ABOUT: This fabric softener by Lenor is one that I have purchased twice and didn't purchase again as my boyfriend hated the scent; despite me rather quite liking it. This fabric softener is infused with a seductive hint of vanilla that helps to brighten your spirits with it's softer, refreshing fragrance. The product claims to soften clothes leaving them feeling soft against your skin.
PRICE: You can purchase a 925ml bottle of this from most Supermarkets for around £3.50; although please note that prices may vary.
IN USE: I always do a full loads of washing when washing so I pour this into the compartment in the washing machine drawer up until it reaches the max line which I find is enough for a full load of washing. If I am doing half a wash then I will put less in and normally only put half of the max amount in. When unscrewing the cap the liquid smells quite strong but I like the smell. I guessed the scent would be a little lighter in the clothes thought.
RESULTS: After washing the clothes and bed linen everything smelt lovely and it felt really soft as well. There was a lovely luxurious scent of vanilla on everything and it smelt nice and clean. The scent of the product was a lot stronger than other fabric softeners which is maybe why my boyfriend felt it a little too strong. Maybe next time I need to use less of the product when I use it.
OVERALL: I love this fabric softener.
Despite the intended use, I mainly use fabric conditioner to add a nice fragrance to my clothes, the softness is just an added bonus for me! When I saw that Lenor had brought out a new range of scents, I was excited to try them out. I sniffed them all in the supermarket and Gold Orchid was by far my favourite. I can''t say I''ve ever smelled an orchid before, but I don''t think the scent is particularly floral. I would say it''s sweet, like caramel and butterscotch. I''m in love with the smell! I got this from Asda when it was on special offer, I think it was 1.50 GBP for 1 litre, I remember being surprised that it was cheaper than the 750ml. So this was a bargain price compared to similar products as it works out at less than 5p per wash. However, the special offer didn''t last long and the price has been going up and down ever since. As with other liquid fabric conditioners, you measure it out using the lid. There is a faint line halfway up the lid so you can either measure half a lid-full for a light or small wash, or a full lid for a full wash or a more intense fragrance. The bottle is beige in colour, I think it''s meant to represent the gold in the name, but I think it matches well with the caramel/ butterscotch scent so it works in both respects. It claims to have 7x longer lasting freshness. While I''ve never really taken too much notice of the timescale, the fresh scent does seem to last longer than other fabric conditioners I''ve used, with the smell still lingering at the end of the day. With regards to softness, I think towels are the best benchmark to use as they can be very stiff and scratchy if you miss the fabric conditioner out. Using this on towels does really make them nice and soft and not at all scratchy. It''s a pleasure using freshly washed towels and slipping into a clean bed after using this.
When it comes to doing the laundry not only do I want my clothes to be clean but I also like them to have a fresh scent to them. The kind of smell that lingers on your clothes even when stored in a wardrobe. I seem to have tried a wide variety of fabric softeners all which promise to leave your clothes soft and leave a fragrance behind but I seem to find that a few I've tried don't really live up to the promise so the search goes on.
Recently, in my local Co-op I managed to pick up a bottle of Lenor Infusions Gold Orchid which was half price (the only variety which was half price for some reason). I'd never tried this variety from Lenor and was happy to pay the price given that Co-op seems overly expensive compared to other supermarkets so was happy to be paying less.
Lenor say Gold Orchid "is infused with a seductive hint of vanilla that will brighten your spirits with its soft, refreshing fragrance". Had I of known that the fabric softener had included vanilla (I didn't read the back of the bottle when I bought it) I probably wouldn't have bought it as I cannot stand the smell of vanilla or at least the synthetic, sweet vanilla aroma. However, it was half price so I won't moan!
The fabric softener comes in a gold metallic bottle with a contrasting silver metallic screw on top, which is also used as a measuring cup if need be. On the front of the bottle there is an image of orchids together with the usual font Lenor logo and the product name. On the back of the bottle is the usual information about the product, how to use it (i.e. dosage amounts) as well as a long list of ingredients and warnings.
The fabric softener on first sniff you do get a lovely floral type aroma which has a slight sweetness to it but for me, I couldn't detect any vanilla which is perfectly fine by me. The fabric softener is an off white colour, looks pretty much the same as milk although it does have a slightly thicker consistency albeit not by much. On first impressions, the fragrance is definitely not what I had expected after reading it has vanilla but I was pleasantly surprised and hoped that it would fragrance my washing.
