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Nspa is a fruit based body brand sold in Asda stores.
The brand seems to model itself slightly on other more expensive luxury body care brands and the idea is good, particularly as they stock a wide range in the supermarket - could be quite tempting. I was bought this in a set as a present. I usually use another well known body butter/cream brand but was open to braodening my horizons! The package desing of this with the comment on it reminds me of philosophy products. I have limited knowledge of the brand and had not regularly used products previously
I was hoping for a lovely rich smell when I opened the pot - vanilla can be a very rich luxurious fragrance and I usually love it (and creme brulee is one of my favourite puddings) but not in this case..... The smell was weak and sweet and not particularly enticing. It didn't last - I found it was immedately completely overwhelmed even by deodorant.
Slap it on
I was also unimpressed with the colour. I was expecting a cream colour and mine was a sludgy brown. To apply the cream was quite thick and it absorbed fairly quickly but I did find I had a slightly slimy sheen on my arms and legs after applying.
I did feel my skin was moisturised by the product. It was however not a particularly pleasant product in look, smell or after-feel which takes the indulgence out of it. I will stick to other brands - it wont however put me of eating the sweet stuff!!!
I initially tried this when I got a random cashpoint voucher for 50p off at a local supermarket. I have fairly sensitive skin and am quite fussy about what I choose - I don't find my skin reacts to this.
Price - Somewhere between 1-2 pounds. Found at £1.14 at local supermarket but seems to vary. Worth looking for offers and sometimes vouchers.
Package - less sweet and girly packaging that alot of deodorants - obviously the black of the bottle has something to do with the theme of the product. Luminously bright pink and white is quite eye catching.
Contents and lasting - 150ml aerosol. Difficult with deodrants to quantify how long they last really! Depends on how long and how regularly you spray them. Mine last around 1 month.
Quite a harsh spray - stronger spray than most - I tend to hold this a little bit more away from my body than most. The smell is feminine and pleasant - not over sweet/floral. I found it quite musky and can generally smell it for around 5-6 hours. I would not leave it 72hours between sprays. Although I can use it in the morning and go out all day and not really think about reapplying. I generally feel I need to refresh after that.
I do like the lack of marking on clothes - I have never found such an effective spray deodorant at not marking clother before - would definitely recommend it for this reason!
Made by Schwartzkopf (never actually realised before that they own Right Guard!)
Lip balm is a staple item for me - mainly because I tend to accidentally wash them! Nivea produce a varied array of lip balms of different content and purpose and generally I tend to use a basic blue one.
I saw the pearl and shine and thought I would treat myself.
The lip balm itself weighs 4.8g - which seems a tiny amount. Nivea lip balms are very simple sturdy tubes . This one has a white base and a pearlescent pink top - they have slightly changed the name to pearly shine. The lip balm retails for around 2.00.
The lip balm is very smooth and soft - I don't find any lip balm particularly long lasting, but this tends to make my lips feel suitably soothed and moisturised for about 2 hours.
The lip balm itself is a delicate pink and does shine. When you put it on it leave a pleasant sheen over you lips - almost like a very light gloss. This can be quite pretty and adds a twist to an average lip balm.
However - although this works fine at times I did find a fatal flaw with this product. On occasional warm days the lip balm as expected does go quite soft - this I can cope with.... but if I am out and busy I don't always used a mirror to apply lip balm - this lip balm when soft applies a very thick layer of the pale pinks shine which actually made my lips look very pale and odd against my skin.
Pretty lip balm but I wouldn't personally choose it again.
Also posted under my username on ciao.
Everyone has seen E45 - the classic tube or tub of thick white gooey cream used for many minor skin complaints. However also hard to miss have been the recent major supermarket and magazine campaigns for the new moisturiser range. E45 has branched out!
Still bearing the blue and white theme - although with a funkier updated font for the logo the nourish and restore version is topped with a dark red cap. Very generic bottle.
Price - up to 4.50!!! Tends though to be on offer regularly as with many health and beauty products, so perhaps worth waiting for that! It does seem alot for 250ml of moisturiser particularly in a very competitive area of sales - many moisturiser brands have a lower RRP. Available from most Supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and others.
Inside the bottle...
The vital bit. Scented moisturisers can be overpowering and off putting for me, but this is very delicate slightly sweet smell - my initial thought comparative was candy floss I did't feel the smell was particularly long lasting, but pleasant for an hour or so.
