IQAir Atem® Personal Air Purifier Review

Before we begin, make sure you check out my IQAir AirVisual Pro Review, which is an indoor and outdoor air quality monitor. IQAir also sent me the Atem® complimentary for review. All opinions within are my own.

Atem® is German for breath. The Atem® is a product of Swiss engineering and German manufacturing. Atem® was created to remove pollutants, ultrafine particles, mold spores and particles with an efficiency of up to 99%. It creates a personal clean air zone, perfect for the office, or right next to your bed. You can control the air you breathing with the Atem® personal air purifier. I like being in control.

IQAir Atem

Working in healthcare as an occupational therapist, I could see a lot of my patients with lung diseases benefit from a personal air purifier. I was excited to give the Atem® a whirl.

Experience

I’m not good with assembling new things but was able to pick the right regions plug (they give you three to choose from) and put the Atem® together with the help of the user guide.

The Atem® is 6.26 lbs and super sleek, measuring 12.44” high, 5.51” wide and 11.77” deep. The Atem® comes in two different colors black/grey and white/grey. I received the white/grey version, which goes perfectly in my bedroom.

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There are three different fan speeds, low, medium, and high. You tap the Atem® logo located on the side of the fan to switch settings. You can also control the Atem® via Bluetooth and an application on your smartphone. You can control the sound and light options, too. The Atem® app also has a proximity sensor to safe energy and filter life, turning the device off when you walk away.

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I set-up the Atem® near my future daughters pack and play. I switched on the low setting and a very light blanket of fresh, filtered air pointed directly at where she will be sleeping. It is very quiet and reminds me of a white noise machine. A chime indicates that the machine has been turned off.

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Then I moved the Atem® to my nightstand. I wanted to see if my allergies and congestion were any different after sleeping with the Atem® pointing at me. I also sleep with my two shedding dogs, who don’t help the pet dander in our sleeping zone. After a full night sleeping with the Atem®, I felt more refreshed and less congested. My husband, who is an allergy sufferer, wanted to try sleeping with the Atem® pointing directly at him. He, too, woke up feeling more refreshed and less congested. I love the light burst of air, keeping me cool, especially at almost 38 weeks pregnant. The low setting is all you really need when it is pointed directly at you. And, it is really quiet. It didn’t disturb me from my sleep.

The Atem®’s replacement filter costs $69 and should be replaced after a year of continuous 10-hour usage. The Atem® also has a nifty travel backpack accessory so you can always be surrounded by fresh air. (Available soon – apparently, but I was able to score one, #benefitsofablogger). 

I feel good using this air purifier in conjunction with the IQAir AirVisual Pro. When I see that the air quality in my home has too much carbon dioxide, or if I am traveling somewhere that the air quality is sub-par, I will definitely rely on the Atem® for clean, fresh air. I trust that the filter and technology will do its job to protect me and my lungs from particulate matter that I can’t see floating around my home. I hope that in the long term it helps reduce my lung exposure to mold and allergens like pet dander.

This has really opened up a discussion between my husband and me about getting an air purifier for our home. IQAir has several different room purifiers, in addition to a whole house filtration system. For now, I will continue to monitor my air quality with the IQAir AirVisual Pro and use the Atem® for when I am working in my office, when the carbon dioxide in my home is too high, and when I am sleeping.

For anyone who has respiratory and pulmonary issues, this is a must-have, as each breath we take truly effects our quality of life.

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Namaste.

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X3 Hurricane Canless Air System 260+ MPH Review

How many of you purchase compressed air to clean your computers? How many of you took a look at the ingredients in that can before you purchased that $7 can? As many of you know and have read from previous blog posts, I am really trying to live a more natural, holistic lifestyle. One thing I got rid my home of was compressed air cans due to the fact that they contain chemicals like hydrofluorocarbons, difluoroethane, and other greenhouse gasses. Compressed air cans can explode, cause frostbite, and cause pollution, too.

I was sent the X3 Hurricane Canless Air System to review. The X3 Hurriance is a canless air system that uses the air we breathe to blow air at 260+ MPH to clean a variety of different items in and outside your household. This model is designed for corporate and IT department use; other models have lesser airspeed for a once in awhile computer cleaning.

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These include, but are not limited to:

  • Automobiles
  • Computers, Printers, Fax Machines
  • Delicate Antiques
  • Blinds & Lampshades
  • Silk Plants
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Shelves
  • Electronics
  • Hobbies & Models

The X3 Hurricane model comes with the actual handheld device (about 8 inches, wide for my small hand, perfect for my husbands goliath hands), a charger (charges rather quickly, about 20 minutes), and a 3 piece attachment kit for hard to reach places. The X3 Hurricane is equivalent to 5,000 cans of compressed air, without all the chemicals!

