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    • Nokia 1208 / Mobile Phone / 39 Readings / 39 Ratings
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      Reliable and simple mobile phone

      This little Nokia phone is nothing special compared to all the smart and web enabled mobiles available in such great numbers today but it doesn't claim to be and so should be judged on its own merits and not against those really. I first got this a few years ago when I was going through financial problems and I needed to reduce my spending including finishing with my mobile phone contract and I found this in Tesco's for just less than twenty pounds. My own one is pay as you go and I am on the Tesco network but I am fairly sure you can easily interchange sim cards if you would rather being use a different call provider.

      My particular mobile is dark grey in colour with black trim, is quite lightweight and measures 100mm x 40mm x 15mm. This as I stated is a very basic phone by current standards but it has a colour screen which is very visible and easy to read and the buttons which you use to control the phone are good to navigate, I suppose these would only be a problem if you had chunky fingers. Once the device is charged its power lasts for at least 24 hours if left on and not used excessively.

      The features of the phone are simple, obviously you can make and receive calls and you can use it to send and be sent text messages along with saving draft messages you would like to send at a later date. The address book or contact list means you can like on many mobiles keep a record of people's numbers.

      The home screen displays the time and the battery symbol at the top shows you how much power is left remaining. The settings enable you to put the phone on silent so it will not ring or make sounds when you are in a situation when it is not appropriate for a mobile to do so. There are a few other features which can be useful such as a calculator, a torch which is quite a bright light and has aided me during power cuts plus a stopwatch.

      I have very often taken advantage of the alarm clock which is very loud and usually wakes me up without fail. The calendar also helps you to keep track of what the date is on that day and is handy in knowing what day a certain date is in the future when planning ahead.

      This phone is extremely basic and straight forward and many consumers today would want something with many more features but it delivers on what it promises. This kind of mobile would be ideal to keep in a side compartment or glove box in your car with a little credit on just in case of emergencies say for example your regular phone has run out of power. If someone just wants a device that purely makes and receives calls and can deal with text messages with some other minor features then this phone is perfect as it does just that and is very inexpensive.

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        12.08.2013 23:25
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        Macaroni cheese in a can from Sainsbury's

        Sainsbury's Macaroni Cheese comes in a 410g tin which at the time of me writing this review will cost you 75 pence. The label is a pleasant yellow colour with orange text plus an appetising picture of the macaroni on a white plate, the packaging must have been updated since the design of the tin that appears in the Dooyoo catalogue and when I compare them I have to say that I much prefer the current offering.

        The tin unfortunately doesn't have a ring pull on the top as many canned foods now do including many in the Sainsbury's range which is a bit more awkward if say you are going to eat this at work and there is no can opener, something that has happened to me in the past. This macaroni is extremely easy to prepare either on the hob in a saucepan warming it through or in a dish in the microwave which at worse case will take 4 minutes in a 650 w category B device.

        I was a bit indifferent about this to be honest, I do like macaroni cheese but I do find the shop bought ones and not just this one in tins can be a bit too rich and cheesy and a bit over the top for my liking unlike one that you might prepare for yourself at home. If you ate this with toast that might help to balance out and temper the strong cheese taste a little and of course it could be eaten on a plate in addition to other things like a jacket potato for example. The macaroni pasta pieces though are very soft with a nice size and texture that combine well with the sauce.

        A whole can of this is 422 calories and just under 20 grams of fat which is not that great really and I would think that if you are going to consume that much fat and take on that many calories it should be for something you really really want like a massive cake or pudding.

        Having said that if you like having something hot at lunch time and you have a microwave or stove at work then this is ideal as after less than five minutes it is ready to eat, it is just the cheese is a bit too much for me and there are many other lunch time snack offerings available in tins that I prefer.

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        11.08.2013 12:37
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        Relief for the symptoms of common allergies

        As a little boy I developed hay fever and I used to suffer quite badly always sneezing with terribly itchy red eyes. As I got older my symptoms seemed to lessen to the point where some years I didn't seem to have any problems at all but this summer when in the garden working I did start to sneeze constantly and my eyes were really irritating and I thought 'Oh no, here we go again'. Once it starts there really doesn't seem to be any relief apart from retreating indoors and staying there for a while and the temptation to rub your eyes is unreal but obviously this just makes it worse.

