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Many years ago I started suffering with IBS. At first I suffered often with terrible stomach pain, bloating and upset. At the time I hadn't yet figured out which foods would trigger it, so it could start at any time, anywhere and quite suddenly. My doctor recommended Fybogel to me to ease the symptoms. At the time, Fybogel was only widely available in orange flavour, it is also available in plain or lemon but I much prefer orange to either of these. The orange taste is not unpleasant, but the thick consistency isn't all that nice. Fybogel comes in a small square sachet of powder, which you add to water and drink. You can get different box sizes, i usually buy a box of 30 which costs around £3.50. Most chemists stock it. Fybogel can be used to ease symptoms of diarrhoea, constipation and to soften stools. It is made from natural grains and is high in fibre to help regulate your bowels. I find Fybogel doesnt make them disappear, but does help to relieve the symptoms of IBS. Now that I've been living with it for many years, I have figured out a lot of the foods I need to avoid, but still get the occasional flare up unexpectedly so the small sachet is really convenient and small to carry around. As you need to mix the granules with water, it is not as discreet to take as a tablet, but I do think this works best for me and I like that it is natural. Most people, including pregnant women, can safely take Fybogel but there are a couple of conditions you shouldn't take it with so make sure you read the leaflet in the box or consult your doctor before taking. There are not many side effects, and they are not dangerous. Bloating and wind are the most common, but as they are a symptom of my condition anyway I don't notice any side effects. In my case, this eases my severe discomfort fairly quickly so I haven't got anything bad to say about it.
My husband is far from a culinary genius and as I occasionally work late I am always on the lookout for something quick and easy for him to make himself. I have bought a few different cans of chicken curry as he can just about manage to boil some rice and microwave this. Some were extremely impressive but a little pricey so I recently bought a couple of cans of the Tesco everyday value chicken curry. I think I would be kicked off the site for using the words he used when I came home from work one night, so I will tone it down. It went something like "What was that thing in the tin you got me?". Thinking he had been used to the more expensive brands and was probably completely exaggerating, I decided to throw on the other can for myself. You can either cook this on the hob for 3-4 minutes or in the microwave for around the same time depending on your wattage. I put mine in the microwave. The smell was pretty good, a strong curry smell as you would expect. Halfway through cooking I stirred it and found it to be a bit thin but thought it would thicken up in the last minute and a half. Unfortunately it didn't. It did smell good, but didn't look appetising with a brownish colour and large cubed chunks of carrot and potato. It didn't taste any better, I would have liked it thicker, the sauce tasted like a really bad curry powder with lots of water and I did not see one piece of the 15% marinated chicken breast. Not one. The only things I could taste were the large amounts of carrot, potato and sultanas. I didn't want a carrot and potato curry, so some chicken would have been nice. I couldn't finish this nor did my husband and he really is a dustbin for food. If you can stomach half a can, this will contain 125 calories. It is also nut free. It should be stored in a cool dry place and once opened, stored in the fridge for up to 2 days but I doubt anybody would want to keep any of it. The can also states that the (non-existent) meat complies with strict welfare and quality standards. It also has a label on the can which says it is an improved recipe. HA! A can of this is only 53p, making it a lot cheaper than most tinned chicken curry which is around the £1.49 mark but I would never buy it again. Paying the extra, your can get a lovely curry full of chicken which feels like a decent meal. This was very poor.
17 is a cosmetic brand which can be purchased in Boots. They are reasonably priced and at the moment their cosmetics are on 3 for 2 offer with the cheapest item being free. This waterproof mascara costs £4.69 for an 8ml tube and is available in a choice of brown or black. The mascara claims to be non clogging, lengthens lashes, is waterproof, smudge resistant and lasts all day. I recently bought this mascara in black and when I first applied it I found it went on easily, the brush was a good length and thickness and the results were ok, with the black being fairly bold and I was quite happy with it for a couple of weeks. There was nothing stand out about the mascara but it seemed okay for daily use. I didn't use the mascara for 2 or 3 weeks and when I went to use it I found it was really thick and clogged on the brush, when I applied it to my eyelashes they were sticking together and it just got worse as the days went on so I threw it in the bin before I'd had this a month. I haven't found this happens with any other mascaras, which are stored in the same way so can't blame storage for the effect on the mascara. Aside from the clogging, I didn't notice much improvement in creating a lengthened eyelash look and although it seemed smudge proof I didn't get a chance to see how waterproof it was. This is the second of the 3 "17" products I got on their 3 for 2 offer which has been really disappointing so I think I will pay a little extra and stick with the No7 brand in future and would avoid buying this again. As it didn't last long or work any better than others its low cost was not very good value for money.
