[Review] Is Kiima™ Deodorant Applicator Worth It?

Most major deodorant companies use plastic applicators, and there’s no way to really use every last drop of deodorant so there’s always some left in the bottom.

This creates a ton of waste because it’s something that nearly everyone buys. So, all of these plastics and chemicals wind up in landfills, which eventually make their way into our oceans and waterways.

Not to mention the amount of money we have to spend on new applicators every time we run out of deodorant.

In this review, we gonna look at a new product: Kiima™, where it was created with the hope that it would solve part of the waste problem caused by traditional deodorant applicators. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Kiima™ is now on Kickstarter. In less than 10 days, they have exceeded 10x the pledge goal. If you’re about to make a pledge, below is what is important to you.

The Advertised Selling Point  

Kiima is a deodorant applicator that’s refillable. So, you won’t have to throw the applicator away and contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem.

You won’t be wasting your money on applicators anymore, either.

But what exactly do you do with just an applicator? You can buy deodorant online to put into it. There are many all-natural deodorant merchants on everything from Amazon to Etsy.

But, Kiima also comes with 2 refills from companies they’re partnered with. If you’re inclined to craft, there’s a DIY kit available with molds so you can make your own deodorant to put into the applicator.

The lid system is pretty ingenious. You remove the lid, remove the clip, replace the deodorant, put the clip back on and put the lid back on.

The clip is the unique part. It holds the last little bit of deodorant in place and allows it to sit on top of the new deodorant pod, meaning you’re not wasting the last little bit because you can’t get to it.

But, is Kiima a product that lives up to the hype?

Our Analysis and Review

If you buy the Kiima, you’re pretty much stuck with natural deodorant.

That sounds great, right? The problem is that if you’re like most civilized adults in the Western Hemisphere, you’ve been using deodorant since you were a preteen that contained aluminum that works as an antiperspirant.

Antiperspirant is actually considered to be an over-the-counter drug, and you’ll go through a detox phase when you stop using it.

This consists of such things as sweating more, being a lot more wet and smelling more. You’ll come through the other side and the natural deodorant will start working for you eventually.

But for many people, the idea of detoxing and sweating and smelling more just isn’t worth it. 

The Potential Drawbacks

Kiima is an interesting concept, and it’s definitely one way to fight the ongoing battle to eliminate waste and save the environment.

But, it’s hardly the only product on the market of its kind.

In fact, because Kickstarter recommends products based on what you’re viewing, I was able to find a product that I like better. Kiima isn’t currently telling you what scents are available.

You have to wait until you get the survey before they ship. So, on the one hand it’s sort of a surprise mystery of scent, but on the other you might not even like what they offer.

How’s Kiima Compared to its Competitors

While Kiima strives to be eco-conscious, it falls a little short of that goal.

They encourage people to send their applicator back in so it can be recycled, but other than that it’s just made from recycled paper products. But check this product called Wellow, another Kickstarter deodorant campaign.

It tells you right off the bat what scents it comes in, it’s biodegradable in 3 months, and there are no chemicals used in or on it.

The dyes and inks used on the applicator are even plant-based. It even comes right out and says things like that it’s going to “unclog your pores”, which isn’t entirely avoiding the antiperspirant detox conversation in the same way that Kiima does. 

Wrap Up

So, is Kiima worth it? In my opinion, no.

If I were going to go through with antiperspirant detox, I’m pretty sure I’d go with a different company.

Kiima’s idea was kind of cool, but they definitely fall short in terms of both execution and presentation.

There are a lot of eco-friendly companies out there that are just killing it, so if you’re looking to make the switch from aluminum-based antiperspirants to all-natural deodorants, I suggest you go with one of them. 

[Review] Is Enpuly Worth It?

During a time where everyone is battling a worldwide viral pandemic, at times a good disinfectant is a must-have.

Now, with children going back to school, keeping play and work areas disinfected is more important than ever, as well.

But many disinfectants leave behind residues that aren’t safe for food surfaces, small children or pets. One company has tried to invent something to solve this problem, and thus created Enpuly.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Enpuly have launched the campaign on Indiegogo and has gained quite a bit of traction, below we will take a deeper look into the product itself.

This article is based on our honest opinion and is not sponsored by Enpuly.

The Advertised Selling Point  

Enpuly is a portable sanitizer. It’s marketed to be strong enough to kill most viruses and bacteria, but gentle enough to use around children and pets.

