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      26.11.2014 10:49
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      • "Lovely rose scent"
      • "Pretty retro packaging"
      • " moisturising balm"
      • Protective

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      • "Difficult to open"

      Like rose-scented Vaseline for the hands

      I bought a tub of Cath Kidston Rose Hand Balm recently when I was spending the last of a gift voucher I'd been given. I'd previously received this hand balm as a present and had enjoyed using it, so I thought I knew exactly what to expect, although when the product arrived it had clearly been updated. Firstly, unlike the pink plastic tub shown in the picture, the balm now comes in a silver-coloured round metal tin, with a sticker bearing a retro rose design on the lid.

      It's not just the packaging for this hand balm which is different now, however. The old Wild Rose balm was a bit like a firmer version of hand cream, or like a body butter for the hands. The new balm reminds me a bit of Vaseline lip balm and is a very firm, white coloured balm which you apply by running your finger across the surface to collect some of the balm. I do like the new style of hand balm and find it very protective of the skin, especially in winter, but those who want a softer hand balm may not be so keen on this product. It does leave a bit of a shine on the hands.

      Ingredients-wise, this contains petrolatum (hence the similarity to Vaseline products) and liquid paraffin, beeswax, shea butter and a few other ingredients. It doesn't have any parabens or colours. The rose fragrance is quite delicate in line with other Cath Kidston rose-scented products, which makes it pleasant to use.

      I paid 8GBP for a 60g tub of this hand balm from the Cath Kidston website. It will last for ages due to the firm texture of the balm and the fact that you only use a small amount at a time. It's currently available for the same price from the Heathcote and Ivory website (they make the balm on behalf of Cath Kidston).

      Although this product has changed a lot and is not what I expected, I would probably get it again. I do like this style of hand balm when it's colder weather and skin gets prone to chapping. It probably wouldn't suit everyone as it's not a traditional hand cream as such and does form a protective coating on the hands. One slight problem I have is that if you get any of the balm on the outside of the tin, it becomes very difficult to prise the lid off as it is slippy. This is a product I'd carry in my bag for quickly dealing with patches of dry or chapped skin when I'm out and about.

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    • Boots Natural Eye Liner / Make Up / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      25.11.2014 14:37
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      • "Easy to apply"
      • "Decent shade"

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      • "The pencil sometimes splinters"

      Budget eye liner for every day use

      Boots Natural Collection is a budget range of cosmetics, with each item costing under 2GBP. I don't always find shades that suit me in this range, but it's always worth a look as it's so inexpensive and, in my experience, generally good value for money.

      I bought a dark grey eye liner pencil from the Natural Collection range which seemed to be the right shade for me. I like a dark eye liner to give my eyes some definition, but find that black eye liner looks too dark on me and gives me a tired look.

      The colour of this eye liner is true to the appearance of it - it's very annoying when you buy make-up and it looks completely different to how you'd pictured it, but this one was exactly the shade I'd been hoping for. The eye liner is easy to apply, being soft enough that it's comfortable to apply to the sensitive skin around the eye, yet not so soft that it makes a mess. I've never quite figured out how people apply liquid eye liner in a true line; I get on much better with the pencil ones.

      One thing I have noticed with this eye liner is that when the point needs sharpened, it sometimes sharpens unevenly because the wood splinters. This means that the eye liner can be exposed at one side of the pencil but the other side has a huge jagged piece of wood sticking up, and I find I waste quite a bit of this eye pencil trying to even it up so I can use it. I'm not sure if this problem is down to it being a cheaper product.

      Once I've applied the eye liner, it pretty much stays in place, unless I'm out for a very long time or in a very warm place, when I can start to see small amounts of the colour bleed out of the original line. For every day use, though, this stays in place well enough for me.

      I'd buy eye liner pencils from the Natural Collection range again. This one was about 1.99GBP when I bought it, and it's lasting quite well, apart from the issue when sharpening it. The range of shades available does vary from time to time, but as long as a dark grey was available, I wouldn't have any hesitation in buying another of these eye liners.

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      24.11.2014 22:19
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      • "Good price"
      • "Convenient to use"

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      Updated range at the same bargain price

      I've been using Superdrug Facial Wipes for a while now. I like the convenience of using facial wipes to cleanse my skin or give it a quick freshen up, and I live just round the corner from a branch of Superdrug, so these have become a staple in my skin care purchases over the years.

