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    • McVities Gold Bar / Chocolate / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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      15.02.2015 18:57
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      • " nice gold bar shape and shade "
      • "Lovely caramel smell"

      Disadvantages

      • "Way too sweet"

      Nice imitation 'gold bars' for children's party but way too sweet

      ===The Product===

      Mcvities Gold Chocolate Biscuit 9 Pack. 198 grams.
      Comes in gold wrapped pack and each bar individually wrapped in gold paper. Crunchy Biscuit Bars with a Caramel Flavour Coating.
      By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

      No artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated vegetable oil.

      Suitable for vegetarians.

      Per bar – 0.11 grams of salt and 11.3 grams of sugar. 117 calories.



      ===Cost===

      Currently 1.39 per pack of 9 at Tesco – but also buy one get one free.



      ===My Opinion===

      Well looking online it seems these biscuits have been going since the 1980/90s but I must admit we have never bought them or even seen them, even when my boys were young – so not sure how they managed to pass us by.

      From the well known McVities brand they come in a multi pack of 9.

      The biscuit bars are individually wrapped and are just under 3 inches long – so are quite small really – but currently you can get 18 for under 1.40 so not too expensive.

      The bars are said to be covered in 'gold' – intrigueing. Actually they are a plain biscuit bar like Breakaway but covered in Caramac style caramel flavoured covering. They are rectangular shape similar to 'club' biscuits and look like a gold bar shape. The covering is a mid tan caramel shade and the top states 'GOLD' so just right if you were doing a pirate insipred cake or birthday party.

      The bars smell lovely and caramelly and sweet and the biscuit inside is a good crispy texture and a nice golden colour.

      The covering is fairly thick and covers the entire bar – even the underside.

      Looking at the ingredients content it is disappointing to see that each bar contains over 11 grams of sugar – that makes it almost three teaspoons per bar!!

      Now that sounds a lot for such a small bar – and indeed it is. The biscuit part would be quite allright but the caramel covering is way too sweet and would benefit for having about a third of the sugar content – then you could taste the caramel more and the sweetness less.

      Way too sweet for me which is a shame and also really too sweet for children who will only get accustomed to that amount of sweetness.

      The bar is ruined by the high sugar content and ithink it is time that manufacturers greatly reduced the content is their manufactured produce as it is not really necessary.

      These would be ok for a party as they are reasonably inexpensive but definitely too sweet to be eaten regularly.

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      08.02.2015 18:13
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      Advantages

      • " great for gifts or storing Christmas items"
      • Cute

      Disadvantages

      • "A bit expensive at full price"

      A cute novelty item - if bought on offer

      12 bin bags per pack.
      Made from strong, recyclable plastic. 70 litre capacity.
      35 inches long and 23 inches wide.
      Comes in strong cardboard box. 100% degradable.
      Designed by Wieden and Kennedy.
      Made in China.


      ===Cost===
      On Suck UK - 10 pounds and with free delivery.
      On Amazon - 12.99 & free delivery.
      I had them as an add-on item from Amazon last October for just 4 pounds.



      ===My Opinion===
      These bags come in a roll in a very sturdy and colourful cardboard box, decorated to look like the bags themselves and is white, brown and green.
      I have seen these online for a few years but always thought they were too expensive a novelty. However when the price dropped to 4 pounds I thought they were worth buying.
      I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of these bags – much thicker plastic than I had expected and not thin and seethrough like some of the cheaper black plastic ones.
      These bags are sealed together at the bottom in pleats so that the actual base is only 6 inches across – however the bag then ballooons out when the pleats open so it is big and round and fat.
      The bag is decorated to resemble a Christmas pudding – with the base section being a milk chocolate brown colour of around 20 inches deep with random black dots scattered over it to represent sultanas and other fruit.
      Next we have a layer of white to represent sauce which is running down the pudding in wavy lines – this covers around 9 inches and then the top is a strip of green of 6 inches. So that when it is full and tied up it can look a bit like holly sprigs on the top of the pudding.
      These bags were much too good and pretty to be wasted on using for the rubbish.
      I did give a few to a friend – she is into Christmassy stuff and it was a part of her present – I did tell her it was probably the weirdest thing she had been given!
      They look really good when filled with presents and tied at the top - one sack being for each of my sons.
      I have kept a few for myself to use next year – and one son returned the one his presents were in for me to reuse. If looked after I can see these bags lasting for quite a few years - though I do have a tendency to just give them away!
      They are useful for storing Christmas items in the attic as well – a great way to identifying seasonal items really quickly.

