I love the smell of freshly washed clothes but for some reason, no matter what brand of washing powder of softener I use, when I come to put my freshly washed clothes on, I cannot smell it anymore. Whilst moaning about this to my mum, she recommended trying a fragranced water in my iron (and I had never heard of this before so the next time I went to Asda, I had a look at what they had available and picked this.
The water is widely available in most supermarkets, discount stores and I even noticed this is Superdrug the other week. It is priced at around £1 for a 1litre bottle which I think is quite a good price.
There are lots of different fragrances available and they are very similar to the fabric conditioners in the same range, at the time I was using the same fragrance in the fabric softener so I decided to pick this version.
The water comes in a clear plastic bottle which is topped with a pink lid and has a pink themed label to the front, it looks very similar to a bottle of fabric softener except for the fact that the liquid inside is clear (as it is water). Not only is the water designed to infuse your clothes with fragrance as you iron, it is also designed to help make ironing a little easier, to be honest, I didn’t know it did this until I read the instructions on the back of the bottle. Apparently, the water is also meant to be really good for your iron as it helps prevent lime-scale which just adding tap water would, I assume this is because the water has things added to it.
The first thing I tested was the smell, upon removing the lid, the water definitely smelt lovely, just like I would have expected it too so I quickly added to the water well in my iron. Upon using, I the smell was present almost immediately; it smelt of fresh Lily (which is one of my favourite smells) mixed with a sweet sugary smell and although it wasn’t as strong as when I smelt in the bottle, it still lingered around for quite a while.
Several hours after using this, I went back into the room where I had been ironing and I there was still a hint of lily lingering around. The real test came a few days later when I went to wear the clothes, as soon as I opened my wardrobe, the fresh smell came through and best of all, it stayed on my clothes for the rest of the day.
I would definitely recommend this water, it left my clothes smelling lovely and fresh and therefore this gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I am not the biggest ironing fan but my husband works in the city so he has to have lovely pressed, no creased shirts everyday for work. He is a bit of a freak when it comes to ironing then so he uses (or I use when I am a nice wife and do his shirts for him) Comfort Vaporesse Ironing Water when he does all his shirts. I have to admit he does look good so obviously the product is definitely working.
Comfort Vaporesse Ironing Water is a perfumed ironing water that makes ironing easier. It comes in a clear plastic bottle that looks like a bottle of Comfort conditioner to me. To be honest before I started using this product I thought what's the big fuss as most irons just use regular old water and what's the point of buying pricey flavoured water to just iron with but I have been proved wrong.
I think the nicest thing about using this water is the lovely smell you get after using it. It infuses your clothes with a long lasting freshness and you can definitely smell the fresh smell on your clothes without it being overpowering or too smelly. The water is really easy to use. You just put it into the water section of the iron that has steam and water spray functions which I think most irons have now. You can smell the water smell when it comes out in steam and spray form.
Comfort also say that the water contains fibre moisturisers that help the steam to smooth away creases and I have definitely found this to be true. My husbands shirts definitely come out very smooth and perfect with minimal effort.
The water is also good for your iron. Unlike just regular water this ironing water is said to protect your iron from limescale and can help prolong the life of your iron. They do advise that you de scale your iron before first use to avoid limescale deposits.
The water comes in a 1 litre and costs £0.86 which is not very pricey at all and does last for quite a while. It comes in three different flavours at the moment, Original, Naturals Olive and Blueberry.
Credit where credit is due and Unilever have added a revolutionary if not indulgent product to their already gigantic range of laundry products. But Comfort Vaporesse is one of those products that is almost certainly classed as a luxury and it would be hard to see that anyone who churns their way through umpteen loads of washing for a large family could or would even contemplate sticking this one into their shopping trolley.
There are only the two of us and it was on the shelves for a considerable time before I decided to give it a whirl.
To my knowledge there are three types of Comfort Vaporesse, that is Vaporesse Blue, Vaporesse Natural Olives and the Vaporesse Lily and Riceflower. I tried the Natural Olives and second time around I bought the lily and Rice flower and that was a winner for me. Yet again I have to give all credit to Unilever for producing the ironing water at a reasonable 86p a litre.
I have taken a look around most of the supermarkets and discounts stores and that seems to be the average price.
The Comfort Vaporesse ironing water is nothing at all to look at, it is presented in a clear plastic bottle and has the familiar Comfort labelling.
Each of the fragrances has a different coloured top to signify which one you are buying.
The bottle has a screw top and once that is removed then inside there sits a pouring spout which is ideal as you can aim the Vaporesse ironing water directly into the iron without any spillage.
The Comfort Lily and Riceflower is the sweeter smelling out of the three varieties and my favourite. To define the fragrance is difficult but if I say that it is a sweet floral I am sure that you will get the gist.
