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Having a healthy mouth is important as it can help to give you confidence (with the perfect smile), and it prevents lots of pain from cavities and sore gums etc. There are several methods of maintaining a healthy mouth including brushing your teeth, using dental floss and using mouthwash. I brush and floss my teeth twice a day and I have only needed fillings on my adult teeth once. I personally didn't use mouthwash very often because most mouthwashes contain alcohol which stings when you use it. I also find that mouthwashes with alcohol in them are a chore to use. But recently I discovered 'Dentyl pH', which contains no alcohol and is a pleasure to use.
As horrible as this sounds, your mouth contains lots of bacteria (which is perfectly normal by the way). These bacteria stick to your teeth and create a 'bacterial biofilm' otherwise known as plaque. A young plaque (has been on your teeth for about 1 day) is not very harmful to your teeth, but an older plaque (over 1 day old) can cause problems which will require a trip to the dentist. It is for this reason that we remove this plaque a few times a day by brushing, flossing and using mouthwash.
There are currently 6 'Dentyl pH' mouthwashes on offer and these are: ultra cleanse, smooth mint, refreshing clove, minty citrus splash, icy-fresh mint and icy-fresh cherry. 'Ultra cleanse' is a new product which contains bicarbonate of soda for a long lasting deep clean sensation. 'Icy-fresh mint' and 'icy-fresh cherry' are formulated with Zabactyl and Menthol for even longer-lasting fresh breath (the other 4 products do not contain this).
The 'Dentyl pH' bottle is made of clear plastic and is rectangular in shape. There is a screw on lid which also acts as a measurer for the mouthwash. There are labels on the front and back of the bottle which tell you information about the product, and directions for use. The mouthwash itself is very bold in colouration (depending on which flavour you get). I had the 'icy-fresh mint' which comes in a very fetching two-tone blue. The mouthwash comes in two layers with one layer (dark blue) sitting on top of the other (light blue). Good news about this product is that it is made in the UK.
In terms of price a 500ml bottle will set you back about £4 depending on where you buy it from. This is quite expensive but is about on par with other 500ml bottles of mouthwash such as 'Listerine'. Personally I would never buy it at this price as I simply don't think that it is worth it. Instead I wait until it is half price or by one get one free in Sainsbury's - then I buy a few bottles to stock up (there is no use-by date for an unopened bottle).
To use the mouthwash you simply shake the bottle (preferably with the lid on!) which mixes the two layers of mouthwash. Then you fill the cap 1/3 full, rinse it around your mouth and gargle for 30 seconds (I usually choke whilst gargling and spit it everywhere - doh!). When you spit the mouthwash out you will notice that there are 'coloured bits' in the sink. This is bacteria and bits of food that have been removed by the mouthwash. Some people find this disgusting, but I find it interesting. These 'coloured bits' are then easily washed down the plug hole with tap water.
When I first tried it I was expecting a very strong disgusting taste like all of the other mouthwashes I have tried, but I was pleasantly surprised. In terms of taste I have only tried the 'smooth mint' and 'icy-fresh mint', but they both taste very nice - not too strong. I do prefer the 'icy-fresh mint' over the 'smooth mint' however. Some of my friends have also reported that the other flavours are very nice too. After using the mouthwash my teeth and mouth feel very clean and my breath stays fresh for a lot longer than If I hadn't of used it.
In summary if you want a mouthwash which doesn't burn then give 'Dentyl pH' a try. I give it 4 stars - it would of been 5 stars if it was cheaper.
This review is based on my own knowledge which I have gained during my 3 years at Lancaster University (2007 - 2009). I've tried to make the review flow as much as possible, but this is difficult due to the large number of overlapping topics.
Life altering decisions are difficult to make. There's no doubt about it. Deciding which universities to apply to is one of those difficult decisions. You're half way through you're A-levels and on top of all of the usual stresses such as coursework and exams your asked to start planning the next 3 years of your life - madness! Biology was my favourite subject so I thought that it would be wise to do a degree in 'Biological Sciences'. I stupidly didn't put much thought into which universities I applied to, I just picked the ones which sounded interesting and hoped for the best. Then it was just a matter of applying to those universities and waiting for the offers to roll in. I got rejected from Durham and Bristol, but got conditional offers (whereby you need to get certain grades) from York, Sheffield and Lancaster. I decided that the grades required to get into York were too difficult for me to achieve, so that left me with Sheffield and Lancaster.
I went to open days for both Sheffield and Lancaster, looking around the cities, the accommodation, and the Biology departments. Sheffield looked ok, nothing special, but ok. The accommodation looked old, and all of the departments were spaced around the city as opposed to being all together. Lancaster on the other hand looked fantastic; from the accommodation to the biology department I thought that it looked brilliant. Lancaster is a campus university, meaning that the university accommodation and departments are separate from the city itself, and all close together. However Sheffield was just above Lancaster in the league tables for biology at the time, and lots of my school friends were applying to Sheffield so I thought that I would put Sheffield as my first choice and Lancaster as my reserve choice.
My exams came and went, and soon it was results day. I was horrified to discover that I didn't meet the criteria for either Sheffield or Lancaster. Upon phoning Sheffield I was told that my grades were not good enough, so I was pretty upset. I pulled myself together and phoned Lancaster, and they said that I had a place! I wasn't particularly happy as it wasn't my first choice......that is, until I started receiving information packs from the university.
**About Lancaster University**
Lancaster University is set atop a large hill just outside of Lancaster city itself, and is surrounded on all sides by picturesque landscape. It is a campus university with all of the universities facilities together in one small 'university village'. Central to the university is 'Alexandra Square' which links most of the University together. Lancaster University operates a collegiate system with 8 colleges; Fylde, Country, Furness, Pendle, Lonsdale, Grizedale, Bowland, and Cartmel. There is also the Graduate or 'Grad' college.
Choosing one of the 8 colleges is one of the first things that you do when you know that you definitely have a place at the university. In the welcome pack there are a few pages dedicated to each college trying to sell themselves to you. Choosing a college is not an easy choice, but I would advise you to join the one which appeals to you the most. You apply for 2 colleges, so that if all of the places are taken up for your first choice, you have your second choice to fall back on. I chose Fylde, which has the reputation of being the sporty college. I myself do not really play any sports, but I chose Fylde due to the accommodation, and the way that it sold itself in the welcome pack. During 'Fresher's week' you are encouraged to support your college and after a while you get pretty patriotic towards it. Each of the colleges has a different location, accommodation, and its own unique bar (Fylde's has just been renovated). Some colleges are also bigger than others.