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      01.02.2015 12:24
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      Advantages

      • " pleasantly scented"
      • "Good moisturiser"

      Disadvantages

      • "being discontinued"

      Great smelling and very moisturising body butter

      ===The Product===

      Body Shop Chocomania Body Butter.
      Comes in 50 and 200 ml sizes.
      'This super-rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains 13 Community Fair Trade ingredients, and has a deliciously chocolatey scent.'
      24-hour hydration
      Great for very dry skin
      Delicious chocolate scent.
      Unfit for consumption.
      Use within 12 months.
      Made in UK.


      ===Cost===

      Full price for 200 ml would have been 13 pounds but currently being sold for half price.
      Also the 50 ml size is now down to 1.50.


      ===My Opinion===

      This range is now beign sold off by The Body Shop so I hope it is not the end of it.

      I was not able to visit the stores so test this smell out but have found it lovely.

      It is chcolately but not in a sweet and sickly way but more like an 80% deep choclate aroma.

      The butter somes in a dark brown screw top tub and this time I have bought the 50 ml size. This si the first time I have bought a smaller version of the butters but I find this smaller tub very handy for carrying around in my bag.

      This is classed as a Deluxe Edition and I suppose chcolate is a slightly different product from their usually mainly fruity products.

      As these smaller tubs are being sold off for only £1.50 I have bought a lot – some for me and others for small gifts.

      Inside the tub the butter is solid and a pale coffee shade.

      The butter, like the other butters, is rich and thick and very good as a moisturiser for both my hands and feet. I mainly use this on my hands during the day but also on my feet at night. During these cold months the butter gives a really good protective layer and it still offers some coverage even after you have washed your hands.

      The bitter sort of choclatey smell is very pleasant on your hands and if at home I often don't even bother to put on any purfume.

      You only need to use a small amount and it makes my hands feel soft and supple and the skin does not have the tight feeling that they can get when very dry.

      I love the whole Chocomania range and also love the shower gel and soap which also have the same gorgeous smell.


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      • Kelloggs Crunchy Nut / Breakfast / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        29.01.2015 16:05
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        Advantages

        • "Nice taste and texture"

        Disadvantages

        • "Way too much sugar"

        My 750 gram box has the equivalent of 65 teaspoons of sugar!!

        Crunchy nut cornflakes with honey and peanuts.
        Also has 6 'B' Vitamins, folic acid, Iron Calcium and Protein when eaten with milk. In association with the Dairy Council.
        Comes in golden yellow box with images of flakes, honey and nuts and also a rural harvesting scene.
        30 gram portion contains 121 calories, 11 grams of sugar and 0.26 grams of salt.
        By appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.
        Vegetarian, Kosher and Halal.


        ===Cost===
        750 grams are currently 3.14 at Tesco but on a 3 for 2 offer.


