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A healthy bathroom air freshener that doesn’t just cover one bad odor to create another questionable smell

Posted by: Emily Beers

Humans have always had the capacity to smell. And to create smelly things.

So it’s not surprise household air fresheners and bathroom sprays have existed for a long time.

 In fact, smell killers—in one form or another—have been around for thousands of years. One of the oldest forms of air fresheners is incense—it was burned so the smoke created could mask unpleasant odours.

The bathroom stink problem has been around as long as humans: Incense was the ancient solution.

More modern air fresheners attempt to do the same—they mask odors, or at least they try to. But as we have all experienced, they don't always work all that well. Sometimes, instead of hiding the odor they make the smell even worse. Kind of like the girl with the bad make-up—the one whose trying to cover up a pimple. She might think she has done a good job and that onlookers will think, 'She has really nice skin,' but really all they're actually thinking is, 'You’ve got a shit ton of make-up on that pimple, girl.'

Not only can products like Glade plug-ins or your apple cinnamon room spray exacerbate a smell, especially in the bathroom, they’re often dangerous for your health to boot.

Since the 1904s, air freshener manufacturers have used a variety of chemicals to market products that don’t involve burning like the old-fashioned incense method. But the chemicals they have been using aren’t any better for you than inhaling smoke.

A 2007 peer-reviewed study that tested 74 air freshener products reported a total of 350 chemicals and allergens were present in various products—chemicals including benzene, formaldehyde, styrene, butane, propane and phthalates (phthalates has been linked to early puberty, autism, obesity, and birth defects. Often the label will say “fragrance” or “parfum.’ Read between the lines: This means phthalates).

Further, two other chemicals that are sometimes used in air fresheners are PEG-40 (known to be dangerous to human health) and 1,4-dichlorobenzene (believed to be a carcinogen. Testing has shown it causes various cancers in rats, as well as other lung diseases).

The point is, if you haven’t already, it’s time to ditch your old method of keeping your air clean. This is where Ript Skin System’s Deuce—The Anti-Stink Toilet Spray—comes in.

A proprietary blend of essential oils and other natural stink-blocking ingredients (biodegradable ingredients that you can actually pronounce: things like sweet almond oil, sweet orange peel oil and lemon peel oil) forms a semi-impenetrable barrier in the bowl and prevents you from "poo-bombing" all those that want to use the bathroom after you.

And here’s the best part: IT WORKS. I have personally been using it for the last two months and have discovered it cuts through putrid bathroom odours and doesn’t leave you with an even grosser perfumey smell to deal with.






Posted by Emily Beers on

Emily Beers, hailing from Vancouver, crosses bridges by being not only a CrossFit athlete, but also a journalist. She has been a regular contributor to the CrossFit Journal since 2011. She qualified and competed at her first CrossFit Games as an individual athlete in 2014.

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