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When I first hurt my back a few years back and it was inflamed and hot I was addicted to these sprays, they provide fast targeted pain without causing problems to the stomach or any drowsy side effects.
The product is basically an ice pack in a tin!
Deep freeze comes in a small metal tin that is silver and blue which are all colours we associate with cold, ice and water so it immediately gives us a feeling of how the product is going to make us feel when using it.
The spray can be used to treat sprains, strains, muscles and the pain associated with arthritis and backache.
To use you simply remove the cap from the tin, hold around 15cm from the affected area and spray by pressing the button on top of the can two to three times. This can be repeated 3 times daily.
The product is suitable for adults and children over the age of 6 years of age.
So does it work? Yes, the product really does make the area feel like it has been instantly iced and does really help with the pain and inflammation.
What I really like about this product is that unlike an ice pack you can carry it around in you bag for immediate relief when out and around. It is a lot more convenient and works just as effectively. The other pluses are that if you have stomach issues you can use this instead of oral anti-inflammatory medications which can be very harsh on the stomach, but you can also use them along side pain killers for added relief. It also works a lot faster than oral pain killers which is always a huge plus when you are in pain.
The price of this product is around £3.80 for a tin of 150ml, it does not last a great deal of time but is very much worth the cost in my opinion.
These can be bought in Boots and Superdrug and most chemists.
This product has been designed to use natural essential oils that have anti-bacterial properties that work in harmony with the skin and keep you dry and scent free throughout the day. It also uses witch hazel and chamomile vinegar to tighten the pores rather than block them up like an anti-perspirant.
The product in store just looks like a huge off white soap block with a design that reminds me of some old fashioned wall paper! You can have pretty much any size you wish cut in store.
The blocks are a little squishy to the touch but do retain their shape well, other than that the only really defining thing to note about this product is the scent of patchouli that is a little over powering.
The product is really easy to use, you simply grab your block and rub gently on the skin. I found that this did work well over the 24 hours of wearing but if I tried to use it a second day without washing off the original or showering I got a rash appearing under my arms.
I was suggested to have this cut into smaller blocks in store and then store in tins, I was going to get one of their metal ones but the staff said that they reacted to the metal tins and suggested I stored them in a plastic box.
This product dries out really fast, however it really is not a massive issue! If it does dry out all you need to do is get a tissue and gently rub to remove the hard layer, it will come off really easily and the layer below is soft and ready to use.
Does it work?
Yes I can confirm that it did indeed keep me scent free, other than the patchouli for 24 hours.
Witch Hazel Infusion, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Chamomile, Vinegar, Sodium Bicarbonate, Patchouli Oil, Citral, Limonene, Perfume.
This product is one that is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
This product costs £4.95 for 100g, as said because it is cut to size you can buy larger so I can not give size information.
This product does work and does contain no nasty chemicals but it really does smell strongly of patchouli and not everyone likes that, also I found it was strong enough I could not wear a scent with it.
It also caused build up on clothing and skin and has caused several rashes when I have used more than a few days.
I really am torn with this product, I do really like it, it works and if you are lucky enough to like the scent and not get the rash than it is amazing. I still use it on and off because for me the rash goes after a few days of not using it and I would prefer at least a few days less chemicals.
I think all of us know TCP, it's a brand most of us have grown up with. For those of us older might recognise the nickname top cats pee for this product, Top Cat was a famous cartoon character in the 80's and the naughty association to his wee is that both cat wee and TCP have a bad smell.
TCP is an antiseptic liquid and has so many uses it is insane, it can be added to water and used as a gargle to help fight sore throats. It can be diluted and used to clean cuts and grazes or calm the likes of bits and spots. It claims to use it on spots and ulcers un diluted but I would never ever use this product neat myself, it's very strong.
TCP really does work very well, I think over the years I have used it for all of the above but gargling with it is not something I would want to do again unless desperate! It does not have the best taste even diluted!
The only thing to really consider when using it for a cut, graze, bite or spot is that the smell does linger so its best to use in the home or before bed. I once used it on a cut just before work and I had to listen to comments about the stink for hours into my shift!
TCP is still a really affordable product for your first aid box costing only around £3.80 for 200ml.
