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I am only an occasional hay fever sufferer, which is lucky for me. But it also means that this product isn't for me as i think it's more of a longterm solution, not a one off treatment.
When I feel symptoms coming on I generally just take some antihistamines which has worked well for me. but when I needed to find an alternative as I could not take any tablets I was recommended this nasal spray. It is readily available in pharmacies and drug stores and will set you back around £5-8 depending on where you shop and also what size bottle you buy. It comes in 100 and 180 sprays bottles.
I tried it when I felt the symptoms, but did not like it at all. For starters it made my eyes water really badly, which was probably just my body not liking having anything squirted up the nose. If you can personally stomach that feeling then you should be fine. I also felt it did not relief my symptoms as quickly and fully as the tablets normally do. And I need to blow my nose a lot after using it and my nose felt sticky. overall a very unpleasant experience.
Maybe this product would be more effective when used regularly during hay fever season, probably a trial and error kind of thing, everyone is different and it might work well for you, but I personally prefer the tablets and went back to them as soon as I could.
Should I need to look for another tablet alternative I would not go back to the spray, it was not worth the little bit of relief I got from it.
Lavender oil if probably one of the most commonly known and used essential oils as it has so many different uses and a fresh and distinctive smell. I have recently looked for uses for some essential oils i've dug out and found that lavender has endless uses.
I have a small 10ml bottle of the oil made by Health Aid, it's of great quality and I would definitely recommend this product. It will set you back around £4-5 but can be found cheaper by other companies and when ordered online. But make sure you buy a 100% essential oil and not a cheaper imitation. Always check the label.
My favourite use for this product is making up a relaxing bath soak from epsom salts, bicarbonate of soda and lavender oil. It's great for your skin and very relaxing. Lavender has been used to treat insomnia for ages so it's a great recipe for a bath just before sleep time, it relaxes you and smells divine.
Furthermore the oil can act as a bug repellent to keep mosquitos away, it has a calming effect on the nervous system and is used for treating anxiety and stress related issues, it is effective in treating acne and of course it is used in so many beauty products, potions, lotions and soaps. If you have like me a small bottle lying around and you are not sure how to use it then the bath is a great start, such an inexpensive way to treat yourself.
Overall I would recommend lavender oil in general for many health and beauty uses and this particular one by Health Aid is readily available in pharmacies so give it a go!
I've recently dug out some essential oils I have had lying around for a while and the Health Aid clove oil was one of them. I have tried to find uses for them and had no issue with for example peppermint and citronella oil as I turned them into lovely smelling scrubs and soaks but I was a bit at a loss about the clove oil.
I know that people swear by this for toothaches, but I am lucky enough to never have to deal with that and let's hope I won't as the oil smells unpleasant and I'm sure tastes even worse. But should you ever suffer from toothache then this is a great natural remedy. As it is 100% essential oil you know exactly what you are dealing with and putting on your body/in your mouth!
Whilst doing some research to find uses for this is discovered clove oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, antiviral and apparently also an aphrodisiac. It can be used to treat acne and athlete's foot. The latter is the one reason why I'm keep the oil in my stash and haven't disposed of it. I occasionally suffer from athlete's foot, maybe once every 2 years and having to buy a cream especially every time is a waste of money I find. Essential oils keep a long time as they are 100% natural so next time I suffer from athlete's foot I'm definitely trying it.
A 10ml bottle of this will set you back around £4-5 but you can find this cheaper online as I found with so many of these oils. Some are worth buying bigger quantities of and you'll save even more. But the Health Aid one is available in pharmacies and drug stores and the quality is great. So if you want to give this stuff ago I would recommend it, but I personally don't like the smell.
I recently came across a whole bunch of essential oils from ages ago and as I like to recycle and make the most of things rather than wasting them I had a little browse what to do with my oils. One of these was the peppermint oil by Health Aid.
