“ Brand: Lenor / Type: Fabric Conditioner / Category: Laundry „
Lenor is a nice brand of fabric conditioners and it is important to use a good conditioner when we wash our grandchildren's clothing when they leave some of them at my house and wash them to then return back to their parents. Is also important to soften our own clothing too.
It comes housed in a plastic bottle and the lid can be used to measure the liquid if required. I usually just pour it into the machine drawer. The liquid is a runny consistency so you have to be careful when pouring it from the bottle because it does come from the bottle quite quickly and I have found I sometimes can use more of the liquid than I intended to use if I am not careful when pouring it into the machine. It is smooth and soft and it smells really nice and has a nice perfume smell which I like quite a lot.
When I take my washing from the machine I can smell the perfume on my clothing and it smells nice and fresh. It is a strong smell and once I have dried the clothing I can still smell it on the clothing.
It softens the clothing really well indeed and I can feel how soft all the clothing feels. The bedding smells fresh when I get into bed at night and I can smell the perfume on the pillowcases and duvet cover. My grandchildren's clothings smells nice when they are folded and placed into a bag to return to my children. I recently had to place some other clothing into the original bag of clothing and when I opened the bag I could still smell the perfume from this fabric conditioner on the clothing I had washed a few days earlier. So it proves the fragrance is a lasting one and still remains on the clothing a good few days after using it.
I can smell it when I open my wardrobe to choose what I am going to wear that day. When I wear my shirts I can smell it during the day and it is a nice fresh smell. Good to know it has a lasting smell on clothing.
It softens my towels and they feel fluffy and soft. The towels don't scratch my grandchildren's skin when I dry them with the towels I have used this softener and it is suitable to use for children's softer skin and adults too. You can't beat a nice soft towel when you get out of the bath or shower and it feels soft on the skin.
A 750ml bottle only cost around £2.10 and I have bought it a few times on offer for just £1. I like to stock up when I see it for the offer price to help save me some money because it is used in almost every single wash in my house. It is good value for money. I am all for saving money so I can treat my grandchildren to little treats.
I like this conditioner, it works well indeed for softening all fabrics and I really do recommend it if you want a conditioner which actually works well indeed for softening all of your clothing.
I rate it 5 stars.
Oh, everybody loves diamonds so what could be better than giving your washing the diamond treatment with this lovely fabric softener from Lenor. Lenor infusions are marketed as exotic and seductive fabric softeners and have been around for a number of years now. I remember taking part in a survey about Lenor right about the time that these fabric softeners came out and at that time I received a free sample for my time and I really liked it and so I think thats what keeps me coming back to these infusions. Lenor is produced by Proctor and Gamble and has been around since the 1960's.
There are a number of different flavours or fragrances, namely:
Ruby Jasmine - lush and exotic
Amethyst Rose - mysterious and enticing
Sapphire Violet - vibrant and exhilarating
but this review is about the black diamond and lotus flower fabric softener. I have to use fabric softener on my clothes otherwise I find they come out a bit hard and do not smell that nice either. Fabric softener really works its magic on my clothes and makes them smell lovely. This bottle almost looks like an upmarket perfume as it is a gorgeous dark black colour and it has a lovely picture of a Lotus on the front with a lovely big diamond (yes, in my case Diamond's really are a girl's best friend).The tag line of this softener says it is meant to be elegant and sophisticated. Well, going by the bottle, this was definitely true to start with.
Its really simple and easy to use. You can use the lid on the top of the bottle if you wish to measure out your fabric softener but I have a special tray on one side of my washing machine that allows you to put the fabric softener in up to a certain level so I always know how much to add which is nice. This is a very strong smelling fabric conditioner though which can be overpowering if you put too much in so I would advise adding less than you normally would with this particular variety. Also, the nice thing about Lenor Infusions is that it is a concentrate so you can use less liquid if you wish and also you use 70% less packaging per wash than you would with regular Lenor. This is a definite selling factor for me as it is good for the environment and also good in these times of bi-weekly rubbish collection when you can't afford to fill your bin up with bulky plastic containers.
Well, like I've said above this is quite a strong fabric conditioner and it has quite a strong, heavy smell to it when you opened the carton. It was overly flowery but had a nice clean smell to it. When I first used this I used too much and my clothes would really smell of this fabric conditioner all day but now I use less liquid I just get a nice clean flowery smell. It leaves the clothes nice and soft as with all the other Lenor products so this is one fabric conditioner I would recommend.
