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I'm not commonly a supporter of the Carex hand washes, I'm not also interested in the scents. Nonetheless I've been hearing reviews about their 'Chocolate Orange' and 'Strawberry Laces' hand washes. Although buying in Tesco lately I discovered the Carex hand washes at half price on offer, decreased from £1.80 to 90 pence each, I really decided to get one to use. I'd a number of Terry's Chocolate Oranges in my own wagon anyhow, and thus that's likely what caused me to buy them!
The Chocolate Lemon hand-wash will come in a jar, the bottle so you can easily see just how much hand wash you've left, itself is distinct. The handwash itself is actually a thick consistency that is magnificent, and it's really bright red in shade. This smells totally heavenly, adequate to consume essentially! This smells exactly like candy lime, delicious nice and chocolatey yet orangey. This won't smell synthetic in any way, it smells similar to the true thing (nicely an actual Terry's Chocolate Lemon anyway!!). As he's not really a chocolate lover, it's a really nice fragrance nevertheless and so not everyone will require to it, my spouse is not too thinking about the perfume.
One pump with this hand wash is sufficient to effectively wash my hands, it lathers up very well on my hands with just a small amount of water. It is definitely very gentle also my palms does not dry up like some hand washes may, even with constant use that is daily. This leaves my hands completely clean. This leaves my palms experiencing charming and delicate, and sensing absolutely divine, along with the candy lemon fragrance remains on my fingers for absolutely ages after washing them, actually I quite often hook myself merely sniffing my fingers from time to time after I Have used this hand wash! I like this it's an anti bacterial hand-wash.
I'dn't wait to recommend this handwash, and that I'll definitely purchase it again. I do believe it's basically a serious wintery and joyous aroma as I often seem to chocolate pears with Holiday.
The bottle is grip the bottle and curved in the middle which makes it a lot easier to pick up. The full bottle including the pump to dispense the hand wash is made from durable plastic that is tough - the pump is also very simple to wriggle and activate for first use. Another significant variable for me as well into washing my daughter's hands as discussing she was how successful this would be at killing germs - because nobody likes a handwash that merely smells nice! Particularly with winter I need something to fight off the seasonal bugs.
One thing I didn't enjoy very much about the hand wash was merely how watery the liquid is - the greatest was I can describe it is a rather heavy gel... to me when in use due to the wateryness you do not believe your hands are receiving the finest clean but I assume as the product is aimed at children and children aren't huge supporters of hand wash it is a victor!
Further information given in the back label tells you the handwash has added moisturisers, supports skins dermalogically tested for skin kindness and antibacterial shields. For all those who don't use their handwash as frequently as me and my daughter you'll be pleased to learn this particular brand has a shelf life of 18 months that's very good. A nice little bonus printed in the back is the fact that it tells you the product is not food and you can not eat it - oh... but it smells so damn yummy!
For use this hand wash is very straight forward - for first time use wriggle the pump to activate - you simply press down with one hand that will dispense the liquid into your other hand and it pops up. You're then advsied to wash your hands for about fifteen seconds with hot water to get the gain. You then rinse with tepid to warm water. During use you find the pump works well unlike another hand washes I have really tried in the past.
At first I was just a little bit undecisive on wheather I would really think this smells like Chocolate Orange as I can imagine they would get the odor right... only like Terrys Chocolate Orange smells like... Althought I liked the Strawberry Laces aroma to me it did not quite smell like strawberry laces... Yet much to my surprise I actually don't believe the can do anything to strengthen the aroma on this one - perfect - only like Terrys Chocolate Orange! If a great lover of chocolates or oranges are not you, this hand wash may not be for you although I enjoy it!
