Survive the Winter to Spring transition with great products from Zim's: Vapor Rub & Crack Creme w/ Hydrocortisone

Does it seem like I've mentioned sick kids on social media almost every week since the holidays? It sure feels like it.

The awesome folks at Zim's contacted me back in December offering a review opportunity for their legendary Crack Creme and I—being the reviewer I am—asked if they wouldn't mind tossing in their Vapor Rub because my youngest had a cold at the time. I figured them getting a two-fer review would be good for us both. But then... someone in my house has been sick almost every single day since then in some form. We've had the stomach nasty that's been going around this past week and guess who came home from grandma's yesterday with the cold again? *faints*

So in honor of the fact that I may not have a healthy household and the Zim's folks have been so patient while I juggled a couple of dozen other reviews before getting to them please find out why I have become such a big fan of their products and think you will want to check them out too.

Zim's Advanced Vapor Rub is 100% natural and contains natural menthol, arnica extract, aloe vera, camphor, coconut oil, white beeswax, and eucalyptus globulus. The formula is great for those seeking natural alternatives and parents not wanting to use harsh chemical products on children. 
Vapor Rub is available in your choice of traditional jar or the new, contemporary 4-ounce tube with a no-mess, easy-on applicator. The tube allows you to keep your hands clean when applying the vapor rub with its cool and clean application.

If you're reading this review chances are you're a bit crunchy and you tend to look for the most natural products you can find for taking care of your family. During cold season a good vapor rub is hands-down my favorite aid for kids. Our 5-year-old has a very hard time sleeping when she's stuffy or coughing and Zim's Vapor Rub has been a wonderful swap for the petroleum based stuff I grew up on. Not only does is smell great and work well, it's gentle and rubs in well thanks to its coconut oil base. It melts nicely with just your natural body heat which makes it not pull at skin which is a big plus if you've ever tried to soothe a cranky preschooler on a rough night.

In addition to being great for cold and flu season ailments Zim's Vapor Rub is also great for muscle discomfort. While it didn't relieve the sore shoulder issues my husband has been experiencing I found that the nubby tip on the tube helps to rub it in so for minor discomforts I think it would be great. Zim's does make a menthol based gel specifically for pain relief so check it out too.

I will note that we did have a terrible time with the cap/tube for the Vapor Rub. No matter what we did we could not get it to come out of the cap, we had to remove it and distribute some of the creme and then recap it to make use of the nubby top. I think we just had a defective cap but felt it might be worth noting in case any other users had similar problems.
Left Top & Bottom: Vapor Rub || Right Top & Bottom: Crack Creme

Zim's Crack Creme has a cult following and the latest version has itch relieving hydrocortisone.

Temporarily relieves itching associated with minor skin irritations and rashes due to poison ivy, poison oak, sumac, insect bites, detergents, jewelry, cosmetics, soaps, seborrheic, and dermatitis.

Active Ingredients: Hydrocortisone 1% (Purpose: Anti-Itch)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, SD Alcohol 3-C, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Isocetyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pimenta Acris (Bay) Leaf Oil, Isostearyl Palmitate, Cetyl Palmitate, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate, Ceteth-20, PEG-100 Stearate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate.

My hands and feet get pretty miserable during the winter but even worse as spring cleaning comes up. Exposure to hot water and cleaners—even the natural ones I make—means I wind up with itchy rashes on my hands and cracks along my knuckles. So far I haven't had those issues as I've started all the yucky projects like carpet shampooing, because I've been applying the Crack Creme any time I have even a hint of dryness. 

Right now my ankles are pretty dry so I'm making sure to massage in a little bit of crack creme every time I think of it. The little one also suffers from occasional eczema flare ups that are horrific. I've been using a product that her pediatrician recommended because I know it works but I'm planning to start testing this one out for smaller flare ups (because both she and I have reactive skin that doesn't always like new stuff and I don't want to make her miserable) for her because she's been complaining the rashes are very itchy which has never been a big problem before. If it works as well for her eczema as it has for my hands it will be a permanent fixture in our first aid kit.

Overall, I've been really pleased with my experience with Zim's products. I will definitely be looking into their pain relief products for my husband's sore shoulder muscle problems and their hydrocortisone spray once the weather warms and our local mosquito population gets rampant. If you're looking for natural healthcare options that are effective and economical I would definitely recommend you look into what Zim's has to offer.

Note: I received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review.

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