I'm not brand loyal and often try different fabric softeners. I recently bought Lenor Infusions Black Diamond and Lotus Flower as it was on offer in my local Tesco. They are currently on sale for £3.37 in Tesco for a 1.2 litre bottle which promises to give 34 washes.
Lenor promises that this product will deliver " Heavenly softness" and will " indulge your senses, and seduce you with the crisp, elegant fragrance and sumptuous softness"
Black diamonds and lotus flower comes in a black plastic bottle with a grey/silver lid. Lenor is written across the front along with a picture of white flowers and diamonds, all of the label is done in black, grey /silver which I would assume is to give it a glamorous expensive look. There is one small block of bright pink which has 7 x longer freshness written in it. The rest of the label gives instructions for use, warnings and ingredients. Obviously how big your load of washing is should determine how much softener you use but I always find 1 capful in my machine for an average load is sufficient, the lid, as usual, doubles up as the measuring cap.
The liquid is reasonably runny, white in colour and has quite a strong sweet perfume smell to it. I popped it into the washing machine drawer and did my laundry.
When I got my washing from the machine it was soft and smelt sweet and clean. I dried this particular load on the line and it remained soft and fragrant when it was dry, I have also dried a load indoors after using this particular Lenor and the results are the same. The smell is evident whilst drying indoors but in no way overpowering.
Although I am satisfied that Lenor with black diamonds and lotus flower softens my laundry and leaves it smelling nice it certainly doesn't retain the fragrance. The 7 x longer freshness doesn't really work with this one. I certainly couldn't smell it on my towels a day later when I got them out to use. I would say the " 7 x longer" refers to hours rather than days.
I would recommend this product and would buy it again if it was on offer but if you want a fabric softener that will keep your clothes and linen smelling nice for longer than a day then this isn't the one to use.
Good, but not the best fabric softener on the shelf.
I usually use Comfort fabric softener, but a while back I tried Lenor Breath of Fresh air and loved it. When we were in ASDA and saw that the Lenor fragrances were on special offer, I decided to get a couple. I was initially going to get a bottle of red ruby and jasmine and a bottle of gold orchid, but my boyfriend somehow convinced me to put the gold orchid one back and get the black diamond and lotus flower instead. I don't know why he wanted me to get this one, and I don't know why I listened either really, as he's probably never done a load of washing in his life!
The fabric softener comes in a black bottle with silver lid, and the picture on the front shows a diamond next to a flower. The cap is silver/grey and doubles as a dosing device. Dosage instructions are marked on the side of the bottle, and the product claims to give 4x longer freshness than Lenor classic.
The smell of the softener in the bottle was nice, but not really as special as I was expecting. The breath of fresh air version smelled lovely, and as this one has the word 'diamond' in it's name I was expecting something that smelled very luxurious. It's difficult really to describe the fragrance of this product, as I can't pick out one particular scent. It does smell quite floral, which perhaps is the lotus flower, but it's also fairly sharp and on the whole I found it old fashioned.
The liquid itself is white in colour and not too runny or too thick. Using it is like any other product of this nature - simply measure out a capful and place in the softener compartment of your washing machine drawer.
When I open the washing machine door after the wash has finished, I am normally greeted with a strong scent of whichever fabric softener I have used, however this didn't happen with this particular product. Strangely though, when I hung my clothes to dry on an airer, the scent of the fabric softener seemed to fill the room.
I find the scent that is left on my clothes after use, is much preferable to the way the product smells in the bottle. The sharp edge that the smell has seems to fade and a pleasant yet fairly generic floral scent is left on my clothes.
One thing I do like about this fabric softener is that fabrics really seem to retain the scent, and my clothes stay smelling fresh until I choose to wear them again - whether that be days or weeks later. I find it hard to tell how well it is conditioning my clothes but they all come out of the machine feeling soft.
This conditioner is available in two different sizes:
750ml - gives 21 washes - £2.24
1.2l -gives 34 washes - £3.06
That works out as the larger bottle being 44p per ml cheaper than the smaller one. The prices above are taken from ASDA.com, of course it will vary depending on where you shop.
