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I Can Breathe! - Honeycomb Mask with Classic Carbon Filter
Allergy/MCS Face Masks
Written by Maff     August 20, 2008    
I count myself very lucky to have found these I Can Breathe! masks when I developed multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and was unable to tolerate exposure to minute amounts of a huge range of chemicals from perfume, fabric softener and fragranced bath soap to vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke and ink.

Such exposures would immediately trigger a host of symptoms including fatigue, weakness, dizziness, confusion, pounding heart, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. I was left feeling extremely tired and ached terribly all over for days after such a reaction. I was basically housebound and had to keep my home free from any chemical products (basically everything) that would trigger my symptoms. I couldn't have visitors and couldn't go outside.

I Can Breathe! honeycomb masks with carbon filter changed all that. When wearing the mask I was able to be around people wearing perfume and other chemical products, I could go outside and be exposed to traffic fumes and the harsh cleaning products used in shops and public buildings.....all with no reaction at all. These masks effectively gave me my freedom back. I also suffer from hayfever and found them equally effective at protecting me from grass pollen during the summer.

The mask design includes an adjustable nose piece and elastic (non-latex) ear straps which make it a good fit on practically everyone. It does get quite warm and sweaty after a while but this is to be expected if the filter is to work effectively. It is also very hard to smell anything while wearing the mask but this is a trade-off that is easy to make!

My only disappointment with this mask is its durability. The ear straps tend to lose their elasticity quite quickly. Although replacement carbon filters can be purchased seperately I found this issue meant I was replacing the masks as often as the filters.

In conclusion, I can't recommend these masks highly enough to anyone suffering from MCS.

Overall rating 
 
9.0
Effectiveness  
 
10.0
Ease of use  
 
9.0
Reliability/Durability  
 
7.0
Value for money  
 
9.0
Would you recommend? 
 
10.0
Maff Reviewed by Maff August 20, 2008
Last updated: July 20, 2009
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Indispensible for Multple Chemical Sensitivity

I count myself very lucky to have found these I Can Breathe! masks when I developed multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) and was unable to tolerate exposure to minute amounts of a huge range of chemicals from perfume, fabric softener and fragranced bath soap to vehicle exhaust, cigarette smoke and ink.

Such exposures would immediately trigger a host of symptoms including fatigue, weakness, dizziness, confusion, pounding heart, headaches, and flu-like symptoms. I was left feeling extremely tired and ached terribly all over for days after such a reaction. I was basically housebound and had to keep my home free from any chemical products (basically everything) that would trigger my symptoms. I couldn't have visitors and couldn't go outside.

I Can Breathe! honeycomb masks with carbon filter changed all that. When wearing the mask I was able to be around people wearing perfume and other chemical products, I could go outside and be exposed to traffic fumes and the harsh cleaning products used in shops and public buildings.....all with no reaction at all. These masks effectively gave me my freedom back. I also suffer from hayfever and found them equally effective at protecting me from grass pollen during the summer.

The mask design includes an adjustable nose piece and elastic (non-latex) ear straps which make it a good fit on practically everyone. It does get quite warm and sweaty after a while but this is to be expected if the filter is to work effectively. It is also very hard to smell anything while wearing the mask but this is a trade-off that is easy to make!

My only disappointment with this mask is its durability. The ear straps tend to lose their elasticity quite quickly. Although replacement carbon filters can be purchased seperately I found this issue meant I was replacing the masks as often as the filters.

In conclusion, I can't recommend these masks highly enough to anyone suffering from MCS.

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