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      18.02.2014 15:40
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      Vicks Vapour Rub is just too expensive to buy now for me and why should I when I can get the same product for a quarter of the price from Asda. There is a large Asada store near to my flat and I am always in there buying stuff and I get a lot off their own brand things which are usually really good. Their Vapour Rub is only £1 for the same sized tub you get from Vicks. It looks and smells the same and does the same job.


      I love the smell of this rub. It's really very strong, just like Vicks is and it has go the same feel and texture to it. It's greasy and thick and smells strongly of menthol and eucalyptus. Last time I used this when I was all chesty and I had just gone into a lecture and everyone could smell me before they could see me, I think. It does a very good job at easing my congestions and if I rub this onto my chest before bed and I am feeling all bunged up, then I can be sure to get a better night's sleep because it works fast and the vapours last for ages, right into the night and I don't have to get up and reapply it.

      I was pleased when I first used this to find that it's just as strong as Vicks because I was really expecting it to be much weaker as it's so much cheaper. It makes my chest feel slightly warm and tingly when I rub it in and I also dab a blob underneath my nose sometimes or put it onto my hankie so I can breathe in the fumes. This way the smell isn't so noticeable to other people but I still get the benefits.

      I really think it works well for the price and I recommend it.

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      23.01.2014 12:29
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      Why pay more

      I have grown up with Vick's VapoRub and even now when I am poorly I find it incredibly comforting to put some on my chest. Unfortunately in this day and age where I am trying to save money on most items that I buy I can't afford to pay £4 for a tub when I can get almost the same product for cheaper just without the Vicks brand name.

      Asda do a fairly good own brand version which only costs £1 for a tub. It isn't quite as good as Vicks or even some other own branded ones but if I was in Asda and wanted some I would pick this up instead of making a special trip to buy another one from somewhere else.

      This has a similar appearance and texture to nearly all other vapour rubs in that it sort of looks and feels like petroleum jelly. It has a good smell of menthol and eucalyptus but it isn't too over powering. I think this is probably the biggest fault with this one is that although it doesn't smell too strongly so I can wear it during the day as well as night and not absolutely stink I think the stronger smelling ones probably penetrate better and clear nasal passages a bit more.

      It isn't overly sticky though you will probably have to wash your hands after using it but it doesn't stain sheets or clothing and if you accidentally get any on clothes it does wash out without leaving a greasy stain.

      It seems to last less time on my skin than some other brands do but not by a great deal. If I put this on at night then it has usually all gone from my skin in the morning but then this is something that happens with most brands as sheets will rub it all off when you move about in your sleep. It does last long enough for me to get some benefit out of it which is the main thing.

      I usually just apply this to my chest and my back and it does help to soothe me. It is slightly warming on the skin and it really does calm down sore chests and make breathing a little bit easier and less of a hardship when you have a cold. For me there is something that is immediately soothing about the smell and feel of it that reminds me of my childhood and always makes me feel that little bit better when I am feeling sorry for myself.

      A vapour rub is one of the best things in my opinion that isn't drugs to help you feel a little bit better when you have the cold and although this Asda version isn't the strongest one available it is good for the money and I would buy it again if I was in Asda doing some shopping.

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        18.01.2014 17:35
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        Great for relieving chesty problems

        ASDA Vapour Rub

        For many years I have remained brand loyal to Vicks Vapour Rub, indeed apart from enjoying adding Olbas Oil to my arsenal of weaponry against flu, pneumonia, colds and allergies, it has been the only product of its type I have used - until I read a review on Dooyoo. A review for a much cheaper and just as good vapour rub from Asda, as this coincided with a newly opened Asda store in the town where I work, I just had to buy some and see for myself.

        In case you are not familiar with Vicks or any other type of vapour rub, they are a gel type based product, usually petroleum jelly mixed with eucalyptus and menthol as the main active ingredients. The recommended way to use them is to rub a little onto the chest to relieve the effects of coughs and colds and to help prevent them going onto the chest and soothe if they do. A decongestant to help prevent and break down catarrh and promote easier breathing, the rubs help clear sinuses as well, but as mentioned I mostly use Olbas Oil for that these days. I do have the trouble of these products stinging my eyes if I accidently get it to close or inhale too deeply once I am getting better. It will also have you climbing the walls if you get it onto badly chapped or broken skin such as a very sore nose or chapped lips.