Overall, whilst I don't necessarily think this was a bad product, it didn't live up to my expectations. The scent was not as luxurious as I had expected and I actually found it to be very generic. This isn't the cheapest fabric softener on the market, yet I don't think there was anything about it that made it stand out against supermarket own brands. So, all in all I would not recommend this unless you can get it on special offer, as to me, it is just not worth the price.
Lenor is a laundry brand under the Procter and Gamble company. They have a range of fabric conditioners to leave your laundry soft and scented.
*Product and Range*
One of the Lenor fabric conditioner ranges is Lenor Infusions. This range can also be known as Lenor Touch Effects. These conditioners have been formulated with perfume micro capsules which cling to your clothes in the wash and release scent and freshness as you wear them. This range is therefore marketed as having 4 x longer freshness compared to Lenor Original.
The range includes the following scents :
Struck by Fuchsia
Breath of Fresh Air
Burst of Sunshine
Barefoot in the Grass
& Black Diamond and Lotus Flower. This conditioner is described as being "a crisp, elegant fragrance that caresses your senses with soft vanilla undertones".
Not your average coloured bottle but very sophisticated. The conditoner comes in a small, rectangular but curvy plastic bottle. The bottle is a striking black colour with a silver lid (doubles up as the measuring cup).
The label around the middle is a sort of chocolate brown. The Lenor logo and product name can be found on the front with a floral and gemstone image. The directions for use are on one side panel and the ingredients and company details are on the side panel. The back of the bottle has information about the contained conditioner.
The bottle can be recycled after use.
The fabric conditioner is designed to be poured into your washing machine drawer and shouldn't be poured directly to fabrics. Use the handy measuring cup and pour the following amounts in the drawer :
For regular loads or normal softness use 35ml.
For larger loads or double softness use 55ml
For handwashing use 18ml per 10l
5-15% Cationic Surfactants , Benzisothiazolinone , Perfumes , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone , Butylphenyl Methylpropional , Citronellol , Geraniol , Hexyl Cinnamal , Limonene , Linalool .
*Availability and Price*
Black Diamond and Lotus Flower Fabric Conditioner is available in a 750ml (21wash) and a 1.5l (42wash) size. It can be purchased in supermarkets and stores such as Wilkos. It is not as common to find as some other conditioners. The following prices are estimated regular retails prices however, you can sometimes find the range on offer.
Asda 750ml @ £1.98
Tesco 1.5l @ £3.69
Wilkinsons £1.98 (currently on offer at 98p 01/07)
I know, I know..another of angelboos fabric conditioner reviews. What can I say? I am truly addicted to my gorgeous smelling laundry. As I said in a previous review..my fiance treated me to a bottle of Lenor Infusions last week. This week I felt like treating myself and I skipped off to Wilkos before the offer ended and got myself a new one to try! Black Diamond and Lotus Flower.
Well this one jumped out at me..when you think laundry, you don't think black bottles. This one is very striking and as far as plastic bottles go..its very sexy. All the information I need is on the label including confirmation that the conditioner is dermatologically tested. Ideal for my family as myself and the Boo have sensitive skin.
Opening the bottle, I wasn't sure what scent to expect. I knew it would be floral but I had no idea what black diamond smells like so I was intrigued. The scent is powerful and the lotus flower scent stands out a mile but there I detect and undertone. Obviously this is the black diamond but to me it was seductively sweet. It reminds me of bubblegum or candyfloss.
So on with the job on hand. I reserve this for my clothes and towels as I feel its too girly for my boys. I simply pour from the bottle into the drawer and I am generous so get about 18washes from a 21wash bottle. The conditioner is a creamy white colour and pours out the bottle with a distinct thickness. It oozes sophistication with every splash. My laundry goes on at 30c and I go about my other chores.
Just over an hour later and the green flashing light signals its time to remove my laundry. Opening the washing machine door, I smell freshness but nothing jumps out at me. I have since discovered that this may be due to the perfume micro capsules which have become imbedded in my laundry and I anticipate its strong release when I wear my clothes.
Sniffing the clothes up close, there is a delicate scent but it doesn't stand out. My clothes are perfectly soft and I choose to hang the clothes on the dryer and the towels over the doors. I went out for the day and came back to a weak floral scent around the flat. Upon wearing the clothes and using the towels for my bath, the smell becomes more evident. The scent certainly seeps through with time and is evident throughout wearing my clothes.
