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I love peanut butter and I like the taste of it combined with chocolate above all else. The day that peanut butter Kit Kats were bought back was an important one for me! Before that magical moment, I had to find a substitute. This led me to trying some peanut and chocolate creations from Reese's, the American confectionary company that is part of Hershey's. Some of their creations were initially hard to buy here outside of specialist sweetshops, but that has all changed now. Even the supermarkets tend to offer a few Reese's items. A special half price offer in Sainsbury's led me to try the brands Peanut butter Cups for just 32p.
The cups are in fact a trio of chocolates, in the form of chocolate cups with a peanut butter filling. They look a bit like a flattish jam tart, but with the jam replaced by peanut butter, and topped with a chocolate coating. They are perfectly bite size, and the unfortunate thing is they are quick to eat so it is easy for the packet to disappear all too fast. The chocolate is quite sweet and it is not very thick or milky tasting but it is nicer to me than many other American milk chocolates which can sometimes seem lacking in flavour. The main taste, and scent for that matter is the peanut butter. The cups are brim full of the stuff and it has the most deliciously smooth and creamy texture. There aren't any nut pieces in the filling, which probably helps to reduce the fat content a little, but I expect a crunchy peanut filling would also taste good should they ever decide to make one. Each piece is quite filling because of the sweetness I think. I expect they would be quite sickly if you don't have much of a sweet tooth.
I would definitely recommend these to any peanut butter lovers, as they are bit more unusual than a standard chocolate bar due to their shape. Nothing gets between you, the chocolate and the lovely peanut filling. If you don't like peanuts that much, there is no point buying them because the taste isn't of much else. Sainsbury's do seem to run the half price promotion on Reese's chocolates quite often so that would be the first place I would look for them, but you can buy them in other supermarkets too, as well as sweetshops.
I use face masks on a weekly basis to keep my skin looking good. The Montagne Jeunesse Amore Rose mask caught my eye because I thought the "Damask rose and marula oil" blend sounded delightful. I paid 1.25 in a local chemist but I can usually find the MJ masks for nearer a pound in places like Wilko. The mask is clay based. It's supposed to deep clean and moisturise the skin, leaving it soft and silky smooth. It doesn't appear to be recommended for any particular skin type. Mine is combination skin- oily forehead/tzone, with cheek area prone to dryness. It comes in a sachet that easily contained enough to well coat my face.
The rose scent hit me as soon as I tore open the packaging. It is a very strong, and even made me recoil a little. It did fade but by the time I had it on for the required 10-15 minutes, I was heartily sick of the fragrance! I like the scent of MJ masks in general, but this one feels over done. I don't know what marula oil is supposed to smell like, but I know you can't detect any of the other ingredients.
Otherwise, the mask is simple to apply. It has a creamier feel than many clay based masks and spreads easily across your skin. It's thick enough not to drip and be unhelpfully messy. Rinsing is quick, which you do after a wait of 15 mins. The mask is dry by then and has tightened enough for you to feel it is doing something, without becoming uncomfortable.
Afterwards, my skin felt//looked immediately fresh and clean. My large nose pores looked clear which is always a sign that a deep cleaning product has actually worked. My skin also felt a little dry at first (even the oily parts) but I decided to let it settle down a little before moisturising, as I know from past experience that my skin looks/feels the best a few hours after using a mask. When I came to moisturise, I found that my skin felt very soft and I didn't need to use anything else after all. I also noticed that my usually shine prone forehead was a little more matte the next morning. But to maintain these results I would need to use the mask almost every day which is too much hassle for me. Overall, I think my skin looked clean, but the mask didn't really deliver any amazing results. It would need to work better than any other Montagne Jeunesse mask for me to put myself through the ordeal by rose petals again!
If you have a very high tolerance threshold for strong rose scents, and want a cheap skin softening boost, then this is worth a try. But if you are not really a rose fan, steer well clear.