For every wash I only use a small capful as I don't see the point in using too much and I never overfill my washing machine. All I do is pour the capful into the washing machine draw and let the washing machine work it's magic on my clothes. As soon as the wash has finished and the door is opened you get an instant floral aroma which is nice as not only do the clothes smell nice but they also smell incredibly fresh.
Now, I very rarely use my tumble drier and tend air or line dry my clothes but of course you don't get the softness this way or at least as soft as they could be. However, I found that once dry they were as soft as they could be to the touch for being put on an airer but they also smelt lovely, they had that freshly washed fragrance which was lightly perfumed. Not only that, but I have found the clothes that I have put away since using this fabric softener is that they maybe don't smell as strongly as they first did but the fragrance is definitely noticeable.
This was definitely a good buy to find and I am pleased I bought it. It hasn't irritated my skin despite being perfumed and it has provided my clothes a lovely fragrance which seems to last even when the clothes/items have been stored. Definitely a recommendation from me. 5 stars.
== Product Information ==
Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores etc.
Lenor is a nice brand of softeners which I buy to soften my clothes and the clothes of my family. I like this brand because it always helps the clothes to have a lasting smell on them. I bought this softener because I wanted to try a different smelling softener from this brand and this was my choice when I spotted it.
The softener comes housed in a plastic bottle and has a lid which can be used for measuring the softener if required. I just pour the liquid into my machine and don't bother with the lid for measuring.
The liquid is soft and smooth and has a nice smell. Smells slightly of vanilla and is a fairly sweet smell with a slight perfume smell added in the mix. I like the smell of this softener quite a lot.
It doesn't drip from the bottle because it is fairly rich in consistency. I just like to pour a small amount of the liquid into my machine and when I take my clothing from my machine I can smell the sweet smell but not much of the vanilla smell once my clothing is wet, the vanilla smell fades slightly when clothing is wet but that doesn't matter to me as long as he smell is still on the clothing, which it is so that's pleasing to know.
Once my clothing has dried I can smell the softener on them. This softener works very well indeed for softening clothing and bedding to give it a nice fresh smell. I have a few fleece throws around my home and the softener really leaves the material nice and fluffy and really soft to feel.
Nice softener which softens my towels and doesn't leave them feeling dry or rough. My bedding smells nice when I get into bed at night and has a nice fresh smell which lasts for days. Even a few days after using the softener on the bedding I can still smell it when getting into bed which shows the smell is lasting.
Softens my woollens well indeed and my grandchildren's clothing well too and because the softener is a gentle liquid it hasn't irritated their skins.
I washed an old fishing jacket which hadn't been washed for a while and was a little smelly. When I used this softener I could smell a nicer smell on the jacket and the inner lining is fleece and felt soft and fluffy. It smelt a whole lot better after using this softener and will smell next time I wear the jacket when I go fishing again soon.
The bottle is 750ml and priced at £1.50 and is to soften up to 21 wash loads of clothing so a lot of loads for the price.
I like this softener a lot and will buy it again for softening my clothing and my families clothing.
Is a good purchase indeed and worth the price. Good enough for my families wash days.
I rate it 5 stars.
I bought a bottle of this recently when I was in tesco as it was on offer. I love the smell when my washing has just been done and smells fresh and clean and had seen adverts on the tv recently about Lenor so thought id give it a go. I chose the orchid spring one after smelling them all in the middle of the supermarket for 10mins (embarrassing but it has to be done).
It cost less than £2 which I thought was great on the pack it said it held enough to do 34 washes which I thought was a lot more than I had expected. Sad though it is I was quite excited to get home and give it a try!
I followed the instructions when doing my first wash I put in a full cap (it recommended slightly less than that but it was just easier to put a full cap in). It was very easy to use you just pour it into the washing machine drawer and then set the washer going as you normally would. The smell when the washer had finished and I started to unload it was gorgeous. After I had dried the clothes outside the smell was still there which I was surprised by. It lasted for quite a while. The other thing I noticed was that it made my clothes feel much softer. The towels seemed much fluffier and smelt lovely and fresh.
I have a new baby and the fabric conditioner did not seem to irritate her skin at all. My son and I also have eczema but this did not irritate it either which I thought was great. I would definitely recommend this to other people and have bought a couple more bottles whilst they are on offer. Im not sure I will be too keen on it when it goes back to full price but it is definitely worth investing in whilst on offer.
