“ Brand: Radox / Type: Hand Wash / Suitable for: Hand / Dermatologically tested: yes „
After buying Tesco's own brand hand wash I decided to try something a little different which came in the form of Radox Clean and Replenish which was a little more expensive at £1.64 which made it almost a pound more than the hand wash I had previously been using, but was it worth it.
The packaging for the Radox was much nicer and the actual soap had a much more flattering cream colour to it. Upon first dispensing the soap the first thing I noticed was the smell of this hand wash. It smelled absolutely gorgeous! A blend of coconut I thought and butter cream made this smell lovely. It is smooth and blends into the hands nicely and feels very nice on the hands. After using it my hands felt lovely and soft and also smelled like the soap for about twenty minutes after which was good.
Other than the price of this hand wash I can see no real negatives for this anti-bacterial hand wash. Even though it is a little bit more, not that much, I do think that it is worth it and recommend it to anyone. It is sold in pretty much any supermarket.
("Radox that's better", is their slogan incase anyone was wondering about the title)
When I lived at home, you could always find Radox products in the bathroom. It became something I easily associated with my family, when it came to soap based products, you could guarantee that we would have Radox, be it shower gel, bubble bath or handwash. In more recent years it's product range has even grown to include deodorants. Ever since always using Radox at Mum and Dad's, I always tend to buy Radox products for my home too. I'm not sure if it's because it gives me that nostalgic family association, or whether it is because I like their products...although, if I'm honest, it's probably because they always tend to be in a 2 for 1 offer (or similar) at Tesco. Regardless, when I feel like splashing out (pun intended) on a little bit of bathroom indulgence, I always look for Radox for a relatively cheap solution.
When I think of Radox, I immediately think of relaxation and pampering, and it would be true to say that is part of it's ethos. It's products aren't just run of the mill daily soaps to clean you, they are they to offer something special: to relax, to indulge, to care for as well as revitalize and refresh. It is synonymous with natural ingredients and herbal recipes, giving the consumer a complete solution to maintaining hygiene and relaxation with natural and herbally effective products.
I usually go for the Radox anti-bacterial handwash, as I like to know that my hands are clean. I know soap does this anyway, but for total peace of mind that I won't catch botulism from whatever I touch (don't worry, I'm not that bad), but having 'anti-bacterial' in the product description, does satisfies my mild paranoia. However, I'm an artist and am more often than not working with materials that mess up my hands and dry them out: charcoals, paints, inks, plaster, you name it, whatever media I am using, my hands get covered in it (apart from photography, my camera is usually nice and clean), so I like to go for a cleaning solution that offers care too. This is where my trusty bottle of Radox Clean & Replenish handwash comes into play. The viscosity is thick and creamy, so it does the job of cleaning in a satisfactory way, I hate watery soaps that run through your fingers doing a bad job. The handwash creates a nice lather in your hands, which allows me to scrub and get rid of most paint and gumf with only one pump from the bottle. The scent is fruity (peach like) and very pleasant and the colour is peachy too. Having your hands covered in paint for the best part of the day leaves them prone to drying out, so as well as using hand creams, this handwash works well for maintaining a satisfactory level of moisturisation from it's two key ingredients...
Here comes the science part...
One of the most notable thing about this handwash is that it contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5. Vitamin E can be found in most vegetable oils (such as palm oil, sunflower, olive oil and well as nuts and seeds) and a lot of beauty products contain it. It is believed to have skin healing properties, even reducing scarring after burns, but this evidence isn't fully conclusive (a test carried out on this didn't show noticeable difference in skin health in 90% of patients studied). Provitamin B5 (panthenol) is used for it's moisturizing qualities (but mainly in hair products) and can also be used to treat mild burns...I would like to stress at this point, that if you burn yourself, it is not a good idea to dollop the handwash on it. Essentially, the 'healing' benefits in this product are very mild and are probably only mentioned on the bottle to help sell it. Whilst using the handwash you can feel a noticeable difference in softness, but this is probably true of most handwashes that have a low acidity (pH) level. If I use this handwash for a few days on the trot, then my hands do feel somewhat softer and less dry than before (but that could also be down to the weather, the central heating not drying them out, or me sitting with my hands in handcream...yeah right). Radox's products aren't tested on animals either, but their website states that their 'ingredients are tested when required by law', whatever that means...makes me say 'hmmmmm' with one eyebrow sticking up.
