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~~ Why I Needed a Product Like This ~~
I think I've always had skin that is fairly dry. I remember that being the case when I was a child. I don't have eczema as such, but my skin does seem to react quite adversely to extremes of temperature. It's not happy when the weather is hot, especially if it's a humid kind of heat. It just about copes with the milder winter weather, but when we get the kind of cold we've had recently, coupled with being indoors in a centrally heated environment, which seems to have an even more drying effect, it can really play up. Now it's not too difficult to protect skin areas that are most exposed to the elements, such as my face and hands. Recently, though, I've had problems with arms, legs and torso. I developed a really uncomfortable itchiness that I couldn't seem to do anything about. Ordinary body lotions and creams didn't seem to be helping much and I found myself constantly wanting to scratch. I was getting to the point where I was seriously considering whether I needed to make an appointment to see my G.P. when I thought about E45 products. I had some of the itch relief cream & applied that. It did seem to ease the problem a bit, but I couldn't apply it all over. I decided to look around to see what other products they had on offer. I was pleased and relieved to find that they did a bath product, since I reasoned that if I could have a good soak in the bath with a product that would moisturise well, exfoliate my skin as best I could, and then follow up with body lotion I might get some improvement.
~~ Why I Bought This Product ~~
I purchased the E45 Bath Emollient Bath Oil in my local Tesco store. E45 was a name I knew and felt I could trust. I had a good read of the packaging before deciding to buy, as it wasn't cheap at £7.50, but I was feeling a bit desperate for something to work. I think the naming of the product swung it for me, plus the statement 'clinically proven for bathing dry, itchy skin conditions' - it sounded as if they were describing me! Even better, on the back it said 'relieves and helps prevent dry skin by retaining the skin's natural moisture....keeps your skin soft, comfortable and relieved long after leaving the bath'. So I took the plunge [no pun intended] and bought it!
~~ Information About The Product ~~
This product comes in a white, plastic container with the E45 logo very prominently displayed on the front. It's simple and clear. Most of the product information is on the back label and I found it easy to read and understand. There isn't so much that I'd feel embarrassed standing there reading it in store, because I did want to be sure this was something I wanted to buy. I like the fact that it says it's soap, perfume and detergent free, not that they are necessarily an issue for me but it was the emollient qualities I wanted. It claims to be dermatologically tested and allergy screened, too. I think the guidance on how much to use can be quite a subjective matter, but it's useful to be given some idea. 15 ml is suggested for an adult's bath, 5-10 ml for a child's. The cap serves as a measure but it's not clear how much a capful does actually measure. I had wondered if E45 also made a shower product and, while reading the instructions again for the purpose of this review, I noticed for the first time that they do tell you how to use this as a shower product, so if that works it's effectively one product doing the job of two [you just put it on a sponge & massage in!] Another thing is that you don't need to use soap to cleanse yourself - this product cleans you, too! The only things it warns you about are the possibility of slipping as you get out of the bath - understandably - to avoid getting it in your eyes, and to consult a pharmacist if symptoms persist. I noticed, too, that they say it's available in a 250 ml size but I've never seen one. It has a shelf life of 12 months. I believe the container can be recycled - certainly where I live that's the case - and, finally, the contents are listed and contact details are given for the makers, who are Reckitt Benckiser. The only ingredient I recognised was Paraffinum Liquidum. For the record the others are Cetyl Dimethicone, C12-13, Pareth-3.