I like fancy and nice smelling beauty products and enjoy shopping in places like Body Shop so I though why not try make my own scrub or bath soak. I used to have this peppermint foot scrub so I decided to make a foot soak. All you need is bicarbonate of soda, sea salt and some essential oils. Peppermint is good for your feet as it really refreshed them, if you've ever used peppermint foot products you know how cool and tingly your feet feel after. It's lovely. Just mix 5-10 drops into your bicarb/salt water and you are ready to go. I also add some citronella for antibacterial properties. A cheap and cheerful way of making a great soak.
Of course this oil is not just great for beauty use, but is a part of many people's medicine cabinets. For example it can help with nausea and an upset tummy. Just rub some oil on your belly or place a few drops on your wrist and inhale. It soothes instantly. It's also great for soothing headaches, just rub it on your temples. It cools very nicely.
There is so many uses for this product I wish I had discovered it sooner. I'm definitely converted to using essential oils more now. This particular one by Health Aid will cost around £4-6 depending on where you buy it and if you shop around. This is acceptable, but you can get it a bit cheaper from other companies and if you buy in bulk. But this one is a good starting point, so give it a go!
I remember Ricola sweets from when I was little, whenever I had a sore throat these would be a tasty way of soothing it. There are various flavours available but I have since come across these mixed berry ones which taste of blueberry, raspberries and currants. Not the throat soothing variety but these are recommended as a dietary supplement as they contain Vitamin C. And of course they are made with the usual Ricola herbs (elder, horehound, hyssop, lemon balm, linden flowers, mallow, peppermint, sage, thyme, wild thyme). A great combination of flavours. The Vitamin C is supposed to support your immune system, whether they actually do is probably debatable but when they taste so lovely surely it can't do any harm.
A bag of these will set you back just over a pound, which is great value for money. And they are available in various supermarkets and drug stores.
Other than Vitamin C they contain sugar, starch syrup, sodium adsorbate (vitamin C), citric acid, raspberry juice concentrate, black currant juice concentrate, bilberry juice concentrate, natural flavours, natural colour (extract of fruit and vegetable).
It is recommended that you take 2-8 a day.
What more can I say about these. If you like fruity sweets and have never tried Ricola then give them a go and if you are a Ricola fan like me and have never tried this particular flavour go for it. Overall a very tasty sweet from a well known and trusted brand that will do you good.
I used to get cystitis a lot, at least every 2 months and some of those infections turned into kidney infections so you can imagine that I've tried and tested an awful lot of products.
The product comes in a box with 6 sachets and you are supposed to dissolve one sachet in 200ml of water, then drink it. Do that 3 times a day for 2 days and drink plenty of water too to flush out any bacteria and you should be fine. The first few times I had this infection these sachets worked, after that they didn't and I had to go to the doctor and get antibiotics. So if you just get this occasionally then these are great and very handy to keep at home too. They are around £5 a pack and readily available over the counter.
Some people (including myself) don't like the taste. They come in various fruit flavours but the actual drink tastes soapy. It makes perfect sense as the drink is trying to neutralise the acidity of you urine (that's why it stings when you wee). But after the 2nd or so drink I find it really hard to swallow this stuff. It makes me wanna throw up. If you find something similar you may be better off with tablets but these can take longer to work. And when you've had cystitis you know you don't wanna wait around. You want fast relief, and these drink offer that.
Overall they are great if you suffer from cystitis just the once or twice. After the 2nd or 3rd time I would recommend looking for other products, seeing your doctor and trying to find the cause (it took me years!!!).
I like to live a healthy lifestyle and try to get all my vitamins and minerals from a varied diet but many of you will know that that is not always possible and sometimes life just gets too busy to cook meals, eat your 5 a day etc. That's when I like to add some multivitamins to my diet.
I have tried various ones in the past, including the chewable ones, which were nice too and may be a better option if you can't swallow tablets. But as far as tablets are concerned I'm sticking with the Santogen A-Z.
