“ Brand: Boots / Type: Skin Care / Hydration / Dosage Form: Spray „
I first tried a cooling spray years ago - on holiday in Lanzarote with my family, and suffering from menopausal hot flushes. One of my nieces very kindly gave me her spray, and I found it very effective in giving temporary relief from both internally-generated as well as external heat. Now that my hot flushes are being controlled with HRT patches, I no longer need cooling down at all times of year, and use the sprays for their intended purpose - to cool my body and face during periods of hot weather.
Towards the end of last year I was starting my holiday purchases (I believe in being prepared), and having read an excellent review of Magicool's spray by annie47, I decided to buy one during my next online shop at Boots. However, Boots only stocked their own version - Boots Pharmaceuticals Hot Weather Cooling Spray - and so this is what I bought.
The aerosol (which does not contain CFCs) is designed with the cool colours of blue and white. The brand and name can be clearly seen on the front, as can the information that the spray 'Instantly cools and hydrates', is suitable for 'Face & body', and can be used by adults and children. The can contains 150ml.
On the reverse is a clear description of the spray's purpose, as well as instructions for use. Its fine mist can be sprayed to help cool you down and keep you refreshed, as well as hydrating and calming your skin. It can be used to refresh yourself after playing sports as well as during hot weather conditions.
If you're going to use the spray on your face, then you should make sure to keep your eyes closed. You should spray onto your skin from a distance of 30cm (12 inches) away - although I have used it closer. Let the fine mist settle on your skin for a few seconds, and then pat in.
If you're heading for sunny climes, the can is light enough to be added to your luggage without incurring any excess baggage charges. I recently returned from a holiday to Greece, and we were there during a heat wave, when the daytime temperature for almost a fortnight was about 36 degrees. It was difficult to get to sleep, as our hotel's air-conditioning struggled to cope with the hot nights. I kept my can of cooling spray on my bedside table, and found that - although the relief was only temporary - it did help cool my skin for a little while. I found that I definitely noticed the cooling effect best once I had patted it into my skin.
When we returned home, one of the lovely things about being back was that we could sleep comfortably again. For a few nights at least. Then we had a couple of hot and humid nights when I was very glad that I had some of my cooling spray left!
I believe that the can I bought is a different design to previous years. The can is taller, the colour is a mixture of white and blue, and I found that the aerosol action is both easier to press and gives a more effective spray. I would still like to buy Magicool's spray, to compare the effectiveness of the two sprays. However, I am glad that I at least bought something of this type, as it has provided me with plenty of relief.
For the scientists among you, or those who might need to avoid certain substances, the ingredients of this spray are:
Aqua, Alcohol denat, Polysorbate 20, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, Menthyl lactate, 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1, 3-diol, Sodium bicarbonate, Tocopherol.
There is a short list of warnings listed at the bottom of the text on the reverse of the can. These contain the usual sensible advice such as don't pierce or burn the container, don't expose it to temperatures exceeding 50 degrees C, don't use on broken skin, avoid spraying in your eyes, and do not use near or place on painted or polished surfaces. I presume this latter is to avoid the contents marking your furniture. However, I have never noticed any leakage from the can during use, and have happily placed mine on my dressing table, bedside table and the ceramic-tiled windowsill in my bathroom. None of these surfaces have come to any harm. There is also a warning that solvent abuse can kill instantly. On a brighter note, the can is recyclable.
Boots Pharmaceuticals Hot Weather Cooling Spray is available online and instore at Boots for £4.19. It is currently (as of 3rd July) part of a 3 for 2 Mix & Match offer across selected vitamins, toiletries and travel products.
The effect of a spray like this is only temporary - in my opinion it last for minutes than the hours I would prefer! However, this product does not claim to leave a lasting effect, and so I don't believe there's any reasons to give it less than 5 stars. It's a useful product to keep at home or in your gym bag, and I've been very glad of the relief it has provided. I'll almost certainly be buying this again.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)