“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Vapour Rub / Dosage Form: Rub „
I grew up with a name brand of this vapour rub product, and had no idea that generic or supermarket branded versions existed until a year or so ago when I had yet another winter cold.
I really like this item that aims to improve breathing. Produced by Tesco, it comes in a 50g recyclable blue plastic tub and a green lid. This container is in turn packaged in a cardboard box. The product itself is a cloudy white paste-like substance. Its delicious smell hides the fact that not all ingredients are well-liked by many people.
~+~ What's it made from? ~+~
The ingredients are listed as; petrolatum, camphor, turpentine (turpentine!!!), menthol, eucalyptus, globus leaf oil, myristica fragrans (nutmeg oil), cupressus funebris (cedarwood oil, thymol.).
Hmmmm. Petrolatum and turpentine. Perhaps just a step away from glue sniffing or that much-famed activity in the Australian Northern Territory: petrol sniffing.
No wonder I love the smell of this rub.
~+~ In Use ~+~
This rub is very easy to use. I simply rub a small amount onto my chest/décolletage area as well as my throat. I usually do this just before bed, but will also additionally do this in the morning if I am not going to attend my workplace.
The paste rubs in easily however I do find that it can be difficult to remove from my hands so a good wash with warm soapy water is required. This is very important as I found that the rub causes my eyes to sting if it comes into contact with them.
~+~ Does it work? ~+~
A short answer for a short question: Yes. It works very well and does help me breath more easily. This paste does act as a decent enough decongestion agent. The rub remains on my skin for at least seven hours, which is a good length of time. That said, I do also use a number of other treatments for symptoms of common colds; ultimately it's usually a combination of products that helps me treat my symptoms until they clear.
~+~ Recommended? ~+~
I probably would recommend this item to others, but I feel they should be aware of the petrol-chemical and solvent it contains.
~+~ Availability ~+~
As this is a Tesco branded item, it is understandable that it is only available from tesco stores. The current price as at January 2014 is £1.10.
I always look for a store branded equivalent of a big brand as I feel that more often than not they do the same job, but the branded product simply costs more. I have not been let down yet and the Tesco Vapour Rub was no exception.
The first time I came across the product was when I was full of cold, completely bunged up and looking for something to help me sleep. As kid we were always directed towards the "Vicks" so that's where I migrated towards when in the Supermarket. The product is located within the Health and medicine isle which is usually around the shampoo and personal hygiene isle
The packaging is a small cardboard box with the product inside. The packaging design on the box is exactly the same as that on the tub so there are no contradictions. The design is a light green and white colour obviously designed to represent the cool clear breathing the product assists with. There is no superfluous information on the box, it merely states what the product is, the brand, the weight, and what it does: vapour rub, Tesco, for clear cool breathing and 50g.
The rear of the box and the small plastic jar in which the product comes states the directions, ingredients and storage instructions. All the headings are in different colours and the main font is black. The information is clear and concise.
Instructions state:"rub a small amount onto chest, throat and back, particularly just before going to bed. Alternatively, for adults only, mix a little (2 teaspoons) in hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapours for 5-10 minutes. Do not re-heat the mixture. Not suitable for children under 5 years. For external use only. " I must admit I have never tried the vapour rub in hot water as an inhalant, but what I generally tend to do is either inhale directly from the tub, rub onto my chest or rub a little onto a tissue by the side of the bed for when I wake up bunged. The menthol in the product really does work and de-congests my nose within quite a short space of time to allow me to breathe.
The warnings are pretty much common sense but have to be stated I suppose to cover Tesco against stupidity. For example do not put in eyes - believe me I accidentally rubbed my eye after handling the product and boy did it sting.
The one I purchased a few weeks ago (June 2013) does not expire until February 2016 so the shelf life on the product is fantastic, and at £1 it's a bargain product almost half the price of a branded one with the same effects. Thoroughly recommended
I almost never buy branded products when I can get a generic version of the same thing at the supermarket a lot cheaper.
I was brought up on Vick's vapour rub and my mum used to use it on myself and my brothers and sisters at the slightest hint of a chesty cough but I refuse to pay the extra for Vick's when this one from Tesco is just as good and costs less.
