The ‘Swap January’ #AldiChallenge

I’m a keen bargain hunter, I hate waste and don’t pay more for anything than I absolutly have too. Some would call me a cheapskate however I prefer the term frugal. When one of the PR companies dealing with the Aldi health and beauty ranges got in touch and asked if I’d try out some products as part of the Swap January challenge however I was dubious. I’m a bit funny about what health and beauty products I’ll use and generally speaking believed that in this department you get what you pay for.

I was wrong.

January is now over and the products I’d been sent have been very well tested and I have to say they are as good as, if not better than the more expensive non-Aldi alternatives I’ve been using to date.

Swap January from Aldi

 

The items I was sent included:

  • Lacura Expert Day and Night Cream, (RRP £3.99 each). These were real winners for me. I pay three times that amount for my creams (over three times actually) and the results are identical.
  • Lacura Roll on Deodorant – I don’t use roll-on usually however did for the purpose of testing out products and found this fine. At 59p it is considerably cheaper than the roll-on brands I would usually have chosen if roll-on was my thing.
  • Lacura 3 in 1 Facial Wipes – These are another great find. These are wipes which do more than tickle the skin, they offer a really good wet cleanse and one wipe is more than enough. At 89p (ridiculously cheap in my opinion) I would stock up on these.
  • Carino Hairspray – I pay nearly £2 for the same sized container and this worked much better at taming curls without that awful crispy feeling you get with some cheaper hairsprays. I’ve been robbed!
  • Lacura Cotton Buds – a bud is a bud in my humble opinion however I’ve been paying £1 for a container with approximately a third less in it. The Aldi option is most definitely the cheaper version and it would last longer.
  • Carino Shampoo and Conditioner – at 65p these are great. For everyday family use and 35p cheaper a bottle than my local supermarket’s closest alternative these are a fab price.
  • AquaV KickStart Shower Gel – 69p. This is absolutely lush! I was sent a honey and shea butter scented shower gel and the whole family loved it. My local supermarket’s cheapest shower gels are £1 rrp each and no-where near as nice.
  • The Lacura Q10 Daily Face Cream – £1.49, I’ve not tested this as much as the others as have been using the Expert Day and Night Cream however it seems on par with similar I’ve bought in the past at three or four times the price for the same size.

What can I say other than in my eyes this Swap January test was a big win with me. Sadly I don’t have an Aldi near to me so this was a real blind trial however it has certainly made me look differently at brands and whether or not it’s necessary to pay over the odds when there are clearly cheaper versions which are just as good if not better.

Have you used Aldi’s health and beauty products? What do you think?

We're going on an adventure

Do I Want or Need a Tefal Actifry Plus?

As many of you will know if you follow me across social media as well as read the blog two thing about me are fairly obvious:

1)     I love to cook and especially love my kitchen gadgetry

2)     I attend Slimming World and have done on and off for the past thirteen years.

The burning question which I’m asking myself at the moment is “should I get an Actifry”? Many people at the group swear by them as they apparently allow you to make pretty much anything with very little effort and even better (from a slimming point of view) little to no fat.

I currently have an air fryer from another brand which is great however I’m not convinced that it will last the long haul, especially now the free warranty has ended (sods law and all that!). I have to say that anything that allows you to make Slimming World KFC chicken without any syns is worth its weight in gold and of course with this model being 1.2kg in capacity it seems to be the much more family-friendly as well as slimming friendly option.

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KFC Chicken Slimming World style – a huge hit in our house and one of the many reasons I’m considering a Tefal Actifry Plus, primarily so that I can make larger portions as well as save time!

The thing that has me pausing is the price. These are not £20 kitchen gadgets; they are often priced at over £100. That said I’ve read so many reviews that say that buying an Actifry has been a lifesaver and that the oven is rarely used anymore (mine is a Rangemaster and eats gas and electricity). I wouldn’t pay full price (the frugal fan / tight cow in me wouldn’t allow it) however using shopping comparison sites such as  http://www.dontbuy4more.co.uk/ I should help narrow down the best prices and save me spending more than I need to.

What I’m asking you all today is what you think of the Tefal Actifry Plus? Do you have one? Is it as useful and used as often as you thought it would be? What is your favourite recipe? Help me out here as I’m seriously toying with the idea of getting one (or Roy getting one for me as a Christmas present) and want to make an informed choice!

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