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      02.05.2014 01:45
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      Works best for pimples!

      Generally most people use this product for cuts, grazes and minor burns. In my experience Germolene works well for such things (although I personally find the use of tea tree oil or lavender oil to be much more fast and effective). Personally, the best application of this is for spots. I always use this product as my 'go-to' for that pesky emergency pimple. It is by no means a miracle cure. It is rare for the pimple to be completely gone overnight, but there is definitely a great improvement.

      I know there are a ton of quick zit zappers out there (and I've tried a ton) - but this is the only product that reduces my spots by 80%. If Germolene has not worked out for you in other ways, at least keep it around for the pimples! Not sure if it will work on acne spots but for the odd pimple, this is real life saver!

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      22.02.2014 17:26

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      Used germolene for years but the cream was pink . Cannot seem to find it anymore.The cream in the tubes is white now Not as good

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      13.09.2013 23:33
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      A must have for any first aid kit

      When we went through that heat spell a few weeks ago, (Which I do believe is being classed as our summer) I started with a tingling on my lips. Funnily enough we were in Tesco. My immediate thought was "uh oh cold sore" and so rushed to get the zovirax and slather it on. Within 20 minutes I had a full size blister on my top lip and one on my bottom lip....these were not cold sores. By the time I got home, they were full size, and raring to go, and the pain was unbelievable. I also looked like I had been in a fight.

      My Dad suggested I use Germolene, and it was the best thing I ever used. It completely numbed the two blisters and started to bring them down. I used it every couple of hours and they had almost gone within a few days with just some skin scarring.

      So what is Germolene? It's an antiseptic cream with local anesthetic which helps prevent infection, numbs pain, and helps healing- which is exactly what you want. YOu can use Germolene on minor cuts, grazes, minor burns, scalds, blisters, stings, insect bites, spots, chapped and rough skin - so its a pretty diverse treatment range.

      The directions are very simplistic and easy to follow and comply with common sense -simply clean the affected area and apply the cream. You can also apply a piece of gauze or lint in some cases.

      I washed my hands to ensure they were bacteria free and applied using my finger, its a pleasantly pink colour with a distinct smell, but the smell isn't offensive. Its a cream not dissimilar to Savlon. I think if it had been I wouldn't have put it on my lips.

      I've used this cream on the blisters I had with absolutely amazing effects. I also tried them on some large insect bites, but whilst the cream soothed them for a short period of time, it didn't seem to help with the itching.

      The product can be located in supermarkets down the medicine isle or in a pharmacy. Depending obviously on how much you use I think it is very reasonably priced, and the tubes come in different sizes. The one I purchased was 55g and is still half full, and cost less than £2.

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      25.07.2013 12:42
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      Good ointment that does it's job well

      Item: Germolene
      Size: 27g
      Price: £1.12
      Bought in: Semi-Chem

      This is a real standard of the first aid box and is quite old school compared to other products I have bought and used more recently that do a similar job to Germolene. Takes me back to many child hood bumps and grazes whenever I smell this stuff.

      Packaging and design:
      For as long as I can remember Germolene has come in a box/tube that has dark blue and salmon pink on it. Although the packaging has changed over the years it has stuck with those 2 colours and the design today is still quite eye catching. The box and the tube are both very similar in design and are both overall mostly dark blue with a big pink "+" sign on the end of it. This to me is to identify that it is a medical product as their pink plus sign is similar to the red cross you get on first aid boxes. The info across the front of the box and the front of the tube have "Germolene" in large letter so this is the thing that stands out most when you look at it. The details on both also advise you that it is an "antiseptic ointment with local anaesthetic". As with all first aid box kit, the box and tube also have details on ingredients, directions for use but there is also a leaflet that gives you full details on when to use and what to look out for and when to seek Dr's advice. So this product does give more info than the other ointments I have that can do a similar job. The tube is metal and can at times be hard to get that very last drop out of but if you roll the tube up as it empties you can force the last few grams out. The ends of the tube can be quite jagged as they are basically very thin folded over metal so be careful to try and not grip it at the very bottom and of course keep away from kids. The lid has indentations all the way down each side of it so you can get a good grip on it even when your hands are wet or slippery (as can sometimes be the case when fumbling about trying to get something out the first aid box) so that's handy.

