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In my line of work as a drug and alcohol worker I share my pens on a regular with a diverse range of people who are not always very clean and fresh to say the least. So as well as cleaning my hands several times a day with Cuticura hand gel I give my pens a quick once over at the same time.
I squeeze a small amount of gel onto my hand which is all you need and after rubbing it round the front and back of my hands and also through my fingers I rub my pen up and down to make sure that any germs are destroyed. A small squirt I find is plenty to do this, in the past I have put a larger amount but find this feels a bit sticky until it has soaked in and prevents you touching anything while it is drying. The smell which is quite fresh and a bit medicated is fairly strong at first but by the time it has dried this more or less disappears .
The bottle is a clear plastic with a flip top which is attached by two small bit of plastic and which is easy to flip on and off. I have never had any 'accident's with the top coming off when it is in my bag. However I have noticed that on the bottle on my desk one of the small plastic pieces which attaches the lid has broken off but think this is probably down to my colleagues using it as I am very careful with my things.
The bottle states that it kills 99.99% of bacteria fast and is suitable for the family, to use in public toilets, eating out and generally on the go. It also advises to keep away from flame, avoid contact with eyes and not to use on broken skin. I have used the gel when I have had a small paper cut and it did sting for a short while due to the alcohol in it.
It comes in sizes 50ml, 100ml and 250ml and also with a scent of cucumber and Cuticura also do medicated talcum powder, hand wash and a skin care range. Cuticura has been around since 1865 and the first product they made was the Cuticura soap. It is alleged in 1908 in the British Medical Journal that Cuticura soap was effective in the treatment of syphilis when prepared as an internal remedy which was known as Cuticura Resolvent!
I wouldn't do without this gel as I feel it cleans my hands well and gets rid of germs. I bought my last gel from Lloyds chemist about four months ago and think I paid £1.39 for it but at the moment Asda are selling them for £1.12 however this is in the offer of 'buy four for £3' so they work out at just 75p each.
I think this is a great product as an alternative to using soap and water and I wouldn't be without it.
I've got 3 young children who love playing outside and going on picnics etc I always worry about them getting germs though. Also when they are at school I worry about them picking up germs or the cold/flu virus so was pleased when a friend suggested I give this gel a try.
Kids pick up all kinds of germs in everyday life and there is little you can do to completely stop it however I do believe you can significantly reduce the risks.
I have always taught the kids to wash their hands after the toilet and to always wash them before eating anything but lets face it that's not going to stop the germs totally because kids forever have their hands in their mouths
These bottles are perfect they are an ideal size to have in the kid's school bags or in your handbag or in the change bag. I just make sure we always have one around I even leave one in the car. We spend time picnicking and barbequing outdoors when we are out an about walking or on the beach etc.
It is impossible for the kids to wash their hands as there isn't always a place to do so but if you have one of these its great you can just get the kids to put this gel on their hands before they eat and it will have got rid of the germs.
The thing that I love about this gel is that you don't need any water or a towel you can just simply put the gel on your hands rub it all over and its job done!
I have used this gel for ages now and bought many bottles. It seems to have become a lot more popular lately. The gel is now available in chemists and also in supermarkets. You can even get it in the discount stores which is great.
The gel smells nice and hygienic as well and it's just the right consistency not too thick and not too runny. It doesn't leave anything behind when you have used it so if you eat something it doesn't taste funny at all which I thought it might.
The kids are able to use this themselves so I now send them to school with a bottle in their bag just so they can use it when they have been to the toilet for a bit of extra protection. The bottles are just the right size they hold 100ml in them. The bottle has a flip lid which is easy to open and put back on when you have finished.
I really love this product and would definitely recommend it to anyone but think it's particularly beneficial if you have children.
On my last Sainsburys trip I was able to find some absolute bargains as I got about 8 name brand products for little over 2 quid as they were clearing out lots of stock. One of the items I picked up was this Cuticura Original Hand Hygiene Gel.