        The smell is a strong eucalyptus menthol mix that is heady if you are not suffering, but barely noticeable when you are really suffering.

        The active ingredients are listed as: "Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin), Camphor, Menthol, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil (Eucalyptus Oil), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme Oil), Juniperus Mexican Oil (Cedarwood)".

        How to Use:

        I notice these days that the advice is to use as soon as you have a cold. I believe it is especially beneficial to children and certainly it was used on mine along with Olbas Oil. Easy to use, I have found for best results just scoop a little out with your finger tips and rub liberally onto the chest and back.

        Alternatively, melt about a dessertspoon of Vapour Rub into very hot water in a bowl or use a facial steamer, inhale the vapours by leaning over cover your head with a towel and inhale fully for as long as you can bare, Ideally about 10 minutes and this is especially useful to help with blocked nose of sinus pain.

        Additionally, I place some on a tissue under my pillow at night as well and carry an impregnated tissue around with me if I am going through a prone to catarrh build up type cold or problem on my chest rather than the sinus, when I use Olbas Oil.

        For children it seems to help enormously if you also rub it onto their backs.

        How does it compare:

        I am very pleased with how this product has performed, indeed I use it just the same way as I have always used "Vicks" and with exactly the same results. As a copy of the famous Vicks the Asda version has a similar ingredients list - here is the Vicks list to compare: "Active Ingredients: Levomenthol 2.75 %w/w, Camphor 5 %w/w, Eucalyptus oil 1.5 %w/w, Turpentine oil 5 %w/w. Excipients: Thymol, Cedarwood oil, White soft paraffin."

        The product is going to be slightly different, but as you can see the ingredients lists are very similar, it is probably the percentages or quality of the ingredients that is different?

        I would not drive past a Vicks stockist to go out of my way just to buy the Asda version, however whilst I am going straight past Asda anyway and shop there occasionally, I will continue to keep a stock of this version in my box. I am very pleased that Dooyoo membership led me to Asda Rub. So, thanks whoever it was that introduced me!

        In addition to the convenience of buying whilst shopping in Asda the Asda version is just £1.00 per 50g tub whereas Vicks is around £3.25 for the same size.

        Who For:

        If anyone in your family has a cold or cough, simply rub this on as described above before going to bed at night.

        Stars: No doubt a 5 star product.

        Conclusion:

        Overall I think this is a great product at a great price. As a copy it is as good at relieving my symptoms as the main brand and I am very pleased to recommend it here.

        Price & Availability:

        Just £1.00 from Asda stores nationwide.

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          02.08.2013 12:07
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          Cheaper version of Vicks vapour rub, but works just as well!

          I suffer from congestion due to a nose condition and get through a few tubs of this a year.

          +++Cost+++
          You can get a tub of this for £1. Normally I spend £2.50 on Vicks and to be honest there isn't a difference. It works just aswell and is a fraction of the price.

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          I use it in two ways, when i'm congested I rub some on my chest at night then wash it off in the morning. This helps me breathe through the night and using an inhaler in the day helps me breathe all day rather than struggling.

          If I am particularly bad I boil some water in a bowl, put a spoonful of vapour rub in the bowl. I then place a towel over my head and breathe for 15 minutes. This clears my head and my sinuses for a good few hours.

          Since I have been using an inhaler aswell as vapour rub at night I haven't needed to do the towel over the head trick but I always have that to fall back too.

          +++Overview+++
          For £1 you can't go wrong, it helps with my congestion just as much as Vicks vapour rub does. It smells exactly the same so I would imagine the formula is the same or very similar, which is why the results are so similar.

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          01.08.2013 22:49
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          So as with most branded products here we have the supermarket version which is usually of close quality but for a fraction of the price. This product is the Asda version of the Vicks vaporub.

          For those of you haven't used any vapour rub before it is basically a soft gel that is used to release the symptoms of the common cold, coughs and just general aches and pains. It is one of those products that whenever I was ill as a child, my mum would pull out a pot of this vaporub and drench me in it, so to speak.

          The way you apply it is by running it in to your chest and throat and this is the only recommended places to rub it if you have a cold, however I generally put some on my pillow and just below my nose as well. The reason for this is that most people apply this just before they sleep. The smell really opens up your nose so if it is on my pillow then the smell has easy access to my nose. In terms of how much you put, well this can really vary from person to person. I like to really get the essence of the stuff and stink of it so I put a lot on, but I know of people who may just take a smidgeon.

