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      27.09.2011 12:49
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      A great handwash from a great brand.

      I'm a bit of a fan of the Palmolive range of handwashes as I find that they come in many different varieties and all seem to be of a good price and come in many nice scents. This is one that I had not bought before so I thought I would give it a try. I bought this "Milk & Honey" handwash from my local Asda supermarket for only £1 a couple of months ago. According to their website it is still only £1!

      The handwash comes in a transparent bottle that is 13cm x 9cm x 4cm in size. On the top there is a white pump that is easy to use to dispense a small amount of the handwash. The bottle has a label on the front that has the product logo and a picture of honey which makes it quite attractive. The rear contains all the necessary product information.

      The actual handwash itself is beige/dark yellow in colour, which is what I would expect milk and honey mixed together to look like. The handwash is opaque and has a reasonably thick consistancy which means that when it is on your hand it doesn't run away. Once dispensed onto your hand, the handwash is very easy to work into a lather and it will spread over all of your hands with ease. This is good as only one dispense of the handwash is easily enough. I have found in the past that with cheaper washes you need more than one dispense to get a good wash.

      Once lathered up, the handwash seems to do a good job at cleaning most stains and smells off your hands which is good as it allows it to be used anywhere in the home. The lather is very easy to fully wash off which is good as it means you only need to use a small amount of water, hence saving water and money! Once dried, I find that it leaves hands feeling smooth and soft with a very light fragrence, if any at all.

      The handwash is designed to be used with very dry skin, which is one of the reasons why I bought it. I only occasionally suffer from dry skin on my hands so I thought that this should hopefully help prevent it.

      I have used many other handwashes in the past, some by Palmolive and many by other brands and I find I always seem to come back to Palmolive as the quality is very good. I have found that this handwash does what it is meant to and does a very good job of it. It also lasts ages too. The bottle holds 300ml of handwash and this has lasted over 4 months in a house of 3 adults. This is remarkable value for money and I will be buying this again.

      I am going to give this 5/5 as it does what it is meant to and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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        24.09.2011 08:22
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        A great shampoo from a well respected brand.

        When it comes to buying shampoo, I'm not the most loyal of customer to any brand as I find as a male with short hair the brand does not matter too much. I opted for this shampoo by Schwarzkopf as it was in my local pound shop for only £1 a bottle. I have the Yoghurt and Lime Smoothie Shampoo which is meant to add volume and energy for fine lifeless hair.

        The shampoo comes in a tall but narrow bottle that is a pale yellow colour. The bottle is 21cm x 9cm x 3cm in size which makes it a nice sized bottle and is easy to hold when in the bath/shower. The bottle holds 400ml of the shampoo which is a smaller volume in comparison to other brands I have used, but is enough for the price I paid.

        The shampoo is the same colour of the bottle which when dispensed makes it very aesthetically pleasing to use. It has quite a thick consistancy which is good as it means it won't run out of your hand before it gets into your hair. I have reasonably short hair and I find that I don't need to use much in comparison to other brands the shampoo is very easy to lather up and work into my hair. This is good as it means that the shampoo has lasted me quite a while. Once you start to work the shampoo into your hair, the fragrance of the shampoo is quite noticeable and is very nice. The fragrence definitely reminds me of yoghurts and limes which is good as I like them both. It is a good combination of the two to give a very nice shampoo.

        Once worked into my hair I find it is quite easy to wash out under a warm shower. Once washed out I then usually use the Supersoft Conditioner. Sometimes I don't always use it and I find that once dry my hair still feels soft and smooth and smells very clean. This clean and soft feeling seems to stay with my hair for quite a while, which is good as with some shampoo's my hair can go greasy after a day but with this it takes a few days before it starts to feel greasy. This is really good and this is the kind of quality I would expect from a good brand like this.

        I may not be the best person to ask about shampoo as I don't suffer from the problems associated with long hair, however I find that this shampoo is very good. It has a very nice scent, it cleans hair very well and it is superior to cheaper brands. I would also recommend using this alongside the conditioner which gives you exceptional feeling hair.

        I am going to give this shampoo 5/5 as for the price I paid and the superior clean it has given me it is well worth the money and I would highly recommend it.

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        29.07.2011 19:02
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        Overall a good fertiliser in my opinion.

        I've just this year started growing vegetables in my garden as this is the first time I've lived in a student house for more than one year. This has meant that I can have big pots in the garden without the need to move them half way through the year. I have decided to grow tomatoes and courgettes as they are easy to grow and I like both the vegetables. To help with the plants growth I bought a 175ml bottle of Baby Bio plant food as the plants are kept in pots with cheapish compost in them.

