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Brand: Kobayashi / Type: Pain Relief / Gel strips to help cool your head when you have a migraine or headache.

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      30.05.2013 23:29
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      I've been suffering with a lot of headaches recently, which I think has partly been due to picking up lots of colds, but also is a side effect of being pregnant. Being pregnant also means I can't take any medication for such aches and pains. I was struggling in work one day, when my colleague suggested I tried some of these cooling strips, which are a natural way to relieve the symptoms of headaches and migraines.

      I bought my strips from Superdrug, where I was stocking up on all sorts of non-medicated pain and cold relief. They cost me around £3.50 for 4 strips. It is recommended that each strip is only used once, so they're not the cheapest option. As a result of this I've been keeping these strips for the days my headaches are really bad, bordering on migraine.

      The sheets are soft gel sheets, designed to provide cooling relief from migraines and severe headaches. They are ready to use, so they don't need to be refrigerated. As they are non-medicated, they are safe to use in pregnancy, and also alongside any medications for pain relief. The sheets are foil-wrapped to keep them fresh, and each one has a backing strip which just peels off to allow it to stick to your forehead. The manufacturers claim that one of these strips gives up to 8 hours relief.

      I have only used one of my four sheets, because I've been saving them for when my headaches are severe. This week, I've had a cold, and one night in particular I was suffering quite badly with what was almost a migraine. I came home from work, had some tea, and got straight into bed with one of these strips on my forehead. When I peeled the backing off, it felt quite strange, almost like jelly, but it stuck to my forehead and stayed there until I chose to remove it about four hours later. You can cut the strip if it's too large, but it seemed to cover my forehead quite well so I left it as it was.

      The relief from this strip was immediate. It feels lovely and cool on your head, which is very comforting when you have a headache, and although my headache didn't disappear instantly, I did feel more comfortable straight away. I slept with the strip on, and each time I woke up I pressed on it lightly and I could feel the coolness of the strip again. Once you've worn it for a while, this wears off a little, but just running your fingers gently over the strip releases the coolness once more.

      I'm not really sure whether it was down to the good night's sleep I got, or this strip, but after about four hours of wearing it I decided to remove it. I woke up and my headache had gone, so I decided it was pointless leaving it on. I do often find when I go to bed with a headache, I will wake up with the same headache, so I can only presume that the strip helped in this instance. If nothing else, it felt really comforting, and I feel reassured knowing I can use these at home for any future bad headaches. Obviously, the downside is that I couldn't use them in work as I'd probably attract some strange looks if I sat at my desk with a blue strip across my head!

      Overall, I would recommend these strips. Although they're pricey, they're ideal for me because they're non-medicated, and they do provide some much needed comfort in times of head pain.

      (Review also appears on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)

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      28.08.2012 19:16
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      A fantastic non-medicinal way to easy the pain and discomfort of migraines and headaches.

      I do not tend to suffer from headaches, but the last couple of weeks have had a couple of quite bad ones which pain killers eased but didn't make disappear. Therefore I decided to go and buy some of the cooling forehead sheets that I had purchased for my husband in the past to give me some extra relief. I went to Boots to look for the sheets and opted to purchase the Kobayashi kool' n' soothe sheets as they had 20% of the original price.

      As stated I purchased these cooling sheets from Boots with a box of 4 costing £3.25. Personally I think this is a little on the expensive side but they do really work and are often on a special offer.

      The sheets come in a box which has two sealed foil packs inside with each containing two of the cooling sheets. On the front of the box there is a picture of the sheets which show that they are made of soft gel, and also a picture a lady using one of the sheets on her forehead. It also states that the sheets are non-medicinal and provide 'immediate cooling relief for migraine and severe headaches' that can last up to 8 hours. On the back of the box you can find more detailed information about the cooling sheets including what they can be used for, directions for use and precautions. The foil packets inside also detail all of this information and are easy to open by simply cutting along the top dotted line to enable you to remove one sheet and then fold the top of the pack over to keep the remaining sheet fresh.

      Although the cooling strips state on the box that they are for migraines or severe headaches they can also be used for other relief including:
      - High temperature
      - Hot flushes
      - Sprains
      - To relax

      If you are using these sheets to help a headache then you can place them across your forehead or on the back of your neck. I have always used these sheets on my forehead as I tend to get my headaches over my eyes when I am unfortunate enough to get one. The sheets are really easy to use once you have taken one from the foil packet you simply peel off the film backing to reveal the blue gel and place across the area. The sheet sticks to your skin straight away and immediately feels cooling and soothing. The sheet stayed on my forehead for several hours before I took it off and it was easy to remove by simply peeling away and left no residue behind at all. You can also cut these sheets into size if you have a smaller area you want to use them on, I have not tried this yet but can imagine that if you had something like an itchy insect bite then one of these sheets cut down and placed over it would help to ease the itch and discomfort.