Everyone with children within their families should have at least one bottle with this in their house - it makes me feel better knowing my child really needs to scrub her hands more frequently which gives me assurance that she won't be as phrone to picking up as many winter bugs! The smell as absolutly amazing and immediately appeals to chocolate lovers... it lingers on your own skin for ages after washing and you discover yourself always sniffing your hands. Just under two weeks after and my chocolate orange hand wash is nearly concluded... We never finish hand wash that fast in this house... For 88p theres nothing whatsoever to complain about if I can only just get this on full price and I'm sure I am going to buy it again in future!
When I started toilet training my daughter I wanted to make it as fun as possible for her in order that she wouldn't find it so daunting as she is the sort of child who will either like something or hate it straight away and trying to change her mind can be a long and slow process. Therefore, when I got everything ready for her to start going to the toilet like a big girl I even made sure she had her own handwash.
Of course there are lots of different types out there, ones to cleanse, ones that kill bacteria and the posh ones which just smell nice and come in nice bottles. I therefore when out in the supermarket gave my daughter a choice of 2 so she could be the 'big girl' and pick her own. She decided to choose the Carex Complete Chocolate Orange (she could have chosen the strawberry laces variety which I've already tried and tested).
The Carex Complete range of handwashes are all based on sweets which is quite nice but despite their calorie free aromas they are still made with the same formula which helps to remove dirt, grime and germs. Not only is it antibacterial but it also contains moisturisers to help keep the skin feeling soft whilst being protected all at the same time. According to Carex "it Cleans, Cares and Protects, so you and your family can feel free to "Live Life Hands On".
The handwash itself comes in a square transparent plastic bottle which has a pump action top. Because the bottle is transparent you can clearly see the bright orange liquid which is no doubt why my daughter chose this one! On the front of the bottle there is the Carex logo together with the product name and the image of chocolate and oranges. On the reverse of the bottle there is information about the handwash itself, the extensive list of ingredients, warnings and contact information for Carex.
The smell of this handwash is amazing, it smells exactly the same as Terrys Chocolate Orange yet it is good for you and calorie free! Now although it does linger on your skin once you've washed it off, it isn't strong enough to be overpowering so you won't walk around smelling like you've just eaten a Terry's Chocolate Orange! My daughter however just seems to like the smell and is far too young to connect it to one specific thing but apparently it smells "yummy" which helps encourage her to wash her hands.
To use you only need to use the pump once as more than enough orange liquid is released and any more would just be wasting it as once mixed with water it froths up in a nice white lather and easily covers your skin. Once rinsed off you are not left with a residue but instead left with clean hands that smell amazing! My daughter knows how to use the pump and has now become an expert at washing her hands and is now excited to do so once going to the toilet which for me is a plus as it seems she knows the process of going to the toilet and washing her hands.
I use the handwash on a daily basis and I find that despite the strong aroma of chocolate orange it is incredibly mild on the skin. I can suffer with sensitive skin but this hasn't irritated it at all nor has it irritated my daughter's skin. I really do think this handwash is lovely and my daughter loves using it too which can only be a bonus especially when not only trying to teach her to go to the toilet property but also to wash her hands afterwards to help eradicate germs and other nasties.
Overall, this is definitely a great handwash. I cannot find fault with it at all and therefore can easily give it 5 stars.
== Product Information ==
Price: From £1 upwards
Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores, pharmacies etc.
Carex Chocolate and Orange handwash
This was one of three hand washes from this range that I bought recently. I vastly prefer this to the cola one. This one smells just like orange matchmakers.
This comes in a clear plastic recyclable 250ml container with a push pump dispenser. The product is a transparent orange colour and can be clearly seen through the container.
The Carex quality is there and it states it is anti bacterial and kills 99.9% of all known bacteria. Not sure how they know and which is the 0.01% that manages to get through.
The pump is easy to get going but to me it gives a bit too much of the product with one pump. I use a short half pump usually and have plenty. The other issue I have with the pump is that it dribbles a bit more out and onto the basin side which is wasteful and messy. It doesn't matter what i do it manages to dribble that extra bit out after I have moved my hand.
