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GAVISCON ORIGINAL ANISEED LIQUID I have suffered from acid reflux since I was in my teens, I actually have IBS and Gastric Reflux and as a result I suffer from a lot of acid. I do take a prescription medication to try and control it however they frequently need a little top up and one of the best products to help with this is Gaviscon. Gaviscon is available in many forms these days but the first product they produced was a thick aniseed flavoured liquid, this is still widely available now and is the product I am reviewing today. THE PACKING .... The original Gavison comes in two different sizes, a 600ml bottle and 300ml, both bottles are made from a very thick dark brown glass and have white twist lid. Something I do notice is that he cap is not the usual safety cap you find on medication but a simple twist cap. The body of the bottle has a label in the well known greeny/blue Gaviscon colour along with the outline of a persons torso with a small image of a fire in their stomach area. Across the middle of the label is the brand name of the product along with the flavour which varies in colour depending upon which flavour you choose to purchase. The Aniseed one is pink in colour. Below this is a brief description of what the product does and contains. To the left of the label are clear instructions of dosage to take and to the right the storage information and any safety warnings. The label also has brail print around it. ABOUT THE PRODUCT .... As previously discussed the product is used to treat heart burn and indigestion, it contains Sodium Alginate, Sodium Bicarbonate and Calcium Carbonate, the products work by simply providing a protective layer on the contents of the stomach and helps stop the contents from refluxing into the oesophagus. The original Aniseed liquid is a very thick pale pink liquid that tastes of a slightly sickly Aniseed flavour. To take the product you simple measure the required dosage into a measuring spoon and take, it is suggested to take after meals and before bed time but can be taken as required as long as you do not exceed the safe stated doses. (Please see label or your doctor regarding dosage) DOES IT WORK? .... Yes the product works really well, I usually find it starts working in about 20 to 30 mins and lasts several hours. PRICE .... The 600ml bottle is currently on sale in boots for £8.99 and the 300ml bottle for £5.59 SUMMARY .... I do find this liquid a little sickly and usually buy the peppermint however this was all the local pharmacy had last time I was in there, I also find it very thick and it can be a little odd feeling as it goes down the throat which I know can be a problem for some people. However I do find the liquid is far more effective than the tablets, it coats as it goes through the system and provides a faster acting effect so I usually have a bottle on the go for when I am home and only use the tablets when I am away from the home. I can not really say that the taste is bad enough to deduct a star as the product really performs perfectly and does what it is supposed to, at the end of the day medication is not intended to taste nice simply more palatable and this is what it does so for me I have to give this product a 5 stars out of 5.
PERCY & REED TOTALLY TLC HYDRATING MASK I am unlucky to have been born with what I call poodle hair, it refuses to curl without a ton of product put through it and refuses to straighten unless it is full of relaxing products and straightened with GHD straighteners and either way the first sign of damp it pings straight back to its original poodle fluff do! To top this it feels corse to the touch and knots something rotten. Over the years I have spent a fortune on expensive hair products to try and counteract my hairs natural wishes to emulate a poodle and as such last year I was very excited when there was a hair mask attached to my Glamour magazine when it popped through my door. I had never heard of Percy & Reed at the time so I googled them and found that they were very expensive so was very much excited to give the mask a go. The instruction on the tube say to work the mask through the hair, gently massaging from roots to ends until the hair is covered. Wrap hair up and cover with a towel to create a warmer temperature. Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes then remove towel and rinse throughly. I washes my hair as usual with shampoo and conditioner and followed the above instructions to the letter upon trying to rinse the product out my hair felt heavy as if there was a coating on the actual hair so I re rinsed to be safe however it still felt coated. I thought maybe it was supposed to feel like this and proceeded to dry and style my hair, unfortunately once dry my hair still felt heavy with some sort of coating and while it did feel slightly less corse and was not as knotted when wet it felt and looked greasy. The following day was even worse my roots felt as if my hair had not been washed in days. Was it something I did I wondered and a few days later decided to try the product again, yet again I followed the instructions on the bottle! Unfortunately it produced the same coating on my hair! Now my hair is combination and does have naturally greasy roots but I have never used anything that feels so heavy on my hair. Sadly I have given in trying this product and it's been gathering dust in the bathroom, the funny thing is even though it did not work I am loth to throw something away that has such a high price tag lol. Percy & Reed is available from their own website online at www.percyandreed.com/‎ The mask I received from the magazine was a 100ml bottle however this appears to be a trial size and the full size is 175ml and RRP is a rather hefty £20. Now it's hard when it comes to haircare products, it is important to remember we all have such different hair textures that what works really well for one of us can produce the complete opposite in others however this sadly was so awful on my hair it has put me off trying any other products in the range. For me this sadly has to be a 1 star out of 5 and the poodle won the prize lol.
THIS WORKS : SLEEP In August I was lucky enough to stop in a Crowne Plaza hotel on a trip to Leeds, when I got into my room I saw they had provided me with some extras in the room, one of which was a small box containing two products by a company I had never heard of called "This Works"! The products were their Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Deep Sleep Stress Less. I went through my small pillow spray very fast and ended up purchasing a full sized one (which I have already reviewed a few weeks back if anyone is interested in looking back) however the other product has lasted a lot longer and I am still using the small trial one so I thought I would add a review on it. The two products come in a small white box and are simply called This works : Sleep! The box informs us that is contains 2 mini solutions for a better nights sleep! Inside the box the products are both 5ml in size, the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is a small plastic spray bottle and the Stress Less is a small glass one with a white screw top and metal roller ball top. The products are very simple to use to use the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray you simply open the lid and spray lightly onto your pillow and sheets, to use the Stress Less you simply unscrew the lid and rub the metal roller ball over the back of your wrists. Both products smell divine and contain natural ingredients that supposed to help you relax and unwind, therefore helping you have a better night sleep. I will admit I do not use the Stress Less as much as the pillow spray however I have actually been using it more during the day when I feel stressed than in conjunction with the pillow spray. I find the scent is calming and it does help make me feel less stressed. The only thing I will say is that I do not notice the scent after about 30 mins so it does not last very long. I do not like the Stress Less quite as much as the pillow spray, although to be fair to it I can not fault the pillow spray so it has a lot to live up to in relation! The set is available from www.thisworks.com for £10 so I think we got a very nice little freebie in the hotel so thank you Crowne Plaza! Both products are also available from the same site in full sized bottles but I think they mini is certainly a good value trial option if you wanted to give them a try first. As a set I would give them a 5 out of 5 but if I was reviewing the Stress Less alone I would have to say it would be a 4 out of 5. However as a duo they make a powerful team and I really love using them.
THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP PILLOW SPRAY I have to admit I never really believed a pillow spray could help me with sleep, call me cynical but since the medical world have spent several years trying to drug me to sleep and I still spend most nights tossing and turning I honestly did not hold out much hope for some nice smelling spray. However recently on a trip away I stopped at a Crowne Plaza Hotel, I was really touched to find the hotel had supplied some nice goodies in my room one of which was a small set by a company I had never heard of called "This Works". It was a small trial set of deep sleep pillow spray and a small roll on product called stress less! Now there is one thing I am most certainly am and that is stressed so even little old cynical me is open enough to try some nice smelling products when I do not have to pay for them! I will not spoil the rest of the review by telling you anymore about the products but I have since bought full size versions of both and this is my review of the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. THE COMPANY .... This Works was not a company I had heard of before however a little research on their website informs me that the company was founded in 2003 by an International Journalist called Kathy Phillips. The company is British based and sources all its products locally and aim to be environmentally responsible as possible. The company say that they review their policies every six months and that their current ones are as follows :- (next four points taken from their website) 1) None of their products or raw ingredients are tested on animals. 2) All Skincare, Bath and Body formulations are free from phthalates, sulphates, synthetic colours and fragrance, parabens, GMOs, mineral oils, petrolatum, propylene glycol. 3) They promote the use of sustainable sources of raw ingredients. Products are manufactured in the UK where the majority of their retail clients are based thus reducing transport impacts. 4) Their research and development department is continually trying to find ways to formulate safely, thoughtfully and honestly. Sourcing and testing are therefore time-consuming and labour intensive but always in the interest of maintaining the product excellence synonymous with This Works. ABOUT THE PRODUCT .... The product really is as simple as it's namesake, a spray that you spray onto your pillow that should help you sleep deeply. The spray is an infusion of several oils that are designed to help you relax and unwind so that you get a better night sleep. Lavender Oil Lavender oil is well known for its relaxing properties and can be used for depression, tension headaches, stress and anxiety. Patchouli Oil It is said that Patchouli oil is the marmite of the essential oils, you either love it or hate it. It has a very distinctive scent to it that many relate back to the 60's. It has many uses but is by many believed to be relaxing and may have aphrodisical properties. Ho Wood Oil Ho-wood acts as a mild analgesic and muscle relaxant, it is relaxing, has mild aphrodisiac properties and is believed to have mild anti-depressant properties. Vetivert Oil Vetivert is thought to stimulate the immune system and support the body's stress response. It can also be used to release tension form aching muscles and helps to relation. Camomile Oil Camomile is well known for its relaxing sedative effects but it is also thought to have anti-depressant properties. THE PACKING .... The product comes in a greyish blue cardboard box with white text on it which really stands out, the base and top of the box are also white in colour. The front of the box has the product name, a small blurb informing us that we should "gently inhale this soothing spritz for a good nights sleep" Below that is the company logo and then information about the weight of the product contained. The left side of the box has the ingredients of the product in very small print and at the bottom is the FSC logo, the recyclable logo and then something that resembles a finger pointing at a small booklet which I can not tell you what it is meant to mean! Answers on a postcard :-) I find it very odd that I can not see any mention of the fact that the products are not rested on animals. I had to actually look that up on their website to make sure that It was, it's a little odd to not have it displayed on packing because many like myself do look to make sure when shopping that it is displayed. The right of the box has some blurbs about the companies ethics and that they are using as natural products as possible. The back has more about the essential oils and instructions that say to spray on your pillow or bed cover before you go to sleep. Inside the box is a white plastic bottle around 13cm in height, the front of the bottle resembles the front of the packing box but with the colours reversed. The bottle is white with the original greyish blue of the box now the colour of the text. The sides of the bottle are clear however the directions from the card box are repeated on the back of the plastic bottle. TO USE .... The bottle has a pump spray nossle which you simple press down on a few times and disperse the required amount of product over your pillow and covers to provide a lovely smelling fragrance. The spray is water like in texture and clear like water. I have used this on my white bedding and it has not made any marks at all which I was a little concerned about but it dries almost instantly and simply leaves a gorgeous smelling scent behind. DOES IT WORK? .... well lets put it this way, I am no longer a cynic! After using the miniature version I have upgraded to the full size 75ml bottle. From the very first use I slept a lot better on the nights that I have used the spray, it is not by any means a miracle worker but I am definitely much more relaxed and calm on the nights that I spray it and I have noticed a significant difference in the speed I get to sleep most nights. SIZE AND COST .... This product is not cheap the 75ml retails for £16 SUMMARY .... I really like this product, it really does help calm me down and I have actually started spraying a small amount onto my clothing some days when I feel very stressed. The mixed scent of the oils is perfect, I was a little concerned when I first sprayed the trial one after seeing lavender on the list because I really do not like the scent of lavender, however This Works really has got the mix right and combined with the other oils while it is still a prominent scent it is not over powering. Other than the cost being a bit on the high side for me I can not fault this product so for me it has to be a 5 stars out of 5!
