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    • Carmex Lip Balm / Make Up / 33 Readings / 34 Ratings
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      18.03.2014 09:45
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      3 and a half stars as not perfect.

      Fan-lippy-tastic - Carmex in three short weeks you've made me feel like I've got loveable lips and yet it stinks!

      From a lip balm I want to have soft, good-looking lips - tick, and tick, for Carmex.

      You can buy this in a tube, stick, or tin but I don't like dipping my fingers in a tin which gets messy. I got the tube. I prefer chapstick, as I should think this is more hygienic than taking the hand to the mouth.

      I put this on at bedtime and my lips are not drying out during the night. When the tube is squeezed the substance comes out quite thick. It gives a nice sheen to the lips and does not feel overly greasy. It does not make the lips redder just glossy.

      Oh, but there is always a problem with each and every lip balm that I've ever tried and I remain on a mission to find the holy, of holy, lip balm. Carmex - I'm sorry you are not the holy one.

      The reason I put this on at bedtime, and not during the day is due to the rather intoxicating smell, and the taste, on my lips. It's better to pull faces in the dark than when out and about in public view. My dislike of the scent doesn't mean to say that you will object to it.

      Whilst lanolin makes the lips soft the menthol makes the lips tingle, feel cold, and smell unpleasant. The range of flavours consists of mint, strawberry and original. These are the ingredients for the cherry flavour which also has sun protection for SPF 15:

      Petrolatum, Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Aroma, Benzophenone-3, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter, Cera Alba, Paraffin, Camphr, Menthol, Vanillin, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Eugenol. Contains Oxybenzone.

      This tube costs an expensive £2.89 in Boots. Yes, it works to heal dry and chapped lips but for me it is not worth investing in because I don't like the chemical smell. Research studies suggest that petrolatum can be toxic and potentially cause cancer. I think it is a chemical best avoided if you remember to check the ingredient list. However, I think this Carmex product can be very helpful for occasional use when lips are in a bad state. I will give it three and a half stars as it does the job but comes with other issues.

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      10.03.2014 10:13
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      I won't make another purchase of this.

      The Body Shop Strawberry Bath & Shower Gel comes as a 250ml sized bottle at a cost of £4. I feel this is overpriced for the quality of content. The gel is also available in gift sets with body butter, polish and a bath product. The ingredient list is unnecessarily long and the chemical combination results in an artificial fragrance.

      Ingredients

      Aqua/Water (Solvent/Diluent), Sodium Laureth Sulfate (Surfactant), Cocamidopropyl Betaine (Surfactant), Glycerin (Humectant), Polysorbate 20 (Emulsifier), PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Emulsifier), Sodium Chloride (Viscosity Modifier), Trisodium Sulfosuccinate (pH Adjuster), Parfum/Fragrance (Fragrance), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Mel/Honey (Natural Additive), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate (Viscosity Modifier), Fragaria Ananassa Seed Oil/Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil (Natural Additive), Benzophenone-4 (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Ultraviolet Light Absorber), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Denatonium Benzoate (Denaturant), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract/Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract (Natural Additive), CI 14700/Red 4 (Colour), CI 17200/Red 33 (Colour).

      During the Shower:
      As soon as you open the room will be full of the scent of strawberries. The thick gel lathers up and goes quite far. I only use a little squirt. There is an overwhelming smell of strawberries with something chemical which makes the strawberry smell somewhat fake. I really don't like the black seeds they put into it. They have to be washed off the skin extra well and I end up checking they've all gone but I suppose they help make the skin soft.

      After the Shower:

      The gel does make my skin feel smooth with no adverse reaction. The fruity-chemical scent lingers but the smell is a bit too sweet and I find it gets sickly.

      Opinion:

      I think £4 is too much money as the gel lasted me about two weeks certainly not much more. This is not good value compared to other products and the scent is too strong for me. However, it did feel nice to use and certainly left me feeling very clean. It's a product that is a best seller. I am mystified at this. I think teenagers would enjoy this product but I won't purchase again.