I find that I need to dispense the product onto dry hands as once they are wet the product just kind of slips around and doesn't stick to my skin and then slips off rather than lathering up . I put the stuff on, wash my hands dry then rinse off as it lathers and that works best. This is different to how I use a bar soap as then I wet my hands and then grab the soap and lather then rinse. You just have to get used to getting the product onto your hands while dry.
The smell is really, really good. It smells good enough to eat and if my eyes had been closed and someone asked me to guess what I was smelling, I would have answered 'chocolate matchmakers' or terry's Choc orange as that is exactly how it smells. The scent lasts for quite a little while once my hands are dry which is quite pleasant.
We have this one in our ensuite bathroom so I don't tend to use it to wash off kitchen smells or garden hands. It is generally only used for after toilet visits up there so I can't say how it cleans really muddy or dirty hands or how it copes with kitchen cooking smelling hands either.
The product lathers well and has not dried my hands out, nor has it caused any skin irritation to my hands. The product is an effective hand wash that promises to kill lots of nasties that might make us ill.
I think this is one I would buy again when on special offer but not sure I would pay extra for it. It does a good job of hand washing and smells like something I could eat.
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I love the scent of both chocolate and range, so when I heard about the existence of this handwash, I knew I had to try it. I had been slightly disappointed with the Cola Bottles handwash from this range, but I didn't let that put me off.
This is part of Carex's Family Favourites' range, which also includes the Cola Bottles that I have tried before, and Strawberry Laces, which I have in my list to try. This range was designed by Carex to give children a favourite scent to encourage handwashing.
The packaging is clear and through it you can see the bright orange coloured liquid. Judging by the colour of the handwash, I was expecting it to be more orange scented rather than chocolate orange, but this doesn't seem to be the case. As soon as you squirt some of the gel onto your hands, you can detect the chocolate orange scent of this handwash, and you can really smell it while you are washing your hands. It's not as strong a scent as the Cola Bottles one, but it is still a nice scent. I also found that this does linger after you wash your hands, unlike the Cola Bottles which disappeared as soon as I dried my hands.
While this product claims to have added moisturisers, I didn't feel that my hands were more moisturised after using this, though maybe as it's aimed at those that are physically younger than me, maybe it has more of an effect on smaller hands? This does have the claim of killing 99.9% of bacteria in seconds and to support the skin's natural antibacterial defences. It is also dermatologically tested.
I think that these handwashes are a fantastic idea for those with young families, as the sweet smell does encourage children to wash their hands more. I am an adult without any children, but I am definitely a child at heart, so these handwashes also appeal to me. These retail for around £1.80, but are often on offer, I paid 92p for mine, which I consider a good price for a handwash that lasts a few weeks.
For more information and hand washing tips visit www.carex.co.uk
We always use liquid soap in our house as I actually prefer it to the bars of soap. I always have a soap in the downstairs loo as that's probably the loo that is used the most often and using liquid soap is nice and easy, not to mention quick. I've tried all sorts of different types and usually prefer to use the Dove brand but I was persuaded to try this chocolate orange one from Carex because my daughter said she loved the colour and it was on offer at only 79p for a 250ml bottle (as opposed to the usual price of £1.29).
I must admit, I wasn't too keen on the sound of the fragrance combination - who wants to have their hands smell of chocolates or oranges? I have had this is the bathroom for a couple of weeks now and I still cannot get used to the smell. In fact, after using the downstairs loo, I will actually go upstairs to wash my hands as I really don't like the smell this liquid soap laves on my skin after I have used it. Both my daughter and my husband really love it but I just don't like the odd smell.
In terms of it being an effective soap and for keeping hands clean and germ free, then I have no problems. I think it foams really well and rinses off perfectly, leaving no stickiness or residue on the hands after I have used it. However, I just cannot seem to get past the fact that I really dislike the smell. One the plus side, it does state that it kills up to 99.9% of germs and bacteria but I know that once this bottle has been used up that I won't be buying another.