So you've done it, you've left home and your off to university. But what do you do when you arrive? When you arrive you will be directed to you college office where you will be given your room keys and a very friendly student guide will take you to your room. Your guide will show you around your flat and encourage you to unpack. Once you have unpacked (or during the unpacking process) you start to meet your flatmates. This will no doubt be a strange time as you feel that you want to make a good impression, but find it difficult to be yourself as your parents are still there. After a while the parents will leave and then you are left to your own devices.....that is until your 'fresher's reps' arrive.
Fresher's Reps are 2nd year students (or above) who will be with your flat every night of fresher's week. They will encourage you to meet people and have a good time. The fresher's reps that I had were fantastic and really helped me to feel at home. In fresher's week there are lots of big nights in the college bars, and in town. My fresher's week was one of the most fun weeks of my life. Don't worry if you don't drink much or are tea total, you will still enjoy yourself immensely. Many of the people that I met in my fresher's week are still my close friends after 3 years of University.
In your second year you are given the opportunity to become a fresher's rep. I was a fresher's rep and enjoyed it immensely. It gave me the opportunity to meet more people and give my fresher s as good an experience as I had during my own fresher s week.
Fresher's week is not only about drinking and having fun however. It gives you the opportunity to learn your way around campus, enrolee for your course, visit Lancaster City itself and familiarise yourself with your surroundings. There is also a 'fresher's fair'. There Fresher's fair is where you sign up to university clubs and societies (see later). There are loads of freebee's given away and the whole thing is great fun.
**Accommodation - on campus**
Lancaster University has some of the most up to date accommodation of any university within the UK. Almost every college now has some brand new accommodation (and some also have some older accommodation too). 1st year students are guaranteed a place on campus, as second and 3rd year students are encouraged to live in town. When I came to Lancaster in 2007 I moved into brand new en suite accommodation. The buildings from the outside look beautiful and modern, and this theme continues inside. Upon walking through the door you are greeted with the choice of either a lift or stairs (I lived on the top floor, but only used the lift when I had heavy shopping or was too drunk to take the stairs :P). There are 2 flats on each floor. Each flat has 8 en-suite rooms and a large shared kitchen. In the kitchen there are 2 fridges, 2 freezers, 2 cookers, 2 sinks, a microwave, a toaster, a large table with 8 chairs, a large cupboard, 16 small cupboards, 8 drawers and a bin. As you can probably imagine the kitchens were pretty big (big enough for parties!) and everyone has ample storage space. Also, everything in the kitchen is good quality and modern.
The rooms are modern and quite large, and when you first step into the room ideas run through your head of how you can make the room 'yours'. The rooms contain a single bed (with lots of storage space within), a medium sized wardrobe, a desk with broadband access, a large double window and an en-suite bathroom (toilet, shower, sink and mirror). Even with all of your belongings in the room still has quite a lot of storage space. The rooms are also very quiet. You can't hear anything above or below you because the floors are very thick.
There are only 2 niggles that I have about the accommodation. The 1st is the fact that there are no washing machines. Instead you have to take your washing down to the few washing rooms on campus. This can be difficult if you, like me, leave doing your washing until you have no clothes left, and end up taking all of the clothes that you own down in one go. The 2nd is the price. My room in my first year cost me £90 per week, and this has gone up every year.
Most students decide to live off campus in their second year as it is cheaper, and offers a different experience to living on campus.
**Accommodation - off campus**
There are lots of different places to choose from when choosing where to live off campus. Most people opt to rent out houses owned either privately or by the university. These cost between £40 and £60 per week depending on how grand the house is, but don't forget that you may have to pay bills on top of that. I have found that private houses give you a far better house for your money than university owned houses (owned by Lancaster University Students Union - LUSU). So try to avoid LUSU housing.
Another option is 'Chancellors Warf' which is located towards the top end of the city centre overlooking the canal. This is also university owned. I had considered this accommodation for my second year, but upon looking around it all reminded me of an army barracks, so I decided against it.
I was lucky enough to stumble across some accommodation called 'Cable Street'. This is privately owned student Accommodation which has won the 'Student Friendly Business' awards several times. From the outside the accommodation looks beautiful, but on the inside it varies. Each flat is unique and in my first year we were late to market and so got one of the smallest, worst flats that they had. But in my 3rd year I changed flats to something which was much nicer. Generally flats vary in size between 3 - 6 rooms per flat. Most of the rooms have double beds and most flats have a lounge as well as a kitchen (separate or as a kitchen diner). The price of the accommodation is about £70 plus £150 per year for bills. This may sound like a lot, but you get a lot for your money. Firstly you are literally a 2 minute walk away from Sainsbury's and Somerfield, so you can get all of the offers which save you a lot of money over the course of a year. Also you are about 5 minutes walk away from the city centre. Secondly you get the summer free - on campus you have to leave by around the 1st of July (I think), whereas at Cable Street you can stay until September - free of charge. Then there is the office. In the office you can print (in colour) and photocopy for free. They will also bind your dissertation for free. There are cans and bottles of chilled drink that are also free along with sweets biscuits, cake and other goodies that you can help yourself to while you wait in the office. The office staff are also very friendly and helpful. The office organises free parties (around 3 a year) whereby you are taken to a club and given free entry and free drinks all night (:D). There are also other benefits from living in Cable Street such as discounts at bars and coffee shops. There is a handyman on site that will deal with any problems that you may have. You want some more shelves? Just ask him and he'll put some up for you. You want a chin up bar installed on your doorframe? He'll do it! To top it all off the owner has just had 'medieval stocks' installed outside the office as a voluntary punishment to people who are rowdy and cause disruption (throw eggs and tomatoes at them etc.). As you can see, Cable Street is a fantastic place to live!
Remember though that when living off campus you have to get the bus into University every day (about a 30 minute journey), and you'll have to pay £180 for a 3 term bus pass. Although to be honest it's probably cheaper to get a 2 term bus pass, as you probably won't go on campus that often in your 3rd term.
I enjoyed both living on and off campus, but I find that meeting new people is easier on campus.
**Anything else to know about campus**
Just a quick word about the shops and facilities on campus. There is a 'Spar' and a 'Central' which sell basic groceries and are very expensive when compared to Sainsbury's. The range of products in these shops are quite limited, but it is certainly possible to get everything you need from there. Most people opt to go to Sainsbury's, and there is a free bus service to Sainsbury's on a Wednesday. This is good, but walking from the bus stop to your room with 2 weeks worth of shopping is difficult.
