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I think most of us know the brand Odor-Eaters, they are one of the leading brands in foot and shoe spays and insoles.
I have had many of these tins over the years and although I do try other brands I always come back, I would not say it is just because it is more effective for me but the fact that I can safely spray my feet and shoe with the same spray!
As someone who has hot feet they do end up sweating, in both summer and winter believe it or not. In the winter it tends to be my shoes that need the sprays, but during summer because I tend to be in open shoes I need to spray my feet which can mean having multiple sprays on the go, when I have this I can simply use the same one year around on both.
The foot and shoe spray comes in a bold blue tin with a plastic lid, this pops off and inside is a basic spray nozzle.
The front of the tin has the very distinct Odor-Eaters logo.
The spray has antibacterial properties which stop any odour from building up but also stops the foot from sweating as much keeping the foot and shoe dryer.
To use you simply hold the spray around 20cm away from the shoe or foot and spray evenly for 2-3 seconds, then leave to dry.
I have used this spray on many different coloured shoes including when wearing socks and never noticed any staining nor build up. The spray looks and feels like water on the skin.
The only thing I am not a massive fan of is the scent, its not nasty but its very chemical and makes me cough sometimes when I spray too much.
The spray is mild enough that is is suitable for all family members, I can confirm I have never had any side effects from using it.
It works really well and I can confirm that this does usually keep my feet nice and dry for several hours and odour free for even longer.
I bought my tin of this in our local supermarket but its available in most pharmacies and supermarkets, I have also bought it in a shoe store before.
The tin contains 150ML and sells between £3.50-£4.00
I get suggested to take this by my Gastro, I suffer with IBS which can mean I end up with constipation but also several of my medications can cause it a little too. I get these sachets in a huge box of 30 sachets. The box is white with the lid at the top that opens upwards. There is a large red logo and what I think is meant to be a blue wave on the front of the box.
Inside the sachets are fastened together in pairs, there is a dotted line down the middle and you need to pull them apart. I loose track how often I try to do this and break the packing sending it going everywhere.
The sachets look a little like the box, with the same logo and image, they also have instructions about how many to take.
The dose is complicated, for adults for long term use they suggest is 1-2 sachets daily.
For faecal impaction you can take up to 8 sachets and that these need to be taken within 6 hours. It suggests that you can mix all 8 in one go and store the mix in a jug within the fridge.
For children under 12 there is a half dose sachet and it is best to take direction from a doctor with regards to how many to take and when.
The one I have is just the plain packs, you open the sachet by simply tearing across the top. Inside is a white powder that you pour into your glass then add 1/2 a cup of water to the powder and mix.
I have found that it is best to wait about a minute after mixing because to start with the water remains cloudy but after it becomes clear again.
You simply drink the mixture down, there is a little bit of a taste to it but it is not too nasty. There is no scent at all that I have ever noticed. If you do struggle with the very mild taste you can add juice to taste.
I do not pay buy these they are on prescription however they appear to have a RRP of around £10 for the 30 sachets.
I find sorting the right dose of these can be hit or miss, most of the time I actually take half a sachet and build up. They do work though and I have not had any side effects from them. I have only given them 4 because I find getting the dose just right hard.
I first came across Palmers Cocoa Butter a few years ago when I had gone away and forgotten my moisturiser, they actually make a mini travel version of the the one without the sun protection and it was perfect for my needs. I grabbed it and to this day still buy the travel one, however I use it as a hand cream in my handbag.
This product is often seen to be aimed at pregnant women because it helps reduce stretch marks and tones skin, however it really is an amazing everyday moisturiser.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter is fairly unique for a body butter because it comes in a bottle, most body butters are very thick and come in a tub, while I do like body butters in the winter, I always find them too heavy in the warmer weather when my skin is not as dry. This is not the case with Palmer's, it is lighter yet just as moisturising!
Palmer's Cocca Butter comes in a white bottle, the travel bottle has a pull off cap but the lager adult version has a flip cap. The butter inside actually does look quite a lot like butter and is indeed a butter yellow colour. As soon as you open the cap you are hit by a scent, to me it smells a bit like a mix of chocolate and coconut, it is a little strong but totally divine!
To use simply squeeze some of the cream out of the bottle and rub gently on any areas you wish to moisturise, spreading it equally. The cream is fairly thick, thinner than a normal body butter but thicker than a normal body lotion. It has a really nice smooth consistency to it though and glides really easily onto the skin.
I find that for me the butter takes around 30-50 seconds to fully soak in, but once it has the skin is not at all greasy and feels really well moisturised. The scent does hold a little onto the skin but is not over powering, just nice and mild.
