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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.
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!