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I don't normally use lip balms from the bodyshop as they are a bit pricey compared to my usual chapstick at £4.00 for a 4.2g tube, I bought the one I am currently using only because I needed to make the value of my order up to obtain a free gift that was on promotion.
I have to say that I have not been disapointed with the lip balm, it is a very effective product, much more so than my usual brand and considering that a little tube goes a very long way £4.00 really is not a lot of money and I would buy it again.
The lip balm applies very smoothly and you only need one swipe over the top and bottom lip for complete coverage.
The balm has a slight sheen when applied and your lips feel completely soft and smooth straight away, the light scent of cocoa is subtle you are not going to be walking about smelling like a chocolate bar or anything.
The taste is ever so slightly chocolaty but not so much so that you end up licking it all off and having to keep putting on more.
I generally use this in the morning and evening and this has been plenty to keep my lips soft and smooth.
Another plus point is that I have not had any lumps of balm come off on my lips as with some of the cheaper brands the product seems harder and can be a little lumpy when putting it on, this is so soft and smooth that you don't have that problem with it.
Overall I am converted to using this lip balm over my usual brands
I bought this handwash recently from Tesco for just 60p for a 500ml bottle which is very good value considering many handwashes are well over the £1.00 mark.
The handwash comes in a clear plastic bottle with a standard pump action dispenser, the liquid inside is white and is lovely and thick.
The handwash is called Magnolia and silk and it has a light floral fragrance which is not overpowering at all, the texture of the wash is quite thick and is very creamy and does indeed feel silky on the skin.
The liquid foams to a lovely soft lather easily and your hands feel really clean and soft after use.
One pump is more than enough for handwashing and leaves the skin feeling soft and moisturised.
The handwash is soap free which I like because I find soap is very drying on my skin.
I keep one of these at the kitchen sink to use on my hands after washing up.
This is one of my favourite handwashes due to it's lovely soft silky feel and the fact that I feel like my hands are moisturised after using it.
I would recommend this handwash highly.
I tried these crisps recently and found them to be not very nice at all,
The pack I bought was a 6 pack priced at £1.99
I had been looking at these in the supermarket for a few weeks and decided to try them the other day, I can honestly say I wont be having them again they are really not nice in my opinion.
The flavour I tried was the baked potato with creamy butter and from the picture on the packaging I had imagined just that a lovely potato taste with melted butter, they sound lovely.
Instead what these crisps actually taste like is a plain unsalted crisp that has been dipped in sugar, the nutritional info does state that they have 90% less salt than the standard crisps but my tastebuds just were not ready for the odd combination of crisps and sugar, it really does not go together.
These crisps may be Ok for someone who is trying to cut out salt, but there are other unsalted products available that have a satchet of salt included to allow you to salt as much or as little as you like.
I would not recomend these at all as in my opinion crisps and sugar is not a combination that works.
I bought my Braun hand blender over 5 year ago now when my youngest was weaning, I thought it would be a usefull tool for making his baby food as I could essentially give him what we were having without having all the sieving and straining that normlly takes place when making a puree.
This little blender proved it's worth during those months being used daily and I have to say that 5 years down the line it is still used 3-4 times a week, not a bad return for an initial investment of around £20.00
-----What you get for your money----
The blender comes with several attachments, you have your standard hand blender which has a detachable base and you can swap the blender part for either a mini chopper or a whisk, also included in the package was a tall slim plastic beaker with a lid.
------What does it do-----
Well what does it not do is probably more appropriate as this is a very versatile little tool.
First the main hand blender.
The main unit is in two halfs with the top and bottom twisting together and locking into place, there is one speed setting and I use this blender when blender a pot of soup for example, you just put the blender into the soup switch on and move gently around the pan until everything is blended to the desired consistency, it is very useful using this rather than a standard blender, less messy to clean up and also it is easy to see how blended the item is and to stop blending at just the right time.
Next the pastic beaker.
I use the beaker for doing smoothies, milk shakes, chopping tinned tomatoes you just add the item to the beaker to a maximum of three quarters full and put the blender stick in and within 30 secons you have your smoothie, or chopped tomatoes etc.
