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      20.10.2012 00:38
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      Desk cleaner, but better as a toy

      This desk vacuum cleaner mimics its 'big sister' from the Henry range, Hetty. I'm a big fan of the range, and, as with the 'proper' hoovers, this mini version comes in a Henry style as well. Judging purely by its appearance, this makes a fantastic gift; it's cute and it looks very similar to the large hoovers.

      The idea is that it will clean up your desk; it 'hoovers' up crumbs and little bits and bobs of the type that I'm constantly finding on my desk. In theory this is a clever idea, although it seems a little bit pointless when a slightly damp cloth has worked for years! You need to buy batteries as it requires three AAA batteries to work; this obviously adds a sizeable chunk of money to the price. The 'hoover' itself is usually available for under £10.

      In terms of functionality, I've been quite disappointed. My Hetty desk cleaner just sits on my desk as decoration, as whenever I've tried to use it, it's taken so long and been so frustrating that a cloth is a fair superior cleaning method. I feel like this is fantastic as a novelty toy and as a gimmick, but for actually cleaning, it's really not worth the money. It successfully hoovers up small bits of fluff; but by small, I MEAN small.

      Overall, don't expect something that is going to help you have a spotless desk, because this really isn't that product. That doesn't mean I don't recommend it; as a novelty, it's adorable and looks lovely on the desk. Ironically, it probably clutters my desk more than it cleans it for this reason.

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        19.10.2012 23:58

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        Start turning your house into the Whoniverse today!

        This is one of a range of cutouts based on various Doctor Who characters; there are also cutouts of various companions, the different incarnations of the Doctor and a number of different aliens that have featured in the show. You can even get a cutout of the TARDIS! My personal favourite is the Weeping Angel; moving this around your house is a perfect way to terrify family members or housemates - this is something that has provided me with hours of entertainment!

        They are quite widely available; you can buy them on ebay, on amazon, from various specialist websites and from comic book stores. They can often be pretty expensive, however, and while they provide great decoration and I love having cutouts around my flat, I would only recommend these for 'hardcore' Whovians or for young children (contrary to belief, these aren't necessarily the same group!)

        The 'Ood' cutout is 5 foot 11; the Ood are a recurring feature in 'New Who' being an alien slave race that the Doctor has encountered on a number of occasions. This cutout is a lot sturdier than I expected, and the Ood are one of my favourite creatures since Doctor Who was brought back in 2005 by Russell T Davies.

        In conclusion, I would recommend this for fans of the show, but I suggest you shop around so you don't end up getting ripped off!

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      • Bacardi Carta Blanca / Spirits / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        15.10.2012 22:27
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        Where has all the rum gone?

        Bacardi is one of a few drinks that I switch between when I'm out drinking with friends; I occasionally also buy it from supermarkets and off licenses, although this is becoming increasingly rare. There are a number of positives about Bacardi as a drink.

        Firstly the taste is quite nice; it's fairly inoffensive and is quite bland in comparison to dark rums, and I would usually choose a dark rum over this but that is just a case of personal preference. It's a nice drink. It is also versatile; it is a key ingredient in some cocktails and can also be mixed with cola or other soft drinks. This versatility is very appealing; although it is less common in cocktails than, for example, vodka, it is still used sometimes and can even replace vodka for more interesting variants.

        Another bonus is that it is widely available. Bacardi is stocked in most supermarkets and often available at pubs and bars. This means it is useful as a drink to acquire a taste for as you can just resort to it when you fancy a rum. The packaging is sleek, smart and distinctive; the branding for Bacardi has created a relatively distinctive image which is easily recognisable.

        However, as I've already mentioned, it is a lot more bland than other rums and I wouldn't choose it over Captain Morgan's or Sailor Jerry's if I'm drinking purely for taste reasons. If I'm on a night out where I want to get drunk but don't want the hangover that vodka entails, Bacardi is a great option.

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      • Tesco Value Vodka / Spirits / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        15.10.2012 21:49
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        Not even worth the cheap price

        Different occasions call for different types of drinks. A pub lunch in the sun; cider. A BBQ in the summer; a glass of Pimms. A few drinks down the pub with friends and I tend to go for rum or bourbon.

        If I'm going on a night out however, then I tend to embrace my inner teenage girl and go for vodka. When I first started drinking, and hadn't quite learnt that you pay for decent quality alcohol, I bought the cheapest available bottle from Tesco a few times. As you might guess, this is not something that I'd recommend anyone else to do, and now that I've refined my tastes, and also discovered that decent vodka does exist, I certainly won't be drinking this again anytime soon!

