“ Brand: Radox / Type: Hand Gel / Suitable for: Hand / What it does: Protects, „
As a lot of you will already know I am the Box Secretary for the Llandudno Lifeboat Guild. This means that I go round to the various hotels, shops and restaurants that have our collecting boxes, empty them, count the cash and give out a receipt. I then balance the total cash, bag it up all the cash and pay it into the bank. As you can imagine my hands get rather grubby when I am doing this particular job! Obviously this isn't a problem when I am at home as I can just give my hands a good wash with soap and water but when I am out and can't get to a sink I need a bit of help. This is where Radox Clean and Protect Antibacterial Hand Gel comes in. With this I can clean my hands without water! A 50ml container of this gel will currently set you back £1.31 in Tesco's or Asda so it is marginally more expensive than the Carex ones that I have also tried as they are just £1 each. The pale blue / green gel comes in a little clear plastic container with a pump action dispenser at the top. It is a neat little thing and would fit easily into your handbag or, in my case, into my bag where I keep my collecting box emptying kit! On the front of the container there is the familiar green Radox logo together with the name of the product and the claim that it 'kills 99% of bacteria'. On the back there is a list of ingredients and instructions for use. To use the gel all you have to do is depress one side of the top of the container which then opens a small hole on the opposite side and as you depress it further a small amount of gel is dispensed which you catch in the palm of your free hand. The container is so small and neat that it is easy to operate with one hand. You then rub your hands together and the gel disappears into your skin cleaning your hands and killing the bacteria. It dries very quickly and after use my hands feel soft (the gel contains moisturiser) and clean and they smell fresh too as the gel also contains thyme and tea tree oil. It certainly beats the smell of dirty coins on my hands, which really is horrible. Whether the 99% of bacteria were in fact killed is impossible to say and, after handling coins that have been heaven knows where, I would want to give my hands a good wash before I touched food for example. Having said that I would certainly recommend this gel for a basic clean of the hands when you have no access to soap and water and even if it only kills some of the bacteria it's better than none isn't it? I always keep some in my bag.
There are many occasions in both my working and personal life where I need to wash my hands, but there are no soap and water facilities available for me to do so. Consequently, I always ensure that I keep a good hand gel in my handbag. A product that I have been using for the past few months is one belonging to Radox, which is a registered trademark of Sara Lee and this review discusses my experience of using Clean and Protect Hand Gel with thyme and tea tree oil. APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT We are presented with 50ml of gel, which is contained within a transparent plastic bottle with a flip up lid and as it measures only 3½ cm in width and 11 cm in height it takes up very little space, so can easily be stored in a handbag or pocket. The familiar green coloured logo of Radox is situated in the upper section and underneath we are advised that the gel will kill 99.9% of bacteria, which is one of the reasons why I purchased this particular product. On the lower section is an image of a flower and we are informed that the product contains added moisturiser and will clean hands with no water. When initially making my choice to purchase a good quality hand gel an array of bottles stood before me on the supermarket shelf. However, it was this product that considerably appealed to me due to the brightly coloured blue contents of the bottle. USING THE HAND GEL To use the gel you need to gently press down on the one side of the lid, which will subsequently raise the opposite side where you will see a fairly small opening. A word of warning here and that is to ensure you press the lid gently, as very often the force of it opening sprays a small amount of the gel from the dispenser. The consistency of the gel is slightly runny and presents a very refreshing and evident tea tree fragrance, which I can witness on my hands for several hours after use. The directions for use are that it be applied to dry hands and as soon as the gel makes contact with my warm skin it starts to slightly melt and I find that only a very small amount is needed to effectively cleanse both of my hands. My Mum has used hand gels for years and I was initially a little apprehensive about trying one of hers, which she offered me approximately twelve months ago, as I expected it to be sticky and leave a residue on my skin. However, this is most definitely not the case and whilst nothing can beat soap and warm water, this is the next best thing. The gel is very cooling when first applied and is easily absorbed into the skin where you simply need to rub your hands together as if you were washing them with soap and water. I was initially of the belief that the gel would take some time to dry, but I have been thrilled with the speedy results, particularly as it dries within seconds and leaves my hands thoroughly cleansed and fairly moisturised. I say "fairly" because I sometimes feel that my hands become a little dry if I have over used this product, so I then need to apply a little hand cream. OTHER INFORMATION If you follow my reviews you will be aware that I frequently experience sore and cracked hands, which are exacerbated by the colder weather. Unfortunately, I discovered the hard way and that is that this product is unsuitable if you suffer with any skin irritations, as the gel entered the broken skin and stung like mad, particularly as it contains alcohol. There is a considerably long list of ingredients, which I do not intend copying into this review, but I would recommend that if you suffer with any skin conditions that you check the rear of the bottle prior to purchase. The hand gel should be used within 24 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY I purchase my Radox Clean and Protect Hand Gel from Tesco and at the time of writing (9 January 2011) a 50ml bottle will cost you 90p, which in my opinion is superb value for money. Consequently, this product receives 5 stars together with my full recommendation. I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.