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==Head & Shoulders Citrus Fresh Conditioner for Greasy Hair==
As my quest to find a Shampoo & Conditioner that solves my Greasy Hair problem might have come to an end, I decided to search through the Bathroom Shelves & review all of the products that I have spent money on in the past few months. Products that have claimed to resolve Greasy Hair in a matter of washes, products that are actually quite expensive, products that I wish I didn't spend my hard earned cash on, considering that they're now going into the Car Boot stuff to be sold on! But anyway I read some reviews on this before going out to purchase it & most of the people who reviewed it were saying how good it was at tackling Greasy Hair & how it left a nice smell on the hair afterwards, etc. Except all I can say is that I didn't get any of these benefits from this product whatsoever!
Head & Shoulders is a trusted brand of Shampoo & Conditioner that can be bought in Supermarkets, Drug Stores, Pharmacists, even the local corner shop! They have many different types of Shampoo & Conditioner, including Colour Care, Damage Rescue, Ocean Spa (which is lovely!), Sensitive, Volume Boost & of course Classic Clean & Citrus Fresh. H&S have been around since 1961 & started out in the UK as the only anti - dandruff shampoo on the market. Since then H&S have expanded to other countries such as Spain, Australia, Brazil, America, Germany & Holland. As H&S is used in many countries throughout the world they have become a trusted Hair Care brand that can be found almost anywhere.
Head & Shoulders Shampoo comes in 250ml & the Conditioner is 200ml. Most Supermarkets have H&S Citrus Fresh from £2.79 - £2.99 for 250ml / 200ml & it's around £5 for 500ml. Wilkinson have H&S for £2.69, that's for 250ml / 200ml. I bought my 200ml bottle of Citrus Fresh Conditioner when Wilko were clearing it out a few months back, then it was only £1 for the 200ml size & £2 for 400ml. I thought this was a bargain price & that it couldn't hurt to try it out as I was saving £1.69 off the original price. It is perhaps a good thing that I didn't pay RRP for this as I only used it for approx 4 uses anyway! The lid of the bottle is facing downwards & is coloured blue whilst the bottle is white & is hunched the one side. It's the opposite on the Shampoo which stands a little higher than this bottle but they both co-ordinate eachother nicely enough. The label is yellow & has a cut lemon in the picture. We are told that this is anti-dandruff conditioner & that it's for Greasy Hair. It apparently has a new fragrance & is supposed to leave out hair light & fresh.
The smell of this product is one thing, the performance, however, is another. This product has a nice smell & it's not powerful, just a nice clean, pleasant scent. Overall it smells very much like Classic Clean H&S, with a slight mix of Lemon Juice. The scent does linger on the hair for an hour or two after, but it dosen't last long at all. The bottle is easy to grip in the Shower & the lid opens nicely enough. The consistency of this Conditioner is thick, & it resembles Hair Masque. The Conditioner is easy to apply to hair & hair is easy to comb through with a wide tooth comb when wet & when the Conditioner is rinsed out of your hair, (it only takes a minute or so before the water runs clear) then you can feel that hair feels soft when wet & completly clear from Conditioner. After hair has been towel dried, my hair feels nice & clean, refreshed, & tangle free. When we've finished off with the Hairdryer, my hair feels nice & soft, plus that Citrus Scent is there!
However, the fact that H&S claim that this Conditioner is suitable for Greasy Hair, is what really lets it down. Approx 24 Hours after washing, my hair is already starting to look limp & flat, almost untouchable. This normally means that I have to follow with the Dry Shampoo, perhaps that night & the following morning.
This Conditioner is not worth using if you have Greasy Hair, but if you have normaly hair, then it's fine. It smells nice & everything, & is worth a try for hair that's not Greasy, but for what's it's intended to do, it dosen't work. If you have Greasy Hair cheap Shampoos & Conditioners such as Apple or Coconut that you can find in Wilkinson or TESCO for 72p / 75p & 88p are worth a try as they do work for Greasy Hair, so plump for these instead of expensive ones that cost an arm & a leg!
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==Colgate Max White One Toothpaste==
Toothpaste is a product that millions upon millions of us use every single day. It's bought people together & made people more likeable. Toothpaste is just one product that many would not live without. Plenty just brush & go but lots of people brush up to 3 times a day, that is not recommended but if you do so already then gladly carry on, there's nothing wrong with it. To me a smile means a lot & if that smile can be matched by pearly white teeth, then it means even more! We all know the brands of toothpaste very well, because it finds it's way into our shopping trolleys nearly every week.
==Reason For Purchase==
My ideal toothpaste has to be one with a long lasting taste, I just cannot stand toothpaste that tastes mild or one that lasts for about 5 mins, then quick as a flash, it's gone & you feel like you haven't brushed at all. I also like toothpaste to really give your mouth a deep clean, like afterwards when you rub your tounge over your teeth & you can feel that they have had a good scrub. Unlike some toothpaste's that leave a residue on teeth, all horrible & slimy, yuck! I also like toothpaste to be at a low price, I don't mean like very low (25p) I mean like between £1 - £1.99, which I think is reasonable for a product such as toothpaste. I generally buy toothpaste on offer anyway, I would never buy Oral - B at full price!
I've heard of Colgate's Max White One Toothpaste before & really wanted to see if it did actually transform your teeth from dull & dingy to glowing white in the time slot of 7 days. However, when I approached it in Supermarkets (completly forgetting to look in Boots / Superdrug whenever I went there) it was horrendously expensive for 1 tube. Tesco want £4.07 for one 75ml tube! So litteraly I always picked up the cheaper ones which never tend to work properly.
When I started to visit Savers again (after being totally sucked in by Boots Advantage Card) I saw the Max White One here but never properly looked at it. However earlier this year (late January / early February) I picked up the Max White One & saw that it was only £1.99 per 75ml tube. Great! I thought & I bought one to see if it did actually work as the TV advert says it does. £1.99 is about the normal price I pay for toothpaste anyway. Since then I have seen it on offer everywhere; Superdrug, Sainsburys, Morrisons & Boots have it on BOGOF.
I think we all know who Colgate are & what they produce but I will give a quick overview of the brand. Colgate is (to me) The King of Dental & have been around since 1873, when their toothpaste was first released. Colgate is the sub name of Colgate - Palmolive, a multinational coorporation who produce many brands including Irish Springs, Sanex & Ultra Brite. Colgate produce Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Dental Floss, Dental Tape & Toothbrushes (normal & electric). The Max White One range now includes a variety of toothpastes, mouthwash & toothpastes.
Colgate Max White One Original comes in a nice shiny red box & the tube reflects this also. The tube stands upright on it's base & is quite sturdy when sitting on the bathroom shelf. The original is flavoured 'Sensational Mint' but also comes in 'Active Mint' which I don't really like. Overall the view of this toothpaste stands out on the shelf in stores & in the Bathroom too.
I have been using this product for nearly 2 months now & have been extremely impressed with it's performance. I have repurchased it on a BOGOF offer in Boots & have also been using the 'Sensational Mint' mouthwash. Colgate claim that in the toothpaste there is '''White Accelerator Micro - Crystals, Similar to Those used by Dentists'''. Apparently these remove build up on your teeth leaving them deep down clean & white! The crystals are the little bits in the toothpaste. The tube can be easily squeezed & you only need a small amount to get to work. Whilst brushing the toothpaste foams up quite considerably & in the midst of the bubbles you can see the dirt being cleaned off before your very eyes! Colgate recommend that for the shade whiter in 7 days claim to work you have to brush for 2 mins, 3 times a day. I don't have time to brush 3 times day but do brush for 2 mins morning & night & I find that this works effectively. Overall the 3 times a day thing is to get you to use more then buy more!
