A few weeks back, I got a wonderful surprise in the mail. Manila Fashion Observer Christine Dychiao generously sent me a bottle of Vapor Soove! What a nice unexpected gift. Thank you Tin!
When my daughter M gets a cough or a cold, we normally go through the usual remedies (vaporizer, fluids, nebulizer). At night, the traditional remedy of my mom was to put Vicks VapoRub on my chest and back (probably copied from that ever memorable ad, which I think had the coolest CG effects in its time) . I tried that once on M but she got very irritated from the Vicks upon contact with her skin. Her skin became very red and hot. She didn’t like it. I washed it off with soap immediately.
I remember there was even an email circulating a few years ago that you should put it on the child’s feet for cough relief, with the National Research Council of Canada backing it up. The rumor-investigating website Snopes states that the NRC denied this statement and does not recommend putting Vicks on a child’s feet for cough relief.
There are also several researches that mention camphor (an ingredient present in Vicks and other Vaporub products) toxicity, especially in young children. This is why the Vicks label clearly states that it is not for children under 2 years old (Always read the label).
So, back to my gift from MFO, I was very happy upon receiving this in the mail because it meant I could give some relief to M when she gets sick. Here is the description from Heritage.com.sg:
Vapor Soove is a proprietary blend of essentials oils that creates a soothing vapour and calming effect. It provides gentle and effective relief for stuffy noses and coughs and, is suitable for babies and children from 6 months onwards.
Vapor Soove does not contain Camphor like many other popular chest rubs.
Eucalyptus: help clear a stuffy nose & loosen mucus, prevents infection & fight general respiratory problems
Lavender: calming, soothe irritability, aid sleep, relieve colic
Menthol: relieve dry coughs, ease sinus & chest congestion
Thyme: fortify lungs to resist infection, expectorant
in a non-greasy ointment base
M got a virus recently and I had the chance to road test Vapor Soove. It is non-greasy (so it won’t leave any stains on pajamas or the sheets). It has a very mild smell (which does not mean it is not effective. People equate the strong smell of vapo rubs to its efficacy but there are no findings to support this).