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My partner and I have never watched a huge amount of television, so we knew that we didn't want to pay a monthly subscription for extra channel or benefits, but we found that we were constantly missing the programmes we did want to watch. After looking into our options I decided to invest in a Freeview+ box for us. After shopping around and looking for one which we could buy on a budget I settled to this Hitachi model.
We purchased our box from eBay for around £50. I felt that this was a very reasonable price, as it had a 250gb hard drive, and some others with simlar amounts of storage were more than double the price. Our box came in neat packaging; a cardboard box with polystyrene packaging to ensure the box was kept safe. To set the box up you simply needed to plug in the power cord (supplied), and connect it to your TV with the scart cable (also supplied). You can then scan for chanels and get watching! The box also comes wth a remote, and 2 AA batteries to get it working. I appreciate the gesture as nobody likes having to run around looking for batteries when they get something new.
This freeview+ bo allows you to record programmes at the touch of a button. You are able to record 2 programmes at once, or record one programme and watch another. If you decide to record 2 programmes at the same time you will either have to watch one, or watch something that has already been recorded onto the hard drive. This isn't usually a problem for us, but I suppose it could be for those with a big family at prime time.
The box has an 8 day TV guide which allows you to see all programmes on each channel, as well as giving you a small description of each. You have the option to record the programme, or to set a timer to record the whole series of that programme. This can be particularly helpful if you don't want to be constantly setting a programme to record - I use it regularly. Once a programme is recorded it can be found in the 'Library'. here you have the option to watch it, delete it, and just keep it. A small bar along the bottom of the lbrary shows you how much memory each programme uses, and how much you have left.
The box is black, and very slim. It has a small display on the front which can show 4 digits - either the channel number, or the time. It fits very neatly onto a TV stand and is very discreet if you would prefer it to be kept out of the way.
The box is very easy to programme and scan for channels. We had to rescan ours a couple of times during the freeview switch over, and it was extremely easy - you simply go to the option on the menu.
The only problem we have encountered with the box is that it sometimes freezes when it's in standby. It has a setting whch means after 2 horus of being on without any buttons being pressed, or channels changed, it will ask you if you want to keep it on. If you do not repsond in 2 minutes then the box will automatically turn off and go into standby, showing the time on the front of it. This has only happened on a few occassions, but I have come downstairs some mornings to find the clock has frozen during the night, and the box needs to be unplugged and plugged back in again. This has never affected the way it works though, but we have never had a programme set to record at this time so I am unsure whether that would be affected.
All in all, the box is extremely easy to use, and I would very much recommend it. It's quite basic compared to some other freeview+ boxes, but it does it's job, and I think it's been very good value for money.
Razors are something I don't enjoy having to spend money on, I find some of them to be ridiculously priced and really bad value for money. I've used Gillette Agilite razors many times now, as they are regularly on offer. They usually cost in the region of £3 for a pack of 8, but I bought some a month or two ago from Tesco which were buy 1 get 1 free, meaning I got much more for my money!
The razors come in a plastic wrapper, which is easy to open. The razors are clipped into a plastic holder withint the wrapper - I usually take mine out for easier storage in the bathroom, but keeping them in would be useful if you had the space.
The razors are turquoise in colour, and all have a clear plastic safety cover over the blades. These are easily removed, and can be placed back on again if needed. Next to the blades is a purple strip, which is designed to run across your skin as you shave. The purple strip is meant to contain vitamin E and aloe vera - both are used to help calm the skin, and soothe it from irritation, as shaving isn't always kind of the skin. I find the strip to be okay, it's not something that I notice a huge amont when shaving. However, if I am using a razor again and leave it in the bathroom I have found that the strips go gooey and start to peel away from the razor, which can be very annoying!
To use, the razors are very comfortable. The handles are chunky enough to get a good grip of, and the plastic doesn't feel too cheap. They give you a close shave, and can easily be reused on your legs a few times before they need to be thrown away. I have used these razors under my arms too, and they have been great - absoutely no problems there. I don't find that I cut myself very often with these razors, compared to others, so the blade on them are set up comfortably enough for you to run them over your skin quickly without causing any cuts.
A pack of 8 will easily last me 1-2 months, with regualr use. I find that each razor can be used a couple of times under arms, and a couple more on legs - still giving quite a close shave. I would toroughly recommend them to anyone, and I'm quite sure that they work out much better value that a non-dispoable razor with expensive refill blades.
I drive long distances quite regularly, and as someone who doesn't want to have to rely on a map while on the motorway I like to use a sat nav. We previously had a tomtom, but on starting my last longer journey I couldn't get it to turn on, resign to the fact that it had finally reached the end of it's lifespan I nipped into the local Tesco buy try and find a good dela on a satnav I could use for my journey.
I found this tomtom for £99, which I felt was very reasonable. It was on a 'Save £10' offer, so would usually be £109 from Tesco. The plus side of this was that I also got almost £2 worth of clubcard points with the purchase too. My sat nav also came wth a 1 year electrical guarantee from Tesco, which is reassuring to have.
The tomtom comes in a small, and compact box. It is white, with a picutre of teh sat nav on the front and details of the maps included. Upon opening the box you will find your sat nav nestled in a white plastic casing. If you lift the casing up, you will find the included pieces of equipment. These are the in car charger, and the USB cable - both a necessity with this type of device. My tomtom also included an instrcution manual, with basic instructions on how to set up up on it's first use.
To plug it in while in the car is very simple, you just plug the in car charger into the unit, and plug the charger into the cigarette lighter of your car. The lighter plug is reasonably sized, so you shouldn't have any problems with it fitting in your car - I know tis can be an issue with some cars which have their cigarette lighter just unerneath their handbake.
To attach the sat nav to your windscreen you use the built in suction cup that is on the back of the device. There is a gummy circle which pulls out of the sat nav. You hold the circle onto your windscreen and turn the button behind it, this creates suction and allows the sat nav to stick to your windscreen. To revmove the sat nav you simply twist the button and the suction cup will unstick itself. The great thing about this is that you don't need top worry about the suction cup falling off while you're drving, or making sure that the suctioncup will stick properly to your windscreen - the new button which you turn makes it extremely secure.
The sat nav comes preloaded with a map, which was just what needed, as with a very long journey ahead of me I didn't have time to go home and update it. However, the sat nav does come with 1 free map update and 1 free speed camera update. To make use of these you simply plug your sat nav into a computer using the usb cable provided and follow the instructions. You will be required to download a program called 'TomTom Home', qhich enables you to back up the maps on your sat nav, use it on your computer, and download new maps and updates, including 'fun' things such as novelty voice overs (I've seen a Homer Simpson one!)
The sat nav itself is very easy to use, and even those less-technical minded peopel should be able to work it without any problems. To set your destination, you simply input your choice of details - city, postcode, road name or address. You will then be able to pick your destination from those listed. The map which is on screen gives you the option of either being 2D or 3D, this is entirely down to personal choice and just whoch one you like the look of best - I prefer 3D.
You are able to save your home address easily, for quick navigation back to base, and can also add favourite addresses which you travel to regularly - ths saves havng to reinput their details in everytime to travel there.
The voice over for this sat nav isn't overly annoying - you can forget the mad lady shouting at you when you miss your turn, it's far more relaxed than that! I do tend to have the sound off though, unless I've never driven on that route before. The picture is extremely clear, and all the details shown on screen are enough on their own.
You are shown:
The speed limit (when known)
The direction of your next turn (eg, a left arrow for a left turn)
Your estimated time of arrival
The remaining time of your journey
The remaining number of miles on your journey
The sat nav will also show you any speed cameras along your journey (not that you should be speeding anyway!)
I have found this sat nav to be excellent when driving, it has shown me exactly where to go, and maps have been extremely accurate and it has taken me over thousands of miles of travelling with no problems at all. I would thoroughly recommend it. It is a very reasonable price, for a very good peice of equipment.
When we first got our cat she was into kitty junk food... the big brands which spend loads of money on advertising and next to nothing on good quality ingredients. So, I went on a hunt for a good quality cat food. After trying out a few, and gradually finding better and better brands I finally settled on feeding Applaws. By this point we had a second cat, so I was getting double the feedback!
Applaws is a dry, complete pet food. It is available in 400g, 2kg and 7.5kg bags. The packaging is usually a white plastic type bag, with a zip lock opening. I found this to be very handy on the smaller bags, but when it came to the 7.5kg bags (of which I've used a couple) the zip came straight off the runners on eachside of teh bag, and could be easily reattached again - which was a pain as keeping 7.5kg of food fresh is more important than 400g which will be used much quicker.
