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      08.01.2012 16:15
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      cheap and pretty cheerful

      As explained in the review of the matching shampoo, I was looking for a cheaper option for the whole family to save money. This seemed like a good way of doing this and as the packaging is sleek and stylish is did not feel like a downgrade.

      The packaging has been updated from the picture shown and is currently a clear cylinder or 750ml priced at around just 60 pence which is indeed a bargain compared to the other products on the shelf at Tescos! The bottle is very large and lasted my family at least a month which is better than some we have previously tried.

      The quality of the conditioner is reasonable, the consistency is very watery compared to that of Doves for example. You have to use more of it to get the same effect but this is not a problem at the size and price of the bottle. It does have a decent conditioning effect which is needed after using the shampoo but I have also found you need to wash your hair more often which is troublesome as you are already using quite a lot is seems unreasonable to double shampoo and condition.

      The aroma is lovely, fresh and fairly long lasting (at least a day). It is substantially apple but the effects of the aloe vera are no doubt beneficial.

      This is an okay conditioner and I will possibly buy in the future if in short of cash!

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      28.08.2011 17:06
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      Decent and affordable

      My cat goes outside a few times a week but hasn't gathered the concept of pooping there yet and I'm afraid that she never will. Because of this we have a hooded litter tray in her own little downstairs bathroom.

      When I go shopping at Tesco I buy this budget cat litter. It's not the best of cat litters but at the price, I'm not complaining! It is a product of the Tesco Value range and therefore the cheapest of all the litters. It costs £1.56 for a 10 litre bag. It lasts quite a while because 10 litres is quite a lot and you only need to use about 1-2cm of it at a time.

      My cat has no problems with using it and it isn't too hard to clean up her mess. the litter doesn't clump really but the places where she has urinated degrades white easily and the litter does no favours with the smell. A wood based litter or scented type can be better for odour control.

      It is a clay based litter which means that it creates a fair amount of dust and I do sometimes get some dusty paw prints on the leather sofa. Because it's made out of clay, it's not the best for the environment and I do prefer using a wood based litter but the expense is about double and these days my budget is quite tight.

      In my opinion, this is a much better litter than the Asda Smart Price version. They both claim to be lightweight and this one is still quite heavy but lifting the Asda one into the trolley is a struggle and even pouring it into the tray is a mighty task! It is also much easier to empty than the Asda one and although sometimes it is quite difficult to get the litter off the bottom, it is much simpler than doing it with the Asda litter. It can, however, be quite hard and if you are not up for it then a wood based is better and empties very smoothly.

      I'd recommend this if you want a cheap cat litter but not if you can afford a higher quality one however it's still a 4 stars from me, as it's not all bad.

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        27.08.2011 18:39
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        I'd recommend these

        Wipes are an important feature of my cleaning routine. I have a pack for the kitchen and bathroom and also some furniture wipes for wood and leather. I like using them because of the convenience and effectiveness despite the fact a cloth and spray can also be good but I like the disposable aspect. These particular wipes are available in an orange and lemon scent which is a gives a nice freshness.

        The packet states that they won't fall apart and this is true, they are quite strong-holding but can't say I've found any other wipes that 'fall apart'. They wipe really smoothly and collect dust and dirt really well and it isn't difficult to remove stubborn marks. The aroma is nice but not long lasting and they are good at their job.

        Unlike some wipes I have used in the past they aren't anti-bacterial but they do a good job and any surface areas look clean. The pack is easy to reseal and the wipes stay fresh and moist for a long time. These wipes are suitable for hard washable surfaces but you shouldn't use it on carpet, upholstery or any fabrics and there are separate special wipes that can do some of these jobs.

        Because of the amount I get through I like to buy fairly cheap ones and have tried several own brands that aren't bad at all. I buy these Flash Wipe and Go wipes from Wilkinsons and for a pack of 60 wipes they cost just 85 pence which is quite cheap and good value. However, what I really don't like about Flash wipes is that they say 60 wipes when when in reality there are only actually thirty large ones (in fairness it does stated that in small on the pack) because it' very difficult to split them in half and when you do the wipes are very small and you also seem to take out another wipe out and stuffing them all back in is quite a job! I wouldn't even classify the 'large' wipe as large. I personally think they should just say there are thirty wipes in the pack otherwise it's slightly misleading.

