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      24.02.2014 21:39
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      Relaxing fragrances to Aromatherapy your Wash Day!

      Bold 2 in 1 Gel

      Lavender & Chamomile

      One of my favourite Laundry products has to be Bold 2 in 1 and for a few years now my favourite fragrance is the Lavender and Camomile as I love the smell of lavender. A very long time ago I stopped using a separate conditioner due to my daughter developing an allergic reaction to it, therefore I became used to not using conditioner. As she has long since left home I cannot remember exactly when but it would have been on offer when I decided to try Bold 2 in 1 powder and these days it is mostly the gel version that I use. I do like the convenience of the gel products and they are easier to store and carry home as well as being less messy to use.



      The USP of the Bold 2 in 1 range is the claim that it will "uses Perfume Micro Capsule technology - perfume micro bubbles attach themselves to clothes fibres during the wash and these bubbles retain their contents until the garment is worn, when any light touch releases the fragrance throughout the day." (Supersavyme). The fragrance is definitely long lasting and actually I enjoy walking into my wardrobe when it contains plenty of Bold washed garments as the smell is so nice. I tend to use perfume, however, I do notice the freshness retains on my husband's cloths in the evening and the odd time I don't apply a fragrance such as at weekends when buming around, I do notice the fragrance from time to time as I move.

      In Use:

      I wash the majority of my laundry at 40 degrees and find that this Bold always gets my washing very clean and I have never had to re-wash anything when using Bold. I also often wash at 30 degrees when using the Bold for lightly soiled garments, bedding and so on and I am always happy with the results.

      Packaging/Warnings:

      The container is the upside down one version in common with most gel's on the market these days with the removable hat style "lid" doubling as a measuring cup and dispenser. Whilst the container is white on the front is a nice lavender coloured label featuring the BOLD logo. The opening end is a mauve colour and it is designed to stand top down. A major flaw with this type of container though is that as you get towards the end of the gel it becomes extremely tricky to squeeze the last few measurings out. It does help to stand the container upside down, but it often distorts as you squeeze it and I know I end up laying it on its side as it won't stand up. I found this particularly a problem with the larger sized container. The rear label features the usual advice and dosage instructions including the Irritant icon of a big black cross on an orange background and the words 'keep out of the reach of small children'. Which is obviously essential advice.

      If you have a washer dryer there is also a line about not putting the dosage cap into a dryer - so this is an important thing to note if you do use a washer dryer and set the machine to automatically go from one programme to the other.


      Sensitive Users:

      I have used Bold 2 in 1 for my grand children's clothes and my pets bedding with no adverse effects for either of these user groups.

      Fragrance:

      The fragrance of the gel is floral and fresh and there is obviously a Lavender hue to it, don't discount this version it if you are not mad on Lavender there is not a strong Lavender presence in the fragrance. This fragrance especially is lovely on bedding and of course the scent of Lavender is supposed to help get you off to sleep, whilst camomile is known for its relaxing properties, so that is probably why I love it so much on the bedding. I love the smell in the house when my washing is drying indoors and even if I run the washing machine during the day. I use the powder and tablets as well and this is definitely my favourite fragranced laundry detergent of any brand I have tried.

      Performance & Ironing:

      Ironing is easy and straightforward, I tend to often use a fragrance in my ironing water, but I find I don't need to when I use Bold Gel. Certainly the iron is easier when using the gel to the powder versions of Bold and my laundry is all nice and soft to touch.

      What about Hand Washing:

      Interestingly there is advice on the back of the pack that I had not read before that bizarrely says it is not suitable for hand washing. I do use this gel for hand washing my underwear and have not had any issues doing so. Please bear in mind though that it also advises that the product is not suitable for wool or silk.

      Price & Availability:

      I have seen this in all the supermarkets I use, which is pretty much all the supermarkets. Excluding Aldi and Lidl who tend not to stock run of the mill items, selling their own alternatives isntead. Usual price is around £6.50 but can often be found on offer somewhere at around £4.00 or 3 for 2.


      Conclusion:

      I love Bold 2 in 1 products and it is one of the laundry products I look out for on offer, I do not hesitate to recommend it as a superior laundry product that seems to live up to the claims.

      Stars 5/5

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      22.07.2013 14:51
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      clean clothes all day long!

      Just recentely I have moved in with my girl. Both of us like to have nice clean clothes and to have them smelling nice and fresh. I have taken charge of the washing as if I don't my white clothes come out grey lol!
      I've tried and tested various brands over the years.

      Packaging~

      Comes in a oval shaped white plastic container with a pocture of lavender on the front. The bold logo can be see in orange letters. Bold is a 2 in 1 washing detergent and fabric conditioner. It is made by a very well known company called 'Procter and Gamble uk' they make a wide variety of products apart from this one. There is a lid at the top that you remove that has a see through measurer on it. It holds 46ml of liquidm
      Use the guide for the ammount of liquid you will need, the guide is as follows, soft water areas 25m for light stains or 46 ml tough stains. Hard water 46 ml for light stains or the same for heavy stains.

      Verdict~

      I usually use daz or surf as I'm usually a creature of habit.
      However whilst doing the usual weekly shop in my local iceland store, I saw this was on offer. I snapped it up as it was only £3.00 and you get sixteen washes out of it.
      I aam so pleased with this product. It doesn't not only make your clothes clean but makes them smell devine too. The liquid is a lavender colour and doesn't have a thin consistancy at all nor is too thick. It has a strong lavender smell with notes of camomile.
      It is that good that tough stains such as grass came out on a 40 degree wash.

      A thumbs up from me.
      Available from all good supermarkets for around £3.00

      This review is also posted on ciao under this same user name.

