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      02.02.2014 15:02
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      3 stars

      I really dislike it when I have a bunged up nose and can't breathe properly, it makes for a very uncomfortable night's sleep so we are always buying medicine to help with decongesting. This is one product that is good to use for the whole family. You do of course have to use it differently depending upon the age of the person using it. Ingredients include: Active ingredients (%w/v): Levomenthol Ph. Eur. 7.9, Thymol Ph. Eur. 0.7, Chlorobutanol Ph. Eur. 0.5, Terpined B.P. 14.8, Pumilio Pine Oil 22.9, Pine Oil Sylvestris 2.0. It comes in a little glass bottle. The lid is one of those that you press down at the same time as twist. I find this sometimes difficult to do as I struggle with my hands but at least it means that children shouldn't be able to do it. I still keep this up high out of reach of children anyway just in case. What I do for myself is I put a few drops of it on the pillow when I am going to sleep. I don't normally count how many drops, it's usually about 5. I find that after a few minutes I can smell it and I am able to breathe through my nose a little better. It doesn't completely make me decongested but I am yet to find a product that does. When I am right in the thick of a cold it's difficult for this to work but it does work a bit. I find this works best when a cold is on it's way out so I am still a bit bunged up and this soon clears the nasal passages. When I use this with children I put a few drops on a tissue and put it within their bedroom but out of their reach. This usually helps them a bit as the vapours work their way to them. I find that this hurts if you get it too close to your mouth. On one occasion I've been very close to it on my pillow and when I inhaled through my mouth it almost burnt so be careful where you put it. It also burns if it goes too close to your eyes and makes them water too so be careful. In conclusion I think this works as well as any other brand but you have to be careful where abouts you put it.

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      01.02.2014 18:08
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      A great useful product for young children

      Karvol Decongestant: 12ml Another product we first used when my daughter was a baby and we were given a prescription from the doctor of this item. Karvol Decongestant Drops are suitable for babies from 3 months, so are ideal at relieving babies snuffly noses. My daughter was presenting with a blocked nose and noisy breathing and a high temperature and this is what the doctor prescribed. I am delighted to report that the relief was almost instantaneous the eucalyptus smell is immediately evident and the drops smell like a weaker solution of a Vapour Rub that we are all probably familiar with. As this is designed specifically for young children that is probably what it is too - a weaker version. To Use: Using the drops is simple, just put 6 drops onto a tissue and tuck it somewhere where baby will benefit from the vapours whilst not being able to reach it. That is exactly what I did, tucking the tissue just under the fitted cot sheet. My daughter had her first good nights sleep for a few nights. Her being so quiet though kept me awake and I had to keep checking that she was breathing. Packaging: Karvol drops are supplied in a green cardboard outer featuring the logo and a toddler on the front. Inside is the bottle that is dark brown and features a screw top lid that has an inbuilt dropper. Very useful and easy to use. The quantity is 12ml. And...: Karvol can also be used for older children and adults in which case put the 6 drops into a glass of hot water near the bed for inhalation. Contents: "Contains a combination of vapour products including menthol, cinnamon, and pine oil." "Precautions: For inhalation only. Avoid direct contact with eyes and skin. Do not put drops directly in mouth or nose. If swallowed accidentally seek medical advice. Consult your doctor if symptoms persist." PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS IF YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT THE HEALTH OF YOUR BABY OR CHILD. Price and Availability: Priced at around £2.50 from pharmacies, some larger supermarkets and alternatively on prescription from your doctor making it free for under 16's. Conclusion: For babies and toddlers a must have product. I am so glad I discovered it! However, if in doubt call the doctor. 5/5 Thank you for reading - I hope it is of use!