I like the way this conditioner works. It saves the scent until really needed and is extremely pleasant and a pleasure to wear. I personally did not notice this with the Ruby Jasmine variety but although they are both from the Infusions range, Ruby Jasmine has a slightly different effect.
I like this conditioner as it works well and does exactly what it is supposed to. Its a bit more difficult to find and my local Wilkos is often sold out so stock up when you see it!
Thanks for reading :)
I must admit, I did wonder what exactly a black diamond smelled like, actually I still do wonder as I have never smelt a black diamond, nor have I actually seen one, do they really exist? Either way, Lenor have a fabric softener called Lenor Infusions, Black Diamond and Lotus Flower.
I got a sample of this fabric softener in a magazine one day, and thought seeing as I had it, I might as well try it and if I didn't like it, it was not like I had wasted any money on it. I gave it a try on some towels, so that I didn't have to smell the aroma on my clothes if I didn't like the smell, but I was happily surprised with the smell. As soon as I opened the sachet of the fabric softener, I was hit by this lovely, soft, floral smell that I loved straight away.
My towels came up feeling wonderfully, soft and the scent of the softener was still very much there on the towels, even after being tumble dryed. The towels almost felt like they were brand new again, they were that soft. They felt great against my skin after a shower, and even my other half commented on how soft they were, and he would not normally be the kind of person to even notice the colour of the towel let alone how it felt.
As this fabric softener is concentrated, you hardly need to use any each time you wash your clothes. It says on the bottle to use a cap full each time, but I have found that using half works just as well, and makes it last even longer, although the bottle lasted me ages anyway. The scent is still just as strong when you use half a cap, and the softness is the same, so I do not see the point in using a full capful, as it does the same job when you use half a cap ful.
This softener costs around the same as most others that belong to a brand name company, but I have found that it lasts the longest, and that the smell actually seems to cling to the fabric a lot longer, even after a hard day of work, smoke and sweat, you can still smell the freshness of the lenor. I buy the bigger bottle of this softener, as it comes in two sizes. I have found it to be better value to buy the bigger bottle which usually costs me £2.99, and will last me over a month of washes.
I just love washin my bed sheets in this, as there is nothing nicer than relaxing in some soft, clean, amazing smell bed sheets after a hard days work. Other people have commented on how nice I have smelt when this is on my clothes, and I have managed to turn a few of my friends and family onto buying this in place of their usual fabric softeners.
I am not too sure if this is hypoallergenic or not, but I do have quite sensitive skin, and this is yet to bother my skin, so I think it is fine for those with skin allergy problems.
I give this fabric softener a 5 out of 5 stars, as it is wonderful. It makes my clothes feel and smell great, and it lasts ages. The scent is there for a good time, so it makes me feel it is really worth the money you pay for
it. You can buy this in most major supermarkets, and is available in 2 different sizes.
*This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*
I love the smell of freshly washed laundry and have always looked for a product that would give me a long lasing fresh smell that does not wear off straight away as well as softening my washing and this is how I came to find Lenor infusions.
This particular review is on my favorite one in the range Black diamonds and lotus flower.
==== Lenor The Brand ====
Lenor as a brand has been around for quite a while and specialize in creating fabric softeners that have been used for many, many years and I can remember that big blue bottle standing
on top of my mums washing machine when I was a child.
There was only one product then but now there is a Lenor range of fabric softeners.
==== The Range =====
The simply Lenor brand - which is the original one and is now in concentrate form
Touch Effects - This version of Lenor claims to give you a freshness that you can actually feel when you touch your laundry
Infusions - (This review) In this range all the products have been created with a perfume house to create four different scents.
===== Packaging =====
Obviously packaging is key in creating buyer interest and I was instantly drawn to this one and I think that I must have been a magpie in a previous life as I was drawn to the shiny sleek black plastic of the bottle.
It has a sliver screw lid that holds the measuring cup and the writing is in a grey and sliver style and looks like a luxury product.
It states on the bottle that you will get 21 washes and this is based on a normal wash load.
It has been dermatologically tested and as my children have quite sensitive skin I was curious to see what effect this would have.
==== How To Use It ====
It states that you need to use only one capful per washing load and that should be enough to give your washing that fresh feel and enough to give you a long lasting scent.
Just pour the capful into your machine draw and you are away. you can also use it for handwashing but only use 1/3 of a capful and do not pour directly onto fabrics.