        --- The Bottle ---
        The plant food comes in a small plastic bottle that is 15cm tall and 6cm wide at the base. The bottle is oval shaped which gives it a noticeable and recognisable shape. I have the special 60th Anniversary bottle that has a yellow and brown label like the one shown in the picture. On the top there is a bright red cap that is child proof.

        On the front of the wrapper it has the Baby Bio name in a green font with a yellow stripe of colour that wraps its way around the bottle. There is also the Anthony Nolan charity logo on the front as money from the sales of these bottles go towards the charity. The rear has lots of small text with information about the fertiliser and how to use it.

        --- The Fertiliser ---
        The pack recommends to use 5-10 drops per half litre of water used however I just use a small squirt of the brown liquid in about a litre of water as this seems to work for me. With the bottle being plastic, it makes dispensing the fertiliser very easy. Despite the fertiliser being brown, when diluted it doesn't change the colour of the water at all.

        I have found that when you aren't using the bottle, if it is left for a few days between usage, the fertiliser can dry up around the rim of the cap. This isn't too much of a problem as it can be scrapped off into a watering can, but it also flakes off when you open the cap, which therefore leads to loss of the fertiliser.

        I have been using this fertiliser on my tomatoes and courgettes for quite a while now and I have found that it seems to of made an improvement into the growth of the plant. I don't have anything to compare it against though so I don't know the full extent of the improvement it has made. I have been using this bottle since I planted the seeds for the plants and that was in March. There isn't very much left in the bottle now, but this is probably because I am quite generous when I use it. I feel that if I used the amounts stated on the bottle it would last a lot longer.

        I have also been feeding my plants cold tea as I have heard this is good for them also. I simply place my used tea bags in a large beaker, fill it up with hot water and then leave to go cold again. I then dilute the resulting tea into about 2 litres and then water the plants with this. I feel that this has also helped with the growth of the plants and is a (nearly) free fertiliser for the plants.

        --- Where To Buy ---
        Baby Bio can be found in any good garden centre, supermarket or local shop. The cost will vary depending on where you buy it from but it will range from £2-£3 for a bottle of this size.

        --- The Verdict ---
        I do believe that this fertiliser has helped with the growth of my plants however as I have nothing to compare it with then I don't know how much it has helped. I would buy it again though as it is a good well known brand that has a very good reputation. I would also recommend it as fertiliser is key when using pots for your plants as you need to keep right nutrients in the soil to aid growth.

        I am going to give it 4/5 as it does seem to work well but I believe that I could use cheaper methods (I.e tea) to help my plants grow.

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        29.07.2011 08:41
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        A good brush but not easy to hold when wet

        Recently when I bought toothbrushes, I have bought the multipacks of cheap toothbrushes as they seemed like good value. I have been using these cheap toothbrushes for a couple of months now and they do a basic job, but I have noticed they don't do as good a job as the more expensive brushes I used to use. I have therefore resorted to spending a little more for quality rather than quantity.

        When shopping in Boots, I opted for this one as it looked to be of good quality, was from a name I recognised and the packaging and price and quite convincing.

        --- The Packaging ---
        The toothbrush is backed onto a piece of card with a plastic wrap around it to secure it to the card and to protect it from damage. The package is 23cm x 4cm x 1.5cm in size which is very similar to all other models and makes of toothbrush available. The card back is a mixture of orange, blue, silver, purple and white, which makes the pack very attractive to the eye. The plastic is shaped to fit around the toothbrush, which stops the brush from moving or rattling around. The rear of the pack highlights the many features of the brush which make it so good for cleaning teeth.

        Some of these features include (taken from pack):
        Interdental filaments for effective cleaning of tooth surfaces, between teeth and along gum lines.
        Angled neck to help provide easy access to all areas of the mouth.
        Easy grip handle.

        --- The Brush ---
        The actual brush is 18cm long has has a cylindrical shaft which is made from a colourless plastic. At the base of the shaft there is the Wisdom logo in silver and then wrapped all around it to the top there is a blue plastic that acts as a grip. This grip also allows the toothbrush to securely lie face up on a surface without it rolling over and contaminating the brush head.

        The brush head 3cm long and 1cm wide at the widest. The bristles protrude 1cm from the plastic head and are a mixture of blue and white in colour. To the touch they feel quite firm and hard, however this is a medium grade brush.

        When your hands and the shaft are dry, they grip works really well in giving you a solid hold of the toothbrush, however I have found that when you have wet hands, the brush is really hard to grip properly and it slips around a lot.

