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    • Aqueous Cream / Skin Care / 37 Readings / 36 Ratings
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      21.06.2013 11:03
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      Not bad, cheap and easy to use but there's better and nicer smelling out there!

      Aqueous cream is something I come across often at work, and is a very popular topical emollient. It comes in a cream form and is available in various sizes an packages. I have a 500g tub which I bought from my local chemist for £3. You can currently buy a 500g tub from Boots for £4.09. My tub is white with a large screw top lid, the only down side of this tub, instead of a tube, is that the cream is exposed to your skin as you scoop it out.

      Aqueous cream is used as a cleansing agent and an emollient/moisturiser to soothe and soften skin. It is white and thick, similar to defrosted ice-cream. It has a mild clinical smell, but not one that is noticeable unless you sniff the cream or your skin after application.

      The directions for use are to apply to the affected area of skin frequently. I have used aqueous cream as a soap substitute when washing my hands, my job requires me to do it a lot and m hands can becomes very dry because of this. Washing with aqueous cream helps to retain the moisture in your skin while you wash them. It feels like washing our hands with a slightly oily hand wash, and it leaves a noticeable layer over our skin which you can see from the water beading on top of it. It does leave your hands feeling very soft and protects them well if you need to do a lot of and-washing.

      I have also used aqueous cream as a moisturiser, it sinks into your skin reasonably quickly and doesn't leave you feeling too oily, however it doesn't last as long as a more intensive moisturiser.

      Ingredients:
      purified water, emulsifying wax (containing cetostearyl alcohol, sodium laurilsulfate), chlorocrescol 0.1% w/w
      Active ingredients:
      Liquid Paraffin,White Soft Paraffin

      People often choose to use aqueous cream to use on eczema. My partner is a sufferer of chronic eczema and had never found aqueous cream to be of much help. Upon further research I see that the National Eczema Society states that The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulator Agency (MHRA) have issued a new drug safety update (March 2013) for aqueous cream. It states that the cream may cause skin irritation, especially to children with eczema due to the ingredient Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which is an anionic surfactant known to be a mild irritant. The National Eczema Society now recommends that eczema sufferers should not use Aqueous cream as a leave on emollient.

      Overall I will give aqueous cream 3/5. It's a reasonably cheap emollient and can be helpful to protect skin when you need to wash our hands frequently, however there are more natural moisturisers out there which offer more intensive and longer moisture than aqueous cream does.

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      20.06.2013 11:53
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      A good, but expensive, intensive hand cream

      I was given a Body Shop hemp hand care gift set by a family member, as the knew that I suffered from very dry skin. This Intensive hand butter is one the products it contained. It is a heavy duty hand moisturiser aimed at very dry skin.

      This butter is available in one size currently; 100ml and costs £11 at the tie of review. It comes in a small plastic tub with a screw top lid. The labelling is brown and green to match the rest of the Body Shop's hemp range. The butter itself has very thick consistency, if you turn the tub upside down it doesn't budge, and yoru finger will leave a peak in the surface after you've used it. It's a pale green colour. The scent is that of the entire hemp range which the body shop does, it's not one which is easy to describe and isn't for everyone.

      The very first time I used one of their hemp products I wasn't all that taken with the smell, however it has grown on e over time and I actually now quite like it - I wouldn't wear it as a perfume, however it's nice in this form. To use the butter simple massage it into clean, dry hands and allow your skin to full absorb the product. To give yourself an intensive over night moisturising session then wear a pair of cotton 'moisturising' gloves after applying the cream to help stop the product from rubbing off.

      When I first used the butter I would the consistency quite difficult to work with. As it's so thick it's difficult to work into your skin and you have to leave it and let it sink in - not something which you can do on the go or between hand washes. After getting used to the product I now keep it by my bed and apply it in the evenings before going to sleep, this way it has plenty of time to sink in overnight. Although it does sit onto of m skin after application a little, even after rubbing it in, it does sink in nicely over a period of time. The result is very good, and it moisturises extremely well once it has sunk in. The scent isn't overpowering - if ou sniff your hand you will get a subtle hint of it, but you won't be walking around smelling of hemp.