I have 2 of these lip glosses - one is the old packaging design as pictured above, in the pale pink shade which didn't suit me and looked a bit tacky so this was barely used and I decided to try another shade recently. The packaging has changed slightly and now has black writing rather than the silver, and the dark blue lid has been replaced with a black one. The tube is clear so you can see the colour of the gloss inside, and a sticker on the end of the tube has the name of the shade. The choice of shades is a little strange to me, the shade I bought most recently is 'In The Nude' which is probably the most neutral shade available in this range. The other selections are mainly various pinks which go from a pale 'Star Girl' through to a dark purplish 'Very Berry'. The colour choices are fairly bold and I think some more neutral choices would make the range more popular. This lip gloss costs £3.99 for an 8ml tube. The Boots website describes this product as: Get glossy with the SEVENTEEN Ultimate Volume Lip Gloss! Giving a slick of intense colour and shine, lips look full and plumped. SEVENTEEN Ultimate Volume Lip Gloss, for lips that are good enough to kiss! I describe this product as: Thick, heavy, artificial looking and makes your lips anything but kissable (unless you want a real mess). It does make my lips look a bit more full and plump, but also very heavily made up. To start with the positives, it is fairly easy to apply and the applicator is a good size and also the length of it means it goes right to the end of the tube (if you make it that far it would be useful rather than tilting the tube and poking around), the nude colour is nice and has a lovely shimmery effect which looks nice. The main negative is the feel of the gloss, it is extremely thick and sticky and doesn't soak into the lips well at all. When wearing this I am constantly aware of it as it feels so heavy and unpleasant. I prefer a gloss which feels more light and natural, also a brand which offers a wider selection of shades and also is longer lasting so I wouldn't buy this lip gloss again.
Washing up liquid is not something which I am too particular about. I usually avoid the cheapest supermarket value ranges as they can be quite runny and thin, which doesn't make them as good value as they may first seem as you have to use more of them. As Tesco is where I do most of my grocery shopping, the next range up would be their Daisy products which I can't complain about and the Tesco range which is what I am currently using. I am currently using the lemon washing up liquid, the 500ml bottle is 89p or on offer at the moment with 2 bottles costing £1.50. There is also a larger 740ml bottle which costs £1.30. The Tesco range is also available in red cherry & orchid, apple and antibacterial lemon & lime. The prices vary slightly for each variety as do the bottle sizes. All of these are in the 2 for £1.50 offer if you want to try more than one. The first bottle I used was the apple, it performed well but I thought the apple scent was stronger than I would like and lingered on my hands for quite some time. I stopped using the apple and now use it for cleaning putting a small amount in a bucket when washing floors and the bathroom. I find the lemon smells quite pleasant and not as lingering as the apple scent. The liquid is a bright yellow colour in a clear bottle with a red lid which is easy to flip open and can also be taken off. It is not too runny and a little is sufficient to wash up with so I expect this bottle will last a good amount of time. I haven't found any negative effect on my skin from using any of these washing up liquids. It removes grease and food from my dishes without any problem and I don't find it takes much rinsing to remove any residue of the liquid from my dishes. There are quite a lot of offers on washing up liquids including the more expensive brands, so I may purchase another the next time but I would have no problem in buying this again. It cleans well and smells nice and is good value for money. I would recommend this range, but perhaps not for those of you who don't like strong fruity scents.