The product comes these days in a brown plastic bottle, with a white plastic safety cap.
Would I suggest this product to anyone? Yes I think it really is a must for everyones first aid box, it's cheap, lasts years, works on a multitude of problems and does so perfectly on all. My only issue with it is the taste and smell! It really does in smell and looks live up to it's 80's nickname of Top Cat's pee!
I actually discovered these through a couple of performers I know a few years ago who were always praising them so one day when I had a sore throat and saw them at the till in Superdrug I thought if they can help someone singing a 2 hour show they can help me talk.
Jakemans was established in 1907 but until about 3 years ago I had never heard of them, I wish I had! They specialise in what they call it "quality menthol based confectionary". Unlike conventional cough sweets jakemans are basically menthol based candy with a soothing centre so you are not limited to one sweet every few hours as you are with other cough sweets.
The packets for Jakemans are about the size of a bag of crisps and have an old sweet shop style to the packing. Jakemans make 7 different flavoured menthol sweets, each flavour has a different coloured bag, so it is easy to pick them out on the shelf. The cherry flavour have a deep cherry red colour to the packet.
Inside the bag are 100g of individually wrapped candies or as we used to call as kids sucky sweets. Non of Jakemans candies contain any artificial colours or flavourings however the candies inside share the same identical cherry red colour as the packing which I am not sure what they use to produce this.
As for the flavour, I have to be honest with the cherry ones I can only taste the menthol but they do taste nice. I find these candies take me well over an hour to suck on which provides me with a nice constant soothing sensation as I swallow. The only downside is that the menthol taste means that it takes a while after before I can eat or drink anything without it also tasting of the menthol.
The average price for a packet of Jakmans is around 60p but I paid 80p at my local pharmacy. I have often picked up Jakemans in Superdrug and Boots but they are also available in most of the larger supermarket chains also.
The 100g bag of cherry contains a hefty 392 calories and state they are suitable for vegetarians.
I have no problems suggesting these to anyone needing help soothing a sore or tired throat. They taste good, have less artificial ingredients than other cough sweets but in opinion work just as efficiently.
I have only stopped at this travelodge once and it's one of the few I would not use again unless I really had to.
This travelodge has been done up with the new look since I stopped there so the state of the rooms will have improved but not the rest.
I unfortunately booked to go to see something on at the theatre the same night the football was on and something at the arena, I was not able to get in anywhere and paid £90 for a room here.
The hotel is actually not all that far from Piccadilly station but it is not easy to find, it's tucked behind the main shopping area a few streets back and is not in the nicest of areas if you a single person walking home at night, something I learnt the hard way.
The hotel has a rather small and when I was there understaffed reception, a small bar and seating/dining area. I did not eat at this hotel so can not comment on the food.
The room for me was one of the biggest let downs, it was tiny! I had a double that the bed barely fit in, then a long bench that should have been a dresser but there was no space for a chair in front of it and no mirror as it was below a long window.
I also had a damaged bedside table unit that had been torn off the wall and left with just a jagged splintered jut of wood, I did not feel this was safe but they were unable to move me rooms. On top of this the top that was left was vile, covered in sticky residue and bits of fluff and hair.
The main problem with this hotel is the noise, it is right in the middle of one of the main areas of nightlife and goes on till the very early hours, I did not get a minutes sleep.
The chair was placed at the end of the bed and I had to keep edging past it to get to the bed, I stubbed my toes many times but the chair itself was also worn and filthy, it was stained and frankly there was no way I was sitting on it.
The bedding itself was clean and the bed comfortable but between the drunk people rolling in and the noise from the clubs it was of little comfort.
This hotel has the usual bath with the shower over it in all rooms.
This hotel also woke me to ask me to leave before my late check out time even though I had paid for one.
If you are going out and in a group I would say this hotel maybe alright since it's make over but it's not the first one I would choose of the seven Travelodges in manchester.
I recently purchased one of these Kipling purses in black in a pattern called tropic flower, it is an old design which I already had the handbag and loved it. I had given up looking for the purse when I happened to be walking through a store with concession stands the other day and one was sat there.
