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I reluctantly tried a cup of green tea flavoured with lemon made by my mum, and surprised myself by actually enjoying it. She uses a fresh lemon to flavour her tea, and while I will do the same when I can, I don't always have some to hand. So when I saw Tetley offered some green tea bags ready flavoured with lemon, I thought they would be worth trying. I paid 1.75 in a local Londis for a box of 50 bags, 100g in total, and they cost about the same in Tesco.
Tetley promises they use the finest green tea with a selection taste tested 8 times before it gets the nod of approval. I have since tried green teas from PG Tips, Twinings and Waitrose own brand and all of them make similar claims about how special their blends are. To me they all taste much the same, so I would happily go for whatever one was on offer but as that is often Tetley, that is my usual brand of choice. Tetley are a member of the Ethical Tea partnership which is meant to improve the lives of tea workers and their environment which is good to know.
The brewing instructions suggest using almost boiled water and brewing the tea for 1-2 minutes before adding sugar or honey to taste if you like a sweeter flavour. I usually find that what puts me off flavoured and herbal teas is too weak a flavour so I tend to want to leave them brewing for the maximum suggested time, if not longer but I don't think that works so well with green tea. It can develop a bitterness after a while. Thankfully I think a couple of minutes is long enough for the flavour to develop this time. The box promises all natural ingredients and therefore flavourings, and I do think this has a great "proper lemon" taste as a result. It smells more zesty than it tastes, but I don't want to taste only lemon as I may as well have squash and not green tea! I think the tea and lemon combine beautifully, and together make a refreshing combination. Somehow this is much more thirst quenching drink for me than black tea and I find I can also drink more of it.
The best thing for me is whereas I can't bear "normal" tea without sugar or a substitute in, I never feel I need to sweeten this green tea.
I would recommend this as it is good value and pleasant tasting.
As I don't like the smell/taste of coconut, I am a late convert to the many beauty uses of coconut oil. I now buy it regularly, and I'm still discovering new uses for this versatile oil. Coconoil brand Organic Virgin Coconut oil costs me 5.49 for a 280g tub in a health food shop.
If you tap in a search query for uses of coconut oil, you could probably spend several days reading all the uses of this.. Briefly its uses span cooking, skin care and cleansing, oral health, and hair conditioning amongst others. Coconoil is organic, non refined, cold pressed and 100% pure. I like the fact it's described as non-refined and non bleached so hopefully most of the raw goodness should be maintained. It is also non deodorised, which means for me it still smells very much of coconut but as the results are so good for my skin, I can put up with that. It is solid, if quite soft, until its warmed up enough when it turns into a classic oil. You don't have to really heat it, I find just spooning out a tiny bit from the tub and keeping it in the palm of my hand is enough to melt it to use on the skin.
It does smell of coconuts although as it only needs to be used in small quantities, this coconut hater can put up with it. I can smell it on my skin for some time after use but I am probably more sensitive to this. I agree that coconut oil is great for softening and smoothing skin. It feels light for an oil and you only need a tiny amount to cover a large area of skin. Coconoil doesn't leave me sticky once absorbed, and the best thing if all is if you use it thoroughly, your skin still feels softer a couple of days later even if you have been too busy to re-apply. It doesn't block my pores nor cause breakouts. I apply it at night because I find some foundations don't sit well if you try to apply them too soon after oiling.
I have used Coconoil as a deep conditioner by applying it sparingly to my hair and leaving it in for a few hours under a shower cap. It did make my hair wonderfully easy to brush and it always feels extra soft but I don't think it adds any shine and my hair does seem to need washing sooner afterwards.
Some people told me I would hardly taste the coconuts if I used coconut oil for cooking. Well I can! I think the taste is stronger if anything
anything once heated. But this is brilliant as a skin conditioner and economical when you consider how little you need to use. I certainly recommend it.
I tried the Maybelline Volum Express mascara because it was on offer. The usual price is around 6.99 (Superdrug) to 7.19 (Boots). I chose the non waterproof version, in 100% black. Are my lashes now colossal enough to frighten passing children? You have probably guessed the answer to that!
The brush is usually large and takes some getting used to although it does seperate lashes well once you are used to it.
One coat delivers a strong dark pigment which does create the illusion of volume as each lash is defined but I really don't think the mascara delivers much more than that, certainly not 9x volume as advertised. Second coats do help things along a small amount but are liable to clump, even when you follow the advice not to let the product dry between coats. I did however not suffer any smudging or flaking and the pigment stays strong.