Because of its bacteria-fighting abilities, Enpuly can be used to remove odors from things like smelly shoes or gym bags.

Videos for the Enpuly show it being used to sanitize hands. It’s even advertised to disinfect the surface of fresh produce and remove pesticides from them.

And, what’s more, Enpuly does all of this without using harmful manufactured chemicals.

How does it do this? Well, you put water and salt in it, turn it on, wait 3 minutes and then you can spray the resulting disinfectant.

During that 3 minutes, the water is being electrolyzed, which makes a type of chlorine gas which is then neutralized in the water and turned into hypochloorus acid and hydroxide.

It sounds like the miracle sanitizing solution that we all needed. But does Enpuly live up to the hype?

Our Analysis and Review

Well, the first thing I wanted to know was whether the chemicals it produces as a result of electrolysis are actually safe.

As it turns out I was right to do research.

Hypochlorous acid is safe enough that it can be used on skin, and even eyes. Yes, eyes. Apparently it’s used in optometry. It’s a natural acid produced from our white blood cells that takes out pathogens it encounters.

The potential red flag

Okay, so what about hydroxide? Well, that’s the red flag I found. That’s not safe at all. Sodium hydroxide isn’t safe for skin.

It’s highly corrosive, so there will be burns on anything it touches. You can’t eat, drink or breathe it either.

Since you put salt in the device to make it work, there would most definitely be sodium hydroxide resulting from the electrolysis.

Now, there are probably small quantities of it that come from the Enpuly, but even in small quantities it seems like one wouldn’t want to be putting it on their skin or exposing children or pets to it.

If it’s questionable whether it’s safe to get on your skin, or to use around children, pets or food, what good is it?

We don’t actually know at what concentration the machine makes Hypochlrorous acid and sodium hydroxide. And we don’t know how the machine monitors the concentration levels.

What’s concerning the backers?

Backers have definitely asked about both issues, only to receive blurry pictures of a user manual that don’t answer their questions and certainly don’t calm their fears.

So, we could assume that levels of both of these chemicals are low in the resulting water solution, but who knows? 

The Enpuly should produce similar results to that of a hydroxyl generator, as one backer pointed out.

And the thing about hydroxyl generators is that they don’t kill any mold that’s already attached itself to a surface. They only kill what’s floating around in the air.

That’s because the hydroxyls don’t last long enough to penetrate surfaces and remove the mold.

This comment hasn’t yet been responded by campaign creators for 6 days, where we last checked.

There are hydroxyl generators that have been proven to kill mold on surfaces, but the EPA hasn’t been able to clear any of them as safe to use in occupied spaces or residences due to the air quality after using it.

So, that’s a little disturbing, as well. 

Is the effectiveness questionable?

The next thing I found was that when asked about the proof of how long it takes to kill germs and how many germs it was proven to kill, the creators provided a blurry certificate to backers.

When read, it indicated that 99% of germs were removed in 20 minutes.

Do you see the problem there? If you’re trying to use this as a quick hand sanitizer, it’s pretty much useless.

You’ve got to wait 3 minutes for it to power up and sanitize the water solution, then you’ve got to have it on your hands for 20 minutes before it kills all of the germs! 

Shelf life

And the last drawback I want to discuss is the shelf life of the electrolyzed water.

After you electrolyze the water and it becomes a disinfectant, you’re only able to use it for 3 days. After 3 days, it’s not effective anymore and you have to discard it and make more.

So, every 3 days you have to make more disinfectant. If I buy a bottle of Pinesol and stick it in my cabinet, I don’t have to throw it out every 3 days.

Wrap Up

So, is Enpuly worth buying? We’re going to have to wait until backers receive theirs and tell us how they feel after using them.

But it’s a pretty safe bet that if you want to use a safe disinfectant around kids and animals, you’re better off getting a bottle of vinegar or using some other natural method of disinfecting your home.

At least you won’t have to wait 20 minutes for it to disinfect whatever surface you put it on! 

[Review] Is Timebirds Workout Timer Worth It?

Many people like a clock or a timer to be constantly in their line of sight while they’re working out because it helps to motivate them and keep track of how long they’re working out.

But this can be a problem with most of our conventional clock choices. Wall clocks are stationary so they don’t move with you.

Phones can be distracting because of notifications, you can’t see them from a distance and they’re easily broken.