        ===My Opinion===
        This cereal has been around since the 1980s and I still always call it 'Crunchy Nut Cornflakes' though there is no mention of cornflakes these days on the box, but that is what they are.
        These are quite expensive and I had not bought them for a long while but recently Tesco were selling them quite cheaply fior a large box – about 1.75 for 750 gram box so I decided to try some again
        These are cornflake shape and texture but slightly darker in colour. They have a sweeter and more malty taste to them, though it is not overpowering.
        I find these way too sweet for me these days and I have a different way of eating them – I have mostly plain cornflakes in the bowl, but instead of adding a sprinking of sugar I add some of these crunchy nut flakes – that way you get a little sweetness without it being overpowering – you also get the pleasant nutty flavour and it makes your box last much longer.
        People have to be aware that these do contain peanuts but that is evident if you check the box.
        The worst thing about these flakes is their sugar content. If you have a 30 gram bowl you will be having 11 grams of sugar – equivalent to nearly three teaspoons – not the amount you would use for a bowl of cereal surely.
        Checking the contents of my 750 gram box which is supposed to hold 25 servings I calculated that it contained 65 teaspoons fo sugar – surely I had miscalculated? I don't think so – quite a disgrace really and it means that this cereal is over one third sugar.
        Cruncky Nut came off as one of the worst recently in an article in the Daily Mail about how much excess sugar is in our breakfast cereals.
        I like the taste and texture of these flakes and eating it the way I do instead of using a little sugar I do not feel it is excessive but I would not want my children to be eating bowlfuls of this stuff – but for me it would taste too sweet anyway.

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        • Cadbury Creme Egg / Chocolate / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          27.01.2015 15:31
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          • "Pretty wrapper"

          Disadvantages

          • "Way too sweet"

          Nearly 7 teaspoons of sugar - way too sweet and tasteless


          Allergy information – contains milk, egg and soya.
          Manufacturer - Mondelez UK.
          177 calories per egg.
          Contains 26.5 grams of sugar.
          Suitable for vegetarians.
          ===Cost===
          50p each or three for 1 pound.
          ===My Opinion===
          These crème eggs have been around since the 1960s and have always been a firm favourite of many. Over the years they have flooded the market and been most annoying by being on sale form the Christmas season onwards.
          Other brands have copied the chocolate egg shape and style such as Galaxy, but the Cardbury's version is the most well known and iconic in its shape and packaging with the image being found on items of clothing and reproduced in jewellery and toy cars etc.
          However there was a lot of publicity this year when it was announced that the egg would no longer be encased in Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate but in something called “standard cocoa mix chocolate. It’s no longer Dairy Milk. It is similar, but not exactly Dairy Milk,” said a spokesman for Cadbury, which was bought by the US giant Kraft in 2010. They also said that it had never been called 'Dairy Milk', though most people buying a Cadbury egg would have assumed that it was.
          I am sure everyone is acquainted with a crème egg – being a fondant centre surrounded by chocolate. The middle is yellow to resemble the egg yolk and it is surrounded by soft white fondant.
          The egg is a standard egg size and shape and has circular markings around the outside of the chocolate.
          The chocolate surround is reasonably thick and seems pretty much like it always has been, though not having one of the other recipe eggs to compare it to it is difficult to be certain.
          Inside in the usual soft and runny white filling with the runny yellow centre.
          It is difficult to say if the chocolate actually tastes any different these days as with this product all you taste is sweet sickly sugar.
          ===Having 26.5 grams of sugar in each egg is the equivalent of over six and a half teaspoons of sugar – a crazy amount for such a small product.===
          Attractive and cute, but way too sweet and sickly for me and the sweetness overrides any flavour that might be in the chocolate or fondant.
          Not appetizing or at all pleasant ot eat – I just nibbled mine and threw the rest away.
          Chocolate is pleasant to eat but not when this sweet.
          I am sure the Galaxy eggs I had the other year were nto as tooth rottingly sweet as this.
          If you want to view something interesting seach on Youtube for how these are made in auch a way as to encase the liquidy fondant – makes interesting viewing to see the eggs being snapped together in the factory.

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          07.01.2015 18:03
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          • " good lather"
          • "Lovely aroma"

          Disadvantages

          • none

          Gorgeous smelling strawberry soap - an inexpensive treat for £2

          ===Product===
          This is one of the Body Shop's selection of fruit fragrance soaps.
          It is a glycerine type soap that is semi transparent.
          Very fragrant.
          Comes in an oval rounded shaped bar wrapped in red cellophane.
          Deep red colour.
          Has Body Shop logo imprinted in the front.
          100 grams, make in the UK.
          Use within 12 months.

