What Is NatureFresh Bag?

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: May 7, 2018

Using just one ingredient—activated bamboo charcoal—NatureFresh Bag promises to naturally trap odors, allergens, mold, mildew, bacteria, and other toxins as they pass through, leaving you with fresher, purified air.

This way, you can place a bag wherever you need more breathable air, including near bathrooms, gym bags, shoes, cars, closets, luggage, and freshly painted walls. You can even place these stitched linen bags inside the refrigerator to help absorb moisture, bacteria, and mold and prevent food spoilage.

To refresh the NatureFresh bag, you simply need to leave it out in the sun for an hour, and it will be ready to use again for another month. Then, after about two years, you’ll simply cut open the bag and sprinkle its contents around your garden.

Considering its low cost, ability to purify, and eco-friendliness, there seems to be a lot to like about the NatureFresh Bag. But will it deliver on all the promises made in the commercial and help you breathe fresh, clean, natural air?

This is the core question we’ll help you answer in this article, starting with its basic functionality.

A Quick Reference Guide for Bamboo Charcoal Benefits

By itself, charcoal is an extremely porous material, which means that it features a great deal of surface area relative to its size. Activated charcoal, on the other hand, is exposed to very high temperatures, which reduces the size of its pores and thereby increases its overall surface area.

What’s the point? With so much surface area to work with, activated charcoal is extremely absorptive. These pores also give it a naturally negative charge, which Healthline reports, “causes it to attract positively charged molecules, such as toxins and gases.” These bound toxins are then carried out of your body naturally.

Together, they tell us that activated charcoal is often used as a poison/overdose treatment in emergency rooms. It's also commonly utilized to reduce heavy metal and fluoride content in water filters, as an abrasive in whitening toothpaste, and inside air purifier filters. There's even some evidence that it can improve soil quality, as advertised in the bag’s commercial.

But can you expect NatureFresh—which rests immobile on a flat surface—to provide meaningfully fresher air, akin to an electronic purifying device? Let’s revisit this topic in a second when we discuss the competition. For now, let’s briefly talk about the bag’s price.

How Much Does NatureFresh Bag Cost?

NatureFresh Bag is available in the following quantities:

  • 3 Bags: $39.95 ($13.32 per bag)
  • 5 Bags: $59.95 ($11.99 per bag)
  • 10 Bags: $99.95 ($10 per bag)
  • 20 Bags: $159.95 ($10.66 per bag)

All orders come with free shipping, along with a 90-day guarantee, less S&H. Keep in mind that according to the Refunds page on their website, returns must be in the same condition they were received, and in their original packaging.

To request one, you’ll need to contact the company’s customer service department at 833-394-7926 or support@naturefreshco.com.

NatureFresh vs. the Activated Charcoal Bag Competition

Searching online for variations of terms like ‘bamboo charcoal air purifier,’ ‘bamboo charcoal bags,’ and ‘ air purifying bags,’ we encountered dozens of products competing with NatureFresh, the vast majority of which appeared on Amazon. Here’s a sampling:

Product Price Average Amazon Star Rating
NatureFresh Bag $39.95+ N/A
Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag $9.95+ 4.1 (4,255 reviews)
Olivia & Aiden (5-Pack) $19.95 4.2 (51 reviews)
Mavoro Natural Air Purifying Bag $7.99 4.8 (6 reviews)
Naturally Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Freshener Bags (4-Pack) $16.95 4.2 (569 reviews)
PURGGO Natural Bamboo Charcoal Odor Eliminator [2-Pack] $10.99 4.1 (377 reviews)
California Home Goods Activated Charcoal Deodorizer (4-Pack) $14.95 4.1 (72 reviews)

What can we surmise from these core details?

Even only among options with similar features like linen-type bags filled with activated charcoal, some sort of hook, clasp, or eyelet at one end; the ability to refresh by placing in the sun once per month, and up to two years of usable life, NatureFresh has a lot of competition.

Furthermore, many come with very similar online customer feedback, as well as specific functionality if you’re looking for designs individually suited to vehicles, refrigerators, shoes, closets, and so forth. How can you decide which of these is the right option for you?

Since we’ve built a solid foundation up to this point, let’s carry everything over to the conclusion so you can make a more informed decision.

Our Bottom Line About NatureFresh Bag

The bottom line is that we’re not here to tell you how to spend your hard-earned money. Instead, our goal is to pull together all the important details aimed at helping you streamline the information-gathering process and save you valuable time. In the end, though, the final decision rests with you.

With this in mind, let’s look at the NatureFresh Bag objectively from an average consumer’s perspective by walking through four key facts, step-by-step:

1. NatureFresh Bag by the Numbers

Of the popular options shown in the table above, we can see that NatureFresh comes with the highest upfront price at $39.95. For this, you’ll receive three bags, which works out to about $13.32 each—which still puts it at the top end of the cost spectrum, compared to the competition.

2. The Competition is Fierce

Speaking of which, we learned during our research that nearly all of NatureFresh’s charcoal bag competitors offered most of the same core features, including:

  • A hook, clasp, or eyelet
  • The ability to refresh in the sun monthly
  • Up to two years of usable life
  • Sturdy exterior

As a result, it doesn’t seem when it comes to buying charcoal-filled bags, that paying more will necessarily deliver better performance or overall value.

3. Maintain Realistic Expectations

Based on vast online customer feedback for thousands of different devices utilizing charcoal filters, it’s clear charcoal’s general ability to help absorb contaminants and odors can make a real difference in air quality. However, it’s important to emphasize that these work inside electronic systems that manually draw air through the filter to accomplish these benefits.

