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The Speedy Arrival of a Much Anticipated Parcel – My YuYu Bottle!
My emerald super soft fleece YuYu bottle arrived via DHL, and I had to open it up to check it out immediately. I’d been browsing their website for ages, and was happy to finally get one of my own!
Heat therapy works best for me when it comes to relieving menstrual cramps, and my regular-shaped hot water bottle follows me around the house for the entire period (pun intended 😉 ). The warmth often provides more relief than painkillers, even! It so happened that I was right smack in the middle of my cycle, so I filled the YuYu bottle right up there and then.
Measuring at 81cm (31.88″), it’s a hot water bottle with an elongated shape that can be strapped around the body, or placed across pain points. The capacity is slightly more than my regular one and easier to fill as well.
It’s a top 20 best seller at Harrods and Selfridges in London, and five star hotels such as The Mandarin Oriental, The Ritz and Four Seasons have had bespoke designs made, to provide that extra bit of comfort for their customers.
YuYu Hot Water Bottle in Emerald Luxury Fleece
YuYu Hot Water Bottle in Coral Luxury Fleece
First Impressions Count
My first impression of the YuYu bottle was how smooth and luxurious the fleece cover was. This pleasant sense of touch made me feel calm and comforted.
I then tightened the strap around my waist, and was happy to note that it stayed on firmly – no slipping, sliding or constant re-adjustments needed. I even managed to wash the dishes and clean up after my birds hands-free, whilst the YuYu bottle provided ongoing pain relief!
If you’re looking for even more luxury, their grade A cashmere covers are sourced from Inner Mongolia, which is renowned for having the world’s softest cashmere. They use a traditional and ethical combing process which removes only 100 grams of wool from each goat per year, and which helps to prepare them for the hot summer months.
If you’re allergic or sensitive to these materials, perhaps their pure Japanese cotton collection might be worth considering.
Grade A Sri Lankan rubber, designed to trap heat for longer. Eco-friendly, biodegradable, fair trade and flexible material.
Softest grade A cashmere cover sourced from Inner Mongolia, using an ethical and traditional combing process.
Surround Warmth that Radiates Outwards
I loved that the YuYu bottle was ‘surround warmth’, with the heat spreading out to provide better relief, rather than confined to one small section of my body.
It provided pain relief for my back, as I had been sitting and working on my laptop for some time. I also tend to tense the muscles in my neck and shoulders without realising it, and the YuYu bottle could be draped across with ease. I was able to continue working without any hindrance, whereas I’d have to reposition my regular hot water bottle frequently.
YuYu Bottle gift box
Some Thoughts on the YuYu Bottle vs Weighted Blankets
I bought a weighted blanket a few months ago to see if it’d help with my sleep and anxiety issues, and I’m going to go so far as to say that I prefer the YuYu bottle, at least for these purposes. In fact, I’ve been using it like a warm bolster every night, hugging the fluffy fleece against my body for comfort.
It’s made of grade A, eco-friendly and fair trade rubber from Sri Lanka, combined with a bubbled surface which helps to trap the air within the fabric. This helps it to remain warm for longer, and I usually fall asleep before it even cools down.
Whilst the weight is the point of a weighted blanket, the problem for me is that I have trouble evening out the beads and pulling the cover over me, when I’m already aching and fatigued. The material is also pretty warm, which might be great during winter, but not when you live in a tropical climate year round.
The YuYu bottle on the other hand, is lightweight and also much cheaper than a weighted blanket. This is not to discount the benefits of a weighted blanket, and the purposes you use them for can be entirely different. But I also thought I’d share some thoughts in case you were weighing up a few different choices to aid with your own chronic pain conditions or sleep issues.
Not just for humans 😉
My birds love the warmth from my YuYu Bottle, too!
We all have expectations when we purchase or receive something, and this was no different. I’d say that what you see on the website is what you get.
The YuYu bottle is exactly as advertised, and met all my expectations. It is a useful product to add to your pain relief toolkit, especially if you rely on heat therapy. It should last a long time if cared for properly, and is flexible enough to be used everywhere and for various chronic pain conditions.
Minor Things to Take Note of
Whilst the strap is soft and flexible, they are also looking at improving the design in order to make it hardier.