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        26.08.2011 16:50
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        A good facial wash

        I don't normally buy products for myself in the Body Shop as they are quite expensive and they are lovely gifts. However, one week in the newspaper they had an offer of a £5 Body Shop free cut out voucher and so I was keen to try something new out in the facial area. My skin is really difficult to treat. My forehead is quite oily and spotty but the bottom of my face is really dry and my skin starts to peel. I usually have to only wash the top half and nose with the cleanser and then wash the bottom with only water and then moisturize after.

        There is an array of several different products for the face in the Body Shop and it was honestly difficult to pick a suitable one. I was willing to spend a bit over £5 if there was something that really stood out but the tea tree foaming cleanser I finally chose was £4.50. This is much more than I would usually spend, but as I was getting it free it was a good pick. The bottle is quite large mainly due to the lid but it actually only contains 150ml.

        The product is suitable for blemished skin and is described as an instant foam that removes impurities and excess oil for clearer looking skin. It shouldn't dry out the skin which is a worry with me and also is supposed to minimize breakouts which the idea of sounds great! This appealed to my troublesome skin as so it seemed like a good choice.

        The product has a really strong tea tree smell which I personally love. It's organic tea tree oil from Kenya and supports community trade which is also why the Body Shop products are more expensive. Tea tree oil is also supposed to be very effective in treating spots which is also encouraging. One squirt gives you a dollop of foam which covers your face nicely. I gently rub it around and then rinse off. At first after drying your skin appears quite red but it dies down and it seems to take away all the excess oil and it fortunately does not over dry your skin. I use it once in the morning and once in the evening with a few other moisturisers.

        I still get spots and I can say that it does possibly slightly reduce breakouts but I still get them and it is no cure. All in all it is a good product and lasts a long time at quite a high price but Body Shop products are always more expensive but have a good quality and organic ingredients too, so it's worth it I guess.

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        26.08.2011 16:02
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        Recommend but I think next time I'll try an ointment.

        I swim quite regularly which I think is the reason I got Athletes Foot. It's not a nice infection to have and it makes your feet/foot very sore and the skin starts to peel off.' I've had it more than once and it's important to keep using your treatment until the infection has completely gone because otherwise it'll come back in no time which is very frustrating, as I have found.

        I used to use a Boots powder which was quite convenient but not very good at fighting the infection because it is supposed to be used as a complementary product with the cream. So after the powder had run out I was still having trouble with Athlete's Foot and decided to purchase a cream this time instead to see if it was any better.

        I went to a few shops but finally at Wilkinsons, this Scholl Athlete's Foot cream was the cheapest and I thought I could rely on it as it is Scholl and the shoes they make are generally a good quality. It cost around £3 which is more expensive than the powder but I really wanted to be rid of Athlete's Foot as it is a nuisance and also very painful at times. The tube contains 25 grams of the tolnaftate antifungal cream which is supposed to destroy Athlete's Foot fungi. The packaging claims that it should prevent reinfection and relieve itching and soreness.

        Directions of use:
        Wash and dry infected area and apply twice daily. Squeeze out 2-3 cm of the cream and spread evenly over the infected area. You should wear clean socks every day and continue treatments for two weeks after the symptoms disappear to prevent reinfection.

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        The cream does stop the itching and soothes the area quite well. It takes a few weeks for the athlete's foot to go away which is quite long but most treatments for Athlete's Foot are quite lengthy. It is quite uncomfortable using the cream because it sticks to your socks and has an irritating feeling of moistness, which shouldn't be there because that is an ideal condition for Athlete's Foot to thrive on! It is quite good I guess and is more effective than the powder and fighting the infection although the process is very long.