Recommended as a hand cleanser but only if you love the smell of food on your hands afterwards. Not for me.
A while ago I was in Tesco and this handwash was 85p. So I put my Freddo back and put this in my basket instead because I am trying to lose weight. And it was 15p cheaper than a Freddo anyway it is really ridiculous how expensive Freddos are getting these days!
The hand wash is in a pump dispenser and you have to twist it to get it active so it doesn't leak! The contents is a bright orange and it soaps up well with water. I have never washed my hands without water so i don't know what it would be like without water as well!
The consistency is a bit too runny but that is ok. A bit too much comes out all at once though.
The smell is the selling point and it really does smell like orange and chocolate. It reminds me of Christmas and receiving Terry's chocolate oranges. To be honest i am not sure why I bought this (aside from the price) because I hate the smell and taste of chocolate orange, Terry can keep it!
Anyway the bottle says it kills 99.9% of bacteria and it is cheap as chips (Not as Freddos!) so that's good enough for me. Will be looking for the coca cola one in future though!
Carex is a nice brand and I have bought this hand wash a few times mainly because my grandchildren like it a lot. I also like it and it is worth the price. We tend to use liquid washes and hand soaps in our home and like to just pick up soaps on offer or ones we like a lot. This is one of our favourites.
It comes housed in a clear plastic bottle and it has a pump dispenser. The wash is an orange colour and a thick liquid which is rich and quite soft. It has a nice orange smell to it and smells of chocolate which also has a sweet smell to it. The orange smell is quite strong. The smell of this wash does help encourage my younger grandchildren to wash their hands after using the toilet because they love the smell of it and like to use it. They always wash their hands after using the toilet but the smell of this wash just encourages them more to wash them without having to prompt them.
Just one or two pumps is enough to lather on the hands well indeed and the few pumps is enough to foam well on the hands. It smells really nice while washing them and has lots of bubbles. Feels a creamy wash too on the skin, also soft and smooth.
It removes any dirt or grease from the hands really well indeed. My hands are sometimes quite greasy and dirty when I arrive home and I always wash my hands before sitting down for my dinner. The wash removes grease from my hands extremely well indeed without having to use a lot of the wash. Sometimes when they are really oily from doing any DIY jobs in my garage I do have to wash my hands twice but this happens no matter which wash I use but this wash removes the oil good enough.
My grandchildren's hands can be quite messy after eating their munchies at my home and their treats. The wash removes any sticky foods from their hands really well indeed and it removes them without them having to wash their hands twice to remove it.
Even though it has lots of foam and bubbles it is really easy to rinse it from the skin and doesn't take a long time at all. Takes seconds to rinse it so you don't need to use a lot of water.
After drying the hands it leaves a nice chocolate orange smell on the skin and doesn't dry the skin. My grandchildren's hands are really soft after using this wash and my skin too. No rashes have occurred on our skins so this wash is worth buying for my families skin.
It kills 99.9% of bacteria on the skin and although we are never completely sure if this is true I do think it removes bacteria well indeed and as much as it possibly could remove the bacteria.
It is a good price and I paid only £1 for a 250ml bottle and for this price this product is worth it. Not only for the way it washes hands but also for the smell of it which is really worth the price too.
This wash is a product I recommend to others, I will buy it again because it is a favourite wash for washing hands in my house. If my grandchildren enjoy washing their hands with this wash it is a bonus and a way of encouraging them to wash their hands regularly.
I rate it 5 stars.
To be honest I was a bit dubious about this when I first saw it. We have tried the other new flavours such as strawberry laces but I was a bit worried about smelling of chocolate but we as a family are converts!
We always have a hand wash at the bathroom sink and kitchen sink so thought we'd try it first at the kitchen sink before deciding if it was worthy of a place in the bathroom :)
Like all carex hand wash it comes in a handy pump action bottle which always works well. Some of the cheaper supermarket brands I find the pump action often doesn't work which is very annoying. But this always does. I find Carex ones are good for the skin too and don't leave my skin too dry like some of the other brands. They leave my skin feeling soft and moisturised.
