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      22.07.2013 18:33
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      A rich honey & toffee-fragranced soap that cleans well & leaves your skin feeling soft & smooth

      On my first foray into the Doncaster Lush store, I bought two chunks of soap, one of which I have already reviewed. The second one was Honey I Wash the Kids. There were two main reasons why I bought this - firstly the smell, and secondly the assistant said it would leave my skin feeling soft. I have to say that I like all things that either smell of or taste of honey and I was immediately drawn to this soap.

      APPEARANCE:-

      The soap is two-toned in colour - the majority is a creamy yellow but it has a honeycomb-patterned, dark toffee colour on the top. The most noticeable feature of this soap is the smell - it's strong. Having said that, it's not too overpowering provided that you like the smell of honey and toffee, but it will fill your bathroom with the fragrance and the aroma stays on your body for a few hours. It's not particularly sickly, but it is a rich and sweet smell and I do personally like this. Lush make their own honey water by blending honey, tincture of benzoin (this turns the water milky) and rose oil diluted in water. I cannot make out the smell of the rose oil, though, and by far the strongest fragrance is that of honey and toffee.

      MY EXPERIENCE USING THE SOAP:-

      The soap produces a nice thick, rich lather and it does leave my skin feeling soft and smooth. I've used the honeycomb part of the soap as a kind of exfoliator as it is a little rougher than the rest of the bar (I'm not sure if it's made for this purpose of not, but it does do quite an effective job). I've used this bar of soap for about 6 weeks now and I've got through probably a quarter of it (it weighed a little more than 100g) so it's going to last a long time. I do make sure that I don't leave the soap in water for any length of time, though, and it's always stored on a ceramic soap dish. I've used the soap by firstly creating a lather in the palms of my hands and applying it to my face and body, and also by rubbing the soap directly on my skin and then creating a lather with my hands. Both methods seem to be equally as effective.

      BUMBLE BEES:-

      Returning to the smell of this soap, a curious thing has been happening during the hot weather. Every morning for about a week we've got up to find a bumble bee in the bathroom. This has never happened before and we couldn't work out why they were appearing in the bathroom or what was attracting them. Because of the hot weather, the landing window has been open a lot and one morning I actually saw a bee fly in and crawl under the small gap under the bathroom door. So the question as to how they were getting in was solved, but why? Then I suddenly thought about the soap and the smell of it. As an experiment I put it in one of the bathroom cabinets and from that day there were no more bees in the bathroom - until yesterday. I had used the soap the previous evening and left it out, so I've come to the conclusion that the smell of the soap must be attracting the bees for some reason.

      INGREDIENTS:-

      Lush make a big thing of using natural ingredients in their products and their ethical business values, and so I think it's important to list the ingredients. Their products are not entirely natural, although they do use a lot less chemicals than other so-called 'green' companies. The soap is individually wrapped when you buy it from the shop, and doesn't have a list of ingredients, so this is taken from their website:-

      Natural Ingredients:-

      Honey Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Water, Perfume, Beeswax, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Aloe Vera Extract, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, *Limonene, *Linalool

      Safe Synthetics:-

      Propylene Glycol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Benzyl Benzoate

      (*occurs naturally in essential oils)

      It's interesting to compare this with another well-known 'ethical' brand (this is taken from their website for a chocolate scented soap):-

      Sodium Palmate (Surfactant), Sodium Palm Kernelate (Surfactant), Aqua (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Parfum (Fragrance), Cocos Nucifera Oil (Emollient/Hair Conditioner), Glycine Soja Oil (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Citric Acid (pH Adjuster), Etidronic Acid (Chelating Agent), Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Coumarin (Fragrance Ingredient), Butylphenyl Methylpropional (Fragrance Ingredient), Anisyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), CI 77891 (Colour)

      Although I'm no scientific expert, it appears that the Lush soap is the more natural of the two, even though it does include some chemicals.

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

      The soap can be bought from Lush stores which can be found in most large towns, cities and shopping malls, and from their website. An assistant will cut a chunk of soap for you in store, whereas the website offers three sizes - 100g at £3.40, 250g at £8.50 and 500g at £17.00.

      CONCLUSION:-

      I personally would recommend this soap as it cleans and softens and has a great aroma if you like the smell of honey and toffee. The fragrance will fill your bathroom and will stay on your skin for a long time and as such may not be suitable for some men. I also like the exfoliating action of the honeycomb crust which makes the soap even more special. It doesn't exclusively contain natural ingredients, but there are fewer chemicals and parabens than many other brands.

      Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful.

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        16.07.2013 17:41
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        A compact mouse for laptops and desktop PCs which can work on most surfaces

        I've had my HP computer for about 18 months and it was supplied with a wireless mouse and keyboard, both manufactured under the HP brand. They have both worked without any problems until recently I found that when I clicked on the left mouse button, sometimes it wouldn't register. At first, I thought it was the battery going flat, but I still had the same problem after replacing the battery, so I decided that the mouse must have developed a problem and would need to be replaced.

        There seem to be so many different mice available, from the very basic to the all-singing, all-dancing kind. I certainly didn't want with a lot of functions that I would never use, but wanted something a little better than basic. So I had a look on Amazon and PC World websites and eventually decided on the Microsoft Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500.

        As its name suggests, this mouse is made for mobile use with a laptop, but I've been using it with my desktop PC without any problem. It's smaller than my previous one at around 57mm x 91.5mm and 36mm in height but I find that it sits very comfortably in my palm and my fingers are naturally positioned on the left and right buttons. If you have very large hands, though, then possibly this may be a little small for you. When you click on the buttons they feel very precise as does the mouse wheel in the centre. When you use the wheel it moves in what feels like 'notches'. Each movement from one notch to the next results in the page moving up or down a certain number of lines, and this can be adjusted from Control Panel in windows. You can also download software from Microsoft which enables four way scrolling, but I haven't found a particular need for this yet, so I've not tried it.

        The mouse is built with blue track technology which is supposed to be superior to laser or optical mice. It can be used on any surface - I've used it on a regular mouse mat, a table cloth, the carpet and the arm of a chair and found it to be equally accurate and quick on all occasions. According to the Microsoft webiste, the large, blue beam (from the light under the mouse), combined with an image sensor and pixel geometry designed by Microsoft, generates a high-contrast picture of the surface that allows exceptional tracking accuracy. I don't understand exactly how this works, but work it does - and very well indeed.

        The mouse is packaged in red and white cardboard with a clear plastic bubble. Thankfully, unpacking is very easy - the cardboard just unfolds to gain access to the mouse (none of the ridiculous hard, welded, plastic containers that so many companies favour nowadays). It's supplied with a Duracell AA battery which will last up to 8 months (depending on usage, of course), and this slots easily into its little compartment underneath. When the battery needs replacing a small red light appears just below the Microsoft logo under the wheel - a useful addition as it can be very frustrating if your mouse suddenly stops working.

        Setting up the mouse is very easy. It works with Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 7, Vista and Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.7. For a Windows PC, you just insert the USB transceiver into a spare USB socket. The drivers are automatically installed and after about a minute, the mouse is ready to be used. The transceiver is tiny - it protrudes about 5mm from the USB socket - and if you're using the mouse with a portable device, you can store the adapter in the base of the actual mouse, which is an excellent idea from Microsoft. You can also turn off the mouse when not in use with a little switch underneath which will make the battery last longer.

