You know, I have always been very big on how my home smells. I don't know if it comes from the fact that my mom always had candles burning throughout our home growing up or the fact that I inherited my sensitive nose from my father. Either way, I started by burning candles constantly when I lived in my first apartment (and then later my first home). Then, once I had kids, candles became a rarity and only up high and I opted for other alternatives. This was all of course before I learned about the green friendly options available as well!
What a lot of people don't realize (including myself in the beginning), is that most air freshening items don't actually destroy the odors. They only mask them temporarily and even some can contain potentially hazardous chemicals. As much as I like the pleasant smells of most air fresheners, I also want to get rid of the bad smells not just cover them up.
Not only am I sick of having my litter box in my bedroom and all the smells that come along with it but the new house we are purchasing has that musty smell in the finished basement. So I recently started looking into different "smell" options and fixes. This is how I discovered Ever Bamboo - an all natural bamboo charcoal.
"Bamboo charcoal is produced from the rapidly growing moso bamboo. It has countless tiny holes that give the resulting bamboo charcoal its revolutionary abilities as both a deodorizer and dehumidifier." Ever Bamboo offers a variety of products which can deoderize and dehumidify a wide range of places and articles. I was sent over a few items to try including their Large Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, Drawer Packets, and the HEI Bamboo Charcoal Face + Body Bar.
All products are unscented and recyclable which you know I love! With the bamboo packets, you can easily mix the spent charcoal granules into your garden soil or planters and it is safe for both the plants and you. You can even recharge the charcoal packets to extend their shelf life up to a year by placing them in the sun (on your deck or table outside) every 30-60 days.
We put the Large Room deoderizer in our master bedroom/bathroom to help with the litter box smells while we are in the process of moving and plan to use it in the basement in the next month at the new house. We thought this worked just fine as we noticed no smell from the bag of charcoal and a reduction in the smell coming from the litter box!
The drawer packets have been placed into a few of our drawers that always seem to carry and hold any musty smells on our clothes from the washer. And finally I used the face bar every few days to wash my face which was weird at first because the bar is essentially black which takes some getting used to. However the charcoal seemed to pull out impurities better than regular soap while leaving my face quite soft. I didn't feel like I had a build up OR after washing feeling squeeky/dry. This felt great!
Available to Purchase/Cost: $9.99 Drawer Packet http://everbamboo.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/bamboo-charcoal-drawer-deodorizer
$14.99 HEI Bamboo Charcoal Face + Body Bar (2 Pack) http://everbamboo.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/hei-bamboo-charcoal-face-body-bar-60g
$19.99 Large Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier http://everbamboo.myshopify.com/collections/frontpage/products/bamboo-charcoal-room-deodorizer-500g
Coupon Code: 20% off for orders over $20 online by entering coupon code "purifybynature" (expires on Feb 15, 2014).
Recommendation: Depending on your need for air freshening (and beauty), I would recommend giving these a try. If you aren't one who loves the over powering smells of candles or outlet plugins then this is for you! Although some of these products can be considered a little on the pricey side, I think they are well worth the cost since you are using something which is not only natural but can be used longer AND is recyclable after your done with it in a way to use it for something else!
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Giveaway: Ever Bamboo is going to give one of A Lucky Ladybug's lucky readers a 4 pack gift set including the Shoe Deodorizer, Mini Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, Closet Deodorizer + Dehumidifier, Room Deodorizer + Dehumidifier to try of their own!
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