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Zam Buk Brand Ointment
Member Name: ntg13
Zam Buk Brand Ointment
Advantages: lots of uses, comes in a handy tin
Disadvantages: hard to come by
It seems that not many people I know have heard of Zam-buk and I guess that's probably because it's not as widely available these days as it once was.
Zam buk was first sold in UK chemists in 1903 and was being made in Leeds. The Zam buk company became a household name in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa but over time it has been replaced by more modern products. The brand was revived by Rose & Co who say it is now their best selling item in their online shop.
*********So what's it for?*********
By now you might be wondering what you actually use the product for! Well, it can be used for bites, cuts, stings, bruises, itching, sore feet and many more things. Basically, if anything is dry, hurts, itches or stings then slap some of this on it! It moisturises, soothes and acts as an antiseptic .
It does seem to work well for all of the above uses, other than for bruises in which case it doesn't seem to make much difference at all.
*********Using Zam buk*********
When you open the tin to use the Zam buk the first thing that hits you is the smell. I don't find the smell unpleasant, it smells a little medical and a little herbal. This is probably appropriate as it's herbal and has medical uses!
Zam buck is a rich green colour, which makes it feel natural.
When you use the product the texture is a bit like Vaseline (which is probably due to their being petroleum in it) but more waxy.
The ingredients are listed as:
Petrolatum, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Cera Alba, (Beeswax), Pinus Sylvestris (Pine) Oil, Camphor, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Limonene, Linalool, CI 75810, (Chlorophyll).
The camphor should not be ingested, so you should never use this product inside your mouth.
Zam buck comes in a little silver tin with green sides and a white and green label on the front of it that holds the name and basic information of the product. On the back is a label with ingredient information.
The tin is very much like the little Vaseline Lip Therapy tins and it holds the product nicely.
*********Price and availability*********
I originally came across this stuff in Boots and grabbed a tin because it was on sale and it sounded good. Boots no longer stock it however and the only place I can now find it is ebay or Rose & Co's website (http://www.rose-apothecary.co.uk/acatal​ ;og/shop)
There are a few copies of Zam buk from Singapore on ebay which start from about £3 for an 8g tin. I've not bought this one before.
The proper stuff will set you back around £5 on ebay for a 20g tin.
Rose & Co sell Zam buck for £4 a tin and postage on one tin is £1.58. You do get free postage within the UK for orders over £40.
The price is a little high, but a tin of this lasts ages so it is only an occasional purchase.
*********Would I recommend this product?*********
I would recommend this as it is a nice handy little tin to keep around with a few different uses
Summary: A quite handy tin of green stuff.