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Influenster Sends ZzzQuil -A Sleep Aid Sample

Unboxing the ZzzQuil
Zzzquil Influenster Free Sample

Arrived this morning as a free sample from Influenster (the consumer product survey and test market company) a little late for the 4th of July fireworks sounding like open warfare all night long, the makers of NyQuil have produced a new version of a gel cap called ZzzQuil (Vicks).

What it is: 25mg of Diphenhydramine HCL – better known as Benadryl (the anti-histamine), the FDA has also qualified this particular pharmaceutical for sleep assistance use in addition to its more conventional use as an anti-histamine.

As a sleep-aid, Diphenydramine is also the key active ingredient in other sleep aid formulations, such as Sominex (Prestige Brands) , Unisom (Chattem), and Nytol (Glaxo Klein Barney.)

Anyone who has taken Benadryl or any other DPH-based anti-histamine has probably experienced the drowsiness that is brought on by the DPH effects.  Some of the formulations used for anti-histamine application include stimulants, such as caffeine, or maca to counteract these effects.  Other forumulations, such as Tylenol PM, or Unisom, actually double the dosage to 50mg to have a “faster” onset effect.

This is simply Vicks introducing, a non-pain relieving formulation of its already popular NyQuil product line, excluding the acetominaphen (pain relief), and dextromethorphan (anti cough/anti mucus) components to bring a Proter & Gamble version of the product to market with a recognizable brand behind it.  We’ll see if the pricing is any more aggressive for the formulation – but bottom-line, DPH makes you sleepy, quite fast.

Something New from Dove – A Dry Spray?

Courtesy of the try and review site Influenster a couple new interesting ideas showed up in the mail this weekend.

Dove Dry Spray anti-perspirant/deodorant trials.

Since these new products do not contain alcohol or water, they spray on but evaporate immediately on-contact.

The 48-hour claim probably was under conditions of not actually washing anything off (regardless of the petroleum distallates used – see the ingredient list below); for practical purposes, this is a non-powder based D/AP product that as long as you shake well before using, doesn’t have a residue, and works relatively invisably (long-term effects of spraying butane on yourself, or the environmental impacts still to be determined.)

The inventors are still at it.

Ingredients as listed:
Butane, Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, Cyclopentasiloxane, Isobutane, Ppg-14 Butyl Ether, Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Disteardimonium Hectorite, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance, Propane, Bht, Octyldodecanol, Propylene Carbonate, Dimethiconol, Tocopheryl Acetate


Hellmann’s Gets The Squeeze on Mayo (aka Best Foods)

Kewpie Mayonnaise
Kewpie mayonnaise with sample squeeze top (image courtesy of Spice-World)

We often use Kewpie around the house, mostly because it happens to come in a non-messy squeeze bottle that is convenient to take on picnics and pass around the table at family gatherings.

Thanks to a free sample from Influenster, the latest forth-coming

Best Foods/Hellmans Squeeze
Hellman’s Mayonnaise new squeezable bottle.

packaging from Hellmann’s (also known on the West coast as Best Foods) has decided to release its quite popular (and lighter than Kewpie) mayonnaise in a new top-down squeeze bottle that comes quite nicely designed to sit upside-down without tipping.  The typical spout that is found on similar ketchup bottles has been made pressure-sensitive allowing a very narrow (2mm) stream of mayo to be sent in a controlled stream accurate enough to write with (or at least make fancy lines and streams) whether decorative, or simply portion-controlling (studies show that using a dab here and there can have just as much taste and schmearing the mayo all over everything, yet saves on serving size big time.)  It’s refillable, and using a smoother plastic interior, is designed to allow most of the mayo to exit the bottle leaving less waste behind (Hellman’s quotes “over 1000 lbs. of mayo are wasted each year just because it’s left behind in bottles and jars)  Look for it coming soon to a grocery shelf near you.

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