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I don't mind if I use a gel, powder or capsules detergent to wash my fabrics so long as it washes well and leaves them smelling nice and fresh. I hadn't bought this one before so thought it was worth a try.
It comes in a plastic bottle which has a flip back lid and has a cup which can be used to measure the liquid and then place the cup inside the washing machine. It is a rich, thick gel which has a soft consistency but isn't runny, means it doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it into the cup.
It has a really nice fragrance and it has floral scent and does smell quite refreshing. The fragrance is quite a strong scent and really pleasant. Has a floral smell and smells like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers in my opinion with a sweet kind of smell to it and a smell I like quite a lot.
You don't need to use a lot of this gel to clean fabrics really well, a little does go a very long way with this one. Because it is a gel, it dissolves perfectly and I have never noticed any of the gel on my fabrics when I have taken them from my washing machine.
I can detect the fragrance immediately I take my clothing from the machine and the smell is really nice and refreshing, it is a beautiful smell and one I absolutely love. This gel has a good staying power and a very good quality gel.
Once my fabrics have dried, I can detect the smell for a long time and when I take my clothing from my wardrobe and do the sniff test, I can most definitely detect the scent on them. when I get into bed at night I can smell how fresh my bedding smells and the fragrance does allow me to be more relaxed in bed when I can smell a washing detergent on the bedding. This gel delivers the scent I like for my bedding.
It cleans extremely well and removes dirt perfectly, I have washed my little grandchildren's white socks and underwear using this one and it has removed the dirt from the heels of their socks without me having to wash them on a higher setting to remove the dirt from this area of their socks.
It removes grease well too and it cleans my hubby's work clothes well on a lower setting. Removes chocolate stains and fruit juice stains too. My little granddaughter has a bib she wears when she eats her meals at my home, it has I love Grandma on the front and the background is white, it is always dirty after she has eaten and her blackcurrant juice she spills onto it is easily removed using this gel. It washes a treat and as good as new when washed with this gel.
It is a 2 in 1 gel and so contains an added fabric softener which helps soften fabrics without having to use a fabric conditioner. I have used it with and without a fabric conditioner but I must admit I do prefer to still use a conditioner because I find the gel on its own doesn't quite give my fabrics the softness I like, so I more often than not have added just a small amount of conditioner to the wash and that way my fabrics do tend to feel much softer than when I haven't used any. This is just my preference and you could get away with not using extra if you prefer. The fabrics will still feel soft but not super soft in the way I like mine to feel.
I have sensitive skin and this gel hasn't caused any rashes or irritations on my skin or the skins of my little grandchildren.
A bottle it cost around £5 for a 592ml and this bottle size is designed to wash up to 16 wash loads, I would say it comes pretty close to this amount of washes and so a good amount for this price. I think it is a good value price and super quality for the money.
You cannot go wrong with this gel. If you are looking to buying a gel which does remove stains and dirt from fabrics, this one would be a good buy. It is affordable and worth buying.
I highly do recommend this gel, it is one I will most certainly be buying again in the future because it not only removed dirt well, it leaves them smelling fresher for longer and with a gorgeous fragrance on the fabrics.
I give this one 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
Popular consumer website Supersavvyme.co.uk have recently formed their own consumer panel, called the "Savvy Circle", which allows panellists to test new products and comment on them via the website. One of the frst Savvy Circle projects was to try and test the new Bold 2 in 1 Gel in Rose Blush and Peony fragrance. I was really pleased to be one of those selected for the project and even more chuffed, when, a week or so later, I received a cute, girlie looking project pack which included a full size bottle of the gel, suitable for 18 washes.
The bottle is very similar in shape to other laundry gel products on the market, such as Ariel gel. The bottle opens via a flip lid on the bottom, which is a good idea as it allows gravity to pull every last drop down to the bottom of the bottle so that none is wasted. The lid is gold coloured, which makes the product look quite premium and it would certainly stand out on the supermarket shelf.
The dispenser is on the top of the bottle simply snaps on and off, and is the familiar "boat shaped" design. There are measuring lines just inside the dispenser so that you can see where to fill up to, and then it is simply a case of popping the dispenser in the drum of the machine and letting the gel do its work. I like the dispenser in the drum idea as it stops my washing machine drawer getting clogged up and the gel can get to the heart of the wash straight away.
