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      21.04.2013 18:02
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      Great product for all the family if suffering from bunged up noses, but it will cost you!

      I remember moaning to a friend via text when my son was a baby about how my son was suffering with having a cold. Theres only so many things that you can give them to help them be more comfortable, but the worse thing for me is when they suffer from blocked noses, especially through the night as it doesnt help them to settile, and doesnt give them the best nights sleep. So she suggested this product. And off I went on a hunt in my local supermarket to buy, and was quite surprised how readily available it was. And to be honest, had no idea something like this existed!



      What is Karvol Vaporiser?

      Its a plug in devise that you place a small cartridge into, very similar to the fragrance ones you can get, and this goes directly into a electric socket. The cartridge contains a mixture of different oils that help children ( and adults may I add! ) breathe easier:pine, cinnamon and menthol, by relieving nasal congestion. Rather than putting a product on the childs skin, clothes or bedding, or even putting a product directly into their nose, this product basically gets dispersed into the air as a fragrance that is gentle, and easy to breathe in.



      How do you use it?

      Firstly, it can be used on children from the age of 3 months old which is great. You open the unit and slot directly into ito ne of the refills/cartridges and close. You then pop the unit into the electric socket to use.



      What do I think of this product?

      I think its great. Its a wonderful idea to put a product like this into the air which circulates and very easy for the child to breathe in, rather than putting a product directly onto them, as sometimes that isnt an option or not convenient. I also find this to be a lifesaver when theres more than one person suffering from cold symptoms as we all get the benefit if its turned on. Perfect if both my children are bunged up as I can put it on in their room and I know that will ease things alittle for them during the night.

      On the negative side, I found this product very expensive. The vaporiser cost around £5.00-£6.00 but this did include the refill ( 3 ) Each refill lasts around three nights. The cost of the refills themselves were similar to the cost of the vaporiser, so if you wanted to buy the vaporiser and a spare refill pack ( just in case ) you wont see change of a tenner! On the plus side, your not going to be using this product ALL the time, but you would think twice before popping it into your basket.

      Myself and the children didnt mind the fragrance, but if your someone who isnt keen on the menthol fragrance, you will find it annoying.Plus, it does kind of leave a slight cold feeling to the skin.

      Would I buy again? Yes, but I would also look out for other similar products as I have seen more and more come out since I first used this. Cost is a factor, but if you know your child will breathe just alittle easier and be more comfortable, then you will pay it.I would suggest shop around.

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        16.03.2012 09:08
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        Karvol vaporiser

        I had read a few reviews about this product last year before I thought I really had a need for this product and then after my son was born and had an awful cold I thought back to this and remembered reading about it and thought that it would probably be a very good idea. As my son was just four months old when he caught his horrible cold (from me unfortunately) there was not much I could give him or really do for him. He was very sniffy and bunged up and had an awful cough with it too. 

        The Karvol vaporiser is a product designed to make adults, children and infarcts over three months breathe more easily. It's basically a big plug in, it almost looks like a plug in air freshened to me, that gives off vapours intended to circulate around the room and get into your sinus passages through the air and unblock them. According to the information about this product it contains a unique combination of aromatic oils, pine, cinnamon and menthol. So to use, you basically just plug it in to the socket in the wall and let it work it's magic. 

        When you purchase the product you get the case shell which has a plug attached to the back. You also get three fragrance plug ins which last for three nights each. The nice thing is that you can use this product for the length of time you wish, there is no set treatment pattern. The unit is empty when you first get it so you need to put in one of the plug ins to begin with. This is a bit tricky to figure out at first but thankfully there are picture instructions on the box. The plug in is plastic and has two little plastic prongs on it which act as the key to open the unit. Once you have done this you can then slot the fragrance plug in inside. It's interesting that these do not really smell and only start to emit their fragrance once plugged into the wall. 

        Just like the air freshened varieties too when first plugged in this is very smelly. You get a very strong menthol smelling fragrance and it does enable you to take a nice long deep breathe and you can really feel it sorting out your nose and head. Its almost a bit too strong when you first plug it in so I would recommend for a babys nursery first plugging it in in the morning when they are not in there and so it won't be so overpowering when it comes to night. As the days go on the smell fades a little although you can still very much tell it is plugged in. 

