“ Brand: Boots / Type: Lozenges / Dosage Form: Pastilles „
As any parent knows, as soon as your child goes to nursery, or a new school, or even just swimming, they come back with the obligatory snotty nose and temperature. And it's only a matter of time before you catch the adult version - headaches, blocked sinuses, sneezing and of course, a sore throat.
It was during one of these spring attacks of random illness that I decided to ditch the gloopy, messy and downright yucky bottles of glycerin throat syrup and go for some nice clean pastilles instead. I saw the Boots Glycerin Throat Pastilles on sale in a Boots Pharmacy so they should be quite widely available, as ours really is tiny. The price for 30 pastilles is a very reasonable 75p, cheaper than the pastilles in Poundland, can't be bad.
The packet comprises a royal purple hanging packet, to signify the blackcurrant flavour (I didn't see any other flavours on offer so I am assuming it's only this, or this is the most popular, anyway), and overall they look quite traditional. One small irritation is that the pack does not seal up which means they can escape into the bedside table / handbag / over the floor, so I recommend an elastic band (well.. I was ill.. I used a hair bobble!)
The Boots Glycerin Throat Pastilles aren't too hard, and are best sucked anyway, to release the soothing properties to the throat. The flavour is a fairly subtle blackcurrant but it is far preferable to other pastilles and lozenges I have tried, so thumbs up for the flavour, it's a bit ribena-y. I much prefer the pastilles to the linctus, not only because they are much nicer in flavour but they are so much cheaper and handier too, I can pop a few in my bag or pocket if I am going out, and I can keep a few in the car, as sometimes I get a sore throat when my hayfever is particularly bad. They contain real fruit juice, which you can certainly tell in the flavour.
They do soothe, and though the soothing effect is only temporary it does help in the office if you have a dry cough or if you have a sore throat and just need a bit of relief (a bit like WD40 for the throat!!). They don't numb the area as such but they are great for lubricating and soothing, and helping you croak out a few words.
Overall, I'm really happy with Boots Glycerin Throat Pastilles and I know they'll be a product that now I have tried I will go back to again and again as it's a product I enjoy and at a price I am happy with. I will highly recommend the pastilles for sore throats, tight throats (for light allergies like hayfever) and for popping in your mouth to take the taste of the dentist's glove away!
Five stars out of five from me for Boots Glycerin Throat Pastilles, they're very nice and they work.
About a year ago I got sent on a two day conference with work to cold and rainy Newcastle. The first day started very early, with me having to leave the house at 5.30am, I was very tired and by the next morning I had a sore throat and sniffles. I needed to find something to help, so before day two of this very boring conference begin I set about finding a shop which sold throat sweets. Luckily I soon can across a small Boots, with limited supplies so went for these Boots Blackcurrent Glycerin Throat Pastilles as they looked the bestother had on offer. I spent the rest of the day constantly sucking on these pastilles to help my throat, but also they did kill a bit of boredom too!
I'm not a great fan of boiled sweets and even less so of throat sweets as they often taste quite disgusting to me. These however were not too repulsive, tasting mainly of artificial blackcurrent, even thought they have real blackcurrrent juice in them, rather than that medical cough sweet taste that most have. I was sucking on them almost constantly, one would last about 10-15 mins depending on how hard I sucked and then I would go for another just in desperation to get through the day. After a while I did start to get rather fed up of the artificial blackcurrent flavour, even though I had a somewhat depleted sense of taste brought on by the cold.
As expected they were a blackcurrent colour about the 1cm in size. They are covered in a powder to stop them sticking together in the packaging, the powder didn't seem to to of anything, unless it had the same blackcurrent flavour as the rest of the sweet. In the middle of the sweet was a liquid that I would suck out of the sweet when the shell broke and as I swallowed would leave a nice relaxing sensation on my sore throat.