          In terms of the smell itself it is quite difficult to describe but it isn't at all unpleasant especially if you are ill then it is almost complementary. It is like a strong menthol kick that you get every time you sniff a whiff of it. It will even get through to you if your nose is completely blocked up with mucus. I can guarantee it, well almost anyway.

          In terms of differences between this and Vicks there really is very little. They are close to identical products so I would choose this version every time. The smell is slightly different but it isn't really noticeable unless you are a seasoned pro like myself. Just to give you a guideline the Vicks vaporub retails at £2.75 whilst this Asda version retails at £1, so that is a massive 64% reduction. I don't even need to tell you which one to buy.

          Overall I think this is a great product and a staple in my medicine cabinet. I always make sure I have at least two of these stocked as I don't want it to run out if a cold occurs, and considering how much cheaper it is than Vicks, I simply have to give this five stars.

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          01.08.2013 15:12
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          I'd buy more of this

          Having used all the vapor rubs on the market (including the original Vicks) I can't seem to tell much difference in efficacy or quality between any of them, to tell the truth. I don't shop at Asda very often, but a new store has recently opened up near to where my mother in law lives, and so I go it here every once in a while to have a nose about and see how their own brands compare to my favourite store, which is Tesco's.

          Asda Vapor Rub isn't something you'd expect me to be using at this time of the year but unfortunately I do suffer from the dreaded summer cold. Every year I make the mistake of trying to convince myself that it's hayfever I am suffering from, with a runny nose, streaming eyes and stinging lids. Then I start to get the catarrh and chesty ticklish cough and sore throat, and then I admit defeat - it's the summer cold again! It only seems to be me who gets this and no one else in the house catches it and I have no idea why it should happen every year at this time, but it does, without fail.

          I use vapor rub at night on my chest as I always think it's a horrible smell to be using during the day and I don't want to inflict the pong on anyone. Asada vapor rub is cheaper than the Vicks alternative at only £1 for a 50g jar. It looks a lot like the original jar, being blue in colour, plastic and with a twist off lid.

          The rub itself is thick in consistency and looks and sells to me exactly like Vicks (and also Boots own and Tesco's own versions). I only use a small amount and soon the vapors rise up and help to relieve my runny nose and build up of catarrh on my chest. I also like to apply a small dab to a clean cotton handkerchief and take this with me if I am going out during the day - being careful, of course to make sure I don't accidentally dab my eyes with said handkerchief!

          The menthol smell of this soft paraffin is strong though not what I'd call unpleasant. I have also used this on our daughter and rubbed it into her chest at night if she has a cold and finding breathing difficult. One jar lasts us for ages and it has such a long shelf life that even if you use it only a few times a year, it's going to last.

          It's really very effective at relieving cold symptoms, especially blocked noses and clearing the airways and to me, it works just as well as the branded version. I have actually been pleasantly surprised by Asda's own brand vapor rub and I'd certainly consider buying another jar once this one has been all used up.

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          23.07.2013 08:04
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          Helps to clear airways and to breathe more easily.

          At this time of year I don't expect to generally get a cold but the weather hasn't been too kind to me in my area recently and last weekend my nose felt a little blocked so I bought this vapour rub to try and help relieve my symptoms.

          It comes in a small jar which has a screw off lid. Looks like the branded kind of soft paraffin inside the jar. A soft waxy kind of consistency which has a greasy feel to it. It isn't a runny consistency at all like I imagined it may be when I first decided to buy it, was pleasant surprised how good a consistency it is and no different to a branded rub.

          It has the menthol smell which all vapour rubs have and the smell of this one is quite strong and does have quite a lot of the menthol fragrance to it. I don't think it is quite as strong as the branded kind but adequate enough a menthol smell in my opinion. It is also a pleasant smell and isn't one which is a nasty one and is the kind of smell I did expect from this cheaper brand. I didn't expect it to smell quite as nice as it actually does smell, I thought it would maybe would have a nasty pong to it but I was pleasantly surprised with the smell of it.

