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Zubrowka can now be found in many independent and chain bars and pubs, but I remember first trying this many years ago when virtually no-one but the Polish and a few spirit specialists were interested in it. I was a little dubious when I first tried it at a Polish photographer's house (long story), but it became one of my favourite, if infrequent tipples.
Zubrowka bison grass vodka is a Polish specialty which includes bison grass, an aromatic herb that gives the drink it's unique flavour (more on this soon), which I paid £17.99 for my 1st ever 700ml bottle of in a specialist drinks supplier at the time. I'd found out from my Polish friend that it can sell for as little as £2 in Poland, which annoyed me greatly, but since I had no plans to go there I had to fork out for the inflated import price.
The drink is a very pale greeny yellow colour and when drunk on it's own has a very distinctive and hard to describe taste...it has a definite herbal tinge to it as well as a sweet and tasty hint of vanilla that's very unusual. The first time I drank Zubrowka however, was the Polish way mixed with apple juice. I use the same measurements I'd use for a vodka and coke, as I don't particularly like very strong cocktails. When mixed with apple juice, Zubrowka is great and has a lovely warming quality and reminds me a little of Christmas as something in the Zubrowka reacts with the juice to bring out a gentle spiced flavour I really like.
In terms of strength, the ABV of Zubrowka is a strong-spirit standard of 40%. It's available both online from specialist drinks stockists as well as in some highstreet alcohol supply shops, so isn't too hard to come by at all. If you're ever going to Poland though, it's well worth stocking up on bison grass vodka as you'll save a fortune on import taxes!
My husband is a huge Formula 1 racing fan and on a trip to the US a year or so ago, I picked up a bottle of Ferrari's Passion fragrance for him. My husband has another Ferrari men's fragrance, 'Black', which he also really likes (and which I think smells lovely) and so I thought I'd give this one a try as a present.
I paid about $30 for a 50ml bottle of this men's eau de toilette and I think for the amount of use my husband has got out of it, and for the quality of the scent and bottle that that's a reasonable price to pay for it, given it carries the Ferrari name. In terms of availability, I haven't seen this in any department or fragrance stores in the UK at all, but it is available to buy online if you look hard. I've found it available on eBay and from some individual sellers on Amazon, but it's not easy to come across unfortunately.
The Ferrari Passion bottle is very sleek in it's appearance, with a lid that reminds me of some kind of high-end car part! The body of the bottle has a glossy feel to it and is the striking red of the Ferrari brand. The logo and Ferrari name are also embossed onto the bottle and overall it feels very nice in the hand, suits the brand well and has a great masculine look to it that my husband (and I) really like.
This is a really fresh and clean fragrance, which starts off with a citrus feel with notes of sicilian lemon and florida grapefruit. Although neither of us could pick out the grapefruit individually, the general citrus scent was very nice and a good start to the fragrance, nice and crisp.
The middle section of the fragrance, which I could start to smell on my husband about an hour into him wearing the fragrance is made up of heart notes cypress, lavender, thyme, cardamom and juniper berries. I really enjoyed the middle of this fragrance as it's very woody and warming, with a slight spiciness to it which my husband loved and I couldn't stop sniffing! The fragrance has a lovely rich earthiness to it which is masculine without smelling of dirt or engine grease!
About 3 hours later, I could still very easily smell the fragrance on him, with the woodiness continuing with ceder and patchouli notes. There is also a strong hint of tobacco and smokiness towards the end of the scent, but in a very nice way, and a warm and cosy leather scent to finish off. The earthiness in the fragrance is still noticeable but softens towards the end.
The silage on this men's fragrance is pretty good. Some men's colognes and eau de toilettes can be overpowering but Ferrari Passion is not at all - it's easy to smell within a meter of my husband and when he passes it leaves a wonderful but subtle trail behind him that's really nice!
The fragrance lasts a good 6 hours on him being very noticeable, and it's still lingering on up to 10 hours later, though you have to get much closer at that point to smell it.