          ===Cost===
          2 pound per bar unless on sale.

          ===My Opinion===
          These fruit soaps from Body Shop are gorgeous.
          You get a lovely aroma before you even open the cellophane and they smell almost good enough to eat.
          The fruit aroma is very strong and with these soaps I like to open them before use and get maximum benefit from the smell by placing them either near a radiator or window sill – that way they act as lovely free air fresheners and the smell lasts for absolutely ages.
          I suppose some people may think that 2 pound is expensive for a single bar of soap when you can buy multiple packs of cheap bars for around a pound. However I like having nice soaps and find them an affordable little luxury.
          The bars are made with glycerine and they lather up nicely. They are mild enough to use on your face and are not harsh in any way.
          I find the bars last rather a long time for me so long as my husband does not get to use one in the bath as he seems to make half a bar disappear in one use – but that is because he uses so much and leaves it to disintegrate in the hot bathwater.
          I also use the soap in the bath too but only add a little to my sponge and do not leave it soap in the water – that way the bars will last for many weeks.

          ===In Use===
          Fragrant long lasting soap that lathers well and keeps its shape and colour almost to the end - though at the very last it does get a little white looking if left wet for a while.

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          01.12.2014 14:08
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          • " heady and long lasting"
          • inexpensive

          Disadvantages

          • "aimed at teenagers"

          A sparkly bottle and a sweet long lasting cheerful perfume

          ===Cost===

          Recommended retail price is shown as £23 but I bought mine for £10 off the Tesco website.

          ===My Opinion===

          This was Britney Spears' second fragrance in association with Elizabeth Arden and was launched in 2005.

          I therefore was going to buy some more but found that they were double the price of this old and original Fantasy perfume so thought I would try this instead.

          Going by the bottle design and the Britney Spears endorsement this perfume is aimed at the younger market. However I do not think perfume should be picked according to such criteria and I believe that if you like it then buy it.

          The bottle is colourful and, although slightly flambuoyant and a bit over the top, quite fun rather than being classy – though it is not that bad that I would bother hiding it. It is a little smaller than I expected but that is because it is a 30ml bottle rather than 50 ml.

          The perfume is similar to the Remix versions – it is sweet and slightly heavy and musky. Officially the composition is shown as 'red lychee, golden quince, kiwi, cupcake accord, jasmine petals, white chocolate, orchid, musk, orris root and sensual woods'.

          This is a sweet and cheerful aroma – a mix of slightly floral and fruity aromas with the musky and heavy undertones and with a tinge of the chocolate and cupcake as well.

          When first sprayed on it is quite strong – even with only one spray. However I love the sweet and chocolaty combination and even when it dies down a little it does still smell reasonably strong and lasts a good few hours. Good value for the price.

          Personally I love cupcake and chocolate smells – either in perfume or candles.

          Being the original Fantasy and now being 'old' as it came out in 2005 I was lucky to get this at a reduced price. Perfumes at Tesco were part of the double-up on vouchers so I actually had this for just a £5 voucher.

          The Remix versions are also lovely but being newly launched this year were almost double the price so I am pleased with this lovely bottle for a bargain price.

          As well as for yourself this would be a great gift for some teenager.

          It does vary a little from the Remixed versions but you can still detect the same basic aroma. As I love Angel perfume by Mugler which is sweet and chocolaty too I also love this one as it is a toned down version that is acceptable to my husband so I can actuially get to wear it.

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            18.11.2014 18:14
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            Advantages

            • " lovely rich aroma"
            • "Beautiful bottle"

            Disadvantages

            • "May be strong for some"

            My most favourite perfume ever - heavy and sultry

            ===Type===

            This is a very strong and distinctive perfume and not one for the faint-hearted.

