“ Brand: Boots / Type: Coughs, Colds & Flu / Dosage Form: Rub „
I used to always buy branded health products but then I saw an investigation programme on the television which showed that most own brands were making the same products with the exact same ingredients for a fraction of the price so I started to buy some own products instead of forking out extra on what was essentially just a name.
Vicks VapoRub is something that has always been in my house and used extensively on both myself and my children but lately I have been buying the Boots version instead and to be honest I have noticed pretty much no differences between the two of them except for the price.
It costs £1.99 for a 45g tub while the Vicks version costs £2.99 for a tub near enough the same size. It might only be a pound that I am saving but a pound is still a pound.
This is a rub that contains Camphor, Eucalyptus Oil and Levomenthal and it is used to clear congestion, unblock noses and sooth chesty coughs. It resembles petroleum jelly and to use you just have to rub some of this in to your chest and back.
It has a really strong smell of menthol and gives a slight warming effect on the skin when you first rub it on.
I think this is really good and I use it on both myself and the kids at the first sign on the sniffles and it really helps to clear our noses and sooth out chest at night time and helps us all be able to get a better nights sleep.
It does feel greasy on the skin but the warmth on the skin does release the vapours and they keep being released for a long time after applying it.
It doesn't completely unclear my nose nor does it stop my cough but it goes a long way in helping and makes the whole situation a lot more bearable. It is also really comforting having this on and always makes me feel better quickly just smelling it.
It can be used on adults and children over three months old and I think a vapour rub is a great way of soothing colds and sniffles without resorting to proper medication. If I or the children have a bad cold then we take medicine for it but if it is only mild then this is usually sufficient enough for us to get over the sniffles without having to resort to medication.
I think this is just as good as the Vicks version and as it is cheaper I will continue to buy this instead as it works and is a good product.
My little girl has had a bit of a tickly cough for over a month now, but a few days ago it got sooo much worse, when she developed another cold! Three times in one night she was up for at least an hour coughing solidly, wretching to try and clear it and just wanted peace to sleep but couldn't. We tried to raise her head, give her a little drink, put Karvol on her pillow but nothing eased it. The next day I was worried it was moving into her chest so took her to the doctor. THankfully her chest was clear, and the cough was simply worse due to the cold, but she prescribed me some infant cough medicine and told me to get a child's vapour rub.
WHen I went to my local Boots pharmacy which is rather small to pick up my daughter's prescription and I asked for a vapour rub for children. THe only one the pharmacist had was their own version, which cost me £1.99 and was suitable for both adults and children from 3 months plus.
This chest rub contains Camphor, Eucalyptus Oil and Levomenthal and the information on the box states that this rub can be used to give effective relief from colds, clear congestion, blocked noses and coughs.
On the back of the box, it recommends that you apply this product liberally over the chest and back before bed and whenever necessary, but to use a smaller amount for children. The doctor warned me that if you repeatedly use vapour rub, that a child can come out in a spotty (but harmless) rash after a few days. So far my daughter hasn't, but to be honest, if it gives her relief at night, I could put up with a rash for a few days if it doesn't bother her or it isn't itchy, if this happened I would have to stop using the rub.
I put this product on my daughter;s chest and back just before bed on the day that I bought the product. This product is quite greasy but at the same time it is easy to rub into the skin and I could see my daughter relax as I rubbed it in. THe smell of the menthol is quite overwhelming, but then I suppose ot be effective it should be. Within a few minutes I could hear my daughter breathing better and not sounding as congested.
Well the proof is in the pudding and the first night that I put this rub on her she slept very well. Yes she did cough occasionally but the cough was much looser and she didn't get wide awake it as it didn't bother her as much. When she coughed it also didn't last as long as the previous night, giving us all peace to sleep. Nearer the morning she did wake coughing a little more and I was able to put a little bit more of the little rub on her chest and within a few minutes she was sleeping sound again and the coughing stopped again. I have also used this rub during the day when I thought the cough was annoying her and it has helped with the cold as well, letting her breathe properly and clearing the congestion.
So, all in all, I can't recommend this rub highly enough at easing symptoms of a cold and a cough that can annoy and irritate at night. I wish I had tried this other times my daughter has had colds, but it was the cough this time that really made me look for something to let her have peace to sleep and this certainly did. No, it hasn't got rid of the cough, but it did ease it a lot and my daughter got the sleep that she needs, and us as well!