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        26.08.2011 14:57
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        I'd definitely recommend this

        The little tin lip balm range caught my eye whilst I was shopping in Superdrug. The tins are very stylish in a bright metallic casing. I love buying lip products as my lips are prone to getting dry and cracked very easily which is uncomfortable and means that wearing lipstick can be very difficult. I like using the Nivea sticks because they smell lovely and give your lips a nice look however I think that the Petroleum Jelly type are more effective with moisturising.

        The price of this product used to be quite cheap in comparison to Vaseline because it only cost around a pound but they have increased it to £1.39 which is quite step seeing as they sell the Vaseline range at £1.25. It doesn't seem a lot but its about a good 30 pence increase from when I last bought it, in fairness quite a while ago! The little blue tin, original is only £0.99 which is a significant 40 pence less than the pink tin but in the end I preferred the look of the pink one and I thought it would have a nicer smell.

        The products only ingredient is Petrolatum which is just another term for Petroleum Jelly and therefore exactly the same as Vaseline. It's a clear pale yellow colour and despite it being the pink version it doesn't really smell of anything which is quite disappointing because I would have bought the blue tin if I'd have known. It applies really smoothly and gives your lips a glossy look almost as if you were wearing lip gloss. After quite regular use my lips are soft and they don't crack as long as I wear it often enough.

        It's a 20 gram tin which may seem very small but it does in fact last very long and the contents does not dry out or get dirty which is good. In cold weather it is quite hard to get the balm on to your finger but some rubbing around does it nicely. All in all it's an effective lip balm which gives your lips a nice look. I'd recommend it, but it's exactly the same as Vaseline so I would just get the cheaper one!

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          23.08.2011 17:02
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          Make sure you deflea regularly to keep your cat happy and safe :)

          I consider Bob Martin to be a trustworthy brand and I also purchase the worming tablets that treat tapeworm and roundworm. It is vital that you deflea your cat on a monthly routine to ensure you're cat is protected against fleas and ticks. You should only use this if your cat is over 12 weeks old.

          It is very easy to apply this treatment. It comes in a small tube containing 0.9ml of the liquid. Just snip off the end of the nozzle and part your cats fur at the nape of the neck and apply directly on to your cats skin. I find it very difficult to keep my cat still long enough by myself and so I consider it to be a two person job and have someone help me to keep her calm and still. It is quite easy to squeeze it out but make sure you have got it all out as on some occasions I have been mistaken and it's difficult to get your cat to come back once you've let her run off!

          Make sure you wash your hands after applying as the substance is harmful when in contact with human skin. Don't touch the treated area for at least 3-6 hours and you should be particularly careful with letting you cat be near leather furniture. If you cat swallows some of the flea treatment or appears to be ill then seek advice from the vet and bring the packet along with you. I've had no problems with using this but it's important to make sure you are aware of what to do in a rare case.

          I think this product is effective in protecting cats from fleas and ticks it is clinically proven and as my cat has fortunately never had them, I put it down to routinely using this spot on treatment. The pack is also quite useful in having a recording table so you can be sure to keep up to date with the treatments.

          I usually buy the pack of three which controls fleas and ticks for 12 weeks, 3 applications lasting 4 weeks each. The pack of three is the best value for money at around £4.50 from Asda but there is also a one pack which is £2.02 and a two pack. These are widely available from supermarkets and pharmacies which is the main reason I use Bob Martin. There is also wide range available online and can be much larger and more convenient for some people.

          I no doubt recommend this. It has a double action and unlike some treats ticks as well. It is convenient to buy and does not come at too great an expense.

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          21.08.2011 19:52
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          5 stars

          I bought this camera probably in 2007 as the family camera because at the time it was one of the best models. Since then I have bought a new one with double the amount of megapixels but this trusty camera has been handed down to my daughter who still uses it regularly on school trips or days out with her friends. This is great because I don't have to worry to much about her losing or breaking it as it would not be a great loss.

          This camera is very small and compact, weighing just about 150 grams. It fits easily into small bags in its case which means that you can fit in your sun-cream and other essentials whilst on holiday without having to worry about fitting in your camera. It can also easily slide into a pocket.The screen is also quite small compared to other cameras, 5cm x 3cm. The only trouble with this is that sometimes you think the photos look really lovely but when you enlarge it, it looks very different!