The moisturiser itself is quite gel like, it stayed as squirted out from the bottle and looked almost -opalescent. I was pleased by this - I was worried the consistency would be similar to the cream and thick and greasy. There was no greasy feeling - as promised by the bottle! Rubbing it over my skin felt quite refreshing but a bit cold. It sank in to my skin very quickly - perfect for application in a rush as I could dress less than 2 minutes later.
The purpose of the nourish and restore seems to me to give skin back a freshness and revitalised feeling and for me so far it has worked. Particularly after the long dark winter with perhaps a hint of summer coming this weekend it did make my pale pasty hidden skin feel a little brighter. I am just waiting for the 3 week test - to see if it makes my skin more supple (as promised on the bottle - so it must be true!)
Overall I was really impressed by the feel, the consistency and the promise. I feel however the high price may need justification and the scent could maybe be stronger.
The huge recent ad campaign for Bayer's Drontal tablet has many people going gooey at the cute signature schnauzer featured on their TV films, but there is a serious side to Drontal.
Bayer is a huge multi national company the features predominantly in human healthcare, but also has agricultural and animal healthcare sections. Their slogan is Science for a better life.
Their Drontal product is advertised as Britains top wormer.
Drontal treat several types of worms
Round worms - the typical child like image of spaghetti worms. These exist in an animals gut - they may occasionally pass out in faeces where they can be seen. They can also infect humans.
Tapeworms - these can grow much longer than roundworms. Fleas carry the eggs of tape worms and if a dog has fleas, they may groom excessively eating some fleas - getting the eggs of worms in their guts. That particular idea scares me horribly! It also mean it is vital to worm as well if flea have been noted on a pet!
Hookworms - often carried by foxes
It does not treat lungworm.
Drontal contains praziquantel, pyrantel embonate and febantel.
Drontal dosage is calculated at one tablet per 10kg (keeping it nice and simple for those of us mathematically challenged!) The tablets can be split in half relatively easily although not always quite precise (my dog is 5kg) and slightly less easily in to quarters. There are also XL tabs available for dogs over 30kg
It is recommended that puppies are dosed more regularly but after 6 months worming is recommended once every three months. The packets it comes in have great little stickers on the back (little purple dogs) to stick in calendars etc - being once every 3 months the date of the last dose is quite easily forgotten!
Wormers do not remain in the system so the tablet works by killing and clearing the system and there is not long term residual effect. This is slightly unnerving as being a scavenger out on walks I tend to be worried my dog may be reinfested! It can lead to some stomach problems for 12-48 hours after.
Some worms may be seen in faeces.
If a dog has worms a wormer can be given more regularly - as advised by a vet. Very regular dosage of wormers may be used for treatment of other conditions.
Classic signs of worms may be lack of energy, poor coat, white grains in faeces and poor appetite although not all these symptoms may occur and there might be another reason for these.
Bayer have recently produced bone shape tablets which are supposed to be more palatable - rather like biscuits. I have to be honest I think this is more to appeal to owners than dogs - my dog will eat anything given a little encouragement and for her this is not necessary. She would eat an entire box of Drontal if allowed! Any reluctant dogs may take them wrapped in ham or cheese or another nice treat!
Surely they may have been better making the cat tablets more palatable - in my experience felines are far more discerning than the average pooch!?
I have never noticed any side effects with the Drontal for my dog it seems to work its way through her system with minimal effect - even on her poo! Occasionally some dogs may have a slight reaction and very rarely make them sick - so it is worth keeping an eye on dogs after their Drontal! I generally try to give hers between meals so if it does cause any issue I can adjust her food accordingly.
Available in shops, on the net or at vets from 1.30 per tablet, not including any postage if required. The tablets are in foil cases (easily ripped open) and usually in an envelope with drontal plus written on. Parts of tablet if the dog only needs halves store realy well - I wrap them in clingfilm or foil and put in an airtight container and leave till 3 months later. Then it is just a case of remembering where I put them.
I generally find it a very easy reliable way to worm my dog - but then she takes them like candy - and would recommend it.
cLIZS383 also on ciao under the same name.
I LOVE this lip balm!
The Body Shop lip butters echo the body butters and scrubs in miniature but similar sturdy plastic cases - the screw on lid seems to hold quite tightly and I have never had a problem with it coming open in my bag. The lip butters contain 10ml (this is the only size available) and the rrp is 4.00. This is quite expensive for a lip balm, but I tend to wait for it being on offer. I do find that the pots last for ages and stay much fresher (stays the same consistency and still has a smell) - comparative to other shop tubes. And although applying with finger is not the most hygienic I don't think this would work as a tube - it would be too hard.