      What's Germolene to be used for:
      Germolene can be used for a variety ailments and there are details on the side of the tube of how to specifically treat each which is handy as each thing requires slightly different application. Here are the details from the tube.
      ***INFO TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM THE TUBE
      Directions for use: Thoroughly clean the affected area of skin.
      Minor cuts, grazes etc: apply the cream directly or on a dressing.
      Minor burns, scalds and blisters: apply the cream generously and massage in gently.
      Sore, rough skin: Apply directly to skin and rub in.
      Stiff aching muscles: Apply liberally and massage in.
      END***

      Use, smell and results:
      I used this when I fell over last year. And I mean I fell right over on my knee and skint it (that's what us Scottish folks call a grazed knee haha) and tore a hole in my jeans. I'm 32 and not done that in a while so although I have newer, fancier ointments at home I reached out for Germolene when it was time to clean it up. Partly as I know it has worked in the past but also for a sense of comfort. As I had grazed my knee, I wiped it over with a wet face cloth to get the dirt off and got it as clean as I could and I applied a fingertip worth of Germolene over my knee cap then popped the biggest size of plaster I could over it. Germolene has such a strong and distinctive smell (somewhere between a minty and aniseed and that pink mouth wash you get at the dentist) so as soon as I had it on, my body heat somewhat multiplied the scent and it was all I could smell. I wore the plaster all day and kept it on in my bed so that the duvet wouldn't bash against it and took the plaster off the next day. It had drawn out a small amount of dark brown liquid so I could see that the wound was now clean, but it also left my skin feeling soft and soggy. That day I applied a little tiny bit more and left the plaster off to let it dry out and it soon scabbed over and started to properly heal.

      Anything else to mention:
      The ointment is quite thick, and bright pink although dries in clear, I would say as thick as toothpaste and can be rubbed in to the skin quite easily, no need to rub it in hard which is good as you don't want to have to do that over a cut or graze. Once rubbed in it does leave a clear oily residue so be wary of that if you are applying it to an area of skin then putting your clothes on over it as it will seep through and leave an oily mark.

      Overall this is a good product. It got my knee cleaned up but I would be wary of applying too much as it can make your skin really soft and moist and if you keep it like that could take longer to heal. As I had grazed my knee and was feeling a little foolish and sore this was the perfect pick me up. I also think that it is cheaper now that it has been in the past, so even if you don't use it very often it is still worth having in the first aid box and won't break the bank. It has a good shelf life too as tubes we have had in the past have lasted for years and not gone off. 5 stars from me.

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        17.07.2013 20:43
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        Beecham's Germolene

        I love Germolene and always have a tube of it in my first aid box. It is an antiseptic cream so is for use on cuts and grazes and basically any wounds that you may have that could become infected. I always apply an antiseptic cream on any wounds that I get so that they do not cause an infection.

        Germolene is a thick pink cream and it does pong a little but this smell I very medicinal and I always feel more comforted when I smell it as it just smells like it is going to work on cuts and grazes and stop them from becoming infected.

        I always wash any cuts and grazes first and then apply the cream to them. For some reason germolene has a warming sensation when it touches my skin but this fades really quickly. The cream itself is a little bit greasy so it is best to keep it away from clothes etc until it has properly absorbed into skin.

        One of the reasons that I like germolene so much is because as well as being an antiseptic cream it is also a mild aesthetic cream as well. It numbs my skin slightly so that when I have hurt myself it stops it hurting quite so much. It doesn't take all the pain away but does lessen it a little. It is especially good as helping little burns on my hands that blister as these absolutely kill and the germolene helps to stop the pain.

        I also use this when I am walking and get little blisters on my feet because although again it doesn't take all the pain away it does help a little bit with it. Another thing that I use it on all the time is on nicks that I get from shaving my legs. I always seem to end up with nicks on my legs and I use the germolene to make sure that they stay clean and that no germs get into the open wounds.

        A tube of germolene costs around about £2 and I think this is good value for money as it really does help protect cuts, grazes, razor nicks etc from becoming infected and the anesthetic may be mild but a little bit of numbing when something hurts is better than no numbing at all.