The purse is brilliant, I love the design! There is a main zip that once pulled back reveals three inside sections, the two outer ones have no further covering and I use them for cards and notes but in the middle there is another zip over final section which I use for coins. Why I love this design so much is so many times I put my purse into my handbag only to realise I forgot to zip it up and the coins are all loose in my handbag. Because there are two zips, this never happens!
The purse is a nice size 14.5cm x 9.5cm x 5cm, on the side there is a tiny little rubber black monkey on the tropic flower design but I do know the plain colours have the regular fluffy monkey. My bag also has the small rubber one so it appears to be something specific to the design.
As with most Kipling items it is made of lightweight nylon making it very light and easy to clean.
The RRP of the purse was £21 which is what I paid for it but the design I bought is no longer available.
I have had so many Kipling products over the years and they have never let me down, they are always hard wearing, light weight and very easy to clean if they get dirty. The nylon ones are actually able to be even throw into a light wash in the washing machine and come out looking like new (removing the monkey's first). I would never have any problems recommending them to anyone! I am yet to fault one!
I have used Beconase for many years now, I always suffer bad hayfever but I struggle even with non drowsy tablets. I have found that the spray works better than the tablets for me with no side effects at all.
The spray comes in a small blue and white cardboard box. Inside is the small spray, bottle with a long nose tip that has a funny looking paddle shaped button either side of the base of the tip. On top of the tip is a removable cap, to use take the cap off, insert the tip into one of the nostril and press the paddle button down to release the spray twice. Repeat with other nostril morning and night to relieve symptoms.
Never use more than 8 sprays a day.
Beconase is not recommended for anyone under the age of 18.
Beconase nasal sprays can be used to relieve hayfever and other allergies, it works by reducing the inflammation in the nostril passage relieving the symptoms of blocked, stuffy noses, sneezing and watery eyes.
I really can not tell you how many years I have used this brand, for me it really is the most effective on the market and I have not often strayed. I usually find I start seeing effects within about an hour of using the spray but it builds up with each day used.
This is possibly one of the largest brand names when it comes to allergy sprays and is stocked in most chemists and supermarkets.
The product claims that it has 100 sprays in each bottle, I can not confirm it this is correct or not because I have never counted the entire bottle but it does normally last me about 2 months of use during the summer.
Average cost of this item is £6.00, which sounds a lot but it does last a decent amount of time for that.
For me it's 5 our of 5 and I would have no problems recommending this product to anyone with allergies.
Most of us associate Bassett's with sweets rather than multi vitamins but they produce a range of these brilliant jelly based chewy multi vitamins. There are several different flavours and vitamin types as well as some aimed at the whole family and some aimed as a child vitamin.
I have used these on and off for a few years now, I take a multi vitamin most days but during the winter I top this up with an extra separate vitamin C to help protect my body from colds.
These tablets are presented in a cardboard box with a picture of the family and the bassett's soft and chewy logo in the top left corner.
Inside the jelly vitamins are inside a white plastic packing, to remove you simple push them through the front and they pop out of the back. The vitamins are about the size of a pound coin but about the depth of three, they are basically like a normal soft jelly sweet and taste just as yummy. They are soft to chew and have a nice texture to them, there is no nasty after taste rather a nice juicy fresh orange taste.
I think these are brilliant for adults and children alike who struggle to take tablets because they really are just like eating a sweet. The only issue is younger kids really would need to be supervised with these incase they thought they were sweets.
The only downside to these is the cost, they really are expensive for a multi vitamin, however they really are worth it in my opinion.
This flavour can be bought from most chemists, Boots and Superdrug stock them, I have even seen smaller packs in some of the £1 shops but this particular pack retails around £3.60. They are however nearly always on 3 for 2 in boots so if you stock up they work out at a fairly decent price.
I have noticed no difference in effect taking these to a normal vitamin C tablet so they certainly appear to be as effective with the added benefit of feeling like you treated yourself to a yummy sweet!
I have given these 5 out of 5 because I have found them to be very effective, I think it's a very clever way to get vitamins into fussy kids or people with issues swallowing tablets and even though expensive they are worth it.
I have no problems recommending them highly to anyone.