        The positives are that it is cheap... and that's about it. If you mix it with Coke or fruit juice then some of the horror is taken away but it's still a foul drink even when mixed. Taken straight, it tastes disgusting. The closest thing I can think of to compare it to is paint stripper. As well as the awful taste, the packaging is unattractive and incredibly clinical. The 'Tesco Value' design is bad enough on products like bin bags and washing up liquid; it makes this bottle of vodka look more like a cleaning fluid than a drink.

        In addition, the after effects are awful. I rarely get hungover but whenever I've drunk this I've woken up feeling lousy the next day. I certainly wouldn't recommend this as a purchase unless you were incredibly desperate.

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        • Jack Daniels No 7 / Spirits / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          14.10.2012 02:40
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          A great drink for a night out or in

          Jack Daniels has been my tipple of choice since I was old enough to drink. It is widely available in bars and pubs across the country, and I usually drink it mixed with Coke. It is also an ingredient in some cocktails. I drink it because I like the taste, it's convenient due to its wide availability but also because it has successfully created a brand and an image around the product. Much as I hate to admit to being pulled in by the advertising, the image that the marketing company around Jack Daniel's have created of small town Tennessee makes it a unique and distinctive drink. This is despite the fact that I currently live in Scotland, where 'proper' whiskies (that is, single malts such as Glenfiddich and Bowmore) are widely available.

          It's difficult to describe the taste of JD - I personally really like it although I have a lot of friends who don't. It has quite a strong and distinctive taste, although if you are used to drinking 'proper' whiskies you may well disagree.

          I tend to only drink Jack Daniel's when I'm out, as it tends to be of a similar price to other spirits and mixers but tastes far better and doesn't affect me as badly as, for example, vodka), whereas in supermarkets it is usually quite expensive, although it can sometimes be found on special offers. Cheap imitations exist but these are not to be recommended as they are often rather foul. What is surprisingly good are the premixed cans of Jack Daniel's and Coke available in supermarkets. These are great if you want to try out what it tastes like but don't want to spend a large amount of money on a bottle.

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          13.10.2012 23:35
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          A fantastic gift for a die-hard Whovian

          I've been a huge fan of Doctor Who for several years now, and it was during the first series of 'New Who' that I fell in love with it. I have since watched every new episode at least three times (in most cases far, far more) and many of the older episodes from before it was revived by Russell T Davies. I keep coming back to the series with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, as it was through Nine and Rose that I fell in love with the Time Lord from Gallifrey, the 'lonely god'.

          This book has fuelled this obsession. It presents the scripts from the series. I've read this so many times, probably almost as often as I've watched the series itself. It's partly because of this that I've memorised almost all the dialogue from the 13 episodes it contains. As expected, the scripts are well written and surprisingly easy to read. They also make you notice things you don't necessarily see as a casual viewer.

          I'd recommend this book for anyone who is a die-hard Whovian or interested in drama and scriptwriting as it is an excellent example of how to write a successful television show. For those who are more casual viewers of Doctor Who, it may not be so interesting. This book has been out for a while now; I bought it fairly shortly after publication from Waterstones. It is also available online. The cover is recognisable as part of the Doctor Who franchise as it shares the same branding as all the other books from this era of Doctor Who.

          It's just a shame that, to the best of my knowledge, similar books have not been released for any of the seasons which followed this one, as I would love to be able to read the scripts from the David Tennant and Matt Smith eras to compare them.

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          13.10.2012 23:21
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          Too cute to be an actual Dalek, but a great present nonetheless!

          These are far too adorable to be accurate representations of the Daleks! The toy is available in various different colours and sizes; I have a small red one on a keyring as well as a 9 inch blue one. It would make a perfect present for any Whovian, young or old.

          The design is based on Steven Moffat's re-design of the Daleks as featured in 'Victory of the Daleks', an episode of Doctor Who written by Mark Gatiss. They were met with varied reactions from fans as the design marks quite a departure from the traditional Dalek styles. Personally, I love the rainbow style, particularly for a plush toy. It may look less threatening and scary than the Daleks we are all used to but that just adds to the uniqueness.

          I've seen these available in many different shops, for example, Hamleys and in comic book stores that also sell merchandise. Failing that, they are widely available online. When you press the Dalek's centre, a voice screams 'Exterminate!' which will amuse or terrify even the hardest of Whovians. It also says ''You would make a good Dalek'; these are quotes from the show and easily recognisable.

