I received Xlear Nasal Spray as part of a Mom’s Meets campaign about a month or so ago, and while I already sampled and did the survey with them, I wanted to take a little more time to really use it before writing up a review on the blog.  I’ve always had horrible sinus issues. I have seasonal allergies every season except winter, and throughout the winter I have frequent colds (more now that Jake is in kindergarten). I use medicated nasal spray that works pretty well, but it knocks me out cold (although most medications knock me on my butt!).

Info from the Company:

The Xlear Nasal Spray line contains xylitol, purified water, salt, and grapefruit seed extract as a preservative. Using xylitol allows us to have a hyper-osmotic solution which helps pull moisture toward it. This action keeps the nasal passages and sinuses moist for a much longer time than saline alone. Xylitol is the ingredient that sets our products apart from all of the other products.

My Opinion:

I really like Xlear because it’s non-medicated, it does a great job of moisturizing my nasal passages, and it doesn’t taste like crud. I can’t stand nasal sprays that drip down the back of your throat and leave a nasty taste for hours after using it. While it didn’t clear up my stuffy nose as well as the medicated stuff, it definitely provided some relief throughout the day when I couldn’t really afford to be knocked unconscious. I can’t take most decongestants (Sudafed makes me shake like crazy and my heart palpitate), so I’m really limited during the day.

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The company also makes a kids version of Xlear, which is basically the same thing as the adult version but packaged in a cute box with a Koala bear on the front.

Along with the nasal spray, I also received the Spry Dental Defense system, which came with gum, mints, toothpaste and mouthwash, all of which contain Xylitol. I remember reading a long time ago that xylitol is great for dental health, so I was excited to try these products out. The toothpaste isn’t bad. It has a really mild minty taste, not at all overwhelming. The mouth wash, on the other hand, contains grain alcohol and boy can you tell! While it doesn’t burn your mouth the way other alcohol-based mouthwash does, it definitely has a rather…unique aftertaste. That’s the nicest way I can put it. Sorry, but it’s gross. The gum needs a little work- the flavor fades way too fast, but the mints are okay, and they come in several different flavors.

Bottom Line– I highly recommend the nasal spray, but I’m on the fence about the dental system, especially the mouth wash.