One company has sought to create a solution to these problems with Timebirds. 

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Timebirds is supposed to be a workout timer designed to be the best on the market.

The Advertised Selling Point  

It’s portable, fits in your pocket and is magnetic. The timer is easily recharged with a USB-C charger and lasts 8 hours in workout mode or 30 days in idle.

Because it’s designed to be in a high-activity environment, Timebirds is designed to be durable.

The circuit board is fixed to the housing and then reinforced so that there’s nothing moving around inside the housing.

The face is made of a polycarbonate lens that’s both sweat and scratch resistant. The housing has also been reinforced and the outer layer is a no-slip rubber material. It’s visible from a distance, as well.

The lens is anti-glare and it has large 7-segment LED numbers for optimum visibility. All of the design features seem great, but is Timebirds worth it? 

Our Analysis and Review

One of the major drawbacks is a glaring oversight.

I like the idea of making the timer be a standalone device to replace our phones so that we’re not distracted by notifications.

But if it’s supposed to replace our phones, shouldn’t it play music? A lot of people use their phones not only as a timer, but to listen to music.

As one backer pointed out, the timer is already shaped like a bluetooth speaker, so it wouldn’t be that hard to stick some speakers in there and add bluetooth capability. 

Another drawback is that it doesn’t have a remote control or app integration feature.

This means that you’ll have to get up, go over to it and press buttons to reset it. That seems pretty distracting, and it could definitely mess up your groove if you had to do it very often.

Bluetooth capability would make app integration pretty easy, as many backers have said, it would make it allow for a lot more customization.

For instance, it could be set to play music and then pause the music when the timer went off.

It’s also possible that with app integration and bluetooth connectivity that it could be integrated with smart home devices like Amazon’s Alexa. This would make the device voice-controlled, and a lot easier to use. 

Missing out some custom options

Another thing that’s going to be annoying is that there are different sound volume options, but you can’t set different tones for different alarms, and there are no voice commands.

So, anyone who’s been using their phone as a workout timer with all of these features and more will miss all of the customization.

They’re also really likely to be sorely disappointed with the device’s generic beeping. 

The 99x beeping intervals

You can program the timer for rounds and rest intervals. However, the maximum number of rounds you can program is 99.

That’s probably fine for most things, as most of us are not doing anything 99 times. But, one user commented that his workout routine consists of a burpee every 7 seconds for an entire hour.

So, it would reach that 99 round limit in just 12 minutes, and every 12 minutes he would have to reset it. That could potentially be a pain. 

Built-in Memory

The device doesn’t have any memory, either. While there are preset modes on it, they’re not for specific times.

So, if you do something frequently for a specific amount of time (like burpee guy), you’re going to have to manually set it every single time. It’s pretty likely that will get old pretty quick!

Battery lifespan

One of the things that backers are asking about is the ability to replace the battery in the device.

The battery is built into the device housing. That’s a good idea in terms of keeping the components stationary.

The battery is supposed to last for up to 10 years. But if it doesn’t for some reason, you’re out of luck because you can’t just replace the battery and keep using the device unless you have a lot of patience, skill and know-how.

And even then, it’s probably not advisable. So, that should give us a good indication that this device has a lifespan of 10 years. 

Wrap Up

So, after reading all of that, you’re probably wondering is Timebirds worth it, or not?

Here’s the verdict – maybe.

There actually aren’t any timers exactly like this saturating the market – visit the button to Amazon below.

Sure, you’ll find some magnetic timers, but they don’t have a sweat and scratch and glare resistant, super visible LED display.

But I would personally hold out until they add either app integration, bluetooth capability or both. If the idea is to cut down on distractions, it really should be an all-in-one device.

So, if I have to use my phone to listen to music, it’s really not doing me any good to have the Timebirds because I have apps on my phone that will time me and interrupt my music when the timer goes off, and so will my Echo Dot.

Until it really will replace a smart phone or smart home device, I don’t see the point. 

[Review] Is Vesta Duvet Worth It?

One of the hardest things for most people with urban lifestyle to do is simply get a good night’s sleep.

I suffer from insomnia, and I jokingly say that I turned 12 and then never slept again.

It’s interesting to me that there are currently so many products on the market designed for us to get a better night’s sleep, like weighted blankets, sheets designed to hold in heat, beds that heat up in the foot area, and drinks that are designed to encourage sleep.

