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      27.01.2014 21:19
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      Nice fragrance, gentle gel.

      I don't really mind if I use a gel or powder detergent when I wash my fabrics and tend to use both equally and it depends which is on special offer at the time and if I cannot find one on offer I just usually choose which one I have bought before and have liked quite a lot. This one was one I have bought many times in the past and like it quite a lot.

      It comes in a plastic bottle with the name very clearly on the front and so can easily be spotted on a shelf. It has a removable lid which is to be used to measure the liquid and the cap is to be used inside the machine drum.

      The liquid is a thick gel which is quite a rich consistency and doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it into the cap. The gel has a really nice fragrance to it and has a nice floral scent and it smells like a bunch of rose flowers in my opinion. The scent is quite a strong one but not overpowering.

      You just have to fill the cap with the gel and then place it on top of the fabrics in the washing machine. The gel flows onto the fabrics well. It cleans my fabrics extremely well and removes any stains from them. I have found it also removes stubborn stains well too and grease. When I wash my hubby's work clothing which has grease on them it removes it well and the ground in dirt from his dirty job. Removes chocolate well too from my grandchildren's clothing and any dried on food which sometimes can be difficult to remove with some detergents but with this one I have found it has always removed the food really well. My little granddaughter's bib she wears when eating dinner at my home is quite dirty after she has eaten and this gel removes all traces of the food she has eaten and is as good as new again.

      Cleans towels well and bedding, curtains and cushion covers and any cloths you may need to wash in a machine and also dusters. I washed my Kelly Hoppen bedspread with this gel for the first time and I was a little worried how the bedspread would wash being the first time washing it and I was really happy with the results from this gel. The liquid didn't leave any residue on the bedspread after it had dried and no marks were left on it. So I had nothing to worry about after washing it with this gel.

      I find it cleans fabrics well on a lower setting on my machine and a 30% setting. I like to wash on a lower setting when possible and this gel cleans really well on a lower setting.

      When I take my fabrics from my machine I can smell the fragrance immediately and once they have dried I can smell it on the dry clothing when I take them from my wardrobe or drawers. I think this gel has staying power on the fabrics for a very long time. It does tend to fade a little after a few weeks of being in the wardrobe and drawers but that is expected as with a lot of brands.

      It hasn't caused any rashes or irritations to my sensitive skin or the skin of my little grandchildren. I think it is a nice delicate gel and not a harsh one at all in my opinion.

      For a 888ml bottle is costs around £6 and for this price I think it is very good value for the price. It is designed to wash up to 24 wash loads so quite a lot of washes. The quality of the gel is really good too.


      I love this gel and I am more than happy to recommend it if you like to use a gel for washing your fabrics. I highly recommend it and I will continue to buy it in the future because it gives me all the results which I expect from a branded gel.

      I give this gel 5 stars.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        16.09.2013 16:21
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        Florally fresh laundry

        Having no defined loyalties to any specific laundry cleaning product, I was again scouring the supermarket shelves this week primarily in search of a decent offer on a branded detergent. I opted for Bold 2 in 1 Peony and Rose Blush gel on this occasion as it is currently on offer for £4 for a large 888ml bottle in Sainsburys. The price is being matched at Tesco and Asda too.

        I have used this product before so the results I have had from my wash were not a revelation to me, but I will share my findings.



        ****The product****

        The biological gel promises to give an indulging fragrance even after 3 weeks of storage due to its long lasting scent technology. It also promises great cleaning and softness.

        The 888ml pack has enough gel for 24 washes. The packaging is recyclable.

        The product is produced by Procter and Gamble.



        ****To use****

        Using the dispenser which comes fixed to the top of the bottle, add the correct amount of gel for your wash according to the instructions on the back of the bottle. The dispensing cap's centre holds approx. 37ml as a guide. The dispenser and gel are placed into the drum of the washing machine. In a washing machine which holds a 4-6kg wash the advice is to use:

        Soft water: 25ml slightly soiled items, 46ml very soiled items.
        Medium: 37ml slightly soiled items, 46ml well soiled
        Hard water: 46ml slightly soiled, 46ml well soiled items.

        For a washing machine with a capacity more than 7kg the advice is to add an extra 12ml.

        Not suitable for hand washing; not suitable for woollens, silks or prewash. The dispenser must not be used in the drier.



        ****Warnings****

        Keep out of reach of children. Irritant.



        ****Ingredients****
        >30% AnIonic Surfactants, 5-15% Soap, <5% Non-Ionic Surfactants, Phosphonates, Optical Brighteners, Enzymes, Perfumes, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Limonene, Linalool.




        ****Experience of the product****

        Scent

        The fact that the marketing of this product stresses the fragrance of the gel above its other features i.e. cleaning and softening, speaks volumes. To me, that is the products' main function - to make your washing smell nice and for that smell to last. Of course, a product which puts the onus on a particular scent does become rather a marmite product - you either like a scent or you don't. In my own opinion, it is a likeable, very floral, fresh fragrance. There is a definite hint of roses about the fragrance and I think the Bold 2 in 1 people have achieved a reasonably 'natural' smelling product with this one. How strong this fragrance is and how long it lasts seems to depend on how much of this pink coloured gel you add to your wash. I really like the smell of this product. I wouldn't call it 'indulgent' but it is pleasant and lasts well. Usually, using just a capful of the gel, I notice the smell emanating gently from my wardrobe for several days. It is also noticeable when you iron the clothes. If I put in more than a dispenser cap full into my wash, however, I do find the fragrance too strong. Personally, I like my clothes smelling fresh but I don't like the scent on my blouse fighting for dominance with my perfume.

