Is cut-price cashmere a CON The high street is awash with cheap knits – but are any of them value for money We test Gap, Uniqlo, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, John Lewis, La Redoute and Primark | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 26 November 2012 Cashmere was once a luxury item – but these days you can buy jumpers in the material in almost every High Street shop, from Primark to Tesco, John Lewis to Mango. The cheap cashmere revolution started in 2005 when import quotas were relaxed and China started exporting huge volumes of it to the EU. The lower end of the market still tends to be dominated by fibres from Chinese goats
More money than sense Do you really want to dig 130 deep for this shampoo and conditioner | UPDATED: 08:51 GMT, 23 August 2012 Watch your hard-earned cash wash down the drain by lathering up with Philip B’s 60 Royal Forever shampoo and 70 conditioner. Made using a Middle Eastern tree resin called oud, they say the shampoo contains ‘time-released botanical hydrators that moisturise each strand from the inside out’, leaving you with a bouncy blow-dry.
What happened to fat but happy How our favourite foodies are shedding the pounds IS THIS HOW NIGELLA DID IT Nigella Lawson’s dramatic weight loss may be down to noodles made from an Asian plant called Konjac. The ground root is used to make a tasteless ‘grey goo’ and then processed into noodles which are very high in fibre and virtually calorie free.
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