The Comfort Vaporesse is easy to pour into your steam iron and once the iron starts to heat up the sweet scent starts to fill the air. As well as adding perfume to your ironing Vaporesse will also help to prevent the lime scale building up and clogging your iron which is a boon.
Vaporesse is in reality a perfumed water and if you use the washing powders that are filled with extra fragrance and then you use a good fabric softener then it may be a bit over the top to bring yet another fragrance into the equation but I really love this one for the bedding.
In my experience it is the fabric softener that makes for easier ironing and the Comfort Vaporesse that just adds the finishing touch. The sheets and pillowcases smell gorgeous once they have been ironed and as they are put away in the drawer or the Ottoman that smell lingers on and fills the draw with fragrance.
If you were having anyone to stay it would be a lovely touch to press their bedding using Vaporesse, I wonder if any of the up market hotels use it !
My Comfort Vaporesse only comes out now and again, I do iron the soft feminine items using it and the bedding. I would never waste the costly ironing water on my old tea towels !
The one litre bottle of Vaporesse lasts me a couple of weeks and that is just ironing selected items for the two of us. I find that by using it at that rate I can afford to spoil myself.
As I said earlier, all credit to Unilever but Comfort vaporesse may well be one of those laundry products that are not family friendly, imagine refilling the steam iron as you plough through a mountain of school uniforms, a bottle would be swallowed up in a couple of ironing sessions.
Just the two of you ? Well then go and treat yourself to a bottle.
I am one of these odd bodds who finds ironing strangely theraputic. There is something satisfying about ironing all of those annoying little creases out of clothes and hanging up a flat, straight piece of clothing, whilst standing back to admire your work. Yes, I know I probably need medical assistance.
Moving on...I'm always looking for ways to save money and so I don't make many frivilous purchases on unnecessary products. However, when browsing the supermarket aisles one day, I was attracted to the sight of this Vaporesse product. I like the way the bottle is clear, with a pink top, which is eyecatching.
The second thing I looked at was the price. I'm not prepared to pay much money for a bottle of scented water. At the time this was on offer for £1 in Tescos. On average you can expect to pay between £1.09 - £1.20 for this product. I didn't think this price was too bad.
You don't really need much explanation on how to use this product as it's all very simple. Just pour it into your steam iron as you would water, topping up as required. The packaging is recycleable.
This product has a lovely, floral smell. You can spray it onto clothes to smooth out the creases as you would water - there is no staining. In fact this enhances the smell on your clothes. After ironing, there is usually a nice smell on clothes, which you wouldn't get with ordinary steam.
In a nutshell, this is water with a mild and attractive fragrance which smells nice on clothes after ironing.
I would definitely recommend this product, however my tip is to look for a cheaper supermarket own brand first - these are just as effective and yet much cheaper. The one in Tescos is called 'Ironing water' and smells great.
I am not usually the type of person who invests in unnecessary household cleaning products (If truth be told I don't invest a lot of time into household chores either but ssshhh!)
I particularly hate Ironing. I leave clothes that are freshly washed in a pile in the cupboard until there's nothing left hanging in the wardrobes. I have tried just putting the stuff away planning on ironing it as and when it's needed, but I'm not the most organised of people on a morning, and opening drawers to find a heap of crumpled clothes depresses me. I have tried not ironing at all, but probably a trait picked up from my OCD inflicted Grandmother and happy to housework Mother, this also isn't an option (although I draw the line at ironing socks, knickers and tea towels!)
So once a week I can be found swearing under my breath, banging the ironing board upright and spending 2 hours chucking a steaming iron across piles of clothing resentfully. Thus, anything that claims to make this most tedious of job's easier was bound to make it's way into my shopping basket sooner or later.
~ So What Is Comfort Vaporess? ~
Comfort Vaporess, quite simply is scented water you put in your iron. It claims on the bottle that it will make ironing easier as it contains fibre moisturisers that help the steam smooth away creases. It also claims to infuse your clothing with long lasting freshness and protect your iron from limescale, helping to prolong it's life.
It is avaible in 2 varieties, original and lilly and riceflower. I am reviewing the latter. I purchase a 1 litre size bottle which lasts me around 3 weeks and cost's between £1-£2 depending where you buy, and if it's on offer.
~ Using The Product ~
Using this ironing water couldn't be simpler. The bottle containing the liquid comes with a handy little nossle making pouring the water into the iron very easy.
As soon as you unscrew the cap, you can smell this. It is very strong in the bottle, however when ironing the scent becomes more subtle and is delicious. Imagine walking through an orchid of blossoms, after rain on a very hot day. That's what it reminds me of.
But does it make ironing any easier? Marginally, I would say yes it does. Particularly for cotton items such as bedding, that can be a pain to iron. The iron does seem to glide more freely over the material.
The pleasure of using this product comes from the smell while ironing. Ok I don't now skip with joy to do this mundane chore, but it does make it a slightly more pleasant experience. The scented steam also makes the room your ironing in smell nice, I could smell it the morning after.