There is a large library on campus where you can borrow all of the books and journals that you will need for your studies. The library is also very quiet so can be used to revise for exams. Next to the library is a 'Waterstones' where you can buy academic and general reading books, as well as stationary.
If you want to buy lunch on campus there are several places that you could visit. There is a 'Greggs', a 'Wibbly Wobbly's' (burger bar), and numerous café's, pizza parlours, fast food restaurants etc. There are also collage café's within the college bars.
The sports centre on campus has a range of facilities such as a swimming pool, tennis courts, netball pitches, football pitches, a weights room, a fitness room, a female weights room, squash courts and a large hall. The sports centre also has classes that it puts on such as circuit training (excellent fitness), aerobics, bums and tums, boxercise etc. the sports centre costs about £120 for a full membership or about £30 for a half membership (you pay every time but at half the normal price). I had a half membership which suited my needs. The number of people I know who bought the full membership only to use it once or twice is crazy - so think carefully about whether it is for you.
Around the campus are lots of huge fields which are ideal for BBQ's in the summer, and a duck pond which is ideal for relaxing. The duck pond is currently being extended. Around the duck pond are numerous species of ducks, geese, rabbits, chickens, and other water foul and pond life.
Even though Lancaster is quite a small city, it has some of the best nightlife that I have ever seen. In addition to the college bars are the pubs and nightclubs in town. The main clubs are:
- Sugarhouse - good on a Friday or Saturday night. Decent music, good prices, newly renovated.
- The Carlton - only on a Wednesday, it's actually in Morecombe, cheesy music, cheap drinks, and the perfect place to go in fancy dress.
- Elements - best on Mondays, cheap drinks, lasers
- Revolution - good music, good atmosphere, expensive drinks
- Hussle - cheap cocktails, very small, can be fun but smells like feet :S
- Cuba - cheap drinks, crowded, awful DJ - I hate it but many people like it.
- Toast - poor DJ, poor atmosphere, and the worst club in Lancaster in my opinion.
There are also plenty of pubs and bars. For example Wetherspoons (there are 2 of them), fibber McGee's, Mint (excellent cocktails), The Friary, The White Cross, The Water Witch and many more.
The city is very friendly towards students and there are a lot of student offers and student nights.
**The City Itself **
Lancaster is not a big city, but I feel that it has everything that you could want.
Shops include: Sainsbury's, Somerfield, Farm Foods, Marks and Spencer, Home Bargains, Game station, Game, Boots, Body Care, Wilkinson's, HMV, WH Smiths, Poundland, Waterstones, Thornton's, The Body Shop, Ann summers, BHS, Next, Burtons, Top man, Accessorise, River Island, Officers, The Early Learning Centre,, Holland and Barrettes, KFC, McDonalds and many more.
There are also a lot of good restaurants such as: Verdes, Bella Italia, Pizza Margarita, quite simply French, Marco's, Crowes, and many more.
Lancaster also has a castle which is currently used as a prison. I would recommend going on one of the castle tours as it is very interesting and well worth the money. Next to the castle is an old church and also a roman bathes (which hardly anyone knows about).
**Places around Lancaster**
If you get bored of Lancaster, and you fancy a change then you can visit the Blackpool pleasure beach, which is great fun. You could also go hiking or camping in the Lake District. Then there is Morecombe bay. It a nice place to go for a walk, or if the weather is good then it's a nice place for a BBQ. Also if you want to do some serious shopping you could go to Preston, or to Manchester.
All of these places are a short train journey away.
At Lancaster University you can do a major subject and 2 minor subjects. I chose to do more modules in my major rather than doing a minor, as I felt that it would benefit me more than doing an unrelated subject. As I previously mentioned I did a degree in biological sciences. Biology is one of the subjects which gives out 'subject awards'. A 'subject award' is a payment of £1000 per year. This really helped me towards my living costs. The biology department is excellent with lots of teaching facilities, labs etc. The lecturers and staff are also excellent. The lectures are interesting and are delivered in an interesting way.
For biology there is a big workload, but that's to be expected. The workload increases in the 2nd and 3rd year, but not to such an extent that it gets overwhelming. In the 1st year I missed lots of lectures due to being to hungover to go. Also the 1st year just seemed to add to what I knew from A-level biology and did not introduce much new content. Missing lectures in the 2nd and 3rd year is ill advised as the 2nd and 3rd year count towards your degree classification. You also go into far more detail about specific topics, and it is imperative that you attend the lectures. You have your exams shortly after Easter. The exam period is very stressful, but there are support networks in place if you are struggling.
From my friends I have found that the universities other departments are also excellent. I do not know enough about them however to go into any detail.
A point to note about University is plagiarism. At A-level for a piece of coursework you could just copy entire paragraphs out of a book and no-one would bat an eyelid. At university you have to write everything in your own words. You will be taught how to do this so don't worry. You also have to reference where you get your sources from which takes a lot of time and it has to be done in the correct format. If you fail to reference your work properly you will lose marks.
I am dyslexic (makes writing this review rather difficult!) and I had access to student support. They are very helpful, but I found that I would rather do things myself rather than constantly get help from student support as I want to be independent. I was also able to get 25% extra time for my exams, which is a great help, as otherwise I would not have been able to finish any of my exams.
**Sports and Societies**
At the fresher's fair you will have the opportunity to sign up to numerous sports, clubs and societies.
In terms of sports, clubs and societies there are: rugby, football, darts, hockey, trampolining, pool, cricket, korfball, ultimate Frisbee, American football, netball, basketball, squash, badminton, the mountaineering club, Archery club, fencing, karate, taekwondo, sailing, skiing and snowboarding, to name but a few. Below is a useful like about sports, clubs and societies:
I for one did not sign up to any clubs, sports or societies. Instead I signed up to one of the only organisations at the fair - the 'Liverpool University Officer Training Corps' or 'LUOTC' which is part of the Territorial Army. I would highly recommend talking to the people at the stand (dressed in army uniform) about this as it is one of the best things that I have ever done. You are not signing your life away - you are not liable to be called up for service and if you don't enjoy it then you can leave at any time. You get to learn basic military skills such as weapons handling, section attacks, platoon attacks, map reading, military knowledge, battlefield casualty first aid etc. Also you get to do adventure training such as kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, scuba diving, skiing, hiking, skydiving etc. The whole point is to teach you leadership. In the 1st year you are introduced to leadership. In the second year you 'learn' leadership, and in the 3rd year you 'perform' leadership. As with anything, you get out of it what you put into it. If you can't make a training evening, or weekend away then that's fine, as it is designed to work around your university studies.
