“ Brand: Karpol / Dosage Form: Rub / Contents/Size: 45g „
I recently run out of my tub of Vicks VapoRub and decided to give another brand a try to see if they were just as good as Vicks. I settled on Karvol vapour rub, I use the Karvol drops for my daughter so thought this could be just as good.
----- Different uses-----
There are two different ways in which you could use Karvols vapour rub, either rubbing it directly on the skin, or inhaling the vapours.
The rub on method can be used for babies over the age of 6 months, simply rub a small amount onto their chests. For older children and adults, rub a good amount on your chest and back.
The inhalation method is only suitable for older children and adults, add one teaspoon of the rub into a bowl of hot water (but not boiling) and inhale the vapour. Some people do this under a towel to keep all the vapours in that space.
----- Our experience -----
The packaging of this vapour rub fits in well with the Karvol brand with the same blue cardboard box as it's other products. Inside the box is the 45g tub of vapour rub. The tub is a deep blue colour with a screw top lid.
As soon as you unscrew the lid you are instantly hit with a menthol smell, it's a bit different to Vicks as Vicks is really strong, this is more subtle but still easily noticeable. The rub itself is quite thick and gloopy in consistency, a bit like Vaseline but more sticky.
When it's applied, the rub doesn't melt away in your fingers like Vicks does and it leaves your fingers sticky and horrible so I always have a wet wipe to hand when applying. My daughter doesn't mind me rubbing this on her chest so I guess she likes the smell.
I can't say whether or not it helps my daughter when she is asleep as I team it up with Karvol decongestant drops. I use it myself and I can feel it working. I lie on my side, so without any vapour rub one side of my nose always gets blocked and I find myself tossing and turning all night once one side has become blocked. If I use this rub I don't have that problem and can have a fairly good sleep, depending on whether or not I've got a cough too.
Karvol vapour rub is widely available in supermarkets and chemists for around £3 for 45g tub.
I would recommend the vapour rub, it does the job it's supposed to do. For myself personally, I would rather buy Vicks over this Karvol vapour rub and will be purchasing that once my tub of Karvol runs out.
I normally use Snuffle Babe on my daughter when she has a cold but we ran out after the last cold she had and I never got round to replacing it! Typically when we have none in, my daughter gets a real stinker of a cold and is being kept awake at night with her blocked up nose! I went to buy a tub of snuffle babe and the shop assistant looked at me like I was speaking foreign and had never even heard of it so she directed me towards Karvol Vapour Rub. I ended up having to buy it as I didn't have time to call anywhere else for our usual product.
Karvol Vapour Rub comes packed in a small cardboard box which is a blue colour featuring the product name in large white lettering at the top so it really stands out and you can see at a glance that it is a vapour rub. Inside the box you will find the tub of vapour rub which has a screw top lid - it is important that you make sure you close the lid tightly and keep out of reach of young children! When opening the tub for the first time and revealing the vapour rub, it has a vaseline-like consistency though somewhat thicker and incredibly sticky to the touch! The menthol smell is instantly detectable though I personally don't feel it is as strong or as nice as snuffle babe or vicks.
The instructions on the packaging state that when using the vapour rub on children you should apply a small amount onto their chest at bedtime. For adults, you can use it in the same way as on your child, or alternatively you can add a teaspoon of the rub into hot water so you can inhale the vapour for extra relief. The vapour rub can be used on children from the age of six months, but still this should be done sparingly. The ingredients in the vapour rub are petrolatum, camphor, eucalyptus globulus and menthol which when combined does make for a pleasant enough smell.
I used the rub on my daughter just before putting her to bed and I didn't notice much difference in her breathing the first night so I also had some Karvol drops on a tissue in the bedroom just to help that little bit more. I applied the rub on her for a further three nights until her cold began to ease slightly and as the nights went on her breathing did seem much easier now whether this was due to the rub or the fact her cold was easing anyway I am not entirely sure. The rub is easy to apply, though like others it is quite sticky though it does absorb into the skin reasonably well. One thing I did find with this vapour rub is that it was much harder to wash off my hands than other rubs I have used!
Would I purchase Karvol Vapour Rub again? No, I don't think I would unless it was a last resort as I much prefer snuffle babe and feel that that works better than this particular product, but that may well be as we are used to it and have always found it to be a good product. Saying that I would recommend it as it does work ok.
The price of the vapour rub does seem to vary depending on where you purchase it from, I bought mine from Tesco and was priced at £3.70. As with all products like this, there are some warnings to be aware of:
* Avoid contact with eyes
* Do not apply to face, mouth, nose or broekn skin
* Do not swallow
* Stop using if causes skin irritation
I had wondered how the rub would be on my daughter as she does suffer from mild ezcema but I am pleased to say this didn't affect her skin at all.
Thank you for reading my review.
Things you expect to happen in life - to be invited to your 'in laws' so that your 6 month old baby can play with his 2 year old cousin.
Things that you don't expect to happen in life - to be invited to your 'in laws' so that your 6 month old baby can play with his 2 year old cousin - asleep upon arrival, only to be told on his waking that he is full of a cold 'positively streaming'! Great.....
Not wishing to upset the poorly tot further by departing, we stayed all be it briefly before making our excuses and leaving.
Of course, the obvious happened and the next day we too had a 'streaming' tot on our hands, a terribly runny nose, crusty eyes and generally out of sorts, towards the end of the day, he became he became quite congested.
Hoping to combat the symptoms, we purchased two products,one of which was Karvol Vaporub with menthol.