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      31.01.2014 11:48
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      It works fast and i really recommend it

      Whenever I feel congested I use Karvol Decongestant Drops because these really help. I pay £2.29 for a tiny bottle which has got 12ml inside it lasts for ages though because it has a really long shelf life. I think in many ways I prefer Karvol Drops to Vicks Vapour Rub. Vicks reminds me of when I was really little and I use dot have it rubbed onto my chest. Karvol is different because you put a couple of drops of this onto a tissue and I breathe it in. I can feel it working straight away and it helps me to be able to breathe more easily. I also use this overnight by putting the drops directly onto my pillow case so that when I am lying down I can breathe it up though my nose. It really helps because there is nothing worse than having a really stuffy nose at night and not being able to breathe properly. I buy my Karvol from Boots but I know that Tesco and Sainsbury's also stock this and it's round about the same price most places I have seen it. Another good idea, if you don't want to put this directly onto your pillow, is to put a couple of drops onto a handkerchief or piece of cloth and just tie this close to your bed. It's really strong smelling and you only need a couple of drops as it's pretty pungent. This is also suitable for kids to use and I'd imagine it would be less messy for a parent using this than having to rub Vapour Rub all over a chest. It's very easy to use and it works instantly for me personally and so for this reason I'd recommend it.

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      06.05.2013 13:03
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      A good addition to the medicine cabinet if you have children prone to coughs and colds

      As some of you know, David has been a pretty poorly boy for the past month - he started off with a sudden, and very smelly, burst of gastroenteritis which lasted for three weeks and just as he was recovering from that was hit with the double whammy of a throat infection AND an incompetent doctor who failed to diagnose and treat it. He wasn't a happy bunny at all, he's probably slept more in the past four weeks than he has in his whole life - his sleep only being broken by snores of the level which would make an old man proud, and the kind of blocked up nose which can only lead to strings of green snot the following morning. Revolting obviously, but also rather irritating for my little man who needed to sleep to rid himself of these nasty bugs which had invaded his system. I purchased these Karvol Drops to see if they'd provide him with any relief; Vicks is a no-no in this house thanks to a couple of us with allergies and the Karvol capsules were proving to be as useful as a chocolate teapot, I thought the drops would be a better idea as I could apply a more concentrated dose when he needed it. To use the drops you simply apply six drops to a clean handkerchief and put it somewhere close to your child's face, but out of reach so a little one can't grab hold of it in the night and start sucking it. It can be used for babies from three months of age - personally I wouldn't fancy using anything with such a (relatively) strong smell for very young babies, but it's safe to do so and I suppose if any of my kids had been struck down with such a horrendously blocked up nose as David has had then I'd have tried anything to make them better. Older children can have the drops on their actual bedding or pyjama top, or alternatively you can make up a solution of Karvol and hot water for them to inhale for faster-acting relief. I used the handkerchief method, and also applied a couple of extra drops to the waist of David's nappy (he was naked other than the nappy thanks to a raging temperature) in the hope that the vapours would wend their way up towards his poorly nose. The active ingredients in Karvol Decongestant Drops are pine, cinnamon and menthol - these are used in a far lower concentration than you'd find in products intended for adults so the smell of the drops isn't harsh at all, in fact I think it smells absolutely gorgeous and if they could blend this into a perfume I'd definitely buy it! Obviously if your little one has any intolerance to any of these ingredients then you should seek advice before using the drops, although in all honestly I can't imagine there are many kiddies who can't safely use this product as it's so gentle in both aroma and the slightly oily consistency of the drops themselves. The bottle is a good design, very similar to that of Olbas Oil but with a smaller hole for dispensing the drops. To use it you hold the bottle vertically and give it a small shake, the drops will come out slowly if you use this method so you can count how many you've dispensed, six seems to be adequate and they release the vapours over time so don't be tempted to saturate your baby/toddler with Karvol as the only extra effect will be that you'll make them cough - stick to the recommended dose for gentle relief, maybe doing as I did and chucking a few extra drops around the room as a kind of medicinal air freshener. The effects aren't immediate, or even very fast truth be told, but they work a treat after a little time has elapsed. I can only speak for David (and to a lesser extent, five year old Hollie) but I found applying the drops half an hour or so before bedtime was best, this gave him time to begin inhaling the vapours which cleared his nose enough for me to successfully feed him his nighttime bottle of milk without him spitting the teat out as he choked for air. I'd guesstimate that using Karvol drops helped David catch an extra forty minutes or so sleep with each cycle, and when he awoke it wasn't always the fact that he couldn't breathe as sometimes it was the symptoms of his various illnesses that caused his restlessness. I could tell from the sound of his breathing that the drops were working as it was far less rattly in his nose, we were at the point where I was picturing myself using a needle-less syringe up his nostrils in an attempt to draw out this horrible mucus-snot - obviously I wouldn't have done this, but it really did make me feel like it as my poor little boy was suffering terribly. One thing worth mentioning is the fact that David was also suffering from sticky eyes at this time, and while the Karvol didn't actually irritate them I found his eyes looked redder and even stickier on the mornings after I'd used the drops. This could be the natural progression of this particular symptom of course, but I've a funny feeling the vapours from the drops didn't really help matters. I'd recommend Karvol Decongestant Drops to anyone with a babe who is suffering from a blocked up nose. David's was pretty severe, but when Hollie started complaining of the same issue I used them on her bedding and the effects were much quicker and much more impressive - turning a snot-nosed little girl into one who could breathe again without sounding like a car racing through the Mersey Tunnel. One thing I noticed when using them for Hollie was the fact that they can leave an oily stain on some fabrics, so that's something to watch out for - it doesn't matter if you get a stain on a handkerchief obviously, but I spilled a couple of drops on one of her beloved Princess dresses and now I can't get the mark out. Uber annoying. You'll pay around £3 for these drops and it really is money well spent, not least with hayfever season around the corner and more and more children suffering the effects of this horrible time of year. They won't work for all blocked noses and certainly aren't a miracle cure, but they do provide relief for the smallest members of the family - and that has got to be a good thing.