In this article, we are going to take a deeper look into the Vesta Duvet crowdfunding campaign.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Now there’s a new product aimed at giving us a better night’s sleep through regulating temperature: the Vesta duvet. 

The Advertised Selling Point

Unlike most duvets and comforters, Vesta is filled with silk fiber and not synthetic materials.

Apparently, silk is a miracle natural fiber with a lot of benefits I wasn’t aware of.

Silk is incredibly porous, which is how it works to regulate temperature and distribute heat evenly.

It absorbs moisture, so you won’t wake up soaking wet with sweat, but it doesn’t absorb smell or bacteria. So if you do sweat or drool, the duvet shouldn’t smell bad as a result.

Another nice addition to the duvet is the optional bamboo duvet cover.

Like the silk, the bamboo distributes heat evenly. Regardless of whether you buy the cover, there are some perks to buying the Vesta. The duvet arrives in a nifty little fabric-lined woven basket, and you get a silk sleep mask.

But does the Vesta live up to all of the hype, or are there some major drawbacks to it? 

Our Analysis and Review

Despite the fact that nothing on the campaign page says anything any differently, Vesta isn’t 100% silk. It is silk-filled.

I wasn’t too surprised to learn this after having seen the pictures of it. You can tell the outer layer isn’t at all silk. It’s actually cotton. This is because if the outer layer was silk, the filling would slide and move around inside it.

The cotton provides some friction and keeps the silk from moving around too much.

But it seems like that should be spelled out somewhere in the description of the product because if you’re expecting a silky-feeling duvet, you’re most definitely going to be disappointed. 

This really isn’t an original idea.

There are many other silk-filled duvets and comforters on the market already, like this one on Amazon. They’re generally a lot less expensive, as well.

The bamboo cover isn’t a unique idea either. You can buy bamboo duvet covers through online as well.

So the only really unique qualities behind Vesta would be that it’s environmentally friendly and high-quality silk.

The silk is harvested in a humane, non-violent way. It’s got a low oil consistency and it’s higher density than most silk filled duvets.

It uses 10 layers, rather than 2-3. So, it’s possible that it lasts longer than other silk duvets.

The Shortcomings

Unfortunately, you can’t exactly wash the duvet.

It doesn’t matter what substance gets on the duvet, or how much stuff builds up in it, if you wash the Vesta duvet in a washing machine or even have it dry cleaned, it will compromise the natural silk filling.

Here is the statement from the team.

The company states that if you use the duvet with a duvet cover, “under normal conditions of use”, it shouldn’t need to be washed.

But, that if anything gets on it you can hand wash it with water.

They also recommend that you air it out in the sun for an hour when the temperature is warm and dry. However, the bamboo cover can be put in the washing machine on a cold water setting and then tumble or air dry it. 

The creators claim that you can use this duvet any time of the year because it regulates temperature and stays 75 degrees F.

The idea is that the porous nature of the silk absorbs your excess body heat and leaves your skin a bit cooler.

But I can already tell that there are people like me who aren’t comfortable with a 75 degree blanket in the summer. In the comments, there are people asking if there are duvets that are a few degrees cooler.

I personally sleep with the air conditioner on much of the time and I’m pretty miserable without it, so I’m pretty sure this duvet wouldn’t be my favorite one, except for in the winter.

That leaves an entire 3 seasons where I wouldn’t use it, so it wouldn’t be practical for me. 

Wrap up

So does the Vesta thermoregulating silk-filled duvet live up to the hype? I’m not so sure that it does. You can’t clean it, which is horrible if you have kids or pets.

It stays a lot hotter than I’d be comfortable with, and the whole idea behind the thing is that it’s going to provide a more comfortable environment to sleep in, so that’s a big disappointment.

There are other silk-filled duvets on the market already, and it doesn’t seem to be that unique.

But one of the biggest let-downs is that it won’t provide you with that silky feeling because the outer layer isn’t made of silk and neither is the cover.

Despite that, Vesta duvet do have some cool features to look into. So, it’s all on you!

[Review] Is Pure Over Coffee Maker Worth it?

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, then you’re always looking for a better cup of Joe. Below we will take a deeper look into the Pure Over coffee maker.

Everything from the coffee beans to how the coffee was brewed and what type of filter was used create a drastic difference in taste to the trained palette.