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        26.02.2014 16:15
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        Does what it says but buy for infrequent use.

        I only use Elemis Papaya Enzyme peel (50ml) on very rare occasions, since I've been given this, because I fear overdoing the harsh chemicals on my body. Do not use this regularly because peeling off a layer of your skin is really damaging if over-used. Just imagine rubbing sandpaper against your face - would you - no - I didn't think so!

        Use:

        This micro-abrasive cream is to be finger-tipped rubbed into your face and then you only have to wash off after fifteen minutes with warm water. This cream doesn't have a greasy feel either during use or after. You only need apply a small quantity each time.

        Results:

        I've had my cream for over a year and got plenty left. After ten minutes I feel like my skin has had enough though I don't get any tingling sensation but I never want to over-do these products. The cream has not caused irritation and it does make my face feel refreshed. It didn't feel like grains of sand against my face but fairly gentle. However, I believe the Superdrug face mask which I wrote of in a previous review is less risky to the long-term health of my skin and produces equally good results.

        Elemis papaya Enzyme peel has a pleasing fruity scent without being overwhelming. On one occasion I used it for when I was a bridesmaid at a wedding and I did feel that I looked good! The skin was clear and glowing.

        Verdict:

        I would not buy this for myself, or as a gift for someone else, as the condition of your skin can be damaged by any micro-abrasives. However, for those who do not worry about the risks I would recommend for a refreshed and smooth look to your face, especially for people who have oily skin or blocked pores. I think the cost is very high but I do realise that this cream will probably sort out problem skin with once in a while use. Out of all the posh micro-abrasive creams that I've tried this is easy to use and probably with the best results. They use it in many spas and charge you a lot more than if you use at home!

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        • Urtekram Rose Soap / Soaps / 118 Readings / 115 Ratings
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          12.02.2014 10:06
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          A perfect product.

          Buy English, buy organic and be pleased with yourself for having a vegan product not tested on animals.

          I find this soap to be perfect. Sometimes products of such pure ingredients can be disappointing but not this soap.

          Here's the ingredients:

          Sodium palmate*, sodium palm kernelate*, aqua, glycerin*, sodium chloride, pelargonium graveolens flower oil* (parfum*), rosa damascena*, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil*, citric acid, citral**, cirtonella**, geraniol**, limonene**, linalool**
          *Organic farming
          **From essential oil

          The packaging alone feels stylish and pure. It makes you feel you are doing something good for the environment. Unwrap it to find a solid gently scented bar of soap. Unpackaged it looks good in the bathroom. It looks expensive and the scent lingers in the bathroom and on the body.

          This beautiful is soft and creamy and it can last me weeks. Having said that I do alternate with shower gels. Of course, this can be used as a hand soap too but I choose to use it on my body for the delicate scent. It's a mild soap but does clean and I would suggest that the lack of chemical nasties will be good for people with sensitive skin. You'll emerge smelling like a delicate rose. For less than two pounds I cannot fault it. This 100g bar of soap is worth every penny. It's purity in a bar and it's of quality too. This can make you feel ethically and morally good.

          Order online or go to a health shop. What's to stop you?

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            05.02.2014 20:52
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            Great tea just not on my tastebuds.

            I am not the biggest ginger fan but a heavy cold calls for desperate measures! Time for a cuppa with a big kick suggested a friend. First time I tried this tea I went with a five minute soaking of the tea bag, got distracted, with a hunt for an extra box of tissues, and would say, it became closer to a ten minutes soak. Now, when with a head cold, it's hard to taste anything much. But let me tell you this was no joke. My mouth was on fire and I was glad to have found that extra box of tissues because my nose was running more than ever and so were my eyes!