And while it fits my body size perfectly, my partner’s dad had trouble tying it around his own waist for his back pain. It works equally as well if you just want to lay it across your pain points, however.
Suggested Usages for the YuYu Bottle
Some suggested ways to use the YuYu Bottle:
- Drape it across your sore, aching muscles or joints.
- Strap it around your waist to relieve back, gut or period pains.
- Hug it to relieve anxiety and to provide comfort.
- Sling it across your neck and shoulders to relieve muscle tension whilst you sit or work.
The possibilities are endless with the YuYu Bottle, as you can see! It’s suitable for all genders, and they even have a cute kid-sized version with extra protection in their ‘Warm Worms’ series.
Warm Worms, designed with extra protection for children.
Meet Benjamin, YuYu bottle’s blue warm worm for kids!
You can also read about how other #YuYuPainWarriors use it to combat symptoms caused by Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Costochondritis, Fibromyalgia, IBS, CRPS, Lyme Disease and many other ailments and chronic illnesses.
YuYu bottle in Liberty London fabric. Hug it for instant comfort.
Use your YuYu Bottle to relieve pain from endometriosis, period cramps, IBD, EDS, and more.
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What do you think about the YuYu bottle so far? Do you already own one, or are thinking about buying one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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This article is based on my personal experiences, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol, whatever that may be.
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I’ve seen so many people on Instagram talk about the yuyu bottle and it does seem to be different given that you can wrap it around you. Rather tempted to get one now . . .
Haha… it’s nice and comforting for a bedtime hug for me! The warmth is lovely.
I’ve never used a hot water bottle, but I have to say I really like the design and cover of this one and wonder if I’d have more success using something like this over a heating pad. I have MCAS and heat intolerance, which heating pads (and even heated massage chairs) can really aggravate. Maybe a hot water bottle would be better. Is it terribly heavy filled?
That’s interesting to know. I think there are such things as heating blankets or pads where you can adjust the temperature/volume. Might work better than a hot water bottle, as bottles can get pretty hot, and they’re ‘fixed’ at one temperature, but do slowly cool over time!
I couldn’t be without my various heating pads – I really like the look of this for my dodgy neck. I wonder if they’d like a UK reviewer?? Fab review Sheryl and as ever lovely pics x
*Various*! Which and how many do you use? 🙂 Haha this is easy to drape across the neck because it’s so long. You can definitely try emailing them on their website to see if they need UK reviewers x
Looks like it is a great reliever of pains. I feel hot water bottle is indispensable.
Hi Arv, yes hot water bottles are one of the most important tools in my pain relief toolbox 🙂
This is new to me as I have never heard of them before. Also new is the tying around which I think it great as more versatile.
Hi Amelia, yes the tying around is helpful especially when you have pain around your abdomen area, yet need to move around to get stuff done!
This sounds so idea for period pain especially as you are then free to use your hands to get on with every day tasks.
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Yes!! It was great for period pains, but I also especially loved it for anxiety and sleep 🙂
Thank you for including a link to my post ? I love the look of this hot water bottle – it would be ideal for both my neck and endo pains.
You’re welcome, Alice. It was a very informative post so I thought it might be useful for others, too! 🙂 The bottle looks and feels great 🙂
Heat therapy has never worked well because I generate so much myself. If I use a hot water bottle or heating pad, even for five minutes, I break out in a very damp sweat. But if I was to try it, this would definitely be my go-to product. Thanks for your very informative and positive review. I will definitely keep it in mind and refer people to your review who might benefit. 🙂
Hey Lydia, thanks for reading and commenting, even though heat therapy isn’t your cup of tea 😉 For me it depends on the type of pain (could call ourselves pain connoisseurs I suppose?). For example, heat would make muscular flares from Sjögren’s extra painful, and I need to soak my hands in icy water. But for more types of pain, heat works great!
This looks so luxurious and comforting! I never even considered a hot water bottle until reading this post. And as for the cashmere option? That sounds ahhhmazing!
Hi Meagan, luxurious and comforting are the right words to describe it! ;D Haha you can use the 15% discount code if you’re interested 🙂 Hope it brings you a slight bit of homely luxury! 😉