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      14.03.2013 23:18
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      A decent clothes washing gel

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      Bold 2 in 1 gel, lavender and camomile flavour is my mum's favourite choice of Bold gels. I have to admit, that it is not my first choice, however on occasion when we have run out of all other gels, I resort to using to using this one. The reason for my dislike of this gel is simply that I am not a fan of lavender.


      The gel comes packaged in a plastic container with a purple flip-top lid and cup or boat for measuring the liquid and then placing in the washing machine. Like the other Bold gels, this is a thick liquid, but this one is purple in colour like lavender. The scent of the lavender can only be smelt when the lid is open, and unlike the crystal rain scent, the smell does not come off on my hand when I touch the bottle.


      For a full load I put in a full boat/cup. The lavender scent is the stronger scent, but I think the camomile helps to tone the lavender scent down a few notches. The lavender smell is still strong, and is a fairly herbal smell; it is sweet with an almost bitter twist. Once the wash is over, the lavender smell is even stronger; I can smell it even before I open the washing machine. Upon taking out the clothes, I can only smell the lavender, no chamomile. The gel does wash well, much like the other Bold gels. It removes new stains completely and quickly, it doesn't require a long wash, 15 minutes in the machine should do the trick. Older stains need to be soaked in order to become lighter, and there is no guarantee of the stain being removed completely.


      This is the only flavour out of the Bold collection I have tried so far, that lingers on after clothes have been removed from the dryer. The scent is not too strong at this point, but I can still smell the lavender on it...of course there is a possibility that this is psychological! Drying the clothes naturally would therefore probably ensure the scent is even stronger. The clothes still fell soft and fresh after drying in the dryer.


      Overall, there is nothing wrong with the gel. It does work well, I just don't like the lavender, I think it is too strong, and I believe it would smell better if the camomile was the stronger scent with perhaps a hint of lavender to give it a bit of a twist. I therefore award this gel three stars.


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      28.02.2013 21:15
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      Great liquid detergent

      This is a review of the Bold 2 in 1 detergent and fabric softener we have been using lately. It is Lavender and camomile fragranced and comes in a value pack bottle which offers 24 washes. You can buy this in the gel, powder or liquid tablets format but I am a big fan of detergents for washing as I find them the least messy and lightest to carry home from the supermarket.

      In use
      The pack provides a measuring cap to use in the wash which gives the right amount of detergent each time although you can pour it straight in to the drawer but I find I use more if I do this so use the cap for efficiency and to get the most from the bottle. The lid is flip top and it is really easy to squeeze this pleasing purple product out.

      My thoughts
      I am not the biggest fan of lavender so it's a bit of a surprise that I bought this product but I did so as it was the only one on special offer and I don't hate lavender enough to not use it in the wash. I was really pleasantly surprised by this, it really is a nice smelling detergent that stays on the clothes and especially bedding and blankets retain a whiff that does make you want to sniff them repeatedly! A bottle of 24 washes lasts us 3-4 weeks so it is great value and takes up little cupboard space too. The cap holds 37ml and this is ideal for areas with 'medium' water (rather than hard or soft which you can use more or less for accordingly). If you have a bigger machine than 7kg you are advised to add an extra 12 ml of product.

      Price
      This is one of the more expensive laundry gels on the market at RP £6.75 for an 888ml bottle although we bought it when it was on offer at Tesco for £4 which is much better value for money. You could argue that the fact it is a 2 in 1 product means you save money on the softener but I add a bit of fabric softener in as well just for extra results.

      Final word
      It's interesting to note that at the time I wrote this review, there were two reviews for the powder, 13 for the tabs and a whopping 24 for the gel, so I can only assume the use of laundry detergent is on the rise. As I mentioned earlier, I am a big fan of the liquid washing detergent as I just find it far easier to ship home and use. I have been really pleased with the performance of this product and will definitely buy it again, I especially like the purple colour when it squeezes out of the bottle and find I can use every drop of it due to the way the bottle squeezes it out and then stands on its head so the last of it is ready and waiting to be used.

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      01.02.2013 20:49
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      I am not brand loyal and usually buy a laundry product which is on special offer or is fairly cheap to buy at the time. This one I have bought lots of times because I love the smell of Lavender.

      The gel comes in a plastic kind of oval shaped bottle with a lid which can be used to measure the gel and to place the lid in the washing machine with the laundry. I have used the lid inside the machine and also just to measure it and pour it into my drawer compartment of my machine. Both ways work well for me. Because the bottle is fairly slim, it is very easy to get a good grip of it to pour the gel and I can hold it comfortably in my hands.

      The gel is really thick and it isn't a runny consistency, it has a very smooth and soft texture to it. It smells gorgeous and I can detect more of a Lavender fragrance than the Camomile one but both the fragrances work really well together to give a beautiful smell. If you don't like the smell of Lavender, I don't think this one may be suitable because it is quite a strong smelling gel.

      With this one being a 2 in 1 product, it means you don't have to use a fabric conditioner. I have used it with and without using a fabric conditioner and I much prefer to add just a less amount of the conditioner just to add a little extra softness to the fabrics but it isn't necessary if you don't want to use one.

      It cleans and tackles stains really well and removes food from clothing. It dissolves chocolate stains really well from my grandchildren's clothing when they have made a real mess of their clothes when they have eaten their treat at my home and slept overnight. The clothes smell really fresh too. When the fabrics are taken from the machine, I can definitely smell the gorgeous Lavender fragrance and once my fabrics have dried I can still smell the fragrance. It has lasting power on clothing and I can smell the Lavender on them when I take my clothes from my wardrobe a long time after washing them.