            This is what the teabag contains:

            Ginger Root (51%),Galangal Root (28%) , Licorice Root ,Turmeric Root (4%) ,Natural Ginger Extract

            But it cleared my head for a bit which was a great relief as it was sore as hell. Subsequent cups followed in the last few days. I discovered five minutes was much two long and today I'm down to one minute and it's still powerful and a bit odd in taste for my liking. I add a teaspoon of honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon. All three of which are meant to be great when with cold. I think it soothes me and clears my head but there is no way I am drinking this when I'm well. I also ate something that made me feel bloated yesterday and took this tea and I genuinely believe that it helped with my digestion though I'd much prefer peppermint tea for that. Oh, and I am not keen on licorice, so consuming this shows how ill I was! It is organic, and without nasty ingredients, so I would suggest drinking it as a safe alternative to medicine.

            Now, my cold is almost out, so the other ten, or so, teabags shall be consigned to the cupboard for desperate cold days! It will certainly warm up your insides, and those who like hot stuff, you're onto a healthy winner! The stars are a reflection of my personal preferences and because to me this has the taste of medicine!

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              05.02.2014 20:22
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              Flawed.

              This is one expensive deodorant! I paid just under four pounds, from an independent hippie type shop. You know, the kind that smells of incense, and has bells and chimes jangling.

              This is not tested on animals.
              It does not contain alcohol or parabens

              It is meant to last 24 hours.
              Please watch out even for the tiniest paper cuts on your skin. This product is full of salt and it will sting. Shaving cuts really bring tears to the eyes if you add this stuff on top but it is fine after a normal shave.

              Results

              There is no staining on my clothes. It feels gentle on my skin. I am not left with that itchy feeling I sometimes get with chemical deodorants. It does last all day and the contents are clearly going to keep on lasting for a few months more.

              However, I don't feel that it masks sweat. You have to use it once in the morning on clean, recently washed skin. This will not hide a smell that's already present under your arms. It stops bacteria from breeding which in turn prevents bad odours. However, from use in the gym, I find that there is an odour on my clothes when I am getting changed. I don't like that the smell gets on my top and worse, it doesn't stop the wetness that comes from sweating, so you will, almost definitely, have wet patches on clothing after a work-out.

              Conclusion

              Not for use when exercising or under anxiety conditions but fine for a normal, calm day. You can't predict some stress moments and therefore, I don't feel I will purchase again. I need something more dependable in all conditions. This deodorant might be good for people with skin allergies but not as a reliable protector and I don't agree that it lasts twenty-four hours. It's a shame it isn't sweetly scented but I suppose that too is to cater for people who are highly sensitive. This is not for me and I'm disappointed and have been a bit embarrassed by it!

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              16.01.2014 19:16
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              Nature helps.

              Why I needed help:

              Yoga can be wonderful unless you do something silly like pull a muscle or strain your back because of making an awkward and non-textbook move. I leant against the radiator to try and gain some comfort. It seemed to help a little but the ridges on the radiator were uncomfortable and it started to become too hot.

              So I sent someone out on a mission for anything that might help and they returned from Boots with the lowest costing product they could find - Boots own brand for five pounds and ninety pence. I wasn't in a position to argue, but they had taken my purse to shop, and the amount of back pain I was in seemed to warrant the most expensive product!

              Contents:

              Inside the box were four patches. Hmm - not many. Accordingly, they give relief for muscular aches and pains for eight hours - I hoped they were not exaggerating.

              Problems:

              Peel off the back of the heat and stick it on. Problem number one - this patch is not very big. My lower back pain spread further than the plaster patch would cover.

              Problem number two was that you have to be quick to apply as contact with air activates the patch. It's tricky reaching your own back but luckily I'd done lots of yoga!

              These patches come with a whole bunch of warnings, but I was in pain so did I care - heck no. I read the warnings later. You should always read this before use. It was okay as it turns out because I wasn't pregnant, my clothes were loose fitting, I was over the age of twelve by a long shot, and the scary possibilities of skin reactions didn't occur. The annoyance was to be that you cannot sleep with it on or put pressure on the patch.

              The ingredients:

              Iron, activated carbon and water.

              Results:

              Boots inform the customer that the patch will take thirty minutes to warm up but I could feel the heat warming as soon as I put the patch on my skin. Ten minutes later it seemed quite warm - enough to sweat! I think it might have slipped right off had I not been wearing my elasticised- waist leggings which kept the patch held in place. I didn't intent to go out so I felt if I kept still it should stay on but it did cause me worry and I kept reaching back to make sure it was in place.

