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      23.04.2006 15:17
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      buy some thing else

      this product is a waste of alot of money.. ive tried it several times and it doesnt do a damn thing... cheaper to get a nit comb and comb them out..i bought it for my kids who caught headlice at school...i spend over £25 on this product only to find it didnt kill them at all, a total waste of money... if i were you id buy some thing else and avoid the full marks products

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        01.04.2006 23:17
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        Full Marks from me!

        The first couple of times that Charlotte got the dreaded 'crawlies' I decided against the medicated lotions and potions as she's got bad asthma and to my way of thinking the revolting acidic smell of these bug busters might set her off on her way to an asthma attack. So doing the Earth mother bit I brought a huge bottle of conditioner containing tea tree (known as a natural head lice killer) and a supply of plastic nit combs, determined to keep nasty pesticides away from my children’s hair. Every day for a month I plastered the kids' hair in thick gloopy conditioner and dragged the comb through their ultra-fine hair, and at the end of the month.................. the little sods are still there. Another month passes in the same way and I decide these things have to go.

        I wandered down to Boots, making a little list in my head of questions to worry the pharmacist with. I wanted something that didn't have to be slept in overnight, a not too horrendous smell and that would be effective. My prayers were answered (in theory) when the pharmacist presented me with Full Marks Head lice Mousse. She explained that this mousse worked in just 30 minutes, although she did tell me that I should treat my hair also and because of the length of my hair I should leave the mousse on for around 45 minutes.

        The mousse comes in a tin that looks exactly like a normal hair mousse tin. The only difference is this looks very medical and simply tells you this is Head lice Treatment. Eugh. Also in the box that the tin comes in (!) is a very long winded but comprehensive instruction leaflet which includes instructions on how to use the mousse, health warnings and various bits of bumph telling you how great Full Marks Head lice Mousse is.

        The usual hair mousse aerosol pump is how the mousse comes out of the tin so if you've used hair mousse in your life, you'll be able to suss this out!

        My kids are very impatient so I was pleased to see this mousse simply had to be brushed through dry hair and left for 30 minutes. I gave their hair a good brush before I brushed in the mousse so the nasty little bugs can't hide in between tangles and the mousse would coat every single hair. It doesn't have to be rubbed into the scalp although I did in case a rogue egg had been laid close to the scalp.

        Each tin of Full Marks holds enough for four applications but as Mark has a shaved head his portion wasn't needed so I used one half of the tin between the kids’ hair and the other half on my long hair. The mousse was light and it brushed into the hair very smoothly. Because the mousse is white you can see which area of the hair has been coated and if the application is even through the hair. I paid particular attention to brushing the mousse underneath the hair and to the nape of the kids’ necks. The smell of this mousse, although still highly medicated, is much more pleasant than the head lice lotion that I remember my mum using on me and my sister when we were small.

        While we waited the 30 minutes we put a towel around our shoulders and after 10 minutes you could literally see the head lice dropping onto the towels! Oh, the joys of having children... One thing I noticed was the mousse didn't burn my scalp as I remember the lotion doing years ago, although Charlotte did complain that it stung slightly. I think this is because she seems to be the one who catches the nits in the first place and she scratches her head until it bleeds sometimes. The smell did seem to get stronger as the 30 minutes came to an end and I was quite relieved when it was time to rinse the mousse off.

        I found the mousse very easy to remove from the children’s hair and it seemed to contain a conditioner as our hair was lovely and soft after the first rinse. I then used a tea tree shampoo to thoroughly wash our hair and then started the combing... Using a head lice comb I combed and combed and the kids didn't murmur thanks to the fact that their hair was so soft and de-tangled. And what came out in the comb was unbelievable, remember I'd been condition-combing their hair every day for 2 months. The comb had to be rinsed after every stroke to remove the eggs which had stuck between the teeth. Strangely, hardly any lice came out on the comb - I think the mousse kills the lice straight away, which is why they fall on the towel but takes the 30 minutes to dissolve the eggs.

        I completed this treatment three weeks ago now and *touch wood* when I comb the kids hair every couple of nights the comb comes through their hair nit free and the awful itches have stopped.