The formula is supposed to be washable and removable with soap and water but I have no intention of soaping around my eyes. It does however remove easily with the basic eye make up removers without much trouble.
I would not suggest this mascara offers anything like spectacular results. It defines lashes as all with good dark pigment do, but beyond that, it is average. I am generously awarding 3 hearts based on the good color, a brush that defines lashes well one you are used to it, and good staying power. But I don't recommend this for any dramatic volume look, or for those who like to layer up their mascara as clumping is too much of a frequent occurrence then.
I recently took on a second allotment and a few new tools were in order, including a dibber. I knew straight away which brand I wanted - the Spear and Jackson Elements traditional dibber. I use this one in the garden I work in so I knew it was capable of standing up to regular use, and comfortable to work with too. I have other hand tools from the range and I am generally very happy with the quality considering their relatively low price. I paid £3.99 for the dibber in a local garden centre. The Elements range is one of Spear and Jacksons basic garden tool ranges, but in my experience the quality is above similar ranges from other companies.The tools are generally traditional in style and the dibber is no exception with a wooden handle and shaft of the T type, and a metal tip. This means it certainly doesn't look cheap and nasty. It also has the practical modern feature if an epoxy resin coating on the metal to prevent rusting and reduce soil adhesion, making it easier to use in the ground.
The dibber feels very solidly put together. The handle is smooth and rounded with no stray wood splinters to worry about. It feels perfectly comfortable to use if you are doing a lot of planting in one go, helped by the fact the handle isn't too small to grip easily. I use this for the same purpose as any other dibber. That is creating even sized planting holes quickly for larger seeds or seedlings. There is no depth guide marked on the tip but you could mark one on yourself. Otherwise I have been using the dibber in the traditional way to really firm in young transplants such as brassicas that like to be put in firm soil. That means after planting you insert the dibber tip at one side of the roots and lever it up.
The wooden handle is coated in clear varnish which I will renew at the end of the year to keep things in good condition, not because the wood needs it. The resin antirust coating has come off the dibber I use for work, in places, after a couple of years use, resulting in a scratched look. This work dibber has of course most likely been used more extensively than one in an average home or allotment would, so I don't think this happens too soon. It's still fine to use, and is not rusting, but it is going to be repainted in the autumn.
I would certainly recommend this at the price. It does the job and is easy to use and well built. The anti rust coating may not be as durable, but it can be renewed, and if cleaned of soil and kept dry, the dibber should stay in good condition regardless.
I shocked myself by discovering that I actually like green tea, at least when it is flavoured by lemon, I wondered if I would also like it mixed with other ingredients. I was tempted by a Twinings Pineapple and Grapefruit version, which cost me £1.69 for 20 bags in Waitrose.
Twinings say the tea blend is refreshing and delicate and that only natural flavourings are used to flavour the tea. I think it is great the ingredients consist just of green tea and natural flavourings but it makes it more surprising that the tea doesn't taste all that much of the specific fruit to me. I noticed that of the ingredients list 3 natural flavourings, but only 1 is specified as grapefruit and none as pineapple so maybe that explains it.
Scent wise, a cup of this smells delicious and more of a grapefruit than pineapple, but still quite sweet, and definitely fruity. Unfortunately, the taste is much more disappointing. I know this tea is labelled as being a delicate brew so I wasn't expecting a very strong fruit flavour, and I was hoping that the delicacy would apply just as much to the distinct taste of the green tea itself, which on it's own I don't relish. Well the green tea taste is subtle, but the fruit flavour is less so. The actual problem to me is the fruit has quite a generic fruit squash kind of taste, and no distinct pineapple or grapefruit taste. I would have guessed this was a fruit blend if I had not had the advantage of viewing the box, but there is no way I could tell which fruit were supposed to be present. It isn't an awful flavour but not the one I bought the tea for. I followed the box instructions to brew the tea for no more than two minutes, at first before experimenting with a slightly longer brew time to see if that helped things flavour wise, but no, it didn't.
If you don't mind a more generic fruit taste than the name suggests, I would say this is worth a try if you like your green tea taste to be mild as well. But the only reason I buy a grapefruit and pineapple tea is to actually taste those two fruits, so I am only giving this 2 hearts, pleasant though the existing flavour is to me.
