13 March, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Bed

I always love getting to try new fragrances out. I also absolutely love having a freshly scented bed. Usually that "clean bed" smell goes away one or two days after washing my bedding, so spraying it down between washings keeps everything feeling nice and fresh. I've already tried Silky Sheets out in a couple of scents and loved the scent. However, I have red sheets and didn't care much for the white splotches I would occasionally get with Silky Sheets. So instead, I decided to give a clear liquid linen spray a try. EdenFantasys currently carries the Dona line (by System JO) of products, including lingerie wash, bath salts, body lotion, and fragrances. I decided I'd give the Goji Berry scent a try.

The linen spray comes in a 4.5 ounce clear plastic bottle with a black spray top. There is a clear cap over the spray top to prevent leaks. It measures about 6 1/2 inches tall. There is a sticker label wrapped around the entire bottle that has a brown lace pattern on it. I personally think the brown lace is a bit funky looking. The front of the label shows the name of the line, Dona, as well as some small informational icons. This product is paraben free, cruelty free, natural, and petroleum derivative free. The back of the bottle instructs you to spray on fabric, wait a little while, then breathe in happily.

Ingredients:
Purified Water, PPG-26 Buteth-26, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Goji), Coffea Arabica (Coffee Seed), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai), Morinda Citrifolia (Noni), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen), Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance

This doesn't contain any parabens, however it does contain glycerin. If you allow your linens to fully dry before you come in contact with them, I don't think you'd have any issues. This spray is made up mostly of natural aphrodisiacs. I love that there's tons of fruit extracts in this.

Dona's linen spray is really simple to use. Spray however much you desire on your bedding, allow it a little while to fully dry, then go ahead and get in. Unlike Silky Sheets, this does not have talc powder in it to dry up wet spots. It simply works to add a fresh scent. I suggest testing a small patch of fabric before spraying everything down, just in case this stains your bedding. Since it's a clear spray, you shouldn't really have any issues unless you have a difficult to care for fabric. I have a black and red comforter and red sheets and didn't notice any stains or discolorations after a few uses. My bed is queen size and I typically spray it about 10 times. I spray the top of the comforter, a couple of times on the pillows, and then I go and spray the fitted sheet.  I only end up waiting maybe 10 to 15 minutes before my bed feels dry enough to get in.

It's difficult to pick a fragrance from a list of fragrances you aren't particularly familiar with. Dona linen spray comes in the following scents: Mangosteen, Goji berry, Acai, Blue Lotus, Camu Camu, and Pomegranate. The only fragrances out of that list I am somewhat familiar with is pomegranate and Goji berry. I don't particularly care for pomegranate, so I went with the Goji berry.  

This scent is a yummy, sweet berry scent. It doesn't smell like candy, but it does smell absolutely delicious. The scent is not heavy at all, either. How much you smell really depends on how much you use. When I spray my bed down, the room is lightly filled with a relaxing, yummy berry scent. Once the liquid settles in and starts to evaporate, the room won't have a scent to it anymore. I can smell my bedding from a couple of feet away, but that's about it. Lately I have had a pretty hard time getting to sleep, due to noisy neighbors. This scent really helps relax me and free up some of my stress so my sleeping pills can take control a little bit quicker. I've noticed that the scent is completely gone by the time I get up to go to work. I would prefer the scent to last another day or so.

As an aphrodisiac, Goji berry is believed to strengthen the adrenal system, which is believed to be the center of sexual energy. It is believed to improve male fertility. However, smelling it will not give you very many benefits. For the full health benefits of Goji berry, you're better off consuming fresh or dried berries.

In addition to directly spraying your bedding, you can also use this to freshen up just about any fabric in your home, like your couch, arm chairs, clothing, or inside of shoes. I wouldn't use it on pet bedding, just in case your animal is sensitive to the scent or any of the ingredients. If your pet sleeps in bed with you, I'd make sure to keep an eye on him to see if this spray negatively affects him. If it does, I would stop using it and wash the bedding. My cats don't seem to have any issues with this spray on my bed, but the one doesn't seem to like the scent at all. The other one doesn't care what the bed smells like, he just wants to sleep on something soft. You can also try spraying your dryer sheets with this before tossing them in with laundry.

We usually use Febreze spray to freshen up fabrics, but I honestly don't care for any of the fragrances. Most of them just stink like chemicals with a hint of some floral fragrance. However, Febreze does work to actually kill the source of odors, while this spray will just kind of cover them up. I'd still prefer to use this and just wash things if they have a bad odor to them.

I'm giving this product 5 out of 5 stars. I love the fragrance. It's so fresh and relaxing. It really makes my bed feel like the safest, most comforting place in my home. I'm a huge fan of products that are cruelty free or are not tested on animals, and will definitely continue to buy those products. I especially love the price. For $8.99, you get natural aphrodisiacs that beautifully fragrance your linen without harsh chemicals. This would make a great gift for anyone, especially those who love home fragrance products like oil burners, candles, or diffusers.

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