        After picking myself up off the floor when the pharmacist told me the 150g tin cost £9.75, I realised this is actually pretty cheap to de-louse three people when compared to the head lice lotions which come in a bottle big enough to do one child’s head of hair and costs around a fiver. When I used Durbac head lice lotion on me and Charlotte a few years ago I remember having to use 2 bottles of the lotion on my hair so it worked out much more expensive. Talking of cost, a quick gripe. Head lice lotion should be available on prescription as our children’s school sent a letter home on the first day back at school saying there's a countrywide epidemic of head lice and extra care needs to be taken... and then they charge extortionate prices for the stuff to get rid of them! Disgusting.

        I'll use this one again if the need arises as it's exactly what I was hoping for when I went to Boots that morning, although the mousse was a nice twist that I wasn't expecting as I wasn't aware this product was around. Much nicer than the lotion to use and because it's such a simple process the kids didn't get time to get bored or have to sleep with evil smelling stiff hair. Or bugs.

        Thanks for reading and you can stop scratching now!

        *Something Important* Recent studies have shown what could be a link between head lice lotion (which is basically a pesticide) and childhood leukaemia. Since writing this review I’ve spoken to my GP and he doesn’t speak highly of any ‘nit lotions’, insisting the conditioner/comb method of removing the bugs is the safest option although research hasn’t been able to deliver concrete proof of the potential health risks. The threat is scary enough for me so excellent product or not, Full Marks won’t be in my trolley until this link has been proved to be false. For information go to http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2006/01/head_lice.html I haven't taken into account the health effects while writing this review, rather concentrated on the product itself, and it's up to you to use all available information to decide whether or not to use this Head Lice Mousse on your family.

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          19.03.2005 12:09
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          I tried both full marks mousse and lotion on my daughter's hair and it was absolutely rubbish.. Even after going through with a nit comb after application as directed. The next day after use I found the odd nit that I had missed and they were still alive. You are advised not to use more than three weeks in succession but even after doing this the nits are still there, alive and kicking.

          I might as well have put £21 straight down the drain! Not recommended.

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            23.01.2005 13:34
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            As the proud parent of four school aged children I seem to be waging a constant war against the headlouse. I have tried many different products but always seem to go back to wet combing method. The latest chemical weapon I tried was the Full Marks Mousse, so it seems a good idea, that I review that particular product.

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            The packaging
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            The mousse comes in two sizes, 150g and 50g. Both sizes come in a cardboard box that is predominantly white, the smaller size has a picture of one child while the larger has a picture of a family of four. This, I suppose is to indicate how many people it will treat.

            The actual bottle that contains the mousse, looks very much like a hair styling product. Also contained in the box is an instruction leaflet.

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            The ingredients
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            The active ingredient in the mousse is Phenothrin which is a synthetic pesticide.
            There are also the following in-active ingredients :

            Emulsifying wax (non-ionic) USNF
            Ethanol (denatured)
            Citric Acid (anhydrous) Ph Eur
            Potassium Citrate Ph Eur
            Purified Water Ph Eur
            Butane 30

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            Who can use it
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            Full Marks mousse is suitable for use on adults and children over the age of six months, however you as you can only purchase this from a pharmacy you should check with the pharmacist, just in case you have any conditions that this will have an adverse effect on.

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            Who may not be able use it
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            Obviously, you should not use this product if you have had a reaction to any of the ingredients listed above. You should also check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
            The mousse may also worsen eczema, so if you suffer from this it may be wise to consult your doctor.

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            How To Use It
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            The mousse is pretty simple to use, especially if you've used hair styling mousse before.

            As a pre-caution I always wear gloves when I apply anything like this.

            1. Shake the can
            2. Turn the can upside down and spray onto your gloved hand ready to spread over the hair.
            3. Apply enough mousse to completely cover the scalp, then work into the hair from root to tip.
            4. Allow the hair to dry naturally, do not use a hair dryer.
            5. Wait 30 minutes
            6. Wash the hair with normal shampoo
            7. While hair is still wet comb with an ordinary comb, then use a nit comb to remove dead nits and eggs.

            You should then re-apply one week later.

