New Year … New Poo!

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Years ago, when El Hub and I first started dating (aka the Dark Ages), one major relationship issue I had to get over was, well, to put it politely, going “number two” at his house. It was always awkward because 1.) his bathroom didn’t have a window for ventilation and 2.) his computer (where his booty was almost always parked) was in the room adjacent to the bathroom. I was always freaked out about certain odors wafting into the other room.

For the record, it’s really hard to do your business in peace when your crush is working on a computer right outside the bathroom as you’re taking a poo. If only I had Poof back then. This lil’ green and brown bottle would’ve saved my ass.

Poof in your pocket!
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Poof instantly banishes toilet odor when you’re “dropping off the kids at the pool.” It’s a liquid toilet deodorizer that comes in a bottle small enough to fit discretely in the palm of your hand. Right before you go number two, you put 1-2 drops of Poof into the toilet bowl. The drops form an invisible layer on the surface of the water that seals in any stinky smells. Once you’ve added the drops, you plop your booty down and then, ahem, handle your business.

“As soon as something hits the water it just sucks up the smell,” says Sherilyn Luke, co-owner of Poof. Instead of smelling stinky poo, the scent of Japanese mint is released. Ahhh, freshness.

But does it work?

Holy crap (pardon the pun), your girl was psyched to give this stuff a try. One morning I drank two cups of coffee and then waited for the poo fairy to visit. When I felt her knocking at my door, I grabbed a copy of Allure, my bottle of Poof, told El Hub to “leave me be” and locked the bathroom door.

One drop or two? Hmmm. I decided to go for broke and use two. The drops hit the water and let out a tiny whiff of mint. I settled in, and once the magic started, well, it was ON. The company isn’t kidding when they say the mint scent is strong. And as, um, you do your business, the stronger the mint smell gets.

It should be known that I have a superhuman sense of smell. I think that for most of the population, the mint will be strong enough to cover up any eau de poo, but for my sensitive nose it was a little overwhelming. Instead of the mint overtaking the poo smell, I smelled a combination of mint and poo. For days afterward I couldn’t get close to a candy cane or chew mint gum without feeling nauseous.

I’ve since discovered that one drop works better than two. I like that the bottle is small, so I can just pop it in my purse or hold it in the palm of my hand without anyone noticing. You better believe I am going to be packing a bottle of this next time I go places where I feel self-conscious about poo-ing, like my in-laws’ house or the small bathroom at work.

Poof in your purse!
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But don’t think you can start farting in public because you’ve got your Poof. Sheri tells me the deodorizer only works in the toilet.

A few places to Poof

A small studio apartment. Live in a tiny apartment? Leave a bottle of Poof in your bathroom for your guests.
Your bootycall bag. Heading over to your bootycall’s house? You know she/he doesn’t need to know that you are actually human. Pop a bottle in your overnight bag if you plan to stay for breakfast.
The office bathroom. You know your co-workers talk smack about you when you leave the bathroom. No more of that, b*tches!

A homegrown business

Hawaii tends to have weird health trends that local people latch onto. My relatives are always obsessed with something new. Last year they were all about Zicam nasal spray, before that it was Noni juice, before that it was Airborne for colds. Trends travel around the islands faster than I can wipe out on a wave.

Sheri and co-owner Jamee Kunichika both hail from Hawaii. Five years ago they noticed a Japanese product, One Drops, that a lot of local people were carrying around. They liked the product but didn’t care for the scent, so they reformulated it, changed the scent, developed their own attractive packaging and started marketing it to mainland consumers.

Both Sheri and Jamee have day jobs (Sheri works in finance and Jamee is a lawyer) and families, yet still handle all aspects of their growing and increasingly demanding side business on their own. “We’re hoping one day that we can do this full time,” says Sheri. “It’s getting to that point where we have to consider, well, are we gonna jump ship and leave our full time jobs to pursue this?”

I’ve gotta give Poof some love because not only does the product work, but I’m also a firm believer in giving small businesses (particularly businesses that are minority and women-owned, holla) a chance. If you’re curious about Poof (and I know you are), you can purchase your bottle online at Poofdrops.com. One 0.5 oz bottle of Poof holds approximately 400 drops and costs $10.

2008: It’s gonna be a whole new poo.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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  1. TUPRNUT says:

    I was certain that there was a type-o in the title to this entry…but hello, no. Indeed, it’s about poo! You crazy girl! I had to read a good deal of this aloud to my husband. We both found it hilarious, to say the least.

    If I didn’t think they may take offense, there are a few people in my life that I’d like to give this to… For now, the can of Oust sitting by the toliet will have to do.

  2. Rowena says:

    Ha that is a GREAT product. Not that I do stinky poos. Damn, too much information.

  3. Julie says:

    Haha, that is amazing. Love the way you write too :)

    Happy new year!