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        01.04.2013 23:28
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        Good product, not my favourite to tackle colds, but very handy and does help

        Introduction: I have been reviewing health items recently as I have just recovered from a pretty bad cold, I was using vapour rub on my chest most nights, but the issues with the rub was that the smell and stickiness hung around the next day. I saw this at a supermarket and thought they were worth a try. Price: I paid £2.10 for a 12 ml bottle of this. Its good value as it lasts a very long time, it comes in a small bottle which is easy to use, all you do is slightly shake and drop will come out. It is very strong smelling and you can smell it straight away. This is a very popular product and is available at most health stores and supermarkets. Does it work?: I use this buy dropping a few drops onto a tissue, i then place this tissue under my pillow case. This allows the decongestant drops to emit there power on my nose over night. The smell is strong and if you take a deep breath you can feel it working instantly. I find that if I use this before bed, the next morning I usually wake up decongested and feeling better than I did before I fell asleep. I only have to use a couple of drops on my pillow and it will last all night, the bottle will last you a very long time. also add this to a tissue and carry it in my pocket, when I feel blocked up I pull the tissue out and take a very deep breath and I feel much better. Better than vapour rub?: I wouldn't say it is better than vapour rub as the actual vapour seems stronger, but if you have a small cold or starting to feel the symptoms of a cold I would advise the Karvol drops as they will help quickly. Overall: I would recommend you try this out, it will help you with your cold and is simple to use. The product is a very good price and its a good investment as a small bottle could last you a good few years. This is good for all ages. This product gets 3 stars from me, I like the drops a lot, but using a vapour rub is my personal preference. Give this a try, it may help you with your cold/flu. Thanks for reading my review, I hope it helped you out! Josh - jlaker1992

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        28.03.2013 11:17
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        A very good idea to make my children feel better when they are sick

        WHAT IS IT? A small bottle of decongestant drops that is made by Karvol.  It is for children and is a milder variety of Olbas Oil but it works very well. HOW DO YOU USE IT? I sprinkle drops onto my childrens bedding and I let my older daughters sniff it from the top of the bottle as long as they do not let their nose touch the bottle.  You can sprinkle it onto a handkerchief also and put that near to their nose when they are sleeping so that they inhale the vapour through the night. DOES IT WORK? It is a lot more gentle than Olbas Oil so it doesn't work as fast, it is very effective though and it has helped all of my daughters.  You can use it from age 3 months and I use it regular on my 9 month old daughter because she gets a blocked up nose a lot when she is teething.  It smells very nice and is a gentle mixture of pine, menthol and cinnamon.  The menthol is not very strong and I think the whole smell is very gentle and a lot better for children.  It smells very natural and does not make my daughters eyes water. It works best when I put it onto the bedding and sometimes I put a drop on the pillow as well, I can still hear that my daughters nose is blocked up but she can breathe better because she does not wake up crying even when it has been very bad in the day.  It is hard to use this in the day because it sometimes leaves a little grease stain on the bedding so I do not use it on my childrens clothes, it is ok for my older children because they can sniff the bottle but it is hard with my youngest daughter because she is too young to do that so I have to put some on a handkerchief and wave it in front of her fact so she breathes some of the vapour in when she is playing. ANYTHING ELSE A bottle of Karvol drops costs about £3 but you only have to use a very small amount every time you use them so a bottle lasts for a long time and it works very well so I will buy them again when I have used all of this bottle up. 4 Dooyoo Stars.