        I have found the actual brush itself to be very good. I have always used medium brushes and this has to be one of the better ones that I have used. The bristles aren't to harsh which makes them good for cleaning my teeth, but they are quite soft on my gums. I found my old brush to be quite harsh on my gums, which is a stark contrast to this brush. I find that the brush is very easy to control in my mouth and can access all areas quite easily.

        I have been using this brush for a while now and normally by now the bristles would of started to fray outwards, however this brush still looks in very good condition.

        --- Where To Buy ---
        So far I have only seen this brush in Boots and it cost me just over £1.50. aside from blue, it also comes in pink, purple and green.

        --- The Verdict ---
        I have used many different brushes in the past year, many of which were quite cheap. Compared to all these brushes, this brush is very good quality and very good value. It has a good strong brush that works well to clean my teeth but doesn't cut my gums. It has a good solid grip that is good when you are dry, but sadly is pretty useless when wet.

        Overall I am going to give this 4/5

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          28.07.2011 18:10
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          A great mouthwash for a good price.

          I try to use mouthwash everyday as I like to think it helps to keep my teeth and gums in a good shape. I opted to buy this one from Boots recently as it is part of there 3 for 2 on selected dental products so I had this as my free product.

          --- The Bottle ---
          The bottle is 22cm x 8cm x 5cm in size and clear throughout. On the top there is a white opaque screw cap lid that is child proof as you have to squeeze the sides to open it. On the front there is a plain blue label that has the name of the product in white and the boots logo on it. There rear also has a large blue label that contains all of the product information.

          --- The Mouthwash ---
          Each bottle contains 500ml of a blue coloured coolmint mouthwash. The mouthwash has a minty scent to it which is quite strong and sometimes makes me sneeze. As well as the mint scent there is also another scent that I can only associate with dental products. When you taste the mouthwash, it tastes just as it smells, nice and minty. This is good as this is part of the reason I buy mouthwash. I find that after a good swill and gargle, the mouthwash helps to leave my breathe feeling and smelling fresher for longer. I find that if I use just toothpaste then my breathe doesn't stay too fresh for long, but with this it stays fresher for longer.

          The bottle states that the mouthwash also helps to fight bacteria. I'm not sure how true this statement is, however I have not had any bacterial, gum or tooth problems since using it so I can only assume it does work to an extent.

          I use about half to three quarters of a cap full per use, once in the morning and once in the evening and I find that this is good enough to keep me going throughout the day. Even with using it twice a day, I still find one bottle can last me quite a while which makes it good value for money.

          --- Where To Buy? ---
          As this is a Boots own brand product, it can only be bought at Boots shops, there are around 2400 of them so it shouldn't be too much of a problem finding one! It costs 81p for a 500ml bottle, which only comes in the Cool Mint flavour.

          --- The Verdict ---
          I am going to give this 5/5 as for the price and the quality of the product it is well worth the money. I have not had any complaints with it so far as it does a very good job in helping to look after my teeth and gums and keeping my breathe fresher for longer. It is well worth trying for such as good price.

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            28.07.2011 07:33
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            A very nice biscuit that I have not seen before.

            Choc Chip Digestives is a biscuit that I have not seen before, however the concept seems quite good and I am surprised I have not seen them before. I saw these the other day in Sainsburys for 71p a pack and I decided to give them at try as they looked and sounded nice.

            --- The Pack ---
            The biscuits come in a dark brown cylindrical plastic wrapper that is 25cm long and 7cm in diameter. The pack has a picture of a cup of tea and the biscuit being dunked in the tea. This made it very appealing to me as I like to dunk biscuits in my tea and so it drew me to the product. Aside from this, it has the product name on the front is quite simple letters in white. The other side of the wrapper contains a lot of information about the product in quite small writing.

            --- The Biscuit ---
            Each biscuit is 7cm in diameter and 0.5cm thick. When you look at them, it doesn't immediately strike me that it is a digestive as it looks a bit more like a rich tea biscuit. On all sides of the biscuit you can see the nice light golden brown colour of the biscuit which is interspersed by the dark brown colour of the dark chocolate chips. This gives it a nice attractive look to it and the combination gives the biscuit a very distinct scent which I find is very nice and quite sweet due to the chocolate.

            The inside of the biscuit has a texture that much more closely resembles a digestive. When you bite into the biscuit, it has a firm but crunchy texture to it, which tastes like a good digestive should do. When you bite through the biscuit, you get little bits of chocolate sweetness every now and then which make them a joy to eat. As the pack recommends dunking and I like dunking biscuits in tea, this has to be tested out. When dunked in my cup of tea, I find that the biscuits dunk very well as they don't absorb too much liquid, which allows them to stay reasonably rigid and still have a bit of crunch. Unlike cheaper biscuits, they don't go too soggy and break off into the tea.

