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This Orla Kiely Geranium shower gel was given to me by a fellow resident when I was living in hospital accommodation. She was moving out and had too many things. I enjoy freebies, so was pleased to take this off her hands despite having never previously tried it before.
This Orla Kiely product
Orla Kiely is a an Irish textile designer who was originally known for her millinery and then handbags before her wider expansion into fashion, stationery, fragrances, bath and body. Her leaf design is ubiquitous and has even been featured on the back of London buses.
This Geranium shower gel is part of the Geranium bath and body collection. The packaging is simple - the bottle is clear and the stick-on label is decorated in the leaf/stem print for which this designer is known. The label does not entirely cover the full circumference of the bottle, meaning that users can visually check exactly how much of the product's volume remains.
The floral scent is, thankfully, not too strong. There are hints of geranium, eucalyptus and sage. In total there are ten essential oils included in this product. In my opinion, the scent is nice enough but a little too florally and sweet for me.
The gel itself is a pale orange colour, it is quite viscous so thankfully doesn't run out of my hands before application.
The gel lathers nicely, rinses off easily and leaves my skin feeling soft, clean but thankfully neither dry nor itchy.
Finally, the company claims that it is free from parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals and artificial colourings.
Recommendation and sources
At £12.00 for 250ml from places like John Lewis, I do think that this gel is expensive for what it is. Clearly you are paying for the name. That said, it is suitable for a gift if the recipient likes sweet fragrances.
Do I recommend it? I am on the fence with this one.
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These days I wear around half a dozen different fragrances.
"Her", an Eau de Toilette by French Connection, was a gift from my father-in-law last Christmas. I am unsure why - or even if - he chose this present, however it is a very thoughtful one. Perhaps a little brave of him however.
Her was released in 2004, the first fragrance by FCUK. It seems to be sold by FCUK in Europe and by French Connection in the USA.
The recommended retail price is £33.99 for 100ml EdT. However the 100ml EdT bottle can be purchased at fragrancedirect.co.uk for £9.99.
The RRP for 30ml EdT is £15 however again it can be purchased from as low as £6.99.
This scent comes in a futuristically-styled grey oblong casing with the solution itself stored in a clear central glass compartment. The base has a small flat plate with manufacturing information, and it is upon this that the bottle stands. Or rather is supposed to stand. We have hard surfaces everywhere throughout our home and I am paranoid that it will topple over. I live in an earthquake zone so am extra concerned about this.
The white plastic spray mechanism is at the top and back of the plastic casing, and is flush with this housing. The spray depressor works well enough, although at times I find it to feel like it sticks. I understand that some users have had problems with the spray's broadcast, however it has always worked perfectly for me.
I store this bottle lying down and in a bathroom draw. I would also usually keep it in its box, however this was part of a gift set and the box was thrown on the day of receipt. I have had no problems with leakage.
The advertising literature describes Her as a cheeky and provocative scent, a feminine floral fragrance. It certainly is floral.
The company web site says this fragrance's notes are muguet, water iris, bergamot, barrington flower, peony, jasmine, violet, cedarwood, sandalwood, golden amber, vanilla.
This is a scent that I do not like. It is a somewhat unisex scent that reminds me of men's soap. If I knew any men who preferred to wear women's fragrances, then I'd recommend this to them.
I wear this EdT as a light, casual scent during the daytime. The clear solution does not stain clothes. The scent is very noticeable and somewhat off-putting for the first 10 minutes. Up to this point in time it smells cheap and simply nasty. Thereafter the scent fades quickly to the point that I don't believe anyone would ever notice that I am wearing it unless they were naked next to me and/or actually sniffing my wrist or decolletage.
This fragrance's absence of longevity and average scent deem it to be a poor choice for me. I strongly recommend obtaining a sample or tester prior to purchase.
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I have been wearing this scent for the past decade. I first smelled it on a fellow student one evening, and I was absolutely enthralled!
When my friend told me the name of this fragrance and the name associated with it. I had never even heard of Anna Sui. It transpires that she is a US-based designer who is very well known for her female clothes lines as well as the elaborate designs of her perfume bottles and packaging.
The bottom half of the cardboard box is ocean blue and this fades into a silvery white over the top half of the box. There is a silvery leaf or sea weed pattern which is pretty and tasteful. These colours and style fits well with the bottle.
The perfume bottle is handbag shaped. The ocean blue coloured liquid fragrance is in an opaque, glass section, and then there is a deep neck, handle and depressor. All these are silver, an almost pewter-like appearance although I think it is made of plastic.