As you may have noticed, Tesco have recently been changing the look of their value range. The value products are now known as 'everyday value' and the packaging has changed from white with the blue stripe , as pictured, to packaging with pictures which vary depending on the range. This value soap has a clear plastic wrapper with green images of bathroom items such as a rubber duck, bathtub and tap. The soap itself is bright white in colour and is rectangular. Each bar costs only 11p for a 125g bar, which is why I decided to give it a try as it's hardly going to break the bank if it's not for me. The ingredients listed on the packaging are Sodium Palmate, Aqua, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Parfum, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Hexyl Cinnamal, CI 77891. The ingredients don't sound too natural, but I didn't feel they irritated my skin and I found the soap quite gentle to use. The first thing I noticed when using this soap was the shape of it was quite annoying to hold. The rectangular shape as a bit uncomfortable and something I didn't think would be a problem but I find the oval and rounded bars of soap much easier to hold. The next thing I noticed was that it doesn't lather very much, it just goes a little bit milky which means it isn't the easiest to rub into the skin. The final thing I noticed about this soap was the smell, or lack of it. There is only a very faint soapy smell which is gone as soon as it is rinsed off. This could actually be an advantage for me in some circumstances. I don't like the smell of soap on my body but I do not like the strong smell of soap lingering on my hands. So this would be good for me to use when washing my hands, especially on days when I am gardening as I would be washing them quite a lot. My favourite soap to use in the bath and shower is Dove. It is around 6 times the price of this soap and I didn't have high expectations of this soap and therefore I was not disappointed. If you want something that smells wonderful and feels luxurious, this isn't the one for you, although there are lots of good value bars which are available for not much more than this. If you want something that is cheap and cleans, this is what this does, no more and no less. For 11p, this soap would last a while and is good for someone who is on a very tight budget. For my bath and shower I wouldn't buy this again as I would like something that lathers up a bit more, but I wouldn't rule out buying it again to wash my hands.
What is Berocca?......Berocca effervescent tablets are tablets to dissolve which contain numerous vitamins. They are available in a couple of flavours including orange and mixed berries. There are a few varieties designed for different things such as boost and stay sharp. Performance in orange is the one I take. What's in it?..... Berocca contains lots of vitamins and minerals, I won't list them all but they include Vitamin B12, Folic acid, Zinc and calcium. All of which your body needs to stay healthy. One Berocca tablet contains the same amount of Vitamin C as 7 oranges. It is both sugar and caffeine free and there are no nasty sounding ingredients in the tablets so I wasn't worried about what I was putting in my body when I bought these. How to take it.... It's really quick and simple, just take one of the effervescent tablets and dissolve it in a glass of water. I use a half pint glass. The tablet will dissolve quite quickly and turn the water into something resembling orange juice. How does it taste?..... It tastes pretty much like a fizzy orange. I have purchased some cheaper brands of effervescent tablets which have a salty taste from them and don't dissolve as well as Berocca and leave an unpleasant residue at the bottom of the glass but the Berocca brand doesn' taste quite as bad. Fluorescent?......The title of this review describes one of the effects of the Berocca tablet. It can turn your urine fluorescent yellow or orange. I noticed this more when I first started taking these but not so much now. I also noticed I seemed to need to wee more often but this has also improved. Does it work?.....I wouldn't say that I'm bouncing around, bursting with energy from taking these but I have noticed an improvement in my immune system. I'm glad I got into the routine of taking them daily before the winter arrived as I normally spend months trying to shake off one cold or another. It's not a miracle tablet, I have still picked up the odd cold but the main improvement I have noticed is in getting rid of the cold. Rather than having the remains of a cold lingering for weeks I have only had the odd head cold for a couple of days and seem to have got rid of it much faster than normal. I'm guessing this is down to the big improvement in my Vitamin C intake since taking these each day. This reason alone makes the tablets worth taking for me. My daughter takes the 'boost' tablet on a morning and says it gives her an energy boost and makes her feel more alert and generally better. Where can you get these?......If you want to try Berocca for yourself they are available in most chemists and supermarkets. They are available in various pack sizes including 10's, 15's, 20's and more. I usually buy the biggest size available which is normally they best value, unless other tube sizes are on offer. They are quite pricey compared with other brands and other forms of vitamins but I feel they are worth it, anything that can improve my immune system and make me feel better is worth is. They taste much better than cheaper brands so it's worth paying a little more for, there may be some better tasting copies out there but the one I tried I could hardly drink with the salty taste. They cost around £4 for a tube of 15, and are often on 4 for 2. So £8 for just over 6 weeks isn't bad.
