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Smol Review: Are they as good as they sound?

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As part of our commitment to living a more sustainable lifestyle, I’m going to reviewing eco-friendly products that we try out along the way. This is our first one, so let us know what you think in the comments!

Smol make bold claims, stating on their website that they’ve created ‘the most effective concentrated laundry capsule in the world…So concentrated it is smol enough to post through your letterbox’.

The company has certainly been anything BUT a washout, having tripled interest in its products since lockdown and receiving £8m of funding last year.

Smol claims to be up to 50% cheaper than the normal laundry brands, as well as being eco-friendly AND more effective.

Bold claims.

I’ve been using their laundry capsules for more than six months now and have recently started using their dishwasher tablets, so I thought I’d write an honest review.

Note: This review is not sponsored by Smol and any views shared are my own, although if you choose to sign up, we may receive a small commission.

How does it work?

At the time of writing this post, Smol offer a free trial pack so you can have a look for yourself.

You can also order a pack of 9 capsules for just £2.50 you want to give them a go!

As a marketer myself, I have to say the sign up process is incredibly slick.

Once you land on their website, you’ll be greeted with this very simple homepage. The messaging is so clear and it couldn’t be easier to navigate.

Screenshot of Smol’s homepage showing clean design
Smol’s Clean and Simple Homepage

Once you decide you’d like to go ahead with your free trial, you’ll get ask some really simple questions to help you understand how many capsules you’ll need.

  1. Which type of detergent would you like?
  2. How many capsules per wash would you like?
  3. How many times a week do you run your washing machine?

By answering these questions, Smol is able to calculate how often you’ll need more capsules.

Based on my answers, I would need a new pack priced at £4.50 every 21 days, but then my daughter doesn’t live with me 100% of the time.

For those of you with children at home, you may well need a new pack every 21 minutes 😂

What’s nice is that you can easily login to your account and adjust or delay your delivery, so you won’t ever feel like you’re getting too much.

I quite quickly found I didn’t need as many tablets as I had said because, well, I’m a bloke…Which means I tend to do three washes in one day and then ignore it for a further two weeks in the hope the laundry fairies will sneak in, wash and iron all of the clothes for me.

It hasn’t happened YET, but I’m still hopeful.

For those of you who are super organised, you CAN also order more capsules a little sooner too.

If you’re one of those people, I envy you and the grip you have on your life. Teach me your ways.

Are they environmentally friendly?

As consumers, we need to be more aware of the impact we’re having on the environment, and be more conscious about the products we choose.

To be honest, the main reason I made the switch to Smol was because they champion 100% plastic-free and recyclable packaging.

The packaging is well thought-out, which built-in a child-lock mechanism to prevent younger children getting access to them.

I’ll level with you, I felt like Indiana Jones when I cracked the first box open.

Some extra detail, if you’re into that sort of thing:

  • The boxes are all Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved too, which means they’re sourced from responsibly managed forests
  • The packs are printed using vegetable-based inks
  • They products are Leaping Bunny approved (cruelty-free)

Once you have your account all setup, you’ll be greeted with a message like this when you login, which I think is AWESOME.

Screenshot of the savings Smol has made.  136,682,833 washes powered by smol
317 tonness of plastic
988 tonnes of chemicals
£19.0M savings passed to you
Figures correct as of 09.03.21

Price Comparison: Can Smol save you money?

Let’s cut to the chase…

A standard £4.50 pack of Smol laundry capsules contains 24 washes if you use one capsule per wash – That’s just £0.19p per wash.

I looked at Tesco for the sake of this, although other supermarket prices will be comparable; some may be higher, some may be lower.

If you were to buy a 25 pack of Bold All In 1 Washing Pods at £5.00, you’ll pay £0.20p per wash, the same as you’d pay for 25 Fairy Non Biological Washing Pods.

Tesco are currently offering bulk packs of Fairy Washing Pods that contain 57 washes for £9.79, costing just £0.17p per wash.

You could of course go with Tesco’s own brand Non Biological Laundry Capsules came in at £2.75 for 20 washes, which would put it at as little as £0.14p per wash.

If you’re looking to spend as little as possible, then your best bet is to go with an own brand product or buy in bulk as you’ll benefit from economies of scale.

That said, Smol really comes out on top if you…

  • Can’t be bothered with storing mountains of laundry capsules
  • Want to make sure your clothes are decent wash
  • Want an ethical, recyclable product

Do they work?

As a father of a four year old, it’s safe to say my daughter’s clothes need a good ol’ wash. Food stains, dirt, paint, glitter… You name it, Evie attracts it (And so she should – It’s part of being a kid!).

Because my daughter has quite sensitive skin, I was worried that it might cause a little reaction when we first made the switch, but there was nothing at all.

The capsules manage to tackle the majority of the stains we throw at it with no additional stain remover product needed, although there are certain things like felt pen that always causes a bit of a headache.

Everything always smells great when it comes out of the wash, but it never seems too much. Now I’ve been using Smol for a while, I tend to throw in a drop of fabric conditioner too.

Dishwasher tablets

Once I’d used the Smol laundry capsules for a while, I started using the dishwasher tablets too. They come in very similar packaging complete with child locking mechanism, which is great.