Onto the mini chopper.
This is a little plastic dish with a detachable rubber base, I use this for chopping garlic cloves, shallots and other small fiddily items you just pop them in to the plastic pot, attach the top of the blender stick and chop to the required consistency, I find that adding a teaspoon of olive oil to the garlic or shallots really works well and stops the item sticking to the sides, the rubber base prevents the unit from slipping when chopping the food.
Finally the whisk attachment, this actualy came with two whisks though you can only fit one on at a time on to it and there appears to be no difference between the two, the whisk is attatched using the supplied addapter and is useful for whipping egg white, cream, batters etc, I also use the whisk for getting rid of any lumps in gravy, white sauce etc and I find it works better than using the blender for this purpose as the blender tends to give a rather frothy finished result.
All in all this is a great little tool and although I have a full size kenwood mixer with blender attachment I find this very usefull for smaller quantities.
It is worth noting that you should not use continuly for more than 2 mins at a time as this can lead to overheating but to be honest nothing really takes this long with this tool.
Another little note, when using it for baby food I always took the bab's portion out before adding any salt or stock cubes to the dish.
Sorry this is such a long review but it is such a versatile little kitchen tool that I really wanted to try and put accross just how usefull all the different attachments are.
The price of this seems to have stayed pretty steady in the past 5 years I saw it in comet a few weeks ago for £19.99
This review is for one of my favourite Bodyshop products the product is Peppermint cooling foot spray.
----WHAT IT DOES----
This product will cool and sooth hot, tired aching feet.
The spray come in a 100ml size bottle which is just the right size to pop in a handbag, the bottle is transparent making it easy to see how much is left, the cap is black and is easy to remove but not so loose that it would come off in your bag.
-----HOW TO USE-----
The spray should be used on your feet and ankle for instant cooling soothing effect, the pump action bottle delivers just the right amount of spray at one time, simply spray lightly over feet and ankles to feel the cooling effect.
The best thing about this spray is that it can also be used through your tights or thin socks so ideal for use in the office without having to go and take off your tights.
I have tried the spray over thin socks and can confirm that it is just as effective and does not stain clothing.
-----MY IMPRESSIONS OF THE SPRAY-----
I really like this spray it really does work on hot tired feet just a couple of sprays and the soothing pale blue spray cools your feet right down.
The peppermint smell is lovely it is not too overpowering and leaves your feet smelling fresh.
There is no sticky residue left after spraying and the liquid is absorbed into the skin quickly, the effects however last for ages after applying.
I usually carry this around during the summer months as I find if my feet are cool and comfy then the rest of me is too, I can't stand having uncomfortable feet and this is a lifesaver on shopping trips.
I often pop a bottle of this in the fridge when at home and the senation of the already very effective cooling spray when it has been chilled before use is just heavenly.
The footspray is available from the Bodyshop priced at £5.00 for 100ml, on the face of it a little pricier than some but worth it as a little goes a long way and it is the most effective footspray that I have used.
----TO SUM UP-----
A perfect little bottle of cooling peppermint that is very effective at cooling and soothing hot, tired feet and keeping odors at bay.
5 Stars for this product.
If you have read any of my other review you may have guessed by now that I Really Really like Bodyshop products.
This review is for the Peppermint Pumice Foot Scrub.
****What is it*****
A foot scrub to get rid of dry flaky and rough areas of skin on the feet and ankles.
Currently sells at £7.00 for 100ml.
The foot scrub comes in a bright blue plastic tub which has a screw on lid, the lid is very secure being a screw on design so no worries about it leaking everywhere if travelling.
When I first opened this I must say I was bit taken aback by the colour it is grey and does not really look very appealing, I was expecting a green or blue shade for some reason, don't really know why I just was.
The consistency of the scrub is very thick gel and it has tiny pieces if crushed pumice stone in abundence.
The scent is a lovely strong peppermint which hits you as soon as you open the tub.
----Applying the scrub----
You should apply this to wet feet in small circular motions concentrating especialy on any problem areas.
I usually soak my feet for around 10 mins in warm water before applying as I find that it is much more effective when your feet are softened a bit first.
