Vicks was always that kind of product that was a must have in our household (it still is mind you) and I just thought I'd give my 2 cents on it (or pennies in my case)
It's not the best I must admit what with the colour blocking going on with a dark navy translucent tub and a turquoise/sea green screw top. But it works, it wouldn't be Vicks if it was any other colour and hopefully it's stay that way and the company wouldn't think to 'modernise' the packaging to sell more. The tub is not practical I guess for out and about and I'd understand that you wouldn't want that feeling on your hands but f that's the case just buy the stick Vicks ( if it's for your nose). I wouldn't change the packaging at all because I grew up with it! ( even though I am only 16 lol)
So Vicks is like a thick, not quite opaque foggy paste/cream/rub, so once applied on the skin it is completely clear - but shiny, so I would not recommend using it when you go out unless you use it under your clothing (which I will get to in a minute). First of all you just rub this product on your desired area, that's it. So the application is easy, however it is only for external use only so do not consume the rub or insert into the nostrils (which seems to be a good idea for a completely blocked out nose, but don't please!). For the nose I like to put it just below the nostrils (not going too far down so it touches my lip) and on the sides so the heat penetrates INTO my nose (odd theory but, hey). It works for aches and pains as well especially at that TOM. For abdominal pains it's best to get a bit of the rub onto your the tips of your fingers and rub in circular motions (even on any parts of the body to be honest) because in my opinion, it allows more circulation to occur so I guess that part of the body will 'heat/warm' up more therefore allowing a quick recovery from any pain. This works wonders when you are ill, if you rub a bit on the feet, inner wrists, nose, forehead, back, chest and stomach and I guarantee you people, with a paracetamol you will be sweating like a pig (good in this case) and you WILL feel better because your fever will have significantly reduced as you have sweat it out. The smell is very tingly and you feel like you can BREATHE which is good for asthma sufferers as it opens up sinuses and 'melts' mucus so you do not feel congested and it helps with the build up of mucus. (First hand experience). The Active ingredients of Vicks are: Camphor- which is a cough suppressant, Eucalyptus- helps nasal congestion and relieves it (which is why you may also find it in some chewing gums such as Airways) and Menthol- it soothes and is also a nasal decongestant. So overall, Vicks has many uses and is a versatile product and can be used on all people, unless one is under 6 months (I believe) but even after that you can buy the Vicks for little kids/babies.
You can buy this from anywhere; Wilkinsons, Tesco, Superdrug, Boots any other Pharmacies. You can get 100g for around £5, but it lasts for around 6-7 months I'd like to say.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone without fail because the product is simply just amazing! And it has been repurchased for ages and I bet I'm not the only one!
Hope this helped! X
Also written on Ciao.
When I have a very chesty cough, as a result of a cold or flu, I find that Vicks Vapour Rub is one of the best treatments that you can get to lift any congestion and make you feel less blocked up, it also gets rid of some aches and pains that are associated with the flu and a heavy cough.
To use Vicks Vapour Rub you simply rub a thick layer of the cream on the chest and/or throat, make sure to keep clothing loose when you have a sore chest and throat and never apply near the mouth or nostrils or on wounded skin. You can apply this rub 3 times within 24 hours.
Vicks Vapour Rub is quite a thick gooey kind of rub, it is clear in colour and smells very strong and like menthol. One of the active ingredients is menthol and you can certainly smell it, this smell doesn't really bother me, though my fiancé and sisters hate it so it must not be for everyone.
I find that the results given from Vicks Vapour Rub are quite quick, you don't have to wait long before your muscles relax a bit and the congestion starts to shift a bit, though I wouldn't say that it works complete wonders, usually when I have a chesty cough and am feeling unwell, it takes a few days before I am back on my feet, even with the help of Vicks Vapour Rub.
I also like to put Vicks Vapour Rub into a bowl with warm water sometimes and let the smell fill the air as I think it gives added relief when I am especially congested.
Vicks Vapour Rub is suitable for children ages 2 and up.
You can buy Vicks Vapour Rub in most chemists and supermarkets for around £4-£5 depending on where you shop, it costs £4.55 in Boots, which is an ok price in my opinion, as a little 100g tub actually lasts me quite a long time, I bought my last tub when I was sick in winter, and it done me plenty of applications, and lasted me throughout a 2 week long cold.
