Poo-Pourri: Can Your Poop Really Not Stink?

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A few months ago, the makers of a new bathroom spray called Poo-Pourri decided to see if their product was up to the standards of we true bathroom connoisseurs. "Unlike other sprays that you spray after you poop in a frantic bid to freshen the air before somebody else feels the call of nature," the product's manufacturer says on their site, "you spray this all-natural spray into the toilet before you go. It eliminates that stinky odor that everyone is always so embarrassed about, instead leaving a fresh, citrus scent -- much more pleasant!"

Both DungDaddy and I received samples. I was sent *four cases* of the stuff, which I passed around to friends and family. I also introduced it to my (now former) workplace, and sent out several more as Christmas gifts. But before I impart my thoughts, here's what DungDaddy has to say:


DungDaddy's review.

Poo-Pourri works on many levels. My family and I tried it in both bathrooms. As prescribed, three or four squirts on the surface of the water before pooping reduces the perceived stink.

I believe the product works in two ways: through its intensely fresh scent, and through the oils coagulating on the surface of the water to encapsulate fugitive stink particles. (Editor's note: Poo-Pourri's website upholds this speculation: "The essential oil proprietary formula creates a film on the toilet water surface, effectively trapping embarrassing odors. Flushing releases the odor neutralizing formula into the air, leaving the bathroom citrus fresh!")

I gave Poo-Pourri three tests outside of normal use.

  1. I gave a bottle to a friend to use in his camp trailer for the weekend. Three people used the toilet for two days in very close quarters, and all were surprised by Poo-Pourri's efficacy.

  • I performed a digestive experiment (DungMommy loves these): I ate a box of Raisin Nut Bran and most of a box of Grape-Nuts. (The kids rebelled when they found out I had designs on the Lucky Charms.) Aside from some wooziness -- probably from the lactose overdose -- the experiment went well. This heavy fiber and milk load produced a colossal dump Saturday morning.
  • And the results were good. Even though my loaf breeched the surface of the water in two places, the Poo-Pourri held tight and diminished the smell. There was some stink, but I imagine it was lessened.

  • Finally, I got to thinking about those citrus oils lurking on the water, and what might happen should a butt-bomb splash the substance onto the more sensitive parts of the anatomy. So I simulated a nut-soaking splashdown: right before my shower, I just sprayed a spurt of Poo-Pourri straight onto my little bag. I climbed into the shower and waited a bit before turning on the water.
  • Even at this high concentration, there was only slight irritation, if any. When diluted by toilet water, there is no reason to believe that Poo-Pourri splashback would cause any discomfort. Final judgment: Two thumbs up.


    Bilgepump's review.

    My own experience was equally positive -- with one very major exception, which I will share with you now.

    The office I was working in at the time has a plant dude. Yep, the publishers pay for some guy to come in and water the plants. He also comes in and uses the peon restroom (the publishers/owners have their own and don't share, fuckers).

    Like clockwork, Pete would come in every Wednesday at 12:30 PM, judiciously water the plants, and end up at the break room, across the hall from the PR (Peon Restroom -- not to be confused with PoopReport). He would stealthily enter and destroy said restroom with the most noxious fumes I've ever had to deal with. Had that been me, I'd be proud... but with him, that stench would linger for the rest of the week, really disabling that particular restroom. From Wednesday afternoon on, most of us got in the habit of going to the convenience store next door.

    So Pete would truly be a test of this fancy pants, top-of-the-shelf looking deodorizer. (It really is very nicely packaged.)

    Wednesday morning came around, and I informed the rest of the staff of my intentions. They were all in agreement and fully supportive. At precisely 12:20 PM, I applied the Poo-Pourri to the serene waters of the PR. But not just the suggested three or four squirts; oh no, I knew that wasn't gonna do it. I hosed that fucker down for five minutes, virtually emptying the bottle. I was almost overcome by the lemon vapors as hallucinations of Mr. Clean attempting to bend me over the toilet ravaged my oxygen-starved brain. But I managed to make my exit.

    Pete showed up right on time, did his thing, and entered the testing area. The lock snicked closed, and the creative department and I snuck up to the door.

    "What the hell is that stink?" we heard Pete mutter as he noisily released his zipper. We stifled our laughter and left Pete to do his thing. Poop voyeurism isn't my thing.

    Twenty minutes later, Pete walked out of the bathroom and down the hall with a grimace on his face. "That bathroom really stinks," he told the receptionist, which sent her into gales of hysterical laughter. Coming from Pete, this was a rather ironic statement.

    I dashed down the hall to check the results. Yes, yes, indeed, that water closet did have an odor: lemon and shit. This stuff wasn't up to the challenge; in fact, it never really had a chance at all. Pete's digestive tract is simply too much.

    For the rest of us, however, this stuff works really well. And I like the scent it has. It isn't overpowering (when used as directed), and it does a good job of covering up odors. It is NOT an odor eliminator -- just a fancy packaged cover-up. But in that task, it excels.