      Although these sheets do not get rid of my headache I find that the relief they offer is fantastic. It just seems to ease that constant nagging pain enough for me to be able to get on with tasks especially before the pain killers kick in. You do not need to keep these sheets in the fridge or freezer either so they are really convenient and can be carried around with you, although you probably would not want to be seen in public with one stuck to your head but if you have long hair or a scarf you could easily pop one on the back of your neck and no one would know any different. It only recommends that you use each sheet once as they tend to lose a bit of the stickiness but each one does really last around 8 hours as specified so if you are at home you can keep one on for most of the day.

      Personally I think these cooling sheets are fantastic, although they do not cure a headache they do really help to ease the symptoms of pain and a high temperature. I have had no adverse reaction at all using them and think they would benefit quite a lot of people that are unable to take painkillers due to other types of medication they are on or if pregnant etc as they are non-medicinal. They also work fantastically for anyone suffering from over indulging in alcohol the night before!

      Certainly a versitile product that I will continue to purchase and would highly recommend anyone to try!

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      20.05.2012 19:11
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      These can take a mild headache away, and help ease migraines and severe head pain.

      Thank you for clicking this review despite the terrible title ;)

      There are many options available for head pain these days besides painkillers, and one of these are cooling head strips. The two main brands I've seen are Kool n Soothe and 4Head. For me, despite the price, I keep coming back to Kool n Soothe.

      How Are They Packaged?

      Everything about the packaging screams blue, to match the product. The strips are presented in a small, thin cardboard box. There are two types of Kool N soothe available, 'Migraine' and 'Fever', the latter being aimed at children with a Mickey Mouse design on the front of the strips. I have previously been tempted by the Fever variety (there's more in a box, and they're smaller in size) and deemed it appropriate to go outside sporting Mickey Mouse on my forehead, however 'Migraine' strips are my preferred choice, so that's what I'll be reviewing here. On the front we're treated to a picture of a woman enjoying the soothing relief of a head strip. The only indication we have that she is suffering a migraine is her hand rubbing her temple and her faint smile at the effects of Kool n Soothe. This doesn't quite depict a migraine properly for me - try rolling around in pain, clutching wildly at your head and you're halfway there. Mind you, I suppose that doesn't make for an attractive product picture.

      The box also shows a small picture of the product, so you'll know what to expect before you buy. On the back there's another picture of someone using a strip on the back of the neck, showing us these can be used where-ever you feel tension or pain. A useful tip. The write up on the box tells us these are suitable for headache, high temperature, hot flushes, sprains and to relax.

      Inside the box you'll find two sealed packets, each containing two head strips. (Should you opt for the Fever version, you'll get eight strips.) The idea being that you tear off the top of the packet, then roll it down to reseal to keep the second head strip fresh. You do need to roll the wrapper back down securely, as I find if you just leave it in the box it will dry out very quickly and be useless when you come to use it. Personally I would perhaps prefer each strip individually sealed, but having two per pack means obviously less packaging, and also you need only pop one packet in your bag for the day, saving space. The pouches themselves are easy to tear and do not require scissors.

      How Do They Work?

      This is an interesting question, actually. The pack claims these are non-medicinal, and yet no where on the packaging can I find any ingredients listed. Somehow I don't like that, it feels a bit dishonest - these could contain anything! A quick peek around the ever wise internet uncovered the truth though - these contain only two active ingredients - water and methyl paraben.

      The basic principle of these head strips are that you apply them to your forehead (or back of head/where-ever) when you're suffering a migraine or headache. They then offer you a cooling sensation for up to 8 hours, similar to a wet flannel or an ice pack, but without the need for refrigeration or water, making them quick and easy to use at home or on the go.

      What Do They Look Like?

      The head strips have a soft white backing, and a strange blue gel front which you stick to your head. They have a very mild smell to them, the faintest play doh aroma, but that could just be me!

      How Much Are They?

      For a pack of 4 of the Migraine strips you can look to pay anywhere between £2.49 to £4 depending on where you shop, and whether they're on offer. Quite an expensive remedy for something that's disposable.

      Do They Work?

      Yes, they do :) For me, anyway.

      I suffer a lot of migraines and different varieties of headaches, and I keep a constant supply of Kool n Soothe strips around the house. When it comes to a migraine, a little cool head patch isn't going to get rid of it. But it does help the agonising pain while you wait for your medication to kick in, or while you're resting in your darkened room trying to sleep the pain away. Even just the sensation is a welcome distraction from the pain, so it certainly does help.

      However for headaches, these are definitely a lot more successful. If I feel the start of a tension style headache putting one of these on can actually ward it off before any painkillers are needed, and for me that's fantastic. If it's a more severe headache, I will still use medications in conjunction with the Kool n Soothe strips but I do find them very beneficial and consider them well worth buying despite the price tag.