            Don't go with the first smell - leave it develop on your skin and the undertones will be mellower.

            According to Fragrantica: 'Angel by Thierry Mugler is a Oriental Vanilla fragrance for women. Top notes are melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy; middle notes are honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, peach, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley, red berries and rose; base notes are tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, dark chocolate and caramel.'

            DO NOT over apply or you will be smelt from miles away!!

            Prices online vary widely so when buying search around for any cut price offers - though it is never very cheap.

            ===Bottle===

            Comes in a lovely star shaped clear glass bottle (as above picture shows), it is the perfume that is pale blue.

            It can also come in a more stand-up sort of bottle - still with star shaped sides and with star shaped silver lid.

            ===My Opinion===

            Well I absolutely love this perfume and have done for years - now having gone through quite a few bottles.

            It is very strong - so only a little squirt is needed. To begin with it seems very overpowering and strong but it does tone down - and then it just lasts and lasts.

            Don't expect sweet delicate vanilla perfume. This is a strong beast - heavy and intoxicating.

            The perfume itself is very strong - but even the hand cream is strong enough on its own - so be warned if you start layering this fragrance.

            It is a very hard fragrance to describe but once known will never be forgotten.

            A downside to my lovely perfume - its one of those aromas that is so strong and full bodied that you either love or hate it - and of course my husband has now decided to start hating it.

            It does come in tiny sample sprays which are available on ebay and which are good for putting in your bag - though with this perfume you do not need to top up through the day at all.

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              12.11.2014 23:50
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              Advantages

              • " or used on its own"
              • "gives good base or top coat"

              Disadvantages

              • "Not really strengthening"

              Gives a nice finish but not really strengthening

              ===The Product===

              Avon Nail Experts Gold Strength
              Comes in plain bottle in a black box.
              Has white screw cap with fitted brush.
              12 ml, made in the UK and use within 24 months.
              Nail strengthener.
              Pale golden cloudy slightly opaque liquid.
              'This strengthener helps make nails feel stronger and helps to hide nail ridges, making nails look smoother. Enriched with real gold for a natural looking glow.'



              ===Cost===

              5 pounds at full price but often on offer.



              ===The Strengthener===

              I do not have particularly weak nails but do not grow them very long. As a strengthener I did not find that this product improved them at all really.

              The liquid goes on really easily and smells just like nail varnish and has a strong aroma.

              The product dries pretty quickly and leaves the nails with a shiny coating. In the bottle the strengthener looks a light golden colour but actually when just using one coat on your nails it is similar to just using clear polish.

              It does give a nice finish and looks good without having to have a colour.

              It does even out the little ridges but is not a miracle worker if you have very pronounced ridging.

              The finish tends to last for a few days without chipping or peeling but because it is clear it is not noticeable anyway.

              As well as just using it as a clear coat it can form a good base coat before using heavily pigmented shades to stop your nails staining.

              Also for a glossy finish this can double as a top coat as well.

              It does not protect your nail varnish for a long period but does help to maybe last a day or two longer without a chip.

              Not much different to me from just plain clear nail polish and I do not see what benefit the 'gold' adds to the product – other than being a marketing gimmick.



              ===Star Rating===

              3 stars. Not a perfect strengthener.



              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.



              ===Website===

              www.avonshop.co.uk

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              10.11.2014 15:59
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              Advantages

              • " large bottle"
              • " acetone free"
              • Inexpensive

              Disadvantages

              • "Strong smell"