I love peanut butter and have probably tried every brand going. I can't taste the difference between most brands so I used to go for the cheapest. However, I was aware that some brands contain quite a lot of sugar, and as I can happily eat peanut butter all day long - well, almost, I decided to look for a product without added sugar. That was some time ago now, and having tried the Whole Earth smooth peanut butter, I haven't bought another brand. My last jar cost 2.68 for 340g in Tesco. So it isn't the cheapest version you can buy but thankfully it tastes good enough for me not to quibble about the price.
I was quite surprised to find that I did not miss the lack of added sugar in the slightest when I first tried this. It is a delicious nutty tasting "butter" with a particularly creamy texture, and a perfect smoothness that makes spreading it easy. There is a little added salt, which can't be tasted directly but probably helps to bring out the full flavour. I find that having eaten this for a while, if I eat other peanut butters with sugar in, they taste too sweet for me to really enjoy as much as I did before. But as long as I have the Whole Earth version, I'm happy.
I sometimes make biscuits containing peanut butter, and the Whole Earth one works perfectly using the usual recipes, although I slightly increase the amount of sugar to take into account the peanut butters lack of it. Mostly I use the peanut butter as a quick and tasty toast topping, with perhaps some banana on top too. As a vegetarian I like the fact this is an easy way to add protein to my diet, and a very palatable one too.
I certainly recommend the Whole Earth peanut butter, because it has a great flavour and texture. if the no added sugar part is not of particular interest to you then there are many cheaper peanut butters you may like to consider instead, and indeed some of the supermarkets also offer low or no sugar versions. but I like to spend a little extra to support a company that seems to behave in a reasonably ethical way. For example, the palm oil they use is sustainably sourced, and they consider the environment in their work practices, being a certified carbon neutral company. (See their website for more.) All in all, I would say this is worth the price.
I picked up a copy of The Wild Rover to give me something to read on a long train journey. Described on the cover as a "blistering journey along Britain's footpaths", I first thought this non fiction travel book seemed a little dull. I like walking myself, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read an account of someone else's rambles. But when I flicked open the book and started reading, I realised that the author Mike Parker has an amusing way of looking at the great outdoors, and I decided to give it a try.
This book is not a description of any kind of epic journey by foot, but it is more of an exploration of footpaths and byways in all their forms, from neighbourhood footpaths, to routes of pilgrimage, ancient trade routes and iconic long distance paths such as the Coast to Coast. The author discusses the history of the rights of way movement, and modern battles to keep paths open. Covering such a range of subjects made me feel that some could have been dealt with in more depth, but of course it depends on what you are personally interested in. I found the parts about the struggles to establish public rights of way a little dry and I began to skim read accounts of various protests and movements aimed at establishing them. to me the most interesting chapter dealt with the feeling of ordinary people who after the acts of Enclosure had been enacted in their neighbourhood, found themselves divorced from the places that had significance in their community for generations. The familiar way home from church, the places they foraged for food, or met their sweethearts. When describing how this seismic change for the rural community was documented by the poet John Clare, the author is at his most eloquent and passionate. This creates something of a mixed tone with the more acerbic and perhaps cynical portions of the book.
The parts that are left show the writers comic touch. He is not a typical rambler in many ways and pokes fun at some of the more serious afficionado's of this. He is a man who is quite happy to give up on a walk if it starts raining and he is happy to wonder off trail even if it means he can't say he has walked a path to start to finish. His biggest gripe is probably walkers who are so intent on following a prescribed route that they scarcely take time to lift their eyes from a map to take in the view.
I would recommend this if you have a strong interest in rambling, but if that doesn't include the history of the "sport" you may find too many uninteresting parts.
I have wanted to try Rimmel's Apocalips lip lacquer for a while because I was curious about a product described as being a sort of cross between a lip gloss and a lipstick, with the benefits of both. I took advantage of a special offer in Superdrug to buy a tube in the fetchingly bright red shade Big Bang, for 4.99 instead 5.99. I love the colour but I don't think this is a game changing product..
