Recently, I've tried various products from some 'budget' brands, swapping my usual purchases for some of these low-cost alternatives to try and save some money.
This review will outline my experiences of trying the Daisy Lilac Fabric Conditioner, available from Tesco.
I paid £1 for the 1 litre bottle of Conditioner, which I thought was very reasonable.
The bottle is made of clear plastic and its lid is made of robust plastic and doubles as a 'measuring cup' allowing for easy measuring of the required dose of liquid for each wash.
There are ample dosage instructions provided on the label on the bottle's reverse, and I find these easy to follow. In actual fact, I am often quite lazy where such matters are concerned and there have been countless occasions where I have just poured a healthy 'slug' from the bottle straight into the washing machine's drawer which works just as well.
The Daisy Liquid has a pleasant fragrance, and I do think that it is quite strong at first. The aroma smells faintly floral but isn't particularly old-fashioned or dated. Instead, the fragrance is surprisingly refreshing.
The scent changes slightly once the wet laundry is removed from the machine; the underlying refreshing 'edge' that the scent carried is more noticeable now, and the floral tone within it has become more subdued. I do find that the laundry smells lovely and fresh as it is being hung up, and although I find that the scent is rather 'feminine' in its fragrance, I don't feel that it is as flowery as some of the other Conditioners that I've tried from rival brands; some of these were too much for my tastes.
The laundry feels lovely and soft once washed with the Daisy Conditioner, and bedding in particular feels wonderfully refreshed. I do like how I can detect a whiff of the Daisy liquid's pleasant fragrance on the fresh bedding as I slip beneath the sheets, but I have to admit that I am pleased that the fragrance feels significantly less 'intrusive' than some other liquids that I've bought before.
I've noticed too that tops and clothing don't tend to 'whisper' the Daisy liquid's scent over and over whilst being worn, which is definitely my preference when using a product like this.
In addition, I often find that the scents of such products are quite sweet, and I really don't like this; it can often induce a headache if it becomes too much.
I have found that the Daisy Conditioner works well and it is cheaper than my previous brand. Also, it seems to work just as well in terms of caring for my linen and laundry, but it does so with a more subtle fragrance than many other brands that I purchase regularly.
I have suffered no irritation to my sensitive skin throughout the time the Daisy product has been used.
Based on these results, I do think I would buy the product again and feel it is a worthwhile purchase.
I am willing to try the cheaper brands of products however I do prefer the premium brands of fabric conditioner but am only willing to buy it when it is on offer, a few months ago whilst in Tesco I found that none of the better brands were on offer and so bought this one of Tesco's own.
The product is part of the Daisy range which as far as I am aware is only available from Tesco, you can buy the product instore or online and it costs around a pound for a litre bottle which is great value.
The product comes in a see through bottle with a screw top lid on it, the lid is lilac in colour and the product inside the bottle is also lilac which to me is really pretty as it is a colour I love although sitting under my sink it doesn't exactly matter what colour it is. On the front of the bottle there is a label with a daisy pictured and the name of the product and then on the back of the bottle you get the usual warnings such as keeping away from children and then the directions for using the product.
To use the product simply untwist the top and then pour the liquid into the top to get the correct dose for your wash, the product smells really flowery and you need to control your pouring well as it is really runny which means it can very easily end up pouring over the top. Once my washing was washed and dried I found that the majority of my washing felt soft however thicker items such as towels were left pretty rough. The scent of the product can be smelt when getting the washing out of the machine and can be lightly smelt whilst the clothing dries but I can't really detect it when wearing the clothes or opening the cupboard.
I would say this is a pretty average product as it's a good price and it leaves the majority of the wash soft but personally I want a product with a better strength of scent and I want all my washing to feel soft.
Daisy Fabric Conditioner, is in essence not a Tesco Value product, but a tesco own brand product, the difference being that Tesco are trying to brand this as a quality product whereas with the value range, they are sold specifically on how cheap they are.
At 99p for 1 litre, I think we are going to buy a bit more of this, as Comfort has always been our preferred brand but some of the range comes in at nearly double the price for a similar product.
In terms of the product, the packaging is fine and stands comparison with it's competitors, the bottle i plastic and small enough to be poured with one hand, the packaging is functional but has details of ingredients a simple Daisy wording and design and instructions for how much to use with different fabrics (30ml large cotton load, 20ml large mixed load, 15ml synthetics).
The smell of the product is a little bit manufactured it smells of flowers in the way air fresheners do, but this is fine, for 99p I want something that gives my clothes a fresh smell rather than a product sourced from the untouched soils of Borneo.