      The ingredients are not as natural as you may hope for, however do contain Fair Trade hemp seed oil:
      Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Coco-Caprylate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myristyl Myristate (Emollient), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Glyceryl Stearate (Emulsifier), PEG-100 Stearate (Surfactant), Butyrospermum Parkii (Skin-Conditioning Agent/Emollient), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Emollient), Parfum (Fragrance), Ceteareth-20 (Emulsifier), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Mel (Natural Additive), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Pentylene Glycol (Solvent), Lactic Acid (Skin Conditioning Agent), Serine (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Lactate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sorbitol (Humectant), Glyceryl Oleate (Emulsifier), Urea (Humectant), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Antioxidant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Evernia Furfuracea Extract (Fragrance Ingredient), Allantoin (Skin Soothing Agent), Talc (Absorbent/Bulking Agent), CI 77288 (Colour), CI 77492 (Colour), CI 77491 (Colour), CI 77499 (Colour).

      Overall this is a very good intensive hand butter, however it's no something you can use throughout the day with ease and it is very expensive. A little goes a long way, but the initial outlay of £11 is very expensive for a 100ml product. 4/5 stars from

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    • Bonjela / Pain Relief / 50 Readings / 48 Ratings
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      17.06.2013 14:44
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      An easily available mouth ulcer (and denture sore) treatment gel, but not necessarily the best

      Bonjela is a product which I always remember being around, even as a child. On this basis it's something I was keen to keep in m own first aid box for times when I had a dreaded mouth ulcer appear. Bonjela is a gel treatment which can be bought from most chemists, and some supermarkets too. Bonjela is only for use in adults and those over 16 years of age, as it contains salicylates in it's active ingredients and there has been an association between these and Reye's syndrome

      A 15g tube currently costs £2.80 from Boots. Bonjela. It has cardboard packaging and comes in a tube with a screw top lid. There is a list of instructions and precautions which, as with any medicine, should be read before use. Bonjela is supposed to help relieve the pain and discomfort associated with mouth ulcers and denture sores and contains an anti-inflammatory.

      To use bonjela to treat mouth ulcers simple rub in around 1cm of the gel into the area gently. The gel can be applied ever 3hours. To treat denture sores remove dentures prior to use and leave them out for 30 minutes after application. The gel has a reasonably thick consistency and is quite clear however it seems to become slightly loosen when it comes in contact with a finger and can become quite difficult to manoeuvre onto the application area, even more so if it's at the back of your mouth.

      The gel is intended to make a barrier over the area of the ulcer and help to numb the area and keep down swelling, as well as preventing infection. The gel has a mid aniseed flavour, which isn't unbearable if it's something you're not keen on. There is a mint version available. You can feel the el when you apply it, but the sensation dissapears quickly, the effect lasts a little while but definitely not for 3 hours which is the spacing between doses. It also weakens if you eat and drink.

      I used to use bonjela quite often as I seemed to be quite prone to mouth ulcers for a while, however I found it increasingly difficult to apply easily and that it wasn't always as effective as I'd hoped. I tried a different product when I was having trouble with my wisdom teeth and found this to be much easier to use and much more effective so no longer purchase bonjela. However, it's a handy product to keep in the cupboard as it does provide some relief and is relatively cheap. 3/5 stars from me.

      Active ingredients;
      8.714% Choline Salicylate and 0.01% Cetakonium Chloride

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      07.06.2013 10:40
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      An expensive, but otherwise great hand wash which really does help moisturise dry hands!

      For my birthday last year one of the gifts I received was a hand care kit from The Body Shop, one of the items I proceed to purchase after finishing from the set was this Hemp hand wash. It costs £5 for a 250ml bottle. It is available from an Body Shop store, or from their website. They often have offers and discounts running which may mean you can get it a little cheaper.

      The hand wash comes in quite a tall, thin bottle with a pump top for easy application to your hands.. The labelling is green and brown, and the bottle is clear enough for you to see how much soap is remaining - very handy!

      To use the soap you simply depress the pump to squirt some onto your hands, one pump is usually enough, lather up with warm water and then rinse thoroughly. The soap lathers up more than I was expecting it to, and has a rich but gentle foam. The hand wash is a pale creamy colour and relatively thick for a hand wash. The scent is one I find difficult to describe, and is quite unique to the hemp range, it's a slightly earth smells, and although not something I would choose to wear as a perfume it is pleasant. After rinsing my hands always feel much softer than the were before washing. The scent lingers on your skin for some time but isn't overpowering.

      The Body Shop recommend that this hand wash is used as part of a skincare regime using their other hemp products, however I put the bottle in my bathroom and used it whenever I would have normally washed my hands. I do use some of their other hemp hand care range, however I don't feel that you need one to use the other.

