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Sainsbury's Basics Fabric Conditioner

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Fabric Softener / Category: Laundry

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      21.05.2013 11:24
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      Not much fragrance, doesn't soften clothing.

      I am always on the look out for cheaper products to save me some money so that I have a lot more money to spend on my grandchildren. I bought this one to try and to see if I liked it or not. It comes housed in a clear plastic bottle. The liquid is a pale blue colour and it does look ok inside the bottle. The bottle isn't anything special to look at and is just basic looking. Looks fine to me inside the bottle. The liquid is fairly thin and not a very rich at all in consistency. It is a little runny so you have to be careful when pouring it from the bottle but I did expect it to be runny. It has a kind of mild smell of soap and doesn't have any perfume smell like most brands of conditioner. I didn't expect it to have much of a smell to it but did expect a little perfume smell but that isn't the case. The soap smell does smell nice and isn't a nasty smell at all but it isn't very strong, just a slight smell. You need at least a cap and half of this conditioner in the machine for it to even have any scent at all on the clothing when they are taken out of the machine. I can hardly smell any scent on my clothing no matter how much of the conditioner I use. I have even used 2 capfuls and the fabrics haven't smelt any stronger of using this conditioner. I cannot smell that nice scent that some other cheaper conditioners have when taking clothing from my machine. When the clothes have dried, they don't have any nice smell to them and it is hardly noticeable. I do like my clothing to smell fresh but this one doesn't have that smell which I like. They only smell clean just as if no conditioner is used at all and mostly the smell from the washing powder or liquid. My clothing doesn't feel soft enough and my towels feel quite rough, again the softness as if no conditioner has been used. Same with my bedding, they don't feel as soft either and I cannot smell any scent on them at all. The only thing I like about this conditioner is that it hasn't been harsh on any of my families skin. I think it is a total waste of money and I won't buy it again. It doesn't soften my clothing or give them a nice smell. In fact I cannot smell any conditioner on them at all. It cost only 47p and the bottle is 400ml. Cheap to buy but doesn't work in the way I want a conditioner to soften and help my clothing have a nice smell to them. I don't recommend this conditioner if you are wanting one which has lots of smell for your clothing. It just gives a clean smell to clothing as if you have just washed them without using a fabric conditioner and a total waste of my money. But I am pleased I tried it or I would never have known how it works. I rate this conditioner 1 star.

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        27.03.2013 20:59
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        Not bad, but not amazing, but best of all it's cheap.

        I've written a few reviews praising the Sainsbury's Basics range of products, but most of those have been food items. As I'm always looking to save a bit of money, I've bought quite a few bottles of Sainsbury's Basics Fabric Conditioner over the years and I thought it was time for a review. Will it be as good quality and value for money as the Basics range food items that I'm such a fan of? As suggested by the range's title, the bottle's packaging and design is spartan and in no way has any fancy design on it. Personally, I'm not bothered if my fabric conditioner isn't labelled with a picture of a blonde haired maiden sniffing a wild cammomile flower on the slope of an Alpine pasture - if the lack of fancy design and packaging means that it costs less, then that's ok by me. The liquid is a pearly cornflower blue, and looks a bit like paint in a tin that hasn't been used for a while in that it has streaks of white in it until it gets shaken up a bit. It's got quite a generic smell to it, nothing really jumps out except perhaps a slight whiff of soapy lavender. For the dosage, I've found that if I want that soft feel to my clothes that have been washed in this, I have to add more than the recommended 35ml cap full for a normal sized load. This means that a litre bottle doesn't give the suggested 28 washes as it simply isn't strong enough to leave much of a residual effect on clothes washed with it. That said, at 60p a bottle it doesn't harm the wallet, in fact it works out at roughly just over 2p a wash! Overall, it will soften my clothes a leave a slight smell - but only if I add slightly more than one cap full per wash. For its price, and the job it does, I think 3 stars is fair. It could smell better / stronger and it could be more concentrated but for 60p it does do a good job. Thanks for reading.

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        11.10.2012 10:53
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        This makes ironing easier and that's got to be good!