The lid is easy to open, we do keep it high up as our little one might just be able to open this if left with it for long enough in the kitchen, the lid can also be used as a measuring tool to pour the liquid in correct measures into your washing machine.
In terms of using the product that is pretty much all you need to know, after using clothes have a fresh smell which is not unpleasant, it isn't amazing but they smell clean and as though they have had a good wash which is great. The conditioner has also done a good job of keeping things soft and fluffy and I haven't noticed a jot of different from when we used to use comfort. I don't feel as though we've downgraded rather we've found a similar product for less money.
I will continue using Daisy and have no issue with it, it's good value, looks nice, the smell is nice enough, it hasn't changed my world and you'll notice the superlatives are functional rather than effusive, but it does exactly what I want it to and I am happy with that.
I've started using smelly laundry products now my daughter is a little older. When she was a baby I stuck to Fairy powder and Comfort Pure fabric conditioner, now she's older I've started using the smelly products again. One thing I've tried is this lilac Daisy fabric conditioner.
As it's a Daisy product, I think it's only available to buy from Tesco either in store or online, whatever way you do your shopping. A 1 litre bottle of this will cost you just 99p.
The concentrated fabric conditioner comes inside a transparent plastic bottle so you can see the fabric conditioner inside. The front of the bottle has a sticker which features the product name, the back label gives us information on how to use it and all the normal warnings you get with these types of products. The bottle features a purple twist off cap which is also the measurer to measure how much fabric conditioner to use.
After opening the bottle you are met with quite a strong fragrance. Although the bottle describes the scent as being lilac, I think it just has a generic floral scent to it with no hint of anything else. One cap full should be used for a full load, however I usually just guess and tip it straight into my washing machine drawer. The consistency of the concentrated fabric conditioner is slightly runnier than I was expecting, in the bottle it looks quite thick, but it is slightly watery as you pour it in.
I tend to use fabric conditioner with every wash I do, making sure I use more for my towel wash as I like these to come out soft and fluffy. I wouldn't say the results of using this Daisy concentrated fabric conditioner are any good. They leave clothes feeling slightly soft and the results on my towels aren't as good as I would have liked. The floral scent seems to last until the washing has dried and been put away but then it just seems to disappear, I like to smell the lovely fragrances when taking clothes out of my wardrobe, but this one definitely doesn't stay.
For the price, I suppose the lilac Daisy concentrated fabric conditioner isn't too bad. It's not one I would use again as the smell doesn't stick around as long as I would like, and towels aren't left as soft as other fabric conditioners. If you are looking for a cheap fabric conditioner I would suggest giving it a try to see how you get on.
I'm never brand loyal when shopping for cleaning products and more often than not I buy whatever happens to be on offer at that time. On my last shopping trip I needed a new fabric softener and the cheapest was Daisy Concentrated Fabric Conditioner, I have tried a few things in this range and have been pleased with most of them so I bought the Daisy concentrated fabric conditioner in the lilac fragrance.
The fabric conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle allowing you to see the lilac coloured liquid inside, it has a lilac screw top lid which doubles up as a measuring cap. The bottle has a purple coloured curvy label on the front which shows the Daisy logo in red along with the picture of a daisy and the fragrance which is as I mentioned lilac, , the label also informs the customer that this is "concentrated fabric conditioner and this 1 litre bottle will give you enough conditioner to do on average 50 hand washes".
The back of the bottle also has a label which gives all the relevant information you would need for a product like this such as product information, directions for use, and warnings. All of these are standard for this type of product and are clear and easy to read for those who wish to.
The actual conditioner is the same consistence as the branded fabric softeners, sometimes cheap ones, Tesco Everyday Value for instance, can be more watery but this one isn't. In the bottle the softener smells quite strong, very floral and sweet but in my opinion not obviously lilac, however it does smell very nice.
To use the daisy concentrated fabric conditioner I usually pour 1 capful directly into the washing machine drawer, if I'm doing a smaller wash which isn't often I add half a capful.
I've used half of my bottle now and so far the results have been quite good, my laundry smells clean and fresh and does have a slight floral fragrance to it. My towels and bed linen are soft although not as soft as they are when I use a branded conditioner. There's been times when I've had to dry my laundry inside since I've been using this and the smell is pleasant, its not overpowering and doesn't give me a headache like some of the stronger ones do.
Where this fabric conditioner falls down is lasting freshness, once the washing has been ironed and put away the smell has gone, my washing smells clean and fresh but there's no lovely floral fragrance to it which is a shame because I like getting clean bed linen or towels out and getting a nice burst of fragrances.
All in all this isn't a bad product, at just 99p for a 1L bottle its not bad value however the fragrance just doesn't last.