I've always loved fabric softeners, especially when drying clothes on hot radiators, which makes the house smell nice too - so I decided to treat myself to some of Comfort's new Sweet Almond Oil.
~What is Comfort?~
Comfort is a fabric softener, which will soften your clothes and make them smell nice after they've been washed with soap powder. It's made by Unilever, who also make products such as Dove and Domestos, and food products like Wall's and Bird's Eye.
Comfort was created in 1969, with a re-launch in 1980 making it even better, with nicer scents and greater softness. Comfort currently have seven different fragrances/types of fabric softener, and have now introduced two more in the new Comfort Creme range. Comfort makes up 20% of the world's fabric softeners market, and is the number one softener in 14 out of the 23 coutries where it's sold.
~What is the Comfort Creme range?~
Comfort's latest products are marketed on being luxurious fabric conditioners, for you to treat yourself and your clothes to. The Comfort Creme comes in two fragrances: Sweet Almond Oil, and Jojoba Oil. You can obtain a free 100ml sample of Sweet Almond Oil and the chance to win a pashmina, at http://www.comfortcreme.com/.
~So what's the Sweet Almond Oil like?~
I bought my 750ml bottle, from Tescos and it cost £1.99. To compare this with Comfort's other fragrances (not concentrated), they come in one litre bottles, and cost 88p in Tescos.
Upon opening the bottle, I could immediately smell the frangrance. It's very pleasant, and reminded me of a shampoo smell, rather than the usual fabric softener smell - which can have a nasty twang to it sometimes.
Comfort Creme is concentrated, so you don't need to use a huge amount each wash and the cap can be used to measure out the correct amount. On pouring the softener out of the bottle, I could see that it was a cream colour but also slightly shimmery. It seemed a little watery compared to other softeners, and this surprised me, especially since it's a concentrate.
~So what were the results?~
The first time I used it was when washing my coat, and a jacket. The second time I used it I'd washed my bedding. In both cases the smell was apparent as soon as I opened the washer door. It wasn't overpowering, but a little stronger than I'd have liked.
I dried my coat on the radiator, and my bedding outside on the washing line. I had the radiators on, and very soon the Almond Oil scent filled the house. Again, it wasn't over-powering and I liked it - it was like having a free air-freshener!
When I took my coat off the radiator the scent was still quite strong, and I imagine anyone wearing a perfume may not like this as it might clash. Personally I liked it but sadly it only lasted a couple of days. However I did wear my coat in a smoky pub on the second night, so the scent might have lasted longer if I hadn't done that.
When I fetched my bedding from off the washing line, the scent wasn't as strong as it was on my coat. I was pleased about this, because I thought it maybe would have given me a headache having too strong a scent in bed. I could still smell the Almond Oil about five days after washing my bedding, and I thought this was really good - especially since my dog sleeps on my bed!
Every time I've used Comfort Creme I've had a similar effect. In my previous experience, if I dry anything on the washing line after using an ordinary fabric softener, by the time I bring it in I can't smell the softener at all. The fact that Sweet Almond Cream was still there five days later was amazing to me. I often used to buy linen sprays to freshen my bedding up, but have no need to if I use Comfort Creme.
I personally didn't notice any difference in the softness of the things I washed. I've yet to try it with towels, so there might be a noticable difference with those. However, I'd still buy this again, even though it's more than double the price of ordinary softener, because of the long-lasting scent.
I've done around five washes with Comfort Creme altogether, with about half the bottle remaining. Working out about 40p a wash is very expensive, but I think it's worth it. I don't use Comfort Creme with every wash, but for bedding and clothing that I use a lot, I'd certainly wash them with this.
**Comfort Creme should be available in most supermarkets at approx. £1.99 for 750ml**
This product launched a few years ago, and it wasn't long before a couple of the Supermarket chains offered a similar fragrance in their shop label brand for a cheaper price.
I like the Comfort brand, and tend to buy this brand before any other. I do like Lenor, but Comfort is normally better in my view.
This comes in a 750ml bottle. it is concentrate and the bottle normally sells around the £2 mark. Yes, this is expensive for a bottle of Softner, one of the more expensive ones out there, but I is a nice treat.
The bottle is see through plastic and you can see the light pink-orange liquid through easily. The stick on labels on the front and back are kind of tear shaped and Have swirly gold writing on them. The cap doubles up as the measument of the liquid and there is instructions on the back on how much of this to use for how much a washing load you have.
Now to the scent. Is it any good? Yes. It is a very sweet smell. I wouldn't say it is overly Almond-y, but you can smell the muskiness scent through the Creme scent. I wouldn't say it is floral, and it is not overly perfumed, it is a nice strong scent through.
Although this made my clothes smell nice, I don't think the scent stuck to the clothes any longer than other softeners, so I would be reluctant to keep buying this at the current price it is sold at. Asda's similar version sells for about £1.40, and although the scent isn't as strong , or exactly the same, it is near enough.
A nice smell that is a good change, but I will stick to the bulk pack, and special offers on the other bottles thank you!
I try to be loyal to my laundry products but I am always drawn to the new product on the shelf and I have lots of different favourites in a year. Comfort Conditioning Crème is my favourite at the moment because even though it isn't new I have recently rediscovered it.