      The range has recently been re-vamped, with smart new packaging and four different varieties of the wipes: Fragrance Free for Sensitive Skin (white pack), Combination Skin (green pack), Dry Skin (blue pack) and Normal Skin (pink pack). All varieties apart from the Sensitive Skin one have a gentle fragrance; the range used to have specific scents such as camomile or cucumber, but they all have different but subtle scents now.

      I must admit that although I would say the skin on my face is 'normal' and I don't suffer from any dry or combination skin, I have tried all of these wipes, and have found them all to be suitable. In fact, because I like to have a variety of the fragrances, I will usually pick up at least two different packs.

      The range may look different now, but the price has stayed at 99p for a pack of 25 wipes. This makes these wipes a good bargain. They come in re-sealable plastic packs, and I've found that the plastic seal works well enough to prevent the wipes from drying out between use. These are white, soft-textured wipes which are easy to use and contain just enough moisture. The moisture is quite evenly distributed - sometimes cheaper wipes will have all the moisture at one side which makes them harder to use.

      I tend to use these for general cleansing of my skin and for removing make-up. If I'm removing make-up, I normally go through two of the wipes, one to deal with the make-up and one to finish cleansing and refreshing my skin. These wipes leave my skin feeling like it has been properly cleansed and I follow up with some moisturiser.

      You can spend a lot of money on facial wipes if you like the more exclusive brands, but I find that these Superdrug ones do a good enough job for me. Like all Superdrug own-brand products, these have the leaping bunny logo to show that they are cruelty-free.

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      23.11.2014 09:42
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      • "Too many ingredients"
      • "Feels greasy and doesn't moisturise well"

      Does nothing for my hands

      I am always on the look out for good hand creams, so when I got a Champneys gift set including this Hand and Nail Cream, I was more than happy to give it a try. Champneys is marketed as a 'spa' brand and is found in the luxury bathing section at Boots, so I expected a high quality product.

      This is a pale yellow coloured cream, and my first impression of it was that it had a fairly generic perfume smell - a definite 'Christmas set' kind of perfume and not something I'd normally choose. I tried using fairly small amounts of the cream as it looked quite thick and I expected it to be effective, but unfortunately this was the type of cream which kind of slides over my skin in a greasy way without appearing to moisturise the skin underneath. This cream sits on my hands until it is washed off, at which point they feel just as dry as they did before.

      One thing I have to say about Champneys Hand and Nail Cream is that the ingredients list is absolutely huge. I'm a fan of products with simple ingredients lists, and natural ingredients where possible. I can pick out a few natural ingredients in this one (shea butter, almond oil and various fruit and flower oils) and also some distinctly chemical ones (colours, parabens, fragrance and chemicals with hugely long names that I've never heard of). It seems a complete mish-mash of ingredients and the result is that it's not very good for my skin despite containing some good-sounding moisturisers.

      This Hand and Nail Cream comes in different sizes of tube, so I'm assuming it does sell well. A 40ml tube costs around 3.50GBP with a 75ml tube costing 6GBP, and it is also available within Champneys gift sets. The cream does look nice enough, with classy gold lettering and Champneys logo on the tube, and I can see why people pick this up as a gift, but it's definitely not one I would choose for myself. In fact, after trying one tube of this, I received another in a second gift set and have not attempted to try it again - I just didn't find it pleasant to use.

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      22.11.2014 19:08
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      • "Good for indoor cats"
      • "One of the cats' favourites"

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      • "Not cheap"

      Weight-maintaining food for indoor cats

      We always try to give our cats dry cat food as well as wet, to ensure a balanced diet. On the whole, brands like James Wellbeloved and Hills produce good quality, dry cat food that is nutritionally balanced to meet the needs of the cat, so we figure this stuff is better for them than the generic cat foods you buy in the supermarket.

      James Wellbeloved duck flavoured food for adult cats has been re-branded since the picture shown here, and is now marketed particularly for the needs of adult, indoor cats. As all of ours live indoors, we try to choose indoor cat food for them, which has the health benefit of being less fattening than the food for cats who go outdoors. Indoor cats typically use less energy than outdoor cats, and that certainly applies to our sedentary lot.