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 clear like water and a really simple hand cleaning gel. It has that usual medicinal/antiseptic smell which is quite strong but I guess it means its working and is actually killing the bacteria lingering on my hands!
The gel is easy to use, it is reasonable thick like a 'gel' but 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 meaning this will last me a good length of time! I like this product as 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 I have used the citrus variety in the past so I knew what to expect and that I would get good value for money. 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. The bottle also states on the front that it is good for the family and I have had no qualms when out in restaurants to use this with my 3 year old and she has had no reaction to it, so the formula is quite gentle.
I would definitely recommend this hand gel as my hands genuinely feel refreshed and clean after use. I bought a 100ml bottle for a BARGAIN of 31p (I know, me and my scrimping!) and it is not too bulky so still fits in my handbag and I know I will get lots of use from it. Gets 5 stars from me!
I am very bacteria concious and like to wash my hands whenever I come into something teaming with them. However, this is not always practical or even possible at all. This is the scenario that this product is absolutely perfect. It is a liquid gel which when applied to dry hands will spread out like water killing bacteria and sanitising your hands. Seconds after applying, the liquid will evaporate off or sink into your skin and you will not even notice that it was even there.
It comes in a small plastic bottle with flick-top lid. Being so small, it is very easy to store it in a bag, in the car or even in your pocket. As you only require a small amount each time, despite only being a small bottle., the contents will last you quite a long time too.
I prefer to use this antibacterial gel over all other brands if I can get at at a reasonable price (usually around £2 but sometimes on offer too which is when I tend to buy it over others). This is for a number of reasons. Firstly, the time it takes for this gel to evaporate or sink in seems to be far faster than many other brands which can take up to a minute. Even when dry, some cheaper brands can leave a sticky residue on your hands which is not the most pleasant experience and your hands often feel dirtier after use because of it. I love how this gel applies evenly without foaming up at all - some of these same other brands I have mentioned tend to foam up a little bit because of the rubbing action and your hands look like you have been washing them with soap but haven't rinsed.
The gel isn't perfect however, it has a very strong alcohol rub smell which is instantly recognisable. Just applying the gel quickly onto your hands can leave an entire room smelling of it strongly. At £2 normally, this gel can be double or even triple the price of these cheaper brands which I have been mentioning - this begs the question, "Are you willing to pay this extra price for the advantages?". The most annoying aspect of all antibacterial hand gels is the effect it has if you have a cut, anybody who has ever used alcohol sanitising gels/liquid with even the smallest of cuts will know the instant pain you get from it - although not a health concern in the slightest (The pain is actually caused by alcohol making heat receptors which lie just under the skin to become ultra sensitive, as the skin usually covers these receptors, using the gel doesn't create pain but if the skin is broken, the alcohol comes into contact with them and causes this change), it hurts so much!
I always use a hand sanitizing gel, I think they are a brilliant idea and they are so simple and quick and easy to use and a godsend when you need to wash your hands but don't have easy access to soap and hot water. I've sued many different brands of hand sanitizing gels and probably one of the first ones I came across is the Cuticura Gel. Is till use this one now, but I also use other brands. They all work in much the same fashion. But Cuticura is slightly more expensive than some you can buy.
I pay around £2 for a bottle of this gel and though I have looked in Home Bargains lots of times to see if I can get it any cheaper in there, unfortunately they never seem to have it in stock. I keep a bottle of this in my workbag and I use it most days. I have to use the telephone a lot at work and I come into face to face contact with the public at work and my hands are obviously going to pick up germs etc., and instead of walking all the way down the corridor and through lots of fire doors to the loos, I occasionally whip out my little bottle of Cuticura Hand Gel and use this to freshen up instead.
The bottle is mad of transparent plastic and it has a blue top which you have to depress at one end to get the other end to pop up. I tip the bottle and ever so slightly squeeze the gel into the palm of my hand. It's quite a runny liquid so I have to be careful with it or I can accidentally squeeze out far too much, this is very easy to do.