  4. slvrlips says:

    Happy New Year!
    I soo want to try this stuff out. I have a small condo and when company comes over this would be perfect for them especially my bouyfriend (lol). Wow! This stuff in my bathroom will be the new conversation peice. 400 drops of odor free popping is so worth the 10 bucks!!
    Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Kelly says:

    I also have a strong nose for smells and dislike most bathroom sprays because of the “Poop and flowers” or “fruit & poop” smell. Not sure if I’d like it, but the whole co-worker thing cracked me up. Instead, they’ll be saying, “Girlfriend needs to lay off the york peppermint patties and andes mints!”

    Hilarious, yet useful item. I bet this would be great for families/couples who take RV-type vacations.

  6. Glosslizard says:

    Next they need something to clear up public restrooms so when the person who was there before you smells up the room you aren’t left looking like the guilty party! ;)

  7. Damn!! This is amazingness……especially for a super regular lactose intolerant sista like myself. Although I’m not tryna have my stomach burst open for the sake of being cute….I think this is fab idea. Especially while being young and dating. But then again…….a man that can accept my poopin’ ways is the man for me!!! I love this and I love you! Happy New Years!!!

  8. Vanessa says:

    HAHA drop your kids off at the pool…that had my on the floor…nice they have something like that!

  9. Tekoa says:

    *falls over laughing* What a great and hillarious review.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Tuprnut,

    Yeah, I can’t lie; we rock the Oust at our house too (pre Poof, that is.)

    Next year some family members are going to get some Poof as a not-so-subtle Christmas present. ;)

  11. Karen says:

    Hey Rowena,

    I’m sure it smells like roses, ha!

  12. Karen says:

    Thanks Julie! Have a Happy New Year!

  13. Karen says:

    Hey Slvrlips,

    You are so welcome. :) It’s gonna be a whole new world in your condo, yah?

  14. Karen says:

    Kelly,

    Ahhh, so you feel my sensitive nose pain. For years I used to associate certain Bath & Body works sprays with poop because the girls at my dorm would always be spraying in the toilet. The melon scent made me gag for years…

    Anyway, apparently this stuff is really popular in Hollywood actor’s trailers. Go figure!

  15. Karen says:

    Ha! So true, Glosslizard, so true!

  16. Karen says:

    Big hugs to you, Brittany! And that’s sooo true – you know he’s the one if he’ll take you, pooping ways and all, LOL!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa,

    I know, right? I kinda wish I thought of it myself, sigh!

  18. Karen says:

    Thanks Tekoa! Stay warm, yah?

  19. Apple Diva says:

    Happy New Year, Home Skillet!!

    What a great product. Who needs a relationship counselor, when you have poof!!

  20. Karen says:

    Thanks Apple Diva, Happy New Year to you, too!

    And ain’t that the truth…Poof solves it all.

  21. Mrs. Lynne says:

    When I first started reading this I was like, “oh, that has a more clever name than the ones we have here called The Drops” lol! I would see them at the grocery store but never picked it up. Then my co-worker told me she had bought them for her bf (sweet, huh?) and claims they work miracles. Dropping The Browns off without the smell of roses!

    And it’s funny that you talk about Zicam and Airborne because the commercials are on ALL the time and people don’t believe in any other medicine. I remember at work if someone started coughing they’re like “eh… you got Airborne??” LOL!!

  22. Alicia says:

    I love that you made a blog about this! I want to try this out. Poo fairy…haha.

  23. Okay Karen, I know we tried to meet in 2007 when I was in Novato, but girl, we gotta meet up this year — I was giggling and wiping the tears away reading the poo entry. I found it even more hilarious because my 15 year old daughter uses the term “it’s the poo” because she doesn’t want to use a curse word like “it’s the sh*t” when she is lovin on something. I think you are very talented and enjoy your blog daily! Keep it up sista. Happy New Year to you!!!!

  24. Lipglossme says:

    How do you find products like these? LMAO My husband has ruined me for ever smelling roses because now, like you, whenever I smell roses I only smell “poop and roses”. I hope their business expands and maybe they can diversify and give us more variety in scents then just the mint smell. I don’t really want my poop to smell minty fresh.

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Mrs. Lynne,

    Hawaii is so funny in so many ways (I love it, LOL). Have you noticed that commercials in Hawaii also always have some sort of song or jingle? Whenever we visit I end up memorizing a few songs.

    Another weird/interesting thing: El Hub and I are going to Vegas in February to meet up with his parents. They are going to stay in some place called “The California Hotel”, which, coincidentally caters to Hawaiians visiting Vegas (read: lots of buffets).

  26. Karen says:

    Hey Alicia,

    It’s pretty cool. 400 poos per bottle…can’t beat that for 10 bucks, LOL.

    Happy New Year!

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Melissa!

    Hey girl, thank you for saying Hi. I hope you had a fab holiday season. For sure we’ll have to meet up – either when I’m in San Diego (I’m getting the itch to surf and it’s waaaaay too cold up here) or whenever you come up my way next.

    How cute is your daughter! I’m going to start saying “It’s the poo”, LOL!