Anyway it smells divine, just the right balance of chocolate with a bit of orange so it doesn't make your hands smell totally of melted chocolate. The dispenser puts out just the right amount of liquid for hand washing, not too much or little so the bottle lasts a while. We are a family of four and a bottle lasts around a week or two.
It would be better if they made these bottles in different sizes so you could have a family sized one but I suppose it wouldn't fit so well on the sink then. At the moment they seem to be on offer in all good retailers either half price at around 85p or bogof so its worth giving it a try especially if you are a chocolate orange fan, get the smell without the calories :)
I was in Tesco yesterday with my wife and they had this on offer. 86p which is a great deal to start off with. I hid the label and removed the top and asked my wife to sniff it, her first reaction was "Wow that smells really nice. What is it?". I said "Chocolate orange" to which she said "I thought so, that smells really nice". To be honest with her, she isn't wrong (for once :))
This out of all three (cola bottles, strawberry laces) really smells the best and does smell exactly like a chocolate orange does.
The makers are Cussons who produce Imperial Leather and the Original Source shower gels/hand washes. So they have a knack for adding great smells to their products.
It comes in a 250ml bottle with pump action nozzle. The contents looks bright orange in colour. When you unscrew the top you can smell the orange more but the smell of it together with chocolate is delish!
The hand wash states that it kills 99.9% of bacteria within seconds. When using it, the smell is great and more over powering than the cola bottles one that I tried. The smell stayed on my hands for longer and once tried, I could still smell the chocolate orange. But its not too sick in smell.
It is a great way to encourage kids to wash their hands, and I think this smell is more for the adults than the kids. So its a great family product.
So out of this and the cola bottles, go with this one is my verdict. A good all-rounder with a nice smell and long lasting.
I'm reviewing our Carex Chocolate Orange Hand wash.
It comes in a plastic pump bottle containing 100ml of handwash.
=WHY I BOUGHT THIS ONE=
After reading good reviews on this on dooyoo I thought I'd try it for our two toddlers, knowing that the bright colour and chocolate smell would attract them to use it.
=USING and MY OPINION=
The handwashes I use in the bathroom tend to be floral in fragrance and always either a bland colour in a see through bottle, or else just housed in what kids would class as a dull looking bottle.
This is definitely not dull looking.
The colour is gorgeous and immediately catches the eye by being a glowing orange/amber and very attractive to children .
The bottle is clear plastic and is nice and chunky with a bit of a curved 'waist' in the middle for ease of grip if you need to lift it with wet hands .
It has a pump dispenser which becomes active and set to go once you twist the top slightly.
It smells totally of chocolate orange and you really can't mistake it for anything else even if you hadn't read the name on the bottle .
The picture of chocolate and an orange on the label leaves you in no doubt regarding the fragrance.
The main reason I bought this was to encourage Conal to wash his hands after using the bathroom. His sister is fastidious but Conal is more laid back and careless and I caught him out a few times not washing his hands. Knowing he hates full toilet supervision during every toilet trip I threatened him with that and he was not a happy boy. So seeing the good reports on this Carex handwash on dooyoo and ciao I picked some up in Tesco, hoping the smell and colour would attract Conal to it and make hand washing less of a chore to him .
It worked. One use supervised by me and he was hooked and now the hand washing is prolonged and thorough by both children.
The handwash itself is a good consistency, not runny in the least and not so thick that it feels gloopy and nasty.
Carex advise two pumps for a normal handwash, which in my experience is an accurate 'dosage' .
A thorough hand wash lasting around 15 seconds is advised and my two little ones have no problem with that when using this ,and in fact they go way beyond the 15 seconds because the smell of chocolate orange has them totally hooked on the hand washing procedure now.
I have to admit it really smells good and I'm happy to use it myself because unlike some gimmicky items it is good quality, lathers up really well, and leaves my hands thoroughly clean and "99.9% bacteria free".