      It is a good one for washing bedding too and when I wash my bedding with this gel and get into bed at night I can definitely smell the fragrance on my duvet cover and pillow cases. It makes for a good nights sleep if I can smell a nice fragrance on my bedding. The Lavender one is a really nice, pleasant smell to float off to sleep at night.

      My towels smell lovely too and when I have used this gel without a fabric conditioner, I have found them to be a little fluffy but not as much as when I add a little fabric conditioner to the wash but I could get away with no using the conditioner but it is just my preference just to help fluff them a little bit more.

      It is a really nice gentle gel and works a treat for hand washing delicate fabrics in a bowl with warm water, I just pour a small amount into the bowl and leave it for half a hour or so and the fabrics are cleaned perfectly. It is also very easy to rinse from the clothing too.

      I paid just £3 for a 592ml bottle and it is available in a larger sized bottle too. The smaller bottle is designed to wash up to 16 wash loads and I think it comes pretty close to this amount of washes. I think it is a good value price at just £3 and it is extremely good quality gel.

      I have not experienced any rashes or irritations since using this gel and I have sensitive skin, it has been perfectly fine for washing my grandchildren's more delicate skins too and they have had no rashes etc.
      I really do love this gel and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a good quality gel and one which cleans and removes stains really well. I think it is affordable for most budgets and if you have a large family, the larger bottle may be one you may want to purchase. The smaller one is an adequate size for my household.

      I will keep on buying this gel because it does what it claims to do and washes well and it gives me all the results that I expect from a branded gel.

      The bottle can be recycled too after use.

      Also on Ciao under my username pinky50.

      I give this one 5 stars.
      Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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        23.10.2012 19:13
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        I would buy this again

        I normally tend to use washing powders and tablets rather than a gel but a friend told me the gel is much better to use for a quick wash and I picked this up when it was on offer.
        My large bottle is slightly changed from the picture shown, the label and lid are a different shade and have a coloured ball on the dose measurer.

        The bottle stands on it's lid and has a measuring cup on the other end which pulls off the bottle and clips back on again, there are two levels you can pour your gel to depending on how tough the stains are you want to remove.
        The gel can be used in temperatures from 15 degrees up to a 95 degree wash which is good as I like to have something which can be used on both hot and cool washes.

        The first couple of times I used this I was really impressed, I used it for a quick wash the first time I used it and noticed the lovely smell as soon as I opened the door of my washing machine. After hanging out my clothes and bringing them in I still thought the smell was nice and clean.
        The only thing I will say is that when I have used this more recently, when the flooding was around, I had to dry my clothes indoors and my husband was moaning about how strong the smell was. Even when the clothes had been taken out of the room and put away he was still saying he could taste the smell from his dinner (a real drama queen!).
        Not that I would tell him that but I do find the smell a little overpowering when I dry the clothes inside. I really like the smell when bringing them in off the washing line though so I'd defintely not let this put me off using it again.
        I found it was very good at cleaning the clothes, when I've spent a weekend in the garden it had no problem getting any grass stains or muck off my clothes which I really didn't expect. I wear old clothes to do my gardening anyway but was impressed.

        I find this gel a little expensive at full price but I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again if I saw it on offer. I think I will keep it for those good drying days in future as I can't listen to my husbands complaining any more than I have to. It is also not suitable for a wool wash so.
        Although it is a biological gel and warns that it contains an irritant I didn't find I had any itching or irritation on my skin and I find my skin can be quite sensitive so I was impressed with this.
        The bottle is 888ml and is a 24 wash bottle. It is currently £6.10 in Tesco, but on offer at only £4 in Sainsburys.
        The smaller 592ml bottle which contains enough for 16 washes is £3 in Asda.

        I would say that this is worth trying, I like it and would also like to try some of the other scents in the Bold gel range.

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        01.10.2012 18:39
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        A gorgeous laundry product

        I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to laundry products, as I've only twice tried store brands, which did not leave a fragrance on my laundry. My first choice is generally Bold Lavender and Camomile, particularly as lavender is one of my favourite scents, as I find it so relaxing and this review discusses my experience with using it.

        At this present time, my stash of Bold gels total twelve bottles, which are of two different sizes and the lavender one I'm using at the moment is 888 ml in weight and offers 24 doses. I cannot admit to any particular brand of laundry gel standing out to me on the supermarket shelf as they all tend to look the same with their sturdy plastic containers and colourful packaging. However, Bold tends to be positioned at eye level (provided you're around the same 5 foot 3 height as me), so I never have to reach too far for my bottles. The upper section of the container is slightly curved and houses the dosing cap, which is securely attached. However, I find that after squeezing the bottle for half a dozen or so washes, the cap doesn't firmly fit and tends to fall off.

        As I live in a soft water area I need to dispense 37 ml of the fairly thick consistency purple gel into the sturdy plastic dosing cup for one full load with 46 ml required for hard water areas and tough stains. The measurements are identified on the inside of the dosing cup in increments of 10 beginning with 15 ml and whilst I have no difficulty in reading them, my husband struggles, particularly as the measurements are etched in white on a white dosing cap. This would obviously pose a problem for many people and it would be much more legible if the measurements were in a dark colour. I find the bottle much easier to lift than the boxes of powder and a firm grip can be maintained whilst dispensing. The fragrance is simply stunning and whilst I would argue that the lavender aroma isn't as authentic as I would have hoped, I still find it very favourable. The gel is easily dispensed and the flip top lid, which is located on the underside of the container, is effortlessly opened and closed. However, I often find that the gel seeps out of the edges of the bottle although it could well be me being a little heavy handed with dispensing!