LUSH KING OF SKIN I have never really suffered from very dry skin, I am not sure if it is due to luck or the fact that until recently I have always used baby oil in the bath or often on wet skin after a shower. It has worked for me and I will admit I have rarely questioned the fact that I only need a small amount of body lotion during the winter months. As such I really had not given the body butters a second glance in Lush until the other day, I was away for a couple of nights and the harsh soap in the hotel was giving me awful dry skin so as I was passing a Lush store I headed in planning to buy one of their small tubs of moisturiser. This is where I was introduced to King of skins, which I will admit had actually thought was a soap :-) I think one of the things I love most about Lush is the staff, they are always most helpful and will do everything they can to help you find the right product, however I will admit even I was thrown this time when the member of staff grabbed a large silver washing up bowl and filling it up of warm water told me to roll my sleeves up! I thought she was after a bit of help with the cleaning up for a minute! Eeek! In reality she was simply showing me the product but bless her she washed both arms then tried different body butters on each arm to see which was the best for me, in print it seems a little over the top but I was extremely grateful because I walked out of the store with the right product for me so no money wasted - and two clean arms lol. SO WHAT IS KING OF SKIN? King of skin is a solid body butter bar, this is basically a product that resembles a bar of soap but is in fact a solid moisturising bar. Lush have several different shaped body butter bars which are generally shaped like small squares or rectangles, however a few years back they re shaped king of skin into a small crown shaped bar which is quite cute and I noticed they have a cute santa head the other day in for Christmas :-) HOW TO USE? The solid body butters are very simple to use, instead of applying as you get out of the shower like a regular moisturiser you actually use the body butter bars while still in the shower or bath. After you have finished soaping you simply dip the body butter under the water and rub gently onto wet skin and dry as usual. For me the body butter leaves a small residue on my skin for a short amount of time after use, however it is not heavy and it does soak in within a few minutes leaving my skin feeling divine. I really never have had a moisturiser that leaves my skin feeling so soft. I am not really sure what to say is the strongest scent of this product, it does have a very mild fruity smell but it is very mild. HOW LONG DOES A BAR LAST? I guess as with everything it depends on how much you use but my bar is over a month old now and is still going strong so I would say mine is going to last around 2 months being used every other day, so maybe a month if you used daily. COST AND WEIGHT .... These bars cost £5.50 for a 75g bar so they are not as cheap as a tub of your cheapest moisturiser, however I would rather pay a bit more to moisturise my skin in better products like cocoa and Shea butter so for me it's worth the cost. SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OVER A LIQUID MOISTURISER? The first one for me is packing and storage, one of these bars is small disc shaped bar around 8cm in diameter (mines been used a few times so it's a rough size), this can be stored in a small tin or stored on a soap rack in your bath room so no need for large plastic bottles cluttering up your bedroom or bathroom. Secondly for me and the best is the difference in ingredients, if you have ever looked at the side of your normal bottle of body moisturiser there are a lot of ingredients that I think most of us would not even have a clue what they are let alone many that sound like the should be in a science lab not a product I am putting onto my skin. King of skin is made with natural products so your body is getting nicely moisturised with natural ingredients and not a ton of chemicals. OTHER USES .... These bars also double up great as shaving bar's! To use simply apply a thin layer before shaving, shave as usual and then apply a second layer after! No need for shaving foam and your skin is already nicely moisturised so no nasty shaving rashes! INGREDIENTS .... Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Fresh Organic Bananas, Oat Milk, Fresh Organic Avocado, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Perfume, Organic Jojoba Oil,Almond Oil, Tangerine Oil, Lavender Oil,Sandalwood Oil, Rose Absolute, Frankincense Resinoid, *Limonene, *Linalool SUMMARY .... I adore this product! I wish I had found them years ago and will not be going back to bottled moisturisers, my skin has never looked or felt so good! Although I am not sure I am ready to try Lush's boast of the Emperor's new clothes! Think I will stick to showing my arms and legs off lol. The only issue I will say with this product is make sure you rinse the bath down well after use because it can leave a bit of residue on the bath which can be slippery. Other than that I would not hesitate in recommending this product to anyone it is outstanding, I can not fault it. I would give this 5 out of 5 stars without hesitation.
ProRep Tortoise Life Mediterranean Tortoise Substrate I have always been an animal lover and growing up I used to get very distressed when my pets died, when I was about 12 years old my best friend bought a pet tortoise, I fell instantly in love and after around two years of begging my mum agreed to let me buy one! I will admit we had no idea at the time what we were letting ourselves in for care nor cost wise but I do not think any of us would change anything, he is a member of the family. Before I start the review I will just mention that when we bought my tortoise the shop thought that it was a wee lady tortoise so I named her Amber, it was not until some 10 years later and he was ill that the vets informed me that we actually had a wee lad tortoise! I decided not to bother changing his name but I now have a male tortoise with a female name lol. Anyway Amber was around 11 years old when I bought him so is currently around 30 years old now and still plodding around quite happily, he is kept indoors in a large vivarium which is 4 foot by 2 foot although he also has a run outside for summer. Over the years I have tried him on many products for the base of his vivarium. I tried sand but it used to get everywhere, for many years I used to buy a peat free grow bag and pop that inside which he seemed to love but a friend who also keeps them told me that it was not ideal and that a bark chipping would be better for him. We invested in bark chippings but they never really kept clean and if I am going to be brutally honest they were not absorbing the urine smell, it was not nice for him nor me so I found myself wondering what to use, I had read in one of my books that they were best kept on a compost/sand mix but I had no idea how I would measure the mixture and so had a bit of a dig around when I stumbled upon this product on Amazon. ABOUT THE PRODUCT .... For those who do not know what I mean by substrate, it is basically the product used in the bottom of the vivarium. Amber is a Russian or Horsfield tortoise which is classified as a mediterranean tortoise, this product has been designed to simulate the kind of terrain that Amber would be walking and burrowing into in the wild whilst being safe for the tortoise. The substrate is a mix of quality loam, soft sand and limestone, the bag claims that this mixture of ingredients provides the ideal mix of texture and moisture retention whilst simulating the soils found in their natural habitats. The addition of pure limestone to the mixture provides additional calcium if the substrate is eaten. This sentence made me laugh until around 40 seconds of being placed onto his new substrate Amber opened his mouth and started chomping down on it! Clearly they have no tastebuds lol! Now for anyone like me I also had no idea what loam was, whilst I could see it is a soft feeling soil substance I honestly had no idea so good old google to the rescue! "Loam is soil composed of sand, silt, and clay in relatively even concentration (about 40-40-20% concentration respectively)" DIRECTIONS FOR USE .... There really is not much to using the product, basically once the old substrate has been removed from the vivarium and it has been cleaned out then I simply poured the contents of the bag into the vivarium and spread evenly around. The packing informs us that the product should be at least 5cm's deep for most mediterranean tortoises and russian tortoise's may need it a little deeper because they like to burrow! We already knew this after years of owning this little monster, he digs all day long. To keep clean you simply remove any droppings and fully replace the product monthly. The packing also mentions to spray sections of the substrate now and again to provide a local humidity, however since Amber has a habit of tipping his water bath everywhere I do not bother with this. SIZE AND COST .... The bag I bought was a 10 litre bag and cost me £7.14 SUMMARY .... Upon putting the vivarium back together I was really taken with the look of the product, it looks nice and natural, I know this might sound a little odd but the limestone gives a nice scattering of white into the soil and looks nice. The mixture is really soft to the touch and after week 2 is holding up really well to any smells. I have barely needed to do anything to the vivarium if I am honest and I am beyond happy. WHAT DOES AMBER THINK? .... Well as I have already stated he does seem to quite like a bit of a chomp on the product however since I have placed this in he really does seem to be a happier tortoise. Hard to tell I know since he does not wag his tail but he seems a lot more chilled out, he keeps falling asleep splayed all over the place which is quite amusing. He is also eating well and just generally seems happier. Oddly my dad looked after him for 3 nights recently and he said to me, I know this sounds odd but Amber seems really happy with his new substrate! So I guess he must be giving off some vibe we are picking up on lol. WHAT I THINK .... I really love this product and it will be my new product of choice! I have normally 3 main issues with his substrates and every single one is improved with this product. The first is the smell, some of the other options have not held smell and left me very quickly with a smelly vivarium, this product still smells fresh after just over 2 weeks. The second is dust, every single other product has caused some sort of dust residue, I honestly thought this would as well but as the bag states it is holding the moisture and I have had no extra dust to contend with. Lastly and the most irritating is his digging, normally he digs through his substrate as low as possible and then spends hours digging against the glass which honestly is like listening to nails on a chalk board. This has not happened, he seems to get to a good depth and settles happily in his hole. Win win, he gets settled, I do not get a headache! I honestly do not know how I was managing without this product and for me it it a 5 stars out of 5 no issues! I can not fault it.