      I have to wash my hands a lot for work and find that the are usually very dry, and suffer a lot for it. Although I'm not able to use this soap at work, I have found that it helped to prevent my hands from drying out even more when washing them at home. Along with a good hand cream it makes a noticeable difference and prevents your hands from becomes too dry from washing with very harsh chemicals that you may find in other soaps and hand washes. The website states that the hand wash provides 24 hour hydration which I don't agree with - how many people can go 24 hours without doing the washing up or using something which would take the soap off their hands? Not a practical or believable statement in my eyes, however I do feel the soap hydrates our hands for reasonably longer than cheaper, or harsher versions. I found the hand wash lasted around a month in m bathroom with frequent use.

      The hand wash is dermatological tested and soap free. There are quite a few chemicals in the ingredients list, however I struggle to find products without a lot now. The ingredients are:
      (Solvent/Diluent), Brassica Campestris Seed Oil (Emollient), Sodium Trideceth Sulfate (Surfactant), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Sodium Lauroamphoacetate (Surfactant - Cleansing Agent), Cocamide MEA (Surfactant), Parfum (Fragrance), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Bertholletia Excelsa Seed Oil (Emollient), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate (Chelating Agent), Mel (Natural Additive), Cyanopsis Tetragonoloba Gum (Binder/Viscosity Modifier), Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Hair Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), CI 19140 (Colour), CI 42090 (Colour).

      Overall, this is a good quality hand wash that lasts a qhile and moisurises well. It is quite pricey, but works well and is worth it if you would like a hydrating hand wash. The smell won't be for everyone, but it does grow on you the more you use it. I'm going to give it 4 stars, as the price is on the high side and I find it a bit steep for a hand wash - other than that it's great!

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      17.05.2013 09:07
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      A handy tool to keep in the car.

      Living in an area which has a tendency to become very cold in Winter, we have a vast array of windscreen de-icers, scrapers and brushes to keep us going through the Winter months. I purchased this 3 in 1 scraper from Halfords for £1.99 some time ago, their website shows it's currently on offer at 25p - bargainous!

      My scraper is purple, the same as the dooyoo picture, but there were other colours available, I remember seeing silver, green and blue. The scraper has a hard plastic handle, there is a scraper on the top edge of, and a snow brush on the opposite edge. In the middle of the scraper is a squeegee. The idea is that you can use this one tool to remove ice, brush off snow and remove moisture without the need for other equipment.

      The handle is nice and easy to hold and feels sturdy. The ice scraper works very well, I used it most mornings for many months when I had an early start at work and there was a layer of frost on my windscreen and windows. It is strong enough to loosen up most ice, although I was be wary of using any force on it as I have experienced hairline scratches from poor quality ice scrapers before.

      The snow brush isn't the best part of this item, the rubber lip on it is very hard and I found that instead of removing the snow it tended to brush over it and it was easier to just use the scraper to remove it. It was better at removing snow from my headlights than my glass. The squeegee is very handy when cleaning the car to help remove excess water and moisture from the windscreen and windows, and ensure that they don't streak.

      This item is a must to have in the car purely for the ice scraping which is does easily. I don't use the squeegee much and the snow brush isn't the greatest, however it's worth it's price and more with it's ice-scraping abilities! It's also small enough to keep in the car without taking up too much space, one under the passenger seat or in the boot will make sure you're well prepared for bad weather. If you manage to pick one up at 25p you've got yourself a great bargain too! 4/5 from me.

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      15.05.2013 23:12
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      Something I always intend to have in the car for keeping my windscreen clear.

      When I first bought my current car I made a trip to Halfords to buy a few essentials. This demister pad was one of the first things I purchased, it currently costs £2.99 and is available in most Halfords stores. The pad is designed to absorb moisture and keep surfaces clean and steak free.

      The demister pad comes in a plastic packet. It is made of sponge and covered in chamois, which is a type of natural leather. The pad is 4cm x 12cm x 17cm and is the ideal size to keep on your dashboard. It is soft and squeezable I squash it underneath the edge of my windscreen so I have easy access to it when needed.

      To use the demister pad simply wipe is across the surface you would like to clean and dry. It absorbs moisture very easily and leaves the surface streak free. I use mine often to demist my windscreen, if it's been a cold morning it's inevitable that you may steam up once you start driving and to wait for the fans to clear the windscreen can take much longer than I have when leaving for work. I simply wipe the demister pad across my windscreen and apply gentle pressure. It sucks up any moisture and removes all condensation and mist from it. It also leaves your screen streak free and ready to go.