I find Lenor brand of fabric conditioners really nice fragrances and work well for softening my fabrics and give them a nice smell to them. This fragrance I have bought quite a few times because I like it quite a lot.
It comes in a transparent plastic bottle and it had a twist off lid. The liquid is a fairly thin consistency, it isn't very rich like some other brands. It is a little runny while pouring it from the bottle into the cap or the machine fabric compartment. The liquid is smooth and very soft.
It has a sweet kind of smell to it and I can detect a slight smell of vanilla. This vanilla scent isn't really strong but it is apparent but the perfume scent I far more apparent than the vanilla. It also has a little added perfume fragrance and it does smell really nice in my opinion. The scent is quite a strong one but it isn't overpowering of a sickly kind of smell.
I generally just fill the cap and then pour it into my machine compartment. It doesn't drip from the bottle while pouring it because of the rich consistency, so no wastage. It is recommended to use 2/3 of a capful for a normal load. I think this is a good enough amount for a normal load and I use less for a smaller load.
Immediately I take my fabrics from my machine I can detect the fragrance, it is quite strong and very apparent. It softens towels really well and leaves them really fluffy and really soft. It also softens my bedding and when I get into bed at night I can smell the fragrance on the bedding, the smell of fresh bedding and with a nice fragrance helps me sleep a whole lot better.
I just pour a small amount into warm water for hand soaking my more delicate fabrics, some of my clothing has to be hand washed and I like to use this conditioner to condition them after I have hand washed them using a laundry detergent. It is very easy to rinse from the fabrics and once they have drip dried, they smell gorgeous and really soft.
This conditioner has staying power on fabrics, I can detect it on my clothing when I take them from my wardrobe or drawers. They smell really fresh with the hint of vanilla and clean too and I can even smell the fragrance on the them while I am wearing them, which in my opinion shows the quality of this one and the staying power it creates.
It is a good one to use to soften soft furnishings, I use it to soften some of my cushion covers and my grandchildren's cuddly toys I have washed and need softening, so that when they hold and cuddle them, they feel soft against their skin and especially when they cuddle them against their face to go to sleep.
It generally costs around £2.20 for a 750ml bottle, for this size bottle it is designed to condition up to 21 wash loads, a good amount for the price in my opinion. It is available in a larger bottle size of 1.16L priced at around £3.30 which is designed to condition 33 wash loads. I bought the smaller bottle. Lenor conditioners are often on special offer and worth buying when spotted on offer to save some money and to stock up.
I have sensitive skin and found this one hasn't irritated my skin or caused any rashes etc. It is a nice gentle conditioner and really suitable for sensitive skin.
It is also designed to give 7 times lasting fragrance on fabrics. I'm not sure if it lasts 7 times longer than some other brands because I think most branded ones have a lasting fragrance.
This conditioner certainly passes the sniff and feel test and I am very happy to recommend it to others wishing to buying a conditioner which produces what it claims to do. I will keep on buying it in the future because I am happy with the results for conditioning my fabrics.
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I give this conditioner 5 stars.
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Lenor Golden Orchid infusions Fabric softener
I am mixing a few product reviews between my travel ones as the treavel and books only pay so poorly.
This has to be one of my favourite fabric softeners and one I go back to time and time again. Tesco do a pretty good one in a similar colour bott0e with a similar aroma but I do love thos one.
Lenor claim that their new formula lasts 7 times longer but while I can't say that I have timesd it I do find that the clothes and linen I wash using this do smell lovely for some time after . I can make my bed up using sheets washed a couple of weeks back and they still smell lovely and fresh.
I very rarely do any machine or hand wash without using fabric softener and even whe we travel I take a small bottle of fabric softener with me as well as detergent as it makes the clothes smell so much fresh and they also feel softer too.
I am a bit of a clean freak and do many many loads of washing each week, my husband and my washing and I seem to also be doing my step son's as well despite the fact he says he is doing it!! His idea of doing his washing is to ask if he can, I say yes bring it down, he puts it in the machine and I set it up with the detergent and softener, he goes back upstairs. In the morning ( we put ours trough at night on a timer for cheap rate electricity) he goes off to work, I hang it up. I get it in and put his stuff on the stairs. He walks over it for a few days and then finally I suggest that he takes it up to his room!! I NEVER iron it though!!
I love the way a wash smells as you open the machine after using this. It is a sort of creamy rich sweet but classy sort of smell. It isn't flowery or unnatural smelling but I just can't quite put my finger on the smell to describe it better.