This is an oriental vanilla fragrance which reminds me a little of Opium. Launched in 2000, I understand from Fragrantica.com that the notes are as follows:
Top notes: nectarine, mandarin orange, bergamot and bitter orange Middle notes: freesia, peach, chinese peony and rose Base notes: nutmeg, sandalwood, musk, tahitian vanilla, cedar and anise.
I truly adore the smell of Sui Dreams on me. It is a light, fresh vanillary-musk scent. I have only ever had the EDT, so obviously it only lasts a few hours.
Wearing this makes me happy! Or is that keeps me happy?
One word of warning is that the fragrance itself is blue so users need to ensure that none gets on any light-coloured clothing.
This can be a difficult fragrance to find. My current bottle is the 30ml size EDT for which I paid just under twenty pounds at The Perfume Shop in Chapelfield, Norwich. I think that the last three bottles I own have been bought at this chain and the one before that at an independent pharmacy in London.
It is currently listed at Amazon.co.uk for 22-26 pounds with minimal shipping costs.
Recommended? This has been my favourite scent for many years. I highly recommend it, however as fragrances are so personal, it may be that this one is not for you. If you like vanilla scents and in particular Opium, I recommended giving this one a go.
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I have been using Amor Amor by Cacherel for nearly ten years. In my late teens I wore Anais Anais, the scent of which eventually stopped suiting me.
When looking for a replacement scent, I was given a small, take home sample of Amor Amor. I like the fruity-floral aroma, but not it isn''t for everyday use.
For many years I only wore Amor Amor immediately after a gym workout and shower. The reason for this is that I find the scent to be overpowering for the first thirty minutes or so, and it used to take me that long to get dressed and get on my way to work or class as my gym was out of the city.
I now wear my Amore Amore EDT only as an evening scent. This is not a long lasting scent.
The bottle of perfume is supplied in a silver box that has large red rose artwork. The inside of the box is all red and houses a supportive insert to assisting in protecting the glass bottle.
My current bottle is 30ml This bottle is styled the same as other sizes in this range: as a red glass bottle with a silver coil neck and a silver vaporisateur depressor. A loop of the coiled neck is high enough to protect the depressor in most situations. However, I always store my fragrances in their boxes to give added protection.
Top notes: Blackcurrant, Orange, Bergamot and Grapefruit Middle notes: Rose, Apricot, Lily, Jasmine and Lily of the Valley Base notes: Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Virginia Cider, Amber and White Musk
Final thoughts This is a fun fragrance that may be overpowering for some people. When I first apply it, I am always reminded of the overpowering scent from the late 80s: Poison. However unlike Poison, Amor Amor''s scent soon lightens. It is not long-lasting, so requires reapplication after four hours. For this reason I only wear it in the evening as it is rare that I am out of the house for that long.
Try it. It may or may not be for you! Pricing and availability 30ml EDT GB14.99 at Boots (June 2014) 50ml EDT GB19.99 at Boots
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It is now more than 30 years since I used my first facial cleansing products. While I am always interested in new skin care ranges, I cannot help but feel that the large multinational beauty product manufacturers are simply chasing high profits rather than investing in the best interests of their consumers. Yes, I am a cynic. But this is also the reason that I am happy to try face care products that are low in price. Indeed it is over 20 years ago that the Australian consumer magazine ?Choice? reported its research findings that the best anti-aging moisturiser on the market was the inexpensive sorbolene. With this information in mind, I was very happy to try Soap and Glory's ?Rub your nose in it?. Soap and Glory was founded in the UK in 2006 by Canadian Marcia Kilgore, who had already experienced great success with her first spa company in New York USA. The company now operates in many countries worldwide where the familiar retro-look packaging flies off the shelf. This product: packaging The packaging has recently changed to a more modern look green and white 100ml flip top tube. The writing announces in English and in French that it is made from ?special pore refining formula? and ?AHA facial scrub?. This product is currently available at Boots and online for gbp9. this is more expensive than the gbp7 that I paid for mine approximately six months ago. It has a two year shelf life according to the packaging. This product: in use While at first this product seems to be a daily face scrub, it transpires that it can also be used as a face mask. I have used it most often as the former. Face scrub: I apply a 20 pence-sized dollop of this minty scented creamy scrub into my pal and then apply it to my pre-dampened face. I give my face a good scrub all over. I really like the sensation of this product on my face. The grains feel similar to sand; they are vey small and can hardly be seen. I used this regime three times a week. Face mask: As expected, it is easy to apply a thin layer of this