            --- Where to Buy? ---
            As these are made by Sainsburys, you can only get them at Sainsburys stores. They cost 71p for a 500g pack.

            --- Healthiness ---
            Per biscuit, they contain 68 calories, 3.2g of fat, 0.14g salt and 3.5g of sugar. On the whole not the healthiest, but as a snack with a cup of tea they are perfect.

            --- The Verdict ---
            Overall, delicious! They are great to eat by themselves or to dunk in your drink and the addition of the choc chips to the digestive makes them a great sweet surprise. I will definitely be buying these again and I am very surprised I have not seen them before. For the price, they are very good value for money. The only down side to them is high fat and sugar per biscuit. Therefore I am going to give them 4/5.

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            • Ikea Slom Jar With Lid / Kitchenware / 56 Readings / 54 Ratings
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              22.07.2011 13:28
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              At 91p it's a steal!

              The SLOM jar from Ikea is actually nothing like its strange name. I find it strange that all the products from Ikea have these weird names, but if it sells then why change it. I was given this glass jar as part of a birthday present as my sister had filled it full of sweets.

              --- The Jar ---
              The jar is made of glass which is about 4mm thick through-out. This makes the jar quite bulky but also gives it a strong and sturdy feel to it. The glass is colourless which is good if you wish to store different things in these jars as it allows you to clearly see what is in it. I have stored many different things in this jar, such as candles, nuts, raisins and sweets.

              The jar has a volume of 0.5l, with dimensions of 10.5cm tall and 11cm in diameter. This gives the jar a nice round volume that makes all the contents easily visible and accessible. The lid is also made of glass, however it seems to be a bit thicker than the rest of the jar. The lid has a silicon rubber "washer" on it that helps to properly seal the jar once it is closed. This helps to keep the jar air tight to help keep the contents fresher for longer.

              The lid is attached to the main body of the jar by a metal hinge and clip. When opened, the lid folds open to rest against the surface and when you close it, it easily fits back on the jar. The clasp on the jar is easy to operate and once it has been closed it holds the jar firmly shut until it is next opened. This is good as it means the contents won't spill, even if you have liquids in it. It also helps to keep the silicon rubber seal tight, which keeps the jar air tight.

              --- Where To Buy ---
              This specific jar can only be bought at Ikea for the low cost of 91p, however you can buy similar jars from other shops as it is a universal design.
              You can also get this jar in 1l, 1.8l and 2l variants which give you a good range of sizes for many different uses.

              --- The Verdict ---
              I can't find any faults with this jar whatsoever as it is a really versatile jar that I have found many uses for. I really like the solid construction of it and how sturdy it is. The next time I am at Ikea I will probably buy one of the bigger ones as they would be good to store pasta/spaghetti in.

              I am therefore going to give this jar 5/5 as it is a very good product and I would highly recommend it.

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                21.07.2011 12:41
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                Very nice,soft and strong but I can't afford to flush away £2

                The toilet tissue I recently bought was the Andrex Classic White as I thought I would have a change from the cheap Sainsbury's Basics tissue that I normally buy. I opted for the classic white as it is the base of the Andrex range of tissues.

                --- The Packaging ---
                The 4 rolls of toilet tissue come wrapped in a plastic covering that protects the rolls from dirt and damage. The pack of four rolls measures 22cm x 22cm x 11cm, which is considerably larger than the Sainsburys basics packs that I normally buy. The packaging is blue all over which mostly covers up the rolls and makes the packaging quite nice to look at.

                On the from there is a large Andrex logo and a picture of a puppies head poking up from the bottom. This makes it look really cute and attractive to buy. The sides of the pack contain all the boring information in small black letters whilst the rear has information about how to collect "Puppy Points" to be able to claim rewards from Andrex.

                --- The Rolls ---
                When I bought these and compared them to the cheap rolls that I normally buy I noticed straight away that they were much bigger. Each roll is 11cm wide x 12cm in diameter. This is a huge difference in size and with each roll containing on average 241 tissues, this should make the roll last longer.

                The rolls are marketed as being "Classic White" and this is certainly the case. The paper is white in colour and when you feel it it feels very soft. This is nice in comparison to the cheap toilet roll I am normally used to. As each sheet is larger and stronger than cheaper brands, I find that I generally use less of this toilet paper compared to cheaper brands. This is good as it means that a roll will last much longer and so the extra cost of Andrex is offset by having to purchase it less often.

                I have also found that these rolls are very soft and comfortable to use, even on delicate skin. This is much nicer than what I am used to, which if used a lot can start to become a little uncomfortable at times.

