Do you like to buy shampoo in tiny sachets and detergent powder in small packets

@kalav56 (11497)
India
September 27, 2011 7:52am CST
Or do you prefer to buy them as a normal bottle and half/one kilo packet? When I was young there was no option given to us. This detergent powder would be available only as a one kg pack and shampoo was available only in slightly big bottles. Nowadays they are available in small quantities too.-- Shampoo in small sachets [10ml,20ml, 25g, 50g] and detergent powder in small packets[?[100/200 /500 ml, 500g,1kg,,2kg]] I like to buy shampoo in sachets because it suits me, there is little wastage, and I feel it is better. As far as detergent powder goes, I buy both. What do you all do and why is it so?
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@AKRao24 (25396)
• India
27 Sep 11
Dear Kalav! Though washing department is not mine and I really don't require shampoo for my scanty hair, I am not really a proper person to comment on this discussion! But then, since I take interest in my house hold shopping too, I would like to respond to this discussion! Yes, I prefer the small sachet over the big packets of shampoo and detergent powders for two reasons! First is that there is no wastage of the product being used. This I am saying because our clothes are washed by our servant and he uses the detergent powder as per his mood, irrespective of the need! It is practically impossible to monitor him from day to day. So this thing of giving fixed number of small sachets per day works better for us. Similarly for the shampoo also I think by using the small sachets the wastage can be controlled and only the required amount can be used! Second point of advantage is storing the product, like in case of detergent powder once the packet is opened it becomes dampened because of the handling and some times because of humidity also this powder gets dampened. So under such circumstances the sachets made out of plastic are better suited for us! But then these small sachets can be nuisance to dispose them off. If not disposed properly and timely then they can become piled up in the bath room rack and some times accidentally they can get entry to the drainage line to choke them! So we will have to careful about this aspect! This is my opinion about the products. but in practical my wife purchases both the small and big packets for the reasons best known to her! Thanks !
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
I agree wholeheartedly with what you have written MR.AKRao! Servants tend to use soap very liberally if you give them the container. They are really unaware of how much is needed and do not care for their monetary value or wastage; it is after all soemone else's. Regarding shampoo too, what you say is right. if you read my response to Hatley, you would know how I got into the habit.
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@iCeeLuSh (187)
• Philippines
27 Sep 11
I also prefer buying large quantities. Because the more larger you buy the more you can save cash and also the item. Don't buy small quantities, yes they are cheap and suits you but I think it will suits you if you buy one which are in bottles not in sachets.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
You have a point there but when we buy in large quanitites, I do feel there is a tendency to use thta bit extra and wastefully too. However, it suits me both ways in soap powder.
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@maximax8 (30121)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 11
When I traveled I liked to have tiny sachets of a combined shampoo and conditioner. I took 14 for a two week trip and then I didn't have to carry a heavy bottle of shampoo and a heavy bottle of conditioner. However in this recession this product is not around anymore. On my last trip I did have to take a heavy bottle of shampoo and a heavy bottle of conditioner. At home I like Faith in Nature Lavender and Original Source Mint and Tea Tree. I like to use a liquid detergent that is a vegan product. It comes in one size and there is nothing else similar on the market. The washing clothes detergent that I used to use disappeared from the shops last year. It was meant to be coming back to the shops in August but it hasn't done so. I eat a vegan diet and so like to buy vegan products that are free from cruelty on animals. I love animals.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
How is thre any scope for a nonvegan product in soap powder? DO they mix animal fat or something instead of oil?
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@maximax8 (30121)
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 11
It has vegetarian and vegan stamped on it. It does not have any animal ingredients in it. Some products have been tested on animals and I avoid those.
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@dpk262006 (56761)
• Delhi, India
28 Sep 11
Hi Kala! I do not like to buy shampoo etc. in small sachets because the plastic used in it is not perishable and is a great hazard to environment and it also blocks our drainage pipes etc. However, those who can not control and waste shampoo while taking it from bigger bottles, it is better for them to use the sachets.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
28 Sep 11
I throw away these empty sachets in the garbage dump box . I do the same with my oil packs and milk empty sachets too. If you read my response to Hatley you will understand the origin of my action. Moreover, I would pour more than necessary if I use from the bottle. THanks for the response Deepak ; I sent you a mail in reply .
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
27 Sep 11
Hi Kala! How are you? I prefer large quantities. Do not quite remember when I used shampoo sachets. May be that's how I have grown seeing. My mother buys everything for the whole month or more at one time. Big bottles, sacks, jars - which lasts long.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
Hi Mimpi! Seeing you after such a long time! I am fine and so are others except for thAT little angel of my grandson.He is suffering from fever and is now on antibiotic injections. THAT poor darling is so pathetic becasue he has wheezing too. Some people swear by large quantities. Here I am different from your mother though we share many similarities.