I always prefer putting my washing on the line outside to dry and when I use this fabric softener and dry the washing outside I can really smell the gorgeous smell as I take the washing in when it is dry. I can also enjoy it as I hang up the wet stuff and as I pass through it in the garden as it is drying too. I just love the smell of freshly dried clothes and it smells nothing like Yankee candle fresh linen which is one I am not so keen on.
Sadly with the weather we have been having lately this luxury of hanging washing out to dry is sometimes not available so I have to hang things indoors. I do use our beams with hangers for shirts etc and our dining room looks a bit like a Chinese laundry at times. Otherwise they go over radiators or hang on dryers in rooms that catch the sun if there is any. The only positive to this method is that I have room fresheners in the form of my wet washing as it gives off its lovely fresh creamy sweet smell as the clothes dry.
Apart for making my washing smell gorgeous this stuff also acts as a fabric softener which is what it is designed to do. I hate crisp towels and this makes my towels feel nice and soft. It also makes my bed linen smell fresh and easier to iron. I love freshly ironed pillow cases and cotton duvet covers as they feel and smell wonderful as you get into bed. There is nothing quite as nice as a nice bath followed by clean bed linen for a good night's leep.
The other thing this does is make the clothes easier to iron. I am not fond of ironing so anything that cuts this task to the minimum is worth doing. Using this means I never have to iron T shirts or indeed anything of that kind of fabric. I only have to run over my husband's shirts as I hang them on hangers to dry and the sheets and pillow cases I dry as flat as possible and again they need minimal ironing.
I am one of those rather sad people who when going around supermarkets opens the fabric softeners and shower gels etc to sniff them before I buy them. I wish I could describe this better but it is a really lovely classy scent and makes the clothes smell really good.
This is a great fabric softener as it not only smells good, it really does soften the clothes, I never have any problems from static clinging clothes and I do have lots of static in my body as I often get shocks from my car door as I get out. It makes the clothes need little or no ironing too so all in all it gets a five stars from me.
It is a I more expensive than the Tesco one I also buy but when it is on special offer I snap it up with enthusiasm. I have about four different fabric softeners scents that I buy and this is one of my favourites.
Thanks for reading. Just read another review for this on here and that inspired me to write mine.
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Whilst I will regularly purchase mid-range brands when carrying out the weekly shop, I will not compromise when it comes to laundry products and choose from only a few brands. I generally tend to opt for Lenor when buying fabric conditioners, as I love their Infusions range with this review discussing Gold Orchid.
I have been purchasing Lenor for as long as I can possibly remember, as I favour the quality that their products deliver in addition to the gorgeous scents. Gold Orchid is presented in an almost golden coloured sturdy plastic bottle and I say almost, as its appearance is more of a shiny bronze. We receive 1.16 litres for our money, which according to the packaging will enable the consumer to undertake 33 washes.
Whilst I use high quality laundry gels, I favour adding fabric conditioners, as they provide additional softness, prevent static and deliver a long lasting aroma. The directions for use are contained on the side of the bottle with the amount required depending on the machine load. As I have been using Lenor fabric conditioners for longer than I care to remember, I no longer feel the need to pour the conditioner into the screw off cap, as I know exactly how much to use, so I pour it directly into the drawer of my washing machine.
I favour the style of the packaging, as the plastic bottle enables an easy grasp, which allows me to accurately pour out some of the contents without any spillages. I had anticipated Gold Orchid to offer a golden colour, but the liquid is pure white and offers a good consistency unlike the value brands, which are far too watery for my liking. The stunning orchid aroma is evident the moment I removed the cap and it significantly intensifies as I pour the liquid into my machine.
Whilst the fragrance of some fabric conditioners can almost take your breath away as they are so overpowering, I find Gold Orchid to be extremely authentic, which gives me the impression of high quality. The orchid aroma is evident and reminds me of an expensive eau de parfum, as opposed what one would normally expect from a fabric conditioner and out of all of the Lenor fabric conditioners that I have used, I find this to be the one of the best in terms of the scent.
On removing my laundry from the machine the aroma isn't as powerful although very evident with my clean washing feeling soft and smooth to the touch. I prefer to hang my washing out on the line when the weather permits, as I adore the freshness that the air gives to my bedding. Lenor claim that this product offers seven times longer freshness although in all honesty I cannot distinguish the difference when making a comparison with their older fabric conditioners, as my experience with the brand has been that they have always been consistent in producing quality products.
