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I tend to use about 3 or 4 different deodorants, working on the theory that after a while you build up a resistance to them. I've got my definite favourites - the strongest ones are good for work - especially if there's a staff meeting coming up...
I thought that while I was in Tesco, getting a few bits and pieces, I would try their deodorant, if only for use at the weekends. After all, it was selling at a mere 30p for 50ml.
The plastic bottle is white with an 'Everyday value' sticky label on it, showing 50 ml and a list of interesting ingredients, including aqua, parfum, alcohol denat and aluminium chlorohydrate. The roller ball is a medium size and it's easy to apply the product. It dries quickly, thanks to the alcohol denat which is good, if you're in a hurry. The fragrance is ok, a fairly light, flowery one.
Does it work? For me, not quite as well as some others I've tried. I would probably have a quick shower and re-apply before going out in the evening.
For a lazy day at home, it would be fine, though. And it's good to rotate with other brands.
I find that it's all the little bits of grocery shopping that tend to add up. Buying 'brand name' sauces, gravy mixes, salt, pepper, soy sauce and vinegar can make the food bill a lot higher. I've taken to just buying supermarket value brands for these condiments and it makes a difference at the till.
The Asda value tomato ketchup comes in a glass bottle with a white metal lid. There are 550 g of product and it costs around 37p. I think this is a real bargain. OK, it might not be quite on the level with Heinz but it still tastes tomato-y and not too sweet. It's also fairly thick and you do need to shake the bottle a bit to get it out.
I remember my mum buying OK sauces back in the 60s and I've noticed that the bottles were much smaller then than they are today. On the one hand, it encourages you to eat more but still, it does save running out of things quickly. Tomato sauce is a very useful ingredient in the cupboard, not just for pouring over chips and burgers but also for making home-made pizzas, stuffed peppers and a nice retro 70s style prawn cocktail sauce (mix salad cream with tomato ketchup).
Each time I'm shopping in Morrison's, I head off down the 'confectionery aisle' and grab 2 or 3 bars of value fruit and nut chocolate. The last time, it was selling at 36p for 100g which is incredible value : 3 bars of chocolate for just over £1! A lot of the 'brands' sell at £1 for only 100g.
The bar is wrapped in thick paper in the usual value colours of white and purple, with a foil wrapping around the chocolate. The bar is fairly thin with small-ish segments which is good as it is easy to break pieces off. It's quite a deep brown colour with a slight sheen.
There are lots of pieces of nut and plenty of raisins too. The chocolate has a good milky flavour but I find that is is slightly too sweet for me. Still, at these prices, I am hardly going to complain.
When I see the familiar turquoise, black and white label, I know that I'm getting quality. Yes, I buy other brands now and then when it gets towards the 30th or 31st of the month (we've all been there) but this is my favourite and the company has been around for a long time, since 1886, in fact.
The can has 13.7 oz / 385g of baked beans with tomato sauce. It's got a ringpull top (which saves having to hunt for a tin opener or having to knock on my neighbour's door) which works well, just pull up in one, firm go! The price varies according to the supermarket but tends to be around the 75p mark in places like Asda.
The beans are nice and firm and the tomato sauce is lovely. You can just tell it's Heinz. It's great for lunch - you can't beat a plate of beans on sauce with a little bit of butter melted on the top. Quality product from a trusted name.
I try to buy curry sauce in those plastic pouches as they are lighter to carry. However, I ended up buying this one in a heavy glass jar because of the price. 19p for 440g is pretty good. There is a green and white label with Asda Smart price on it. It is described as curry cooking source and is shown as suitable for vegetarians. Also, there are no artificial colours or preservatives which is always a plus. The lid is a white metal screwtop. I'm not good at opening screwtop jars so held this under the hot tap for about a minute and then it came off easily.
The curry sauce has a nice, pale brown colour and is fairly smooth with the occasional lump of onion. The flavour is very mild, fruity and reminds me of Chinese curries rather than Indian ones.
I used it for a chicken and vegetable curry and it was ok, although I did need to add a spoonful of curry powder to spice things up a bit! As I only used half the jar, I put the lid back on and put it in the fridge for the next day.