          On the other hand, the camera is capable of capturing great photos with its 5.2 megapixel camera. This seems quite low compared to the cameras of today and as a matter of fact, my phone has a 5 megapixel camera! However, the quality of the photos we develop are seemingly no different to those of my new Samsung camera. The photos look best when the camera is on flash. The video recording time is quite lengthy and is capable of 60 seconds in high quality or 180 in a lower quality. It is useful for recording small birthday clips and such. On the camera function it is also possible to have the picture quality at 0.3, 2, 3 or 5 megapixels which means that you can take more photos if you are running low on memory.

          The zoom is 3.4 x Optical and 4.1 digital. This is much smaller than the camera I have at the moment but it is quite decent and I don't think it matters too much that it isn't able to zoom in very far. It takes photos in all areas really well but performs best outdoors or in good light. Sometimes I find that indoors photos can have an orange tint.

          There are less features on this camera but there still are several different modes such as portrait or landscape and also black and white or chrome. Sure, not as many as the modern cameras but a good variety and it does the job well enough. The camera came with quite a small memory card and so I purchased a 256mb to replace it which meant we could store plenty of photos and videos.

          The camera is very easy to use because of the simplicity of the functions and it is also not hard to transfer the photos on to the computer. You simply need the usb connection cable and there are no problems from there. To develop the photos you can go to Boots or elsewhere and insert the memory card into the machine and then select your desired photos.

          The silver metal exterior is also very durable as I have dropped it on many occasions and it has passed with a few scratches but that's all so I'm very happy with it. We have never had any problems and I think this is a great camera and would highly recommend it to you even though it isn't one of the newer models.

          This camera was quite expensive back in the day but now can be found relatively cheap on sites like eBay.

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            20.08.2011 21:01
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            Good purchase

            These dewormer tablets are effective in treating tapeworms and roundworms. Unlike some treatments it protects against all intestinal worms that are most commonly found in UK cats.

            The tablets come in a very large box for the two small tablets that come inside it and has information written all over it including a flap on the back which offers more advice and instructions. The pack also comes with a paper inside that has more safety information.

            You should weigh your cat carefully before giving them the tablet as you need to get the correct dosage amount.
            1-2kg= 1/2 tablet
            2-4kg= 1 tablet
            4-6kg= 1 & 1/2 tablets
            +6kg= 2 tablets

            Most cats on average are 2-4 kg which is why the packs says two dosages but if you cat is over 4 kg then you will end up having to use more. The tablets are fine to split in half and have an indent in them which makes it easier.

            The tablets aren't too big and I can quite easily conceal it in a piece of chicken which my cat will eat without noticing anything. Another option is to grind it up and put in on a meaty treat of some sort but this is harder and I find the first way much quicker and hassle free.

            Kittens over 12 weeks old and adult cats should be wormed routinely every 3 months. Along with this you should remember to deflea your cat as this helps keep away the nasty worms.

            My cat has never had worms as we do as the packet advises and worm every 3 months. This treatment obviously seems to work as my cat goes outdoors and has probably encountered them before.

            These tablets are very convenient as they are available from Asda, Wilkinsons, Tesco and many other stores and do not need a vet prescription or anything of that sort! From Asda, this 2 treatment pack costs around £5-6 which seems expensive but two packs of this will last a year and it is much better to prevent than to cure. It is also cheaper to use Bob Martin products than Frontline and Advantage which are also less widely available.

            Definitely recommend this dewormer, it's reliable and effective.

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            20.08.2011 19:55
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            Get to sleep in no time

            I first got this as a Christmas present from a friend and I didn't use it for a while as I didn't realise how nice they are once heated. Before you put it in the microwave it's just an average bear, soft, cute looking display purposes mainly. However, I have come to realise that these beddy bears can be essential for a good nights sleep on a cold winters night.