There is nothing more satisfying than snuggling under a duvet that has been newly laundered and the Gold Orchid aroma is evidence for a good few nights although I cannot agree with Lenor's "Fresh Sheet Week" claim. However, I find that when I plump up my pillows it brings the scent alive and once again offers that just washed aroma. I am always able to witness the fresh scent when opening any drawers and the wardrobe, as it remains evident despite the clothes not being worn.
As I use the tumble dryer when the weather will not allow me to peg out my washing, static becomes a real issue for me. A couple of years ago I attempted to omit using fabric conditioners, but the build up of static in my trousers was unbearable, as in addition to them feeling uncomfortable because they would stick to my legs, they looked plain silly. Consequently, fabric conditioner is used with every wash. I would agree with the claim that the bottle offers 33 washes although I am generally able to obtain a good few more.
I cannot recommend Lenor Infusions Gold Orchid highly enough and whilst it is one of the pricier fabric conditioners it is worth every penny. The Infusions range generally retails at £3.35 for a 1.16 L bottle, but until 2 June 2013 you can make a half price purchase from Tesco.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
== Lenor Sensual Infusions Gold Orchid ==
I was lucky enough to receive a lovely big bottle of this for a product test. The 1.16 L contains enough for 33 washes and the R.R.P is £3.35 [ half price in Tesco at time of posting] and is also available in a 750 ml size for 21 washes for £2.25.
== The Fabric Conditioner ==
The conditioner comes in a gold coloured plastic bottle with a silver measuring cap lid. All the information and instructions are on a plastic wrap round label.
The instructions are straight forward and show 3 different pictures . The first to show for 1 feather of softness to use 2/3 or 35 ml of conditioner. For 2 feathers of softness use a whole cap full or 55 ml and the 3rd picture shows for hand washing 1/3 of a cap or 18 ml.
The cap is easy to remove with a small turn , turn upside down and pour the conditioner in . The conditioner is a good consistency and pours easily into the cup and neatly as it's easy to stop the flow.
== What Makes It Special ==
The bottle tells you to indulge your senses , and be seduced by the glamorous scent and sumptuous softness of Lenor Gold Orchid. The scent is infused with a seductive hint of vanilla that will brighten your spirits with its soft, refreshing fragrance.
Now that's a bit full on for something you bung in your washing machine so what does it really smell like ? First hint is a soft sweet floral smell , then a dash of vanilla , it a word it smells simply 'gorgeous ' . I would happily use a beauty product that smelt the same , it's sweet but not sickly and smells like an expensive product.
It also promises 7 times longer freshness in storage v's Lenor Pure Care line up .
I can not comment on this as obviously I have not done that test , but I can say there was still signs of the scent on the washing that had sat in the ironing basket for a week , that I eventually ironed today .
== In Use ==
As with any fabric conditioner it is easy to use , just pour the required amount into the cap and then pour into your machine drawer or door in my case , as I have a weird design washing machine. I use this in all washes and always wash at 40 degrees . The conditioner dispenses well and all the washing comes out smelling nice . I have never noticed any signs of the conditioner being left on clothes or have they ever felt coated when you touched them.
There has also been no build up in the slot where the fabric conditioner goes.
Once dry the scent is still evident and just as lovely and is still there a week later like I said before.
== Thoughts ==
I love it , simple as that . It smells great , it gives a nice softness to clothes and it lasts , what more could you want . I am so pleased with this I am going to buy another [while half price at Tesco] even though I have plenty of this one left . It is the nicest conditioner I have used in a long time . I am currently using this with Surf capsules [ my previous review ] that have been a real let down on the scent , but this lovely conditioner more than makes up for it .
5 out of 5
I have never bothered to use a fabric softener as I love the smell of washing that has been dried outside and I felt that adding the scent of fabric softener would mask the smell.However whilst shopping in Waitrose recently I was attracted by a half price offer for an attractive looking range of fabric softeners from Lenor. There were several options on offer in the infusions range including gold orchid,spring awakening,blue fresh air,black diamond and lotus flower and ruby jasmine. After sniffing all the variants I decided that my firm favourite was the gold orchid. I paid £1.68 for a bottle . I see this offer is again available in Waitrose until the 12th of march. The bottle contains enough liquid for 34 washes.
I like the gold plastic bottle with its silver top as I think it looks stylish and somehow makes me happy! Lenor claim that this fabric softener will last 4 times longer on your washing that other brands, I am not sure about that but can say I love the smell and yes it does last well! The scent has a hint of vanilla,something I love and is not too sweet or florally.