Applying it to my feet I instantly noticed the cool soothing effect that it has, the pieces of pumice really do their job well, I massaged it over my feet and ankles for a couple of minutes and then rinsed off with warm water.
The difference it made to my feet was trully amazing they felt soft and smooth and the peppermint smell lingers for quite some time after use.
Overall this is a very good foot scrub that I will contnue to use.
This review is for the Bodyshop's Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub.
Having recently purchased the entire range of Pink Grapefruit products from the bodyshop I have been trying them out over the last few weeks.
------The bodyscrub What it claims to do------
Removes dead skin cells
Stimulates skin microcirculation
Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth
Fresh pink grapefruit scent
-------The Basic Info--------
The body scrub comes in two sizes 50ml and 200ml I purchased the 50ml size at a cost of £5.00, the larger size comes in at £12.50 so more cost effective in the long run.
The scrub comes in a see through plastic tub with a screw on lid which is deep pink with a picture of a fresh grapefruit on the top with the bodyshop logo in the middle.
The lid is secure and I would not worry about it spilling if I was packing it to go on holiday.
-------Using the scrub--------
To use the scrub you should apply in circular motions with the fingertips to any area of dry flaky skin that you want to improve the look of.
I usually use it when in the shower where it is easy to rinse off afterwards.
The first thing I noticed was the citrus smell of grapefruit as soon as I opened the tub very zingy and refreshing, the scrub is a pale pink gel and the actual particles in the scrub that do the scrubbing are corncob granules and orange peel.
The only problem I have found when using the scrub is that it is much thinner than any I have used before, the consistency is a bit like jelly that has not set and I found that it tends to slip off your hand before you get it to the area that you want meaning that a fair bit goes down the plughole sooner than you had intended.
This aside the scrub that does end up where it is intended to be does work very well, dry flaky skin is scrubbed away and after rinsing my skin did feel much smoother that if I had just used shower gel.
The scent is lovely and it lingers on the skin for several hours after use it also makes the bathroom smell really nice.
------To Sum Up-----
The only thing that could be improved is the consistency if it were just a little thicker then it would be much easier to apply with less waste.
Overall it is a good scrub that does as it claims and I probably would buy it again as I realy like the scent and like to use it along with the other Pink Grapefruit products in the range.
Unfortuantly I have only given this a 4 star rating due to the rather runny consistency.
If you have read any of my other reviews recently you may have noticed that I Really Really like the Bodyshops Pink Grapefruit range, well this body butter is no exception.
Priced at £12.50 for a large 200ml tub it may seem a bit pricy but a little goes along way, also I bought mine when there was a 50% off sale (the bodyshop do regular sales and special offers so I keep a look out for my favourite).
The plastic tub is a bright pink colour with a srewtop lid making the contents completly secure even when travelling, the top of the tub has a picture of freshly cut pink grapefruits with the Bodyshop logo in the centre.
On opening the tub the pale baby pink colour of the butter looks lovely and smells good enough to eat, very citrusy with just a little hint of sweet.
The butter is under the range for normal skin on the Bodyshop website and I would say that this is just right for normal skin, some body butters can be too rich and creamy for my normal to combination skin but this applies easily, absorbs very quickly and leaves my skin soft and smooth with no oily sticky residue.
The smell lasts on the skin for a long time and is especially good when layered with the other products in the range.
The body butter is also available in a small 50ml tub priced at £5.00, this size is handy to keep in your handbag or for taking on holiday.
As someone who used to avoid body butters as I found most to greasy for my skin type, I have to say I have been converted with this range.
The butter is also very good for a rich intensive moisturising treatment for your hands.
Having recently splurged in the Bodyshops 50% off sale this was one of the products that I bought.
The bottle is 250ml in size and costs £6.00 at full price.
The bottle is clear with a flip top cap which is strong and sturdy.
The shower gel inside is a lovely see through light pink.
The amazing smell of freshly cut grapefruit hits you as soon as you squeeze it out of the bottle, great to wake you up in the morning, the consistency is just right not so thick as to be gloopy and hard to lather up but not so runny that you end up with half of it running off and down he plughole.
