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Bold 2 in 1 Gel Lavender and Camomile
Member Name: alyson29
Bold 2 in 1 Gel Lavender and Camomile
Date: 01/10/12, updated on 01/10/12 (100 review reads)
Advantages: Smells gorgeous and leaves laundry fresh and beautifully scented
Disadvantages: A few minor niggles, but nothing of great concern
At this present time, my stash of Bold gels total twelve bottles, which are of two different sizes and the lavender one I'm using at the moment is 888 ml in weight and offers 24 doses. I cannot admit to any particular brand of laundry gel standing out to me on the supermarket shelf as they all tend to look the same with their sturdy plastic containers and colourful packaging. However, Bold tends to be positioned at eye level (provided you're around the same 5 foot 3 height as me), so I never have to reach too far for my bottles. The upper section of the container is slightly curved and houses the dosing cap, which is securely attached. However, I find that after squeezing the bottle for half a dozen or so washes, the cap doesn't firmly fit and tends to fall off.
As I live in a soft water area I need to dispense 37 ml of the fairly thick consistency purple gel into the sturdy plastic dosing cup for one full load with 46 ml required for hard water areas and tough stains. The measurements are identified on the inside of the dosing cup in increments of 10 beginning with 15 ml and whilst I have no difficulty in reading them, my husband struggles, particularly as the measurements are etched in white on a white dosing cap. This would obviously pose a problem for many people and it would be much more legible if the measurements were in a dark colour. I find the bottle much easier to lift than the boxes of powder and a firm grip can be maintained whilst dispensing. The fragrance is simply stunning and whilst I would argue that the lavender aroma isn't as authentic as I would have hoped, I still find it very favourable. The gel is easily dispensed and the flip top lid, which is located on the underside of the container, is effortlessly opened and closed. However, I often find that the gel seeps out of the edges of the bottle although it could well be me being a little heavy handed with dispensing!
The dosing cap should be placed into the washing machine drum together with the laundry although I now ensure that I wrap it inside a garment prior to placing it in the machine. The reason for this is despite having used this product for many years with no problems, over the last couple of months the cap of gel has fallen off the mound of laundry and straight onto my kitchen floor. As a consequence, I have had to clean up a slippery soapy mess on at least half a dozen occasions, which is absolutely no fun at all! I would point out that the dosing cap should not be used above 50°C and the gel is not suitable for wool or silk garments. The gel creates a mass of lather in my washing machine and I often wonder if I've used too much, but I always follow the directions for use in respect of each load.
When removing the laundry from the machine I am able to witness the beautiful fragrance, which is fairly strong although it is considerably reduced during the drying process. Over the past few weeks I have been using my vented tumble dryer more frequently and I love to be able to nip outside and witness the delightful aroma, which I find extremely comforting and simply gorgeous. I love freshly laundered bedding, as for some reason I am able to sleep much more soundly although I don't know why! I find the lavender and chamomile aroma lingers for a few nights before it starts to disperse and it is so relaxing to be able to witness the scent on the pillow cases. The dosing cup is not suitable for use in the tumble dryer although I've forgotten to remove it on a number of occasions, but cannot speak of any problems. An issue I frequently find is that despite buttoning the duvet cover prior to washing, the cup always manages to finds its way inside, so it's somewhat of a battle to try and locate it!
Whilst I am able to witness the fragrance on my clothes, I am only able to do so for an hour or so after dressing. However, my husband's tee-shirts tend to hold the scent for much longer as do the bath towels. Of course, one of the most important points with a laundry gel is its performance and I can state that it is highly effective at cleaning our laundry and removing stains such as grass or biro. However, my diabetic husband has to regularly check his blood sugar levels throughout the day and he will insist on wearing white tee-shirts and as a result, they frequently display tiny blood stains. Unfortunately, I would argue that Bold can remove stubborn stains and it is necessary for me to use a separate product for this purpose. Another important point for me with washing gels is softness and whilst my husband loves bath towels to resemble the texture of cardboard, which is what is achieved from drying on the line, I love soft fluffy towels and Bold delivers first class results.
The only problem I find with the gels is that after using more than half of the bottle it tends to become misshaped, so dispensing the gel becomes a slight issue. Consequently, I have to keep squeezing the bottle to draw in air in an attempt to get it back into its former shape to enable it to effectively dispense. Unfortunately, it is impossible to dispense the entire contents of the bottle due to the fact that the remaining gel tends to get stuck at the bottom. However, I have the assurance that the gel will remain intact as I would often experience problems when using powders as the surface of the power would often become a little damp and subsequently, become a little lumpy. Despite my few grumbles, I can highly recommend Bold Lavender and Chamomile Gel and I'm not removing any stars due to the fact that it cannot remove blood stains as specifically designed products are required.
Another downside with Bold gels is the price, but at the time of writing Tesco are selling the 592 ml bottle, which is sufficient for 24 washes for £3 and if you sign up to the website supersavvyme you can find printable coupons to obtain a £1 discount. I must admit that I've never purchased Bold at full price and will stock on when there are special offers available.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: A gorgeous laundry product