          I'd recommend these as a present, particularly for younger Doctor Who fans. There is a whole range of merchandise that can be purchased alongside this item allowing one to build up a real collection, for example, a TARDIS in the same cartoonish style. They are particularly suitable for younger fans as they are soft and so can't cause any injury (a 'safe' Dalek may seem to be contrary to what the point of them is, of course!)

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        • H&M Tube Skirt / Clothing / 21 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          08.10.2012 18:00
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          A wardrobe essential!

          I bought this skirt as my work uniform requires wearing a black skirt and as I didn't already own one, I went along the high street trying to find something suitable. This is perfect for the purposes I need it for; so perfect, in fact, that the majority of girls at my work have the exact same one.

          The main reason it is so good is that it is cheap - it costs only £3.99 which is an absolute bargain, so much so that I bought another one a couple of weeks after the first, and also own it in different colours. It's also available in different patterns. As a skirt for work or college it works well because it looks smart without being part of a suit or overly formal. It is also comfortable - the fabric it's made out of is fairly stretchy so it fits well without being too tight or too loose. It also works well on my body shape, as I have a significantly smaller waist than hips; skirts are often too loose at the waist or too tight on the hips but this is not the case with this one!

          The sizing is done on an XS to XL basis rather than by traditional dress sizes; as a size 6-8 I own it in extra small and it fits perfectly. Length wise, it comes to between my knee and mid-thigh. I'm 5 foot 2, or thereabouts, so it could look too short on someone significantly taller. The only issue is that if I'm moving about a lot at work it tends to ride up a little bit and can become too short for a work environment.

          The main thing I love about this item is that it's cheap and versatile; I can wear it to work and then on a night out, or to uni and then down to the pub. It's also durable particularly considering the price; I've owned my original one for four months now and wear it at least one a week if not more often, and it hasn't shown any obvious signs of wear and tear.

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        • etsy.com / Online Shop / 14 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          08.10.2012 17:13
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          Perfect for finding items that are a little bit different and interesting

          Reviewing etsy is slightly difficult considering that it is an amalgamation of several small businesses rather than one shop, so the service, quality, price and general standard of the items purchased on there can vary. However, I have been impressed across the board with the various products I have bought from etsy after starting using it earlier this year. It provides a platform to small and independent retailers to sell various things, particularly clothes, jewelery and handmade crafts.

          I love the huge variety of things that can be found on etsy; particularly as someone who is into quite a lot of geeky things, there's a lot that really caters to my tastes. Much of the clothing on there is custom made, so you just need to provide your measurements and get a unique and individual item, which is a fantastic antidote to the fashion-by-numbers of the high street.

          The website is really easy to navigate and use, and payment is usually done via paypal. It's also possible to send messages to the retailers and have conversations with them; they have all, in my experience, been very prompt to reply and answer any queries I have. I have also so far been impressed with the delivery time, particularly considering the handmade, personalised nature of most of the items that I've bought from there.

          There are only two downsides to the website as far as I can tell. Firstly, the vast majority of the shops are based in the United States. This increases shipping time and costs, and means that the majority of prices are displayed in dollars rather than sterling, although usually both currencies are displayed. This is not a major problem as shipping is not as expensive as one might think and most items have arrived fairly swiftly after dispatch, considering the distance, but having more UK based companies would be positive.

          The second downside is the fact that I spend far too much money on things I've found on etsy! A lot of the items are quite expensive but they're all so pretty and interesting that I find it impossible to resist. Etsy is kind of like an online market; you wander around picking up lots of different items because they're irresistible and then at the end of your trip, realise you've spent far more than you intended and now have an array of new clothes, jewelery, crafts etc.

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            08.10.2012 02:55
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            5/5

            I bought this printer after reading reviews of various types of printer on dooyoo and looking at price comparisons on Amazon. I was advised to check the price of ink as well as the printer itself; while this is marginally more expensive than other brands of printer I considered, the cheaper ink available more than makes up for the initial purchase price.

            The previous reviews on dooyoo all seemed favourable so I ordered this printer from a retailer on Amazon. It took a while to arrive, but once it did I was very impressed by how easy it was to set up. It's the first time I've set up a printer by myself and I was fully prepared to call a friend for assistance, but I took it out of the box and plugged it in. No assembly was required and everything I needed, excluding paper, was included in the box. Loading the cartridges was really easy as was connecting it to my computer. I have since bought a new laptop and adding this to the wireless network was easy.