    The package I got also included a really well-done press kit, with a history of the product, biographies of the inventors, links to websites, and much more info. Product-wise, I was very impressed with the presentation. Final judgment: Two thumbs up.

    40 Comments on "Poo-Pourri: Can Your Poop Really Not Stink?"

    The Thunderous Crapper 63's picture
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    You know its a good thing we here at PR think of EVERYTHING. To quote the great Don Coroleone "women and children can be careless but NOT men!" I never thought to test splashback with the ol nut soak test. Dung Daddy thank you hey thats why we have this site everyone. It's all about everyone using their special talents and skills all for the betterment of society. I may even try this product.
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    I can see this product as being used in an automatic dispenser type application. As for me, (and most others with hair on their chests) this represents an ass-ault on one of the last bastions of our manhood (our right to stink). This product will probably be used as office gag gifts,portable toilets, and by the occasional woman who actually shits. Im sure the product is good, but I probably wont be investing in this company real soon. And Dung Daddy, I thank you for taking one in the nuts for the rest of us.

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    I know Dave included Dung Daddy as a contributor, but he really should be in the by-line as well, this was a joint effort, and DD really went above and beyond in his review. Thanks again, DD, you did a masterful job!!!

    "One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

    C Everett Poop's picture
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    DD. that was a very thorough report! I would never have thought to squirt lemon oil on my ballbag in the name of pseudoscience.

    DungDaddy's picture
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    Somebody had to do it.

    DungDaddy's picture
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    ...And by-the-way. That wasn't pseudoscience. It was pure scientific method. The only way it could have been more scientific would have been if I had worn a lab coat and carried a clipboard.

    prarie doggin's picture
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    Lab coats always seem to be soaking wet after I get off of the can.

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    Good report! It must have been fun to test out a new product. I like the picture on the bottle. Personally I won't use it, I always turn on the fan if I'm droppin a big 'ol nasty. If you don't like it there is a can of gas-B-gone under the sink lol.

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    Aha. This would explain the "fresh feeling" I received last night after a rather splashy evacuation. No, it wasn't too bad, but it's a good reason to have wet wipes in the bathroom.

    Good report, Bilge, and thanks for the case. I had Gator send a bottle to my father. He likes stuff like this.


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    Bilgepump's picture
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    You are welcome, Daphne, and be sure to give Dung Daddy his due as well, he did a great job reporting.

    "One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

    daphne's picture
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    He gets nothing, that tagalong.

    JK, Mr. Daddy! Thank you for spraying lemon-scented Poo cover-up on your balls and living to tell. That was a brave thing to do in the spirit of Poopreport journalism. You've got moxy, you do.


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    The Dumpster's picture
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    My newest secretary has learned that she isn't part of the office "family" until she can lay a butt cable in the office loo without shame.

    Bilgepump's picture
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    Hey Dumbass, what the fuck does that have to do with ANYTHING??? I swear you get more retarded every day.

    "One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

    DungDaddy's picture
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    Now, Kids!

    shitwit's picture
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    what about septic systems? I thought too much oil would ruin a septic...

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    Bilgepump's picture
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    several hundred gallons may affect a septic system....but the minute quantities you're getting out of this product, (and natural lemon grass oils), aren't going to harm the little shit eating buggers in your septic system. If you are concerned for the septic bacteria's well being, I believe Log Jam can you put in touch with an invertebrate psychiatrist, to make sure of their happiness and serenity.

    "One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

    When it Shits it Pours's picture
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    Best description ever...."Yes, yes, indeed, that water closet did have an odor: lemon and shit." Shitty Lemon, my favorite candle scent!

    I wish I had known about this about a week earlier. We did a family Christmas thing with a bunch of vile relatives, its the gift giving thing where everyone puts in a cheap gift, and no one knows whos getting what. I'd have loved to put a case of the poo-pourri in there! People always go for the big gifts, imagine their ire when they open the box! Ha ha!

    Mary Queen of Scats's picture
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    I've actually been using this product for a few months already - love it! Works so much better than Lysol or anything like that.

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    Poonanza's picture
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    I might actually get this, to use every once in a while. Special occasions, or when I just took a shower. Even if I just FEEL clean, I'll be happy. Not spraying ON me mind you, just having the smell gone would feel cleaner. And I'm sceptical as hell about stuff like this. How'd they find you guys out to test their product on? Someone up there just happened to know about poopreport?

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    I don't know why I feel this is related, but I know a guy who actually ATE pot-pourri...he thought it was trail mix and ate quite a bit before deciding it tasted bad and he felt ill.

    He ended up vomitting most of it out, but he claims he did shit some out a few days later and yes..it smelled sweet.

    Anonymous Coward's picture
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    I love this product!! Perfect for the woman who does not want to smell poo!

    The Shit Volcano's picture
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    Whoa! 50 userpoints to DD for spraying that stuff on his nutsack!