      I have also used my demister pad when cleaning in inside of my windscreen and windows. It's quite impressive how much dirt it collects when wiping your screen and definitely helps improve visibility by keeping your glass clean. I rinse mine out with warm water and leave it somewhere warm to dry if it is a little grubby. My current pad has lasted me years so far and I can't see myself needing to buy another for a while. It's one of the best products I have bought to go inside my car and has saved me a lot of time and hassle when it comes to demisting the windscreen.

      I would highly recommend buying one of these, £2.99 is a very small price to pay for the amount of use you'll get out of this hardwearing and handy little pad. I will always have one in the car! 5/5 from me.

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      15.05.2013 12:35
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      Definitely a good product to have handy in cold season.

      Like most people, it seems inevitable that when the cold season comes if those around me get one I don't seem to be able to avoid it. Winter just gone I was unfortunate enough to get a very stuffy cold, my sinuses were very blocked and although not enough to go to the doctor I really needed some relief. I went in a shopping trip to Boots to try and buy a few products to ease my cold and blocked nose, these congestion relief tablets were one of the products I purchased.

      The capsules are a decongestant to relieve a blocked nose, this can be from a cold or caused by something else such as hay fever or an allergy. 24 capsules cost £4.79 at the moment, this seems to be a reasonable price for such a large packet. The capsules come in a box, and inside there are two blister packs of 12 tablets. They are very easy to pop out, and are yellow in colour so easy to identify or find if you drop. The capsules aren't overly big, and are about the same size as a standard paracetmol tablet.

      The dose for adults and children over 12 is 1 capsule up to 4 times a day, if needed. You should swallow the capsule with water. The capsules contain Phenylephrine Hydrochlorise 12mg. The drug works by constricting the nasal blood vessels which decreases blood flow to the sinusoidal vessels, this in turn decreases mucus build-up and allows you to breathe more easily.

      I used the capsules over a period of around 3-4 days. I found they did make a noticeable difference to my nasal congestion, around 30 minutes after taking a capsule I noticed that breathing was easier and my nose felt much clearer. The effect lasted around 2-3 hours, and gradually decreased over time. Without these capsules I would have struggled to get such a relief from other products such as menthol sweets and oils.

      I would definitely recommend these tablets if you find you are developing a cold or suffered from a blocked nose. They make a noticeable difference and allow you to breath easy again for a few hours. As with all medication there is a list of precautions to read and states that the capsule should not be taken if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, or an over-active thyroid. Please talk to your doctor or a pharmacist if you are unsure if the product is suitable for you. Do not store the capsules above 25degrees celcius and keep out of the sight and reach of children. The box that I bought had a use by date off around 18 months, so they will keep for a while, and my box will last more than one Winter.

      4/5 from me. A good decongestant, but I found the effect wore off an hour or so before I could take my next dose, but that can't be helped and others may find they last longer. Definitely one to try if you're blocked up, it can make such a difference and allow you to breathe again!

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        14.05.2013 22:48
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        A good basic sponge, essential for washing the car!

        Cleaning the car has something I've preferred to do myself rather than pay somebody else or use a car wash. Over time we have used various things to wash and clean the car with, and Halfords Jumbo sponge has been a regular. I paid £1.49 for our sponges, but it's currently priced at 99p which is a much more reasonable price, and seems more in line with sponges from supermarkets and other outlets. The sponge comes in a plastic packet.

        The sponge is big and yellow, there is a slight curve over the edges making the middle of the sponge slightly narrower, a design to make it easier to hold in the middle. It measures approx 20cmL x 5cmD x 6cmW. It's big enough to fit in a standard bucket, without taking up all the space. I find it a great way to lather up car shampoo as a few sloshes and squeezes of this sponge leaves you with a nice foam ready too use.

        I tend to use the sponge by wetting the car first and going over it to remove any obvious marks and 'presents' from birds. I then lather up my shampoo and apply it liberally to the car using the sponge. It's big enough to be able to cover a good surface area easily without having to return to the bucket every few seconds, it also holds plenty of water to facilitate cleaning. It is able to remove muck and surface dirt with ease, and is soft enough not to leave any marks or scratches on your cars paintwork. It can be used on all surfaces, paintwork, glass, types and trim - and it's not just limited to the car either, I've used mine on my house windows too.

        The sponge is pretty hard wearing, although over a longer period of time one of ours has shown a little wear and tear in the form of a few small pieces coming out where you grip the sponge. However, ours have been very well used and I feel like we've got more than our money's worth of use out of them.

        Overall, this is a great product. It's current 99p price tag make it's good value for money, it's a simple but very versatile and hardwearing piece of kit which is essential for any car cleaner! 5/5 from me.