product either all over your face or alternatively to the required areas and then leave for at least five minutes. I found it to be quite tingly on my skin I did this just twice as I preferred to use it as a face scrub. My thoughts and opinion I really like this face scrub. It gives a pleasant minty tingle and leaves my face feeling refreshed and with a slight glow. I have not noticed any difference in the size of my skin pores around my nose, but to be honest I was not actually expecting any difference. There is a vast array of skin care products on the market. This one is definitely worth the old price of gbp7 for 125ml. It is also worth the newer more expensive price for the smaller size. That said, I wonder how much this change reflects increased costs and how much is price gauging? I guess we'll never know. What makes this product so great? A quick glance at the active formulation list almost sees me running to a dictionary. According to the company's web site, this scrub is formulated with Soap & Glory's exclusive, deep pore detoxing D-CLOG MICROMUD ? a super clarifying, triple action, diatomaceous earth mix ? it helps to exfoliate, clean and purify the skin, lift away pore-clogging dead skin cells, soak up excess oils, and stimulate fresh oxygen to your face. Other ingredients include some kind of combination of natural Japanese citrus fruits, absorbent clay and some kinds of fruit acids. This product is formulated for oily and combination skin. I highly recommend this skin product. See if you can get it on offer, especially as the price has recently risen. NB: I may publish this review elsewhere under this or other pen names.
I am not at all passionate about specific brands when it comes to buying make-up, skin care and beauty products in general. If I find something that I like and that suits me, I stick to it for a while. Indeed often I stay with what I know for many years with only very brief forays into the unknown on the basis of a friends recommendation, a sample or a sudden impulse buy as I have decided that I am bored with what I use.
It was this final reason that led me to own my very first Burt's Bees product - this lovely pomegranate lip balm. I bought it on Amazon for a little over $3.
Burt's Bees is a company based in the United States. This company reportedly differs from many in that it has "a triple bottom line: people, profit, planet".
Burt's Bees pomegranate lip balm is one of around a dozen flavoured lip balms produced by this company. The lip balm is in a typical screw-based 0.15 ounce tube. The sweet smell of pomegranates is noticeable as soon as the lid is removed.
The lip balm has a slight pink tinge to it. It is very easy to apply to the lips, going on easily and neither too thick or too thin in my experience. The balm itself is smooth.
I really like this lip balm, and I must say that I feel a little more grown up when I wear this one compared to my regular branded balm. This is obviously due to the marketing of each of those brands!
The company claims that this lip balm is replenishing and I agree with this statement. I do not tend to have many problems with my lips so I dont require a heavy-duty lip repairer. This product may well be suitable for such people but I cannot comment on its suitability as such. The website highlights several features about these ingredients but not the fact that carmine is another name for cochineal.
Final thoughts I am very happy with this replenishing lip balm which helps maintain my luscious lips. This product is obviously unsuitable for vegans.
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I received this bottle of moisuriser as part of a basket of mixed branded beauty products my husband put together as a Christmas present. He had been buying the occasional item through the year, having been with me too many times when I had examined such products in the shop and then put them back on the shelf too many times as I did not really wish to spend money on myself. I guess he figured that if he bought these items for me, he would not need to be present when I "shopped" for them as I would no longer need to do so. We have been together for many years, so it was no surprise that my husband correctly selected a product suitable for combination skin. I had expected my skin to normalise or certainly no long be "combination" by the time I achieved the age of 40. Sadly this has not been the case.
BareMinerals is a branded product from the San Francisco-based company Bare Escentuals. Apparently they are always interested in meeting their customers; everyone is welcome at their Tuesday morning coffee time according to the company's website.
Like similar products, this moisturiser is suitable for twice-daily use. This 50ml pump-action bottle is nicely presented, but not markedly different from other products available. The pump dispenser is housed under a black cap which is easily removed.The consistency of the product is thin and non-greasy to touch. The company describes this as "a lightweight moisturiser that effectively hydrates skin while improving firmness and radiance". I agree that it is lightweight, and it does moisturise my skin without leaving it greasy. I am unsure of its radiance-inducing ability and I dispute that it improves firmness. I am pleased that it does not seem to induce any acne breakouts and it has reduced some of the dry skin peeling on my cheeks.