After nearly 2 months use I can see a considerable difference in the whiteness of my teeth. Okay there not 'glowing' white but they are noticeable when you smile at someone. Alongside the mouthwash they leave your mouth feeling deep down clean & they feel great!
Overall this is a great toothpaste that you can find on offer everywhere if you look hard enough. It's great if your teeth are liable to a lot of tea etc. that makes them go yellow but with regular use this will help teeth the stains off! So go ahead, give it a go & see if you like it!
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==Sainsbury's 2 in 1 Washing Powder - Lavender & Jasmine==
For a while now I've been trying out new Laundry Detergents, & looking through lots of shop brands & normal brands, they all perform near enough the same when it comes to cleaning. There's some that have been great but some aswell have not performed well at all. Literally there are many different detergents on the market these days, & 2in1 is perhaps the newest one of them all. 2in1 has been designed to literally do it all; Clean & Soften your clothes. Perhaps the best one of them all is Bold, but when it costs £3.40 for a 10 wash box it can't be used that often! However though 2in1 has a place in my laundry. It's great for when you want to wash towels & sometimes bedding as the fabric conditioner in 2in1 softens towels in a different way to normal fabric conditioner, which reduces the absorbency in towels. I've even used Vinegar for towels but it leaves them smelling funny after they're dry. So 2in1 is the best bet if you want lovely smelling towels & bedding (for when it's used on it) I find that when I buy a box of Bold it's more of a treat, the high price per box means I usually use less than normal as I want it to last. The box I reviewed last year I still have, but have so far done 9 washes with the box, & theres still a third left!
So how come I ended up with Sainsbury's 2in1 if I like Bold so much? Well I had to walk into town after school & it started raining so I dashed into Sainsbury's & thought i'd look around as at about 4pm they're reductions are very generous! I managed to get to the detergent aisle & as I needed more powder (tell a lie I wanted something different to use!) but anyway the choice for a 10 wash box was either Sainsbury's Non-Bio or 2in1 Lavender & Jasmine. Anyway I ended up with the 2in1 because of the lovely box design & the lovely fragrance. I would have probably chose the Colour or Biological but because there wasn't much choice in my local Sainsbury's, I chose this instead. They only had other versions in the 25 wash size.
_by Sainsbury's_ washing powder 2in1 comes in a lovely purple which is the lovely shade all around the box. On the front of the box is the writing in large bold white. This tells us what it is & that it '''softens, fragrances & tough on stains'''. In a circle is a flower & Sainsbury's state that this is '''bursting with fragrance'''. I will actually say this is true as you could smell it in the store! On the bottom left on the box it looks like a flower made of folded fabric of some sort with a white outline & this looks very nice. It fills up the rest of the front of the box which would otherwise be filled up by writing. The bottom right says that this box gives '''10 Standard Washes, is Outstanding at 30c & contains Fabric Conditioner Technology.''' The side of the box says that this detergent is '''Great for all of us''' & that they have been working with experts to formulate products which remove stains at low temperatures. Also fragrance experts have carefully developed fragrances that will give washing a clean freshness that lasts. They're words not mine! This powder is also part of Sainsbury's Try Me campaign.
The box is easy to open due to an '''easy pull tab''' which can close up again. This is an advantage to where boxes of 'branded' detergent are concerened. Brands like Persil & Bold have a 'pop-open' tab & you can't close it properly, which results in fragrance lost. With this one however, the box closes up, which means no lost fragrance. On the box is a number to call for a scoop, it's free phone but you only have to answer a couple of questions etc. & they send you one. However it's cardboard but has exact measurements for shop bought powder.
Here are the dosing measurments:
Light Soil Medium Soil Heavy Soil
Hard Water 120ml 155ml 210ml
Medium Water 60ml '''120ml''' 190ml
Soft Water 60ml 85ml 155ml
Bigger Machines: Add extra 25ml '''You get 10 loads if you use 120ml per load'''
Handwash: 80ml per 10L of water
Prewash: 80ml in Pre-Wash compartment
So fae I've used this once, & this was on a load of light bedding which was covered in a variety of stains, milk, blood, chocolate milk, tomato sauce, you name it, it's there. Mostly blood but also mostly protein stains. As it said on the front of the box that it was outstanding at 30c,I decided to put it through it's paces & use a Quick Wash at 30c. For the really tough stains I dissolved a bit of powder in hot water & used a nail brush to scrub the mixture on the stain. (A great tip so you might not have to use stain remover / pre treater) & then put the items in the machine. I set the wash to Quick at 30c & used the scoop to pour 120ml of powder into the machine drawer. Upon contact with the water this powder dissolves quite well, & quite fast actually. Most branded detergents take a while but this one dissolves very well. Not many suds are formed unlike powder like Bold, Daz, Ecover or Surf, but then again if you have a load of suds in the wash it stops the washer from rinsing properly & may make it leak from the seal.
After the wash when the bedding comes out the wash looks very bright & white despite using nothing but the powder & as the day is not that nice it goes in the dryer. Oh great! I thought, with Bold the smell always fades when it goes in the dryer but when I put this in & set it to high heat for 60 minutes about 10 minutes later I came down to check on it & the wholde of downstairs was filled with this wonderful smell! I must say now actually the smell of this detergent is very intense. With Bold the smell is calm but with this one it's very powerful, but not headache inducing.
15 - 30% Oxygen Based Bleaching Agent
5 - 15% Non - Ionic Surfactants
Less than 5% Zeolite, Polycarboxylate, Phosphonate, Soap
Also Contains: Enzymes, Optical Brightener, Perfume, Linalooln Citrenellol
by Sainsbury's detergents are produced by Robert McBride who also produce Asda, Tesco, Morrisons & Waitrose Detergents, just incase you didn't know. McBride also produce Surcare & Clean n' Fresh Brands.
This powder is very high performing, especially for the price, £1.90 & a box of Bold costs £3.40. You can stretch the amount, it whitens whites, brightens colours, & works brilliantly on Quick Wash cycles aswell as 30c. I can tell you that after a dryer the fragrance is still there after & is still intense, plus the fact that it softens really well too. The bedding is 100% cotton & didn't need any ironing at all when it came out of the dryer, where it normally does with other detergents. It's great for £1.90 a box & I will be definately be buying it again, considering at the minute it's £3.50 for a 25 wash box.
'''Now, before I start, I apologise I haven't been around for a while, it's just my nan's chemo sessions have been getting in the way & we've had to visit her several nights a week to keep the house clean.'''
==Eucryl Whitening Toothpowder==
In a bid to get my teeth whiter & look nicer, I have been trying various product in order to achieve this. I have used,
*Colgate Max White One, which I reviewed a few months ago, & I have found it's been good at achieveing a clean mouth, the whiteness effect is slowly getting there.
*Colgate 2in1 Toothpaste & Mouthwash, I have been using this since it was only £1 from Savers (which is actually closing down in Oswestry) & it has been good & since a couple of weeks use it does seem to have a good whitening effect.
Also I have been trying out Baking Soda & products like that that are natural & don't cost a lot, it does seem to have the effect but not as intense as I would like it to be.
I picked this product up in Savers about a month ago for the low price of 89p. I have seen it in Wilko for £1 & Superdrug / Boots for £1.49 which compared to other tooth whitening methods on the markets this is quite cheap. Savers also had the Original Toothpowder & the Freshmint Toothpaste, but I picked up the Freshmint Toothpowder. The Freshmint Toothpowder comes in a box which is silver & green coloured. Inside the box is a circular tub which has most of the information stated on the outside of the box so there is no need to read this. I think that the whole tub idea is good so then the powder won't clump together when it's not in use. It's just a shame then that the product dosen't actually work like it's supposed to!