And the smell really does cling to the fabrics. Theres nothing quite like climbing into a bed with freshly laundered sheets, and the smell definitely enhances that experience.
My son, being 12 has asked me not to use it on his clothing. Doesn't match the image you see. I do like to use it on my daughters school uniform. Not only because I like her going to school smelling cleaned and cared for, but, and this is slightly sentimental and sickly!, I have childhood memories of being comforted by my mum's laundry product smell's when away from home, and hope that this might do the same for her. Told you it was soppy! For the purpose of this review, I sniffed my daughters 2 day worn uniform before I packed her off to nursary this afternoon, and I could still smell the vaporesse.
~ Conclusion ~
While Vaporesse doesn't solve the problem of having to iron, it does make it a slightly more pleasurable and easier experience.
It smells divine, and for me makes it worth buying. And the scent really is held by fabrics. Think of it as a little aromatherapy as you iron.
It's not cheap, considering you can put water from your tap in instead, but I don't use it for everything, mainly saving it for bedding and my daughters clothing.
Would I recommend it. YES! I have tried cheaper, own brand makes and they are very poor altenatives which I wouldn't bother with. I love Comfort Vaporesse lilly and riceflower and will continue to buy it.
I'm not a fan of ironing to be honest, I find it time consuming, boring and I get too hot and bothered doing it in the summer! But of course I can't let me family go around looking all creased, especially my other half who has to wear shirts every day. So when I saw in the lcoal pound shop that they had Comfort Vaporesse in there, I thought for just £1 it would be worth a try. It was the original type that I tried, but I wasn't overly keen on the smell so when in Sainsburys, I checked the laundry aisle and found that there is another fragrance of Vaporesse, yay!
Comfort Vaporesse is basically an ironing water which aids ironing, prevents your iron getting clogged up with limescale and helps fragrance your clothes because of its scent. There are currently 2 different fragrances on the market. One of these is just the original which comes in a clear 1 litre plastic bottle with blue labelling and a blue cap. The second is this one I am reviewing, which is the Lily and Ricefwer variety, with pink labelling and a pink cap as well. The smells are very different, with the blue variety being a bit stronger, whereas this one is more delicate and floral.
Using the liquid is very easy indeed. You unscrew the cap on the top, and there is a pouring spout attached to the bottle for easy dispensing of the liquid. Then you just pour it into your iron as you would normally do with water until your iron reservoir is full. Then screw on the cap again, otherwise you might end up spilling it as I did, whoops! I find that the 1 litre bottle lasts me about 2 weeks, with 3 big ironing loads a week. The clear bottle allows you to easily see how much is left, so you can stock up when its running low which is handy. However, you must never pour the liquid from the iron back into the bottle, because it is going to be boiling hot and may disintegrate the plastic bottle, and burn you too.
Now for the all important smell test. When I first smelt this, I noticed how different it was from the original, and I instantly preferred it. The smell of this one is much softer and more floral, with a nice sweet smell I presume to be the lilies coming through nicely. I knew I would be able to smell the fragrance strongly when it was in the bottle, but I was curious to see how strong the scent would be when it was turned into steam when I was ironing. So I heated up my iron and started ironing normally. Quickly though, I noticed that the smell around me was the Vaporesse. It was nice and sweet, but not too over-powering which was really good. There was lots of steam coming from the iron, and the more it steamed, the more the smell around me grew and it was lovely!
When I had ironed my huge pile of clothes, I took one of Harry's t-shirts fom the bottom of the pile so it was one of the first items I had ironed, as I wanted to see if the Vaporesse had fragranced the cothes at all. I had a big sniff and indeed there was definitely a floral smell of his top that hadn't been there before. I was very impressed! I found that my other half's shirts were the items of clothing which smelt the most strongly of the Vaporesse, perhaps because the cotton is much thinner than on trousers or t-shirts, but he was impressed at how nicely his clothes smelt!
Comfort Vaporesse is definitely a product which has made my ironing and nicer and much more pleasant experience that it has ever been! The nice smell quickly surrounds you as your iron releases the fragranced water as steam, and it left all of my clothes lightly fragranced and very soft too. The easy pour spout prevents spillages when putting the water into the iron, and the clear bottle allows you to keep an eye on how much you have left. I can't really comment on the preventing limescale part of its claims but if it does do that, then even better! At 99 pence for a 1 litre bottle in Sainsburys, this is great value and it does last me a couple of weeks. I'd thoroughly recomend it! O, and the bottle is recyclable too, so please do so!
For more information on Comfort products, see Unilever's website: http://www.unilever.com/ourbrands/homecare/Comfort.asp.
Please note this product isn't recommended for use in Steam Generator irons.
Thank you for reading!
Comfort Vaporesse perfumed ironing water infuses clothes with a delicate, long lasting fragrance and makes ironing easier / Protects your iron from limescale.