The lip balm looks quite pale and waxy but feels very smooth to put on. It is quite hard and I couldn't push my finger in to it and make a dent. This lip balm is tough in hotter places - I took a previous pot to South Africa in the summer and it didn't melt! Because this is generally a finger application I do find I loose some lip butter in the corner edge along the bottom when I get low.
After application my lips have a nice sheen on them and the smell is pungent enough (in a nice way - it smells like cherry yoghurt to me!) that I feel I should be able to taste it (and yes the butter lasts through me licking my lips many, many times). The lip balm doesn't have a taste.
I found that the smell lasted for a couple of hours on my lips. In the pot the smell lasted well for about 4 months with regular use. It seems to be well distributed through the balm not just on the top.
Longer term use mean my lips do feel less flaky.
I do find the dark red colour of the pot quite useful and I can find the lip balm quite easily in my bag.
Comparative to the other flavours in the range I like this flavour. Some of the others I find smell very very sweet and not particularly identifiable. Definitely worth the cash.
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I have a very determined terrier and after she yanked the cogs to pieces in several retractable leads I felt the a fixed lead was the way to go.
The Rogz leads look far more flimsy and thin than many other leads but this is deceptive. It does have slight give but once pulled feels secure. The thin appearance can be an advantage for small dogs - feel quite silly if my dogs lead is as thick as her forelimb, which some are.
The patterns they come in a very cute and a selection of male/female/either designs. These generally appear on one side of the lead with the back side being plain.
The clip is silver and quite nicely chunky.
The handle of the lead is formed by the lead folding over and being stitched in. I was surprised it didn't dig in to my hand, but found it was quite easy to hold - even with a badly behaved pulling dog.
Lasted the longest so far! Mine did become slightly frayed at the ends and eventually did get chewed through by another dog - although it did take some time.
Rogz leads I have found come in lengths between 1.6m and 2m long. This is quite a good length I have found and gives sufficient space for a dog to roam slightly but doesn't allow them to move too far away.
Width goes up in stages - 11mm, 16mm and 22mm are the main ones I have seen.
My 1.8m lead was about 7.50. They are fairly expensive but have lasted me so much longer than a cheaper one, I feel its worth paying.
I have struggled for years with my skin and have not (yet) managed to find anything to clear it completely, however the Body shop Tea tree range comes about as close as I think I am realistically going to get.
The toner comes in one of their regularly sized bottles. I found the cap quite stiff - which is probably a good thing with such thin liquid if knocked. The bright green colour did unnerve me slightly but the smell is lovely!
I use cotton wool pads to apply this. Having used a huge selection of toners and having quite sensitive skin I was expecting the usual stinging astringent feeling but this was very gently. My face does remain quite wet for a while after use. Overall it did make my skin feel tighter and smoother and did react well to make up being smothered on top.
Price wise - regular price is 4.50 and with a bottle lasting me well over 2 months I think this is reasonable. The Body Shop do have regular offers and it is worth waiting for these (i.e. 3 for 2 etc)
I work in a very busy job and do alot of exercise. I grabbed this recently as I like the sound of the smell and the idea that it was active and fragrant for 24hrs.
The spray wasn't particularly strong but seemed sufficient when I put it on. I found the fragrance over sweet and scentier than something I would usually wear. Initially I felt quite nice and fresh but as soon as I started moving I felt sticky and sweaty, and the fragrance rapidly wore off. I did try it on several occasions as the first day I used it was shockingly warm, but it didn't appear to cope any better. I found I was needing to reapply hourly at work and that is not something I am used to.
The final straw was when I was out and wearing a black top. I sprayed some on to refresh and ended up with white flakes down my top. Severely unimpressed and not something I would expect from Nivea.
The only dual effect this had for me was making me feel sticky and smelly.
The Body Shop really is an assault on my senses! I behave like a kid in a sweet shop, except for instead of the sugariest sweet going for the sweetest smelling items! The Moroccan Rose scent made the list!
A firmly rectangular bottle with angled edging and a pink picture and writing on the front the bottle is simple but effecting. It does look quite sturdy and thick, but simultaneously quite small for the 50ml it contains. It is a good handbag size bottle.
15.00 for 50ml.. This isn't too bad, but I have a feeling I am going to use up every last spritz rather quickly.
Alcohol Denat., Aqua, Parfum, Geraniol, Limonene, Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, t-Butyl Alcohol, Linalool, Rosa Centifolia Flower Oil, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citral, Eugenol, Denatonium Benzoate.
There are some recognizable oils in here, but also a lot I don't know. The Body Shop are known for their use of natural products and not testing on animals so hopefully there is nothing potent!
