Developed by Suzy Batiz after 9 months of trial-and-error research, Poo-Pourri is a super concentrated proprietary formula that’s claimed to form a “protective layer of essential oils,” other natural compounds, and pleasant aromas over the water before you go, which prevent odors from rising and causing a stink.
Because of this, Poo-Pourri’s slogan is “Spritz the bowl before you go and no one else will ever know.”
Using aromatherapy, Poo-Pourri is claimed to be “scientifically proven to work” over 2 steps:
- Spritz 4-6 sprays of Poo-Pourri into the commode and onto the water’s surface.
- Do your business.
Despite its effectiveness, Poo-Pourri is claimed to be made in the USA, environmentally friendly—as it’s made without parabens, phthalates, aerosol, or other harsh chemicals—and to never be tested on animals. On top of this, Poo-Pourri claims to be no worse for your waste water system (including septic) than natural shampoos and conditioners.
But when it comes down to it (no pun intended), is Poo-Pourri really a “classy, sassy, ultra effective way to leave the bathroom smelling better than you found it,” or just a dud with some great marketing? Consider the following:
Is Poo-Pourri a “Proven Barrier?”
When reading through the Poo-Pourri website, one of the first questions we asked ourselves was, “Does Poo-Pourri actually prevent odors from rising, or just mask them?” After all, it is claimed to be “scientifically proven.”
To provide some clarification, Poo-Pourri’s FAQ states:
“Based on aromatherapy principles, a few squirts into the bowl before-you-go forms a protective layer of essential oils that prevent stinky bathroom odors from showing up in the first place.”
“As floaters penetrate the film, they’re coated with Poo-Pourri, stopping their air assault before it starts.”
Unfortunately, the website doesn’t provide any references for this proof, nor any additional information about the ingredients contained in their spritzes.
However, a quick online search will reveal hundreds of customer conversations about the effectiveness of essential oils (especially eucalyptus) for trapping (not just covering up) unwanted bathroom odors. And while there weren’t any readily available scientific studies to explain why this occurs, it really does seem to work out in the field, so to speak.
Similar Options to Poo-Pourri
What this means though, is that many essential oils will work just as well as Poo-Pourri, but at a much lower price.
We read one article claiming that doTerra oils work very well, but the reality is that you have dozens of other options, which you can quickly uncover in an online search.
Online Customer Reviews for Poo-Pourri
Since writing our original Poo-Pourri review, 1 customer has provided their feedback here on HighYa and rated it 3 stars, based on the fact that it worked well but came with a very strong smell.
More than 6,000 Amazon reviews for Poo-Pourri were available at the time of our research, with an average rating of 4.7 stars. There, common compliments referenced that it effectively covers up unwanted odors. On the other hand—although few and far between—some customers complained of allergic reactions on their backsides, harsh smell, and high price (as we noted above, many claimed that any essential oil will do the same job at a lower price).
Similarly, Poo-Pourri had a 4.6-star rating on Drugstore.com, with many of the same compliments and complaints found elsewhere online.
From a company perspective, Poo-Pourri is manufactured by Scentsible, LLC based out of Addison, TX. At the time of our research (6/8/15), the company had a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau despite only having 2 complaints, neither of which the company responded to.
Poo-Pourri Pricing & Refund Policy
Poo-Pourri spritzers are available in the following packages:
- New to Poo Package: $9.95. Good for 100 uses. Includes original Bergamot, Lemongrass, and Grapefruit scents, as well as a “free mystery tester.”
- Flushionista Gift Set: $20.95. Includes 2oz Poo-Pourri Original Before-You-Go Toilet Spray and a 2oz Call of the Wild Before-You-Go Toilet Spray.
- Potty Box Gift Set (available in Original, Men’s, and Women’s versions): $24.95. Includes a 4oz and 10oz bottles, as well as a 4ml tester.*
- Getting to Know Poo Package: $24.95. Good for 300 uses. Includes original Bergamot, Lemongrass, and Grapefruit scents, newer Eucalyptus and Spearmint scents, as well as 2 “free mystery testers.”
- Tried & True Poo Package: $44.95. Enough for 400 uses. Includes:
- Original Bergamot, Lemongrass, and Grapefruit scents, newer Eucalyptus, White Flowers, Citrus, Spearmint, and Spicy Orange scents, as well as 2 “free mystery testers.”
*Several other gift sets are available.
Individual Poo-Pourri bottles are priced at $6.95 for 1oz, $9.95 for 2oz, $14.95 for 4oz, $24.95 for 8oz, and $29.95 for 16oz.
Regardless of the option you choose, Poo-Pourri ships anywhere in the world, with the exception of Russia, and rates are based on your location. Free shipping is available on orders totaling $50 or more.
All Poo-Pourri products come with a 30-Day Money Back Stink-Free Guarantee, although this only applies to unused merchandise in resellable condition, less S&H charges and a possible 25% restocking fee.
With this in mind, in order to request a refund or cancel your autoship enrollment, you’ll need to contact customer service at 972-818-8200.
Finally, keep in mind that Poo-Pourri might be available locally, which could save you some cash on S&H charges. To find out, you can search Poo-Pourri’s Store Locator Map.
Is Poo-Pourri a Solution To Your Stinkin’ Problem?
Chopping to the point: There’s no doubt that Poo-Pourri has a great marketing team behind them, which is probably a big reason why they’ve sold 4 million bottles to date. Not to mention the product’s positive online reputation for working well (in most instances).
Because of this, it seems likely you’ll be pleased by Poo-Pourri’s stink-eliminating powers. But keep in mind that you may be able to accomplish the same thing using basic essential oils at a much lower price.
I take supplements and meds that make my poop smell HORRIBLE! This product is strong but absolutely works! Most of the time all you smell is the product, unless you don't spray enough on the water. Otherwise, someone can walk in the room and just smell the spray.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
0 out 3 people found this review helpful
Finding an order for Poo-Pourri
I have just found an order for this product in my inbox which I never made, consciously at least. Are others finding orders for a Poo-Pourri product around $7 which they did not make? I must have clicked on something, but what? I certainly never gave them access to my account. Good product or not, I don't like this and will report it if Poo-Pourri doesn't clear this up. Help!
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 6 people found this review helpful
Strong but effective
I used to sell this product at my previous place of employment and we had a bottle of it in our staff washroom. It has a very strong lemony fragrance, and all it takes is one to two sprays, you really don't need more. Unlike other air fresheners for the washroom, you spray this one in the toilet before you use it. The oils in the spray lock any nasty smells under the surface of the water, and you flush it all down the drain leaving behind only the fragrance of the spray. as mentioned the scent is very strong so you don't want to use much of it, but it really does work, as there is no trace of any nasty smell. We were told by product suppliers that they give this to the stars in Hollywood to hide the fact they had a bowel movement. It's like the bottle says "Spray before you go, and no one will ever no".
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend