“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Fabric Softener / Category: Laundry „
If you suffer from sensitive skin at all then you will know the problems some washing detergents and even fabric conditioners can have on your skin, as they can irritate and cause all sorts of problems. Our little lad suffers from eczema, and has done since he was a baby so we have to be very careful what we use on his clothes. Most of the time he is fine with Lenor and Comfort but if he has a flare up we have to use something a lot milder.
We use Tesco Naturally Fabric Conditioner when his skin is bad as it really helps with his condition as it is so mild and gentle on his skin. We pay £1.02 for a 750ml plastic bottle which is white with a green top. The lid can also be used as a measuring device which I personally find ery useful.
The smell is lovely and fresh but this stuff is not concentrated like the other conditioners we use so it is therefore not as strong smelling when you take the top off as say something like Lenor or Comfort or the Infusions range which can be very overpowering.
A little does go a long way though and it is well worth the £1.02 which is a small price to pay for our little lad not having to suffer from excess itchiness all the time. If it gets really bad an he scratches a lot the scars can get infected and he has had impetigo on three occasions now and had to have antibiotics to clear up the infection and we find this stuff really does help make his clothes still smell fresh and clean very soft but does not hurt him or his delicate skin.
All in all a great product and one we all recommend.
Review also on Ciao as sorehead
With me suffering from having very sensitive skin, had to stop using my last softener as it was very heavily scented and it wasn't until my skin itched a lot I realised that this was the problem. I only suffered from this from around the time I used this softener, so I knew that what I needed was a softener that was unscented and made of natural ingredients rather than anything that could irritate my skin. I came across Tesco's range they have Eco friendly products and they have their own naturally range which looked perfect when I saw they had a fabric softener.
The overall look of this bottle is nothing too over the top, it looks natural almost like what it aims to do. It is in a plastic tall bottle with a green lid and is white overall with the logo on the front. The logo has a leaf like effect and it promises to work on 21 washes as well as it looking very gentle and soft. It only comes in the one 750ml bottle but this is a good enough size and I just hoped it would be better for me.
The softener is made of cotton and almond milk which just sounds so much milder. It also has all softening ingredients based on plants and promises easier ironing. This is suitable for septic tanks and has no synthetic colours and the bottle cap can be recycled where facilities exist. The overall product seems to be very gentle and kind in terms of ingredients and I was swayed instantly to give it a try.
There are a few warnings on the bottle reverse such as keeping out of reach of children. It also recommends to keep away from eyes and if the product gets into them to rinse thoroughly with water. Hands should be rinsed and dried after use and people with sensitive or damaged skin should avoid prolonged contact with this softener. It should not be ingested and if it is then medical advice should be sought after.
So, I usually do a dark and white wash and with the load not being too heavy I decided to use about half a cap. On a normal wash, you can just use one full cap and for large loads for extra softness and extra freshness 6-7kg in weight use 55ml or for normal loads 4-5kg in weight use 35ml and lastly for hand washes 10l use 18ml. The softener shouldn't be poured directly onto clothes and it should be diluted for use on a final rinse.
Now, I always use the cap to measure as that is what it is for and then I just pour it into the right compartment on my machine and let it work. On opening the lid, this does smell quite fresh and clean and not too strong, the liquid looks almost like coconut milk and it does seem natural. The bottle is white but you can see the level of liquid through it as it isn't a thick white plastic which is always handy.
The softener seemed to give good results, as I used it on everything from underwear to pyjamas, I used it on my hand wash, towels and wool as well as normal cotton and all seemed to come out whiter looking than usual as well as soft and not too strong in scent. In all honesty you have to really sniff deep to notice a smell as it is that light. I have also been wearing the clothes washed with the new softener and my skin is nowhere like what it was before and this is definitely a lot kinder to my skin.
This range is available at all Tesco stores but most likely the bigger ones. I shop at the Extra and the Superstore and always find this available. I am sure it cost something like £1.02 for the 750ml bottle which isn't too bad a price at all. I did look on the Tesco website but they didn't have it listed so I couldn't get the exact figure. However, I did find it on mysupermarket where it was the right price that I had remembered and it is on offer until the 3rd of April 2 for £1.50 which is a bargain.
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Tesco Naturally Concentrated Fabric Conditioner is part of a range made by Tesco which address the issue relating to the increasing consumer demand for cleaning products, which are not only kind to the environment, but to ourselves. This product contains no synthetic colours, phosphates, chlorine bleaches or enzymes.
Of course fabric softeners have more than this to consider if they are going to have a large appeal, and certainly they should smell gorgeous, and leave clothes fresh and easy to iron. I also feel that the fragrance should linger after washing, so that when you take freshly laundered garments from the drawer or the wardrobe, that they should smell lovely.
I paid 95p for 750ml which is about half the price of mainstream products such as the Lenor Infusions range which I really love. It is also interesting to note that its main competitor, the natural producer "Ecover" charges £2.25 for the same amount of conditioner, which is more than double the cost of this Tesco brand.
The Tesco bottle looks as if it is going to be fresh and I really like the colour scheme they have used. Green and cream together give this product a spring like freshness, and the scent is described as cotton bud and almond milk. I must add to this however that the design resembles the Ecover range very closely, and this I am not happy about.
When I unscrewed the cap I thought the smell was lovely, a very outdoors summer meadow fragrance, and pouring this into the dispenser in the drawer released a lovely aroma.
After washing I thought the clothes were lovely and soft and easy to iron, and certainly the fragrance did last on the fabrics, and my husband did comment that his shirts were particularly soft and had a freshness he hadn't noticed before. My son had no problems with any skin reactions either as he has suffered with eczema in the past.
I decided to try this on my linen sheets. I treated us to some very nice pure white linen sheets last year from The White Company, and these are so lovely to sleep in. Their main disadvantage is that in an ideal world they need to be ironed, but I don't iron anything I really don't have to. I tumble them, which is also not really recommended, but I have found as long as I remove them promptly, and make the bed up that day, that the creases aren't noticeable, but you do need to use an effective softener in the final rinse. I thought this performed very well indeed. The sheets were fresh and crease free, but I do prefer the fragrances from the more mainstream fabric softeners such as the new Lenor Infusions ranges, even though these do carry a price premium which has to be born in mind in these economically challenging times.
I think if you are searching for a natural product to use this represents good value and I have found no problems with it, and it certainly beats the Ecover brand on price. It isn't tested on animals and if you like this there are other products in the range to try including a washing liquid.
However, and this is a really important point, I feel that Ecover has for 25 years made ethical products using the highest standards of practise all through their business. They are a Belgian company and their factory is as green as it possibly can be. They even have a roof which is made from living plants, and all the workers are rewarded for travelling to work using bikes or public transport. It is operating with sustainability running right through the core of everything it does, and so for this reason having purchased the Tesco product, despite liking it very much, I will not be buying it again.
I don't think it is as simple as it seems, and for me the ethical considerations have to be at the forefront of my mind. Sometimes I buy things I see because I like them, but many times I think a bit more deeply about what lies behind these purchasing decisions. In this case I feel I have to say it was a one off purchase of a product which is cheaper, and certainly does a good job, but for the wider picture I have to go back to Ecover when I am choosing natural fabric softeners.
They have so many attributes and have been in this business for a quarter of a century. I think that they have to be allowed to survive despite giants like Tesco coming in with this fierce competition. My opinion, I know, but I feel strongly about it. Sometimes I think price is not the only factor which matters.