“ Brand: Safemate / Type: Hand Gel / Suitable for: Hand „
I acquired this particular product when Asda sent it to my mama in place of some hand soap she had ordered with her online shopping. I've never done my grocery shopping online but she tells me that they regularly won't have the exact item you order in and will send you an alternative which is sometimes better and sometimes not as good. On this occasion the hand soap she wanted for her bathroom was replaced with this hand sanitiser gel which she didn't want. (I should probably explain at this stage that in Nottingham 'yer mama' is your grandmother on your dads side of the family, whereas 'yer nana' is your grandmother on your mums side. Is this specific to Notts or do you do this in other places?)
I have a general public facing job, and sometimes people I help want to shake hands. I don't really like touching people I don't know very well as I'm a bit of a germaphobe and you always hear these stories about how people don't wash their hands after going to the toilet, so I always have sanitiser in my handbag for such occasions!
The bottle is small at 57ml and fits easily into my handbag without taking up too much space. In fact sometimes I have to dig about to find it! The lid is a 'snaptop' and stays secure in my bag without leaking. Personally I find the snaplid very convenient as it stays secure but is easy to use, a screw lid might be difficult to get the lid back on if your hands were covered in product. The bottle is clear and the liquid inside is also clear. You can always see how much product you've got left, which is useful
The front of the bottle has the company logo and says that it kills 99.9% of bacteria. The back of the bottle has some information, but it is hard to read as it is quite small and the see-through bottle makes it tricky. It lists the ingredients and directions for use, which is to use a thumbsized amount and rub hands together briskly!
There are some warnings on the bottle, namely don't eat it, don't get it into your eyes and other common sense pointers. It also warns that the product is very flammable and can discolour fabrics or surfaces. I'm yet to get it on any surfaces or set it on fire, so I can't comment on either of these. This product is about 62% alcohol so I can see why the warnings are in place.
The product smells like alcohol/chemicals, but this doesn't bother me. There is a bit of a nozzle so you can always squirt out as much as you need and I never find it coming out too quickly so it's good value for money. It is quite a slippery product and if you're on an angle it slides down your hands! I always find it a good idea to rub it into your hands quickly as it can dry quite soon after application. The product absorbs within seconds and doesn't leave hands feeling wet or sticky. In fact your hands feel quite normal straight away (they just smell a bit like a shot of alcohol for a short while!)
Overall, it's probably psychological but having the sanitiser to hand (if you'll pardon the pun) makes me feel that my hands are clean and hygienic. They're certainly useful and convenient to have if you're in a situation where you want to wash your hands but there isn't a sink nearby. They can also be useful if you're visiting somebody in hospital, or if you're trying to avoid an illness. I used my sanitiser when my partner was ill as I was worried I'd catch his sore throat. I didn't catch it, although I'm not sure if that was 100% down to the safemate! I would advise against using too frequently as lots of chemicals can't be good for the body, and I wouldn't recommend immediately before food as it might transfer onto the food and end up being ingested, which again wouldn't do you much good.
I keep this in my handbag and use when required, maybe once or twice a day. It makes me feel good to know it's there if I want it and when used occasionally it can help you stay clean and hygienic. This particular brand has a good bottle design and I would certainly buy again.
Review of Safemate Hand Sanitising Gel
Hand sanitisers are pretty big business in the UK these days. Whether people have become more hygiene conscious or whether we are paranoid about germs, I wouldn't like to say, but the fact remains, most people will have used a product of this nature at some point.
Safemate Hand Sanitising Gel is presented in a clear plastic bottle with a flip top lid. The bottle contains 57ml of gel and all instructions, advice and warning are printed on a clear sticker type label.
I bought my Safemate from my local Poundland store where I was able to purchase a blister pack containing 2 x 57ml bottles for just £1.
The gel kills 99.99% Of Bacteria, without needing any soap or water. This makes the product ideal for me when travelling. The gel is very pleasantly scented, it has a fairly disinfectant-like aroma, with an almost fruity under note. I like the scent very much and feel it is suitable for both women and men to use.