The instructions recommend that you use 2/3 to 1 full cap full placed in the dispensing drawer of your washing machine. I tend to use about 1/2 a cap full per load and find this adequate. It is also suitable for use in the final rinse when hand washing and you will need about a third of a cap full. During the winter it is difficult to get washing dried outside and using this fabric softener really has kept my washing smelling lovely! I think it is the next best thing to that fresh air smell I love! I have also noticed that my jumpers are really soft and static is reduced . My son had complained that his jeans were * scratchy* after they had been washed. After using Lenor they are now soft ! I have also noticed that clothes are easier to iron,so another bonus!
I have really sensitive skin and am pleased to report that this fabric softener has not caused any irritation to my skin. I really like this product and will be buying it again;especially during the winter months when washing has to be tumbled dried. However I would not pay the full price of £3.37 so will be stocking up whilst it is of offer!
I normally only use Fairy Non Bio but just recently, I spotted this on offer in Tesco's and thought I would give it a try.
This comes in a golden bottle with a silver screw top lid. To the front it has the Lenor logo with the product information on. The fabric conditioner is a nice creamy colour and last for around 34 washes. You use this like any other fabric softener, simply pour 1 full cap into you compartment in the washer and go!
The RRP is normally around £3.50 for a 1.16 litre bottle; I picked mine up for less than £2 recently when on special offer. It is available in most supermarkets.
I chose the Golden Orchid Fragrance however there are four other fragrances within the range: Black Diamond & Lotus Flower, Ruby Jasmine, Amethyst & Floral Bouquet and Pearl & Moonflower.
The product does smell really nice, I can smell a hint of vanilla which I really love. The fragrance does seem to last a long time. Every time I open my wardrobe you can smell the fragrance on my clothes. I have also had several people comment at work that I smell nice.
The first time I used it I had put some clothes on the radiator to dry and my other half thought I had a candle on when he came home from work as the whole house smelt lovely.
Although the product doesn't advertise it is suitable for sensitive skin, my partner does suffer from this and he has experienced no problems.
My clothes also feel lovely and soft when they have dried, even if I have dried them on the radiators.
The only downside to the product is the price, although I like it, there are similar alternatives on the market for less money so I don't think I would re-buy if it was at full price. For this reason only, I would give the product 4 out of 5 stars!
Other than this issue, I would recommend.
Thanks for reading.
Doing the laundry is not exactly an exciting task, but there are certain things which can make it that little bit more enjoyable. For me, it's all about the different scents. I love using scented ironing water and choosing a new fabric conditioner can be just as fun as choosing a new perfume, and it's a lot cheaper! My favourite brand is usually Comfort, but I picked up a bottle of this Lenor Infusions Fabric Softener when it was selling at a reduced price in Tesco's. It usually costs £3.37 for a 1.16 litre bottle.
Product description: "Indulge your senses with the Infusions collection from Lenor & Bold 2 in 1. Be seduced by the glowing renewing freshness and sumptuous softness of Lenor Gold Orchid. Gold Orchid is a soft and refreshing fragrance with a hint of honey that will keep your fabrics fragrant all day long. Because it is a concentrate fabric softener, just one capful per wash is enough to freshen and soften a full load of washing."
This fabric softener comes in an ordinary plastic bottle that has a screw top plastic lid. The bottle is made of a solid gold coloured plastic which is somewhat annoying as it obscures vision and you can't see how much is left inside the bottle from looking at it, meaning I have to peer inside the top to guess how many uses I have left. The lid works as a measuring device for dispensing the correct amount of fabric softener per wash. This is very handy, and it has an extended lip inside the lid so that any drips or spills get caught and end up back in the bottle rather than all over the floor. The conditioner itself has a light, creamy colour and flows freely making it easy to pour.