According to the box Eucryl Toothpowder has been around since 1900, & has been trusted by many people. Even my own mother remembers using this when she was younger & she said it was disgusting & didn't work. Eucryl do state that the toothpowder with it's polishing action cleans your teeth & leaves them bright & also it leaves your mouth feeling fresh apparently. Their words not mine!
Eucryl say that to use this you do so instead of your usual toothpaste. You wet your toothbrush, shake off surplus water, dip brush into power & brush for the recommended 2 minutes. The recommended use for this product is twice a week so one day of 2 daily brushes. I used this instead of my usual toothpaste & found that I didn't get the blast of minty freshness that I usually get, so I have to spend extra time in the bathroom brushing my teeth with my usual toothpaste after this to get the desired fresh breath. I also found that with the recommended use, I wasn't getting the results I was promised. I had to increase the amount of use to once a day & I did this for a few weeks until I stopped use as I found more problems along the way.
The powder is messy, when you open the tub the powder on the lid spills out onto the surrounding area, which is then messy & it's not good at the fact that it sticks to the carpet & takes ages to wash off the basin. Secondly the powder makes your teeth squeak, but not in the way that they feel clean. It makes your teeth squeak in such a way that it makes your teeth not feel clean & still feel disgusting. Thirdly it does not work! Even when I was using it everyday it wasn't working properly, the minty freshness that they promise is not there, it tastes like the end result of cheap Tesco Value Toothpaste! It's disgusting & if you're after minty freshness, then you will have to brush with normal toothpaste.
Shame this product dosen't work, it's 113 year old history & cheap price don't justify for a poor product that dosen't seem to fulfill any of it's claims. Even for 89p, I would avoid this & try something else. Don't be fooled.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!
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==Panasonic MCE-3002 Upright Vacuum Cleaner==
TO START WITH: THIS MODEL IS THE MCE-3002 & THE ONE ON DOOYOO IS THE MC-UG302, BUT THEY ARE EXACTLY THE SAME MACHINE, JUST DIFFERENT MODEL NUMBERS.
Most Vacuum Cleaner brands in the UK have been designed to be bagless within the last few years, instead of the traditional bagged design that is cheaper to produce but bagged vacuums have become a lesser good quality recently as manufacturers are concentrating on bagless vacuums. Hoover only produce 2 Bagged Uprights which are from the Purepower Range & they're not the best, extremely hard to push across the floor & have the tendancy to continue falling over. Electrolux produce 1, the Powerlite Upright which is lighter than the Purepower but has a rubbish hose & dosen't feel as well made as what they used to be. Sebo & Miele produce bagged uprights but they're heavy & the Miele ones are really heavy! Lastly Panasonic produce 3, the MC-UG302, the MC-UG304 & the MC-UG522 where they are available everywhere.
==About Panasonic & Their Bagged Uprights in the UK==
Whenever I hear the name Panasonic, I immediately think of good quality electronics. My brothers Panasonic Sound System is still working after 11 years use, even though it was about £90 at the time. They've been producing their bagged upright vacuums since 1989 & have always been cheap to buy. Over the years the vacuums have become more basic with more powerful motors, & in 1995 they started to produce vacuums in this style but in different colours with different features. They were originally produced in Spain up until about 2005 & since then they've moved production to China where these vacuums have become even more basic. What is weird though is how these were known as Miele vacuums in the US.
==Pricing / Features==
The 1900w Panasonic MCE-3002 Upright can be found these days as the Panasonic MC-UG302 which is the exact same specification & design, just a different model. This Panasonic costs £79.99 on Argos & £77.99 on Amazon.co.uk, which to be fair to find a good quality vacuum for under £100 these days is pretty good going. Panasonic still require you to screw the handle in to the top but so does the Electrolux Powerlite, & screw the 1.4m Hose in & wrap it around the back of the vacuum. I think that if Panasonic are to continue producing these vacs, they'll have to reduce the power to 900w motors again like they did in the 1990's, as Europe are putting a cap on how much electricity motors can have. Panasonic do give a good length of cord, 7m which is ample enough to vacuum the hallway without unplugging, & at least there are swing cord hooks which allow quick & easy access to the cord.
*260 air watts.
*Length of hose 1.64m.
*Stretch hose for staircase cleaning.
*Hose stretches up to 2.6m.
*Capacity of dustbag 6.1 litres.
*Total capacity 4.5 litres.
*Uses disposable dustbags - 5 bags included.
*Dustbag full indicator.
*Manual on/off control.
*Includes crevice tool and dusting brush.
*On-board tool storage.
*Plastic extension tubes.
*Suitable for all floor types.
*6.7m power cord.
*Product may require assembly.
*Size H105, W33, D32cm.
After plugging in, all the Panasonic requires you to do is tilt the machine back using the foot pedal which is nice & easy to unlock & simply press the big button on the left side you can't miss it & that's all you need to do, no variable power, nothing like that, just switch on & go. Shamefully, this vacuum is noisy. Panasonic have not done anything such as insulation etc. for this vacuum, so you really do hear the noise. Also, the brush roll makes quite a racket too. Not on carpets as such, but on hard floors & when in upright position it rotates so much it makes the machine vibrate. There is a hot fan at the front which is not good as it blows dust away on hard floors & prevents proper pick up. What's great about this machine is that it's lighweight at only 6.3kg which whilst compared to our old Morphy Richards Upright I used to own is excellent. You can see why these are a hit with old people as this was my nan's from new until a month ago, when she gave it to me. What's great is the automatic height adjusting floor head, you don't have to bend down to change the floor setting, there's no cheap sliders or dials to break off & when you put the vacuum into upright position the brush rotates still, but off the floor so it minimises damage to floors.
Ever since the move of production to China, Panasonic have stopped putting on the Stop Brush bar function, a function which was put on the vacuums so owners could switch the bar off & vacuum hard floors & using the tools etc. Well by using the vacuum above floors aswell as using the tools meaning i've had an experience with it & it hasn't harmed the floors or carpets. Another great feature of the Panasonic is the edge cleaning funtion, it works great & cleans right up to the sides, literally so this prevents getting out the hose / crevice tool which is a bit of a bother.
==Hose Cleaning / Tools==
All the while whilst the Panasonic is good for floor cleaning, hose cleaning isn't the best. For the price you get a hose that is 1.64m relaxed & they claim it stretches to 2.6m, which I think is about right but does make the vacuum tip over. Alongside the hose you get a long extension pipe, a long crevice tool which slots into the extension pipe & a crevice brush which the crevice tool slots in to. The crevice brush can be used in different forms if you use it in a way that suits the suction & how the hose fits. The tools feel really cheap & the extension pipe / crevice tool feel like they could snap if used heavy handedly. The crevice tool does make the vacuum fall over if pulled & due to the 2 holes at the top to let out suction air or relief, the crevice tool has lost lot of suction. It depends how you use the crevice tool though, on stairs & fireplaces / corners it works fine, but anything else it will not pick up properly. Shame how no other tools fit, as the tubes use a different measurement which is a weird size. Shame, as otherwise a turbo nozzle could be used which combined with the 1900w motor power, would be great for pet hair & would make a great budget vacuum for pet owners. For stairs, I did use all the tools with the hose & I managed to make 8 steps before I had to carry the vacuum & put it on the 1st step. Due to it's slim shape, the Panasonic is easy to carry up the stairs & also due to it's light weight.