The most noticeable feature of this moisturiser is a somewhat unpleasant smell that lingers for a while. This is a good-enough moisturising item for me. That is, I am happy enough to continue using the bottle I have but am unlikely to purchase it myself as I prefer my regular products at least for now.
It is more than 30 years since I first discovered the Chapstick brand. If I recall correctly, it was via Seventeen magazine - the advertising therein must have been phenomenal as I still remember more than half a dozen brands that advertised in that must-have journal. At that time I used the original formulation for a couple of years, to ensure my lips were in great condition for all that kissing I was doing.
Ten years later and I discover that my now husband had half a dozen ChapSticks, again the original flavour. These were mainly used in summer. A further ten years on, and we discover that our babysitter appears to have every ChapStick flavour available to man. And our four year old daughter has somehow become addicted. And so ChapStick returned to my lips.
It should be no surprise that ChapStick is owned by the multinational conglomerate Pfizer. A short whizz around the website for this review reveals no other information regarding ownership history. The company does state that the products use human testers but no animals. This Classic Cherry lip balm is one of ChapStick's top three sellers. It is easy to see why.Firstly, it is inexpensive, being priced at GB1.05 - 1.79. Secondly, being mass-manufactured and a long-standing brand, most users know what to expect and how to use the product.
The lid is easy to remove. The twisting component at the base is reliable and easy to use. The scent is obviously supposed to be cherry however it does smell very synthetic. It is not unpleasant though. The taste is also a slightly odd, synthetic cherry. The texture is really smooth. I always make sure that my lips are dry when I apply this Chapstick along with all my lip products, actually.
It lasts on my lips for less than two hours, after which time I may or may not reapply depending on what I am doing or the condition of my lips. They always feel smooth right after I apply the Chapsick. I do believe that this product acts surprisingly well for such an inexpensive lip care item.
I have found that if I use it at a time when my lips are dry or cracked, my lips are much improved with a couple of days of regular application of the cherry Chapstick. This review appears elsewhere under this username and others I use.
Our four year old daughter has been going through drink bottles like there is no tomorrow. Our daughter has been using a pink and blue 330ml Sistema Twister squeeze bottle for about 18 months. She takes it with her to pre-school most days.
Sistema Plastics is a New Zealand company that designed and manufactures this bottle. This bottle is different to most others in that it has a patented ?Twist n Sip? lid. This design means that the bottle can be opened and closed without the need to touch the tip of the sipper.
We bought this 330ml bottle at ASDA. This was the only size that I saw, although I understand that it does come in several sizes. This one measures 160mm high x 67mm wide x 67mm long. It is a soft, fairly malleable plastic that is reportedly BPA free. It is available in three colour combinations: lime-green with orange trim, blue with green trim, and the one we have: pink with blue trim.
Once you know how, filling this drink bottle is easy. Simply gently twist the lid as though you are opening it. There comes a point of resistance. At this point in time, simply use a little more force ? the lid will then twist a little further and come off. Fill the bottle as per usual and then replace the lid, twisting in the opposite direction until you can no more. Invert the bottle to check that the seal is tight ? if it isn't twist the lid closed more tightly.
Our daughter has never experienced a leak with this water bottle. She is not at all rough with any of her possessions, so I cannot comment on weather it would hold up to being kicked around the school yard or similar. However it does seem to have held up very well against minor knocks and small drops.
This bottle is usually filled with water. Occasionally on the weekends we fill it with fruit juice. This bottle is not difficult to clean, although the lid and sipper tip obviously need a little more attention than the rest of the bottle.
Finally, Systema advises that this style of water bottle is not suitable for the freezer, dishwasher or microwave.
We definitely recommend this water bottle. It is a good size and leak free for young children.
Chicco CT0.2 Duo Travel
My husband and I were fortunate that his father offered to pay for our daughter's first pushchair. We looked at many, in several different shops. I even used a filled backpack as an imitation bay to get a feel for what pushing a baby around might feel like.
Ultimately our decision came down to this Chicco, and another one that - four years on - I have forgotten.
We had several criteria that we believed to be important when choosing a pushchair. These related to comfort, safety and practicalities. We wanted a pushchair that we could use from birth until aged four, one that would lay flat, one that would collapse easily enough and fit into the boot of our two door Yaris. Ideally it would be able to transport the car seat or have an adapter to do so. The pushchair also needed to be robust enough for travelling along bumpy footpaths as well as on city pavements.
This Chicco CTO met all these criteria and more. All of our test-driving was conducted indoors. Luckily a Mum-friend noticed that not all pushchairs have a multi-position sun-hood. Thankfully this one did. This hood has a little plastic window to check on the baby from the top.