It also contains moisturisers , which might not be essential to children , but is always a bonus for us adults.
In my opinion the pump is excellent quality. Our bottle is two thirds used up and so far the pump has caused no problems by blocking or sticking. Plus the top of the pump is a decent width and ergonomically designed with a pleasing curved top that makes pressing down on it comfortable, unlike some pumps .
I really can't fault this handwash and I'm delighted to see that it is only 85p in Tesco at present (until Nov 11th 2013),so I'm going to stock up and try the strawberry laces and cola bottle ones if they are available, to avoid the kids becoming bored with one flavour/fragrance.
Would I recommend this ? A resounding yes. It really does encourage children's hygiene routine ,and even for chocolate loving adults with no children around it will bring a smile using it, due to the strong chocolate orange aroma.
I see no reason not to give this product a 5 star rating.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was helpful ~~~myloh.
I buy lots of different brands of hand wash, shops own brands and branded ones. I am not loyal to any brand and usually just either buy one I haven't bought before or one I have bought before and like a lot. This one I hadn't bought before so thought it was worth a go.
The wash comes inside a transparent plastic bottle which has a pump dispenser. It is very easy to press it to release the liquid onto the hands. It doesn't drip from the bottle so all good.
It is a thick, rich liquid and really smooth and soft. It is a nice orange colour and it does look really refreshing inside the bottle. The first time I used the wash I was really amazed how strong the fragrance actually turned out to be. It smells of chocolate orange like the Terry's chocolate and smells really nice. I love the smell of the scent quite a lot. It is very different to other scents and quite unique in my opinion. It is a fairly sweet smelling fragrance and one I think is suitable for all the family to use. My little grandchildren love washing their hands with this wash because they love the smell of chocolate and orange too. I would say it is an equal smell of both ingredients and one isn't more apparent than the other.
It lathers really well and creates lots of bubbles and foam on the hands. You don't need much of the liquid to create this amount of bubbles. Just a couple of pumps is well enough and anymore of the liquid isn't necessary with this hand wash. A little does go a very long way.
It does feel really soft between the fingers and feels smooth, soft and quite rich. It removes dirt really well and cleans the hands perfectly to leave them feeling nice and soft. This liquid does feel luxurious while washing the hands compared to some other scents in this range. Some of the other fragrances from the range to me don't always feel as luxurious as this fragrance but the brand is a very good one and most of the range is extremely good.
It contains added moisturisers to help soften the skin. It also claims to kill 99% of germs and bacteria on the hands too.
The wash doesn't leave my skin feeling all dry or rough, my skin feels soft enough but I always use a hand cream to help soften my skin because my skin is really dry and I need to use a hand cream or lotion to help it feel comfortable. I could get away with not using a lotion when I use this wash because like I said it doesn't dry my skin too much.
For a 250ml bottle I paid just £1.80, I think for this price it is good value for money and well worth the price in my opinion.
The quality of the wash is incredibly good and excellent. I like the tiny amount I need to use to wash my hands. It is also very easy to rinse from the hands in no time at all.
I don't think you can go wrong with this hand soap. It is affordable for most budgets and a worthwhile purchase. It is going to be one of my favourite soaps I am going to buy on a regular basis because I love it. The scent is amazing and not a clinical scent. The aroma is excellent for a bathroom or kitchen.
I can smell the fragrance on my hands after washing and it does have staying power, unlike some other brands.
A good family hand wash which is suitable for both sexes in my opinion and not just a feminine one.
I am very happy with the results this one gives for cleaning my hands and my little grandchildren and myself haven't experienced any rashes or irritations on our skins since using this soap.
I highly do recommend this brand and fragrance, it is a change from some other scents and quite unique and very different. I will buy it again in the future because it gives me all the results that I expect from this brand.
The bottle can also be recycled after use too.
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I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Cusson's Carex Family Favourite Fragrance.