I only ever do a downsides section if something on the product is worth moaning, I mean mentioning about. It's the hose. Panasonic do state that the hose is 1.64m in length, even stating that it will stretch to 2.6m, which I think is about average. The only thing is, is that the does stretch, except it makes a massive hissing / whistling noise which is very loud. Also, pull the hose too roughly & the vacuum crashes down, but so far I have managed to stop the vacuum from crashing down on me. To be fair it's only the hose that's the downside of this vacuum as for an upright it's very easy to use due to it's light weight & slim shape. What a shame though is that no extra stretch stair hose is available for this vacuum, but you'll have to live with it unless you purchase a compact cylinder vacuum for above floor cleaning.
==Bags & Filters==
What I do like is how easy the bag is to change & install. To open the front, simply grab the door & pull, no catches to break so theirs an advantage. Inside the bag has plenty of room to move around in & they install easily too. The bags slot in & stay on & you can buy bags for this from Wilko & Amazon, eBay etc. but these are just average paper bags. You can buy them direct from Panasonic which includes the filters for the vacuum & they cost approx £5.95 for a pack of 5. I have been using Wilko branded ones in it & they have worked alright so far, at 5 litres the capacity is big & approx double the size of Bagless cups.
Filtration seems to be OK, the air that comes out of the front smells clean but I did clean the filter by washing it in hot water & a dash of fairy liquid. The dirt came off nicely & it dried quickly but when I put it back in it smelt fresh.
What a pity is that the Panasonic relies on 2 drive belts to make the brush work. Most rely on one but the Panasonic needs 2. I unscrewed the base as it needed changing & replaced the belt which was the small one & it needed quite a bit of effort to put on. However the worst part is that to replace the big belt you need to take off the smaller one first & you might find it takes lots of effort if you have weak muscles in your hands. What is a shame that if you're a bit whacky with the vacuum, eg keep bashing it into walls etc. scrapes & dents are made quickly over time & dirt shows on the white finish.
For the price this is a good basic vacuum that's fine for floors only or office vacuuming but for above floor cleaning it's not the best, so you might want to consider a compact cylinder vacuum if you're looking to purchase this. The edge cleaning is great & the brushroll gives a good carpet clean & hard floors. Yes it is noisy but what vac isn't? & the durability is good, read reviews on any site & many have bought these to replace their old Panasonics after 15 years or so. It's a good upright, lightweight & I would recommend it for floor only. It cost £60 6 years ago & still works great for a made in P.R.C. product.
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==Surf Washing Powder, Lavender & Spring Jasmine==
Even though I use a variety of Laundry Detergents from different brands, whenever the cold weather is here my skin goes all dry & irritated, meaning I have to watch what I wash myself in & my clothes in. About 2 weeks since it started I have been exfoliating my skin everytime i shower, & have been using Detergents I know that won't irritate my skin. Particularly I have been using Daz Original, Ecover Non - Bio & the Surf i'm going to review today. All of these detergents I've been using have improved my skin & since they are all on offer regularly I might stick to them as I hate my skin being irritated! What's also great is that they smell so good & they clean really effectively. Plus they have plenty of experience & have many fans across the UK.
Surf is a brand of detergent that's been around for a long time, since 1952 to be precise. They have come a long way since they began & were originally (1970's, 80's & early to mid 90's) a laundry detergent that claimed to clean as well as formulated brands like Persil but at a lower price so you can save money. In 1999 Surf began to formulate fragrances for their detergents such as Lemon Fresh etc. & in 2000 Surf released a fragrance called 'Sun Fresh' which was basically reformulated Radion when Unilever scrapped the brand in February. Since then Surf has claimed to remove 99 stains, develop new fragrances such as 'Cotton Fresh' & added Essential Oils to the detergents to improve the fragrance. I think that over time they have improved but they still have the same cleaning power as they always have.
Surf Powder is my favourite variation of Surf detergents, it's cheap & the dosage can be varied. It costs the same as a box of Daz in Savers & anywhere you go you can find the 25 wash box on offer, ALWAYS. Savers £2.99, Morrisons £2.75 etc which is a good thing. My favourite fragrance is the Lavender & Jasmine one, it's the one that smells the nicest in my opinion. I bought the 10 wash box from Savers which cost £1.99 but I got it for free due to a coupon Unilever sent me & it needed using up. The box is decorated in a nice lilac shade & displays a nice big Surf logo in blue with a yellow outline. Around the logo there is a swirl of Lavender & Spring Jasmine. Around the box you have directions, cautions, safety warnings, ingredients info, & Unilever info. The back of the box talks about the fragrance & that it 'Lasts & Lasts'.
Whenever I buy a 10 wash box of laundry detergent I am tempted to use the correct amount to get my money's worth. In this box you get 10 washes providing you use 130ml per load but I need max 80ml so I can easily stretch the box to about 14 washes. It does say above the directions that you're clothes will be clean with Surf even in a Quick Wash & that by doing this you can save yourself some time! I have used this on 30c Quick Washes, 30c Washes & 40c Washes & it has worked well on all washes. Even though Surf contains Bleaching Agents it hasn't faded any colours yet like Daz does & it performs well on whites too. I can say that it does remove stains but for my White Bedding that had many stains on it with a simple 80ml of Surf & a table spoon of Napisan & a 30c Wash (normal not Quick) Surf removes all of the stains & I did not use any fabric conditioner in this load either so when I put it back on the bed after a line dry I could smell the Lavender & it was so soft! I was really pleased with this & when I did hand washing with this it rinsed out easily & didn't fade any of my clothes that I did by hand. I have used this with Lenor Sleep Sensations & this only adds to the gorgeous Lavender Smell!
Overall this is a very good detergent that has the cleaning power or Persil, the price of Daz & the fragrance of Bold. Only a little is required & it cleans stains off really easily even in a Quick Cycle. I would definately buy this again alongside Daz as it dosen't irritate my skin.
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CLEARASIL DAILY CLEAR SKIN PERFECTING WASH
Over the last few months I've managed to get a few spots on my skin (mainly my upper body) & they've been really irritating & itchy. For my face spots, I've been using Boots Skin Clear Face Scrub once a week but I can't bear it on my face, for a start it burns my face & afterwards leaves it red & sore, however it cleans really effectively & I don't have anything else. I've also been applying Spot Cream frequently too whenever Spots become noticeable. I'm not sure but my upper Body spots might have been caused by the Laundry Detergent I'm currently using, so might have to change it to something I know won't irritate my skin. Over time, my face has remained near enough clear but I couldn't put up with the stinging / burning anymore, so I switched to the Anne French Cleansing Milk for daily use, & since then I've been using that, for about 2 months. My skin is combination, an Oily T - Zone, plus spotty chin / cheeks & dry patches in the same place is not nice! But one product that I bought in January was ASDA's Skin System Young Skin Moisturiser, Oil Free & prevents Oil reforming. I can tell you that it does work & is also proven to reduce face redness.
Clearasil is a brand that all of us have used at least once during our lifetime. They are a great range of products to fall back on should your spots get out of control. At one time they did produce a Body Wash that promised to have the same effect on the body as it did the face, but they only produce it in Australia now. In the UK they make Face Washes, Gels, Scrubs, Pads & Wipes. They also make Spot Creams & Acne Treatments. Their products can be found in all good Supermarkets, Drugstores & Local Shops, all ranging at different prices, but most of the time you can catch a good deals on Clearasil Products.
Clearasil was originally invented in America in 1950 by a man called Ivan Combe with the help of Chemist Kedzie Teller. At this time, it was the first brand created for younger skin to fight pimples (or Acne). By 1961 the brand was purchased by Richardson - Vicks who were then acquired by Procter & Gamble. They kept the brand until 2000 when Clearasil moved to the Boots Group Portfolio. In 2006 Boots Health International was purchased by Reckitt Benckiser & have been with them ever since. Last year their products when through a makeover which did help them spruce up a bit. Also last year they produced a device that looks very similar to the Dettol No Touch Hand Wash System, except it's got Clearasil pods inside so you apparently have the perfect dose of face wash each time!