        Benadryl One a Day relief tablets are a popular brand used to ease the symptoms of allergies not just grass and hay fever but also skin, dust and issues with pets. I decided to take these this year because as anyone knows who has suffered with allergies like this it really can be so detrimental to your life and there are people who struggle with the effects of pollen and dust much worse than I do.

        Each tablet in the foil casing is reasonable in size and can be taken quite happily with a glass of water, I think even for those who find it tough to swallow pills and such would find these not too difficult. Taking these really did clear up my symptoms and when I had them even when I ventured in to the garden I wasn't sneezing and my eyes were no longer itchy and irritable, the difference after using these is tremendous. The packaging warns that in rare cases sometimes people who use this product can experience drowsiness and if so should not drive or operate heavy machinery but I have not personally felt those side effects.

        I suppose a sticking point with this product could be the price as on the Tesco web site it is currently £2.50 for 7 tablets which works out as 36 pence each. If you need to use these every week all summer or as long as you are suffering this could add up to be a small fortune. I like to look at it differently though and say when you are sneezing and your eyes are red and driving you crazy with the itching and soreness that if someone said I will take all those problems away for just 36 pence you would bite there hand off, similar to if you are having tooth or dental pain at night, you would probably pay whatever someone wanted within reason to just give you some kind of relief. Benadryl is a good brand and I'm sure that is why you have to pay more for it but if the price really is a problem you could test a supermarket version of this and see if it works and if it does, brilliant, I haven't tested any of those so I don't know in my case.

        With the Benadryl I was impressed though, you really do feel happier and more relaxed when you do not constantly have to use tissues to service a never ending runny nose or struggle with itchy sore eyes.

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          10.08.2013 13:37
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          Great microwaveable korma for when you are in a rush or don't feel like cooking from scratch

          For £1.50 on the Tesco website this Birds Eye chicken korma is a good meal to store in your freezer. It is really simple to prepare as you just have to remove it from the box, pierce the film lid and then heat it for at most ten minutes stopping after eight minutes to give it a stir before you close the microwave door for a further two minutes. Ready meals like this are always really useful if you are in a rush or you have got home from work or a day out feeling very hungry and you don't have the heart to do any food preparation or cooking. Birds Eye are still a popular and trusted brand and you do expect a certain level of quality as a consumer because of this which is a compliment to the firm really.

          As Indian food goes this is a mild dish, pieces of cooked chicken in a sauce made with coconut, cream,
          yoghurt and traditional spices. It is finished off with long grain rice. Personally I think this would only really feed one person as I had no trouble eating it all and I did enjoy it very much. This is tasty, the chicken is lovely and tender and the sauce really is tremendously creamy, really enjoyable. Sometimes if food is too hot and spicy I find it can hamper my enjoyment but this is so mild and therefore I just enjoy the taste with no side effects.

          This is probably not the healthiest option as one of these meals contains 515 calories and 18g of fat but that is to be expected in a product that is made using cream and yoghurt. I do think this a good quick option of a tasty meal if you are busy but obviously it is not quite as good as an Indian take away or even sitting down to eat in a restaurant. For something that is heated for ten minutes though straight from the freezer this is very acceptable and at a good price too.

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          09.08.2013 23:15
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          Great tasting crunchy versatile vegetable

          When you think of tinned and frozen vegetables a name that springs to mind straight away is Green Giant. Their reputation is for supplying a wide range of products which are famous for their quality.

          Their sweet corn is no different and you can currently buy a 198g tin of this for 64 pence on the Tesco website. I can quite happily eat a whole tin of this when I have it with some salmon or something but it could easily serve two people when used with other food items to make a meal. A lot of manufacturers now seem to be putting a ring pull on the top of the can which eradicates the need for an opener which I think is great as I can never seem to lay my hands on one when I need to get in to a tin and so the addition of one to this is brilliant also.