Another useful innovation on the bottle itself is the thin transparent line down the side of the bottle that allows you to see how much liquid you have left. This way, you can stock up on more in advance and not get a nasty surprise when the bottle is empty. I have done 9 washes with the gel so far and the level indicator is halfway, so I know that the 18 wash label is accurate and not misleading as can be the case with some laundry products.
What is PMC Technology?
Bold uses something called Perfume Micro Capsule technology, which claims to keep washed laundry fresh in the cupboard for three weeks (more on these claims later). Basically, this means that the scent is stored in "bubbles" within the clothes and can be released by rubbing the fabric. This is supposed to keep garments fresher for longer.
This technology was introduced in the Bold product range in 2010. Interestingly, Bold were the first brand to use floral perfumes in household products. Their premium collection-called the Infusions collection-contains three fragrances: Ruby Jasmine, White Diamond and Lotus Flower and the new Rose Blush and Peony. All of these products use PMC to keep garments fresher for longer. Personally, I find the names of the products a little confusing. After all, what is a "white diamond" or a "ruby" supposed to smell like?
In 2011, Bold revamped their Infusions line up to include the brand Lenor as the named fabric softener. The product name is now:" Bold 2 in 1 Rose Blush and Peony Infusions with a touch of Lenor softness". Quite a mouthful!
Another thing that I found really odd is that although Bold have developed this ground breaking technology, which is a unique selling point, NOWHERE is this mentioned on the bottle. Why? Surely more people would buy it if they knew about it. What's with all the secrecy?
Using the Product
So let's cut to the chase. What is the gel actually like? Well, for one think, it is a lovely, girly pink colour. For some reason I was expecting it to be blue, but pink made a nice change!
Now for the all important scent. I was expecting quite a traditional, "granny", rose fragrance, but this was something completely different. It smelled sweet, yes, feminine, floral and even a bit fruity, but I couldn't for the life of me detect anything in there that smelled of either rose or peony! If anything, my mom summed it up perfectly when she said that it smelled of strawberries. Yes that was it! A lovely, sweet strawberry fragrance, with a light floral touch. But no roses. not for me anyway.
Now some might balk at the name of the product and complain that the men in the house won't like it. I don't think that is true. A lot of laundry products smell floral and blokes don't seem to mind all that much. I doubt if they go round smelling their clothes that much anyway! There were no such problems in our house. My sons loved the scent and my hubby just grunted and said he hadn't really noticed anything different to normal. There you go then.
The product was a doddle to dispense, simply by gently squeezing the bottle and guiding the gel into the dispenser. The average wash will need 37ml of gel, whereas households such as mine with hard water, or washloads with tough stains can fill the dispenser all the way to the top, which is 46ml. The dispenser is then placed in the drum and left to do its work.
I wanted to do a really thorough test before I wrote this review, as I think that there are a lot of variable to be considered when judging how effective a laundry product is:
Type of fabric
Type of stains
Type of garment being washed (e.g bedding, clothing etc)
In fairness, I had to try lots of different washloads in order to be able to form a strong opinion about the product. These are my findings:
As regards getting things clean, I think that the Bold gel did a fanstastic job. The stain removal qualities of the gel were really good. To put it to the ultimate test, I washed a white shirt that my little boy had covered in chocolate sauce when eating out. I washed it in the gel at 30 degrees and it came out really clean, really sparkling white. I also found that on most everyday stains, the gel worked really well, in fact much better than other laundry products that I have used in the past. Tougher stains, such as pen, didn't fare so well, but I wasn't expecting miracles. As this is a biological detergent, it does a really great job at removing most stains.
Now for the fragrance, the unique selling point. Did the PMC technology really work? Well. It depends. On some things it worked really well, whilst on others it was pretty dismal. For example, I washed my bedding, which consisted of a brushed cotton undersheet, cotton duvet cover (kingsize) and several pillowcases, including a silk one, in the gel. Because iIhad read about the PMC, I expected that when we sleep on the sheets that night, we would be able to smell the lovely "just washed" scent. Unfortunately, I could not detect any scent at all and neither could my husband. In all fairness, I had tumble dried the items and I think it may have been better if they had been air dried on the line, but the weather has been so dire of late, there was no chance to line dry them.
