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Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe
Member Name: redhead78
Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe
Date: 25/03/12, updated on 25/03/12 (126 review reads)
Advantages: Cooling and soothing
Disadvantages: Nothing a cold flannel wouldn't do, ridiculous packaging, bad value for money
Recently I have been getting quite a few headaches and because I think they're mostly down to stress rather than illness I don't like to take painkillers for them. I don't like to take pills at the best of times, but especially when the pill won't actually tackle the cause of the problem, only provide a temporary solution to the pain. Obviously Kool n Soothe Migraine strips won't tackle the cause of stress either and they, also, will only provide a temporary solution to my headache but at least by using these strips I was hoping not to have to fill my body with unneccessary chemicals.
Whilst my headaches can in no way be described as migraines with their blinding pain and intolerance of lights they are, nonetheless, a nagging and consistent pain that I can do without when I'm at work. Or when I'm at home for that matter! So when I was telling my friend about them and my reluctance to feed them with painkillers she suggested I try "those headaches strip things" and on my next trip to Boots I hunted them out. They cost £3.25 for 4 strips at the time, although at the moment they're reduced to £2.60.
They come packaged in a cardboard box, very similar to an elastoplast box although much more difficult to open. Whilst I didn't need to get the scissors out or anything the cardboard did end up tearing when I tried to lift the flap and it is a bit of a bizarre way of fastening such a box. Don't get me wrong, it isn't a major issue at all, just something I think the manufacturers (a company called Kobayashi, unsurprisingly originating from Japan!) could improve on.
The 4 strips you get for your money are, again, packaged quite strangely as you get two pouches in the box and two strips in each pouch. So you have to cut the pouch open, remove a strip then refold the pouch to "reseal" it. To my mind this isn't a very effective way of sealing something that is covered in gel and so likely to dry out and I don't understand why they've skimped on the packaging in this way instead of just giving each strip it's own pouch. When I've got a headache and have a cold, gel covered strip stuck to my forehead the last thing I want to have to do is worry about "resealing" (I put this in " " because I don't consider this to be resealed really) the packet.
Anyway, moving on...the strips themselves are actually quite cooling as soon as you apply them, although I also keep mine in the fridge for maximum effect in this department. Whilst I don't know if the cooling in itself is effective at headache relief it is certainly relaxing which, with stress related headaches, can only be a good thing. And yes, the strip does also soothe my head too. And each time I've used them (three times) my headache has eased quite considerably within an hour or so. The only listed ingredients in the strips are water and methyl paraben and, not being a chemist, I'm not 100% sure what methyl pareben is meant to do but I was under the impression it was something more likely to be used in cosmetics. If this is true then I'm not sure what the benefit of having it in a headache strip is! But, like I said, I don't exactly have a degree in chemistry!
Unfortunately for these strips I am unable to give them a very positive review. Yes my headache has always eased when I've used them but to be honest I've had similar results when I've used a flannel soaked in cold water and that didn't cost me 80p a go! But, for me, there are too many things that I don't like about the strips to either a) rave about them or b) buy them again.
Here's my list of mini-rants:
-the box states that you can use each strip for up to 6 hours but that you should only use each strip once. Who has 6 hours to spare lying down with a strip on their forehead? I found this completely misleading as if you skim read the packaging in the shop you would think you were getting 24 hours of pain relief but in reality you only get about 4 if you average an hours use out of each strip.
-the box also says that the strips stay in place and come away without leaving a residue. I don't know whether I have a disproportionately oily forehead (I hadn't thought I did anyway!) but I find that once I've applied a strip I have to lay on the sofa with it on and if I sit or stand up, let alone move about, it feels like it's coming loose. And when I do take it off, it's true, it doesn't actually leave a residue, but it does leave me feeling like I have to wash my face so it's never going to a pain relief method I could use on the move, only at home when I've nothing else to do.
-the box itself doesn't open easily, as I said above, which isn't a major issue but is annoying, as it then doesn't close again easily either.
-the biggest bug bear for me though is the fact that each strip isn't individually packaged so once I've opened one I feel like I have to use the other one quite soon afterwards to get maximum benefit from it (there is no information on the packaging that tells you how long the second one will keep for just that folding the top of the pouch over will prevent it drying out).
So, all in all, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend these Kool n Soothe strips. I know some people rave about them, including my mad friend (whose opinion I'm much less likely to listen to in future!) but for me they're just not worth it. When you consider that you can get a pack of 16 paracetamol for less than 50p I'd be more likely to just take a half dose of these in future rather than spend so much on these strips. Maybe they're more effective if you have an actual proper migraine (although the packaging does state they can be used for severe headache too) but for my headaches I can get the same affect from using a cold flannel and, although I'll finish using all the strips in the box, I will not be buying any more.
Summary: Whilst they do cool and soothe a headache they're not worth the money