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        15.07.2013 20:16
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        does what it says on the box

        Growing up in a family with 2 brothers and a sister we were constantly out and about in the park climbing trees or blackberrying in the woods as well as having the odd scrap in the playground so Germolene was always in the medicine cabinet although in those days it came in a round tin.

        I had reason to buy some recently for a minor cut which looked as if it might be getting infected and it worked. This week I got stung on the arm by a wasp so I applied it to the sting and it helped numb it within a few moments and it helped make the small lump all but disappear within a couple of days.

        I love the distinctive reassuring smell and the cream itself because it is soft and easy to apply and not as harsh as tea tree oil of disinfectant so no wincing when applying.I am sure just by looking at the tube recovery is imminent!

        It is also easy enough to get hold of on the high street and would say it a must-have product for all household because it works for babies, kids, teens and us 'oldies'.

        A full list of ingredients is supplied plus directions for use - I will not bore you with this info - the ingredients mean nothing to me and my spell check would go on overdrive and, lets face it, commonsense is all that is needed when applying - who would apply to an open cut without at least trying to clean it first? etc

        Out of interest I wonder how many people in the UK have never heard of this gem or indeed have nevr used it at some time in their lives?

        My stars are awarded as follows -
        1 - readily available at chemists and such places as Superdrug plus many supermarkets
        1 - it is easy to apply and is gentle on the skin plus smells nice
        1 - it works pretty quickly in my experience as far as soothing is concerned
        1 - it helps heal cuts, tears and scratches and seems to work on insect bites
        1 - it is well priced at around £2 for 55g

        total = 5 stars from me

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          15.07.2013 10:41
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          A super cream. Not much more I can say!!

          WHAT IS IT?

          Germolene is the smell of my childhood. Constantly used by my mum whenever I got into sticky situations as a young, adventurous and mischievous lad. It never did me any harm and as I've grown older it still seems to be my cream of choice at times of need. Far back in the day it used to be an ointment with a deep pink colouring however it was reformulated as a cream. Germolene is simply an antiseptic cream that contains local anaesthetic and a little bit of magic! It comes in a 55g tube which will last you a fair while which would cost you just over £2 from Boots, Tesco or similar stores. It comes with a screw top lid which can get a little messy at times but is simple and easy to use. The cream does smell a little bit due to the Phenol (an ingredient) within the cream however used in small doses its largely unnoticeable and shouldn't bother you or your child.

          USE

          Germolene has several uses, or when I was a child it was seemingly a use for everything! It is best used for little cuts and scrapes, either rubbed in or under a plaster to clean and reduce the pain, preventing infection and helping the healing time dramatically. It can also be used on bites and stings to numb the area due to the local anaesthetic in it. I continue to apply Germolene at regular intervals within the first day or so of receiving the cut/scrape.

          Germolene can be used for minor burns and scalds however I haven't ever had to use it for this so cannot comment on its effectiveness!

          EFFECTIVENESS

          The cream is very efficient in its use as an antiseptic. Its ability to numb areas of pain is remarkably good and the pain relief from new stings happens within the first 10 minutes or so of applying. It is also great at preventing itchiness from bites which works to keep dirt out also.

          Germolene can sting when applied to fresh cuts, however its vital to apply after cleaning the cut to keep clean and prevent infection. Effective when used under a plaster however its best to let some air get to the painful area every now and again so it doesn't stay too moist. The thickness of the cream does create an effective barrier to germs and dirt for those minor cut that don't need a plaster.

          CONCLUSION

          Germolene really is the all round cream of champions. A must have for any parent with an adventurous child growing up but also useful for when you get a knock or two or bites as an adult. You can feeling the cream working to numb the area almost immediately and its brilliant at keeping dirt out when your child just wants to carry on playing after their cut or scrape. It's always great to have a reliable and very easy to use product, reducing healing time and keeping everything clean. Simply a super cream which gets 5 stars!

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          15.06.2013 10:19
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          Germolene

          With an adventurous little boy and girl in our house who like to run and jump and get into mischief, we have a lot of cuts and scrapes which is why I always keep a tube of Germolene on hand in our medicine cabinet for those oh so frequent times it is needed.