Normally, I don't take health or diet supplements but recently, I was a bit snowed under at work and had also decided to become vegetarian and hadn't really had the time to look into it properly. I was doing shopping in Asda anyway and thought that 250 tablets for around £3.50 was quite a good deal. You only need to take one a day so I thought there was less chance of me forgetting....
There are 250 tablets in a white and purple plastic tub. There is safety opening - you need to press the two ridged patches (opposite each other on the tub) to get the lid off. This is a good idea if there are children in the house.
The tablets are quite long, sort of coffin-shaped (sorry) and are white. You do need some water or cup of tea to get them swallowed.
There is a long list of vitamins, amount contained in the tablets and % of daily recommended amounts on the label. Most (not all) seem to be covered with 100% supplied with a daily tablet. That's quite reassuring.
I started taking them during a busy time at work, after stopping eating meal and I found that I didn't seem to get the usual coughs and colds that everyone else did. It's hard to say whether this was as a result of the tablets but surely they can't hurt. Anything that helps to boost immunity should be a plus.
I've been eating wholemeal bread for years now. The first time I had it was when I visited my grandma who used to use it for scrambled egg on toast. I remember thinking it was unusual as we always had white bread at home. Fast forward 20 years and I started eating it all the time myself.
There are some very good wholemeal bread makers out there and Warburton's is definitely one of the brand leaders.
This loaf is 800g, sells for around £1.40 and comes in a polythene bag (can be recycled) with the name Warburtons on the side and nutrition information on the bottom. It says that Per 100g of products, there are 244 kcal. Ingredients include wholemeal flour (57%), water, yeast, dextrose, vegetable oil, salt wheat gluten, emulsifiers, soya flour, preservative, and flour treatment agent.
The slices are medium thickness, oblong with a rounded top and a pale brown colour. The flavour is quite strong with a nice, nutty sort of taste.
I use this bread mostly for making sandwiches to take to work. The taste is really nice and it's also healthy. Good combination.
This bread is ok for toast but comes out a bit crispy so I prefer a thicker slice for that.
I usually throw a packet of these in the trolley just before I head off to the checkout. That may be because of the store layout - bread tends to be on the far left, as you enter. I see them as a treat, something nice and a bit different for breakfast. I also like English muffins and pikelets but crumpets are great.
You get 6 in a packet, costing around 40p and that's quite a bargain. They are fairly thin and that's exactly what I want. The other more expensive brands look nice but are very thick and quite soft and do tend to jam up my toaster. This is not a problem with Asda crumpets. They fit in just right, come out easily and are crisp and a little crunchy on the outside while soft and doughy inside.
I like to eat them with a big lump of butter and possibly some marmalade. Failing that, cheese spread goes well. The flavour is ok - bready/yeasty but not as strong as some other brands.
Fairy washing up liquid is something that seems to have been around forever - my mum used to buy it in the 1960s. The packaging has changed over time and there are more varieties (different colours, scents) now. This one is a nice bright yellow colour with a lemony smell. The clear plastic bottle holds 500ml and although price can vary, I tend to buy mine at Iceland for £1.
The main thing I notice is that you get lots of lather which lasts well. I'm so tired of lugging home other brands on special offer which have somehow made their way into my bag and then having to go and buy another bottle in less than a week! No, buying a concentrated, reputable brand saves time, energy and money in the long run.
Although I quite like wearing those pink or yellow rubber gloves for household stuff, I've found that Fairy doesn't seem to cause the rough, red skin that others can. So, gloves or not, my hands are fine.
The plates though, are squeaky clean and smell lovely. What more can you ask for?
I'm often in Aldi and thought I would try their Village Bakery white sliced bread. It's around 49p for 800g which is a pretty good deal - roughly half the price I would normally expect to pay for a large loaf.
The polythene bag is held shut with one of those yellow sticky tapes and it shows the 'best before' date which is useful.
There are quite a few slices which are medium thickness and almost square shaped. Now for the important bit - texture and taste. Well, having made lunch with this bread, I suppose it's ok for sandwiches when you've got a spicy or tangy filling - it worked well for mature cheddar with some pickle. For other, blander sandwiches, I noticed that the bread didn't have a lot of flavour and was quite firm and not very 'bendy'. In fact, it was quite dry, even on the day I bought it.
I prefer softer, tastier bread with a definite yeast flavour so was a bit disappointed, on the whole.
