“ Manufacturer: Volvic / Water „
I drink a lot of water, I drink throughout the day and carry a bottle of water out with me, as I get a dry throat and will otherwise lose my voice.
I tend to buy a bottle every few weeks and then fill it up from the tap. Although I am now starting to think about not re using the plastic bottle after reading about how they degrade and the chemicals affect the water or drink inside them.
You can buy 6 x 50 cl bottles of Volvic Water in Tesco for £2, 1 bottle cost me about 45 p the last time, it depends where you buy it. I always tend to buy Volvic as it is the cheapest in their fridge they have as a single bottle, apart from the Tesco own or other supermarkets own brand water.
I take water with me when I go out, but a few weeks ago I bought a bottle of vovlic when i was out as I was only going shopping and I got very hot and thirsty so just picked a boottle up and added it to my shopping.
Volvic say that their water has gone through six layers of volcanic filtration, I have no reason to doubt that. The water tastes clear and refreshing to me, and does not have the chalky or extra taste that tap water can have.
It is useful for me to have a bottle of spare water in the house or at least be able to go to the shop over the road and buy one as the water in my area sometimes gets bubbles and goes cloudy.
As I said I drink several times a day, and sometimes the water here from the tap is very cloudy and white, but I have been told by the local water authority that is is just 'air bubbles' or water pressure, and to leave I for 10 minutes.
It does settle but still tastes funny and does not give me confidence in drinking it. So it is very useful to be able to buy bottled water. Volvic is one of the cheaper brands and tastes as good as any of the others I have had.
The water contains in mg per litre -
chlorides 13.5, Calcium 11.5, Nitrates 6.3, Magnesuim 8, Sulphates 8.1, Sodium 11.6, Bicarbonates 71, Potassium 6.2 and Silica 31.7 ph 7
So I'm new to the whole reviewing online and the first thing infront of me was my trusty volvic bottle of water. Now when it comes to water I am very particular I don't like the taste of some of the other cheaper brands. Every morning I buy 1 bottle of volvic water. Surprisingly the total cost is less than 99 pence but honestly the refreshing taste of volvic cannot be beaten. Most of the other cheaper bands have a very metallic taste to them and to be completely honest I would not trust them.
Other than the taste the design and look of the bottle is very clean and makes me personally refreshed. The volvic bottle is very portable if you are a gym user then you'll know that especially when at the gym you need water to stay hydrated. Volvic water is easy to carry around and can be placed upright on any flat surface. Some of the cheaper brands get very quickly disfigured and depending on how you use it then the bottles don't stay upright.
The only thing that I have noticed is the label which quite quickly comes off. This isn't much of a big deal to some but other people may think that you are reusing an old bottle.
This is no different to any other mineral water i have tried, but the plastic of the bottle isn't as thick as say, Evian and doen't have silly patterns or bumps on it to creat a brand "design". The water is not in the slightest acidic, if anything its pretty standard here too. There is no salty taste, it doesn't taste like there are too many minerals in there, and it hasnt really got much flavour.
The bottle has a simple twist cap design which saves on money, but also means you can just drink it like you would with any other bottle, no silly sports cap that only lets a few droplets through at a time, which is exactly what I like. The bottle is easy to crush, pierce, and can be recycled at certain recycling places (check your local recycling to verify this).
Even the label is thin to save bottle weight, and this is simply a small peice of glossy paper you can rip off but sadly cannot be recycled, and i believe, even local recycling wont accept them.
The water isn't any more viscous than other brands but is certainly a lot healthier for you than tap water. There are a great number of minerals in here including sodium, magnesium and nitrates if you understand the chemistry behind mineral water that is.
The water really hydrates if you drink enough of it over time, just a sip every houris not enough but 250ml every 45 minutes is usually enough, and it starts hydrating soon after drinking, but you do need to keep your water levels up for this to have a positive effect. One quick splash wont do you. At this point i'd like to tell you that it also makes a great coolant when you splash it on your face.
Overall a great bottle of water to keep hydrated or rehydrate. Very healthy for you and because they dont have stupid patterns or designs the bottle is lightweight, easy to crush and easy to hold/handle. There is also an added bonus that you dont get a silly sports cap design.
Since I am trying to drink more Water then I have been buying a few different brands of Water. Althought you may think that all Water tastes the same they don't and I hadn't had this brand for a while. When I started to drink more Water I went for the flavoured low Sugar ones to get me into the habit of drinking it as i'm not the biggest Water drinker - i'd rather drink Juice, but I now always carry a 1.5 litre bottle in my work bag with me.