SKIN PERFECTING WASH
One of Clearasil's most used & most tested / loved products is their Skin Perfecting Wash, which comes in a white plastic pump bottle which can be locked whilst in use. The bottle is quite compact & durable but it looks nice in the bathroom. The label on the front states that this has a 3 in 1 action; it Cleanses & Gently Exfoliates, has Built in Moisturisers & that you get Clearer Skin Everyday. According to the back label, this product is a cream cleaner that has gentle microbeads to wash away dirt & bacteria. This product also claims to lift away dead skin cells to keep pores unblocked which cause spots! I picked this up a few days ago in Wilko where the whole Clearasil range is currently on offer, this product being £2. I was going to buy a Clearasil Perfectawash (the product that automatically dispenses the product) for £3.99 in Savers, but I saw this & picked it up instead as I have used this product before (some 4 years ago) & found it very effective.
SKIN PERFECTING WASH IN USE
Clearasil do state that you can use it twice daily, it's gentle enough to do so. They say that for best use you should wet your face then pump a small amount onto hands, following by rubbing in circles on your face & neck. Follow by gently rinsing & pat dry. Normally this is how I do it anyway, but by using the pump you can control the amount that you use. After i've wet my face, I twist the pump so it's facing forward (this is open, to lock you twist so it's at the side) & squeeze between 1/2 & 2/3 of an amount. This lovely white cream comes out, & you can also see little bits floating in it aswell. I squeeze it onto my fingertips & rub between my fingers, then follow by rubbing it in circular motions on my cheeks going up to my nose, coming out onto my forehead & then seperating my hands again by rubbing along the side of my face, then ending on my chin, also where lots of dry skin lies. Normally with washes / scrubs I leave them on for a few minutes & normally they sting / burn at this time. Not with Clearasil! I feel nothing at all, just a nice, fresh strong hint of Cucumber & Aloe Vera, which is very pleasant. Whilst rinsing a few times with warm water, following with a splash of Cold Water to cool down skin, the Clearasil washes away easily & my face is left feeling nice & clean. After a pat dry my face does feel a little dry sadly, but that's only around my chin, where dry skin frequently appears. However for the last couple of uses I have followed with the ASDA Young Skin Moisturiser I was talking about earlier, & after this my face feels normal, grease - free & shine free!
Overall this is a well tried & tested product that has stood the test of time. It cleans combination faces really well & only a little bit is required for a full face cleansing. Follow with some moisturiser & you've got a nice, clear face within a few weeks! I think I might have to persuade my brother to send me some Clearasil Body Wash!
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==Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm==
Since I was 9 years old my lips have always been dry & they chap & split really easily, also most of the time I bite my lips with my teeth during the night then I wake up with blood stained pillowcases & blood stained teeth, along with very sore lips. If something hits my face, my lips will bleed & it takes a lot to stop them bleeding as they do so quite ferouciously. Whilst being very sore if I try to talk then they split open again aswell which is not a good thing!
Over the years I have tried countless lip balms, from Nivea, Derma V10, Wilko's Own, Boots Essentials, Superdrug's 'The Little Green Tin', Tesco Medicated & Vaseline in the tin. I would have expected the last one to work but it does for a short while & I don't like having to put my finger in the jelly to apply it to my lips. I do prefer products that apply but recently I have stopped using the Wax Stick Balms. Due to the cold weather I now apply lip balm every night & stick versions absorb so fast they don't do anything! Plus if you have a stick one in your pocket it melts then solidifies in the lid so then it's ruined & that's another hate of mine! Recently I have tried lip balms that are like the tinned stuff but they're in a tube with an applicator on the top & you squeeze some through a little hole & apply it using the nozzle. These are quite good & are better than the Stick ones.
I've seen Carmex before. It's small circular tins & squeezy tubes can't be missed in Drugstores & Supermarkets. My Sister is a very big fan of it though, she always has a tin of it somewhere in her house & she always used to buy a tin all the time. I would have been a big fan too then, except the high price put me right off. £2.69 for a little tube or pot that'll be gone within a week! The way my sister used to get through it, she had to buy a new one every week!
So anyway last Thursday I finally succumbed the Carmex twist & bought one, from Morrisons for £2 which I thought was reasonable. It was reasonable until I went into Savers a few days ago & I saw the whole range there for £1.49 each! So for the price you pay for the tube you get a nice bright yellow tube with a red screw lid. It actually looks really retro & wouldn't look out of place in a 1950's style house! The Carmex logo is white & is displayed in a red box, the same colour as the lid & other writing. This is the 'Classic' version & it '''Soothes, Relieves & Moisturises'''. I can say from daily use that it does all 3 things & MORE! I will say though, due to the yellow finish, you will have no problem in finding it should it be lost in a handbag or very deep pocket!
On Thursday as I went shopping with Mum as soon as I saw the Carmex on the shelf I immediately went to the till, ran to the car & as soon as I was in I literally TORE OPEN the packaging as if I was in rage but really I just needed it so badly! After that I opened the lid by unscrewing it I squeezed the tube & saw some of the lovely cream come out. It smelt very pleasant, almost like Shea Butter. I applied the cream to my very - bad - shape lips & immediately I jumped when all I felt was a very fuuny feeling tingling sensation. This was due to the Camphor & Menthol listed in the ingredients which give a mild cooling & tingling sensation. MILD they call it, it was far from mild, but that was probably due to my lips being in such bad shape.
An hour or so after applying & my lips felt much better then they were. There was no loose skin, no bleeding, no splits in my lips & I could talk easier too. The lip balm absorbs easily into my lips, only leaving a slight bit on the surface. With daily use since then, my lips feel & look much better than what they were & despite the cost, it's very effective
Overall this is a very good Lip Balm. But please don't let the price put you off. Yes it is expensive, but it really does work when it comes to repairing lips! The bright yellow tube or pot is very hard to miss on the shelf & if you're after a good lip balm, then pick one of these up & join the massive force of Carmex Lovers!
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BUST THOSE BLACKHEADS! - WilkomSkin Therapy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips
My face is quite prone to spots, blackheads & clogged up pores so I have to use face wash & a cleansing lotion, to make sure that my face is clean. I do use face wipes aswell as a spot lotion whenever my face flares up & it can get quite annoying! I sometimes use my Neutrogena Wave that does work but the pads are very costly so I don't use it that often. Another thing is that face cleansers do get costly & I can't use soap except for Dove & that is costly as well! One thing about my face is the T-Zone & my nose has to be the most annoying thing that I have to wash! Sometimes my nose is dry when I use cleansers & soap & I can't put moisturisers on it otherwise it goes oily & then turns all shiny which causes embarrasment to me!
Now as the whole face care routine as getting costly I turned to Wilkinsons & was astonished at the amount of face care products that were on sale! There were 2 Wilko brands, Skinology & Skin Therapy, both were under £1 for each item. First of all I tried Skinology which had some really good spot busting products & then I tried Skin Therapy products, which were nice. Their Exfoliating Face Wipes are lovely!
Anyway I haven't found a solution to my nose problems & my sister said that I should buy some nose strips that get rid of blackheads & clogged pores. I searched around & the cheapest I could find were Boots Own, £4.99 for 6! That was shocking for the price, but looking on wilkinsonplus.com found me Skin Therapy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips, which were the lovely price of 99p for 6! That's better, I thought, & went to buy some.
Skin Therapy Deep Cleansing Nose Strips come in a nice card box, where half the box is covered with leaves & the other side is plain white. It's easy on the eye & looks nice in your bathroom.
Here is what Wilko say about them:
If you're bothered by blackheads or clogged up pores on your nose, you're in luck!