I carry a lot of pain killers, my illnesses make me in pain a lot of the time and often I need something quick to help take the edge off the pain when I am out, so I carry a pack of these in my handbag.
Inside the cardboard packing the tablets are in a white plastic strip with a silver foil backing, it's very easy to remove them, you simply press on the required tablet on the white side and it will pop gently out of the foil side.
The tablets are very easy to take as they are a small sized sugar coated tablet, this helps them go down easily and taste nice for people who have issues getting tablets down.
These tablets are ibuprofen based so can be a little harsh on a stomach, they are also really designed to take when you require a pain killer that has anti inflammatory properties and is best to take if you need to help swelling.
I am not sure why but these also really help much better than paracetamol on period pains.
Nurofen can be taken with paracetamol or aspirin but can not be taken in conjunction other ibuprofen.
You can take 1-2 of these tablets up to 3 times a day leaving 4 hours between doses. Not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
These come in 3 sized packs 12, 24 and 48. Prices vary staring around £1.99 for the small pack and around £5.50 for the larger. Nurofen is sold in pretty much all pharmacies and supermarkets.
These are really effective tablets and I have no problem recommending them, my only issues with them really is they can be harsh on an empty or already upset stomach. On the other hand they work fast and can help really effectively with swelling.
I have decided to give them 4 out of 5 only really loosing them a point for the cost, Nurofen are actually just a branded ibuprofen and this can be bought at a fraction of the cost. They do advertise the brand to be faster acting and more effective but they contain the same base ingredients so there should be no difference. I personally feel that this is just marketing hype to make us choose brand over generic.
I have stayed here a few times but not because I wanted to, more because it was cheap and the friends I was with were students.
The Etap chain is owned by IBIS hotels and are now branded in the UK as IBIS basic's, I personally feel this is a bad move because some people are not understanding the difference and it is huge! The Etaps are more like a hostel style room than a hotel room.
All of the rooms are identical, you get a double bed which is on a solid base and has a very thin mattress then above that is a single bunk bed which goes the opposite direction to the double so it covers the entire head area of the double bed making it a little claustrophobic. To top that they never make the top bunk which I hate.
The carpets are so cheap its like walking on cement and are often filthy.
Inside the room is beyond basic, there are no tea and coffee making facilities nor a dresser to get ready at, or a chair to sit on and even worse there is no mirror to get ready at! Forget trying to straighten your hair as a female! The only plug is for the TV and the only mirror is by the sink at the other side of the room with the bed between you. Unless you pack an cable to reach it's not happening!
The bathroom is non existent! you get a sink which is in the room as is the shower pod so you can't be shy and the toilet is a tiny cubicle within the room that is so small your knees can touch the door when you shut it! Now shall I mention the toilet paper? It's so thin it's insane. Also if you want a remote for the TV you have a £10 deposit to do so! The walls are beyond thin so don't expect to sleep sadly!
If you want a hot drink you have to go to reception and pay for one!
Reception is well cheap and plastic but the breakfast is passible for the cost. It's very basic with just cereals, toast and some pastries as well as unlimited hot and cold drinks, sadly these are also very cheap and taste awful!
This hotel is located at the salford quays and is right next to one of the tram stops so very easy to get to, taxis are also fairly cheap. There is also a tesco metro 3 mins walk and the Lowry theatre and shopping centre are 10 mins walk away.
The last issue I had with this hotel is beware booking single nights because they can not book you in on first night, you have to wait till 12 the following day to check back in. We did not once and they removed our items from the room even through they knew we were staying and checking back in. Was disgusting!
I have used this hotel for years, more than I can remember to be honest because growing up I was always at Manchester Arena and now it has more theatres and is not bad for me to get to.
This hotel was very run down but as of I think it was around April for this hotel is now sporting a very nice overhaul. This is one of the hotels they have done a good job with.
The hotel is situated on Blackfriars street and over looks the river on one side, it is literally 1 minutes walk to the main shopping area and about 3 to the Arndale shopping centre yet the street it is on is pretty quiet and I yet to have had a sleep bothered by outside noise even with open windows.