      The good news is that our cats really enjoy this food, and will seek it out. I'm vegetarian but I believe duck is quite a strong-tasting meat, and these triangular, dark brown biscuits definitely give the sense of having a strong savoury flavour. Every one of our cats will happily eat this food, which is quite an achievement as they generally have their own tastes. This is a single-protein food, with added ingredients such as cranberry extract for urinary health (cats can be prone to cystitis).

      James Wellbeloved Adult Housecat Duck, like other foods in the range, is available in different pack sizes. We tend to stick to the 1.5kg size, which costs around 12-13GBP. Although the bigger packs seem to offer better value, we've found that once the pack has been open for a while (even though we store it in an airtight container), the cats can tell and aren't so keen to eat it. The packs are quite often on multi-buy offers, and we stock up on this whenever we see it on a '3 for the price of 2' offer.

      This cat food has a fairly simple list of ingredients geared towards the health of indoor cats. I like the fact that the different varieties in the James Wellbeloved range have specific health benefits, so you can choose the food that's best for the age and lifestyle of your cat. At the end of the day, this would be pointless if the cats didn't enjoy the food, but thankfully this has proved a firm favourite with ours.

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      22.11.2014 16:17
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      • "No chemical nasties"
      • "Gentle hand cream"

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      • "Can be hard to find in shops"
      • "Doesn't last very long"

      Hemp oil for the hands

      I'm a big fan of Faith in Nature skin and body care products, which don't contain parabens, SLS, animal ingredients, synthetic colours or fragrances. You can tell that this range is genuinely what it appears to be by the accreditations it has - in the case of this hand cream, the product is certified as suitable for vegans, cruelty-free and contains certified organic ingredients.

      I bought a tube of Restorative Hand Cream online when I was shopping for some other items. I go through lots of hand cream as the skin on my hands is a bit dry and sensitive, so I'm always on the lookout for new creams to try. I paid about 5GBP for a 50ml tube of this hand cream, which is mainly available from online retailers - it's worth shopping around for Faith in Nature products, as the prices can be variable.

      Restorative Hand Cream comes in a sturdy, clear plastic tube with a pump dispenser. Although the pump dispenser works quite well and keeps the tube clean, one small criticism I'd make is that I seemed to fly through this hand cream. I'm not sure if the pump dispenses a bit more of the cream than I would normally take or if I just used more because I liked using it, but this didn't seem to last as long as a normal tube of hand cream.

      The cream itself is very pleasant to use. With organic hemp oil, aloe vera and camomile, it has a gentle and natural fragrance. The cream also contains shea butter and vitamin E amongst other ingredients, and I found it to be an easily absorbed cream which didn't leave too much residue and seemed to be genuinely good for the skin. This cream is hypoallergenic and pH balanced so shouldn't cause any adverse reactions.

      This is a hand cream that I'd buy again if I was online shopping for other products from the range. It's a pity Faith in Nature products aren't more readily available in shops, as I tend just to shop for them once in a while when I remember to make a special effort. This isn't the most budget-friendly hand cream I've ever used, but it is worth the price if you're looking for a natural, cruelty-free hand cream that has ingredients that are good for the skin.

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      19.11.2014 19:04
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      • "Compact size"
      • "Moisturises the hands well"
      • "Lovely fresh scent"

      Disadvantages

      • Expensive

      Luxury scented hand cream

      Friends and family often buy me things from Arran Aromatics, as it's one of my favourite manufacturers of perfumes and luxury body care. I got a 50ml tube of this Eydis Hand and Nail Cream as part of a gift set. The Eydis scent is one of my favourites and I often wear the eau de toilette from this range; it's a fresh scent containing mandarin, lime and bergamot. This is definitely a light, uplifting scent that works well in the day time.

      Although I don't usually bother buying expensive hand creams that match a particular perfume, it's nice to have one every so often and this hand and nail cream is one I'd consider a luxury product. A 50ml tube of the cream sets you back 7.50GBP if you buy the cream on its own and at full price; however, it's often worth buying the gift sets which contain several products from the range. For example, at the time of writing this review, a gift set containing the hand cream and a handbag-sized bottle of the eau de toilette is 9GBP.

