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Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk (Model No. 1386), a product by Okamoto Industry Co. Ltd based in Japan is probably one of the most pirated air freshener in Malaysia.

For the uninitiated, ‘Carall’ is the brand name, ‘Regalia’ is the series that the product belongs to and ‘Velvet Musk’ is the name of the fragrance. The model number for this product is 1386.

1386 has a distinctive fresh and calming smell, with a light citrus tint that makes it very acceptable and easy on the nose. Adding to that is the quality glass jar packaging that stands out among the many varieties of air fresheners in the market.

The popularity of the 1386 eventually caught the attention of bootleggers and in the past few years, imitations of 1386 got so good that even experienced stockists find it hard to differentiate between the authentic and the fake. Also, do take note that under the Regalia series, there’s also Platinum Squash (Model No. 1385) and Silky Veil (Model No. 1384) which is nowhere as popular.

It is believed that these 1386 imitations are manufactured in China and made its way into Malaysia through East Malaysia, where custom surveillance is not as strict.

We would like to advise consumers to be extra vigilant when shopping for their favorite air fresheners. You may not feel the effect of these chemicals immediately but prolonged usage of fake air fresheners manufactured without taking care of consumer’s well-being and safety will cause many health issues in the long run.

Carall Regalia Velvet Musk 1386

2017-01-20T20:58:59+00:00 January 20th, 2017|Air Fresheners|0 Comments

Intoxicating Affair with Air Fresheners

As with most of the products we use daily, we have become more stringent in our selections and buying decisions. More and more manufacturers are known to maximize every single cent they can without hesitating to compromise consumer’s safety.

Unlike food or medications that we consume directly into our system, air fresheners are not so strictly regulated, or perhaps not at all.

Based on the article featured in The Star (9-Sep-2013), a lab test conducted in Bukit Jelutong by Malaysia Association of Standards Users (MASU) reveals that from the 6 brands of air fresheners tested, none of them listed the ingredients used in the manufacturing process.

The Star - Sweet Scent of Danger

The Star - Sweet Scent of Danger

However, what’s more shocking are the results of these tests.

i) 3 of the products are found to contain toluene, with one of it containing up to 1.3mg/kg.

ii) 4 of the products are found to contain phtalates (pronounced “THAL-ates”).

iii) 1 of the products is found to contain extremely high level of Diethyle Phtalates (517mg/kg).

iv) Some of the products are found to contain several types of phtalates, which is even more dangerous.

v) A local brand is found to contain the highest content of harmful chemicals- it has toluene and 3 types of phthalates.

The results are based on 100ml of the product.

Here’s an excerpt from Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) on how Phthalates endangers our reproductive system:

Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can be particularly dangerous for young children and unborn babies. Exposure to phthalates can affect testosterone levels and lead to reproductive abnormalities, including abnormal genitalia and reduced sperm production. The State of California notes that five types of phthalates — including one that we found in air freshener products — are ‘known to cause birth defects or reproductive harm.

Read the full press release here.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toulene is :

…added to gasoline, used to produce benzene, and used as a solvent. Exposure to toluene may occur from breathing ambient or indoor air affected by such sources. The central nervous system (CNS) is the primary target organ for toluene toxicity in both humans and animals for acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures. CNS dysfunction and narcosis have been frequently observed in humans acutely exposed to elevated airborne levels of toluene; symptoms include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea.

Read the full article here.

Unfortunately, the article in The Star did not reveal the actual brands tested and what makes matter worse is that the relevant authorities do not think that these findings warrant further actions. So, this only means that if you are using air fresheners in your cars, homes or work spaces, you are fully responsible to ensure that you find out for yourselves whether you are using any of the air fresheners which has been found to contain those dangerous chemicals.

From my personal experience of spilling one of the solvent-based air fresheners on my car’s dashboard, the fact that the dashboard (made of ABS plastic) was discolored by the corrosive spilled air freshener says a lot about how ‘safe’ it is.

As suggested by MASU, you can always switch to using natural alternatives such as pandan leaves, lemongrass or charcoals.

Pandan Leaves

Or if none of the above suits your olfactory senses, then may I suggest that you look into the range of air fresheners from California Scents that has been proven and tested to be consumer and environmental-friendly by Enviro-Kleen.

And here’s what Enviro-Kleen is all about:

Enviro-Kleen is a third party “green” certification program offered by ChemTel Inc. to address the growing need to distinguish items for the consumers that are environmentally friendly. The products are tested for Sensitization, Carcinogenicity, Mutagenicity, Reproductive Toxicity, Environmental Persistence, Aquatic Toxicity, other Hazard Characteristics, compliance with IFRA guidelines, compliance with E.U (European Union) and general compliance with Enviro-Kleen Standards. Visit www.Enviro-Kleen.org for more information on the program.