So about this Water. This comes in a 1.5 litre bottle and you will pay around 80p for this but it may vary in price from shop to shop. You can also pick this up in 500ml bottles but to be honest you may pay nearly the same for this size but obviously that size is easier to carry about and you know that you pay more for convenience.
The bottle looks alright. Nothing all that exciting to be honest, but that's what Water bottles look like.
This Water tastes nice and Crisp. I do notice the difference between this brand, Evian and Supermarket Water. Out of all the brands I feel that Volvic has a more "metallic" taste to it, which is still nice but it's odd that Water can taste a bit like like. I know that all Mineral Waters have their own filtering process but apparently it is due to where Volvic comes from in France as there is a Volcano nearby and I think the Water is filtered through the Rocks there. All sounds nice.
Best drank nice and cold as I find that when this is warm then it tastes a bit strange and more Metallic but not in a good way. This is just my view and i've always preferred Water nice and Chilled though.
I still wouldn't say that this is my favourite Water as Evian always wins for me but a nice refreshing taste that is very different to other Mineral Waters out there.
I drink a large amount of water at the moment and was intrigued when I saw the Volvic adverts about joining the Volvic challenge where you drink 1.5 litres of water every day for 14 days.
So off I went to Tesco and purchased a number of Volvic 1.5 litre bottles at the price of £1 each. Like most bottled water it comes in a clear plastic bottle and has a green label on it which also advertises the Volvic 14 day challenge. The label also states that it is natural mineral water and that it has been filtered through layers of volcanic rock acquiring a unique mineral composition. I thought that this last comment must be the reason for the 14 day challenge as nowhere could I find out what the 14 day challenge was actually supposed to do.
Upon unscrewing the bottle a tasted a crisp natural water that tasted very pure compared to some of the other waters I have tried. I was pleased with the quality of it, but just don't expect it to have an amazing flavour as it is water and there is none; however you can really taste the quality of the water.
So 14 days passed and to be honest I didn't feel any different. After doing some more extensive research on the internet I found out that the idea is to just drink that much water for 14 days, it doesn't matter which brand you use, so even tap water is fine. I found this really clever marketing by Volvic. I didn't feel any different as I have already been drinking this much water for around two months, but when I started doing it (originally on tap water) I did notice a difference so I would recommend trying drinking 1.5 litres of water for 14 days. I feel more alert and attentive.
The bottle states that it is to be used only for the use of Volvic natural mineral water and not to refill it. I find this very strange from such a large company, they should be encouraging people to re-use their bottles just like many companies do with their plastic bags.
I would advise drinking Volvic water fresh out the fridge as it tastes more refreshing this way.
Anyone seen those 'Cheeky Volvic' adverts on tv? Bet you have. You know the ones, where the young guy tries to convince us all that buying a bottled mineral water is so much better for us all, than just switching on the tap and getting a glass of water. After all that would be too easy wouldn't it.
The bottled water industry must be rubbing their hands together at how easy it is to sell us all the very thing that we have coming out of our taps at home, but for a much bigger mark up. In fact the worlds rate of consumption of bottled water had more than quadrupled between 1990 and 2005. Amazing really.
The source of the water used in Volvic, comes from the north of the Puy de Dôme and the mineral content within is due to the nearby volcano which last erupted in 5760 BC.
I find it hard to see the benefit of the use of any brand of bottled mineral water at home. As long as the drinking water taps are fully functioning, most people don't really need to do so. I can on the other hand see the function of bottled water when you are out and about and away from home, as there are no drinking fountains placed in towns etc, at the moment and when you are feeling thirsty you don't always want to buy a carbonated/ fizzy drink.
So this all brings round a review about a bottled water I bought, which was a 50cl Volvic Water that came in a plastic bottle with the words 'Join the challenge' on the label. There doesn't seem to be anything remarkable about the bottled water or its contents. Water is after all just water right? Well it tastes like normal water that you get out of the tap thats for sure.
Volvic say that the water in the product is uniquely filtered through a whole 6 layers of volcanic rock, which makes the water full of 'Volcanicity'. This is a term which seems to be more of a pun on the brand name and the 6 layers of rock the water is mean't to be filtered through, rather than anything really valuable. After all if was really very important to us humans to be topping up on our 'Volcanicity' we would have all known about it before now wouldn't we?
One good thing I can say about the product, is that its trying to encourage people to drink more fluid, which is of course much better for your over all hyrdration. The plastic wrap around on the bottle tells us to drink 1.5l of water, well when they say water they mean Volvic, every day for 14 days as this increases hydration for your body and mind. Drinking that much fluid/ water per day is what everyone should aim for, but sticking to good old tap water will produce similar results much more economically.