It is easy to change chair's angle, from completely upright to flat. From memory, the car seat was very easy to click in and out of the stroller. (We haven't done this for over three years.)
There is a five point safety harness. I always ensured that our daughter had this on, even when she was lying down sleeping, as I had an unfounded fear that we'd all be hit by a car and the pushchair is what would save her. Thankfully we never got to try out my theory.
We still use this pushchair four years after the birth of our daughter, although rarely in the last year or so. We have found it to be extremely easy to use and very robust. It folds down easily enough, although not single-handedly. The folded dimensions are 110cm x 54cm x 41cm; we have had no problems getting into our small boot.
I guess that I should also mention cleaning. I usually give this pushchair a decent wipe over with a wet cloth when I think that it's needed. Other than the wheels - which seem to be some kind of modern, coated foam!! - this item looks almost new.
The only downside to this pushchair is that it is not suitable for jogging so we had to purchase a separate jogging pushchair.
This is a good quality item that I am happy to recommend. One word of caution though, is that there are many beautiful and stylish baby transporters available nowadays. Therefore, be very clear about just what you wish for your pram to do and to be.
~+~ When and why I bought this product ~+~
I first bought this Aapri Exfoliating Scrub cream in the mid 1980s, when I was around 14 or 15 years old. This was at a time in my life when every single item I purchased was analysed and all the positives and negatives about the item were assessed, as I was fully aware of the way in which opportunity cost affected my world. That is, I could buy the scrub - which may or may not work - but in doing so I would not have the money for a new top or lipstick.
I recall that I ultimately decided to buy it for the first time after seeing an advertisement in Dolly magazine or Seventeen magazine. I recall that the advertisement told a good story about the product and explained exactly why it would be the perfect exfoliator for my skin. I don't recall their being many other options for my skin - there had been an expensive one that I'd previously purchased from our local pharmacist and which was for acne problems so only supposed to be used in problem areas. The Aapri product however was and is suitable for all areas of the face and neck, hence my ultimate decision to first purchase it all those years ago.
I have since bought this item at least five times in the intervening almost 30 years.
The scrub comes in a flip-top lidded 150ml tube that is similar to a large, squat tube of toothpaste. The cream itself is grayish-light beige colour with lots of flecks and chips of apricot seeds. It looks and feels a bit like sand.
The website explains that the product is made from natural apricot exfoliants as well as "aloe vera, vitamin E and apricot kernel oil to deep cleanse and remove dirt, grease and dead skin cells".
The product is designed to provide deep exfoliation that in turn assists aids dead skin cell removal and helps "resurface the fresh and radiant skin".
~+~ In use and my opinion~+~
This exfoliating scrub cream is very easy to use. The lid opens easily enough. A small amount of the cream is dispensed into the palm or fingertips of one hand, and the product is then applied to an already dampened face. Sometimes I add a small amount of water to the cream when it is in my palm, but I find this to be less successful and more uncomfortable to use than the "normal" method.
This scrub is a scrub that feels like one, and I love it. It really does give my skin a good work out and does leave it with a tingle and a glow for several hours. I've heard people say that its effects last years if the product has been used regularly. I certainly couldn't and wouldn't vouch for that, but I am definitely happy with this product.
~+~ Final thoughts and availability ~+~
This product used to be very easy to find in the 1980s and 1990s. Nowadays the facial exfoliator market is saturated, and it is less easy to find. It is currently (early 2014) available from Amazon.co.uk for £5.75, although I understand from several friends that it occasionally makes an appearance in the Pound Shop and similar places.
~+~ Recommended? ~+~
This is an excellent product at a good price. Highly recommended.
Ikea Kalas Bowls
My husband bought these bowls along with a set of matching plastic tumblers, in the summer of 2013.
Being an Ikea product, these Kalas bowls are only available at this wonderful purveyor of all things you didn't realize you needed until you saw it. Yes reader, these bowls were an impulse buy, but at an inexpensive price equivalent to 90 pence. (That's also the current price as at Feb 2014.)
The bowls come in a set of six. Each is a different bright colour: orange, green, blue, purple, pink and yellow. When I first wrote this review I was convinced that we have two lime green bowls and no yellow. However I was completely wrong - perhaps I should get my eyes checked!
The bowls are made from polypropylene plastic, they are approximately 12cm in diameter. They have a pretty floral imprint at the bottom of the bowl, giving our daughter something to look for as she finishes her food.