        The mouse can be bought online and from a number of retail outlets. I found that local PC Worlds had sold out but managed to buy it from Curries at £16.49. Amazon have it available at differing prices - the actual price seems to depend on the colour of the mouse and ranges from £9 to £14.50 (I bought the grey colour which, in reality, is black).

        In conclusion, I would definitely recommend this mouse for both mobile and desktop PC use. It's compact and seems to be well-made. It's quite basic but is perfectly suitable for the everyday use for which I need it.

        Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful

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        10.07.2013 18:10
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        A reasonably healthy and tasty loaf of bread

        Warburtons have been baking bread since 1876 when they first set up business in Bolton and have expanded over the years to become, according to online sources, the most popular baking brand in the UK. Apparently they bake more than 1 million products a day. We don't eat a lot of bread and I've started to bake my own as it's healthier than a lot of the stodgy bread you can buy in supermarkets, and it tastes much better. However, baking bread from scratch is a bit time consuming and so we also buy Warburtons' Seeded Batch Loaf as we both like the taste and texture.

        THE BENEFITS:-

        The bread contains five varieties of seeds - linseed, millet, poppy, sunflower and sesame - which all have health benefits. For example, linseed is a good source of Omega 3 fats, which helps your heart, brain, joints and immune system. Millet is a source of protein and sunflower seeds provide vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Poppy seeds are nutritious and are also used by some to aid sleep, fertility and even give magical powers of invisibility, but apparently they can also give a false positive result in a drugs test for opiates . Now I have to say that I've never knowingly got high after eating this bread, but people do often ignore me, so maybe I do become invisible after a jam sandwich.

        Apart from the above benefits, what else does Warburtons Seeded Batch Loaf have going for it? Well, it's soft, not stodgy and tastes good. This is not 'brown bread', though - the wrapper actually states that it's a white loaf - however, it doesn't have the bleached whiteness that you find in other white loaves. The bread is a very light brown colour and you can see all the seeds mixed in it and also on top of the darker brown crust. It's got a nice texture and the only issues I've had with it is that you have to clean up the seeds as they do tend to fall off the crusts a little and when I've tried to spread butter on it, if the butter's not soft enough it will tear holes in the bread, but that's normal for any loaf. The slices are chunky, but not as thick as 'toast bread' - they're certainly a lot thicker than some of the ridiculously thin slices that you find in some loaves. I've found that the bread lasts up to a week without going dry or stale (we keep the loaf in a ceramic bread bin) and it also freezes well.

        THE TASTE:-

        I like the taste but it could be a bit strong for some people - I would call it an 'acquired taste'. When I first tried this bread I thought that it tasted burnt - it had an almost bitter taste to it - but I quickly realized that it was just a stronger flavour than I'd been used to, and now when I compare it to other white or brown loaves, I find those to be very bland. It's quite nutty, a little salty and together with the seeds this results in rather a unique taste, in my opinion. The sharpness can sometimes overpower the flavour of the filling and I don't think it would be suitable for delicate salmon and cucumber sandwiches to have for high tea on the lawn (however, as high tea is not a regular occurrence in our house, I am open to correction on that point). It's perfect, though, for cheese, meats, jams, marmalades and honey (not all in one sandwich, I might add). It's also great for toasting, especially for welsh rarebit and scrambled egg.

        NUTRITION:-

        One slice contains:-

        Calories 137
        Sugars 1.5g
        Fat 4.1g
        Saturates 0.9g
        Salt 0.45g
        Fibre 2.7g

        It's suitable for vegetarians but it does contain wheat gluten sesame seeds, barley and soya and is also produced in a bakery which uses milk, so anyone with allergies needs to consider that.

        The amount of calories that this bread contains is higher than some other white loaves - eg Tescos White Sandwich loaf contains 219kCal per 100g, whereas the Warburtons loaf has 287kCal per 100g, and there is much more fat (Warburtons 8.4g compared to Tescos 1.6g per 100g).

        So you really need to compare the benefits of the seeds that the bread contains with the higher level of calories and fat.

        PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

        The bread 's available in all of the major supermakets in two sizes of loaves - 400g and 800g. It's quite expensive - the smaller loaf is usually around 89p whereas the large one is £1.50. Occasionally you can find them on offer (usually about 10p off), but I've found this to be rare.

        CONCLUSION:-

        I personally think Warburtons Seeded Batch Loaf is tastier than a lot of other shop-bought bread and although quite expensive I believe it's worth the price.

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          A conditioner with less synthetics that smells good, & conditions your hair well, but a bit pricey

          I usually use Lynx 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner for my hair as it saves time, has a pleasant fragrance and is effective. However, when my 2 in 1 ran out a couple of months ago, I tried Lynx shampoo which left my scalp feeling tight. The tightness was quite alarming, but did find that if I used a separate conditioner that it eased somewhat. Fortunately there was a bottle in the bathroom cabinet, but there wasn't much left in it and so I needed to buy a new one. I was introduced to Lush products fairly recently through DooYoo and I noticed that they produce conditioners, so I thought I'd try one. I have very short hair that's thinning in places and it's not particularly greasy - sort of general run-of-the-mill hair and I wasn't quite sure which would be suitable, so it was a case of 'buy one and experiment'.

          So off I went to the local Lush store in Doncaster and came away with a couple of pieces of soap (one of which I have reviewed already and which I think is brilliant) and a bottle of hair conditioner. I must admit that I didn't ask the assistant what would be suitable for my hair - I'd already had a look on their website and thought that I would try the American Cream conditioner because although it says that it's thick and heavy, it did appear to be for regular type hair. Lush describe the conditioner as 'a combination of honey, strawberries and fresh orange juice in a thick lanolin conditioner base' and that 'it will make the hair soft, manageable and easy to comb'. I only bought a 100g size because it is quite expensive - this size was £4.45 and I thought I didn't want to pay more if it wasn't going to be suitable.

          THE BRAND:-

          Before Lush became a well-known high street brand, they supplied products to the Body Shop in the good old days of Anita Roddick and before it was sold to L'Oreal. They still embody their original ideals of not using animals to test products, buying from community projects and local farmers and they support various 'green' campaigns. Although they use natural ingredients, most of their products do include what they call 'safe synthetics', so they are definitely not 'all natural', however they do claim that all of their ingredients are vegetarian and a lot are vegan.

          PACKAGING:-

          The conditioner comes in a clear plastic bottle with a black flip-top lid. 'Bring all the boys to the yard with this strawberry vanilla milkshake conditioner' it proclaims on the black label - a claim which, thankfully, has not materialized (I am very particular as to who comes to my yard). It adds 'double strength and extra creamy to leave your hairy gorgeously soft and smelling sweetly'. I think this would put many men off buying this product, but connecting with my feminine side, I decided to take the plunge. The label also has the list of ingredients, instructions as to how to use the conditioner and a sticker which states that Peter made this on 6th March this year. Apparently they make batches of their products specifically to their shops' orders, so they're all quite fresh. I don't know who Peter is, but if he reads this I'd just like to say "Job well done, mate". The products do not contain preservatives and so have quite a short shelf-life - this bottle has to be used by 6th May 2014.