The water in the Volvic bottle contained these values per mg/litre: Chlorides 13.5, Calcium 11.5, Nitrates 6.3, Magnesuim 8, Sulphates 8.1, Sodium 11.6, Bicarbonates 71, Potassium 6.2 and Silica 31.7. Bet we all feel tons better for knowing that without even drinking the water!
A bottled water product should really not try to imply that any one treatment process used in the production of their product is in any way a better process than that of producing common or garden tap water or another water source.
Certain bottled waters processed using distillation, may be lacking in fluoride ions which are naturally present in ground water.
This may lead to increased tooth decay due the lack of fluoride. Bottled water can have reduced amounts of copper and lead in it, because it doesn't run through plumbing pipes to reach you.
Generally the water that comes out of your tap at home will offer similar benefits to bottled water, but at a much cheaper price. Bottled water is something thats handy when you are thirsty whilst out and about but so very over priced that its shameful. The Volvic water was on the whole very average tasting and nothing more than that, so just 1 star from me.
I do drink a lot of bottled water, mainly because i live in Brighton and the water in this area from the tap is genuinely horrible (i think it's the proximity to London), i used to live in Hereford (West of England) and the water there taste much nicer.
So anyway, I normally buy one of the major supermarket (usually Tesco or Sainsbury's) own brand bottles of water, because they are much cheaper on the whole.
As usual with my reviews, i find it easier and more useful to split the review into sections:
On a recent trip to Sainsbury's i saw Volvic 50cl bottles in packs of six, priced at £1.98 and on a buy-one-get-one-free offer. So it effectively worked out to 12 bottles for £1.98 - I normally buy Sainsbury's own brand water which is priced at 6 bottles for £1.48. So for once the brand name actually worked out cheaper per 50cl bottle. The Volvic bottles actually work out to around just under 17p per bottle.
Admittedly this is almost certainly a Sainbury's offer rather than a Volvic RRP, but it's still a really really good price for brand name bottled water and it's the price that i bought them for.
Volvic's packaging is not notably different from the many other bottled waters on the market (also i keep referring to it as bottled water, when it's technically mineral water, there's a difference in terms of marketing). It's in a basic plastic bottle which i assume is 100% recyclable, although it doesn't actually state this anywhere on the bottle or the label.
The graphics on the label are fairly simple but well done, it has a dark blue, light blue and green colour scheme and the side of the label features a small diagram showing the 6 layer of volcanic rock that the water is filtered through.
There's a fair amount of argument regarding the taste difference between mineral water and tap water but as i said, for me living in Brighton there seems to be a distinct difference. The mineral water is clear and crisp, it tastes far far better chilled than it does at room temperature though so i'd definitely recommend refrigerating it before consumption.
For those that are interested in this kind of information (admittedly it seems a little redundant for water but here it is none the less)
Typical Analysis (mg/litre)
Volvic water is also suitable for a low sodium diet.
Volvic also have a 14 day challenge, whereby they claim you'll feel noticeably better after drinking 1.5L of their water per day for 14 days. You can find more info about this at:
To be honest whilst i think this is almost certainly true, it's by no means specific to their brand, it would be the same if you drank that amount of any mineral water (or probably tap water for that matter), but it's a good marketing idea to pick up on.
You can contact Volvic for any reason at:
Danone Waters Ltd
PO Box 4361
UK Helpline: 0800 279 8882
If calling from ROI: 1 800 556 543
Overall i'd say this is a lovely, crisp mineral water that is well priced and responsibly packaged, tastes much better refrigerated and is definitely worth buying, particularly when out and about.
Volvic is a brand of Mineral Water which is filtered through Volcanic Rock in France. I don't tend to buy Mineral water because of how it is made, but although all Water tastes the same in a way, they all have a slight difference to them in my view.
I've only seen this Bottled Water in 2 different sizes, the 1.5litre bottle and the 500ml bottle. I tend to keep a larger bottle of Water in the fridge to have the odd gulp from, and I often carry about the smaller bottle in my work bag, as you never know when you will need a quick drink.
There isn't really that much to say about Bottled Water. This tastes nice, clean and fresh. It doesn't taste chemically, and although my wife prefers Evian, I think that has a bit of a tang to it, and just doesn't taste as fresh tasting as this does.