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        • Anbesol Liquid / Baby Health / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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          A fantastic product that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend

          Although this product is child's health section it is most definitely a general medicine for all ages. A few months ago I was experiencing some pain from a wisdom tooth which had decided to have a growth spurt, at the time it was only partial through which meant I had a small piece of gum which wasn't fully cut by the tooth yet. This left me very worried that the gum and tooth could become infected, and with a private dentist the cost isn't worth thinking about. I went on a trip to Boots and purchased a few products to try both to relieve the pain and help to prevent an infection under the gum and around the tooth. Anbesol Liquid was the one product which done both of those things extremely well.

          Anbesol Liquid is available in a 15ml bottle. Boots currently charge £4.49 for it, which was slightly more than I paid, but to me this would be worth it's weight in gold! As the product is an over the counter medicine you will need to ask the pharmacist to dispense it for you. This is to ensure than the product is suitable for what you need it for. The liquid comes packaged in a small box, inside which you'll find a little glass bottle with a black screw top lid. There are instructions and precautions which I recommend you thoroughly read before use, as with any medicine.

          The liquid provides rapid relief from denture pain, teething, mouth ulcers and wisdom tooth pain. It contains th active ingredient Lidocaine Hydrochloride 0.90% w/w, Chlorocresol 0.10% w/w, Cetylpyridinium Chloride 0.02% w/w. These are a mixture of anticeptics and anaesthetics which help to keep the area clean and free of infection, as well as gently numbing the area to relief any pain associated with the problem.

          To use the liquid the instructions state for adults, children and the elderly to apply Anbesol liquid undiluted to the area with a clean fingertip. Two applications should normally be sufficient to obtain pain relief. Do not apply more frequently than every 3 hours. To babies teething, wet a clean fingertip with the liquid and spread gently on the sore area of the gum. One application should be sufficient, do not apply more frequently than every 3 hours.

          I found it must easier to apply the liquid with a cotton bud. I initially tried to use my finger, but as I was reaching to the very back of my mouth it made it difficult to get it exactly where I wanted. Using a cotton bud also allowed me to apply the liquid underneath the gum which was half cut by the tooth, to prevent infection in the hidden area underneath. I would thoroughly recommend this method as it frees up your hand and makes it easier to see where you are applying the liquid. The feeling after an application was absolute relief and I was amazed at how quickly the product worked. The numbing sensation was almost immediate and it lasts for some time. I applied the liquid as per the instructions, and used it every 3 hours for a few days. It isn't flavoured, and contains alcohol so has a slightly medical taste, however I didn't find it unpleasant at all.

          I found it particularly useful to apply a few minutes before eating as it prevented any pain from chewing and allowed me to enjoy the meal without wincing every time a piece of food went by my wisdom tooth. The instructions state to consult a dentist or doctor is symptoms persist for more than 7 days, I found that 7 days of using this product, along with a medicated mouthwash was long enough to bring me the relief I needed while my wisdom tooth finished it's growth spurt. I have since used the liquid on mouth ulcers, with the same success.

          I can't recommend this medicine enough, it gave me a huge amount of pain relief and helped me so much through a painful time with my teeth. It's something I would advise anyone to try if they're experiencing oral problems which they feel it could help. 5/5 stars from me - I'd give it more if I could!

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          A good item to have in your car cleaning kit - your door seals will thank you!

          Auto Glym's Vinyl and Rubber care is another product that has found it's way into our, now quite vast, car cleaning kit. It is a solution which cleans, conditions and protects vinyl and rubber, and has a variety of uses.

          Vinyl and Rubber care comes in a 500ml white bottle, with a spray trigger and 'on/off' safety cube on the nozzle. It is widely available from stores like Halfords, and also in some supermarkets. Halfords are currently selling it for £7.49 but it may be cheaper elsewhere if you shop around.

          The product is designed to help quickly and easily clean the rubber and vinyl surfaces on the interior and exterior of your car. For example door seals, and exterior trim. I have used it on both of these, as well as my dashboard, wing mirror casing, instrument panel and outer tyre wall. Although it won't repair damage marks on any of these surfaces it will make a huge different to their appearance and really freshen them up. Tyres will look clean and black again, door seals will also go back to being a fresh black colour, and a dashboard will have that new look about it that seems to slowly disappear over time.