I have not ever seen any difference to any stretch marks that I have, nor skin firmness but it does moisturise well!
During the summer I decided to try this version for it's SPF factor, we had been having very little sun so I did not see the point in using a separate sun cream. I never did see much sun but on the days that I did and was wearing this I did not get any burn so I think it did provide some protection.
I would not buy this all year around myself, it is more expensive than the regular but if someone is wanting a little bit of protection I do feel it is worth the little extra money.
Palmer's Cocoa Butter with SPF is priced at around £4.30. I have also bought the regular Palmer's Cocoa butter in Superdrug and Wilkinsons before.
This bottle contains 250ml of butter.
I do not like this as much as the heat patches, while it works and is cheaper in the long run I had a little accident with it that has left me wary of it!
The product comes in a cardboard box, since is a small metal tube that resembles a toothpaste style. The box and tube are pretty much identical in colour and logo, the lid on the tube is a screw top but not a safety one.
To use you simply unscrew the cap and squeeze some onto your hand, then massage gently into the effected area making sure to spread it thinly and evenly. It dries in fairly fast but does take a few minutes to dry in fully. The cream is white in colour but I have never noticed any transfer onto clothing when using it.
The cream slowly heats up where you spread it leaving the area feeling heated up, this is where my warning comes in! Make sure you wash your hands extremely well after use! I once did not and touched my face, it burnt up like I had a sun burn, it was awful.
The cream is safe for use for adults and children ages 5 and over.
It can be applied 2-3 times a day.
It really does heat deeply and help with aches but I do not like the scent when you first apply it and I worry about the transfer now so only use when I am really in need.
Cost varies as it comes in different sized tubes, the 67g tube is currently around £3.90 and the 100ml one is around £5.40.
A little of this cream does go a long way though so even the small tube lasts a long time so it is very good value.
This can also be used while taking oral pain killers so is a good pain relief top up.
I have no problem suggesting this product on it's merit but I am giving it 4 points because I had washed my hands after use but still managed to burn my cheeks via transfer so you need to use with a lot of caution.
After my accident I now spend my life fighting back pain, I have damage to two discs in my lower back and get a lot of pain, stiffness and spasms.
These patches come in a box of three (there is a larger box of seven also), inside the box each patch is individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper. They are wrapped because once open the air around activated them, so it is not wasted packing. Once you remove one of the packs from the box you need to locate the end with the small bit cut out and simply tear along it to open the packet. Inside this is a small odd looking rectangle, on the back is some removable backing, to use you peal this off to reveal a sticky area, you apply this to clothing over the area you wish to heat up. It is very important to never stick it directly to the skin as these do get very hot and they can burn. I sometimes even find one layer of clothing is not enough.
Once you have stuck the patch into place you really do very little else with it, the patch will slowly heat up itself over about an hour and then maintain it's temperature for up to 12 hours.
I find these most effective for stiffness and muscle spasms but they can be used to treat any muscular and joint pain.
What I really like about these patches is how long they last, they are a godsend when I am really sore and need heat and can not access a hot bath or hot water bottle. They are also lightweight so very easy to pop into a bag if you are going out for a long day and are concerned about pain.
The only downside to these is the cost, they are far from cheap! A three pack sets you back around £3.60, meaning each patch is around £1.60.
My only other comment is the patch is a little on the small side if you have a larger area you are wanting to heat up.
I have no problem recommending these to anyone needing relief from pain, they really do work with no side effects other than needing to be placed carefully on clothing.
When I use one I always wear a vest top under whatever I am wearing and stick the sticky side to the vest top and the sand area facing the outer clothing. I find this tends to give enough protection to my skin, I tried to face it the other way and found it a little too hot still.
After hurting my back in an accident a few years back I have been through many of these gels, I actually was suggested this brand by my Chiropractor, they were more expensive than the other brands that I was buying but he insisted that it was more effective.
The gel can be used to treat pain from :-
2) Sore muscles
3) Joint pain
The gel comes in a white tube that looks and feels like a huge toothpaste tube, the lid is a twist cap and screws on and off.
To use the product you simply squeeze the tube until you have a good sized amount of the green gel on your hand then simply spread over the desired area evenly and allow to dry in.
The gel can leave the skin feeling a little sticky if you use too much so apply slowly!
Once applied the area will feel like its had a mild ice pack applied and you should feel pain relief within a shot time period. I do not find the gels as fast acting as the freeze sprays but they are longer acting for pain for me.
Always wash your hand after use so you do not apply to areas you do not want it.
The gel is suitable for anyone ages 2 years and over and can be applied up to 4 times daily.