Chocolate Orange - written in brown and with an orange in the 'O'.
Kills 99.9% of bacteria.
Clear plastic pump action bottle with image of swirl of brown with bubbles and two blue germs. White pump top with blue around the neck.The hand wash is a clear bright vivid orange colour.
'Fun antibacterial hand wash that the whole family will love to use. Effective and gentle and prevents the spread of germs.'
An advanced formula that works in seconds to kill harmful bacteria.
With added moisturisers.
Supports the skin's natural antibacterial defences.
Dermatologically tested for skin kindness.
Use two pumps with warm water and wash hands for at least 15 seconds.
Use within 18 months.
Avoid contact wit stone surfaces and stainless steel.
Not a food.
Full price £1.80 at Tesco. Currently on sale for 85p and with a cardboard money off collar for 50p off Cusson's Mum & Me range.
Well having tried the other two 'flavours' in the Cusson's Family range I could not leave out this Chocolate Orange one.
This one would definitely be my first choice on the shelves - its vivid orange gel is transparent and is such a rich hew it looks like a gorgeous amber stone or the most orangy syrup you can think of. I think I would buy it for its colour alone as on the bathroom windowsill it looks fantastic with the light shining through it - it is so bright and cheerful.
This hand wash is as good as it looks. The bottle states to use two pumps of liquid but personally I find one pump is quite sufficient most of the time as quite a lot comes out anyway. The smell is absolutely gorgeous - just as you would expect from Chocolate Orange - its just like sniffing a Terry's Chocolate Orange!
The wash itself cleans your hands well and with it having an added moisturiser (glycerine) it does not leave your hands feeling tight and dry. The smell is delicious when you are washing your hands but do not worry - the smell does not linger for long and although if you sniff your hands as soon as you have dried them you will be able to detect a little chocolate orange aroma - in a few seconds it has dissipated - so you can eat or prepare food without having a rather funny taste on your fingers.
My son hates orange smells but I have had no complaints form him about this product - I always have a few hand washes on the go so he can use others and the smell with this product is only really evident when you are using it and it does not smell out the whole bathroom.
The only downside is the price when not on offer and the fact that smelling the chocolate orange might make you fancy eating something unhealthy!
4 stars - a bit expensive.
===Would I Recommend?===
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Limonene, CI 16035, CI 15985.
I had seen quite a few reviews on the Carex chocolate orange hand wash but had never actually got round to looking for it in a store. When my friend and I were in Asda though the other week as we walked in a big display with Carex chocolate orange and strawberry lace flavoured hand wash were in front of us on offer for just a pound a bottle and so I picked up the chocolate orange one to try.
The Carex hand washes are manufactured by Cussons and they are a brand that I have used many times over the years as I think they are a trusted brand and I have never had any issues with their products being bad quality or anything. This particular hand wash comes in a clear plastic bottle which is recyclable after use which is always a positive and something which I have come to expect from products such as this. The plastic bottle has an almost hour glass shape which means it is really easy to grip if you need to pick it up to use it but I personally just tend to push down on the pump with my hand under it! The bottle has the Cussons and Carex name on as well as some soap creatures telling us that this is a family favourite fragrance which I do think adds to the look of a family hand wash because some can look a bit boring and adult really in my opinion!
Through the bottle we can see the orange coloured chocolate orange flavoured handwash which I think looks quite fun and appealing and I do think it would be an incentive for a child in particular to wash their hands. We are told that this product also kills 99.9% of bacteria and so you can feel confident that as long as it is being used properly that germs are being killed on yours and your families hands. You do need to make sure that you use a couple of pumps of hand wash and wash with warm water for at least fifteen seconds according to the bottle but I would say that I wash my hands for longer than that and encourage my son to do the same as well.