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          19.02.2013 15:38
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          Decongestant drops suitable from 3 months

          My girls were just over 3 months old when they caught Bronchiolitis, an infection of the lower respiratory tract which has symptoms similar to a cold. I went into my local chemist and they recommended that we tried these Karvol decongestant drops. We've tried other treatments when the girls have had colds but this is my favourite remedy for clearing little noses. Packaging The drops come in a 12ml bottle and the instructions for use and the ingredients are printed on both the box and the bottle. The bottle has a plastic dropper top and so it is easy to ensure that you use the correct number of drops. How we use the drops The instructions state that for babies over 3 months and young children 6 drops should be put on a handkerchief near but out of reach of your child. I find this works really well and fills the room with vapour really quickly, much faster than the plug-in varieties we have tried. The girls bedroom is very small and I did worry the first time we used these with only one of the girls poorly that the smell would bother the other one, fortunately this hasn't been the case. These drops are really effective at clearing little noses so that your child can get to sleep, getting them to sleep has always been the battle for us when they are blocked up with them sleeping okay once they have dropped off. The drops can also be used for adults either as above or by adding to hot water and inhaling the vapours. I prefer them added to a tissue which I can breathe in when I need to. Price and availability These drops cost around £3 which is really good value for the time they last. They seem to have limited availability now with the capsules being available instead in supermarkets. Would I recommend? Yes, these drops are really effective and anything that helps myself and my children to sleep with a blocked up nose is a must have.

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          12.03.2012 20:58
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          A great way to feel a little better when you have the cold

          Karvol is a product that can be used to ease congestion when you have a cold and help you to breathe more easily. We tend to use it at night time as this is the most irritating time to be blocked up and I find it difficult trying to get to sleep when I am all bunged up so do my children. Packaging It comes in a cardboard box and then you open this to find a small glass bottle. Remove the lid and at the top of the bottle you will find a pin size hole to let the product pass thorough for application. It has a lid that is easy to remove and re add so that it helps keep the product fresh How to use For babies over 3 months and young children (not for children less than 3 months). Put 6 drops onto a hankie secured near to, but out of the child's reach.For older children and adults put 6 drops onto bedding, hankie or tissue or into a pint of water. Only inhale the vapour. Do not put drops directly into the mouth or nose as it will cause irritation and it is dangerous. I use the same method suggested for children and simply drop some of the product on my bed covers and it works well it does really smell and although it is not a major problem while having a cold you can definitely still smell the scent. Our experience What I found with this is it runs freely and so although it only has a small hole in the top of the bottle it still means it runs rather quickly. This can make it hard to get the exact dosage suggested but you do get used to it each time you use it which makes it easier. As soon as the liquid leaves the bottle I can smell the scent of the menthol begin to do it job. I can feel it working its way and slowly bit by bit my nose is unblocked and I can begin to breathe freely again. In all it takes around 5 minutes for the product to have its full effect which to be honest is a speedy result. Also because the smell is so strong it lasts for hours so you can apply it before you go to bed and wake up in the morning and you still feel uncongested and can breathe easily. Once away from the product the results last for around an hour when I can slowly feel my congested nose creeping back up on me. My children are like me and find the smell really over bearing but it does stop their irritation and helps them settle so they can get a good night's sleep. It works on all 5 of us in the household so is fit for use by all the family. Summary This product is suitable from ages 3 months plus and costs around £2 for a 12ml bottle which as you only need a few drops lasts for ages. I would recommend this product as it works well and for the price you pay is really good value. Karvol comes in many different forms you can but the vapour rub, capsules and even as a vaporiser plug in but I do find buying it in the bottle is much better value for money. Ingredients Levomenthol Ph.Eur. 7.9, Thymol Ph.Eur. 0.7, Chlorobutanol Ph.Eur 0.5, Terpineal B.P. 14.8, Pumilio Pine Oil 22.9, Pine Oil Sylvestris 2.0. Cinnamon Oil, Triacetin, Polysorbate 80, PEG-20 Stearate and Macrogol.