As soon as this squirted from the shop tester I decided I NEEDED a bottle. A perfect refreshing clear frangrance. I wouldn't necessarily say dewy as used in the Body Shop description, but I think fresh, clean and blossomy fits!
According to the blurb there is rose, mimosa, orange, cedar, spice, musk and vanilla scents! Personally although I can identify the rose and mimosa and certainly some citrus and spice, the rest are lost and the scent blends' quite well in to one!
I tend to use one spray spread between my wrists and one on the neck area and find that combined with the matching body lotion that is all I need. I usually respray after 4-5 hours.
The scent is delicate and one that probably won't be noticed in heavily smelling situations (barbeque, bar, party). It is something I would choose as a day to day scent.
Smelling it reminds me of a spring/summer walk. It's very pleasant but not particularly striking and totally inoffensive.
Another item in the Lavender harvest set from L'Occitane, which I am working my way through!
They do seem to produce a comprehensive range!
A chunky bottle similar to the hand lotion (except the diagonal sticker on mine is the opposite way)!!! (error?!?). Plastic bottle which got bumped about in my shopping (New Years sale mega shop) and managed to remain undented.
11.00 for 250ml - this is a massive amount for a liquied soap! I normally by mine for comparative pence from any that are on offer ones at the supermarket. This is only for a huge treat as far as I am concerned!!
Soap me up!
So merrily washing my hands I press the pump and squirt some of the clear purple goo in to my hands. It forms a lovely liquid puddle, which as soon as I start swirling round lathers up in to lovely little bubbles! They do seem to stick in big suds together and not fly off and cover the bathroom!
The scent is immediately obvious. It is stronger than any of the other items in the range I have tried but I assume this is deliberate, primarily because when you wash it off, a lot of the smell goes too.
Having lathered and rinsed, I wash off the foam and the smell does dissipate, although I can still smell it in wafts when I move my hands.
The washed skin does feel soft and malleable for a while after washing
It is a lovely hand wash, but does nothing particularly special. I could get a pleasant scent and the same cleaning power for a fraction for the price elsewhere. Given that the pump also gives a fairly large amount out each time the bottle is going down fast.
I always carry a hand cleanser, I like to know that I can always wipe off my hands and make them feel a little cleaner if I need to. This is a hand cleanser with a scent, part of L'Occitanes lavender harvest range.
A silver tube, rather like the hand cream, with a white label and purple writing - part of the set theme. This is quite small, only containing 50ml.
5.25 for 100ml is a lot compared to other more basic hand cleansers. As in 400% more. It's not something that I can really justify for occasional use, let alone day to day bag use!
This contains aloe vera to purify and cleanse the hands and lavender as a soother and the thematic scent!
Using the hand cleanser.
Having squeezed out way too much on several occasions, I have now realized I only need a tiny bit to effectively cover both hands.
The gel is almost translucent and quite runny when it hits your hand. It dissolves in very quickly. Despite the soothing properties it does usually make me want to moisturize afterwards (good thing I have the matching hand cream!). The drying effect is less however than I find with most of these hand sanitisers.
The scent is lovely and very much the same as the hand cream. It is fairly strong when first applied but fades within moments, I guess as soon as the disinfectants have finished working.
Another good thing about is is it mask the smell of the chemical based products in it to affect the cleansing. I often find hand sanitisers quite pungent but this does not have that effect.
My hands feel clean and oil free after using. It does make me far more relaxed with regard to eating and using facilities as I feel that I can make sure my hands aren't germy! I do think that this is a good addition to the product range, but it is expensive. It is something I would use as a treat, e.g. on a day out, when wearing the matching body care products.
In a bid to be green I am trying to limit my use of aerosols, this has led to my ultimate discovery of body mists from the Body Shop.
The body mist comes in a translucent plastic curve top bottle with dark pink and black writing on the clear sticky label. The liquid inside is a pinky colour too. The lid is a very simple spray mechanism with a protective cap on it. The liquied itself it a transparent peach colour.
100ml for 7.00 - Obviously and thankfully cheaper than a perfume, but comparative to a deodorant spray this is quite pricey. Then again that is a distinct possibility with anything from the Body Shop.
Alcohol Denat, Aqua, Parfum, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate , Citronellol, Hydroxycitronellal, Hexyl Cinnamal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Coumarin, Denatonium Benzoate, Geraniol (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Alcohol (Preservative).
I LOVE this. It is light and refreshing. As soon as you spray it on your can smell the delicate top notes (Neroli, freesia and violet leaf.). I don't find I can distinguisht the midtones (given as orange blossom, jasmin and white peony), but it is possible I am just smelling a blend of all of them.