        Cleaning

        Using my capful (37ml) as my water is medium/hard, this biological gel still does a decent job on my wash. We are not a family known for difficult stains, however, so perhaps we don't make the best testing ground. It doesn't have the brightening effect on my whites that some products have but I would say it does an adequate job.

        Softness

        As far as softening goes I find it acceptable - but by no means as good as using a separate softener. I have never found a 2 in 1 laundry product which bowls me over with its softness. My clothes and bedding are soft - but I know a separate conditioner would have done a better job.


        Other aspects

        With the weather already turning chillier, I have a lot of woollens in my wash again. So it is a shame that I can't use it to wash woollens and silks as this means that I have to have 2 cleaning products on the go at laundry time.


        ****Final thoughts****

        In short, my opinion on this product is that it provides satisfactory results as regards cleaning and softening your laundry and gives your clothes a lovely fragrance. When it is on offer I am happy to buy it - although I tend to seldom buy this at the full price which is £7 a bottle. That seems too expensive to me.

        Hence, I am giving it 4 dooyoo stars. A decent laundry product which when on offer (and it's on offer quite often) provides good value for money.

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        14.07.2013 21:18
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        Love it!

        I picked up a bottle of this Bold 2 in one whilst on offer in the Supermarket and it's the one we've been using for the last few weeks to do our laundry. I must admit the pink label appealed to me and the liquid itself is a lovely soft pink colour when you measure it out so top points for that!

        Packaging
        I find the packaging on laundry detergent very important as it often helps (or hinders) the way you use the product. With the Bold 2 in one you get a false lid on the top which is actually for measuring out the detergent and the base is a flip top lid but it doesn't leak thankfully as it sits this way up. The bottle is sized 888ml which should see you through 24 washes.

        In use
        I find this very easy to use, the measurements are clear and you just pop the lid with the detergent in it into the drum of the washing machine. No additional softener is required although I had to keep remembering NOT To add it in to the wash - it's such an automatic function for me!

        Price
        I paid around £4 when this was on offer which I think is quite a reasonable price. It can be as much as £7 when full price which I think is a bit dear.

        My thoughts
        This detergent smells absolutely beautiful, in a light and non overpowering way, it has the potential to be my favourite on the market. I will definitely be buying it again, and will look out for it when it's on offer. Performance wise, it gets clothes clean, sometimes things that are a bit challenging (ie baby gear) need a bit of extra help but I have vanish for that so I don't expect it from the normal detergent.

        Final word
        Definitely comes highly recommended, happy to report that this smells great and works well with good leak free packaging. A fantastic product from bold!

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        07.03.2013 16:20
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        A decent clothes washing gel

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        Bold is usually the favourite choice of clothes washing gel in our household, and we normally stock up when it is on sale for around £4 at the supermarkets. Asda, having run out of my usual Crystal Rain flavour, I went for the Rose Blush and Peony flavour.


        The gel is a thick liquid that comes in a plastic container with flip-top lid and a 'cup'/'boat' attached to the top of the container, to put the gel in and put in the washing machine. This gel is pink in colour, and has a very sweet, floral scent...I have never smelt Peonies so I can't say whether this is the stronger scent in the liquid or whether it smells like it at all, as for Rose, I don't remember roses smelling like this, but it certainly very sweet.


        I usually fill the cup up full, when putting in a full load, put the clothes in the washing machine and nestle the cup in the middle of the clothes. The wash finished, I open the door and am met again by the very sweet smell, definitely a very feminine smell. However when picking up the clothes one by one, I find that the scent is very faint on the material.


        Once dry, you can smell that the clothes are fresh, but there is only a hint of the Rose Blush and Peony scent on the clothes. Some people might not be too impressed with this, but for me, so long as my clothes are clean and don't have that sweat smell on them, then all is well. The gel has not caused any harm or irritation to my skin, which is usually sensitive.


        Does it wash away stains? New stains, such as food are all washed away, no hint of them left. The gel doesn't do much for older stains. Paint stains (wall paint), fade well so long as they are washed within a day or two of staining, but the gel does not completely remove the stain.


        Make sure to keep the gel 'bottle' upright, with the lid facing up, not down, otherwise the gel all goes to the lid and makes a goopy mess not only around the lid, but also the place it is standing on.


        Overall, I think this is a decent clothes washing gel, and award it four stars.


        ***

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        27.09.2012 19:15
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        Lovely scented cleaner

        I love washing products (I know, I worry about me too!) I think there's nothing better than when its clean bedcover day and you get in and the sheets are crisp and you get a lovely scent from either your powder/gel or fabric conditioner. Therefore when there are good offers on I do get a little excited!