      I'm afraid I cannot vouch for how these would help a sprain, but I imagine an ice pack would be more appropriate for this.

      As for hot flushes and high temperatures.. The Fever ones actually warn that they will not lower a temperature, just give a nice feeling of coolness, which I think is pretty useless personally. I've tried both types of strips during (non-menopausal, i swear ;)) hot flushes and during fevers and find them completely pointless. If you have a clammy, sweaty or even just overly warm forehead, these will not stick to your skin. Not only that, if you're *that* warm, you don't get any cool sensation from the Kool n Soothe at all, it just feels like you have a heavy heated sheet of gel on your head, which is the last thing you need. It also made no difference to my overall body temperature either, so I would say please don't rely on these to bring your childs (or yours!) temperature down during an illness, a wet flannel and a fan will do a much better job.

      All in all, these are an expensive remedy but I believe they're worth every penny if you suffer frequent headaches or migraines.

      Thanks for reading :)

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        25.03.2012 19:57
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        Whilst they do cool and soothe a headache they're not worth the money

        Recently I have been getting quite a few headaches and because I think they're mostly down to stress rather than illness I don't like to take painkillers for them. I don't like to take pills at the best of times, but especially when the pill won't actually tackle the cause of the problem, only provide a temporary solution to the pain. Obviously Kool n Soothe Migraine strips won't tackle the cause of stress either and they, also, will only provide a temporary solution to my headache but at least by using these strips I was hoping not to have to fill my body with unneccessary chemicals.

        Whilst my headaches can in no way be described as migraines with their blinding pain and intolerance of lights they are, nonetheless, a nagging and consistent pain that I can do without when I'm at work. Or when I'm at home for that matter! So when I was telling my friend about them and my reluctance to feed them with painkillers she suggested I try "those headaches strip things" and on my next trip to Boots I hunted them out. They cost £3.25 for 4 strips at the time, although at the moment they're reduced to £2.60.

        They come packaged in a cardboard box, very similar to an elastoplast box although much more difficult to open. Whilst I didn't need to get the scissors out or anything the cardboard did end up tearing when I tried to lift the flap and it is a bit of a bizarre way of fastening such a box. Don't get me wrong, it isn't a major issue at all, just something I think the manufacturers (a company called Kobayashi, unsurprisingly originating from Japan!) could improve on.

        The 4 strips you get for your money are, again, packaged quite strangely as you get two pouches in the box and two strips in each pouch. So you have to cut the pouch open, remove a strip then refold the pouch to "reseal" it. To my mind this isn't a very effective way of sealing something that is covered in gel and so likely to dry out and I don't understand why they've skimped on the packaging in this way instead of just giving each strip it's own pouch. When I've got a headache and have a cold, gel covered strip stuck to my forehead the last thing I want to have to do is worry about "resealing" (I put this in " " because I don't consider this to be resealed really) the packet.

        Anyway, moving on...the strips themselves are actually quite cooling as soon as you apply them, although I also keep mine in the fridge for maximum effect in this department. Whilst I don't know if the cooling in itself is effective at headache relief it is certainly relaxing which, with stress related headaches, can only be a good thing. And yes, the strip does also soothe my head too. And each time I've used them (three times) my headache has eased quite considerably within an hour or so. The only listed ingredients in the strips are water and methyl paraben and, not being a chemist, I'm not 100% sure what methyl pareben is meant to do but I was under the impression it was something more likely to be used in cosmetics. If this is true then I'm not sure what the benefit of having it in a headache strip is! But, like I said, I don't exactly have a degree in chemistry!

        Unfortunately for these strips I am unable to give them a very positive review. Yes my headache has always eased when I've used them but to be honest I've had similar results when I've used a flannel soaked in cold water and that didn't cost me 80p a go! But, for me, there are too many things that I don't like about the strips to either a) rave about them or b) buy them again.

        Here's my list of mini-rants:
        -the box states that you can use each strip for up to 6 hours but that you should only use each strip once. Who has 6 hours to spare lying down with a strip on their forehead? I found this completely misleading as if you skim read the packaging in the shop you would think you were getting 24 hours of pain relief but in reality you only get about 4 if you average an hours use out of each strip.
        -the box also says that the strips stay in place and come away without leaving a residue. I don't know whether I have a disproportionately oily forehead (I hadn't thought I did anyway!) but I find that once I've applied a strip I have to lay on the sofa with it on and if I sit or stand up, let alone move about, it feels like it's coming loose. And when I do take it off, it's true, it doesn't actually leave a residue, but it does leave me feeling like I have to wash my face so it's never going to a pain relief method I could use on the move, only at home when I've nothing else to do.
        -the box itself doesn't open easily, as I said above, which isn't a major issue but is annoying, as it then doesn't close again easily either.
        -the biggest bug bear for me though is the fact that each strip isn't individually packaged so once I've opened one I feel like I have to use the other one quite soon afterwards to get maximum benefit from it (there is no information on the packaging that tells you how long the second one will keep for just that folding the top of the pouch over will prevent it drying out).