            They are made in China using microsafe materials and the small balls in the bear are essentially just treated wheat grains and the head and arms is made of the average soft stuffing. The bear additionally has a lovely and relaxing lavender aroma which is released upon heating. It really helps with ease of sleeping. When the scent starts to fade you simply can put a few drops of lavender oil to refresh the aroma.

            They are so easy to heat, just put it in the microwave for 2 minutes for 800-1000 watts or 2 and a half for 600-700 watts. Once heated they can be used similarly to hot water bottles. They are a great comfort when suffering from period pains and stomach aches or just to ease getting into a freezing bed. The warmth lasts for a long time and you'll be asleep before you have any sense of it gradually fading.

            They can also be used as cold packs and you just have to place the bear in a sealed freezer bag and put in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This makes them ideal for reducing temperatures, easing sprains and reducing swelling. I haven't personally done this as I usually just use ice packs as my freezer is quite small and usually full, but it is a useful feature.

            Intelex now have a huge range of different microwaveable animals along with the classic bear. They cost around £10 which isn't bad for a teddy bear which also has much more on offer.

            I would happily recommend it and it's a great gift, as I would know!

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              20.08.2011 19:19
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              Buy it now!

              A year and a half ago, this was the first scratching post I bought for my then, new kitten. We had already spent tonnes on an array of toys, a new bed, litter box, collar, identity tag, deflea spot on and worming tablets and still had the injections to come! We knew it was an essential to provide your kitty with somewhere to scratch for their benefit- and your furniture!

              However, I didn't want to spend a fortune but I wanted something my cat would actually use. I didn't really have enough time to order online and sure there are plenty of cat scratching posts available from Amazon that are also decent prices but when I saw the basic one from Argos I was very encouraged to buy it. It is the cheapest post from Argos at the bargain price of £7.99!

              The price wasn't the only thing that drew me to buy it. I wanted a post that would be large enough for when my kitten grew into an adult cat because they like to stretch to the full height. The dimensions are height 45, width 29 and diameter 29cm. The height is great and one of the tallest I found of the basic structure. There are tall activity centres also available which are great but when space and costs are limited this is the best cat scratching post to go for.

              The post is covered in sisal rope, embedded with catnip. It has a strong square base covered in carpet and a furry ball on a string attached to the top.

              After my kitten had settled in nicely I was very keen to introduce her to the post and exercise her claws on it. The ball was a great way of doing this and she loved playing and pouncing on it and then unleashing her claws on the post. I think the catnip was what encouraged her the most and she almost immediately started using it herself particularly before meals and after waking from a nap.

              The height has never been a problem now she is all grown up. The only thing I can say in a negative light is that she is very strong now and can sometimes pull the thing over. She got through her first one quite quickly and we purchased the exact same one after as she loved it so much. In two and a half months she's pulled off the ball and I had to sew it back on. After six months the rope was coming off and bits of white string were always on the floor. Don't let this put you off though because the wear and tear was because she used it all the time and I don't know what we'd do without it.

              I has prevented a lot of damage to the furniture but, of course our sofas aren't completely free from damage as she accidentally scratched them when jumping on to the sides of the sofa when she was not big enough to manage it. We something catch her just about to scratch something else but we simply nudge her away and she uses her post just as regularly as she used to.

              This is a great scartching post I really recommend it, it's one of the best decisions I ever made, for me and my cat! I give it a 5 stars all round, it's fab.

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              18.08.2011 23:02
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              Try it out :)

              I first got this as a gift with the Coconut Body butter. They both go together really nicely and were 50ml in size. Soon after I purchased the larger version which is 200ml because I loved it so much! The large pot costs £12.50 which is quite a lot but it's definitely worth it and is also a lovely gift.

              The scrub itself comes in a smart brown tub which is easy to open and close. It is a light brown with other shades of black and brown sandy grains in it. It smells amazing, a really natural coconut smell which I haven't been able to match with any other products.

              The scrub is for normal to dry skin and contains coconut oil to moisturize. I have quite dry skin and it really works wonders with making it softer. It applies really nicely and the smell is great. I usually just do my legs and sometimes other areas but I'm careful not to use too much because I don't want it to run out too soon as it is expensive for a body scrub.