I then quickly just rub the liquid between the palms of both hands, including the fingers and it just evaporates and sinks into the skin. The smell of this gel is very strong, possibly stronger than the other brands I've used, if I'm honest. I like the fragrance, however, and I find that it smells very medicinal and you can really tell it's an antibacterial product.
My hands don't feel sticky after I've used the gel, and it evaporates really quickly, within minutes, really. The bottle doesn't leak at all and it's been sitting in the bottom of my bag for a good few weeks now. I get through about a bottle every two months or so as I never need to use a lot of this product. It's just a great idea which I find really convenient and easy to use and I've also taken it with me and used it lots of times when I have been out with my daughter. Sara loves to use this hand gel and she finds it great fun and it's a very easy way to encourage her to wash her hands if we are out and we are just about to eat.
Before getting on the coach to London, me and my friends are usually quite early and end up wandering around Asda for half an hour before it arrives. We stock up on food for the journey and then if we have longer look at anything else. We were looking at the mini sample/travel sized products that are always 99p or 3 for £1 or something including hand hygiene gels, next to this were large sized bottles of hand gels and this one caught our eye as it was only £2.99.
Since we were going to London we thought it would be a good idea to have we would have to get the Tube a lot and suddenly went a little OCD thinking about all the germs! So we split the payment, my friend only had a £1 in change on her at the time so I paid the other £2 and ended up keeping it.
The bottle easily fits in my bag and wasn't so small that I couldn't find it. The lid is very secure and I've never had a leakage problem, it differs from the picture shown above because it is clear and you press one size of it down to pop the other up to squeeze the gel out. The gel squeezes out easily, although very runny if you use too much, the best thing about this gel is you can rub it and it sinks in without the slightest greasy feeling on your hands at all which is what I was worried about. The gel is clear and has a distinct antibacterial smell to it but mainly smells of cucumbers, I actually hate cucumbers and cannot stand the smell however the smell only lingers for about 10minutes so I don't worry about it too much. You only need a size of a 5p to cover both hands so it lasts for ages and because the gel is quite watery I doubt there will be any wastage at the bottom of the bottle.
I've had the bottle for absolutely ages as I don't use it much unless travelling to London or doing a lot of bus journeys. I still always keep in my bag for those times I use a public toilet and the water either isn't working or there is a huge queue which saves me so much time and actually feel cleaner as I admittedly am probably not entirely thorough as I should be all the time when using soap and water depending how thick the soap is and how fast the water is.
Overall I would defiantly recommend this product as it definitely keeps your hands clean at a price that gives you a good amount that lasts for ages! I often see parents with children using this product a lot, especially at restaurants to clean hands before eating which is a great idea and is probably an essential to most mums and/or dads bags these days!
This is a fabulous little product that I love to carry round in my handbag with me.
Product: The product comes slightly different from the one pictured above, as it looks more modern now. However, the liquid is still clear and the packaging is still the blue colour.
What does it do? The best thing about this product is what it does! It is the original hand sanitizer, and is proved to kill over 99% of germs. It stops bacteria spreading on hands in seconds, and dries out very quickly too, literally in a matter of seconds!
When to use it? I enjoy using it after I've been shopping if I go out for dinner, or if I eat after I've been on the bus. It's great for those times that you don't feel like toilet sinks aren't clean enough in places such as train stations etc! So it's a great little back up product if you can't wash in warm water with soap.
Anything else? It smells gorgeous! The comparison I can make it of cucumber, but basically it's fresh and does smell clean! It comes in 3 handy travel sizes and the one I have is a pump motion. The sizes are 50ml (the one I've got with a pump), 100ml (pictured) and 250ml. It certainly isn't expensive and because of what it does it's worth buying one or two to carry around. Or perhaps keep in the car. It is also suitable for everyone which is great. The 50ml pump bottle is around £1, 100ml £1.50 and 250ml around £2. But the £1 bottle is best for dispensing the gel in my opinion and easy to store in bags.
I would totally recommend this product.