              Inexpensive product that does the job

              Gentle on nails, kinder on skin – 100% happiness guaranteed – if unhappy they will refund you the full amount plus 25% off your next own brand purchase.
              Tall bottle of watery aqua coloured remover.
              250mls made in EU and use within 36 months.
              Also suitable for use on artificial nails.
              Highly flammable – contains Bitrex.
              Avois eyes, polished and painted surfaces and synthetic material.
              Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
              Contains glycerine.
              ===Cost=== Was 1.39, now 99p.
              ===The Polish=== I bought this remover as it was one of the cheapest on the Superdrug website and I figured that the 'acetone free' version would be gentler on my nails.
              ===Acetone V Acetone Free?=== Acetone is harsher on your nails and also is not recommended for false nails. It is useful for hard to remove polishes and ones with glitter etc.
              Acetone free removers work by using ethyl acetate instead. This is supposed to be slightly less harsh and not so stripping for your nails.
              ===What is Bitrex?=== I had no idea but it appears to be a product that manufacturers can add to dangerous products to make them so bitter that children will not inadvertently drink them.
              ===In Use=== I do not use nail polish on a daily basis so only need to use polish remover occasionally. Therefore I do not bother buying an expensive product and an quite happy with a basic solution.
              This remover was easy to purchase off the Superdrug website and although a few pence dearer than the acetone version I figured that it would be slightly kinder for my nails.
              I usually use two coats of nail polish and have found that this remover works well. I usually use two cotton wool pads together and will slightly dampen them first to avoid the remover being soaked up too much.
              A few strokes of the pad and the polish removes easily. The last shade I used was quite a dark grey and there was no problems.
              The remover does not strip my nails as some others have done and in fact they feel quite smooth and soft after use. As I only use this occasionally I cannot comment on how this would be if used very frequently.
              The bottle is large and will probably last me a year or more – only a small amount is needed to remove all the polish.
              ===The Smell=== Now nail polishes and removers always seem to stink but I had hoped that being acetone free it might also have less smell as well – wrong!
              This one stinks just as much as others I have used and in fact I use it in the bathroom to avoid stinking out my bedroom. Though as it is only an occasionally used product it does not bother me too much.

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              04.11.2014 18:20
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              Advantages

              • " cleans well"
              • "Pleasant fresh fruity smell"

              Disadvantages

              • " an average product"
              • "Not currently on the Body Shop website"

              Fresh fruity shower gel but not one of my firm favourites

              ===The Product===
              Body Shop Papaya Shower Gel.
              Soap free cleanser with papaya fruit extract from Thailand.
              250 mls.
              Use within 12 months.
              'Unfit for consumption.'
              Against animal testing.


              ===Cost===
              4 pounds but not currently listed on the Body Shop website.



              ===My Opinion===
              This shower gel comes in the standard Body Shop clear bottle. The gel itself is thick and an amber sort of shade – resembling syrup.

              The aroma is sweet and fruity and quite pleasant.

              I often use the gel in either the bath or shower and it cleans well and does not leave your skin feeling dry or tight.

              Quite a pleasant smell but not one I would rave over or one that is a firm favourite. It is fresh and fruity but some of the other gels in the range would be more my favourites.

              The colour is rich and golden and pretty to look at.

              Only a little of the gel is needed In the shower – I put a tiny blob on a sponge and it lathers and is enough to clean me easily. It is a fragrance that males can use as well as it is not too feminine.

              Not currently listed on the Body Shop website so I am not sure if it is being discontinued or just 'rested' for a while. Though of course it can still be bought on ebay or Amazon.

              Nothing wrong with this gel but just a fragrance that does not inspire me – though it may be a favourite with others.


              ===Star Rating===
              3 stars.



              ===Would I Recommend?===
              Yes but an average product.



              ===Website===

              www.bodyshop.co.uk

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              01.11.2014 19:43
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              Advantages

              • " good price when on offer"
              • " lasts a long time"
              • "Cleans well"

              Disadvantages

              • "Not much smell"

              Cleans well but the aroma is a bit disappointing

              ===The Product===

              Palmolive Hygiene Plus Fresh Liquid Handwash.
              With natural extract of eucalyptus.
              Antibacterial and kills 99.9% of bacteria.
              300mls of bright blue liquid.
              Dermatalogically tested.
              Keep out of direct sunlight.
              Use within 12 months.
              Made by Colgate-Palmolive UK.