Cillit Bang Grime & Lime power cleaner is a cleaning product I picked up in the supermarket recently. It is one product in a range of Cillit Bang products which are advertised on the TV and seem to clean miraculously. I bought this mainly for use in my bathroom as I have recently had the bath with overhead shower replaced with one large shower cubicle which shows up and soap build up much more than the tiles or bathtub did before. I find myself cleaning this much more often and as it is large it can take up quite a lot of time so I thought this might make the job a bit easier as it claims to be 4 times more effective than the leading cleaner. The bottle is very easy to spot in stores as it is bright and unique. It is bright purple in colour with a large bright orange label and spray nozzle. The bottle holds 750ml of spray. It is often on offer in supermarkets, I think I got 2 Cillit Bang products for £5. The full price is about £3.50 per bottle. It can be used on chrome, acrylic plastics, ceramics, glass, stainless steel and PVC flooring so it is very useful in the bathroom. At first I sprayed it everywhere, on the toilet, sink, takp, shower, tiles and floor but now only use it as little as possible. It does clean well and removes limescale and soap with ease but it also has it's down sides. The smell is very strong, the bottle does state to use it in a well ventilated area and I can see why. I only have a small bathroom window and even with the bathroom door open more than a couple of sprays of this has me feeling dizzy. It is also an irritant and shouldn't really come into contact with skin. It says to rinse thoroughly if it does come into contact with the skin but I wear gloves as a lot of cleaning products irritate my hands. It shouldn't be left for more than a minute without rinsing on PVC flooring, and no longer than 5 minutes on other surfaces. This alone was enough to put me off using it again, if I had read the bottle before use I probably wouldn't have bought it. If it could damage bathroom fixtures I dread to think what kind of chemicals are in it. Everything should be rinsed after cleaning with this and this spray, which I bought to save time, now takes me more time to use as I rinse so much to get rid of any trace of the cleaner. When cleaning glass I still need to use a glass cleaner as well to get rid of streaks. There nozzle can be turned and closed which is a safety feature but it is quite tricky to turn it back to open again, it seems very stiff and fiddly on my bottle. For large areas it is easier to spray directly onto the surface and leave for a couple of minutes before wiping and rinsing away the cleaner, for smaller areas or areas near fabrics I spray it onto a sponge and wipe clean with the sponge as it can also damage fabrics. A fair amount of the spray comes out when pulling the trigger so you only need a couple of sprays to cover a large area. It seems quite runny so when sprayed at the top of a surface it runs down the surface so there isn't a need to spray much further down. I think this is a good choice for any really tough 'grime and lime' but other than that I try not to use it where possible. The smell is too strong and not pleasant for my liking so I've gone back to an old lemon cleaner for most bathroom cleaning jobs. As I don't use it often now the bottle should last me a long time but I wouldn't be in a rush to buy it again.
I normally stick to No7 for my pressed powder make up but went for a weekend away for a wedding without my make up bag (clever). I popped into Boots and decided this would be the best choice for me as the shade looked good and it was good value. I bought this in the shade 'warm', it is also available in neutral and cool but I didn't see a huge difference in the 3 shades so I do think it would be limited to fair to medium skin tones. It costs £1.99 and is also on offer at the moment as Natural Collection make up is 3 for £5. The packaging is basic and does not come with any kind of sponge or brush to apply the powder. There is a pearly white base and a clear plastic lid which is easy to open (often opening itself) and hard to securely close as the screw top isn't good at all. Powder and some kind of lip gloss are the only cosmetic items I would carry around with me after applying my make up so the lid not closing very well is a real pain for me. Most of the time it is ok but I do keep it in a sealed plastic bag or small make up bag inside my handbag as it has opened before. On the packaging it says the powder is fragrance free and reduces shine to give a matte finish to the skin. I put the powder over my foundation to take away a little shine, this worked well at removing shine and didn't leave a powdery look or feel at all which was very impressive. The warm shade was a perfect colour for me and felt very natural so I was very happy, apart from the mess. No matter kind of applicator I try it picks up far too much powder and I have to shake and wipe off excess before going near my face. It goes all over the place and the actual container has to be wiped clean as it has powder all over it. As the powder looks and feels great on my skin and is such a good price, I would have to recommend it and would probably buy it again. I wouldn't use this powder to carry around though. If you're on the go and touching up your make up a different packaging such as a compact style with a mirror which clicks open and closed securely rather than messing around with a screw top is less messy and more convenient so I will stick with my No.7 for when I'm out and about but will definitely use this again at home.