I am very fussy about keeping my hands clean and germ free, to the point, I think that I have become a bit obsessive about it. I always have a little bottle of Cuticura Hand Gel in my bag with me, whether I am at work or out and about socializing with friends. I feel a bit lost off if I don't have it - it's worrying really, isn't it?
What do I love about this hand gel? Well, firstly it is small and compact and fits very neatly into my handbag. I love the fact that it has a nice clear transparent plastic bottle so I can see the contents inside quite clearly. I love the fact that it says it kills 99.9% of all germs. I love the fact that 100ml will only cost me 99p.
I use this every day without fail. I work in customer services and I always feel a bit youcky when I have been on the front desk and have to keep picking up the phone. I'm not saying my colleagues are 'dirty or germ ridden' or anything like that, it's just that I like to know my hands are completely keen and germ free and
Cuticura Hand Gel gives me complete peace of mind.
It is so simple and easy to use. It has a good tight fitting little blue flip top lid. I know it's nice and tight because it gets chucked around inside my bag every day and it's never leaked (and I have gone through more bottles than I am bale to remember). I just squirt a very small amount into the palm of my hand and gently rub both hands together, making sure I get into all the little nooks and crannies and under my fingernails.
It feels cool and gently on my skin and I love the way it just seems to dry in an instant. My hands are immediately left feeling fresh and very clean and it has a lovely fresh fruity smell, which lingers for ages after it has dried on my skin.
I really cannot fault this product at all. I am one of those sad people who, despite having washed my hands before I eat my lunch, I like to apply my hand gel just to make sure they are squeaky clean and germ free. I'm sure my friends and colleagues think I have a bit of a problem as they laugh at my excessive cleaning routine before I eat my lunch. Just one of my quirks.
There is nothing really negative that I can say about this fantastic product. You only need a little so one bottle will last me about five to six weeks, and considering I use it on a daily basis, I think that is excellent value for money.
N.B. ------ Also posted on Ciao! under the username "dawnieG" (I am THE SAME person & this review is my own work & NOT copied from another source)
After the recent flu outbreaks and health scares that we all read about, a number of different hand hygiene gels came to shops promising to cleanse our hands and kill bacteria. I've used a couple of them and can't really attest to how well they perform in bacteria-killing, but in terms of price, fragrance, usability etc a review is worth a read.
Its both easy to be slightly paranoid about hygiene and germs, and to be too crass about it and reluctant to treat it as a problem. For instance, we don't wash our hands in the kitchen nearly as much as we should, but we all wash up in public loos - is it because people are watching? - but then grab a door handle which is almost certainly as clean as a nugget of poop.
These little hygiene gel bottles make having clean hands so much easier - a quick squeeze and rub of the hands and your paws are clean (allegedly) and there's no clean up or drying or rinsing needed. It is really simple and worthwhile if you've just been somewhere manky or you're about to eat. I've not experienced any irritation or any reaction to the Cuticura gel (not that I often get any skin irritations, but worth mentioning).
The Cuticura gel isn't sticky or overly smelly and doesn't leave any residue or stickiness in the hands. One slight issue with the gel itself is that it does make the hands quite dry after use, though many of us use moisturiser daily so I can't see it being much of a problem with normal use. Another slight disadvantage to the Cuticura gel is that both the cucumber one and the citrus gel smell quite strong when you flip open the bottle - for me it is slightly too strong but it does smell fresh for some time afterwards, so a bit of a trade-off there.
As a rower I often have blisters and the odd cut on my hands & knuckles - may I PERSONALLY recommend you don't use this (or any similar) gel on open wounds!!! OW! It really does sting.
These gels are really easy to use on-the-go and in the small bottles (up to 100ml) they fit easily into any small bag, and of course would be very, very useful when travelling by airplane as they fit in cabin liquid restrictions and airports can be pretty dirty. I'm not sure whether I prefer the comparitively big Cuticura bottle to others that tend to be smaller - it fits in my pocket or bag less well but lasts longer before I need a new one, and is better value.
Given the small expense of these bottles and the potential benefits offered, I think everyone should have one for those moments when you really want to wash your hands. The bottles last surprisingly long and seem very beneficial to general health.