===== The Scent ====
As soon as I opened the lid the fragrance jump right out at me and was very strong but that is to be expected when you sniff half a bottle up your nose and I knew that the scent would be more subtle in the wash.
I am not aware that Black diamonds have a scent so can not tell you that it smells of black diamonds but the Lotus flower scent was very strong and was not a synthetic smell but a very natural one. I also found that although it was quite a musky scent there was something sweet in there and the mixture of the scents balanced it out really well.
===== The Results =====
As soon as I opened the washing machine the scent flowed out with my washing and filled the room, The scent was indeed a lot more subtle but still very evident and while the washing was drying the scent really filled the kitchen and even my kids kept asking what was that nice smell.
I found that all my washing including towels and underwear and bedding was all very soft and my towels actually looked like new and I am pleased to say that they kept that softness until they were used.
The scent also lasted very well and my bathroom had a fabulous scent with the fresh towels in.
It was a joy to slip between the sheets and have that lovely fresh scent and it lasted for a good week.
I also found that I got a good 19 washing out of this and that perhaps due to the fact that my washing machine loads are huge as that's how I wash my children!.
===== Sensitivity test =====
Everybody's skins are different and I can only speak for my family of five but I found that it was very gentle on all our skins and no one found that it irritating their skins at all.
===== Conclusion =====
I love it!, It does the job and gets my washing soft and full of freshness and lasted longer than any other fabric softener that I have used and I can not wait to try the other three infusions.
===== Cost and Availability ====
It is available in most supermarkets and cost approx £2.00 although It is on offer in Sainsburys at the moment.
Fabric Softener can be a very touchy subject to those of us with a particularly fussy skin sensitivity. Im one of those people, so when buying stuff that is going to wash my clothes, the two things I look for are something that smell strong, and something that wont irritate.
Lenor Infusions tick both of these boxes for me. Firstly, dont let its liquorish-looking exterior fool you. The liquid is a slightly grey colour. But within that liquid are the ingredients to make anyone smell like a walking Garden full of the scents of an upper-class plant collection. The smell is powerful. And by powerful, I mean just that. You can smell this from a distance. And that, for me, is a good thing. It means your clothes smell like this for a lot longer! Having said that, what the hell is the smell of a Black Diamond?? I think a better name for it might have been 'Lenor Infusions - This one smells really nice, and powerful, too!'
Eitherway, this keeps some moisture locked into the clothes you wash it in. Leave them to dry, and when it comes to folding them and putting them away, youll notice that they are very soft indeed, but can still be ever so slightly moist. And given I dry my clothes on a drying rack in my Dining room, the smell rises and wafts all around the house, acting as an air freshener at the same time!!
All in all, this is an excellent product to buy. Slightly over-priced at around the £2 mark, but for the smell and power of the product itself, its worth a pop if used in a decent quantity. Brilliant for bedding, as well!! Lovely smell when you hit the sack!
Lenor released series of new fabric conditioners called 'Lenor Sensations,' earlier in the year. These fabric conditioners were supposed to be a premium product, with a longer lasting scent, they were of course more expensive than your standard fabric conditioner. I bought two bottles in Asda this week, as in their cleaning event they were £1 a bottle, which is the sort of price I like to pay! They are normally £1.88 (in Asda).
I smelt this fragrance before I bought it, and I thought it smelled a lot more masculine than many fragrances of fabric conditioner. I've always felt that fabric conditioner is a product for woman, afterall how many men would like their clothes to smell of cherry blossom or lavendar? So, as this smelled like something my husband wouldn't object to, I picked up a couple of bottles.
I used the conditioner in the washes I did over the weekend and was very impressed with the results. I think that you can tell a real difference if you use fabric conditioner in your wash compared to just washing liquid and this product was no exception, all my washing including towels felt lovely and soft.
The smell was very strong as I got the washing out of the washing machine, much stronger than I would normally expect. It seemed to become a much sweeter smell than it smelled in the bottle, perhaps this was the effect of my washing liquid or just because it was in a lesser concentrated form, but there was to me a very noticeable difference between the before and after! I thought the smell of my washing was gorgeous, my husband was indifferent so it can't have been awful!
I don't know if I would buy this product if it wasn't on offer, it doesn't do anything much that another fabric conditioner wouldn't do. Yes, I love the smell, but am I prepared to pay pretty much double the price of a normal bottle of fabric conditioner? I don't think so!