Experience

Fully charge the X3 Hurricane before using it; it comes with a half charge, but you don’t really experience the full power unless it is fully charged. When fully charged the X3 Hurricane can run for over 15 minutes straight.

This was awesome cleaning my car. Having two dogs, we get a lot of dust and hair on the dashboard. You hold the X3 Hurricane in your hand (I’d guess it weighs about a pound and a half) and press the button. It is noisy enough to scare my small dog so this wouldn’t be something you would want to do around sleeping children. However, dog hair went flying out the door and this made my life a lot easier cleaning the floor mats and getting all of the junk out of the cup holders on the doors. The X3 Hurricane can be used from any angle, unlike compressed air cans that can only be used upright. (And, if you’re like me, you always lose or break the straw component).

The Hurricane X3 was also used to clean off my laptop and printer. I couldn’t believe the amount of dust that flew out of the keys and in the tiny crevices on the printer. It feels good to clean in a safe way.

Canless Air has other models available for purchase for the household user that aren’t as intense as the X3 Hurricane, which is intended for commercial use. They also have the 3 piece accessory kit, the charger, and a holster as available accessories.

I think corporate environments that spend money on compressed air cans should consider investing in the Canless Air system products. Not only will it be more environmentally friendly, but it would provide greater health benefits to the companies staff. (Never mind the person who decides to use the compressed air can get high on their lunch break…)

I think that this is great for household use, too. You earn your money back relatively quickly with purchasing one of the Canless Air system products. Nothing is worth compromising my health and I am glad to use a product that provides sustainability and safety within my home.

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Namaste.

Disclaimer: I received the X3 Hurricane Canless Air System complimentary for review. All opinions within are my own. If you have a product that you would like featured on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com. 

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IQAir AirVisual Pro Review

Working as an occupational therapist with older adults who have lung diseases like COPD and emphysema, is always a brutal eye-opener. Did they smoke? Did they commute to NYC every day for 30 years? Were they factory workers? What caused them to have such terrible diagnoses and prognoses? A big factor that most people ignore: air pollution.

 

I learned so much about air quality and pollution from IQAir. We take 25,000 breaths each day. How many of those breaths are of good quality? IQAir reports that an MIT study reports that air pollution contributes to 10% of deaths in America. And, our indoor environments can be worse than outside, leaving us with physical symptoms like headaches and fatigue.

I was sent the AirVisual Pro air quality monitor from IQAir. I hooked up the monitor on my console table at the top of my stairs. (I live in a bi-level.) Within a few minutes, I had the device hooked up to my Wi-Fi network. I downloaded the AirVisual app on my Android device (also available for Apple devices).

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The screen is 3.25 inches high, 7.25 inches wide, and 4 inches deep. The LED screen is 5 inches. It has a chargeable lithium battery and can operate 4 hours on a single charge. AirVisual Pro allows you to select three languages: English, Chinese, or French. It comes with a Micro USB to USB cord and a USB power adapter. The problem with the IQAir is that the screen is not a touchscreen. The top of the device has up and down buttons. I think having a touchscreen would provide greater ease when putting in Wi-Fi passwords.

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AirVisual Pro is super sensitive. It detects particulate matter (PM2.5) from .3 – 2.5 µm, carbon dioxide from 400-10,000 parts per million, temperature from 14 – 104 degrees Fahrenheit, and 0 – 95% relative humidity. This all appears on your screen within minutes. (You scroll through the different screens using the up and down arrows).

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Air Visual App on my Android Phone

I learned in the user manual that particulate matter is considered the most hazardous pollutant to human health as it can be absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs. That you want the Air Quality Index (AQI) to be between 0-50, which means little to no health risk. Thankfully, as you can see on my monitor, our house has good air quality. The index ranges from 0-500, which the higher index values indicate higher levels of air pollution. I also learned about carbon dioxide (and how it is different than carbon monoxide). The levels range from under 700 ppm to 10,000 ppm. What I noticed in our home was that when we closed the windows and turned on the air conditioning, the carbon dioxide increased dramatically. The good news is that high carbon dioxide rarely causes long-term health effects, but in the short term can cause headaches, drowsiness, and decreased productivity and concentration.