    Great report, guys. I've been waiting to hear the results of this since I was too big a coward to try it myself. Sounds interesting.

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    Anonymous Coward's picture
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    I tried this stuff out and made my husband try it as well. Loved it! Needless to say, it now has a special and forever place in our bathroom! I ordered some for my sisters for their husbands and bathroom peace now reigns once again.

    prarie doggin's picture
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    Does anyone have a theory on whether this stuff can stop the molecular fecal spew that gets release when we flush? Could it have industrial applications, like sewer plants. Or crop dusted over New Jersey.

    Bilgepump's picture
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    PD, thats precisely what this product does...as an oil, its viscosity is such that it spreads out over the surface of the bowl water, and captures splash...but be reminded, that it COVERS UP, it doesn't eliminate, odor.

    "One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

    prarie doggin's picture
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    I got it. Sort of like having a little Exxon Valdez floating in your toilet. Thank you for clearing that up.

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    I used poo-pourri for awhile and i loved the product. my only problem was with the smell, it smells like a woman's product, but my wife just discovered that the company has released a new product for men called Royal Flush (eucalyptus and Spearmint). can't wait to cover up my crap with a more manly smell!! other than my overwhelming shit stink.
    w00t w00t

    Anonymous Billy's picture
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    What happens if you have major diarreah and you fill the bowl up? What would you do? Spray the toilet seat or th bathroom?:P

    Southwind's picture
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    Chances are, if it's a bonafide case of diarreah rolling in- you won't have time to dig around under the sink for the Poopourri.

    "Piece out!"

    Poonanza's picture
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    You could cover up each successive wave, (provided you can get that close) and at LEAST reduce the smell moderately.

    Poop Mistress's picture
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    I discovered Pou-Pourri one day when a family friend/my landlady went in a store and browsed around while I waited in the car with her kids. She returned and excitedly told me about the product. We ended up buying a bottle each and now swear (almost) by it.
    Gone were the days when I hang up a "BioHazard" sign outside the door after crapping. Now I just smile and say "Neeext!!!"
    Ok so I made up the biohazard part but you get what I mean.
    This product is a mainstay of my backpack, body bag, or currently, my purse.

    Anonymous Coward's picture
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    I discovered poopourri at my bf's boss' house, and just in the nick of time! I have since bought some for my own house and given it as a gift.

    PS I love the diarreah comment about not having time to spray anything in the bowl before you go.

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    Any product that destroys or alters the sometimes "masterful work of others" should be
    regulated

    daphne's picture
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    I love it. A stink idealist.


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    ChiliKahKah's picture
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    Why bother ? Half the fun is the stink.

    Joepoops's picture
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    How can I make this and not have to pay 10 bucks? I am a poor college kid with disgusting roommates. After they lay a thunder dump I feel like I need a hasmat suit. Someone help!

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    My husband has celiac dz and primarily produces snaky floaters that reek, a product of maldigestion. While on vacation, we found this prooduct and picked up some for us, some for gifts.

    My husband CAN overpower this product, but I know it has knocked the reek down some. The product website claims coverage of floaters, but they weren't testing his!

    On the other hand, we put some in the bathroom at the office (mostly women, some with digestive issues). It has been miraculously wonderful! No more do I enter the cloud that results from a one-holer with no exhaust fan. All parties who use it there have agreed it is excellent! Same goes with the ones we bought as gifts. I bought a bunch for Christmas gifts this year because it has been such a big hit! The masculine version now, in addition to Royal Flush, is called Trap a Crap. Less girly, aluminum can with camo on the label.

    I wish I had known of this product back in 2007 as you all did. I swear by it!

    Anonymous's picture
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    I love this product. Heard about it for the first time just 2 months ago- Aug, 2011. I purchased Royal Flush and I am going to buy more bottles tomorrow.

    Another way to keep the stench under control is to close the lid BEFORE you flush. Public toilets don't have lids but it definitely helps in a residential setting. I keep mine in plain view on the commode sitting on top of an index card telling people how to use it.

    FYI- if you are at someone's house who doesn't have this, spraying anything in the bowl will help control the stench. Go under the cabinet and use hair spray, cleansing spray, Pledge whatever. If they have some other spray like Lysol, Febreeze or Glad, spray that IN the bowl.

    It works better in the bowl rather than spraying the air when finished. It will not replace poo pourri but it will help.

    Anonymous's picture
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    This is the most crass, nauseating, vile verbiage I've encountered online. I innocently stumbled across this revolting site while researching a recent purchase for my husband of Deja-Poo from a very fine, upscale gift shop. Good thing I was sitting on a leather chair while reading this garbage -- I literally laugh-peed my pants! You guys are wonderfully disgustingly!

    Anonymous's picture
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    Did you ever figure out a recipe to make this? It's so expensive and I'd much rather make it myself. I heard it was 50% essential oils and 50% isopropyl alchohol, but I'm not sure.