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Dollar Tree Soft and Strong Lavender-Scented Toilet Paper (Dollar Tree)

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This legit smells pretty good. My experience with scented toilet paper is quite limited - I think the only kind I’ve tried was one from Aldi a couple of years back. I think it might have been lavender, as well, but all I remember from the experience was how disappointed I was. I don’t even remember specifics as to why: I’m vaguely remembering that the scent was very weak. At any rate, I never felt the need to try it again.  Until I saw that Dollar Tree was offering a lavender toilet paper, something I had never seen in-store before. Needless to say, I was very skeptical: If a more expensive brand wasn’t up to snuff, then how could I expect four rolls of dollar store tissue to perform well? But I also knew that I had to give it a shot. I mean, hell, even if the scent isn’t all that great, you’re at least still left with rolls of otherwise fully functioning toilet paper. And that’s something that would never go to waste, at least in our household. The basic rolls themselves are more or l

Eternal Energy Tropical Punch Energy Shot (Walmart)

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Better flavor than most, and solid performance. Eternal Energy is perhaps best unknown for having a 10-Hour Energy Shot that packed in a whopping 400mg of caffeine, that supposedly was slowly released into the body over a ten-hour period. I tried tracking some down at my local Walgreens store - which is, to my knowledge, the only place that carried it in store - but to no avail; none of the employees at the locations that showed it as “in stock” had ever even heard of it, let alone seen it. (I did manage to track some down on eBay, but wasn’t interested in paying $3 or more per 2 oz. bottle). Outside of those shots, which seem to have been discontinued with nary a peep from the energy drink industry, Eternal Energy also manufactures “regular strength” energy shots that, as far as I can tell, are only carried in-store at Walmart. (Apparently, they also make "extra strength" energy shots but they only seem to be available online.) I’d actually forgotten about these when Aldi of

Great Value Frosted Flakes Cereal (Walmart)

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"Under-Frosted Flakes" is more like it... Well here’s a cereal I don’t think I’ve ever tried, curiously enough: Walmart’s version of Frosted Flakes, which goes under the name of “Frosted Flakes”, because that’s not a registered trademark somehow. Looks like Kellogg’s dropped the ball on that one! (Actually, upon further research, it has nothing to do with Kellogg’s at all: “frosted flakes” is a description and therefore can’t legally be trademarked.) Right out of the box and we have a slight red flag: these flakes look a little duller than the name brand, with only a slight hint of “frosting” on each one. I was hoping for more of a white, “frosted” look on each flake; these kind of give off the appearance of plain corn flakes, or something just as boring. Still, I just had to dig in to see if the taste matched the look. And it does: These are some somewhat boring flakes, with a slight sweetness that I feel like is reduced compared to other brands that I’ve tried. They’re not

Unbranded Vanilla Flavored Nutritional Shake (Dollar Tree)

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Tastes like the national brand, and for a single buck. We’ve already taken a look at Dollar Tree’s chocolate version of this shake, so now we turn our attention to vanilla, a flavor that I am more or less indifferent to. I don’t have much experience when it comes to vanilla nutritional shakes (or vanilla anything, really), but I have had them before (a long time ago) and this smells more or less like I remember. It does hint at some pretty strong sweetness, but there are no pungent notes whatsoever in the scent, suggesting that it’s going to be a smooth ride going down the throat.  Yep, this is a fine ally to the chocolate variety. Usually, I would be upset if I had to opt for vanilla over chocolate - such as if the chocolate was sold out - but I wouldn’t be upset here. For those of you who like their shakes to actually have the texture of a shake, you might be disappointed: This has a texture more akin to egg nog…and maybe not even that thick. Maybe more like a melted milkshake? Eith

Unbranded Chocolate Flavored Nutritional Shake (Dollar Tree)

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Excellent taste, good value. Well, well, well, Dollar Tree seems to be upping their game when it comes to nutritional shakes lately. That’s one of those things I never thought I’d see the discount retailer carry, considering the national brands - and even most private label versions - sell in multi-packs for over a dollar per bottle. But the last time I was there, I found Members’ Mark chocolate shakes, which are typically available in Sam’s Club stores. I assume those were either overstock, or discontinued altogether, and I thought for sure once they were gone, DT was done with the whole nutritional shake thing. But lo and behold, they now carry an unbranded nutritional shake, in both chocolate and vanilla! I grabbed one of each, but unsurprisingly opted to try the chocolate one first.  One last point before I dig in: These don’t seem to be manufactured exclusively for Dollar Tree. I’m only basing this on the lack of “Distributed by Greenbriar International'' on the packaging,