          INGREDIENTS:-

          I thought it would be useful to compare the ingredients of the Lush conditioner with those of another well-known brand (this could take some time to write):-

          ====Lush American Cream Conditioner====

          Natural Ingredients:-

          Honey Water, Vanilla Pod Infusion, Fresh Organic Oranges, Fresh Strawberries, Lanolin, Vanilla Absolute, Clary Sage Oil, Lavender Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, *Linalool (*occurs naturally in essential oils)

          Safe Synthetics:-

          Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium, Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide, Coumarin,
          Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol

          ====Popular Brand Raspberry Herbal Conditioner====

          Aqua (water), Catyl Alcohol, Cycolmethicone, Juniperis Communis Fruit Extract, Camomile Recutila (Metricaria) Flower Extract, Panthenol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Steeralkonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Glyceril Steerate, Benzophenone-4, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat, Disodium EDTA, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Alpha Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Benzoate, Butyphenyl Methyl Propional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linanool, Parfum, CI 17200 (Red), CI 18050

          I know some of the above ingredients in the popular brand conditioner appear to occur naturally, but there seems to be an awful lot of chemicals and synthetics in this compared to the Lush one. However, does the Lush conditioner work as well as the other? When you compare the prices, Lush is £4.45 for 100g, whereas the other works out at only around 25p for 100ml - a huge difference, especially if American Cream doesn't do the job as efficiently as the cheaper brand which I found did condition my hair reasonably well.

          MY EXPERIENCE WITH AMERICAN CREAM:-

          The first thing that you notice when you life the top up is the smell of the conditioner, quite a rich, sweet aroma but it has an overwhelming scent of vanilla and honey. This becomes more pronounced when you squeeze the conditioner onto your hand. I've tried to smell the oranges and strawberries that it's said to contain, but it's very difficult. With a bit of imagination I can smell strawberries but the orange scent eludes me. If you don't like the smell of vanilla then I don't think that you would enjoy this product. The conditioner is an off-white colour and a bit thinner than I've been used to - when I first tried it I did wonder if that meant that I would need to use more than normal. I've found, though, that I actually need to use less. It's easy to squeeze out of the bottle and for me a blob about the size of a 10p piece is enough (bear in mind though that I have very short hair, so longer hair would need more). When I spread it over my hair, it doesn't feel greasy or like I'm coating my hair with plastic as I've found with other conditioners. It doesn't lather much but I spend a little while rubbing it into my hair to give everything a good coating before rinsing it off with cooler water. At this stage, it doesn't seem to have done any good to my hair whatsoever as it feels no different to how it feels after I've just used shampoo. Usually I find that after I've used conditioner, my hair feels slippery and greasy when I rinse it, but I don't get that effect with the Lush product. It's after I've dried my hair that I notice the difference - it's incredibly soft and smooth (I don't use a hairdryer, I just towel dry). I've found with other conditioners that my hair has felt like it's been coated in something, but not with this one - it feels very natural.

          The smell of the vanilla and honey lingers in your hair for a long time. It doesn't last 24 hours by any means, but that may be because I don't have to use much. I would say that in my experience the fragrance last about 6 hours at the most. Compared to other conditioners I've used, even 6 hours is much longer than normal. What I do find impressive is the fact that 24 hours later, my hair still feel soft and smooth and there's no greasiness - it even feels soft and conditioned after 48 hours. I therefore only use the conditoner every two or three days which does make it a lot more economical.

          In my opinion, therefore, the Lush American Cream conditioner performs better than other branded ones that I've tried. I appreciate that I'm still putting some unnatural things on my hair when I use this, but when I compare it to the list of chemicals in other products I would choose the Lush one every time. The only thing that lets it down is the high cost. However, I've been using this for a month now and I'm only half way down the small 100g bottle, so in reality it's cost about 55p a week which I don't think is too bad for a quality product that works. I'll definitely buy a larger size next time and I'm going to try one of the Lush shampoos because I want to use as few chemicals on my hair as possible.

          - PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

          The conditioner can only be bought from a Lush store or from their website (Lush have shops throughout the country and overseas now and you can find your nearest one by visiting https://www.lush.co.uk/shops). They do charge postage and packing of £3.95 when buying online, so if you're only buying a couple of things, it does make the products a lot more costly overall. The American Cream conditioner comes in 3 sizes, 100g, 250g and 500g, and costs £4.45, £8.90 and £14.25 respectively.

          CONCLUSION:-

          I'm very pleased with this conditioner. I've been using it for a month now and I can honestly say that my hair feels better than it has for a long time. It does the job better, in my opinion, than other branded products and with less chemicals. It smells good (although I don't think you'd like it if you don't like the smell of vanilla) and leaves my hair feeling naturally soft, smooth and conditioned. The only downside to this product is the high initial cost but because I don't have to use it every day it does work out a little more economical. I personally think that Lush American Cream conditioner is suitable for both men and women and I'll definitely buy it again. Highly recommended.

          Thanks you for reading my review and I hope that you found it useful

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            18.06.2013 17:36
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            In inexpensive fly killer that is effective on flies, but not so good on wasps

            Why is it that flies and wasps have the entire northern hemisphere to fly in and yet they are so attracted to my house? Not only that but they have obviously been discussing the benefits of my home with larger flying monstrosities and every summer for the past couple of years we've had hornets which, if you've never seen one, are terrifyingly huge. Flies irritate me because they are so stupid, but wasps and hornets I know are just looking for an opportunity to attack. It's therefore all out war when one enters my home. I have to say that I'm an animal lover and I hate to see anything suffering or being killed, but I've had an aversion to wasps ever since I was stung by one as a boy.

            For some reason, last year was particularly bad for flies and wasps, although we only had a few hornets in the house. The usual spray that I buy had all sold out at Wilkinsons and I saw Sanmex Fly and Wasp killer which looked to be just as effective from reading the details on the can, so I bought some, thinking that anything is better than nothing.

            PACKAGING AND CONTENTS:-

            The can is red and blue and has what looks like a lightning bolt on the front with a suitably-zapped fly lying on its back. It claims to be fast acting and it does say that it's suitable for use as a household insecticide. The reverse of the can is full of warnings about what not to do, has a list of ingredients which should scare any fly or wasp reading it and has brief instructions as to how to use the spray. What did surprise me that 99% of the product is made up of perfume, emulsifiers, solvents and butane propellant with only 1% appearing to be killing agent. It does comply with the United Nations shipping regulations and has Health and Safety Executive approval, according to the can, and can be used for killing wasps, mosquitoes, midges and other flying insects.

            MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS FLY SPRAY:-

            To use the spray you simply shake the can, pull off the red plastic top which exposes the white spray nozzle, and squirt the offending fly or wasp from, according to the instructions, a distance of 3 to 5 feet. This is reasonably effective for smaller flying insects, but In my experience, squirting a large fly or wasp from 5 feet away is totally ineffective and they just laugh at you. Unless you want to use a large proportion of the can, you need to get quite close to a larger fly such as a bluebottle and give it a good blast for 3 or 4 seconds. A wasp is a different matter, though, and you need to risk life and limb, giving it repeated sprays until eventually it drops down and expires. Apparently you can also clear an entire room of insects by closing the doors and windows and spraying around the room (something which, fortunately, I've not had to do).

            The smell of the spray is not very pleasant - it smells a bit like toxic furniture polish. You should definitely not inhale it (one of the warnings on the can says 'solvent abuse can kill instantly' - I can't imagine anyone wanting to sniff this, but each to their own!) and it should never be sprayed near food or fish tanks. I usually hold my breath when spraying this, but I have had a couple of instances where I have breathed in some of the fumes and it's not to be recommended - it leaves a burning sensation in the throat for a short time. The smell of the spray doesn't linger too long - 2 or 3 minutes and I can't tell that it's been used. It is a flammable substance, so it should not be used near naked flames, a particularly pertinent warning in view of the ever-increasing popularity of Yankee and other scented candles.

            PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

            The spray comes in a 300ml size and I believe I paid around £1.50 at the time. I know it was a lot cheaper than the usual fly spray that I buy. To be honest, I'm not sure if you can still buy this in Wilkinsons. I've not seen it in supermarkets, but then again I've not looked for fly spray recently.

            CONCLUSION:-

            I'm afraid that this is a classic case of 'you get what you pay for'. It is quite effective on flies and will eventually kill wasps, but is nowhere as near as effective as other fly and wasp killers, although you will pay more for those. I wouldn't buy this again for the simple reason that I don't find that it does what it claims on the can as efficiently as other products and as such can only give it 3 stars

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              A designer fragrance that lasts all day but has a strong, flowery aroma that may not suit everyone

              My final EDT review this week is for Calvin Klein Eternity for Men. This is one of the more expensive fragrances that I bought a couple of years ago and I can remember buying it simply because it was a well-known designer brand (and the fact that I buy their underwear). It's a fragrance that I had considered for some time - I'd smelled it at store perfume counters, and had ummed and aahhed about it for ages because I wasn't sure if I liked the scent. Anyway, I took the plunge and bought a 50ml bottle.
              Calvin Klein is, of course, a designer brand which is famous for its underwear and advertising. I'm sure many ladies will not forget the recent adverts with David Beckham and the slight controversy over 'is it padding or isn't it?' (I won't go into any further details, but I'm sure most know what I mean) - I'll leave the merits of the underwear for a future review.

              PACKAGING AND DESIGN:-

              Eternity for Men comes in what I would call a 'designer bottle' in that it's quite plain but has a shaped interior (wider at the top and bottom and pinched in at the middle - think of a human body's chest, waist and thighs). It has a simple silver-coloured atomizer which is protected by a silver plastic cover which is round at the bottom with a cube top. It has 'Eternity for Men eau de toilette spray/vaporisateur Calvin Klein on the front, but apart from that is quite plain. The actual perfume is slightly green in colour.

              DESCRIPTION:-

              The notes are quite extensive:-

              Top Notes: Lavender, Mandarin Orange, Bergamot, Lemon

              Middle Notes: Coriander, Lily, Orange Blossom, Juniper Berries, Basil, Jasmine, Sage, Lily-of-the-Valley, Geranium

              Base Notes: Vetiver, Sandalwood, Amber, Musk, Brazilian Rosewood

              MY EXPERIENCE OF THIS FRAGRANCE:-

              I find this EDT to be very strong indeed. When you first spray, it's very flowery but with a slight sharpness to it - almost, but not quite peppery. I wouldn't say that any of the top notes stand out above any of the others, it's just a rich, sweet aroma. It does settle down quite quickly but still retains the flowery fragrance but with a slight musky aroma creeping in. After a while it loses a little of the flowery smell, but on the whole it still stays quite sweet. It is very powerful, though, and I find that it literally lasts all day - I can spray it in the morning and can still smell it at bedtime. In fact I find that sometimes the powerful aroma can give me a headache and it can become a bit sickly. This is not a fragrance that I would call 'understated'. Because of this I only wear it occasionally.

              PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

              This EDT can be bought in many high street department stores, pharmacies and online. It comes in a range of sizes from 30ml to 100ml. Expect to pay around £18 for the 30ml size up to £50 for the 100ml bottle depending on where you buy it and if it is discounted. As an indication of price, you can currently buy the 100ml size at Amazon for £30.

              CONCLUSION:-

              Would I buy this again? Maybe. I do like an EDT to have longevity and to have a strong aroma, but I couldn't wear this every day - it's a bit too powerful for me. However, I do use it occasionally for a change. I'm not going to give it a low rating just because of its strength - it's a quality product that a lot of men may like, although the sweet aroma may not be to everyone's taste. If you've not tried it, I would advise buying the smaller 30ml size to see if it suits you.

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                A very nice masculine EDT named after an SUV that has longevity and is inexpensive

                Hummer is another EDT that is in my bathroom cupboard that I bought on a whim. As I've mentioned in previous fragrance review, a couple of years ago I decided to experiment with a number of different Eau de Toilettes (or is it Eaux de Toilette?). Anyway, I can't for the life of me remember why I bought this one. I know I got it online - from EBay I think - and I may have bought it because it was cheap. It's a brand of EDT that I'd never heard of before and certainly isn't main-stream, However it was a great buy because it's turned out to be another fragrance that I like a lot.

                A bit of useful (useless) information:-

                For those of you who don't know what a Hummer is, it's an American SUV (sport utility vehicle) that is a civilian version of the Military's Humvee, a squat, four-wheeled, ugly-looking (in my opinion) vehicle for transporting troops and equipment. Hummers are angular, heavy-looking vehicles which are no longer produced in America - when General Motors went bankrupt, the Hummer brand was bought by a Chinese company, but production ended in 2009.

                Packaging and design:-

                I no longer have the box for the EDT, but I can describe the bottle - basically it's like a brick. You don't get a delicate bottle with a small atomizer to gently spray the contents onto your face and neck, instead you get a heavy chunk of glass - with legs. It's very angular and squat, just like the military Humvee. It sits on two legs and on top of the bottle is a huge black and orange, plastic squirter that blasts out the contents. The orange atomizer section sits inside a circular black casing which has numerous holes around the top - if you've ever been to Amsterdam and seen the outdoor street urinals (apologies to anyone with a delicate disposition), then you'll understand what the black casing looks like. On the front of the bottle, it simply says 'hummer' in large, thick, black lettering. I find that I need two hands to use this - one to hold the bottle and the other to depress the atomizer.

                Description of the fragrance:-

                The description of this EDT:-
                Top notes of Cardamom, Thyme, Peppercorns
                Middle notes of Leather, Patchouli, Amber, Sandalwood
                And base note Tonka

                My experience wearing this fragrance:-

                When you first spray the EDT, which has a slight yellow colouring, it smells quite sweet and fruity - a very strong smell that is quite masculine. It then quickly settles down as it dries on your skin and after a while the middle notes start to appear. It still retains a fairly sweet aroma, but mixed in there's a certain spiciness and I can definitely smell a leathery fragrance. I've tried one or two other EDTs that claim to have leather notes, but to be honest I've never been able to smell even a hint of it. This EDT is different though. As for the base note of Tonka, which I understand to be an odour similar to vanilla, I have to say that I've never smelled this. On my skin it retains the sweet, leather fragrance, but as the day wears on it becomes less strong. Longevity, for me, is important in any fragrance because I don't want to have to carry a bottle to top up the perfume throughout the day (I certainly wouldn't want to carry this brick of a bottle around with me). Fortunately, this EDT does stay the distance. I can wear it all day and it's still noticeable at tea time, albeit a lot weaker. However, by then it's done its job. I just use two or three squirts in the morning - the atomizer is powerful enough to give good coverage - and find that this is strong enough for me.

                Price and availability:-

                I have the 125ml size bottle, but you can get this in 75ml and 40ml sizes. I really don't know if you can buy this in any high street stores, but it is available online. Cheap Smells currently have the 125ml size on sale reduced from £35.42 to £13.03 (the smaller 75ml bottle is slightly more expensive at £13.95) with free P&P, so as you can see it is economical. Amazon also sells this EDT but their prices are a lot higher.