This hotel now sports the lavish new beds as well as the new look curtains, however they have not bothered to change the carpets in the rooms and some are patched up. Still they have new shower curtains, the bathrooms have been refreshed and the rooms given a fresh coat of paint.
The bar area has been given a total make over, with a new carpet and eating area. I have eaten there a few times and the staff have always done what they can to help me, one night when I was fancying a chip butty they even gave me some bread to make one with when they do not sell it.
I think one of the things I like most about this hotel is that no matter how large it is I have never been bothered by people making a noise nor cleaners on the morning cleaning other rooms so the rooms must be fairly well sound proofed unlike many of the newer built ones.
Sadly they have not updated the televisions in all of these rooms and there are still a number of televisions who I can not believe are still running, you remember the kind with the huge backs on them. They also have many remotes that are so dirty and really should be thrown out.
Regarding size all of the rooms at this hotel are a nice spacious size and have decent sized windows for fresh light. I have never been in a badly cleaned room either.
This hotel has retained the baths in all rooms rather than some showers.
I have used this hotel many times over the years, it is in a brilliant location about 5 minutes walk from Kings Cross station. The hotel used to belong to another chain and when the Travelodge first took over these rooms were really nice, sadly Travelodge has done very little to them! Many still sport the same beds as they did 10 years ago and the same for the bathrooms and dresser's. I have had some that have had drawers hanging off, they really need to strip it all out and put in the new little dressers they use. They have put flat screens in most of the rooms here now though and although this hotel claims to now be sporting the new look, do not be fooled! They have painted and hung new curtains! This hotel does not have the new luxury beds nor shower rooms.
Regarding the size of the rooms at this hotel they really are hit and miss some are so small you can barely move while others are fairly decent.
Another issue I have with this hotel is other than dated it's often filthy in the rooms, on one stay I had to swap rooms three times before I found a room that had been cleaned fully. It really is not good! The bedding always appears spotless though!
All the rooms have the most insanely tiny bathrooms that the prior chain decided to shove baths into rather than showers, many of these are in need of replacement, rusting and dripping taps is something I have seen in many of the rooms. They are also very claustrophobic when the door is shut.
The staff are usually helpful enough though and the location is fab for getting around London.
The reception area of this hotel is decent enough, there is a bar which is open all the time and they do food at certain hours, I admit I have not eaten in this particular hotel yet as I tend to nip to Mc Donalds on the way back from the tube so can not comment on it but the area is comfortable and clean enough.
The area is a little rough but is on a main road with busses going up there every few minutes all night if you felt a little un happy about walking it. There are plenty of shops and take aways literally outside of the front doors as well which are open very late.
It often has the best prices of the few in that area so if you can put up with the issues then is worth it.
I was introduced to these compressed tins after a trial from Bzzagent and have not gone back to larger tins since.
The compressed tins are a lot smaller so it's hard to believe that they can fit as much in but after using several I can confirm that they do indeed. The size is brilliant because it means that you can fit it in your suitcase or over night bag without needing to purchase a travel version.
These sprays claim to offer 48 hour protection but I have never put that to the test, it certainly does perform well during the summer over night though.
I have sadly found that when I spray a little too much of this it does transfer onto my bra and some tops leaving a fine white coating which has been a nightmare to remove.
I am not a fan of the scent of the active fresh version, it's very strong and over powering. I prefer a mild scent from an anti-perspirant because I wear a scent a the same time usually.
To use is really simple the cap pops off and under is a soft rubber cap button, you simply press and spray evenly. As previously mentioned I have found if you hold this too close it can cause a nasty build up on clothing so best to use before clothed.
Price for the 75ml tins are around £2.50 but are often on offer. I have picked them up for as little as £1.90 before at a supermarket.
I would have no problem recommending this to anyone due to the fact it does work and I am sure many do like the scent.
I have given this 4 out of 5 just loosing a mark because it has caused residue.
I think we all know Johnson and Johnson as a brand they are most well known for their baby products, this is one of their products aimed toward us adults.
I have used this product on and off for a few years now, I think it was really one of the first products on the market that produced a moisturiser that contained fake tanning abilities. As someone who spent many years as a teen trying out fake tan after fake tan and being streaky and patchy on many occasions this product really appealed to me to help with my skins impression of casper the friendly ghost.