On the other had, I have some cotton/polyester soft-feel long sleeved T shirts that I washed in the gel and aired to dry indoors. When I wore them, the lovely scent kept wafting up from the clothing, which was really nice. Likewise, the kids school jumpers seemed to hold the scent well, but the best items for keeping fragrance were socks, which smelled lovely when removed from the drawer.
I am pretty sceptical about the 3 week freshness claim though. Whilst some fabrics hold the scent for several days, others, such as my daughter's bridesmaid dress, faded within hours. I had also expected to be able to smell the fragrance when drying items indoors, but the scent was not as strong as other laundry products, such as Surf, which has a much stronger scent, without claiming to contain PMC's.
Thirdly, how did the gel do when it came to softness? Well, I tend to not use fabric softener, or if I do, I like using tuble drier sheets, which I think are really effective at keeping towels and woolens soft. My bedding was definitely softer after using the gel, but i was a bit disappointed at the results on my towels, which felt a little rough after drying. There was no major difference in softness for most items, I'm afraid.
I don't feel particularly loyal to any single laundry brand. I tend to just buy whatever is on offer at the time. Bold 2 in 1 Rose blush and peony is an above average laundry product which cleans well, removes stains well, has a pleasant fragrance that most people would like, and adds a little softness to washing. it definitely feels like a premium product. I really can't understand why Bold haven't promoted their new fragrance technology more on the front of their packaging.
The bottle is recyclable where facilities exist. As the product is biological, people with sensitive skin are advised to avoid prolonged contact with the product, though I had no skin reactions when using it, nor did my family.
Would I buy it regularly? Well, the RRP for the gel is £4.59. As I do a washload every day, buying it regularly could be a bit pricey. The value of the product would really depend on whether you use a fabric softener regularly, as this would be cheaper than buying Lenor seperately. Thankfully, Bold is a brand that regularly discount their products, and I know that Asda is currently selling it for £3, which is an absolute bargain! I would definitely buy the product again when I see it on offer.
I have been a real fan of Bold powder for many years. When I saw Bold gel on special recently I bought a couple of bottles - happy with the result in terms of washing clothes. However after going away on holiday for a week I came home to a dreadful smell from the washing machine. If I washed any clothes they had to be removed immediately after the cycle otherwise they also had the terrible musty 'old wet rags' smell. Repeated attempts to clear this - with boil washes and use of 'washing machine servicing' liquid I finally bought some Bold powder tablets. After two washes - smell completely gone. The rest of the gel will have to be thrown away!
I've used Bold 2-in-1 Gel Infusions in the past, and have always been very happy with them - although the lavendar one was a bit strong smelling. I recently spotted the range on offer on Morrisons, at only £3 a pack, so I decided to try another variety, and chose the Ruby Jasmine Infusion.
As a laundry detergent, I find that all the Bold 2-in-1 gels perform very well. I squeeze the appropriate amount into the lid which then goes into the washing machine drum, and then get it going. The Ruby Jasmine variety cleans as well as its counterparts, making a good job of everyday laundry, but not heavy stains, as with most regular detergents. I find that my clothes, sheets and towels are all nice and soft after I have used this. As it is a 2-in-1, you don't need to use additional fabric softener.
The scent wafting out of the bottle is distinctly floral, but not overly so - it's not a ridiculously girly scent, so it's one you could use for the whole family without worrying about the men complaining about smelling like a bunch of flowers. I've found that some of the Bold varieties have stronger and longer-lasting scents than others, and on my first sniff of the Ruby Jasmine variety, I thought it would be one I'd be happy to have scenting my clothes.
The first time I used the Bold Ruby Jasmine, I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing and I added fabric softener, so as a result the washing came out smelling of the fabric softener. The next time I was more careful, and only used the Bold gel. When the washing had finished, I opened the machine and got a bit of a surprise - the laundry smelled bad. It smelled like it had been left wet in the machine for a day. It was so like that kind of smell that I actually stopped and doubted that I had only put the load on that afternoon, and in fact was opening the machine as soon as it had finished. But no, it was only just finished - so what was that smell?
I could only put it down to the Bold Ruby Infusions. There was nothing in the machine that could have caused such a lingering smell, there were no problems with the machine or the water supply, and the load I had done a few days before was fine. I hung up the laundry, somewhat concerned that I would need to do it all again with fabric softener to take away that smell, but one the laundry had dried the smell had gone.
