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Essio Aromatherapy Shower Solutions – Scam?

Have you heard about this? I hadn’t until today but now I am intrigued. A shower turned into a spa? The ability to infuse your water with essential oils to create a perfect mind body and soul experience?

The company is also inviting others to try the products and give reviews. Sure I”m game to review this product but more than that, I want to share this with others because I think it’s a delightful way to relax and unwind! Not to mention it would make a pretty unique gift idea wouldn’t it?!


Sorry but I had to do this to see if the offer was legit or not. Still on the fence but here is what has transpired so far:

Sign up and review for free, or so that’s what they say!

The first 100 bloggers will get a chance to review the product free once they fill out a form and post a blog on their blog.

Guess what you get? An email from their CEO (apparently) who says you are #105 in line. BUT WAIT! You can cut in line (seriously?) by referring this contest to 5 of your blogging pals and get them to post something.

Sound fishy?

I blogged from 2 different blogs and both were #105 in line. Can you explain that Peter Friis?

Sounds like a social media promotion fail to me.

See Peter’s automatic reply below:

Hi Tamara,

Thank you so much for your interest in reviewing ESSIO!

You are currently #105 to request a free sample. Cut in line by getting 5 of your blogger pals to sign up with this unique URL:

Thanks so much!

Peter Friis
CEO & Co-Founder

My reply to Peter:

Really? I submitted 2 applications and both of them are #105 in line….can you say…SCAM?

Feedback before I blog about the scam you are doing? I have both of your emails telling me I’m #105 for 2 separate blog posts that I did.



Guess we’ll wait to here back? Maybe? What are the chances of getting a response do you think? Posted under the category Consumer Info because you need to know!  🙂


I have heard back from Peter Friis, the CEO of the company and he indicated a glitch in their system for the auto responder. Hey, computers can glitch out and when you have as many people requesting to be part of the review it’s understandable, right? I am happy he took the time to look into the situation and clarify what the problem was. Thank you Peter.

This product certainly looks interesting and I’m looking forward to learning more about it! Anything will natural essential oils is totally up my alley!

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Consumer Info


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Additional Banana Boat Sun Care Products Recalled Due to Fire Risk

How does this stuff get approved anyways? I have very little confidence in our government and the so called regulations that it abides by. Something that was ‘deemed to be safe’ and yet, here it now, after it’s been proven to ‘not be safe’.
THIS is why I need independent companies to review and analyze certain ingredients and PROVE to me they are SAFE (versus stating they are not proven to be harmful.) Prove they are safe BEFORE putting them on the market. What a backwards system!


Additional Banana Boat Sun Care Products Recalled Due to Fire Risk.


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Pollen Allergy Tongqiao Biyan Pian Recalled: Arsenic Health Concerns

Pollen Allergy Tongqiao Biyan Pian Recalled: Arsenic Health Concerns

October 25, 2012 – The natural health product sold as Tongqiao Biyan Pian and known as Pollen Allergy has been recalled after high levels of arsenic were found to be in the product. The product has received a Natural Products Number (NPN) but has since been found to contain ingredients not listed on the label.

Pollen Allergy Contains Ingredients Not Disclosed

tongqiao biyan pian pollen allergy

Tongqiao biyan pian pollen allergy recalled due to arsenic levels

The product has an NPN #80035736 which means it gained approval for sale in Canada. However, like so many products that come over from the Eastern part of the world, it has now been found to contain ingredients that were not listed on the label.

The ingredients found in the formula are:

  • Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine)
  • Acetaminphen

Pollen Allergy Product Contains Arsenic

The main reason for the recall was that the product was found to contain higher than allowable levels of arsenic (yes, there are actually allowable levels of arsenic in products approved for consumption).

Arsenic can be very dangerous to your health and especially for pregnant women who may experience pre-term birth, stillbirth and miscarriage. Children and adults exposed to arsenic may experience the following symptoms:

  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Muscle cramping
  • Weakness
  • Skin rash
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Loss of movement

Where Pollen Allergy Was Sold

This product was widely distributed across Canada by Wing Quon Enterprises Ltd., located in Richmond British Columbia. Retailers in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and the Yukon were carrying the recalled item.

Health Concerns from Using Pollen Allergy

If you have used Pollen Allergy and are concerned about your health, speak with your medical practitioner. Pregnant women and children who have used this product are encouraged to see their doctor as well.

Consumers can cal Wing Quon Enterprises 1-604-273-5028 about this recall and to get more information on returning the product and getting refunds. Consumers who wish to report adverse health reactions can call Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345 after they have sought medical assistance.

Note from Tamara

When doing these recall notices I don’t often throw in my personal 2 cents, but here it is:

How did a product get approved for an NPN without full testing? I run a Natural Products Store and know the hassle some of my suppliers have faced with Health Canada because they offer a bug-spray, for example, (full of essential oils and filtered water) that has a ‘claim’ but no NPN. The process of getting an NPN is forking over some heavy cash and waiting up to several years to be approved by Health Canada.

Then you have these products coming over from Asia, one of the largest violators of putting stuff in products that a.) is not allowed in Canada and b.) not disclosing that information on the label. How are products coming over from other countries especially, allowed to get NPN’s without having their formula actually tested? Seriously?

There are so many diet and weight loss pills coming over from Asia that are recalled all the time due to ingredients that are dangerous, not allowed in Canada and not disclosed on the labels, and yet, here is one that received an NPN and made it’s way through the mainstream.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad Health Canada issues these recalls and am glad the company is working to get the recalled items back and off the shelves – BUT – I am not impressed that a product was given an NPN in the first place without due diligence and procedure being followed.

In any event, if you are using or have used this product – discontinue using it and contact the company to return it.


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Posted by on October 25, 2012 in Consumer Info, Recalls


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