I never notice the woodier lows until a few minutes later when the initial wave of scent has settled a little (sandalwood, vanilla, musk and amber). These are less potent but definitely there as a background.
The overall effect surprised me as I thought it would be a big floral combination, which I would find overwhelming. It is very, very light and feminine but lasting. Several sprays of this and I could still just smell it after a full day at work.
The only problem is, it did smell a little much combined with different varieties of perfume, or get lost under them. I definitely will have to get the perfume!!!
It interests me that L'Occitane produces both a hand cream and a hand lotion in the same scent. So OBVIOUSLY I had to try both just to compare and find out which I thought was better!
The cream is in a silver tube (quite thick and wrinkles - not easy to get all the cream out of!) There are white stickers on the front and back. The front is written in purple (some cusive some block) and simply gives the product name, L'Occitane name and little O logo and the amount (75ml). It also comes in a brown card box.
12.50 gets you one tube. This seems a lot for the tiny amount of hand cream in it!
I am unsure whether it is connected to a memory or simple a personal preference but despite associating lavender with older ladies I LOVE it!
When I opened the tube I was a little disappointed - I though there would be a great rush of smell and there wasn't! Whether the packaging or not though, as soon as I squished some out it was pretty strong. It did smell quite pure and unadulterated - according to the L'Occitane description there is also Shea butter and rosemary in it - which I couldn't smell. The lavender does smell very like the plant. Not particularly sweet, but very genteel!!!
Looks wise this is not attractive - it does remind me of a medical antiseptic. It is more like a gel and sat in the shape pressed out on my hand. It's a very shiny, slightly translucent white.
It initially felt slightly greasy putting it on but this fades fast.It spread quite well and one of the good things about it is that you only need a little to cover you whole hand.
At first I wasn't sure if it was actually doing anything for my skin. Although it did not feel in need of moisturizing so much, it didn't feel particularly smoothed! However withing 4 or 5 days I noticed the threads of dry skin round my nails had cleared up.
This does seem to be an unusual moisturizer on my skin. It does relieve dryness but in quite a subtle way and it does gradually improve. The paradoxical bit to this it that it was such a great shape and size it was one I really was thinking of keeping in a bag for immediate relief!
The price is a downside but the longer term effects are impressive. I find most moisturizers don't have long lasting effects on my hands and don't stop dry skin round the nails. This seemed to. I did prefer it slightly to the hand lotion, simple because of this comparison.
This lavender hand lotion is part of the set also containing a hand cream!
I tried both!!!!
The lotion comes in a chunky bottle with a clear pump lid. The only decoration is a simple diagonal sticker in old fashioned purple cursive script
250ml for 13.00. Not great value for a body lotion, but as this is specifically a hand lotion it should last quite a while for that price.
* Grape Vine
* Shea Butter
Flax seed plants produce an oil that can act as a mosturiser base.
Grape vine is rich in calcium, potassium ond other nourishing vitamins.
Lavender is a natural cleanser, promotes healing and soothes.
Mallow - part of the malvaceae plant family (includes marshmallow!) is also known for soothing quantities.
Oats extract have anti irritant and anti inflammatory uses.
Rosemary is included to soften the skin.
Shea butter is an extract from the tree seed. It is quite thick and fatty and is the same product used for cocoa butter in food. The advantage to using it in body care products it that it melts around bosdy temperature, increasing absorbtion rate.
Similar to the hand cream I LOVE the smell of this but luckily didn't have to walk round with my hand pressed up against my face as the lavender smell is strong. It is offset as well by a delicate sweetness, maybe from the mallow?! Overall it is a feminine smell, clearly lavender, but not is a way that dwarfs anything else. There are not many pungent flavours, and it is simple enough to wear with other fragrances, while still getting the benefit of the smell.
The pump of the bottle is actually quite powerful - probably more than necessary for this lotion as I found there was enough with 1 press to get all over my hands and part way to my elbows. I learnt to part press the pump to only get what I needed.
The lotion does come out fairly thick but does seem to thin when it gets on the skin (shea butter) and run in easily. My skin does feel soft and smooth and I have noticed less reddening and dryness when doing lot's of jobs like washing up or cleaning.
I don't know however that I can justify having a whole bottle of lotion just for my hands, especially if I like the hand cream and am using a body lotion, the bottle is also chunky so no good for travelling. Could this be overkill...!!!
I have had this about two months now, applying it most days at least once and have just under half left!