Overall, I think this is a lovely smell, and my husband loves it. He's had compliments from my friends on it, and the men who I've asked about it have all said they like it. My friend also ordered a bottle from the internet for her boyfriend after smelling the scent on my husband, but that was when it was a bit more readily available. If you can manage to get your hands on Ferrari Passion though, it's very much worth it and I've not heard anyone I know, male or female, say they don't like it! Recommended.
There are perfumes I love, perfumes I like and which are nice and inoffensive, and there are some I can't stand. Daisy by Marc Jacobs is a strange mix for me, somewhere between decent and not very nice at all, but it does seem to change on my skin so much that it's like playing Russian Roulette with a fragrance. I was bought a 50ml bottle of this by a generous friend, who happens to love the perfume and wanted to spread the love.
The bottle of this fragrance is quite nice and at the very least is original and bold, with a heavy glass bottle bottom with a cap with 2 large plastic daisies attached to the top. The glass is clear, meaning you can see the pale straw coloured perfume inside, which is useful for knowing how much you have left.
The daisies make getting the lid off a little more fiddly than a normal lid but that's not much of an issue. The bottle's not offensive in the least, even if you're not a big fan of daisies!
It's hard to describe a fragrance that seems to change what it smells like on me from one day to the next... The first time I wore this fragrance, I found it to be very light and fresh, which wasn't what I was expecting but it wasn't unpleasant. It was slightly sugary, with notes of fruity fresh strawberry, faint violets and sweet vanilla coming through, but not remotely overpowering. I couldn't really sense much of a difference in notes as the scent continued; it smelled roughly the same after 60 minutes than it did for 1 minute which was a bit odd. I wasn't blown away by the scent, but equally it wasn't offensive to my nose, and I thought it would be a decent, nice fragrance to wear in the daytime.
The next few times I wore it though, what a difference! I put the same amount of sprays of the perfume on, but it was very different! I don't know if somehow my body chemistry had changed to not like the scent, but those next few times I wore it, it nearly knocked my head off with sickly, overpowering violet notes that were too much for me and gave me a bit of a headache, before vanishing completely an hour later. A perfume equivalent of a hit and run, I was not pleased.
Whilst the official notes are wild strawberry, red grapefruit, violet leaves, gardenia, violet, jasmine, musk, vanilla and white woods, on a good day you'll smell the fruity strawberry, faint florals and vanilla; on a bad day you'll smell Violet with a capital V and not much else.
The last few times I've worn this, the fragrance lasted a maximum of an hour, which at the time I thought was a blessing. Obviously, most people will want their fragrance to last longer though, so that's a very poor time in terms of staying power.
Although you can get it much cheaper online by shopping around, the official prices for this are a whopping, undeserving £40-45 for 50ml and £50-55 for 100ml, which is too much in my opinion.
I've tried Daisy and liked it, and I've tried it and really disliked it, and I can't seem to predict how it's going to smell on me from one day to the next. It also smells completely different on my friend, and so I tactfully told her that it wasn't quite right for me, and let her keep the perfume, which she wasn't too annoyed about given she really likes it. I wouldn't ever buy this as it's too unpredictable in it's aroma.
Over the past year, for some reason I'm still unsure of, I've had several eye irritations, the most annoying of which have been styes. When I was younger, every few years I might get one tiny, irritating stye, but more recently, if and when I get one, they are much bigger, painful and a big irritation. The last big one I had (a large one that oozed goo overnight!) a few months ago was the one which prompted me to buy some of this Golden Eye ointment, which my mother recommended.
I paid £5.50 for my 4 gram tube from the chemists, as you can buy this over the counter. The tube is very small, so £5.50 is quite a lot, but my mum said this was what she'd always used if she had eye infections or irritations, and that it had always done the job well for her, so I tried it.
To use, you apply the ointment gently to the skin of the infected or irritated area 3 to 4 times a day - the instructions tell you to put it between the lower eyelid and eyeball, you just pull the lower eyelid down a bit, and then as you put the lid back, the cream will naturally spread on the inner eyelids and start to do it's work.