        So, all in all, I'm afraid I wouldn't recommend these Kool n Soothe strips. I know some people rave about them, including my mad friend (whose opinion I'm much less likely to listen to in future!) but for me they're just not worth it. When you consider that you can get a pack of 16 paracetamol for less than 50p I'd be more likely to just take a half dose of these in future rather than spend so much on these strips. Maybe they're more effective if you have an actual proper migraine (although the packaging does state they can be used for severe headache too) but for my headaches I can get the same affect from using a cold flannel and, although I'll finish using all the strips in the box, I will not be buying any more.

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          27.08.2011 16:52
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          Cooling and soothing!

          Whenever I have a headache I normally reach straight for the painkillers. However I was finding that paracetamol was having a limited effect on my headaches. I don't suffer very often but when I do they tend to be back headaches and give me a throbbing pain in my temples.

          I saw these in Asda they cost £3 for a box of 4.

          The strips use the natural cooling action of the body to work. They are made from 70% water and as the heat from your forehead passes through the strip the water starts to evaporate and creates a cooling sensation that last for up to 8 hours. The strips are designed to replace the traditional method of using a cold flannel, which I have tried in the past but it never lasts long as the flannel warms up too quickly.

          The strips come in two foil packets each containing two strips. If you only need to use one you can roll the foil lined packet down to keep the second one fresh and it will be ok for future use. The strip is covered by a plastic film which you need to peel of before use. You then place the strip on your forehead. It can also be cut if you need to adjust the size to fit. The strip is made of a blue gel, which is really flexible and feels comfortable on your skin, the outside of the strip is made from a breathable material. The blue gel has a slight medicinal smell to it, it reminded me of witch hazel.

          When you first use these strips you don't notice much of a cooling effect, but after a minute or so then the strip starts to work. I normally place one on my forehead and try to lie down for 20 minutes or so. I found that it helped to ease the throbbing in my temples and it also made me feel quite relaxed. After wearing the strip for just over an hour the symptoms of my headache had improved dramatically. Also because it is non medicinal if you want you can take painkillers too.

          I have also used these when I have had the flu to help bring my temperature down, they actually keep cooler for longer than 8 hours because I once fell asleep with one on and woke up the next day to find that it was still icy cold!

          I would definately recommend these as they are great to use with or without painkillers.

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            26.07.2011 16:28
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            Don't rely on them too much!

            My other half used to suffer migraines on a frightfully regular basis, and he was recommended these to try by the doctor if he couldn't take his prescription medicine quick enough (it was meant to be taken at the very first sign before the migraine really got going). Unfortunately he found they done very little in the face of a migraine, but he did find them soothing and relaxing, and more effective than the cold facecloth he would use prior to getting these. We still had a few knocking about in the cupboard, and I have been giving them a go since I get quite a lot of tension headaches (probably the laptop position!)

            They come in a cardboard box with the usual product, safety and usage information, so make sure you have a read of it. It's very clearly laid out and easy to understand, so should pose no problems. The strips themselves come sealed in a sachet (2 strips in 1 sachet) and are approx 13cm x 5cm, so the perfect size to put on your forehead or the back of your neck. The outer side is white, fluffy and soft. very pleasant! The business side is bright blue, soft and squidgy 'jelly'. To use them, you peel off a transparent plastic strip and simply place them where you want them; the jelly sticks to your skin (so long as it's not wet and your hair is not in the way) so they will stay in place even if you're not lying down. They can easily be cut to size using kitchen scissors if required and they are reusable for up to 8 hours in total, so long as you seal them tightly in the sachet again. Though it does state best results are obtained when each strip is used just once.

            The first thing I noticed when peeling off the plastic strip, is a strong menthol smell. I say strong but it's not overpowering and I think it's rather nice. I like that minty smell and associate it with not feeling well anyway since it reminds me of Vicks! Though this isn't as strong as that, it's more like mouthwash. The second thing you notice is that the jelly feels very soft to the touch and cool. This is promising, as before I had even finished peeling off the plastic I was imagining how nice this would be on my poor head.

            I have used them on both my forehead and the back of my neck, and while they didn't really do anything for the pain they did feel really nice and soothing. The coolness is relaxing and it does make the pain a little easier because of this, though as I said the pain is still very much there in my case. I have found them to be just as good when reused; they retain their coolness and ability to stick to the skin. As with the heat wraps I have also tried I tend to stop really feeling it after a while; though it may still be doing something I like to feel it doing that something! Saying that I like these a lot better than than the heat wraps as I feel them for longer. They don't make me feel cold overall, which I though they might - you know the saying, if your head or feet are cold your body's cold (and vice versa). But this isn't the case thankfully.