You train on a Tuesday night - 7-10pm, and go away on a weekends training (7pm Friday night to 2pm Sunday afternoon) every 2 weeks. There is also an annual camp at the end of the year which lasts for 2 weeks. The best thing about it is that you get paid! I got paid £45 per day to do this. This doubled as a part-time job for me at university, and during a year I earned over £2000 - which is a lot of spending money! I have been on paid skiing expeditions to the French Alps and also paid diving expeditions to Cyprus!
We also have our own bar. The prices are £1 a pint and £0.50 per shot - so it's the cheapest bar around! We have regular socials, and we have a reputation for having a good time.
In order to join you have to sign up at the fresher's fair. The next step is to attend an assessment day, and then an assessment weekend. There are basic fitness and medical requirements, but I can assure you that these requirements are not difficult to meet.
It sounds too good to be true, but it isn't. Its an excellent way to improve your CV as you can gain recognised leadership and management qualifications. Its also a brilliant way to meet new people and try different things. To be honest, I don't think I would have enjoyed my time at university as much as I have if I had not joined LUOTC.
If your interested, then here are some links:
That's all that I have to say about Lancaster University. I hope that you have found this review helpful. If you want to ask me any questions about Lancaster University then please feel free to message me.
I'm not the biggest fan of racing games. I don't mind playing them every now and then, but I tend to get bored pretty quickly. I always played them using a standard Xbox 360 controller, but I have recently purchased a Logitech DriveFX Racing Wheel for Xbox 360. I must say that because of this wheel I am now a massive fan of driving games - I simply would not want to revert back to using a normal controller.
I've recently finished my final university exams and I wanted something to reward myself with. Saying that, I didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for my reward. So I scoured the internet and found a bargain. The recommended retail price for this wheel is £69.99, but Amazon is currently selling it for £22.99 (+ £5.48 postage).
**What's in the box?**
The wheel comes well packaged in quite a large box. Inside the box is the wheel itself, the foot pedals, and the wires. The wheel comes with an American plug, but this was not a problem as it comes with an American - British plug adapter.
My initial impressions after opening the box and viewing the product was that it was very well made. The wheel itself is black and is made of plastic and rubber. It feels nice and solid in the hands, and even without plugging it in (and thus enabling the 'axial force feedback') it has some resistance to it. I found that the wheel also only turns 90 degree's each way (unlike the steering wheel on a normal car), but upon using the wheel I found that this was not a problem. Once the wheel is plugged in and turned on, the motors in the wheel tighten up (just like if you try to turn the wheel in a stationary car). The motors give a feeling of resistance in the wheel due to the 'Axial force feedback' technology within (more detail later). There are 2 sensitivity settings for the wheel. The first is very sensitive, and the second is less sensitive. I prefer the less sensitive setting. To change the sensitivity there is an unmarked black button, which when pressed will change the sensitivity between the two settings. To change gears manually you can use the 'flappy paddles' which are located on either side of the back of the wheel. They are actually more like buttons than paddles, but they do the job and are easy to use.
** The Pedals**
The pedals are made of black plastic and they seemed to have just the right amount of resistance to them. However they do have a tendency to slip on the floor a little bit. Also they were clearly designed for left foot breaking - trying to break with you right foot is a nightmare. There is no clutch included which makes sense as there is no manual gearstick, and using a clutch with the 'flappy paddles' on the steering wheel just wouldn't feel right.
Installing the wheel is an easy task which only takes a couple of minutes. The wheel itself clamps to a table or desk easily, and the clamps feel sturdy. A little niggle here is the fact that there is no protective padding on the parts of the wheel and clamps which are in contact with the table, and so tightening the clamps may mark the table. I solved this problem by putting medium thickness card on the contact points. The wheel plugs into the Xbox 360 console via a USB cable which provides the power to the wheel. The pedals are connected to the wheel via a wire. Your Xbox live headset can be plugged in the back of the steering wheel base. There is another wire that plugs into a power socket and then into the wheel - this provides the 'axial force feedback'. The wheel can be used with the 'axial feedback' either on or off depending on your preference.
**What is 'Axial force feedback'?**
'Axial force feedback' is basically the technology which feeds back to you through the wheel. So as you drive along the wheel will vibrate, and if you crash the wheel will violently vibrate. There are also motors in the wheel which pull the wheel left and right. This makes the wheel easier or harder to steer. So if the car has under steer when you are taking a corner the wheel will be difficult to turn. If the car has over steer when you are taking a corner the wheel will be easy to turn. In practice this works very, and makes for more entertaining and realistic racing.
**How does it play?**
I have used this wheel for both 'Forza Motorsport 2' and 'Project Gotham Racing 4'. The wheel works well for both games and it definitely makes the games more fun to play compared to using a standard controller. I also find it easier than using a controller as you can be more precise when turning the wheel as opposed to moving a analogue stick. 'Forza Motorsport 2' is probably more fun to play than 'Project Gotham Racing 4' when using the wheel, and this is probably because 'Forza Motorsport 2' is a racing simulation, whereas 'Project Gotham Racing 4' is an arcade racer. I play using an automatic gearbox which is very fun, but I have tried manual gear changes using the 'flappy paddles' which is difficult but still very fun.
Overall I think this racing wheel is an absolute bargain, and is very good quality for the price. There are a few little niggles such as the lack of protective padding on the parts touching your table, and the amount of wires that are required for the wheel to function, but I'm just being picky! I would also like to note that my dad loves playing 'Forza Motorsport 2' with this wheel, and it is the first time I have ever got him to play a videogame - he now plays on it more than me!
Your about to take that perfect photograph and....beep beep....your battery has run out. This is one of the most annoying things that can happen, and is not only confined to camera's but to all battery powered devices.
Running out of power isn't really a major problem as you can simply change batteries, but after a while this can become expensive. For example a pack of 8 Duracell AA or AAA batteries costs about £6. Over a few years the amount you spend on batteries will probably run into the hundreds. 3 years ago I purchased a product which has saved me a lot of money.
This product is the Fameart PC10 battery charger. The charger itself costs about £5 depending on where you purchase it from. It is quite small at 10cm long, 4cm deep and 3cm wide, and looks quite smart and modern. The rear of the casing is dark grey, and the front is silver. The charger has a standard three pinned plug which fits nicely into a standard British wall socket. On the front there are two slots for either two AA batteries or two AAA batteries. There are also two battery slots on the rear, allowing 4 batteries to be charged at once. The battery slots themselves are quite clever as they fit AA batteries or with the flick of a switch fit AAA batteries (flicks down a shelf which shortens the compartment allowing the snug fit of AAA batteries).