I always keep some vapour rub in the house as it is probably my favourite product to use when I have a cold as it is great at helping soothe my chest and helping me to breathe a bit clearer.
It costs £1 for a 50g pot of vapour rub which is a clear jelly like substance that smells strongly of menthol.
You rub it on your chest, neck and back when you have a cold and it helps open up your airwaves making breathing easier when you have a cold.
When you apply it the vapour rub is a little bit gloopy and sticky but it needs to be like this so that it will sit on the skin. It makes my skin feel warm and I think it feels really soothing. When I have a tight chest it really helps to relax it and it does make breathing a little bit easier especially in bed when I am lying down. It doesn't take away all the tightness or clear my nose entirely but it helps a lot.
You can also mix a couple of spoonful's of this with some hot water in a bowl and then put a towel over your head and then just breathe in the vapours. This is a great way of using it when you have a really bad cold as I think it helps loads in unblocking my nose and really clearing my chest making it easier to cough up all the disgusting mucus that is causing the tightness and coughing.
A lot of the reason I like vapour rub is psychological as I find the applying of it to be really soothing but it also does work to clear everything up as well and works wonders at loosening up the mucus and making it easier to get rid of it. I can't even imagine having a bad cold and not using vapour rub in bed as I think it really helps in helping me get comfortable enough to sleep and without it I would be up coughing all night long.
I had been suffering from a cold for just over a week and decided I needed something stronger than tablets I had been using. I initially wanted to buy some Vicks as this is what my parents used to rub on my chest as a child, I saw this next to Vicks and it was a lot cheaper, I had used many tesco own brand health products in the past so believed it would be just as good. I will now go into more detail on this product!
For a 50g tub of this vapour rub costs only £1, this is excellent compared to Vicks which costs £4.50 (for a 100g pot). The tub is similar to Vicks, but overall it is the best value vapour rub I have seen. I recommend you give this a try for the price.
Does it work well?:
I usually put a generous helping on my chest and rub it in. It's best to do before bed as you can clear your nose and throat for the next day. The smell is very strong and not much different from more expensive brands. I have also used this before a football match and I had a cold, it kept me clear and allowed me to play well, I honestly don't think Vicks is any better than this. It can be used in the day, but this is nt best as it is strong smelling and could annoy others. You can feel this stuff work straight away if you inhale hard and deeply.
I would recommend this to anyone suffering from a cold, the vapour is very soothing and helps to unblock you very much. It works so well and I am so glad I found this stuff. The value is great and this will be in my cupboard for a long time as a little bit goes a long way. Excellent value and an excellent product. This getsc5 stars from me! Helped me out a lot. Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out. Josh - jlaker1992
I suffer badly from a congested nose and sinus pain and I have no idea why. I don't think I am allergic to dust or animals but every night when I go to bed my nasal cavities are blocked which is not only annoying but it can actually be a little painful and annoying. I use a decongestant spray when they are blocked really badly and for those times that it is only mild I use some vapour rub as I find that this helps me to breathe a little easier.
I used to always buy Vick's but I tried this one from Tesco and was impressed enough that I couldn't tell the difference between them and as this one was much cheaper it is obviously better value. It costs just £1 and you get a 50g jar of it. Inside the jar the vapour rub is the rub which looks and feels just like petroleum jelly only with a really strong menthol smell to it.
The rub is really thick and gooey and traditionally you are supposed to use this when you have got a cold and are having trouble with breathing and sore chests. You rub it in to your chest, back and throat to give relief from breathing difficulties caused by congestion and also to soothe coughs and sore chests.
I always found Vicks to be really soothing when I have a cold and this is no different. It slightly warms on my skin and as soon as I use it I feel much more soothed and comforted when I am feeling poorly.
It helps almost immediately with the pain in my chest caused by coughing and actually makes coughing fits less likely to happen. It does help a little bit on my nose when it is on my chest but for my daily congestion I use it in different ways and keep the rubbing on my chest and back for those times when I have a cold.
For my daily congestion what I usually do is either mix a little bit of the vapour rub with hot water in a bowl and use a towel to cover my head and breathe in the vapours which really does help shift whatever is in my nose and open up my nasal cavities making it easier to breathe. I also sometimes get a little bit of the rub and put a tiny bit inside my nostrils to help even more with opening up my cavities and make breathing easier. Doing it this way opens them up enough that I am usually able to breathe enough to be able to go to sleep.