            I think they are a good price (I paid just under £2 for 4 from Tesco), offering decent value since they are reusable. I would buy them again though I wouldn't recommend relying on them for full relief from migraine or severe headaches as they don't make pain go away. They just make it easier to bear with their relaxing, soothing action. Perhaps my idea of severe pain though is different, everyone has a different pain threshold and mine is quite high. Worth a try though, as they do excel at cooling and soothing - it's all in the name really, isn't it?

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            19.07.2011 08:36
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            A good product

            ==Kool N Soothe Migraine Sheets==

            I suffer with headaches a lot. I seem to wake up in the morning with them and they can more or less last all day and even when I have an early night to rid the pain I can still wake up with the same throbbing head! I take an assortment of pills which will help fend off the pain for a short time but more often than not when these start to wear off the headache comes back to a vengeance and I need to keep topping myself up with the pills. I have been using that 4head rub on product and this worked to a certain degree as you seem to be concentrating on the strange burning sensation the menthol aroma gives the skin rather than the throb from the headache. However with this in mind when I saw these Kool n Sooth on a special offer a while a ago I thought that it was well worth trying them out even if I didn't think my headache was classed as a migraine.

            ==Price and Availability==

            Like I say I picked up my pack of the 4 strips when it was on a special offer and I think I paid around the £2 mark which I thought was pretty good and well worth trying out (as anything would when you have a stinking headache). The RRP of the pack of 4 is around £3.10p but like most things depending on where you get it prices will vary. I bought mine in my local Boots but have seen them in places such as Tesco's and Morrison's so they are not hard to come by.

            Personally before buying this pack I hadn't seen anything like them before and would probably just use a cold flannel on my forehead should I feel the need to but with that discount flashing at me it seemed I was lured in and to be fair I am glad I was. I have since seen a similar type of thing in Poundland but I haven't tried them so can't comment on how good they are but I think for £1 I may pick up a pack next time I am in there!

            ==Look and Design==

            The four strips of cooling gel come housed within a cardboard box which is very boldly and cheaply done. I can't say that I like the look of the font that they have used or indeed the image on the front. However it does do its job at giving you all the necessary information about the product and keeps the strips inside nice and safe.

            The product inside is made up of four strips which have a aqua blue gel type product one side and a bandage material strip to other. The gel is protected by a waxed paper overlay that needs to be removed in order to be able to apply the strip and this is easily done and creates no mess or no problem. The gel is a sticky product as this is the part that need fixing to the forehead although the stick does not seem to be tacky at all and doesn't leave any trace after removing it.

            ==General Use==

            The idea that you apply this cooling strip to your forehead at the first sign of a headache or migraine is pretty good and they are handy enough to carry about with you but they are not necessarily something that you would want to wear on your head unless you were at home and not being seen. This is not the sort of discreet product that you can use on the go as the strip of bandage on the head is quite blatant. The strips really fix well to my skin and don't feel uncomfortable at all. The cooling affect works as soon as the strip is offered onto the skin and the relief if immediate.

            The pads state that they will last up to 6 hours and I can honestly say that this is more or less true give or take an hour or so. The stickiness lasts well on the skin and the gel pad strangely keeps the cooling affect well for all this time and doesn't need putting into a fridge or anything of the like. The fact that you can use it alongside your normal medication means that it is an added bonus that is really worth giving a go.

            ==Overall Opinion==

            I have to admit to being rather sceptical at first and thinking that it would be the same sort of affect as using the 4 head rub on menthol product but this really seemed to work in a much better way. The cooling of the pad seemed to bring down any temperature I had and relive a lot of the tension build up that my forehead gets. I was pleasantly pleased at the affect that the applied gel strip had to me and it did help ease my headache each and every time I used it.

            I kept the pad on for the full amount of time one day and the stickiness was great and kept it in place and the first aspect to go was the cooling affect. I found that I didn't really notice that I had this bandage type thing stuck to my head (even if the postman gave me a strange look but that's nothing new). The fact that it is a product that can be used with the pain killers means that really anyone can give this product a go and it is certainly worth getting the child version to bring down a high temperature in little ones.

            All in all I can't rate this product highly enough. It worked with the pills to make me feel more comfortable and to rid me of my throbbing head. The price is good for what you get and the quality that comes with the strips. They work well and for that reason alone I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order and a very high recommendation!

            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

            Many thanks for taking the time to read

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              Useful if you need something when you're out or alone, or if you want to sleep with a cool head

              It's not often I get a migraine or even a bad headache these days as I'm on meds to stop this happening, however, when I do, I like to have a variety of things at hand to use to alleviate the symptoms as quickly as possible, and kool n soothe patches are one of those things.