              Verdict:

              Spend some more money and get something that won't slip off or just be patient and calm as the pain will go. With the patch on I wasn't moving very much for fear of losing the patch. Actually, the correct action to take with backache is to move - keep walking around. If the pain continues or gets worse you might need to see a GP but normally they will tell you there is nothing to be done but keep on moving! The patches stop this from happening. The heat lessens considerable during the eight hours. The pain did not go because of the patch. In the night I decided to try a hot water bottle and that did the same thing. When I work up in the morning the pain was a dull ache. I was in a better state and could do a gentle yoga exercise which did ease my back. I didn't bother with the next patch as I had to go out and didn't want the worry of it slipping off. Nature healed me in its own time.

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                04.01.2014 11:44
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                A handy gift.

                Dr. Hauschka hand cream is gentle to my skin. I discovered this when volunteering as I had to wash dishes a lot. This repetitive task was making cracks on my fingertips but the thumb was becoming something of a concern.

                Application was easy and there was no greasy residue so I was not leaving mucky prints or dry skin all over the dishes! Even E45 cream wasn't solving the problem this time but then I've never washed so many dishes in my life before! I still rate E45 highly as it helped with the dryness but during my slave-labour it did not ease the cracks.

                I only needed to apply a small amount but the tube is small- fits into a handbag nicely but won't last for months. This is not tested on animals and is paraben free and uses plant based ingredients.

                Results:

                I found this lovely naturally scented cream, rehydrated my skin and after maybe a week and a half no cracks! However, I did not continue as a volunteer washer-upper for this whole period of time. I did three extra days of washing dishes into my new skin care routine. I would apply once in the morning, once directly after the washing up, a third time in late afternoon and finally at bedtime.

                Once the dish-washing came to an end the applications slowed to twice a day. The combination of halting this activity and applying the cream must have helped. Perhaps the E45 would have done it too but as someone had told me this cream sorted out their eczema I gave it a trial as I considered urgent. Also, the people I volunteered with very generously clubbed together and presented me with a tube!

                A tube of this cost ten pounds. I'll give it four stars because I can't be certain it was the cream that healed the cracks in my skin or the fact that after another three days my volunteering kitchen duties came to an end. I still put my faith in E45 which is cheaper but I was really delighted that this was a gift to me. It was a very hand gift! I don't think I will buy this cream but I hope never to be suffering with my hands to that extend ever again. No more mass dish washing experiences for me!

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                  Great UK product.

                  All these winter parties are fun but fitting so many social events in also becomes a bit stressful. I needed a calming just-for-me session. My face seemed dry from extremes of cold, gales and then going indoors into centrally heated buildings. Superdrug Anti-Ageing Moisture Mask - because I was feeling old seemed to be a good choice. I hoped it would do as promised and moisturise my skin.

                  Ethics:

                  There is an extensive ingredient list and with all those chemicals I would not choose to use this mask regularly but as an occasional treat when I have dry skin. It is paraben free and suitable for vegetarians. It has not been tested on animals and the product has been made in the UK so air miles are not a problem. All these things made me feel extra satisfied that I could indulge without guilt.

                  Result:

                  Wow - it super hydrates with its vitamin E content. I left it on for ten minutes, out of the suggested quarter of an hour, and was glad to find the scent was not overpowering. I didn't get any tingly sensations or skin irritation. I washed the mask off with warm water. My skin felt refreshed, smelt fruity - according to the sachet that's from the blueberries, cranberries and raspberries. I couldn't help but run my hand along my face a few times. I swear the laughter lines look less prominent. It was a facial for a total cost of 99p for 15ml. Now that is a bargain. I felt relaxed, refreshed and much better about my appearance. There are no dry patches left, I am aglow, and I am delighted. I will buy this again. All the stars earned by Superdrug for their brilliant product.

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                    27.12.2013 13:48
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                    The terrible side of a drug-fuelled rock star.