To me these are really easy to use & they really do work! I wont give you the directions but I will write them my way, through my experiences!
Wilko say that before use you should wash your face & ensure that it is free from cosmetics, but you should still have your nose wet when you have the strip on. Then you take the strip out of the foil wrap & place the shiny side of the strip down on your nose & smooth out any bubbles or creases. Next allow the strip to dry naturally for about 10 minutes then peel the strip away carefully from your nose. If it gets stuck then just splash some water on it & it should come away easily enough.
Putting the strip on is really easy & it is large enough to cover my nose. I left mine on for 10 mins & after that the strip had become quite stuck to my nose. Despite it being stuck it still peeled away with minimal effort leaving my nose once again smooth & non shiny!
Polyvinyl alcohol, Glycerin, PEG-20 almond glycerides, Hamamelis virginiana (witchhazel) extract, Dipotassium glycyrrhizate.
I was quite glad I hadn't spent another £4 on the Boots ones as these do a really good job & also as they contain witch hazel they are anti bacterial aswell as getting rid of blackheads & unclogging pores. No longer do I have dry skin on my nose!
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==Tesco Everyday Value Shower Gel==
Several times a week I enter the doors of Tescos, one because we pass it on the way home & two because there is lots of reduced stuff to pick up after school! Sometimes I go with mum & sometimes I walk there along the canal but also another option is going around town with my friend who is also a fellow bargainer like me! Well on this occasion we were walking around & I said that I needed shower gel so off we went to the toiletries aisle where I found this product sitting on the bottom of the shelf & at the cheap price for a 300ml bottle I picked one up as did my friend, then we both went & exchanged smug faces as we felt good about saving money!
Tesco Everyday Value Shower Gel can be found in many Tesco stores & online. It comes in a 300ml bottle which amazingly costs only 30p! The bottle is clear & flat on the top & bottom which is useful for when that little bit is still left in the bottle that you don't want to waste! The front label is written in lurid blue (matching the Shower Gel colour) & underneath this there a pictures of Baths, Showers, Taps, Towels, Rubber Ducks, Bubbles & Long Handled Brushes coloured in different shades of blue. Tesco say that this shower gel is '''formulated by skin care experts & approved by customers''' which might sound a little cheesy expecially for a value product. Tesco also say that this product is '''lightly fragranced.''' I would say that the fragrance isn't light at all, it's quite heavy as it lingers in the shower after use. However the fragrance isn't anyway unpleasant.
Upon opening the bottle there is a sturdy flip top lid which closes effectively too. The Shower Gel has a pleasant watermelony type fragrance, it's nice & smells like lip balm! When you squeeze the shower gel out of the bottle either onto your hand or body puff / sponge etc. the gel itself is gloopy, not silky smooth like Radox or even Sainsbury's ones. The gel comes easily out of the bottle & sits on a body puff really easily. Rubbing the gel onto your skin, you can feel it cleansing away & removing dirt away from your body & soon the gloopy blue gel turns into glorious white foam & lots of it! During the wash I always add water to the body puff & this in turn creates even more foam! The foam rinses away from my body & eventually the foam on the shower floor rinses way too & you can see all of the dirt buried in the foam.
After when my skin is dry it feels nice & clean & not sticky or unclean in any way. The smell lingers on the skin for a good hour or so after the shower & it keeps me nice & clean for a day or so.
Probably the cause of so much foam in the shower is because I use quite a bit in one go but at 30p it dosen't hurt to do so does it? The flat top is handy & the fact that it dosen't irritate my skin is good too. So would I recommend? Hell yeah!
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==Persil Small & Mighty Biological Laundry Liquid==
For laundry i'm one who is a powder type person, call me traditional if you want but I find that nothing else cleans as well or leaves the washing cleaner than normal, basic washing powder! It must stem from the family because my mum, nan & sister all like to use laundry powder, but only in Bio form. It was only until a year & a half ago that I got to use different detergents for then on doing my own washing. I then found that manufacturers made a colour version of powder & quickly noticed that my coloured clothes were'nt fading at all, unlike Bio Colour detergent have no bleach & in turn don't ruin clothes! Then I discovered liquid, again this had no bleaching agents in it & I urged mum to try it, since then she has used i constantly & noticed a difference in her colour fading. Now me I like to use a bit of both, powder for bedding & whites & liquid for coloured clothes (eg school uniform). There are only some laundry liquids out there that can achieve the whole package, & the Daz Regular liquid that mum uses I don't like, cleanings OK but the smell is way too powerful; much prefer the powder version!
There has been some talk over the last few years since liquids became popular that they are better for your washing machine. Well, I wont lie to you; in one way they are & in another way they are not. Liquids do pass through the washing machine pipes more easily, dissolve quicker, rinse out quicker, & are great for cold / fast washes but since they don't contain bleaching agents like Bio & Non Bio Powders / Tablets do none of the bacteria & dirt inside the washing machine is removed during the wash, so then causing a build up of slime, gunge & mould inside the drum, piped & hoses; Nice! So thats why most people recommend using a mixture of both, yes you might need to buy some more detergent but effectively you could be saving your washing machine from a slow & painful death if you just go that extra bit further.
I just thought I'd mention that as I have meant to write a review on this for a while, oh well but thats what writing other reviews does!
This Persil Small & Mighty is my first proper bottle of it, 6 years after launch! Yes it has taken so long just to buy some! I have used it before but only in little 1 wash sachets but I currently have the newest formula. Whilst out celebrating my Nans 80th Birthday we had to pass Costcutter on the way home & on the previous day I saw that they had Persil Small & Mighty on offer, so I called in & purchased some, & because it was a liquid mum got some too. They had other varietes of Persil but it was the Small & Mighty I wanted. They had Bio, Colour & Non Bio, but since non of them contain Bleach I didin't matter which one I bought! In the end I purchased the Bio version, the one in the green & white bottle. Costcutters price is £2.49 for the diddy 18 wash size. 28 wash is about £6 something!
Persil Small & Mighty Bio 18 wash comes in a bottle containing 630ml of blue watery laundry liquid. The bottle looks quite nice in it's green & white colour co-ordinations. Down the right side of the bottle there is a clear gage where you can see how much liquid you have used, quite handy! The back of the bottle has all of the instructions, more information about the 'wash booster' & how to use this product. Persil advertise their Small & Mighty at now being able to '''clean tough stains even in a quick wash''', due to the wash booster technology, which gives their best ever stain removal. Persil also advertise their product as being able to shift tough stains even at cold 15c water temperatures.
Since buying this laundry liquiid during Feb half term I have used it 3 times; 2 Washing Machine uses & 1 Handwash (well, semi automatic). I have used this Small & Mighty on normal School Uniform washes & on filthy White Bedding, all at the Quick Wash, 30c. Using this Persil is really easy. Simply take the dosing ball off (prise it off more like, took more than 5 minutes) & unscrew the cap. Then fill the ball to the desired dosing level. Either 35ml, for standard loads (4-5kg) or Soft / Medium Water, or use 52ml, for larger loads (6-8kg), dirtier loads or Hard Water. Upon opening the cap I was greeted with the most delightful fragrance, fresh but very flowery, not feminine or masculine in any way. I filled the ball to the desired level & pre-treated any stains, more on this in a sec. Then all you have to do is put the ball in with the washing, & off you go!