                Conclusion:-

                Would I buy this again? Very probably. I do like the aroma, it's not expensive and it's strong enough that it can be worn throughout the day. It's masculine, what I would call a classic fragrance and as such I think it's suitable for day wear. Despite the cumbersome bottle I would give this a 5 star rating.

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                  An economical designer fragrance for men that smells great and lasts all day

                  As I mentioned in a recent review, I have collected quite a few bottles of Eau de Toilette over the past couple of years - some of which I wouldn't buy again, whilst others I absolutely love. Ocean Dreams for Men is firmly ensconced in the latter category - I really love this fragrance. I hadn't tried it before I bought it online, but I was attracted to the unusual bottle and also it's made by Giorgio Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, the home of the stars, rich, famous, chic (well I can dream, can't I?)

                  The Brand:-

                  Fred Hayman opened the famous Giorgio, Beverly Hills store on Rodeo Drive in 1961. Before then, Rodeo Drive was just a very ordinary California Street, but Fred Hayman had a vision of making this humble road into the one of the most exclusive shopping destinations in the world. He stocked brands and products that could not be found elsewhere, and had the innovative idea of welcoming shoppers with a glass of champagne. It started to be frequented by the movie stars from nearby Hollywood and those who lived in the exclusive Beverly Hills area. It wasn't until the 1970s, however, that other stores came to Rodeo Drive, but the rest is history. In 1981 the House of Giorgio produced its first fragrance and Ocean Dreams for Men was launched around 2003.

                  Packaging and Design:-

                  Unfortunately, I no longer have the box that the EDT came in. However, the bottle is an unusual design - the Leaning Tower of Pisa of bottles. It's a rich ocean blue in colour with a large silver atomiser, and leans at an angle - with a bit of imagination it could resemble a yacht's sails, but to me it looks more like the funnel of an old steam ship. The bottle does have a design of a crown and two seahorses on the front, and around the base of the atomiser is the product name 'Ocean Dreams for Men'. Apart from this, the bottle is very plain.

                  Description of the Fragrance:-

                  The official description of the EDT claims that it 'brings out the essence of beautiful beaches with a crisp, aromatic fougere fragrance' (I had to google 'fougere' - apparently it means 'fern-like'). It has top notes of mandarin orange, grapefruit and green notes; middle notes are mint, sage, geranium and rose; base notes are woodsy notes, sandalwood and musk.

                  My Experience:-

                  From the description above, you would think that it would have quite a feminine aroma, but quite the contrary - I think it's very masculine. You don't need to use a lot of this because it is quite powerful - two or three squirts is quite sufficient, I find. To start with it does have a citrus/flowery fragrance, it's fairly sweet but has a sharpness to it and certainly hits the senses with a crisp, fresh smell. It takes a while for it to settle down but becomes a little more subtle. It still retains the citrus aroma but starts to gain a more herb-like quality. The description does say that it has woody base notes, but I can't detect those, although eventually there is a muskiness to the fragrance. As for longevity, I find that those two or three squirts last almost all day - I can still smell it in the evening, although of course not nearly as strong as first thing. When I first started wearing this fragrance, I got a lot of compliments from both women and men at work and I know that one or two have since bought this perfume. Because it is a strong fragrance and you don't need to use much, a 100ml bottle will last ages, so it is very economical.
                  I don't find that it reminds me much of a beach - well certainly not the beaches in this country, nor the beaches of California. The beaches of a tropical island - possibly, but never having been to a tropical island I will reserve judgement. I can quite imagine wearing this fragrance strolling down Rodeo Drive and popping into Tiffany's, Gucci, Armani and, of course, Giorgio's and then lunching at the Beverly Wilshire...........not quite the same thing as Meadowhall in Sheffield. One day, though - one day!

                  Price and Availability:-

                  I'm not sure if you can buy this in department stores, but it's available quite widely online. 50ml will cost around £26 at normal price with 100ml being about £42. You can get this cheaper if you look around - CheapSmells have the 50ml size at £10 at the moment - but even at the regular price, I don't think it's over the top for a designer fragrance.

                  In Conclusion:-
                  I cannot recommend this EDT highly enough. It can be worn for most occasions and is definitely one of my favourites. As such, I'd have no hesitation in buying it again.

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                    A very pleasant EDT that would be suitable for most occasions if it had longer staying power

                    A couple of years ago I had a bit of an urge (or mad moment) to try different eau de toilettes and went a bit over the top in that I bought far too many at once and I'm still using most of them. It does mean, though, that I can wear a different fragrance every day for a couple of weeks which, I know, is quite ridiculous. I bought a variety of brands at various prices - the most expensive ones being only brought out for special occasions, and the cheaper ones for everyday use. One of the cheaper ones I bought was Intimately Beckham.

                    BRANDING:-

                    The eau de toilette is made by Coty which is, of course, a very well-known and long-established perfume house. It was founded in France in 1904 and produces fragrances for a lot of celebrity brands including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Faith Hill, Halle Berry, Beonce, Celine Deon and, of course, the Beckhams. Its portfolio also contains brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Davidoff and Rimmel.

                    PACKAGING AND DESIGN:-

                    I bought the smallest size available - 30ml, but I think you can now only buy it in 50ml and 75ml sizes. The packaging is the same, though, and it comes in similarly-shaped bottles. The square box is dark brown in colour with gold lettering and the pattern on it gives a slight 3d effect when held to the light - nothing particularly special but it does look classy enough to give as a gift. The bottle inside is quite stylish - square and angular, with a clear square plastic top which covers the gold-coloured atomizer. Even though the product is quite cheap, the packaging on the whole does, at first glance, appear expensive-looking.

                    THE SCENT:-

                    The fragrance itself has top notes of bergamot, grapefruit zest and cardom, mid-tones of nutmeg, star anise and violet and base notes of sandalwood, patchouili and amber.

                    MY EXPERIENCE USING THE EDT:-

                    I found that it's a very pleasant fragrance. When you first spray it, there's quite a sweet smell - a little flowery and fruity but no sharp peppery odour that you get with some EDTs, and I personally think it is very masculine. It's not particularly strong at first and settles down very quickly to a slightly deeper and richer woody smell. I really do like the perfume as I think it's quite understated and could be suitable for most occasions - both for work and socially. However, and this is what is so infuriating, the fragrance doesn't last very long - after about an hour (two at the most) I can hardly smell it at all. When I wear an EDT I expect it to last at least a few hours - I don't want to keep topping it up throughout the day. I've even tried spraying it onto my shirt as well as my face and neck and, although it does last a little longer, it's still not got a lot of staying power.

                    PRICING AND AVAILABILITY:-

                    This fragrance is widely available both online and from the local high street (even Home Bargains, apparently, sell this). Prices vary immensely eg. The Perfume Shop are selling the 75ml size for £33.50 whereas you can currently buy it through Amazon at £12.39. At less than £13 for 75ml I would say it's quite a bargain but there's no way that I would pay over £30 for this purely because of its lack of longevity.

                    IN CONCLUSION:-

                    I don't usually buy celebrity-branded products, but this eau de toilette is very nice, it's just such a pity that the fragrance doesn't last very long. I would consider buying it again but certainly not for the full price. If the perfume had longer staying power I would have given it a 5 star rating, but as it is I can really only award it 4 stars, and that is being generous.