                    This is the diary of a heroin addict, a well-known rock star, by the name of Nikki Sixx. The band he wrote the songs for was Motley Crue. One of their albums is called 'The Heroin Diaries'. The book is on Amazon for the sale price of £9.09 instead of £9.99 published byPocket Books (1 Sep 2008).

                    Confession time - I had not heard of him, but my friend is a fan and gave me the book. I recently picked this book from my shelf thinking it will be a quick and interesting read as I always find diary extracts something that is not time consuming to absorb.

                    It turns out to be somewhat shameful. I really do not gel with the values of this rock star. I apologise if I offend but the writer is very self-centered. On the other hand this is all part of the effects of drug taking and addiction. The user becomes selfish, and self-absorbed, consequently, it can be no surprise to learn of his self-hatred. He constantly writes about his need for his next fix and in a way it is good that the shame can be overcome by change and through the act of writing.

                    'The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star - Nikki Sixx' becomes repetitive but graphic and I found myself skim reading and even missing out paragraphs altogether. There are glossy pictures to make up for the poor quality language. It is not a great piece of literature but a spilling out of sad times, with a little humour, and his misdeeds which becomes overly repetitive. It doesn't make any claims to be high brow. This is, of course, about the terrible side of a rock and roll lifestyle, when the star chooses to indulge in activities that should not be excused because of a celebrity status but understood as behaviours which need addressing for the sake of others as well as the individual.

                    I cringe at the self-exposure but I do hope that the writing, and publication, was a cathartic exercise and allowed Nikki Sixx to alter his behaviour. I feel the editors could have worked with him to create something new from the diary to avoid being just words written in crisis to something more polished. Hopefully, some readers will avoid drugs all together when they realise a whole youth can be destroyed for the sake of the next fix.

                    Be warned the material can be graphic and whilst this is addictive for some readers I was repulsed. The good news is that Nikki Sixx survived. Also I think there is a possibility that not only he felt better from the publication but those around him must have gained a sense of gladness from his admittance to his actions. Indeed, around the diary extract from his bleakest year of the addiction, band members and friends have written their own thoughts. Some readers may find their eyes opened to the miserable world of drug taking and hopefully, others will avoid drugs as a result. I feel that people who are familiar with his music will really gain from the deeper insight into his lyrics that this book gives. Motley Crue fans will probably like it but I did not. The three stars are there because of the positive act in the publication of this book. See them as stars of hope that someone's life will change for the better as a result of reading. Without the hope it would be two stars from me.

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                      4.5 stars for a tasty breakfast cereal

                      I purchased a 750g box of this cereal for 47p! I am not joking. The box is a bit battered, with some tape covering the top, but as it was £2.35 I decided now is the time to put the cereal to the test.

                      The test is Tesco's own brand version versus the much more expensive Kelloggs Crunchy Nut cereal.
                      Tesco's is fortified with vitamins and irons and has an extra - folic acid. It also is a source of Vitamin D. Kelloggs has these things but Tesco has a percentage more of nuts and doesn't appear to contain Vitamin D.
                      Kelloggs, for the same quantity of cereal costs a hefty £3.14 versus Tesco's normal £2.35.

                      Taste test - yummy - honey and nutty and sweet.

                      Tesco loses out because of the texture. They begin as being a harder bite than the Kelloggs version and they become soggy and soppy before I get to the last bite which does not happen with Kelloggs. But Tesco call this cereal 'honey nut'. Tesco does not call it 'crunchy nut'.

                      As far as cereals go both cereals are for those who like a naughty breakfast as it is full of sugar. This is not for daily eating throughout the year. However, and here is the major winning point, Tesco has less calories and sugar per serving compared to the market leader. It retains a delicious taste but has 125 calories as opposed to Kelloggs 180 calories per serving.

                      Tesco has 10.1g sugar and the market leader 17g sugar.
                      Tesco fat - 1.3g and Kelloggs has 4g.