The handwash comes in a standard 300ml bottle that sits nicely on the side of the sink. It's base is sturdy and will remain standing when you push down the nozzle, to dispense the liquid soap in an easy manner, without over balancing, causing you fish it out of the sink with semi-soapy hands. This type of pushy down nozzle, tends to come as standard on most handwashes these days. One pump gives a nice amount of soap, not being too generous, making the bottle last a decent amount of time. The bottle is also clear (apart from the information and imagery printed onto it, obviously) so it's easy to see how much soap you have left.
Price & Availabilty:
Practically every supermarket and chemist stocks Radox products and in my experience this particular handwash is readily available. Frequently, there is also in some sort of promotion too, be it 2 for 1, or 3 for 2, so you can virtually guarantee a good offer in terms of cost. A bottle on it's own will cost in the region of £1.60, depending on where you buy it. I think this is a fair price as a bottle can usually last me just under a month (depending on how much art I'm creating and how messy I get).
I like this particular handwash from Radox. It cleans my hand, exactly as it says it would on the bottle, and it...well, I'm not sure if it 'replenishes' them as such. My hands certainly feel a lot more 'looked after' than they would had I used something else, like fairy liquid (ooo but doesn't that make hands that do dishes, feel as soft as your face? Anyway, I digress). But I wouldn't recommend this product to someone who is looking for a soap product to care for their hands alone, you could probably get better liquid soaps for that. So, as for a relatively cost effective solution to cleaning your hands, with a little bit of something else to make them feel that little bit softer, and little bit more moisturized, I would recommend this (it's handy if you like the smell of peach too).
For more information, go to: www.radox.co.uk
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2008
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A really nice one, this is.
Usually a carex fan, but bought this when it was on a 'Buy one, get one free promotion'.
This is a lovely creamy liquid with a delicious peachy aroma. It is such a pleasure to use it - it makes you think that you're using something really special during a pampering session, but of course it's only a £1.39 handwash from tescos !
I can't think of anything negative about it. It has a perfect consistency, not too runny and not lumpy thick. It also leaves hand smelling really nice and soft. I actually end up wash my hands longer with using this !
I'm really glad Radox has come out with this, as my hands are usually quite dry after washing, so this is definitely a life saver for my little mitts.
Before this, I have always only associated Radox with mens shower gels - obviously they've moved on, and I'm still behind with the times! But now I think I'll keep an eye out for their other products.
A luxurious pampering handwash for only £1.39 !
Radox are a well known brand that have been around for nearly 100 years, providing many products such as bubble baths, shower gels and handwashes. They have been around long enough to know what the consumer wants. If I see a Radox product on the shelf, I always know it is a brand that can be trusted with a high reputation. I'd say that's one of the reasons I first choose Radox's Clean & Replenish Handwash, I knew that although it was expensive, it was a brand I could trust. They sell themselves on pampering, relaxing and luxury products rather than your bogstandard products, they are definately a product to treat yourself with. I was quite shocked to find out that Radox is not available in America, being such a large brand.
The Radox Range
Radox have 6 ranges that their products come under. Radox Clean & Replenish comes under 'Moisturising, softening and caring' along with 11 other products including bath soaks, shower creams and 3 other handwashes, those being Clean & Pamper, Clean & Soften and Clean & Moisturise. Clean & Replenish is designed to replenish all the goodness in your skin that washing them can strip. It contains Vitamin E and provitamin B5, which leaves your hands feeling soft and replenished after use. There is also a Clean & Replenish Shower Cream and Bath Soak in the range, great for a full body pamper!