          Germolene is an antiseptic cream with local anaesthetic which can help prevent infection, numbs pain and helps healing. I think it really is a magic cream and in fact my kids actually call it Mummy's magic cream and always ask for it if they have an ouchy!

          The cream comes in a handy tube with a lid that you screw off at the top so although it doesn't have a child friendly seal it is quite hard for them to take the top off if they are not good as twisting things yet. The cream is white and fairly thick which is good because when you apply it to a cut or a graze I find it sits well over the top of the affected area and really gives it a protective barrier. THis is good when my little ones have just had a graze and don't really need a plaster or anything but still need that protective layer to stop any dirt getting into the wound.

          You are meant to rub the cream is gently so what I usually do is rub some in and then lay a bigger bit of cream over the top to really give it a lot of healing power. I do this if I am going to put a plaster or bandage over the wound. The cream has a very distinctive antiseptic smell to it, it's not too overpowering but you can smell a strong smell that lasts for a little while after you have applied it.

          When I put this cream on myself I can feel the area I have applied the cream to going a bit numb so I think this really helps to take a bit of the pain away, especially if you have suffered from a burn. On the back of the tube it says, "Germolene antiseptic cream's dual action is an effective treatment for minor cuts and grazes, minor burns, scalds and blisters, stings and insect bites, spots and chapped or rough skin."

          I find when I apply this to a little cut or graze that my children have it really does help to speed up the healing time and makes the area better. A wonderful hard working cream that every home should have.

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            20.05.2013 18:10
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            one step better than antiseptic

            ===Itchy and Scratchy===
             
            It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Actually, it was just the best of times. We (my partner Allan and I) were in Rhodes enjoying the absolute crap out of our week away in the sun. With the sun comes bugs and with bugs come bites. In an effort to be sensible we had both knowingly picked up a can or two of insect repellent. Unfortunately the bugs outsmarted us completely and/or laughed mockingly in the face of this pathetic repellent (1 star out of five). As such we have both arrived back home with legs covered in bites. Yay! My favourite! The first night back was alright, but the second night more and more bites had finally showed themselves and my leg was about to be volunteered to my friends trio of cats for them to have a go at scratching it for me. Not that my cat allergy would have helped calm the itching but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Instead I made the more sensible choice of hunting for the Germolene under the bathroom sink.
             
            ===Germowho?===
             
            If you've never seen the stuff before, Germolene is an antiseptic cream which basically means it's a germicide, killing off any germs around wounds, cuts, bites and anything else you can think of and staving off infection. Obviously most people would instantly think of Savlon cream for an antiseptic. I have a tube of the stuff too. Germolene, however, goes a step further and has anaesthetic (pain numbing) and Anti-pruritic (itch relieving) qualities. That's what makes it perfect for slathering on your leg when it is covered in tiny little mosquito presents.
             
            Germolene is made by a company called Bayer which is a German pharmaceutical company founded around 1863. They bought the product from Smithkline Beecham who also deals mainly in pharmaceutical products. Beechams bought it from Sir William Henry Veno in 1925 when he was selling off his Veno Drug Company. Bayer currently make lots of famous stuff like Alka-seltzer, Bepanthen, Canesten, Pro-Plus, Rennies and the list goes on. If you want to have a wee chat to them you can contact them via their website www.bayer.com though if you'd prefer browsing their products it's www.bayer-shop.co.uk
             
            By phone you can reach them in Germany on +49 214 301 though that number looks painfully short to me. I'd stick with the postal address on the tube which is as follows:
             
            Bayer Plc
            Consumer Care Division,
            Newbury
            RG14 1JA
             
            ===Hey, good looking===
             
            Looks wise you will find Germolene in a dark blue/ navy cardboard box. Germolene is written in big white letters with a pink cross and highlights on it. Inside the box you'll find a tube of the same design that looks a bit like a small toothpaste tube. The cream inside is very slightly tinged pink but you probably won't notice that unless you hold it up against something white. Looks wise it's quite obvious it's a medical product which I always feel helps when you are treating things. A little bit of placebo goes a long way in helping things heal!
             