Over recent years, there seems to have been an explosion of hand hygiene gels on the market and they seem to be stocked pretty much anywhere you look. Outbreaks of cold and flu, particularly swine flu, must have helped boost profits in this industry substantially. Several years ago, when I was looking for a hand gel product of this type, to take on holiday with me to clean hands before eating (particularly for picnics), I remember that there wasn't a great deal of options in the supermarket and this product was the only one stocked.
**What is Hand Hygiene Gel?**
Ok, so most of you will be familiar with the idea of hand hygiene gel, and I dare say a great deal of you will have a bottle lurking somewhere (be it the bottom of your handbag or your desk drawer at work). But, for the benefit of those that don't, a quick summary. Hand hygiene gel is used to achieve hand hygiene on the go (when it is not convenient, or not possible, to wash your hands). You apply the gel directly to your hands and rub in and this acts to kill all bacteria located on your skin (or 99.99% or whatever the claim on the bottle is!).
Cuticura Original Gel comes in three different sizes - 50ml, 100ml and 250ml. Depending on your intended use for the product - whether to just slip into your handbag or for family use on holiday - there should be a size to meet your needs. The gel comes in a squeezy plastic bottle, so that the product can be easily squeezed out. It has a blue flip top lid, which opens to reveal a small hole for the gel to be squeezed from - to ensure that excess product is not removed and thus prevent wastage. The gel contained inside is clear and colourless and usually contains a few bubbles of air where it has been shaken around.
The labelling is simple and has a few directions on - such as do not store above 40 Centigrade - and the claim that the gel will kill 99.99% of germs within 15 seconds.
I purchased a bottle of 100ml for £1, looking online this is now retailing at around £1.29.
The gel is really easy to apply, literally a squirt of the gel on the palm of your hand and rub your hands together as you would if washing, ensuring you also cover the backs of your hands. I usually use a blob the size of a 20 pence piece and this is more than adequate. The gel is really quick drying too, and not at all sticky so this makes it really convenient to use on the go.
I apply sporadically throughout the day as well as when I am unable to wash my hands but would usually do so - such as before eating whilst out and about. The 100ml bottle lasts me, on average, 4-5 months with pretty regular application, so I think this is good value for money.
When I bought the gel I thought that, as it was labelled original and there are other scented varieties such as lemon available, together with the fact that it is clear and colourless, this would be an unscented product. However, the gel does have a slightly odd fragrance to it. It is not overly chemically, and the best that I can describe it is as like cucumber. It is not unpleasant at all, just unexpected!
Without rigorous chemical testing (which I do not possess the equipment nor ability to do!), I can't really comment on the claims that it kills 99.99% of bacteria within 15 seconds. All I can say is that I get a lot of reassurance from using this product and that it is very quick and convenient to use. It will not act as a soap and clean dirty hands, although I have used after eating sticky fruit and it has left my hands feeling much less sticky and cleaner, but it does appear to work. It also has had no adverse effects on my hands - such as drying of the skin or irritation - so it seems pretty gentle with it. Assuming that the claims are correct and it does kill bacteria (I've not had any colds whilst using this product, so I can believe that it does), it's a pretty sound buy.
Cuticura is one of those hand-gels you use when you have no water available - when travelling, using public transport or when you're eating out, I always have one in by handbag and found it handy especially now in the winter as I have continuous cold since before Christmas and don't want to spread germs.
Cuticura Hand Gel can be bought in many different sizes - I usually get 50ml or 100ml that is more than suitable for handbag. You only need to use a little so it lasts long. It comes in transparent bottle with blue flip opening, hole through which it's dispensed is very small so you don't need to be worried about spillages. The sticker to the front just shows the name of the product and says it kills 99.99% of bacretia fast (well, that's why we buy it). At the bck of the bottle you have more detailed information as where and how to use it, ingredients and caution information (contains alcohol, flammable, and that it shouldn't be used on broken skin)
It's clear gel that melts to a liquid as soon as it touches the warm skin. You only need to use a small drop, which spreads easily on your hands and dries quickly, not leaving your hands sticky nor too dry. When you squeeze it on to your palm, it smells of alcohol, but as you rub it in, it leaves very nice fresh smell, which I absolutely fell in love with - I have tried couple hand gels that give pretty much the same result but because of the scent now I only use Cuticura. Now there's one with citrus scent as well, I didn't try it yet but definitely will.