              ===Cost===

              Full price is 1.89 but I bought when on offer for 85p at Tesco.
              The Hygiene Plus range also comes in red (family version) and white/pale green (sensitive with aloe).



              ===My Opinion===

              For the bargain price of 85p this is a decent sized bottle of antibacterial handwash.

              Both Palmolive and Colgate are well known brands and so you know you are getting a decent product.

              This Hygiene Plus range comes in three fragrances and I bought the bright blue version which is classed as 'Fresh'.

              It comes in a curved bottle as shown above with a large white press down pump top.

              If you depress the pump fully you get a good sized amount of the wash so if you only need to rinse your hands lightly you can save some of the handwash by only depressing the pump half way.

              The wash itself works perfectly well but while the product does smell sort of fresh it does not have a really pleasant and inviting aroma which was a bit of a disappointment.

              Supposedly these washes have a natural antibacterial ingredient but they do not explain what it is and I could not distinguish anything on the list of ingredients.

              The wash does include glycerine and eucalyptus extract. Eucalyptus has a very strong smell but the aroma is not noticeable to me in this product.

              It does not dry my hands especially but it does not feel very moisturising either.

              A decent every day handwash for all the family but nothing very inviting in regards to the fragrance. However it is a largish bottle and does last quite a while.

              I like the fact that this purports to kill 99.9% of bacteria but I may try the other versions in this range as the smell was a bit weak for me but that may be the way some people like it.



              ===Star Rating===

              4 stars.



              ===Would I Recommend?===

              Yes.



              ===Website===

              www.colgate.co.uk

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            • The Body Shop Chocomania Soaps / Soaps / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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              28.10.2014 14:08
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              Advantages

              • " exfoliating pieces"
              • " good lather"
              • "Lovely aroma"

              Disadvantages

              • "Some may not like the coconut pieces"

              Yummy - a gorgeous chocolate smelling soap that also exfoliates

              ===The Product===

              Body Shop Chocomania Soap
              100 grams bars or as little hearts as shown in the image above
              Comes in transparent wrapper.
              Uses certified sustainable palm oil.
              Made in UK and use within 12 months.
              Body Shop avoids animal testing.
              Cocoa butter from Ghana.
              Standard bar is oval curved tablet of pale coffee coloured soap with flecks of exfoliating coconut shell, the hearts are small novelty soaps which came in a bag as above or I also was able to buy them singly.



              ===Cost===

              The bag of hearts was around 4 pounds, cannot recall the cost of a single heart but the standard bar was 2 pounds now selling for half price.



              ===My Opinion===

              I love nice soaps which I find worth indulging in and this was one of the Body Shop's soaps that I had not tried before.
              I had purchased some little hearts last year but these had been given as gifts.
              Almost all of the Body Shop's soaps come in standard 100 gram oval shape and sell for £2 at full price, that is apart from special ones made for Christmas etc.
              This Chocomania range has a lovely deep rich chocolate aroma – more like dark bitter choclate rather than the sweet and sickly smell of the milk versions.
              However this bar is a pale coffee colour and it has evident little dark flecks speckled through it. This is the exfoliating coconut shell pieces.
              The smell of this soap is gorgeous but you will not be smelling as if you just ate a chocolate bar.
              I also like the fact that it lathers up well and is lovely and creamy. The exfoliating bits do not bother me at all and I find them quite pleasant, both for my hands and on my body in the bath. They are not too sharp and scratchy and I even use this soap on my face and have had no problems.
              I hope this chocolate line is not being discontinued as it is a lovely one and also makes a good gift.
              The Body Shop soaps always last a long time and keep their shape pretty well – unless you leave them standing for days in a wet puddle of water.
              Definitely a good quality and aromatic soap which you can still smell on your skin very gently after washing.

