I like to have a jar of Vapour Rub in my medicine cupboard. I was in the 99p shop and spotted Bell's Vapour rub. Having the one I had in the cupboard for well over a year thought it was about time to replace it. Priced at only 99p for 50g it's alot cheaper than the leading brand.
The small jar is navy blue hard plastic with a green label and green screw top lid. It has Vapour Rub in large letters written on the front, it tells us that it's for 'clear, cool breathing'. The jar also has the usual directions, warnings and ingredients. It's not for children under three years old and is to be used externally.
The rub is petroleum jelly containing camphor racemic BP, menthol BP, eucalyptus oil BP, and turpentine oil, but overridingly menthol to me. The smell of these vapour rubs is eye stingingly strong and pretty much generic across the brands.
There's nothing worse than a blocked nose we just sniff it straight from the jar and this usually does the trick. For bedtime I dab a small blob onto a tissue and place on the pillow. This helps clear a blocked nose and head and the smell helps me sleep.
For a bad chest or cough it can be rubbed onto your chest, back and throat. It really does feel warm and soothing when used this way- it's the quickest way to unblock a nose and make a chest more comfortable but I do this as a last resort as it takes a while to sink in and stays on your clothes, it can leave grease stains on them but this comes out in the wash.
Either inhaled or rubbed directly to the skin doesn't cause any of us irritation.
Two teaspoons can be mixed with hot water and inhaled. I have done this with a bowl and a towel over my head it works wonders. It can be used as a muscle rub but I don't.
These jars last ages. I really don't need much and the strong smell doesn't diminish in any of the brands I've used. They're all very similar so these days I would never pay more than a pound.
5 stars from my nose
Recently I have been full of cold after catching, presumably, some kind of virus whilst I was visiting my mum in hospital. I have felt so congested and full of "snot" - sorry to be so graphic but that is the best way to describe the feeling! It feels like my lungs are full of it too, and breathing was slightly difficult for a few days.
I went down to my local chemist and explained my symptoms and at first they tried to sell me Vicks vapour rub - the branded equivalent that sells for about £4 per 50g. I initially agreed, but out of the corner of my eye I spotted Bell's Vapour Rub for £1.12 and asked the sales assistant if it was the same basically. She said yes. I thought why pay much more for the same product?
The colour of the packaging is very similar to Vicks, as Bell's use greens and blues to sell the decongestion product. The slogan, if you can call it that, is "For clear, cool breathing." The feel of the gel is the same as Vicks. I hate the feel of the gel, but that's because I hate having sticky fingers and it does tend to leave your hands greasy, with the need for a good wash.
The scent is strong and instantly decongesting. The instructions say to rub it on your chest, neck and throat area before you go to sleep - but because of the feel of it I tend not to do this, however everyone to their own! Instead I get a flannel and rub in a good amount to it and use it on my pillow throughout the night. I find that I am able to breathe clearly and freely throughout the night - something I am unable to do without Bell's Vapour Rub. I wake up in the morning now, with a clear chest and feeling slightly better each morning.
Another option it gives you to do, which I have not tried is to put some in some boiling water. This is meant to be really effective for decongesting throughout the day when you cannot really rub the gel on your chest because of the smell, as it is overpowering.
You can buy Bell's from some supermarkets and chemists, although it is probably easier to get hold of online. The cheapest I have seen it is £1 per 50g, just remember if you buy online you will most likely incur delivery charges. It will last a long time - I've had my virus for a week and have been using it 2 or three times per day, as well as at night and I still have half a pot left, and I don't exactly use it sparingly!
I would definitely recommend Bell's Vapour Rub to anyone who has a cold, the flu or those who have problems breathing. I really cannot see the difference between this and Vicks, only the £3 price difference! I am a firm believer that sometimes the cheaper products are the best.
~Rub a dub dub!~
Having had a dreadful cough and cold for almost 2 weeks now I have had to replace some of the health care products I have been using as products become used up. One of the items that I have used and had to discard along the way is my small tub of Bells Vapour Rub which had been lurking at the back of the medicine cabinet for some time until I needed to use it. The tub that the product came in was small and compact yet easy enough to hold in one hand whilst taking off the lid with the other when wanting to use it. The lid had a neat twist on and off action that is simple to get to grips with and I found that it closed down with ease when I had finished using the product.
The product has a similar consistency to that of other vaporub products I have bought and it does have the ability to ease congestion and help breathing problems when you have a cough or cold. When in use care should be taken as this can sting the skin around the eyes and nose and it should be used with care at all times. I have found that if applying this as a chest rub it can stain clothing, as it has a oily greasy feel that when used too thickly will mark anything that is in close contact with it. This is something I have found with all these type of products, which is why my preferred way to use this is as an inhalation mixed into hot water which gives off plenty of soothing steamy vapors.
The tub/ jar that the product came in had a smooth finish that was easy to handle with a paper label that carried details about the product which were easy to understand and read. The colours used on the label made the presentation look neat and minimal with them giving the product a slight budget look. The expiry date for the product was neatly displayed on the side which made it easy to see when the product was ending its usable life span and I found the contents of the tub had a very similar fragrance and consistency to that of other similar products I have bought. The tub was easy to open and close when wanted and just as easy to store away after use.
~Ease of use~
The mix of ingredients within the product gives off a good vapor action when in use and I found that the best way to get the most from this product was to use it as an inhalation mix that could be placed into hot water and used to help clear the airways when wanted. I found that doing this once a day has been of some help in keeping my airways as clear as they can be bearing in mind that fact that I have had a very nasty cold type illness. I have found that when using the vapors to help clear my blocked nose the combination of the steam and the ingredients within the product have been of help to ease my symptoms with them being easy and quick to use when needed.
The product has a mix of menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oil in it which all help to ease a congested chest and nose when used with care and whilst I used up the remainder of the tub I had as described, I know it can be of use as a chest or muscle rub when needed and I have found it gives similarly good results. The downside to this and many similar products is the fact that it can sting the eyes if it comes into contact with them, so care should be taken when using it and I find the best way to apply it as a chest rub is to place some onto a clean tissue and use that to apply it to the skin rather than by using my hands.
~Price and rating~
The cost of a small 50g tube of Bells vapour Rub is rather good and the last time I bought some it cost me just £1 to buy with it having been in use for a few months which I feel is good value for the amount of use it has given during that time. I found the product helped to ease breathing and open the airways a little when it was in use and the combination of ingredients worked well with no ill effects that I noticed. If I compare this product to Vicks Vaporub I do feel that the Vicks product wins in terms of its fragrance and effect in use, although the price is far higher than the Bells version. The Bells product is a good stand by if you are on a budget and want to cut costs as if does work as it should and offers a good substitute for more expensive branded products. As such my rating for this product is 4 stars.