These days I always prefer to go for the more environmentally friendly products, and this includes using concentrated fabric conditioners. This essentially means that less plastic is required for packaging and fewer lorries are required for transporting larger products. To find out more visit: www.sustainable cleaning.com
Recommended directions for use: 2/3 cap - 35ml, 1 cap - 55ml - for extra softness, 1/3 cap - 18ml - used in 10l water for hand washing
This is very simple to use, just stick it into the fabric conditioner section of the washing machine's drawer and away you go. Because it is a concentrated liquid you don't need to use a great deal of it per wash, and so the bottle can last for ages. The fragrance is also concentrated and you get a lovely strong scent that really permeates the fabrics that you're washing. The fragrance is where this fabric softener really stands out against the rest. It has a lovely sweet vanilla and honey scent that is really rich and smells quite like an indulgent dessert. I couldn't really pick up on any floral tones, so I'm not convinced that the name Gold Orchid gives an accurate description of the scent, but I do like the way that it has been presented with a pretty gold theme and orchid images on the bottle. This fabric softener is strongly fragranced and perfumes the whole house as I dry my washing inside during the bad weather. My clothes and other bits of laundry always come out of the wash looking fresh, clean and well cared for. This fabric softener does seem to help keep the fabrics soft and in good condition after washing. As well as that, the scent really seems to last for a long time after drying, unlike some other conditioners. I still get that lovely freshly washed scent even a week or so after I've had my laundered clothes stored away in the cupboard, and it's lovely that they retain the scent as I think it helps them to seem thoroughly refreshed and cleaned. The info on the packaging says that it provides 7 x longer freshness in storage, and I'd have to say that I agree with this as in my experience it has shown a long lasting effect.
It states on the bottle that this amount provides 33 washes. I only do one or two loads of laundry per week, so this bottle lasted for a really long time, especially if I used the 35ml dose rather than the 55ml full dose. I think it does a wonderful job of refreshing and caring for my clothes as well as giving them a lovely fragrance that really lasts. This was an excellent introduction to the Lenor brand and I would definitely consider purchasing other laundry products from them in the future. The Golden Orchid Infusion is a luxurious and highly fragranced fabric softener.
I try to use a fabric conditioner with every wash because I just love the way in which they make the clothes feel softer and often smell so lovely. I have tried various brands and I am not all that fussy when it comes to which I use and so I will usually buy something that is on offer so long as I like the fragrance. The fabric conditioner that I am using currently is Lenor infusions gold orchid scent as it was on offer at Tesco for half price and so selling for £1.68.
The fabric conditioner comes in a golden coloured plastic bottle which has a silver coloured lid. The bottle is recyclable which is always good to know. It features a golden wrapper around the middle which features the lenor brand name in large lettering as well as the proctor and gamble logo and a picture of some gold and orchids. We are told that the product will give us seven times longer freshness for items in storage apparently!
The bottle I have is 1.16l and should give 33 washes and so for the £1.68 I paid for it I am looking at around five pence per wash which I think is great value. Obviously I did buy this item on offer but more often than not you can find these items on offer somewhere and it would be an idea to stock up on them should finances allow. Instructions are given on the side of the bottle as to how much to use and I tend to use between half and one full cap per wash depending on the amount I have in the wash at that time.
When you remove the cap from the fabric conditioner bottle you are immediately hit with a strong and concentrated smell but one which smells quite like vanilla to me but with a soft floral scent as well. I have to say I love the fragrance of this product in the bottle but I also love the fragrance that is on my clothes after they have been washed too. Whilst I wouldn't say it lasts any longer on my clothes than perhaps a comfort brand or another lenor brand for that matter I do think it lasts very well and you can tell that it is what I would see as a premium brand. Even though you do become used to the fragrance it is nice when you put something on in the morning to still get a slight whiff of the fragrance and for that reason I do think the product is worth it.
Of course it isn't all about the scent with a fabric conditioner and this particular one does leave my clothes feeling so soft when they come out of the washing machine. Currently as the weather is pretty shocking I have been drying my clothes inside on the radiators and they just feel so incredibly soft and obviously the scent whilst the are drying is as good as using a yankee candle in my opinion! I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to ironing and will iron most things including leggings and my son's vests but I do find that when I have used this product in my wash previously that the ironing time is so much more reduced as I often only have to iron one side of something to make it look perfectly presentable.
My son can have quite dry skin from time to time and my skin is sensitive sometimes too but neither of us have had any reaction to using this product. It is of course best to avoid contact with the eyes, hands and such like though and of course keep it out of the reach of children.
As I am sure you can probably tell I am really impressed with this product. A bottle tends to last me quite a while as well as I tend to do around three washes a week or so being that it is just me and my son at home. I will certainly buy this one again if I see it on offer as it is beautifully fragranced and leaves my clothes feeling so soft thus reducing my ironing time!
Thank you for reading my review!