I bought this product after being intruiged as to what 'black diamond' is actually supposed to smell like. When I opened the bottle and took a sniff, I couldn't really pick up on much of a particular fragrance when smelling the liquid itself. I was quite disappointed with this as I have had other fabric conditioners with lotus flower in that have smelt really fragrant. I noticed that the smell didn't seem to be anything in particular, although it was a pleasant smell.
I put one capful of this into the wash, which is the recommended amount. One capful is quite a large amount, so it is plenty. It is a white liquid, and it is quite thick in consitency compared with other conditioners I have tried. and I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the washing machine, as there was a really noticeable smell drifting out of the machine. Whilst the clothes were in the dryer I could really notice the smell, more so than with other fabric conditioners I have tried. I also notices that my clothes felt really soft and supple once they had dried. I didn't seem to notice the fragrance on my clothes after I had been wearing them though.
I do think that there are other fabric softeners out there that smell nicer than this one, so for that reason I wouldn't buy it again, but I would definitely buy a different Lenor one as they are obviously really good fabric conditioners.
Overall I would say that it is a nice smell, but not anything too special or different.
I just love my laundry to smell good and especially in the winter when I can't always get things hung out and I put a few items on radiators to dry and they smell the whole house out with whatever fabric softener I have used.
My new favourite softeners are the Infusions range from Lenor and my favourite from the range is the Black Diamond and Lotus Flower one, which comes in a very classy looking gloss black container and smells simply divine.
The scent is a floral one but it has just enough of a note of sweetness to it to make it very different from other floral scents. You need just a tiny amount in a washing to get the desired effect and scent, I seldom even use a full capful and it works a treat.
My hubby can be prone to iffy skin at times but this does not affect him in any way so I guess it is fairly kind to the skin.
It leaves clothes feeling very soft and smelling great both when drying and after drying and you get a strong and lovely smell from the clothes during ironing which I have never noticed with any other softener.
I have always enjoyed slipping into a bed with freshly cleaned sheets but even more so now that I have found this, the sheets are delicious scented and soft as the proverbial babies bum. I highly recommend this softener to everyone.
Infusions are four new fabric conditioners from Lenor.
Now I have tried the green one ('Barefoot in the grass'...who comes up with these names?) because it was on special offer and must say I was very impressed, so when my barefoot in the grass was getting low in the bottle I thought I would try one of the other Infusions.
Which to pick? I must admit I am one of those people who takes the lids off things such as fabric conditioners to have a good smell! At the end of the day the clothes you will be wearing will smell of whichever you choose so I like to make sure I pick a lovely fragrance. (Hubby has normally wandered off with the children by now in the supermarket and they are pretending they don't know the 'crazy sniffing lady')
Back to the product (at last I hear you say)- I was drawn to the Black Diamond and Lotus Flower mainly by the design of the bottle..yes I am that shallow!
No there was something different about this, the bottle looked very alluring and sensual and dare I say, even a little bit sexy?
So down to the nitty gritty; is it any good?
Well, I did a wash not long after getting home from purchasing it so I tried it straight away and as soon as the cycle had finished and I opened the washing machine door I was greeted by a very lovely fresh floral smell (presumably the lotus).
After the clothes were dry I could smell the fragrance again when ironing; just as strong as when they were freshly washed. Even after a few days in the wardrobe the smell was still there.
Do they leave your clothes soft?
Yes, in fact this is one of the best fabric conditioners I have used as far as leaving clothes soft and it was particularly effective on my bed sheets!
Packaging and price~
This particular conditioner comes in a dramatic, all black bottle, with Lenor wrote in white/grey letters on the front. Underneath is a picture of a lotus flower and a shiny diamond, and it has a grey/silver lid to top it off.
The size is 750ml which doesn't look like it will last too long, however it is a concentrated conditioner; meaning it's quite thick in consistency so you only need a small amount each wash, so actually lasts longer than large regular bottles.
I paid £2 for this which is quite expensive really but worth it!
Micellaneous~ Lenor Infusions are made by Proctor and Gamble UK, for more information visit: www.lenor.co.uk
Review of Lenor Infusions Black Diamond and Lotus Flower Fabric Conditioner
Courtesy of a market research survey I was lucky (?) enough to recieve a trial of this product. When I was informed at the end of the survey that I was to be sent a trial to test out, I quite expected to receive a couple of one wash sachets. But no, a full sized bottle was sent.
