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You may have noticed my presence on social media is melliesmel. That nickname is a result of a prior online handle I used back in the old AOL days (melliemelplease) and my derby moniker: sMEL U L8R. I lived up to that derby name, and SmellWell is sort of my namesake product. Call it fate of the smelly. Where were you when I played roller derby, SmellWell?
Honesty alert: My running shoes don’t stink. I always wear socks and air them out overnight, so maybe that has something to do with it. But my sweaty skating pads and the ballet flats that I wear without socks stink.so.bad. EMBARRASSINGLY BAD. I’ve been looking for products like SmellWell that do their business to remove the root cause of the stink, rather than using sprays or powders to simply cover it up. The SmellWell pouches are advertised to last for 3-4 months and don’t contain any nasty chemicals. SmellWell removes the moisture caused by sweat bacteria and works to eliminate the smell.
First Impression: The SmellWell product is currently available stateside online via Amazon. There are several unique and fun patterns — and I had my choice of pouch to test. The smell is fresh and pleasant — not overly perfumy.
Review Period: I tried these on several different items: ballet flats, work shoes, skate bags, gym bags — even tossing them in baskets of shoes near our garage entry. They seemed to really absorb the smell and freshen the insoles of shoes (particularly from the husband’s overdue-for-the-trash boat shoes), and prevented odors from overwhelming bags.
Final Thoughts: The SmellWell pouches seem to work, albeit temporarily — or at least while in the presence of the smelly objects. These didn’t necessarily CURE the stank caused by gross sweat bacteria as I was hoping. By the next wear, the shoes developed an odor again, though maybe not as bad (at least I didn’t smell my shoes when I kicked them off under my desk at work). I wonder if with more consistent use, the odors will slowly dissipate. And noted for next time: bring on the airplane for when the husband kicks off his loafers.
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