            ===Smelling tasty===
             
            Now, I may be a little bit strange, but the smell makes me want to eat it. Apparently it has some wintergreen oil through it which would be why I want to eat it. One of my favourite sweets (wint-o-green lifesavers) has this in them or at the very least smells and tastes like it does. Smoker's toothpaste Euthymol also tastes like it. I used to steal my parent's tubes of the stuff when I was little and brush my teeth with it. It's lovely. I will admit, however, that it's not to everyone's tastes. In fact it's almost like marmite in the polarity of the people who love it and the people who hate it. For some the smell is overly medical. Personally I don't find that to be a bad thing anyway but obviously, my mind is filled with American candy and childhood memories when I smell this stuff so it's almost unthinkable to me that someone wouldn't like the smell. After you've rubbed it into your skin, the smell will stick around for about an hour before fading into the background, but it's only really there if you make a point of sniffing at the spot where you rubbed. Easy if it's on your hand, not so much if it's on your leg.
             
            ===Travelling far and wide===
             
            When you do apply the cream, you really don't need a lot at all. A splodge about a quarter of a pea size will probably more than cover any small burns, cuts or itches. It rubs in really well and my skin soaks it up happily. It doesn't leave any residue or stickiness and you're pretty much ready to go about your normal activities about ten seconds after you've applied it. As such the 30mg that comes in your tube will last quite a long time. I've had this tube for at least a year now and it's still more than half full. Its use by date that is crimped into the end of the tube is January 2014 so I'll be able to use it for another 8 months. I'd say that gives it about a two years shelf life if you aren't Mr Bump. If you have kids then you might get through it a bit quicker but even then, the tubes can usually be found for under £2 which is very decent.
             
            ===Scratch that, reverse it===
             
            The main thing you'll want to know is if it works. The bites: they we're big and red and itchy. I was going positively crazy scratching at them. I rubbed a little bit of this cream on and crossed my fingers. Almost instantly I could feel the soothing relief it provided. In fact, Allan bought himself a bite stick that was specifically to deal with bites from bugs and Germolene ended up working better than this at stopping the itch. It also smelled about twenty times better since most bite sticks have a high ammonia content which stinks. He was very impressed (and relieved) by Germolene's magic itch healing powers. As was I for that matter.
             
            ===Numbing the pain===
             
            The other fantastic thing about Germolene is the anaesthetic it contains. It's not the strongest but for small bumps, cuts, scrapes and general no-panic-required injuries it is perfect. I've used it a few times on cuts from knifes when doing the washing up and even for numbing those incredibly painful wounds you get from pulling off those little stray bits of nail at the side of your fingernail. It numbs the pain for long enough that you forget about the injury and sometimes that's all you need to not notice the pain anymore. I tested out the staying power by rubbing a little bit on the back of my hand and nipping the skin between my finger nails. I also did the same on my other hand without the cream. The hand with the cream felt a little tickle where the hand with no cream felt sore. I gave myself a nip or two every ten minutes or so and the numbing effect lasted at least 40 minutes before I got bored nipping myself. My poor hand was left with a few red marks for a couple of hours but they went away before bedtime, so no ryanandos were harmed in the making of this review.
             
            ===What's in it===
             
            Personally I don't have a clue what any of the ingredients do, but there are those out there who will want to know what's in the cream first of all. I binned the leaflet that came with the box a long time ago. As such I've checked with Bayer's website and found information that pretty much matches what it says on the tube:

            The active ingredients are Phenol and Chlorhexidine gluconate. It also contains the following: Cetostearyl alcohol, Light liquid paraffin, Polyoxyethylene stearyl ethers, Colours (E124 and E110), Dimeticone, Methyl salicylate and Water
             
            The website as well as the tube both say to check the leaflet that comes with the tube for further information so if you do have any allergies or a strange need to look at the full list of ingredients before use, please look at the leaflet you get with the tube!
             
            ===My Verdict===
             
            This stuff is brilliant. It smells amazing, it numbs pain, stops itching and helps ward off infection. It's even very cheap and goes far. I don't think I could have a medical kit that doesn't have this stuff in it. If I had kids, I'd be more than happy to smother them in this stuff any time they had a no-panic-needed injury, though obviously check the ingredients to make sure you feel the same before you do so. I'm giving Germolene five stars out of five and a big recommendation from both Allan and I. If you don't own some, go get some!
             