Here began the fun!
Please indulge me for a moment and imagine the scene, I have been very happily unmarried to my partner for 12 years. I have a grown up family, marriage is not on our agenda and never likely to be, so, imagine the confusion when on February 14th 2008, Valentine's Day, the postman knocked and presented me with a large package, I hadn't ordered anything but it was addressed to me. I took the package into the dining room and placed in on the table. I carefully opened the brown wrapping to be confronted with a beautiful glossy black box, embossed with self coloured flowers. There in the centre of the box were the words 'Will You'.
My heart raced as I realised the date and plummeted as I wondered how to carefully and tactfully refuse this proposal, 'thanks but no thanks', was hardly appropriate, raucous laughter, equally not on. Anyway, at that point, my other half wandered through and said 'What's that then?'
I opened the flap of the box, under the flap was another message, 'be seduced' it read.....curiouser and curiouser! We were both gob-smacked at this and further delving revealed a full sized bottle of Lenor Infusions Black Diamond and Lotus Flowers fabric conditioner. Phew! What a relief!
On to the serious side of this review.
The fabric conditioner was presented in a beautiful box as I have already indicated, the bottle was just as attractive, in fact it would not look out of black in a modern bathroom, the glossy black plastic bottle has a black cellophane wrap around the centre, picturing a white lotus flower and really does look quite classy .
The box my trial bottle was sent in also contained money off vouchers, information leaflet and a card detailing the be seduced website on which I registered.
The white coloured fabric conditioner was certainly highly scented. A very strong floral, synthetic scent, too strong in my opinion, but as the information supplied detailed, the fragrance had been developed by perfumiers in conjunction with Lenor, perhaps I am missing the point. The product promised long lasting fragrance and supreme softness. The fabric conditioner costs in the region of £1.94 for a 750ml bottle in most supermarkets. It is an eye catching product with a different feel to the packaging making it stand out from it's competitors. The other fragrances are Amethyst Rose, Ruby Jasmine and Sapphire Violet.
I duly tried the product, it was fairly concentrated and I found that just 1/2 a capful was adequate for a normal sized load, rahter than the full cap as recommended. The clothes did seem nicely softened when they came out of the machine and the scent of the fabric softener was certainly still very pronounced. It lingered for ages on the fabric and I can honestly say that Lenor Infusions did exactly what it promised. The money off coupons were extremely generous, 2x 50p, 10x20p, as some supermarkets accept vouchers whether you have purchased the product or not, as long as they stock it, this could be a big advantage. The website www.beseduced.uk.com has a wealth of information and features, polls and advice.
The perfume of this product was a little overpowering for me and my partner said it was too girly. The retail price is rather more expensive than other brands. The beseduced website does not appear to wish me to unsubscribe and keep bombarding me with emails! In desperation I have added them to my spam list. Register at your peril!
Shortly after using this product I suffered a severe flare up of contact dermatitis, something I do get occasionally. The outbreak was so severe that I had raw patches on my stomach and in the creases of my elbows and knees. My GP had to prescribe medication, something that I haven't had to resort to in years.
I am not entriely blaming Lenor Infusions for this, but it was the only new item that I had used prior to the flare up.
Lenor Infusions Black Diamond and Lotus Flower does what it says it will, fragrances and softens your laundry. The fragrance is long lasting but perhaps too over powering for some tastes. People with sensitive skin should use with care and I certainly wouldn't recommend it be used on baby clothing or bedding as a precautionary measure.
I am aware that I have written a somewhat negative review of this product, especially as other contributions for Lenor Infusions are favourable. My experience was as I have described, not particulary positive and I will definately not be buying this product, that said, I am sure it will be popular with consumers. I would in all fairness have to say that yes, I would recommend this product to others but with the proviso to avoid it if you have sensitive skin, hence my 3 star rating.
c brittle1906 February 2009
Also published on peazyshop and Ciao.co.uk
I was sent an offer through e-mail to have a sample sent of this product and well you don't always get something for nothing so i signed up, within 1 week a box arrived with a large bottle of this fabric conditioner 750ml.
I started using the conditioner right away as i just love trying out new products before anyone else. All you need to do is add 1 cap full of conditioner as it says on the package that's all that will be needed for a full load of washing.
Is a cap Full enough? I feel a cup full is plenty enough to use as all clothes came out smelling fresh and clean.