On the front of the charger there are two red lights. The one on the left has the word 'front' above it and the one on the right has the word 'back' above it. These lights turn on when the batteries in the front or back are charging, and they will turn themselves off when the batteries are fully charged. A full charge takes about 7 hours. You have to remember that charging batteries from the mains will cost you money in electricity, but nowhere near as much as buying new batteries would cost.
Of course you cannot just charge up normal batteries, you have to buy special rechargeable batteries which cost between £6-10 for a pack of 4 depending on the brand that you get. These can then be recharged hundreds of times when they are run down. You can also purchase a bundle whereby you get the charger and 4 rechargeable AA batteries. This costs about £15.
I use batteries for everything from my wireless mouse, digital camera and wireless Xbox 360 controllers. So over the 3 years I have had the charger I have saved a lot of money. It's not difficult to use either, it's actually very simple. I have also helped to save the planet as used batteries are difficult to dispose of and just add to environmental pollution and landfill sites.
[I would like to say that on the Xbox 360 controllers it says that you should not use rechargeable batteries as it will damage the controller - instead they suggest that you buy one of their official rechargeable battery packs. This is absolute rubbish as I have used normal rechargeable batteries in the controllers for years with no issues - they obviously just want you to buy more of their products.]
In summary this is an excellent, cheap charger that will save you a lot of money over a period of time.
My current part time job requires me to do a lot of walking up hills in awful boots, and so it is inevitable that eventually I will feel hot spots on my feet from where the boots have been rubbing against my skin. These hot spots eventually turn into blisters.
For those of you that don't know what a blister is - a blister is a pocket of fluid between two layers of skin. It is essentially where the two layers of skin get pulled apart and get filled with fluid. The fluid is a component of the blood (lacking blood cells and clotting elements) called serum, which I would imagine acts as a protective barrier against the wound.
There are numerous treatments on the market to treat and prevent blisters, but I use compeed. Compeed is a blister relief system (although it can be used as a blister prevention system). It works as a second skin - instead of the boot rubbing on your skin it will rub over the smooth surface of the compeed plaster. You can get them in medium (5 plasters in a pack), small (6 plasters in a pack) and also 'for your toes' (8 plasters in a pack). Medium are obviously for larger blisters such as the massive ones that you can get on your heels, small are for smaller blisters and the compeed for your toes are (drum roll please) for blisters on your toes. Each of the three types retails for around £4. I bought mine from Sainsbury's for £3.90. In boots they were £4.00.
One complaint about the boxes of compeed that you can buy is that you can only buy one size at a time. There are no mixed boxes. I don't know if this is a ploy by the manufacturers to make you buy a box of each size, but I feel that this needs addressing. If you want all 3 sizes it will set you back about £12!
The packaging of the compeed is a turquoise plastic box surrounded with a cardboard border which displays the product information. The packaging certainly stands out which is excellent as it means that you can find it easily whilst shopping. The plastic box is very good as it is water resistant - you wouldn't want a sudden downpour to destroy your expensive compeed plasters! The instructions for use are displayed clearly on the back of the box. The packaging is also recyclable. As a bonus they are manufactured in the UK (we have to support our economy!) by Johnson & Johnson.
I personally would not use compeed to prevent blisters as they are far too expensive. Instead for prevention, I tape up the areas of my feet that are prone to hot spots with 'zinc oxide tape' which is available from many places including boots. Zinc oxide tape is also expensive (about £4 for 8 metres), but a roll will last a lot longer than a pack of compeed. Another prevention method is to wear 2 pairs of socks. The inner pair should be thin and the outer pair should be thick. In theory the 2 pairs should rub against each other and not against your foot, but in practise does not completely prevent blisters. So I would recommend using the zinc oxide tape as well as two pairs of socks. It's also worthwhile remembering that new boots will give you more blisters than 'worn in' boots will.
The methods of prevention that I briefly mentioned above do not always work perfectly, and so I use compeed to treat the blisters. Compeed instantly relieves blister pain and secures itself to your foot. I always pop the blister (using a sterilised needle or knife) before applying the compeed and remove the flap of skin around the wound (using a sterilised knife). I then treat the wound with an antiseptic wipe (which hurts LOTS) and dry the area around the wound well (do not use any form of powder to dry the area otherwise the plaster will not stick). Then it is just a matter of peeling the back off the compeed plaster and smoothing it over the blister. It's important to note however that the compeed have a peelable layer on both sides of the plaster, so it is best to read the instructions so that you put it on properly (imagine the money wasted if you got it wrong!).
The compeed repels water, dirt and germs which help to prevent infection. The plaster will stay firmly in place over the next few days, keeping the blister moist which aids healing. You should ideally leave it in place until it falls off, but I find that the sides start peeling off which then gets caught in my socks, so I just peel it off slowly when I deem necessary (and if it's still not healed then I apply a fresh one).
Its worth mentioning that if I'm not having to go walking again the next day with blistered feet, then I would just wear 'flip flops' (to prevent rubbing) and let the blister heal naturally. It's only when I have to go walking again the next day that I will apply a compeed plaster. With a compeed plaster on a blister it is possible to carry on walking in the same boots that gave you the blister, as the boot will rub against the compeed plaster and not your skin, which means that the blister doesn't hurt. I have tried using normal plasters (the ones used to treat a cut finger) but they don't work at all, so beware.
If you're seriously into hiking, you're in the military or you're just prone to blisters (my girlfriend gets lots of blisters when wearing high heels), these blister plasters will be a sound addition to your arsenal. If your conscious about how your feet look and want to wear a blister plaster to prevent blisters then compeed are ideal as they are quite discreet and don't draw too much attention (for example when wearing high heels, sandals, flip flops etc). They may seem a bit pricy, but surely £4.00 is better than hours and hours of pain.
Overall I think that compeed is the best blister treatment around. It's just a shame that they are ridiculously expensive (at about 80p per plaster for the medium ones). I give them 4 stars (it would have been 5 stars if they were cheaper).
I love curries and I regularly attempt to make my own sauces from scratch. However I can't get the taste right and so I usually resort to ready made jars of sauces. Ready made curry sauces can be a bit hit or miss. Sometimes they taste lovely and authentic, similar to what you would find in an Indian restaurant, but sometimes they taste foul and are quite stodgy. I find that Sharwood's Indian cooking sauces are very good and remind me of what you would find in a restaurant.