Double, double toil and trouble;
Boots vapour chest rub bubble.
Oil of eucalyptus, dash of lethomenthol;
Lump of soft paraffin and a helping of thymol.
Add in some racemic camphor along with some turpentine oil;
Pour in pumilio pine oil and leave it to boil.
Leave the potion to set in a small tub;
And what do you have? A jar of chest rub!
Double, double toil and trouble;
Boots vapour chest rub bubble.
...The smell of eucalyptus oil and levomenthal (basically menthol) reminds me of a potion you would buy from the Victorian pharmacists. Eucalyptus has been used for colds and also aches and pains for hundreds of years, a tried and tested remedy and I always find it helps clear my sinuses. I guess eucalyptus and menthol are either scents you love or hate, they are strong, in your face kind of smells, nothing subtle about them. I absolutely love the smell of Boots Vapour Chest Rub so much I sometimes use it just because I like it!
What's Really in Boots Vapour Chest Rub?
Well luckily no eye of newt or toe of frog, however to a non chemist a load of ingredients which still sound a little scary, as follows;
Eucalyptus Oil 1.5%
Levomenthal 1% (menthol)
Racemic Camphor 6% ???
White soft paraffin
Turpentine oil (distilled resin from a tree)
Pumilio pine oil (distillation of leaves from a pine tree)
Thymol (antibacterial/anti fungal)
So on closer inspection the vapour rub's ingredients are mostly natural bar the racemic camphor and the thymol. You may also be interested to know that apparently thymol is good for fungusy toenails - perhaps a new use for Boot's vapour rub?
It comes in a 45g brown transparent glass jar with a green plastic screw top lid. All the ingredients and instructions are printed on a label stuck to the jar. As far as I am aware the ointment only comes In this size jar.
How to Use?
Rub liberally to your chest and back (you may need someone else to help with this!) for relief of colds, congestion, blocked nose and coughs. Do not use on babies under 3 months. You can also add a teaspoon to half a pint of boiling water and let the scent disperse through the room. This is how I used the vapour chest rub when my children where babies, and if we have colds I will sometimes still add it to boiling water so the eucalyptus is in the atmosphere whilst my children are playing.
Does it Work?
Yes! Its like when I sniff the vapour from the rub in I can feel it breaking through my blocked up nose and clearing my airways. It's always such a relief when I can really start to really smell it, then I know it's working.
The rub is a soft white paraffin, its basically a bit like Vaseline in texture and oilyness, only whiter in colour. It is therefore a little greasy and also waterproof so it does make my chest and back a bit sticky if I use a lot but nothing taking a shower can't wash off. Also any tops I am wearing stink of eucalyptus oil afterwards and I guess could also get geasy stains from the paraffin, I usually only put it on when I am wearing pyjamas so I'm not too worried about this. I do find that the paraffin gets very soft and gloopy, so I keep mine in the fridge this way it stays much firmer!
One 45g jar is £1.49 or 149 Boots points so quite cheap but very useful. One jar lasts us, a family of four about two years and I always make sure I have some in.
A great old-fashioned treatment for colds - gets 5/5 from me!
No, I'm not talking about eating too much but the dreaded thing that happens to me whenever the weather changes for the worse; I get a head cold and a stuffed-up nose. Before long it will attack my weak spot, and my chest will start to get tight and wheezy. That's when I reach for my tried and tested medicines and along with my top products is Boots own Vapour Chest Rub.
I find a lot of Boots products are much the same as branded names and cost less, so there is always some in my medicine cabinet. Apart from using the chest rub for colds and congestion, I also find that sitting in a living room with the central heating on irritates my nose and gives me sinus problems. The trouble is I can't sit and freeze so I need the central heating on.
What is it?
Boots vapour rub is sold in jars with a dark green glass tub that I believe helps the storage of the ingredients. I can't see any other reason since all these type of products seem to be the same colour. The product is a thick type of gel that is similar in feel to petroleum gel and is used as a rub on the chest area. It's specially formulated for the relief of chest colds and is rubbed on the chest and back. It can be used diluted in warm water as a nasal decongestant and I find this very effective for me. Just add a teaspoon of the rub to half a pint of just boiled water in a large bowl and inhale the vapour, it soon starts to clear your head.