For my normal clothes, they came out nice & clean with 35ml of liquid & any small stains that may have been occuring in the wash have totally gone. I also used some of my new Lenor, which has 7x longer freshness, but the smell of Persil S&M Bio seemed to overpower it, as the Persil was all I could smell! Not a hint of Lenor at all! The bedding also came out great too, it's white with different tints of Green in it, & there were loads of stains; Blood mostly, Ink, Tea, Brown Water stains that had happened when it was last washed, & some Mud had got onto it when I put my bag on the bed after it had been sitting on the car floor! Yes just generally a mess! For the heavier blood stains I pre-treated them with a little Persil S&M, for the Ink I doused it in TESCO Everyday Value Hairspray & then filled up the ball to 52ml & placed it in the washer. Whilst the wash was happening Foam started to run down the door. Even though foam has nothing to do with cleaning, I still like to see some whilst the wash is going on! Hanging it outside Persil S&M had shifted all of the stains & it almost looked like I had washed it in Powder when I really hadn't, I was starting to get really pleased! For the semi-automatic washer, there were a few things that needed washing, including my PE top that was washed & still stunk & also my Topman T-Shirt that I had managed to get a small soup stain on the white bit. So I measured 17ml (a half cap) pre treated the stained area then poured the rest into the wash water. The water then turned a nice sea blue & whilst the clothes were going round, the kitchen again filled with this wonderful smell! After the spin, I hung the clothes outside & a couple of days later all I can smell if the wonderful soapy smell that this Persil offers me!
Persil Small & Mighty is a very high performing detergent that you only need the recommended amount of to produce astounding results. On whites, lights, colours & darks this Persil has performed brilliantly & I will most certainly buy it again, thanks to its ability to produce such amazing results on Quick Washes & Cold Washes!
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==TRESemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo==
If you're the type of person who uses hair products, you will know that overtime your hair will become dull & lifeless, due to you not thoroughly washing out those products. Even if its just styling products like Hair Mousse, Hairspray, Hair Gel, Wax, Gel Spray, Sraightening / Curling Cream & Heat Defence Spray. This type of dull hair due to product built up requires a shampoo that is thoroughly cleansing, a type of shampoo that after washing leaves your hair feeling squeaky! I was like this at one time, & as I swim, currently twice a week, chlorine does nothing for hair either, apart from leaving it dry & dirty feeling. Whilst out shopping, in ASDA I spied TRESemme's Deep Cleansing Shampoo, & I thought that this might do considering it was for all hair types!
TRESemme is a hair care brand that we all know of, they produce everything from Hairdryers to Styling Products, so they have everything you could possibly want for hair. Only recently were they purchased by Unilever who produces the Shampoo / Conditioner & Styling Products side of it, whilst BaByliss (or Conair Group Ltd) produces the electrical side of it. TRESemme advertise themself as having professional products at supermarket prices. The Deep Cleansing Shampoo is part of the Cleanse & Replenish Range which includes this shampoo, C&R Remoisturise Conditioner & C&R 2in1 Shampoo / Conditioner. The prices for this shampoo are the usual TRESemme price, £4.69 for a 900ml in TESCO & £3.58 for a 500ml, also in TESCO. ASDA currently have 900ml bottles for £2 & I bought my 500ml bottle of Deep Cleansing from ASDA, which was £3.48, normal price. Savers have 900ml TRESemme for £2.69, also normal price, which is great value for a product like this.
TRESemme bottles are easy to recognise, their tall, fat & circular bottles sit amongst other shampoos & conditioners in many stores. The bottles are distinguishable black colour & look very professional, almost too posh to have on the side of the bath. Shampoo bottles are black with white writing & Conditioner bottles are white with black writing, so no mix ups where you accidentally apply Conditioner before Shampoo! TRESemme state that Deep Cleansing shampoo clarifies hair to remove build up & restores your hairs natural vitality. Further more they say that the formulation is gentle enough for daily use & contains Vitamin C, even though I have no idea what its for!
Unlike most shampoos which are creams, this shampoo is a thick blue gel, which if you're not careful can be sucked back in to the bottle! You only need a little bit to massage into wet hair & this little bit produces lots of lather that has a lovely salon scent! I normally wash my hair twice & the second wash tends to produce more bubbles than the first time. After you have left on for a few minutes as stated, I start to rinse & it only takes a minute of so before all of the shampoo has rinsed out of my hair. Hair has a squeaky feel that can only be described as using very cheap soap on skin! The squeaky effect dosent last long, but it certainly leaves your hair feeling very clean, perfect for when you've accidentally over done it with the dry shampoo! You certainly need a good conditioner with this product, as otherwise your hair will feel like straw when dry! This has a plus point though, it shows what hair conditioners do what they say, so its fun to use!
The only trouble is though, that overtime this shampoo will make a few strands of hair dry & brittle, but this hasent prevented me from using it, as it really does provide a deep clean when either after applying too many styling products, overdoing with the dry shampoo, or removing chlorine from hair. This Shampoo might not be for everybody, but for a lot of people this shampoo might be the perfect answer, for either the reasons above, or it might be cheaper than your usual shampoo. So I say, go ahead, you might be surprised!
==Dove Moisturising Cream Bar Beauty Soap==
When it comes to keeping ourselves clean, soap bars have been used for generations & over time soap has changed, rather than hard bars that were originally released, soap became softer, & much more of a pleasure to use. I think that every household uses soap, at least 1 or 2 bars a month. In my house, we use all different soap brands. Normmally mine is the cheapest of the lot, not as expensive as a £1 Nivea Bar Twin Packs, or nowhere near as the price of Mums L'Occitane! Instead, mine is normally 11p TESCO Everyday Value Soap, or Wilko Cream Beauty Soap, which is only 39p a bar & is very similar to a Dove bar in looks, smell, texture & performance. However, when I saw that Savers had single Dove Original Cream Bars for 39p, (not special offer!), same price as the Wilko version, I decided it was time to give the Original & World Famous Dove Cream Bar a go.
Dove Cream Bar was orignally launched in the UK in 1955, & has since grown to become one of the best selling soaps across the world. In India in 2011 Dove became India's most trusted brand, particularly for the cheap prices (not like here in the UK though!) However that shows that Dove is a trusted brand & have branched out into a lot more than just soap. Dove Cream Bars (all of them) are famous for their slogan, '''with 1/4 moisturising cream''' which always ring into my mind when Dove Cream Bars are being talked about. Plus for the price it didn't hurt to try it out, even if I didn't like it in the end! Trust Savers to do Dove at that price though! Dove Soap also comes in Exfoliating (which I have tried & will review at some point), lightly fragranced, with shea butter, with shea butter & vanilla extract & they now even make one for men, aswell as the Original.
Dove Original Cream Bar comes in a white & dark blue box which has the Dove logo, & plenty of information, all in different languages. You can smell the soap through the box & to be fair the soap smells divine, much nicer than the Bargain Basement TESCO Everyday Value one! If I had to put a scent on the product, it smells like Dove Shower Cream, a really nice, comforting, light, airy scent, quite satisfying actually. The Soap when out of the box is white & is not like usual soaps, it's sort of 'hunched', where one side is pushed inwards & the other side sticks out.. In fact, I prefer this design as it makes holding in your hand whilst in use really easy. The pushed out side of the soap grips into my left hand easily whilst in rubbing the bar to create foam. The Bar is a nice size that fits into any soap dish & the soap looks quite contemporary on the side of the bath / shower or wash basin.