California Scents comes in various packagings for household and automotive use. They even have a range of pet-friendly fragrances. At the time of this writing, there are 75 fragrances to choose from and new fragrances and packages are regularly introduced over time.


California Scents - Fragrances List

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Fresh and Clean

  • Celebration
  • Emerald Bay
  • Fresh Linen
  • Garden Mist
  • Golden State Delight
  • Hurricane Breeze
  • Ice
  • Island Linen
  • Island Palms
  • Laguna Breeze
  • Lightning Linen
  • Newport New Car
  • Ocean Breeze
  • Ocean Wave
  • Route 66
  • Seaside Surf
  • Sequoia Mist
  • Smoke Away
  • Tahoe Powder
  • Yosemite Springs

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Fruits & Flavors

  • Apple Valley
  • Avalon Apple Cider
  • Balboa Bubblegum
  • Bel-Air Blueberry
  • Caliente Coffee
  • Capistrano Coconut
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Cinnamon Apple
  • Cinnamon Coast
  • Citrus Splash
  • Citrus Twist
  • Concord Cranberry
  • Coronado Cherry
  • Exotic Cherry
  • Exotic Coconut
  • Fresh Berries
  • Hollywood Tropicana
  • La Jolla Lemon
  • Malibu Melon
  • Melon Mango
  • Mojave Mango
  • Monterey Vanilla
  • Napa Grape
  • Orange Squeeze
  • Orchard Apple
  • Pacifica Peach
  • Palisades Pina Colada
  • Palm Springs Pineapple
  • Paradise Berries
  • Pomberry Crush
  • Santa Barbara Berry
  • Shasta Strawberry
  • Strawberries & Cream
  • Tangerine Tango
  • Twister Berry
  • Verri Berry
  • Vista Grapefruit
  • Volcanic Cherry

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Blooms & Blossoms

  • Aloe Blossom
  • Bamboo Orchid
  • Blossom
  • Desert Jasmine
  • Gardenia Del Mar
  • Hawaiian Gardens
  • LA Lavender
  • Lavender Fields
  • Midnight Jasmine
  • Mimosa Sunrise
  • Orange Blossom
  • Pasadena Rose
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Sierra Meadows
  • Spring Meadow
  • Squash Blossom
  • Typhoon Blossom

 

Though the fragrances are made of 100% natural ingredients, not all of them are Enviro-Kleen certified. The ones with the Enviro-Kleen certifications, usually the top-selling fragrances, would have this logo on their labels:

enviro-kleen-logo-on-california-scents

Disclaimer: Fasmoto.com is a distributor for California Scents products in Malaysia.

2015-10-18T13:24:06+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Air Fresheners|0 Comments

Why choose California Scents Car Air Freshener?

Sweet Smeel of Danger Facebook Post ScreenshotA recent post on Facebook was forwarded to me and I wasn’t at all surprised. I’ve been preaching for ages that we should look into the contents of air fresheners as some of them smell…how do I put it…chemical-ish??? Bare in mind though, I did not do any testing on any of the mentioned products. However, I question why aren’t the information already available. I’m thinking its time someone takes some kind of action on this.

Upon further digging, I found a couple more articles related to this. All of them strangely from The Star.

 

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/09/A-not-so-innoscent-product-Tests-on-air-fresheners-show-high-levels-of-dangerous-chemicals/

 http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/09/Standards-Msia-Grouses-already-aired-but-no-action-taken-yet/

 http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/09/Packaging-on-air-fresheners-does-not-list-out-chemicals-used/

This is why I only use California Scents. Not because they are better than the competition. That would be hard to prove as it is rather ambiguous, but due to the fact that they very proudly advertise the safe aspect of their product and also the certifications they have. As a consumer, that is as much as I can depend on to make a “best” judgement.

 

California Scents Pure

If you check out their website, you will see that they claim to make their products from pure, natural and organic ingredients. They also point out the fact that whats not in their product is what differentiates them.

 

Let’s take a look at the other side of ‘pure’ and what is not present in our ingredients; extenders, dilutents, and hydrocarbon solvents.

 

And here’s a little bit about compliance and certification.

California Scents’ dedication to pure has earned the Enviro Kleen Certification on many of its products. Further assuring the consumer that California Scents’ products have been tested and comply with both IFRA and EU standards and the Green standards set by ChemTel Inc.