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            Warning
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            This mousse is flammable, so do not allow anyone whose wearing it to go near any naked flame.

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            Possible Side-effects
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            The following undesirable side-effects may occur :

            1. Skin irritation - this is very rare
            2. Stinging in patients with eczema
            3. Wheezing in patients with asthma.

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            Our Experience
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            Although the mousse is very easy to use and smells quite pleasant if a little chemically, it had the following results :

            1. It made the hair very stiff and uncomfortable as it dried.
            2. My youngest daughter, who has severe asthma, experienced slight wheezing (although not as bad as another brand that nearly put her in hospital)
            3. Although it did kill some of the nits it didn't kill all of them and I found live ones the next day.

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            Further Information
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            This product is licensed to :
            Seton Products Ltd
            Oldham
            OL1 3HS

            The website for the product is :
            http://www.headlice.co.uk/prodinfo.html

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            Price and Availability
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            This product is only available from pharmacies while the pharmacist is present.

            The current selling price at Boots is:

            50g (which treats one head) : £4.35
            150g (which treats upto 4 heads) : £9.79

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            Final Words
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            This product seemed like a good idea when I watched the advert on the television. But, in practice it didn't actually work. Personally, I can't recommend it, especially as by continually bombarding our children's hair to these chemicals, we are increasing the louse's resistance to them.
            My best advice would be to ditch the chemicals and get back to basics, using the wet combing method.


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              29.04.2004 06:43

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              My daughter is in nursery and comes home almost every week with headlice I have seen loads of adverts on television about how great full marks is how it clears your child of head lice and does not leave a smell unlike other lotions so off I went to the chemist to buy some I asked the woman behind the counter if it really works and was told she did not know as she had not used it I got my daughter from nursery and came home I then put it in to her hair and went through with a nit comb and pulled all the lice out I then left my daughters hair for the stated amount of time and washed it off she had no head lice but the eggs were still alive I also had to do my other three children who had none I would never buy full marks again as I felt it did not work and I know plenty of people who would agree with me on this matter I know use a comb and conditioner on her hair .

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              30.08.2003 04:30
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              I am beginning to think after reading the reports on here and through my own experience of the full marks mousse that nits actually may become immune to the treatments .. i like many others have spent pounds on different solutions for nits and i am fighting a losing battle no sooner do i get rid of them out my daughters hair then she comes home from school with them again and usually gives them to me which i am less than pleased about. I tried the full marks mousse and nothing happened it didnt affect the miserable blighters at all i am at a loss i really am, i am constantly checking hair. I think they should bring back the old concept of the nit nurses in schools .. if the child is found with nits it shud be sent home with a letter stating that the child is not to return back to school untill clear again .. this wud no doubt encourage the mothers who seem not to care enuff to de-louse into doing so through fear of there children being off school .. we mums should take action and start a petition to bring back the nit nurses!!!!!! and have nit free schools again. i once asked at school and they said the government got rid of them as they dont consider nits to b a health risk well i beg to differ i find them disgusting and hate my child having them. BRING BACK NIT NURSES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                21.08.2003 00:45

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                We have tried everything on these little blighters. Malathion, Prioderm, Tea Tree Oil, that funny bark stuff you boil up, Follicel - and now, Full Marks Mousse. None of them have been effective for us, and the only way we have banished the louse is a prolonged routine of conditioner and combing. Having seen the TV ad, and read some (varied) reviews here, we thought it worth trying something new. So, we dosed the scalps liberally, left it a bit longer than specified (we got distracted), washed and began combing. Hey presto! the lice were alive and kicking, totally oblivious to the mousse. So, as far as we are concerned, a total waste of money. We wish someone would come up with something effective, but our experience is that this stuff isn't.