What's in it?
I don't normally add a long list of ingredients to a review but with health products of any type I think it's sensible to make sure there is nothing that you are allergic to. This contains Eucalyptus oil, Levomenthol, Racemic Camphor in a base of white paraffin, turpentine oil and pumilo pine oil. The rub is suitable for adults and also for babies and children, though the age for babies is three months. I've never tried it on a child but I imagine this would be fine and if used as a soothing inhalant would ease a child's breathing with a bad cough or cold. Obviously this should be used sensibly and would be most effective at bedtime since that's when it's needed most.
Last winter I had two attacks of bronchitis and thought I'd never shake it off. I was given three courses of antibiotics over a two-month period and it really wore me down. My chest ached not just from the bronchitis but also from the force of coughing and the struggle to breathe. I sent my friend to Boots for this and from the moment I opened it the smell took me back to childhood and the smell of Vick's my mother used. Within a few hours I was breathing easier and felt comforted at the same time.
I've also used it quite recently as I've been sitting around a lot with joint pains and the lack of fresh air was giving me a headache. I used some as an inhalant and now I'm feeling better. I would recommend this to anyone and it gets five stars from me.
At £1.79 per 45g tub this is a bargain.
Thanks for reading and keep healthy.
With everyone trying to cut back these days, or well for a long time now really, its good to see that there are a lot of products available for a bit cheaper than the leading brand. This is a particular one, which is boots vapour rub, a cheaper alternative to Vicks.
The product -> This comes in a green box, with yellow writing on the front of it. The rub itself is in a white tub with a screw lid, and is also light white itself. It it quite thick and gloopy, not runny which is one thing I thought it would be.
The use of this product is for chest colds, head colds, coughs and a stuffy nose, which always seems to be going on somewhere! It can be used for children over 3 months, but it has to be much less the younger the age.
I usually put is on a hankie or just underneath my nose, but sometimes this can be a bit strong so I would not recommend this for young children. I usually do this when I have a head cold or am feeling really stuffy! I don't like to apply it to clothes, because it can be quite greasy. I also find that applying it to a cloth and inhaling it means it is absorbed faster than rubbing straight on the chest, because it can be taken in quicker. I usually use it for 4-5 days at a time, about 4 applications a day, so it does last a long time. There are other ways it can be inhaled too, such as through steam inhalation, but I don't do this.
The cost --> 45g for £1.85, so overall a really good price. It is strong too, and I don't think it is as strong as Vicks, but it stills works.
Just before Christmas literally the my whole household was ill, as a mother I hate to see my children poorly which I'm sure all mothers do but what made this worse was at the time one of my daughters was only 3 months old and I felt so helpless as there was not much to do for a baby this age. I went into the local chemist which happens to be Boots in our village (they seem to be popping up all over) and asked what they could suggest to make my children feel any better. I was pointed in the direction of this vapour rub which was about £1.80 for a 45g pot compared to other products on the shelf ranging up to about £4 for a chest rub.
The pot came in a little jade green cubed box and then inside was the tub of the product, the tub is made of brown thick glass and is heavier than what it looks to be so I wouldn't expect it to smash if it was dropped, it has a screw top lid it in a dark jade green colour and then the label is in the same colour. The label has the following information,
For external use only
Check seal is not broken before use
Do not use on children under 3 months
Keep out of sight and reach of children
There are also the instructions for use, "rub the ointment on the chest and back particularly at bedtime or add one teaspoon to hot but not boiling water and inhale the vapour" Boots claim that this gives fast relief from a stuffy nose and a tight chest and that it clears congestion. Finally you are provided with a list of ingredients for the product.
When you remove the screw top lid there is a silver foiled seal inside and on removing this the smell escape, the ointment is thick and white and smells strongly of menthol. To apply the ointment I put a small amount on my fingers and then rubbed it in to the skin using this on both my children, this does leave the skin very greasy and you have to wash your hands after administering it. My eldest daughter use to suffer with eczema so it worries me when I put something new on her skin but this didn't cause any irritations at all.
I would recommend this product as it did really help my little ones and myself to breath, I don't like the way it leaves the hands and skin so greasy and while they were ill I think I bathed them everyday to stop this building up on their skin but it does the job it's supposed to and is a decent price.