Santogen is a trusted brand when it comes to vitamins and they have gained my trust over the years too. The tablets come in a pack of 60 which would set you back around £5-6 in supermarkets and drug stores. You are supposed to take one tablet a day so that's a 2 months supply, that's fairly good value for money I think. But you can get them even cheaper when bought online or when you make the most of 3 for 2 offers that are almost always on. It's always worth shopping around to get the best deal and the containers don't take up much room so why not stock up.
I personally only take these every now and again. Listen to your body and it generally tells you for it needs. So just top up your vitamins as and when you need.
As these are a complete supplement it supplies you with all the vitamins in one go, that saves you having to buy different products which saves time and money. Overall I would definitely recommend these for a busy lifestyle, although you won't see any miracles or transformations in your body, these are essentials to keep your body working well and functioning properly.
If you've ever suffered from any kinda allergic reaction, allergy or hay fever you know that they are not pleasant and you want quick and fast relief from your symptoms. There are many antihistamines on the market and I have tried own brand products as well as Piriton and would not go back now. Although they cost a little more than own brand products, the cost is not all that much and in Boots you can get a pack of 30 tablets for £3-4. I have seen them for around £2.50 before so shop around and you will be able to pick up a good deal.
Adults should take 1 tablet every 4-6 hours and I find they get to work really quickly. Some people find them too strong and suffer from various side effects but I have never had an issue with that. I also have many friends who are hay fever sufferers and they swear by these. But it also relives the symptoms of allergies such as pet, house dust mite & mould spore allergies, nettle rash, hives, heat rash, prickly heat & dermatitis. Even reactions to food, food additives, medicines & insect bites are on the list.
They are small and easy to swallow even without a drink which can be handy when you don't have a drink to hand and need fast relief.
I think they are the best quality, fast working product on the market and would happily pay a little more for them. They are easily available from pharmacies and drug stores and I just keep some in my handbag. As they are very small they don't take up much room, very handy to have on you.
I picked up a range of essential oils a long while ago, including the Health Aid Citronella oil. I believe this was in a pharmacy but not sure. They were forgotten about very quickly and only recently I came across them again and thought why not use them for something. I remember the oils I bought were not all that cheap but not the most expensive out there either. So a good middle ground if you just want a small bottle to try. It will cost you around £4-6 for a 10ml bottle in the shops or can be ordered online. Once you've worked out which oils you like and have use for you can always buy more in bulk on ebay for example.
Having dug out the little bottles I looked up some home made scrub and foot soak recipes online. If you like nice smelling home made beauty products this is a good way to start making some. I regularly make a foot soak with bicarbonate of soda, sea salt, a little peppermint oil and citronella oil for a nice, fresh lemony scent and its antibacterial properties. Really easy.
There are lots of recipes out there so just have a play with them and adjust to your liking. Citronella of course has many other health benefits, another good use is for its insect repellent properties. Just a few drops on your skin when you're out camping or sitting in the garden and you won't end up with nasty bites.
Overall I would recommend this product by Health Aid, it's a fairly standard essential oil, but if you have the time to shop around or like to buy in bulk then you can save yourself a few pennies by going for another company.
I'm not normally a huge fan of supplements as I try to get all my vitamins and minerals from a varied diet but with a busy lifestyle that is not always possible so supplements are a handy invention to do your body some good it may not normally get.
I started running and exercising a lot more in the past year and have noticed my joints (knees especially) get very sore after longer runs. This has got better with training but I also wanted to support my body a little with some supplements. I looked into the different ones that are out there and it can be very confusing if you're not sure what the differences are so it was a trial and error kind of scenario for me. And in the end I stuck with the Jointace range. These are made by Vitabiotics and there are different supplements available in the range. I am using the "Original" one containing chondroitin, glucosamine and vits C, E, B12 and D, minerals and ginger extract. You are supposed to take 2 tablets a day with your meal. The pack contains 30 tablets so that's half a month worth of supplements. At around £8-£10 a packet that can really add up. So I played around with it a bit and first of all I made sure I got the best deal. If you order from their site directly you can generally get a good deal, often these are on a 3 for 2 offer online or in the shops. So do shop around.
