The fam has been using the white one for a while, but I read from some online thread that the red one was stronger and more effective, so I bought one recently. What I love about Tiger Balm is that it effectively relieves body pains and itchy insect bites without the overwhelming burn you get in other mentholated liniments. It also doesn't leave you feeling icky sticky or greasy, which seems to be the price to pay for pain relief in most other balms and oils. At first, I was worried that it would stain because unlike the white TB, the red (which isn't really red at all) has this dark yellowish brown hue. It doesn't though, it blends into the skin as you rub it on. I'm not too fond of the smell, though, which IMO kinda smells "old mannish". It's probably because of the cassia i.e. Chinese cinnamon. The white one has a very, very mild hint of it, but this one smells distinctly of cinnamon. Overall I haven't noticed that the red TB is therapeutically better than the white one, so I'll probably stick to the latter, but this one wasn't bad, esp. if you like cinnamon. I just don't fancy the smell.
over 1 year ago