          When using Vinyl and rubber care make sure you shake the bottle well first, then spray it liberally (for a high sheen finish) or sparingly (for a low sheen finish) to the surface. If you would like a high sheen finish then you can leave the cleaner on the surface for a few minutes then buff away gently with a cloth, if you prefer a lower sheen after use then wide away any excess liquid immediately with a soft cloth. After this, simply buff with a soft cloth and the surface will look fresh and conditioned, with the colour restored. I like both the high and low sheen, I find the low sheen best for door seals, but higher sheen looks better on the dashboard and exterior trim.

          The cleaner is a blend of polymers and emulsifiers which gently clean and create a tough but flexible barrier over the treated surface. The barrier is also moisture repellent and antistatic so you'll get a nice beading on your exterior trim when it rains after using this, and your door seals won't attract dust or 'bits'. The cleaner is clear with a slight yellow colour, it has a fresh citrus scent which lingers on the area slightly making your dashboard smell great.

          I think this is a great product to have, and I would recommend buying it as part f a car cleaning set, or to add to one. It's a great surface cleaner and leaves a good finish on both interior and exterior surfaces, the colour of my door seals is particularly impressive after using this and it's a product I'll continue to buy, especially as it lasts so long! 5/5 for me.

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            Did just what it said it would, and very quickly.

            We have been unfortunate enough to find ourselves with an ant problem this Spring. We first noticed a few in our hallway and then our kitchen, at first we ignored them hoping they were strays, but the numbers started to grow and we had to take action against them. We have pets so needed a solution which wouldn't pose any danger to them, we opted for these Ant Stop bait stations after comparing various products. I paid £4.48 for a pack of two stations from B&Q, although I saw them for cheaper in Sainsbury's yesterday!

            The Bair Stations come attached to a cardboard sheet and you just pull them off. They are black and made of plastic. They measure around 11cm across and around 2cm tall. They have 'ANTSTOP!' on a red sticker on the top, this is a little annoying as it takes away the chance to be discreet with them if you have guests visiting. A less obvious label would be nicer. The stations have a raised cross over the top of them, and at each corner there is a small plastic nib which you need to snap off (pliers would be handy, but you'll manage without) this will reveal a slit where the ants can enter the bait station.

            Each station contains a bait very attractive to ants, the idea is that they will collect the bait and take it back to their nest to share with the other ants, including the queen. The bait will eventually kill the colony of ants. The packaging states that activity outside of the nest should stop within 3-6 days and the whole colony should be eliminated in 1-3 weeks. The bait contains 0.05% w/w Fipronil. This is a slow acting poison and you may recognise it as the active ingredient in some pet spot on treatments to prevent/kill fleas.

            Each bait station should be enough to cover a 10m² area, and should last up to 3 months. As we were finding ants in our hallway and kitchen we placed a bait station in each. It is important that you place the station where you see ants, ideally in their path. I noticed immediately that the ants were attracted to the station and within a few hours were happily going to and thro from it. I was expecting the bait to take a few days before I noticed a decline in the number or ants, but 24 hours later and there was only the odd ant left - 48 hours later and no sign of any. We have left the bait stations down and have not seen any other ants since. I was very surprised at how quickly it worked.

            The packaging states that you should check the bait station regularly and that remaining bait should be visible, however I couldn't spot it at all in new or used stations so found this a little difficult. Used bait stations should be disposed of safely. They are dangerous to fish and aquatic life so care should be taken if you keep either of these. Please read al precautions before using the product, and please use with care.

            Although I never like to use products which kill animals, these bait stations saved us from an ant invasion and work very quickly at a very reasonable price. I would really recommend using them if you have an ant problem, they come in a pack of two so if you only need one you'll have a spare just incase. 5/5 stars for me as they allowed us to sort out the ant problem without interfering with our pets.

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              An excellent all-purpose glass cleaner which gives a suprior finish to other products I've used.

              My other half has a vast array of car cleaning goodies, and whenever I decide to give my poor car a well-deserved clean (it isn't very often!), I'm spoilt for choice. I recently discovered 'Fast Glass' by Auto Glym. In simple terms it's a glass cleaner, but it is also suitable for acrylic, perspex, plastic windows and other hard surfaces.

              Fast Glass comes in a white 500ml spray bottle, it currently costs £6.99 from Halfords, although you may fid it for cheaper elsewhere. The spray nozzle has a twistable 'on/off' cube at the end to make sure you don't get accidental squirts when you're not using the product.

              To use Fast Glass you simply spray it onto the surface and polish away with a clean absorbent cloth/kitchen roll, or the recommended 'Auto Glym perfect polishing cloth'. The instructions state that bird droppings, tree sap and polish stains on paintwork and plastic may require soaking or re-application. The cleaner is a watery consistency and has a slight blue tinge to it, it smells similar to most other glass cleaners on the market.

