Wednesday 17 November 2010

Cerumol Olive Oil Ear Drops

I'm not sure if it was a test or not (but if it was, I think I passed with flying colours !) but Sophie came home from school last week, after a particularly gruelling PE lesson, telling me she had a sore heel, a sore knee, a sore eye and a sore ear. Well, we headed off to my trusty medicine cabinet and found things to sort her out -some Scholl Cracked Heel Repair Cream that I reviewed a few weeks ago, some arnica cream for her knee, some conjunctivitis drops for her sticky eye and some Cerumol Olive Oil Ear Drops.

I'd been sent the ear drops to review a little while ago but hadn't had any need for them yet so this was the perfect opportunity. The bottle comes with a handy dropper attachment so I cracked the seal, screwed on the dropper, scanned the instructions and dripped a couple of drips into Sophie's ear before putting a piece of cotton wool in her ear. They're not actually designed to soothe ear ache, they're supposed to help remove stubborn ear wax, but it was the best thing I had to hand !

Chief-tester Sophie said it was a bit cold but not too bad because it actually felt nice and cooling in her ear. It felt a bit gooey when she put her head back up and it dribbled out of her ear but she thinks it stopped her ear hurting a bit. Whether that's down to the action of the product or the placebo-effect, I have no idea but it stopped her feeling miserable so that's good enough for me !

As they explain on their website, "Cerumol Ear Drops have been trusted by millions of ears for over 50 years to help remove ear wax. Now traditional Cerumol is joined by new Cerumol Olive Oil Ear Drops offering more choice when dealing with stubborn ear wax. Cerumol Olive Oil Drops offer a natural way to gently soften and remove ear wax and have no known side effects. The drops can even be used during pregnancy or when breast feeding."

The drops are made of medicinal grade olive oil, a product which Cerumol say "is scientifically proven to disperse ear wax and therefore helps its easy removal. The wax either runs out of its own accord or becomes more accessible for professional removal by syringing. It is usually recommended that 1-2 drops are used twice a day, for up to 7 nights. If the drops are being used prior to an ear syringing appointment, the surgery will advise on the recommended dosing. For those who have regular problems with excessive wax, it may be beneficial to use 1-2 drops of olive oil each week. This will not stop wax collecting, but will make removal easier and encourage the natural movement of wax from the outer ear."

If you have problems with earwax building up, it's lovely to find such a natural product to use to sort things out. The Cerumol website is also full of handy tips and facts as well as fun and games including a hearing check, sound garden and dot-to-dot. Do you want the link ? "Ear" you go then ! *groans*

star rating : 4/5

RRP : £3.42 for 10ml

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