The bottle looks quite simple as well. It is a light blue colour and you can see the liquid through the plastic. It does state not to re-use the bottle, which I had been guilty of refilling from a Mineral Water machine at work, so I thought it was just tap water they were warning about not to fill with. Apparently they state that to refill could cause the plastics in the bottle to break up, and perhaps be harmful. True claim or marketing ploy?
This is just a simple, plain still water.
Volvic Natural Mineral Water 1.5L is in my opinion a very good buy:
The taste of the water is very pure with a hint of cool freshness even when not stored in a cool place. It tastes better than the other bottled waters from own-brand stores which will taste off after a few days and price-wise is cheaper than Evian, which on the other hand tastes rather bland and after a few sips you are thirsty again.
Now you may wonder why you should even buy bottled water in the first place when there's tap water. My personal belief on this is that while the water from the tap is edible, the pipes it goes through are generally not very clean and over time you get more heavy metals in your water, not to mention more microorganisms that live inside your tap. A water filter can help, but its just too much a hassle to keep refilling it and it tasting so bland. When the majority of stuff you drink during a day is water, you'd at least want to savour it, and that's where in my opinion Volvic comes in.
And of course, it does do something for charity too, which is always an additional feel good factor!
When I was younger I was always put off by water because it has no taste. One day I bought Evian and fell in love, and you can read about it in my Evian review on this website.
Like many I always thought that all water tasted the same. I could not tell the difference like I could with Coke and Pepsi or pure orange juice and sweetened juice with flavourings. That is until I bought Volvic.
I was happy drinking Evian, but decided to buy Volvic for a change...That was a mistake.
Price: The price was the same as Evian's when I bought it, so this is not a pro or con in Volvic's favour.
Taste: This was what ruined the Volvic experience for me. The taste was slightly rough, and reminded me of tap water. Also, it left a strange taste in my mouth. Water should not taste like anything, so this was quite strange.
Source: The water is sourced from central France, and its mineral content is due to it being extracted from nearby a volcano.
Ethical record: Their ethical record is good. They ran a campaign for consumers to drink 1.5 litres of water every day for two weeks, which fits with the government's push to get people to be fit and healthy. They also ran a campaign to help three developing countries in Africa get clean, safe drinking water. The deal was that every litres of Volvic bought meant 10 litres would be provided through their 'well creation' project.
I have not bought Volvic since that day. I returned to Evian and have stayed with it ever since. I recommend Evian or purified tap water instead, which is much cheaper and better for the environment.
I'm not usually a buyer of bottled water, I personally view the idea of paying for what is free to be rather silly. Whatever next an Oxygen bar? (oh yeah I know...) So usually I see no point but here at Iamasadlittleboy productions, today however was different. I felt that at 38 p for this I wasn't going to be that ripped off even if it was just normal water it's cheap enough.
The drinks comes in a square based bottle and apparently it contains water that's been "uniquely filtered" and it's been "through 6 layers of volcanic rock". On this 500ml bottle I got it had a diagram that showed a layer of each of Surface Humus, Puzzolama, Basalt, Granite and Andesite...I seem to think that is...1...2...3...4...5 hmm wonder what the 6th is?
The bottle seems to show the good causes and moral side of the company so I'll just take a second to show I support this and the way they do things. The bottle is 100% recyclable and the plastic used is actually plastic neutral (I hadn't heard that one before either), by 2011 they expect the product to be carbon neutral too. The best of it all though is they promise to provide 10 litres of water to Africa for every 1litre purchased, so I can feel good passing on 5 litres of water. It's nice to be nice.
The drink tries hard to sell it's self on it's routes plugging it's self as having some "volcanicity", which to me sounds like one of those made up things we hear all the time. Things like "Bifidus Digestivus" that we all hear on adverts and know it's a crock, but hey no one says us at iamasadlittleboy productions can't make them up too. This review is is officially "Brillifection", see I can stick words together too.
So the taste, well, believe it or not (some of you may not) water by it's self is a colourless, tasteless and odourless liquid. If you taste something in your tap water it's likely to be an added chemical such as fluoride or some gunk that's in your pipes and probably needs seeing to [us at iamasadlittleboy productions advise seeing a sink doctor, called a plumber, I hear Mario's a good one). Well boys and girls guess what Volvic tastes like? That's right, tap water. Well done, give yourself a big shiny gold star. The drink tastes exactly like the tap water (from a clean tap), all I was thinking whilst drinking it was "Volcanicity must be foreign for tap or faucet or something". The water is selling at 38p for a 500 ml bottle, which if you forget to take one with you on one of the hot days we've been having is an acceptable price to be honest if you feel like it's a water moment, as opposed to a budget brand lemonade or Shandy.
