Ingredients have changed
Purchased a jar of Vicks Vaporub today, when I first opened the jar I thought it was off. Did some research and discovered this is NOT the Vaporub I grew up with. Smells strongly of Camphor and Cedar and all the Eucalyptus has gone. They are trading on the name and the goodwill of longtime buyers and charging a fortune for what now is a substandard product. Do not purchase this rub, it is not worth it. Such a shame.
Sadly disappointed and cheated!
I remember Vicks being pungent, thick and extremely effective. I bought a jar recently and found its active ingredients have been significantly reduced, its consistancy considerably thinner, so its overall effect is now pretty useless.
Purchased in November 2019 for $4.00.
It's a horrible product now. There's hardly any eucalyptus oil in it. Total waste of money. Will not buy again. My wife and I are both in our 50s We grew up with Vicks vaporub. Very sad to see cost cutting destroy a good product
Not what it used to be
No effect whatsoever, weak no strength to it, waste of money, deffo can tell that formula has been changed, won't buy again. Why are things changed for the worse, they take your money and don't care if it doesn't work.
Purchased in November 2019.
Vick's Vapour Rub
I got the flue and had a cough. Always have used this product Vick's Vapour Rub. I opened a new bottle and put it n my chest expecting the same texture and heat. I was highly disappointed when I did not get the same result. I found out by searching that the formula had been changed. I was not impressed to have wasted my money on this product and not a notice given to me the customer. Sorry you changed your formula!!
Purchased in November 2019 at Walmart.
Definitely lost its use for coughs and colds.. been buying and recommending it for years and years.. not anymore.. there is no nice smell or feeling of heat when applied to the chest.. wont be wasting my money again on what used to be the best medicine for making you feel better ..
If it aint broke don't fix it!
Not the same reliable product. Used to have a pleasant odor and a kick to it. Sorry but you've gone and ruined a great product! If it aint broke don't fix it!
Who stuffed up Vick’s Vapour Rub
Why has the menthol been removed. Or did they leave it in India. Stuffed up a good thing. Like rubbing in car grease. Thrown out and bought Euky Bear Rub instead. Made in Australia with Australian ingredients.
Not effective any more
No longer a rich smelling formula that cleared a blocked nose. This was a reliable product back in the 60s. I agree with another reviewer that it would be better to use essential oils. Sorry I bought it. They should indicate is a new formula on label.
Purchased in August 2019 for $8.00.
Would give a zero if that was an option
Vicks has definitely changed their formula. The scent isn't as strong, it's very watery, whereas the old formula was more oil based and didn't require refills every few hours. I could use consistently for 2 days without refilling. Now I'm adding to the humidifier every 2-3 hours. I will not purchase again. I've used Vicks forever, so this is very disappointing! I guess I'll use essential oils instead.
Purchased in August 2019 for $16.99.
May as well rub vaseline on your body!
May as well rub vaseline on your body. Couldn’t even smell it in the jar and no smell on the body at all. It didn’t create any heat at all on my body and felt just like plain vaseline. It’s definitely not the same anymore. It’s such a shame as it was a great product.
Purchased in July 2019.
What have you done?
What have you done to Vics vapour rub it,s lost it's punch you could put it on your chest and it would hit you. This new formula smells like gimger and as no where the kick it used to have. Why mess with a well loved product.
Very very annoyed at Vicks - Never again
I have been using Vicks products on and off for many many years but the latest VapoRub and other Vicks products IMHO are not as good as before.
Bye bye Vicks.
Awful and weak
It does nothing for me. It is too weak to be effective and just smells nice, nothing more. Also, it burns your eyes. It might help if you have a very mildly blocked nose, anything more and you will need to buy something else that actually does what it's meant to.
Purchased in June 2019.
What happened to it??
Used to be a great product. Makes ya eyes water and that's about it. Does not work like it used to in the 80s and 90s. Won't be buying it again.
- Mild side effects
Vapo rub not the original formula.
The vapo rub for chest and the inhaler are not the same. They do not have the same effect as the original. The odor isn’t the same and the rub is more greasy and less warming as the original. Won’t buy again. And not happy that inhalers manufactured in Mexico.
Purchased in May 2019 for $5.98.
Not the Original
It doesn’t work like it used to. Will not use again unless they bring back the original. It worked. The new formula is just not effective. Hope original will be made and sold again.
Purchased in February 2019.
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Questions & Answers
Why was the original "Vicks" formula changed...This stuff I just bought smells like dead/dying funeral flowers. Will never buy again. Worthless noneffective goop.
Why did you change the formula? Its garbage now! Its more like vaseline and had no scent.
Unable to contact anyone on the Vicks Vaporub website. They don't really want you to contact them, it just looks that way. No real link to contact them. I am so disappointed. Paid over $7 for a tiny jar of what I thought was the Vicks of the past. Wow, it isn't even close and I've wasted my money. If anyone knows of a product that smells like the old Vicks, let us know? Vicks is ruined now.
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