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Luckily, there is an outdoor AirVisual Pro in a nearby town. So our screen shows the air quality in the living room of our home and Chester, New Jersey. It also gives an air pollution and weather forecast to guide our schedule of outdoor activities. I can’t wait to see what the air quality reader says during the hot, humid New Jersey summers. The indoor screen provides temperature, humidity, and carbon dioxide levels. The recommendations screen has advice icons (a little man on a bicycle indicating to go and enjoy outdoor activities), Wi-Fi status, Battery status, time, date, and advice text (“Your CO2 levels are high. Open your windows to get clean, fresh air.”)

The AirVisual Pro recently completed registration with IFTTT, so it is now a smart device. If you are unfamiliar with IFTTT, it’s a free service that allows devices to interact with each other (www.ifttt.com). A simple example would be that If the AirVisual Pro reported an AQI over a certain level in your home, you could have it turn on the HVAC fan via a smart thermostat (e.g. Nest, Honeywell). If you have an efficient filtration system, like IQAir’s Perfect16, you can clean the air. The AirVisual Pro has five triggers (Temperature, Humidity, AQI, PM 2.5, and CO2).

The AirVisual Pro is awesome. I like how it provides a lot of different information about the air quality inside my home and outdoors. It is a compact device and a good weather center as my husband and I are getting ready in the morning. The only downside is that I wish it was a touchscreen. If you are looking for an air quality monitor, are a frequent traveler, or have a lung condition, I would absolutely recommend AirVisual Pro by IQAir.

Connect with IQAir on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Namaste.

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Disclaimer: Realm of Vibes received the AirVisual Pro complimentary for review. All opinions within are my own. If you would like your product to be featured on Realm of Vibes, e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com 

GreenBlender Review

Disclosure: I received a one-week GreenBlender subscription complimentary for review. This post also contains affiliate and referral links where I earn a small commission to help sustain Realm of Vibes. Thank you for your support.

Every Sunday, I wash, cut, and prep for a week’s worth of fruit for smoothies. They are super basic: water, spinach, and berries. Sometimes, I will add a vegetable (usually cucumber), a piece of ginger, chia seeds or a drop or two of essential oils. My husband never complains, so I keep creating the same concoctions in my Blendtec (The Blendtec, in my humble opinion, is the best blender on the market – and I have tried almost all of them).

Enter GreenBlender.

GreenBlender  is a smoothie subscription service, similar to Hello Fresh. Each week, GreenBlender sends its members original recipes and pre-portioned ingredients to make smoothies at home. Every box includes all of the ingredients needed to make 5 different recipes, with 2 servings in each recipe (for a total of 10 smoothie servings). You have the option of picking 5 of the most appealing smoothies from a selection of 8. GreenBlender  also meets a variety of dietary restrictions and needs (gluten and dairy free – like me!)

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GreenBlender also focuses on sourcing from organic farms, urban and local farms, green markets, and vendors who value sustainable practices whenever possible. I live near farms and really try to buy locally to support real people, rather than big businesses.

GreenBlender costs $49.90 USD per shipment, but with my referral link, you will get $20 off a new subscription. That’s amazing! It is totally worth giving them a try at $29.90 USD!

My Smoothie Choices

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  • Blueberry Punch
    • Prep: 5 minutes
    • I added 1 cup of water, the blueberries, banana, summer squash, amia powder and ice to the Blendtec and within a minute, had a perfectly blended smoothie. I never had heard of amla powder before, so I learned about the abundance of nutritional benefits. Amla powder is safe for pregnancy, too. I never made a smoothie with summer squash and was pleasantly surprised. The Blueberry Punch smoothie had the right amount of sweetness and was not only a beautiful start to my morning but a great way to be introduced to GreenBlender.
  • Kale Mango Glow
    • Prep: 10 minutes
    • I hate peeling mangos, so the prep took me a little longer today. Otherwise, It was happy to use kale, acai berry, flaxseed, and a banana. It was very creamy, sweet, and perfect to increase my energy, glow, and immunity. Absolutely delicious!
  • Orange Berry Basil
    • Prep: 5 minutes
    • It was my first time ever using collard greens and basil in a smoothie and I was left wondering why I hadn’t. What I like about GreenBlender is that I feel that the chefs really create out-of-the-box recipes that actually work! The Orange Berry Basil is your quintessential green drink; I noticed it was a little gritty, but then remembered I forgot to add ice. User error! Otherwise, it was super tasty and I would absolutely make this again!
  • Mangosteen Morning
    • Prep: 8 minutes
    • Since I am now an expert in cutting mangos, the prep was 2 minutes shorter today.  Mangosteen Morning included baby spinach, cantaloupe, kiwis, mangosteen powder, coconut flakes, ice and water. This smoothie was not as sweet as the others, and a little gritty. I wasn’t sure of the organic shredded coconut should have been blender or used as a garnish. It was a little gritty, and my least favorite of all the smoothie choices, but I drank all of it since it has immune boosting benefits.
  • Green Cucumber Mint
    • Prep: 6 minutes
    • This smoothie boasts anti-inflammatory and high fiber benefits. It also is low sugar, perfect for my gestational diabetes. I thought the combinationof the collard greens, pear, cucumbers, mint, lime, chia seeds, water and ice was super light, fresh, cooling, and a great start to my morning. My husband, Jason, said, “There are a lot of flavors in here, and it tastes really good!” If he compliments it, it must be good!