        My little boy did well with this medicine. He has a really bad wheeze on his chest and a bad blocked nose which seemed to clear up well and after a few nights he was breathing well again so I will continue to use this is the future. 

        A plug in with three refills costs £6.55 at Boots. 

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        15.02.2012 10:56
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        A cool blast of menthol to help little ones breathe easy

        It would seem that starting nursery and the onset of harsh winter weather bought on bouts of coughs, colds and sneezes in our home. My little boy is generally healthy, and only since he started nursery he has started to pick up some nasty viruses. He seems to have had a few coughs and colds, which always seem to linger.

        As we were all feeling pretty rough and run down with the snivels I decided to pop into the local chemist to see if there was anything to help my son breathe, as he was quite congested which was making him cough. This was disrupting his sleep, as the cough would become more problematic at night. I don't generally use medication unless I have to, and I usually opt for natural methods. However, I needed a helping hand this winter with all the illnesses that we have endured.

        I don't particularly like the idea of applying products to my son's skin, though I had tried a vapour rub, as his cough was becoming particularly bad. This gave him some relief, but his sleep was still disrupted. I noticed a plug-in unit that releases vapours into the home to help bring relief to stuffy noses, which is designed for children and is safe for all the family. Not terribly cheap at around £6, although when feeling unwell anything is worth a shot.

        The unit comes boxed with three refills, each of which last for three nights, so effectively nine nights, which doesn't seem like much. However, further refills are available to buy in packs of three. The refill needs to be placed into the unit prior to use, and the refill acts as a key to open the unit. This means that it can only be opened by a refill cartridge, so there's no worry of a little one taking it out.

        The refills are quite fragrant before plugging in. Once plugged in, it doesn't take long for the menthol vapours to become evident. After about thirty minutes the room was filled with a menthol vapour. I was pleasantly surprised, as the first night my son was sleeping peacefully again. I was amazed at how effective it was. Walking upstairs I could smell the vapour before reaching the top step, and his room was filled with a soothing menthol scent to clear airways, to help little ones to breathe easy again.

        The refill cartridges are made up with of combination of cinnamon, pine and menthol, which produces a relieving scent that isn't overpowering. The unit is a simple plain white plug-in that is compact, the front has vents to release the vapours once plugged in. It can be used in any room and is suitable for children from three months of age.

        It is best to switch the unit off when it's not needed, to preserve the fragrance. There is no worry about forgetting to turn it off, as the scent is a reminder in itself. The refill did last for three nights as stated, and in remained just as powerful on the third night. I found that my son was breathing much easier, and his symptoms were clearing up thanks to the vapours that had been released into his room.

        I find that the plug-in is highly affective and powerful, so I only use it for when my son is particularly bunged up with a cold, or is coughing to provide relief. I don't find it necessary to continue using it when his symptoms are starting to improve, as the illness will take its course and clear up in its own good time. I find it to be good when he is at his worse and in need of relief to be able to get some much needed rest and sleep.

        As the plug-in is only needed to be used for short periods of time it makes it quite cost affective, as I would say that it has provided more relief than vapour rubs and oils. I think this makes it worthwhile, and I'm now glad that I bought it. It has been a great help when my son has been unwell, and it has been very affective at quickly and efficiently opening up his airways to allow him to breathe easily.

        We are now on the third and final cartridge, as my son is struck with cold symptoms once again. Last night he was coughing persistently when he got off to sleep, so I wasted no time in finding the refill to use the plug-in. After a short time my son was sleeping more peacefully, and my worries were put to rest, too.

        The vaporiser can be used to give relief to sinus problems, and bring relief from asthma and hay fever, as well as clearing up stuffy noses. A 50 cm air space is required to allow it to safely emit the fragrance, and as it features a safety lock and can only be opened with a refill, it makes it safe to use in a child's room. Karvol produce a range of products to help alleviate cough and cold symptoms in children which can be found in most good chemists and supermarkets.

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          22.12.2011 09:03
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          vaporiser to clear blocked noses

          When my son developed his first proper cold at 6 months he was coughing so much at night that he was unable to get a good nights sleep. He was also beginning to get very bunged up, so we were keen to find something to help him. We came across a Karvol vaporiser in our local ASDA store, priced at £6.50. The vaporiser is a plug-in format and it came with three refill cartridges, which we thought seemed reasonable value, so we purchased it.