                      Kelloggs also has double the salt and more saturated fat. There is a significant contrast in these quantities and could make a difference between a heart attack and staying safe. Tesco I am impressed. If I had never tasted Kelloggs Crunchy Nut cornflakes I would not miss the texture.

                      I paid 47p so it should get an explosion of stars. However, if I go by the normal price I would take half a star off for texture. That's four and a half stars for Tesco at their normal selling price.

                      Lovely 'golden toasted flakes of corn'.

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                      • Tesco Value Clear Honey / Spread / 120 Readings / 118 Ratings
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                        06.12.2013 09:46
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                        Great for budget buyers.

                        Honey is expensive but not in Tesco value range, where it is an unbelievable, 99p for a 340g jar. It was with trepidation that I tried it - surely at that price honey has to be rubbish?

                        It is clear, and runny, in a screw top, recyclable, glass jar. Instructions point out that this is not for the little ones under the age of one year.


                        It's pure honey, no more, and no less. There is no other ingredient.


                        Honey Uses:


                        Every winter I eat porridge for breakfast, and mix in honey, as a healthier and more delicious, alternative to sugar.

                        It is soothing in my throat, with lemon, in boiled water for when I have a cold.

                        I've even tried on my face, as a mask, but it gets a bit sticky!

                        You have to twist the spoon around to stop the honey from dropping and making a mess. I line the cupboard shelf in brown paper because inevitably the outside of the jar gets sticky. There are advantages to not using a sticky bottle as ease of access with spoons, of varying sizes, is much better. Also to make honey squeeze out of a bottle, sugar usually has to be added - not good!

                        Bitter Ethics:

                        However, I would drop a star, because there is a slight bitterness to the taste which makes it less good than, for example, Rowse honey. Rowse honey is darker looking whereas this one is very light in colour. I also have a second fear - where is this honey sourced from? How many air miles are involved in making a cheap product? Are we being duped by the lack of product information? The answer to this question is unknown to me and if it turns out to be an unethical answer more stars will disappear. Furthermore, this honey crystallises very quickly and by the last finger of a jar I have sometimes given up and thrown it out.

                        The Dent to the Pocket:

                        People struggling to pay their bills, and buy their food, should be delighted to know that they can get a decent jar of honey, which is long-lasting for a rock bottom price. Perhaps, cook with it, rather than spreading it on your toast, unless you like the touch of bitterness.

                        This honey is really quite nice, excellent when you consider this kind of price. So next time you want to kill a bee think twice as without them they'll be no honey, or flowers, or oxygen!

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                          26.11.2013 10:33
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                          Reliable and great quality machine.

                          My last Bosch went to a friend due to a house move but it seems to me the best make of machine that I have ever had.
                          The measurements for this machine which can slide under a counter are: (H X W X D): 85 x 60 x 59 cm. My machine is white and is rated under the energy efficiency scheme as 'B'.
                          I find that I can squeeze a lot into a single load - for example a couple of towels and a week's worth of clothes for two. When there are more of us I need more loads, and sheets will usually need a separate wash, as they won't all fit in together.
                          Imagine when you're in a rush to leave the house but the autumn sun is low, and out for a short duration, so you feel you have to stay in for the hour plus of cycle. Well, you don't have to with this machine. You get it all done in fifteen minutes, and you know what, my clothes come out clean and I can get on with my day.
                          If you have miscalculated your cottons and time is of the essence - no problem - just press the 'quick' button and you've knocked off some cycle time. The button can be found directly under the timer (red numbers).

                          'Easy Care' sorts out white and more delicate clothes without issue. There's an eco wash for cottons which will set the machine at a lower temperature without you needing to select the environmentally friendly temperature.

                          I can even use sportswear for my gym clothes but I don't have another to warrant a load just for this.

                          If you have lazy day and can't be bothered to separate delicates, wools and cottons I have discovered they all survive on a low temperature wash and then I don't need to waste water and electricity on several washes.

                          It even has a cycle for removing fluff on clothes. I tried it once and found that my clothes looked suitable de-fluffed. I imagine winter jumpers would benefit from this. It's probably a bit of a gimmick!