I tend to buy and stick to Fairy fabric softener as I find this more suited to my little ones skin, so I usually just use this in every wash but after reading a review for Lenor Infusions Gold Orchid fabric softener which mentioned the fantastic scent and after seeing it on offer in Asda for £2, I bought a bottle.
~ Packaging ~
Lenor Gold Orchids comes in a gold coloured plastic bottle, it is quite boxey and rectangular in shape. The lid is silver coloured and this also acts as the measuring device for the liquid.
The bottle has a thin plastic sleeve around the bottle, this is the lable. It states the brand name - Lenor and a large pink ribbon tells me that the freshness lasts 7x longer in storage. It also tells us the usage instructions, ingredients , contact info and the size of the bottle, mine being 1.16 litres.
I can find nothing that hints as to what Gold Orchids smells like.
~ Usage ~
On the side of the bottle are usage instructions, but I don't really follow these and just guesstimate, I generally just pour the liquid into the lid to fill it about half way and I find that this gives plenty of scent and plenty of softness.
~ My Thoughts ~
The review I read mentioned the scent being of shea butter or coconutty, and this is what attracted me to this product. Opening the bottle and taking a sniff I can slightly detect a whiff of shea butter but mostly a clean fresh scent, I asked my hubby to take a sniff as I already knew what scents I was looking for and he immediatly said that it smelt like the toilet rolls I had just bought - Asda Shades Shea Butter! I hoped then that it would leave our clothes with a delicious scent.
I had a load of laundry to do and this included my dressing gown and fleecy pyjama bottoms, so after putting them through the wash I opened the door ready to transfer it all to the tumble dryer, as soon as I opened the door I could smell the fabric softener, and I was very pleased. The clothes smelt lovely and felt really soft. After popping the laundry in the dryer and putting it on, after about 10 minutes I could smell the scent of shea butter drifting through the house. It smelt gorgeous.
When the dryer finished I took out my dressing gown and gave it a quick shake then took a sniff. I was in heaven. It smelt fabulous and felt so soft, I went on to iron most things and I could smell the scent whilst ironing, and again when they were put away into the drawers and wardrobes.
Taking the clothes out over the following days I was very impressed to still be able to detect the scent of the fabric softener, and whilst I still use Fairy for my little ones clothes I have bought another bottle of this ready for when this one runs out.
As you may be able to tell already, I really love the scent and softness of this fabric softener and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I wasn't going to write another review today having written more today than I normally would have in a week but I have just unloaded my second load of washing using Lenor Infusions Gold Orchid and wanted to share my new experience.
I bought this in my local Asda, I wouldn't normally buy this as I consider it to be high end and usually too expensive, I usually buy the Asda's own variety which is about half the price. On this occasion my sister was picking up my mums favourite Lenor scent when i decided to smell a few of the infusions variety to see what all the fuss was about. I removed the cap to smell all the scents when I picked up this golden bottle. I had no idea what Gold Orchid was meant to smell like but I was so pleasantly surprised I handed it to my sister to smell. The scent smells slightly floral but also of coconuts and Shea butter, not sure if that is what it's meant to smell like but it reminded me of holidays and coconut sun cream and cocktails!
I had to buy a bottle to see if this really made your clothes smell like it smelt out of the bottle, luckily it was on offer for £2 for the smaller 1.16 lite bottle, otherwise at over £3 I wouldn't have bought this.
To be totally honest I always over do it on the fabric conditioners as I love the smell they leave on your clothes and like that freshly washed smell to stay on the clothes for as long as possible, as usual, with the washes I did today I put about double of the recommended amount in the washing machine. After the cycle had finished I opened the door to a lovely smell, just a diluted version of sniffing it from the bottle. The bottle doesn't actually state the flavour other than Gold Orchid. Normally this wouldn't be a scent I'd go for as I like fresh scents such as fresh cotton or 'line fresh' as the Asda's own version is called but this Lenor has made a nice difference.
Upon hanging the washing the smell was lovely, I do feel like I put the right amount in to make the clothes smell how I'd like, 2 capfuls, but baring it mind this will make the bottle go down twice as fast as the stated 33 washes!
The clothes also came out really soft, they were noticeably different to when I use the own brand conditioner and towels come out especially nice when washed in the conditioner.
I would buy this again on offer as I feel at full price it's a bit expensive especially as it won't last me the full 33 washes! I was surprised as how soft it made my clothes and my boyfriend also loved the scent when he used it to wash his clothes so I'll look out for this one on offer again!
Thank you for reading.