      As well as smelling good, Arran Aromatics do use ingredients that are beneficial for the skin - in the case of this hand cream, shea butter and beeswax are included. The cream is described as being for the hands and nails. I must admit that I notice the effect on my hands rather than nails, but then I don't have any particular problem with my nails and don't use any products on them - maybe those who regularly use nail varnishes would see a benefit.

      This is a fairly thick, white coloured hand cream which is absorbed well into the skin and isn't overly greasy. It's best to apply it at a time when you can enjoy the fragrance - it always seems a bit wasteful to me to apply a nice hand cream when I'm busy and might wash it off again ten minutes later!

      As with all Arran Aromatics items, the hand and nail cream is nicely packaged; this is in a clear tube with a flip-top lid, and bears the simple flower logo of the Eydis range, as well as all the information you'd expect. While this isn't a hand cream I'd go out and buy on its own, primarily due to the price, it does make a very pleasant gift, especially if bought as part of one of the gift selections.


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      19.11.2014 10:39
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      • "Apply eye shadow evenly"

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      • "Short handle"
      • "Sometimes come apart"

      Soft foam eye shadow applicators

      I like to use applicators to put eye makeup on. I used to buy a long-handled, foam-tipped eye shadow applicator from Boots, but unfortunately they seem to have discontinued it, so I recently had to go looking for an alternative. I bought a pack of Cosmopolitan Perfect Finish Eye Shadow Applicators.

      These applicators come in a pack of ten. The applicators have a short plastic wand and a soft foam tip for applying eye shadow. I prefer foam-tipped applicators for eye makeup as I find it gives me the most control over how much eye shadow I am applying and the actual application of it - brushes lead to too much eye shadow falling off the brush and on to my face.

      Cosmopolitan applicators are very simple to use. I normally start by pressing the foam pad gently into my eye shadow to get a small amount, which I apply and then repeat until I've applied the right amount. If you accidentally put too much eye shadow on the applicator then it can be difficult to fix this, so I work in small steps.

      I must admit I preferred using the long-handled applicator that used to be sold by Boots, as I personally found it easier to direct the applicator with the longer handle. The Cosmopolitan ones are fine once you get used to them, but I would go back to the longer-handled applicator if it became available again.

      One issue I have found with these applicators is that the foam tips can come apart from the plastic wand. I have had the experience of being in the middle of applying eye shadow when the foam tip has fallen off and gone half way across the floor, which is obviously less than ideal. With these coming in a pack of ten, at least you can quickly replace any that break. The quality of the foam is good and I have not had any problems with the plastic tip emerging through the foam and scratching my skin, which is a problem I have had with cheaper applicators.

      Because these foam applicators accrue some eye shadow residue, it's best to keep them apart from the rest of your makeup, or else everything ends up becoming grubby and covered in traces of eye shadow.

      Cosmopolitan Perfect Finish Eye Shadow Applicators can be bought online for approximately 3GBP for a pack of ten. I feel this is reasonable value, because they do last for a while. They're not my favourite applicators but until someone else comes up with a long-handled one, they're a decent alternative.

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      17.11.2014 20:54
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      • "Pleasant fragrance"
      • Inexpensive
      • "Effective hand wash"

      Disadvantages

      • "Ingredients list "

      Decent hand wash on a budget

      Baylis and Harding is one of those companies that seemed to come to the fore a few years ago when most people were having to think about their budgets. Although the company has been around a lot longer than that, it seemed that suddenly their 'affordable luxury' products were everywhere, and I've seen all sorts of shops stocking Baylis and Harding gift sets in their Christmas ranges in the last few years, as well as the more day-to-day products they make, like this hand wash.

      Baylis and Harding products are attractively packaged and look very good for the price, and this is no exception. A 500ml bottle of hand wash can be bought for 2GBP in the supermarkets, a price which compares very well even with own-label brands. The Baylis and Harding bottle, with its mosaic design, looks very smart.

      I've tried a few of the fragrances of Baylis and Harding hand wash, and the Wild Rose and Raspberry Leaf is one of my favourites. It's neither a strong rose nor a strong fruity scent, but somewhere in between. The scent is not overpowering and it isn't one you'll detect on your hands for hours after using it, but it is very pleasant and fresh.