        The dosing cap should be placed into the washing machine drum together with the laundry although I now ensure that I wrap it inside a garment prior to placing it in the machine. The reason for this is despite having used this product for many years with no problems, over the last couple of months the cap of gel has fallen off the mound of laundry and straight onto my kitchen floor. As a consequence, I have had to clean up a slippery soapy mess on at least half a dozen occasions, which is absolutely no fun at all! I would point out that the dosing cap should not be used above 50°C and the gel is not suitable for wool or silk garments. The gel creates a mass of lather in my washing machine and I often wonder if I've used too much, but I always follow the directions for use in respect of each load.

        When removing the laundry from the machine I am able to witness the beautiful fragrance, which is fairly strong although it is considerably reduced during the drying process. Over the past few weeks I have been using my vented tumble dryer more frequently and I love to be able to nip outside and witness the delightful aroma, which I find extremely comforting and simply gorgeous. I love freshly laundered bedding, as for some reason I am able to sleep much more soundly although I don't know why! I find the lavender and chamomile aroma lingers for a few nights before it starts to disperse and it is so relaxing to be able to witness the scent on the pillow cases. The dosing cup is not suitable for use in the tumble dryer although I've forgotten to remove it on a number of occasions, but cannot speak of any problems. An issue I frequently find is that despite buttoning the duvet cover prior to washing, the cup always manages to finds its way inside, so it's somewhat of a battle to try and locate it!

        Whilst I am able to witness the fragrance on my clothes, I am only able to do so for an hour or so after dressing. However, my husband's tee-shirts tend to hold the scent for much longer as do the bath towels. Of course, one of the most important points with a laundry gel is its performance and I can state that it is highly effective at cleaning our laundry and removing stains such as grass or biro. However, my diabetic husband has to regularly check his blood sugar levels throughout the day and he will insist on wearing white tee-shirts and as a result, they frequently display tiny blood stains. Unfortunately, I would argue that Bold can remove stubborn stains and it is necessary for me to use a separate product for this purpose. Another important point for me with washing gels is softness and whilst my husband loves bath towels to resemble the texture of cardboard, which is what is achieved from drying on the line, I love soft fluffy towels and Bold delivers first class results.

        The only problem I find with the gels is that after using more than half of the bottle it tends to become misshaped, so dispensing the gel becomes a slight issue. Consequently, I have to keep squeezing the bottle to draw in air in an attempt to get it back into its former shape to enable it to effectively dispense. Unfortunately, it is impossible to dispense the entire contents of the bottle due to the fact that the remaining gel tends to get stuck at the bottom. However, I have the assurance that the gel will remain intact as I would often experience problems when using powders as the surface of the power would often become a little damp and subsequently, become a little lumpy. Despite my few grumbles, I can highly recommend Bold Lavender and Chamomile Gel and I'm not removing any stars due to the fact that it cannot remove blood stains as specifically designed products are required.

        Another downside with Bold gels is the price, but at the time of writing Tesco are selling the 592 ml bottle, which is sufficient for 24 washes for £3 and if you sign up to the website supersavvyme you can find printable coupons to obtain a £1 discount. I must admit that I've never purchased Bold at full price and will stock on when there are special offers available.

        I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.

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          01.10.2012 17:57
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          Tone it down a little and it would be great

          Despite having recently had to switch to non-bio laundry detergents, I used Bold for many years, and was particularly partial to their laundry gels. I tried most of the fragrances available at least once, and the Lavender & Camomile is one which is very memorable.

          The Bold 2 in 1 Lavender & Camomile Gel is packaged, like all laundry gels, in a white almost oval shaped bottle, with a lid which also functions as the container for putting the gel into the washing machine. The 600ml size costs around £4.50.

          The gel is easy to use, and mess-free. You squeeze it into the lid and then put it into the washing machine on top of the laundry. Being a 2 in 1 gel, you don't need to use a separate fabric conditioner. I usually do with other brands, as I find that 2 in 1 products don't fragrance my laundry, but Bold usually does.

          As far as cleaning power goes, the Bold 2 in 1 gel is as good a detergent as any. I don't find that any detergent is very good at removing marks and stains without an additional stain remover, and Bold is the same, but it makes a better attempt at it than supermarket own brands.

          I decided to try the Lavender & Camomile fragrance because I thought it sounded like a nice gentle fragrance. From the very first time, I used it, "gentle" is not a word I would use to describe it...the fragrance on laundry is very strong, and it lasts for days. When I dried my laundry on a clothes horse, especially when it was beside a warm radiator, the entire flat smelled of lavender. I was concerned that I would smell like my granny wearing clothes so strongly scented with lavender. Saying that, it is not an unpleasant scent, and there is something comforting about it - I did like using it on my woolly jumpers in winter - but it really needs to be slightly less pungent.

          Thanks to the very strong smell, Bold 2 in 1 Lavender & Camomile Gel is very memorable. Although it isn't a bad smell, the fact that it is so strong makes it unlikely I would buy it again if I were to switch back to biological detergent. I like my detergent to fragrance my laundry, but I also prefer a more delicate fragrance that means a waft of lavender scent doesn't precede me into every room I walk into.

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            27.09.2012 22:45
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            Good product with room to improve its delivery

            I purchased a bottle of Bold Gel 2-in-1 Lavender and Camomile washing detergent when it was on offer and I had a coupon taking the price per wash to just over 10p, which I thought wasn't bad. According to mysupermarket.com this product, in this size is currently selling in Asda for £4.59 or 28.7p per wash. So I did well. There is much that is pleasing about this product, but it does have some serious design flaws so won't be getting five stars from me.

