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Years ago I remember households practically being split into two when it came to the likes of antiseptic creams - there was the 'Pink' team of good old Germolene, and then there was the 'Blue' team of Savlon. Some households even - shock horror - kept both in their medicine cabinets!
We were always one of those families that used both, so when I moved into my own home I bought the same kind of products I'd been used to at home and Savlon (plus Germolene) became a regular in my own bathroom cabinet.So what is it? This is deemed "..the nation's favourite blue tube.." according to their official website (yes they do have one) though I can't say I've ever got so excited about it to even refer to it as anything as heroic as that. Savlon is an antiseptic cream that is suitable for the usual generic symptoms pertaining to these types of products including:
Sore and/or chapped skin etc (you get the gist.)
Though I have no idea what the actual the list of ingredients used actually are, according to the leaflet enclosed it contains Cetrimide and Chlorhexidine Gluconate which apparently are the active ingredients and are the bits that heal and soothe in plain English.Availability~ This is a common antiseptic product and can be found in chemists, most large supermarkets, and anywhere that sells similar items.
Years ago this came in a standard 'one size fits all' tube, but these days can be found in a plethora of formats and sizes including: 15g 30g 60g 100g
(Although the appearance and the cream itself is identical despite the different sizes I will just say for review purposes only it is the 60g I own and am therefore reviewing).
Appearance~ There is nothing exciting or sexy about the appearance of the cream - it's antiseptic after all, so the colours are a very basic, medicinal blue and white. The tube is a plastic material with a screw top lid and this is easy to access by gently squeezing the tube.
The cream is a very bright white in colour, whilst the consistency is slightly greasy (but more on that in a moment) and the texture is light if comparing to the likes of germolene (which is a lot thicker).
The fragrance is one of those that has many people sitting on the fence with - they neither like it nor dislike it. Personally I find this to be fairly pleasant, and when it's applied to my skin is unobtrusive as the scent has a slight medicinal mixed with powder scent.
My experience~ As far as antiseptic creams go this is probably one of my favourites. I know I keep mentioning it's counterpart Germolene and making comparisons, but the reason I think I slightly prefer this out of the two is it is very soothing and most importantly doesn't sting.
I've used this for just about every ailment on the list above over the years and have always found it to be very satisfactory at doing what it's supposed to do - help the healing process.
I'd say if it has a weak spot it's just that - it's weak on spots - mine anyway. I suffer random bouts of spots mainly on my chin, even now in my thirties, and it's never made any significant impact on helping heal them so it's one thing I don't bother using it on now. I've always had physical jobs and have been a 'grafter' and these days am a housewife so my hands have really took some stick so to speak. They can get very chapped and sore, to the point where even the most intensive hand creams make no difference on me,but this is where Savlon really is my saviour.
When my hands get to this point I find that smothering in said cream before bedtime and wearing a pair of cotton gloves over night has them back to their soft self by morning - it's fabulous for this reason alone as it has a moisturising effect leaving my hands feeling back to normal.
As for all of the other problems it's associated with helping, I have found it to be very good at easing sunburn when applied regularly as the cream just soaks into the skin without leaving it feeling 'sticky' or 'tacky' despite it's initial greasiness when first applied. It leaves an almost powdery feeling on the skin if anything, but this isn't unpleasant and doesn't cause a problem by rubbing off on any clothes that may be covering the area and up to press hasn't stained clothing either (though that's just my personal experience of using this.).
Recommended?~ I would say this is one of the best antiseptic creams to have in your medicine cabinet as it's so versatile. It's scent is very faint when you have applied it so it's not obvious you are 'wearing it' (unlike TCP). Though it's supposedly suitable for all ages I would recommend you read the enclosed leaflet that comes in the box with this and judge usage yourself.
This is one of those products I'm never without and as soon as the tube starts to get remotely low I make sure I buy another straight away.
Prices start from anything from £1 for the small tubes and just in case you wondered Savlon is manufactured by Novartis Consumer Health.