Pros: Medicated vapors. Not greasy like traditional Vapo Rub.
Cons: Not as effective as traditional Vapo Rub.
As I am writing this review, you could definitely say that it is a Vicks Vapo Rub kind of night. After spending two nights at a friend's house last week, who failed to mention that her girls (ages 2,7, and 9) had a viral thing and were sick, sick, sick, I contracted this nasty viral thing, and have had the coughing, aching ribs, runny nose, draining eyes, and sore throat that you would expect to accommodate a viral thing. Sure, the cough syrup with codeine helps relieve the cough a teeny, tiny bit, but what is my secret for being able to sleep at night? Vicks Vapo Rub!
I have been a user of Vicks Vapo Rub products for as long as I can remember. I have memories of my mom and my grandma rubbing Vicks Vapo Rub on my chest, neck, and just under my nose since I was a small child. As I have gotten older, I have come to count on Vicks Vapo Rub to provide the soothing I need, when I am faced with a horrible cold, to help me sleep through the night, and rest as ease. When I first discovered Vicks Vapo Rub cream it was during a shopping trip when Vicks Vapo Rub was on the shopping list. Apparently, Vicks Vapo Rub was on everyone else's shopping list because the store shelf was wiped slick. I looked at the Vicks Vapo Rub Cream with a great deal of skepticism, the price was a great deal higher than the Vicks Vapo Rub I knew and loved, and the package looked like you got so much less than the traditional Vicks Vapo Rub. Still, I was desperate for that soothing Vicks Vapo Rub relief, and as such, I picked up the tube, and took it home.
My first impressions of Vicks Vapo Rub Cream were positive ones. The packaging was simple to open, you just flip open the plastic pop cap, squeeze it into your hand, and apply it where you want it. This all seemed so much easier than the traditional Vicks Vapo Rub. Like traditional Vicks Vapo Rub, Vicks Vapo Rub Cream delivers vapors that help to relieve your cough, and since you apply it externally, you don't have to worry about other medical conditions you may have that might interfere with taking a product orally, or drug interactions.
The active ingredients in Vicks Vapo Rub Cream are: Camphor (5.2%); Eucalyptus Oil (1.2%); and Menthol (2.8%). Other ingredients found in this product include: carbomer 954, cedarleaf oil, cetyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, cyclomethicone copolyol, dimethicone copolyol, dimethicone, EDTA, glycerin, imidazolidinyl urea, isopropyl palmitate, methylparaben, nutmeg oil, peg-100 stearate, propylparaben, purified water, sodium hydroxide, stearic acid, stearyl alcohol, thymol, titanium dioxide, and turpentine oil. If you have sensitivity to any of these ingredients, I would recommend that you not use this product. You do apply the product directly to the skin, so if you are sensitive to one of the ingredients, then a reaction is likely to occur.
You can use Vicks Vapo Rub Cream on your chest and throat areas to help with the temporary relief of a cough, but that is not the only use for this product. Applying the product to aching muscles can help to relieve minor aches and pains. One of my favorite uses for this product when I am sick with the "works" (my name for the viral mess I have right now), is to apply a tiny bit directly under (not in) my nose. I find that the vapors help calm my runny nose, help me breathe easier, and help me to get a good night sleep. They recommend Vicks Vapo Rub Cream for children 2 years of age and older. Vicks does make a baby rub product that is appropriate for infants who need relief similar to what Vicks Vapo Rub provides adults. The directions are simple; rub a thick layer on chest and throat or sore, aching muscles. Cover with a soft cloth or light clothing (if desired). Repeat up to three times a day. They warn you to avoid getting the product in your eyes, not to take it by mouth, not to apply bandages over the area, not to put it in your nostrils, and not to put it on wounds, damaged, or extremely sensitive skin. They also warn you not to heat, microwave, or expose the product to hot water, because it could cause burns.
After having experience in using both Vicks Vapo Rub Cream and traditional Vicks Vapo Rub, I must say that I am slightly disappointed with the cream. I thought that I would prefer the greaseless, less mess cream, to the traditional Vicks Vapo Rub, but the relief it provides just does not seem to be the same as the relief that I personally have experienced with traditional Vicks Vapo Rub. Additionally, while the cream formula does deliver the medicated vapors, it doesn't seem to deliver them as fast, nor do they seem to be as strong as the vapors that the traditional Vicks Vapo Rub delivers. The price difference between the traditional Vicks Vapo Rub and the Vicks Vapo Rub Cream can also be a huge deal if you are on a budget, with the cream costing almost double the price. To me, it's not worth the extra cost to have the convenience of a cream that just doesn't seem to perform as well as the original. I recently discovered a product similar to Vicks Vapo Rub, that I like a whole lot more than both traditional Vapo Rub and the Vapo Rub Cream. It's called Lander RX Colds Rub with Vaporizing Action Nasal Decongestant and Cough Suppressant, it really helps with the "works" crud like what I have right now.