Early impressions are very good, although they’re not quite as effective as the laundry capsules in terms of the quality of the clean.

It’s not that they give a BAD clean, it’s just they don’t seem to be QUITE as effective as my previous tablets were.

That said, I’m reserving judgement until I’ve used them for a little longer!


The verdict

I think Smol are doing something very right here. They’ve created an easy-to-use subscription platform that does away with all the heavy up sell nonsense and lets you just quickly and easily subscribe and manage your orders.

When I signed up I was worried that I’d run out and still have to keep a back-up pack of tablets in the cupboard just in case. So far since signing up, that’s only happened once.

The laundry capsules do a great job of removing almost all stains, with the only exceptions being those really hard-to-remove blighters that you need to ‘all in’ with industrial stain remover.

The price is competitive, although certainly not the cheapest out there, but for the extra couple of pennies per wash, you’re contributing to a reduction in single use plastic and supporting a company that is animal cruelty-free, which can only be a good thing.

If you want to give them a go, you can sign up for a free trial here and see for yourself!

I certainly won’t be switching any time soon.

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KidKraft Majestic Mansion Wooden Dollhouse
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KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dolls House | An In-Depth Review

The Kidkraft Majestic Mansion is a sturdy, well-built dolls house that is guaranteed to leave a massive smile on your little one’s face.

Evie has now owned hers from for a whole year and she still enjoys playing with it as much as ever. 

My biggest frustration is that buying alternative furniture has proven quite difficult and it’d be nice to be able to switch it up from time to time. 

I can’t recommend this product enough. 

You can pick yours up from Amazon for around £180. 

About the Dolls House (The technical stuff) 

The fully assembled dolls house comes to about four and a half feet tall. The exact measurements 132.1cm x 35.5 cm x 135.9cm – It’s huge! 

To put it into perspective, Evie needs a step to be able to see into the baby doll’s attic room, which means she’ll be able to get plenty of use out of it over the next few years. 

Because of its size, there’s easily space for more than one child to play with it side by side too.

The house comes with 34 pieces of well-crafted wooden furniture including a piano, grandfather clock, bed, bedside tables and more lots more. We regularly play ‘moving house’, a simple game that involves removing all of the furniture and putting it back in its new place somewhere else in the house.

There are eight rooms are spread across four floors and perhaps most impressive of all is the working life for the dolls to move between levels. 

The house is designed for ‘12 inch dolls’, which is the standard Barbie or equivalent brand size. 

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Wooden Dollhouse

Putting the KidKraft Majestic Mansion together 

Although it took a little bit of time, assembling the dolls house was nice and straightforward. 

There were numbered stickers on every separate piece and the instructions were nice and clear. 

All-in, I’d say it took slightly more than an hour to put together, with the help of my brother – I’d recommend having somebody else with you whilst you do just to help you hold bits together.

The dolls house comes with wall fixings and I would strongly advise you to not waste any time in fixing it to the wall. Because the house is tall, Evie has tried on a few occasions to pull herself a little higher to see the attic, which of course means that she places all her weight at the top.

That terrifies me but is easily prevented.

Build Quality 

The Kidkraft Mansion is surprisingly well-built. 

I really like how the panels are already pre-covered with nice little prints, which clearly and easily signify what each room is surprised to be – Evie’s favourite has to be the living room for sure! 

For me, what stands out on the Majestic Mansion is the great level of attention they’ve paid to the little details throughout the house.

The garage doors open and close nicely and can fit Evie’s Barbie car in it perfectly. The little pieces of wooden furniture look great; I particularly love the piano! 

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Overview

I bought the Kidkraft Majestic Mansion for Evie a year ago now and it’s been a mainstay of our playroom ever since.

Because the dolls house is so big, we can easily sit together and play and, unfortunately for my bank balance, we’ve gradually added to our Barbie collection to keep play fresh and exciting. 

The lovely design and sturdy build quality mean that it makes for a lovely feature in the room and as a daddy, just gives me such a lovely feeling every time we go in there to play. 

For me, parenting is all about creating memories for your kids. You never know quite what will stick and what will be forgotten. 

That’s why I like to create as many special moments for her as Evie as possible. 

Whether she remembers it or not as she grows up, I know that I’ll never forget the look on Evie’s face the moment she first saw the dollhouse. 

It’s something that’ll stay with me for the rest of my life. 

You can watch the moment she saw it for the first time below. 

So all-in-all, the Kidkraft Majestic Mansion is a fantastic product that is well-priced, well-made and now…well-played with. 

You can get this perfect wooden dolls house here

Some of the common questions about the KidKraft Majestic Mansion: 

Does the dollhouse come with decorations and stickers?
Yes, every room is nicely decorated with pre-installed stickers. 

Which dolls should I use for it? 
The dollhouse is designed for 12-inch dolls like Barbies or LOLs. 

Does the dollhouse come flat-packed?
Yes, the dollhouse comes flat-packed in a box weighing 29kg and measuring 104cm x 62cm x 24cm. Assembly took around an hour, although I’d allow for more.

Does the price include furniture for the dollhouse?
You’ll get 34 pieces of furniture included when you order the dollhouse

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