As I as using this for my stye, rather than something like conjunctivitis, I just dabbed a cotton bud of the pale yellow cream onto and around the stye. I also washed all my make up brushes, sharpened eye pencils etc, to get rid of any potential bacteria on there which was causing or could potentially spread the stye.
The ointment was soothing whenever it went on, and the next day, it already felt like my stye was reducing in size, and it was less painful. 3 days later and I could barely see the stye and the pain had gone completely, thanks to the ointment.
The only downsides to Golden Eye ointment are, firstly, that you are advised to throw the tube away after your infection has gone rather than keep it hanging around for future uses, because once open for weeks it could be contaminated with bacteria etc, and it wouldn't be great to put that on your eye. Also you can't use contact lenses for a minimum of 24 hours after finishing your treatment, which could be a pain for some people.
Overall, I found the ointment worked really well on my stye, and although I didn't need to use it for a full blown eye infection, I'd be happy to do so now I'm confident in it's healing abilities. Considering the discomfort my eye was in, I feel that this was worth the money and I'd happily buy it again in cases of eye infection or irritations like styes.
Kids and adults alike can get a lot of cuts and scrapes, so in our house we always have 2 types of plasters available that seem to work excellently in most occasions. 1 type is the pre-cut, standard size of plasters, which usually are plastic depending on the brand we've bought at the time, and the other is a very long strip of fabric plaster dressings, the latest one of these I've used being the Fast Aid brand.
I paid 99p for a packet of the Fast Aid Fabric Dressing Strips on eBay when I saw them whilst buying something else in a health shop there. For that, I got a decent looking box with a 1 metre long strip of dressing in it, that's 6.3cm wide, with a generous padded area in the middle for sitting on the wound.
The reason I like the long strips of fabric dressing is that you're not limited to how big the plaster is - there's no pre-cut, pre-determined size that your wound has to fit within. If you've got a long narrow cut for example, you can cut 1 long plaster off the strip and use that, instead of having to put lots of horizontal plaster down the cut (because putting them vertically will mean using the non-padded, adhesive areas on your wound - not nice!).
When my little boy comes in with scraped shins etc, from playing football or falling over, I can put one big plaster on instead of lots of little ones, and I still find it quicker and easier to get the scissors and cut my desired length off the strip than faff about peeling the backing of several little plasters.
Another plus point to these plasters is the fact they are fabric. I've found that plastic plasters often don't adhere to the skin well as they are a bit stiff and inflexible at times, depending on where you put them. Stick them on an elbow or on a knee, and on my kids they'll last an hour at most. Fabric plasters on the other hand are much more flexible and can move with the body and keep on the wound as long as required. Usually, they're still stuck on firmly when it comes time to remove them or check on the wound and re-dress, and you have to give them a good tug to get off.
The plaster strip is not waterproof, but I can't acutally remember the last time we needed a plaster to BE waterproof and unless you're going swimming etc, I think waterproof plasters are a waste of time and money.
Overall, I can recommend this Fast Aid Fabric Dressing Strip as it gives me the flexibility I need when it comes to tending to cuts and scrapes and lasts longer on the skin than any other plastic plasters I've ever used.
In the last few years, I've only been ill and unable to sleep due to this a few times, but during those times, I've used Night Nurse Capsules to great effect, and I consider them to be a strong, hard-working medicine when colds, coughs and flu-like symptoms are keeping me awake.
These capsules are designed to fight a range of symptoms, but mainly headaches, runny noses, coughs, aches and pains, fever and pain from a sore throat, according to the box. I paid £3.99 for my box of 10 capsules, which I thought was a lot, but I had had them recommended by a friend and decided to use them only when absolutely necessary!
The green and blue box is simple and effective in design, with a big 'first aid' cross on the front, and full instructions on taking them inside the box. As instructed, I took 2 of the medium sized, easy to swallow capsules just before bed and around 30 minutes later began to feel myself getting drowsy, but also more free from the runny nose and cough symptoms. It's no wonder that you're not meant to drive or operate heavy machinery under the influence of these, as they practically knocked me out! Seriously, these can only be taken at night as instructed, when you'd be asleep otherwise they would seriously hamper your senses during the day! Use Day Nurse if you want symptom relief during the day!