The gel rubs in very well and only a small amount is necessary to cover both hands. The gel dries quickly leaving no trace of dampness, stickiness or residue on the skin. After using this gel my hands feel refreshed and clean.
Considering this is an alcohol based hand rub, surprisingly Safemate gel does not dry out the skin, perhaps the addition of vitamin E and aloe Vera to help retain suppleness and moisture.
**Warnings, ingredients and Advice**
Safemate recommend a thumbnail sized amount of gel is enough for cleaning and adults hands.
They also recommend that children be supervised when using and that persons with broken skin conditions on their hands should avoid using.
The product is designed for use on the hands only.
Ingredients: - Active ingredient Ethyl Alcohol 62%.
Inactive ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Trienthanolamine, Carbomer, Parfum, Aloe Barbadensis, Tocopheryl Acetate, d-Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral.
Safemate advise that this product can be used in any situation where you need to wash/clean your hands.
**My Thoughts and Conclusion**
I would recommend Safemate Hand Sanitising Gel to others. The small sized bottle makes it easy to carry around and it has proven invaluable to me when travelling in our motorhome. I usually carry a bottle with me when we walk the dog; it is small enough to slip into a pocket. After clearing up after the dog, it is nice to be able to quickly clean your hands afterwards and know that you are germ free and hygienic. I've also found this useful in public toilets, where sometimes the soap and towel/hand dryer facilities can be somewhat lacking. I would imagine that Mothers would find this useful for nappy changing when on the move and in a multitude of situation where clean hands are required in fact!
£1 for two bottles is a tiny price to pay for hygiene and I fully endorse this product to others.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 July 2012
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I've always felt the need to keep my hands clean, having OCD somewhat which isn't always a good thing but then it does mean I get to use projects like this and review them!
This hand sanitising gel is just one of the many products Safemate make in this sort of range. The one which I am reviewing today however is asmall bottle of 57ml of cucumber and melon scented hand sanitising gel. The bottle is approximately 10cm tall and 4cm wide. The bottle has a green lid (probably with the scent of the sanitiser being cucumber and melon, both of which are green) but the main bottle is see-through, as is the gel. There is a picture of cucumber and melon at the bottom of the sticker on the front of the bottle, along with the logo for Safemate. The bottle also advertsises that it kills 99.99% of bacteria.
The back of the bottle has directions for use (put a thumbnail size of the gel on you hands and rub together until dry - no need to use water!), an ingredients list and a list of warnings. There is also an expiry date and the warning that it should be used within 12 months. With me around, it would barely last 12 days though! Yes, I can be a little obsessive over using it!
Now, for my opinion of the product. When you open it, I wouldn't say it smells overly of cucumber or of melon to be honest. It just smells like a fruity hand gel, not much different to the other varieties out there. It does smell faintly of alcohol but then that suggests that the product is going to be strong enough to work which to me is a good thing. This smell doesn't come across too strongly when you're actually using the product. Once it has been rubbed in, it smells slightly less strong and soon fades to pretty much no scent at all after a few minutes. When rubbing it in, it is fairly runny and rubs in fairly easily which I think is a good thing because this means it is easy and quick to use. It is recommended that children are supervised when using this product and I could see why, given that it smells a little like something they might want to eat. When it has been used, I find that it makes my hands feel cleaner than they were before and generally seem cleaner for longer which suggests that the product is doing it's job as a hand sanitiser. Given the price of this product as well (50p per bottle) I would say this is extremely good value, working out at 25p per week for me.
Overall I would say that this product is fairly reasonable. It comes in a reasonably sized bottle and would probably last me about 2 weeks. I have a dog that I regularly walk and we all know dogs prefer to empty their bowels on walks, meaning I need to pick up their mess. Then, they insist on getting their owners to throw the muddiest stick they can find. Naturally, I would therefore say I use this gel quite a bit on dog walks making sure my hands are bacteria free. You never know quite what could be in 'mud' after all, do you?