I have used crystal deodorant sticks off and on for years. Made of mineral salts, they are free of many of the ingredients whose long term use may have health implications, such as aluminium chlorohydrate, or parabens. I am not totaly convinced by the "nasties" status of all of these, but I see no harm in adopting a cautious approach when good "free from" alternatives exist. I paid £3.70 for a 100ml bottle in a local pharmacy. This deodorant spray is made of just 2 ingredients, water and Potassium Alum.
The product works via the mineral salts creating a barrier to the bacteria that cause body odour. It isn't meant to be an anti perspirant, which means it won't stop you sweating.
It feels just like you are spraying plain water under your arms. In one way this feels quite refreshing, especially on a warm day. However, just like water, this is runny. A couple of short sprays doesn't make things too "drippy" but unfortunately my spray is not very powerful so I feel that I need to apply a bit more than this. And if I do, the spray runs down my arms, which is wasteful. I have come up with a solution. I sponge the stuff on, which probably also wastes some product due to the sponge's absorbancy, but it feels nicer. The other issue is that you need to allow time for your damp underarms to dry, and this takes around 10 mins for me, longer than a solid crystal or ordinary aerosol type deodorant does. I also find the spray top unreliable. Often it doesn't work at all, and when it does, the spray doesn't seem to disperse well.
The deodorant spray is not quite as effective as the solid Crystal sticks, as I have occasionally detected a faint odour after being active on a warm day, although when I am desk bound or it is not very hot out, its fine. It does feel more refreshing than a stick deodorant but that is shortlived. Long term odour protection is more important to me. There's no added fragrances.
I acquired a L’Oreal Kids Very Berry shampoo when my boyfriend's young cousin came to stay. Boots sell it for 2.08 and the Tesco website lists it at 1.99.
The bottle is bright pink and my young friend is not a pink loving little girl but I think was attracted to the idea of using what she thinks of as a big girls shampoo, at least compared to the baby shampoo that is used on her hair at home. To us of course it looks very obviously something marketed at kids.
The shampoo is a two in one product offering conditioning properties too. The bottle says it has an ophthalmologically tested to offer a "no tears formula". The shampoo is supposed to deliver soft, shiny, strawberry scented hair. I could smell this before I opened the bottle. It seems a bit overdone to me but the intended user thought it was wonderful. It smells more like a strawberry milkshake or something very sweet and artificial. To be fair this wasn't as overpowering on the hair as I thought it would be.
The shampoo has a creamy texture which makes it feel nice to use. I like the fact it isn't too wastefully runny but I mostly appreciated the fact it didn't take an excessive time to rinse out. I used to be a nanny and I know that hair washing and rinsing is not always the most popular activity so a product that makes the process quicker gets a thumbs up from me. It does still lather well, which our little lady liked.
I was impressed by how the shampoo cleaned the hair and especially by how lovely and soft her long hair felt afterwards. It really feels conditioned as the hair is easy to brush and left remarkably tangle free. I don't think the hair was left looking any shinier however.
< br /> I have snuck a couple of uses out of the bottle, and I was impressed with how it cleaned this adults "goes greasy too quick" hair. The scent doesn't appeal enough for me to be tempted to empty the bottle any further though! As for the tear free formula, this definitely works to some degree. I managed to get a little in my eye and while it was not totally non sting, it was nowhere near as bad as the effect of normal shampoo. A quick rinse and it was forgotton.
I do think the full price is a little high for not a very large bottle. If you want a good two in one shampoo and don't mind the price or a less than natural scent, I would say this is worth trying.
I was persuaded to try the Revlon Nearly Naked liquid foundation because of a special offer. It normally costs 8.99. I chose Ivory, but this was a mistake as it became orangey later. But roll on 6 months, and with my skin in better condition, I tried the product again, and liked it enough to go out and buy a better shade - Vanilla. I now use it along with a couple of favourites.
Revlon say this light buildable foundation will melt right into your skin for easy blending, resulting in a fresh, even, flawless look. For someone like me with combination skin, words like "fresh" sometimes translate as not so much a dewy finish as a shiny one in the tzone, but luckily this has not been my experience. Straight out of the bottle, Ivory and Vanilla don't look too different, but I found Ivory was warmer toned and became more orangey throughout the day. The vanilla thankfully remains stable colour wise!