The ingredients in the pastilles are as follows:
Acacia gum, sugar, blackcurrant juice from concentrate (5.6%), glucose syrup, glycerol (2.6%), gelatine, citric acid, flavourings, glazing agent (coconut oil, palm oil, carnauba wax), colour and (vegetable carbon).
I was interested to know what glycerol is so looked it up on Wiki:
"Glycerol (or glycerine, glycerin) is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Glycerol has three hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. The glycerol backbone is central to all lipids known as triglycerides. Glycerol is sweet-tasting and of low toxicity."
Glycerol can be used as a lubricant, in soap and even as a laxative - perhaps I shouldn't have eaten so many! It can also be used as a sugar substitute.
~Price and Packaging~
The pastilles cost about £1.60 and come in a 60g bag. The bag is plastic with the usual pull open kind of top, which means you need to be careful not to rip the packet and end up with sweets flying everywhere. It would be good if the packaging was resealable as I was worried they were going to end up falling out the packet and getting stuck in my handbag.
Obviously these pastilles are not suitable for small children, they would be a choking hazard. Otherwise they are suitable for diabetics, but they need to take into account the amount of carbohydrate in each sweet. As the pastilles aren't medicated there is no limit as to how many you can suck on in a day - hurray!
They definitely helped my sore throat by stopping it getting dry and soothing the pain. Beyond this I don't think they helped to rid me of a sore throat, that just took its natural cause, but without these pastels I would have struggled to get through the conference. The taste was much better than other cough sweets I have tried, so I think I will give them a 4/5, as I would definitely buy them again if needed.
Its coming to that time of year where most of us have/have had or are getting a cold. The adverts for strepsils and halls soothers are on every 2nd advert and it's just generally a miserable time. I hate all of these throat soothers with added menthol, eucalyptus, wonder stuff that tastes like youve been eating Vick menthol rub so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these.
Originally, I came across these as part of a man flu kit which was bought as a joke for my partner but he didn't need them and I did. Unlike most throat sweets, these came in a small bag like skittles or jelly tots and have a texture like fruit gums - hard chewy gums.
Each pastille has a powdery coating which isn't great or bad but is necessary to stop them sticking together in a bag. You get around 30 pastilles (give or take) in each bag and these lasted me around 3 days just in and around the house. The pastilles have quite a strong artificial blackcurrant flavour but this was actually quite nice, I suppose because i don't like most other throat sweets though.
Because the pastilles aren't medicated, there isn't a suggestion or limit to how many you can have in a day. I used them when I had a tickly cough to get rid of the tickle as I found the glycerine left my throat nicely coated for at least 45 minutes by which point I was over it.
I hadn't seen these individually, only in these gift boxes which were sold as jokey christmas gifts but briefly they were sold at around 70p per bag which I didn't mind paying because I actually enjoyed them (just not the reason I was buying them!)
They aren't widely stocked anymore - I suspect that they have been discontinued as an individial item but they may still be used as part of a larger gift range.
If you do see them stocked individually, snap them up before I do ;)
~Make mine a fruit pastille!~
Having recently been under the influence of a really nasty cough, cold and sore throat that is still hanging around, I feel that I must have consumed almost the entire worlds supply of soothing menthol based lozenges, sore throat pastilles and cough sweets, most of which have been flavoured with a hint of menthol and eucalyptus. I must admit that I am now really rather bored with these types of products, as helpful as they are at times, which is how I came to end up with a small pack of Boots Glycerine Throat Pastilles.
When I bought my small bag of these pastilles I was searching for the Boots own equivalent to Lemsip and found a number of bags and boxes of Boots pastilles on the same small display. At the time these small bags really stood out as most of the other throat pastilles seemed to come boxed, other than the Fishermans Friend bags (which I also bought, along with some Boots strawberry pastilles and some Covonia pastilles) so I thought I would give the blackcurrant flavoured ones a try first. Having consumed all the pastilles I feel more than able to review them.