      I don't always get along with liquid hand washes and find they can be very drying on the skin, but this one doesn't particularly irritate my hands. As long as I keep applying hand cream every now and then, I find that Baylis and Harding hand wash is fairly gentle on my skin.

      This isn't what you'd call a natural product. Looking at the bottle, the ingredients list is mainly chemicals and the stated fragrance is 'parfum'. However, the ingredients haven't caused me any problems, and I have found this hand wash to be preferable to some that are marketed as being moisturising and good for the skin!

      As this hand wash comes in a 500ml bottle, it lasts a while, especially if you don't press the pump dispenser all the way down each time you use it - this lathers well enough with a small amount. All in all, this is a budget hand wash which sits very well alongside the other ranges you can find in Boots, Superdrug and the supermarkets. Baylis and Harding make other products, such as hand lotion and shower gel, so if you do particularly enjoy any of their fragrances, you can get other products to match.

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    • Organic Catnip Sack / Cat Accessory / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      16.11.2014 10:49
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      • "Good quality catnip"
      • "Cats love it"

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      • "Quickly looks dirty"

      Best cat toy ever

      There are many different cat toys on the market, and most cat people will have had the experience of buying toys that the cat just won't look at, or loses interest in very quickly. Cats can be very fickle and will often prefer to chase some random bit of packaging they've found, rather than the toy you bought them as a treat.

      I tend to find that toys containing catnip have a better chance of success with our cats. Catnip, of course, is the herb that seems to give cats a natural high. Not all cats enjoy it to the same extent, but a few of ours love catnip and will happily roll around the floor, rubbing their faces into the catnip, drooling and generally looking a bit stoned.

      I first discovered Catac Organic Catnip Sacks when I was shopping for some items on the Cats Protection website. I'm not sure whether this site still sells the sacks, but you can easily find them online from pet suppliers, and they usually cost 2-3GBP each. They are sometimes sold in multi-packs, and there's a reason for this - cats absolutely love them.

      These white cotton sacks don't look like they'd make much of a toy, but the organic catnip in them seems particularly potent and high quality, and these have been more successful than any other toy with our cats. Of course, the sack is really just acting as a container for the catnip, but it means that the cats go on playing for a while and can pick it up and play independently, rather than depending on you putting out some catnip for them.

      The sacks are very durable and I've never had one burst open, despite cats fighting with it and playing for hours. Our cats tend to play for a while, leave the sack somewhere for a bit and then re-discover it by themselves and start playing again.

      Of course, you can imagine what the white cotton looks like after having cats drool into it, rub their faces on it and generally chase it around the floor, under the bed and into every dark corner. These catnip sacks do very quickly look like the grubbiest thing in the house, which is another reason why they're sometimes sold in multiples.

      If you have a cat who enjoys catnip, this is a much better toy than any of the ones you'll find in supermarkets. These seem to contain very potent catnip and really, the cat doesn't care whether the toy is shaped like a mouse or not - these catnip sacks are the perfect toy.

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    • Whiskas Oh So... / Cat Food / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      14.11.2014 19:37
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      • "Looks authentic"
      • "Easy to serve up"

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      • "Hit and miss with the cats"

      Looks real but hit-and-miss with the cats

      With a house full of cats, we're always on the look out for food they'll enjoy, and we've probably bought just about every cat food on the market by now. The Whiskas 'Oh So...' range is one we buy fairly often.

      The idea behind 'Oh So...' is that the food is more authentic than some cat foods, which just look like processed chunks of unidentifiable meaty stuff. This range comes in various permutations of 'Oh So Meaty' and 'Oh So Fishy', including this selection, which is a bit of both and includes beef, chicken, sardine and salmon flavours.

      You can buy this cat food in packs of eight pouches, each containing 85g, which is a standard-sized portion for a cat. A pack of eight normally costs just over 3GBP, and you can often find this food in multi-buy deals - for example, Pets at Home sells two packs for 5GBP. The 'Oh So...' range is not hard to find and is stocked in all the main supermarkets, as far as I'm aware.

      Appearance-wise, this food does look like it would be better quality than run-of-the-mill cat food. The fish flavours in particular have visible fish pieces which flake when you give the food a mix, while the meaty flavours have a reasonable texture. I tend to give all cat food a good mix with a fork before serving to the cats, as otherwise they have a bad habit of licking the jelly/gravy and leaving the chunks.