I usually use a shower puff to apply as you only need a very small amount to get a really big lather of suds, I have on occasion used it directly on my hand but find that you use a lot more as it does not lather to the same extent.
The lovely refreshing smell of grapefruit is citrus without being too sweet and the fragrance lingers on the skin for some time afterwards, when layered with other products from the range the scent stays on the skin for several hours after showering.
The scent also leaves the bathroom smelling fresh and clean.
As wit most Bodyshop products the shower gel is also available in a small 60 ml size which is priced at £2.00, I find these little samlple bottles good to try a new fragrance without spending too much, they are also very usefull for travelling.
I recently bought myself a range of the Pink Grapefruit products from the bodyshop during a 50% off sale, the product I am reviewing today is the Pink Grapefruit body lotion.
The lotion comes in a 250ml bottle priced at £8.00 (full price)
The bottle is clear plastic making it easy to see how much product is left in it.
The lotion is dispensed via a pump at the top which can be turned to open or closed.
The lovely pale peachy pink of the lotion looks attractive on the bathroom shelf and the bottle is quite narrow so takes up little room.
The smell of this lotion is gorgeous, when you pump it on to your hand you are hit with the lovely refreshing smell of freshly squeezed grapefruit it really does smell good enough to eat.
A little bit of this goes a long way it is soft and silky to apply to skin, best done straight after showering when your skin is still a little damp.
The lotion is light and easily absorbed, there is no oily residue or stickiness after applying.
My skin type in general is combination with some dry flaky patches and I find that this product is effective for most areas, it is a little bit light for very dry areas such as elbows, knees and heels I would usually top up with the body butter from the same range for really dry areas.
I also use this as a hand cream finding the pump action bottle very convenient to use and keep it near the kitchen sink to use straight after doing dishes etc.
As a hand cream it is also very effective keeping the skin soft and supple.
The fragrance lingers for a fair time after use and is very refreshing.
The bodyshop also do smaller sample size bottles which are 60ml and around the £2.50 mark, I find these very usefull when travelling or just to keep in your handbag.
A really good fantastic smelling body lotion.
I have always struggled to find a facial wash that suits my skin which is oily around the nose, forehead area's but tends to be a little drier and more sensitive on the cheeks.
I have always found soap very drying on my skin leading to flaky itchy areas after use and some of the other facial washes I have tried are too oily making my problem areas worse.
I purchased this in my Local Semi Chem for £1.75 for 150ml which I think is a fantastic price.
The facial wash is a light blue gel which is not very perfumed the smell is very light and refreshing and I would say that it would be suitable for a male or a female to use.
The lid is at the bottom of the bottle and is secure meaning that the gel is always ready to use without having to tip the bottle upside down and wait till it runs down.
The gel is quite thick and only a small amount about the size of a 10p piece is required for effective cleansing of the face and neck.
You should wet your face and hands before using and the gel will lather up into a nice soft foam, I find it very refreshing and cooling on the skin you get a slight tingling feeling when massaging it over your face and it seems like you can feel it working.
The gel rinses off easily with plain water and leaves my skin feeling soft and clean without any residue.
As with all similar products you should avoid using it around the eye area.
A very effective wash gel which I will happily recomend.
I recently bought this deodorant in Tescos and have found it to be very effective.
The deodorant is available in 2 sizes the large size is 250ml and the smaller one is 150 ml.
The larger size is the one that I use for everyday at home and it cost £2.69
The smaller size is ideal for travelling or to pop in your handbag, I picked one up in tesco for 99p last week.
The smell is very fresh not at all flowery or sickly like many other deodorants, it dries almost instantly and I have had no problems with white marks.
The deodorant states 48 hour protection I can't vouch for this as I use it every day but for daily use it is effective even in the heat.
The deodorant does not contain alcohol and my skin has been soft and smooth since I started to use it.
Both the large can and the smaller size have a lock on the top which is handy when carrying it in your bag to avoid accidental spillages.
Overall this is one of the best deodorants that I have used recently both for it's anti perspirant qualities and the fact that it dries very quickly no waiting around to get dressed after spraying it.
I would definately recommend this product.