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            18.12.2011 22:39
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            A good product for a baby with a cold

            My four month old daughter recently had a bad cold and during the day and night we relied on some calpol to help ease her discomfort. However it was my sister who recommended we buy some Karvol to place near my daughter in her cot during the night to help her to breathe better. My sister having had her own children swore by it when hers had colds. So whilst doing my weekly supermarket shop I picked up a box of these Karvol decongestant drops which cost just over £2 for a 12 ml bottle. There is a range of Karvol products on the market, and I assumed this was the one that my sister had recommended since it was drops rather than capsules etc which are also available in the same range. It states on the outside of the box that this product is suitable from 3 months old, making my daughter a suitable age for it. It also claims on the box that this product contains natural vapours which relieve nasal congestion, which was what I wanted for my daughter at night, when she was lying on her back in her cot and was probably the worst time for her in terms of being congested. This product contains natural aromatic oils including pine, menthol and cinammon. The natural vapours are meant to help your child breathe more easily or so it claims There are instructions for using this product with the bottle and for young children it is advised that you put 6 drops on a handkerchief and place it near but out of reach of the child. Older children and adults can use this product with a handkerchief or tissue as well, but also have the option of putting it in hot water and inhaling the vapours from the product. Rather than a handkerchief I applied these drops to one of my daughter;s muslin squares and folded it up and placed it near her head in the cot, but out of her reach as instructed. When you open the bottle and apply it the menthol in the Karvol is very strong, and in fact when my husband used it one night he said it reminded him of his childhood when he was have a tissue with it on underneath his pillowcase. Anytime we walked in and out of the room where my baby sleeps we could smell the Karvol and knew therefore that our daughter would certainly be able to smell it herself, and hopefully therefore this would help her breathe better and ultimately sleep better. All well and good...but did it work? Well, as far as I can tell it worked very well, the couple of days that my daughter was at her worst with the cold she slept well, and it wasn't until she woke in the morning that we could hear any signs of congestion and by that stage she was awake anyhow, so we can only conclude that it must have helped her sleep throughout the night as she slept very well during her cold. I certainly think that without this product, we would have had some very unsettled nights as she was cranky during the day at times. Thus, a great product, and one that my sister was absolutely right about.

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              27.11.2010 00:37
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              clears the passages

              It's the time of year for coughs, colds, blocked and runny noses. I feel lousy when my nose is all blocked up and I can't breath and so I imagine other people do to. When I was a child I remember the karvol capsules that you would break the top off and put on a hankie or on your pillow or pyjama top at bedtime. Now a days as well as still doing the capsules they also do the drops, which are a lot more convenient. The drops come in a 12ml bottle and are suitable from 3 months old, when you twist the lid open you will see the bottle has a little hole that will only allow drops out. The drops have a vapour action and help relieve blocked noses due to colds it contains a combination of vapour products including menthol, cinnamon, and pine oil. It is recommended that for babies over 3 months (this is not recommended for under 3 months) that you put 6 drops on hankie and secure it nearby but out of reach. I always put the drops on a tissue and put it on a high shelf but as they got older I put the drops at the edge of the bed sheet. It does say for older children it can be put on bedding, but you can also put in a bowl of water to inhale. I found if you are going to do this then put a towel over your head so the vapours don't escape. (I have never let my children do this though) The smell is just like I remember on those hankies as a child. Its karvol the smell that can unblock your nose. It does help unblock your nose and then help you to sleep. If I have a cold I tend to splash a few drops over the bedding so the smell fills the air which helps clear the nose. These can only be used to inhale. The last bottle I bought not long ago cost me £3 but this was from the local chemist so will probably be cheaper in a supermarket

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                Fast relief for blocked noses

                To start off this review I would firstly like to say that this product is amazing! At the moment I am full of flu, and nothing so far has shifted my blocked nose and headache. I purchased this today and thought I would give it a try, I remember my dad using the capsules on my pillow when I was a child. These drops can be used in 3 different ways. Firstly they can be sprinkled onto a tissue which you hold over your nose and breathe in. You can put a few drops into a bowl of boiling water and inhale the vapours through the steam or as mentioned previously; they can be sprinkled on your pillow before you go to sleep at night. I tried adding a few drops into boiling water and sat with my head over the bowl for around 5-10 minutes. It didn't seem to work straight away but 20 minutes later I could finally breathe again. The drops can be used for children aged 3 months with no maximum age limit. A real miracle worker!