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              A fantastic antiseptic cream that I highly recommend

              An antiseptic cream is something that I always have in the house, you never know when you might need some and it pays to have it at hand when you do. Germolene is a favourite of mine, and it's been a product I've been used to since I was little. It's very versatile and can be used to help many skin problems and accidents,

              Germolene is available in a 55g tube from Boots, currently priced at £2.55. It comes in a cardboard box, and inside you will find it in a blue tube with a white screw top lid. It is a general antiseptic cream which also contains a local anaesthetic to help numb the pain from the injured area.

              Germolene is very versatile and can be used on a multitude of injuries. These include minor cuts and grazes, minor burns, scalds and blisters, stings, insect bites, spots and chapped/rough skin. It has a thick creamy consistency and a very slight pink tingle to it. It has a very clinical smell, but is slightly comforting to me as it's so familiar.

              To apply to cream make sure the affected area is clean, preferably washed with warm water before application. For burns, scalds and blisters apply to cream generously and massage in gently. For all other ailments apply a dab of the cream and rub in. It's not greasy at all and sinks into your skin very quickly without leaving residue. Make sure you replace the cap after use to stop any leak in the cupboard!

              I have used Germolene on cuts, scrapes and minor burns. It is instantly soothing and takes the edge off of the injury, thanks to the local anaesthetic. I have found it definitely helps to speed up healing time and keeps any cuts clean and prevents infection. As well as the obvious uses I have used this cream on calluses, and rough dry skin on my hands. My work means that they are regularly washed and can become extremely dry, this cream works wonders as a thick moisturising and soothing treatment for the worst affected areas and has brought me a lot of respite! It also leaves my hands very soft, softer infact than some hand creams!
              Active ingredients
              Phenol , Chlorhexidine Digluconate

              Other Ingredients:
              Cetostearyl Alcohol, Light Liquid Paraffin, Polyoxyethylene Stearyl Ethers, Colours, (E124 and E110), Dimeticone, Methyl Salicylate and Water. Please see leaflet for further information.

              The cream is something I would thoroughly recommend to everybody. It's extremely versatile and can be used to soothe and treat so many skin injuries and ailments at ease. It's very reasonably priced, lasts a while and is widely available in chemists, supermarkets and many convenience shops. Highly recommended!

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              traditional antispetic cream with anesthetic qualities

              I grew up with Germolene being the main product in our first aid kit. Plasters, bandages, Asprin and Germolene - that was all we needed. These days there are so many other products that are deemed necessary, but all my childhood minor accidents throughout the 1970's and 1980's were cleaned and dabbed with germolene.

              Germolene is a thick pink antispectic cream, it is very easy to administer as it is so thick and I personally find that there is something rather comforting in the smell of it too.. (To explain the title of the review, I guess there must have been times that I have tasted this cream - although I obviously do stress that you should not have this product anywhere near the inside of your mouth, it is defiantly not recommended and should be avoided at all costs - but the smell reminds me of Dandelion and Burdock fizzy pop, or Root Beer!)

              To apply this cream, you do not need a lot of the product - make sure that the area is clean and dry, squeeze a blob, half the size of a penny I would say, onto the tip of your finger and gently smooth the cream onto the required area. It is quite a sticky cream, easy to place in the right area. It does not absorb very much, so you use it sparingly.

              The absolute advantage of this cream over most other creams is that it contains a light local anesthetic, meaning that not only is the cream doing good to the graze, but it also helps to slightly numb the area - only slightly, but with a small child who has fallen over and cut themselves, every little helps to making them feel better.

              It can be used on minor cuts on the skin, light burns, insect bites and stings.

              Two of its main ingredients are chlorhexidine gluconate and phenol, it is the phenol which is the anesthetic soothing ingredient.

              Soaps or deodrants could react with germolene, so the manufacturers advice is to always make sure the skin is thoroughly clean and rinsed before application. I would say that this advice is worse case scenario though, as personally I have never had any issue with a reaction of any sorts.