Also I did not take these everyday but only around the days that I was running longer distances and this has helped my joints ache less. Of course this will depend on the general health of your joints, I think mine are in pretty good order anyway, but the extra exercise but a bit of a strain on them so taking these tablets as and when I felt I needed them has worked for me. I am in my thirties so someone older may well need to take them more often, but I would definitely recommend this product.
Clinique produces a big range of high quality skincare products and if you have ever tried any of their products you will know they are well worth the money.
I use the 3 step system and wanted a SPF 30 face cream for my beach holiday this year so I wouldn't have to use standard suntan lotion on my face as it's very sticky and not very nice. So I splashed out on the Clinique face cream and was left disappointed.
The cream comes in a 50 ml tube which is a handy size to take on holiday, but this small tube will set you back around £18 which is quite pricey. I bought mine in Boots and made sure I got boots card points too, it's the best way with these expensive products, you may as well make the most of points offers to get a little bit back.
I used the cream daily whilst on holiday, after the first 2 steps of the 3 step system. The cream is quite thick as you would expect from a sun cream. It applies quite well and you don't need to use a lot of it. I found it was just as sticky on my face as normal suntan lotion. My face was well protected though, it did not burn and I did not have to reapply it during the day unless I went to the beach and in the water. So it does what it says on the tin, but I found it uncomfortable to wear. For me it's not worth the money. For the 1 or 2 sunny holidays I may have a year I may as well put up with normal sun cream on my face and save the money.
So don't splash out on this, buy a good quality sun lotion like Nivea for example and just embrace the stickiness.
Having been converted to a Clinique fan by their 3 step system a year ago I have since tried out many of their products. A good way to do that is making the most of their bonus time when they offer free sample size products with purchases. This is how I came across the Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream.
I have been using a 3ml pot for about 2 months now and have used 2/3. So this cream will definitely last you a long time. Which is just as well cause a 15ml pot will set you back £30. So not a cheap product but you pay for quality.
The cream itself is white in colour and quite thick. It applies to the skin really nicely and evenly and I use it twice a day with my usual routine.
I only have fine lines around my eyes, no big wrinkles but the cream has smoothed that out after about 2 months. It''''ll be interesting to see how it''''ll improve my skin further with prolonged use. And I am convinced it will improve my skin further.
I would definitely recommend the product, but make sure you get a deal whether that''''s on offer or using Clinique''''s bonus time and always make sure to get the most advantage points as Clinique products are sold in Boots.
I've been a fan of Clinique products since I first tried them a year ago. I started using the 3 step system with great results and I was keen to try out other products of theirs so I made the most of their bonus time offer one time where you get a lot of sample size products to try out. This included the ALL ABOUT EYES cream.
Usually this will set you back around £25 for 15ml which is quite pricey. So always make the most of offers they have and extra points in Boots for example.
I started using my 7ml test pot a few weeks ago and have been impressed. The cream itself is almost gel like and has a peachy colour to it. You only need a tiny amount so it'll go a long way.
I use the cream after the first 2 steps of the 3 step system and I apply it all around my eyes and eyelids. It feels so smooth and silky, it's a joy to use.
As with any eye cream it'll take a few weeks to see any effects, but I have noticed my skin being smoother and more refined. I don't have any wrinkles around my eyes yet, just the occasional dark circles which I have noticed are getting less.
I will finish the sample pot and would definitely purchase this if I can get a good deal as £25 for a tiny pot is a lot of money.
Overall you are getting a great quality product but it is a bit on the pricey side. So you really need to weigh up the pros and cons here and whether you'd be willing to pay the amount of money on a beauty product. But Clinique also offer great advice in stores and a money back guarantee if you're not satisfied with the product so well worth a try.