Montagne Jeunesse Hot Chocolate Orange Face Mask Ever since I have joined Dooyoo I have seen lots of reviews for the Montagne masks, there are many different types and I had seen some really good reviews on them. About a month ago I was in Wilkinsons when I spotted a rack of these masks and thought I would give one a try. After a little deliberation I decided to choose the hot chocolate orange mask, I quite liked the idea of a heated facial and as a chocolate lover I loved the idea of a chocolate orange one. ABOUT THE MASK .... These masks all come in single packets so you can buy different ones for each application which is quite nice! The hot chocolate orange mask is a clay mask and says that it is suitable for normal, oily and combination skin. My skin is combination so it seemed a good choice. The masks come in small packets that are very hard to describe what the shape is meant to be but the image above it the same as the one I purchased. The front of the packet informs us that it is hot chocolate and has images of various chocolate and oranges, below this is an image of a lady wearing the mask with some odd slices of orange over where her eyes should be. I found this a little odd, although I understand the link between the chocolate orange and the orange slices, I did find it odd that they would place them over her eyes. I am not saying anyone would, I sincerely hope everyone would have the sense to not place oranges over their eyes but to me it looks like she is and can you imagine how much that could sting! Ow! The back of the packet has the usage instructions along with some cute photos of someone following the instructions. The ingredients and logos informing us that the product is BUAV approved (against animal testing) and suitable for vegetarians. Below that is a warning that although the mask smells delicious it is not for eating! I have to agree with them it does indeed smell divine! TO USE .... I found the corner of the packet quite hard to remove with my damp hands (due to the heat in the bathroom) but once I got into the packet I was hit by a totally yummy smell of hot chocolate! I squeezed the packet into my hand and was a little shocked by how runny the mask was, I had expected the clay to be a little thicker. I applied the full packet to my face as instructed and laid back to wait the 15 minutes the mask should be on. This is where my problems started, the mask started running, it was all over my neck and dripping onto my chest rather than setting in any way. It was like I had poured melted chocolate all over me face. The mask did start to heat up but by no means did it get as warm as many I have used and was a little bit of a disappointment. After the 15 minutes I grabbed my face cloth to remove the mask and there was a total mud mess everywhere! The mask was still so runny that it just slopped all over the side of the bath and my beige face cloth was stained with large brown marks. It also made such a mess of the bath water that it left an awful brown rim around our white bath, I had to scrub the bath as soon as I got out it was that bad. It looked like the bath had not been cleaned and had brown tidelines lol ewww. MY SKIN .... I have to say I did not notice any improvement with my skin after removing the mask, it was not more moisturised or any significant difference I am sorry to say. On a plus point it did not cause any spots or anything. WOULD I USE IT AGAIN .... No! It made such a mess and I did not find any benefit from it although it did smell very nice. COST .... All of these masks retail at around £1 for a mask and come in a wide variety of types so maybe next time I will be more lucky! SUMMARY .... Smells nice, did heat up but made an awful mess and no noticeable benefit to my skin. I would not use this particular one again but I would try a different mask as I am sure this was just not the one for me. I would give this 2 stars out of 5, sorry it really did make such an awful mess for me to tidy up that I lost any relaxation I had from my pamper session and I saw no visible improvement to my skin.
LUSH JUNGLE SOLID CONDITIONING BAR Following Spiritwood's recent review of this product I was tempted to buy this product and on a recent trip to my local lush store it was added to my ever increasing collection of Lush products. I am becoming more and more aware of what is actually listed on the ingredients of my beauty products, partially from reading and writing reviews on here and also my help on a beauty forum. I have always questioned why some companies feel it is alright to test their products on animals but I trusted these companies to use products that are safe. I am learning more and more that there are so many awful ingredients shoved into all of our everyday products but the most scary thing is that many of them do not even need to be there. ABOUT THE PRODUCT .... Jungle is a solid hair conditioning bar, before Spiritwood's I had never even heard of a solid conditioner bar, I will admit I had seen them in Lush but I had though they were bars of soap! I will note that the photo above must be out of date because the soap now comes in small circular shape rather than a bar that needs cutting to size, the soap is pale green in colour and has a cute pattern on the top that I think is meant to be jungle leaves. The soap is around 4cm in diameter. So why a solid conditioner? I am not sure about this one! I can see the benefits of less packing but not much else other than that. As with all Lush products it comes with a weird and wonderful name, this one made me giggle! The Lush website says "it's a jungle out there! Help tame wild, bushy hair! That could be taken so many ways! The bar contains coco butter to give a deep moisturising condition to the hair whilst adding a nice shine, and the fruits have been designed to add fruit oils to the bar to condition without being too heavy on the hair. The bar smells of light fruity smells although I can not pinpoint a single strong scent but it certainly does smell nice and fruity. TO USE .... The bars can be used in several different ways, the lady in Lush showed me two but I have since found a rather novel third method on youtube! The first method is to simply soak the bar under or in the water for a few seconds and rub between your hands as you would a normal bar of soap, a nice lather of the product will transfer to your hands and you can then rub it through your hair and repeat as desired. The second method is to again soak the bar for a few seconds under the water then holding the bar gently run the bar down the length of your hair, as if runs down a thin coating of the product is left on your hair. The third method on you tube, which I feel is kind of pointless but I will still share it. Crumble some of your bar of Jungle into a bowl, add a small amount of boiled water and mix until the bar becomes a paste then you can use as usual. DOES IT WORK? .... I have found that although it is quite light for a conditioner Jungle really does leave my hair smelling really nice and leaves no residue on my hair at all. The bar seems to be lasting a very long time, I have been using it every other day for just over a month and I am no where near finished it so it is very good value for money. STORAGE .... These soaps come without any packing, however Lush do sell small silver coloured storage tins that are priced £2.50 and can be used to safely store your conditioner away and be re used when you get your next conditioner. I have actually found these really handy for travel, no worrying that there are going to be any leaks in my bag so good. COST .... These bars are such good value for money £3.25 for a 55g bar of soap, as I say mine is at current rate going to last me at least 4 months and my hair is very long so takes a fair amount of it. SUMMARY .... I really do like this product not just for it's novelty but since using this and Cynthia stout shampoo I have noticed a huge difference in the quality of my hair. I have awful fluffy hair that will not curl and will not straighten and insists on being greasy by the roots within hours or washing but dry on the ends. Talk about opposites lol. I have found that my hair is still fresh the second day with this product and in reality I could be leaving it longer if necessary. I would give this product 4 out of 5 stars, it looses a star because I do find that it takes a fair bit of rubbing in my hands to get a good lather so can not give it 5 but it's really so minor it would be 4.5 if I could.
