My love for SBC’s Arnica Gel!


SBC Today's Special Value collectionI know there are thousands of you out there that will agree with me that this Today’s Special Value offer for 19th February, based on our top-selling Arnica, couldn’t have come at a better time. I thought I would tell you a few funny stories about how Arnica from SBC and I have been together for about 25 years.

The Arnica Bath Soak is essential for me as a foot soak. After wearing my ridiculously high-heeled shoes and I am craving my EMUs or Wellies, it helps my feet to feel much more comfortable.

The Arnica Bath Soak has many a time helped me have, in my opinion, a better night’s sleep when I have fallen off my horse or been kicked. Especially when the injuries include around the back area and it's even difficult to move or put on a jumper, a soak in Arnica really gets me going.

When I’m chilled to the bone and soaked through to my knickers, after working outside on the farm with the animals, the only way to get warm is an Arnica Bath to soothe me. I will sometimes mix it with an aromatherapy bath from Elemis for a special treat.

The Arnica Gel itself is definitely my most used item. I always have a spare one which is normally pinched by my in-laws or my parents who are in their 60s and 70s. They love to apply it to hands, thumbs, ankles and hips while I, who am supposedly dramatically younger, need it all over!

When I had a black eye from crashing into the wing of a jump, Arnica Gel with concealer still allowed me to work. Presently, my left hand is not moving very well because of a horse kick but you probably don’t notice as I’m using Arnica Gel as a hand cream at the moment. My knees are apparently ‘middle aged’ and Arnica Gel goes on them daily. When I am breaking one of my horses in (this year it’s 4year old Fina) I will inevitably be given cause to need it all over the body as I’m sure there is a tumble heading my way.

The Arnica Warming Gel, I find is essential for holiday packing because it’s smaller and in a tube so easier to travel with. It also has a more concentrated arnica extract which is very beneficial as most of my holidays include skiing which normally has me putting the warming gel with a hot water bottle on my knees and back every night so that I can get on the slopes the next day.

This year I have switched to boarding and although I haven’t fallen over skiing apart from maybe once or twice in the last 20 years, boarding, in the one lesson I had, had me wiping out approximately 15 times in two hours including somersaults and positions I didn’t know you could land in on the slope! With this in mind, the warming gel is definitely going to be needed on my upcoming, super cool boarding holiday (ski boots packed in case it all gets too painful!).

Love Ali X

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  1. lorr February 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    hi ali
    when you do go on holiday please tweet lots of piccies x

  2. Lorraine Leebetter February 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Is it possible to use SBC’s Aloe Vera on babies. my grandson on 6 months has a little exzema. Creams from the doctors have not been working just wondered if aloe vera would help
    Thank you

  3. carol cordina February 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    I have been a customer with qvc for about fifteen years and the beauty shows are my favourite. I have been very concerned recently about parabens and the harsh chemicals that are used in skincare and makeup. Im sure that other customers are too. Unfortunatly no names mentioned i have decided to stop using these products that i buy from qvc. It would be really usefull if qvc could highlight the products that are paraben free.
    many thanks,

  4. carol cordina February 22, 2014 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi there alison
    Its me again carol, i sent you the previous email regarding parabens etc. Another thing that would be usefull is listing the ingredients for each of the products that way us customers can makeup our minds about whether we want to buy the products and not have to send them back after. I no for a fact that i will not be ordering some of the products that i used to purchase. Many thanks again,

  5. Deborah Standen April 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    Are any of the SBC products suitable for easing arthritic pain in finger joints?
    Thank you

  6. Janmadge May 22, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Can you use abc tea tree wash on dogs . Thanks

  7. Miss Marjorie Barnor August 11, 2014 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I’m an afro caribean woman, with oily combination skin. And I use the Gatineau cleanser and Toner for oily combination skin, which I love, love, love. THE problem is I also use the Age Benefit Moisturiser which I find too rich for my oily combination skin. Is there Age Benefit Moisturiser that’s less richer for my oily combination skin?. And if so, can you please give me the item number. Thank you.

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