This is one of the few soap that dosen't leave your skin feeling sticky after a bath, meaning you have to re shower, to get rid of the sticky residue. After a shower or bath, skin feels lovely & clean, whilst moisturised with a lovely light fragrance. For a bath this Soap is a pleasure to use, plus you can use this soap quite early on in your bath if you wish, i'm pleased to say that this soap does not kill any bubbles so you can use it straightaway, if you like. However, I use Soap in my bath quite later on, as I like to relax first, with the bubbles, but this soap kills no bubbles so theres one factor. Lathering up is good too, it hadly takes long to rub with this soap before the bubbles start flowing, and theres lots of them indeed! You can feel the soap cleansing your skin as you rub it in, then skin is left clean after a quick rinse. Normally i'm not one for using soap for anything else apart from bath use & hands if the handwash has run out, but when we went on holiday Mum overloaded the suitcases again which meant that I had to cut back on what toiletries I was taking. She was going on about shower gels being to heavy so in the end I took a new bar of Dove soap with me on Holiday in my hand luggage. Now i'm not one for Soap as face wash as the only time I did that I got skin irritation! So I was a bit deuvious about this, & also i'd had never used soap in the shower before. But whilst on Holiday the Soap came out tops, in the shower it lathered just as well as it did back at home & I was left with lovely clean skin, whilst for my face, the Soap is nice & gentle & dosen't make my face itch. Infact it was so good I didn't need to use any face moisturisers that I had bought with me!
This soap is well worth the 39p I paid for it. However I wont be buying it from TESCO where they sell it in a twin pack for £1.27! This soap is really gentle on my skin & is perfect for bath usage, great for when you don't want the bubbles to dissipate so quickly! So yes I recommend, as long as you buy it from Savers, otherwise I would definately be going back to my Wilko Soap!
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==Also a belated happy new year & sorry for my lack of review writing, been away for a city break!==
==Batiste Dry Shampoo - Fresh==
If you have read my Wilko dry shampoo review, then you will notice that I use Dry Shampoo nearly everyday so that my hair doesn't look like l never wash it! Batiste is one that you see on the shelves in all Supermarkets, Chemists, Pharmacies and even in Corner Shops sometimes. For me the Original Batiste has a nice smell as well as working good on revitalising hair but it sadly does come at a price! I mean, l would rather carry on buying Wilko dry shampoo, but when Batiste is on offer, or is priced really cheaply then l do buy Batiste instead! Boots did have Batiste on offer some time ago now, and l was going to buy a 400ml can of Batiste Original, but I didn't have enough money, so then I picked up the 'Fresh' variety, which was on offer for £1.99, £1 off the original price. Batiste Fresh is the same price as the Original normally.
On the Batiste website, they describe the Fresh variety as a unisex dry shampoo, apparently for blokes and babes alike. They also say that this dry shampoo refreshes hair whilst making it feel thicker too, but just remember to share nicely. The can is easy to spot on the shelf. Like the multi coloured twisted lines like the original, Fresh has a light blue background, covered with white, light blue, dark blue and light green squiggly lines. The 'less is more' technique comes in for the design of this can, it's simple but is easy to see and spot on the shelf. The can only comes in a 200ml size and is currently on offer in Tesco at £1.99 for a 200ml can, whilst Superdrug have a 200ml can on offer for £1.45.
I will say that this Dry Shampoo has a really nice fragrance to it, not one that's sickly or sweet, it's just nice and suits men and women alike. The fragrance smells a bit like Glade Clean Linen air freshener, just not as powerful, which is a nice smell. Plus the fragrance lasts all day too. You can smell it throughout the day and whilst I'm writing this review, having used it this morning, I can still smell that fresh bedding smell now! The smell is nicer than the Original, which to be fair smells like Nivea Creme, which isn't unpleasant in any way, just that's what the smell reminds me of! This however is one that I like, the smel that is.
For the performance or revitalising hair, this product does a fairly good job, but like Wilko one only lasts a few hours before I need to reapply. Application is really easy, all you need to do is spray onto you roots, massage and style, that's all there is to it. I normally have a spare hairbrush for when I use dry shampoo, as this one makes my hairbrush smell funny. I usually brush my hair first, just to make sure there's no tangles before I start spraying. I then shake the can, then spray on my roots all around my head. I then follow by rubbing my hair and then just brushing into my usual style. Dry shampoo works as an excellent base for hair mousse as you can apply this then follow with mousse and a blow dry from your hair dryer. Doing this actually revitalises your hair a lot, and dry shampoo works excellent with all sorts of styling products, including gel spray.
Probably the best thing about this dry shampoo is the smell. It's a nice, clean and crisp smell that is suitable for men and women alike. The revitalising power is ok, not great but when used with other styling products and / or a blow dryer, it works well. The price, unless on offer, one I would avoid, but for £1.99, Batiste Fresh was worth a try!
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==Alberto Balsam Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner==
On & off for years l have used Alberto Balsam's range of Shampoos & Conditioners, I find they represent great value for money & also good for those people who are budgeting, who are skint or for those who have lots of little heads to wash! The first product l tried from their range was there Tea Tree & Mint Shampoo, which l didn't think much of, & I kept buying the expensive brands like Herbal Essences & Pantene. But, I still keep going back to Alberto Balsam, I don't know why, but I just keep going back. I find that for £1 for a 400ml bottle, the products last so long, plus the fact that the bottles are lovely colours & that the fragrances are absolutely delightful! Over the years I have tried about 5 different kinds; Tea Tree & Mint, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Mandarin & Green Apple, the last two are absolute lush!
Like other Alberto Balsam Shampoo & Conditioner collections, you can find the Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner in many places, such as B&M Bargains, Home Bargains, Savers, Wilkinsons, Boots, Superdrug, all good Supermarkets & even Corner Shops for around a £1 per bottle. I like the fact that anywhere you look, they're on offer, for example; 4 bottles for £3, 3 bottles for £2, 2 bottles for £1.80 & if you look in B&M Bargains & Savers then they have the twin pack (1 Shampoo & 1 Conditioner) for £1.69. You could also always pay with your Superdrug or Boots Loyalty Card points, 99 Superdrug Points or 100 Boots Points! The bottles themselves are pretty hard to miss on the shelves. The Tea Tree Tingle is a nice leaf colour which you can see miles off! The average price of £1 is also good to those money savers, or tightwads who refuse to buy anything else other than this! Many supermarkets own brands of Shampoo & Conditioner are actually more expensive than this, which is actually really weird because you would think that this would be more expensive!
The bottles are really hard wearing & stand out on the side of the bath, for example if you drop the bottle whilst your in the shower, then it wont break, regardless of which part the bottle lands on. The top of the lid is flat, which allows you stand the bottle upside down when there is a tiny bit left in the bottle that you don't want to waste! The bottles are very informative, & they tell you everything you need to know about the product, including some nicely put instructions on how to use!
Whilst using in the showe the bottle dosen't slip out of your hand, despite the fact they don't have any grips. The flip top is another ingenious idea, it's so easy to open you can do it with the same hand you are holding the bottle with! The bottle dosen't take much squeezing for reasonable amount of conditioner to come out & l use an amount the size of a 2 pence piece, so not much at all. Spreading it throughout my hair, I can smell the mintyness of the conditioner, rather than the tea tree that the bottle says it contains. You can instantly feel the conditioner making your hair feel soft & detangled & when l run a wide toothed comb through my hair, it's easily done so. Rinsing it out is simple, it only takes a few moments to thoroughly rinse the Conditioner out of my hair, whilst using cold water.
When my hair is damp after being towel dried, it feels soft & smells really nice, plus it's not tangled so I can get a brush through easily enough. After blow drying & then using some serum to calm my hair down (just my general faffing around) my hair feels nice & soft & the minty smell lingers, but not for long. The only trouble is, I bought this conditioner becuase I thought it would work to keep my greasy roots at bay for a while, as I hate the thought of not using conditioner on my hair as it makes my hair dry! Shamefully this dosen't work for Greasy Hair, but for normal hair, it's fine
So, in all, this Hair Conditioner works well for normal hair, but for Greasy Hair, it did'nt work as well as I hoped it would. I will continue to use this product, as it does work for softening & detangling hair, as well as the fact that i'm actually in love with the scent!
Alberto Balsam Juicy Green Apple Conditioner here l come...
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