              If you suffer from a reaction, such as an irritation or a rash after using Germolene, you should seek medical advice - such as speak to your GP or Nurse at your local surgery.

              Germolene is safe to use during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.

              A 55g tube of germolene can be bought in chemists, supermarkets and many local shops and should cost under £2 - it is a very useful addition to your first aid kit.

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                It really is 'magic'

                Germolene

                I have to admit that all of my family are fans of 'magic cream' we were introduced to it at a young age, and we are all loyal to the brand.

                Germolene nowadays comes in a strong plasticy tube that is branded in cornflower blue and pink, which nicely matches the faintly pink hue of the cream itself. The product is sold as being antiseptic cream with local anaesthetic. I think this is why my mother called it magic all those years ago. The product comes in a cardboard box with a care leaflet - this should be read, to ensure that the product is suitable for use by individuals.

                The product is suitable to use on all sorts of ailments, such as cuts grazes, scalds, and blisters. The area should be cleaned gently first (we're told to use warm water not soap for this)... And then this can be applied directly or, it can be popped on a plaster and then gently placed over the top of the ailment...

                Personally I find the cream to be gentle, and it really does help to soothe all sorts of issues. I have two patches of badly scarred skin, and the other night when I had no cream I could apply except moisturiser which was scented I popped a bit of this on to try to stop the itchy feeling, and it really did help... It is really useful when you've been bitten to stop the whole itch scratch cycle, and it does seem to work wonders on small grazes taking a bit of the burn out of them.

                I realise it's not actual magic cream, but all of the children in the family know it as such, and it really is a useful item to have in your first aid kit.

                I paid £1.50 for a 55g tube, which will last for ages, but be careful not to touch the tube to anything that could contaminate it, as this will allow germs to breed in it, meaning it may introduce germs to new cuts and grazes...

                Highly recommended, and I give it 5*'s.

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                17.08.2012 01:30
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                Essential for any home!

                As a child my Mum always had this in the medicine cupboard along with her herbal remedies etc.. It was used for a grazed knee to nettle stings~

                The packaging~

                Please note that the product that I am reviewing is the dual action with local anaesthetic Dooyoo have given me the go a head so here we go!
                Comes in a dark blue box with Germolene seen in white. There is a picture of a pink cross at the top.
                The smell of it has never changed it still has that strong antiseptic smell to it a bit like dettol. The cream is pink and is really thick so you only need to apply a little at a time.

                This is ideal for Cuts and grazes. Minor burns scalds and blisters. Insect bites and chapped hands. This cream is much better than savolon by a mile.

                Using it~
                The other day I had a blister on my inner part of my finger. I popped it. I wish I hadn't as it was weeping all night of water. The next day it went red like a piece of meat. I desided to go to my local asda store and buy some cream as I had Savlon this did nothing. Firstly I cleaned the area with warm water and cotton wool. I used some of this followed by a sensitive plaster and kept it covered for three days. It has dried up beautiful. The cream has a soothing numbing agent with the local anaesthetic. This stuff is fantastic for insect bites too. I have been bitten by nats whilst sitting in my garden on an evening, by the next day they have almost gone and the itching too.

                Available from all good super markets and Chemists. Costing around £2.00 a tube.

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                05.12.2011 18:36

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                Great antiseptic healer

                Germolene has been around for years and I can remember my own mother using it on me and my sister when we were kids and we had fallen over and cut and scraped our knees or come off our bikes.

                The Container consists of 55g of white and (I personally think) quite pleasant smelling cream. My other half does not like the smell but I really like it. I smells all antiseptic and reminds me of hospitals, which I love.

                The cream is thick in consistency and white and made by Beechams - and they are a company and a brand that I personally trust. It costs a couple of pounds but I know you can get it much cheaper in Poundland or Home Bragains, but expect to pay more if buying form a pharamacy.

                It goes on well and sinks into the skin (eventually) and I think it works really well by slightly numbing the pain of the injury. It has fantastic antiseptic qualities and I trust this brand when we use it on our son and he has injured himself. I know that it will make sure he does not get an infection.

                Sometimes we place a little plaster over the top of the injury once we have applied the Germolne but usually we just tell him to 'let it breathe' - he prefers this to having a plaster.