          When you open the tin you can see it is topped to the brim with the lovely yellow sweet corn pieces which are stored in a little water which I always drain away. The bright colour of this when mixed with other salad items looks so bold and appetising and really is attractive to look at. The uses for this corn are obviously endless, in salads and such and the ease to which it can be accessed and it is ready straight from the tin is very appealing to me.

          It looks nice but most importantly the taste is fresh, cool and sweet and each corn piece is wonderfully crunchy and feels good to consume. Sometimes little pieces can get caught in your teeth but hey that is a small sacrifice to make in order to have this. This is a very natural product which literally just contains the sweet corn, salt and water which is good to know and 80 g of this just carries 55 calories and 0.8g of fat so on its own would make a great healthy snack.

          Green Giant is a trusted brand and this corn is presented in a really well designed little tin with an eye catching spoonful of yellow sweet corn pieces on the label. The pieces are fresh, crispy, crunchy and taste tremendously sweet and this really is perfect to eat independently or to enhance and brighten up all sorts of meals.

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            06.08.2013 11:10
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            Tremendous key ring for a Lego and or Star Wars fan

            Boba Fett is a real popular and cult character from the Star Wars movies even though he only appears very little and is a character of few words. He is the Bounty Hunter who plays a huge role in the capture and freezing of Han Solo and eventually delivers him to Jabba the Hutt.

            Star Wars merchandising is a massive market and there is a great deal of themed Lego from these films available. The quality of Lego products is brilliant but it can be expensive so if you are looking for a gift for someone or a treat for yourself then there are a number of Star Wars character Lego figure key chains or key rings available. Boba Fett is obviously one but you can find Yoda, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Stormtroopers and so many more and they start at around £2.99 in price so they are affordable.

            This Boba Fett Lego character is about an inch and a half in height with light grey and green body armour. He also has his trademark red, green and black helmet and on his back his famous rocket pack which plays a key role in his demise or at least you think so when you watch Return of the Jedi.

            Unlike your regular Lego mini figures the legs, body and head are stuck together but these key chains are still not suitable for children under the age of six as with further investigation I found that the tiny hands can be removed from the arms and so could be a choking hazard.

            If you are a Lego collector or a fan of the Star Wars Universe or know someone who is then these are relatively inexpensive and would make a tremendous little gift for that person. If you have one of these on your keys it would also make a really good talking point and other people would definitely notice it.

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            • Bobbys Prawn Crackers / Snacks / 42 Readings / 41 Ratings
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              05.08.2013 00:23
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              Great prawn flavoured snack

              It's only when I have a Chinese meal that Prawn Crackers really cross my mind due to the fact that you often get the free large bag, they look like massive Quavers just not with the cheese flavour.

              I work two jobs, one of them in a petrol station and we stock a number of products sold under the Bobby's brand, these snacks are usually a really good price especially compared to some of the more well known and popular named crisps. Recently I saw their Prawn Crackers on the shelf and felt moved to try them and at 45p for 25g remembering that these are extremely light thought this an extremely competitive and excellent price.

              The bag is full of crackers and certainly can be considered a good serving. There is a faint aroma but nothing major and the flavour similarly is recognisable as prawn but not overpowering, just very pleasant and tasty. Each one is crunchy with a rough textured surface and when held against your tongue fizzes ever so slightly making them satisfying and interesting to eat.

              A bag of these is just under 10g in fat content which is reasonable for a snack like this and eating these makes a welcome change from a regular packet of crisps. These would be perfect for snacking on while watching television or a film although they can be a little noisy to crunch if you are with other people who don't like even the slightest distracting sounds during a movie. Poured in to bowls at parties with other snacks would also go down extremely well.

              I personally think these crackers are practically as good as those you might be gifted by your local restaurant or take away and the taste is subtle with each one giving a satisfying fizz and crunch as you consume them. The price, 45 pence for 25g is very competitive and although the weight seems less than many other crisps on the market remember that the makeup and construction of these crackers is fairly airy meaning that even though you get a decent serving they weigh so little in comparison.
              If you enjoy Prawn Crackers then these are great and part of the Bobby's range offering many favourites at very good prices.

