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**Introduction and reason for purchase**
I'm no brand snob when it comes to anything really but there's no denying that when it comes to washing up liquid Fairy is one of the best products that money can buy. Because finances are tight these days, as they are for many, I've been buying Lidl's 'W5' which is their own brand of washing up liquid for a fraction of the price and have been perfectly happy with its performance, and similarly Aldi's own brand but as both of these stores are at the other side of town I found that I had to purchase something else from nearer to home as I was almost out of liquid. Having seen this Fairy 'Tea Tree & Mint' from their 'Sensitive' range in Iceland recently for just £1 I decided to purchase it as this seemed quite a bargain for this particular brand.
I've almost finished using up the contents of this washing up liquid so I will now share my thoughts on the product - is it worth the money or am I simply buying for the name only?
**Price, packaging & availability**
Fairy liquid is available in various sizes and 'fragrances' these days and whilst I've probably tried most of the range over they years I've always found it to be more than adequate for my washing up needs. I've rarely felt let down by any of the products until recently, around Christmas time when I purchased another fragrance from Fairy's Sensitive range and found it lacked lustre` in the bubble department and was all round disappointing. When I saw this tea tree and mint version I was sceptical, but as I really needed some washing up liquid I purchased it anyway thinking it would 'put me on' until our next visit to Lidl when I could stock up on W5 again.
For the price of £1 I think this is fairly reasonable and although I've only seen it in Iceland myself my mum has since told me it's a similar price at Morrisons where she shops, though I can't comment personally on this.
The bottle I bought holds 500ml of liquid and is housed in an upright standing vessel which veers in slightly near to the neck which makes it easier to grip. To access the product there is a flip open lid which adequately allows a sufficient amount of the liquid to pour out once the bottle is tipped. Decoration is sparse, with the bottle being a matte creamy white in colour with the logo and accompanying information being in a green font, but it is just a washing up liquid at the end of the day so there's no need for it to look overly pretty as long as it does it's job.
Previously I have used the Chamomile & Vitamin E liquid in the Sensitive range by Fairy and have to say I was bitterly let down. There seemed no aroma but worst of all was the fact the bubbles disappeared far quicker than with other Fairy liquids and it really put me off trying this Tea Tree & Mint version at first, but needs must as I'd nearly run out altogether and this was the cheapest option of any 'decent' washing up liquid within walking distance to my home so I bought it anyway though to be honest I'd written it off in my head before trying it going on previous experience.
Once home I put the liquid to use by squirting a small pea size blob under the running hot water tap and instantly it lathered up, creating an abundance of wonderfully scented bubbles in my washing up bowl.
The liquid itself is thick in consistency yet pours smoothly from the bottle once tipped and gently squeezed, and this is one of the reasons why I do like Fairy as it's so thick that a tiny amount is all that is normally required per washing up session. The liquid doesn't run out of the bottle so there's no excess waste and one small amount creates enough cleaning power each time I find.
Scent wise this is lovely: there's nothing overly fancy about it as it doesn't promise to smell like a tropical rainforest or anything over the top, it's just a very clean scent with the tea tree and mint being equally noticeable and complimenting each other perfectly to create the fresh fragrance.
The liquid cuts through grease with ease whilst it leaves glassware sparkling with little scrubbing effort required and once my items are washed the bubbles rinse away instantly leaving no residue behind. After my washing up has been done and everything has been dried I can still faintly smell the scent on items such as plates and cups though the scent is all that lingers, though it doesn't effect the way food or drink tastes in any way.
I have been won over once again by Fairy liquid as this particular fragrance is really impressive, not only does it leave my dishes etc clean and glasses streak free, but it also leaves my kitchen smelling very fresh afterwards as a tiny dot washed around my sink leaves a lingering scent for up to an hour afterwards. I've used this product for general cleaning around my home such as washing skirting boards, unit tops and even mopping my floors and it has given excellent results each time.
I've just finished using the remainder of the bottle up and would say it's lasted on average 5 weeks which for £1 is excellent value and in this day and age very economical. I'm the main 'washer upper' in our household and have found the liquid to be kind and soft to my hands like the rest of Fairy products.
I've been really impressed by this and I've since stocked up on a few more bottles as I think £1 is a very good price to pay for such a good quality product and the fact so little is needed each time means it lasts a remarkable amount of time compared to some brands.
Fairy Sensitive Tea Tree & Mint Washing Up Liquid cuts through grease better than any other washing up liquid and lasts longer with the added bonus of Tea Tree and Mint.