The foundation does disappear quickly into the skin. I was a bit concerned that I couldn't see much difference between the area I had applied it and those I hadn't. I did want at least some coverage as there is no point wearing it otherwise! But when I have actually finished my whole face, the result is better. The finish is smoother/even on both my oilier and drier patches. It does make my skin look fresh, and healthy, with no shine. So why didn't I like it at first? The coverage was a little too light, and it didn't even out my skin tone enough. The product is called "Nearly Naked" so I didn't expect full coverage but it also promises flawless cover so I still hoped for something in between.
Coverage isn't really buildable because the more layers of Ivory I put on, the more orangey the result was. My large nose pores were not disguised, but on the plus side they didn't get blocked either. So after using the foundation fitfully for a while I retired it. In the meantime, I got into a good routine with looking after my skin. So when I tried the Revlon Nearly Naked again, I found I could get away with less coverage, and really enjoy the dewy finish. Buying a better colour meant I could build the coverage safely at last, and finally, using the foundation with a Wilko blender sponge, means I could finally disguise those pores.
For me, the coverage lasts most of the day. The shine on my forehead didn't come through until late afternoon, good considering this isn't a mattifying product. When it does fade it doesn't look patchy. If you want a light coverage foundation giving a dewy but not shiny finish, then I would recommend this.
I bought the Chillfactor slushy maker for our various young visitors to use.
The slushy maker looks like a big cup, with a quilted liner. The whole thing is put in the freezer, entirely empty, and then when cold enough, you pour in a chilled soft drink, and squeeze the flexible cup sides. A minute or so later, you have a cup of slushie, instead of juice or whatever.
The age recommendation is from 3 years up. Our pair have been used by ages 4-78 (!) and those at the both ends of the spectrum needed some help to get the squeeze cup going but otherwise it was universally popular and easy to use. You don't of course need a slushy maker to make slushies.
If you have a blender that can crush ice and a supply of ice cubes, you can make slushies using whatever cold drink you like, very quickly. So why buy a Slushy maker? For me it was because the Chill Factor squeeze cup makes producing the drinks a fun activity that children too young to use a blender can be involved in from start to finish. Even the older kids found something kind if magical in watching a liquid turn to ice in their hands, or in their squeeze cup anyway. It makes slushies in around a minute, if you have kept it ready to use in the freezer.
Best of all the slushy maker doesn't need to pluggoing in anywhere, and you don't need to buy any refill packets because it can be used with any cold drinks as a base.
==DOES IT WORK?==
Yes, it does! The squeezing proved a little difficult for one of our 4 year olds who didn't have the strength to make much progress, although another of our visitors the same age had no trouble. I find the colder the drink you pop inside, the faster the slushy forms. Then I give it a few squeezes and the youngest child can complete the job feeling as though they have done all the hard job.
I would recommend this as it has proved a great fun, especially on warm days when it is actually a good way to get cooled down. I thought the novelty would wear off once each child had done it a few times but no, making their own drinks is still considered fun. The Chill Factor cup really does work, and quickly, all without the aid of batteries
I recieved a Balance Me Radiance face mask from my sisterI recieved a Radiance Face Mask free with a magazine, she passed it on as she already had a tube of it and did not like the scent. I on the other the aroma, but I still would not buy this myself..
Balance Me use the tagline "beauty that works naturally". They make paraben and mineral oil free products with a high percentage of natural ingredients. The Radiance fsce mask is described as 98% natural and it's free of sulphates, petroleum, silicones, and artificial colour and fragrances. The mask is clay based and suitable for all skin types. It is intended to cleanse, polish, hydrate, brighten and exfoliate skin, the last benefit coming from walnut shell pieces.
You will pay 8GBP for a 75ml mask, or 4.50 for a 15ml tube. My magazine freebie tube is 30ml.
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The mask has a lighter and creamier feel than a lot of clay products. It goes on beautifully, like a moisturising cream, albeit one with a "bitty" feel thanks to the walnut shell pieces. The scent is absolutely out of this world. At first I could mainly smell chamomile and aloe vera ingredients, but as time wore on, the the rose geranium and rosemary oils broke through. In fact the scent constantly develops without ever becoming overpowering.
Just the simple process of spreading the mask out actually feels like it is doing something in this case. You can see and feel the walnut pieces but they are fine in texture and don't make you are being flayed alive.
* Hydrates - my skin did not feel especially hydrated but it did not feel dried out either.
* Brightens and exfoliates - My skin did look brighter and a little more radiant without a doubt but the results were not still obvious the next day.
