Top 5 Reasons Why People on Curaçao Use Alcolado Glacial

//Top 5 Reasons Why People on Curaçao Use Alcolado Glacial

Alcolado Glacial is a mentholated splash lotion that is produced on Curaçao and that over the years became part of the local custom. People in Curaçao developed a deep connection with it and if you ask around many people would be able to tell you childhood memories of how they grew up with this lotion and stories of how they use it.  Alcolado Glacial is not only good for one thing but it has many purposes like relieving many different aches and pains. But what are the most common uses and the most memorable stories?

“The air-conditioning in a bottle.”

To Refresh

On Curaçao we are lucky enough to have beautiful blue skies and a sun who loves us year around. That also means that year around locals need something to cool down. To refresh we splash a bit of Alcolado Glacial all over our body and we immediately start cooling down. This is why it’s also referred to as ‘the air-conditioning in a bottle’.

To Relieve a Headache

If we ever feel a headache coming on then Alcolado Glacial is the perfect pain reliever. Many consider Alcolado Glacial a much better remedy than any other aspirin.

Relieves Cold and Flu

Because Alcolado Glacial is a mentholated splash lotion it is a great product for relieving stuffed nose, but also other cold or flu related symptoms like a headache or body/muscle ache.

To Relieve Stomach Ache

If there is one thing people on Curaçao turn to when they have a stomach ache it’s their Alcolado Glacial. The splash has helped many when their stomach wasn’t in its best shape.

Relieving the Itch of Mosquito Bites

Nothing is more annoying than having mosquitos use your body as their appetizer, main course and dessert. The itch afterward is horrible, which is why locals often use Alcolado Glacial to relieve the itch of mosquito bites. Anyone who comes from abroad is stunned to hear that Alcolado Glacial is good against mosquito bites. But, it only takes one try for them to fall in love with it.


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But Alcolado Glacial is much more…

Through the years people have discovered new ways to use Glacial. They use it for muscle pain, to remove make-up, as after shave or even to give a massage with it. Even though the product was never intended to serve these purposes, eventually they became part of the way people use Alcolado Glacial.

But, many people also have fond memories of using Alcolado Glacial. Many babies on Curaçao are bathed in water with Alcolado Glacial before being put to bed. They will feel completely refresh which helps them fall asleep much better. This practice has prevailed even in adulthood. Nowadays adults with sleeping problems will first splash a bit of Alcolado Glacial on their body in order to sleep through the night.

Also, kids who are part of a scouting group will go camping at least once a year. No scouting kid can leave home without their mom putting an Alcolado Glacial in their bag—whether they like it or not. Moms believe that if they are not there to protect their kids against insect bites, Alcolado Glacial is the next best thing.

2017-05-25T12:41:36+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Culture|10 Comments


  1. Naomie Kemble June 8, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I’m not from Curacao but I REALLY DO LOVE the Alcolado Glacial. I always make sure to have one in my bag. It’s really refreshing and it helps me with my headaches. It’s a must have !!😁

    • Omaily Lucas June 9, 2017 at 8:28 am - Reply

      That makes us very happy to hear. Glacial is so good that everyone loves it.

  2. Thea June 30, 2017 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Is dit alleen voor uitwendig gebruik? Ik heb ook gelezen dat het helpt tegen de maandelijkse vrouwelijke klachten, maar hoe gebruik je het dan. In de winkel konden ze het mij niet vertellen?

    • Omaily Lucas July 1, 2017 at 4:37 am - Reply

      Glacial is alleen voor uitwendig gebruik en het helpt inderdaad met verschillende soorten pijn. Breng het aan op je onderbuik en laat het inwerken.

  3. anneke October 8, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    Als kind leerde ik Glacial kennen door stiefvader en fam.uit Curacao.
    Later getrouwd en gewoond op Curacao.
    Toepassingen van Glacial;verkoelend en verfrissend zoals eerder beschreven.Helpt bij hoofdpijn,verlicht verkoudheid
    Desinfecterend bij wondjes en ininseverkoydhei
    Bij gebruik voor pijn,zoals bijv.menstruatiekrampen,moet je er mee wrijven,omdat het dan warm wordt. Bij ander gebruik altijd deppen.
    Nog een toepassing voor mensen die zoals ik soms ineens een aanval van netelroos krijgen;meteen beginnen royaal te deppen(niet wrijven)met Glacial helpt dat het stopt en sneller wegtrekt. Snel van die gekmakende jeuk af. Huisartsen in Nederland weten dit niet en schrijven hiervoor medicijnen voor(met bijwerkingen).
    Glacial is NOOITvoor inwendig gebruik.
    Altijd uitkijken met de ofen,vooral bij kinderen.
    Ik heb zo’n 55 jaar ervaring met Glacial.
    Aanrader voor je medicijnkastje.
    Succes! Anneke

    • Omaily Lucas October 9, 2017 at 8:45 am - Reply

      Glacial is inderdaad goed voor verschillende dingen en iets dat je vast nodig heb in je medicijnkast en in je tas. Vooral voor de hitte op Curaçao is het handig om het altijd bij te hebben.

  4. George Irish November 29, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    How much would a case of Glacial cost if sent to the New York City, USA? How many bottles in a case?

    • Omaily Lucas November 30, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

      Hi George, you can contact Bedessees for more information about buying the Alcolado Glacial in the USA.`They are our distributor for The States:

  5. Nancy Landry February 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    is it good for sinus relief?

    • Omaily Lucas February 14, 2018 at 8:03 am - Reply

      Hi Nancy, Alcolado Glacial can help relieve certain symptoms of sinus infection. But, keep in mind that the Alcolado Glacial is for exterior use only.

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