~~ My Experience of Using It ~~
I was keen to try this as soon as I could, if only to make myself feel more comfortable! On removing the cap to pour some oil into the bath, I couldn't resist having a sniff even though I obviously wasn't expecting it to be perfumed. However there is a subtle hint of something - I struggle to define it. It's gentle, slightly chemical but not unpleasant. So I poured it into the running bath - not too hot, as I can't handle too much heat. It's clearly an oil, but it mixes in with the bath water much better than, for instance, if you use something like baby oil as I have sometimes done. I found the bath a very pleasant experience and I did notice straight away that my skin was being coated with a fine film of oil. I used one of those body scrubbing products to exfoliate and just relaxed and enjoyed myself - I don't get the opportunity often enough! The bath itself was a pleasant enough experience, but the real test came when I got dry and afterwards. The first time I used the bath oil, I followed up with E45's body lotion, so desperate was I for a good result! The two products did work together well. My skin felt soft, clean and, most importantly, moisturised and comfortable but not at all greasy. I was already feeling very positive about this bath oil, and more so as I found, to my delight, that my skin calmed down and I didn't experience that dreadful itching any more! This feeling lasted until my next shower, and even then I was OK if I moisturised well. I've used the E45 Bath Oil since, using an ordinary body lotion/cream to follow up, and my skin has been fine. Now I guess it's possible that it would have been better anyway; I can't be sure it was the E45, but in my opinion it was well worth buying it and giving it a go. I shall certainly carry on using it, at least until the winter is well over.
~~ Evaluation ~~
Any downsides? Well, as with many oil-based products like this, it seems impossible to prevent there being a little leakage from the container - maybe from the cap. I don't think there's anything that can be done about that, but maybe it's worth thinking about placing the container on something if you want to avoid oil marks. The other disadvantage is the price. There is no doubt that it's expensive for a bath product. I did notice, after I had bought this one, that Sanex do a product that might have worked for me. I may give that a go next time, if only to see if the E45 is worth paying the extra for. For that reason alone I'm going to rate it with 4 stars. However it seemed to do me a world of good and I would recommend it to anyone experiencing similar problems. I imagine it is also invaluable to anyone with more serious skin conditions, and wonder whether it is available on prescription for people in this position, which would make it a more affordable option.
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I have always suffered from various allergies and as a result I almost constantly have itchy skin. I occasionally get small patches of eczema and my skin is always dry and uncomfortable. I have tried moisturisers but most just aggravate my skin and block my pores. Those that are successful take so long to apply head to toe that I never get round to it. After a recommendation I had started using E45 cream for areas of my skin that were particularly dry and itchy, I had been very impressed by this and was immediately on the lookout for any other E45 products.
In Tesco I discovered E45 Emollient bath oil. It was quite pricey at £7.99 for a 500ml bottle or £4.50 for a 250ml bottle. The bottle itself is plain, white with a screw top cap and looks like it belongs in a medical cabinet! I decided to go full hog and buy the biggest bottle. The bottle states that it is for dry skin as well as more serious dry skin conditions such a Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and ichthyosis. It is perfume free, soap free, detergent free and suitable for the most sensitive of skin.
I was keen to try the Bubble bath as soon as I got home and added a capful to my running bath water as instructed. The water went a slightly milky colour and some bubbles started to form. It did not create a lot of bubbles but enough of a foam to make you feel like you are using a bubble bath! It is not scented so did not smell of anything. I got into the bath and the water seemed to feel a bit "silky" on my skin but this was not unpleasant. I soaked myself in the bath for a good half hour and felt very refreshed. The bubble bath states that you do not need to use any other soap in your bath as it is likely to reduce/counteract the effects of the E45. If you want to use it in the shower or to wash with like a soap you can apply some to a wet sponge and massage it into your skin.
When I got out the bath I did notice that my skin was soft, smooth and comfortable. I am allergic to most bubble baths so it was a really pleasant feeling for my skin to be so itch free after a bath! Since that occasion I now use the bubble bath at least twice a week on its own and have found that I can combine it with my lavender bubble bath (one of the few that im not allergic to) for the rest of the time if I want a smelly extra bubbly bath.
My skin is radient and in so much better condition than it has been for years. It had given a better effect than if I was to have covered myself in moisturisor cream daily. My skin used to constantly itch, feel dry and uncomfortable but that is never a problem anymore. It even seems to have cleared up my itchy scalp and dandruff!! As I have been so impressed with it I do tend to use it in my bath daily although if I forget then it keeps my skin moisturised for a good few days so could be used just once a week and still have the positive effects. It also means that I don't have to spend any time putting moisturiser on my skin which saves time and effort! I absolutely love my E45 Emollient Bath Oil and will continue to use it for as long as I have baths!