The writer would like all to know, he actually lived several years in a house that had it's tap water from a live spring.
For those interested bottled water doesn't list it's nutritional values (probably because their all 0 or trace) they do instead list their typical contents so here you are: (all values are mg per 1 litre)
Overall the drink is just plain water, Volcanicity added nothing to it. Apparently it's from France...they have volcanoes in France?
Oh and can I just add I thought Silica was from sand...I'm drinking sand?
Of all of the bottled waters available today, Volivic is by far my favourite, and the best. I've been drinking it since my mum put bottles of it in my lunchbox as a child, and will drink it until it's not on shop shelves any longer.
Volvic is cheaper than Evian at around 50p for a 0.5l bottle, and many of the other leading bottled water brands, and comes in a variety of sized bottles. I find the 0.75l one to be the best as it's not too large to carry around, but provides the optimum amount of thirst quenching water for my needs. It also has a sports cap which is easier to drink from on the move.
The water tastes clean and fresh, and does not have the odd tang of some bottled waters (usually budget-line ones). Furthermore, money from each purchase goes to charity and aiding people in Africa to getting clean water, so it's a morally good choice too.
I have to be honest, this is the only water I will drink. I live in a very hard water area and if the water is cold its still not drinkable to my standards. I didnt drink water very often until one day I woke up and felt sluggish, tired and my face had broken out into loads of blemishes. I knew at that point what I was eating and drinking was not good for me and the amount of people I had heard talk about drinking water and making them feel better made me change the way I lived. I sent my other half out and made him bring me back a big bottle of volvic water. I totaly overdid it of course, I drank far too much in one go and made myself feel bloated and sick-but I learnt that you didnt need to drink it all at once, just through the day. I'm not sure how long I have been drinking this water now but I cant remember the last day I woke up feeling grotty. And I 100% put that feeling down to drinking this water.
Volvic Plain Still Water....
Now I don't usually buy bottled water to drink at home and would only fork out the high cost of buying a bottle when out and about. The main reason I opt for water is because it is half the price of other drinks that are in the chiller sections in all shops. Drinks such as Dr Pepper or Fanta cost over £1 now a days where you can get a bottle of water for around the 50pence margin.
I would usually opt for which ever bottle of water is the cheapest and this particular time it happened to be Volvic though I do believe that more often than not store brand bottled water is cheaper.
This bottle which contains 50cl costs me 54 pence which is not really a bad price considering I will be using the plastic bottle over and over again with my own filtered water from home. It does work out a lot cheap than continually buying fizzy drinks which not only cost ore but are clearly not as good for you to drink.
The bottle in which the water comes in is very simple and basic. There is a blue screw top lid and a simple label fitted around the middle of the bottle. The plastic of the bottle is tinged a slight blue colour which makes the water inside appear even more exciting. (how exciting can a bottle of water be!).
The label gives limited information about where to contact the company and a fair bit of information about a new project where they are giving clean water to world vision. For every 1 litre of Volvic bought they will give 10 litres to world vision. Another good reason to opt for this bottle over another brand.
So on to the water inside the bottle which is cool and refreshing to drink (if drunk straight from the fridge). The water is crystal clear and tastes ever so pure and fresh. However I cannot honestly say that I would really know the difference between one brand of bottled water to the next. I might not even pass a taste test of bottled water verses tap water!
Volvic water is nice to drink when cold. It refreshes you and leaves you feel hydrated (and not long after will make you need the loo!!). The price is a good competitive one and the added bonus is that the company are doing something for world vision. The packaging is good and for 54 pence you couldn't really ask for more!!!
I will award a 4 star rating to Volvic Bottled water and give it a HIGH RECOMMENDATION!
For as long as I can remember or care to remember the first thing I have when I wake in the morning is a cold glass of water, before breakfast, before my morning coffee and even before my first cigarette in my days as a smoker.
I find that a glass of water early in the morning perks me up and sets me up for the day but over the years I have found that tap water has become less and less drinkable, it seems to have a bitter taste these days and I just can't really stomach it anymore but it matters not a jot now that I have Volvic.
Volvic still bottled water is a sheer delight when freezing cold from the fridge and although it can be an expensive way to enjoy water if you buy the small bottles it does not work out too expensive if you buy the big bottles especially if you buy them in cases of four from Asda as I do at £3.89 for four 2 litre bottles.
The water is much more refreshing than tap water and has no lasting after tastes that come with tap water, I know tap water in some areas is still ok but where I am it is as good as undrinkable and that makes Volvic a life saver for me!