          It is easy to scoop a small amount from the jar using the fingertips or maybe a spoon if you don't want to use your fingers and are maybe transferring the rub into a facial steamer. I just dip my fingers into the jar and scoop a small amount out of it, then I just rub it gently into the skin on my chest. Find it releases the menthol smell nicely and hits my nostrils in a super fast time. Helps me sleep far better when I have used it this way just before bedtime.

          I also have used it with my facial steamer but just scooping a small amount from the jar and transferring it into the base of my steamer. The rub melts in the small amount of water which is placed in the base of it really nicely as the water heats up. Used with a facial steamer I find works much more quickly for unblocking my nose because the vapours have a more immediate effect and I can inhale it to clear my airways. I do find this rub works in exactly the same way as a branded kind and I cannot tell any difference in the performance of the rub at all when used for both rubbing into my chest area or using with my steamer.

          You can also just scoop a small amount into a bowl and pour almost boiling water into the bowl with the vapour and then inhale it that way using a towel to cover your head but I always like to use my facial steamer because I find it is a safer option and a way that I won't then have an accident and burn myself if I tip the bowl over accidently.

          This rub contains Eucalyptus Globulus leaf oil, Thyme oil and Cedarwood oil. All natural ingredients which help this rub have a nice smell to it.

          It is very cheap to buy and for a 50g jar it only cost £1, I think this is a super price for the way this rub works and is far cheaper to buy than the branded kind and one which I do find works as effectively.

          It can be used to help ease symptoms of colds and nasal catarrh, just helps to calm down the symptoms a little bit and to make life more comfortable until they have completely gone away.

          Is ideal for use to rub onto children's chests, I haven't tested it to see if it works as effectively for children but it does work well for adults from my experience of using it. I found it helped subside my symptoms well and gave a lot of relief and helped my breathe more easily.

          I think this is a good vapour rub, I highly do recommend and the quality is excellent. I will buy it again in the future because it worked in the way I did expect it to working being a cheaper brand.

          Also appears on Ciao under my username pinky50.

          I give this one 5 stars.

          Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.

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            07.07.2013 22:25
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            Keep one in your medicine cabinet - it really works

            I was bought up on Vicks vapour rub and it still brings back memories of childhood to me. We used to go to my nan and granddads house every Sunday and my granddad (bless him) would stick his finger into the tub and rub it round the bottom of mine and my brother's noses and encourage us to get some out ourselves and actually stick it up our nose which I have since obviously discovered that you are really not supposed to do!

            So I have always got a tub of vapour rub in my medicine box (a.k.a. old Family Circle biscuit tin) and do use it from time to time. I do suffer from colds and sinus trouble quite frequently whichever season we are in and a blocked up nose is one of my worst symptoms so I do use vapour rub quite often.

            The last one I bought from Asda was £1 and I think it is still the price, which is very good as Vicks can sell for up to about £4. I It is in a blue 50ml tub with a blue screw cap and it says it is for cool clear breathing. It contains menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil and turpentine.

            When you first open the lid the smell is quite strong and you can smell the menthol foremost. I think this is one of those smells that you either love or hate and I absolutely love it. It is a clear gel like substance which looks a bit greasy but it does rub into the skin quite easily. I usually use my middle finger to scoop a small amount and rub it on my chest before I go to bed and it really does seem to open up my nasal passages and helps me to breathe more easily. I have in the past dissolved about a teaspoon in boiling water in a large bowl and put my head over it covered with a tea towel for a boost when I am particularly bunged up and this does work very quickly. When you do this it sort of takes your breath away and feels very hot on your face and up your nose at first but it is such a clean smell and I find it very pleasant and soothing.

            It is recommended to last 12 months from opening but I know I have had jars open for far longer than this in the past and they have worked just as well. As I have used both Vicks and this vapour rub I can say that there is no difference in the look, the consistency and how it works so for me it is a no brainer, why spend £4 when I can spend £1.

            I would recommend this as a 'staple' in everyone's medicine cabinet as it does really work.

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              a great product

              When ever my children get coughs and colds I always use vapour rubs on them as the smell helps to decongestants there noses and also helps to clear there chests.

              I had always been a brand snob when it came to vapour rubs and only ever brought vix which is what my mom had used on me when I was younger but whilst in our 24 hour asda at stupid o'clock one night after some Vix they didn't have any in stock so I had to settle for asdas own vapour rub which was a lot cheaper so I wasn't expecting it to be very good but thought it would do for tonight.