            The only issue I have with the printer is that it often does not recognise that I have loaded it with paper, and sometimes prints slightly squinted. However, this may be a problem with the paper, or with the way I've loaded it, rather than the printer itself!

            My favourite thing about the printer is that it's wireless, which makes it a lot easier to use and means that I can print from anywhere in my flat. It's also small enough to be transportable; although I haven't tried transporting it anywhere yet, if I decide to move it into the living room rather than in my bedroom, or when I move to a different flat, this will be relatively easy. The size also means that it fits neatly on the edge of my desk and isn't at all obtrusive.

            The printer also has the ability to scan, although I have not yet used this facility. The scanner part is neatly integrated with the rest of the printer and looks like it will be easy to use.

            In conclusion I would highly recommend this printer as it is easy to use and setup and has relatively cheap additional costs.

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          • HP Pavilion G6-1381SA / Laptop / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            07.10.2012 19:03
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            I'd highly recommend this model

            There were a number of things that attracted me to this laptop. Firstly, and most noticeably, its colour; it comes in a variety of colours but I have it in red, as in the picture displayed here. This drew my attention immediately and makes it stand out a little more from most of the other laptops I considered.

            Size wise it's great for the purposes I wanted it for; previously I had a netbook (reviewed here: http://members.dooyoo.co.uk/laptops/dell-inspiron-mini-10/1625884/) and while it suited its purpose well for two years, the time came when I wanted something bigger and more functional. I often watch DVDs or television on my computer and that's a lot easier with the HP Pavilion's 15.6 inch screen.

            It's easier to play computer games on, many of which didn't work on the netbook. I'm also surprised by how much faster it is; doubtless this is partly down to it being a new model rather than something I've owned and used almost daily for two years, but it's very impressive.

            As someone who doesn't know much about the internal workings of laptops but has a fairly good grasp on how to use them, I've been very impressed with this model so far. It was a reasonable price; the original selling price was far too expensive but I bought it in the sale for around £300, which is very impressive for such a good model. It's also remarkably light considering its size and so it is potentially more portable than it may look.

            Another thing that drew me to this laptop was a query I had regarding ethical problems with laptops; being aware of problems with many companies using unethically obtained minerals or slave labour to produce their products, I wanted to ensure that I didn't fuel this behaviour as far as possible. A quick look into these issues revealed that as a company, HP are one of the more trusted technology providers when it comes to ethics. For many people this may not be a priority, but it's certainly an added bonus.

            A final way in which this beats my previous computer is in the much extended battery life; it lasts several hours without needing to be plugged in which is convenient.

            In conclusion I would definitely recommend this as a laptop, particularly for students.

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              30.09.2012 21:08
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              I would recommend it but not above certain other brands

              My hair is very short but I have a longer fringe which I generally like to style up into a quiff-esque shape at the front. For day to day use I just brush it up but for nights out or occasions when I want to make an effort with my hairstyle, I use this hairspray to achieve the desired effect.

              It's very simple to use and lasts a while. The bottle comes in a variety of sizes; I bought it in a relatively small size as I wasn't sure whether I would like it or use it regularly. I've been using it on an occasional basis for the last six or seven weeks.

              In terms of giving me the style that I want, it works really well. It tends to last for a few hours, and so sometimes this isn't really long enough but generally I'm happy with the look of the effect it gives. It also washes out easily and doesn't leave nasty hairspray residue in my hair.

              However, I'm quite fond of the softness of my hair after I've washed and dried it - the hairspray takes this away and makes it feel quite sticky. The stickiness tends to go away after a while but it makes it slightly unpleasant to touch for the first hour or so after application.

              It is also relatively expensive compared to own brand versions available at Superdrug or Boots and I'm not sure that it deserves this extra price tag. I'm continuing to use the product as it does work, but I'm not completely blown away by it and when it runs out I'll probably try a different brand of hairspray.

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              30.09.2012 19:49
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              I would recommend it but not above certain other brands

              I recently switched to using this shampoo as I like to chop and change between different types, so generally I buy a different brand each time the bottle I'm using runs out. So far, I am pleased with the effect that this has had on my hair. It has left it soft and easy to manage, and as promised on the label, it feels and looks clean. This is particularly in combination with the Tresemme conditioner that I also used.

              Some particular positives of this product are that, due to the size of the bottle, it lasts a relatively long time. This makes up for the more expensive price attached to it. As a well known brand, Tresemme can get away with charging fairly high prices; I would recommend looking out for special offers on their products rather than buying it full price. The product comes in a number of different sizes, from a very small travel size to a 900ml litre bottle.