I am not sure that I would bother buying Vicks again as although it is brilliant this in my opinion is just as good and is a fraction of the price.
I had a nasty cold before Christmas and took a trip to my local Tesco to pick up some cold-busting supplies. I intended to buy some Vick's Vapour Rub to rub on my chest to help me breathe better during the night, but I noticed this Tesco own brand variety on the shelf for a much cheaper price.
The Tesco Vapour Rub comes in a white and green cardboard box with the product name on the front. Inside the box is a blue plastic jar with a green screw top lid. Upon opening the lid you will see a soft white paraffin substance and you will instantly smell the menthol and eucalyptus. I think this Tesco Vapour Rub smells slightly milder than the Vick's one - the Vick's definitely has a stronger smell.
To use this, you simply rub a smell amount onto your chest, back or throat. It can be applied this way to adults or children over the age of 5. It is easy to apply and rubs onto your skin smoothly. Another way that this can be used by adults is by adding it to hot water and breathing in the steam.
I simply rubbed some of this onto my chest before bed and found that it unblocked my nose and eased my congestion, definitely helping me get to sleep. This product produces quick and effective results. I did find that the morning after using this it had left a mark on my pyjamas, but this did not stain and came out easily in the wash. Only a small amount of this product is required for each application - and there is no way I will use the whole jar up before it goes out of date as thankfully I don't get the cold that often!
At the time of purchase, a 50g jar of this Tesco Vapour rub cost me £1.00. Comparably the Vick's product was only available in a 100g jar and cost £4.50. This means that for the same amount of product, the Vick's Vapour Rub cost 2 and a half times the price of the Tesco Vapour Rub. I think the Tesco own brand is just as good, and am glad I discovered this.
I give this Tesco Vapour Rub a rating of 5 stars as it does the job and is much cheaper than the branded variety. Thanks for reading/rating and I hope you found this review helpful.
Up until fairly recently, I had lived my life thinking there was only one sort of Vapor Rub - Vicks! Little did I know that supermarkets make their own and when I'd asked my husband to buy a jar on his way back from work, he'd brought back a small plastic jar of Tesco's own brand of vapour rub. The jar cost £1.55 and the pot is small at 50g but this lasts for ages. It's always around this time of year that we all seem to come down with one bug after another. My daughter, in particular, seems to pick up ever bug going from school, and then she brings it home to give it to her dad and me.
The Tesco's own brand of vapour rub smells, works and looks exactly like the Vicks vapour rub and it is cheaper into the bargain so next time I need some of this I'll opt for Tescos' again. The jar has a screw of type lid and as soon as it's removed, there is that familiar (very strong) smell of menthol and eucalyptus, combined. It smells just the same as The Vicks version. It's soft white paraffin, which works really well when it's gently rubbed over my daughter's chest. It helps to relieve her stuffy nose and ease the catarrh and build up of congestion and helps her (and me) to get a better night's sleep. I usually have to prop up her pillows high as her nose becomes so blocked up and then she's tetchy and miserable the following day due to lack of sleep. Tesco vapour rub is a miracle worker in terms of reeling the symptoms of a chesty and stuffed nose, and it helps to clear the airways enabling us all to sleep better.
My husband absolutely hates it if I ever put some on myself before bed though I tend to just ignore him and use it anyway. The soft paraffin smoothes gently into the skin and it feels warming and comforting, I always think, and reminds me of when I was a little girl. It's fast acting and begins to clear the airways pretty much as soon as it's applied. I also use it on a handkerchief and take it to work to sniff if I'm feeling a bit bunged up.
Alternatively, it can be used in a bowl of hot water with a towel over the head and inhaled. Whichever way you choose to use it, I can honestly say that Tesco's vapour rub is every bit as good as the Vicks brand. There is really no difference at all as far as I'm able to tell. It's a staple in my medicine cupboard and I really recommend it.
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I have recently had a bad cold and have been unable to sleep very well. I have struggled to breathe during the night and during the day. So I bought some Tesco's Vaporub because I have often used it to help me breathe more easily many times. I have found it to be reliable and it works quite fast.