We have been using the bowls for close to eight months now. We find them to be a great size, very durable and easy to use and to clean. They are reportedly microwave (up to 100C) and dishwasher safe (up to 70C), although we only wash these by hand in warm-hot soapy water.
We do only use them for comestibles, but I could see that these may make cute storage containers for small arts and crafts items.
There is a note on the Ikea website that this product can be recycled, so that is something to be aware of when the time comes.
Definitely! We love these bowls and use them all the time. Highly recommended.
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I have been using Quinoderm 10 acne cream for more than a decade. I was introduced to it by my now husband, who swears by it. He once gave me a scientific explanation of this product's mechanism of action. Unfortunately I have completely forgotten his wonderful description. What I do know is that Quinoderm works well for both of us. In fact it works so well, that I have been transporting tubes of it for ten years, buying it in England and bringing many months' supply to California for my husband.
In the past Quinoderm cream has been available in several different sized preparations, namely 25mg and 50mg tubes. There are two different strengths: "5" and "10". There is also a face wash version. Currently (early 2014) it seems to be only available in 25mg tubes.
The Quinoderm 10 preparation is the one with which I am most familiar. The "5" preparation is for people with sensitive skin. These two numbers reflect the proportion in percentage terms of the active ingredient benzyl peroxide. This is known to have a good effect on acne.
In use and results
The tube has a twist-top cap which is easy to open. The product is initially easy to dispense. The cream white with an almost yellow tinge, this yellow becomes more noticeable as the opened tube ages and the remnants around the end of the tube harden. Over time, the cream at the opened end of the tube becomes hard and forms a plug which must be expelled and disposed of. This then enables you to get at the smooth cream that you will use on your face. Obviously this is very wasteful.
The cream is easy to apply. I do so with a single finger tip. I usually apply it after washing and drying my face or neck. The product is applied directly to the acne blemish; any unaffected skin will quickly dry out and start to peel within a day or more.
If I have a particularly recalcitrant blemish - which is usually located somewhere near my hairline or jawline - I simply apply the cream several times throughout the day.
I find that this cream induces a marked improvement in my acne blemishes within 12-18 hours, and a remarkable change within 48 hours.
Such a wonder item does not come without a downfall. The active ingredient in Quinoderm is also one that bleaches any fabric with which it comes into contact. You therefore must be very mindful of this when using and storing this cream.
Quinaderm is easily obtained from pharmacies, including those located within supermarkets. It is an over the counter product so no prescription is required.
The 25mg tube is currently available at Boots: a 25mg tube is £2.65
I definitely recommend this product. It works brilliantly. That said, I have removed one star for its inherent ability to irreversibly stain any fabric with which it comes into contact.
I've used this product on and off for years. I was introduced to this blackhead eliminating scrub by my sister; she works in a pharmacy. Now in my mid 40s, I have had combination skin for a number of years and this in turn was preceded by many years of oily skin which naturally attracted blackheads.
The medical name for "blackhead" is comedone. The free online dictionary gives further information about comedones: "a plug of keratin and sebum within a hair follicle that is blackened at the surface".
No matter what you call it, this phenomenon is one that all of my friends and I have done our best to avoid and remove. Over the years (and decades!) I have tried many products. This one is at least as good as the others.
I am fairly familiar with the brand having previously used the Neutrogena face wash soap bar in my teenage years. This face scrub is sold in a flip-top plastic tube that holds 150ml. The product is viscous, meaning that I am less likely to dispense more than I need.
The product has a light floral scent and is white in colour with a few orange and dark specs throughout.
This product is easy to dispense and to use. When I use this scrub - every six months or so - I apply it once a day I in a typical manner: I dampen my face with a face cloth or by splashing water, place some scrub into the palm of my hand and then apply it to several places on my face with the fingers from my other hand. I then use a circular motion to buff away the blackheads, grime and dead skin. Or at least that's what I hope is happening at the time. It is then easy to rinse off with a small amount of tepid to warm tap water.
My overall opinion
In my opinion this is a gentle exfoliator that leaves my skin feeling cleaner than when I only use water, and also less dry than when I use soap products. My skin does feel soft and not dried out. I'm not a huge fan of the scent, but I am also not put off buying this product because of its smell.
But does it improve my blackheads? Well, I do believe that they are less prominent and that there are less of them. This is not a perfect face scrub, but it is one which gives my skin noticeable improvement and a gentle tingle.