Astonish is a brand I have used for a number of years now. I first bought it from a TV shopping channel where one paste like tub would clean anything from trainers to cookers. Now the brand makes lots of products for different purposes. I haven't been disappointed in any of their cleaners I have tried so far, one of these being the stainless steel cleaner. I bought this in a discount store, it can be found in Poundland and for the 740ml bottle I think £1 is a really good price. The bottle is clear with a blue trigger spray on the top. The nozzle can be twisted to close it as a safety feature and is quite stiff to open and close. The label is mostly silver and blue in colour. The label tells you to wash your hands after use and to rinse skin with water if it is spilled. I always wash my hands after using any cleaning product and haven't found any skin reaction to this cleaner. The label also states that the cleaner is specially developed for cleaning stainless steel sinks, draining boards and highly polished stainless steel leaving it shiny and free of water marks. The directions are to spray it onto a surface, wipe with a wet cloth and then polish dry leaving no residue. For my sink and draining board this is how I use it, on smaller surfaces I spray the liquid onto a sponge and wipe the surface before wiping with a wet cloth and drying. Especially for appliances such as stainless steel toasters or kettles I feel this is a safer way to clean them than spraying it directly onto them when they could go inside the appliance. I also use the cleaner on taps and door handles and find it much easier on a cloth or sponge. It doesn't smell too bad or too "chemically", it smells a little like furniture polish but the smell goes when rinsed and polished. The spray is very quick and easy to use. A fair amount on the cleaner comes out in one spray so only a couple of sprays will clean a draining board or sink. It is easy to wipe without the need for much elbow grease. When wiped with a cloth and polished dry it does leave my surfaces shiny and clean with little effort. Even polishing the surfaces dry seems very easy after using this. The problem with most homes with stainless steel surfaces is that unless you live in a show home and don't use the surfaces or appliances they get grubby again within a couple of uses. I don't think this cleaner prevents the surfaces becoming dirty or grimy at all so the effects are not that long lasting. The only thing this does last well on is my kettle as it is stainless steel with a plastic handle. As I'm not actually handling the stainless steel part, when cleaned with the Astonish spray it stays nice and clean much longer than other surfaces. As it's easy and quick to use and does leave things shiny and streak free it is one I like and would choose over other brands. The bottle has lasted me months and I still have plenty left. It is easy to see the clear liquid through the bottle and for £1 it is excellent value as it lasts a long time. I haven't tried any stainless steel cleaner that is better than this so I would continue to buy it.
It's not often that I use hairspray, but with the party season ahead, when my daughter asked me to pick up a can of hairspray I decided I'd get one for myself. When I went into Superdrug I was quite surprised by the range of hairsprays available and chose this one based on the price. These cans are £1.19 for a 300ml can and were on offer being only 2 for £2 when I bought them. At this price it wouldn't matter to me if it wasn't great and only got used a couple of times over Christmas. The can is silver and you do not need to remove a lid to use it, just pressing the top of it and the hairspray comes out of the front of the car. There is a pink coloured design on the can. It states that it is enriched with Pro Vitamin B, is non-sticky, provides long lasting hold, brushes out leaving hair soft and looking shiny. I used to use a lot of hairspray when I was younger and found that any spray which did provide a decent amount of hold would leave my hair feeling far from soft so I was a bit skeptical reading the claims. When I first used this I had put some rollers in my hair to give it some extra bounce and volume, it was a damp night so I didn't expect this to last. As instructed from the can I held the can approximately 25-30cm away from my hair (although I didn't measure) and sprayed a light spray all over it. I left it for a couple of minutes and then decided to have a feel. To me it felt a little hard and sticky but it wasn't too bad and off I went for my evening out. After an evening out and a 10 minute walk home, when I arrived home I was please to see the spray had held my hair and volume all night. When I brushed my hair out I was also quite impressed, it was easy to brush through, and left no visible residue or white flakes. I would still know that I had used a spray on my hair so wouldn't say it left it very soft but it wasn't sticky or too hard. I didn't notice any added shine from using this spray but I don't think it made the condition of my hair look any worse and I don't think you could visibly tell I had used hairspray. I've used this a few times since and find that it does provide a lasting hold. For the price I think this is a really good spray and would get it again. It is certainly not as sticky or didn't make my hair as hard as some other more expensive brands.