Comparatively, charcoal bags like NatureFresh are often situated low to the ground in areas where air circulation might be less-than-stellar (closets, underneath car seats, gym bags, etc.). And even if proper air circulation is present, these bags’ small footprint means very little air will actually pass through them.

As a result, while they might work fine for absorbing odors, keep your expectations realistic about their ability to filter a meaningful amount of air.

4. The Company Behind NatureFresh Bag

There weren’t any company details listed on the NatureFresh website at the time of our research. When we reached out to the support number listed above, our only option was to leave a voicemail including our name, phone number, and email address, with no indication of who we were entrusting these personal details with.

We also couldn’t locate any details about the company on third-party sites like the Better Business Bureau, either.

Bringing everything together, as consumers ourselves, considering NatureFresh Bag’s higher price and lack of online details about the company, it might make the most financial sense to explore the vast competition, most of which deliver the same features at meaningfully lower price points.

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Average Consumer Rating: 1.9
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Bottom Line: 24% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Disappointing!

    • Georgia,
    • Sep 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    When I ordered the NatureFresh product, I was looking forward to having clean, unscented air in my home. I am a realtor and am very much aware of musty, or other unpleasant odors, and am always looking for practical suggestions for sellers who are marketing their homes. I ordered the buy 8, get 12 free. My home is only 1000 square feet and is built on a slab so no crawlspace odor, just the usual sometimes stuffy or whatever household odors. I placed all 4 bags each in the five rooms. No difference whatsoever in the air quality or odors. I have taken the bags out to be sunned and no difference. I then took 4 bags to my separate office building which is not regularly heated or cooled. No difference. I feel like I just wasted $180.88 for absolutely nothing.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Very negative place

    • Salt Lake City, UT,
    • Sep 5, 2019
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    Ordered 5 and received them in a timely matter. Tried them (of course), DID NOT WORK as promised. Paid $11.00 to ship them back. Good thing I chose to use priority mail. That is the way I knew that they were delivered. Have not heard from them at all. After reading several reviews on this subject I now see I am not alone!

    Very inconsiderate way to run a business. Horrible way to treat your consumers.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • Oakland, MD,
    • Aug 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Placed order on July 28th, have called five times and get the same story. Have tracking number but has never been sent out. Customer service is rude and actually hung up on me. And they don't send emails or updates on your order. Will be calling for a refund, wish me luck.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Non delivery of order

    • Alberta, Canada,
    • Aug 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered the basic order of NatureFresh 10 days ago and have not received it. Even though the company gives you a tracking number there is actually no way to track it that I can see. After reading some of the reviews I am now wondering if this company is just a scam. Guess my $58.92 CND is gone.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Great product

    • Lindside, WV,
    • Aug 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased this product after failed attempts to rid my house of its mustiness. Within a few days, I could smell a freshness in the air. The musty smell was gone. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone having a similar problem.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Fraudulent

    • Florida,
    • Jul 24, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased two bags, it is the 14th and no bags. When I attempt to email the company, I'm told there is no one to receive the emails? I will be contacting the Federal Trade Commission and my bank tomorrow.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Kingsford is better!

    • Jul 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    After listening to all of the reviews as well as trying one of these I liked the basic premise of the idea. So, I bought a bag of Kingsford charcoal for $8. I crushed it up and poured it into cheesecloth bags as well as open containers and even poured some into the air filter for the heat/air system.

    The charcoal worked great! So charcoal works fine if you use lots of it. I tried the same thing using Baking Soda and that worked well also. I poured it into every drain then added a touch of vinegar and it cleaned all of the drains and they too smelled fresh.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Works!

    • Eldridge, AL,
    • Jul 10, 2019
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    I have bought several different products for the smell of mold. This absolutely works, hands down. I am so thrilled about this product. Thank you so much. I have one in my bathroom, one in the utility room and the kitchen. I am going to order some more for all my closet. My closets don't have an odor but I don't want any kind of odor. This is the best product ever.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    This does not work

    • Benton, KY,
    • Jun 25, 2019
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    I bought these bags to remove odor in our camper drawer. The smell was musty and I could not get rid of it. I did what it said before using. The smell is still there. I was really disappointed when it didn't work.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Naturefreshco.com

    • East Bolton, Quebec, Canada,
    • Jun 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Ordered, paid, and I still don't have any merchandise. I think I have been scammed. Credit card will not reverse because I have no answer to email about the shipment, and UPS has no package on the tracking number given. What do I do now? $58.92 for 3 bags is too expensive to let go.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    GREAT PRODUCT

    • Augusta, ME,
    • Jun 4, 2019
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    I have had gnat problems around my kitchen sink for the last few years. I think there is a problem with mold or mildew. Had plumbers look at it. They said to use bleach. Bleach only works for a short term effect. But, I want long term results. Saw these little gray pouches online. Ordered three. Gnats are gone, possible mold in the drain is gone. I am a neat freak and allergic to many toxins, mold, mildew, pollens, dust, etc. These little gray pouches have eliminated mildew smell.

    Since my initial purchase, I've ordered three more sets to give to family members. I don't understand how these packets are working for me, but not for all the people with negative reviews. I haven't corresponded with the company, so I don't know if Customer Service is their problem. With each order placed, the packets were shipped and received within 3 business days. Others may have problems, but I like these purifiers!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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