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Bold 2 in1 Rose Blush & Peony Gel
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Bold 2 in1 Rose Blush & Peony Gel
Date: 26/10/11, updated on 27/10/11 (71 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely fragrance that lasts; satisfactory cleaning and softening power
Disadvantages: Some issues with dispensing
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.
Summary: A novel product but one that doesnt perform better than my old faves