 

Made in USAThey also go to great lengths to mention how they are Made in USA and also enviromental friendly. Read more about it here.

 

http://californiascents.com/

2015-10-18T13:02:12+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Air Fresheners, Guides|0 Comments

California Scents Fragrance Guide: What do they REALLY smell like?

California Scents Logo - Car Air Freshener at fasmoto.com

You see, I’ve better things to do today than writing a guide on how a can of air freshener smells like. I got a coffee mug on my table that I should have washed last week. I should probably water the potted plant (souvenir from a workshop I attended 3 months ago), but looking at the state of the plant, it’s probably better to just discard the whole pot. That’s the reason people like me should never have pets.

California Scents Pretty Cover Girl - fasmoto.com

Okie, let’s get on with the guide. I got too many people asking me to recommend which fragrance is the best. I could easily tell them which ones I sell the most, but that’s not going to be truthful simply because smell preference is as unique as the way you like your nostril hair to be trimmed.

While it’s impossible to describe scents using mere words, I shall try to attempt to at least describe the various fragrances by relating them to something familiar around us. So, if you still don’t get the smell after reading, do not worry: just buy a can and you’ll find out exactly how it smells like.

The whole idea I am writing this is to spare you the trouble of spending money on fragrances that you might not find pleasurable to your olfactory senses. At the time of this writing, each cans only cost about RM16.50, so it’s really not a very expensive investment to discover the scents that you truly dig. Granted, there’s more than 30 scents to choose from.

California Scents Spill Proof & Car Scents Full Range

First of all, I categorize all fragrances into 3 main groups:
1) Fruity – Fragrances emitted under this category would mean that they originated from fruits. Fortunately, we don’t have durians.
2) Flowery – Likewise, the fragrances originated from flowers.
3) Perfume-like – These fragrances would give a more synthetic experience, similar to our experiences with perfumes.

Also, the Strength of the fragrance are rated from 1-10, with 10 being very strong and 1 least strong. That being said, strength here does not means durability, as most fragrances can last up to 60 days under normal conditions.

The number in the brackets indicate the Strength.

1) Fruity
Apple Valley (5)
Avalon Apple Cider (6)
Balboa Bubblegum (7)
Capistrano Coconut – reminder of sunny beaches and vacations. No, they don’t smell like Nasi Lemak. (7)
Citrus Splash (6)
Concord Cranberry (6)
Coronado Cherry – some say it smells like syrup. One of the best-sellers. (8)
Golden State Delight (7)
La Jolla Lemon (4)
Malibu Melon (4)
Melon Mango (4)
Mojave Mango (7)
Napa Grape (5)
Orange Blossom (6)
Orange Squeeze (5)
Palisades Pina Colada (6) – somewhat similar to Capistrano Coconut, slightly milder. Reminder of your vacation is ending.
Palm Springs Pineapple (5)
Santa Barbara Berry (6)
Shasta Strawberry (6)
Squash Blossom (5)
Vista Grapefruit (4)

2) Flowery
Cinnamon Apple (4)
Cinnamon Coast (5)
Desert Jasmine (6)
Gardenia Del Mar (6)
Hawaiian Gardens (4)
L.A. Lavender (5)

3) Perfume-like
Arctic Ice (4)
Fresh Linen (5)
Hollywood Tropicana (6)
Laguna Breeze (7)
Newport New Car (7) – One of the best-sellers. But please take note- it doesn’t turn your car into one. You have better chance with our range of car care products.
Smoke Away (6)
Tahoe Powder (5)

As this is just a general guide, please do not hold me responsible for any dissatisfactions you may experience after you’ve tried them. Same reason why food reviews are just that, reviews. The chances that the food reviewer having the same taste bud as you is probably one in a million. So, what may taste nice to him does not necessarily means it’s universally accepted as delicious. Same principle applies to this California Scents Fragrance Guide.

This brand of air fresheners are well-loved all over the world. They are made by environment-conscious folks and they care about their consumers with their investment into Envirokleen certification for a few of their product lines. You can also read about what Chris Davies from CarPoductsTested.com wrote about these wonderful little fragrances.

California Scents Name Tags

That’s about it for now. I shall continue to edit this article as I get more feedbacks from Malaysian customers.

And if you are wondering where you can buy California Scents, head over to http://www.fasmoto.com/california-scents-air-freshener

2015-09-09T00:54:54+00:00 November 25th, 2014|Air Fresheners, Guides|0 Comments