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@comfort55 (1574)
• India
27 Sep 11
Hi Kalav, good question.I feel that there is less wastage in normal bottle shampoos beause since my hair is thin, I don't consume full sachet hence the rest gets wasted.For detergents also I would prefer one or two kilo packets. I buy sachet only of coffee powders since most of the time because of moisture it gets spoiled. Happy mylotting!
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
I thought of coffee powder too comfort 55. I have long hair and prefer 2 sachets though , strictly sepaking, one and a half are enough. The bottle shampoo tends to get a bit extra and that is why I prefer sachets. We can use both scoops and sachets for washing machine and this is why I have both. I t is such a mundane topic and thnaks for the response.
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@allknowing (85917)
• India
27 Sep 11
I buy both in large quantities and I don't think I waste my shampoo this way. In a way I feel one can use only as much as one needs as sometmes one may need more than a sachet but less two sachets and there is a tendency to use both. And as far the detergent is concerned I spoon out into my washing machine the required quantity.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
You are right when you say that there would be a tendency to use two sachets. In my case I need them both. I used to buy soap powder in big packs but everything is available in tiny sachets too and it does not make much difference to me. I have both. Thanks for the response.
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@nezavisima (7414)
• Bulgaria
27 Sep 11
I prefer to buy large quantities. pound as dust or maybe kilagram even more. shampoo as you love it in a bottle and more and more because when coming to bathe, I can not comply with small quantities. My quality and quantity is important. nice day!
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
Thanks a lot for kickstarting the discussion . So far I have got 8responses and many seem to share your thought process. Thanks for the response and Have a nice day!
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@keihimekawa (2010)
• Philippines
29 Sep 11
I don't know about detergent soaps since I don't wash clothes! Lol! But I always prefer shampoos in sachets rather than those in bottles. That way I can at least know how much is too much and how much is enough :P Tendency with me whenever I use shampoos in bottles is that I always end up using too much :P At least with sachet, one is enough and just right for me. If one sachet is not enough, then it's a sign that I need to trim/cut my hair ASAP XD
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
12 Oct 11
I too tend to use more than what is necessary when it comes to using shampoo from bottles. But how do you manage then ? Do you dryclean your clothes?
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• Philippines
13 Oct 11
Lol~ When I said "I don't wash clothes" it means I have somebody else do it for me :D There's someone in our house who washes our clothes so he's the one who tells us (me and my parents) if the detergent or fabric softeners aren't enough :)
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@safety69 (592)
• Taiwan
28 Sep 11
No, i dont like to buy shampoo in sachets, is a waisting of money, is better to buy the whole bottle (a big one) and all family can use it. Also, nowadays they sell small plastic bottles that u can recicle and use them once again if u need to go out for a weekend u can put a small amount from the big bottle in it. More over , if your idea is going to a hotel , they have everything u need in their rooms , so, no need to buy shampoo in sachets, thats my oppinion.
29 Sep 11
Well I will write my opinion based on my own experience, I used to buy my shampoo in the market in sachets because is cheaper and confortable to travel with it, you don't have to be carring the hole shampoo bottle with you and in that way you avoid accidents, also because some of this plastic bottles are not made of high quality material and some of them when you fell them off they can brake and you will waste all the shampoo left on the ground, for some people you don't need to carry shampoo in sachets when travel, cause hotels give you that for your own use, but if the shampoo they offers you is not a good quality one? at least you have your own with you that satisfy your need, in fact I will continue buying my shampoo in sachets cause to me is better that way. Thanks for your attention.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
29 Sep 11
safety 69 and beatriza 79! Welcome to the forum and thanks for participating in the discussion and sharing your experiences. Considering this from an "economy" point of view it is always better to buy bottles. But, carrying sachets is much simpler for travel. Anyhow, there is a lot of subjecivity and individual preference in this and many people have preferred to buy bottles as far as this discussion is concerned. THanks to both of you . Enjoy our time here.
@drannhh (15235)
• United States
13 Oct 11
I buy the larger size to get a better price, but then I pour it into smaller bottles before using it. The shampoo I like foaming, so I put it in a bottle that mixes the liquid shampoo with air and dispenses foam. I think this cleans my hair better while using less shampoo and saves me a lot of money in addition to being more pleasant. I buy one bottle of foaming dish detergent and then refill the bottle with shampoo (have to use water to thin the shampoo to make it foam right)
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
17 Oct 11
That is a very sensible thing to do becasue your price is competitive and your usage is efficient.
