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THERE IS a growing trend in homes here for wooden parquet floors and, depending on the type, they can be difficult to clean using water. Vax has a vacuum cleaner and floor polisher-in-one, which is suitable for parquet floors, as well as for marble, granite or porcelain floor tiles. So, instead of ordering a cleaning service, you can polish the floors yourself with this machine. The upright vacuum cleaner has two sets of three brushes, including one that cleans the floor and one that polishes. The vacuum is very light and easy to use. The test run we did on the marble floor in our home did produce some difference, although it wasn't dramatic. The price for the Vax vacuum cleaner-polisher is NIS 1,789.
GINKO GOLD, a new addition to the Ginko Sai line of cosmetics, is a multi-purpose cream that is especially suitable for dry to very dry skin. The rather thick cream smells nice and proved to be good moisturizer for the very dry skin on my daughter's arms and legs. The Ginko tree is known in Japan for its abilities to survive severe climatic conditions. The cream also contains cacao butter, shea butter, and Vitamin E. Ginko Gold is available at selected pharmacies; a 250 ml. jar costs NIS 35.
ONCE AGAIN there are "new and improved" laundry detergents on the market that promise us yet even better results. Ariel has new detergent for colored fabric, with a so-called "Color Lock" patent that supposedly prevents fading of the colors. A 1.25 kilo bag of Ariel Color is NIS 18.
Persil's new laundry detergent contains active soda and enzymes, and fights the toughest stains. The Persil Power Pearls with Active Soda come in a version for colored laundry as well. A 1.25 kilo bag is NIS 16, and a four-kilo bag is NIS 38-40.
OSEM NOW has some of its favorite cookies in an individual-size bag, good to take with you on the road or to give to your child as a snack. The cookies available in little bags are mini-chocochips, Argaliot choco, and bear-shaped biscuit. One bag costs NIS 2.
SANO HAS new air-fresheners called Fresh Deo Glass that are packed inside a decorative glass holder. The air freshener doesn't require the use of electricity, so you can put it wherever you want. The freshener keeps working for about four weeks. Sano Deo Glass is available in the scents Wild Rose and Ocean Fresh. The price for a freshener with holder is NIS 20; a refill costs NIS 13.
Maybelline's new lip glosses, called Shiny-Licious, are not as sticky as many other lip glosses because they don't contain wax. The lip gloss has a moisturizing effect, and provides a little color and shine. Shiny-Licious is available until the end of October in the Mega supermarkets for NIS 25. The four available shades are transparent, light purple, deep purple and pink.
ESPECIALLY FOR breast cancer awareness month, KitchenAid is launching a mixer and a blender in the color pink, which is associated with the fight against breast cancer. KitchenAid will donate $50 for each mixer sold to the organization "One out of Nine" and $25 for each blender sold. The price for a mixer is NIS 3,000; a blender costs NIS 1,199.
LILY TOILET paper, the soft paper decorated with the cute picture of that Labrador puppy, comes with a bonus until the end of October. With each purchase of an economy-size package of Lily toilet paper, you can buy a 12-pack of Lily toilet paper enriched with aloe vera for only NIS 12 - cheaper than the regular price for this type of toilet paper. The toilet paper with aloe vera is extra-soft, and has a faint fragrance.
IF YOU'RE all dressed up for an important meeting or a party, for example, and are wearing panty hose, there's always the fear that they will run. To solve this problem, CanCan has come up with panty hose packed inside very flat packaging that can easily be put inside your pocket book. The CanCan Just in Case panty hose and knee stockings are made out of 15 denier nylon and cost NIS 13-35.
FISHERMAN'S FRIEND lozenges, already known to many of us who were raised abroad, are finally now available here in different flavors, regular or sugar-free. The mint-flavored lozenges are refreshing, and open up the airways if you have a cold. The available flavors are mint-eucalyptus, green mint, anis, lemon, cherry and apple-cinnamon. The price for a small package (25 gr.) of Fisherman's Friend is NIS 8.
IF YOUR child is afraid of the dark, especially to go to sleep at night, a Hebrew book titled called Gil Yeled Ragil ("Gil, a Normal Child") might provide helpful hints to help your child get over his fears. The book was written by Lea Peretz, the mother of a child with this problem, and supposedly has helped many children since it was written. The book costs NIS 44.
AT THE Bug computer stores, you can find colorful keyboards made out of flexible silicon. The keyboards weigh 200 grams and can be folded, so you can take them wherever you want - they can even be cleaned with water. So if you want to give your desk a colorful accent, you can buy one of these keyboards for NIS 139. They're available in red, blue, green, purple and white.
MICRODEL HAS come up with a simple solution for dirty corners, especially those where floor mops don't reach and dirt piles up. "The Clean Corner" is a little piece of plastic that rounds off the corner, and can be attached to the corner with silicon glue. You can attach them wherever you want: in the rooms, on staircases or inside drawers. A set of "The Clean Corner" costs NIS 15.
MOTORIZED BRICKS is a game for kids ages three-and-up, containing 75 parts, some of which are motorized. Kids can use the "bricks" to build a car that operates on batteries (not included), and other vehicles such as a train, for example, or traffic lights, traffic signs, etc. The Motorized Bricks are available at Toys "R" Us and other selected toy stores for NIS 69-79.