                --- Where to Buy ---
                Andrex can be bought from any shop, big or small that would usually sell toilet paper. It is probably the leading brand in the UK and so is very easy to find. From my local Sainsburys, it costs £1.98 for 4 rolls or £4.39 for 9 rolls. There are many other styles of Andrex available, such as Quilted, Natural, Shea Butter, Subtle & Stylish, Aloe Vera, Bright & Bold and the moist wipes. The prices for these vary a little bit.

                --- The Verdict ---
                As I don't normally pay the extra for quality toilet paper, this was quite a luxury for me. I found this toilet tissue to be soft, strong and larger than the cheaper own brands that I am usually used to. I found that despite it being nearly 4 times more expensive than the own brand tissue I usually use, this price was off-set a bit by the the rolls lasting longer and being much more comfortable.

                I am therefore going to give these 4/5. If they were to reduced the price by 50p then I would probably buy Andrex all the time.

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                  A great product for a great price from Wilkos.

                  I first saw this product when I was at my friend's student house a couple of years ago. Originally it baffled me as to what it was as when folded up it looks quite strange. After using it I found it to be a very good product and so I went about purchasing one. This folding metal steamer can be bought from Wilkinsons.

                  --- The Steamer ---
                  The steamer is made from a thin metal that is perforated all over with small holes to allow steam to pass through. On the bottom of it there a 3 feet, each 2cm long which sit on the bottom of your pan. This holds the steamer high enough above the water in your pan to allow your vegetables to be steamed correctly.

                  When closed up, the steamer is 6cm tall and 13cm in diameter. To open it out you simply pull from the middle outward and it will open out to give a large steaming area 24cm in diameter. This means that it can be used for pans ranging from 13cm to 24cm in diameter to cook different amounts of vegetables.

                  In the middle of the steamer there is a small metal handle that sticks out 2.5cm from the base. This is quite handy for when you want to remove your food, however as it is metal it does get hot so I usually use a hook to lift the steamer out. I find that I can usually pile quite a lot of vegetables on this, enough for 2-3 people. I have found that you should put vegetables that take longer to cook on the bottom and then build up from that. Potentially you could stack these on top of each other inside a saucepan, however I have not tried this before.

                  I have had one problem with this which is the folding out section is made up of many small pieces of metal. These are attached to the base by a small hook and I have found that these can come loose quite easily. This has caused them to fall off when washing, which isn't the biggest problem, but it can be annoying.

                  This steamer is much easier to store than conventional steamers as it is much smaller and I usually store mine inside a pan when not in use to take up less space.

                  --- Where To Buy ---
                  I have only ever seen this steamer in Wilkinsons where it can be bought for the great price of £3. You can also buy it online at www.wilkinsonplus.com

                  --- The Verdict ---
                  As this is such a functional product that makes cooking vegetables healthier and easier and as it so well made for such a good price, I am going to give it 5/5 as it is well worth the money. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to eat healthier vegetables without having to buy a big expensive steamer.

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                  20.07.2011 07:52
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                  Nice croissants, but not sure if will buy again.

                  I like to try and vary my breakfast meal a bit to keep it interesting, tasty and filling all at the same time. This is the first time I've had these croissants for breakfast. At 75p for a pack of 4 they can be bought from most large Sainsbury's stores.

                  --- The Packaging ---
                  The croissants come in a plastic wrapper that is white and orange in colour, just like the rest of the basics range. The front has the product name in a large font and a picture of a croissant. Half of the front is made see-through so that you can see the croissants inside. The rear of the pack has all the product information on it and it also states that they can be frozen, which is good if you buy many packs at once.

                  When you open the pack, the 4 croissants are packaged in a plastic tray. This does keep them secure and stops them being broken up, but I think it is very unnecessary packaging and they should really remove the plastic inner as isn't really needed.

                  --- The Croissants ---
                  The croissants are already cooked and so can be eaten hot or cold. I like them both ways, and when I warm mine up I usually just put them in the microwave for 10 seconds. The pack states they should be warmed in the oven from fresh or frozen, however I have never tried this. I expect that this would warm them up to be hotter and a bit crispier.

                  The croissants have a lovely golden brown colour on the outside and when you break them open they have a nice flaky off white colour to them. Each croissant is about 10cm x 9cm x 4cm in size, which makes them a nice size to eat with your breakfast. When warmed, I like to spread a bit of butter and honey on them to give a nice warm and sweet treat for the mornings. I find that 2 croissants help to fill me up and set me up for the rest of the day.