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              • Smiths Scampi Fries / Snacks / 51 Readings / 51 Ratings
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                Something different to your normal packet of crisps with unique awesome taste

                Scampi Flavour Fries are probably a bit of a bar snack and I never really think to buy them when I go to the store to purchase crisps as there is so much choice. I happened to eat a packet recently though as I work a second job in a garage and we had one packet of these left on which the best before date had expired and so we could no longer sell them. They are distributed in a yellow/green packet made of foil which I am led to believe keeps the snacks fresh. On the front of the packet is a picture of a table with drinks on alluding to the fact that these are often found in pubs and complimenting a drink, alcoholic or not perfectly.

                I absolutely love the taste of these and the texture of each cereal snack, very crunchy and crispy. The lemon and scampi taste is tremendous, not for someone who doesn't like fish but I think it is pretty wonderful myself. Each one really has the flavour of scampi and chips like you might buy from a cafe or restaurant and the aroma from the bag is great, really smells like a food establishment near the seaside or a little like your local fish and chip shop.

                Despite being ever so tasty there is a side effect and that is because the taste and smell is so strong it can have a lasting impact on your breath and although they are fantastic to eat not everybody wants to smell it on you for a long time afterwards and I'm sure when you consume them you don't want people to notice that either. Therefore I think I would eat them on my own in private and if I was with other people I would make sure I probably used some chewing gum or a mint after although they are not the only food product that causes this, that is sometimes the way.

                A 27g packet contains 5.7g of fat and 127 calories which is not a disaster, could be better, could be worse but this is alright as an occasional treat like most crisps and sweets.

                I do really like these and they are something different to the endless rows of crisps on supermarket shelves, a nice change. The crunchy texture of each one in the bag is delightful and the flavour and smell for me is awesome, makes a real impact on your mouth, something to savour. Just choose the situation when you eat them carefully though, if the music in a bar or pub is loud and you are leaning in close to a woman or man trying to make yourself heard these scampi fries may taste great but the results for your breath might not leave that person with the best impression.

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                  02.08.2013 14:06
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                  Premium Milk Chocolate Digestives

                  At £1.77 for 300g these milk chocolate digestive biscuits are not the cheapest by a long way compared to other brands especially supermarket value versions; however the difference in quality here is very noticeable. Sometimes when products of any kind have a recognisable brand name on them there can be a significant increase in the cost but definitely you are not purely paying extra because these have McVities on the packet, it is due to the fact these are great biscuits.

                  The packet these come in is really eye catching, chocolate brown in colour with just a hint of the red and blue branding that the regular plain digestive biscuits are sold in. Apparently these are now produced with more chocolate on which I'm sure can only be a good thing and the wrapper was very easy to open. The packet can't be resealed once it has been started and so if you are not going to eat them all in one sitting or reasonably quickly the remaining ones will need to be stored in some kind of tin or air tight container, I promise you this is not a problem in my home as I can very happily finish these during the course of a day.

                  These biscuits look great and smell fantastic, the digestive base is golden and toasted and wonderfully crunchy which combines like a dream with the chocolate coating. Sometimes on cheaper varieties the digestive part is not as good for me and the chocolate not as luxurious so these are without doubt a winner for me and well worth the extra money.

                  If you eat one that can ever so quickly lead to a second and then a third as they are tasty and feel superb to eat. They are complimented ever so well by a mug of tea or a glass of milk and would be very well received on a plate by guests or at gatherings like coffee mornings.
                  Each biscuit contains 86 calories and 4.1g of fat so if you are trying to diet or commit to a more healthy way of living then more than a couple in a day will put a dent in your good intentions, self control with these is essential as it is very easy to just keep putting them in your mouth until they are nearly all gone or there are just a few left.

                  You can certainly buy many cheaper or more affordable versions of the milk chocolate digestive but if you desire a more quality offering and you don't mind paying a little more then these are ideal, the quality is so obvious, the golden biscuit and the thick brown chocolate leave you satisfied and really make other varieties particularly the own label supermarket brands look like the cheap alternatives they are. You expect a great biscuit because of the brand name and the cost and I certainly think you are not left disappointed.