~Presentation and ease of use~
The little light matt purple coloured plastic bag that the blackcurrant throat pastilles come packed into is small, compact and neatly presented, making it a good size that will easily fit into a pocket or a bag if you want to take them out and about with you. I rather liked that fact that the bag was so small and portable with no outer cardboard packing or fussy presentation, as that would only have ended up being taken off and discarded in the end. The branding on the bag has the Boots logo clearly displayed on it and the name of the product stands out in simple bold white lettering, that I found eye catching enough to take a second look at and easy to read once my interest was held.
There was a small blackcurrant pastille portrayed on the bottom side of the pack and once I had a quick squeeze of the bag this proved to be the same sort of shape as the actual pastilles inside. What I actually ended up with was a compact 60 g bag of small slightly curved and indented hard pastilles that came presented in a shade of purple befitting a pastille made from blackcurrant juice. The information on the front of the product bag states that only real fruit juice has been used to make these pastilles, which I hoped would ensure they not only tasted nice but were full of helpful vitamin c. As my cold has been really bad, tasting the so called 'real blackcurrant juice' used to make these has been a little hit and miss as there have been very few times when I have caught a glimpse of anything taste wise over the past few days.
~Suck it and see!~
Upon taking one little pastille from the handful of blackcurrant pastilles that came in the small bag, I found that it had a smooth feel to it that was easy to get used to. Once it had begun to work after a short time I did feel the use of the pastilles was taking the edge off of the constant soreness of my throat, from having coughed almost every other minute or so over the course of a number of days. Whilst the soothing action only seemed to last for a short time once I had finished the pastille even that short time was a help in my opinion, as the brief respite these gave was very welcome.
As far as the taste of the pastilles goes, sadly as I haven't really tasted much due to a blocked nose I was only really able to catch brief glimpses of the taste of fresh blackcurrant that was promised. I don't feel that there was any sharpness to the flavour that came through briefly during moments when my taste buds seemed to come alive again, as these pastilles didn't sting or burn my throat when I took them. The presence of the glycerine in these seemed to have a lightly soothing action that as mentioned trailed off shortly after having taken one of the pastilles giving results in line with my expectations.
~Who can take these?~
The directions for use given with these pastilles was to suck one as required or in other words when wanted, with there being a lower age limit when giving these to children. The age limit showed that the pastilles were considered suitable for children from 3 years old onwards, as well as being suitable for adults. As these pastilles are considered suitable for young children from age 3 onwards I thought the inclusion of the ingredients would perhaps be a help here, as many parents have concerns regarding food additives and colourings used in some food products.
The ingredients are listed as being acacia gum, sugar, blackcurrant juice from concentrate (5.6%), glucose syrup, glycerol (2.6%), gelatine, citric acid, flavourings, glazing agent (coconut oil, palm oil, carnauba wax), colour (vegetable carbon). The sugar content once again seems high in these pastilles although I must say that almost each and every similar product I have bought for my recent issues have had similarly high sugar levels which means this product is not at all out of line with other similar products. Although there is mention of food colour in the form of vegetable carbon in the list of ingredients used to make the pastilles there doesn't seem to be a list of 'E' numbers.
~Price and rating~
As I found these blackcurrant pastilles to be easy to take when needed with them providing a lightly soothed effect when they were in use, I feel they worked as I expected them to with them being neither outstandingly good or bad. I caught a glimpse of the blackcurrant flavour in each pastille from time to time and found it was not too sharp or sweet and I feel that the inclusion of the glycerin in these worked well enough.
The price I paid for a 60g bag of these was £1.62 which is reasonable enough, although not what I would consider to be cheap based on the prices of other similar products. I used all the pastilles in the bag as I found they were helpful at times. My rating for these pastilles is a mid way 3 star rating, as whilst I found them reasonably soothing they didn't offer any of the extra benefits some throat pastilles give so were unable to numb throat pain or provide any airway unblocking vapours.