It comes housed in a plastic pot and it is a soft paraffin which is white. It isn't runny but has a fairly soft consistency. It smells very mentholated because it contains eucalyptus, camphor and menthol. Once the top is removed, it is a really strong smell of the eucalyptus and menthol and the smell hit's you immediately. I do like this smell because I like the smell of menthol and eucalyptus. If you don't like this smell it is still worth buying because it does help a lot but it is a lasting smell.
I just scoop a little out of the pot and smear a little onto a tissue, and then just sniff it. It helps to unblock my nose really well using it this way. I also just added a little to some hot water and placed a towel over my head and just inhaled it. This is a really good way of helping to unblock a blocked nose. My cold has been quite bad and so I have done this around 3 times a day. It has helped me quite a lot to breathe much better.
At night time, I have just smeared some over my chest so that I can smell it during the night. It is a really strong smell which does last for quite a long time on the skin and works really well. It is fairly sticky when first rubbed onto the chest but it soon soaks in and then isn't so sticky.
I have found this to be a good product to give me a better night's sleep. Nothing worse than waking up during the night unable to breathe very well and coughing and sneezing all the time. It's good for colds and congestion and coughs too.
It is a good quality paraffin and good value for the money. I paid £1.50 for a 50g pot. This amount will last for a long time because not much is needed for it to work. All the family can use it if they are suffering with blocked noses or colds.
It can be used for children over the age of 2 years old too, so it is a good one to use on the chests of children too. It does help children to sleep better when some of this is smeared onto their chests.
I recommend it highly if you are wanting to ease congestion and to breathe much better during the day or night. I will buy it again and I think it is worth the money. I can now breathe more easily and am almost back to normal and my cold is almost gone.
I rate it 5 stars.
There's nothing worse than a horrible blocked nose when you're trying to sleep so I always keep a jar of Vapour Rub in my medicine cupboard.
The one I've got now is the Tesco own brand. Priced at only £1 (£1.50 at the time of writing) for 50g I snapped it up. The 'other' vapour rub on sale there was £4.50 for 100g so at less than half the price I was getting a bargain- besides I don't a need 100g tub.
The small tub comes in a plain green and white box with Vapour Rub clearly written on the front, and it tells us that it's for 'clear, cool breathing'. The packaging also tells us the usual directions, warnings and ingredients which are repeated on the actual jar. The jar I've got is dark blue with a green label, it's really tough plastic almost like glass, with a green easy to open screw top- not childproof.
The rub itself is a vaseline consistency. It contains camphor, turpentine, menthol, eucalyptus amongst other things- but these are what you can mainly smell especially menthol. It's not for young children and is for external use only.
The first step in our house is to just sniff it straight from the jar, this usually does the trick but for bedtime a little is rubbed onto a tissue and placed on the pillow, not only does it clear your nose but the scent, I think, helps you to sleep. When using for a bad chest and /or cough it can be rubbed directly onto your chest. When applied to the chest it feels warm and soothing. We don't do this much though as it takes a while to sink in and stays on your clothes, but it doesn't stain them and washes off them easily enough. For adults two teaspoons can be mixed with hot water and inhaled, my husband finds this effective at helping to clear a congested chest and blocked nose.
The jar I've got is at least a year old, it's still more than half full as a little goes along way and the smell hasn't diminished.
When I came down with a pretty bad head cold not so long ago, I was on the hunt for anything to make it a bit more easier and to provide some relief. When in tesco, I was orignally looking for Vicks Vaporub as it was the first thing that came to mind that I had heard of for doing the trick.
I saw this tesco version not far below on the shelf, and it seemed to state it did the same thing the Vicks one did. Only difference was the Vicks box was triple the price.
I decided to buy this supermarket version instead for £1.
The packaging is the same as the above picture, the box states that it is for clear, cool breathing and only contains natural ingredients.
To use the product, you can either rub a small amount on to chest, throat and back just before bed. Or for adults only you can mix 2 teaspoons in hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapours for 5-10minutes.
You are not meant to reheat the mixture.
I have not tried the first method and instead ended up using the second method as I thought inhaling the vapours and the heat from the water would make a better difference.