After that I used fabric softener with the gel, and had no more problems. However I did try the gel on its own once more, to see if the smell had been a one-off, but the same thing happened again.
I can't fault the cleaning action of Bold 2-in-1 Ruby Jasmine Infusions, but I am really disappointed with the scent on clothes. Fortunately it doesn't linger on dry clothes, but it is very off-putting when you are confronted with it when opening the washing machine. There are better scents in the Bold gel range, and I don't see the point of buying something which is supposed to leave a nice scent on your clothes but doesn't, so I won't be buying the Ruby Jasmine fragrance again.
I was quite happy to keep using my regular laundry detergent, Surf's Small and Mighty Tropical Flowers, however I recently needed a new dosing device and saw that this Bold 2-in-1 Infusions has one included with the bottle.
I have tried the Bold gel detergents before but never this variety, the biological Ruby Jasmine Infusions with a 'touch of Lenor [fabric conditioner] freshness'. The product packaging is quite eye catching as it's designed in red and gold. The bottle is deep cherry red and the flip style lid is gold coloured. It looks very sophisitcated and expensive. The bottle sits downward on it's lid, this is designed to make dispensing the gel easy. The bottle also has a special dosing device fitted onto the top. The device clicks on and off the bottle so you can keep it there between washes if you wish. The dosing device has a measured rubber cup inside a plastic casing. It is printed on the inside with lines marking out the measurments of liquid in mls.
This bottle of detergent provides for up to 16 washes. There is a label on the back of the bottle which shows you how to use the detergent. This is in picture form and very easy to follow. Those with soft water and with normal, lightly soiled loads should use 37mls of liquid. Those who have hard water or heavily soiled clothing should use 46mls of liquid. The liquid is designed to work at all temperatures and there is a gauge printed on the bottle with temperatures marked out with a tick mark for washing loads of 15 degrees right up to 95 degrees.
I was very surprised when I first used this detergent as the gel is a strange reddish colour. I'm used to seeing laundry detergents of white or blue but have never seen red detergent before! The gel is thick and gloopy and looks a bit like children's paste glue mixed with red paint. It's very easy to squeeze the gel into the dosing device and I never have any mess as the dispensing hole is fitted with a rubber seal.
The gel has an amazing fragrance. It's a very intense floral blend that has a unique flavour whilst still being what I expect of a laundry detergent. It's a scent that's suitable for all clothing and materials in the household. I'm happy to have the fragrance on everything including bed linen, lingerie, t-shirts and cushions. The fragrance permeates the air when you open the washing machine door and it fills the whole of the room as though it is an air freshener! It's a beautiful, fresh, clean fragrance that makes me feel calm and happy. Everyone in my household loves the fragrance, it's not too feminine. It certainly freshens up material. I used it on my dogs' baskets and they came out of the machine looking and smelling new! The gel is great at cleaning too and manages to remove all kinds of stains and marks. I've managed to get rid of very muddy smears on the bottom of jeans, food stains, ingrained dusty dirt and more. The gel gets rid of tough things like sweaty smells and deodorant marks too.
My clothes smell gorgeous as I'm ironing them too and it gives me confidence that I'm going to smell fresh and clean. I also find that my clothes feel good too. They don't have a 'bobbled' appearance and don't feel too dry or stiff.
One bottle of Bold 2-in-1 Ruby Jasmine contains 592mls of gel and can provide up to 16 standard washes. The gel is not suitable for wool or silk items though and is also not recommended for hand washing. You should not pre-wash your clothes. You should also not leave the dosing ball in your drier if you intend to use it after washing.
I would recommend this as I really love how clean and well conditioned my clothes are after use and I also really like the fragrance of this gel.
You can find out more about Bold 2-in-1 products at:
I am always on the lookout for a bargain when shopping, especially bargains that mean I make a saving on everyday essentials, such as the subject of this review!
The product in question is -"Bold 2-1 infusions".
When shopping recently I noticed that the better branded washing detergent was on offer as part of a "buy 2 for £6.00" offer, which for this particular product is a real saving!
This particular detergent comes within it's own squat round bottle, with it being a "stand on it's head" design, meaning every last drop falls into the applicator end, and also has a dosing cap attached to the top of the bottle, this is needed to hold the detergent inside of the machine when going through a wash cycle.