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                    • Lush Sea Vegetable Soap / Soaps / 72 Readings / 69 Ratings
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                      A soap that's not totally full of unnatural ingredients that's suitable for men and women

                      I didn't think I would find myself reviewing Lush products but I was prompted to try one or two things that they make for three reasons. I've seen some interesting reviews on DooYoo recently for Lush items, I wanted to try something different and it seems that Lush make more natural products, albeit they are not chemical-free. So I plucked up courage and paid a visit to the Lush store in Doncaster. I must say that it wasn't such a traumatic experience as I thought it would be and the assistants were very friendly and helpful. I don't think they have many men in their shops as the products are not particularly male-oriented, but I think that there are some things that they sell which are entirely suitable for men. One of these is the Sea Vegetable Soap.

                      Lush sell their soaps by weight and the assistant kindly showed me how much a 100 gram slice would be. I was attracted to the Sea Vegetable soap because of its colour and the fact that it contains seaweed and sea salt. She explained that the soap would leave my skin feeling soft and smooth and that it was ideal if you suffer from rough skin.

                      INGREDIENTS AND THEIR BENEFITS:-

                      Seaweed contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and trace elements and is known to help nourish and protect the skin. It's claimed that seaweed can slow down the skin's ageing process, although I think it's probably a bit too late for me. Whether there's enough seaweed in the soap to make any noticeable and long- lasting difference to the skin is debatable but the fact that there is some in it has to be of some benefit. Sea salt is great for exfoliating and getting rid of dead skin cells, although I use a tea tree oil exfoliator which I have reviewed in the past, but the combination of the two in a bar of soap is a great idea.

                      As I've mentioned above, Lush products are not completely natural, however they do appear to contain less unnatural elements than a lot of other brands. The ingredients in this soap are:-

                      Natural:-
                      Water, Rapeseed Oil and Coconut Oil, Coarse Sea Salt, Arame Seaweed, Lime Oil, Lavender Oil, Seaweed Absolute, Glycerine, Sodium Chloride, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume

                      Safe Synthetics:-
                      Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Colour 42090, Colour 19140, EDTA

                      (This list of ingredients is taken from the Lush website as they individually wrap the bars of soap and I couldn't find the details on the wrapping paper).

                      MY EXPERIENCE IN USING THE PRODUCT:-

                      The soap is quite a deep blue in colour - a lot darker than the photo at the top of this page - and has what can only be described as a darker and slightly harder crust on the top, although I wouldn't say that it's particularly abrasive. This 'crust' appears to be made up of the seaweed and sea salt, and you can actually see thin pieces of the seaweed throughout the bar of soap, like little veins. I'm still deciding the best way to use the soap - I've tried using a sponge and my hands to lather up my face (I've even tried rubbing the soap directly over my face) - but what I can say is that it produces a really good lather and feels rich and creamy. It also does exactly what the store assistant claimed - it leaves my skin feeling remarkably soft and smooth. I've not found the sea salt to be particularly course but I quite often get a slightly rough patch of skin on my forehead and this soap always leaves it feeling smooth. As yet, the soap hasn't gone soft at all, but I don't leave it in the water and it should , therefore, last me quite a long time.

                      It's difficult to describe the fragrance of the soap. There is something in it that reminds me a little of laying in the sun on a beach, but that may be just my imagination (or wishful thinking). There's definitely a slight flowery smell but also a spicy/citrus odour which will be the lavender oil and lime oil that the soap contains. Although I'm not particularly fond of the smell of lavender, the fragrance of this soap is very pleasant. What I do like about the smell is that it doesn't really linger on your skin, so you can use aftershave or EDT without worrying about getting a strange combination of fragrances. I think that if you used the soap in the bath or shower and covered your whole body with it then the perfume could last a lot longer.

                      AVAILABILITY AND PRICE:-

                      Lush stores are to be found in most major towns and cities throughout the country and you can also buy their products from their website. This soap costs £3.10 per 100g and although this does seem to be a bit expensive, I think it's worth it for the benefits it gives. Standard UK delivery for items up to 20kg is £3.95 when buying from their website which is not too bad if you're purchasing a number of items - it would cost about that much for me to drive into town and park.

                      CONCLUSION:-

                      I was a little skeptical at first about the claims of Lush and their products, but after having used the Sea Vegetable Soap I'm very impressed indeed. This is one of the Lush items that I believe is suitable for both men and women and I will definitely buy this soap again.

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                        A gardener's aid to help grow grow larger and healthier plants

                        Apparently Miracle-Gro Slow Release Plant Food is now called Miracle-Gro Continuous Release Plant Food, and it's on this basis that I have based my review.

                        BACKGROUND TO USING MIRACLE-GRO:-

                        We have a lot of trees surrounding the property which drain the goodness out of the soil and growing any kind of plant tends to be a bit hit and miss as it has to be tough to compete with the trees. Fortunately we've now got a lot of established bushes and shrubs in the garden, but growing flowering plants has tended to be a bit of a disaster. I like colour in the garden and so I usually plant a lot of tubs and pots with bedding plants at this time of year which has the added advantage of being portable so I can make different 'displays' if I want to throughout the summer. Because the bedding plants only last one year, I like to try and get the most out of them and I've found that using Miracle-Gro helps immensely.

                        PACKAGING:-

                        I buy the 2kg size container which is more than enough for the number of tubs and pots I fill (last year I had more than 60). The food is actually small pellets which have a coating that enables the nutrients to be released gradually. As the temperature of the soil becomes warmer and the plants start to grow more, the nutrients are released which give the plants an added boost. The food contains, amongst other things, nitrogen to help give the plants healthy leaves, phosphate for strong roots, and potash which helps the plants to resist disease. It's not organic, so bear this in mind as it can also be used for vegetables and fruit trees/bushes. The 2kg size container has 4 separate bags of feed inside together with a handy scoop. The container itself is bright yellow and green in colour and has quite comprehensive instructions as to how much food you need to use. It's very sturdy and has a useful wire handle for carrying - the lid, though, is very awkward to remove at first. You have to press a little yellow tab and then pull up on the edge of the lid which can be quite sharp, so I would recommend caution. Even when it's been opened a few times, the lid is still quite tight which, in a way, is good because you don't want thousands of little pellets rolling around the floor if you accidentally knock the container over. However, what I have found is that it's much easier to pour a couple of bags into an empty 1kg jar. It's simply a clear plastic container with a very useful plastic lid which is hinged in the middle. One side can be used for sprinkling the food - it has 6 small holes so you can easily control the amount you use. The other side has a larger opening which can be used with a small scoop to accurately measure the food. Both parts of the hinged lid close quite tightly so there's no risk of spillage if you accidentally knock the jar over.

                        USAGE:-

                        The scoop has markings for 25g and 50g which means that you can be quite accurate in how much feed you give - you just need to know how many litres of compost each pot holds. I found that after a while I get used to how much I need to use and so don't bother using the scoop. You simply sprinkle the pellets onto the compost before planting and mix them in with either your fingers or a trowel (it does recommend that you wear gloves). You can use this for established flowers in beds and borders, but we make our own compost for the garden which we use for these. The beauty of these pellets is that you can just forget about them and they will do their own thing throughout the season - you don't have to remember to mix soluble feed in the watering can or use any attachments on the garden hose.