Fantastic product that I would definitely recommend, very handy to have in your handbag for everyday use. Absorbs in fast, doesn't leave your hands sticky and has a lovely scent. What more would you ask for?
A 100ml bottle retails at Boots for approx £1.40 but lasts for ages - considering this I really don't mind it's couple pence more expensive than others.
So I'm going to start this review by saying that I am a hand hygiene fanatic, as I never go anywhere without hand gel or hand wipes. I started a couple of years ago when I become aware of the fact of how easy germs are spread.
This hand gel is 100ml and this, I think, is quite a reasonably sized bottle. Each time I buy one of these it seems to last me a good while, but I suppose really it depends on how much you use your hand gel.
On the bottle it says, "Kills 99.9% of bacteria fast." Which I think is amazing. It is really important to wash your hands, for obvious reasons. Not only are you protect yourself from germs, but you are also stopping yourself spreading any!
The bottle is really handy to carry out with you and mine honestly never leaves my handbag. (I think my friends would be shocked if I didn't have any hand sanitizer!)
The gel it's self, dries in really quickly. I have tried many hand gels and there are some that take forever to dry. Which is very inconvenient, as if you are using it to wash your hands before you eat something, then you are going to end up tasting the hand gel (which trust me won't be nice!)
I think that these types of hand gels are so very convenient and a must if you are eating out somewhere. I also take them with me when I am travelling, such a car trips and on planes. There are also ideal for taking on trips to the zoo, the park or the beach, places where you may just have to hike a mile to find somewhere to wash your hands!
Now I will say this, the smell of this hand gel is quite strong. The scent is of cucumbers and for me this is not a problem, as I think it is a very refreshing smell. But my friend down right refuses to use it, as she hates the smell. There are other hand gels that you can purchase that have different scents, so I would suggest if you don't like cucumber, going for the citrus, or a hand gel that doesn't have a scent.
I would defiantly recommend this product, as it is just so handy! I am never without this, or something similar. I think I paid around £1.25 for my hand gel, but it depends on where you go to buy it.
On the semi-chem website the sell the 100ml of this hand gel for 99p, which I think is a bargain. I may just go and order some now!
(Price at the time review was written)
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Having recently had an outbreak of diarrhoea and vomiting at our home we figured we would be needing something a bit more powerful for hand hygiene than just ordinary soap and water to stop uninfected family members from suffering the same fate as those already ill.
We decided that this Cuticura anti-bacterial hand hygiene gel with claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria fitted the bill. Being relatively cheap at just over the £1 mark at our local supermarket we bought several to dot around the house.
The product is supplied in 100ml see through containers and is a dry hand gel meaning no need to risk contamination by using towels to dry hands, or turning on the taps.
Upon opening the gel and squirting some onto my hand the first thing that struck me was the very clinical smell very much like that of a hospital. The smell does hang about for ten minutes or so and Cuticura advise not to wash hands after use so this is a small inconveniance. The containers lid allows a small amount to be dispensed easily, which means this does go a long way for such a small bottle.
Although I cannot test this product to the same degree as those with a laboratory at their disposal, (i.e those who make the claims of the anti-bacterial powers of this product) it certainly seemed to help stop the spread of the illness between family memebers as the two remaining healthy members of our family stayed this way so it certainly seems there is some truth in their claims.
A great product I feel must have done well out of the not so recent swine flu epidemic, and conveniant for keeping in a bag or pocket for use whilst out and about as well as around the house as we used it. I would not hesitate to recommend this to anybody who feels this sort of measure is necessary for hand washing although I don't feel it will permanently replace soap and water for me.