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                  • Lego Star Wars Yoda Keyring / Lego / 46 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                    Great affordable gift for a Star Wars fan or Lego collector

                    Yoda is one of the coolest and most popular characters in the Star Wars Universe. Despite his small stature and frail appearance he can really stand up for himself as we saw in the newer prequels and is a Jedi master of great wisdom.

                    These movies were one of first if not the first to take advantage of merchandising and it has been possible ever since to buy literally anything you want pertaining to a favourite character or with the Star Wars logo on. In recent years two very powerful forces have joined up to create an irresistible combination, that being Star Wars and Lego. Although the quality is out of this world and the range and playability is amazing, Lego especially for some of the larger sets can be expensive. With this in mind if you are looking for a really good gift for someone the key chains or key rings featuring different characters are ideal and Yoda is one of them.

                    He is about an inch tall wearing his little light brown tunic with his unmistakable green skin, bulging eyes and quite large pointed ears that stick out. On the rear of his head he has a large tuft of white hair; he certainly is a very unique looking chap.

                    The age rating for these is 6+ which I couldn't work out why because unlike your normal Lego figures which come apart these seem like all the pieces such as the head and the legs are stuck to the body. On further investigation though I realised that the little tiny hands could be removed and then replaced so for a small child this could be a choking hazard and this is why the age recommendation is as such.
                    For any Lego or Star Wars fan this is a lovely item and is very affordable starting at £2.99 depending on where you choose to buy it. If you attached this to your keys it would be a really good talking point that people would notice and identify with you for liking these awesome films.

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                    • Nestle Quality Street / Chocolate / 46 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                      Good well known brand of chocolates

                      Over Christmas time at my place of employment we were overun with a couple of tins and a box of these sweets which are a very popular brand along with others like Roses and Celebrations. A real positive about these is that there really is a type of sweet in the tin that everyone will enjoy as long as they like chocolate. They are great to pass around and share and are good to eat or give as a gift at any time of year.

                      I tend to really enjoy eating the caramel and toffee sweets amongst the assortment although there are others that I like. Each sweet is wrapped individually and coloured according to the type that it is. The fudge sweet and the caramel swirl are particularly pleasant and reasonably easy to bite and chew due to being softer. Most of the sweets are a centre of one kind or another which have a Nestle chocolate coating like the Coconut Ecclair which I am not a big fan of but people who like coconut sweets wil love these.

                      The purple one is a hazelnut and caramel centre coated with chocolate which I think is tremendous especially the velvet like caramel filling and these are like the fudge and swirl not too tough on your teeth.

                      My favourites in particular are the toffee deluxe which is a very hard centre with a chocolate coating, the toffee finger which is toffee just over an inch long coated in chocolate and also the toffee penny which is a circular disc of toffee by itself a little bigger than a two pence piece. These ones are great tasting but unlike the others are tough to bite and chew and will stick to your teeth especially the finger and the penny so be careful when you eat these ones.

                      The other day I was so hungry at work that I went to our sole remaining tin of these and all that was left was the strawberry delights and the orange cremes and I decided to eat them anyway, they are quite nice, it is just that the others I mentioned previously appeal to me much more.

                      For each three sweets an estimate is that these will contain 132 calories and 5.5g of fat so eaten in moderation these are a good treat and ideal for gatherings or parties

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                        Unique chewing gum in a busy market place.

                        Normally you probably buy chewing gum because you want the minty flavour to freshen your breath after a meal or something but when I have purchased Juicy Fruit from Wrigley's in the past it has been purely due to the flavour. You will find this variety in a yellow packet and within that you receive 10 sticks for between 30 and 40 pence.

                        Unlike many chewing or bubble gums this type from Wrigley's are in traditional stick format as opposed to a small piece of gum in a slightly harder shell which you often find. These sticks are soft to chew and should really pose no problems for teeth at all. When you first start to chew one of these sticks and unleash the flavour it really is magnificent. I really enjoy the fruity flavour of these although when the taste starts to fade away I could quite easily find myself with several sticks chewed in my mouth trying to hold on to the flavour as it is really wonderful.