Going for a curry at a restaurant can cost over £10 so making curry from a jar is a far cheaper alternative. A 420g jar of 'Sharwood's Tikka Masala sauce' will set you back about £1.50 from Sainsbury's and this can be used for 2-3 people. Curry sauces are often on offer however and can usually be found for less than £1. When they are on offer I stock up as they will keep in the cupboard for over 1 year.
The sauce comes in an attractive clear jar with an orange, yellow and black label. In the middle is the Sharwood's logo. Through the jar you can see the vibrant orange colour of the sauce within. On the sides of the label are the nutritional information, ingredients and also a recipe for a meal that can be made using this sauce.
In terms of fat content the sauce contains 8.2g of fat in a 100g serving and 4.1g of this is saturated fat. This is quite high, and not really what you would expect from a tomato based sauce. Most of the fat probably comes from the double cream which is used in the sauce.
Tikka Masala Is a medium spiced sauce made with tomatoes, fresh cream and a blend of aromatic spices. I'm not a big fan of overly spicy foods but I find that this sauce is spot on in terms of spice. It tastes lovely and I find that it goes best with chicken, rice and naan bread. Comparing it with other sauces I find that it's less sickly than korma with a nicer taste to it, and less 'earthy' than jalfrezi, rogan josh or saag masala.
Comparing the taste to 'Uncle Ben's tikka masala' I find that Sharwood's tastes less sickly and feels less heavy which makes it more pleasurable to eat. After a few mouthfuls of 'Uncle Ben's tikka masala' I start to feel a bit bloated and sick, but this is not the case with the Sharwood's sauce.
Overall I think this is a great sauce and good value for money. If you are looking to take a step up in terms of spiciness from korma, then I would recommend this sauce.
Come on admit it. There's nothing worse than someone with visible nose hair. Especially when you're trying to have a serious conversation with them. You can't help but laugh when you wonder if they gel it before they leave the house in the morning or braid it on special occasions! The same goes for unsightly ear hair.
I'm only 20 so I don't suffer at all with ear hair, but I had noticed that my nose hair was starting to show and also it was tickling the inside of my nose and making me sneeze.
I needed a solution. I tried using scissors, but in doing so succeeded cutting the inside of my nose. I also tried plucking the hairs out with tweezers, but just thinking about it sends a shiver down my spine (as the pain from plucking the hairs out is horrific and made my eyes water). So I decided that I needed a specialist product but I didn't want to spend more than £5.
I came across the 'Boots fastfix hygienic trimmer'. The product itself it 13.5cm long and is packaged in a small box. The box is blue and white with a picture of the product on the front. On the back it talks about the features of the products such as the' rotary trimmer for safe trimming', 'battery included', 'protective cap' and 'soft touch grip'. Inside the box is the trimmer itself, a manual and a cleaning brush. The product also comes with a 2 year guarantee.
The trimmer set me back £4.88 which is an absolute bargain. Other trimmers that I had looked at such as the 'Babyliss Nose and Ear Hair Trimmer' cost far more - £11.99 in this case. But you have to remember that you get what you pay for. The Babyliss trimmer can be used in both wet and dry conditions whereas the Boots trimmer can only be used in dry conditions.
The trimmer is simple to operate. You simply take off the protective cap, push a button and shove it up your nose. It is quick, painless, and got rid of all unwanted hair. The trimmer is also relatively quiet which is a plus. It takes a single AA battery (included) and this will seldom need changing.
Overall I am very happy with the product and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to get rid of nose and ear hair.
Soap is something that we use every day, and as such we must spend a lot of money every year on it. We use it when our hands are dirty and also when we wash. I would normally use a soap (pump) dispenser to use for washing my hands but these can cost over £1 a time. The alternative is to use bars of soap. While bars of soap are less convenient they are usually cheaper. On my usual hunt for a bargain I came across 'Sainsbury's basics soap bars'.
You get three 125g bars in a pack. The three bars are stacked on top of each other and packaged in a thin layer of cheap plastic. The label on the front is white and orange (just as all other Sainsbury's basics items) and displays the product name and the ingredients. The packaging looks bland and boring, but for the price (which I'll come onto next) you won't care!
For three 125g bars of soap it will set you back 13 pence. Yes you read it right, 13p! This is an absolute bargain compared to some other brands of soap, for example a single 100g bar of 'dove cream soap' will set you back 53p. So that is a huge price difference.
I bet your thinking that the quality of the soap must be beyond awful but it's actually not that bad. It's the sort of soap that is easy to get onto your hands, but very difficult to get off again. I haven't had any particular issues with the soap drying out my hands, but I would imagine that if you're prone to soap drying your skin out then it would be beneficial for you to steer clear of this product. The soap stays together quite well and doesn't break up easily, but after a few uses it does get quite slimy. This isn't really a problem and you have to remember that you get what you pay for.
The smell of the soap isn't too bad, but you can tell that it is cheap. It reminds me of the type of soap you would find in school bathrooms. I could also describe the smell as 'waxy' as it reminds me of wax.
I also use this soap for washing my feet in the shower, as I find that when I try to wash my feet with shower gel, it has all been washed off my hand before it even reaches my feet. Using 'Sainsbury's basics soap' solves this problem.
I will give this product 4 stars. While its certainly not the best quality soap on the market, for the price I don't think it can be beaten.
I am a man and I have very dry skin. After I have a bath or a shower it feels and looks horrible. I require a moisturiser which is non greasy, not too thick, quick to apply, and does not smell too strongly (as I'm male, and don't really want to smell like perfume). I have tried numerous moisturisers and I have found 'Boots Botanics For Men Intensive Moisturiser' to be one of the best.
At boots at the moment it costs £5.38 for a 75ml bottle. This works out at £7.17 per 100ml which is very expensive for a moisturiser, but then again this is a very high quality product. This is worth the money as you only ever need to use a small amount, so it will last a reasonably long time (depending on the area of skin you apply it to).
The product is packaged in a small translucent white plastic tube which is 12cm in length and 4cm wide at its widest point. The nozzle and nozzle guard are located at the bottom which provides a flat surface for the tube to stand up on. This is useful as gravity means that the moisturiser will always be near the nozzle, making it quick to use.