I always buy this hand gel as it is so much easier than carrying wet wipes around with you when you go out.
I usually buy the bottles of 50 ml that they always sell next to the checkouts in Boots and Superdrug. They normally start at 89p.
The hand gel comes in a transparent bottle and you can see that the gel is see through.The labelling on the front states that it is anti bacterial and that it kills 99.9% of bacteria fast.
There is an easy flip top lid to open and the instructions are to apply onto dry hands and rub over hands until dry.
The gel has quite a nice fragrance, almost like cucumbers when it is in the bottle but as soon as you put it on your hands you get a very strong antiseptic smell, it is quite overpowering. Once it has dried there is just the faint smell of cucumbers again.
The gel comes out very quickly and you only need a little amount to rub in and it dries pretty fast. You get a very cold sensation on your hands when it is first applied but once you rub it in it is fine. There is no stickiness or residue left behind.
The ingredients are
Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan, Carbomer, Triethanolamine and Parfum.
I have found this to be very handy, especially with young children. It is effective, easy to use and because you don't need much it lasts for a long time.
I have always been very concious of hygiene to the extent were sadly I have suffered from OCD. This was fine when I worked for myself in my own office, but when I moved to employment in a large company with hundreds of staff I always knew it was going to be an issue.
My employment in this large office would begin around 2001. On the first day I was told I would be hot swapping desks with others. This meant keyboards, mouses, working services etc. On my first day I was sat with another guy who spent most of the day picking his nose, coughing, sneezing and many other habits - some quite disgusting.
As the office was male orientated, I noticed many of the other staff, with similar habits. Let's not forget here that I was suffering from OCD, so I'm not slagging off the staff here. It was probably a lot in my mind. However I knew in order for me to keep going back day after day, I'd need to do something quick.
On returning home I noticed a bottle of this gel, in my young babies changing bag, and I immediately felt at ease. If I was to bring this in, I could relax in the knowledge that I could keep my hands clean without having to go to the toilet every 5 minutes, to wash my hands. This gel needed no water and I could apply it at my desk.
At this time, there was only this product and Miltons on the market. Cuturica had been making anti bacterial soap since 1865 and was manufactured by Potter Drug and Chemical Company. There wasn't a lot of choice like you get on the supermarket shelves today.
After a month or so I contacted the company by email, asking if I could buy larger jars. They were costing about £1.50 a go, and I was using a fair few. My idea was to keep a small bottle, and keep topping them up. Their answer was flat no. There was obviously no market demand for such a size. So for some time afterwards I kept buying these on a regular basis.
My wife always kept a jar in the babies holdall as well, so that we felt at ease when we took her out (although I always had a bottle on me anyway - which I think my wife secretly knew).
I will never know whether this product worked effectively or not. I had my normal coughs and colds, stomach upsets etc over the years, so how can I prove one way or the other. However it did make me feel more at ease and they did boast that it killed 99.99% of bacteria fast.
One embarassing aspect was the strong smell of this product. It is clear in nature but the smell is strong. I remember one guy in the office asking who'd been to the pub - referring to the strong smell of alcohol. The smell had come from my hands, which had just been cleaned. Obviously I never owned up!! The liquid itself however does dissolve very quickly, so you are not left having to keep rubbing your hands together for too long.
The company boasts that it is the original and the best, but I no longer buy this gel. Although it is available in 3 convenient sizes - 50ml, 100ml & 250ml, there are now so many more makes on the market. Different flavours such as peach etc, and ones which do not smell as much.
Last year when Swine Flu came along, I saw these bottles appearing everywhere. Even the staff working on the till at my local supermarket had the stuff. So I no longer felt a complete 'wierdo' carrying mine around. I know that my OCD is still with me, and hopefully in time it will go. Maybe you won't feel you need it is much as I do, but it can be handy to keep a bottle closeby, in your desk at work or in your handbag.
Recommended, but there are a lot of others which smell nicer and are cheaper out there.
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