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THE jury has been out for some time on the pros and cons of the various muscle gels and rubs on the market.

Some runners swear by the older brands, while certain experts say they only mask the pain and actually hinder muscle repair. Then there's the smell!

The new De-Stress Muscle Gel does what it says on the tin — well, the squeezy bottle anyway.

The gel is non-oily and contains essential oils and aromatic waters, fused with ingredients such as lavender, ginger, black pepper and rosemary.

When applied after a pretty strenuous work-out, it genuinely does relieve aches and pains and makes affected areas feel more supple, bringing muscles back to life and making you feel ready to pull on the running shoes again.

Also, the smell is somewhat less harsh than certain other brands!

• De-Stress Muscle Gel is £16.10 for 150ml and stockists include Fortnum & Mason and Space NK. Mail order direct from Aromatherapy Associates on 020 8569 7030 or from