                  Despite being a basics product, they don't taste like a cheap product at all. They have a lovely slightly sweet taste that tastes like more expensive croissants. They can never beat freshly cooked homemade croissants, but as a quick and easy alternative they are very good.

                  --- Healthiness ---
                  Each croissant contains 157 calories, 7.3g of fat, 0.43 salt and 2.7g of sugar. They aren't the healthiest of foods available due to the high fat content, however they are very nice to be eaten occasionally. The ingredients seem quite reasonable, with only 9 listed that make up the croissant.

                  --- The Verdict ---
                  With respect to the taste, size and quality, these croissants are very good and are a very good product from the basics range. The one thing that puts me off buying these ones again is the price. At 75p for a pack of 4, they are quite expensive for a basics product. For the same price, I could buy a 6 pack of breakfast muffins or 2 x 6 packs of pancakes, either of which would be just as good for breakfast.

                  Aside from the price, this is a very good product and worth a try if you are a fan of croissants. Due to the high price (in my opinion) I am only going to give these 4/5.

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                    19.07.2011 17:50
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                    A great wash for a great price.

                    Handwash is a commodity in our house that gets used up very quickly and so replacing it with a good brand usually occurs. This one was one offer for £1 recently so I bought it as that is not much more expensive than the cheap own brands.

                    --- The Bottle ---
                    The handwash comes in a clear plastic bottle that is 11cm x 9cm x 3cm in size. This bottle holds 250ml of the transparent blue handwash. On the top of the bottle there is an opaque white pump that when pushed down, dispenses some of the handwash. On the front of the bottle there is a clear label that has a large Carex logo with information about the product above and below it. On the rear there is a large white label with lots of product information in small writing.

                    --- The Handwash ---
                    This is the "Original" handwash by Carex and the front of the bottle claims it is an antibacterial handwash that cleans and protects. It claims that it kills germs 3 times faster, however I am unsure as to what this is compared against.

                    The light blue colour of the handwash is really nice and I feel it makes it quite fitting for any bathroom or sink. The bottle looks quite nice and is not too obtrusive therefore it should blend into most environments quite easily. The dispenser works really well by placing a good amount of the handwash onto your hands.

                    The handwash doesn't have a distinguishable scent like other washes I have used, however there is a scent to it which isn't the nicest. This isn't a problem though as when you use a small amount, this scent is not noticeable and does not stick to your hands at all. The dispenser puts about a pea sized drop of the handwash onto your hand which when worked with water produces a good lather that will cover and clean your hands with ease.

                    I find that the handwash is good for washing dirt off your hands and just as good for killing any bacteria after using the bathroom. I have used this handwash quite a bit over the last few weeks and I have not had any problems with my hands becoming dry or rough. Some handwashes can make your hands dry, however this one does not as it seems to moisturise my hands after use. This is very good for a reasonably priced handwash.

                    --- Where To Buy ---
                    Normally the RRP is £1.60, however it can usually be bought for only £1 in some major supermarkets, chemists and shops.

                    --- The Verdict ---
                    On the whole I am very happy with this handwash as for the price it gives an excellent wash without dehydrating my hands. Personally I would of liked it to have a nice refreshing scent to it however Carex do have fragrenced washes in there range that I could try.

                    I am going to give it 5/5 as for the price and the great wash it does it is well worth the money.

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                    19.07.2011 08:03
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                    A Nice Breakfast Cereal for a Nice Price.

                    I often buy the cheaper cereal as I find that it is just as good as the more expensive brands, the only difference is that it sometimes has a slightly cheaper taste and they come in cheaper looking boxes. I bought the Basics Breakfast Biscuits recently as I like normal Wheatbix, so I thought I would try these.

                    --- The Packaging ---
                    The wholewheat biscuits come packaged in a cardboard box that is white and orange all over, which match the rest of the Sainsburys basics range. The box is 23cm x 18cm x 4.5cm in size which make it quite noticeable on the shelf, but also thin enough to be inconspicuous when stored away. The front and rear of the box are the same and have an orange strip along the top with the Sainsburys logo on. Underneath that there is a white strip with the product name and a picture of a jug of milk and a bowl of the cereal. Both of the sides contain information about the product.

                    When you open the box, there are two plastic wrapper packs that contain 12 of the wholewheat biscuits each. This is just like the more expensive brands as it is a good way to wrap them as it will always keep half of them fresh.

                    --- The "Biscuits" ---
                    Once you open the plastic wrapper, you are confronted with a stack of twelve wholewheat biscuits that are rectangular in shape and are 9cm x 4cm x 1cm in size. This is a bit smaller than the leading brands, however it is still a nice size for breakfast. The biscuits are a nice light golden brown in colour and have a rough flaky texture on the outside.