The great thing about Applaws is that it has a very high meat content - 80% chicken. The remaning 20% is made up of vegetables and natural extracts. It also contains:
- No additives
- No grains/cereals
- No fillers (corn etc.)
- Natural probiotics, to help maintain a healthy digestive tract
- Cranberry extract to help maintain a healthy urinary tract - this is particula-rly helpful if your cat has ever suffered from urinary infections.
- It is naturally preserved with Vitamin E and Rosemary oil
- Enriched with Mineral DHA EPA
One of the main things I wanted in a cat food was for it to be free of filers and cereals/grain. There is a lot that can be hidden in brown kibbles, and it's very realising to know that there are very few ingredients in Applaws dry food.
The feeding recommendations for an average weight cat (3-5kg) is 40-60g per day. My cats are in the 4kg region, so I feed them 50g per day each, and they go crazy for it! My cats are by no means fussy, but their response to this food is insane. As soon as I go near the cupboard for it they're at my feet meowwing for food. Since having Applaws they generally look much healthier, they have shiny and super soft coats, they don't have any funny poos and their teeth are in better condition compared to when they were eating kitty junk food.
This food is actually quite widely available, and I bought my first 400g bag from Pets at Home. The main problem is, in shops like Pets at Home, it's extrmely pricey. If you shop around you will be very suprised with the price differences:
Direct from Applaws Online:
400g - £3.19
2kg - £14.97
7.5kg - £42.79
From Pet Supermarket Online:
400g - £2.71
2kg - £10.20
7.5kg - £29.16
+ 5% Quidco Cashback, £5 discount for new customers when you spend over a certain amount.
Shopping around will save you a lot in the long run! Having two cats, a 7.5kg bag lasts me between 75-100 day, with wet food as an occassional treat, which is much cheaper than you may initially think.
I would very much recommend this food, as I think it's ne of the best quality complete foods available for cats. They love it, and they are in great condition now that they are off the kitty junk food!
I have two cats, and have always been quite careful when picking cat food. Most 'big' brands are actually very poor quality, and spend more money on advertising that the actual food and ingredients. They also cntain many fillers and grains, which aren't needed by cats. After looking at various brands, I finally settled on feeding my cats Applaws cat food. Applaws is available in wet and dry, and this review is about their Tuna and Prawn wet food.
The food is available in tins only, they are widely available in a 70g size but can also be found in 156g sized tins. It can be found at popular pet stores, including Pets at Home which charge 81p for a 70g tin. I prefer to buy my cat food in large orders, and regularly buy multipacks of Applaws wet food, this means you can pay as low as 60p for a 70g tin, and maybe even less if you have a discount code or voucher. I find that Pet Supermarket (online) are very good value for money, as are Pets at Home if you have a 10% off voucher and go through Quidco for 5% cashback.
The (fully recyclable) cans have a ring pull - which is very helpful, as the 70g ones are quite small and I wouldn't want to fiddle about trying to open them with a can opener. The food itself is suprisingly chunky, it doesn't contain any jelly or odd lookig things, just flakes of tuna and small prawns. The food is in a little 'cooking water' which keeps it moist. For anyone worried about the 'lumpy' prawns, they are very soft and even if your cat was to swallow one whole it would be okay. I prefer my cats to have chunky food which they can chew on because they've very greedy and don't really give their teeth much of a work out - which isn't healthy. Having larger chunks means that they have no choice but to chew, which helps to keep those teeth clean!
The food itself does smell a little fishy, but then it is pretty much just fish so you can't expect much else. It's not a disgusting, or unbearable smell, but it is a little fishy. The food doesn't contain any rubbish, and teh ingredients list is:
Cooking Water 24%
Which is very simple, and lets you know exactly what is going into you kitty. This food does not contain any artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, taste enhancers, glucose or added vitamins, and the company only uses fish which are caught by ecologically sound means in pure open waters of the ocean. This means that you can be sure that you cat is eating a good quality food which doesn't contain any rubbish.