                        This variety of gum really does stand out from many others in the market place and has stood the test of time offering a good alternative to all the minty gums currently available. Of course you can buy products such as Hubba Bubba but this Wrigley's item probably appears more sophisticated and more aimed at an adult shopper when held up against other fruit flavoured chewing gums which are directed towards children although personally this would not stop me from eating them.

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                        • Aquafresh / Oral Care / 30 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                          Good reliable toothpaste

                          I am not especially loyal to any brand of dental/oral cleaning products but I have used Aquafresh items an awful lot through out my life mostly their toothpaste. The market is now saturated with tooth care products that claim to whiten your teeth as well as clean and protect them but I am never convinced really by these claims and think if you really want to whiten them and return them to former glories you really need an appointment with the dentist for a clean or may be even some cosmetic procedure.

                          Despite this I do like to use a branded toothpaste but one of the more basic ones and just the standard Aquafresh Fresh and Minty variety suffices for me rather than one of the types that claims to have other amazing properties. For about a pound on the Tesco website you can currently purchase a 100ml tube of this which I think is amazing value for a quality brand and it is the kind of item you often find on promtion and you can buy in bulk and put in a cupboard or cabinet to use in the future.

                          Aquafresh pastes are instantly recognisable because of the three striped appearance they have of red, white and blue. I always find it amazing that the paste can be squeezed from the tube with the three stripes in tact although as the tube starts to empty they do become less distinguishable. Apparently these three different stripes have different characteristics to aid the protection of your mouth which are healthy gums, strong teeth and fresh breath. After using this I do notice that my breath is fresh and my teeth do feel smooth and clean and I am more than happy with it.

                          The taste of the product is not unpleasant, I have used some toothpastes and the mint flavour is so overpowering and is not nice but I have not found that problem with this variety of Aquafresh and would therefore rate this highly on price and performance.

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                            Great quality product for a tremendous price

                            This Waitrose antibacterial hand wash is a really good product, for a start the label on the plastic dispenser looks very professional yet simplistic and minimal in design, I feel it really gives the impression it is cleansing and very hygienic almost looking like it would sit comfortably on a basin or a shelf in a hospital. The bottle is transparent and so you can see the hand wash which reveals to you how much is left and it is a terrific bright almost electric blue colour which makes you feel in my opinion further that it is cleansing although this is just a psychological thing with me.

                            With just a small amount of this on your hand this cuts through dirt and leaves your hands smelling fresh and clean. There is no noticeable fragrance with this brand like some hand washes it just smells like other antibacterial products but in a very pleasant way. The liquid dispenses easily with the pump until there is only a little left at the bottom and then the pump no longer functions but this is the same problem found with many hand washes and is not isolated to this product. I have noticed you can buy top up bottles of this which you can pour in to the container with the pump dispenser which saves you purchasing a new one.

                            Waitrose sometimes has the reputation of being pricey as it were and in some cases that is true but in fairness when you purchase something from their stores that costs more you do end up with very good quality items so you get what you pay for and browsing their premises is a nice experience. On their website a 250ml bottle of this is 77 pence which I think is a tremendous price, great value added to by the fact it is a Waitrose product which can in my experience be trusted implicitly.

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                              19.11.2011 14:08
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                              Radox Refresh

                              I have used several products from the Radox brand and whether that is the one of the handwashes, foam baths or shower gels they all have one thing in common which is the extremely strong and unique scents and aromas. I can never really decide if I like the scents associated with this brand and I'm sure other people feel this way but they are certainly unique and do help you to feel more alert and energised when using the gel in the shower.

                              This shower gel and shampoo is green in colour and thick and contains eucalyptus and citrus oils which I'm sure contributes to the scent. The gel lathers well on the skin and the aroma of it definitely stays and lingers on your body even after drying. I have used it to wash my hair and although it is fine ideally I would also use a brand known for specifically dealing with hair when I had some to use. The bottle is great as the lid is on the base and so when you are nearing the end the remaining gel will drain to the bottom and you do not have to shake it violently to get out the last dregs. Also there is a hook at the top so you can hang the bottle from the shower rail if you want to.

                              This is currently £1.90 on the Tesco website and it is a luxurious brand and is kind to your skin with no adverse reactions in my case. The fragrances are possibly not for everyone but some people probably love them.

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