COMPEED MEDIUM BLISTER PLASTERS As many of you will know BzzAgent is a site that sends it's agents products to trial for free in return for our honest opinions and reviews on the products that we are trialling. As a BzzAgent I was recently sent some Compeed plasters to trial and this is my review of the product. I will admit I knew very little about Compeed when I received my trail pack, I have a vague memory of using a pack of the blister plasters a few years ago when I had a pair of naughty shoes and then forgotten all about the product. All I do remember from my previous trial of the product, was that it was summer and my feet were hot, which is most likely why the shoes were rubbing like mad in the first place, but I do remember that the plasters would not take fully and I used half the box on the days outing! As such I was quite interested to see how they had improved since my last use. As I often do before my reviews for a product I like to take a quick look at their main site just to give me a little bit more background about the company behind the product in my hands. A quick look at the Compeed website shows that the company appears to specialise in foot care products, the blister plasters, corn plasters, heal cream etc and are owned by Johnson & Johnson. Although I got an assortment of blister plasters in my Bzzkit, my review here is about their medium blister plasters. THE PACKING .... The plasters come in a small green plastic storage box that is around the size of a credit card, the box is very cleverly clipped around a piece of cardboard which is simply used to aid storage in stores and can be easily removed once the box has been opened and can be simply discarded. The back of the box has some basic instructions for use on the back of the box, however I do note that the print is rather small. The box clips open at the top end of the rectangle type shape - sorry its an odd shape to describe! And is hinged so that it does not separate from the base, inside the box there are 5 plastic looking plasters, each plaster is a long oval looking thing that is a pale opaque skin colour and feels a bit like soft rubber. The back of the plasters are the same as most general plasters, with two halves of removable backing tape. TO USE .... Clean and dry skin before use, ensuring blister area is free of creams and oils. Remove the bottom paper, avoiding touching the adhesive side. Apply plaster firmly over blister, ensuring the edges are well smoothed down. Leave in place until it starts to detach (Note: may stay in place up to several days). To remove plaster: do not pull upwards but slowly stretch along the skin. HOW THE PLASTER WORKS .... This is taken from the Compeed website http://www.compeed.co.uk COMPEED® hydrocolloid technology is an active gel with moisture absorbing particles. The COMPEED® blister plaster acts like a second skin to support the natural moisture balance, to: Relieve blister pain immediately Protect and cushion against rubbing. Offer fast wound healing Stays in place for several days. MY TRIAL .... I bought a new pair of sandals a few weeks back and although I did not yet have a blister, they were rubbing and I had the tell tail red skin that was starting to split and hurt so I thought I would give my blister plasters a go and see if they worked. As my skin was not bleeding or oily I will admit that I did not clean the area but simply applied the plaster as I would any normal plaster. When I was first holding the plaster I thought that it felt like it would be a little thick and I was worried that it would be very clumsy on the skin and not hold once the strap of my sandal rubbed against it. I was wrong however, the plaster stuck very snugly to the skin and was almost invisible up close. The plaster was very comfortable and caused me no discomfort when I put my sandals back on now the plaster was causing a barrier between the sore skin and the shoe. The day was very warm so I was interested to note that the plaster did not move unlike my previous trial of these some years ago, in fact it stayed in place for 3 days and even survived a dip in the bath! I will admit that the plaster was so comfortable that I had indeed forgotten that I was wearing it and extremely shocked that it survived a 1 hour long bubble bath without so much as a corner trying to come away from the skin! I was extremely impressed but did at this point remove the plaster to let the air get to my heal. There was no residue left on my skin upon removal of the plaster and it did not pull upon my skin at all. Under the plaster my sore skin had healed well so I was spared the pain of an open wound or possible blister thanks to my plaster so I was a very happy bunny. I have since used two more of these plasters to wear the sandals in and they no longer rub. COST .... The blister plasters cost around £5 for a packet of 5 so are quite expensive at a £1 a plaster. SUMMARY .... I have been take aback by how well this product worked, whilst I have not had a blister to trial them out on I am 100% sure that the sandals were about to cause one and attribute the application of the plaster to my currently lack of blister so I am very grateful and extremely impressed with the product. The plaster offered a really good barrier to my sore skin so I am sure it would also offer a sufficient barrier to render shoes comfortable enough on a blister whilst it heals. I have no problem at all giving this product 5 out of 5 irrespective of the high cost, they are worth every penny.