                          This machine is great for people who can't hang around or have load after load to put in. You can override the automatic settings and decide how long you want it to be on 'spin' for and also chose the temperature - the lower the better for the environment.

                          This Bosch does not vibrate and jump across the floor - has happened with other machines. The sound is not terribly loud either so more boxes ticked for my requirements.

                          There is a tumble dryer function but I have chosen not to use this. I like to get my clothes on the washing line, for that fresh air smell, even if they don't dry fully. I might use the tumble dryer, for towels in winter, if the need arises. I've checked other reviews and can find no complaints on the tumble dryer. It's certainly good to have the two main functions combined in one machine. The powder/liquid drawer is top front on the left. Just turn the dial and press the start button in the top right-hand corner.

                          There is a child lock on the machine but you could just warn them about the monster:

                          I still have a sock monster that lives in every washing machine that comes my way. Put even numbers of socks in and odd numbers sometimes come out!

                          Bosch is not a cheap make and I spent well over £500 for this machine and a similar price for my previous one. However, they are reliable machines and I would highly recommend.

                          Currently Bosch have a £50 - £100 cashback scheme so do enquire before parting with your hard-earned cash. I've only owned this since the summer but I am very satisfied.

                          Most important points are that it is easy to use, cleans well, and is reliable. Gosh Bosch - you are good!

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                            18.11.2013 09:39
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                            Lovely to buy when on offer but not for full RRP.

                            The Original Source Vanilla Milk and Raspberry Shower Cream is contained in a funky and transparent 250ml bottle.

                            Flip the lid and out comes a thick cream though a little bit runny. Non-the-less I find that it is easy to pour out the quantity I require without overspill. The colour is the pink of raspberries blended with milk.

                            On the bottle the creative language, '82 British sunrises helped make one moisturising bottle of this' certainly makes it sound pure and fresh. Vegetarians and vegans will be happy with the ingredients as there are no animal products in this shower cream. The oils and fragrances are one hundred percent natural.

                            This smells fresh and fruity and makes a lovely lather which feels smooth on the skin.

                            For those who want to be in the know, here's the ingredients list:

                            Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate , Cocamidopropyl Betaine ,Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry Fruit) Extract, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Polyquaternium-7, Parfum, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, CI 14700 ,CI 42090

                            The perfume lingers for only a short while and it is not overwhelming to the senses. The cream is soft, and only small quantities need be applied each time, making the £1.95 go further. But you can beat me on the price I paid, as in Boots, the cost has gone down from a massive £2.30 to £1.50. Be quick to be sweet smelling for a small spell.

                            Buy it and you will smell like a fresh summer's day but only for the first part of the morning!

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                              12.11.2013 11:44
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                              Best budget buy on washing up liquid, I would say, is Tesco Daisy - so far. See previous review.

                              On the way home from visiting friends, I popped into their local Asda store and came home with a fair bit of shopping. One of the household items was the Asda Smart Price washing up liquid. How could I walk by when it was only forty pence for a 600ml bottle?

                              I had heard rumour of this product being a big brand name in disguise. I like the thought of mild hands but even more so if I can get the same product for significantly less. So this possible big name product comes in the disguise of a white, recyclable, plastic bottle with a red top.

                              Being well accustomed to the big brand product I noticed immediately that the rumours of this being a well-known brand, in a different bottle, was a false rumour. The product is terribly thin in consistency. It did not lather up with my usual small quantity which demonstrates that the more expensive brands will go further. I had to add more before there were bubbles despite being directed by Asda to use this sparingly, and wash hands after use, which makes me think this would not be kind to my hands.

                              After a roast chicken dinner the grease did not come off the roasting dish. I had to make three changes of water, and liquid, just to wash up the crockery for four people.

                              Asda, this is a poor washing up liquid. It may be cheap in price but it is next to useless and therefore, one star is being generous, as I have nothing good to record about Asda Smart Price washing up liquid. This is not a smart price when it doesn't do the job properly and forces a person to use more than usual.

                              For those on a budget buy Tesco Daisy washing up liquid instead. (See previous review).

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