One of my cats, although very greedy, can be a little fussy about food. I have had absolutely no problems when feeding Applaws food (wet or dry), and they are always at my feed meowing as I dish up dinner for them. 1 4kg cat should find that two 70g tins is enough feed them for a day. This can be switched around with dry food too, to ensure a variety of textures and flavours. Since feeding my cats Applaws they look healthier than ever, their coats are shiny and soft the they just egenerally look very healthy and happy.
Overall, I would very much recommend Applaws. It is quite pricey, but is exceptional quality and my cats adore it.
I've never been very lucky with cleansers, most seem to either dry my skin out or make em break out in spots. One of the best ones I have tried though, is this one. Clarins Gentle Foaming cleanser is exactly what it's name describes, it's a gentle cleanser, which foams well and cleans your face.
There are actually three versions of this Cleanser - one for dry/sensitive skin, one for normal/combination skin, and one for combination/oily skin. I have tried two versions, and I use the one for 'normal/combination skin' most often. I usually purchase mine from eBay, as I find it is usually much cheaper on there than from a shop or 'official Clarins outlet'. Directly from Clarins this cleanser costs £16.34 for 125ml of cleanser, I usually pay around £10/12 for it from eBay. The cleanser comes in a white tube, with a flip top lid. It's esay to store as it can stand on the side of the bath/shower, and as it's placed on it's lid you never have to shake the tube towards the end.
This cleanser contains the following active ingredients:
Gypsophila extract - this helps to create a fine and lightweight cleansing foam.
Polymnia - this ingredient preserves the skin's moisture balance.
Cottonseed - this helps to soften the skin.
To use the cleanser you simply apply a small amount (no more than a 5 pence piece) to your wet face. Gentle rub it over your skin to create a little lather, avoiding the delicate eye area, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. It doesn't have a very strong smell at all, and has a mild soapy scent - it's quite pleasant. A tube usually lasts me a good 3 months, used once daily.
After using this cleanser my skin feels soft, and moisturised, it also feels extremely clean. The great thing about it, which seems to set it apart from other cleansers for me, is that it doesn't dry my skin out - even when used daily. I have also found that it has helped my spot prone skin no end, as it cleans my face without drying it out.
Overall, this is a pricey cleanser, but it lasts for a very long time and have excellent results. I would very much recommend it to people - especially as there is a variety for every skin type. If you would like to try it without paying for a full bottle then sample sized tubes are usually available on eBay for a fraction of the price. 4/5 stars for me, as it has a bit of a price tag!
I'm a big lover of Lush when it comes to a bath time treat, but I must admit their bath bombs/ballistics haven't always been for me - I'm a big fan of a bubbly bath. I do however occasionally use a ballistic if it looks particularly nice, or if I buy one included in a Lush gift set - which is how I came to get my Sex Bomb. Sex Bomb is a 200g ballistic (Lush's best sized ballistics are 200g in my opinion!), and it costs £2.99. Now, compared to many supermarket bought bath products £2.99 for a single use bath product is very expensive - but it makes for a nice luxury every now and then.
Sex Bomb is very nice to look at for a ballistic, it isn't just a single colour bore. It has two layers - a main pink body, with a purple top. Inside the purple top is a neatly placed flower made of rice paper. If you're purchasing your Sex Bomb from a Lush store it might pay to have a rummage around the display, s I regularly see Sex Bombs missing their flower - and there won't be any discounts for ones without it, so you might as well get what you pay for!
Sex Bomb has a very distinct scent. I've personally never appreciated it while shopping in a Lush store as being in one is always like having a party up my nose - I find it difficult to focus on one particular smell when there's so many floating around. When I was able to smell Sex Bomb on it's on I absolutely loved the scent. As it's name suggests, it's a very sexy smell, and is strong without being overpowering. It's main scent is Jasmine, with hints of Clary Sage and Ylang Ylang.
To use sex Bombs you simply drop it into a pre-run bath. I was very impressed when I use mine. Generally I find ballistics just fizz away very quickly leaving me with pale coloured water and a small hint of scent - Sex Bomb is much better than this. It immediately turned my bath water a vibrant pink, but didn't stain it once emptied. The scent wafted around the bathroom, and left me feeling extremely relaxed.
