I seem to be on a roll recently with disappointing purchases. One person’s bad purchase can be another person’s good purchase, especially when the problem is with a purely subjective things such as scent or flavor, but it can still be helpful to know what someone else wouldn’t buy again. I’ll tell you mine, and then you tell me yours and maybe I can get off this roll.
This one was totally my own fault: I KNOW I don’t like fruit scents. But I love Consumer Reports, and they rated the Gain Joyful Expressions fabric softener very highly, and Target only had it in Apple Mango Tango scent. In the washing machine, it smells like apple cider. After the clothes are dry, the scent reminds me of a faint lingering mildew smell. It’s a great fabric softener, though, and someone who likes apple-scented stuff would probably love it. Er, perhaps not after I’ve said it smells like mildew.
I got a tube of Aquafresh Extreme Clean Original Experience on clearance, and it seemed like a good way to try it. And it WAS a good way, because none of us liked the flavor: it tasted kind of like an orange-scented kitchen cleanser, or like medicine. And it didn’t seem to be any more Extreme than our usual Colgate Total.
I found these Kandoo flusable wipes on a great sale and thought they seemed like the perfect thing for the kids. But they’re difficult to get out of the container, they were insufficiently damp (I had to add some water), and the real dealbreaker is that they’re TINY: each one is about half the size of a baby wipe. In fact, the only thing they’ve got going for them is that they can be flushed, which IS a plus.
I recently decided to spend more on moisturizer, and since I love the Dove Deep Moisture facial lotion I thought I’d step it up with the more-expensive Dove Pro-Age. But it was GLITTERY. It claims to give “smooth, luminous skin,” but they seem to think glitter = luminous. I disagree. I tolerated the glitter for a week, hoping it would be worth it for the wonders being worked on my aging skin, but I didn’t notice any differences. I went back to my usual Dove Deep Moisture: it’s cheaper, and I like it a lot better.
I’m interested to know: What wouldn’t you buy again?