Product Type: Radox Hand & Nail Care
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A Good Choice, Naturally!
Radox Clean & Moisturise Handwash
Member Name: Verbena
Radox Clean & Moisturise Handwash
Advantages: Pleasant aroma, cleans well, nice to use.
Disadvantages: Less strong on moisturising than cleansing
The Natural Choice
Our downstairs loo is the place most used by our visitors and I do like to have good quality toiletries available for use in there. I'll cut back with cheaper products elsewhere in the house, but not so much in that room. Having said that, I have to watch my spending these days, just like everyone else, so I do try to get value for money. I was really pleased to spot this Radox hand wash on special offer in my local Tesco a month or so ago, at £1 per unit. It usually retails for about £1.80 so that was a good offer. The product I was using was running out and we were due to have a guest staying with us for a few days. I've bought Radox products in the past and found them good. This one claims to have anti-bacterial properties, so that was a bonus. I'm not over the top about cleanliness, hygiene etc, but my husband has been on high doses of steroids so we've had to be a bit more careful than usual about trying to avoid infection and keeping hands as germ-free as possible is one way of achieving this.
It's Only Natural
This handwash comes in a 300ml container with a pump at the top - a fairly standard approach to packaging something like this, and pleasant enough to look at without being outstanding. You can see that the handwash inside it is white. The Radox logo is obvious at the top, then we're informed that this will clean and moisturise, too. It is (or has? I'm not sure) a natural antibacterial and contains chamomile and jojoba oil. The emphasis on 'natural' continues with a small logo saying 'naturally caring for your hands' and a larger graphic of daisy -like flowers which I assume are meant to be chamomile.
Turning it round, I'm pleased to see the request to recycle this when empty as we have a good scheme for recycling plastics. You do need to remove the pump first, though. I wasn't aware that Radox is part of the Unilever Group, but I guess I shouldn't have been surprised.
There is no warning to keep out of reach of children or any other safety notice other than to rinse well with water if you get it in your eyes. That surprised me a bit, but then I haven't heard of anyone coming to much grief through a soap product.
The rest of the information makes more reference to 'natural': 'natural ingredients' 'natural antibacterial handwash' 'naturally conditioning jojoba oil'. I get the message! They claim that this is 'effective yet gentle', it will put the goodness back in your hands, help maintain your skin's natural pH balance, it's safe for all the family and is dermatologically tested. It doesn't say on whom or what it's tested. I think I'm getting a bit cynical about some of these claims in my old age. Apart from the jojoba oil and chamomile, it's difficult to detect what other natural ingredients there are from those listed. I'm not going to reproduce them on here because I think they're only of interest to someone with a science degree. Take the antibacterial claim - I can't for the life of me work out which ingredient has these properties. One website I researched 'antibacterial' on suggested it would most likely be triclosan, but I can't see that listed. Maybe I'm being a bit grumpy tonight, but I just think it might be helpful if there were clearer links between the claims and what supports them. That doesn't just apply to this product, though, so rant over!
Doing What Comes Naturally
Not a lot to say here - you depress the pump, it dispenses the liquid, you wash your hands. I do sometimes find the pump a bit difficult to depress; maybe it sticks occasionally. The handwash has a pleasant, fairly thick consistency which makes it easy to rub over the backs of your hands without it all washing away. The aroma I find very pleasant. It cleans my hands effectively and leaves them feeling soft, although I don't think I would go so far as to call them moisturised. There's been a bit of leakage on the side of the container that has left it sticky when you handle it. I guess this has been from when the pump has been facing to the side rather than the front which is probably our fault, as users, rather than a design fault, but it's a bit unpleasant.
I've found this a pleasant product to use. I've had a few minor issues with the packaging, but that might just have been this particular container. It didn't leave my hands any drier, but I'm not 100% convinced of its claims to moisturise. I feel it's better at cleansing, which is what you want it to be good at. I'm also a bit sceptical of the antibacterial claims and there is no easy way to assess whether it works at this level. That only concerns me because of the concerns about my husband's health. I rate it as a 4 star product because it's better than average but not quite up there with the luxury hand washes - a solid, reliable performer, not quite a star but well worth buying again.
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Summary: A solid, reliable handwash with a pleasant aroma.