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                28.10.2014 13:56
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                Advantages

                • " long lasting"
                • " sweet fruity aroma"
                • "Very moisturising"

                Disadvantages

                • "Discontinued I think? Expensive at full price"

                A fruity and sweet Body Butter that is very moisturising

                ===The Product===

                Body Shop Passion Fruit Body Butter.
                Deep aubergine plum tub with screw top lid.
                Image of a cut fruit on my lid.
                24 hour hydration for dry skin.
                200 mls, made in the UK and use within 12 months.
                'Unfit for consumption!'.
                With passion fruit oil for dry skin. Not to be used on your face.
                Shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana.
                Against animal testing.
                Butter is a very pale lilac shade.



                ===Cost===

                Full price was 13 pounds but currently not listed on the Body Shop website.



                ===My Opinion===

                ===Does it moisturise?===

                Yes a very good moisturiser. It states not be used on your face but I would never try using any of these butters on my face anyway. The butter is thick and solid but a little goes a long way and it soaks in well, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth for well over 24 hours.

                ===The smell===

                This is another fruit that I am not familiar with so cannot comment on how true to life the aroma is.
                It is definitely a fruity and sweet aroma. Quite sickly in its way too so I don't think this would be one of my all time favourites. Luckily after a few hours the aroma does fade but although I like fruity smells this one is a little too sweet for me. But for those who know passion fruits this may be exactly as it should smell.

                ===Conclusion===

                This is great as a moisturiser and really keeps your skin soft and supple. A lot of the Body Butter's appeal is to have a super fragrance as well. The aroma is quite good and reasonably long lasting without being overpowering. However this fruity smell is not one of my favourites.



                ===The tub===

                A pretty mauve/purple muted sort of colour and one that blends well with my bedroom curtains and once the labels are removed it will be an attractive little storage tub.

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                26.10.2014 12:56
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                Advantages

                • " sweet and fruity smelling"
                • " long lasting"
                • Moisturising

                Disadvantages

                • "Expensive at full price and now not listed on their website"

                Another fruity body butter from Body Shop

                ===The Product===

                Body Shop Papaya Body Butter.
                Bright orange/tangerine tub with screw top lid.
                My tub has an image of a whole papaya on my lid.
                24 hour hydration for dry skin.
                With cold pressed papaya seed oil from Kenya.
                200 mls, made in the UK and use within 12 months.
                'Unfit for consumption!'
                Butter is a very pale peachy shade.



                ===Cost===

                Full price was 13 pounds but currently not listed on the Body Shop website.



                ===My Opinion===

                ===Does it moisturise?===

                Yes definitely. This one is classed as being for dry skin but personally I find all the body butters pretty much the same with their moisturising properties – all very good and long lasting. I do not have particularly dry skin but do not find this butter too rich or greasy – it goes on easily, sinks in reasonably well but you can still tell that you have moisturised with a product.
                Also keeps your skin feeling soft and smooth for 24 hours – but then so do the other butters that do not have that claim.

                ===The smell==

                Well I must admit I have never had papaya so cannot vouch for its authenticity but it has a good strong sweet fruity smell pretty much pear like.
                The smell does stay on my skin for an hour or so but is not overpowering. Being light and fruity I think this lends itself more to the summer months.
                It is pleasant enough but not one that would be my favourite – but that is just a personal preference.

                ===Conclusion===

                Another great body butter from the Body Shop. As with all the others it is expensive at full price but I get mine when on sale or if there is some money off offer on their website. I think my tub cost me under 4 pounds so definitely worth it.
                As with the other butters a little goes a long way and a tub will last you absolutely ages – though I have never kept an opened one over 12 months to find out if the product does go 'off' after that time.

                ===The tub===

                This is a gorgeous muted orange shade and as the labels peel off easily makes excellent storage – much too nice to throw away and they looked colourful if all different colours are stored in a stack.



                ===Star Rating===

                4 stars. Expensive at full price.




                ===Would I Recommend?===

                Yes.



                ===Website===

                www.bodyshop.co.uk

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