                    When you add milk to the biscuits, I find that they absorb it very quickly, which makes the biscuits soft and a bit mushy. Personally I quite like this as I prefer soft wheatbix over it being harder and crunchier. I can see how this could be a problem for some people and could put them off them.

                    When soaked in milk, the biscuits still retain the same colour, but as they absorb the milk, they lose the rough flaky texture that they have when dry. Instead they look a lot smoother and when you bite into one, they have a very smooth and soft texture with no hint of roughness. I really like this and I think it would also be good if you have young children as they would find the smoother texture much easier to eat.

                    The taste of the biscuits is quite nice. It doesn't seem to have any added flavours which means it has quite a plain and simple taste to it. I always like to add a little bit of sugar to mine which helps to give it a bit of sweetness.

                    --- Healthiness ---
                    Per 36g (2 wheat biscuits) they contain 183 calories, 2.8g of fat, 0.42g of salt and 6.8g of sugars. On the whole this is quite good for a breakfast cereal if part of a good diet and should help you to have a good start to the day. They seem to have good ingredients as well, with 97% of the biscuits being wheat.

                    --- The Verdict ---
                    On the whole I am very impressed with these biscuits despite there low price and cheap look. At 63p for a box of 24, you can't really go wrong with them as they do what they are meant to do very well.

                    I find them tasty, filling and healthy enough to be part of my morning breakfast routine and I think they are just as good as any other cereal. The only thing that people may have a problem with is that they go soft and soggy very quickly in comparison to the leading brands. I personally like this but others may not. Therefore I am going to give them 4/5.

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                    On the deal I got, they are very good!

                    I've never bought Huggies wet baby wipes before mainly because I can buy much cheaper wipes for what I usually use them for, which is wiping my hands and face. I decided to buy these though as whilst in Sainsbury's they had them on a very good offer, buy 1 get 2 free! This was an offer I couldn't refuse!

                    --- The Package ---
                    The packs come in the usual plastic resealable wrapper that most wet wipes comes in. The pack contains 64 wet wipes and is made completely of plastic. The pack measures 23cm x 11cm x 6cm in size which is quite bulky compared to other wet wipe packs I have had.

                    The pack is a light green all over with a bit of white. On the front there is picture of a baby along side the Huggies logo and the product name. This makes the pack very noticeable when you are looking on the shelves. The rear of the pack has information about the wipes, there uses and what they are made of.

                    --- The Wipes ---
                    The pack is opened by peeling back the see through label on the front which when peeled back opens a hole that is 5cm x 3cm in size. This hole is big and easy enough to access the wipes with ease that come out easily one by one.

                    With some cheaper wipes, you pull one wipe out and another 5 come with it. These are different as when you pull one wipe, you only get one wipe out. The first noticeable thing about the wipes is how moist and soft they are. As they are designed for babies this is really good as they don't feel like they could be harsh on your skin.

                    Once you have pulled out the wipe you then notice the scent of the wipes which is quite strong and noticeable. The wipes are meant to contain Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which is what will account for the really nice scent to them.

                    Each wipe is 19cm x 15cm and is made from quick and soft natural fibres. The wipes are white in colour with teddy bears and paw prints imprinted onto the wipes to make them aesthetically pleasing.

                    I use these wipes on my hands and face to keep me clean and keeping my face clean to help prevent spots. I find that the combination of Aloe Vera and Vitamin E really helps to clean my skin, leave it feeling fresh and reduce the visibility of spots. I could envisage that these would be really good to use on babies skin as they are soft and soothing to the skin. It also says it is meant to good for preventing the causes of nappy rash naturally.

                    --- Where to Buy ---
                    These can be bought from any major supermarket or shop, however I would recommend going to Sainbury's as soon as possible (as of 16th July 2011) as they are on Buy one Get Two free with one pack costing about £2.

                    --- The Verdict ---
                    These have to be one of the better packs of wet wipes I have used as they are soft, comfortable, smell nice and are great for the skin. It shows that it is worth paying a bit extra for quality wipes. I am therefore going to give these wipes 5/5 as they are well worth the money and if you can get the deal that I got then you are getting a real bargain.

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                      17.07.2011 13:53
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                      On the whole a good creme, but I still prefer Germolene

                      As I ran out of Germolene, I thought I would give Sudocrem a try as I have been told performs similar functions to Germolene, but comes in much bigger quantities for a similar price. I opted for the 125g tub of Sudocrem as it was a good price and more suitable for me than the larger tub.

