It seems Germolene as we remember it is no longer available over the counter and it has been this way since 2014.
The distinctive pink ointment scented with oil of wintergarden has been replaced by a less distinctive white cream what a shame!
For many, it was the smell of our childhood.
The puckering ping of that tin lid
revealed a halo of pink.
it polished up my nostrils
but now it’s been lost
in a knee-stinging, coal-fire mist. Anon
Here are just a few Spring Chicken memories of the product.
“My dad took a tin with him during the war, after long marches he used it on his feet. Swore by it, and always had a tin when we were growing up. Smelt lovely!”
“It was brilliant when my late husband and I used to go to Tunisia, we were friends with one of the boatmen who was married to an English girl and he always asked us to fetch tins of it out. His wife used to treat all the kid’s cuts with it.”
“Yes it seems like it was the only medicinal product around and was used for cuts and grazes and I think people used it to get rid of hemorrhoids. If you had a small amount of it applied you would smell for hours and hours.”
“My mum swore by it, one of her three she swore by. The others were Witch Hazel and White oils (if my son got hurt at football he’d say don’t tell nan she’ll put the stuff on it. It stunk).”
“This reminds me of when we lived in flats in Kirkby and we had an open fire and our budgie just flew into it we were all crying we were only little kids we all thought the poor thing would die but my lovely mum covered it in Germolene. Thankfully it survived and went on to live to about ninety in budgie years, haha my mum always had this.”
I love the smell of this, when I stayed with my gran she used to rub it on my chest in the winter.
“Still use the cream but remember the ointment well, my mam swore by it with camphorated oil rubbed on the chest. Don’t get me started on goose grease!!!”