9/28/2014

Quick #Review: First Degree Burn Cream

I received this complimentary product from Influenster to test and to review.


Product: First Degree Burn Cream
Product Description: Helps reduce the appearance of scars; protects against infection; soothes the pain & cools the burn

Disclaimer: I was unable to test this product, because (un?)fortunately no one in my household has burned him/herself since I received the product. When the time comes, I will update this post with a review.

When someone in my household has a burn, we use a product that is both an antiseptic and an anesthetic. First Degree Burn Cream is homeopathic, so the active ingredient list is a bit mystifying.

Active Ingredients: Calendula officinalis Tinc HPUS (wound healing), Cantharis vesicatoria 3x HPUS (burns and scalds), Echinacea angustifolia Tinc HPUS (antiseptic).

Here's some deciphering:

  • Tinc: tincture (an alcohol-based derivative of natural plant material)
  • HPUS: Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States
  • 3X: diluted to a concentration of 10^3 (1:1000)
  • Calendula officinalis: The flower of this plant is used as an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory and promotes wound healing
  • Cantharis vesicatoria: Derived from a beetle and used in the treatment of urinary conditions but also applied topically to prevent blistering from burns
  • Echinacea angustifolia: This plant is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and topical antibiotic.
Here is what the FDA has to say about homeopathic remedies. Be sure to follow the directions of any product you use. Be careful of dosage and of drug interactions.

To be continued, once I have the misfortune of burning myself...

Quick #Review: Bikini Ready Energy Gummies #BikiniReadyLifestyle

I received this complimentary product from Influenster to test and to review.


Product: Bikini Ready Energy Gummies
Product Description: Tastes great, boosts metabolism, increases energy

Disclaimer: I hate gummi candy. I hate any food that's gelatin-based. Furthermore, I don't ingest energy drinks or supplements because they're not FDA-regulated and are not usually good for your health.

Nutrition: 20 micrograms caffeine (same as about 1/4 cup of coffee); 333% Vitamin B12 daily value

For the sake of reviewing this product, I gave it a go. In this sample, there were two gumdrop-appearing gummies that were red and orange. I chose to start with the red-colored gummi, which I hoped was cherry-flavored. The first thing I tasted was the sugar (1.5 gram per gummi), followed by a very chemical, unnatural taste that was barely cherry. The texture was rubbery and not easily broken down in the mouth. Within one minute of chewing, I was assaulted by an unforgivingly sour taste that led me to spit the gummi out. I didn't even attempt to try the remaining orange gummi.

Bottom Line: Yuck. I expected the artificial flavoring but not the gag-inducing sour taste. I don't normally eat energy supplements, but I don't think that's a normal response. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Quick #Review: Playtex Sport #PlayOn

I received this complimentary product from Influenster to test and to review.


Product: Playtex® Sport® regular absorbency plastic tampons
Product Description: Fresh Balance; 360° Protection™ with OdorShield™ technology designed to neutralize odors; lightly scented

While I do use tampons, I do not have a strong opinion about the brand or type I use. I do not pledge loyalty to any particular brand - I buy what's on sale. All I ask of a feminine product is that it does its job.

Also, I do not lead an active life; due to various illnesses and injuries, I'm fairly sedentary. Therefore, I can't review this product to the fullest extent-- I can't completely exercise (no pun intended) the promises Playtex® Sport® makes.

As far as the "sport" aspect goes, I certainly didn't jump hurdles like the lady on the box. I also didn't swim, climb a mountain, or do any of the activities that I've seen in the commercials. All I can say is that as a tampon, the product stayed in place and didn't slip when I moved. It also didn't leak, so I didn't need to wear a pad as a backup.

Bottom Line: Pleasant scent, easy applicator. Effective, though I can't speak to the advertised benefits regarding an active lifestyle. If they were on sale, I'd buy them.

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