      As with all cat foods, the proof is in the cats' reaction to it, and this one has had mixed reviews from our lot. I'd say they are usually a bit keener on the fishy flavours than the meaty ones. They don't polish this food off quickly the way they do with their favourites, but they will eat a little of it and between our cats, most of it eventually gets eaten.

      This food from Whiskas is one we buy along with other cat foods, as any cat person will know you need to keep the variety going and they can very quickly lose interest if they get the same food all the time. I'd say this is a standard cat food in our house, rather than a favourite - they don't dislike it, but there are plenty of others they prefer.

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      14.11.2014 17:21
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      • "Easy to dispense "
      • "Large bottle"
      • "Good hand cream"

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      Luxury coconut-scented hand lotion

      I'm a fan of quite a few products from Arran Aromatics, and I received a bottle of Velvet Isle Hand Soother as a gift. Arran Aromatics like to re-vamp and re-name their ranges every so often, so you have to sample the products in-store to know which scent you're buying; this one used to be called Fresh Fig. As the previous name suggests, this has a rich, fruity scent with a hint of fig and coconut. It's a fairly intense scent and not for those who like their hand creams to be light or unnoticeable; this is one you'd wear if you like the perfume.

      I placed my bottle of this on my bedside table and used it to moisturise my hands last thing at night. Arran Aromatics hand soothers come in a 250ml bottle with a pump dispenser, which makes it easy to control how much of the product you use, and I found that this lasted for ages.

      This product is called hand soother, rather than hand cream or lotion. I would say it is more like a lotion in consistency, but with better moisturising properties than some lotions. It contains shea butter, beeswax and jojoba oil, so gives the hands quite a moisture boost.

      Velvet Isle Hand Soother costs 12 pounds if you buy it at full price. It's possible to find Arran Aromatics products with discounts; I live near one of their stores and they often have sales and special offers, but you can also find discounts online. Although the price tag is quite steep for a hand lotion, it does last well and is an effective moisturiser.

      For anyone who enjoys the fragrance of this hand soother, there's a whole range to match, including hand wash, hair products, shower gel and various gift sets. The range is very nicely packaged and makes a good gift. Velvet Isle isn't my absolute favourite fragrance from the Arran Aromatics range, but I did enjoy using this hand soother, which is also available in several of the other Arran Aromatics scents.

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      13.11.2014 09:17
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      • "Not expensive"
      • "Only need to use a small amount"

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      • "Can dry the skin"

      Pleasant to use but definitely doesn't moisturise my hands

      We quite often buy Original Source Hand Wash, as it's widely available and often on special offer in the supermarkets, Boots or Superdrug. In fact, I don't remember ever having to pay the recommended price of over 2GBP for a bottle of this; it's usually available somewhere on a '2 bottles for 2GBP' type deal.

      Vanilla Milk and Raspberry is one of the fragrances we get most often, and in fact we have a bottle of this in the kitchen just now. When I first started using this hand wash, the smell was similar to a raspberry milkshake, which is not surprising given the ingredients of raspberry and vanilla milk. Recently, however, I have noticed that the smell is becoming distinctly more perfumed. I checked the bottle and although Original Source have put their own 'natural fragrance' logo on it, one of the listed ingredients is parfum. I'm not sure what the nature of this parfum is, but the smell has definitely moved away from the original milkshake scent a bit.

      This hand wash comes in a 250ml bottle and it lasts quite well, especially if you don't press the pump dispenser all the way down when using the hand wash. I find that I only need to take half as much as the dispenser would give me if I pressed it right down. The hand wash lathers well even when used sparingly.

      Unfortunately, liquid hand washes are not very good for the skin on my hands. I've never figured out exactly what the problem ingredient is, but for some reason, the creamier looking hand washes (which are often described as being moisturising) are the worst, and this one is no exception. After using this hand wash, the skin on my hands feels quite tight and dry and I tend to apply hand cream. We keep hand wash in the kitchen just because it's convenient to have a bottle next to the sink, but I wouldn't use this more than a couple of times a day, preferring bar soap most of the time.