                        MY EXPERIENCES WITH MIRACLE-GRO:-

                        It claims that plants will grow twice as big. I would say that in my experience this is a little optimistic, but the plants do seem to turn out healthy, with an abundance of flowers and last a long time. I don't normally give them any other feed and if I plant in April then they put on a nice display until late August - beginning of September. I'm no Alan Titchmarsh when it comes to gardening so I can't claim that the healthiness of the plants is down to my expertise, so it must be something to do with the Miracle-Gro. Of course you have to water and dead-head the plants, but I do believe that I have more success using Miracle-Gro. I've used similar products made by other companies, and I must say that in my experience Miracle-Gro seems to have the edge on them.

                        PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

                        You can buy this in a 1kg shaker container and the larger 2kg one which I have reviewed. It's widely available from most DIY stores, garden centres and online and should cost around £6 for the 1kg size and £10 for 2kg, I've found that prices don't vary much at all and I usually buy it from our local independent garden centre simply to support the smaller businesses in our area (it can be found cheaper online, but bear in mind that you usually have to pay quite a substantial amount of postage on top).

                        CONCLUSION:-

                        Miracle-Gro does seem to be very effective, certainly for plants in pots and tubs, and gives you a long-lasting good display of flowers throughout summer. It contains a lot of chemicals, however, so if you're into organic gardening this is definitely not for you.

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                          23.05.2013 18:00
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                          An effective toothpaste, reduces sensitivity, but not sure if it's suitable for all electric brushes

                          I've always had slightly sensitive teeth which is most noticeable when eating something cold, although the sensitivity is not extreme - it doesn't make me scream and shout, or crawl up the wall in agony, but it's not a particularly pleasant experience and takes away the utter bliss of slurping on a delicious ice cream in summer. I discovered Sensodyne some years ago, and have used it ever since. I've always been more than happy with the regular toothpaste because it worked well and greatly reduced the sensitivity of my teeth. A couple of months ago I went to buy a new tube and couldn't find the type that I usually buy - in its place was something called Sensodyne Repair & Protect . I had a look at the box and the information and it looked as if it was going to be more beneficial than the regular Sensodyne toothpaste, and so I decided to try a tube, even though it was more expensive than the kind I usually buy. Repair & Protect comes in two varieties - regular and whitening, both of which are similarly priced, so I decided to try the whitening toothpaste.

                          PACKAGING:-

                          I bought the 75ml size which comes in a clean looking, almost clinical white and blue box with some quite clever mirror effects. There's a lot detail on the box including an explanation as to what causes tooth sensitivity, how the toothpaste works, warnings and precautions and ingredients. Basically tooth sensitivity occurs when the dentine underneath the tooth enamel becomes exposed and this exposure can trigger the nerves which results in pain. Sensodyne Repair & Protect uses something called Novamin which releases calcium and phosphate to form a protective mineral layer which repairs the vulnerable areas of the tooth. The tube inside the box is nothing out of the ordinary - white plastic with the instructions repeated in blue lettering, and with a large white plastic top which twists on and off easily.

                          INGREDIENTS:-

                          I really don't know if this will be useful or not, but this is what the toothpaste contains:-
                          Glycerin
                          PEG-8
                          Silica
                          Calcium Sodium Phosphosilicate (Novamin)
                          Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
                          Sodium Monofluorophosphate
                          Titanium Dioxide
                          Aroma
                          Carbomer
                          Sodium Saccharin
                          Limone

                          MY EXPERIENCE USING THIS TOOTHPASTE:-

                          It's recommended that you brush twice a day using approximately 2cm of toothpaste, but not more than three times (probably wise looking at the list of chemicals). It should only be used by children under 12 on the advice of a dental professional or doctor. Two centimetres is quite a lot of toothpaste to use, especially when your toothbrush only has a 1cm head. I use an Oral B Triumph electric toothbrush which I've always found to be brilliant, but it's one of those that has the small oscillating head, and this is where I found the main problem to lie with this toothpaste. It initially gives quite good coverage but after around 30 seconds of brushing it gets thinner and thinner until after about a minute there's hardly any sign of toothpaste, so you have to stop and reapply more to the toothbrush head and start again (apparently the recommended length of time for effective brushing of teeth is 2 minutes). I never used to have this problem with regular Sensodyne toothpaste and I've no idea why it should happen with the Repair and Protect variety. In view of the popularity of electric brushes, I'm surprised that Sensodyne did not come across this problem when testing the product. It may, however, be perfectly suitable for use with a less powerful electric brush. On the plus side, I've had no issues with teeth sensitivity so the toothpaste does seem to be effective. It tastes pleasant - quite a strong, sweet, minty flavour which leaves your mouth feeling fresh, but if I run my tongue over my teeth after brushing there seems to be a kind of coating left on them, which is probably something to do with the Novamin. As for whitening my teeth, it does remove stains but I didn't see any material lasting improvement while I was using this toothpaste exclusively. Having said this, I don't think any toothpaste can make a great improvement in whitening teeth. I now brush once a day in the evening with this Sensodyne Repair and Protect and in the morning use a different brand which I've found leaves my teeth shiny and smooth and which doesn't need to be topped up half way through brushing.

                          PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

                          You can buy this in all supermarkets and pharmacies. At a regular price of around £4.25 for 75ml it is very expensive, but as with all toothpastes you can find it on offer occasionally, and Boots are currently selling it £4.29 with an offer of buy two get the third free.

                          CONCLUSION:-

                          I'm afraid I won't be buying Sensodyne Repair & Protect Whitening again - I'll revert to the regular variety. It may be perfectly suitable for manual toothbrushes, but it's a nuisance having to reapply the toothpaste half way through brushing with my electric one. Having said this the toothpaste does seem to work as I continue to have no issues with sensitivity even though I only use this now once a day, so I think that to be fair it does deserve a four-star rating.

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                            There are healthier breakfasts, but this cereal does have high fibre content & is reasonably priced

                            I'm usually in a mad rush in the mornings and don't have much time for breakfast but I do think it's important to have something to eat in the morning. I try to eat as healthily as possible and some time ago thought that it would be a good idea to try Fruit and Fibre breakfast cereal. I tried the Kellogg's brand and found the cereal to be very tasty. Then one day I noticed that Morrisons sell their own packaged Fruit and Fibre Cereal at around half the price of Kellogg's, so I thought I'd give it a try.

                            PACKAGING:-

                            The box is a purple colour with a large photo of a bowl of the cereal on the front and back. On one side of the box is a list of ingredients (Morrisons claim that it does not contain artificial colours or flavours) and a huge amount of nutritional information. Inside is a plastic sealed bag containing the cereal which does tend to burst asunder when you try to open it - sometimes these are easy to pull open, whereas other times you almost need the strength of Superman to get at the contents.

                            NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:-

                            I won't list the full details, but here are the basics:-

                            A 40g serving with 125ml of semi-skimmed milk provides:-

                            215 calories
                            16.2g of sugar
                            4.8g of fat
                            3g of saturates
                            0.4g of salt
                            3.3g of fibre

                            I'm not really sure that the fact that it contains such a huge amount of sugar is necessarily healthy, but from what I understand many cereals contain a high proportion.