                      --- The Tub ---
                      Sudocrem comes in a distinctive light grey tub that has a very recognisable label and logo on it. The actual tub is 6.5cm tall x 6cm in diameter. This gives a tub that holds 125g of the cream which is quite easy to carry around or store away discretely.

                      The tub has one big label that wraps around the middle of the tub. In the middle of it there is a big red and white Sudocrem logo which is very noticeable. It then lists some uses of the crème underneath the logo. Either side of the logo there is plenty of information about the product and its uses.

                      --- The Cream ---
                      When you open the tub you are confronted with the white cream and a very distinctive smell that can only be associated with this product. On looks, the cream looks quite thick and dense, which is a stark contrast compared to the runnier Germolene that I normally use. When you put your finger in it, it is easy to get some out as it sticks onto your finger very easily. I do find that it is hard to get the right amount though, which then makes application a bit messy.

                      Once you have some on your finger it is then very easy to apply as it just has to be rubbed in to the designated area. If you are able to get the correct amount on your finger then it will rub in very easily, however I find I always get too much on my finger, which means it is hard to rub in properly.

                      Once you have rubbed it in as much as you can, I find that it still leaves a feint white mark that is noticeable when you know it is there. It is also a little bit greasy which I don't like very much. I have found that when it dries out it can sometimes leave white marks on my skin where it has been which can get a bit annoying.

                      I have used this on a couple of cuts and rashes to try and help heal them quicker and I have found that on the whole it works well and helps to speed up the healing process. I'm not sure if it works better than Germolene, but it works on a similar par.

                      --- Where to buy ---
                      This cream can be bought from any major shop or chemist as it is a well known and used product. For a 125g tub it will cost you about £2.80 but I do find that this will last quite a while. You can also buy it in a 400g tub or a 30g tube.

                      --- The Verdict ---
                      On the whole I find that it works well as an antiseptic cream as it does generally do what it is meant to do, however I don't like how hard it can sometimes be to rub in. This is where I like Germolene much more.

                      I am going to give it 4/5 as it does work well but it is too hard and takes to long to sufficiently rub in to not leave any stains.

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                        16.07.2011 17:20
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                        Great and quick indigestion relief.

                        Whenever I feel that I have indigestion, Rennie is always the product that I will use to try and help sort it out. I have only been using Rennie for the last few years after being introduced to it during my fresher year at university. It is used to provide "Fast effective relief from indigestion and heartburn".

                        --- The Box ---
                        I ave bought the pack that contains 24 spearmint tablets as I find that they are very useful. The box is red all over with the brand name in white and a picture of the tablet on the front. The rear contains all the information about the product. The box reminds of the box that Oxo beef stock cubes come in. The box is 7cm x 5cm x 2cm, which makes it small enough to fit neatly in a bag without being too obtrusive.

                        Inside the pack there is a piece of paper that has a lot of extra information about the product. There is also 4 trays of the tablets, each containing 6 tablets each. It is good that they are packaged this way as it allows you to only keep a few at a time in your bag, or have a few in many different places.

                        --- The Tablets ---
                        Each tablet is 1.5cm x 1.5cm x 0.3cm in size and has word Rennie printed into the tablet. The tablets are white and have a slightly chalky texture to them. The tablets are designed to be eaten and chewed before being swallowed and digested, hence the flavours added. These tablets are spearmint flavour, which I find is really nice and has a lovely minty taste to it.

                        The tablets are really easy to chew as they are quite soft. This makes them suitable for all ages as you won't break your teeth on them.

                        Once digested, I do feel that it helps with the problems associated with indigestion as the symptoms do seem to ease after a short while. I normally take two at a time which I feel helps ease the indigestion quite quickly. This is very good as the tablets do exactly what they are meant to do.

                        Aside from indigestion, they can be used to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, dyspepsia, hyperacidity, gastritis, nervous indigestion, flatulence and upset stomachs. It cannot be used if you have kidney disease, high calcium in urine, kidney stones, low phosphate levels in the bloodor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. There is a big list of possible side effects that can be produced by the tablets, however I have never experienced any.

                        --- Where to buy ---
                        Rennie can be bought from any good shop or chemist. For a pack of 24, I paid £2 from my local supermarket which I think is good value as one box will last me quite a while.

                        --- The Verdict ---
                        As it does exactly what I wanted it to do, it tastes very nice and it is well priced, I am going to give it 5/5. I have been using these for a few years now and I have had no problems with them so far.

                        As with any form of medication, please always read the labels and information provided before using and if you are unsure then please ALWAYS consult a medical professional.

                        Rennie can be bought in many forms. You can also get peppermint tablets, sugarfree tablets, freshmint soft chews, Rennie "ICE", Rennie Extra and Rennie Deflatine.

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