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                  06.12.2009 23:50
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                  Better for babies

                  My son is now on his third cold in 12 weeks (well he has only been out of me for 12 weeks!) and is finally old enough for me to be able to buy products that will ease his symptoms. Having taken care of his light cough with a baby linctus and his low grade fever with Calpol, his runny nose was next on my list to deal with. With my first I panicked every time I had to give her medicine but this time around, with a busy four year old to look after, a house to run and a husband who works long hours and is often abroad I am much more relaxed! With my daughter I relied on Olbas as a decongestant, but having come to the end of a bottle I opted for Karvol decongestant drops instead which was the only option in my nearest shop. The drops worked out much cheaper than the 12 decongestant capsules (£2.41 to £2.61 with more than 12 uses) so I picked up a bottle and added it to the pile of medicine in my basket (alas both my daughter and myself have this cold and I am up and down multiple times in the night at the moment). The instructions are very straightforward, drip 6 drops of the oil onto a handkerchief and inhale the vapours whilst keeping out of the reach of children-which is much easier with a non-mobile baby than an inquisitive four year old. Adults and older children can also use the drops in a pint of hot water and inhale the vapours that way. The packaging suggests that you should take care using hot water which made me laugh, having reached the ripe old age of almost 28 I am (almost) completely aware of how to handle hot water. Like most useful medicines this is not for use on children under the age of 3 months. Direct contact with skin should be avoided, so don't go dripping it up your nose or anything. It doesn't say on the packaging how often it needs to be topped up, but I have found that one application on a handkerchief a day is not enough and have been adding more every 6-12 hours. The oils are a mix of pine, cinnamon and menthol but obviously there are more ingredients than this listed, most of them with incomprehensible names. The bottle is small and easy to lose so I have been making sure I keep it in an obvious place and making the effort to return it after every use. In the general chaos of my house it has rolled under a pile of tissues and off the sofa several times, causing mild panic and more chaos as I shift stuff around whilst trying to find it. It would certainly benefit from a luminous top or brighter packaging! Once opened it has a lid designed to control the amount of liquid dripped out and if upended there is a delay before the product starts to flow, very useful for people who are inclined to knock things over - especially as this stuff will strip painted/polished surfaces. So after all that does it work? Well I have noticed a distinct lack of success on my stuffed up nose, but then I am not really in one place long enough to help it to work as there always seems to be something to be done, or a child to be comforted. However my son is definitely sleeping easier at night and his nose is less runny. Visitors have commented on the pungent medicinal smell, which is not entirely unpleasant (but then I cant really smell it anyway!), although I have found these menthol type drops can give me a headache overtime if I am not ill myself. Overall there is no way I would buy this over a decongestant tablet or spray, this is definitely one to use when there is no other viable alternative i.e. for babies and small children. My product of choice for slightly older children is Vicks Vapourub on the chest, but for young babies I am concerned about accidentally transferring this to their hands or face by accident during application or nappy/clothes change. So this product fills the gap/ is a useful addition to the power of Vicks.

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                  13.05.2009 14:41
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                  A wonderful comforting smell that you will want to return to!

