them from germs.

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            With two little girls, one of whom seems to live with her fingers in her mouth, I always have little bottles of hand sanitizer with me everywhere I go. I favour some brands over others, despite them all doing the same job. Although the differences would be difficult to compare as the results are obviously not something that we can visibly see.

            I do make the girls use hand wash at home, but I find that hand sanitizer comes into its own specifically when we are away from the home. Often in public areas I seem to get a little funny about the quality of their hand cleaning products, often which look not much better than watered down cheap soap. My eldest daughter was born with severe reflux and as a result had an operation before she was 4 months old and has always been tiny playing catch up with her height and weight (so much so that at 7 she is in 4 - 5 year olds clothes!), so I feel my obsession with hand sanitising is justified given that she cannot afford to lose weight through the many sickness bugs that seem to go around school.

            The 'Kills 99.99% of bacteria fast' is a bold claim and one I can only take at face value as I cannot prove otherwise, however I have noticed differences between when we started using hand sanitizer as a whole and before when we would just use hand wash. We all seem to suffer less from common colds, sniffles, etc. While the girls didn't seem to pick up everything that went round at school, there was the odd occasion when they would and it would really hit them hard, however after using hand sanitizer at least twice a day for the last year or so, I can't remember one occasion when they have been ill during this period.

            The quick drying lotion means it dries without fuss, and most importantly without the need for using a hand towel, something which I really don't like unless I'm at home. I often cringe at using cotton towels when disposable paper towels are not available, as if someone before you hasn't done a very good job of hand washing, you are just putting all the germs back on your hands that you've just washed off! Maybe I overthink these things! I have found some of the cheaper brands to dry with a slightly sticky residue however the Cuticura brand doesn't have any such issues and dries quickly and without residue, leaving a subtle, but clean and refreshing scent.

            With simple packaging, the 50ml bottle is perfect for handbags. I paid £1 for this bottle, however I have recently seen it cheaper in Home Bargains, where I stocked up on a few. I have recently been to America and after falling in love with the Bath and Body Works store where they have funky little bottles of hand sanitizer that have latex holders with jewels and all kinds of girly stuff on them, this simple little bottle seems extremely boring in comparison and for this reason the girls refuse to use it now! It would be excellent if Cuticura could make a children friendly bottle to make it more appealing to them. I think this would be quite a successful product even if they did make one just for children as it would appeal to mums to buy it in the first place.

            Scent wise this one is nice, a very refreshing and cool scent, perfect for spring / summer, although I do prefer the passion flower and mango version but I don't see this as much. There is also a garden mint one, but I haven't tried this one.

            The availability of 3 different sizes is good. The 50ml is perfect for a handbag and the 100ml ones are great for the car or the home. The 250ml seems a little big, and I have one of these on my desk at work which seems to have lasted me for ages. I work in HR in a large Teaching Hospital and given the nature of the workplace (all be it not in my immediate surroundings), I constantly feel the need to sanitize my hands at work.

            A good product from a reputable brand which is perfect for all the family.

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              08.05.2013 14:56
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              hand sanitising gel

              Hand washing is something I always seem to be doing. Although I don't think I am germ obsessed, I am aware of what nasties are lurking in all sorts of unexpected places. Bacteria and viruses can live anywhere and are transmitted easily by contact. I remember watching a programme that tested the number of bacteria living on a computer keyboard and was shocked. The best way to prevent the spread of infection is by careful hand washing with hot water and soap.

              However when I am away from home this is not always possible and for this reason I like to carry a bottle of hand sanitising gel in my bag. I usually buy whichever hand gel is on offer as they all seem to do the same job. During a recent visit to Superdrug, I spotted a bottle of Cuticura hand gel with garden mint and cucumber. This really appealed to me as I love anything that contains mint. Priced at £1 for a 50 ml bottle, it wasn't the cheapest hand gel I had bought but I thought it was worth a try for its mint content!


              What you get for your money.
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              The gel comes in a small transparent plastic bottle with blue flip top lid. It really wouldn't win any beauty prises for its packaging, although I guess it's trying to look like a serious health product as opposed to a beauty product. The bottle is small enough to be carried in my bag without adding any weight. It is also a good size to keep in the glove box of my car.

              The information on the bottle claims that the gel will *kill up to 99.99 % of bacteria and keep protecting your hands for up to 8 hours.* This sounds good to me, although I am also a bit cynical about these sort of statistics.

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              The gel is really easy to use; simply squeeze a generous amount into the palm of your hand and then rub your hands together remembering to cover the backs and between your fingers. I find a couple of squirts are enough to do the job. The gel is quite runny and covers my hands quickly. It evaporates as it dries and rubbing your hands together will speed up the process. The gel doesn't leave any sticky residue or irritate my sensitive skin. I really like the slightly cooling effect this gel gives my hands, although it is very subtle and doesn't last long.