The moisturiser contains natural plant extracts including ginseng which is said to stimulate and protect the skin, and grape seed oil which hydrates the skin and prevents the skin from drying out. It is also SPF (sun protection factor) 12, meaning that your skin is protected from the sun for up to 12 times longer than it would normally be without the moisturiser applied. This can help to protect your skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun which can lead to wrinkles and even skin cancer.
The smell of the lotion is quite pleasant and not too strong. When wearing aftershave my girlfriend cannot smell the lotion at all (which is a good thing). It is best applied to warm skin so that it is easily absorbed, and I find that it sooths my skin and leave it feeling nice. I use it mainly on my face, but it is also good for other dry areas such as hands and feet.
Comparing 'Boots Botanics For Men Intensive Moisturiser' to another moisturiser that I use, 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula', the former is far thicker and of a higher quality than the latter. The former is also far more expensive than the latter (£1.99 for a 300ml bottle of 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula'). I also think that 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula' leaves your skin feeling more greasy, and has a slightly stronger smell. I tend to use 'Boots Botanics For Men Intensive Moisturiser' on my skin when my skin feels really bad, and the rest of the time I use the 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula'. I also find that you need to use less of the 'Boots Botanics For Men Intensive Moisturiser' on your skin to achieve the same effect as the 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula'.
The product is specifically marketed towards men (perhaps due to the fragrance used). I feel that this product would also be good for use on a woman's, baby's or small child's skin, especially because it is SPF 12. Since I don't have any children I cannot comment on how effective it is on children's skin.
Overall this is a good quality but expensive product. If you can afford to buy it then do so, but if not there are many cheaper alternatives out there.
Being a student I'm always looking for ways to save as much money as possible. Bin liners are just a big plastic bag that you put into your bin to contain rubbish, so I thought that surely they can't differ that much from one brand to the next? So I decided that I would give Sainsbury's basics bin liners a try.
The bin liners come in a roll of 30 liners which are connected together by a perforated edge. The packaging is a simple wrap of orange and white plastic (the colours used for all basics items) which holds the bin liners in place and stops them from unrolling.
30 bags will set you back 71p which is just over 2p a bag. This is a bargain, but when you actually use the bags it becomes clear why they are so cheap (more on that later). When compared to other bin liners such as 'Eco Bags Super Strong Dustbin Liners' which cost £1 for 20 (5p per bag), the basics bin liners are less than half the price per bag. So again it seems like the basics liners are good value for money, but it is important to consider the quality.
The bin liners themselves are easy to detach from the roll, and I have never had one rip. They are also easy to open up and fit inside an 'average' size bin easily, but it is clear when the bag is opened up how thin the plastic is as it it translucent. The problems arise when you come to take the full liner out of the bin. I find that anything which has a remotely sharp corner or edge (such as a pizza box for example) will pierce the plastic as it is of a very poor quality and is very thin. This is obviously where Sainsbury's has saved money.
Picking up the bag when it is full can also be difficult as the part that your gripping will often rip off under the weight of the rubbish. I often find that I have to 'double bag' to stop this from happening which defeats the object of buying cheap bin liners. The solution to this is to only fill the bag 2/3 of the way up so that the bag doesn't rip as easily. The plastic that makes up the basics bin liners appears to be lass than half the thickness of 'Eco Bags Super Strong Dustbin Liners' again showing that basics bin liners are not actually very good value for money.
Another problem with the bin liners are that there are no 'tie handles' making the job of tying a not in the bag a chore.
Living in a student household means that bins rarely get emptied (they get very full indeed), and so having tried the basics bin liners (with disastrous consequences) I have decided to splash a little more cash to get something thicker that will not rip when the contents gets slightly heavy.
Bassetts liquorice allsorts have a place in my memories as I can remember eating them at home with the family ever since I was a child. I don't like sweets that are all the same, I like a bit of variety, so allsorts are an obvious choice for me. I wouldn't normally buy bags of sweets unless they are on offer, so when I saw that Sainsbury's own brand liquorice allsorts were on offer at two 280g bags for £1 I thought that I would give them a try.
I'm not the biggest fan of liquorice because I'm not too keen on the flavour, but I quite enjoy it when it is complemented by additional fruit flavours. Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts are basically a copy of the Bassetts brand and have the same basic types of sweets, although you get more in a bag of Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts (280g) than the Bassetts ones (215g). The packaging is an eye-catching black with strips of bright pink at the top and bottom. On the front of the bag is a picture of all the different types of sweets the bag contains and on the rear of the bag is all of the usual nutritional information, ingredients etc. I always struggle to open the bag without ripping the whole thing apart and scattering the sweets around the room, so just lately I have resorted to opening the bag with scissors.
In the bag you get liquorice rolls, assorted orange blackcurrant and chocolate square sandwiches with layers of fondant and liquorice, the coconut 'wheels' with the liquorice centre, liquorice rolls with white fondant centres and round jelly sweets covered in blue 'bobbles'.
The two biggest differences between the two brands are the flavours and textures of the sweets. While both have quite a nice taste, I find that the Sainsbury's sweets taste more artificial (which is surprising considering that they only contain natural colours and flavours). I also find that the Sainsbury's sweets feel cheap and not as high a quality as the Bassetts sweets. For example the pink and yellow 'wheel' sweets (liquorice in the middle and coconut on the outside) have a chalky texture in the Sainsbury's sweets but a nice texture in the Bassetts sweets. The bassets wheel sweets are also more flavoursome than the Sainsbury's ones. The other Sainsbury's sweets similarly don't have as good a texture or flavour when compared to the Bassetts sweets.
I also found that there are few of the 'good' sweets (such as the wheel and the round jelly ones covered in blue and pink 'bobbles') present in the bags of the Sainsbury's brand which is disappointing. Price wise a 280g bag of Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts costs £0.63, whereas a bag of Bassetts liquorice allsorts costs over £1 for a 215g bag. So your getting a lot more for your money with the Sainsbury brand.
- 376 calories
- 2.6g of protein
- 79g of carbohydrate
- 5.5g of fat (4.3g of saturated fat)
- 1.2g of fibre
- Trace amount of salt
Overall Sainsbury's liquorice allsorts grew on me. I didn't like them at first but when you get used to the flavours they are quite nice. They are also very good value for money so I would recommend them.
Whey protein is a mixture of amino acids isolated from whey, the liquid by-product of cheese production i.e. curds - the solid part which makes the cheese; and whey - the liquid part. Whey protein is a dietary supplement which is often used by sportsmen who use it to aid the building of lean muscle and to decrease recovery time.