              Packaging
              What you pick up off the shelf in the chemist or supermarket is a box. On the outside it shows someone using the product, and some information about how to use them and how long they last etc. Inside the box are sachets each one containing a kool n soothe strip which makes it nice and easy to use them just one at a time.

              Cost
              I've seen these as low as £2 for a pack of 4 strips, and as high as £3.50, but I'd say the average price is probably around £2.75.

              What is a kool n soothe strip?
              Each strip is around maybe 13 centimetres long and 4 centimetres wide, and they are designed to fit across most people's foreheads reasonably well. Sticky on one side, they're filled with a gel substance which is activated when you stick them to your skin, and helps to keep your head cool for up to 6 hours.

              They're not the most environmentally friendly of products being made of chemicals that cool down when activated (to be honest I'm not sure if it's air that activates them, or removing the sticky strip, but something does). I doubt that they break down very well once they reach the rubbish pile either.

              How to use
              Using these is very simple indeed, you simply take the strip out, remove the backing tape, and then stick it to your forehead. Once it's stuck there, it stays put quite well, and you can move around, sleep, or whatever without it falling off. It can be adjusted, but is likely to lose a bit of it's sticky in doing so, so it's best to try and get it right the first time and then leave it alone.

              Do they work?
              Well they don't take away headaches as such, but they do certainly have a cooling effect which is rather nice when you have a headache, and certainly helps somewhat. I don't think this is a product I'd want to use instead of pain medication, but if the painkillers haven't totally got rid of the pain, or you need a bit of extra help then they're quite a good thing to have in the house.

              Do I recommend them?
              I'm kind of in two minds about that. Yes, they work, so from that point of view I do recommend them, however like I've said they're not exactly environmentally friendly, and the same effect can be achieved with a cloth stuck in the freezer for a few minutes, so it's possible to be environmentally friendly and still get a cool forehead when you're feeling naff. The thing is, when you're feeling naff, you don't want to faff around putting a cloth in the freezer do you, you also can't sleep with a damp cloth on your head so easily, so that's where these really come in to their own, and why there's definitely a market for them.

              I think overall, as long as they're used sparingly I do recommend these yes, but I would suggest that they be saved for the occasions when no-one else is home to help you out with the cloth in the freezer method.

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                09.11.2010 18:03
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                Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe

                As every other normal person I have my headaches and luckily not as often anymore as I use to get them. In my family we have a lot of problems with migraine and headaches. I never experienced a migraine and simply don't ever want to have one but suppose you can't really control it. Since the age of 12 I have been experiencing light to some heavy headaches and I have been a fan of paracetemol and later on Ibuprofen but I try not to take them as often. I don't like take too much medicine so I really liked the idea of the Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe.

                The product is very simple and very easy to use. It's for the relief of headaches and migraines. In the package you get four gel sheets that you can put on your forehead and they should provide for instant relief. When you feel them you notice how cold they are but they aren't too cold that you will shiver. It's a nice refreshing coolness and gives a nice and cool feeling towards your head. Especially with a headache I notice that something this small can give that relief that you need to get over the headache. I haven't got any experiences with a migraine so I can't judge the product on that.

                If you think you have to hassle around with putting them in the freezer or fridge then you don't have to worry because they don't need to. They stay cool themselves and this makes it so easy to take them with you or to have at work. I can tell that they work for me and after an half an hour or sometimes an hour I can feel that the headache is gone. Sometimes, like 9 out of 10, they don't seem to work that the headache goes away totally but the relief is good enough. They are worth the 2,99 pounds and you get four gel sheets that are wrapped up separately. A great product for a great price!

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                  07.11.2010 20:44
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                  Still well worth it!!

                  Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe are sort of the opposite to heat patches, but the difference being you can put them on your skin directly. As it's a menthol gel providing the cooling, soothing feeling, it isn't chemical, and you can carry these around (or do as I do and keep them in the fridge, they work even better that way!)

                  They cost £2.27 for a pack of 4 at Amazon with free delivery - they are around £2.99 - £3.49 in independent and high street pharmacies. Each strip is advertised at lasting up to 8 hours but I think three or four is probably more accurate, as the patches lose their effectiveness as they warm up (though I find a five minute trip to the freezer can oomph them up a bit if you're desperate!)

                  As I am pregnant I try not to take painkillers so for me these are a great alternative, very similar to 4Head but nicer to use when you are laying down with a headache, they mean the difference between being able to sleep and not, and when you are feeling rubbish, sometimes a good night's sleep does the world of wonders.

                  All you need to do is peel the clear backing plastic off the strip, which is about 6 inches by 2, and fits my forehead well (you can cut them with scissors if you need, though). They are very easy and best of all they are instant. Sometimes it is nice just to get home from a hard day, have a lay down in the dark and have half an hour with a Kool n Soothe on your forehead and a glass of water. Sheer relief! And highly recommended!

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                    06.11.2010 17:40
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                    A very convenient cooling strip that takes the edge off headaches/migraines.