    Happy New Year!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Lipglossme,

    A lot of it is just randomness in my life. I went to dinner with some friends and during the meal some guy pulled out his bottle of drops and talked about in detail about how it changed his life (while I was eating rice and beans, nonetheless.)

    But yeah, if you use just one drop it’s not as minty, more neutralizing.

    Poo and roses, you poor thing!

  29. If you make your way down to San Diego — you better give me a shout! And you know when I get up your way that I will let you know — more notice this time, I promise! Take care & keep those MAC reviews coming — love em!

  30. kia says:

    LOL! how you did a whole post on poo.. you are great. AND so is this prod! i’ve gotta get some!

  31. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Karen. They do! The one that I like right now is the First Hawaiian Bank jingle. Sometimes I’ll be humming it while I wash the dishes, lol. But it’s a definitely a change of scene to see local commercials.

    The only place that folks from here visit IS VEGAS! LOLOLOL. And we practically own The Califonian! Whenever anyone talks about vacation, they always respond “I go Vegas!” (like the pidgin, hah).

    Do you have any other family here besides the in-laws? And did your in-laws blow sh*t up on New Years?

  32. Lilan says:

    Oh my! I’m catching up on my blog reading since I’ve been away in Orange County and this post is FREAKING HILARIOUS!!!!!!!!!

    Love how candid you are about poo and yet you still manage to make this topic not scary to read and funny in a non-offensive poo joke kind of way (did that even make sense??).

    What’s also funny about your story is that it totally reminded me of The Boyfriend when we were first dating; he didn’t want to go number 2 at my house so he actually went home, told me he had to pick up his mom or sister as an excuse and then promptly came back in 30 mins to continue hanging out. He eventually ‘fessed up a couple years later, but remembering that story makes me smile now :)

    I’m going to order a bottle and give it to him as a gift for V-Day – LOL.

    Lovin’ the site in ’08, Karen!!!

  33. Megan says:

    LOL Karen… great review…I am definitely going to have to order some! We rock the Febreze air effects at my place…but that looks great for when you’re out and about with no other option!

  34. Karen says:

    Sure thing, Melissa! :) I’ll keep the MAC a-coming. Have a good one!

  35. Karen says:

    Hey Mrs. Lynne,

    My cousin and her family lived there for a few years but her hubby got stationed in Texas so now it’s just my in-laws and their family.

    Isn’t it also funny how when you see travel commercials they will *always* mention Vegas? They never really talk about Europe or any place else. It’s so weird!

  36. Karen says:

    Kia,

    This stuff is so great. Everyone on my list is getting it for a stocking stuffer next year!

  37. Karen says:

    Hey Nilla/Lilan,

    Awww, isn’t that a cute (and totally funny) story. He’ll totally love this as a Valentine’s day gift, LOL!

    Happy New Year!

  38. Karen says:

    Seriously, Megan, it rocks! And the bottle is pretty small so you can be on the downlow about it when you ahem, have to go ;)

  39. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Guess you can say we’re a gambling-hungry state, lol.

  40. Karen says:

    Yeah, I think it might be something in the water. I have no interest in gambling but I’ll play the slot machines. My boy totally loves the blackjack table (zzzz … hey, at least I get free drinks when I’m standing around). *Everyone* is his family really loves to gamble. His aunt and uncle go to Vegas a few times every year and they get a comped suite, free buffets (LOL), and all that jazz ’cause they go so much.

  41. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Must be. My aunt and uncle here go about the same amount also. And my uncle does bowling tournaments in Vegas so just another excuse for them to go. The only thing I like playing is Craps. Hubbo and I had a really good streak when we used to go to Cache Creek all the time. All the pit bosses knew us we were there so much, lol. I actually haven’t been to real casino since I’ve turned 21. I think I went the year before I turned but haven’t been since. Wow, that’s like almost 7 years ago! But I LOVE me a buffet.

  42. Karen says:

    OH god! Cache Creek! That was a few hours from my college (I went to Davis) and I went there a few times at messed up times in the middle of the night with friends who wanted to gamble.

    I loves me a buffet, too. Next time you are in Tahoe go to the Harrah’s buffet, girl. It’s hella good.

  43. Mrs. Lynne says:

    Harrah’s is actually the only buffet I like going to. I’ve been to the one in Vegas, Tahoe, and Reno and haven’t been let down. Did you go to Tahoe this season?

  44. Karen says:

    LOL, I’m so not down with the snow. I like my ice in my drinks or shaved in a sweet syrup covered confection, not surrounding me and freezing my ass to death. I went to Tahoe in the summer in August. Have you been during the summertime? It’s really pretty. Strangely enough, while I was there I ended up meeting some people from Hawaii.

    GET ME TO THE BEACH, ASAP!

  45. Lehea says:

    One of my girls brought something similar to this on one of our trips. I gotta say, this stuff actually works. I even told them to sniff around after I got out of the bathroom to make sure. Haha! We called that stuff the va-poo-rizer (The name came from that Jack Black and Ben Stiller movie “Envy”) since my friend forgot the actual name of it. Now I know where to get some for myself. Thanks!

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