        I hadn't tried the Bold 2 in 1 range before but recently Ocado were offering a choice of washing gels or capsules plus a fabric softener for just £4. RRP was well over £6 for a combination of these two products so I didn't hesitate to pop some in my basket. My favourite colour is pink and I love floral scents so there wasn't much question that I would pick the rose blush and peony scent.

        The bottle tells me that it is Bold 2 in 1 and it has a touch of Lenor freshness. It has 16 'doses' in the bottle. The point of a 2 in 1 is that you don't need additional fabric softener as this promises detergent, softness and freshness all in one.

        The bottle has a rounded shape and is white with a large pink sticker on. The sticker displays a large Bold logo and there is detaling of butterflies and flowers.

        Although the top of the bottle looks like it could be a cap, it is infact a sort of measuring cup for the gel. The flip lid is actually at the bottom of the bottle and is a nice pale gold colour. The bottle holds 592ml and although opaque, it has a clear line down the side to allow you to see how much you have left.

        To use the product is really simple, you simply pop off the top, squeeze the gel into it until you reach the line (there are 2 lines, the first marks 37ml for medium or soft water with normal or light dirt whilst the second is 46ml for hard water and the toughest stains). You then pop the cup into your washing machine on top of your washing and your all set.

        I like the way of using this as it is really simple. The cup is handy as it ensures that you are using the correct amount each time and popping it on top of your washing prevents clogged up detergent draws!

        The gel is a lovely pink colour. Its not a bright pink but it is definitely pink and is a beautiful shade. The scent is detectable as soon as you pop the cap off and this is pleasant. You can smell a floral smell but it is not too strong, instead it smells quite fresh and similar to the scent of a garden on an early spring morning. The scent is a clean scent and if you really sniff then you can detect a soapy smell but this isn't artificial smelling like some can be. I would definitely say you can smell the roses and peony and they provide a fresh spring scent.

        As the washing is well, washing I find that the home gets a subtle aroma in the air which smells nice and fresh and clean. When the washing is finished the cup comes out spotless with no gel bits or anything left over so you can pop it straight back on the top of the bottle ready for the next time.

        The wet washing holds the scent and I do find it provides a nice aroma in the room it is drying on. This scent is very subtle but I do think it gives a fresh burst to the air.

        The gel is suitable for use from a 15 degree wash right up until 95 degrees! The lowest I have used it with is a 30 degree wash and the highest is an 80 degree wash. Both temperatures provide great results. On a 30 wash it does a great job of your everyday washing that may have the odd mark but generally just needs freshening up. I have used the gel in an 80 degree wash on my white bedcovers as these can quickly fade over time. I have found it to have brilliant cleaning power here and my bedcovers are still a brilliant white.

        As this is a 2 in 1 product you aren't required to use any extra fabric conditioner. I have used some occasionally and have found that as my conditioner is also a floral scent it simply reinforces the aroma. However, a fabric conditioner is really not necessary with this product as it leaves my clothes feeling incredibly soft and with a subtle floral scent.

        I really like this product and will definitely be buying it again. Primarily I love the scent and the soft clothes I am left with but it also cleans very well too. Of course, it won't remove the toughest of stains but regular-heavy marks will be removed with ease.

        I would definitely recommend this range. It is longlasting, leaves clothes clean, smelling fresh and very soft and comfortable. Well worth a try.

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          08.06.2012 18:27
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          I wont buy it again

          I'm never brand loyal when it comes to laundry products and usually end up with whatever is on offer, a while ago my local Tesco had Bold 2 in 1 with a touch of Lenor on offer so I decided to give the Rose Blush and Peony Infusions a try. The type I am reviewing is the gel.

          The Bold 2 in 1 with a touch of Lenor is sold in a plastic oval shaped bottle which is white in colour with a gold coloured flip top lid. I personally prefer flip top lids as I cant out them down and lose them. The front of the bottle has a pink oval label which has the Bold logo in the middle of it. This also informs the customer that this is Bold 2 in 1 with a touch of Lenor and has 2 flowers, one pink one white, beside it with the words Rose Blush & Peony Infusions, I thought it sounded lovely as floral fragrances are my favourite. The label also states that this bottle will give you 24 washes and is a "concentrated detergent with softness and freshness". The bottle has a measuring cap on the top of it which easily clicks on and off. As the bottle is white plastic you cant see through it to see how much gel you have left, however the makers of this have put a clear plastic strip down the side of the bottle so you can see the gel inside, unfortunately this is pink the same colour as the gel and unless you get it in the right light its hard to see.

          The back of the label gives all the usual information for this type of product such as instructions for use, contact details and ingredients. It also advises that this is not suitable to use on wool or silk garments or the wool cycle on your machine. Its also not suitable for hand washing or wash cycles above 50oC.

          The gel is a pale pink colour and has a lovely delicate floral fragrance.

          To use the gel the label states that you need 1 capful of gel for 1 load, personally I rarely use the recommended amount of any washing detergent as I find half the amount is ample to do a regular wash, of course if its something really dirty like my husbands football kit then I will use the full recommended amount. The gel goes in the measuring cap and then directly in the drum of your machine.