I have to say I was quite surprised by the product, I hadn't used such a thing before and I found it to really help in reducing the stuffy uncomfortable feeling. I felt it helped to clear my headcold and allowed me to breathe more easily and comfortably. It is quite a strong menthol scent, but it really is fast and effective at working and something I will purchase again when needed.
I only used a little bit when needed and for £1 it is a small price to pay for such a long-lasting product. I will not need to buy another tub for a while. I also don't see the need to buy Vicks product as I found this would be just as good and at the price, I can't complain. It gets 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading
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Tesco Vapour Rub £1---50grams
Karvol Rub: £3.50-----45grams
Cheapest? Tesco of course. Does it do the job? Yes.
Tesco vapour rub comes in a blue tub of 50grams for your congestion issues.
When it comes to colds and we get those awful stuffed up noses which are the monster of the cold we all need something to unblock it.
Blowing you nose only makes it worse as your making your inner nostrils more inflamed.
Get a tub of this, rub it into your chest, neck and if you can get someone else to, rub it into you back.
You can instantly feel the difference as before you may not have been able to smell anything, but this starts to work quickly and you start to smell the rub and then feel less bunged up.
You can also put a couple of teaspoons of it into some boiling water (straight from the kettle) and inhale the steam which is now mixed with the vapour rub which will deconjest your blocked up nose.
The best way to do this, is to get a large basin or bowl and half fill it with boiling water and add the vapour rub.
Grab a towel and put your head over the bowl and place the towel over your head and the bowl.
This way your blocking the steam from getting out of the bowl instead of helping your sinuses.
It doesn't just deconject noses, if you have a bad chest too, it will help with bad coughs and a flemmy chest.
The rub is a thick consistancy that rubs into the skin well and it a bonus of not being sticky.
I usually use it at nights if I need to as i don't want to go out smelling of it. The scent it quite recognisable too.
We all remember the smell of Vicks rub, and this has been made the same way too with the same smell.
As it is so similar to the Vicks rub, if you were to do a blindfold test, I really wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
With Vicks, your paying for the name, so get the Tesco version for that much cheaper.
I think most of us remember smelling of it, or smelling someone who'd rubbed it into themselves.
It's the perfect way to get your sense of smell back when your nose it blocked.
It does well to soak into your skin, so when it's been on a few hours, it isn't still sat layered on your skin.
If you went to the beach with it on, don't worry, you wouldn't be coated in sand.
Thanks for reading my review.
Having two daughters who are forever getting colds I have tried numerous different vapour rubs however when I became ill myself towards the end of last year I found this one and decided to give it a go thinking it would probably be better than the children suitable ones we had in the cupboard since it isn't suitable for the under 5's.
Tesco's vapour rub costs £1 for a 50g pot which is fantastic value when you compare it to the likes of Karvol vapour rub which costs £3.50 for a 45g tub.
The tub comes in a cardboard box which is green and white in colour with a little picture of some vapour floats up the box, the box shows the name of the product and states that you get 50g, on the back of the box there is a little bit of information such as keep out of the sight and reach of children (not sure why children can't see the product), protect from light, store in a cool place and keep container closed to prevent evaporation.
Inside the box there is a small blue plastic tub with a green screw cap lid on it, the pot has a label on it giving you the same information as the box which is good as it means you can throw the box away without losing the information.
To use the product you simply rub a small amount onto your chest, throat and back which is suggested to be done before bed. For adults you can also mix 2 teaspoons in hot water and inhale the vapours for a few minutes.
I personally have only used this to rub onto my chest and back rather than smelling the vapours. I find that the product is thick in consistancy so you don't need to use too much and the smell is very strong. I don't like how greasy the product is and how it leaves my skin feeling so I do only use this to help me sleep at night and be able to breathe through the night. This product works well and lasts a couple of hours, it made my cold much more bearable lets face it everyone feels better after a good nights sleep and this allows me to sleep so job done.
I have had a horrible head cold and sinus infection for the past couple of weeks so have been taking a variety of medications to try and make myself feel better and ease some of the rather unpleasant symptoms.
