Product Type: Kobayashi Healthcare Pain Relief
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Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe
Member Name: Tarapea
Kobayashi Migraine Kool 'n' Soothe
Advantages: Great for headaches and migraines, non messy application
Disadvantages: Expensive, useless for fevers and hot flushes
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 :)
Summary: These can take a mild headache away, and help ease migraines and severe head pain.
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