There is all the relevant information needed, brand name, product name, scent and descriptions, with this particular scent being "ruby jasmine" infusions, but come in a plethora of different scents, and each as appealing as the next!
There are full instructions on the back on dosing information, with the inside of the dosing cap being able to hold 37ml's of detergent, which is ample for a full load of washing, though I do add a smidgen less for lightly soiled loads, and a little more for heavier soled loads, this evens out and equates to around 20 wash loads instead of the 16 loads the bottle states.
To use you load your washer up (and boy does mine take some hammering!), then pour out the correct amount of the delightful rose pink gel liquid and place the dosing cap on the top of the washing inside the machine.
You don't really need to add fabric softener but I do as I love the feel of extra soft clothes with the added freshness and scent of the softener, though this is a nice enough smell on it's own!
Once washed I find that the scent is still very present (and for the sake of this review I have washed a load without the fabric softener!), with the clothes also being very well washed, but not as soft as they are when a separate softener has been used too!
Once dried the scent is still noticeable but obviously much more subtle than in it's damp form, though again the level of scent is determined by the fabrics washed, my bed sheets never seem to smell strongly enough for me, but my husbands work fleece smelt so strongly of the detergent his work mates really took the mickey for a few days, needless to say I have to use much weaker concentrates for his clothes now!
Even though this is obviously a highly scented product it ha never affected my families delicate skin, which I am grateful for, there is nothing so satisfying as a clean looking and smelling child, though it never seems to last at least they leave me looking like they belong to someone!
This is a nice smelling and acting washing detergent, and am quite pleased that I stocked up when on offer, though I do feel I have to take a star away for not leaving the clothes soft enough for me, even with it being a "2-1" product.
Thanks for reading x
When it comes to my washing I always try to buy brands that I trust and in fragrances I really like. I take time to pick my clothes and they're my treasures so I don't mind looking after them one bit and I wouldn't insult them with cheap rubbish, unless I really can't help it!
This I spotted on offer in a variety of fragrances in Asda on offer at £6.00 for two bottles so I picked up two different fragrances to try out and one of them was this one which is the 'White Diamond & Lotus Flower' fragrance.
Interesting to look at I do think alot of thought gone into it! The bottle is a sort of white and gold colour with a flip-top lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hole. The the top of it, it has a detachable ball so you can measure the liquid out into it and put it straight into the washing if and to the left hand side of it there is a transparent strip so you can see how much you have/haven't used out of the bottle which I think is a very handy feature to have. On the front of the bottle there is a label and on that label I'm told that it is indeed 2 in 1 Bold Gel, Infusions 'White Diamond & Lotus Flower' and that it gives luxurious fragrance released even after 12 hours of wear and that my bottle gives 16 washes and there is a small picture of a diamond and a lotus flower on there. On the back label other information listed includes diagrams showing me how to use it and dosage details, ingredients and warnings are listed, the size is stated, (which in this case is 592ml) and contact details for Procter & Gamble UK are given (the manufacturer of the product). As I said previously I like the look the look of this bottle it looks good and rather classy really for a detergent bottle and the information given is all you could possibly need.
To use this the only dosage instructions given are those to use the ball with and it is not recommended you use this in your washer machine drawer for some reason. I have used the ball and for soft and medium water and in a full load you need 37ml of liquid but for hard water or for tough stains your advised to use more liquid (46ml).
The first problem I had with this though was removing the ball from the top of the bottle. I didn't half struggle. The second issue is although I sometimes need different amounts of liquid no guide is on the ball, just a diagram on the bottle so its a bit of guess work on my part concerning how much liquid I need. Then all that is left to do is add the ball and select the programme you need.
Apart from them problems I just mentioned with using the liquid there are no other moans from me about this however!
The fragrance of this is simply not too strong at all. It has a light floral smell to it and a hint of natural sweetness and simply smells clean and fresh and is in my opinion suitable to wash anyones clothes in, no matter the sex of them lol. It cleans brilliantly too, of course providing you set the temperature/programme on your washing machine right for your wash. I have successfully rid fabrics of grease, grime and blood with this and not only that my clothes feel soft and like I've used a fabric softener, which with this you don't need to add as its a 2 in 1 product.
Fabrics are left lightly and wonderfully fragranced and even when stored for a while before wearing/using them they still smell fresh up to a couple of weeks though I haven't noticed my clothes smelling really of it when in wear.
