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Savlon - it stinks, but it sooths!
Savlon Antiseptic Cream
Member Name: Clurbur85
Savlon Antiseptic Cream
Advantages: This product works well as an antiseptic, each tube lasts quite a while.
Disadvantages: It's smelly!
Savlon has been a First Aid basic in our house for as long as I can remember. It's one of those products that does the job well, so I've never felt the need to seek out an alternative.
Savlon is a white antiseptic cream that can be used on a number of area of the body to sooth and promote healing..
You can buy Savlon in most chemists and supermarkets and it's available in 15g, 30g, 60g and 100g tubes. I'd say that the 60g is probably the most widely available and if you purchase a 60g tube you can expect to pay around £2.00.
Savlon comes in a blue and white metal tube that you lightly press to dispense the cream. The tube itself also comes within a cardboard blue and white box and you'll usually find Savlon situated next to other first aid products.
There is a leaflet within every cardboard box and you should read this before you apply the cream, to make sure that it's suitable for you to use.
In my house this product usually comes out of the first aid cabinet when somebody cuts or grazes themselves, I've also used it to sooth insect bites and stings, to relieve sore and chapped skin when I've been out in the cold, to protect blisters, to ease burns and reduce the redness of spots. On the website it also says that Savlon helps to relieve sunburn - I've never used Savlon to do this - but needless to say, it really is a handy product that has provides relief in a number of areas.
Before I apply Savlon to a cut or a graze I usually clean it with water first and pat it down with a clean towel, I then apply the Savlon.
The cream is white coloured and it has a strong antiseptic smell to it. You only need to apply a small amount of cream, it doesn't sting when you rub it into your wound and it isn't as greasy as other antiseptic creams. However, there's no denying that it stinks - and if you apply Savlon then people will probably be able to tell for hours after use! That said, Savlon does what it says on the tube, it acts as an antiseptic and it promotes heeling - so I think the smell is a small price to pay!
Overall I give Savlon five stars because I think that it's a handy, effective product to have in your first aid kit!
Summary: Buy a tube for your first aid kit!