All the colours I tried testers for were very vibrant, although there is also a nude. I think a few more subtle colours would make this range more versatile, but if you like your colours punchy, you will find plenty of choice. There's a matte collection too, which I haven't tried as it seems to defeat the object of a product described as part gloss, which to me means some shine at least. My colour does not have the high gloss finish I expected at all, and looks most like a standard lipstick when on. in fact I have used a clear gloss over the top on occasion to give more emphasis.
Overall this reminds me most of a long lasting lipstick, in that it is almost a lip stain, and has a slight drying effect on my lips, as long wear lipsticks often do. It comes in a lip gloss like format and tube though, and you apply it with a slanted tip sponge applicator wand. It is quite thick, but easy to spread out still, and produces a high quality velvety finish. I like the fact it is less sticky than typical gloss, and the pigment is excellent. You get a completely opaque finish with one quick sweep, so it is quite good value. I do find that for me, the "brush" could be a bit more contoured to make applying neater, as mistakes with such colours are glaringly obvious. The main downside for me is while the colour lasts longer than a gloss usually does, it isn't completely transfer proof, and does tend to fade before the end of the day, even if it doesn't completely vanish. I love the intense colour, so naturally I want it to last as long as possible.
I would recommend this if you want a fully pigmented lip colour with more staying power than gloss, but I wouldn't recommend this if you can find some lip products drying as it seems one of those. it does have some of the benefits of both gloss and lipstick, but nothing that is really unique. I would buy again on offer only myself.
I am extremely sceptical about the effectiveness of so called whitening toothpastes, so I have rarely been motivated to pay extra for one. However, I could not help but notice that my sister was sporting teeth that looked noticeably whiter than normal, and I was very surprised to find she said it was the result of using the Oral B 3D brilliance toothpaste. I had a good look at my own mouth and decided a couple of teeth had a yellowish tinge that could be improved, so I forked out for 3.49 75ml tube.
The toothpaste is supposed to remove 80% of surface stains in two weeks of regular use. My sister had been using it for more like three months before I noticed the difference, and my experience is also that by the time I had finished one tube, little colour change was evident. I persevered however, and I was pretty pleased when a work colleague said my teeth were looking very white, as they had no idea I was using a special toothpaste. I have read very mixed reviews of this, so I suppose the results will depend on what is causing your staining. I do not drink wine or smoke, and believe most of my mild discolouration was caused by my coffee habit. I can understand that the long wait for results may be too long for those with more extensive staining to begin with.
As a standard fluoride toothpaste, I have found it pleasant to use. The mint taste is very agreeable to me, as it is fresh but not overpowering and on a day to day basis, my mouth has been left feeling just as clean as when using any other toothpaste.
I have some concerns about the longer term advisability of using whitening toothpastes due to their abrasive action. My dentist does not consider them a good thing to use for extended periods because of possible effects on the tooth enamel. However, Oral B would disagree as they say their product is suitable for everyday use. I decided to hedge my bets and use the toothpaste for long enough to restore most of the whiteness to my affected teeth, and then switch to a non whitening product, until I noticed any staining again. I can't say my teeth are perfectly white, but they are much better as a result of using the Oral B toothpaste.
I would recommend this removing mild staining as it unquestionably worked for me, but you will need to get through several tubes to notice the difference based on my experience.
I love buying or making nut butters, (like peanut butter only made with other nuts instead) and occasionally I have experimented with adding some seeds into the mix to make a more interesting taste. So a pure sunflower seed "butter " from the organic brand Carleys caught my eye in a health food shop, and I decided to give it a try. It cost 2.65 for 250g.
The butter has a unique savoury taste, but it also lends itself to being sweetened. The suggestion is you could use it on bread, in dips or dressings or when baking.