            I think it's a bit of a gimmick this gel notion, really, but I must admit I was rather pleased to be purchasing this product for a change, with its innovative, curvy packaging and pleasingly chunky bottle. So much more seductive than the usual hulking, great economy boxes we have, leaking trails of powder everywhere and lasting for an age until they go all scuffed and bashed in. This gel container stays crisp and white for the duration of its usage. And it has lasted ever such a long time, because the smell is so overpowering I do not wish to use it for clothes, but restrict its use only to towels and bed linen, so that the definite smell of lavender and camomile can do its job and send me into a tranquil and restful state at appropriate times.

            The bottle promises that it will deliver 'FRESH FEELING with every touch, even after 3 WEEKS of storage'. I presume it is referring to the smell here, and can confirm that, yes, the smell does stay in for up to three weeks of storage, although it has faded a little by this time to what is to me a more acceptable level.

            It also functions efficiently and gets laundry clean. However, I have not tried it out on tough stains as those are generally caused by Baby CrazyEgg and so a non-biological detergent is charged with that particular task.

            The bottle stays clean to the end. The product comes out of a valve at the bottom of the bottle and it is too viscous to come out without the bottle being squeezed. When the squeeze stops the valve closes and cuts off the stream of gel cleanly. There are no leaks.

            As with many laundry products, a dispenser is included. This is on the top of the bottle like a type of hat. Unlike other products where the lid is the dispenser, and is generally returned to the bottle with a glazed inside so that drips appear around the top, this dispenser is put into the drum of the machine with the wash. Consequently when the wash cycle is complete, not only have you cleaned your laundry, you have also washed the detergent dispenser. It can be returned to the bottle without anguish.

            Helpfully, although the bottle is white, there is a see-through strip down the side that enable you to see how well you are doing in using up the gel. However, you can also tell when you pick it up as it gets lighter the more you use.

            The flaws in design are as follows. Firstly it has a flip top lid at the base so that, when not in use, the product can drip down rendering it immediately available when you need it. This is a good feature, but there is a considerable amount of product left in the bottle after what would seemingly be the final squeeze because the base is so wide. To make use of this you have to prise the base off, and either scooch it out with a spoon, or add water to the container, reseal it and sluice it around. This is intolerable, but there is something worse.

            I own a washer-dryer. I set it to wash at night as it is so much cheaper. The Bold Gel dispenser cannot be used in a dryer! Says it on the tub: "Don't put the dosing device in the drier!" What a design flaw! This has caused me months of agony as I relinquished the drying cycle in order to continue to wash at night, and dried on the line instead giving me towels like cardboard, that made a squeaky noise when I folded them. And then, just last night, I forgot, and the dispenser got washed AND dried. Just for half an hour! And it was as right as rain, no problem at all. Sheesh.

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              01.09.2012 20:00
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              Stock up while on offer!

              I am quite fussy when it comes to both washing detergent and fabric softener. I have extremely sensitive skin and once came up in terrible hives from a cheaper branded washing detergent, which has certainly put me off using particular brands of detergent, and has me sticking to just a few of the more well known brands, which I have tried and tested over the years. Unfortunately for me, this has left me paying a little more than some will have, over the years, for washing detergent and fabric softener, which is just something I have had to come to accept, for the sake of comfort!

              'Bold' has always been one of my trust worthy brands to use, I have never suffered any skin irritation form their products, and neither has my daughter from being a very small age, which was a big concern for me when she came along!
              I had used this particular fragrance of Lavender and Chamomile Bold various times over the years, in powder detergent form. It wasn't until my new washing machine, which I had only had for 6 weeks, decided to cause a nasty flood in my kitchen due to pipes clogged with washing powder, that I decided to look around for an alternative to powder detergent.
              I just so happened to find Bold 2in1 gel whilst it was on offer at a reduced price at my local supermarket, and thought I would give it a whirl, since the gel came with a measuring cap which you placed directly inside the washing machine drum, I thought it would be the perfect solution to avoiding a repeat performance of the blocked pipes.
              I had avoided this product in the past as it did strike me as a little more expensive than many of the alternative detergents, and if I'm honest, I found it hard to believe that such a small container would perform as many washes as it claimed to!
              As you may have guessed from the blocked pipes in my washing machine, I do like to use a fair size of detergent in my wash loads, but this is because I had always found I needed a considerable amount of powder detergent to have my washing come out smelling fresh and clean. When I tried to cut down on my amount of powder detergent, I found my washing still smelt a little stale when I got it out of the washer.
              I was extremely pleasantly surprised to find that when I used the Bold 2in1 gel, and only filled the cap provided to the measurement line as directed, My washing still came out smelling lovely and fresh! And the scent itself is really soothing, as the ingredients would suggest, it has a lovely herbal, clean scent.
              I have to say that I was wrong to question the amount of washes I would get out of this bottle, as I only had to use a small amount as directed.
              I do still tend to use a little fabric softener along with this gel, but I have always used fabric softener in conjunction with any 2in1 detergents, that is just my personal preference. But if that isn't something that you would chose to do, then you are saving on having to buy fabrics softener, on top of this product, which is another bonus.
              I actually think that this product is good value, although I know a few people consider it a little pricey, as you do get the amount of washes you are paying for, which is something I don't believe I have always recieved from other products. The product retails at an average of £4.99 for 592 ml, that is16 washes, or £7.19 for 888ml that is 24 washes. Bold 2in1 powder detergent retails at an average of £6.49 for 25 washes, so if you look at it like that you do supposedly get a little less for your money. But as I say, considering I never really did get the stated amount of washes out of the powder detergent, and considering I have had no further problems of clogged washing machine pipes since using this product, I would say it is well worth the difference in price and I will certainly continue using this product over other options.
              Another thing to consider, is that I have often found this product available at discounted prices in various, big names supermarkets and local shops, so I don't end up paying the full retail price half of the time. If you shop at Sainsburys and have a Nectar card, you also recieve money off coupons for this product from time to time as well.
              This product has definitely saved my washing machine from another leak and I have had no further problems with blocked pipes since using it, which is going to have potentially saved me extremely large amounts of money in labour costs getting it fixed again!
              You can currently buy the 24 wash size of this product at Tesco for half the normal retail price, at £3.59 it is a serious bargain! So I would say stock up now!