The reason I prefer the gels to oral pain killers because they are faster acting, work as well but are much easier on a stomach than an oral pain killer is.
Does it work? Yes I find it very effective, I do not know how many tubes I have had in the last few years but I do always replace them.
The product is currently selling in Boots for £9.99 for 118ml.
I would have no problems suggesting this to anyone, I have only given it 4 out of 5 because it does leave my skin sticky at times and is not any more effective than similar products on the market that are slightly cheaper, however it does work really well with no side effects that I have come across.
I already take acidophilus tablets but due to health issues I still keep having problems with the bacteria in my stomach and digestion issues. The lady in our local health store suggested a packet of these to me, they are designed to help aid the good bacteria while also containing fibre and other products to help clear out the colon to aid digestion.
They sounded perfect so I bought a box, there were 30 sachets in the box I bought but it does come in different sizes.
Optibac have several different formulas of these products for aiding different problems, each of these is in a different coloured box. This variety is in the darker green box.
Inside the box the sachets are very boring plain white inside with just a blue line to show where to tear.
I always mix the product with water to take but it does say that you can put on top of food or swallow directly from the sachet, I am not sure I fancy that method. You need to drink plenty of water with this product anyway so it may as well be in the fluids to block the little taste that it does have.
The product is suitable for Children and adults over the age of 1.
I take one sachet of this a day but it does say for acute constipation you can take up to 4 a day until it's cleared.
I have never seen this in Boots or many chemists although I have seen other versions of the brand. I get this in our local health food store and I think my last box was £26 for the 30 sachet's.
Do they work? I did stop taking them due to cost for a long time and slowly my stomach got worse so I do feel they had been helping a lot. I have never used them for acute constipation so can not comment there but I did find they helped my over all digestion and I do feel better when on them. I just wish they were not so expensive.
I would have no problem suggesting them to anyone looking for something slightly stronger to aid with digestive issues.
I normally avoid taking any allergy medicines until I can't cope any longer, they always make me sleep even the ones that state non drowsy. I have had a rash on my arms for a few weeks now, the doctor told me to just take some allergy tablets and it would go away. I started with another brand but they did nothing and were as usual knocking me out so upon glaring at the shelf in Boots I decided to give these a try.
Zirtek allergy are designed to be taken once a day to combat any of the following :-
2) Runny blocked up nose
3) Itchy watery eyes from hayfever
4) Other allergies ie dust, pet etc
6) Itchy skin rashes
One thing I really liked about these tablets was the size they are tiny and very easy to swallow.
They did not do much to my rash (which is now onto a steroid cream) but they did help with the itching and did calm my itchy eyes a little. I suffer from allergies all year around thanks to being allergic to our dog and dust as well as hayfever.
I would not say they worked wonders but I only took them for a few days, I did not feel overly drowsy on them like I do with many other brands.
There was only a weeks dose in the box I bought which if I was buying for hayfever would be a pain buying a lot of boxes.
I paid £3.29 for the 7 tablets at my local Boots.
The tablets are suitable for adults and children aged 12 and over.
I am giving these a 4, while they did nothing to my rash it was not their fault as the GP misdiagnosed it as an allergy. They did however help my eyes and sniffles a little on only 4 days use and did not make me feel overly sleepy which is an achievement alone! They were also very easy to take, so handy for anyone who struggles with tablets.
When I first hurt my back a few years back and it was inflamed and hot I was addicted to these sprays, they provide fast targeted pain without causing problems to the stomach or any drowsy side effects.
The product is basically an ice pack in a tin!
Deep freeze comes in a small metal tin that is silver and blue which are all colours we associate with cold, ice and water so it immediately gives us a feeling of how the product is going to make us feel when using it.
The spray can be used to treat sprains, strains, muscles and the pain associated with arthritis and backache.
To use you simply remove the cap from the tin, hold around 15cm from the affected area and spray by pressing the button on top of the can two to three times. This can be repeated 3 times daily.
The product is suitable for adults and children over the age of 6 years of age.
So does it work? Yes, the product really does make the area feel like it has been instantly iced and does really help with the pain and inflammation.
What I really like about this product is that unlike an ice pack you can carry it around in you bag for immediate relief when out and around. It is a lot more convenient and works just as effectively. The other pluses are that if you have stomach issues you can use this instead of oral anti-inflammatory medications which can be very harsh on the stomach, but you can also use them along side pain killers for added relief. It also works a lot faster than oral pain killers which is always a huge plus when you are in pain.
The price of this product is around £3.80 for a tin of 150ml, it does not last a great deal of time but is very much worth the cost in my opinion.
These can be bought in Boots and Superdrug and most chemists.
