Product Type: E45 Bath & Shower
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E45 Bath Emollient Bath Oil
Member Name: Verbena
E45 Bath Emollient Bath Oil
Advantages: Pleasant to use, does what it claims to do.
Disadvantages: It's rather expensive
~~ 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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Summary: A bath oil that soothes dry, itchy skins and keeps working after use.