Most filter options are either paper or metal, which not only leave behind a taste, but create a recurring expense and negatively impact the environment.

The Crowdfunding Campaign

Etai Rahmil has created Pure Over, which he believes is an answer to all of these problems. Pure Over combined both his love for glass-blowing and coffee, while also creating a product that would reduce carbon footprints.

The Advertised Selling Point  

Pure Over is an all-glass coffee maker that features a glass filter.

The glass coffee maker, filter and ceramic base sit atop a glass mug, ensuring that you can’t possibly taste plastic, metal or paper.

It’s made from clear borosilicate glass, so it’s designed to withstand high temperatures, and you’ll always be able to see how the coffee was brewed.

Pure Over is designed to last a lifetime so that you’ll never have to buy another coffee maker again.

And, it’s going to be packaged in recyclable and biodegradable packaging so that it’s as environmentally friendly as it can be.

But is it really worth it to buy it? 

Our Analysis and Review

One of the selling-points of the Pure Over is that it produces a “bold” cup of coffee. Translation: this is going to be the strongest cup of coffee you’ve ever experienced.

For some people, that’s no big deal. But if you’re not the type to brew up a cup of turbo rocket- fuel, this is probably not the coffee maker is probably not for you. 

If you’ve ever used a French press, you’ll know this pain.

When you don’t use a paper coffee filter, you get coffee grounds or sediment at the bottom of your cup. So, your last few sips are essentially sludge.

The reason you’ll definitely get this from the Pure Over is because of the large holes in the glass filter.

Now, it can be said that the coffee’s natural oils and flavors will be stronger in any cup of coffee that has a bit of sediment in it, and that it will be stronger than a cup without the additional grounds.

The creators of Pure Over even cite that this unique feature creates a cup of coffee that provides you with a “chewy mouthfeel”, which seems to be okay with some people.

But for many of us, it’s a complete turn off. 

The Potential Shortcomings

Say you used the Pure Over and were really impressed with the cup of coffee it brewed and wanted to try it out on some loose leaf tea.

Well, for now you’re out of luck.

Unlike conventional coffee pots, you can’t really brew tea with it. It’s not because you’ll get some sediment in your tea either, because otherwise I’d say go for it.

The creators of Pure Over say it’s not really designed to provide you with a long steep, so it’s not up to making tea. That’s unfortunate for those of us who would love a glass, environmentally-friendly tea maker that would provide us with a great-tasting cup of tea. 

The mug isn’t very functional.

Sure, it’s a glass mug that looks good with the coffee maker because it has the same sort of handle and it provides a uniform aesthetic.

But it’s not double-walled and there’s no lid for it, so it’s not going to keep your coffee hot. It’s also slightly impractical.

The coffee maker is designed to make 10-12 oz at a time, while the mug is 14 oz. Nevermind the fact that you’ve got an entire two extra ounces for some reason (even though selling it this way is much like the hot dog/bun quantity issue), some of us would like to have more than 10 oz of coffee at a time.

So, backers have suggested an XL mug size option. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the creators will listen. 

The Shipping Fee

By far, the problem most expressed in the comments section is the insane shipping prices.

While the creators cite a rise in shipping prices due to Covid-19, it still seems insane to pay as much for shipping as you do for the coffee maker, or more depending on where you live.

And they currently don’t have any options for local pickup, so backers can’t offset that shipping cost by just picking it up.

I personally think that it has less to do with Covid-19 and more to do with the fact that the gadget is all glass, and they went all-out to create environmentally-friendly packaging.

Unfortunately, biodegradable packing peanuts and recyclable packages cost more than regular packaging does.

In all actuality, if that’s what caused the extra shipping costs, the creators should really just come right out and say as much because people would be more willing to pay the prices for it if it were for something eco-friendly. 

Wrap up

So, is the Pure Over worth backing? It depends on if you basically want a different version of a French press.

If you really love using a French press, I could see where this would benefit you. I would be more likely to buy it if it were more multi-purpose.

The fact that it can’t also brew up a cup of tea is a pretty big drawback for me. The only reasons I can see to buy it are because you shouldn’t have to buy another one unless this one breaks, and it’s eco-friendly.

If you’re trying to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle, or go off the grid, I could see where this would be a good option.

But I personally don’t like the grounds in my cup, and I don’t usually intend to drink a cup of coffee so strong it gives me the jitters, so the Pure Over doesn’t live up to the hype for me.