Look, Smell & Texture
Radox Clean & Replenish Handwash comes in a 300ml pump action bottle, which apart from getting the very last bit, is very useful. To get the last bit out, you need to unscrew the pump and tip it into your hands, a little bit annoying. It is a clear bottle, showing the colour of the handwash - a beige/peach colour, it looks fresh and appealing.
You can see through the bottle that the handwash is thick, rich and creamy, and when you put it on your hands you can feel that too, rather that it lathering up like a soap, it is just thick and creamy on your hands, ensuring it cares for them and enriches your hands with the wonderful Vitamin E and provitamin B5. To use the handwash, you only need a small amount as it is thick, it goes a long way, meaning the product lasts longer. Dampen your hands and squirt a small amount of the handwash into your hands and rub together cleaning all over the hands. It rubs nicely into your hands, sometimes it can prove a little difficult to wash off, so you have to make sure you rub your hands together under the tap, this is due to it being creamy, as you can imagine a cream is more difficult to wash off than just soap.
The handwash smells lovely a fruity and gives your handwashing an uplifting experience but is not overpowering or sickly, its a fresh fruity smell, it smells quite peachy with some hints of pineapple in. It smells good enough to eat. Several hours after washing your hands you are still able to smell the subtle fragrance of the handwash. Overall the look, texture and smell makes the handwash very appealing to me.
Why use it?
Although people think it is the face, your hands are the area on your body that age the quickest, this is mostly due to the fact that this area is neglected and washing your hands, although removing dirt and cleaning them is actually bad for your skin! You're washing all the good oils and moisture out of your skin resulting in dry, tight skin and ensuring that wrinkles appear faster and more distinct. Most people just wash their hands with soap or a standard handwash but this will just age your hands. Radox Clean & Replenish contains ingredients that nourish your skin and rather than removing your good oils, it provides more nourishment and replenishs anything that has been removed, meaning it cares for your hands whilst cleansing them.
Effects on your hands
This particular bottle of Radox handwash is enriched with Vitamin E, provitamin B5, Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Calendula to leave your hands feeling soft replenished.
What do these do for my skin?
Vitamin E - This is great for heeling and regenerating new skin cells. It is great for skin with ecezma, as it has heeling and soothing properties. It has antioxidant properties and helps make skin appear softer, more radiant and youthful as it produces collagen and helps with skin elasticity helping to plump out wrinkles. It also has moisturising effects on the skin.
Provitamin B5 - Panthenol is the alcohol analog of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and is thus the provitamin of B5. It is a natural ingedient that your body produces anyway. It is frequently used for treatment of sunburns, mild burns and minor skin disorders, proving it has a soothing effect and in cosmetics it is used as a moisturiser. So Provitamin B5 is soothing and moisturising to your skin.
Chamomile - Known as a calming and sleep inducing herb. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that are soothing for damaged, dry and sensitive skin.
Aloe Vera - A natural moisturiser with anti-inflammatory properties for soothing inflammed skin.
Calendula - Widely used to relieve sore or inflammed skin. It has anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
The handwash is pH balanced and dermalogically tested making it suitable for sensitive skin and ensuring it is not too harsh on your delicate hands. The handwash is perfect for anyone wanting to care for their hands, suffering from dry, damaged, chapped or sensitive skin on their hands.
I'm a beauty therapist and most people who come for hand treatments, such as manicures have problems and ageing with their hands due to washing their hands with just water, or soap and water and a handwash that strips the skin. As a beauty therapist I would recommend this handwash for caring for your skin. Many handwashes and soap are alkaline based products. The skin has an acid pH so if alkaline products are used on it, the acid mantle will be disturbed. The acid mantle is the protective layer of goodness and oils on your skin and also discourages bacteria and fungi, so you don't want to remove this. It will take several hours for this protective film to be restored. If this is damaged your skin can be left dry, damaged or even irritated and sensitive. Radox Clean & Replenish isn't an alkaline based product, therefore it doesn't disturb the acid mantle and doesn't irritate or dry your hands.