I've been wearing Impulse body spray since 1978 when I used to work in a busy office. I would give myself a quick spray in the morning and then forget about it. Other people would notice it and comment on the lovely perfume I was wearing.
Nothing has changed - I'm still wearing it in 2013 and still getting compliments. The spray can has changed shape a little over the year and I like the cool, matt finish. The white background with pink flowers is really pretty. The off-white plastic top can be twisted to open or close. The can contains 75 ml.
This particular fragrance is really nice as it is soft and quite sweet and it does last all day. Like all of the Impulse fragrances, they smell a lot more expensive than they really are and it's great to have lots of smells to choose from. This is one of the best.
Aquafresh extreme clean pure breath whitening comes in a tube with a white plastic lid, contents 100ml. The price varies on where you buy it. Mine was on special offer in Asda for £1, which I thought was a very good deal.
I like the packaging, there is Aquafresh logo and a red, white and blue swirl of toothpaste which indicates that the product is a combination of cleaning, freshening and whitening.
The consistency is good with not too much lather and yes, my teeth felt clean and smooth after using it. After one week, I definitely felt that my teeth were cleaner and a couple of stains on my front teeth had almost gone.
To be honest, I'm not keen on the taste, though. It's quite strong and a bit lemon-y. This reminds me a bit of washing up liquid. The taste seemed to last for ages and I didn't really like it. I much prefer spearmint. As for 'pure breath', well, it was ok but I've had better results with toothpastes which contain baking soda.
All in all, I was a little disappointed and much preferred the original Aquafresh. I loved the 'oxygen' Aquafresh but cannot find this anywhere!
Overall, I could tell it was a quality product but perhaps it didn't really suit me.
OK, so these are my absolute favourites. The other flavours are fine but you can't beat Texas BBQ Sauce. These are in a can, 190g and the price can range from £1 to £2.50, depending on the supermarkets and which special offers are available. I tend to get mine from Asda as they regularly have a £1.50 special price. Occasionally, Poundstretcher will do them for £1.
The crisps/chips are lovely and crunchy but don't have any 'sharp edges' which you sometimes get with normal crisps, especially kettle chips. This does mean, though, that you can get through an awful lot in a very short space of time.
The chips are kind of oval and dip in the middle. They stack on top of each other nicely and once you put the plastic top back on, they stay really fresh. This means that you can have a few at a time and come back to them later. It also keeps out the wasps in summer.
The flavour is just like a barbecue, very meaty, tomato-y and there is hint of garlic and 'smoked onion and chilli' flavour. They actually taste amazing.
One of the best snacks around, especially if you've got friends coming over!
I must have tried them all - facial cleansing wipes seem to be big sellers at the moment - there are so many on offer and prices can certainly vary. I've paid more than £3 for a pack of 25 in the past and haven't been all that impressed. I've even had a foray into babycare and tried those babywipe things. They didn't really work, unfortunately. Now, I've finally found the ones I like and they are the 3 in1 facial cleansing wipes (for sensitive skin) by Aldi.
There are 30 in a pack, they cost only 89p and have an easy-to-open flap at the front. They are intended to cleanse, tone and moisturise. Hence the name '3 in 1'.
The formula doesn't irritate my skin but it DOES remove makeup, even mascara. There is no strong smell or redness afterwards as they are fragrance-free. The other thing that is good is that the wipes stay moist. (I hate those ones that dry out and leave you scrubbing away at your skin!). That means I only use one each time or at the most, two, if I've been using waterproof mascara.
They are very convenient to buy as I do my grocery shopping in Aldi anyway. I just throw a pack in my basket every 3 weeks or so and that's it.
I joined Opinionwold and got a few surveys which seemed to go well. I only earned about 50p per survey but then it didn't take me too long. I often found that I didn't fit the profile needed for the survey and that can be annoying when you've got your hopes up.
Then I got one particular survey which seemed very focused on my place of work. It asked how many people I was responsible for, how many employees there were and how many computers were in each building and whether I was the person responsible for replacing them. That seemed a little odd....
Finally, I was asked to reveal the name, address and contact person for my company and at this point, I stopped the survey. I though this was going too far - it was obvious that the details would be passed on to the sales dept. of a computer company. Have decided to give Opinionworld a miss from now on.