I am on my feet a lot during my working hours, 6 days a week and during that time I wear steel toe cap shoes, so you can imagine how knackered and often sore my feet are by the end of the day. So I liked the thought of treating my feet to a Spa experience in my own home.
I bought this a few years ago and think I paid around £30, which I thought was a good price. Scholl is a well known company for any kind of foot care so I went for one of their Spas rather than a non-branded one.
The Spa itself is fairly big. Of course you need to allow for different sizes of feet and not just my tiny size 4s. So it's good it caters for a range of people, but it's also bulky to store.
It comes with a little foot care kit like scissors and clippers, I must say I have never used these as I found them not the best quality.
The Spa itself comes with different "attachments", these are massage rollers for the soles of your feet that slot into the bottom of the Spa. Best try them out dry and see if you want to use them whilst using the Spa as they are optional. I have tried them once and never again, just not my thing, but I have very ticklish feet maybe that's why I don't like them.
So get yourself comfortable and get some water ready in the right temperature and you are ready to go.
Plug it in, fill it to the right mark and switch it on. You have the choice of 3 settings - keep warm, massage bubbles and Infra-Blue heat.
I find the keep warm setting is just like having a warm foot bath and you could do that without a posh Spa, you could just use a bowl.
The bubbles setting is quite nice but I don't get any specific benefit from it, I just find the setting noisy. I would not use it in my room any more as my housemate in the room underneath could hear it through the ceiling. So much for a relaxing experience if you are constantly wondering whether you are annoying someone.
And the Infra-Blue heat I feel is just pointless.
None of these settings have giving me a better experience than just a bowl in which I can soak my feet, maybe with some essential oils or a scrub. I found it was a bit of a waste of money.
So at the end of the day I spent £30 on just a posh bowl to soak my feet in. I have tried it many times just to see if maybe I was being too negative towards the product, but I still don't like it and it has sat in the bathroom cupboard for ages now gathering dust.
I would say do not waste your money on one of these. Just do a nice simple foot bath in a tub every now and again or treat yourself to a professional Spa Pedicure at a salon sometime.
I'm a huge fan of CK perfumes. In fact my all time favourite is the CK Be, maybe because it's unisex and I also love men's fragrance so it appeals to me a lot as it's not too girly and not too manly, just right! I also own some others of theirs and love them!
So whenever there is a new fragrance coming out by CK I need to try it. And when CK One Shock came out it was love at first smell!
The bottle is the standard CK One bottle but in white with bright pink SHOCK lettering, it looks very cool and funky and girly at the same time. It does certainly stand out on the shelf. More so than the men's version of this.
It comes in 50ml, 100ml and 200ml bottles. Priced at around £23, £34 and £48 it is one of the cheaper fragrances on the market and you will always be able to find some kind of offer as it's very widely available. Whether Boots, Superdrug, Perfume Shop, Fragrance Store, Fragrance Direct if you shop around you are bound to get a good deal.
I don't just have the standard bottle at home but have also bought the 20ml travel spray in a shock absorption bottle. It's great to keep in your handbag and costs around £10. As the standard bottles don't have a lid over the spray top they are tricky to take with you in your handbag. That I always find a negative about the CK bottles.
The smell itself is very sweet and strong. It's fruity with flowery tones.
It lasts fairly long when sprayed on your skin, when I use it in the morning I can still detect it on my clothes and skin in the evening, although of course it does fade throughout the day. And once you get used to a smell you may not detect it so much yourself any more but others can.
I always try to rotate my perfumes so I don't get too used to one particular smell.
I have had my bottle for over 18 months and it still smells lovely when sprayed. I have had other perfumes before that started smelling off after about a year. It's the trouble with large bottles I find but my 100ml bottle is still half full and smelling lovely!
Overall I would recommend this for anyone who likes strong, girly, flowery perfumes. It's yet another quality fragrance from CK and efinitely worth its money!