When I received a parcel last week containing a can of oxygen, I’ve got to be honest I was sceptical. Looking not too dissimilar to the can of air freshener I have in my loo, as well as feeling completely and utterly weightless (well I guess it would do!), my first thoughts were, “what a rip off, who on earth would buy air?”.
I remember watching a programme on TV a while back about a company who sold English country air to the Japanese. The man and wife team had invented some form of ‘net’, which they used to literally scoop up the air and then bottle it up and sell online. They claimed it was all legit, that they were providing their customers with a little taste of fresh air to help combat against the highly polluted city air they were breathing in their home country. And I couldn’t help but compare the two…is this can of oxygen just another example of a company taking advantage of their customers desire for health and happiness?
Well look, I’m here to give my honest opinion right, but I’m also willing to give something a go and to take a look at a product in a bit more detail. Because they haven’t just bottled up air, Boost Oxygen is 98% pure oxygen scented with natural aromas, and with oxygen fueling a whopping 90% of our body and mind functions it’s completely plausible that inhaling some of the pure stuff is going to do us some good, right?
What’s The Point?
Good question…why on earth would we benefit from more oxygen? Well, we all know the air around us is slowly getting more and more contaminated; what with car fumes, industry and factory fumes, increased methane from intense farming and other pollution, it really doesn’t bear thinking about the chemicals, toxins and free radicals that enter our systems on a daily basis. And whilst we may not think it’s doing us that much harm, it sure as hell is going to have an impact on our health, beauty and overall wellbeing in the long term. Too little oxygen has been proven to affect how we look, most commonly in the visible signs of aging for example, wrinkles, dryness and plumpness. You only have to take a look at the vast array of skincare products available on the market to see that oxygen is a key ingredient within the majority of them, and Boost Oxygen are taking this a step further with their new generation of skincare. Oxygen is a gas right, so it makes sense that it should be inhaled rather than absorbed. Therefore by inhaling oxygen we’re getting a boost directly into the bloodstream. This means it can get to work quicker, helping the body use it efficiently and for the right purpose.
What Is It Good For?
Yep, I know it’s hard not to shout “absolutely nothing” after that title, especially considering the can feels so weightlesss, I mean for all I know there really might be nothing in there! Oh ye of little faith, don’t you think they’ve thought of that? Which is why every can comes complete with it’s own little label stating,
‘Oxygen is WEIGHTLESS. Full can is very LIGHT’
The company have a range of different oxygen cans, each one aimed at giving a particular boost, it could be to:
- Reduce stress
- Relax muscles
- Enhance sports
- Boost energy
- Enhance mood
- Boost skin cell renewal
- And get this…there’s even one that will apparently sort out your hangover! (gotta be worth a shot!)
I was sent a can of Oxygen Boost Beauty (hmmmm maybe they’ve seen all my real, no filter selfies and figured I need it!) and the theory is that by boosting your body with oxygen it will aid collagen production as well as stimulating the body’s ability to renew cells. This particular can is infused with the natural scent of pink grapefruit and frankincense to enhance the experience as well as throw a few of their own health benefits into the mix at the same time. Frankincense has long been used in meditation and aromatherapy as a calming, peaceful ingredient that also opens up the airways and helps reduce inflammation. And pink grapefruit’s zesty aroma is both uplifting and soothing, helping to create feelings of positivity and vigour.
How Do I Use It?
The thought of inhaling from a can goes against everything we were told not to do as teenagers. However, the in built mask, although slightly scary and perhaps somewhat medical looking, has been ergonomically designed to sit comfortably beneath the nose and around the mouth. Then it’s simply a case of press the trigger, breathe deeply through the mouth, hold, and release. It takes a bit of practice; I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be swallowing it, how long to hold the trigger down, how long before breathing out; but give it a couple of go’s and you’ll have it. The instructions suggest taking 3–5 inhalations morning and evening, or whenever you feel you may need an extra boost, for example: during or after exercise, if you’re anxious or stressed, or if you feel breathless.
What Does It Feel Like?
Right, let’s cut to the chase. What’s it feel like to hold a can of oxygen up to your mouth and have a good old mouthful? First impressions – it felt cold and had a really pleasant smell…or was it a taste? Really hard to tell whether you’re tasting it or smelling it, but whichever one it was it was nice. Fresh, citrussy and well I can only describe it, and bear with me ‘cos this is gonna get random, like you’re stood over a chest freezer packed full of lemons and you’ve just opened the lid and the cold vapour has escaped up into your airwaves. Well…I did warn you!
I must admit it did leave me ever so slightly lightheaded, not in a bad way, more an “oooo that was nice” kinda way. And perhaps say 20 minutes after inhaling it I did notice I had a slight dry throat, however that passed and I think it was more a case of me not inhaling it in quite the right way.
How Much Does It Cost?
A 22 oz. can of Boost Oxygen costs £24.99 and within each can there is 6 litres of oxygen. If you were to press the trigger down until it all ran out, you would get approximately 150 seconds of continuous oxygen flow. Depending on the length of your inhalation and of course factoring in a few mistakes at the beginning as you get used to it, it is suggested you will get between 75-150 inhalations per can. So if we do the maths that works out at between 30-16p per inhalation.
Is It Worth It?
Hey, it’s not really up to me to tell you what to go out and buy, it’s one of those things I’d recommend trying for yourself. I do believe that extra oxygen has many benefits to a person, and yes I think there is a place for this product in the sports market, particularly for extreme sports at high altitudes. As for beauty…? I’m not entirely convinced, but then I’m very much a believer of ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ and perhaps if we all just chilled out a bit about the aging process then we wouldn’t be quite so hung up about it all in the first place.
If you fancy giving it a go you can buy the cans form the Boost Oxygen website, where you can also find out a little bit more about the product.
*Product gifted for review
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