          To use the product you simply squeeze the bottle, however this may prove difficult for those with hand problems or weak joints as you need to squeeze quite hard to get the gel out. The gel itself has quite a thick consistency.

          I have used half the bottle of Bold 2 in 1 with Lenor now and I'm definitely not impressed. It cleans well enough but as for there being a "touch of Lenor" well in my opinion it must be the tiniest touch ever because my laundry comes out of the machine felling like its had no softener in it at all, there's no nice floral fragrance either. As I mentioned I have no problem with how Bold 2 in 1 cleans, I found all my laundry was clean but it just didn't smell as fresh as I would have liked and definitely not soft, especially towels and bedding, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.

          Over all I'm disappointed with Bold 2 in 1 with a touch of Lenor, it doesn't leave my washing soft or fresh, I will use the rest of the bottle as I hate waste but I will add a separate softener. Bold 2 in 1 with a touch of Lenor is currently on offer in Tesco for £4.00 if you fancy trying it but in my personal opinion its not worth the money.

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            23.01.2012 13:07
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            Laundry gel which didn't live up to all it's amazing claims - not for me at least.

            Like other reviewers, I too tried out the Bold 2in1 Rose Blush and Peony gel as part of a Supersavvyme product trial.

            It arrived (after several weeks of waiting) packaged in a pointless gift bag and pink tissue paper.... trying to make a laundry product exciting, some women on the project likened it to opening a gift of lingerie... I worry about those women.

            The big selling point of this product is its 'microcapsule technology' which is fabled to continue giving your washing continuous bursts of fragrance when you touch the fabric.

            The scent of the product out of the bottle was pleasant enough, pretty similar to other laundry gel smells. It didn't waft me off my feet and take me to magical lands where children were perfect and there was no evil in the world, no it just smelled OK. I gave it a go with a load of dark washing. I squeezed the gel from the bottle into the cap provided. I'm no weakling, but it was a strain to squeeze the bottle single handedly and I had to use both hands. I could imagine someone with arthritis or rheumatism would struggle to squeeze the bottle. The packaging was probably a hinderance, the bulk of the bottle is a hardish white plastic, with a see through section down the side to enable you to see how much is left in the bottle. I would imagine the bottle would be easier to squeeze and a whole lot easier to gauge the quantity if the whole bottle itself was made of transparent plastic. I would imagine the production costs of manufacturing a bottle putting in a transparent section are higher than just making the majority of a bottle out of one kind of plastic.

            When the washing was over, I didn't notice any superior cleaning power to that of my usual product - I usually use a supermarket own brand and softener, along with water softener powder as I live in a very hard water area.

            I do not have a garden, so all my washing gets hung up in the house on airers to dry. I noticed the smell of the gel quite strongly when the washing was fresh out of the machine, but as they dried I barely noticed the smell. At times I would rub the clothes to see if the 'microcapsule technology' released any further fragrance, I didn't notice any. My husband on the other hand wore his newly washed trousers to work and complained that all day long all he could smell was the gel and it was overpowering, the following day they didn't smell at all.

            I decided to try again, this time on our towels. I usually split the load to fit in the washing machine, so I decided to test for softness, one half using our usual laundry products and the other using the Bold.

            The ones washed with our usual products were nice and soft and smelling fresh as usual, however the Bold ones felt rough and once dry just smelled like towel.

            I kept using it till it was empty, and blimey, was it hard to get the bottle to be empty - again with the trouble squeezing the gel out of the bottle which just got harder the less of the gel that was in the bottle. In the end I knew there was still some left, but other than using some sort of samurai sword to slice the bottle open to get the last dregs out, I had to leave it.

            I couldn't wait to get back to my usual laundry products and certainly wouldn't recommend it to other people. I did notice that it got very mixed reviews on the Supersavvyme project, and it does make me wonder whether it depends on the type of material that is washed with it, and the type of water you have in your area as to whether the microcapsule technology works as well as they claim it does. I would image in soft water areas it may well work better. But for the money - it is a pricey product, if you live in a hard water area, it may not be worth shelling out the extra £s for this product.

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            15.11.2011 10:37
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            A product from Bold I will never use again!

            I don't usually try new detergents, because I tend to stick to what I know. However, when I was sent a free bottle of one of Bold's newer fragrances, Rose Blush and Peony, by Super Savvy Me, I was really tempted to give it a go because it smelt really lovely! I have now used it for around a week, but since then, the entire bottle has had to go in the bin because Harry has come up in an awful allergic reaction to it, so it's back to the Persil for us. I haven't found the product to irritate my skin, but the fact it is troubling my normally quite tough 5 year's old skin is worrying, and is the cause for the low product rating from me.

            Bold have been making washing detergent for a good many yeas, and are a well-known brand in the market. You can easily find their products in all the big supermarkets, and are readily available and in lots of different varities. This is actually a gel product rather than a liquid, and the main difference from my Persil liquid is that it has to go into the drum with your washing rather than into the drawer. I don't know of the benefit of this and why it has to be used this way, but it is specified quite heavily on the bottle that it is used in this way. You are provided with a measuring cap which is attached to the top of the bottle, into which you squeeze the gel and then place into the drum. You just roughly fill the middle circle of the dispenser for a full wash, and slightly less for fewer items. Therefore, its quite easy to use in that respect, especially as the bottle is a "top-down" product, meaning it sits on the lid and the liquid is always therefore ready to be dispensed which is quite handy.

