4.8
412 reviews
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Type:
Vapor Rub
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Vicks
Vicks VapoRub

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Vicks VapoRub
 
4.8

(based on 412 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (337)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (7)
  • Easy to administer (6)
  • Relieves symptoms fast (6)
  • No side effects (4)
  • Promotes healing (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Cough (8)
  • Congestion (6)
  • Runny nose & sneezing (5)
  • Sore throat (4)
  • Aches & pains (3)
    • Congestion Relief:
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    • Chest Congestion Relief:
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    • Relief of Aches & Pains:
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    • Cough Suppression:
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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Healthy adult (4)
    • Affiliation:
    • I received a sample (22)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vicks VapoRub is still as good as I remember it was!

It seems I have been using **Vicks Vaporub** all my life and, in fact, I have! My mother used to slather this ointment on my chest and throat when...Read complete review

It seems I have been using **Vicks Vaporub** all my life and, in fact, I have! My mother used to slather this ointment on my chest and throat when I was sick and I would always feel better after it was applied. For colds, coughs, and decongesting, rub a layer of the ointment over the chest and throat and cover with a dry cloth. Keep clothing loose so the vapors can surround you. For sore or achy muscles, rub directly on them. Although the directions say never to apply the product in the nostrils, I always did until I was old enough to know I wasn't supposed to. Now I dab a tiny but under my nose to open up my head and relieve stuffiness. The ointment is greasy and will make your hair or clothing greasy if they are exposed to it. It is best to rub it in then cover with a warm, dry cloth. When I apply it, it feels immediately cool and tingly. I can feel the vapors going to work and my head almost always clears up quickly. When I have chest congestion, that takes a bit longer to break up but still, Vicks does a good job in that area. I never really noted that **Vicks VapoRub** helped my coughs but I really don't get colds with heavy coughs and, on the rare occasion that I do, I always take something to help with coughing because I hate it! **Vicks VapoRub** has eucalyptus in it which is a scent that I love and that helps to clear my sinuses. However, dipping my fingers into the tall jar is no fun. I wish they would come out with a tin or flatter wide mouthed jar. The scent is super strong of menthol, eucalyptus, and, I suppose, camphor (I am not sure what camphor smells like alone). That scent is what opens me up and allows my sinuses to drain and my chest to ease. I don't use this product as a muscle reliever because I prefer BioFreeze for that but I do apply sparingly to my sore shoulders and arms (I don't know why they get sore when I am sick) and it helps a bit to ease the stiffness. In all, I simply prefer Vicks Vaporub to any other similar topical analgesic because it works well and is a blast from the past that comforts me and makes me feel better mentally as well as physically. **Ingredients ***Active Ingredients: Camphor (4.8%), Eucalyptus Oil (1.2%), Menthol (2.6%) Inactive Ingredients: Cedar Leaf Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Special Petrolatum, Thymol, Turpentine Oil *

Ironically, my husband's grandmother, who died at age 96, used turpentine and camphor when she was a kid to knock out even the worst colds. I am not so sure I like the idea of turpentine in a product but, in this case, it works!

**Conclusion**

**Vicks VapoRub** has worked for me since I was a child and continues to help ease my colds, sore throats, and congestion. It's safe to use with other medications and has no side effects. I love it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

No, do NOT put Vick's in your nostrils!

No, do NOT put Vick's VapoRub in, or near, your nose! It contains camphor, a petroleum product that can be toxic if absorbed directly into the body.The proper ways to apply VapoRub...Read complete review

No, do NOT put Vick's VapoRub in, or near, your nose! It contains camphor, a petroleum product that can be toxic if absorbed directly into the body.The proper ways to apply VapoRub are:  _ On the chest or throat (to congestion relief), or  _ On sore muscles (to increase circulation)See the warnings on the VapoRub pages at vicks.com—or just do a search for "vaporub" and "nostrils" and you'll see many references to this.VapoRub is okay if used safely. However, I prefer to use other products that don't contain petroleum. It's just not necessary.

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5.0

Love this product use it for. Every thing always have extra

By 

from Lackawanna New York 14218

About Me Elderly

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Pros

  • Relieves Symptoms Fast

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Aches & Pains

    Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

    Use for chest congestion, sore throat, ear ache, sore joints, keep mosquitoes away, stuffy nose, pimples, can't say enough good things about this product thank you.

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By 

    from Madawaska, Maine

    About Me Healthy Adult

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    Pros

    • Easy To Administer
    • Effective
    • No Side Effects
    • Relieves Symptoms Fast

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Congestion
      • Cough
      • Runny Nose & Sneezing
      • Sore Throat

      Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

      I have used this product since I was little. When I get a cold, I get it BAD. My Mom used to put Vick's on a washcloth, tie it up, and have me sniff it and keep it by my nose on my pillow to help my congestion. I love the smell and it works well!

      • Affiliation:
      • I received a sample
       
      5.0

      Love the smell and how it helps me breath!