First impressions on opening the jar were admittedly not very inspiring. I was greeted with a thick layer of oil, and a brown thicker substance underneath, which has a feint greenish tinge. The oil didn't alarm me as I know that having made my own nut and seed butters, that the natural oil in the ingredients often seperates out. So it is a sign of product made with a high level of natural ingredients, and not an indication of a poorly made or gone off product. You just stir the contents in the jar and eventually you get a more consistent texture. However, the oil may seperate again if you don't use the jar for a few days. It smells of sunflower seeds, which it can't help but do as it's made from 90% roasted organic sunflower seeds, plus cold pressed organic sunflower oil, and absolutely nothing else.
The taste is therefore of, well, sunflower seeds too. There's a certain nuttiness, probably bought out by the roasting process, and I certainly don't miss the lack of added salt. The texture won't appeal to all, as while it is thick yet easily spreadable, it is a little bitty. I like the added texture the bits of sunflower seed gives myself, but it was a bit of a surprise as the pieces can't easily be seen in the jar. I don't absolutely love sunflower seeds so unsurprisingly I don't relish this as much as alternative butters. I do like it on toast, and sweetened with a little sugar on bread, but for me it's nicest used as a dip, for carrot sticks or similar. The texture works well then, and despite the natural oil there, it doesn't have an oily taste or greasy feel.
If you love sunflower seeds, this would be worth hunting down in a health food shop, but if you don't, this butter won't change your mind. I liked trying it but I wouldn't rush to buy it again.
I love hot chocolate drinks and I like to ring the changes and try any new and hopefully delicious flavoured versions I come across. The Maltesers instant malted drink caught my eye as my boyfriend absolutely loves those chocolates, and I saw you could buy single serve sachets for only 35p in my local corner shop, which seemed a good way to try the drink out. I have had so many disappointing favoured hot drinks that I am reluctant to buy a larger tub first time around, even if they are better value normally.
The drinks barely need any preparation as you just add either hot water or hot milk to the sachet contents and then give everything a good stir. The drink powder dissolves quickly to make a nice smooth drink with a slightly thin texture. It smells absolutely delicious and exactly like the aroma released when opening a bag of Maltesers, so I have to give the manufacturers full marks for authenticity there. The stirring also leaves a bubbly top to the drink which reminds me of the inner of real Maltesers. A nice touch whether intended or not.
So the drink looks and smells the part, but to me the taste was slightly disappointing. I enjoyed the malty taste which I think works well with the chocolate. It isn't over done, which means I prefer it to the chocolate version of Horlicks for example. But I like my hot chocolate drinks really strong so I found the chocolate taste here a little weak for my own tastes. It was pleasant enough, and not actually watery tasting, but it seems to lack something that really make it a sort of liquid Malteser. My boyfriend doesn't mind wearer chocolate drinks and he loves this, saying it is more refreshing than most and not overly sweet. I agree with the last point flavour wise, although one sachet made with 200ml semi skimmed milk does contain 26.3g of sugar, which is no small amount. It would contain less if you made it with water, but to me the milk makes a more indulgent drink and one that brings more of the malty taste out.
I would recommend this if you like malty chocolate drinks but if you want a strong chocolate taste like me, you might find this a bit weak. Otherwise it is a nice warming drink and something a bit different to try. You can buy it in most supermarkets in both sachets and tubs.
I like Method cleaning products because they are certified as cruelty free, and are non toxic and biodegradable, not to mention effective and sweet smelling. They used to be hard to find but now my local Waitrose and Sainsbury's both offer a selection, so I have been buying them again. The multi surface spray is one of my favourites as it really lives up to it's name and I can zip around the kitchen cleaning more or less everything with one product and still produce good results.
I paid 3 pounds for the 828ml spray bottle in Waitrose, so it isn't the cheapest cleaner but I don't mind paying a bit more for something ethical that also makes cleaning seem less of a chore. It does this because of the lovely scent which in my case is French Lavender although you can also buy a grapefruit version. It leaves the room smelling as if I have just bought in an big bunch of fresh lavender, a much preferable scent to the harsh chemical tones of other cleaners. The scent does not linger too strongly for the lavender haters on my family though.