The water itself felt silky and soft on my skin, which was down to the soya milk Sex Bomb contained. The scent from this ballistic didn't just fade after a few minutes, it was there for the entire bath. It did seem slightly weaker as my nose adjusted to it, but it was most definitely still there - which is an improvement on many of the ballistics I've tried. The rice paper flower floated around in the pink water, which was a nice touch, and easily dissolved when touched so didn't clog up the plug hole.
After using Sex Bomb I felt extremely relaxed, and had a thoroughly enjoyable bath. My skin was also very soft. This is a ballistic I would recommend to anyone as a treat, and with such a sensual scent - why not make it a bath for two?
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Sodium Sesquicarbonate, Perfume, Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Synthetic Musk, Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum), Clary Sage Oil (Salvia sclarea), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 18050, Colour 61585, Rice Paper Flower (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I regularly use Lush's product, and am always happy to try something new. One of the latest products I've been using is their hand cream, called Helping Hands. Helping Hands is available from Lush's website, Lush mail order and any Lush store. It currently costs £3.95 for 45g or £6.10 for 100g.
I have the 45g portion of Helping Hands, which comes in a black bottle that has a pump top dispensing lid. This is extremely convenient as it is very portable and can be used without having to open any lids - the 100g portion comes in a black pot with a screw top lid.
Helping Hands has an odd smell to me. It is scented with a mix of lavender and almond, but I don't find either of these scents overly strong in my bottle. It's not an over powering smell, nor is it off putting, but I find it quite unusual. The cream itself has a normal hand cream consistency, creamy without being too heavy or oily. It rubs into my hands easily and sinks in quickly without leaving any sticky residues.
Helping Hands contain many, many ingredients. Here are the benefits of some:
Camomile Water - For natural care and protection, especially for sensitive skin. Great at preventing against moisture loss and soothing skin.
Alkanet Extract - An anti inflammatory, also used to help give Helping Hands it's pink colour.
Cocoa Butter - A natural emmolient which helps to soften the skin.
Shea Butter - Also a natural emmolient and is believed to help protect skin against UVB rays.
I found Helping Hands is excellent to use after washing up or doing anything which really dries your hands out. It's effects have lasted long after application on me and it's been great in the cold and windy weather, as my hands always seem to suffer. It doesn't leave any scent on my hands, and once applied it doesn't linger on my skin, but sinks straight in and makes them wonderfully soft.
I would definitely recommend trying this product, and investing in a small 45g pump bottle of it. It's a good addition to my hand bag and I will continue to use it long after my current bottle is finished!
VEGETARIAN, Chamomile Water (Anthemis nobilis), Linseed Mucilage (Linum usitatissimum), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Glycerine, Stearic Acid, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Triethanolamine, Honey, Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), African Marigold Oil (Tagetes erecta), Perfume, Alkanet Extract (Alkanna tinctoria), *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben, Propylparaben (*Occurs naturally in essential oils)
I'm a big fan of Lush, and particularly enjoy their seasonal products. They usually have very good choice of products at Christmas, and there's usually something for everyone. This year I decided to purchase some 'So White' ballistics. These ballistics cost £1.80 for 90g, but prices do vary from year to year. For £1.80 this does seem like a quite an expensive bath product in general, but for Lush it's a reasonably priced ballistic.
So White is white (of course!), and sphere shaped. Some people may be familiar with big chunky bath ballistics which totally fill your hand when held, So White is one of the 'compact' ballistics, which is much smaller. It costs less than the larger ballistics, but I personally don't think it gives you better value or a better bath in smaller sizes.
To use a ballistic you simply drop it into a pre-run bath. It will then fizz and float around dissolving as it does, and releasing it's scent and colour into your bath. So White has a distinct apple scent, and as a fruit lover I love it! As the ballistic fizzed through the bath I found that the scent was wafted around my bathroom a little, and made it smell gorgeous, this did fade over time though and after about 15 minutes I could no longer smell the apple scent very well.
So White is also a slightly different ballistic in that it creates a small amount of foam while it fizzes, which makes it far more interesting that other ballistics which I usually find quite boring after they have fizzed. The foam did melt away over time, but it was nice to have something other than just coloured water when using a ballistic. As So White is white it doesn't give the bath water a distinctive colour, but instead turns is a very slightly cloudy/milky colour.
So White comes as a 'naked' product, which means it has no packaging. You will need to store it somewhere air tight and dry to prevent losing smell. I sugest wrapping it in cling film.
