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Since When Was Black Pepper A Fruit??? (Or - I Think Wilko Lost Their Way A Bit With Their "Fruits" Range Of Bath And Body Products!)
I suppose I have a bit of a confession to make - I am almost addicted (no - forget "almost" - I am addicted) to bath and body products from Lush.  However, they can be a bit pricey if you don't go in with a proper idea of exactly what you want - and end up almost buying the shop out due to your inability to choose between products.  Yes - dear reader - I have been in that exact situation.

So - you might be able to imagine my surprise when I found a cheaper range of bath and body products in Wilko.  Each item cost 95 pence (the range includes bath foam, shampoo, conditioner, bath bombe, hand soap, hand cream, body butter, bar of soap, and shower gel).  By the way the range is called "Fruits".


Bottle of "Lemon and Blaxk Pepper" Bath Foam from the "Fruits" range.

I picked the "Lemon and Black Pepper" fragrance out of the ones I could actually read the names of on the bottles.  (There is one dark purple one - however - due to the fact they have used exactly the same colour of type on that bottle I could not read anything on the bottle.  Boy - do I hate that.)

The bath bombe should have told me what I was letting myself in for (same as - I suppose - the price of the products).  Even if I wasn't used to the delightful displays, bubbles, and fragrances of the Lush bath bombes - I think I would have been underwhelmed by the barely there fragrance as well as the lack of bubbles.  According to me bath bombes are supposed to have a bit of fizz to them (why else would Lush refer to them as "Bath Ballistics"???).

The other products I tried in the range kind of went the opposite way as far as fragrance is concerned -  even though I could hardly detect the black pepper in them.  Much as I love the smell of lemons I don't particularly like the smell of "Fairy Liquid" or any other brand of washing up liquid - sickly lemony smell.  I have only tried the bath foam and the shampoo in combination and the result left me feeling as though I had accidentally swapped my bath for the sink in my kitchen.

I am sure that - if you find the scent of washing up liquid erotically appealing - you will love the "Lemon and Black Pepper" fragrance.

When I was walking around the store the Public Annoyance System kept playing the slogan or tagline of the store - "Where there's a Wilko there's a way".

I am sorry but I think - in this case at least - Wilko need to find a way back to the "Inventions Department" and start again.  When I have finished the products I have I am going to go back to the Lush products (at least I can smell those before I buy them).

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