              We often go on picnics, even when the weather is poor. Both my boys have been happy to use this gel before eating and as they both seem to like waving sticks around and picking up stones to add to their collections, I am happy that at least they are eating with clean hands!

              The one thing I dislike about hand gels is the antiseptic smell that reminds me of hospitals. However this gel has no hint of hospitals and instead has a minty aroma that reminds me of summer. It isn't a strong scent and neither does it last, but it is a 100% improvement of the *original fragrance * variants! It is also available in passion flower and mango fragrance, although I will be sticking with the mint and cucumber.

              The gel is available in a larger 100ml bottle size and this is the size I will be buying to take on holiday this year. It is still within the hand baggage liquid allowance and will be good to use as we travel.

              Overall I think this is an excellent hand gel, although I have no way of proving those claims. I really like the minty fragrance and the slightly cooling effect that the gel gives me as it dries. Although I prefer to wash my hands using soap and hot water, when this is not possible then this gel is brilliant!

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                A nice smelling and refreshing hand hygiene gel

                I use hand hygiene gels on a regular basis when I go camping, when I use public transport and when there I no good hot water or soap in public toilets. I think washing my hands is good enough most of the time but I have family members with health issues that encourage me to be extra scrupulous with my hygiene. I want to avoid passing anything on to them that they can't cope with. For that reason I keep a small bottle of hand sanitiser in my hand bag and work bags. I am not fussy about which I use but a nice scent is a bonus as some can have an lingering artificial smell and I also want one that dries quickly and doesn't leave my hands sticky. The Cuticura brand ones usually work quite well for me so I decided to try their new cucumber version as this is a favourite scent of mine.


                The hand hygiene gels are supposed to provide an alternative to washing your hands when soap and water are not available, and they also dry on the skin without your needing to use a towel or tissue. Cuticura say that the gel I bought is clinically proven to kill 99.99% of bacteria quickly. They add that it will be quick drying, and that it should leave your hands lightly scented and feeling clean and fresh. It isn't really a substitute for soap and water if you have hands that are really grubby in my opinion as the gel isn't wiped off, so neither would any stains be. I really use it as an alcohol-based disinfectant.


                The 100ml bottle cost me £1. This is the perfect size for me because it slips easily into my bag without taking up much room or weighing me down. You can however buy 50ml and 200ml bottles if you prefer. I think a product like this that is designed to be used on the go has to have a very secure lid and thankfully it does. I have never had a problem with leakage and although I used to try and keep it upright in my bag, by the end of the day it is usually been tossed upside down several times. The cap flips up and reveals a convenient little dispensing hole which means you are unlikely to drench your hands with the gel if you squeeze it a bit too hard.


                When I ordered the gel from Superdrug it was labelled only as cucumber scented on the website but when it arrived I saw that it says in small print on the front that it is also scented with garden mint. I was looking forward to the cucumber scent as I thought that would make this gel more refreshing in aroma than others but I expected the mint to overwhelm it when I discovered that was in it. In reality, the mint is scarcely noticeable, and the cucumber is clear and pleasant. It is stronger than I expected it to be and almost drowns out the base alcohol smell so it doesn't seem a medicinal/disinfectant type scent in the end. It doesn't linger on the skin on long regardless.


                The clear gel is quite runny but not enough to be drippy and messy. The texture just means that a tiny blob can be massaged over a large area of skin quickly. This is great but the bottle is small and I would be constantly replacing it otherwise. The gel feels curiously cool on the skin and this makes it feel refreshing especially if your skin is warm. It also feels damp at first but it really does dry quickly which makes the claim about using it without the need to use a towel as well realistic. [You don't need to rinse it off either.] I would say that my skin feel dry again within 10 seconds of my massaging it in which is impressive. Afterwards my hands feel clean and they certainly do not seem sticky or oily. More importantly, my skin doesn't feel dried out or irritated if I use this on a frequent basis. In fact it doesn't affect my skins feel or texture at all. You are advised not to use it on sore or broken skin but the same applies with all other similar products I have used.


                The only downside that I can see of this product is the fact it must be kept away from the eyes. I am not tempted to use it on my face, don't worry! However, I am a bit of an subconscious eye rubber and when I did so once shortly after using the gel, it really did sting a great deal. A good rinse with clean water as soon as I could bought my eye back to normal, but I can see why it is recommended the gel is kept away from children.


                I would recommend this gel as although I can't see whether it is killing 99.9% of germs, it does perform well. It dries very quickly, smells surprising pleasant, doesn't sting and leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean. I don't have sensitive skin so can't advise how it may suit those that do but I feel that it is gentle from the point of view it doesn't leave my own skin dry or itchy. You can buy it in the usual places such as Boots and Superdrug. It may also be available in Savers - I have bought other Cuticura gels there for a reduced price of around 59p for the same size bottle but I have yet to see the cucumber one in that shop. You may have more luck!

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