Verdict

I love GreenBlender. Not only are these recipes easy, but the flavor profiles are so different and versatile – I wouldn’t imagine coming up with some of the recipe combinations! I feel that the chefs really make sure they are holistic, healthy, and delicious. I also love all of the different options. I am excited for my next box!

 

Use my referral link to get $20 off your first subscription box! (So $29.90 USD – a steal!)

Namaste.

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Aravinda MOJO Aromatherapy Bracelets

Lucky me – I grew up in the era of slap bracelets, pogs, manhunt, and playing outside with other kids on the block until my mother stood on the front steps and screamed for us to come home for dinner. Those were the days…I digress.

When Aravinda asked me to write a review on their MOJO Aromatherapy slap bracelets, I jumped at the opportunity. Since I became a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA, I have integrated essential oils into every sense of my wellness and self-care routine.

About Aravinda

Aravinda created MOJO slap bracelets combine color therapy with aromatherapy. Just add 1-2 drops (okay, I added 3) to the bracelet, and enjoy an all-day, lasting therapeutic effect. To wash your bracelet, just use a little soap and water. The MOJO bracelet is surrounded by microfiber, which is nice a soft. There are two middle layers; a waterproof neoprene layer and a stainless steel band, which slaps on your wrist for a comfortable, but snug fit. The neoprene layer prevents any irritation from highly concentrated, or hot oils, like Cinnamon or Oregano.

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MOJO Bracelets come in 4 colors.

  • Purple: Blessed, Crown Chakra, Wisdom, Compassion, Creativity
  • Red-Orange: Energized, Root & Spleen Chakra, Vitality, Joy, Courage
  • Green-Blue: Inspired, Heart & Throat Chakra, Balance, Self-Control, Love
  • Indigo: Relaxed, Brow Chakra, Calmness, Intuition, Imagination

Each MOJO bracelet is $14.99 USD.

Aravinda MOJO Bracelets

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Experience

I added three drops of Cedarwood to the purple MOJO Blessed bracelet. Not only does Cedarwood keep the bugs at bay when I walk my dogs, but it is a super calming scent that helps me relax before a long shift at work.

The MOJO Blessed bracelet is a rich violet color, one that can help me to seek focus, wisdom, compassion, and creativity. All of those qualities I try to possess when I create treatment plans during my full-time job as an occupational therapist. I like how Aravinda integrates color therapy and aromatherapy – innovative concept, and I look forward to wearing more colors in the future.

I can’t help to get a nostalgic feeling as I slap the bracelet around my right wrist. I remove the bracelet and slap my wrist a few times, remembering how my sister and I used to chase each other around slapping each other…and collecting all of the fashionable bracelets that hit the market. The MOJO slap bracelet makes an excellent, useful adult version that is still fun, colorful, and comfortable.

Aravinda MOJO Aromatherapy Bracelets for Essential Oils

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doTERRA’s Cedarwood still remains on my bracelet after a long 45-minute walk with my dogs and after an eight-hour shift at work. There is no need to refresh with more essential oils. It is comfortable and doesn’t make me sweat. It has a snug fit – no more or less snug than my FitBit on my left wrist. I found myself sniffing my MOJO bracelet throughout my day, and a few of my coworkers asking me, “What’s that?” only to take a step closer to say, “You smell like the woods.” Thank you. I smell like calm and happiness and feel like my MOJO is renewed.

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Disclaimer: Aravinda sent me complimentary MOJO bracelets in return for an honest review. All opinions within are my own. If you would like to see your product featured on Realm of Vibes, please e-mail realmofvibesdg@gmail.com

 

 

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