I found that I had a much better quality of night's sleep when taking these tablets for the few days it took my bug to go away. I barely woke up throughout the night and although I was a little groggy the next morning after taking these, I felt much better for sleeping a full night uninterrupted.
Aside from relieving some of my symptoms at night, I felt the main benefit of the Night Nurse Capsules were their ability to give my body a chance to rest fully and work on fighting off illness properly. I would have gotten better in time anyway, as it was just a bug, but I felt the process was speeded up by several full sleeps.
Overall, I can recommend these capsules. They are not cheap, but they work, and if you're getting to the point when ill when you're longing for a good night's sleep then they will definitely help you.
At the end of last Summer, a pet shop where I live were selling off some of their bird feeders and I purchased one of these Suet Ball feeders from them for £2.50, which I still think is a decent price. The reason I chose this one over some of the others is the fact that it's for suet balls, or fat balls as we call them at home, and my kids were taught how to make these in school. So now we make our own suet/fat balls using lots of bird friendly nuts and seeds - left over kitchen fat can be saved to make these and my kids like seeing the birds feed off something they've made.
The ball feeder itself is basically a tall cylindrical wire cage, with the wires which mesh around the outside coated in plastic to make them more durable to the weather. The bars of the cage are quite far apart (1-2cm) as unlike with nuts, the fat balls can't fall out. On top of the feeder there's a metal lid which slides up the metal hoop hanger above it so you can lift it up to put the fat balls in. The feeder can be hung up by the metal hanger at the top of the device, in our case it's threaded through the washing line to try to deter the squirrels from getting at it.
The birds really like the fat balls within the feeder (sold seperately or can be made at home as we do), and there are plenty of metal rings running around the feeder for them to perch on whilst they peck at the fat balls.
I doubt this feeder is squirrel proof, just because the holes are big enough for a squirrel to grab the fat through or get their snouts through, but most feeders this cheap aren't squirrel proof. I've never actually seen any squirrels on my feeder though, just lots of birds!
Overall, I'm pleased with this purchase. It was cheap and it does the job it is intended to, holding fat balls well. For the price I paid I'm happy with it, and it is durable to boot.
This Spring's garden project at my house is sorting a rockery out, and though it's going a little slower than expected so far, progress would have gone an awful lot slower were it not for the reinforced work garden gloves I bought from B&Q around 6 months ago.
As I remember, I paid about £4 for the pair of ladies work gloves, and for the time they've lasted me so far, I consider that to be a bargain.
These 'one size' gloves are very tough, being made from mostly suede feel leather, but with abit of cotton and polyester thrown into the mix for flexibility. On the palms of the hands, the material is extra thick, and at the base of the gloves there's a green wrist guard which is pretty stiff and there to protect your wrists. The green and creamy coloured gloves aren't the most attractive handwear around, but they are very practical looking and that's all you can ask for in a gardening and work glove really.
For jobs where you don't need to be delicate, I've found these gloves ideal. Shifting rocks, pulling up roots and other jobs which are hard on hands are far more comfortable wearing these gloves and I've found they've performed well and stopped me getting blisters, cuts or scrapes very effectively since I bought them. I've had to pull quite a few gangly brambles and thorny bushes out to make room for the rockery and the gloves stopped me getting pricked by thorns too.
They're not so good on jobs where you need precision, but if they were they wouldn't be as good at the rougher jobs as they'd be too weak.
For the price I paid, I think these gloves are great, so I can highly recommend them. They've kept my hands happy on rougher jobs in the garden.
Liiv Bontanicals Sensuality is an Eau de Toilette fragrnace by Avon, which I was was bought as part of a present for Mother's Day. I'd already said I'd like to try this, so it was a nice surprise to get a bottle of this as a gift.
A 50ml bottle of Avon's Liiv Botanicals: Sensuality usually costs around £12 from an Avon rep / catalogue or the Avon website, but you might be able to get a bottle for up to half price if you keep an eye out for deals at Avon, or on sites like eBay.
