I went on holiday and knew that mosquitos and bugs would be ready to attack me for my blood.
The night we got there we went to bed and at about 3am I woke up with bites all over my legs.
I had this Savlon bites and sting relief at the ready to apply.
THE RELIEF GEL:
The Gel is designed for the reaction of an insect bite or a sting.
It is translucent and quite thick in consistancy when applied.
The nosle of the tube is quite wide so you can squeeze a good amount out at a time.
In each tube you get 20g of Gel which does last a while if you apply sparingly.
Obviously it is not designed for animal bites, those will need to be checked by a doctor.
The gel contains the following ingredients:
Lidocaine Hydrochloride, Zinc sulphate and Certrimide.
It also contains Hydroxyethylmethylcellulose (the gelling and thickening agent).
It is not suitable for children under 12.
Make sure to wash you hands before and after using this product (if you buy it after this review!)
THE FIRST APPLICATION:
I applied it to each bite on my leg hoping it would cool the itchy burning sensation from the bites.
No. All it did was leave a mess on my leg.
I was still itchy and noticed this gel turns rather strange once dried.
It's not disimilar to when you were at school and applied glue to your hand and used to let it dry then peel it off for fun.
(if you didn't do this, then it's like when you have dried glue stuck to you).
The gel did at first cool the bites but after about a minute, it did nothing.
I ended up getting a towel, rubbing my legs until all the dried gel had come off.
It looked like i had dead skin when coming out of the bath or shower. Not very nice at all.
I decided to give it another go as I thought maybe it was hot in the room and it reacted to the heat making it dry up.
Nope! this is what it does!
It went in the bin. I had no idea savlon would make a dissapointing gel like this.
I ended up using germaline and some general savlon which helped much more than this gel which has been designed
to be for stings and bites.
I wouldn't be trying this out ever again. I was thoroughly dissapointed that I had to spend more money to get other things to do the job I needed this gel to do.
If you want to give it a go, its avaliable at most supermarkets and drug stores for between £1.50-£3.
Thanks for reading my review.
==Savlon Bites and Stings Pain Relief Gel==
I am terrible for buying up a lot of stuff and not ever getting around to using it or really needing it. I am trying to curb this erratic style of shopping lately due to the fact we have no money but the cupboard of course are full to bursting with lotions and potions for all sorts of ailments.
Himself with continue to moan at me for buying a lot of stuff we really don't need but I will protest at the time of buying it that we really never know when it will come in handy!
This Savlon Bites and Stings Pain Relief Gel is something that I picked up in Poundland because we were going away on holiday last September and I thought something like this would be ideal for the first aid kit and especially as it had the well trusted Savlon name. Himself scoffed at me buying it as it would be wasted but I told him that it's better to be safe than sorry.
So on holiday in September the first aid kit was fully stocked.............and never used.
However this week I was stung by a wasp! Yippee I thought I will be able to use this Savlon gel and scream "In you face Himself!! Told you we would need it!". No really that's the last thing that was on my mind when it happened as it really hurt and continued to prickle and sting for a good deal afterwards.
I made Himself apply this gel to the sting area just like it said to do on the back of the tube and I was expecting a cooling or soothing feeling to come over the affected area. Nothing. I made sure that the product was well in date (which it was) and I applied a little more of the gel myself.
Now the gel wasn't as thick as I assumed it would be though it was able to stick well to the affected stung area which by this time was red and raised. It was a clear slightly runny type of gel and there was a slight medicated aroma to it that I can't say was especially pleasant.
Even on the second and third applications I found this gel to be utterly useless ad I must as well have used a bit of custard on the sting and I probably would have found more relief! I did begrudge admitting to Himself that the gel was not very good but thankfully he didn't gloat. Another good thing is that I did only pay a pound for it as the usual retail price can be anywhere around the £4 range. The tube is small too at 18 grams so although I have kept it in the cupboard to try again should the need arise it shouldn't last that long but I expect the use by date will go first.
Not only is the gel said to ease the pain of the sting or bite but of course it helps against infection and is meant to stop the need for itching. Well I am afraid it did none of this for me and the gel proved that I really do buy a lot of useless stuff that we could do with out and I vow to end this cycle of cruddy purchases from this day forward.!
For anyone who is interested in the ingredients here is a list of those:
Active ingredients: Licocaine Hydrochloride 2.0% w/w, Zinc Sulphate 1.0% w/w, Cetrimide 0.5% w/w Also contains: Hydroxyethylmethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, Nonoxynol 9, Propylene Glycol, Levomenthol, Purified Water
To sum it up then, I feel that this product is as useful as a chocolate teapot and really not worth paying even £1 for. I think a 1 out of 5 stars is more than generous but actually the lowest I can give.
I do hope this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
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