            After a wash and when I open the door of my washing machine, I found the smell was really quite strong, and you could tell that the clothes were therefore heavily fragranced. After the first time of opening the door and finding the smell a bit over-powering, I actually used slightly less liquid the following time but still the smell was a little strong for me. However, the house did smell nice when I hung my washing on the airer, and I found the smell easily went around the house, and it was a bit more diluted like that. When the clothes dried, you could easily smell the fragrance on them, and they were quite soft, although not overly so I have to say. I didn't find that they were any easier to iron, although again when the iron was steaming on the clothes, the smell once again really came out.

            As I mentioned, my biggest issue with this product is the allergic reaction that it brought Harry out in. When he got around to wearing his clothes that I had washed in, he became itchy but I put it down to other things. However, it carried on and soon he came out in big red blotches all over his body, to the extent where he couldn't sleep even after having both calamine lotion and Piriton to try and stop the itching. I realised it could be this product irritating his skin, and promptly rewashed everything in my trusty Persil and lo and behold, the itching and blotches disappeared swiftly. And just as swiftly as they disappeared, the bottle of Bold found itself at the bottom of my dustbin. A free product ended up costing me so much time in rewashing all of Harry's clothes, even the one I'd lovingly ironed and put away, and ended up spending money at the laundrette as well drying everything because I needed it all done asap. It didn't bring me out in a rash, but I think it was so heavily perfumed that it just really irritated Harry's delicate young skin, and I certainly wouldn't Bold detergent anywhere near it again.

            Overall, I can't say I was overly impressed with this product. The cleaning power wasn't anything great, I found it didn't shift the stains on Harry's white school shirts as well as my Persil does, and the smell was a little over-powering for me, and I am convinced it is the amount of chemical perfume in this that irritated Harry's skin. One good point I did like about the product was the design of the bottle, and the fact that it was top-down, therefore allowing the product to be easily dispensed. However, after my awful experience with it, I really cannot recommend the Bold 2 in 1 Rose Blush and Peony gel to anyone, especially those with young children or with sensitive skin as I do feel it could provoke a bad reaction. I shall stick to Persil, and after some research, I've actually switched back to powder over liquid because liquid really isn't good for the machine and has gunked up my machine with black slime, and since the switch to powder, I haven't noticed any slime at all! So overall, I can't recommend this product, and will never be using it again.

            RRP: £4.59 for 667ml. Available from all good supermarkets.

            Thank you for reading.

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              05.11.2011 02:35

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              I have just finished trying bolds new 2in1 rose blush and peony and I am both glad i tried it and amazed.Firstly i love a bargain (especially in these recessionary times) and what better bargain than to get both you're washing and fabric softner in one for a great price,but its incredibly great value too(i found a little goes a long way to beautifully washed clothes-even on a low tempeture)and its very handy too,you only need to fill one lil cup(that sits at the neatly on top of the bottle when not in use)to put in you're washing machine,how great is that!Secondly and probably the main reason I wrote this review is the smell and the softness.The smell-wow-it makes my home and clothes smell beautiful-friends think I had a new perfume-and it lasts,even in the wardrobe,and the softness-its what hugs and cuddles were made for-especially in winter.

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              A novel product but one that doesnt perform better than my old faves

              I'm fairly traditional when it comes to doing the laundry sticking with big boxes of powder when most people I know are using tablets, capsules or liquids. It's not that I haven't tried these formulations more that I still find powder the most convenient method. Recently, though, I've noticed that when the wash starts, a little bit of powder is getting left behind in the drawer and the amount that gets left behind seems to be slightly more than the last time. We could, admittedly, do with a new washing machine but I hoped to put off the purchase for a while and thought that using a liquid formulation might be a good move until the new machine was bought.

              By lucky hap the lovely people at SuperSavvyMe offered me the opportunity to test the Bold 2in1 gel on the condition that I made sure I told everyone what I thought of it. This was exactly the nudge I needed to give something new a try.

              This first thing you'll notice about this product - if you've not seen it on the supermarket shelves is its unusual shape. It does look a little bit chunky and cumbersome but actually once it's in your mitt it's surprisingly user friendly. The gel is dispensed from a flip cap in the flat base of the container. I thought you might have had a choice of pouring the detergent straight into the drawer or into the drum but the instructions, given only in pictorial form on the reverse of the container, quite clearly show that you mustn't put the liquid in the drawer. The gel goes into the drum using the cap on the top of the bottle inside of which are meant to be markings to show how much to pour for a full load or a half machine load. If you feel inside this section of the lid you can feel the measuring marks but they are really difficult to see and I ended up added what I thought seemed the right amount. The other issue I had with the dispensing cap was that unless you realise the little trick, it's hard to get the cap off. It looks as if you should twist off the cap but in fact it comes off much more easily if you simply squeeze the soft plastic bit in the centre of the cap.