                            TASTE:-

                            I personally do like the taste. The wholewheat flakes are not particularly sweet - they taste very much of bran - and they don't go soggy quickly. There are quite a few raisins and coconut chips which give it a little flavour and small pieces of dried apple, together with roasted 'niibbed nuts' - small pieces of hazlenuts and almonds - all of which give it a crunchy texture. It also contains dried banana slices and unfortunately it's these that let this cereal down. You could easily break your teeth on them - they are so hard. Even leaving them to soak in the milk doesn't make a lot of difference. Admittedly they do taste of bananas and thankfully they're not too big, so you can swallow them whole without having to try to bite them. The cereal would be much nicer with, say, dried apricot but I expect that if they substituted the banana for some other fruit it would affect the nutrition. Having said this I don't think there is really much difference in the flavour of Morrisons' fruit and fibre compared to Kellogg's, and it's much better on the pocket

                            PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

                            As it's a Morrisons own brand, you can only buy these in their supermarkets or M-local stores. The cereal comes in two sizes - 500g and 750g and costs £1.29 for the smaller size and £1.49 for the larger one.

                            CONCLUSION:-

                            Quite a tasty cereal with fibre that appears to be healthier than some other popular cereals and is only let down by the ridiculously hard pieces of banana

                            Thank you for reading this review and I hope you have found it useful

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                            13.05.2013 18:01
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                            A reasonably-priced designer EDT that lasts all day, but can be a bit strong if used to excess

                            I had never heard of Antonio Puig until a couple of years ago but I was looking to stock up on eau de toilette and wanted something cheap and cheerful. I found this on EBay at a ridiculously low price (if I remember I bought it for something like £2.50 for a 30 ml bottle). I never buy larger bottles until I know it I like the fragrance and having researched the brand, I found that Antonio Puig is actually a fashion house, so I thought that for the price it was worth giving the EDT a try.

                            THE BRAND:-

                            Antonio Puig is a Spanish fashion and cosmetics brand that was founded in 1914 and was the first company to manufacture a lipstick in Spain (called Milady). It has since expanded into the world of fashion and perfumes, and now produces fragrances for companies such as Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier as well as producing it's own branded perfumes and aftershaves.

                            PACKAGING AND DESIGN:-

                            The Quorum bottle comes in a dark brown and gold box with the name of the EDT on the front together the brand name and logo. The back of the box simply contains the list of ingredients which are quite difficult to read as they are superimposed on a shiny reflective background - suffice to say that this EDT is definitely not full of natural ingredients. The bottle inside is slim and angular with the glass, at first glance, appearing to be brown in colour but it'S actually green. It has a large, tall brown plastic top with an embedded gold metallic stripe, and this protects the brown and white atomizer.

                            THE FRAGRANCE:-

                            The official description is as follows:-

                            Top notes: Bergamot, cumin and lemon.

                            Middle notes: Juniper, jasmine.

                            Base notes: Amber, musk and leather.

                            So what does it actually smell like? When you first spray it on your face, there is a strong but pleasant herb-like odour (I suppose some would call it 'woody'). It's a very masculine smell - not flowery at all - and you don't need to use a lot of it (I find two or three squirts is sufficient or it becomes a bit overpowering). After a while it settles down and becomes less herby and a little sweeter, although it still retains its masculine ambience. I've found that after a couple of hours the fragrance becomes a deep, rich scent and, yes, there is the slight hint of leather but the main fragrance is one of musk. The smell of this EDT does last a long time and if I use it in the morning, then it's still noticeable at teatime, so it's ideal for wearing to work but I think it would also be suitable for a social event in the evening.

                            I believe that this Eau de Toilette would suit most men who like a strong, distinct perfume (it's not what you would call understated, though, so it may be a bit too strong for some). I only wear this once a week or so as I do like to vary my fragrances, but this is a favourite of mine.

                            PRICE AND AVAILABILTY:-

                            You can buy this EDT online (you may be able to find it in Department stores such as Debenhams or House of Frazer, but I must admit that I've not looked for it there). It comes in various sizes from 20 ml at around £3.99 to 100 ml for in the region of £23.00. Amazon are currently selling the 100 ml bottle for £10.24.

                            CONCLUSION:-

                            This is a strong EDT that has a distinct masculine fragrance that lasts a long time. I personally like the smell, but it could be too powerful for some, so even though it's not too expensive, I would advise trying a small bottle first.

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                              10.05.2013 15:58
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                              I like Body Shop products, but I'm afraid that his soap is a disappointment

                              REASON FOR BUYING THIS SOAP:-

                              I used to buy Body Shop soap a few years ago mainly because of their ethics at the time and also because their soaps were different to those that you could buy in the supermarkets in that they had very distinct fruity fragrances. I stopped buying them when they started to become rather expensive and it wasn't until recently that I thought I would try them again. I was buying one or two other products from their website and they had a 30% discount offer, so I bought 4 bars each of a different fragrance. The one that I am reviewing today is Strawberry .

                              PACKAGING AND DESIGN:-

                              It's a fairly standard-sized 100g (3.5 oz) bar of soap that comes wrapped in a red see-through wrapper that is claimed to be recyclable. The front of the wrapper just shows the Body Shop logo, the type of soap and the weight. The reverse of the wrapper has a large white label with the words 'Certified Sustainable Palm Oil', a description of the soap in a number of languages saying that is vegetable-based with strawberry extract, and a list of ingredients.

                              WHAT IT CONTAINS:-

                              Many people still think that the Body Shop only uses natural ingredients in its products. Unfortunately this is not the case as can be seen from this list:-

                              Sodium Palmate
                              Sodium Palm Kernelate
                              Aqua
                              Glycerin
                              Sorbitol
                              Palm Kernel Acid
                              Parfum
                              Fragaria vesca (Strawberry Juice)
                              Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient)
                              Tetrasodium EDTA
                              Tetrasodium Etidronate
                              Linalool
                              Citral
                              CI 14700 (Colour)
                              CI 17200 (Colour)

                              They do claim, however, to be against animal testing which, in my mind, still places them higher on the ethical scale than many other cosmetic companies, even though they are now part of the L'Oreal group

                              MY EXPERIENCE USING THE SOAP:-

                              The bar of soap is a deep red colour with the Body Shop logo indented into the surface. It lathers quite well - as much as other branded soaps - and I've not had any skin irritation from using it on my face or upper body. Other people have said that the bar goes soft very quickly but I've not found this (I don't usually leave it in the water, though - I put it straight back into the soap rack). What does happen, though, is that if you do happen to leave it in the wash basin for any length of time it turns the water a pink colour. The thing that I am disappointed with is the smell of the soap. What I used to like about the Body Shop soaps was the natural fragrances, and I'm sure the strawberry one used to smell distinctly of the fruit. However (and I don't know whether this is just from a bad batch of soap or not) this bar smells very strange - it's an artificial bitter smell, not at all like strawberries. I suppose you could say that there is the slight smell of fruit, but it's definitely not a sweet fragrance - more like something that's gone mouldy. It's not so unpleasant that I would throw the bar away, but it is disappointing nevertheless. Fortunately the fragrance doesn't linger on my skin for very long.

                              PRICE AND AVAILABILITY:-

                              The soap can be bought in Body Shop stores and on their website. It costs £2.00 which I personally feel is a little expensive, but they often have reductions online, so that would be the time to stock up.

                              CONCLUSION:-

                              I don't think I will buy the Strawberry soap again purely because of the strange fragrance. It does its job well and I've had not adverse affects from using the soap but it's disappointing that it doesn't really live up to its name and smell more of Strawberries. However, it may be that this bar has come from a faulty batch and if I were to buy another one it would smell completely different. Based on my experience, though, I cannot give a high recommendation at this present time.

                              Thank you for reading my review and I hope you found it useful

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