          The idea of the vaporiser is to plug it in in baby's room at night and it helps to promote clear breathing. The cartridges that are inserted into the vaporiser contain aromatic oils - pine, cinnamon and menthol which help to aid breathing. Each refill lasts three nights. It is suitable for use with babies from 3 months old. The vaporiser can be plugged in to any household socket.

          Inside the box was a white plug with the vaporiser attached, together with the three refills. Once we had figured out how to insert the refill into the unit (quite a tricky job and far more complicated than is necessary, in my opinion!). The refill basically acts as a key to unlock the vaporiser.

          As soon as we plugged the vaporiser in, we could smell a strong menthol smell being emitted. Within a few minutes, this was really strong and I could feel it clearing my nose. Our son's room is quite small and it seemed too overpowering when plugged it in in his room so we plugged it into the socket just outside his room. The first night after we bought this, my son slept a lot better. His breathing sounded noticeably clearer, but he still had a cough. The vaporiser felt like it was drying the air out a little, and my throat felt dry even though I was sleeping further from it, so I was concerned that this could be affecting him. The second night, the smell did not seem quite so strong and my son slept better again. We did not require it for the third night that the cartridge is supposed to last for so I am unable to comment on how well it lasted.

          The vaporiser was very strong and I felt it was a little too overpowering. It wasn't an unpleasant smell, but it did dry out my throat. It worked well at clearing my son's breathing and helped him get a good nights sleep and clear up his cold. However, I think that next time we need something to help him breathe more easily we may try one of the rubs that Karvol offers as this may be more effective for him and it won't impact the rest of the house so much!

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          15.03.2011 22:55
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          I'll be trying to find the Boots own version before she is ill again

          When my baby had a cold I was willing to try anything I could to help her out, with my previous daughter I had borrowed Boots own vaporiser so I went to Boots to try and purchase one. Unfortunately the Boots store nearest to my house is only quite small and when I arrived and scoured the shelves the only vaporiser I was able to find was the one by Karvol. I have never been too impressed by Karvol but as I needed something to help her breathe I bought the product setting me back around £5 which included 3 refills.

          Getting home I took my purchase to my daughters room to work out how to use it, the box wasn't sealed in any way so was easy to pull the lid out of the box and open. The box is a royal blue in colour and has little stars all over it as though to represent the night sky, it has Karvol Vaporiser on the front with a picture of the product and little green squiggles representing the vapour being released. The claim is that the product will "promote clear, easy breathing in a format that is clean and simple to use."

          The box has a couple of headings on it for your information,
          Features - can be used by adults and children over 3 months and child lock feature so can be used safely in childrens rooms.
          Precautions - Keep the box for reference, only use refills for this vaporiser, keep out of reach of children, do not use with extension leads, do not open vaporisers without the refill key, leave at least 50cm of air space around the product and allow the vaporiser to cool before changing refill.

          My thoughts on the above, if there is a child lock feature that can be trusted why must it be kept away from children and how can you keep it away from children when using it in a childs room? Do not use with extension lead, I had to as my daughters room only has one socket and I needed her monitor plugged in too and this had no adverse effect, my vaporiser didn't heat up but would be quite concerned if it did when it is supposed to be safe for a childs room it is not as if you can control them if they wake in the night.

          Inside the box is a white plastic plug and 3 refills, when the box said 3 refills I expected there to be one in the product already but this isn't the case. To open the plug you have to use the refill which begs the question of how can you dispose of the refill when finished if you do not have another refill to go in it? The refill has 2 plastic prongs on one end of it which you have to place into 2 little holes above the actual plug prongs this then releases the casing, even once these prongs are placed in you still need your nail or a knife or something to pull the 2 pieces of the casing apart as it doesn't actually release properly. Once the plug is open the refill simply slides into place and then you close the plug again and you are ready to go, it takes half an hour for the vaporiser to fully release the fumes and you are advised to close all windows and doors to allow the vapour to circulate fully. Each refill lasts 3 nights so generally you would hope that 3 refills would be the maximum you would need for a cold.