              The fragrance is "Rose Blush & Peony" and, unlike some other liquid or gel detergents, the fragrance is not too overpowering when you open the bottle. I usually find that liquid detergents smell too harsh when you open the bottle but settle down after use but there's none of that with this product, all you get is a lovely aroma that doesn't give you a headache. The fragrance is dominated by a rose scent and I couldn't really say I get the peony at all but as I like the smell of roses I don't mind at all.

              I did find squeezing the gel into the cap a little bit fiddly and I took the bottle to my mum's house to ask her to have a try because she has very bad arthritis in her fingers and she should be a good guinea pig. She struggled a little with the lid until she accidentally worked out the easy way to get the cap off, but she found it difficult to squeeze the liquid from the bottle so it might be a good idea to use a slightly softer plastic to make it easier for people who don't have so much manual dexterity.

              When the cycle is done and the door of the machine is opened the fragrance is immediately apparent. What's great is that the fragrance lasts and lasts so it lingers whether I line dry the washing or dry it indoors. When clothes come out of the drawers or the wardrobe they still have the fragrance and I love to have a good sniff when I get clothes out. People have noticed the fragrance and a friend who stayed overnight remarked on how lovely my towels smell.

              This detergent is 2in1 because it contains a fabric conditioner, described as "a touch of Lenor fragrance". I almost always use a separate fabric conditioner in my wash and I can't say my laundry felt any different from the way it usually does when I use a conditioner, but that also means that it isn't any less effective in this respect. Similarly it doesn't appear to be any more effective than my usual product when it comes to cleaning power, but then I was happy with that too so I can't say that Bold 2in1has disappointed in that department.

              The information on the back of the bottle states that this gel isn't suitable for wool and silk items which is fine as I tend to use a specific product for these items. Bold also state that this gel is suitable for all washes from 15 to 95 degrees and I have tried it with hot and cooler washes with no change to cleaning power.

              For an 18 wash bottle the RRP is £4.59 and for 25 washes £6.19, in contrast with a 25 wash powder priced at £6.09. It's a novelty really; an alternative way of doing something that works pretty well anyway. For me there's the advantage over powder in that this is dispensed in the drum but once I get round to buying a new machine that won't be an issue. I might buy this if I saw it on promotion in the supermarket and I would recommend it on efficacy and fragrance I'm not ready to make a permanent swap from my favoured product.

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                10.10.2011 20:33
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                A 2 in 1 washing detergent with softener in Rose & Peony scent

                I have been a member of Supersavvy for some time and just recently they started a new section called super savvy circle and in this group they select people to test new products and share their opinions with each other and spread the word to friends and relatives. I was chosen to take part in the Bold 2 in 1 Rose Blush and Peony group.

                When we are chosen you get an email telling you that a parcel will be arriving with your 'kit'. This arrived with a full container of the product in the smaller size and also a booklet explaining the product and a book of vouchers for £1 off through different supermarkets, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrison's.

                I was keen to try mine and so rushed around finding any laundry that needed washing in order to make up a load. I opened the bottle and sniffed and was hit with a lovely feminine rose scent. The bottle is one of those upside down ones with a measuring lid attached to the end that the detergent comes out of. The bottle is fronted with a nice pink label surrounding the BOLD name. The section where the detergent comes out is gold so it looks quite classy.

                The 2 in 1 range combines fabric softener with detergent therefore saving you the bother of buying and storing two bottles in theory but doe s this do the job of two bottles? The range also comes in different formats, from gels and liquitabs to powders and tablets. The one I am reviewing is the gel or liquid in the Rose blush & peony scent. The range also has different scents beside the one I am reviewing it comes in 'Crystal rain & White Lily', 'Lavender & camomile', 'Sparkling Pomegranate & Orange Blossom', ' White Diamond & Lotus Flower', 'Ruby Jasmine and finally this one 'Rose Blush & Peony'.

                The prices of these according to the recommended retail price are
                Powder -25 wash £6.09
                Liquitabs - 20 wash £5.89
                Tablets - 20 wash £4.89
                Gel 18 - wash £4.59 and 25 wash £6.19

                I find this is quite expensive even considering that there are two products in one. Even with the voucher for £1 off it is still quite a lot more than Tesco own brand and about the same as similar products like Surf and Ariel.

                The benefits are meant to be a good quality detergent with the addition of fabric softener. The scent comes from Bold's special micro capsule technology which is meant to make the scent last longer in your clothes once dry.

                The manufacturer suggests that if you rub your clothes or ' give someone a big hug' then the scent on your clothes will be released. I have to say I haven't been overwhelmed with this aspect of the product in any way. The freshness 'bubbles' that are meant to infuse my clothes seem to be hiding rather deeply.
                I have used the bottle of detergent I n several washes, hot, cold and warm. I have dried clothes outside on the line and inside around the house. When dried outside the clothes smelled a lot better but they always do I find. Usually if I dry clothes inside the house my house smells of nice fresh washing but using this I haven't been struck by the smell. Once or twice it was noticeable but not remarkably.