              It works really well for my skin and I like buying stuff like this from the body shop as presents but they are quite expensive. As a body scrub it is above average but there are products on the market that are better and also cheaper..

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            • Butterkist Popcorn / Sweets / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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              Although popcorn is generally viewed as a cinema treat, it is also great for packed lunches, parties, watching films at home or just as a sweet snack when you're at home. It's not the healthiest and you are much better off having a piece of fruit but popcorn can be the tastier option, in my opinion.

              This toffee popcorn is very sweet and the popcorn is not hard and doesn't have too many bits that stick in your teeth. It can get quite sickly if eaten in excess and so I personally don't recommend it for the cinema. I usually get the cinema sweet flavour popcorn though as I think it is less sickly and it also doesn't get your hands as sticky. The smaller six pack version is probably better as the portions are smaller and as they are individually wrapped they are more convenient.

              Butterkist toffee popcorn comes in a pack of 200 grams. It's fairly big and it's more fit for sharing. I usually get it from Poundland as this is where it's cheapest but it is also widely available and when we go to the cinema it is most convenient to buy it from Co-op which is just opposite the Odeon It costs around £1- £1.50 in most shops. It's much cheaper to buy popcorn elsewhere from the cinema as it is much cheaper.

              Per 25 grams there is 105 kcal which is quite good but I'd probably eat more than that! There is 13.7 grams of sugar which is quite high. This is a good occasional treat as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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            • Cookworks Rice Cooker / Slow Cooker / 33 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              It's for everyone :)

              We have had this rice cooker for about 1-2 years now and I love it! We previously had a steamer which could steam vegetables and all sorts but we only really used it to steam rice. This rice cooker is much smaller and fits better into the fairly small kitchen I have.

              The max amount of rice it can cook is about 8-10 cups but 3-4 is more than enough for a few main course servings. The time to cook varies with how much you use but 3-4 cups takes about 15 minutes. All you do is put in the rice, add water and flick the cook switch. What's great about it, is that you don't have to worry about it as it cooks and then immediately switches on to the keep warm function which ensures the rice doesn't dry out if you leave it for a little while and keeps it warm if you're serving in a short while. However you should switch off from the mains fairly soon after cooking or it will dry out if left for too long.

              The rice cooker has a separate crockpot which you can remove to clean it. It's supposed to be non-stick but it is quite hard to clean and I've found if you've left it a while and the rice grains have dried and hardened then it's best to soak it in warm water for a while.

              It is available from Argos for £24.99 which is quite good for a budget rice cooker but obviously more expensive than boiling it in a pan.

              This is great for simple quick rice cooking. It's perfect for the family and great for students too as it doesn't take up much space. I definitely recommend it because it takes away a lot of stress in the kitchen despite the price.

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              Definitely recommend to you :)

              I am quite a big fan of Dove products and so I purchased this when it was on offer from Asda. The packaging is very attractive and is a creamy white which suits my bathroom, although of course this is not the most important factor! the product is available in different scents but the one I purchased was the cucumber and green tea.

              The soap is described as 'beauty cream wash' which sounds rather fancy but it's just because on the back it says it is also suitable to be used as a facial cleanser. It's quite handy if you want a two in one or just if you've run out of cleanser and need a quick alternative. I mainly use it as a hand wash but occasionally use it to cleanse my face.

              A quarter of the creamy wash is moisturizing cream which is very good because when you use it it doesn't leave your skin feeling dry and is why it is also a very good facial cleanser. The fragrance is supposed to be cucumber and green tea which sounds interesting and refreshing but in fact the smell is quite artificial and the cucumber and green tea extracts aren't recognizable. On the other hand the smell is quite nice but just not as described and as I would have imagined it to be.

              The cream is a thick light green creamy soap. You don't have to use a lot to get the desired effect and just lather up like any other hand wash. Using it is quite refreshing and your hands do truly feel softer afterwards. I would definitely recommend this product it's very convenient and looks very stylish too.

              A 250ml bottle cost only £1 from Boots which is very good, especially for a Dove product which can usually be very expensive.

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