          There are no instructions included with this product and you do not get a list of ingredients on the box so I have no idea what it is these refills, this I actually find quite concerning as on the box is the irritant marker with the following warning "the refill contains a liquid which is not designed to come into contact with the eyes - in normal use this should not happen. Contains cinnamon bark which could cause an allergic reaction.

          This product is a bit of a mess about, managing to get the plug open, remembering to put it on half hour before bedtime and to be honest my daughter was still very snuffly and I can't swear to it as I don't know what she would have been like without it but I don't think it did much if anything. I would not recommend this product and I will be seeking out Boots own which I know works, back to the olbas oil in the meantime as that helped her a lot more than this did even if she would wake in the night and need a bit more on her sheet.

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          23.11.2010 10:45
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          Worth it, just to help your baby breathe through a cold

          My son has been wonderfully disease-free throughout most of his first year. However, there has been the odd cold and, as any mother knows, this is where your world falls apart!

          Your baby is ill, it's a virus so antibiotics wont help, and the only things you can give to ease the discomfort are infant paracetamol or infant ibuprofen. You feel totally useless.

          So you hunt around for anything that might help, even a little bit. And karvol plug-ins have made it into our 'Whatever it takes' box.

          I bought mine in Boots for £6.39 and it comes with three refills. Each refill lasts a maximum of three nights so you are basically getting nine nights-worth of decongestant for that price. It's pretty expensive, but worth it for the peace of mind alone.
          The refill packs cost £5.49 and, again, come with three refills.

          Inside the box you find the vaporiser unit, which is about twice the size of an ordinary plug, and thre three refills which have two plastic prongs at one end with which you are supposed to be able to open the vapouriser, like a key.

          Frankly, it's a bit fiddly. You push the prong in to the back of the unit, just above the plug and although I expected this would make the front section pop off, all it does is 'unlock' it. Which means you then have to get your nails into the seam between the front and back of the unit and haul it off using all your strength.

          Once opened, you can exract the little refill from the 'keyhole' and insert it into the vaporiser unit, closing the front section back over it.

          The unit is now ready for use and needs to be plugged in and switched on at the wall for the vapours to start. The instructions on the box recommend that you switch it on half an hour before needed so that the vapours can fill the room. they also mention that it works best if you close all woindows and door in the room so that the vapours can accumulate. This is how we like to use it as we like the smell and don't find it overpowering. However, if it is too much for you you can just open doors and windows to get a milder effect.

          Does it work? Well, all I can say is that it works as well as any other form of mentholated vapours and it has a more consistent and long lasting form of release. I think it is the best way to infuse a room with decongestant vapours. And my son sleeps better with the vapouriser than he does without. That's good enough for me.

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          03.11.2009 09:53
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          Works well

          My baby girl is 11 months old and is currently full of cold she has been struggling to sleep the past few nights with having a blocked up nose and is therefore waking me up around 5 times a night! We have tried the rub on creams and the Karvol drops on a tissue but the problem with these is that they don't last a full night.
          So off I went to boots in search of something better and came across the plug in vaporisers, on the shelf there were two for me to choose from, Calpol and Karvol and I decided on the Karvol one because even though it was slightly more expensive and came with only 3 refills instead of the 5 Calpol came with it does say that the refills last 3 nights each but Calpol were only 8 hours each.

          ++ Price ++

          I bought this from Boots at £6.39 with 3 refills included in the pack which as I said each last 3nights according to the box. The refill packs also come in packs of 3 and cost £5.49 from boots.
          I do think the price is a bit expensive and was therefore a bit unsure about buying it but I really need my sleep so thought I would just have to go for it!

          ++ What does it do? ++

          The Karvol vaporiser is plugged into a socket and when the socket is turned on it releases constant vapours to help you breathe easier.
          It can be used from 3 months of age and is for children and adults.

          ++ The Box ++

          Inside the box is the plug in part and the 3 refills. The instructions were in 5 easy to follow steps on the back of the box.
          Also on the box is a brief description of what it is and how long the refills last and that Karvol also sell other products which are available in shops. There is also a list of precautions which on reading all seem normal and in line with an electric product, it does also state that when the vaporiser isn't in use that it needs to be removed from the socket and stored in its box. It does however have a locking mechanism so a child is unable to get into it if you had left it plugged in which is a nice safety feature.