                Initially I was pleasantly impressed with the product but as time had gone on and I have had to dry more clothes inside the scent has been less apparent and I also find that my clothes are not as soft as when I use a separate conditioner. I have now started to add a little conditioner in the wash and it has helped with the softness and my clothes smell better too. I think that one product just isn't enough to make the scent last.

                Does it clean your clothes? Well, yes I think so. I don't have any badly stained clothes as I only wash for my husband and I and neither of us do anything very dirty. My granddaughter's clothes sometimes get washed when she has been over here and they seem to come out pretty clean but she isn't a very grubby eater. So to be honest I haven't given it a stain test but it did clean all my holiday clothes when we arrived back from our trip to Rwanda and Madagascar and those clothes were pretty smelly having been collected dirty over a couple of weeks. The clothes came out smelling clean but not very rosy!

                I do find that my clothes smell better if I take them out as soon as my machine allows me to open the door. I set my washing machine on a timer to use night rate electricity and try to make it finish as late as possible so they don't sit in the washer too long. I also find that if clothes take too long to dry because of the weather i actually have to wash them again as they smell musty and foul.

                I always store my knickers, T shirts and other clothes in drawers with Lush stuff and that makes them smell nice. Those hanging in the wardrobe I try to give a bit of space between to keep them smelling fresh and clean. The manufactures of the product suggest that you should store clothes on slatted shelves and use baking soda in the bottom of the wardrobe to absorb any unpleasant odours. I tend to rely on the fact that my clothes are clean and if I put them away clean they should stay smelling nice and clean.

                THE BOTTLE
                One thing I find with these bottles is that once you get near the end of the bottle it is VERY hard to squeeze it to get the stuff out. The smaller size is not so hard but if you have the larger size I can barely get my hands round it and I don't have the strength to squeeze any detergent out. I had to get my husband to squeeze the last few goes out of my bottle. I am not a weakling by any means so i am not sure how anyone with stiff joints or weak hands work cope. I would think the liquitabs would be a better option rather than these bottles of gel.

                WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
                Well I have mixed feelings. It is a lovely scented product but in my humble view the scent doesn't linger in the clothes once they are out of the machine and dry. I also think that the softening properties are not as good as when I use even a cheapie separate fabric softener. I also think it is very expensive even with the money off voucher I have. If I see it on offer I will buy it as it is a good detergent but I find I get better results if I add extra softener which I shouldn't have to. I certainly wouldn't reject another detergent on offer in favour of this as I feel it is as good but not anything special. I have got just as good results from the Tesco one which is about half the price and then used fabric softener with that one.

                This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
                ©Catsholiday

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                  03.10.2011 22:55
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                  Love the scent

                  I love trying out new products so I was delighted to receive a free bottle of a new Bold 2in1 fragrance, Rose Blush and Peony, courtesy of the new 'Savvy Circle' launched on www.supersavvyme.co.uk. I was in two minds whether to accept this product trial initially as I normally only use non-biological washing products (usually Fairy) as both I and my oldest sons suffer from sensitive skin and eczema. Getting the product for free did seem like the ideal opportunity to try a biological gel out and see whether I got enhanced cleaning performance and whether this would irritate sensitive skin or not.

                  The 2in1 gel comes in a chunky plastic bottle which dispenses the attractive pink gel easily with just a gentle squeeze. The gel is used directly in the drum of the washing machine, using the lid which transforms into a handy dispenser. One of the advantages of this method of dispensing is that the drawer of the washing machine isn't used at all, avoiding the need to clean it out! I did wonder whether the plastic dispenser might be a little noisy as it clonked around in the machine but, in all honesty, I can't say that I heard any noise from it at all.

                  I was hoping that this gel would show a marked improvement in cleaning performance from my usual non-bio. I have always been led to believe that biological powders (or gels, as in this case) are much more effective at cleaning and removing stains. In all honesty, however, I haven't really witnessed any major improvements and, for instance, the Bold gel didn't even make an impact on my son's white polo t-shirt that was sporting a nice muddy imprint of a football. I know that Fairy alone wouldn't have been able to tackle a mud stain but I was disappointed that this Bold didn't perform any better.

                  My other concern had been how this gel would react with my family's sensitive skin. Here I was much more impressed as, despite using this for all of the family's laundry for the past few weeks including bedding, there has been no sign of any irritation on any of the boys' or my skin. None of us have experienced a recent outbreak of eczema which was my main concern. This certainly put my mind at rest about the suitability of this product for people with sensitive skin.

                  Above all else, though, the main benefit of this gel is the beautiful aroma that it leaves both on the freshly washed laundry but also clothing that has been dried and worn. (Apparently, this is a result of very clever sounding 'Micro Capsule Technology.' which ensures that the smell is gradually released when the clothes are worn.) The scent itself is totally gorgeous - a really fresh, floral fragrance that is just strong enough to waft through my clothing all day without seeming cloying or overpowering. It is a very feminine fragrance but I've had no complaints from my husband or sons so I don't think it is overly noticeable. I do love it though and it certainly cheers me up to smell my clothing smelling so pleasant all day long.

                  As this is a 2in1 product, it is designed to replace the need to use an additional fabric softener. I never use fabric softener anyway so this doesn't save me any money or time but I can see why this appeal to people who usually do. I can see that this fragrance replaces that usually added by a separate fabric softener but I can't say that I've noticed my clothing feeling any softer than they would usually feel.