THE PACKING ....
The product comes in a bright yellow plastic bottle that really does shout summer when you look at it! The lid to the container is a simple flip lid located on the top of the bottle.
SIZE AND PRICE ....
The current price this is going for in Boots is £5.25 for a 250ML bottle
THE PRODUCT ....
The lotion comes in two different colours, a fair to medium and medium to dark. The one I own is the fair to medium as they do not sell casper to fair! The cream is white in colour but a little thick and tacky for my liking when I try and rub it into my skin. If this was just a plain moisturiser I would have moved on to another brand! It does not soak in fast on me and because it needs to be soaked in before you put on clothing I find it a pain to use. However my mum also uses is and as she has dry skin it soaks in fast with her so I guess this depends on your skin type! The product has a scent that I really do not know what to describe it as, it is meant to be fresh and subtle but it really is not. It's pretty strong and people seem to love or hate it, however it does not last long so its not really something I concern myself with.
The idea of the product is that you use this in place of your moisturiser daily and the mild self tanning products slowly build up a natural but faint tan colour with no streaks.
I find the moisturiser works perfectly fine so it is suitable as a replacement for my skin type and the tan does indeed show up non streaky but I find it leaves my skin with an odd build up after a few days.
TO USE ....
To use as you would a moisturiser, use the hand and rub evenly into the skin however once on the skin it is advised that you do not go near any clothing or surfaces until it is soaked in to avoid transfer, streaks or staining. The tan should slowly show after several days use.
GAVISCON ORIGINAL ANISEED LIQUID
I have suffered from acid reflux since I was in my teens, I actually have IBS and Gastric Reflux and as a result I suffer from a lot of acid. I do take a prescription medication to try and control it however they frequently need a little top up and one of the best products to help with this is Gaviscon.
Gaviscon is available in many forms these days but the first product they produced was a thick aniseed flavoured liquid, this is still widely available now and is the product I am reviewing today.
THE PACKING ....
The original Gavison comes in two different sizes, a 600ml bottle and 300ml, both bottles are made from a very thick dark brown glass and have white twist lid. Something I do notice is that he cap is not the usual safety cap you find on medication but a simple twist cap. The body of the bottle has a label in the well known greeny/blue Gaviscon colour along with the outline of a persons torso with a small image of a fire in their stomach area. Across the middle of the label is the brand name of the product along with the flavour which varies in colour depending upon which flavour you choose to purchase. The Aniseed one is pink in colour. Below this is a brief description of what the product does and contains. To the left of the label are clear instructions of dosage to take and to the right the storage information and any safety warnings.
The label also has brail print around it.
ABOUT THE PRODUCT ....
As previously discussed the product is used to treat heart burn and indigestion, it contains Sodium Alginate, Sodium Bicarbonate and Calcium Carbonate, the products work by simply providing a protective layer on the contents of the stomach and helps stop the contents from refluxing into the oesophagus.
The original Aniseed liquid is a very thick pale pink liquid that tastes of a slightly sickly Aniseed flavour.
To take the product you simple measure the required dosage into a measuring spoon and take, it is suggested to take after meals and before bed time but can be taken as required as long as you do not exceed the safe stated doses. (Please see label or your doctor regarding dosage)
DOES IT WORK? ....
Yes the product works really well, I usually find it starts working in about 20 to 30 mins and lasts several hours.
The 600ml bottle is currently on sale in boots for £8.99 and the 300ml bottle for £5.59
I do find this liquid a little sickly and usually buy the peppermint however this was all the local pharmacy had last time I was in there, I also find it very thick and it can be a little odd feeling as it goes down the throat which I know can be a problem for some people. However I do find the liquid is far more effective than the tablets, it coats as it goes through the system and provides a faster acting effect so I usually have a bottle on the go for when I am home and only use the tablets when I am away from the home.
I can not really say that the taste is bad enough to deduct a star as the product really performs perfectly and does what it is supposed to, at the end of the day medication is not intended to taste nice simply more palatable and this is what it does so for me I have to give this product a 5 stars out of 5.