      By 

      from Springfield il

      About Me Healthy Adult

      Pros

      • Easy To Administer
      • Effective
      • No Side Effects
      • Promotes Healing
      • Relieves chapped lips
      • Relieves Symptoms Fast

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Congestion
        • Cough
        • Runny Nose & Sneezing
        • Sore Throat

        Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

        I use this product for colds and congestion. Very helpful toward getting through the night

         
        5.0

        Don't settle for the off brand

        By 

        from Toledo, OH

        About Me Healthy Adult

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        Pros

        • Effective
        • No Side Effects

        Cons

        • Very strong scent

        Best Uses

        • Congestion
        • Cough

        Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

        So I have never used this product before but as a child my mother would always get something similar and it seemed to work well enough. Fast forward to about a week ago with the weather changes I tend to get sick a lot. This time i had a stuffy nose with a mild cough. As I went to the store I noticed this little gem and decided to give it a shot. The price was alright considering how much came in the container. For me it was a little under five bucks for about a two ounce container. The smell is very strong and initially it was somewhat discomforting. Its is best described as that strong icy mint smell from a fresh stick of gum. I applied it the same way my mother use to apply the other brand which was smearing it under the nose and rubbing some in on the chest area. I don't recommend using too much. I found that a little goes a long way with this product. It does give off a tingly sensation but it is not enough to irritate. As I said before the smell is very strong but found that it made me use my nose more than I would have had I not used the product. When my nose is stuffy I tend to breathe out of my mouth more. Overall I liked the product it was simple to use and took care of my stuffy nose after about two days. This is while applying it two times a day when I woke up the third day I felt fine and so I didn't use it. I liked that it was to be used externally as I the coatings fro most pills upsets my stomach and liquid cold medicines have horrible tastes. I will definitely be using this product again.

         
        5.0

        Still on the market

        By 

        from Ohio

        About Me Healthy Adult

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        Pros

        • Easy To Administer
        • Effective
        • No Side Effects
        • Promotes Healing
        • Relieves Symptoms Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Congestion
          • Cough
          • Runny Nose & Sneezing
          • Sore Throat

          Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

          My Mom used Vicks Vapo Rub on me, I used it on my children and now my Grandchildren.
          Obiviously since its still being produced speaks volumes .Wherever I get night congestion I just rub some on my throat, chest nd under my nose, I feel immediate relief it opens my airways and helps me breathe.

          • Affiliation:
          • I received a sample
           
          5.0

          the great product

          By 

          from ALGERIA

          About Me Medical Professional

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          Pros

          • Effective

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Aches & Pains
            • Cough

            Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

            Helps to spend a quiet night's sleep and not feel coughing.

            • Affiliation:
            • I am an employee or otherwise affiliated with the brand
             
            4.0

            Quick and Efficient Product

            By 

            from Ottawa, ON

            About Me Caregiver

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            Pros

            • Clears Breathing
            • Easy To Administer
            • Effective
            • Fast-Acting
            • Relieves Symptoms Fast

            Cons

            • Irritation in Eyes if Applied near/on Eyes
            • Poor Taste/Smell

            Best Uses

            • Congestion
            • Cough
            • Runny Nose & Sneezing
            • Sore Throat

            Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

            I have used this product all my life and also use it on my kid. I love that it is easy to apply and fast-acting. It starts working as soon as it is applied. I remember when I was a kid my mother used to put this on my nose and chest whenever I caught cold or had running nose, congestion or cough. I do the same with my kid. I have never felt or seen any side effects of it. The only thing that irritates is it's smell which is too strong and when applied on nose, you can actually feel like you are practically tasting it on ur tongue. Another thing I would recommend is to avoid putting it any closer to your eyes because the near it is your eyes, the more likely it is to cause irritation in eyes. Otherwise iit is safe to use, quite quick and efficient product.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            from super market

            By 

            from san jose

            About Me Have Medical Condition

            Pros

            • Easy To Administer

            Cons

            • Causes Drug Interactions
            • Causes Side Effects

            Best Uses

            • Congestion
            • Cough

            Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

            its good but we have problem beacuse the time but its ok we need to hood your mouth yeah its about fall out code cod us has his im you are we can to do in your mouth

            • Affiliation:
            • I am an employee or otherwise affiliated with the brand
             
            5.0

            good

            By 

            from iarq

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            Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

            very good

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            "Sickness had never had such a fonder feeling"

            By 

            from USA

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            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Easy To Administer
            • Effective
            • Promotes Healing
            • Relieves Symptoms Fast

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Aches & Pains
              • Cough
              • Emergencies
              • Runny Nose & Sneezing

              Comments about Vicks VapoRub:

              I personally love this brand and would recommend it to anyone I know. It's a great brand that I have been using for many years now and I wouldn't replace it at all. It has aided me in common colds and helped me breath. While the smell can be bothersome for some people I found it to have a familiar smell I grew fond of. Would recommend to everyone.

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