This product has been designed to use natural essential oils that have anti-bacterial properties that work in harmony with the skin and keep you dry and scent free throughout the day. It also uses witch hazel and chamomile vinegar to tighten the pores rather than block them up like an anti-perspirant.
The product in store just looks like a huge off white soap block with a design that reminds me of some old fashioned wall paper! You can have pretty much any size you wish cut in store.
The blocks are a little squishy to the touch but do retain their shape well, other than that the only really defining thing to note about this product is the scent of patchouli that is a little over powering.
The product is really easy to use, you simply grab your block and rub gently on the skin. I found that this did work well over the 24 hours of wearing but if I tried to use it a second day without washing off the original or showering I got a rash appearing under my arms.
I was suggested to have this cut into smaller blocks in store and then store in tins, I was going to get one of their metal ones but the staff said that they reacted to the metal tins and suggested I stored them in a plastic box.
This product dries out really fast, however it really is not a massive issue! If it does dry out all you need to do is get a tissue and gently rub to remove the hard layer, it will come off really easily and the layer below is soft and ready to use.
Does it work?
Yes I can confirm that it did indeed keep me scent free, other than the patchouli for 24 hours.
Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile, Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume.
This product is one that is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
This product costs £4.95 for 100g, as said because it is cut to size you can buy larger so I can not give size information.
This product does work and does contain no nasty chemicals but it really does smell strongly of patchouli and not everyone likes that, also I found it was strong enough I could not wear a scent with it.
It also caused build up on clothing and skin and has caused several rashes when I have used more than a few days.
I really am torn with this product, I do really like it, it works and if you are lucky enough to like the scent and not get the rash than it is amazing. I still use it on and off because for me the rash goes after a few days of not using it and I would prefer at least a few days less chemicals.
I think all of us know TCP, it's a brand most of us have grown up with. For those of us older might recognise the nickname top cats pee for this product, Top Cat was a famous cartoon character in the 80's and the naughty association to his wee is that both cat wee and TCP have a bad smell.
TCP is an antiseptic liquid and has so many uses it is insane, it can be added to water and used as a gargle to help fight sore throats. It can be diluted and used to clean cuts and grazes or calm the likes of bits and spots. It claims to use it on spots and ulcers un diluted but I would never ever use this product neat myself, it's very strong.
TCP really does work very well, I think over the years I have used it for all of the above but gargling with it is not something I would want to do again unless desperate! It does not have the best taste even diluted!
The only thing to really consider when using it for a cut, graze, bite or spot is that the smell does linger so its best to use in the home or before bed. I once used it on a cut just before work and I had to listen to comments about the stink for hours into my shift!
TCP is still a really affordable product for your first aid box costing only around £3.80 for 200ml.
The product comes these days in a brown plastic bottle, with a white plastic safety cap.
Would I suggest this product to anyone? Yes I think it really is a must for everyones first aid box, it's cheap, lasts years, works on a multitude of problems and does so perfectly on all. My only issue with it is the taste and smell! It really does in smell and looks live up to it's 80's nickname of Top Cat's pee!
I actually discovered these through a couple of performers I know a few years ago who were always praising them so one day when I had a sore throat and saw them at the till in Superdrug I thought if they can help someone singing a 2 hour show they can help me talk.
Jakemans was established in 1907 but until about 3 years ago I had never heard of them, I wish I had! They specialise in what they call it "quality menthol based confectionary". Unlike conventional cough sweets jakemans are basically menthol based candy with a soothing centre so you are not limited to one sweet every few hours as you are with other cough sweets.
The packets for Jakemans are about the size of a bag of crisps and have an old sweet shop style to the packing. Jakemans make 7 different flavoured menthol sweets, each flavour has a different coloured bag, so it is easy to pick them out on the shelf. The cherry flavour have a deep cherry red colour to the packet.
Inside the bag are 100g of individually wrapped candies or as we used to call as kids sucky sweets. Non of Jakemans candies contain any artificial colours or flavourings however the candies inside share the same identical cherry red colour as the packing which I am not sure what they use to produce this.
As for the flavour, I have to be honest with the cherry ones I can only taste the menthol but they do taste nice. I find these candies take me well over an hour to suck on which provides me with a nice constant soothing sensation as I swallow. The only downside is that the menthol taste means that it takes a while after before I can eat or drink anything without it also tasting of the menthol.
The average price for a packet of Jakmans is around 60p but I paid 80p at my local pharmacy. I have often picked up Jakemans in Superdrug and Boots but they are also available in most of the larger supermarket chains also.
The 100g bag of cherry contains a hefty 392 calories and state they are suitable for vegetarians.