Sometimes we all need some TLC and The handwash doesn't lather up, it's rich and creamy, which you can feel whilst washing your hands and afterwards. After using the handwash on your hands, they feel soft like a babies bottom, moisturised rather than dry and tight, which is a horrible feeling and they appear less wrinkly, due to the skin no longer being dehydrated and lacking moisture and its good oils. You don't have to worry about applying moisturiser afterwards either, as they will already feel like they have been moisturised.
My hands are always tight and dry, due to my job I'm always having to wash my hands and they are always dryed out so it's nice to come home and use this handwash on them to replenish all the goodness that has been lost throughout the day. I also suffer from Ecezma, and it doesn't irriate this or make it sting and feel uncomfortable, it helps to soothe it, due to the content of Vitamin E. After continual use of this handwash you really do start to notice the difference in how soft and moisturised your hands are feeling, as you are only having to replace a small amount of loss rather than it all everytime.
The subtle fragrance of the handwash lasts for several hours afterwards, meaning your hands feel fresh and clean for some time afterwards, the less you have to wash your hands the better for them. They also don't dry out, and they remain soft and moisturised until the next time you wash them.
Is it Anti-bacterial?
I am a fan of this handwash as it is kind to your hands, but one bad point, which I see as quite a big one when choosing a handwash is that it is not Anti-bacterial. This is why alot of the time I will choose Radox Clean & Protect over Clean & Replenish, as Clean & Protect is still soothing to your hands and is Anti-bacterial, a big thing I think when washing your hands. I think what's the point in washing your hands if germs are still going to remain. A normal handwash may rinse off some germs, but not the tough ones - the more dangerous ones. Sometims if Radox handwashes are on offer, which quite often they are, I will buy both Clean & Protect and Clean & Replenish and squirt a bit of each one into my hands and mix them together, meaning I get the best of both handwashes, this can however prove costly if the handwashes are not on offer.
Who is it suitable for?
There are many Radox ranges available, so you will always find the perfect match for your skin. Radox Clean & Replenish is for dry, damaged, sensitive, ageing skin. Whatever your skin type you can use this and it will be kind and caring to your skin. It can be used on anyone from adults to children. It is also suitable for use when pregnant, even though it contains essential oils, as they are not pure Radox assure you this is okay to use.
Price & Availability
For a 300ml bottle you are looking to pay approximately between £1.50 and £1.90 depending where you purchase it from. I get mine from Sainsbury's and that costs me £1.66, but other supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda can charge a little less. It is widely available in all supermarkets, drug stores such as Boots and Superdrug and I have also heard it's available in Wilkinsons for quite a reduced price. You can also purchase the handwash from several websites on the internet, but I tend to find you are more likely to pay nearer to £1.90 along with postage and packaging and you also have to then wait for the item to be delivered so I don't find this worth it. Quite regularly supermarkets and Superdrug have offers on Radox products, such as buy one get one free, as those happen quite often, you are probably best off waiting for one of those to come round and get a few in stock or even trying my little tip of using both Clean & Protect and Clean & Replenish.
Radox products are not tested on animals nor do they contain ingredients directly derived from animals, but they do sometimes contain ingredients derived from milk. The bottle is recyclable and should be used within 12 months of purchase, this isn't a problem as once open the product only lasts about 2 months depending on usage.
Although this is a great handwash, I would prefer if it was Anti-bacterial. I would definately buy this handwash everytime over any others if it was also Anti-bacterial. It seems to be more for women than men, but men should care for their hands too. I would however recommend this handwash to anyone who is not too fussy if it is Anti-bacterial or not and people with dry, damaged or sensitive skin, or just generally wanting to care for their hands.
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With vitamin E and provitamin B5, leaves your hands feeling replenished / With a blend of natural herbs & minerals / Radox is made with over 50 years of expertise in sourcing and blending herbs and minerals / pH balanced / /