One of the horrible side-effects of having sinus problems is a horrible congested 'stuffy' feeling in my nose and nasal passages. I find that the use of steam and menthol products can really help to alleviate the horrible 'blocked-up' feeling that can cause severe discomfort and pain and so for this reason I have been using "Vicks Vaporub" recently. I have got through so much of the stuff that I had to venture out and re-stock my supply at home, and so I found myself in the relevant aisle in a local branch of Tesco recently.
I noticed immediately that Tesco had their own version of the well-known "Vicks Vaporub" available to buy. I have tried out several supermarket-own versions of medicines in the past and have found them to be extremely good, often being as effective as their big-branded rivals. I was pleased at the price difference too: the "Tesco Vapour Rub" was only going to cost me £1 for the 50g jar, whereas the Vicks alternative was going to cost me £4.25, albeit for a 100g jar, so double the size, but a much more expensive option nevertheless.
I opted to try out the Tesco Vapour Rub and paid my £1 for the jar. Granted, the packaging was not as eye-catching as the Vicks alternative, consisting of a rather plain lime-green coloured cardboard box to house the blue-and-green plastic jar inside. There are minimal instructions supplied on the packaging, but there are some warnings and guidance information printed on the jar's label, so consumers can make their own choice as to whether this is a suitable product for them. It should be noted that this product is unsuitable for children under 5 years, and the product should not be placed in the nostrils or taken internally.
The idea behind the Tesco Vapour Rub is that it can be used in one of two ways. Not only can the rub be applied directly to the chest, but it can be mixed into hot water and the menthol vapours inhaled to help aid blocked up noses and that horrible 'stuffiness' that we have all experienced in our nasal areas when gripped in the hold of a nasty cold or flu. Both steps are equally easy to undertake, but my preference is to opt for the latter method, as I find the steam and vapours really help to provide some relief - albeit temporary - from that horrible nasally-congested feeling.
For the record however, I can confirm that I *have* tried the apply-directly-to-chest method and have found it worked reasonably well. I did not experience any unpleasant side-effects after having applied the Tesco Vapour Rub to my skin, nor did it cause any irritation of any kind. I found that I could smell the strong menthol vapours throughout the night (after applying it at bedtime) although I couldn't honestly say whether it helped to ease the stuffiness I had been experiencing in my nose - if it did, I didn't really notice it.
As for the inhale-the-vapours method, I have found the results are quite effective although as I have already touched on, they do not seem to last very long, sadly! The Tesco Vapour Rub is easy and quick to use, and there is no difference between using this product and the big-branded alternatives. I simply followed the easy-to-understand instructions on the side of the box and plopped a spoonful of the ointment into a bowl of hot water. I then inhaled the vapours from the bowl for around half an hour or so which was easy to do. I found that the steam and menthol-like vapours really made my nasal congestion feel as though it was easing off, and this occurred quite quickly after I started to inhale the vapours. I did not feel as though it was causing any further discomfort, nor did I find that the menthol vapours were uncomfortable or 'too much' for my sensitive neb!
There are further benefits to using a product like this too. Firstly, I liked the fact that I felt the Tesco Vapour Rub was being fairly effective without the use of any 'real' medications. Quite frankly, thanks to my ongoing health problems, I take enough tablets and pills every day to ensure that I would rattle if you shook me and because of this, I was more than happy to avoid taking any more. I felt too that the vapour rub was a slightly more 'natural' way of trying to make myself more comfortable, rather than heading straight to the doctor's surgery for a prescription.
It was appealing too, to note that the Tesco Vapour Rub contained no paracetamol, painkillers or other medicinal ingredients which may cause contradictions with other medications, and this is very relevant for people with other health concerns like myself. (It is worth noting that a lot of flu and cold remedies contain active ingredients that I cannot have due to my illness or contradictions with other medications that I take on a regular basis, so it was a plus point for me that the Vapour Rub had no such restrictions.)
I was so chuffed to find that the Tesco Vapour Rub worked as well as the "Vicks" alternative that I will usually buy on occasions where I have a cold, flu or sinus infection. I honestly don't think I would have been able to tell the difference between the two products, so hats off to Tesco for their quality product on this occasion! I will buy the Tesco version again in the future and think it deserves full marks in the product rating as a result!