After using a So White I find that my skin is very soft and moisturised, to the point where I don't actually need to use a body moisturiser afterwards unless I want to, which is a big bonus. The scent has never really lingered for me, which is a little disappointing, but I don't usually expect it from smaller ballistics.
Overall, I really like So White, but would definitely advise using the whole ballistic in the bath as any less and you really wouldn't be able to notice the effect very well. I'm going to give it 3 stars, as although it smells gorgeous I don't think it's particularly good value for money when it's so small.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Perfume, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Bergamot Oil (Citrus Aurantium bergamia), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Neroli Oil (Citrus Aurantium amara), Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Limonene, *Linalool}
Not so long ago I washed my ironing board cover, and accidentally shrunk it. Upon looking for a replacement I was surprised to see how expensive some are, and decided to opt for a cheap version - the Argos value ironing board cover. This costs a mere £1.99, which is very low priced compared to th majority of covers which cost over £5.
The cover comes in a plain, clear, plastic packaging. Upon taking it out I found that the cover was quite thin, but I think that is to be expected from such a value product. The cover that I received had the same pattern on it as the one pictured on the Argos website. It was white with blue balls all over it, which resembled disco balls.
The cover has an elasticated edge, and to attach it to your ironing board you simply stretch it over and allow the elasticated edge to sit underneath the board, securing it. This is here I encountered a huge problem - the cover was too small for my ironing board. I have an average sized ironing board, which if anything is on the small size.
I did check the ironing board cover's measurement prior to purchasing it, but when I measured my board and it was slightly different I dismissed it as a fault on Argos's website, as I didn't think they would make an ironing board cover too small for the average board - but it seems that they do.
I did manage to iron a few items using the cover (it wasn't easy!) and it was awfully thin, leaving the lattice imprint from the ironing board on all the clothing because it wasn't doing it's job properly.
I would not recommend this ironing board cover at all, and it really is a case of getting what you pay for. I would really suggest that it's best to pay slightly more for a better standard of product,. I'm going to give this 1 stars
I recently purchased a 'Mrs. Whippy' from Lush. It's a relatively new ballistic, which only came into their stores a few months ago. It costs £2.50 for a 90g ballistic and can be bought from any Lush store, Lush online and Lush mail order. This is about the average price for a Lush ballistic, but does seem expensive for a product aimed as a single use ballistic.
Mrs. Whippy is very much an ice cream inspired product. It is shaped like the ice cream would be on top of a Mr. Whippy ice cream cone. It is white in colour, with fluorescent pink sprinkles on top of it. It has a sweet smell, much like ice cream and sweeties, mainly due to the Tonka Absolute it contains - but also creamy, which stops it from being so over powering and sickly.
To use a Mrs. Whippy you simply drop it into a pre-run bath. It will then fizz away in the water and reveal it's inner layer of pink, and it should in theory almost create a pattern in the water as it fizzes and bobs around. This ballistic does create a small amount of frothy bubbles, which makes it a little more interesting than the average ballistic, but these bubbles aren't particularly strong and don't last for very long, instead my bubbles turned to a soapy foam on top of the water.
The problem I had with Mrs. Whippy was that it was so delicate! I purchased more than one and it broke so easily. The outer white shell just crumbled away from the pink inner section. Although I think that Lush may be working on this, I think that this ballistic is just particularly delicate and you must be prepared to take extra care when storing it!
The scent of Mrs. Whippy is very nice, and it wafts around the bathroom once it's placed in the bath. It does tend to fade as the bath goes on, but I think that's common with most ballistic type products which don't have an overly strong scent. The water turns a slight pink colour when Mrs. Whippy is in the bath, but that colour change isn't very dramatic at all and more a creamy, cloudy colour.
I did enjoy this ballistic, but I didn't find it particularly great value for just the one bath. It was also extremely delicate and I would have liked for it to be a little tougher and easier to store. I'm going to give it 3 stars.
Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Soya Milk Powder (Glycine soja), Tapioca Flour, Perfume, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Fairtrade Sugar, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocoa Absolute (Theobroma cacao), Tonka Absolute (Dipteryx odorata), Almond Essential Oil (Prunus dulcis), Buchu Oil (Barosma betulina), Titanium Dioxide, Cocamide DEA, Lauryl Betaine, *Coumarin, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 14700, Colour 17200, Colour 45410 (* = Occurs naturally in essential oils)
Lush's bubble bars are by far my favourite type of product by them, they also have a selection of bubble bars in their 'Retro' range, which is made up of discontinued products which have been brought back due to popular demand. The only downside to purchasing products from the retro range is that they aren't available in Lush shops - only online and via. Mail order, which means they encounter a postage charge too.
Pleasure Dough is part of Lush's Retro range and costs £3.70 for a 100g bar, this makes it slightly more expensive than the average bubble bar, but not the highest priced. Pleasure dough is a light brown colour with lots of dark 'bits' in it. I find the best way to describe really would be to say it looks like a lump of dough.
To use a bubble bar you simply crumble it under running water and slosh it around a little to create mounds of bubbles. Some people prefer to grate, squash or flatten their bubble bars and store them this way, then take the desired amount to add to the bath. I find that for an 'economy' type bath you can get away with using around one third of a bubble bar, for a 'standard' bath use half and for a luxurious (and rather expensive!) soak use the whole thing!
Pleasure Dough has an odd scent, and it's hard for me to put my finger on it. It's very subtle, and not particularly sweet - more of a floral and herbal scent. It has definite hints of lavender and rose and Lush's website also state that it contains peppermint and orange blossom.
What Lush don't state on their website is that this particular bubble bar contains a vast amount of 'bits' which, once released, will float aimlessly around your bath. These 'bits' include rose petals, lavender flowers and peppermint leaves. I must admit it was a little odd finding a lumps of leaves and flowers on me throughout my bath, but they're okay - just a bit of a pain for the plughole and post-soak bath clean.
I found that the bubbles from my Pleasure Dough lasted for the entire bath (which was quite a long one!) and the scent, although very mild, was relaxing and enjoyable. I have recently found out that Lush will be discontinuing Pleasure Dough from it's Retro range, which I think is a shame, so I would definitely recommend trying it before it goes!
Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Tartaric acid), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Perfume, Rose Petals (Rosa damascena), Peppermint Leaves (Mentha piperita), Lavender Flowers (Lavandula angustifolia), Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus aurantium amara), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), *Cinnamal, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool (* = Occurs naturally in essential oils)
As I say in many of my reviews, I'm a big Lush fan, and always enjoy trying new products of there. Lush has a range of 'Retro' products, which are only available online or via. Lush Mail Order - not in their stores (so bare in mind postage charges will also apply). The Retro range features products which have been discontinued, but made available again due to popular demand. Flying Saucers is part of this range.
Flying Saucers costs £4.50 for a 100g bottle, or £14.55 for a 500g bottle. This may seem very expensive for such a quantity of bubble bath, but Lush are known for their lightly high price tags due to the nature of their products - their retro range also tends to carry a higher price tag. I was able to pick up a 100g bottle of Flying Saucers for a mere £1 at a Lush 'Forum Party' which is a day on which members of Lush's online forum can order limited edition or ale items.
Flying Saucers comes in a clear bottle, with a flip cap lid. The bottle features a white label with the ingredients and a small description of 'A Honey Bubble Bath'. To use Flying Saucers you simple squeeze some under running water, or into a bath and slosh to create bubble. I find that around a tablespoons worth is enough to create a decent amount of bubbles for a bath, and a little extra will give you a more luxurious mound of bubbles.
As soon as I poured my Flying Saucers into the bath the smell of honey was very intense - I could smell it all around the bathroom. It wasn't overpowering though, and was very pleasant. The water doesn't change colour particularly when using this but the bubbles do last a very generous amount of time - unless you are using another product in the bath with them, which from my experience dramatically shortens their bubbly lifespan.
This bubble bath also contain Ylang Ylang in the scent, which is just detectable over the honey and I find it a very nice scent. Overall I found that the smell of this bubble bath is very relaxing, and perfect for an unwinding bath when you're feeling stressed out - it's even noted on the Lush website that it's particularly good for PMT, so definitely one to keep in the bathroom!
I have found that my 100g bottle lasts for a very long time considering it's size. I initially thought that I would end up going through it quite quickly, but you really don't need as much as you may first think to create a bubble loaded bath. The scent also linger from this bubble bath for the most part of the bath and doesn't disappear as soon as it mixes with the water.
