This is the review I wasn’t going to write.
I actually emailed the company to say I didn’t feel that I couldn’t ethically and honestly promote this product, and I wasn’t comfortable supporting a product I wouldn’t use myself.
So what changed?
When I was sent the Bioffective gel, and Siberian Red from Bioeffecives, I was skeptical. I’ll admit it. I’m not a big believer in natural, or herbal products. It’s not that I don’t think that they work, but rather that I don’t like the hype that surrounds them, and being ‘sold’ the latest craze.
But I was ready to give it a go. I had nothing to lose, and possibly something to gain.
Then I received the product, and all thoughts of something to gain went out the window. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to use these products.
This is Bioffective Gel. It’s made from the extract of Russian Connifer trees and combined with Aloe Vera, vitamin E and Olive lead extract. (So apparently for the past eighty plus years, Russian scientists have been researching Connifer Fir trees to discover why they are so resilient. They can literally thrive in temps between -40 degrees celcius to +40 degrees celcius. Of course this information is only available now because it was all top secret in the former USSR). Bioffective Gel is used to treat minor burns, scratches, abrasions, and sunburn.
The only problem is, the gel looks like this.
Not very appealing.
And the smell isn’t that great either.
But it doesn’t stop there, because Bioeffectives has also released Siberian Red, which is a natural elixir that is designed to be added to your water.
According to Bioffecives, just 3ml’s a day can help combat free radicals in the body and reduce oxidative stress.
Which, of course, sounds great.
Except that you’re drinking red pine needles, and to be honest they don’t taste that fantastic.
So the colour, the smell and the taste had put me off. I had decided against reviewing and that was that.
But something interesting happened.
Boatman decided to take the Siberian Red with him to work, to ask the opinion of people there, and in doing so, he had some more himself. Again, the taste wasn’t palatable, but he said within half an hour, he actually felt better; more energetic and alert.
And Boatman is a bigger sceptic than me, so that is saying something.
Also the kids and I have had a cold. It’s gone from one person in the family to the next, but Boatman has not got it, which makes me wonder if the Siberian Red had something to do with that too. (I didn’t actually taste it. I’m a very fussy eater, and couldn’t get past the smell.)
But it’s the gel that has really impressed us.
Boatman’s work is installing a new fence, and Friday was spent digging the holes to put them in. After 6 hours of battling heat, dirt and asphalt, Tim had some pretty nasty blisters on his hand.
To make matters worse, he was also working a fishing charter that night, and needed his hands to drive the boat. So in a desperate attempt, he put the Bioeffective Gel on.
I wish I had taken a before pic, but I honestly didn’t expect anything. This however, is the after.
I’m not sure if you can see, but that big red mark was a giant blister yesterday. The gel reduced the swelling, took away the pain, and has even been helpful on all the cuts Tim got while on the boat. (Which means he can’t use them as an excuse to not do the dishes.)
Like I said I wasn’t going to write this review, but Boatman, the biggest sceptic of all, told me too, because he believes in the product. He says the taste and the smell may not be the best, but you do get used to them, and the benefits are fantastic, and we will actually buy the gel again.
I have a tube of the Gel and some Siberian Red to giveaway to one lucky (and brave), Diary of a SAHM reader.
If you would like to give these miracle pine needles a go, just leave a comment telling me a time when your skepticism has been proved wrong, and fill out the RaffleCopter form below.
The necessary stuff: this was not a sponsored post. I received a tube of Bioeffective Gel and Siberian Red to trial.
This competition will run from the 26th November, until the 11th of December. Competition is open to Australian residents only. The winner will be notified by email, and I’ll have 5 days to respond, or the prize will be redrawn.