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I'd used CMS's Supercool Freeze spray for some time to cure my various aches and pains, so when I saw that they also did a heat spray too I decided to give that a try as well. It was only £1-25 at my local Co-op so I figured it was worth sampling it at that price.
It's a 150 ml dark red and white traditional spray can with a pop-off top and a white, push-down nozzle. It says to hold the can 20 cm away from the skin and give it a three second burst. Crucially, the can also warns that some people could be sensitive to this kind of spray so to try it on a sample area first.
I'm a man who doesn't go in for instructions too much. I just tend to go for things and see what happens. In this case that was a big mistake. I gave my neck and shoulder a liberal spraying with the powerful, wide mist. Within seconds I could feel the warming effect of the spray and it felt quite good, if a little wetter than I'd hoped it would be. But the heat kept growing until within about a minute it was burning quite uncomfortably. The skin where I'd sprayed had heated up so much that it had actually turned red. I can't fault this product for doing its job but they're right - I should have tested it on a small area first.
I have to say that it was very effective. It took the pain away pretty much instantly and replaced it with a burning sensation that lasted for ages. Eventually I wiped the area I'd sprayed with a wet cloth to calm it down. This worked but there was still a low-level heat left behind. As this was what I'd expected in the first place it was quite nice and lasted for hours. I wouldn't have liked to have thought I'd left it burning at full strength for that long.
All of these kind of sprays smell quite strongly and this one is one of the strongest I've come across. It absolutely reeks of wintergreen and it sticks in the back of your throat for ages. It certainly takes your breath away and I got a fit of coughs the first time I used it. If you're going to spray yourself with this make sure that you aren't meeting anyone that you care about afterwards because you will smell very strongly for hours after using it.
Honestly, I've not used this very often since I got it and have certainly been much more cautious about how much I spray on my skin. It's very effective but it would never be my first choice of heat spray. And please heed the warnings and keep this out of the reach of children.
C.M.S. also do a similar cool spray for those who prefer that kind of treatment. That's the one I'd recommend over this any day of the week.
I have been plagued with muscle and joint problems over the last few years and have been trying out all different kinds of gels, sprays, heat pads, everything I can find to help me get some welcome relief from the pain.
I had run out of my normal spray and went in to Wilkinson's to get something but I realised I didn't have enough money on me to buy my normal one and this Wintergreens Heat Spray was only £1 so I bought that instead.
The spray is in a similar kind of tin, it would be quite easy to spot on the shelf, it has a bright red lid and a picture of the back of a mad also in bright red on the front.
When I got it home I removed my clothing so I wouldn't get spray all over it and applied the heat to my leg where I had the muscle pain. The smell you get from the spray is really overwhelming, it is a very strong kind of medical smell but it really gets down your throat and up your nose and is not that pleasant. The tine says it contains denatured ethanol blended with wintergreen, oils and spices. I had never heard of wintergreen before so looked it up on the internet and it is an oil used for topical analgesic for the treatment of muscular and rheumatic pain (among other things). It then goes on to say that there is no evidence of it actually working.
The spray feels icy cold when applied to the skin and it can make you jump especially when applied to the back area. After a while, I was waiting for the heat to hit me but I didn't feel any heat. The only thing I felt was a bit uncomfortable and then a really itchy sensation like I wanted to scratch the skin off but I resisted the temptation and the feeling went off quite quickly, but no heat!
I carried on using the spray for a few days not only on my leg but on my back and shoulders too where I get the most pain from but I don't really think it was doing anything, except stinking the room out and making me smell like a walking chemists. I don't think I would buy it again, I think it is worth paying the extra and getting a tin of Deep Heat instead.
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The C.M.S Wintergreen Heat Spray was one of those purchases I made due to a discovery online. I have seen similar 'Deep Heat' style products at discounted prices and at the time I decided to give this 150ml spray can a try for only £1. C.M.S Medical also produce a version with the opposite affect - Supercool Freeze Spray, but I havn't had experience of this yet. Often I have endured long shifts of manual labour which tends to magnify aches and pains in the muscles. I use these types of products to give temporary respite from the strains and the instant relief is what attracts me to such products.
Similar products are sold in various forms, such as creams and sprays. I find this cream to be very effective and after application I can go to bed with relaxed muscles and the spray is mess free and simple to apply. I have always recommended such products to friends with similar related injuries, such as bruises and general aching muscles. My experience of the spray is that it offers me a deep body massage effect and is worthwhile in this respect, although I am unsure of the long-term benefits/effects of using this method of treatment.
My experience with this product is that it is very fragrant! I try not to apply it just before I get in bed, as the smell is strong and lingers. If you have a bad back or more serious underlying problems then I would suggest you speak to your GP, but for instant results for something that occurs less often then it is ideal for keeping to hand. Sometimes i find certain problem areas appear in winter months and for such a small price as £1 it is well worth having something like this in your sports or work bag.
Packaged in a predominantly red canister with a red lid it stands out from my foot treatments etc.! Unfortunately the smell is no better, so I keep application to a minimum where possible. Overall I would say it is a fast-acting and effective instant relief for aching and tired muscles.
Yes, it reeks, my house reeks - but oh the bliss of the instant relief from the tearing, grinding muscle spasm in my lower back after a foolish movement across the bed which left me screaming in agony as I tried to move ...
An hour after the first (shockingly cold) application, I was able to sit, then stand, then shuffle then walk ... the following day I was able to travel from Cambridgeshire to France, pulling a small suitcase. A twinge the next morning led to a further application and the can is now on standby in the medicine cabinet.
The last time I "put my back out" the pain and mobility problems lasted three weeks!
I recommend this product to one and all - sportspeople, couch potatoes, old fogies - and for the latter an extra advantage is the ease of use to reach those parts that challenge the smearing and rubbing in of other products.
Suffering aches and pains caused by sciatica and slipped discs as I do I am constantly on the look out for things to help with said aches and pains. I recently wrote a review on the sister product of this which is a freeze spray and told the story about seeing someone stock up with cans of this and the freeze spray in Wilkinsons. Because she was buying so many cans I didn't want to miss a trick and she enthused about this stuff to me which meant I purchased a couple of cans of both the heat spray and the freeze spray at the same time with really high hopes for it all.
The can is white and bright red and has a pull on/off plastic red lid to the top of it concealing a push button white plastic aeresol action sprayer. On the front of the can there is a picture depicted of a mans back with a white target on it and we are told that it is C.M.S Wintergreen Heat Spray and that it is 150ml in size. On the back of the can other information listed includes directions being given and lots of warnings as well as the ingredients and contact details for C.M.S are given. This is a medical looking can of product rather than a pretty one and easy to hold, use etc as well as being informative enough.
All you do with this is to spray it for a maximum of three seconds to wherever you have aches or pains from a 20cm distance. You can apply this whenever you want to, to skin that isn't broken open including bruises as well as sprains and obviously the aches and pains I use it for.
First off though lets talk smell. When spraying it, it comes out rather wet, dries quickly but absoloutely stinks. For anyone who knows what Germolene smells like its like that only a bit stronger in my opinion. It just smells really strong with a slight menthol tone to it to me and stinks the room out where you apply it out for ages and on skin....well it lingers on that too for hours so I personally only use this alone and when going to bed!
Now I wouldn't mind the pong quite so much if it worked....does it? Well no, not really in my opinion it doesn't. It gives me a very slight warm sensation for a couple of seconds and then thats it. It gives no relief in the short term to me let alone the long and all I end up with is ponging of the stuff.
This cost me 99p in Wilkinsons and I simple can't recommend it as I feel no benefit from it really sadly!