All round though this is a brilliant washing detergent. It cleans fabrics beautifully and makes them smell wonderful...I could want and expect no more!
If not on offer a bottle this size will cost you £4.00 (though it is still on offer with any 2 bottles of this size for £6.00 in Asda) and it is available in all good supermarkets etc.
Whilst I'm always on the look out for a bargain and will always consider cheaper brands, one area where I simply won't skimp is with clothes washing products. The product I am discussing in this review is the only brand I use - Bold. I use quite a few of their products, but my favourite has to be 2 in 1 Bold Gel Infusions in the Ruby Jasmine fragrance.
Bold is manufactured by Proctor and Gamble and this product comes in a distinctive 19cm high dark red plastic container.
The product stands out on the supermarket shelf as it has the famous Bold logo with the word Bold in bright orange lettering and a swirl of water behind it in blue and red. The advertising on the front of the container states "Luxurious Fragrance release even after 12 hours of wear".
The gel is concentrated and will provide both softness and freshness to your washing. The bottle contains 592ml with Proctor and Gamble advising that it will provide you with 16 washes.
The concept of this gel is that the perfume is in micro bubbles, which allegedly attach to your clothing as it is being washed. Apparently, each time your clothing is touched, it releases the scent, which then renews itself. This is a little technical for me, but in my experience, the scent is extremely long lasting.
The bottle sits on a flip-top lid and to use you simply dispense the required amount of gel into the cap, which is clipped on to the top of the bottle. The cap contains an inner transparent plastic "ball like" shape, which you fill with the required amount.
Whilst the rear of the bottle advises you use 37ml for a medium wash and 46ml for tough stains, I always feel this is too much. I simply half fill the cap, which is then placed on top of your washing within the machine. In doing this, I can make my bottle last for much more than the 16 washes that Proctor and Gamble advise.
The gel is suitable for all washing types, except for delicates, such as wool or silk and should not be used for hand washing. The gel is of a fairly thick consistency and is a light pink in colour and smells absolutely gorgeous when the cap is opened.
When you open your washing machine door after the load is finished, you can instantly smell the gorgeous perfumed aroma. The manufacturer's advertising is most definitely correct, as the scent definitely lingers for hours and I can always smell the freshness when I open my wardrobe. The gel is extremely effective and cleans my washing well and removes any stubborn stains. I'm a keen gardener and frequently have grass stains on my clothes, which completely disappear when I use this product.
I particularly love using this on my bedding, as you can instantly smell the subtle scent of the gel when you snuggle up and lay your head on the pillow.
There are five different fragrances in this range, namely:-
· Crystal Rain and White Lily
· Lavender and Camomile
· Sparkling Pomegranate and Orange Blossom
· White Diamond and Lotus Flower
· Ruby Jasmine.
The downside with this gel is the price as it normally sells for around £4.43 for a 592ml bottle. However, Tesco are currently offering two for £7 until 31 May 2010. I tend to shop around as I frequently see it for around £2 so stockpile and so far, I've never had to pay full price.
The bottle can be recycled after use.
This product gets 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me and I would highly recommend it.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
I have tried a few of the bold products, when they released the infusions range; I just had to try it, I picked up the Ruby Jasmine.
*** Packaging ***
The product comes in a burgundy coloured bottle, when is made from a semi hard plastic and is oval in shape.
The bottom of the product is where the lid is so it comes out easily and you get the most out of the bottle, to access the product you lift up the flap, and you have to squeeze the bottle to get it out. On the top of the product is where the cup is. This comes off the top and is where you put the gel which you then place in your washing machine.
On the front of the bottle is the bold label with a picture of what is in the product (ruby jasmine)
On the back of the product is shows a picture of how to use the product, how much to use and a couple of warnings.
The actual gel itself is quite thick in consistency; the scent that I am reviewing is a dark red colour. As soon as you open the lid you are hit with the beautiful aroma of ruby jasmine and it smells absolutely gorgeous! It is not an overpowering smell its very light and as soon as I smelt it it reminded me of the summer!
So, to use the gel you have to squirt an amount into the top cap, if you have a full load you can fill it to the top, if you have a smaller load then only half fill it. Once you have done this load in your washing and then place the cap in amongst it.
You then put your cycle on as normal and the gel is fine to use between 15 to 95 degrees!