              The first thing I noticed was the price, asdas own is a good few pounds cheaper than what I used to pay for the vix brand which is a good saving if it is as good but I wasn't expecting it to be.

              Upon getting it home and opening the tub it is slightly less solid than the vix but that is not a bad thing as it makes it easier to spread across the skin so is a real plus that I wasn't expecting.

              Next I noticed the scent wasn't as strong but was strong enough to do the job intended and a good strength as I sometimes found that the vix brand made my eyes sting.

              The smell lasted just as long as the vix one and in fact left less of a residue behind on the skin after use which was another plus point so I am defiantly converted to this asda own brand and have used it for the last two years.

              It is defiantly better than the leading brands in my opinion.

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              19.04.2013 21:00
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              Asda Vapour rub

              My husband hates it but whenever I have a cold I immediately reach for the vapour rub. I've been using it for years and it always works well at unblocking my nose, especially at night when I am lying down. In the past I have used Vicks vapour rub but my sister in law turned me onto the Asda version last year and then when I needed to buy a new tub I stuck with Asda as this rub only costs £1 for a 50g tub, compared to a Vicks tub which costs in the £4 region.

              A vapour rub is best described as a decongestant for easier breathing when suffering with colds and catarrh. It also helps to clear the sinuses which is what I have the most problems with. The vapour rub has a really strong eucalyptus smell which is what really works to unblock your nose. I find this stings if you get it close to your eyes or on any broken skin but in my opinion that just means its working, the stronger the better. Ingredients in this Asda rub include menthol and eucalyptus oil which is why the smell is so strong but its nice to know that it does have these natural ingredients in them to work on your cold.

              The thing I like about a vapour rub is that its very easy to use and unlike medicine you can pretty much use as much as you want of it and I tend to reapply quite a few times during the day and night if my cold keeps me up. The vapour rub comes in a solid sort of wax form and another ingredient is petroleum so you can tell that this is what gives it its consistency. I apply the vapour rub all over my chest and also underneath my nose. I have t really done the vapour bath like some people recommend but I hear it is good. The smell does fade after a while and after you have applied it to your skin you do feel a bit greasy and a bit like you have something on but then when you have a cold you are never at your best anyway so I don't mind feeling all gross until I have a shower.

              I also have quite a few problems with my sinuses on airplane flights and find that when I come to land my ears and nose block up and I feel like my head is going to split open. I take a little pot that I add some of the vapour rub to (I don't think with the liquid restrictions I would get the whole pot on the flight) and then smell it constantly whilst the plane is landing and that seems to relieve the pressure quite a bit.

              I find that this Asda vapour rub is really no different to the branded Vicks variety at all. They smell just the same to me and do the same job so why pay more. In fact the pots look very alike too with the Asda pot being blue with a blue lid and the words, "for clear cool breathing," written on it.

              The list of ingredients are given as such: Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin) , Camphor , Menthol , Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil (Eucalyptus Oil) , Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme Oil) , Juniperus Mexican Oil (Cedarwood).

              My saviour when I have a cold!

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              A cold essential!

              For the last few days, I have had such a rotten cold that Asda vapour rub has been a massive help. It's not one of those 'everything hurts' kind of colds, it's one of those where you can't breathe through your nose and very annoying!

              At about 10pm on Monday night, I'd had enough. So, off I popped to Asda (thank you 24 hour opening!) to purchase some vapour rub! Having a browse of the shelves, I decided to go for the Asda one because it was a more affordable price at £1 rather than the much more expensive branded version.

              I tend to use vast quantities of this, I will quite happily stick a chunk in the shower when it's turned right up hot as it really helps! It's like being in a menthol sauna! As well as clearing your nose, it also helps that general "feeling rubbish" feeling that accompanies a cold! Also, I cover my pillow in the stuff, which definitely helps my ability to breathe at night! Wow, I must have been fun to sit next to at work the last few days!

              Personally, I've not noticed any difference whatsoever between the branded version of this and the budget version. My mum has been busy telling me it's not as good as it's not as strongly menthol fragranced, however, I must say I've not noticed a difference. Although it may be something to do with me not being able to smell very much at all at the moment. So I would much rather buy the Asda version than the branded version, as it's much cheaper at a time when I'm sure we're all watching the pennies!

              The appearance of this is exactly the same as the branded version, in a small blue pot with a green lid. It comes in a 50g jar, which is excellent value for the price.