The spray can be used on most sealed surfaces and I vouch for it's effectiveness at dealing with all kinds of everyday cleaning up. It deals with all kinds of spills, splashes and drips on worksurfaces and tiling, and I also use it on the front of the fridge and freezer. I have never felt that I need to use more product or scrub harder for this to work, despite it's gentle plant based formula. I especially like using this on stainless steel though because it really makes them absolutely shine with just one quick wipe. It is the best product I have used for this, bar none. It is supposed to cut through grease too, and I was quite surprised to find it actually did so when cleaning my cooker. I still had to use elbow grease to deal with some burnt on bits but that is not unusual for me!
What's even better is you don't need to rinse the cleaner away, even from food preparation surfaces as it is non toxic. I was a little doubtful about this initially but there is no obvious residue left behind. So you can work your way around the kitchen quickly. I do use it in other rooms too, for example in the bathroom to get the taps sparkling, and to clean cupboard doors in the utility room.
I would recommend this if you are looking for a more natural cleaner, and one that really works and smells good to boot. If lavender doesn't appeal, there's always grapefruit.
I was looking for some different kind of tasty nibbles for when some friends were coming for the evening, when I came across Nobbys Nuts in the BBQ flavour. They aren't just peanuts, but coated peanuts, which makes alot more difference than it sounds. I paid a pound per 140g bag, and there were no scraps left at the evening which tells you that they went down well and proved good value.
The peanuts are coated in a light but crispy flavoured shell, which holds much more flavour than other favoured nuts. It also means that you don't have a powdery flavouring doused all over the nuts so they make a nicer, less finger messy party snack. The coating is crispy and not unfriendly to teeth, leading you to the tasty peanut inside.
The BBQ taste is very nice and not as spicy as some takes on this. There's a smokiness there as you would expect, and a touch of sweetness too. Lastly, you can actually taste and smell the nuts which is important for me too. Overall these are really moreish, and were popular even with those that don't normally like peanuts.They commented on how the Nobbys Nuts don't make you thirsty like traditional salted peanuts can and they are right. I also found them a bit more filling even though it's just a little coating that's been added - but I still couldn't resist going back for more!
A 30g serving contains 17% of an adult's recommended intake of salt, so it is still there even if the nuts taste less thirst inducing than some. There is also 15% of your recommended fat intake in the same serving, but I suppose no one buys nuts expecting them to be fat free, because by nature they aren't. I will happily eat these delicious snacks in moderation and I will be looking out for other flavours. I recommend them if you like flavoured peanuts and really want to taste that flavouring!
I found the Dove Purely Pampering nourishing lotion disappointing so I didn't expect much from the Dove Body wash in the same fragrance- shea butter and warm vanilla. Well I was wrong to be dismissive as it a much better product. I had received a few of the 55ml bottles in giftsets - you can expect to pay 2.59 for a full size 250ml bottle in places like Boots.
The body wash reminds me of a moisturising cream more than a shower product because of the texture and it's white colour - see picture. And it feels rather nice going on too. I thought it might not lather well, but it produces a thick, rich and creamy foam that feels quite luxurious. The wash tends to come out in blobs for me but luckily each one spreads and lathers so well it isn't really a problem. As a result, I have been impressed by far each little bottle goes. I have used similar travel sized bottles of shower gel and their runniness meant they scarcely lasted a couple of showers as so much came out, but the Dove goes a long way.
I like vanilla and shea butter scents a lot and I think they combine beautifully in this body wash. I tend to prefer something zestier and enlivening for my morning showers but this made a nice relaxing and warm alternative scent for the evening one. I found the scent sweeter than the same variety of Dove body lotion, and using both products together was a bit heady for me even if neither are very strong alone. The body wash does linger on my skin pleasantly, it is just that I like to wear other fragrance some days as well.