*** Results ***
Once my load has finished, I took out my clothes to find that they had washed absolutely fine, there were no problems, no stains left on so for that I cannot fault it.
I did find with this fragrance that the scent left on my washing was not as strong as the other bold gels I have used. You could still smell it but it was very faint and hardly 'infused'.
I placed them on the radiator and unusually once they hit the heat it tends to fill the room with the scent, unfortunately this didn't.
The clothes were dried and although they were washed nicely, they just smelt 'washed' and didn't actually smell of the bold gel at all.
*** Conclusion ***
I am not sure weather I will continue to use the infusions range, my experience of the ruby jasmine was not a great one. I think I will probably try another and if I get the same results I will revert back to the original bold gels.
I bought this whilst it was on offer at £3 so not a bad price, and I cannot fault how it washed my clothes, but as for leaving a lovely scent on my clothes? I was very disappointed.
So the jury is still out at the moment.
Bold 2 in 1 Gel.
I love a good old freebie. And while hunting on the freebie board on moneysavingexpert.com I clicked on a link which led me to a Bold site. It was a launch of the 2 in 1 gel, and they were giving free full sized samples to a limited amount of people. I popped my name in, thought nothing else of it, and was shocked and rather delighted to find a large "Bold" box sitting on my doorstep when I returned from work. It was the Lavender scented one that I got, but inside there was a book of £1 vouchers for the next 4 purchases, so I have since tried the Ruby Jasmine a few times. I only really use it on my own clothing for a change, as one of our kids has very sensitive skin and needs careful choices of detergents.
Ruby Jasmine is the burgundy coloured bottle that is pictured here. The liquid inside is a thick pinky colour and you will find a dosing cup attached to the top of the bottle. It has like a silicone insert where you measure either 37mil or 46mil depending on whether you live in a hard or soft water area. This is quite a minimal amount, especially since you wont need a separate fabric softener.
You simply put your load into the washing machine, put the liquid into the dosing cup and place it on top of the clothing. Select your washing cycle and that's all. Please be aware, this is not suitable for delicates or wools. It also says not to put the dosing cup into the dryer, but I have occasionally done this by accident and it has not resulted in any huge issues.
In terms of scent, I like jasmine smells, but this is not overly strong. It is quite floral but it doesn't stick around too long. Clothes smell nice for a day or two, but soon you do not notice the scent at all.
It cleans well. I can't say that I have noticed it leave any stains behind on the clothing. That is the most important thing really. It does have some effect on my daughter's sensitive skin if I have used it by accident, but we find this tends to happen her with 2 in 1s anyway. She used a bib one day that had been washed using this and it left a pink itchy trail on her neck, although it only lasted a few hours.
At the moment it is on offer in Tesco, and it is also taking part in the Credit Crunching Brands (www.creditcrunchingbrands.com) initiative, where you will get £5 of coupons if you collect £10 of packets. This seems like a good idea to me and I am going to save up the vouchers.
At the moment I have the bottle sitting beside me as I write and it is really very pleasant indeed. It also looks really nice. I know that isn't too important, but it is always a plus.
I'd say this is a good choice, but do be careful if someone in the house is suffering from delicate skin conditions.
Another great smelling product from the Bold 2 in 1 range. I have tried most of them and this is one of my favourites. It has a lovely fragrance, which is not too overpowering and is long lasting on the clothes. (A little tip, if you hang a few bit of washing on your radiator, it gives a lovely scent to the room).
Each bottle comes with a removable lid, in which you squeeze the gel in to and place inside the washing machine on top , on top of your laundry. It is easy to measure out the required amount. A plus point to using products placed in the machine, is that the draw of the washing machine remains clean.
The actual results of the gel, produces clean, fresh smelling and uncrumpled washing. It does not shift all stains, however- marks such as chocolate, soup and beans, were quite stubborn and needed extra work to remove.
I am reviewing this product as I recently got it as a freebie to try so thought I would give my thoughts on here. I normally use Persil Non Bio small and mighty and Comfort Pure as these are without a doubt the best in my opinion and to be fair this would have to do something special to change my mind.
The bottle I received was Lavender and Camomile scent and came in a white bottle which contained 18 washes. Having looked in my normal supermarket this size bottle is normally £4.39. The bottle comes with a cap at the top which also acts as the measuring cup and holder for your gel and goes into the machine. It is meant to provide you with both good washing results and a fabric softner.
