What Is NatureFresh Bag?

By Derek Lakin
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

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

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  • 28 Customer Reviews
  • 21% Recommend This Company
1.8 out of 5
5 star: 17% 4 star: 0% 3 star: 3% 2 star: 0% 1 star: 78%

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  • Love them!

    • By Charlene W.,
    • Selkirk, NY,
    • Sep 8, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought 10 for $100.00. I received them quickly.

    The difference in the air in our house is unbelievable! I have a dog...whew...no smell. I followed directions of one bag per 90 square feet. There was a noticeable difference within 48 hours! I have recommended it to several friends and family.

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

  • Awesome product

    • By Pam P.,
    • Vincent, IA,
    • Apr 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband is going through strong chemo treatments and the odor from the treatments was making a terrible smell thru the whole house. This product is AMAZING! I put one in the bedroom and one in the living room and one in the kitchen, and in less than one day - no chemo smell! He also smokes and I can't smell cigarettes anymore in the house. I recommend this product to everyone. This product is AWESOME!

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


    • By Patricia T.,
    • Augusta, ME,
    • Jun 4, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Works!

    • By Sharon F.,
    • Eldridge, AL,
    • Jul 10, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    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

  • Great product

    • By Brenda S.,
    • 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

  • Kingsford is better!

    • By Rick M.,
    • 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

  • I never received my order

    • By Tan D Arnold,
    • California,
    • May 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    The order was charged 12 days before I started to complain of non-delivery. They say they had sent it, so take it up with USPS.

    My order was almost $50.00, in the meantime, they have dropped the price a little. I told them to cancel, they repeat - make USPS find it then I can return it and of course, postage charges will be made for both ways!

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

  • Did not received order yet.

    • By Leslie C.,
    • Honolulu, HI,
    • Jun 25, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered this on 6/1/2018. It said it shipped on 6/4/18 and was to be delivered on 6/9/18. Last activity was on 6/9/18 in Richmond, California, United States. I emailed UPS and was told to contact the sender, no reply yet.

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

  • Do not work

    • By Barbara F.,
    • Texas,
    • Jun 27, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Would not even give one star if that was a possibility. These have not helped at all in a closet with strong body odor. And have put them in the sun to rejuvenate even though brand new. As noted in this article, there does not seem to be a way to contact the company.

    The Facebook post intimates you are using an essential oil. Nothing to do with EOs. Rip off!

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

  • Very bad customer service

    • By Linda F.,
    • Boston, MA,
    • Jun 30, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I wrote a negative review yesterday about NatureFresh having my returned order for 17 business days and my credit card has not been credited for the $184 I paid for this product. After writing the review, I got an email from NatureFresh saying they were crediting my account $169. When I asked why not the whole amount, the response was that it will take another 10 business days.

    DO NOT do business with this shady company!

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

  • Don't care for product

    • By Karen B.,
    • Swanton, OH,
    • Jul 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I ordered five and got five free for a total of ten, at a cost of over $100.00. I am so very disappointed in this product. We have pets in our home and thought that it would take away the stale odor that comes from dogs. Just a plain dog smell. With two dogs you would think that would work for that. Not. Then I put one in my car to remove the smoke odor, and that was an epic fail as well. The basement musty smell didn't work either. My question is, what kind of odors do they work on since I have tried three different kinds with no luck.

    I am so disappointed in this product that I would never recommend it to anyone.

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

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