When i took the clothes out of the washing machine you can instantly smell the fragrance, i did a load of jumpers and was impressed at how soft and refreshing they felt.
How long does the smell last? That depends, I put some clothes in the airing cupboard, then into my wardrobe and one jumper still smelt of the fragrance 2 weeks later. Also my wardrobe now smells super nice. If you put clothes on you can notice the smell throughout the day and a little into the next, this is probably an ideal product to get if you have problems with body odours.
My Daughter loves the fragrance too and wants me to wash all her clothes, i had to explain that i didn't want to use it all up yet as being a sample it will not be in the shops yet and depending on people reviews on the product will depend on when it will be released for the market. It suggests in the e-mail that the product should be in the shops in the summer.
Both myself and daughter have eczema and this product has been gentle and hasn't effected us at all.
I would rate this product very very high at 10/10 as its the best fabric conditioner i have used and with lasting fragrance.
I am not sure how much this product will cost when its on the market but i feel it will be worth every penny.
Some people have allergies and i feel its a good idea if i list them here for everyone to check out: 5-15% Cationic surfactants, nenzisothozolinone, perfumes, Citronellol, Geraniol,Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Linalool, Limonene, lpha-isomethyl lonone.
There are other Fragrances of Fabric conditioner in the range these include the following:
Lenor infusions are four new fabric conditioners which have recently been released. The fragrances are: Black diamond and lotus flower, Ruby Jasmine, Sapphire Violet and Amethyst Rose.
So, I hear you ask, what is so special about this new range? Well, the fragrances have been concoted between Lenor and an apparently well kown leading perfumer, whose identity remaines a closely guarded secret!
After completing a survery I was one of many chosen to try out the new Black diamond and lotus flower conditioner.
The bottle is in the usual shape, fairly rectangular and bulky. Usually Lenor bottles are clear, showing the pastel colour of the liquids through, but this bottle is black with a black cellophane wrap around the centre, which has a picture of a white lotus flower and on the front. This also carries the name and discription, with all the ingredients, instructions and customer care details on the sides and back. The lid is exactly the same as usual only in silver/grey plastic.
The liquid is white with a runny consistency, resembling milk. The smell is quite strong and very fragrant. Fabric conditioners are usually titled 'summer breeze' or 'meadow fresh', giving you the idea of thick soft towels, dry and warm from the fresh outdoors, but this is much more like debenhams perfume counter. Not that I dislike the smell, it's strong, but quite nice actually, although difficult to describe! I've never really smelled lotus flowers before, but it is a very floral fragrance, slightly exoctic and not really sweet. I don't really understand where the black diamonds come into it, as I don't imagine they have a smell and wouldn't think they provide much softness, so obviously just added to give the idea of luxury!
==Results after use===
For the first wash, I followed directions and added one dose (using the cap) to the drawer. At the end of the wash, I opened the door and the smell was quite strong. I managed to partly dry this wash outside (which I think always makes the washing smell nice) and the fragrance was slighly softer and warmer when the clothes were dry, but still strong. My second load was towels. I reduced the dose to half a capful and dried it in the tumble dryer. This did help to soften the smell. The fragrance is long lasting, this mornings clean towel was washed four days ago and the fragrance is very noticable. The softness is as good as any other conditioner I have used, just what you would expect from Lenor.
This fabric conditioner leaves your washing very soft, very fragrant and the effects last well. You just have to decide if you like the fragrance which is much more perfumed that the usual.
My main concern was for my husband and son, it certainly wasn't masculine and my hubby didn't like it at all, not usually one for taking any notice of what I do with the washing, he did ask me not to wash his clothes in this. So unless you don't really like your other half, this means seperating the washing even more and buying two seperate conditioners.
Tricky one. Obviously, we all have a very personal opinion and preference of fragrance. This was too strong for me, I would much rather my clothes smelt of 'dewy meadows' and 'summer breeze', which are much milder fragrances that will definitely not clash with my usual perfume or my hubby!
I personally wouldn't buy this. Lenor Summer Breeze (which is my usual choice) costs £1.48 for 750ml at Asda, the RRP for this new range is £1.98 (although it does seem to be on offer in most places at the moment). As I'm not overstruck on the fragrance I certainly won't pay an extra 50p for it, however, I will try the other fragrances while the offers are still on!
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