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              A quality laundry detergent with fabric softener

              Bold 2 in 1 Lavender and Chamomile

              Recently I was chosen to take part in the Bold 2 in 1 Rose Blush and Peony group trial on Supersavvy me. I quite liked the product but if I had to be honest I thought the scent wasn't really that strong once the clothes were washed and dried. I have since tried other smells in the same range and this Lavender and Chamomile is one I like using especially for sheets as those two essential oils are supposed to help induce sleep.

              As I opened the bottle and sniffed and was hit with a lovely real herb scent of lavender mellowed by the chamomile which I really liked. The bottle is one of those upside down ones with a measuring lid attached to the end that the detergent comes out of. The bottle is fronted with a nice lavender coloured label surrounding the BOLD name. The section where the detergent comes out is also lavender so it definitely attracts your attention.

              The 2 in 1 range combines fabric softener with detergent therefore saving you the bother of buying and storing two bottles in theory but does this do the job of two bottles? The range also comes in different formats, from gels and liquitabs to powders and tablets. The one I am reviewing is the gel or liquid in the Lavender and Chamomile scent. The range also has different scents beside the one I am reviewing it comes in 'Crystal rain & White Lily', 'Rose and Peony', 'Sparkling Pomegranate & Orange Blossom', ' White Diamond & Lotus Flower', 'Ruby Jasmine and finally this one 'Lavender and Chamomile'.

              The prices of these according to the recommended retail price are
              Powder -25 wash £6.09
              Liquitabs - 20 wash £5.89
              Tablets - 20 wash £4.89
              Gel 18 - wash £4.59 and 25 wash £6.19

              I find this is quite expensive even considering that there are two products in one. Even with a voucher for £1 off it is still quite a lot more than Tesco own brand and about the same as similar products like Surf and Ariel. However I very rarely buy this product unless it is on special offer and quite often they do reduce it to a more reasonable price and then I grab a couple.

              The benefits are meant to be a good quality detergent with the addition of fabric softener. The scent comes from Bold's special micro capsule technology which is meant to make the scent last longer in your clothes once dry.

              The manufacturer suggests that if you rub your clothes or ' give someone a big hug' then the scent on your clothes will be released. I have to say I haven't been overwhelmed with this aspect of the product in any way. The freshness 'bubbles' that are meant to infuse my clothes seem to be hiding rather deeply.
              I have used the bottle of detergent in several washes, hot, cold and warm. I have dried clothes outside on the line and inside around the house. When dried outside the clothes smelled a lot better but they always do I find. Usually if I dry clothes inside the house my house smells of nice fresh washing and I do find this one smells good when the washing is drying in front of the fire.

              I am reasonably happy with the product but I do find if I want really soft towels and such like then I have to add a separate fabric conditioner and that way the clothes are really soft and smell fresh after they have dried. I also find that my clothes are not as soft using just this detergent as when I use a separate conditioner. I think that one product just isn't enough to make the scent last.

              Does it clean your clothes? Well, yes I think so. I don't have any badly stained clothes as I only wash for my husband and I and neither of us do anything very dirty. My granddaughter's clothes sometimes get washed when she has been over here and they seem to come out pretty clean but she isn't a very grubby eater. So to be honest I haven't given it a stain test but it does clean all my holiday clothes when we arrive back from our trips with cases full of dirty washing that has been left for sometime dirty. T he clothes came out smelling clean but not amazingly scented if I am being totally honest.

              I do find that my clothes smell better if I take them out as soon as my machine allows me to open the door. I set my washing machine on a timer to use night rate electricity and try to make it finish as late as possible so they don't sit in the washer too long. I also find that if clothes take too long to dry because of the weather I actually have to wash them again as they smell musty and foul.

              I always store my knickers, T shirts and other clothes in drawers with Lush stuff and that makes them smell nice. Those hanging in the wardrobe I try to give a bit of space between to keep them smelling fresh and clean. The manufactures of the product suggest that you should store clothes on slatted shelves and use baking soda in the bottom of the wardrobe to absorb any unpleasant odours. I tend to rely on the fact that my clothes are clean and if I put them away clean they should stay smelling nice and clean.

              THE BOTTLE
              One thing I find with these bottles is that once you get near the end of the bottle it is VERY hard to squeeze it to get the stuff out. The smaller size is not so hard but if you have the larger size I can barely get my hands round it and I don't have the strength to squeeze any detergent out. I had to get my husband to squeeze the last few goes out of my bottle. I am not a weakling by any means so i am not sure how anyone with stiff joints or weak hands work cope. I would think the liquitabs would be a better option rather than these bottles of gel.

              WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
              Well I have mixed feelings. It is a lovely scented product but in my humble view the scent doesn't linger in the clothes once they are out of the machine and dry. I also think that the softening properties are not as good as when I use even a cheapie separate fabric softener. I also think it is very expensive unless on special offer. If I see it on offer I will buy it as it is a good detergent but I find I get better results if I add extra softener which I shouldn't have to. I certainly wouldn't reject another detergent on offer in favour of this as I feel it is as good but not anything special. I have got just as good results from the Tesco one which is about half the price and then used fabric softener with that one.