Overall I think that this is a very handy rub, it does make me feel better when I am feeling congested and have a very chesty cough and although it is a little pricey, I think it is worth it. Overall I would give this 4 out of 5 stars because although the smell doesn't bother me, it is very strong and I know lots of people who do not like it.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
Since winter is still hanging around and i have been one of those lucky people to have the flu; i thought a "Vicks Vapour Rub" review was in order.
As soon as the flu hit me, I wrapped up in about 10 layers and headed to the nearest Boots in town. Along with a medley of cold and flu tablets I picked up some Vicks vapour rub, I had never used it before but I knew that footballers and other people had used it to help them breathe better; and at the point I was willing to try anything just to breathe normally at night.
The vicks vapour rub I bought came in 100g small green tub (it's a bit different from the image pictured above) and cost me £ 4.65. Quite pricey but most cold and flu products are rather expensive; especially if you choose the branded products.
So that night I read the instructions and applied a small amount to my chest and neck, I could instantly feel it working and It became easier to breathe within a few minutes. Although it worked great at first, my sinuses became blocked (just as part of having the flu) so no matter how much I applied it didn't really help. I re-read the instruction and found out you could also inhale the product by putting a couple of teaspoons in a bowl of hot water; this method did help but the fumes are so strong them almost knock you for six.
The big issue came when I went to clean the bowl out I had used, the vapour rub was like glue and it became a mini misson just trying to clean the waterproof substance off. I couldn't help but feel it would make a great wall paper paste or it might serve a future purpose of sticking things to walls.
As a product that gives relief to someone suffering with a cold I'd give it 4 stars. But because it's expensive and a nightmare to clean I wouldn't recommend it to other people. You can buy menthol that comes in a power, it's just as effective, cheaper to buy and no hassle at all to clean from a bowl.
I always have this product in my medicine chest as it is a very good item to store for when it is needed, and my hubby recently had man flu and I am pleased I had some at home to make him and myself happy and to relieve his symptoms.
It comes in a cardboard box and inside there is a dark blue plastic bottle with a green screw off lid, inside the product is a thick ointment and it smells mentholated, it contains levomenthol eucalyptus oil and it can be rubbed gently on the chest and throat to relieve cough and cold symptoms, it can also be rubbed in the back for extra relief and used at night it can help you sleep a little bit better and hopefully more comfortable.
The texture is soft white gel and it is smooth, and it has quite a strong smell immediately the lid is opened and it is not too greasy.
This product has been on the market for many years and it is manufactured by Proctor and Gamble.
For a 50g bottle it is priced around £3 and be bought over the counter at a Chemist or a supermarket shelf.
A small amount can be placed into some boiling water in a bowl and a towel can be placed completely over the head and the head then placed over the bowl to inhale and unblock a blocked nose.
It is not recommend to use for babies under the age of 2 years old.
It lasts a very long time as only a little is needed and it is good for all the family and it really does make breathing much better but it is recommended that it is not used in the nose area.
It can be easily stored in a medicine chest and out of reach from small children and a must for all households.
The bottle can easily be recycled.
In my opinion it is a fabulous product and well worth the money and I recommend it to anyone to give it a try and keep handy for when you get cough or cold symptoms.
I give it a 5 star.
Thank you for reading my review.
Good old Vicks vapour rub its the one thing you simply cannot do without when you suffer with bad chests or coughs and colds.
The product comes in a blue plastic container which is labelled with a list of ingredients and uses for the product.
Vick was first marketed in 1905 under its brand name in Greensboro by pharmacist Lunsford Richardson.
The company was sold to procter and gamble in 1985.
The ointment is white in colour and is rubbed into the chest and back to give relief from coughs and colds and can also help with that feeling of breathlessness and also relieve a blocked nose.
You can also add a blob of the substance to a hot bowl of water and inhale the steam.
The ointment comes in two scents regular and lemon.
The ointment must only be used for ages two and up but there are other less potent vapo rubs for small people such as snuffle babe.
The product contains levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, turpentine oil and camphor all of which have a decongesting effect.
I have been brought up with this ointment and have therefore used it on my four children as they have grown up.