                I would recommend this and I think it is essential for everyone's medicine cupboard.

                Review also posted as sorehead on Ciao

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                26.07.2011 21:07
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                A must-have for your first aid box.

                Recently, I seemed to offend some honey by putting it in the oven. It lashed out by splashing on my poor thumb. It was then mission 'stock up on first aid supplies' once realising I had exhausted it after offending a fence and some mud, the fence took it out on my pinky (I need to be kinder to inanimate objects/food, apparently). So, cue the mission impossible theme as I make my way to the shops.

                Along with other supplies, I needed an antiseptic cream and picked up some germolene not only for the childhood memories and its antiseptic properties but also the local anesthetic it has added.

                Germolene can be used for the relief and infection prevention of minor cuts, burns and scalds, blisters, stings, bites and spots. This makes it a must-have for your first-aid box!

                -- Antiseptic and Anesthetic --
                Antiseptic creams are used on on wounds, such as cuts and minor burns, to help prevent infection. There are many antiseptic creams on the market, all promising the same thing. The body actually produces its own antiseptics, secreted from the lungs and skin, and also in the form of tears and saliva amongst others (I should point out that this isn't a recommendation to lick your wounds clean, or cry on them). However, a spot of germolene will help keep nasty pathogens from entering your wound and leaving you with an awful infection.

                One property of germolene is the anaesthetic effect from the added Phenol (which is also an antiseptic), this is designed to give you a little pain relief and as I said, it was one of the things that attracted me to this particular product. Phenol is commonly used in many drugs, such as aspirin, and is used as an oral anaesthetic. And, if you are interested it is one of the chemicals used for embalming (though I think we shall stick with its antiseptic and anesthetic properties for now, leave the embalming for later).

                The pain relief can be quite welcomed when you're having to deal with a painful wound, whether caused with sharp objects or evil honey. Indeed, my throbbing thumb was quite glad for this effect. It may not kill pain or make you insensitive to pain but it does give you that bit of relief to get on with your day.


                -- Use --
                When I first opened the bottle I was delighted to see the famous pink cream. I then took a sniff to ensure it still smelled as it did all those years ago; that . It instantly brought me back to my childhood, not the happiest moments as it was just after hurting myself (and as a child, I always was... nothings changed much). I ensured the area was clean, as directed, and applied. I was a little wary of massaging the cream into the newly formed blister, so was extremely gentle. I then covered the area with a wound dressing pad and taped it up.

                I was a little disappointed that you couldn't smell the germolene through the dressing, as it always seemed so prominent when I was younger and you could always smell it on other people. Though, perhaps this is a good thing now that I am older, you don't necessarily want to go aorund smelling of germolene.

                I also noticed that the cream was a lot creamier and easier to apply than I remember. I seem to remember germolene being quite thick and though it applied evenly to the skin, it was a little tougher to massage into the skin. So, if I am remembering it correctly it appears to have improved in this area also. If I haven't, well the cream is nice and easy to spread without being greasy. Just as you would find similar creams.

                Another pleasant surprise was the fact that it didn't sting. I always remember germolene stinging but it doesn't seem to sting anymore. So, this is a definite plus! And it absorbs into the skin quite quickly.

                Also, I should point out, three weeks after scalding myself I am free from infections. I'd like to contribute at least a part of this to germolene!

                -- Price and availability --
                You can buy this cream from most chemists and supermarkets. so wherever you are I am sure you will be able to find it easily. I paid about £1 for a 30g tube in Semi-chem, but can cost upwards of £2 in some places. This will last you a good while as you only need a little bit at a time. You may find some cheaper, but most do not have the anesthetic properties that this one does, not even the ones that are more expensive than this. So either way you look at it, it is great value for money.

                -- Conclusion --
                A great product that is a must for first-aid boxes around the country. It's anesthetic properties put it above similar products. And for some of us, it gives us a nice trip down memory lane from when we were children and were a little more adventurous. It still has that same smell and colour, without smelling of germolene all day long.

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                Germolene Cream's soothing local anaesthetic numbs the pain and helps relieve the itching and irritation of minor skin injuries, as well as working to prevent infection