              This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
              ©Catsholiday

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                10.12.2011 19:35

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                Nice but not worth the price

                Bold 2 in 1 gel with lavender and camomil is nice but expensive, more so than the other ranges on the market at the moment I think. Im my opinion it works really very well and removing stains at low temperatures and does leave a pleasant smell to the freshly washed clothes but I / we find this is too expensive to use regularly as it was cost us a fortune as we do a lot of washing in our house. It's good when it's on offer at the supermarket shops but at £4.50 ffor 667ml or £7.00 for the bigger bottle it's a lot to pay.

                As I said, it does the job at removing stubborn stains like Ketchup and tomato based foods and you don't need to add an extra stain remover but it's not worth the price tag I think.

                It's very concentrated too I find so not a lot is needed to get the clothes nice and clean and it smells very very strong when you open the bottle to pour it into its little dispenser. The smell of lavender and cammoile stays on the laundry for days and days after the clothes have been washed and it's got a clean fresh smell thats not too sickly sweet.

                Made by Proctor & Gamble (who else?) and its all held together in a sturdy plastic bottle and not one of those nasty cardboard boxes. Okay if you want to treat yourself but far too dear for everyday folk I think and those of us who's not got much money

                Review also posted on Ciao as sorehead

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                Recommended.

                I have been using Bold 2 in 1 Gel Lavender and Camomile on my families laundry for the past six months and over that time I have become a loyal fan. The reason that I first bought it was because it was on offer in Tesco and so I thought it was worth giving it a go.

                The gel comes in a big, round plastic container which has a screw top lid. There are two sizes to chose from, and I opt for the bigger size which has 925 mls of the detergent in it. The larger 925 ml bottle is enough for about 30 washes and so lasts my family about two weeks. This larger bottle costs £7.00 and so that works out as about 23p per wash cycle.....which I think sounds very reasonable for a popular branded detergent. There are cheaper options, for example if you buy the supermarkets own brand, but this really is still good on my purse.
                With the container comes a measuring cup so that you can accurately measure out the gel and therefore not waste any unnecessarily. This measuring cup also doubles up as the container that the gel sits in when it goes into the washing machine.

                The gel is lilac in colour and, unsurprisingly, is quite thick and gelatanous. However, it does pour easily into the plastic cup. The smell is quite strong when it's in its liquid form and, although I can smell the camomile, it is the lavender that is particularly evident. It's a very pleasant aroma and it smells clean and fresh - and reminds me of sitting in a field on a English summery day.
                To use the gel, you simply fill the measuring cup and then put the measuring cup inside the drum of the washing machine. And then you run the wash cycle of your choice.

                The Bold 2in1 Gel Lavender & Camomile detergent does wash clothes very well and will remove most stains without any problem. I have 3 kids, including a very grubby two year old, and the laundry comes out looking clean and fresh. What is very evident is the gorgeous aroma that is on the clothes - which is again principally of lavender. Although its a strong smell, it's not overwhelming and you don't walk around smelling like a giant lavender bush! The aroma does stay evident for up to about 24 hours (although the bottle only guarantees 12 hours).
                I do have very sensitive skin and I haven't had any negative or ill-effects from using this detergent which is a real bonus because some other detergents (i.e. Ariel) always bring me out in a rash.

                Overall, I really do think that this is one of the better detergents on the market. It does clean well....but then I find most branded detergents clean well.....but for me its the aroma that is the real winner. I will continue to use it.

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                05.07.2011 19:29
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                A nice washing gel

                I was looking to buy some new washing detergent a couple of weeks ago in my local Tesco when I spotted that Bold 2 in 1 Gel was on offer, I always like to try and buy whatever is on offer so I decided to give it a go, plus Bold is a brand that I don't really use much so I was keen to see how it compared to other brands I had tried in the past. I was too sure about the fragrance that was on offer but decided to go for it anyway.

                Packaging
                The Bold 2 in 1 washing detergent comes in a white almost round plastic bottle, the bottom of the bottle which also doubles up as the lid is flat so that the bottle stands up. The lid is made from a lilac coloured plastic and has a small flat in the middle of it which clicks open and shut. The front of the bottle has a round label stuck to the front of it, this has a circle in the middle of it half of which is dark blue and the other half which is lilac I assume this is to demonstrate the idea of the detergent being 2 in 1. Written across this circle in the middle of the label are the words "2 in 1 Bold Gel" the words 2 in 1 and gel are written in dark blue whilst the brand of the detergent "Bold" is written in larger bright orange letters making it really stand out. Right at the top of the label in a small area which is sectioned off and coloured dark blue is a statement about the detergent saying "12 hours of wear clean and fresh feeling" this is all written in white lettering to make it really stand out, certain words are also written in a larger font compared to the others. Going down one edge of the label are a series of small purple flowers and down the other side a small white flowers, I am guessing these are to illustrate the fragrance of the detergent which is Lavender and Camomile, this is written right at the bottom of the label in white writing. There is not really much other information on the front of the bottle, other than a small symbol to demonstrate that you can get 18 loads out of this one bottle. The back of the bottle also has a round paper label stuck to it, this contains instructions of how to use the product along with various warning and precautions as well. These are all written in dark blue writing making them easy to read, also the washing instructions are all demonstrated with illustrations. Attached to the top of the bottle is a small measuring cup, this is used to squeeze the gel into and then place inside your washing machine with the actual clothes.