It is concentrated so a bottle will last for a long time if you use the measuring cap properly and the bottle looks very nice and has a more upmarket appearance than the standard Comfort range. The bottle is see through so you can see the rich caramel colour of the fabric softener.
In a standard load of washing I add about 2/3 of a cap full to my dispenser drawer. You have to be careful not to put too much in because it can leave your clothes feeling a little bit slimy when you take them out of the machine.
Comfort Crème smells absolutely beautiful. The smell puts me in mind of the Palmers Cocoa Butter I use sometimes because it smells sweet with a subtle nutty aroma underneath. When my washing has dried the scent is still there but it has become warmer and a creamy scent has developed. I like the way the scent is strong when the washing is wet but calms down into a softer and fresher aroma when it is dry and put away. I wore a jacket today that has been in my wardrobe for a month and it still had the same fresh scent as washing I had put away just yesterday.
As a softener I think Comfort Crème is the winner hands down. I can tell the difference between clothes I have used Comfort Crème with and loads that I haven't. I use Comfort Pure for my baby grandaughters bits and pieces that get left here over the weeks and I thought that was soft but tonight I have done a load of her washing and a load of mine with Crème and my washing is much softer than hers.
Everything I have softened has come out soft and fresh and I can feel how soft it all is as soon as I take it out of the washing machine. I think this is particularly good when I dry my washing on the line outside because it seems to help the creases drop out as the wind blows my clothes. Some items like my thinner blouses I no longer need to iron because they come in out of the garden near enough crease free. I hate ironing so near enough is close enough for me!
Comfort Conditioning Crème is blended with sweet almond oil and this probably explains the nutty smell. I think this oil is definitely the key ingredient for the softener as it honestly does feel more like it has conditioned my clothes in a way I'd condition my hair than just softened them. My clothes are all lovely and soft now and I love the waft I get of the smell when I get dressed. I also like the smell I get in my conservatory when I tumble dry my clothes after using Crème because the heat releases the scent all through the room.
Another use I have found is a few drops on pine furniture, rub it in well using a clean dry cloth and a lot of elbow grease. Your furniture will shine and it helps to repel dust as well as making my lounge smell lovely.
Crème is very easy to pour out of the bottle and it doesn't drip or make a mess at all. Pouring from the bottle into the measuring cap is easy and because of the way the cap is designed any liquid left in there will run back into the bottle when the cap is replaced and not down the sides. It cost £1.99 for a 750ml bottle from my corner shop but it is probably cheaper in the supermarkets. I think this is good value for money even though it is more expensive than other softeners because a bottle lasts me for over a month while a normal bottle of Comfort or Lenor only lasts about 2 weeks.
first bought a bottle of the Comfort Creme after watching the TV advert. You know the one, it has the sexy patchwork singer, singing in a club with her three backing singers.
I liked the look of it ,it looked luxuorious. We all need a little luxury in our life and I love big soft fluffy towels after a nice bath. The advert seemed to suggest that's what I'd get. I'm and advertisers dream sucked in by it's subliminal messages.
Ok so what's the product like then?
The raw material:
Well it comes in a 750ml bottle, I haven't seen it in the supermarket in any other size. and it's concentrate. They do two different fragances the sweet almond oil and a jojoba which I haven't tried as yet. It costs £1.98 in Tesco's for the 750ml bottle. It is concentrated and you really don't need too much of it but it is a lot more pricey than the usually comfort fabric conditioner.
The conditioner is thick, much thicker than the ususal concentrate liquids. It is a pale rich brown colour in a clear bottle so you can see conditioner in the bottle. I quite like this as it shows the thick creme liquid, and adds to the luxurious feel of the product.
When you unscrew the lid of the product you can smell the lovely thick sweet scented smell. It is I think a little overpowering when you smell in straight from the bottle, but it is concentrate, and it doesn't smell as strong when you use it.
After using it for all my washing, my clothes smelt absolutely lovely. You only need to use the recomended amount on the bottle to get all you clothing smelling beautiful.
I have always used a concentrate fabric conditioner either Lenor or Comfort, but the smell you get on your clothes is nice but short lived. I have found that the smell of the Comfort creme is a little stronger but does last on your clothes and towels. I found when I was doing my ironing the smell was lovely.
The smell is exactly as you would expect it's a perfumed sweet almond smell. So if you don't like the almondy smell, which is naturally sweet anyway I would steer clear.
The advert wasn't miss leading for once, my towels were soft and luxurious. Everything I washed in it felt lovely and soft. I have noticed in the past with some fabric conditioners you can get a kind of oily film on your clothes when you feel them, there was none of that.
I have a two year old son who has suffered with baby eczema, so I am always a little weary of using new products incase it causes his skin to react. I thought I would give this ago and see how we went. I am please to report we had no problems no eczema flare up or irritation.
I really love this product and do like using it. I would use it all the time if I could afford. Because of it's expensive price tag I tend to use it on occasion as a treat. I generally buy myself a large 5 litre bottle of concentrate Lenor or comfort which last for a good while and then buy myself a bottle of this , before buying myself an other 5 lite bottle. Having a young family and the amount of washing that brings using comfort creme all the time is not really and option, maybe when I win the lottery.