                  As a child, whenever I suffered from a blocked nose, a cold, or any form of sinus-related problems, out would come the trusty tub of Vicks Vapour rub, which would either be put on a cotton hanky for me to keep with me, or smeared onto my chest at bedtime. Alternatively, I would be made to hold my head over a bowl of boiling water, into which Mum had put a few menthol crystals, with a towel over the top to keep the steam in.......**remember, don't put too many in, because it blows your head off!!** Both these methods worked fantastically well, and there is nothing wrong with either (well, apart from having your head blown off with too much menthol in the hot water!). However, over the past few years, I have moved away from having the trusty reliable Vicks in the cupboard for such moments, and now have a bottle of Karvol decongestant drops on the go instead. Karvol is available in small bottles which hold a total of 12mls of liquid, with a dropper style top, or in individual capsule form. I always buy the bottle because it works out much cheaper, but both work equally well, and are the same basic product as far as I am aware. There is also a vapour rub, and a vapouriser (but I have not tried either of these to compare). Karvol is a decongestant that is suitable for all the family, except for babies under 3 months old. It is ideal for helping settle children with snuffly noses, for putting on a hanky to help with blocked noses, and for generally aiding restful sleep, in my experience. **What does it contain?** Karvol contains natural ingredients such as levomenthal, thymol and pine oil - all widely used in decongestant medicines. It also contains chlorbutol, which has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and terpineal which is an naturally occuring alcohol (and will therefore help in preserving the other ingredients for long periods of time). **How does it work?** Quite simply, the vapours released help to unblock stuffy noses, and therefore help you to feel more comfortable both during the day, and when you are sleeping. In addition, the pleasant scent of Karvol is very comforting, and on its own may help you drift off to sleep as you relax. **How to use it** Remember - this is not suitable for use with babies under 3 months old. For all others, you can put six drops of Karvol on a clean hanky. For babies and very young children, this can be placed near to them, but out of reach - for example, it could be tied onto a cot side, or draped onto a pillow next to the bed. For older children and adults, the vapours can be inhaled from the hanky. Alternatively a few drops could be put onto your bedding - towards the top of the duvet cover works well, I find, with children, whereas I like to have mine actually on my pillow. Cotton hankies seem to be a thing of the past, but fear not - Karvol works just as well with paper tissues. **Karvol should NOT be placed directly on the skin** Remember the menthol *blow your head off* method with the bowl of hot water? Well, you can put your six drops of Karvol in a pint of hot water, and inhale the vapours that way - much less harsh than the pure menthol of old, and just as effective......and gives you a free facial steam in the process of course! I really do think that no first aid cupboard should be without Karvol - as I mentioned above, I think it does more than just help stuffy noses.....for me it aids restful sleep in general, presumably by the fact that it is helping me to breathe just that little bit easier. And as for value for money - well, it is a long time since I bought Vicks, and I am sure Karvol is probably a bit more expensive, but at about £3 for a bottle, and easily available in chemists and supermarkets, I don't think you will feel hard done by. Each bottle has a long shelf life too, so no need to throw any away after just a few weeks. If you want more information on Karvol, its uses, and how it works, visit their website at www.karvol.co.uk where they even have bedtime stories to help settle your little one!

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                    09.11.2008 22:08

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                    good for babies

                    Karvol always reminds me of being a kid with a cold , at the first sign of a sniffle out came the karvol capsules. A definate staple in any home first aid kit. Karvol really is a marvel at clearing blocked noses and is a lot more gentle than some other decongestants. Its great because you can use on young children and its really the only thing you are supposed to give them for colds. It is mild enough to use on babies but strong enough to help adults with their bunged up nose! The drop version of karvol is lot better in their value for money and in the fact that can use as much or as little as you want rather than only having the amount in a capsule. The best way to use it is to place apply a few drops to a hankerchief and place inside in your pillowcase at night, or tie on the side of a babies cot, or even place on a warm radiator so the vapours heat up .

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                    31.10.2008 14:50
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                    an excellent product to use if your all stuffed up

                    I discovered Karvol Decongestant Drops after using the capsules. My son had been teething for about 8 weeks solid but he was full up with a cold and a nasty cough and struggling to sleep at night. I had used quite a few boxes of the capsules and when i was at the shop buying more i spotted the drops and thought that price wise they would be more economical. The drops are not suitable to be used on babies under 3 months old. The drops can be used to relieve nasal congestion blocked noses and colds on children over 3 months and adults. Directions for use It is recommended that for babies over 3 months and young children that 6 drops be put onto a hankie and then secured near the child but out of reach. When i use this for my son who is 20 months i always put three drops directly onto his bed sheets under neath his pillow and this always helps him. For older children and adults 6 drops can be placed onto the bedding or again on a hankie or tissue. An alternative way to use them is to put drops into a pint of hot water and let the vapours fill the room. Karvol contains a variety of natural vapour products that include cinnamon, pine oil and menthol. These drops come packaged in a blue box with the Karvol name in white across the box. The actual bottle that contain the drops is a glass brown bottle and has a screw on white lid. The drops dispense through an easy pour filter fitted in the neck of the bottle. There are 12 mls of product in the bottle. Karvol drops have a very strong and distinctive smell and should not be placed directly in the mouth or nose.

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                  These have a vapour action, and help relieve runny or blocked noses.