I found this made my skin feel softer immediately after I rinsed it off the first time. I have often found that other moisturising wash products either don't make any real difference to my normal skin, or they take a few uses to notice any extra softness. So the Dove body wash did a good job. I wouldn't say I felt I would skip a seperate moisturising later on a regular basis. It's not THAT good but my skin would feel soft and smooth enough after using the body wash to make me feel happy in the short term if I felt too lazy to moisturize as well. The strongest feeling I have after using this is completely refreshed. I don't know how it does it but my skin feels super clean every time.
All in all I like this, as it feels creamy and lovely when you shower, and leaves my skin in great shape so I would recommend this Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash.
I never thought that I would find true love in Superdrug, but there it was, winking at me from the shelves. My boyfriend can rest easily as this latest love of mine is just a can of Impulse body spray going by the True Love name. I caught a whiff of it when some girls were spraying some around in the shop as a tester I suppose, and I liked it straight away. It was on a half price offer, at a pound for 75ml, so I picked up a can.
I'm sure Impulse describe their scents with their tongues firmly in cheek. This one is apparently as "rare and magical as true love itself" according to the can. It promises to stir the soul, overwhelm the heart, and turn men into lovebirds. Yeah, right. Back down on earth, the scent is described as Freesia and Tangerine. I don't think the True Love spray smells quite like those beautiful flowers, but there is definitely a overall generic floral aroma. It's distinctive but not too overpowering. It definitely makes the scent seem somehow bright and summery, even when used in the depths of January. What I really like is the tangerine element though. I can smell a surprisingly authentic and fresh orange scent briefly when I first spray this, which fades to a more general zesty aroma, before the floral elements dominate. As the day wears on, I mostly notice a warmer, spicier, earthier undertone. I don't know what it is supposed to be, someone suggested Amber and they may be right but it isn't a scent I would recognise. It stops the fragrance being too cloying anyway, while keeping it feminine. I was surprised that the scent wasn't more one dimensional, and having disliked the only other Impulse spray I have bought in recent years, this True Love has restored my faith in the brand.
A couple of brief sprays releases lots of scent, and I can smell it pleasantly for hours afterwards. I think it lasts well for a bodyspray.
I would definitely recommend this to lovers of fresh, lighter floral scents. I would like the tangerine to linger around more as it works well with the freesia, but I do enjoy using the bodyspray just as it is. The can is a nice easy size to pop in your handbag for a bit of freshening up throughout the day. It is good value, especially as the Impulse body fragrances always seem to be on offer for a pound or so somewhere. I have also seen the full size sprays in Poundland and Poundworld sometimes although not this variety specifically, but you may have more luck.
I have been clearing a new allotment for my sister which includes getting rid of a lot of rubbish left by a previous tenant. I have been getting through many bin bags as a result. So a cheap roll of refuse sacks from Sainsbury's own brand Basics range at 60p for 20 seemed worth a try. They have saved me some cash but are not quite the bargain they seemed.
The bags have a 75 litre capacity and are 86cm long. I don't know how this compares to other brands as I have never measured them but the Basics bags certainly feel smaller, as it is not possible to really well fill them. The plastic is much thinner than average so it is apt to tear and break apart if well filled, especially with anything remotely weighty. They were fine when half filled with empty plastic bottles but anything pointed is going to break right through. To be fair to Sainsbury's, they do always state on the front of the packaging why that particular Basics product is cheaper than average, and in the bin bags case it says plainly they are thinner and that they shouldn't be overfilled, and anything sharp should be well wrapped before putting it in the sack. what I didn't appreciate was overfilled was half full at best with these particular bags. but even if you double each bag up, they still work out cheap, although I sometimes put three inside each other to be really sure the bottom wouldn't fall out and cause more mess than when I started cleaning. So I am going to rate these bags 3 Dooyoo hearts, as they are as described on the packet and ok to fill with light rubbish.