This product isn't a new one. It's more of a new fragrance added to an old one. The idea seems to be to bring the old brand name 'Comfort' into the limelight again by using the 'natural' essential oil thing! After all, there is an growing interest in alternative therapy, essential oils, and all things connected with this.
I always use a fabric softener when washing delicates and those things I wear close to my skin, so I decided to give this a try.
I sent away for a sample bottle of this when the campaign was running on Hotmail UK. I received a small bottle which was enough for three loads of washing and a free pashmina, completely free of charge. So, I had chance to try this without it costing me anything.
This fabric conditioner is made by Unilever, and they have years of experience in this field so I expected it to be good.
The first thing I noticed was that the liquid is thin and looks like milky coffee. The smell is quite strong and scenty like cheap soapy perfume! I must admit that I couldn't smell almonds. It is thin in consistency so you need to be careful when you pour it. You put a capful of it into the additives drawer on your washing machine. If you don't have one of these you can mix the concentrate with warm water and pour it over the clothese before the final rinse.
Don't use it undiluted if you are putting it directly on clothes, or hand washing them. I have known other Comfort varieties to stain clothing if the concentrate is added directly.
My smalls did feel softer and more comfortable to wear after being treated with this product. There was only a faint aroma of perfume and it certainly wasn't almonds. It resembled the smell you get from ice cream when you leave it it the sun. Sort of sour vanilla!
This product is available from supermarkets. It was priced at £1.89 in Morrisons and you get about 8 washes from the bottle which is with the fabric softeners. The bottle is plain white with brown writing and easy to find with the other Comfort products.
I won't be buying a bottle of this to use. The sample bottle was enough for me to decide that I don't like the fragrance at all. I think I was put off by the look of it even before I poured it into the additive drawer of my washing machine.
I even used to it to wash and soften the scratchy free pashmina they sent me. (Don't want to sound ungrateful. Thabnk you Comfort for the free gift!)
It is fine for softening fabrics and it does it's job. I just didn't like the fragrance.
Try it, it's good and you might just like the perfume!
Comfort has a wide range of conditioning products and has been on the go in the UK since 1969. It has continually tried to better itself through the years and provides products such as non-allergenic as well as the more perfumed varieties.
It is part of the wider Unilever range that also supplies us with products such as Persil, Surf and Cif (or Jif as it was called in my younger days).
This new range has 2 varieties - Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Oil and a 100ml sample can be obtained from www.comfortcreme.com. I decided to try this sample first as I have had problems with the Comfort range causing skin irritations in the past and didn't want to have to buy a bottle and not be able to use it.
As I've said this sample comes in the form of a 100ml bottle and it says to use a third of the mixture in your wash. It's a see through bottle and you can see that this conditioner is quite creamy although it is quite a thin type of fluid. It also has a lovely golden coloured tint to it and when the bottle is opened the aroma of almonds fills the room instantly.
The load of washing I'm testing consists of bedding and towels, as there is nothing better than a lovely aroma accompanying the feel of clean sheets. They were washed with my usual brand of Persil Non Bio Capsules, as this is the only brand that doesn't seem to cause irritations for either my daughter or myself.
When I opened the machine, the smell of the almond oil was quite overpowering despite my washing machine putting them through the extra rinse that I always set it for to help avoid skin outbreaks. Normally we notice a reaction within a matter of a few days although I know other people might develop symptoms after a longer period of time. This is something to be aware of with any new product.
Even when the bedding was wet it felt quite soft and after an afternoon blowing in the strong northeasterly wind I brought them in to see what they would be like. I was pleasantly surprised, as the initial strong aroma had died down to a lovely delicate smell that reminds me of the oil I use after being out in the sun. It's quite a sweet smell but not as sickly as some of the other fragrances that are out there.
The sheets were cotton so still felt quite crisp and very fresh but the towels were extremely soft and I noticed a big difference from when I use my normal bottle of Tesco Pure. Of course often added softness and the perfumes have a bad effect on my families skin so I will be back with the results of that test in a week's time.
***One Week On***
Well it's a week since I washed my sheets and quilt cover and I have to say that the smell is still there faintly. I'm not sure if it was the relaxing almond fragrance or not but I did sleep fantastically well this week. It was lovely to waken up to a pleasant aroma on my pillow.
The towels remained lovely and soft and when my bath towel was wet I could smell the lovely perfume of the almonds there too but it didn't seem to cling to my skin the way some do.
I haven't had any nasty reactions to this and my daughter hasn't reported any problems either, which does surprise me considering I can't even use the Comfort Pure without serious repercussions. Normally my toes and ankles are affected if I've used a different product on my sheets but I'm happy to say there isn't any sign of eczema or dry skin appearing. Will have to try it on the rest of my clothes of course but initial tests are good.
This product is a little bit pricey but I might just think about buying it for using with bed linen and towels as it has had such a wonderful effect on them.
***Price and Availability***
The 750ml bottle is available at most supermarkets but Tesco are selling it for £1.99.