I have no problems suggesting these to anyone needing help soothing a sore or tired throat. They taste good, have less artificial ingredients than other cough sweets but in opinion work just as efficiently.
I have only stopped at this travelodge once and it's one of the few I would not use again unless I really had to.
This travelodge has been done up with the new look since I stopped there so the state of the rooms will have improved but not the rest.
I unfortunately booked to go to see something on at the theatre the same night the football was on and something at the arena, I was not able to get in anywhere and paid £90 for a room here.
The hotel is actually not all that far from Piccadilly station but it is not easy to find, it's tucked behind the main shopping area a few streets back and is not in the nicest of areas if you a single person walking home at night, something I learnt the hard way.
The hotel has a rather small and when I was there understaffed reception, a small bar and seating/dining area. I did not eat at this hotel so can not comment on the food.
The room for me was one of the biggest let downs, it was tiny! I had a double that the bed barely fit in, then a long bench that should have been a dresser but there was no space for a chair in front of it and no mirror as it was below a long window.
I also had a damaged bedside table unit that had been torn off the wall and left with just a jagged splintered jut of wood, I did not feel this was safe but they were unable to move me rooms. On top of this the top that was left was vile, covered in sticky residue and bits of fluff and hair.
The main problem with this hotel is the noise, it is right in the middle of one of the main areas of nightlife and goes on till the very early hours, I did not get a minutes sleep.
The chair was placed at the end of the bed and I had to keep edging past it to get to the bed, I stubbed my toes many times but the chair itself was also worn and filthy, it was stained and frankly there was no way I was sitting on it.
The bedding itself was clean and the bed comfortable but between the drunk people rolling in and the noise from the clubs it was of little comfort.
This hotel has the usual bath with the shower over it in all rooms.
This hotel also woke me to ask me to leave before my late check out time even though I had paid for one.
If you are going out and in a group I would say this hotel maybe alright since it's make over but it's not the first one I would choose of the seven Travelodges in manchester.
I recently purchased one of these Kipling purses in black in a pattern called tropic flower, it is an old design which I already had the handbag and loved it. I had given up looking for the purse when I happened to be walking through a store with concession stands the other day and one was sat there.
The purse is brilliant, I love the design! There is a main zip that once pulled back reveals three inside sections, the two outer ones have no further covering and I use them for cards and notes but in the middle there is another zip over final section which I use for coins. Why I love this design so much is so many times I put my purse into my handbag only to realise I forgot to zip it up and the coins are all loose in my handbag. Because there are two zips, this never happens!
The purse is a nice size 14.5cm x 9.5cm x 5cm, on the side there is a tiny little rubber black monkey on the tropic flower design but I do know the plain colours have the regular fluffy monkey. My bag also has the small rubber one so it appears to be something specific to the design.
As with most Kipling items it is made of lightweight nylon making it very light and easy to clean.
The RRP of the purse was £21 which is what I paid for it but the design I bought is no longer available.
I have had so many Kipling products over the years and they have never let me down, they are always hard wearing, light weight and very easy to clean if they get dirty. The nylon ones are actually able to be even throw into a light wash in the washing machine and come out looking like new (removing the monkey's first). I would never have any problems recommending them to anyone! I am yet to fault one!
I have used Beconase for many years now, I always suffer bad hayfever but I struggle even with non drowsy tablets. I have found that the spray works better than the tablets for me with no side effects at all.
The spray comes in a small blue and white cardboard box. Inside is the small spray, bottle with a long nose tip that has a funny looking paddle shaped button either side of the base of the tip. On top of the tip is a removable cap, to use take the cap off, insert the tip into one of the nostril and press the paddle button down to release the spray twice. Repeat with other nostril morning and night to relieve symptoms.
Never use more than 8 sprays a day.
Beconase is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
Beconase nasal sprays can be used to relieve hayfever and other allergies, it works by reducing the inflammation in the nostril passage relieving the symptoms of blocked, stuffy noses, sneezing and watery eyes.
I really can not tell you how many years I have used this brand, for me it really is the most effective on the market and I have not often strayed. I usually find I start seeing effects within about an hour of using the spray but it builds up with each day used.
This is possibly one of the largest brand names when it comes to allergy sprays and is stocked in most chemists and supermarkets.
The product claims that it has 100 sprays in each bottle, I can not confirm it this is correct or not because I have never counted the entire bottle but it does normally last me about 2 months of use during the summer.
Average cost of this item is £6.00, which sounds a lot but it does last a decent amount of time for that.
For me it's 5 our of 5 and I would have no problems recommending this product to anyone with allergies.