          ++ How do you use it? ++

          Step 1 - Push the key end of the refill pack into the slots on the rear of the vaporiser to unlock it.
          Step 2 - Open the vaporiser cover
          Step 3 - Slide the refill into the vaporiser - refer to the refill pack for a diagram on how it goes in.
          Step 4 -Close the cover making sure the catches click to lock
          Step 5 - Plug in the unit and switch the socket on. It takes around 1.2 and hour for the vapours to take their full effect.
          It also states that for the best effects to leave windows and doors closed so the vapours can't escape.

          ++ Does it work? ++

          Well in my experience last night it does! My daughter didn't wake up once and she does still have a blocked up nose so she definitely isn't better yet so I am very pleased and feeling a lot less tired this morning which is a very good thing, she also looks a lot less tired today since she has had a full night's sleep.

          ++ Overall ++

          I am very pleased I bought the vaporiser, even though at 1st I thought it was a little expensive, especially for the refill packs it is most definitely worth it for me and my baby to get a full night's sleep I do recommend it.

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            31.10.2008 08:19
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            A great help for congested toddlers!

            Traditionally decongestant products have been in the form of drops, capsules or rubs that are applied to the chest, a hankie or bedding so as to aid breathing and sleep. However, many of these suffer the same problem, they just don't last the full night and, whilst their scent might still be present in the morning (and sometimes for days to come) their effectiveness declines within a few hours.

            Faced with a toddler who was struggling to breathe, and therefore, sleep an alternative had to be found. I recall that, as a child, I had something called a Vaporiser. It was made by Vicks and comprised an oil-lamp style burner which was used to heat some smelly stuff and the vapours filled the room. Thankfully, we've come a little further than naked flames in kid's rooms and one can now get a new breed of vaporiser - a plug in.

            Having had success with Karvol capsules I decided that, faced with a choice of this, Vicks or a Calpol I'd go for the Karvol version. This decision was also made easier by the fact that the Karvol version was the only one that didn't require a daily "cartridge" change.

            The device itself is rather like a small plug-in air-freshener. About the size of an average mobile phone charger it plugs into an empty socket and, when turned on emits soothing and clearing vapours.

            The vapours are produced from small cartridges that are inserted into the plug. In the Karvol version each cartridge will last for 3 night's use. I've found this to be accurate and, in fact, I'd say that they probably last slightly longer - I turned the unit on about 6pm each night and off again anytime between 6 and 7am the following morning.

            The unit will take about 30 minutes to heat up sufficiently to release the vapours. At first I was a little concerned that the unit might get too hot but, although warm to the touch, there was no danger of burning. Of course, you should always take care with electricals and children!

            The vapours released really do fill the room and are of an equivalent strength to a freshly opened Karvol capsule. They don't, as I worried, build up to an unacceptable level. When in use this vaporiser really does seem to have eased my son's congestion and we've had relatively calm nights as a result.

            A certain amount of strength is required to insert the cartridges into the plug, the end of the cartridge is used to open the plug unit but, once open, the cartridge is inserted easily. The fact that the plug is hard to open gives me comfort that a child could not "accidently" open the unit and ingest the oils.

            Retailing at around £6 (as of October 2008) and coming with 3 capsules, this is not a cheap unit but it's much more effective than the plain capsules for heavy congestion. You're looking at £2 for 3 good night's sleep - that's priceless. Refills are slightly cheaper but not by a lot.

            There's no mess, and no risk of staining fabrics (as with oils) and, I suspect, you could operate this on a timer so you could really minimise the effort!

            Recently this unit proved a God-send. I'd recommend it.

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            The Karvol Vaporiser promotes clear, easy breathing in a plug-in format that is clean and simple to use. Each vaporiser pack comes with three refills which contain a unique combination of aromatic oils / pine, cinnamon and menthol to help you or your child to breathe more easily. Each user-friendly refill lasts up to three nights. The Karvol Vaporiser unit locks when it is closed, and can only be opened by the refill, which also acts as a key. Refill packs are also available containing three refills. Plugs into household sockets, so the Karvol Vaporiser can be used in any room in the home. Suitable for age 3 months upwards.