Body fortress whey protein is sold at Holland and Barrett, and is priced at £24.99 for a 908g tub. It comes in 5 different flavours; chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, banana, and natural. The strawberry flavour is also available in a 2608g tub for £49.99. It is quite cheap as far as whey protein goes, but you need to remember that you get what you pay for. The composition of amino acids in the whey are key to its effectiveness at aiding recovery and building muscle, and I have read that some nutritionists think body fortress whey protein is not very good. I only ever buy this stuff when its half price so I pay £12.50 for it, and as such I know that for that price, the quality isn't going to be very good.
In the tub you are provided with a scoop which measures out a 25g serving which should be mixed with 125ml of water, milk, juice or yoghurt. Each 25g scoop provides:
- 17.6g of protein
- 1.97g of carbohydrate
- 2.2g of fat (of which saturates - 0.82)
- 0.53g of fibre
- 0.04g of sodium
Also 100g provides:
- 372mg of calcium (47% RDA)
- 94.5mg of magnesium (32% RDA)
- 414mg of phosphorous (52% RDA)
- 844mg of potassium (no RDA established)
I first used a blender to mix my milkshake, which worked very well. However I was getting rather peeved at having to wash up the blender every time I wanted a milkshake (us students have a phobia of washing up!). So I tried slowly mixing the powder into a glass of milk whilst stirring with a spoon. This is almost as effective as using a blender and now this is my method of choice.
I have only ever tried the chocolate flavour, and I'm pleased to report that it tastes very nice when mixed with semi-skimmed milk. I have never tried mixing it with water, juice or yoghurt so I cannot comment on how that tastes. Similarly I have not tried any of the other flavours so I cannot comment on their flavour. I do find however that the chocolate flavour is very sickly, probably due to the high amount of sweeteners present.
Some people I know who have used this product in the past have reported that it contributes to very bad smells coming from ones rear end. I can confirm that upon researching this phenomenon that this is indeed the case. This is likely due to the high amount of protein present, and the composition of the amino acids.
In terms of the effectiveness of this product in aiding recovery it is not possible to accurately measure its effects. It is true however that a high protein diet will indeed aid recovery and the building of muscle and therefore body fortress whey protein is highly likely to contribute to this.
I think this is a good product for the price (and at least its manufactured in the UK). However if you are serious about bodybuilding or power-lifting etc. then you are better off with a more expensive product such as 'USN muscle fuel'.
When I first started drinking I couldn't find an alcoholic beverage to suit my taste. I had tried lager, cider, stout, spirits and mixers, wine....the list goes on. One day however I came across a drink which, while it didn't blow me away, was easy to drink and relaxing but also got me pretty darn drunk (good times). That drink was John Smiths extra smooth.
John Smiths is a bitter with 4% alcohol content which in my opinion is just right, as often anything stronger than that doesn't taste particularly nice. Its best served cold and has a nice bitter taste (but not too bitter), and also a creaminess to it. The drink is also great in the summer as it is quite light and refreshing.
A can of John Smiths contains a 'widget' which aids the pouring of the beer and helps to prevent getting a huge head on it. The widget can also be used for a game of 'beer pong', where by you have two people at opposite ends of a table, and in turn try to bounce the widget into the other persons glass. If it lands in the glass the person whose glass it is has to 'down' half of their pint (or all of it depending on how hardcore you are). This is a very fun game if you're looking to get drunk quickly.
I'm sure many of you will have seen the adverts on TV with Peter Kay ("ave it"). They are light hearted and show that John Smiths is a drink which doesn't take itself too seriously.
John Smiths is priced very well. It is more expensive than 'John Smiths original', but it is better tasting and is not fizzy. At ASDA a pack of 4 cans costs 3.92, and a pack of 15 costs about £10. Often supermarkets will have John Smiths on offer so you can get it even cheaper! In most pubs from draught it is priced around £2.00, but this varies depending on the pub.
Overall I love this bitter. It is an easy going drink which doesn't break the bank. It's also good at getting you pretty hammered! What more could you ask for from beer?
I am a man and I have very dry skin. After I have a bath or a shower it feels and looks horrible. I require a moisturiser which is non greasy, not too thick, quick to apply, and does not smell too strongly (as I'm male, and don't really want to smell like perfume). I have tried numerous moisturisers and I have found 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula' one of to be the best.
At boots at the moment it costs £1.99 for a 300ml bottle. This is well worth the money as you only ever need to use a small amount, so it will last a long time.
The product is packaged in a pale orange plastic bottle with an effective nozzle at the top which leaves little mess. The nozzle is also useful if you want to transfer some of the lotion to a smaller bottle (to be put in a travel bag for example) as you will not spill any.
The smell of the lotion is quite pleasant and not too strong. When wearing aftershave my girlfriend cannot smell the lotion at all (which is a good thing). It is best applied to warm skin so that it is easily absorbed, and I find that it sooths my skin and leave it feeling nice. I use it mainly on my face, but it is also good for other dry areas such as hands and feet.
Comparing 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula' to its sister product 'boots baby lotion', the former is more expensive than the latter (£2.14 for a 500ml bottle of 'boots baby lotion'). I also think that 'boots baby moisturising lotion with vitamin E and calendula' leaves your skin feeling more greasy, and has a slightly stronger smell.
This product is also good a taking care of a baby or small child's skin. Since I don't have any children I cannot comment on how effective it is on children's skin.
Overall it is a good product that is suitable for both men, women and children.
I have very dry skin. After I have a bath or a shower it feels and looks horrible. I require a moisturiser which is non greasy, not too thick, quick to apply, and does not smell too strongly (as I'm male, and don't really want to smell like perfume). I have tried numerous moisturisers and I have found boots baby lotion to be the best.
At boots at the moment it costs £2.14 for a 500ml bottle. This is well worth the money as you only ever need to use a small amount, so it will last a long time.
The product is packaged in a pink plastic bottle with an effective nozzle at the top which leaves little mess. The nozzle is also useful if you want to transfer some of the lotion to a smaller bottle (to be put in a travel bag for example) as you will not spill any.
The smell of the lotion is quite pleasant and not too strong. When wearing aftershave my girlfriend cannot smell the lotion at all (which is a good thing). It is best applied to warm skin so that it is easily absorbed, and I find that it sooths my skin and leave it feeling nice.
The only problem that I have with it is that after a few hours it can start to feel slightly greasy, but this is barely noticeable.
This product is also good a taking care of a baby or small child's skin. Since I don't have any children I cannot comment on how effective it is on children's skin.
Overall it is a good product that is suitable for both men and women as well as children.