FEMFRESH NATURAL BALANCE CLEANSING WIPES This is one of those products that a lot of us use and yet when it comes to talking about them we seem to go into a small shy child mode, blush, look at the floor or try and avoid the topic or there are the type of people who try and come up with magic "special words" for things as if calling them something different makes it less difficult for them to talk about! Why? I do not know, because half the time the other person has no idea what they are talking about and they end up doing the "you know!, the things for ...." line. Always makes me laugh playing a game of guess the product or ailment! ABOUT THE PRODUCT .... FemFresh is a company that specialises in products specifically produced for women, their phrase is "expert care for down there!" In a nutshell though the company produces products to be used for the care of women's private area's, from shower gels through to wipes, they have been designed to have a mild PH level that should not cause any irritation to the skin. Their Natural Balance cleansing wipes are basically like a moist toilet wipe, they are available in two pack sizes 10 or 25 wipes. The wipes I use are the smaller 10 tissue pack, they come in a small packet that looks pretty much like any pack of hand wipes, the pack is white with the orange Femfresh logo across the centre of the pack. Also over the middle of the logo, the pack has a small sticky plastic seal that you peal back to open and then can stick back down. The wipes do not have any scent to them that I can detect (I say that because I am full of hay fever atm so the nose is not working it's best!), they are white in colour and about the thickness and feel of your average handy wipe to be honest. They are thinner than say the Andrex washlets but not to thin to cause any problems wiping. I really use these wipes as emergency handbag toilet wipes, there is nothing worse than standing in the que for the lady's toilets only to sit down and realise that there is no toilet roll in the holder! I do not know about the rest of you but I really am not one for bellowing to the stranger in the next cubicle and asking if they can pass me some loo roll under the door! I know many people reading will be thinking why not just carry some tissues? Well to be honest I do carry some dry tissues as well, but we have used moist toilet tissues in the home for many years and when it's warm and sticky, time of the month or worse the good old Anti biotics have caused yet another case of thrush, then wet wipes really are much nicer, they leave the skin feeling fresh and more moisturised so are my preferred choice. COST .... The wipes tend to be around £1.50 for a packet of 10 although I have been picking them up for the last few months for £1 in several pound stores. The larger wipes appear to retail around £3.50. I will also mention that the wipes have also had a recent revamp and are now white and blue, however the packs I own and have recently bought from the pound store are still the old design. SUMMARY .... I really could not do without these wipes, they really do leave you feeling clean and refreshed although I will note that the sensation of using a wet wipe rather than dry paper can take some getting used to, once you are it really does feel so much fresher. I have had no issues using these, no cases of irritation or anything. They have never dried out on me once opened although I will admit 10 wipes does not go far so they are not open that long but they have always remained sealed and wet once opened. The 10 pack is flushable (I am not sure about the 25, I would assume they are but I would suggest checking the packet) although it does state never to use more than one tissue per flush. Would I suggest these wipes? Yes, they are really handy, very discrete and perfect for your handbag. The only thing I have an issue with is the cost, they are expensive. Would I use them again? Well I have been using them for years and as long as they make them I can not see me stopping using them so yes! Now for stars! I am torn between taking a star off for the cost, I do find them expensive for what they are, however I do value them enough to repeat purchase them so I think I am going to go with the 5 stars out of 5.
CHERRY KISSES CARMEX CHERRY LIP BALM Hands up who knows anything about the Carmex brand? I admit I know nothing more than the famous little yellow pots (in recent years tubes as well) and that they were one of the few brands out there that is yet to taken over by the likes of P&G or l'oreal so I decided to have a little read up. It appears Carmex was started in the 1930's by Alfred Woelbing when he started experimenting on making his own lip balms in his home. The company built up but has been passed down through the family and is still in the Woelbing family which is really refreshing to see. What has shocked me when looking into the company is that although I think most of us know the brand, the company still only employs around 100 employees not many when their sales state to hold around 9% of the lip balm sales market. I love Carmex, I have been using the original blend for as long as I can remember, I actually do not think I have ever finished a pot, rather replaced them for hygiene reasons. With so many fingers going into the pots I do not like to keep them a massive length of time. This is actually my first pot of Cherry Carmex, I noticed that although there is no sun protection in the original Carmex the Cherry pot has a 15 spf so just incase we got a hot summer I thought this would be handy to have in my bag to give my lips a little extra protection. THE PRODUCT .... So I think we will all have see the small Carmex pots over the years, the design is so simplistic yet eye catching, the product comes in a small white plastic pot which is topped by a bright sun yellow metal twist cap lid. The Carmex logo is a bright red rectangle with Carmex in a white font. I think one of the things I love about Carmex is that it is really easy to recognise, they do not change the packing and the design is so easily recognisable that I can pick it out in a shop no problem. The Cherry scent has a small added image of two cherries and the word Cherry is added in a red font above the Carmex logo. Once open you get an immediate scent of cherries, it smells a little sweet but not nasty. The product is a pale yellowy colour and is fairly solid in the pot. To use you simply rub a clean finger across the top of the product so that some transfers onto your finger then rub on the required area of your lips. I find that the product transfers really easily, it is a little greasy but not at all sticky. When applied to the lips it provides a nice smooth coat on the lips, if the lips are very dry I have known this to tingle a little but this is not a nasty sensation. I do find that the coating vanishes after about 20 minutes, I am assuming this soaks into the skin as my lips feel and look a lot softer after this. There are instructions in a very tiny print on the side of the lid that say to apply the product liberally and evenly as required and to use externally only. I will admit that there are occasions that I have used my Carmex to soften dry patches of skin a little during the winter when I have been unable to locate my hand cream, only on the back of my knuckles that can sometimes get a little chapped. The ingredients for Carmex cherry are Petrolatum, Lanolin, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Ozokerite, Benzophenone-3, Cetyl Esters, Theobroma Cacao, Cera Alba, Cera Microcristallina, Euphorbia Cerifera, Limnanthes Alba, Camphor, Menthol, Salicylic acid, Parfum, Vanillin, Citronellol, Coumarin, Hydroxycitronellal, Linalool, Limonene. PRICE AND SIZE .... The price of the pots really does vary, I have in the past picked up the original scents in a £1 store but I bought the Cherry one from Boots for £2.69 SUMMARY .... I think this is the best lip balm there is, I do buy other ones but always have a pot or two of this on the go somewhere. It's stood the tests of time and keeps expanding. Over recent years they have started adding coloured balms and several different scents as well as hand creams. Does it work? A resounding yes! Would I recommend this product? Yes! I have no issues giving this product 5 our of 5 stars. I have never had a single issue with any of the products I have bought.