                    I am known to suffer from headaches from time to time when my medication levels are wrong and this leads me to try alternative treatments so I am not taking paracetamol or other tablets all the time. It was on the recommendation of a friend that I tried Kool'n'Soothe strips as I was looking for something a little difficult that was still quick and convenient.

                    These strips come provided in a cardboard box and it shows you the information about the product and it's all just straight forward really, nothing unusual here. All the usual, expected, information is displayed and I have no problems with this at all.

                    There are two sachets within the box and each one contains two cooling strips giving you four strips per box. I usually end up opening one sachet and then covering the other one with a sandwich bag once I have rolled the end over to keep everything fresh and usable next time I need one.

                    These strips are about 10cm across and 3cm in height meaning that they are certainly very noticeable and really something that you will want to use when you are alone or only with people that you are comfortable around and don't mind looking a little silly in front of!

                    To use the strips is very simple, just take one out of the packet, remove the backing and then you can place the strip directly on to your forehead. The strips certainly look and feel quite weird when placed on to your head but if it is going to give me some much needed relief then I really don't care to be honest!

                    These strips certainly are cooling and I have found that they have a similar effect to 4Head which is another product that I have used in the past with quite pleasing results. I usually leave these on for a good hour or so and during this time I will adjust the strip a little bit to make sure I am getting the most out of the cooling strips and getting my monies worth! It's fair to say that I find these strips quite effective, particularly if I use them as soon as I feel a headache starting up. I realise that there are probably cheaper ways of cooling your head when you have a headache but these are very convenient and I can just keep them in my handbag or handy at work incase I encounter a headache and don't want to use tablets.

                    With a box of four strips costing around £2.69 in my local supermarket it's fair to say that I find these quite good value. The convenience of the product is fantastic as it's just ready to use straight away and I can just peel the backing off and stick it on my forehead. If you are looking for an alternative to tablets then I'd definitely recommend this, or something similar, as the cooling sensation will certainly help to take the edge off your headache without having to take tablets. I wouldn't say that this is a cure for migraines or severe headaches but it certainly goes some way towards making you feel happier, cooler and to soothe the pain encountered when suffering from a headache.

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                      I just loved the idea of these when i First heard about them. I don't like to use to much medication like Ibuprofen or even paracetemol. I hear too many times of people around me that they have to take more and more just to get the same effect. So when the opportunity is there to try something else I'm certainly up for it! You can buy these for 2,99 pounds and you get four of them.

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                      The Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe is quite a simple product and designed for people with headaches or migraines. It should provide an instant cooling relief and that you don't have to use any pills. The kool n sooth comes in a blue box with gel sheets. These gel sheets should offer up to eight hours of relief. Inside the box you find two separate packages with both two gel sheets. When using one make sure you close the package proper again so that the other gel sheet stays good.

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                      What I like is that you don't need to put them in the refrigeration so you can easily store them or take with you. When you take out an sheet you can see the cooling gel. The gel is protected by a sheet that you need to take of before you put it on your forehead. For me it gave me that instant relief that I needed. The gel sheet feels cold but not too cold like eating an ice cream too quickly. It's a very comfortable enjoyable cold. It's certainly a relief for my headache and I can feel the headache going away.

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                      In order to get the best effect you should use these straight away when you feel a headache coming up. Of course sometimes I think I don't need the product so it's a bit too late but I notice it still helps. I think they help in about 90% of the time and without knowing why sometimes they just don't seem to work but still gave a little bit of a relief. Overall four stars for me!

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                      helps me out

                      As I get migraines at times and have to take painkillers to help with that, I know that using one of the kobayashi migraine kool and soothe pads can help me a little.

                      These small cooling pads come in cardboard boxes with small sachets in them. To use one I just open the pack carefully and then take out the gel pad ready to use. The gel pads are soft when I touch them and come in a pale blue colour.

                      I make sure I seal the other pad that is left in the pack as they can get dried up if I forget to do that. I would like them better if they came packed one at a time as it would be easier to store.


                      To put on my cool and soothe pad I need to take off the strip that covers the gel and then stick the pad on to the clean skin on my forehead. The pad grips my skin easily and stays put for a long time when I use it.

                      I think that the cool and sooth is a good extra thing to have when I get a bad migraine. It takes my mind off of the pain I get across my head. I don't need to use this cold as the gel already feels that way on my skin.

                      I think this is very clever and useful as I don't need to pre cool my gel pads to use them. They work well on me and I can keep one on for a long time, up to 8 hours if I want, but I find it best to use it for a bit less.


                      I think these cool and soothes do help me but they are not a total solution for me. I still need to take a pain killer like migraleve at the same time to get a very full on effect.

                      When I buy these I get 4 gel pads in each pack with 2 in each sachet. Last time I had some they were £2.99 for the pack. I think its ok, but would like them to be cheaper.