I bought this shampoo a few weeks ago for £1 in Poundland. I don't stick to one brand of shampoo and pick up whatever is on offer. The vibrant red colour attracted me to this shampoo and I thought it could be good as any previous products I have tried from the Palmolive brand have been good. The bottle is 400ml and has a flip open lid which I prefer to one which you have to screw off as it's easy to open even with wet hands in the shower. It claims to protect and nourish hair to keep it's colour and shine and it contains Jojoba oil and pomegranate extract. It also has UV protection which I liked the sound of, not that there's a lot of sunshine at the moment but in summer I struggle with my coloured hair getting dried out. I also bought the conditioner in this range but have yet to use it as I only feel the need to use conditioner if my hair is dry. The shampoo is a fairly thick liquid and it is easy to squeeze out the required amount. As it is thick I don't find I need to use a lot of this shampoo and a little goes a long way. When I put this onto my hair it lathered up really well and I really liked the scent. It is a scent that would really wake you up on a morning and although it seems quite strong even after rinsing my hair, once it was dried only a pleasant trace of the scent remained. It is nice, but not too strong. My hair had a nice shine when dried, after a few weeks of using it I don't think it has made my colour seem to last any longer or seem any more 'brilliant' but I am very happy with the shampoo. I love the smell and I think it's quite a luxurious shampoo for the price with its thick consistency and how much it lathers up. I will be buying another bottle on my next trip to Poundland as I think this shampoo can't be beaten by any other budget shampoo.
I don't wear eyeshadow often really, but with a lot of parties and events to go to over the last few weeks I decided to buy this a few months ago. I chose one with neutral shades which is called 'Good Earth' which has a cream colour, a medium brown and a darker brown. The browns have a lovely shimmery effect. Other trios include golds, greens, blues, pinks and black/white/silver. There are currently 10 choices. This trio cost me £9.50 and was on 3 for 2 on No7 products when I bought it. The current offer in boots is that you receive a free gift worth £26 when you buy 2 No7 products. The packaging is like the picture above, it is a small round black plastic square, with a clear window on the top to see the 3 colours through. This comes with an double ended applicator. This is good and none of the ends have come loose or fallen off after use. The container says 'Smooth, crease resistant eyeshadows for a long-lasting finish Create your look with this trio of colours and other No7 eyeshadows.' One of my daughters offered to do my eye make up for a recent party. I half agreed telling her she could do it at home first and for the party if I liked it. It's not that she isn't good at make up but she would be used to wearing a lot more than I would and when she said she was going to use all three shades to create a 'smokey eye' look I was a little worried and thought it would be far too young for me. When she had finished I was really pleased with the look. I now use the three often for special occasions. I don't think I would attempt this kind of look with any of the stronger colours but with there neutral brown colours I think it creates a look that anybody could wear. Some of the other trios could even be used as three seperate eyeshadows so you could create so many looks with the trio. These eyeshadows are easy to apply and feel light on the eyelids even when layered up for a look. It stays on well and is still easy to remove with a baby wipe. I think these eyeshadows are a really good quality and are good value for money for me as one of these trios would last me a long time. Especially as it was bought as part of a 3 for 2 deal which is nearly always on with No7. This is one of the best eyeshadows I have tried.