      All in all, this is a pleasant enough, inexpensive hand wash that lathers well. It does contain a few chemical ingredients and is not great for my skin. We tend to pick it up because it's not the worst hand wash available in the supermarkets, it's convenient and often on special offer, but it's not a favourite product.

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    • Tesco Lemon Bath Soap / Soaps / 9 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      12.11.2014 09:05
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      • "No animal fat"
      • "Lasts quite well"
      • Inexpensive

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      • "Palm oil"

      Good soap, shame about the palm oil

      Although I buy shower gels and liquid hand washes, I also like to have bar soap in the bathroom. The skin on my hands tends to dry out with repeated use of liquid hand wash, and for some reason bar soap doesn't have the same effect, so although bar soap is sometimes seen as old fashioned and less convenient than liquid soap, I find it to be better for my skin.

      Most of the well-known brands of soap still contain tallow, or animal fat. As a vegetarian this is not acceptable for me, so I always look for soap that is based on vegetable ingredients. For some reason, the supermarkets do better on this than any of the big brands. Tesco Lemon Bath Soap doesn't contain any tallow.

      Unfortunately, what this soap contains instead is palm oil extracts. Palm oil is not a good ingredient for ethical reasons and I try to avoid this ingredient in food, but it's very difficult to find a soap that is free from both animal fat and palm oil, unless you go for specialist soaps like Lush (and if I could afford it all the time, I would).

      Looking at the cheaper, everyday end of the bar soap market, Tesco Lemon Bath Soap is a decent soap. For 1.20GBP you get four large 125g bars of the soap, which is a cheerful yellow colour and has a decent lemon scent (the soap does contain some fruit extract). I have found that palm-based soaps don't always last as long as other soaps, but this one is not bad, being a slightly firmer texture than some vegetable soaps.

      The soap lathers well and keeps its shape as it wears down, and it does appear to be quite gentle on my skin. I mainly use this soap for hand washing, although will also use it in the shower sometimes when my skin needs a rest from shower gel.

      All in all, a decent soap for the money. I hope some day the supermarkets will find a base for their vegetable soap that doesn't involve palm oil, as I'd pay a little bit more for a more ethically-produced soap but can't afford Lush prices for everyday use.

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        10.11.2014 22:23
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        Advantages

        • "Good quality hand wash"
        • "Smells amazing"

        Disadvantages

        • Pricey
        • "Wish it was perfume and not hand wash"

        Next best thing to the perfume

        A few years ago, Arran Aromatics launched a range of products called Waterbabe, which had a seaside theme and a logo of footprints in wet sand. The range smelled absolutely wonderful; in keeping with the seaside idea, it had extracts of seaweed and sea salt, as well as geranium, orange and lemon oils. It was the most uplifting scent and the eau de toilette became an instant favourite of mine. Unfortunately, by the time I'd worked my way through two bottles of the scent, it had been discontinued.

        Arran Aromatics, however, likes to re-launch and re-name its fragrances every so often, and when the Pure range came along, it was instantly recognisable as Waterbabe with a new name and new packaging. Unfortunately, although the Pure range includes hair and body products, the one thing that's missing is eau de toilette. I've emailed the company a couple of times to ask if they would consider bringing back the EDT spray, but it seems that they're not considering it.

        There's an Arran Aromatics shop in the city centre where I live, and the products are quite often on special offer, so I pick up items from the Pure range if I feel like treating myself. This hand wash has the same lovely smell and lathers well to clean your hands, and the aroma lasts on your skin for a while after using it. Normally I wouldn't go out of my way to have a hand wash that matches a particular perfume, but when the perfume isn't available, at least I can enjoy the scent in other products.

        Pure Hand Wash costs 9GBP for 300mls if you buy it at full price. Although this is a decent sized bottle and lasts for a while, I recommend looking out for this on a special offer, as it is relatively easy to find discounts on the range.

        My hands often become dry when I use liquid hand wash and I've never found a hand wash that completely overcomes this problem, but this Arran Aromatics one is one of the better hand washes I have found for my skin.

        Until the company sees sense and brings back an eau de toilette in this range, then, I'll keep snapping up the hand wash and other products when I see them at a bargain price. If you're a fan of uplifting, citrus scents with a hint of the seaside, this hand wash is a real treat.

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