Product Type: Comfort household products
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Comfort Concentrate Blue Skies
Member Name: redhead78
Comfort Concentrate Blue Skies
Advantages: Makes a real difference to washing - making it softer, lovely smelling and easier to iron
Disadvantages: None for me
Just before Christmas, however, it had been a while since my mum had visited and as it's not something I would think to buy myself, I ran out of it and started just using washing powder capsules in my wash instead. Now, I like to think of myself as a fairly intelligent person so to this day I can't understand why it took me so long to realise why my washing was suddenly smelling not so nice, harder, crisper and more difficult to iron. We tried allsorts...changed the washing powder, got some washing machine cleaner and ran that through the machine, spreading the damp washing out more when drying it...all to no avail. It was only when I was moaning to my mum about it that she suggested maybe I should try changing fabric conditioner. Light bulb! I sheepishly admitted that I hadn't been using it for a few weeks because we'd run out. So she tutted and told me to go get some. As it's her that normally buys it for me and she always buys whatever's on offer at the time it's not something I've been brand loyal to, so when I went to our local Co-op and saw this huge 1.5 litre bottle on offer down fro £3.30 to £2.00 this was the one I opted for.
The bottle really is huge, so big that I struggle to hold it one handed when it's full, but the fact that it's so big just made me feel like I was getting more of a bargain and I'm lucky enough to not only have quite a big kitchen but a separate utility too, so storage of things like this isn't an issue for me. Like many fabric conditioner bottles, it is clear so you can not only see the colour of the liquid inside, but also see how much you've got left - something I'll be keeping a much closer eye on from now on! The label on the front is attractive and makes you immediately think of freshness and airiness with it's picture of a meadow filled with blue poppies and sunshine. It also states that you should get 42 washes out of it, meaning it works out at less than 5p a wash. The back label gives all the usual information about how to use the softener, the "keep away from children" warnings and also a reassuring announcement about their Cleaner Planet Plan, which means that the concentrated version of this product uses 50% less packaging compared to their normal one, making me feel like I'm doing another little bit towards saving the planet!
Overall the packaging is very sturdy and substantial with no flimsy feeling about it, which is good because it's so big that I often feel like it's going to slip out of my hand. The lid is also made of a good chunky plastic and screws on tightly so there's no fear of spillages or leaks. It also doubles as a measure so instead of using guess work you can pour the conditioner into the lid first, then your washing machine to make sure you're using the right amount. Of course, there will always be the odd stubborn redhead who thinks she doesn't really need to do that and just guestimates!
The fabric conditioner itself smells absolutely divine. It sounds daft to say that about a laundry product, but it really does. The back of the bottle states that when you use it you "open the doors and step outside into the wonderful outdoor freshness" and that really is what it's like. It just smells clean, fresh and airy, exactly as I would want my washing to smell. The smell fades slightly if I line dry the washing outside, but if I dry it on airers indoors it makes the entire house smell nice and lasts ages on my clothes. In fact, I've got a fresh-on top on this morning and after wearing for more than 3 hours already I can still smell slight wafts of the fabric conditioner.
As for the effect it actually has on my washing. Well. It really does make such a difference. Clothes are softer, less rigid and don't stick together, making it much much easier to iron them. My towels are softer and snuggly and don't feel like I'm drying my skin with a brick after a shower and it's an absolute pleasure to get into a bed that's been freshly made with newly washed sheets...is there any other feeling like it?!
Looking back I can't believe I was stupid enough to a) let myself run out of it in the first place, b) not listen to my mum and c) not realise what a difference fabric conditioner makes to washing. At less than 5p a wash this is definitely not an area I will economise in again and if I see this Blue Skies version of Comfort Concentrate on offer I'll be stocking up for sure...although one of these huge bottles will last me around 4 months anyway as there's only two of us.
In case you hadn't noticed, I love this stuff and can't recommend it highly enough so it gets a definite 5 stars from me...I'm not 100% sure, but I suspect that this may be the first review I've done where I can't find anything bad to say about it!
Summary: A great fabric conditioner and if you can find it on offer a real bargain too
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