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                26.09.2002 06:17

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                my saviour! - Advantages: IT WORKS!!!, only takes 1/2 hour, smells ok - Disadvantages: i used 4times more than stated, foam kinda flew on the floor

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                28.10.2001 04:40
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                This stuff,as it suggests,is a white mousse and is supposed to kill lice and help the removal of their egg cases(nits), absolute rubbish. My daughter is six, and forever bringing them home. I saw this product advertised on the T.V and it seemed like a good idea, so much easier than the lotions and potions that we had used numerous times before, so I bought it, and now I wish I hadn't bothered. The can of mousse states there is enough content for two applications,which there is. It is applied to dry hair,so you can see where it has covered,and is combed through,from the scalp,and left on for half an hour before thoroughly washing off. As with all lice lotions, once rinsed and towel dried,you comb through, preferably with a metal comb, hair by hair and hey presto no more creepies or nits. The only good quality thing that it has, is that it dries on the head quickly, so it doesn't drip all over the place, and there is no nasty smell and there is enough mousse left to apply the follow up treatment nine days later. When will we ever have the good qualities of this product combined with an effective treatment method for the little creepy crawlies.

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                  06.10.2001 19:34
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                  The other day I was sitting down watching some trashy soap opera when my head really began to itch and I thought oh no not nits so off I toddled to Boots to get some of that horrible lotion my mum used to put on our heads when we had lice. When I got to Boots I was suprised with the amounts of lotions and potions they had for headlice,I needed something that I could also put on a 2 year olds head because she was bound to have them as well and the lady behind the counter told me well my partner as his head is shaved so I sent him in that the FULL MARKS brand was good for all the family so he departed minus £9.95 and we went home to DE-LOUSE and what a pleasant suprise I got when he pulled out a mousse and not just a mousse but one that did not have that horrific smell to it. He put it in my hair and washed it out 30 mins later and bye bye lice they simply fell out. When my daughter got home from the child minders who had been informed I was dreading trying to put it in her hair but for a little girl who sreams when she has her hair washed she was absolutly brilliant and did not seem to mind at all. For all those parents who need to or will need to soon try this especially for the littles as it was great and almost enjoyable for them haveing loads of bubbly stuff put in their head. Oh and it really does work a treat I will vouch for that. A bit pricey but if it works and I can use it on the whole family then thats fine by me.

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                    21.09.2000 06:53
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                    I saw 'Full Marks' phenothrin mousse Nit Killer advertised on national T.V. and decided this was it .. I would wage a serious war against those uninvited and unwelcome visitors whom take residence in my daughter's hair. It has been a relentless battle to keep my daughter's long hair clean and free from these dreadful things as I am told an epidemic is here and unless all mums are vigilent and regularly checking and de-nitting then the war is lost - and of course there are those.. I bought this mousse and was amazed by its strength and paralysing effects - it cost me nearly £10 but it is worth every penny.(There is enough for four applications) The mouse is brushed through dry hair and left on for 1/2 an hour, rinsed off then hair is washed and combed whereby any nits/eggs will come out.My daughter's hair is thoroughly clean and free from them. This product is overdue but I personally am grateful that it arrived eventually - it is simple and quick to use and very effective - a real serious threat to these b*****s It is not to be used more than once a week. I have sugested to my daughter's school that a £1 shoould be given to all mothers whom use this and bring the top flap of the packet, if everyone particularly a certain few were to be vigilent then the nits would be no more. Buy it it's worth it & it's safe.

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                      13.09.2000 20:11
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                      My son whos 8 has had headlice twice, the summer holidays being the second time, and All I can say is, NIGHTMARE!! I managed also to get them and am not impressed!! So what do you do?I went to the nurse who gave us DerbacM, and even though we followed the instructions carefully, the nits managed to survive the experience, so no good! So then I bought one of those battery operated combs and found that yes it does detect them, but so does a normal fine tooth comb!! So imagine my excitement when the new Full Marks mousse came out,It was pricey £9.99 fur a large tin but well worth it I thought,it smelled lovely, easy to use and only leave on 30 mins , then comb out all the dead bodies, sounds fantastic, BUT I used it yesterday and after I washed it out I went to comb the bodies out only to find the bodies were actaully marching happily round the comb still, AAAAGGGHHHHH, so Thats another no go!!! I would say the only way you will ever beat them is daily combing with conditioner on and tea tree oil/shampoo. Save your money!!!

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                      Adults and children over 6 months apply to affected area and allow to dry naturally. Use not heat. Wash 30 minutes later and use nit comb. Children below 6 months: not recommended except under medical supervision.