When it comes to the smell of this hand wash I of course had to screw off the pump in the store and have a sniff to make sure that it smelled as good as I thought it would! I wasn't left feeling let down as the sweet oranges blended with a chocolate scent did almost smell good enough to eat! Thankfully neither myself nor my son are simple enough to actually want to try to eat hand wash but I would use it under supervision with younger children who may not yet really understand the dangers of potentially having a taste of this one. I personally don't think it is irresponsible of the manufacturers to produce something which smells so gorgeous though as many brands do the same and I do think that these ranges do cry out to us adults. I know my friend bought the strawberry lace one as it reminded her of being younger!
Using this product is really simple and you just need to press on the pump to dispense the hand wash. The first time you use it you need to press the pump a good few times to get the product flowing but this is the same as with any product that uses a pump in my experience. The hand wash is a good consistency and when I wash my hands with it I find that it lathers really well and I feel as though my hands are getting a good clean. They smell lovely after I have used this product and the smell does linger on the hands which is nice! As this product is dermatologically tested and has added moisturisers I find that my sensitive hands don't suffer any kind of reaction to this and neither do my sons which is even more important to me. I do think this hand wash has encouraged my son to wash his hands a bit more as he likes the fragrance of this product and as it is in the bathroom he is always washing his hands after the toilet which was something he didn't always do before!
A bottle of this hand wash cost me just £1 on offer for the 250ml bottle which I think offers great value. The consistency of the product means that it lasts well even in the bathroom where it is used quite a lot. I will certainly be looking to replace this one when it runs out and I am even contemplating buying the strawberry lace one for downstairs in the kitchen too! It cleans our hands, smells great and encourages children to wash their hands in my experience therefore it is a very good buy.
Thank you for reading my review!
I read a lot of reviews about Carex's chocolate orange and strawberry laces hand washes at the beginning of the year and was really pleased when my sister bought me one of each to try for myself.
I would probably have gone for the chocolate orange scented hand wash first, but when we ran out of the hand wash we were already using my other half put the strawberry laces hand wash in the bathroom so I had to wait even longer to try this one.
~ Price and availability ~
I do my weekly food shop in Morrisons and I can't say I have ever seen this hand wash in Morrisons although I must admit I have never looked for it.
From the reviews I read I thought it might just be a release for over the Christmas period, but it seems it is still selling throughout the year and is currently for sale in Tesco at just £0.90 reduced from £1.80 for a 250ml bottle, which I think is great value.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a clear plastic bottle. You can see the bright orange hand wash inside of the bottle.
There is a blue oval shape on the front of the bottle with, 'Carex' in white lettering.
'Chocolate orange' is written below in brown lettering.
A pump dispenses the product from the bottle.
~ Scent ~
I was really excited to try this hand wash out. I love chocolate orange so I was pretty sure that this would be a hit with me. It has a chocolate orange scent, but it is not like Terry's chocolate orange. I'd say it smells more like the octagonal chocolate orange sweet that you get in a box of Quality Street.
It is pleasant and it does linger on your skin for a little while after use. It has a lovely scent, but it didn't want to make me eat chocolate orange, which I worried it might.
~ In use ~
As a hand wash I think this is a really nice product. It smells lovely and it doesn't feel drying at all. It kills 99.9% of bacteria and it claims to have added moisturisers.
I wouldn't say it feels particularly moisturising, but it doesn't feel as drying as I would expect from a product claiming to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
It is quite thick compared to some other hand washes I have used, but not too thick and it is easy enough to rinse off, but I find a little goes a long way and you don't need more than one pump to clean both hands.
The 250ml bottle lasted us about 5 weeks, which isn't too bad.
I found that as we got towards the very end of the bottle it was quite difficult to get the last of the hand wash out of the bottom, but otherwise I have enjoyed using this hand wash.
~ Conclusion ~
I really like the scent of this hand wash although I think I did expect a stronger scent.
The scent lingers on your skin for a little while after washing your hands, which is a nice bonus. It doesn't feel drying on my skin although it claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
I think it is a great hand wash for the price and I would definitely consider buying it again.