@SIMPLYD (90639)
• Philippines
28 Sep 11
Just like you, for my shampoo as well as my conditioner , i now prefer buying the one in sachet. Like you said, wastage is avoided. Sometimes, with those in bottles, we cannot avoid wastage because when we pour ,it would be over our needed amount. Though we can still pour it back to the bottle, it couldn't be avoided that some would pour over to the sides. Or sometimes, they drop to the floor.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
28 Sep 11
This was precisely my problem too. Finally I have settled down to buying sachets. THnaks for the response. THere are so many people exactly similar.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
27 Sep 11
Hi kalav, business tactics have been changed. The producers now make their products according to the demand of the consumers. They know there are different types of consumers and their choice also different. So the producers makes different sizes of same item.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
Very true.We get 5re , 2 re biscuit packs too. These sell like hot cakes. Busines tactics do change nad finally it must be a case of "win win " for both.
@jaiho2009 (38989)
• Philippines
27 Sep 11
I prefer to buy one in a bottle. but when kids started to play with it...sometimes I bought a few in sachet and let them use it. Bottle shampoo is much cheaper to buy than the one in sachet,minus the waste. I've observe that some sticks inside the sachet and kids don't know how to squeeze it totally empty and just throw it away,so,instead of saving...it's more of a waste. Now,I always buy one in a bottle.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
Here in my household, there are two women with long hair and we use sachets too. Menfolk easily prefer sachets. THere is not much complication in our packets exceot when they become old.and dried up.THanks Jaiho for dropping by.
@Hatley (164229)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Sep 11
hi kalav sorry but I think its a waste to buy shampp in tiny sachets it actually costs more money than if you buy an ordinary large bottle of shampoo, same with detergent. costs more for the merchandisers to put up teeny amounts of something and that cost is passed on to the consumer. Why waste money. the extra shampoo is no going to spoil nor id the detergent powder either. you waste more in buying little packets of stuff.
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@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
Hullo Hatley! When my son was little , one day I accidentally opened the bathroom door and what did I see? He was happily playing with the bubbles after liberally helping himelf with the shamppo in the bottle and ever since then it became a habit of mine to use sachets. People who go for economy of price would always refrain from buying tiny quantities and they would be careful users too. I do look at the price aspect but in this case of shamppos , over a period of time I have found this better. Detergent powder suits me both ways and here too the cost is not too significantly different in our place. Hope you are keeping good health.
• United States
28 Sep 11
This month I made my own powder washing soap. I will do this from now on as well. I like how my wash comes out clean and fresh too. I buy the big bottles of shampoo..
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
28 Sep 11
Obviously you would have made bulk quantities then. THis would last you for some time. There was a time whenmy siter used to travel to a distant place buy the ingredients to make soap powder in bulk.
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• United States
28 Sep 11
I have a big bucket and i plan to make a lot of it for the winter months. I like it so much as well.
@kiran8 (15323)
• Mangalore, India
27 Sep 11
Kala, I am not rigid about this...However, I hardly buy any shampoos or toilet soaps these days since my daughter buys enough to last for a whole year every time she visits home.But I do like looking at them and occasionally do buy small sample packs which come in handy while travelling, so do the small sachets ..
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
29 Sep 11
Oh ! That is great. YOur daughter obvously gets big bottles then.As you have rightly said, sachets are really useful during travel.
@kiran8 (15323)
• Mangalore, India
29 Sep 11
Yes kala she does and it really lasts ...
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
27 Sep 11
I prefer to buy family size packaging for my family. It save me time going to the store and also it is more cheaper. But when I go for travels, I prefer the small packets of shampoo.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
29 Sep 11
Small sachets and pouches are reeally ideal for travelling. You were contemplating travelling to India isn't it Zandi! When is it going to be?
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
29 Sep 11
Yes, India is on my list of places that I want to visit. Looks like I have to postpone it for the time being not until I've settled down in my new house. Which part of India are you from?
@krajibg (11934)
• Guwahati, India
27 Sep 11
Hi kalav, I have curly hairs and this is why I have to wash my hair with conditioning shampoo. Sachet of shampoo or detergent powder is handy when you are out of station, say for a couple of days. Still you need to be careful while buying thins kind of stuff for the market is flooded with duplicate and even triplicate of them with the same name and packets. So that I do not spoil my hair now I buy only the bigger ones from a shopping mall.
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
27 Sep 11
True; we can always get spurious stuff and get cheated. However, trusted brands like "ClINIC PLUS" "All CLEAR " are available.
@krajibg (11934)
• Guwahati, India
27 Sep 11
Some two years back I discovered something not 'clinic plus' in a sachet. It smelled coconut. lol
• India
19 Oct 11
I think selling things in tiny sachets is a good idea, they attract more costumers..buying such is good during travelling, or when you are out, but for home use we go for the kilo or even 5 kilo packets of deteregents, pickles; biggest possible size for detergent cakes and soaps, hair oils, cooking oils etc, they cost little less, and no need to buy frequently too.. Thanks for sharing Best of luck. Professor
@kalav56 (11497)
• India
21 Oct 11
Yes Professor! For families it is better to buy the big packs because they are cheap and would get consumed anyway.