              The shampoo lathers easily and I found I didn't need very much of it at all. I have short hair and so obviously it won't last as long for consumers with longer hair but I won't need to replace it as quickly as with some cheaper brands of shampoo. It washes out easily without leaving shampoo residue. It is also easy to apply; the bottle is designed in a way which makes the shampoo easy to dispense but unlikely to spill when not in use.

              The one criticism I have, aside from the high price, is that the smell is quite chemical. While it left my hair feeling and smelling clean, I prefer shampoos which have some sort of fruity aroma to them which this product lacked. The smell was not unpleasant but it certainly wasn't as nice as many other products on the market.

              Despite this I would recommend the product as it does the job well.

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              07.09.2012 01:15
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              An excellent book; one of the best series that I've encountered in recent years

              Although Game of Thrones has been around for a while, as the first novel in the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series was published in 1996 and the first episode of the TV series based on the books aired in the US in April 2011, I have only recently got into the series. I watched Series 1 of the television show first, although this review focuses on the books, specifically the first book in the series, 'A Game of Thrones.'

              As someone who is very into both fantasy novels as a genre and medieval history, I really enjoyed George R R Martin's creation. He has created an incredibly intricate world in Westeros, and a huge cast of characters who interact and collide in various ways. The first book is roughly equivalent to the first series of the television programme, and is the first of seven that have been published so far. I purchased this as part of a boxset from Amazon, for which I paid less than £30. For seven books, each of which is a decent length, this is an absolute bargain. The book is also available on its own from various retailers. Particularly due to the success of the television series, starring Sean Bean as Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark, 'A Game of Thrones' is widely available and can often be found at discounted prices.

              Each chapter in the book is written in the third person perspective of anyone of a number of characters; this allows us an insight into their thoughts and actions, and we gain a picture of what is happening across the fictional land of Westeros. While this technique does sometimes become a little confusing, each chapter is headed with the name of the character's perspective it relates, which is very helpful when there are so many characters, often with similar names or titles. I was surprised at how well written the books are; I was not expecting it to be a great literary phenomenon and so was pleasantly surprised. Of course, this is no War and Peace, although it certainly rivals the Russian epic in terms of its scale. Martin demonstrates his imagination and his knowledge of medieval culture and history; while it is set in a fictional landscape, there are clear parallels with the medieval world as we understand it.

              As a tale of political and sexual intrigue, 'A Game of Thrones' is far more than just an attempt at cashing in on the success of the Lord of the Rings or other fantasy novels/film franchises. Martin paints a world that is epic in scale and full of interested and well rounded characters. Occasionally the standard of writing slips, particularly during the numerous sex scenes featured in the book but generally the novels are page turners and impossible to put down. One is made to care for even the most minor characters, and unsympathetic characters are shown to have hidden depths. Nothing is as it seems and Martin clearly has no qualms about turning the readers' expectations on their heads.

              In conclusion, I would highly recommend both the books and the television series which they inspired. I would however stress that young children should avoid them; there is a lot of violence and sex involved, and the books deal with issues that may be inappropriate for younger readers, such as incest, murder and infanticide.

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              04.09.2012 02:45
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              A great range of products

              This brand of shower/bath products is called 'I love...' and while I wouldn't go quite that far in my praise of them, I certainly like the range. I've tried two of the 'flavours' of the shower gel; the raspberry and blackberry shown in the picture here on dooyoo and, more recently, the strawberry and milkshake one.

              The packaging is as shown in the picture; it's easy to dispense the product from the bottle and it's very simply designed and easy to use while still looking nice. It comes in a 200ml bottle, which is reasonably priced, particularly as you don't require too much of the product to clean your entire body. It lathers really easily and so the 200ml lasts a relatively long time.

              In terms of the smell of the product, it's surprisingly nice. It doesn't really last that long but is pleasant enough. This applies to both the 'flavours' in this range that I've used in the past. I don't have particularly sensitive skin so this may not be universally true but I didn't notice any problems with it aggravating my skin either, so that's another bonus.

              My one criticism is that looking at the ingredients list is rather worrying as it appears to be just one long list of indistinguishable chemicals. Obviously this objection applies to rather a lot of shampoos, shower gels and bubble baths but it is something that concerns me slightly. Despite this, I am generally rather happy with this shower gel range and would gladly recommend it. It's available in Superdrug, and is often on some form of special offer.

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