        I never buy fabric softener and tend to stick to tumble drier sheets as I hate strong smells but during my Sainsbury's Basic try outs I bought their fabric softener for only 60p for a litre which is cheaper than sheets but not as long lasting. The Sainsbury's own brand conditioner is £1 for 750ml so quite a bit cheaper. The fabric conditioner gives an estimated 28 washes and that's probably about right, depending on how much you use- obviously, the £1 bottle gives 21 washes. The bottle itself is just a see through plastic bottle with the Sainsbury's basic's white and orange label. It tells us that it 'Softens with no added promises'. The cap doubles as a measuring cup which measures out 35ml for normal loads. More can be added for large loads or extra softness. The softener is a light blue liquid, I thought it would be thinner than it was but was pleased with it's thickish consistency- but thin enough to pour easily. It smells like fabric softener that's all I can say, not unpleasant. It does smell strong in the bottle but that doesn't transfer to the laundry. Performance: My washing came out nice and soft, it was left smelling clean and fresh which is good when teamed with Aldi washing liquid because this particular washing liquid doesn't seem to smell of anything much, it cleans okay just doesn't smell nice. After drying the scent is still detectable on the clothes and lasts for the duration of wear- only faintly though but that's good, I hate the smell of fabric softener clashing with perfume. No one has experienced any adverse skin effects from using this. The clothes are definitely softer after using this stuff, with less static, I think ironing is easier too. I would recommend and give it 5 stars because it's cheap and the smell isn't overpowering

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          04.03.2012 15:17
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          A good purchase but you get what you pay for!

          I very rarely shop in Sainsbury's. For years I always thought it cost more for your shopping than any where else so I quite simply avoided it and stuck with the other big three supermarket giants. However my mate loves Sainsbury's stores and I have to admit since been going there with her and picking up a few odd bits and pieces, so am I now. It isn't any more expensive than anywhere else and of course does its own range of bargain products like all the other supermarkets do. My mate has been stopping me with a lot lately and been contributing to what we need whilst she is here and she picked this up as she knew we was running out of fabric conditioner and me being me wouldn't contemplate doing a load of washing without using some as I like my clothes to feel extra soft and extra fresh and I do believe that in many cases by using fabric softener your clothes are easier to iron: The Packaging: Well the packaging of this screams economy which at 60p for a 1L bottle you couldn't expect a lot more from it!. The bottle is tall, white frosted though you can still see the liquid through it and it has a twist on/off cap to the top it which also doubles up (should you want it to of course) as a measuring cap. On the front of the bottle the label is orange and white and on that we are told that it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' Fabric Conditioner 'Concentrated' and that it 'Softens, no added promises' and then on that same label we are given instructions on how to use it, the composition is given as well as safety advice and the size stated and finally contact details for Sainsbury's are given. Simple bottle, but it is informative enough. Using It: Well you can either follow the directions on the bottle as to how to use it or do as I do and that's basically that I only use it for machine washing and I completely fill my softener compartment up with it however you can of course follow the instructions if you'd prefer and to do that, the cap holds 35ml of the product when you pour it into it. So for a full loads 55ml is advised, normal loads take 35ml and for handwashing 18ml is advised. By following the instructions on this for normal loads of washing we are told on the bottle we should get 38 standard washes from it, I however get half of that amount from it as I am so heavy handed using it, but it is really up to you. The liquid itself is a light baby blue colour, very runny with a slightly creamy look to it. To me this has a soapy sort of aroma to it, not floral or fruity but pleasant and fresh although not that strong and totally unisex. This leaves my washing certainly feeling softer than not using it at all and I only know this because recently \i washed a new jumper and used a two in one cheap washing powder that left it feeling really hard and horrible. I popped it back in the wash with Surf liquid and this and its back to being all nice, fluffy and above all soft against my skin again and I was worried I had destroyed that jumper I can tell you! So it makes my fabrics soft enough and easier to iron as a subsequence. The initial scent that is left on fabrics after using this is subtle but there and does linger on the fabrics for a couple of days. You have to remember this is less than half of the price of most usual shop branded softeners that are not branded let alone Comfort or Lenor which if not bought on some sort of offer can work out really expensive products to buy, if like me you wash every day! This is certainly good enough for me, my mate likes the light fragrance of this and my clothes feel great on so I have very little to complain about with this at all! Only available in Sainsbury's stores and from Sainsburys.com

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          03.12.2010 22:19
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          A great budget brand!

