“ Brand: Unilever / Type: Fabric Conditioner / Category: Laundry „
Whenever I am in the city centre I always tend to go have a mooch around Wilkinson's. I knew that I needed some fabric softener recently and so when I saw this Comfort 'Lavender Bloom' Fabric Conditioner (a fragrance that I hadn't seen or heard of before) I was simply unable to resist it. I love the scent of lavender and quite fancied it mainly with my bedding in mind!
The fabric conditioner comes in a see-through plastic bottle with a purple shiny screw on/off cap to the top of it and on the front of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and that my bottle should give 21 washes and gives 'A 100% longer lasting freshness' and there is a picture shown of some lavender and then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, directions for using are clearly stated, the ingredients are given, the size is stated (in this case my bottle is 750ml) and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. Nice enough, informative bottle this is.
The liquid is quite runny though has body to it and so isn't like water and its a lilac in colour. It has a wonderful aroma of really natural lavender to it which really isn't too harsh and is well rounded and I really like it! Sometimes I think a lavender fragrance can be really too strong and overpowering but this has a nice natural sweetness to it so I like it very much indeedy!
To use it is simple. You can measure it out easily into the cap depending on the size of the load your washing which is explained via the written word and little diagrams on the back of the bottle or do as I do, fill up the fabric conditioner/softener drawer in your washing machine and incidentally you can use a small amount of this for hand washing should you want to, too.
Once in my machine and the machine is on with my washing powder/liquid/capsules I leave it and the scent does faintly fragrance my kitchen.
When I get the washing out the fabrics feel really smooth and the scent is wonderful and rather strong at that point when fabrics are still damp. I then dry my stuff and then when dried my fabrics still smell wonderful though the initial really strong fragrance does die down considerably but you can still really smell the conditioner.
This stuff makes my ironing a breeze and my clothing and bedding etc really soft and comfortable. The scent lingers on my fabrics for a good couple of weeks even if stored and I've even had people tell me I smell nice when I am wearing clothes washed in this!
I love washing my bedding in this as it is a lovely calming fragrance to rest and sleep in, it doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all and all in all I think that this is a really nice addition to this already great range!
This is available in different scents and sizes but this fragrance really does get the thumbs up from me and I will certainly purchase this time and time again in the future!
Available in all good supermarkets etc, Google if interested and as I mentioned earlier I grabbed my bottle in Wilkinson's which at the time of writing this review this is in offer with assorted fragrances from the Comfort range being able to be purchased at two 750ml bottles for just £3.00 (great value I'm sure you'll agree!).
I've remained loyal to Lenor fabric softener for well over ten years with its combination of quality ingredients offering softness as well as a beautiful aroma to my laundry. Whilst shopping in Tesco a few months ago my husband picked up two bottles of Comfort Lavender Bloom, as he is fully aware of my love for the aroma of lavender due to its calming and relaxing properties.
I must admit that I was rather apprehensive about using the Comfort brand, particularly as many years ago I found that the thick conditioner clogged the drawer of my older washing machine. However, determined not to waste money and to give the conditioner a chance, I decided to try it out with this review discussing my thoughts.
Whilst a number of the Comfort fragrances are available in various sized bottles, Lavender Bloom is only available as 1.5 litres with the plastic bottle being slightly curvaceous on the one side. The manufacturer, namely Unilever claim that each bottle is sufficient for 42 washes although I must admit that I achieve a greater amount by slightly lowering the recommended dosage, which does not compromise either the conditioning properties or scent.
The purple lid, which perfectly mirrors the lavender fragrance, is fairly chunky although easily unscrewed, but due to the shape of the bottle I found that when it was full it was a little difficult to obtain a firm grasp whilst dispensing. I was pleased to witness that the consistency of the purple conditioner wasn't as thick as when I tried it years ago, so I felt a little more comfortable that it would not block my machine.
As with all fabric conditioners, the liquid should be poured into the dispensing drawer as opposed to directly on clothing. Within the inside of the cap is a dispensing cup although there are no measurement indicators, so it's a case of following the diagrams located on the reverse of the bottle, which display various amounts dependent upon the size of the load.
I initially found the aroma to be considerably powerful although this is the case with all fabric conditioners. Whilst I was able to witness a slight lavender aroma, due to the high level strength it was a little difficult to ascertain whether it was authentic although I suspected that it would weaken during the washing process. Fabric conditioners are a requirement in our household for all of our laundry, as it prevents static, softens the towels and I adore its aroma on freshly washed bed linen.
On removing my laundry from the machine I was able to detect the lavender scent albeit far less intense that it was when I initially dispensed the liquid into the drawer. The washing was clean and fresh and I was able to witness the softness. I would prefer to dry all of my washing outdoors, but unfortunately the good old British weather does not always allow, so I frequently have to place it into the tumble dryer. The scent is evident during the entire drying cycle and remains evident on the laundry on removal.
Whilst Unilver claim that that the Lavender Bloom is a new product and offers 100% longer lasting freshness, I am unable to make a comparison with their previous product. However, the delicate lavender scent, which offers a slight authenticity, remains evident for several days after using, as I am able to witness it on the bed linen and on my clothes each time I open my wardrobe.
My only grumble is the bottle design, as it was difficult to hold whilst dispensing when full, which resulted in a few spillages and as a result, I feel it appropriate to remove one star. Comfort Lavender Bloom generally retails at £3.30 for the one size 1.5 litre bottle, but at the time of writing it can be purchased from Tesco for the reduced price of £2. I was surprised to discover that it is actually slightly cheaper than Lenor, which generally retails at £3.40 for 1.4 litres. I will definitely be making further purchases and am able to make a recommendation.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.