As a family of athsmatics this always helps when you are feeling bunged up.
I will say overuse may cause a rash in the area the ointment is used and there is no way of disguising the aroma of this product so if you want to smell nice then you should avoid this.
It always works for me so I make sure I am in possesion of at least one jar.
There are a number of different sized jars but a 50g jar will last for ages.
Buy the 50g jar for £2.99 from expresschemist.co.uk.
You can find this product in all supermarkets too and most now sell their own version of this product.
Firstly, the DooYoo heading says Vapour Rub but this is actually called Vapo rub.
I currently have two little sicklings at home, they both have a very heavy head cold although my little girl who is only an infant is battling through it graciously, and my toddler boy has taken a case of Man-Flu very early in life. He keeps telling me "I am sick mummy" and is putting on little fake coughs between his real ones as he is getting spoiled through his cold. It's been a diet of custard, jelly, Ice Cream... anything he likes really. He isn't ill very often and I'm happy to spoil him while he is under the weather although it will come to an end soon enough as he is already on the mend.
I am one for just getting on with things when I have a cold but my other half will dose himself in Olbas Oil, Vapo-Rub while downing Lemsips. So due to him getting the occasional cold we do have a box of Vapo Rub in the medicine cabinet and I have dipped in to it occasionally as my little boy has had colds like children do (apparently they average 11 colds in their first year)
If you are not familiar with Vapo Rub, it comes in a little blue tub with a green lid, it is very distinctive in appearance, and I think it has looked like this for years! It is a thick translucent white ointment and is designed to be scooped out with your fingers and spread onto your chest. The heat of the body helps the decongestant filter up through your nostril and clears the passages of a blocked nose. It can also be used on muscles if they are hurting. The menthol has a calming effect.
When you open the Vapo Rub you immediately sense the decongestant, even if you do not have a cold it still seems to open the passages. Over the past few days I have put some n my little boy's chest just before bedtime and when I go in to check on him the smell is very distinctive and stays around all night. Before I started using this on his chest he was waking up with a blocked nose so it is working on him.
I have heard of people using Vicks under their nose to help breathe, but this is certainly not recommended as Vapo Rub contains Camphor which is toxic when ingested so it really should not be used around the mouth area. However there is another place that you can use Vicks which is an old wives tale, but it has worked for us- the feet! When you spread a layer of Vapo Rub on the feet of a coughing child and put on socks it does seem to stop the cough.
So what other old wives tales are out there?
Use Vicks on your piles!?
Use on the temples to alleviate a headache
Use Vicks on Toenail fungus
I can't vouch for any of these... I don't have piles or toenail fungus but for us the Vicks Vapo Rub has been effective in both reducing a cough and allowing my family to breathe easier through colds and flu.
Does anybody else just love the smell of this stuff? No im not a glue sniffer or anything but I do think that its a lovelly smell!
Of course it does have its uses and most people use it to help clear their nose and throat whilst sleeping as the vapour helps to relieve nasal passages.
This is generally done by applying a small amount on the back of a person or the chest, or both. At first it feels like a warm sensation but that gradually wears off.
I find the results of this product almost instant, although sometimes an extra layer is advised if its not working too well.
Some people sometimes apply it to napkins or handkerchiefs to carry around with them to sniff occasionally, I saw a few people at my college doing this but am yet to try this myself.
Even when I get a little sniffle of a cold, I love to use this product as I find it really does help to relief my nose and chest very efficiently.
Vicks also do a lot of other products for those rough days which I would advise you to check out if you like to use this product.
Retail price is about £4 depending on where you choose to shop.
I watched the Vicks Vapo Rub advert for the first time, I thought then that they might be saying it does more than possible. I watched it again a couple of times more before the problem was made "Clear". OK let us be honest in the new advert it claims (correctly) that it clears the nasal area and aids breathing. Now that I will accept. BUT to imply that the model in the advert will by using Vicks Vapo rub lose the sore nose and upper lip in an instant, well I am sorry but I think that might just be exaggerating the power of the product. Watch the advert the next time it is on, how does this product not only clear her nose but remove the sores around her nose and lip in an instant. Sorry if I sound picky (nose picky) but I do not like products advertised with abilities that they cannot have.