Overall I find this bubble bath to be a very good product from Lush. It gives you far more control over the amount you use/need than a bubble bar or ballistic, without losing any of the scent. It is an expensive bubble bath if bought at full price, but I would say it is definitely worth it compared to other Lush products.
Honey Water, Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lauryl Betaine, Cocamide DEA, Propylene Glycol, Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Palmarosa Oil (Cymbopogan martinii), Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides), Cypress Oil (Cupressus sempervirens), Benzoin Resinoid (Styrax benzoin), *Benzyl Salycilate, *Geraniol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Perfume, Methylparaben (* = Occurs naturally in essential oils.)
When we first got our cat we weren't expecting to get her as early as we did, so I had to go on a mad dash at Pets at Home to get everything we needed for her. I wasn't entirely sure what size litter tray to get her, and even though she was (just about) an adult cat I decided to go for this Litter Tray starter kit as it was a very reasonable price and came with everything we needed for her starter period.
The litter tray starter kit costs £2.99 from Pets at Home. It contains a litter tray, scoop and three litter tray liners. The tray is available in pink, blue and grey. I opted for the pink tray as our first cat was a girl. The tray is made from a non-toxic, but quite robust plastic.
The litter tray liners are white and like a tough plastic bag. To use them you simply place the entire tray inside the bag and place the litter in the tray. When the litter is soiled you then remove the bag from the tray turning the bag as you do so to ensure all the litter is contained. The bags were very tough, but after I'd used the three that came with the tray I decided not to purchase anymore as our cat is a 'digger' and likes to bury her mess. This meant that she could easily scratch through the bag and leave holes in it.
The scoop that comes with the tray is extremely helpful. I found that I didn't want to change the entire litter tray just for one poo, so I was able to use the scoop to scoop it out and replace it with a small amount of fresh litter. This saved time and money and is something I would highly recommend doing (even if you have a different litter tray!).
The litter tray itself is actually very tough, over the months that we used it survived our cat (and then a second cat when we got her a friend) digging in it and using it regularly. I found that it was very easy to clean and just a quick wash and wipe would ensure it was clean and ready to be filled with litter again. When we got our second cat we decided to invest in a larger litter tray as, although both cats managed to fit into this kitten one, it is quite small for an adult cat to be using.
Overall, I would really recommend this kit. It is a fantastic price and perfect for any kitten or smaller cat. It's especially handy if you are getting a new cat and want a basic set to get you started if you're unsure what size tray to get. I still use the scoop from this tray with our new larger tray, as I'm sure a scoop alone would come close to the £2.99 price of this kit.
When we ot our second cat we decided that we needed a larger litter tray. Usually I would shop around online, but I decided to go into pets at home so that I could see the exact sizes of the litter trays. The trays come in three sizes - small, medium and large. I opted for the large size of the litter tray. It cost £5.99. Having looked at the Pets at Home website they are now stating that a Jumo size is available for £8.99. I purchased a black litter tray, but the trays are also available in otehr colours including the red in the dooyoo picture.
The litter tray has quite a modern look. It has 4 small stumpy legs, and a removable edge to help keep the litter inside the tray. My large tray was big enough for both cats to stand in (if they wanted to!) and would easily hold 2 pees and 2 poos at the same time if ever necessary.
I love that this tray is big enough to hold a good amount of litter as it means scooping out individual wees and poos is very easy. There are, however, a few issues with the litter tray. Where each leg is popped out on the outside of the tray there is a dent on the inside corner. This means that any wee filled litter can get stuck in these corners, and is makes it harder to scoop out.
The litter tray and removable edge are both made of plastic. I find this very durable. The only problem I've found with it being plastic is that, as my cats are 'diggers' and like to cover their toilet presents with litter they can easily scratch the bottom of the tray, which can make it harder to clean when soiled litter gets in the scratches - this is nothing that a good scrub won't sort out, but is a little time consuming sometimes. The edge being removable is extremely helpful, as it can be difficult to scoop anything out or clean the tray with it there.
Overall, I have found the size of this litter tray to be excellent. It has a few minor problems such as the inside dents from the legs and that it scratches relatively easily when the cats dig, but aside from that it's a good tray which looks very stylish too!