          Since having my daughter I had switched to non-bio fabric softeners as I was told they are the best for sensitive skin, but now that my baby is almost two, and since she has never suffered any skin irritations, I decided to start looking for cheaper brands as I do a lot of washing! As I do the majority of my shopping in Sainsbury's, I was immediately drawn to the 'basics' range, recognisable by its simplistic white and orange label. The fabric softener itself is presented in a see-through plastic bottle with the wording 'softens with no added promises' and the contents are an appealing light blue colour. Fickle I know, but I admit I was drawn to the pretty colour as well as the price... Costing a mere 50p for 1 litre, I decided it was definately worth a try as I am trying out more basics products in the hope of saving some money. The fabric softener has a lovely smell but it is a little overpowering in the bottle, although not offensive. It smells a bit like the distinctive smell you get when walking past a launderette. It's sort of clean but not too flowery or perfumed. The consistency of the product is excellent and there is nothing watery or translucent about it, meaning you would have no reason to suspect this is a budget fabric softener. It is thick and glossy and easy to pour, and easily matches any premier brand. The bottle suggests a capful for a medium wash, with less or more depending on how full your washing machine is. When my washing finished I was impressed by how fresh it smelt and once it dried the fragrance still lingered nicely, but was not at all overpowering. It smelt clean and was nice and soft. I certainly would be unable to tell the difference betweeen this and a luxury brand. The bottle is meant to last 28 washes but I have not got that far yet, however I would say it is so far lasting well, and continues to do its job. I am very pleased to say that my daughter has not suffered any skin rashes as a result of this product and I will certainly continue to use it. It just goes to show it really is worth trying out cheaper alternatives on everyday products!

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            24.09.2010 19:25
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            Brilliant for those on a budget!

            I rarely shop in Sainsbury's as I'm not fortunate enough to have one close-by. However, on my last rare trip to a store some distance away a few months back I decided to pick up this particular fabric softener. Coming in at only 45p for a 1 litre bottle this product suited my very tight budget at the time. Besides its meagre price, I was also initially drawn to this fabric conditioner as it contained more product than alternative, more expensive brands available - some of which only contained 750ml of conditioner. The product is packaged in a very basic transparent bottle bearing the standard orange and white basics label found on all of Sainsbury's value range products. The liquid itself is light blue in colour and was of a decent consistency. I had anticipated that the liquid would be very watery, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was thicker than I had expected. This fabric softener simply promises to "soften with no added promises" (as is stipulated on its label) and that was exactly what I was after. Often I have found more expensive fabric softeners not to be worth the extra money, as usually the scent that they leave on my clothes soon disappears. To use you add one full cap into your washing machine if you are washing a normal load. The bottle states that there should be enough product contained to last 28 washes. My current supply just ran out last week after having used it for the last few months, so I would definitely say that my bottle lasted around 30 washes and that was using a full cap's worth each time. After each use of this fabric softener my clothes were sufficiently soft and did have a noticeable but not overpowering scent to them. They smelled very fresh and clean and this fragrance had great staying power, as I could still smell it on my clothes throughout the day. Sometimes my fiancé can come out in a rash due to having a negative reaction to various soap powders and fabric softeners - but I am happy to say that he experienced no such problems of this nature with this softener and his skin was in no way irritated. This was something that had worried me slightly about using this product in the first place. Another advantageous aspect of this particular fabric softener is the fact that its bottle can be recycled. I always try to do my bit for the environment where I can and therefore I usually check products to see whether or not they can be recycled before I purchase them. *~* Overall *~* Considering that this fabric softener only cost 45p, I was hugely impressed with its performance. This fabric conditioner is a great budget product as it lasts for a long time, makes clothes smell clean and fresh and most importantly softens them. It definitely does its job and whilst it may not fragrance clothes to the same extent as other more expensive fabric conditioners offering exotic scents, for under a 1/3 of their retail price it is wholly worth the compromise in my opinion and I will be sure to pick this up again on my next trip to Sainsbury's. This product deserves a full 5 star rating. Thanks for reading!

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