On squeezing out the gel I noticed that it was purple in colour and also smelt quite strongly of lavender. Personally it was a bit too much for my liking I normally like the smell of Lavender and Camomile so it was a bit of a shock to not be so keen on the smell of the detergent but I thought maybe it would die down a bit once it had done its job and would mellow on my clothes!
I was wrong the smell was still overpowering once I took it out of the machine and even now its dry it still really smells of lavender but not a nice mellow relaxing smell more a shove your head in a lavender bush sort of experience!
Now on to the softening properties I cant say I am impressed here either. I noticed when I took the clothes from the machine as well as not being impressed with the fragrance I was also not impressed with the just washed feel of the clothes with my normal detergent and conditioner it feels like the conditioner has moisturised my washing and I can feel the softness of the clothes and towels when I take them from the machine but with this it didn't happen and now its dry and slightly cardboard feeling not my normal level of softness at all.
The actual cleaning was of a good standard though so I will have to mark it up on that it did remove all of the marks from my daughters clothes so thumbs up there.
I am tempted to try another of the fragrances of which there are a few as they sound rather nice but I will only buy if its on offer and will still have to get softener.
All in all not very impressed!
I normally use 2-in-1 bold in powder or tablet form but when this quite recently came out it was on offer for a long time at £3 (thats about £1.80 off or something) so I thought I would give it a try.
It comes in a small size bottle that says it contain 16 washes, depending on what 'flavour' ( I always call them flavours lol) the bottles vary between 16 and 18.
I normally always buy the lavender one as thats my favourite but I thought I would try this new infusions one. I found it to be more runny then the normal bold 2-in-1 and the smell was not as strong but it worked very very well (I put in about 3/4 of the little cup full which very cleverly comes clipped to the end of the bottle.
All in all I was very happy it did clean my clothes just as well as the other Bold 2-in-1 and smelt lovely too.
I have decided though that I will stick to my normal lavender 'flavour!' just because I prefer the smell :)
My housemate bought this home from the local supermarket because it was on special offer for £3 and we thought we would give it a try.
Basically this works pretty much in the same way as any other washing up liquid, it comes with a measuring device on the top which you squeese the liquid gel into, you then put the cap and all into the washing machine and wash your clothes as normal.
When youre clothes come out of the washing machine you can really notice the difference between this gel and regular washing powder, the smell of the detergent is much stronger - i think this is a nice smell, however my housemate finds it rather over powering, it is important to note however that when the clothes dry, the smell does die down and your clothes smell clean and fresh and like theyve been washed in regular washing powder.
I always wash all my clothes at 30oC and I have never had any problems with the gel, so i consider the quality to be really good, and regarding value, this one bottle lasted much longer than a normal box of washing powder which would cost the same price - I have since bought it again.
The main advantage in my mind of this gel over powder is that it is much less messier, ie, you dont spill lots of powder around the washing machine - I did manage to loose the measuring cap however, but just squeezed the gel directly into the drum and it worked fine!
I first started using Bold 2 in 1 products a few years ago. I was on a money-saving kick and considered it a better buy compared to seperate detergent and softener.
I've used the tablets and the gel tablets previously, so switching to the gel was a no brainer really.
Made by Procter & Gamble, it's probably the same as all the others that are packaged the same. Comes with a dose cup on top to measure the gel. Very very easy to use, you can't get it wrong really.
On the back, in small writing it does say "no suitable for wools. never soak or wash over 50C. don't put the dose cap in the dryer"
I'd like to say, my dose cap has been through the dryer many times and is still perfectly usable. I've washed everything with this gel, and nothings fell apart yet. And guess what? The washer doesn't blow up if I put it on 60C with this gel inside!!
The gel itself is thick and gloopy. And smells wonderful! I use the "Sparkling Pomegranate and Orange Blossom" version, and it leaves the clothes clean, soft and with a lovely fragrance. Fresh, fruity and light.
The delights of using a gel are simple. It's simple to use. There's no powder to dissolve, so no detergent remains. As it's a 2 in 1, there's no extra softener to add to the draw. In fact, you can forget the draw all together as the gel goes in the dose cap, inside the drum.
As because it's a gel, it dissolves in lower temps, so you can run cold washes, which saves energy.