I stuck a sticker on the side of my bottle warning the other inhabitants of my house not to use it, seeing as it is quite expensive I don't really want the smelly boys wasting it when the don't need it. Sure enough, it has since emerged that both my brother and my dad have been sneaking some into their baths. My brother thinks its great so I now have to hide it! My dad said he did not like it because it made the water feel weird. Other than feeling a bit silky it doesn't so I think either he put too much in or is just being dramatic.
It isn't cheap and it doesn't come in a fancy bottle but it is brilliant. It makes my skin look and feel fantastic and I cannot praise it highly enough. I have not had a single spot of eczema since using the E45 Bath Emollient and no longer have to worry about itchy or dry skin. Whilst it isnt cheap, you only use a capfuI per bath and so it will last a long time. I fully recommend that you try this, your skin will thank you!
A while ago I won some E45 products in a competition, one of which was the emollient bath oil. I do suffer from eczema, it's not everywhere, it just seems to crop up in patches, and at the moment my foot is pretty bad with it. I had used E45 lotion when I first developed eczema about 5 years ago and found that it didn't really help my skin at all, so had moved on to other brands, and this bath oil is not really a product I would have considered purchasing myself. Since I got it free though, I wasn't going to let it go to waste and have been using it for the past 3 weeks or so.
The bath oil comes in a large white bottle with the E45 logo in blue. It's a pretty basic looking bottle, I think it's pretty obvious this is a more of a medicated sort of product than anything of luxury, but the packaging is functional, if nothing else.
The oil is apparently clinically proven to soothe and moisturise dry, itchy skin. It works by helping your skin to retain its natural moisture. It can be used by people suffering from eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and ichthyosis. It does mention on the bottle that it is suitable for use in a child's bath, however it gives no minimum age limit.
To use, you simply add 15ml of the oil to your bath water, or 5-10ml for a child's bath. At first I thought it was a bit strange to give such precise measurements and not have any way of measuring the liquid. I then noticed that if you look closely there are markings on the inside of the cap. These are very very difficult to spot, I don't have perfect eyesight but even with my contacts in or glasses on I can barely read the markings, but they are definitely there.
The oil is clear and when adding to your bath will give the water a slightly cloudy look. It's perfume free, but it does have a slight scent to it - very much like the lotion, it's just a kind of creamy smell. For me though, I can only really detect this fragrance when it's in the bottle, it seems to disappear as it hit's the water.
Using this in the bath, even in such small quantities does give the water a slightly oily feeling and in some lights you can see little globules of oil on the top of the water. I wouldn't say the feeling you get from this is unpleasant, but I don't really like the oily feeling all that much. It does state on the bottle that this will gently cleanse your skin so there's no need to use soap, but I often do anyway.
After getting out of the bath there is a very slight oily feeling to the skin and it does feel moisturised, however when I get dried, I feel like I'm rubbing all the product off onto the towel. I must admit though, since I began using this, I have seen an improvement in the patch of eczema on my foot. It has by no means cleared up, but it's not as dry and itchy as it used to be, and as I'm therefore scratching it less (yes, I know you shouldn't scratch, but sometimes I can't help it!) it is beginning to improve.
The bath oil comes in both a 250ml and 500ml size. I have the 500ml size and if you're using the recommended maximum of 15ml per bath, that should last you around 33 baths.
The 250ml bottle costs £4.49 and the 500ml bottle costs £7.82 from Boots. This is not exactly cheap, but like I said you can get a lot of uses from one bottle.
Overall, I liked this more than I thought I would. I'm not keen on the oily feeling once in the water, but still it has helped my eczema to improve which is a huge bonus and leaves my skin feeling moisturised. If you suffer from eczema, I'd recommend trying this. I doubt it will cure it, but it might help things along a bit!