The Liiv Botanicals: Sensuality bottle is comes in a tall, relatively plain and simple looking semi-frosted glass bottle, which is attractive and clean. There's a clear glass leaf motif on one side of the bottle, which gives the impression of this being a more natural fragrance (like the others in the Liiv Botanicals range). The bottle is nice enough looking, there's nothing to offend about it and it sits in the hand well when I use it.
This is a very fresh and revitalising scent, and on first spray it's quite powerful, with a top note of water lily. This does have a nice white floral scent to it that's sweet but not sickly, and not too flowery. After about 20 minutes I could smell the jasmine notes coming through which I really liked as jasmine is a favourite of mine. About an hour later, the fragrance delivered a lovely vanilla note which again, wasn't too sweet, but had a lovely feminine aroma to it.
There is a great freshness to this fragrance, and it's delicate without being weak and watery, which I liked. It settles down nicely on the skin and I think it's a nice, cheap perfume for daytime wear.
With the Avon's Liiv Botanicals: Sensuality fragrance, Avon have produced a perfume which lasts longer than most of their other offerings and I was fairly impressed with the staying power. I was able to smell the product on my skin easily a few hours later, and it only really seems to fade after 4 hours, which again for Avon perfumes is great.
I can recommend the Liiv Botanicals: Sensuality fragrance, and it was a gift that I really like. The price is good and the fragrance is also very nice, being floral without smelling like a florist's shop, and it's very fresh. Recommended.
I saw this fragrance on fragrancedirect.com and was lured in by the very low price of £16 for a 100ml bottle, which I thought was a bargain! I love perfumes, and wanted to give this a try. The notes sounded nice, and I thought that if I wasn't keen on it, I could always have given it to my mum as a present. 2 days after ordering from the website, the perfume turned up at my door.
The bottle is not going to be everyone's taste, infact, I'm not particularly keen on it myself, it's a bit glitzy for my liking, with a squat bottom and a very crystally top which reminds me of an old fashioned bath tap. Underneath the lid is a pump action spray which dispenses the perfume. I saw photos before I bought it, so I knew what the bottle looked like, pale pink and very feminine, but personally I'm not so keen. I didn't buy this for the bottle though, I wanted to try the scent!
The first thing I noticed about this fragrance is that it's very floral, as the name suggests, with the most noticeable notes being rosey in scent. The rest of the notes were very hard to pick out but presented a general soft sweet floral aroma, with a hint of plummy fruitiness.
The official notes are mandarin, purple plum, coconut water, tuberose, pikake, jasmine, amber, iris, sandalwood and creamy musks, but I found these hard to pick out throughout, even the basenotes.
The overall scent was one that was inoffensive but nothing special, nice but not wonderful.
I found that this had excellent staying power on me, I could still smell this on my skin 5 hours after application so that is a good plus point.
In the end, I gave this to my mum: she came to visit and commented how nice the bottle was (it seemed like fate), and when I let her try it, she said it was lovely. It suited her more watery (in a nice way) personality than mine and so I gave it to her as a gift. She really likes it, where as I thought it was nice but nothing special. It was still a good price though!
Whilst browsing on Amazon.co.uk I stumbled across a blast from the past, in the shape of a Mookie Lolo Ball. I had one of these, or an identical one by a different brand, when I was a kid and I loved it, I think it must have been a bit of a fad in the 80s!
I bought this new version of the Lolo Ball for just under £9, including free supersaver delivery from Amazon, and when it arrived a few days later my kids and I were very excited to try it out.
Basically, the Lolo Ball consists of a hard plastic circular ring, which is attached to a bulbous bouncy but very tough rubber bottom, and a smaller rubber dome shape on top (kind of like a dust ring of Saturn orbiting a mis-shaped planet!) The photo above is accurate, but the toy is upside down; you use the large bit underneath and keep the smaller dome on top.