              If anyone is feeling rotten, I would highly recommend this product! I can't fault it in the slightest, so it gets 5 stars from me!

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                11.04.2013 21:38
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                Just as good if not better than the leading vapour rub, great product!

                ASDA Vapour Rub

                I will always try to get good value for money and go for the unbranded and cheaper versions of products; however I do try to not fall down on quality and performance. Asda vapour rub is a product that I am more than happy to say exceeds my expectations for all of the above.

                Asda Vapour Rub is a health product that is intended to help when you have a sore throat, nose and chest. It is intended to relieve congestion and give you clear and cool breathing. I have experienced the horrible tight chest feeling and wheezy, congested cough and it is not nice at all. Anything that I can get to relieve the symptoms I will purchase and vapour rub I find really helps.

                The Asda Vapour Rub version comes in a small and compact blue plastic tub. The tub has a screw on and off lid and Asda branded labelling. The tub contains 50 grams of vapour rub which depending on how liberal you are with applying this is not a huge amount of product, but I only tend to need this for a few days and so it does last a fair while in the cupboard. A huge bonus about this product is that is only costs £1 in Asda, which is very good value compared to the rest of these rubs available on the shelf.

                The vapour rub itself is a gel like substance and smells very strongly of menthol, which is like heaven to your nostrils when you have a bad cough! The ingredients in this include Petrolatum (Soft Paraffin), Camphor, Menthol, Eucalyptus Oil, Thyme Oil and Cedarwood Oil.

                You can use this vapour rub in a few different ways depending on where you are in most pain and what symptoms you have. I generally use it as a chest rub and take a good fingers worth out of the tub and apply it across the top of my chest, rubbing it in gently. The rub gives you a slightly tingly feeling on your skin, which is the menthol ingredients. The rub immediately makes me feel more relaxed and uplifted and the ingredients help to relieve the mucus and ease congestion in your chest and throat. The vapour rub also helps you to breathe a lot easier, which I find is one of the worst symptoms to suffer with a cough.

                You can also use this rub in a bowl of steaming water and lean over the bowl breathing in the fumes. I find this quite an intense treatment and it is good for a short while, but I prefer to have the rub on my skin so it is a constant benefit and aid.

                Overall this Vapour Rub works really well to ease symptoms associated with a sore throats and chest. It is also very good value for money and for that reason it gets 5 stars.

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                A very handy homely remedy for congested chests.

                Asda Vapour rub.

                Asda Vapour rub is a similar product to a very well-known one at a third of the price. Without naming the product it contains similar ingredients that act together to help relieve nasal congestion and congestion of the chest. I bought Asda vapour rub as my chest was particularly clogged up with mucus that I just could not clear it from my chest. I had originally gone into Asda thinking I would by the well-known product but when I saw that this was more or less the same product but at less than a third of the price it was a no brainer really. It is available on the shelves alongside other cough and cold treatments and was only £1 for a 50g pot.

                What is in Asda Vapour rub?

                It contains a clear oil based ointment which is paraffin based it also contains Menthol, camphor, Eucalyptus oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme oil), Juniperus Mexican oil ( Cefarwood oil). You can tell from the ingredients that this product is going to smell and will do you know favours even if you were in a romantic mood. You are more likely to lose friends as opposed to gain them but then if you are feeling that poorly that is going to be the least of your worries.

                The ointment is in a small round blue tub with a blue light blue lid which when removed immediately lets out the smell of menthol. Ideally it should be applied to the chest prior to going to bed which should help keep your air passages clear. It should be applied to the chest and rubbed in. If you wear nightwear then it should be loose so that the vapours can be released for you to inhale.

                Alternatively you can use it as a steam inhalation however it is not a good idea to use this with very young children in case of scolding or burning. I put two teaspoons of the ointment into a small porcelain pudding basin and added about two cups of boiling water. I put a towel over my head and inhaled the steam vapours released from the very hot water. This is a tried and tested method of helping to open the air passages which it did but you do have to be careful when you are doing this just in case the bowl turns over. I did this for about 15 minutes and was able to cough quite a bit of mucus from my chest. I felt the vapours clear my nose and the upper airways and could feel a slight warming as the steam vapour worked its way into my lungs.