In the winter months I am always the first one to develop a cold and the last to get rid of it so I go through a considerable amount of products designed to ease the effects of the cold and one such device I have been using this winter is the Boots Vapour chest rub. It was on offer for £1.99 which is why I purchased this above the other more known brands. And all in all I feel it has been something of a worthy purchase.
The idea behind this product is similar to other brands by which you simply apply a small coating of the vapour rub to your chest before bed and through the strong odour and scented smells you inhale it and it is supposed to ease your chest, nose and head. The liquid is greasy as you would expect and it means that if you wear a tshirt on top of your chest it sticks and the shirt gets sticky. It works with more traditional pyjamas as there's a gap but your only option is to let it lie by keeping a top off for a while which may not be practical.
Regardless of whether you have this issue or not the strong smell will always overrule and as soon as you inhale you feel the product taking effect and gripping your nostrils and clearing them. Certainly I have noticed this ahs such a huge success with me as I rub it into my chest half an hour before bed and before I even lie down I can feel the nose starting to clear which helps me sleep and means by the morning the blocked nose has been eased.
It has also helped ease any coughs I have had overnight and really settled by chest. As well as feeling the effect when inhaling through the nostrils its also certainly working on the chest as you feel your chest easing a little thus easing coughs.
In my view them this has certainly worked and the little amount of rub you need each time means the small glass bottle you get for your money will last a considerable amount of time and you should only need 1-2 bottles per winter,
A great alternative to the more known brands and one which, in my case at least, has worked wonderfully!
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During a recent bout of sinusitis, I was desperate to unblock my nose. Having been told at the hospital to try breathing hot steam, I thought it would be a good idea to add some kick to that steam with some Vicks VapoRub, which I remembered my mum forcing me to inhale when I had colds as a child. When in Boots I spotted their own brand version of the same product, Boots Vapour Chest Rub at a considerably lower price, and decided that would do the job nicely.
The chest rub comes in a small glass jar which is packaged in a box, and both box and jar have instructions on them. The chest rub can be rubbed on the chest (well, obviously) as much as is needed, and particularly at bedtime, and can also be melted in hot water for inhaling - quantities of water and chest rub are given for this. Again, it can be done whenever it is required.
I always hated having to inhale Vicks, so I approached my first attempt with the Boots version with some trepidation. I boiled the kettle, carefully scooped out a teaspoon of the chest rub from the jar, put it in a large bowl and poured the requisite amount of hot water into it. My mum always had me cover my head with a towel to increase the steam and reduce heat escaping, so I did that too.
It has been many years since I used Vicks, but I'm quite sure I remember the smell of it. The Boots Vapour Chest Rub doesn't smell like Vicks. It has an incredibly strong minty/menthol smell. Once I started inhaling the steam, I very quickly felt the menthol effect hitting the back of my throat, and it was not pleasant. It was like inhaling a whole pack of XXXX mints. I struggled to keep going, and had to move my head away from the bowl every time I exhaled, which I was doing through my mouth, to try to avoid steam getting into my mouth which seemed to worsen the effect on the back of my throat.
I was trying to inhale through my nose, but this was difficult as I had one completely blocked nostril. I was hoping that inhaling through the non-blocked nostril would then take effect and clear the blocked one, but all that happened was that I got more and more of that strong menthol in the back of my throat. After a short time I couldn't continue. Once finished, my nose felt a little better and I was able to blow it easier, but this effect lasted only minutes.
I made several more attempts to use the chest rub with steam, trying a weaker mix of water and chest rub, but had the same experience each time.
I also used the Boots Vapour Chest Rub for its original intended use - on my chest. I think the idea behind this is that the warmth of your chest releases vapours which you then inhale. I used it several times, in the evening and before bedtime, and noticed no effect each night. I couldn't smell the chest rub and felt no effect on my badly blocked sinuses. The following mornings however I did usually get a faint whiff of the chest rub before showering, and as it was not too strong it was not unpleasant.
All in all, I don't feel the Boots Vapour Chest Rub was any use for me during this illness. I can't say if Vicks would have been any better, perhaps my sinuses were just too badly blocked. I will try inhaling the chest rub again next time I have a normal cold, as perhaps it will be more effective then.