                      I would recommend the cool and sooth gel pads as they are good at cooling and taking the edge off my migraines.

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                      I have recently been looking for other options to treat my headaches rather than the traditional medicines such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. When I was in Boots I spotted a product called "migraine 'kool n soothe'" which claimed to offer cooling relief for migraines and severe headaches so I decided to give them a go.

                      The kool n soothe sheets come in a blue box with a picture of a lady wearing the product across her forehead. The box tells us that the gel sheets can offer up to eight hours relief for headaches.

                      Inside the box there are two separate packets each of which contains two of the cooling gel sheets. To access the gel sheets you should cut open the pack and then you can remove a gel sheet. You should then make sure that you then fold the top of the pack over so that the remaining sheet remains fresh.

                      The gel sheets are around an inch and a half by around four inches and need no refrigeration. They have a clear sheet attached to the gel and when you remove this you can stick the cooling gel sheet on to your head. Now for me personally I have to say that I feel having it on my head looks very much like I have a sanitary towel stuck to my head and it does look rather silly...but hey, I am not going to wear them out of the house anyway! The cooling effect that the gel has on my head is enough to make me not worry about feeling silly.

                      Each time I have used the gel sheets I have found that the cooling effect is really quite soothing for my headaches. I have found that after a short time though that the cooling effect becomes less and less and then I just have to move it slightly and then the cooling begins again. Doing this though means that eventually the product losing the stickiness and it falls off my head.

                      To gain the maximum effect of this product you should use them at the first sign of a headache or a migraine. I have to say though that in many ways it is much easier, and of course cheaper, to just wet a flannel and make it very cold and use this on your forehead instead.

                      Kool n soothe are also available in children's size to help deal with fevers and the product can be used on sprains and aches too. I recently used the gel sheet on my sore neck but I have to say it didn't help at all to be honest, and I found that heat was much more effective for that.

                      The products cost £2.99 for a box of four and in my opinion this isn't too bad of a price to pay but as I mentioned it is of course cheaper to wet a flannel and use that instead. The bonus in using this product is that it sticks to your head so you can walk around with it on whilst a flannel would fall off. I have found that this product seems to work best when used alongside paracetamol and so this defeats the object for me in choosing a non medicinal product.

                      I am going to award this product 3 stars as I feel it is quite an effective product but for me it just isn't enough on its own to tackle a severe headache so I will therefore continue to search for a wonder non medicinal product!

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                        If you read my review on Sainsbury's pain killers, you might remember that I went out and panic-bought lots of things for my boyfriend's migraines. One of these products was the Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe strips.

                        I was initially unsure about buying them because it seemed like you didn't get much for your money (£2.89) for just four strips, in a cardboard box. The strips are stuck to the forehead and designed to 'kool 'n' soothe' the onset of migraines, other headaches, general aches and pains and so on. If you (or whoever you're buying them for) has frequent headaches, neck aches, etc., then this will end up being a pretty expensive way to prevent or treat them. The strips are 4" x 1.5", so they will cover a sizeable area of head, neck, etc, and you can cut them any way you like. This is useful to have separate strips on each temple, for example, or to cut them down and get more use out of them.

                        To apply, you just peel off the backing, which reveals a bright blue sticky gel. You then stick the strip on where you like. It is pretty sticky, so try to gauge the positioning before using. If you are putting one on yourself, a mirror would be useful, as would a hair band if you have long hair. The other side of the strip is white and quite soft.

                        These are suitable for most people, as they are apparently water-based - which is great news for those with allergies. I have to say that part of me is relieved that they are more natural than they could be, but part of me thinks I could be getting more value for my money!

                        You can leave the strips on for up to eight hours, and it's recommended that you put them on before the migraine has time to fully kick in (from my research I found that a lot of people apparently experience 'halos' of light beforehand, and certainly my boyfriend can feel a migraine coming on). Unfortunately the migraine had fully set in before I got home, but he did experience some relief from it. He has used them for headaches at earlier stages since then, and found that they do a good job of preventing them becoming full blown headaches, and he's also used them to relieve neck pains after an uncomfortable weekend's camping.

                        Since then we have both used the strips, and although they are soothing, and hygienically packaged in foil/paper sachets, there are a few niggling things for me. The name is incredibly cheesy, they are very expensive (although they work fairly well), and they are extremely sticky. However, they live up to their claims - they do help to soothe (without being a miracle cure), they are comfortable to wear after initially sticking them on because you forget it's there, and somehow they do keep their cooling properties for eight hours or longer.

                        However, I don't suffer from migraines so that's probably why I don't think they're anything amazing. I imagine migraine sufferers will do anything they can to stop a full-blown migraine (my boyfriend's last one lasted around 3 days), so this is definitely worth a try.

                        Recommended if you suffer from headaches, neck aches, back aches and so on.

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