The idea is to balance on the ring with a foot each site of the smaller rubbery dome and grip with the sides of your feet whilst bouncing up and down, using the ball underneath to provide the bounce. It sounds complicated but it's not, although it does take a bit of practice to get the hang of it. I couldn't see a weight limit on the box, and as I don't weigh much anyway (there are probably fat kids that weigh more than me, and it HAS to be sturdy enough to take them), I gave it a go myself. I was a lot worse at it than when I was a kid, but after a while I could bounce and balance for not far off 1 minute. Knackered, I leet the kids have another go at it!
My kids were much better at it than me, and spent an hour bouncing up and down between the two of them, before they were both tired out! In terms of a device that's fun for kids to play with, but which also offers great exercise, this is a brilliant toy, which is suitable for children aged 3 and upwards, although I do think 3 year olds will DEFINITELY need supervision with this - I don't think they are stable enough on their feet to manage with this comfortablely, and I can envisage younger kids falling off this and hurting themselves quite easily.
Overall, I can really recommend this toy for kids, it's great fun, hardwearing, not too expensive and can even be stolen by adults!
My nephew is a huge Ben 10 fan, and so for his birthday I bought him one of these Ben 10 Alien Force pop up tents from Argos, and paid £19.99 for it. To be honest, I thought that was a bit much, but I knew he'd love it, and I was struggling to find other Ben 10 things for him that he didn't already have!
The tent is a deep blue colour, and covered with Ben 10 imagery, from Ben himself, to his helpers and various creatures. Visually, it looks very nice, and my nephew was very excited when he saw the tent, and made me put it up in the living room for him.
It's very easy to put the tent up, infact once out of the box, a quick twist will have the tent popping up into a cuboid shape. There is a white pole which can be fitted into the roof of the tent to give it extra support, but we found this a bit fiddly to put it, plus it didn't give that much extra sturdiness to the tent, so I don't think the pole is used very often! The tent officially measures 85cm on each dimension, so has plenty of room for my nephew and some toys or a playmate to fit inside.
Once you're done playing with it, you have to twist the plastic seams which keep the tent popped open around and onto themselves (instructions in box!), and although it took his mum and myself a few attempts to get this right, once we got the knack of it, we found it was easy to pop back down and store away.
Though my nephew was pleased with his pop-up tent (I'm told he plays in it a least a few times a week, turning it into a 'den' when inside, and taking it outside when the weather is nice), I think there is a negative to this product...
The main negative is there's no bottom to the tent! I mustn't have looked at the picture closely enough because I just assumed the tent would have a bottom to it, but it doesn't. This means that, although it's find for use in the house, when he takes it outside, his mum has to put something on the ground beneath it if the grass is damp or a bit muddy. Personally, I think it would be much better with a base in.
Although there are a few changes I'd make to this tent, in general, I feel it's worked relatively well as a present for my nephew. He likes it and his friends like it, so I think it was a good present and I can recommend it, particularly for indoor use.
As part of my daughter's latest birthday party, I made up some goody bags for the kids to take away with them, as I (correctly) thought it'd be better and cheaper to make my own party bags rather than buy rubbish pre-assembled ones. One of the items I chose to put into the party bags were bottles of Tesco Bubbles with Wand.
I had 12 party bags to make up, I bought 2 packs for £3, as there are 6 bottles in a pack, costing £1.50. That works out at 25p per bottle, so I thought that was a decent price to pay.
The bubble solution itself comes within a small round plastic pot, basically a scaled down mini version of a normal pot of bubbles about 2 inches high. The bottles are all brightly coloured and both myself and my daughter liked the look of them and thought they'd be a good addition to the party bags.
Like you're standard bottle of bubble liquid, the lids are screw on with a foil seal underneath that's there to keep the solution at it's peak of bubbliness. The wand for blowing the bubbles is inside the tub, and the kids found this easy to use, though the adults had to help with getting the plastic foils off the tubs when we opened some at the party, as the seal is very tough and hard to tear off.
A bit of the fairly thick bubble solution goes a long way, and the kids were happy playing with the bubbles in the backgarden for ages. The solution worked very well and produced a lot of decent sized bubbles. We did find, though, that the solution that wasn't used up in the bottle by the end of the day, had lost a lot of it's power and couldn't produce bubbles as well the day after when we went back to it. We've found this with other bubble solutions in the past though, so I think that's just a general problem, not only limited to these Party bubbles.