              I first used Fast Glass on my windscreen, which is an area I'm wary of using products on as there's nothing worse than finding they've smeared. Much to my delight I found that it polishes away very easily, and leaves a fantastic finish behind. I used kitchen roll to polish the cleaner away as it's disposable and cheap, I found it ideal. Circular motions seem to make polishing it away quicker, and you can cover large surfaces without finding the residue has dried and become stubborn. I was able to do my windscreen in two sections, and I would have done it in one if my arms were long enough! I found around 4 good quirts enough to do my entire windscreen, so a 500ml bottle will last a very long time.

              After my car windows I used Fast Glass on my wing mirrors and interior mirror. Again, the finish was fantastic, flawless and much easier to achieve than other glass cleaners I have used - there is much less labour involved with this product. Fast Glass is free of abrasives, waxes and silicones which seems to be why it leaves no residue.

              As well as in the car, I have started to use Fast Glass on my house windows. I find it quicker to polish away than other glass cleaners I have used and the finish is far superior to some cheaper products I have used in the past - it's not just for things with wheels! I would definitely recommend this product if you would like to get a great finish on glass without a lot of elbow grease, it's not the cheaper window cleaner around, but it is good quality. 5/5 from me.

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              A great mineral corrector which is definitely worth trying if you suffer from red coloured problems.

              Being quite a beginner when it comes to make up I tend to stick to basic products from manufacturers which I trust. Having used Lily Lolo before for concealer, I decided to try their Corrector product. I have very acne prone skin and had high hopes that it may help to disguise red spots and areas of blemishes. Lily Lolo's corrector comes in two shades:

              Blush Away - A green shaded corrector to help correct redness, acne, sunburn, spider veins, and rosacea
              PeepO - A yellow based corrector for dark circles, pigmentation or liver spots.
              There is a colour guide sheet on the Lily Lolo website which helps you to see which products your skin type needs.

              I ordered Blush Away, the green based corrector. There is no sample sized product available, only a full sized 4g product for £7.29. Although this initially seems very expensive, the corrector lasts for a very long time and it actually good value. I ordered directly from Lily Lolo's website and delivery was prompt. The corrector comes in a small round pot with a white screw top lid, under the lid is a turnable plastic cover which allows you to open up a 'sifter' area to shake out the powder, and then cover it again to prevent loosing any.

              The corrector comes in a powder form and has a pale green colour. There is a surprising amount of it for 4g, I was expecting much less. The powder is very fine and soft. I fist applied it on the back on my hand and was surprised at home soft it was, after rubbing it in my skin felt like silk but showed no sign of having a product on.

              Lily Lolo recommend that you apply the corrector with their concealer brush or flocked sponge. I have used it with a brush, my finger and a cotton bud and all worked well for me. You can shake a little of the product into the lid and use that as a palette. You should apply the powder in small circular buffing motions, starting where the heaviest coverage is needed and working out. I have mainly used the corrector on spots/acne and areas of redness on my cheeks. The powder is very easy to work with, and as it's so light you can apply a little and add more to build up layers until you reach a level of coverage you are happy with. For angry spots I find that I have to apply quite heavy layers whereas over my cheeks a thin layer is enough to take away the excessive redness. It blends in extremely well with your skin and if I apply it well you are none the wiser it is there!

              Lily Lolo's products are mineral based, and oil free. Their website also states that the active ingredients help to control excess oils and have healing properties. I have found that they have helped to control oil on some parts of my face, it has a soft matt finish and takes away any shine, however my cheeks can become very dry sometimes and if I haven't moisturised quite well before applying if I layer the product my skin can sometimes become a little dry and the powder doesn't sit as smoothly on my skin, making it feel more noticeable to me. However, if you moisturise well beforehand and apply very light layers it shouldn't be a problem. I have had no problems with the staying power of this product and it has remained on my face until I remove it, often all day.

              Lily Lolo's corrector is vegan friendly, and non-comedogenic (doesn't block pores). It lasts 24 months once opened.
              Ingredients:
              Mica CI77019 -an inorganic, colourless silicate mineral that provides luster and adhesion
              Titanium Dioxide CI77891 - a naturally occurring oxide of titanium, often used a pigment
              CI77007 - a blue inorganic mineral pigment composed of complex sodium aluminium sulfosilicates
              CI77492 - Iron Oxides, inorganic compounds created from purified, oxidized iron.

