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Karvol Vapour Rub
Karvol Vapour Rub
Member Name: baby-cakes
Karvol Vapour Rub
Advantages: smells ok, works
Disadvantages: not as good as other products
I normally use Snuffle Babe on my daughter when she has a cold but we ran out after the last cold she had and I never got round to replacing it! Typically when we have none in, my daughter gets a real stinker of a cold and is being kept awake at night with her blocked up nose! I went to buy a tub of snuffle babe and the shop assistant looked at me like I was speaking foreign and had never even heard of it so she directed me towards Karvol Vapour Rub. I ended up having to buy it as I didn't have time to call anywhere else for our usual product.
Karvol Vapour Rub comes packed in a small cardboard box which is a blue colour featuring the product name in large white lettering at the top so it really stands out and you can see at a glance that it is a vapour rub. Inside the box you will find the tub of vapour rub which has a screw top lid - it is important that you make sure you close the lid tightly and keep out of reach of young children! When opening the tub for the first time and revealing the vapour rub, it has a vaseline-like consistency though somewhat thicker and incredibly sticky to the touch! The menthol smell is instantly detectable though I personally don't feel it is as strong or as nice as snuffle babe or vicks.
The instructions on the packaging state that when using the vapour rub on children you should apply a small amount onto their chest at bedtime. For adults, you can use it in the same way as on your child, or alternatively you can add a teaspoon of the rub into hot water so you can inhale the vapour for extra relief. The vapour rub can be used on children from the age of six months, but still this should be done sparingly. The ingredients in the vapour rub are petrolatum, camphor, eucalyptus globulus and menthol which when combined does make for a pleasant enough smell.
I used the rub on my daughter just before putting her to bed and I didn't notice much difference in her breathing the first night so I also had some Karvol drops on a tissue in the bedroom just to help that little bit more. I applied the rub on her for a further three nights until her cold began to ease slightly and as the nights went on her breathing did seem much easier now whether this was due to the rub or the fact her cold was easing anyway I am not entirely sure. The rub is easy to apply, though like others it is quite sticky though it does absorb into the skin reasonably well. One thing I did find with this vapour rub is that it was much harder to wash off my hands than other rubs I have used!
Would I purchase Karvol Vapour Rub again? No, I don't think I would unless it was a last resort as I much prefer snuffle babe and feel that that works better than this particular product, but that may well be as we are used to it and have always found it to be a good product. Saying that I would recommend it as it does work ok.
The price of the vapour rub does seem to vary depending on where you purchase it from, I bought mine from Tesco and was priced at £3.70. As with all products like this, there are some warnings to be aware of:
* Avoid contact with eyes
* Do not apply to face, mouth, nose or broekn skin
* Do not swallow
* Stop using if causes skin irritation
I had wondered how the rub would be on my daughter as she does suffer from mild ezcema but I am pleased to say this didn't affect her skin at all.
Thank you for reading my review.
Summary: Ok as a last resort
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