Other than the fact that some of the bubble-power was lost the next day, and that the seals were hard to get off the bottles, these were a great idea and I would buy them again. The kids liked them, they were good fun and didn't cost much per bottle, so I can recommend them.
I very seldom get athletes foot, and haven't had a bout of it since I stopped going to the gym (too expensive and I found more fun ways to exercise) and stopped putting my feet through the trauma of regular sweating inside non-breathable trainers. The last time I had althete's foot, however, it was very unpleasant so I used Lamisil Once to treat it.
I didn't notice the symptoms for a while as I was busy and distracted, and it wasn't until my feet started stinging in the bath that I noticed they looked sore and the skin felt itchy and very uncomfortable.
I paid £8 for a small tube of this cream, which was recommended by a friend who raved about how good it was. I thought at the time it was expensive, but my friend said that it was the most effective athlete's foot treatment she'd ever tried, and was much better than the others, so I gave it a go.
To use this product you have to first wash and dry your feet really well (both of them, even if it only looks like 1 foot is infected), and then apply the whole tube of cream to the feet evenly. You don't massage the product in, you just have to make sure it's sitting on top of the skin in a thin layer, even inbetween the toes.
After a few minutes of drying time, you can wear shoes and socks again as normal, but you shouldn't wash your feet for 24 hours, to give the product the maximum amount of time needed on the skin.
I found that Lamisil Once was much better than other products and cheap powders I'd tried in the past, as it seemed to kill the fungal bacteria and keep them from reoccuring as opposed to some treatments which only seem to stop the fungus for a while before allowing it to come back.
I found that within a few days my feet were feeling much better, and not long after they were virtually back to normal, with all discomfort gone. The fact that you only need to apply this once is a big bonus for me, as I'm busy and don't always have time to remember to regularly dose my feet with treatment - with Lamisil you just treat the athlete's foot once and then it's gone, so it's very simply.
The only minor negative I have about this product (and it's very minor) is that it can sting a timy bit if you have any open sores or cuts on your feet, but other than that it's perfect and I can highly recommend it. It's well worth the money I paid considering the time, effort and discomfort it saved me.
Having 2 kids, who seem to attract dirt and grime whilst playing out, I always have a packet of babywipes and some anti-bacterial hand cleanser in my bag incase they get anything horrible or sticky on their hands which I don't know the origin of.
The most recent bottle of instant hand cleanser I picked up was in Boots, when I saw it on offer near to the tills for just £1. The 150ml bottle plastic bottle the cleaner comes in is clear and the gel inside is a bright blue colour, there's nothing fancy about the packaging, it's all very simple and clean.
According to the bottle, the hand cleanser gel "kills 99% of bacteria" whilst leaving hands feeling clean and fresh within seconds. For kids with sticky or dirty fingers, I thought this would be a good way of cleaning their hands whilst out and about without the need for water, as that's not needed in order to use the gel.
To use the anti-bacterial instant hand cleaner, you just squeeze a little out of the bottle and onto your hands, then rub the gel all over your hands. Due to the main ingredient being alcohol-based, as you rub this evaporates, meaning that after 20 seconds rubbing or so, your hands will be dry again.
When you use this, there's quite an obvious chemically smell, but it's not unpleasant, it smells fresh and clean and gives the impression that it really is cleansing your hands and killing the bacteria on them. I find when I've used this myself, that my hands are initially a little tacky after use, but this fades after a few seconds and I'm just left with cleaner feeling hands.
I find this a very useful product because it's quick and easy to use, so if my kids get dirty or potentially germ-ridden hands on the go, I can get rid of the dirt and germs quickly, without having to take them to a bathroom to get clean.
Of course, not being able to see bacteria, I can't guarantee that this actually kills the bugs, BUT I don't imagine Boots would be able to get away with advertising it as anti-bacterial if it didn't at least have some major effect on bacteria levels, and that's good enough for me.
Overall, I can recommend this product; it's quick, easy and seems to be effective to use, plus it's cheap, so I can't really fault it.