We found the 45g tub (packaged in a cardboard box) in the children's health section at Boots, costing £4.03. Somewhat expensive when compared to Vicks, also sold in Boots at £4.79 but for more than twice the amount - 100g.
Opening the tub reveals a pale gooey substance, it looks a little like glue. There is a strong smell of menthol, to be honest I prefer the smell of Vicks, perhaps due to familiarity.
Instructions for use state that a small amount should be massaged on to the chest - particularly at bed time, the rub should be used sparingly on infants and should not be used on a child under 6 months of age. I was a bit naughty, my son turned six months today, so I used it two days early (with no adverse effects).
The product can also be inhaled by adding to 1 teaspoon to 1/2 pint of hot water - this is for adults/older children only!
The product contains Petrolatum, Camphor, Eucalyptus globulus, and Menthol.
So does this combination work? Having used the rub for the past two nights, I believe it does. On the first night my sons congestion appeared to lessen and he seemed to enjoy the chest rub. This evening he settled unusually quickly once the rub had been applied and appeared to be breathing much easier approximately 5 - 10 minutes later.
Would I buy this product again? The answer is probably not, this is because Vicks can also be used on children aged 6 months and over so I will try this next time, particularly taking the cost into account. In the event that Karvol appears to work more efficiently I will of course willingly pay more!
In summary - An expensive impulse buy that provides a little light relief!
Vick's vaporub is a product that was used on me by my mum and it is also something that I use on my kids and I think it is fantastic. A couple of months ago when the whole family came down with the sniffles I ran out of Vicks and was forced to buy some Karvol vapourrub instead as our local chemist had no Vicks in stock. She assured me that it was just the same so I bought it rather than travel into town to get some.
I paid £3.20 for a 45g pot which isn't bad and near enough the same price as the Vicks though I do normall buy that in a larger 100g pot.
Everything about it is similar to vaporub right down to the screw lid pot it comes in. When you open it the smell of menthol hits you and the rub is a thick greasy consistency.
You apply it by rubbing it into the chest and back areas and you can also melt some into hot water to steam your nose.
I applied it to the children first and then myself and immediately I noticed the difference between the products.
I just felt that the Karvol vapour rub was just inferior in every way. It immediately lacked that warming and soothing feeling that you get with Vicks and the rub was more difficult to rub in.
It did help soothe my chest slightly but not as effectively as I am used to. As for helping clear my nose it had absolutely no effect whatsoever on me Im afraid.
It also didn't last as long as I would have expected and within a couple of hours it seemed to have all absorbed into my skin or evaporated and the smell was significantly reduced. I applied some more before bed time and I can honestly say it didn't help me sleep in the slightest.
Karvol contains Petrolatum, Camphor, eucalyptus globulus and menthol so the ingredients are similar to Vicks but they must be a lower dosage because the effects are not even comparable. I would definately not buy it again unless there was absolutely nothing else in the shop as I just feel it was a weak copy of a superior product whose effectiveness was negligible.
I bought a tub of Karvol vapour rub when a local chemist was moving so selling all its stock off very cheap. With a young child you know that you are going to be getting coughs and colds and this seemed like a good stock item to have for such times. The rub is suitable for babies over six months of age.
The vapour rub comes in a tub with a screw top lid so you must be careful where you store this if you have young children around. It uses the traditional blue and a green colour for labelling and lid so is recognisable brand on the shelf. The tub holds 45g of vapour rub.
The ingredients are Petrolatum, Camphor, Eucalyptus Globules, and Menthol
There are two sets instructions one for children and one for adults.
The children's suggests you use a small amount on the chest at bedtime and advises to use sparingly on babies and young children
For adults the instructions are similar but you can also apply to the neck .You can also use a teaspoon in hot water to inhale.
I have used this product on my son since he was one year of age. When you remove the top you see a white thick cream and there is a clear combination smell of menthol and eucalyptus. It is very simple to apply and rubs in well. When my son was a baby I used it in combination with medicines but due to all the changes in children's medicines he is rarely given medicine with a cold unless he also has a temperature. It was hard as a baby to know how effective it was but at least I did feel like I was doing something. Now my son is three and as it isn't used in combination it is much easier to determine how effective it is. He does actually enjoy it been applied to him as been male he does like recognition that he is poorly and will stick out his chest for me to apply. While predictably he does not sleep as well when he has a cough and cold I do believe this helps him with his breathing at night and does help him to sleep a little better than he would do otherwise. My son does suffer from Eczema but this does not irritate his skin. I do like this product as it isn't invasive but does seem to help my son.
I haven't used this on myself although when my son has been poorly he has wanted me to put some on and it does rub in easily and seems to have a warming feeling on the skin and you can smell it from the chest. I do advise you wash your hands after applying as the smell does linger on your fingers.
The tub does come with a list of warnings:
For external use only do not swallow
Avoid contact with the eyes
Do not apply to face mouth nose or broken skin
Stop using if causes skin irritation
The Karvol vapour rub is widely available and is currently £3.95 for a 45g tub at boots or £3.47 at Tesco's so it worth checking price at your local supermarket although if you do have a poorly little one you don't tend to spend time worrying about the cheapest more the closest shop. It does have a use by date that lasts for about a year and a half however it is not a product I would worry about been a little past its use by date. I have used about ¾ of a tub in two years and mine is past its use by date however I still continue to use it.
While I don't believe this product has any effect of the longevity of a cold I do think it helps children to get a better night's sleep when they are poorly which is not only good for the child but the parents as well. I do recommend this product.
Karvol Vapour Rub contains menthol to help easier breathing. It can be used for children from 6 months old.