Having always been a soap powder user, I started to find thet sometimes the laundry would come out of the machine with a bit of powder residue cling to it when I was washing at lower temperatures so I decided to try using liquids for a change.
I recently saw DAZ Summer Flower Power in Morrisons on buy one get one free, the price was £3.49 for the two bottles each containing 880ml of liquid which gives 20 standard washes per bottle, for larger load washing machines the recommended dose will give you 15 washes.
The bottle is made of sturdy plastic a bright orange colour with orange and white flowers, the srew top lid also acts as the dosing cup.
The plastic bottle has a clear strip down one side allowing you to see at a glance how much liquid is left.
------Using the liquid-------
The recommeded does is 1 cap for standard machines and 1 and a half caps for the larger loaders, I have to say that I have a large 7.5kg machine and use just one cap most of the time and the liquid is just as effective, I only use more when it is very heavily soiled items I am washing.
The liquid is quite thick and pours easily, the cap is designed so that any liquid clinging to the sides will drip back into the bottle when you replace the cap so the bottle does not get drips of sticky liquid all down the sides.
You can also get a free dosing ball which you put directly in the drum of your machine from the company website which is on the back of the bottle.
The scent is a light fresh floral fragrance which is not overpowering and sickly instead gives your washing a lovely fresh smell which lasts really well after the clothes are dried.
I have found the detergent to be very effective at cleaning and removing stains on most everyday wash loads, occasionally I have to put something in for another wash if it has grass stains or when my little boy has been painting and got it on his clothes, but for the most part everything comes out clean and stain free.
The packaging states that the product is effective at wash temperatures from as low as 20 degrees, I can't vouch for that personally, the lowest I use is 30 degrees and find it effective.
A very good laundry detergent that leaves your clothes smelling clean and fresh.
I have not had any issues with soap residue left on the washing and would recommend it to my friends.
While browsing my local Tesco store a few months back I came across a range of squash that was a bit different from the normal orange, blackcurrant etc.
This range is based on old fashioned sweeties There is Pear Drops, Lemon Sherbets and Cola Bottle.
This review is for the Pear Drops.
The bottle is 1 ltr in size and costs 89p, the guide for diluting is 1 part squash to 4 parts water, I personally find this far too strong for my taste and dilute with about double the recomened amount.
The squash is pink in colour and on opening it smells just like pear drops, and the taste really is like drinking pear drops sweeties.
It is quite a sickly sweet drink so I would not want to drink too much of it but there is no added sugar and a 250 ml serving has less that 3 calories and less that one percent of the recommeded daily sugar, surprisingly the 250ml serving will give you 3 percent of your daily guidline amount so I would limit how much as a few glasses a day could easily take you to a tenth of the recommended salt intake for adults.
There is a very small amount of real pear juice in this but only 5% from concentrate so I don't think you get away with it as one of your 5 a day!!
Having no added sugar the squash does contain Aspartame and Sodium Saccharine which not everyone is happy to consume so just something to be aware of.
The peardrops squash is an enjoyable drink which is a little bit different to your usual squashes but still not one that I would want myself or my kids to be drinking all the time more a treat than an every day product
I always have a bottle of handwash in the kitchen and the bathroom, I find them more convenient and less messy than bars of soap.
Normally I use Radox or Cussons handwash but this one was on a special at my local Tesco and I decided to give it a try.
I paid 69p each for mine about 2 weeks ago, I think they are normally around 89p in Tesco.
The size of the bottle is 250ml and it is standard pump acton dispenser, the colour is a nice pale turquoise with the lid and pump on the bottle matching the product inside.
The hand wash is a gel type rather than a creamy one and the smell is a little clinical, it states on the bottle that it has an odor neutralising fragrance, which is quite effective especially if you have been chopping onions or garlic the smell does go from your hands completly with this handwash.
The moisturising bit for me is a let down, my hand feel quite dry and tight after using it although I think that the gel based handwashes are less moisturising than the creamy ones that I usually use.
The pump dispenses just the right amount of wash at a time and is easy to use.
Overall the product is effective at cleaning and neutralsing odors but not as effective at moisturising as I would like.
The container is attractive enough to have sitting out in the kitchen or bathroom.
The container can be recyled after use.