BARRY M LIQUID EYE LINER I have a love hate relationship with eye liner, I really do need to wear it to emphasize my eyes for a few reasons but it causes me no end of issues finding the right one! Firstly my eye lids are droopy, it appears to be something in the genes because I still remember growing up my Auntie pinning her's back with her fingers and moaning that you could not see her eye shadow and that she needed an eyelid lift! This is where I have to weigh up the options:- Matchsticks to prop the lids up? - not very good visually! A bit of sticky tape to pull them back? - could work but would look odd! A eyelid lift? - Pain and costly! Eye liner? - Cheap and effective! And we have a winner! Secondly I wear glasses and that really does make my eyes look smaller! Contacts are an option but suffering with so many allergies and dry eyes I have never got on with them, there is only so many times I can cope scratching my eyes without thinking and either loosing the lens or folding it up! So eyeliner it is? great you would think! Issue solved! But no such luck! Being blind as a bat means that I can not take my glasses off and apply my eye liner in a normal mirror, if I take my glasses off I am more likely to ask where the wall is, forget finding the mirror and my reflection in it! Growing up my sister used to laugh at me, I would break an eye liner pencil into half and then stand next to a wardrobe mirror and try and get close enough to apply the eye liner but far enough away that I would not keep hitting the pencil against the glass. These days I am a little more lucky thanks to someone realising there is a market for compact mirrors with magnifying glass, however the liner still needs to be short while I try and perform a juggling act between a compact, liner and holding my brow to get a straight line! It's something of a skilled art form because I only have two hands and need three lol. My allergies are the next issue, I do rub my eyes and I need a tough liner that will not budge when I have an accidental rub at my itchy eye balls. Trust me I do not believe the panda look is ever be in fashion! So when I am shopping for eye liner I am looking for waterproof, smudge proof black liner with a small applicator! Ok quite a list of requirements but I do find the odd one from time to time. One day when shopping I came across the Barry M Liquid Eye Liner and it ticked all my requirement boxes so was hastily purchased! THE PRODUCT .... Barry M is a make up brand that many of us will know, the products are growing quite a lot in popularity not only due to their cost being fairly low when compared to other high street brands but because more and more of us savvy shoppers are realising that many of the Barry M products are as good if not better than some of their more expensive counterparts. Barry M is available in Boot's, Superdrug and online at their own website www.BarryM.com. Another factor many of us are turning to Barry M is they are against animal testing and many of their products are not just suitable for Vegetarians but also suitable for Vegans. The Liner comes in a very cute little plastic pot that is the same colour as the liner contained within. To me the pot and applicator together look like a wee dunce cap. The liners come in a variety of colours, I am boring and stick to black but Barry M is always up to date and there are often fun Seasonal colours available. Blue seems to be the summer colour for liner at the moment. To open you simply twist the stalk part of the product anti clock wise whist holding the small pot still with the other hand. When opened the lid reveals an attached applicator, in some liners this is a fine brush. Barry M have actually made this a very tough nib that comes down to a very fine point. The ink is inside the pot and comes out on the applicator ready to be applied. To use you simply run the applicator across the desired area of the eye lid and draw as you would using a felt pen. The liner is very thin in consistency but does not run at all and dries within seconds providing the wearer with a lovely matte coloured line. The entire product is 10Cm in height, once removed the applicator and lid is around 9cm so it is a little longer than I like but copable. COST .... The liner has a RRP of £4.79 which I really can not fault, it is also often part of Boots three for two offers so is very reasonable. SUMMARY .... So what do I think of this eye liner? Well I can confirm that this liner is almost impossible to remove once applied and even if I do scratch it barely moves so no pander eyes! The liner holds for as many hours as I want to wear it, I am yet to have any issues with applying it in the morning. It's still holding fast when I go to bed even after a night out. What issues do I have? I find this hard to remove - yes the downside of it staying on is that it is hard to remove but as you will see in one of my previous reviews Lush have solved that issue for me with their amazing product called Ultrabland. Secondly I do find the hard nib a little hard to apply the liner with and takes a bit getting used to. Other than that I have no problems with this at all. It works really well! I would have no issue giving this 4 stars out of 5.
OPTREX REHYDRATING EYE DROPS FOR DRY EYES It's that time of year again when many of us are fighting off the itchy eyes associated with hay fever! I actually unfortunately suffer from dry eye all year around caused by other allergies and medication that requires drops twice daily but once hay fever hits me its almost like someone is drying out my eye balls, if I do not apply some drops fairly frequently throughout the day I find myself trying to scratch my eyeballs out and end up with red eyes which is not the best look in the world! Over the years I have tried many different brands of drops from the GP's or bought many over the counter, due to the frequency I add drops I tend to have 2-3 bottles on the go at anyone time so they are always within reach. One brand I buy often is Optrex, they sell many different types of eye drops and washes and are most probably the most well know brand of eye care. I have to admit I tend to just grab which ever bottle is on special or cheapest in the store as long as they are designed for dry, itchy or tired eyes but I do prefer to stick to the Optrex brand, they are a little bit more expensive than store's own brands but the quality is consistent so I always know the bottle I am buying will be good quality. THE PRODUCT .... The bottle I have in front of me is my most recent buy, it is rehydrating eye drops for dry eyes, they are advertised to be used to help combat eye conditions caused by aspects of modern living, such as contact lenses wear, computer usage, driving, air conditioning / central heating and polluted atmospheres. To use you simply follow the instructions below Ensure your hands are clean and dry and the bottle's seal is intact before use. Gently pull the corner of your lower lid down and tilt your head back. Apply 1 or 2 drops into your lower eyelid. Or, if you prefer, close your eye and apply 1 or 2 drops to the inner corner, then open and blink to spread the drops. Optrex Dry Eye Drops are suitable for frequent, everyday use. The drops themselves look just like water in look and consistency, I will admit I have accidentally got a drop or two into my mouth and they just taste a little salty like tears. There is no scent at all to these drops. The effect from the drops is instant so from the moment that I apply them I feel the benefit and my eyes feel rehydrated. The timescale for re applying these drops really does vary from day to day. I can find that sometimes I need to apply drops 5-6 times a day during summer but during winter I may get away with simply apply drops when I wake and before I sleep. All drops must be discarded within 28 days of opening, this is to minimise the chance of causing an eye infection. THE PACKING .... The Optrex drops come in small card board boxes which contain a small white plastic bottle. The bottle has a label on the front that is blue with a large Optrex logo, below that is the information informing us which type of drops they are and what eye condition they are designed to help with. The back of the bottle contains very little information, I am a little shocked to note that it does not contain the instructions for use but simply informs us to see the carton for instructions. SIZE AND COST .... These drops come in a 10ml bottle and I bought them from Boots for £3.79 although I do find the cost for drops really does fluctuate. SUMMARY .... I really like these drops, they work really well and give me instant relief so no more looking like I have been binge drinking for weeks because I have tried to scratch my eye's to death. Would I buy again? Well I buy them all the time so yes! Would I recommend? Yes without hesitation! I would give these 5 stars out of 5.