*Cleanses - I did not notice any deep cleansing of my pesky nose pores, which block easily but to be fair the product promise does not suggest a deep clean. My skin did feel very refreshed though .As it costs more than the products I usually buy, and does nothing special for my skin, it doesn't make sense to buy this myself, much as I love the companies approach. I have decided on 4 stars to reflect a great scent and average performance.
I recieved a Percy & Reed No Oil Oil for fine hair from my sister. The 60ml bottle would cost 14.00 should you wish to buy it yourself, with stockists including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Spacenk and Amazon.
So is this a product that offers the benefits of an hair oil without actually being one? Or is it an hair oil that promises not to be greasy? I presume it is the latter because a quick perusal of the ingredients does show this product contains castor seed oil at least. It promises to add volume, and give smooth, shiny and sleek hair. Percy & Reed is a brand named after it's hair stylist founders, who have their own London salon.They have created a scent called "Walk in the rain" for this hair oil, which is described as a unique blend with notes of verbena, mint, geranium and rhubarb. Well I can't detect a single one of those notes or any hints of a soggy walk, but the scent is pleasant. I definitely wouldn't call it unique, but a rather generic salon shampoo sort of smell, that is actually very mild, especially in the quantities you use it in.
The No Oil Oil feels thinner in texture than I expected. You are only supposed to use 1-2 drops across the whole head (unless your hair is very long). But I learnt that you should hold faith and follow the guidelines because when I used more, the results were not as good. It feels light and completely non greasy if used properly.
You use this on towel dried hair. You can't really feel the No Oil on the hair so it isn't sticky and doesn't make the hair slippery.. Overall I give it full marks for being quick and easy to use. When my hair was dry, added volume was not really obvious. My hair was definitely shinier /slightly smoother at the ends as well where I have more fragile hair prone to splitting. Once I had finished styling my hair, I did think it had a little more volume but nothing dramatic. Although the shine is good, it isn't all that long lasting, especially if you wash your hair several times a week. If I couldn't get just as good shine, or better, from cheaper products, I may have been motivated to use this after every wash to maintain results. But as it is, using numerous other products including henna conditioner produce longer lasting effects.
Although this adds a little volume, it isn't enough for me to recommend the No Oil given the price. You don't need to use a lot if you just want some shine or smoothness but it hasn't offered anything exceptional there. I have decided on three stars as it is pleasant and easy to use and does at least do something for my hair.
I came across a recipe for an orange sponge cake with a pineapple jam filling which I thought sounded a nice combination of flavours. So I went to the shops and bought the only pineapple jam available - Hartleys Best Pineapple Jam which was 1.49 for 340g. I didn't need to use the whole jar for my recipe, so we have been using up the rest on toast.
The jam looks a beautiful golden yellow in the jar. If you hold it up against the light, you can see a huge amount of fruit. It isn't in big chunks, but in small pieces laced throughout. This means it has a slightly bitty feel, and isn't very smooth. I think this is fine because it is down to there being plenty of fruit inside, which gives the jam it's delicious taste. And it is still easy to spread. Not everyone in my household liked the "bits" however, but those pieces weren't so obvious when used in the cake so it still got an all round thumbs up when used that way.
When I opened the jar, I was really impressed with the gorgeous fruity scent that came bursting out. I love the fragrance of pineapple always but it is particularly fresh and zesty in this jam. The flavour lives up to the scent thankfully! It tastes exactly as you would expect - full of pineapple. There is a sweeter aftertaste but it is nicely balanced with the fruit flavour. I like the fact there is a bit of a tang because it makes the flavour stand out from other jams. Some pineapple jam I have since tried have been very sweet indeed, like eating blitzed candied pineapple. This one has a flavour balance that appeals to me much more. Naturally you are not going to like this if you don't like pineapple in the first place. I loved combining it with orange in the cake I made and I am looking forward to using that combination again in baking. I like it on toast, where the strong flavour means you can get away with a using a small amount. I try to have healthy breakfasts so sugary jam isn't something I want to eat too often, but when I do indulge it feels a bit less sinful when you don't need to use lots in order to enjoy the taste.
I would recommend the delicious Hartley's one if you love pineapple and would enjoy a tangy jam that is "bitty" in texture. You know this isn't going to be a health product but if you want the nutritional bad news- here goes. Per teaspoon, this has 37kcal and 8.2g sugar but only trace fat.
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.