                  In all, I have been pleasantly surprised by my experience with Bold gel. I love the fragrance of this Rose Blush and Peony variety and feel really comforted by my beautifully scented clothing and I was very relieved that the gel hasn't irritated our delicate skin at all. I was, however, disappointed that this wasn't any more successful at tackling extremely dirty washing.

                  This variety along with many others in the range is available from most supermarkets for around £4 for a 667ml bottle, estimated to tackle 18 loads of washing. It's not a cheap product, especially as I would need to use an additional stain remover as well, but it is a beautifully scented way of cleaning my family's laundry so I will probably be buying this again.

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                    My new favourite Bold product

                    As a member of the recently opened Savvy Circle on www.supersavvyme.co.uk, I had the chance to try Bold 2 in 1 Rose Blush & Peony Gel for free. Having tried various Bold products in the past and generally liked them, I was keen to try this new one.

                    The Rose Blush & Peony Gel comes in a package familiar to anyone who has tried a Bold Gel. The squeezy bottle dispenses gel from the bottom, and a cap is clipped on to the top of the bottle which you fill with the gel and put into the washing machine. Bold Rose Blush & Peony is a 2 in 1 product, meaning that you don't need fabric conditioner - there is Lenor included in the gel.

                    I've had mixed experiences with Bold gels, and as the last one I tried made my laundry smell bad if I didn't use fabric conditioner, I was a little wary. However, as I was testing the product as part of a market research study I had to be brave and not use a separate conditioner. The scent of the gel as it comes out of the bottle is pleasantly floral but not overwhelming, so I was hopeful that the Rose Blush & Peony Gel would set my opinion of Bold back to rights.

                    The first time I opened the washing machine after using the gel, I was really surprised by the fragrance that drifted out. It was strong by not overpowering, just the right level, but best of all - it was really nice! The floral scent had infused all the laundry and was very pleasant. I hung the laundry up on my clothes horse and left it to dry. Having been in a different room for a while, when I returned to the living room where the clothes horse was set up I noticed that the pleasant floral smell which I had noticed on the laundry had actually infused the whole room, and smelt a lot more delicate and natural than any air freshener I have ever tried.

                    This has been my experience with every load of laundry I have done with the Bold Rose Blush & Peony Gel. This weekend I dried some laundry on the balcony seeing as it was probably the last weather good enough for that - the fragrance was just as evident on the dry laundry as it is when dried indoors, but sadly I didn't get the benefit of the flat smelling nice!

                    Another benefit of the fragrance - it sticks to cats after they have had a nap on clean laundry. There was some unexplained hair on a pile of laundry recently, and I didn't know which of our three cats to blame - usually I see which one it was, but they had obviously been sneaky. Anyway, I soon realised when I picked up Snoopy that he had a distinctive smell of Bold Rose Blush & Peony about him. Case solved.

                    Of course the Bold gel isn't just to make your laundry smell nice, it is a detergent and therefore need to clean your clothes. As a detergent I find it fairly average. It does the job of general cleaning very well, but it doesn't lift tougher stains. To be fair I don't know of any detergent which does lift tough stains on its own, so the Bold Rose Blush & Peony Gel is average in that respect - as are all the other Bold gels I have tried. If you have any tougher than normal stains you'll want to add a stain remover to your wash, but I imagine most people would do that without thinking anyway - I certainly do.

                    Overall, I'm really pleased with the Bold Rose Blush & Peony Gel. The only negative I can think of (aside from the average cleaning power but I think most detergents are the same) is the fragrance is decidedly floral, and men and teenage sons may not appreciate that. However my OH hasn't commented on the smell of his clothes since I started using this - I haven't pointed out to him that I'm using a floral detergent, but he hasn't noticed on his own.

                    Out of all the Bold products I have tried, this is my favourite. It is easy to use, cleans as well as any other detergent, and smells great - on my laundry and in my flat.

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                      I would definitely recommend it because of its sweet and feminine fragrance+fabric softening action.

                      I recently got the chance to try Bold 2in1 Rose Blush and Peony Gel courtesy savvy circle. It comes in a beautiful packaging, with golden lid and pink sticker on a white background it definitely stands out in the store shelves or my cleaning cabinet for that matter. Using it is easy, you just have to fill the measuring cup (that comes with it) with the required amount of gel and place on top of the laundry in the washing machine. After I washed my first laundry load with it, i was pleasently surprised, as the clothes were soft, clean and fragrant. I really liked its fragrance and even found it better than the lavender and chamomille one. Even after the clothes were dry, they smelled sweet and fresh, and what surprised me the most that after wearing a cotton dress(washed with bold) for the whole day, i could smell this fresh scent from it.
                      On washing the second load, however, i found out that removing stains was just not its cup of tea, and that it is only good for not-so-dirty laundry. In addition, its limitations include no prewash, no handwahing, not for woolen clothes and not for babies clothing at all.
                      It costs £4.59 for 18 washes, but since it saves you the cost of fabric softener, i'd say its quite a value for money.

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