PANTENE PRO-V AQUA LIGHT NOURISHING SPRAY I have naturally thick hair that is neither curly nor straight, if I had to try and describe it I would say that it really does resemble poodle hair on a bad day and spaniel ears on a good day! It is very porous and seems to inhale conditioners, as such I have always used a good leave in conditioner on my hair after washing I find that it helps detangle any knots that the curls have got into and hopefully helps my curls to form into nice waves rather than a poodle frizz. Although I have had this about a year now I have only just started re using it, I am trying to be good and finish off some of my lotions and potions before I buy more. THE PRODUCT .... Pantene is what I would call an every day brand name, I think most of us will have used one of their products at some point or other, they produce a wide variety of hair care products from shampoo's and conditioners through to styling products. Pantene is actually owned by Proctor and Gamble. Pantene say this product as a lightweight nourishing dual phase spray for strong hair, I am not sure what this means but I am assuming the dual phase relates to the fact that this product would not actually look out of place in a child's science set. When left to settle in the bottle the product actually separates, a blue foamy type substance settles at the top and a clean water like liquid settles at the bottom. Before you use the spray you need to shake the bottle well to mix these back together so they combine to produce a pale blue liquid. The fun part is that they will separate again once left, yes I really am that sad that it entertains me! This product is really easy to use, you simply shake to combine the foam and liquid then press down onto the pump action spray nozzle and spray liberally onto your hair. I always use this on wet hair but I can not actually see anything on the bottle that says if it should be used on either so I would say it can be used on both. The spray has the usual scent of Pantene products which smells really nice and fresh and does stay on my hair for around 24 hours after washing. This product is part of the Pantene aqua light range that are products designed to be light on the hair and not weigh the hair down. I would agree that other than the scent and my hair feeling softer after use that there is no nasty residue left in my hair after using this. THE PACKING .... The product comes in a small clear plastic bottle a little taller than a can of fizzy drink in height, the bottle has a spray type nozzle to disperse the spray finely through the hair. The nozzle is a really bright greeny blue colour. The front of the bottle has the Pantene logo, the name of the product and what I think is supposed to be a graphic replication of the actual product as it combines. There is a pinky purple horizontal line across the centre of the bottle. At the base we are informed what the spray is in several different languages. The back of the bottle has the ingredients, bar code and information about Proctor and Gamble. SUMMARY .... There is nothing that I can say I particularly love about this product but there is also nothing that I find wrong with it. I think I have used three bottles of this since it was launched but intermittently between other products and I am not sure if they are still producing this. My last bottle was actually purchased at a pound store and a quick look now I can not see it for sale at Superdrug or Boots online. I find it a little tough to get overly excited about this product other than the fact it separates in the bottle it is pretty much your run of the mill leave in conditioner. Would I buy it again? If I found it yes! Does it work? I would say yes, it is a nice leave in conditioner and does what it says on the bottle, it is light weight and does not weigh down my hair so it gets a tick here. Would I recommend it? Yes and no! I would not jump up and down and rave about this product, however if someone was to ask me about this product in specific then yes I would. I have no idea what this is retailing at now, I think the most I paid for my bottles was about £5 so they were not expensive and last a good few months of use. Although this is not something I rave about I have to give it 4 out of 5 stars because it really does do what it is supposed to.
NELSONS TEA TREE CREAM So I have just been having a clear out of one of my many make up boxes to throw out anything that is looking rather ill or out of date and come across an old tube of this very close to it's use by date and thought I would give it a review. As many of you must by no know I have combination skin and over the years I really have tried pretty much half the products out there and still do slowly work my way through them! I always thought once my teens were over that I would just grow out of spots but it never happened, at 35 I have pretty much given up hope of it being a phase but still not resigned to them being there. I remember I got this in our local chemist one day, I was using a cream called panoxyl that the pharmacist had suggested but it was doing nothing but dry my skin out, I was talking to the lady behind the counter whilst waiting for the pharmacist to come back and she said her son had found this cream worked really well for him, I do not recall how much it was but I remember it was reasonable so it went into my purchase pile. THE PRODUCT .... The product is basically a mixture of some products and tea tree in a cream rather than an oil, I guess that it is easier for some skins to soak up or better for using on small abrasions or cuts either way I used this on and off the past few years, its never stung and seems to do it's job. The cream itself is white in colour and a thin cream consistency, there is a very very faint scent to it but not much and I certainly can not smell the tea tree. This really can be used on a lot of things but I have used it for bites, grazes, small paper cuts and any nasty spots that happen to be open. I have not found any benefit from it on inflamed spots but I do tend to apply a thin layer as a barrier if I have an open one. As I stated yesterday I never really checked the ingredients of things until I started reading other peoples reviews on here and I have to say this is yet another product that has shocked me when I did. It claims on the front that it is natural first aid antiseptic, however :- Aqua, melaleuca alternifolia (limonene), glyceryl stearate + PEG-100 stearate, prunus armeniaca, theobroma cacao, glycerin cetearyl alcohol + PEG-20 stearate, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, glyceryl caprylate, methylparaben, propylparaben Erm not so natural sounding lol, anyone have any clue which one is the Tea Tree? I actually have no idea what any of that is so I will leave it up to you to judge, I am going to simply judge the product on the performance but I am not sure the natural claims on the front match up. THE PACKING .... This comes in a cardboard box that is almost identical to the tube that is enclosed so a bit of wasted packing there, however the tube is of metal and coloured white with a very basic look to it. The Nelson's logo is at the top of the tube and then "Tea Tree, Natural first aid antiseptic" across the centre of the tube. There is a green leaf with a first aid cross next to that and then a dark green band informing us that the product contains a cream. The back has the ingredients, a blurb about tea tree and warnings about not using this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding also to be cautious if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. DOES IT WORK? .... Well I can not say I have ever applied this and woken up the next day to find myself magically healed, however I also have never found that the areas treated have been any worse and certainly seem to clear up nicely so I would say that it is doing something, so yes I would say to some extent it is working. I have never had any reactions to the cream. COST ... This is a lot more than I remember paying for it, a quick look shows that it is £6.99 in Boots but I can see it for as little as £3.99 on Amazon. It also appears to be available in two sizes 30g and 50g. My tube is the smaller 30 grams so that might be why it cost less and inflation. SUMMARY .... I would have no problem suggesting someone use this for minor booboo's as my Grandma used to call them, as for spots I do not think it is effective for that. I honestly can not work out what concentrate of tea tree is in this cream so if you are after tea tree I would suggest buying some pure oil. If you want something to give a little added barrier to a graze or booboo then I would say this is a good bet. For me I am going to give this a three stars out of five.