                The Gel
                I wasn't sure exactly what to expect when I brought this product, I thought it was going to be of quite a thick consistency but the question was how thick and was it going to work as well as the liquid detergents. I squeezed some of the product into the measuring cup and discovered that the product inside was a reasonably thick pale purple gel. As soon as I squeezed the gel into the cup I could instantly smell the lavender fragrance of the product, however the camomile was less noticeable, it was definitely the lavender that was the dominant smell. I did wonder whether the lavender and camomile combination might be a bit strong and overpowering but I was pleased to discover that the fragrance also quite strong was not overpowering and was very fresh so I was sure it was going to leave my washing smelling clean and fresh.

                Washing Instructions
                Using the Bold 2 in 1 Gel is very easy you simply remove the cap from the top of the bottle, then squeeze the gel into the measuring cup until full, or nearly full depending on how much you wish to use, the measuring cup sit inside much larger cup so if you overflow the centre piece it will not go over the floor. Once full you place the whole thing with the washing inside the machine and turn it on as normal. The instructions on the back of the bottle states that you should not put the gel in the draw, although recently I have been as my measuring cup seems to have disappeared.

                Warnings
                This product comes with a list of warning and precautions to take when using Bold 2 in 1 Gel, however these are standard for this type of product, and include
                *Keep out of reach of children
                *Avoid contact with eyes
                *If the product comes into contact with eyes rinse immediately and seek medical advise
                *If swallowed seek medical advise immediately taking the product label with you
                *Rinse and dry hands after use
                *Avoid prolonged contact with the product if you have sensitive or damaged skin
                *Contains Hexyl Salicylate - may cause an allergic reaction

                Price
                I purchased my bottle of Bold 2 in 1 Lavender and Camomile Gel from my local Tesco and it cost me about £2.00 for a 667ml bottle, at full price this sized bottle should be £4.50. Personally I feel this is quite good value because although the instructions suggest you use a full cap per load I have found that I can get away with using slightly less when doing small loads meaning that the bottle lasts me longer. I was pleased to see that it was on offer when I purchased it, however I would be willing to buy it at full price as it has proved to be very long lasting, the clear swirl along the side of the bottle lets me see how much I have used.

                My Opinion
                Overall I would definitely recommend Bold 2 in 1 Lavender and Camomile Gel, it is extremely long lasting from what I have seen so far making it well worth the money. After I have used the product my washing smells lovely and fresh and I can instantly smell the lavender fragrance on it when I remove the washing from the machine. With some products I have used in the past the fragrance of the detergent/ fabric conditioner has faded very quickly especially after the washing has dried, however with this product my washing still has that fresh Lavender fragrance long after the washing has dried. Obviously the main thing is whether it cleans well or not, and so far I have to say I have no complaints at all, my washing comes out extremely clean and it even works well on tough stains. This is an ideal product for the whole family, although I wouldn't recommend it if you do not like the fragrance of lavender, but for us it is an ideal product. If I had to say one disadvantage it would be that it is not ideal to use in the machine draw, although the bottle does suggest you do not do this, however I cannot find the measuring cup and have been using it in this way, if I use a bit too much of the product it does not always all rinse out of the draw, however this is my fault for loosing the cup and would not stop me using the product or recommending it.

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                  19.04.2011 17:16
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                  A nice and effective washing detergent with added conditioner.

                  There are very few things that I would deem as "essential luxuries" this days, as (with many others out there) I have found myself increasingly questioning everything I buy, usually going for the cheaper branded option too, but one thing that I don't like stinting on is my washing detergents and conditioners, I may look like a hobo, but at least I smell good!

                  The product I will now review is - "Bold - 2in1 gel - lavender and chamomile".

                  The initial reason for buying this particular brand and scent was the fact it was "buy one get one free" and the first was being sold for the low price of £4.00, which really can't be sniffed at, can it!

                  This particular scent is coloured with a lovely lilac coloured label, complete with swirl of chamomile flowers, on which all the obligatory information is featured.

                  This particular detergent is a "2in1" product, which means detergent and conditioner combined, though I am ashamed to admit that I also use extra conditioner too!

                  This particular bottle contains enough for 28 washes, though this is negligible due to how much you may or may not use per cycle, with full dosing instructions found on the back of the bottle, I do always use a smidge less than recommended and have found this does make this last a good deal longer, but with no detriment to my washing and it's cleanliness.

                  This is used by measuring the required amount into the dosing cap that fits to the top of the bottle, then placed inside the rum with the actual washing before it starts, this not only gets the detergent at full strength in with the washing from the start, but also stops the build up of scum in the draw itself, though the conditioner still has to go into the draw itself.

                  Once my clothes had been washed in this I found that it had no difficulty in washing away any muck accumulated throughout the day, ie dinner and supper, especially my kids clothes!

                  It did struggle with grease spots, but I found that if I repeatedly washed them, say three times it almost completely rid the grease from the clothes.

                  The scent that was left on the washing smelt really lovely. I like the smell of lavender (in small doses) but wouldn't consider myself as a die hard fan, but the fact this contained the scent of chamomile too made this a lovely floral, almost herbal scent, which not only was detectable when the clothes had first been washed, but also after drying, leaving a lovely fresh scent to my laundry and sheets.

                  Though this is quite a heavily scented product it didn't affect my husbands or even my children's skin like some products can, though this is a personal thing as there are actual warnings on the back of the bottle stating this shouldn't be used for people with sensitive or damaged skin.

                  This is suitable for washes starting from 15 degree C through to 95 degree C, but is not suitable for use on wool or silk items or the wool cycle.

                  I really regret not bulk buying this when I had the opportunity, I suppose I was worried that I wouldn't like the lavender scent if it was too strong, though after shopping the other day and seeing the smaller versions of this on offer for £4.00 a bottle I have certainly learned my lesson for the next time I see a bargain! Recommended!

                  For more information visit - www.bold2in1.co.uk

                  Thanks for reading x

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