                Warnings: Apply to the chest or in the case of children it can be applied to the clothes. It should not really be applied to the face and definitely not applied into the nostrils or taken orally. It should not be used on children under the age of two years old.

                Would I recommend Asda Vapour rub?

                Yes absolutely. It is one of those types of products that have been around for years. I did find that it did help clear my chest although probably not on its own but with a combination of things I was taking. Personally it is not really a pleasant smelling thing and definitely a passion killing smell although I think that would be the last thing on your mind anyway!

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                  22.03.2013 16:26
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                  This is something I will buy again for a blocked nose but not for a chest infection

                  WHAT IS IT?

                  A variety of Vicks that is made by Asda.  It is an ointment that has vapours in it to clear a blocked up nose or a bad chest if you have got a chest infection.

                  HOW DO YOU USE IT?

                  Rub it on the chest, back or throat so that you are inhaling the vapours.  You can also put some into a handkerchief and sniff that but I think it is more effective rubbed on the body.

                  DOES IT WORK?

                  I do not think this works as well as Vicks and it is not so fast acting either.  The smell isn't as menthol as it should be and I think it should be stronger for the effects to be better.  You can use it on adults or children and I have used it on my whole family this month except for my baby daughter who has still got very delicate skin.  I thought it was very good on my blocked up nose but it did not stop me from having a chesty cough and I don't think it was effective on my chest, I could sleep a lot better though because I could breath through my nose.  It was the same for my husband and one of my daughters but my oldest daughter it was not effective on at all and did not even stop her blocked up nose from spoiling her sleep.

                  WHAT I THINK

                  I dislike the greasy feel of this vapour rub and think it is a lot greasier than Vicks to touch.  It feels like Vaseline when you rub it on but when it melts into your warm skin it goes very oily and I do not like that, it has not stained any of our clothes and I was surprised about that.

                  It is not as effective as Vicks because if I used that I would have felt a difference in my chest as well as my nose.  I will use it again when I have got a blocked up nose but not if I have got anything wrong with my chest because I have to go to work even when I am sick so I need medical products that I can rely on but this one is too weak.  I could tell it was going to be like this from the smell but it was only very cheap so I do not mind trying it to see what it was like.  I will buy Vicks next time I am shopping though because this one was not as effective as I had wanted it to be.

                  ANYTHING ELSE

                  Asda Vapour Rub comes in a 50g pot and costs about £1.10, you can only buy it from Asda.

                  3 Dooyoo Stars.

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                  It does the job!

                  It's that time of year when the medical supplies dwindle due to the rotten colds and flus that are around. One thing I've used a lot of this year is vapour rub and after running out of my trusty Vicks, I decided to try and save a bit of money and went for a cheaper brand.

                  Whilst doing my usual food shopping in my local Asda I noticed they sold their own brand of vapour rub so picked it up to see if it was any good. Of course, being an Asda product, it is only available to purchase either in store or online if you do your shopping that way. A tub of this will cost you around £1.

                  The packaging is typical for the product type coming in a 50 gram tub that is blue in colour. It has a blue screw top lid that is easy to open and close. The tub has a paper label surrounding the outside with all the normal information covered on it along with the Asda logo. After opening the lid you are met with the rub that has a Vaseline type consistency. You simply rub your finger over the top of the rub until you have an adequate amount on your finger then rub it onto your chest. The rub has quite an oily texture to it compare to branded products I have used in the past. When rubbing it onto your chest it almost feels like it melts into the skin.

                  The smell of the rub is very menthol like, I know it has got eucalyptus, cedarwood and thyme oils in it as well as the menthol but it is definitely the menthol that shines through taking the dominant role in the smell. As an own brand product I was surprised at how much it actually smelt, I thought it would be quite subtle but I was pleasantly surprised as it is quite strong.

                  After applying the rub to my chest, I find that is does help to unclog my airways and does help me sleep better without my nose constantly blocking. I've also used a small amount of this on my three year old daughter and found that the results are the same with her as they are with me and she always gets a good night sleep if this is applied before bed. It's worth noting that you could always add a bit of this to a bowl of hot water and inhale the vapours for another way of clearing blocked noses but I never do it this way.

                  I would definitely recommend this vapour rub from Asda. At only £1 a pot, it is a bargain compared to branded vapour rubs. The smell isn't as nice but I don't mind compromising on that for the price, as long as it works, that's good enough for me.

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