I would say they are at least easy to tear apart along the perforations, and quite easy to open out too, which I really appreciated when I had cold hands and needed several bags for each job.
Overall, I would buy these to do a bit of sorting, but I wouldn't use them every week in my bins, or where I needed to carry anything in them very far. The price seems to vary a bit as when I first saw these they cost something like 70p so they have actually become cheaper, which makes a change. They may well go up again before long but are worth trying if you don't expect them to be heavy duty.
I use a lot of glue in stick form, both for my own personal use in organising scrapbooks and folders that act as a "what to do when" for my gardening job, and for craft projects with the children I baby sit. I have always found Pritt Stick to be the most reliable, but that's all changed as I have found a cheaper and better alternative - the UHU stick glue. I paid a pound for 21g in Poundland, which isn't a price I can buy the same size Pritt for.
The UHU stick is great for using with children as the glue is obviously in a solid form so there is no risk of messy spills, and little cleaning up is needed afterwards. It's easy for the children to use as this size stick is simple to manipulate and the formula makes it harder for them to apply too much. It's not going to wrinkle the paper or squish out between the pieces to be stuck. It is also solvent free which is an added reassurance, although the kids are never unattended when doing craft. The glue is colourless and winds up and down easily by turning the base which the children can manage by themselves.
The glue is intended for use on paper and card so it doesn't cover all craft use but importantly it does work on the materials it's intended for. I find the adhesion to be better than Pritt when using the same amount, and actually better if you are sticking thicker card. You apply it to one or both surfaces to be stuck and then press firmly and wait a few seconds, and voila, you have a good bond. What I especially like is the fact any paper remains stuck and doesn't peel off after a few months, which can happen with cheaper glues. I also think it seems less vulnerable to drying out than Pritt. Maybe it's due to the screw on cap which makes a securer closure - providing you put it on properly of course.
I would definitely recommended this easy to use glue, as it is great value and really effective. It is low odour and as mess free as a glue can be. I have seen the distinctive yellow sticks in most poundshops although you can also buy it elsewhere.
I saw Dr Jonhnson's brand antiseptic disinfectant on a two X 500ml bottles for a pound offer in Poundworld and I thought it had to be worth trying at the price. You now get just one bottle for a pound, which means it costs more than a supermarket own brand equivalent. But it's still a saving on other branded products, without being any less effective.
This promises to kill 99% of germs, including e.coli and so using this doesn't feel a safety compromise. It performs just like any other disinfectant, and has the same drawbacks. It has a pungent smell, but I quite like it as it speaks of cleanliness and hygiene and I don't find it any worse than pricier products l. If I open windows before I begin cleaning, it disperses surprisingly quickly. The smell is a real advantage when I use it to give a weekly clean to our wheely and recycling bins, as it disguises some less pleasant odours!
You can use this diluted on cuts and stings, but I tend to use other antibacterial products such as Savlon as this disinfectant can sting a bit.
Most often, I use this neat to disinfect toilets, and diluted to treat the bathroom floor. You don't need to use more of this than a branded version to do the same job which would obviously make this a false economy otherwise. I tend to use my own judgement on the dilution needed, but there is a guide on the bottle, which uses the bottle cap as a measure which makes things easy. This cap is not what I would call child proof as it is just twist off, although this needs a bit of a grip to get it started if properly tightened. I say if properly tightened, because I have never once picked up a bottle that had the lid fully closed. I know now to check this before I leave whatever shop I buy this in so there isn't a repeat of the soggy bag I suffered the first time round.
So the lid issue means I deduct a dooyoo heart but otherwise, I would recommend this as a low cost but effective antiseptic disinfectant which is also made in the UK. Supermarket own brands may work out cheaper but it's nice to support a UK company sometimes. You tend to buy this in discount shops like Poundstretcher, 99p store and the like - worth keeping an eye out for.