              I'm going to give this corrector 4/5 stars. It's a great product, but expensive at purchase and needs quite a lot of care to apply it well to problem areas. It does however, provide excellent coverage and correction to red coloured problems, it leaves you skin feeling silky soft and gives the deception of no correction in most cases!

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              • Nivea Creme / Skin Care / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                Mum's favourite, but not mine.

                Nivea Crème is a classic product that's always been around my house somewhere, and one which my Mum has always used. It's an all-round intensive moisturiser, which is available in a variety of sized. A 150ml tub currently costs £1.49 from Boots.

                Nivea Crème usually comes in a classic blue tub which most people will recognise, it's plastic and has a screw top lid. The cream itself is white and very thick, it has quite a luxurious whipped texture. The scent is one which is very difficult to describe as all I know it for is being Nivea, it's quite a light scent but very clean and pleasant.

                The cream can be used for a variety of things, a face cream is a traditional use, although I tend to use it mainly on my hands. As it's very rich it's great for very dry areas when you need some intense moisture. To use simply rub the cream into the chosen area and massage well until absorbed. The cream is very thick and a little really does go a long way. A few dabs is enough to moisture my whole hand. A dab on each cheek, chin and forehead will ensure your whole face is well moisturised. I find it particularly effective around my nose which becomes particularly dry in bad weather and Winter months. The main moisturising ingredient in Nivea crème is Eucerit, which is a natural chemical substance extracted from the waxes found in sheep's wool.

                The cream can feel a little greasy when applied, especially if you put too much on. For this reason alone I don't tend to use the cream as my main moisturiser. It can be good as a base before applying make-up, especially on very dry areas, however it won't be for everyone and needs time to sink in. It's more of a classic product which I think is being used less now-a-days but remains a favourite with my mum and get used now and then by myself.

                Nivea Crème is preservative free, The ingredients are:

                Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Cera Microcristallina, Glycerin, Lanolin Alcohol (Eucerit®), Paraffin, Panthenol, Decyl Oleate, Octyldodecanol, Aluminum Stearates, Citric Acid, Magnesium Sulfate, Magnesium Stearate, Parfum, Limonene, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl Alcohol.

                3/5 for me. A good intensive moisturiser which is an old favourite, but can be greasy and isn't a particularly natural product.

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              • Beecham's Germolene / Pain Relief / 39 Readings / 37 Ratings
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                A fantastic antiseptic cream that I highly recommend

                An antiseptic cream is something that I always have in the house, you never know when you might need some and it pays to have it at hand when you do. Germolene is a favourite of mine, and it's been a product I've been used to since I was little. It's very versatile and can be used to help many skin problems and accidents,

                Germolene is available in a 55g tube from Boots, currently priced at £2.55. It comes in a cardboard box, and inside you will find it in a blue tube with a white screw top lid. It is a general antiseptic cream which also contains a local anaesthetic to help numb the pain from the injured area.

                Germolene is very versatile and can be used on a multitude of injuries. These include minor cuts and grazes, minor burns, scalds and blisters, stings, insect bites, spots and chapped/rough skin. It has a thick creamy consistency and a very slight pink tingle to it. It has a very clinical smell, but is slightly comforting to me as it's so familiar.

                To apply to cream make sure the affected area is clean, preferably washed with warm water before application. For burns, scalds and blisters apply to cream generously and massage in gently. For all other ailments apply a dab of the cream and rub in. It's not greasy at all and sinks into your skin very quickly without leaving residue. Make sure you replace the cap after use to stop any leak in the cupboard!

                I have used Germolene on cuts, scrapes and minor burns. It is instantly soothing and takes the edge off of the injury, thanks to the local anaesthetic. I have found it definitely helps to speed up healing time and keeps any cuts clean and prevents infection. As well as the obvious uses I have used this cream on calluses, and rough dry skin on my hands. My work means that they are regularly washed and can become extremely dry, this cream works wonders as a thick moisturising and soothing treatment for the worst affected areas and has brought me a lot of respite! It also leaves my hands very soft, softer infact than some hand creams!
                Active ingredients
                Phenol , Chlorhexidine Digluconate

                Other Ingredients:
                Cetostearyl Alcohol, Light Liquid Paraffin, Polyoxyethylene Stearyl Ethers, Colours, (E124 and E110), Dimeticone, Methyl Salicylate and Water. Please see leaflet for further information.

                The cream is something I would thoroughly recommend to everybody. It's extremely versatile and can be used to soothe and treat so many skin injuries and ailments at ease. It's very reasonably priced, lasts a while and is widely available in chemists, supermarkets and many convenience shops. Highly recommended!

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