When it comes to air fresheners I am not really a fan of floral or strong fragrances, this is what made me choose the Tesco Cotton Fresh air freshener. It also claims to eliminate odours which I also look for in an air freshener. It comes in a light blue aerosol can with a picture of some grass, daisies, a tree and I thought this indicates a fresh and scent of nature. The can is tall and slim and holds 300ml of air freshener. The spray is on top of the lid which I also like as I don't have to remove a lid before spraying. When I first used this air freshener I found the scent less cotton fresh and more soapy than anything. After a while the soapy smell fades but it still smells fresh and nice. I have often sprayed this in a morning and can still faintly smell it later in the day so although it is only a small amount of scent left after a few hours it is much more impressive than others I have used which fade after minutes. When it comes to eliminating odours I also find it as good as any other that claims to do this. I'm not a smoker and no longer have any pets so I'm not sure how good it would be with these smells. I hate the smell of food in the house, it's fine when you're eating it but I have no wish to smell it all day long and I find it good for this and haven't noticed by husband complaining about the smell of eggs (he hates eggs, I can't smell them) since I've been using it! The scent is clean and subtle, which is exactly what I was looking for. I also like the way it sprays, it doesn't come out as wet as some and is quite misty. The air freshener costs just 85p. I have to admit that I prefer Febreeze to this, it's the only brand I do prefer, but at £3 for the same size can in Tesco I don't prefer it enough to warrant paying over 3 times the price for it. I have tried other brands of fresh scented air fresheners and find them no better than this and I think it is good value.
I would consider myself one of those who is hard to buy for. It's not that I don't appreciate gifts it's just that I think if I was buying for myself it would be difficult. I stick to my favourite make up brands most of the time, and don't wear a lot of make up or wear it often, the same goes for perfumes. I lots of nice shoes and handbags that I use only when going out which isn't that often. Clothing is a bit of a no-no at the moment as I've joined the gym and am losing weight and hope to continue to lose it. Also because of this I'm not too keen on putting it back on over Christmas so wouldn't really want choccies. I also have no interest in jumping out of a helicopter! As you have probably gathered, I am that one nightmare person! So what do I want? Well I actually know a few things, and can guess others. I have been considering a Kindle for a while and decided I was going to buy one when my daughter, who lives away, told me she would get it as it is something she can order online and have delivered to me. She also sarcastically told me I can then keep my own money for something exciting like the new carpet cleaner I've been looking at! She's also sending me some Amazon vouchers which is great as they can be sent to me in an email and I can use them to download some books for my new Kindle. My other daughter for the last few years has taken me out some time during the week before Christmas and treats me to a hair cut and colour, some lunch and a couple of drinks. I really enjoy this as it's nice to relax when I've been busy at work and doing my gift shopping and arranging food and drink for the Christmas. She also usually buys some kind of beauty products to unwrap, possibly some expensive hair care products which I wouldn't dream of spending £15 a bottle on but make a nice treat. I would also like some comfortable shoes. I have asked the above daughter to hint at my husband in this direction. I am on my feet all day at work and swear by Fly Flot shoes for comfort and could do with a new pair. I realise it's winter but I'd also like some Fit Flop sandals or flip flops as I have a couple of holidays sorted for next year and would love to receive them as a gift but am not sure I could bring myself to spend £50 on flip flops for myself.....if they were a gift though....that's different. My sister and I exchange smaller presents, usually some nice cosy slippers and a dressing gown and then we hit the January sales together. We stopped buying each other more extravagant gifts many years ago as we were buying each other similar gifts each year. My sister in law and her partner come to us for dinner and always come with hat, scarf, gloves and socks for my husband and I (a set each, not to share lol). They also bring a bottle of something ludicrously high in alcohol content to open on Christmas evening along with some tasty treats and a new board game to try which, combined with the previously mentioned bottle always makes for an interesting evening. I received a digital photo frame last year which was great as I was running out of space for pictures on the walls. I do forget to turn it on a lot of the time but it's always on over Christmas and it's nice when the family are over to look at the pictures. There are many lovely gifts I have received over the years, last year I was surprised with a ring I had been looking at and wasn't aware anyone knew I was looking at it. I also received a beautiful photo frame containing a picture of my parents on their wedding day. This meant a lot to me as they are no longer with us and probably cost less than any other gift I receive. As we have a relatively small family we can spend a bit more on each other than other families might. I don't think it is necessary to spend much to make a good present but I do love receiving luxurious items which I wouldn't normally buy for myself.