“ 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
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.