Product Testing.
Poo-Pourri bathroom spray

The Art of Doing Stuff is branching out into the world of product testing.

To ensure 100% honesty in these reviews all products tested have been bought and paid for by me, Karen.





Product:  Poo-Pourri

Claims made:  Spray this into the toilet bowl before you go poop and there will be no icky poop smell.

Size tested:  2 oz

Cost:  $10.99 + $5.54 shipping and handling

I ordered Poo-Pourri from Amazon and it arrived safely through the postal delivery service (the mail) just a few days later.

Once I opened it, what I found was a very small, plastic bottle, with a paper label.  Hanging off the neck was a little chain with a “P” charm hanging off of it.




That little “P” made all the difference in the world.  It elevates this little bathroom spray from just a plastic bottle to an accessory.  And a fun one at that.

I removed the lid and sprayed a little Poo-Pourri into the air.   It smelled citrusy.  Lemony.  Which makes sense, since what Poo-Pourri is, is a blend of essential oils.

How it works

Poo-Pourri isn’t an air spray.  You spray 4 or 5 sprays onto the water in the toilet bowl (pre-pooping).  The essential oils form a layer over the water.  Then you sit down and you poop.  The poop breaks through the essential oil barrier into the water  below.  Once it’s done that, the essential oils come back together reforming their stink seal on the water’s surface.




Does it work?

I recruited some family members to give this a try.  Ones that are known to have remarkable pooers in their households.  Plus I tried it myself.

Family members who tried it LOVED the Poo-Pourri and were incredibly impressed with how well it worked.  In fact, we were discussing the results at my house one night and a friend, who was also over, shrieked when she realized what we were talking about.  She had just taken a trip to London, England and stayed with friends.  Knowing she was going to be in close quarters and sharing a bathroom, she brought Poo-Pourri along.  She also said she loved it and thought that it worked great.

I am going to spare you the horrifying walk through of my own testing of this product, but I will give you my thoughts.

While I wasn’t quite as impressed as everyone else, I do acknowledge Poo-Pourri does go a long way to reduce the gross odour associated with number 2.  Of course, I may be a slightly harsher judge with this sort of thing because the only bathroom in my house is right off of the kitchen.  It makes me hypersensitive to the possibility of poop smells.

To test the product my self I had to perform my “test”, run out of the bathroom as far away as I could and then turn around and run back into the bathroom and take a big sniff.

The first time I did this (yes I did this many, many times) I felt the odour emanating from the bathroom would give a passerby the impression I had eaten a lot of lemons the day before and had just pooped them out.  Lemon scented poop.

I continued to use the product for a couple of weeks and the more I used it the more I realized Poo-Pourri really does do a pretty good job of stopping bathroom smells; not just covering them up.

The product says “Spritz the bowl before you go, and no one else will ever know”.  But they will know because the bathroom will smell like a lemon meringue pie after you go.

But if given the choice of having my bathroom smell like poop or the tell tale “she had to spray the Poo-Pourri” signs of lemon scent, I’ll go with the lemon scent every time.


Does the product do what it says?:  Yes.  Mostly.

Uses:  Home use, great for travelling, perfect for those with shy bowels.

Would I buy it again? : Yes.




Click here to buy your own Poo Pouri!


  1. Dan says:

    We’ve been using it at home for about 2 years now, but there are times where it throws its hands in the air and cries “uncle”. Like, uh, when my, errr, uncle is here. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. A wooden match wins every time.

  2. Jenn Billesberger says:

    Also a great product available at your local kitchen store ~~ I’ve had it in my household for the last three years, and many a guest has remarked (hilarious!!) how much they liked it; I’m sure you had your family test this thoroughly!!

  3. gloria says:

    This product can’t be too difficult to make yourself. Hint, hint.

    • JennyW says:

      Oh, I agree! Karen, we challenge you to come up with your own essential oil blend, perhaps one that does not smell quite so much like dessert 🙂

      • Karen says:

        The problem with that is, essential oils are very expensive. And it would probably cost the same amount of money if not more, to make it, lol! ~ karen

        • Sera says:

          Yes, essential oils are expensive but I doubt that this thing is straight essential oils. I tried to find the ingredient list but failed. Does it list them on the label? My guess is that it could be made with some alcohol, vegetable oil, baking soda and essential oil. Am I close?

          • Karen says:

            THe other website that people are referring to uses 2 ounces of water plus 20 or so drops of essential oil. Lemongrass, grapefruit(I think I can’t remember) and bergamot. Give it a shot! ~ karen

    • Venesa says:

      I’m liking this make-it-yourself idea quite a bit!

  4. Biggi says:

    Classy product! Doesn’t quite beat your review of the vagicicles you made and tested, though! I too have a bathroom off the kitchen. What were they thinking? Keeping the plumbing in one spot?

  5. Kat says:

    Does it leave an oily ring? Seems like it would, and I’d hate to clean that mess!

  6. Kimberley says:

    I am so glad you reviewed this! I’m getting some for our big, extended family Thanksgiving. Bunk houses. A communal bathroom. Shy bowels. Now if you could just find a way to cover the sound. *plop, plop*

  7. Sarah says:

    I love this product! I picked it up as a stocking stuffer for my boyfriend a couple years ago and ended up buying one to keep in my purse. Over sharing? Maybe…

  8. Sara says:

    Great! Well now, the next obvious question is– can you hack it and make your own? If it’s just essential oils, it seems like it shouldn’t be too hard.

  9. June Tang says:

    I bought it a couple of months ago after seeing the commercial, which is a hoot to watch. Great product and I’d buy it again for sure!

  10. Amanda says:

    Covering up poopie smells, while their video makes you pee your pants!

  11. Jenna says:

    So this product has been a subject of discussion between my hubs and I after showing him the commercial for the product. I just read him your review and he asked (I’m sorry, this is gross!!) what if you pass gas while you are doing it? Does the spray still cover that odor as well? Just curious. Btw, love your choice for a first product review!

  12. Nancy W says:

    I am laughing hard enough to a) be driven to actually comment instead of lurk, and b) buy the stuff. Good one.

  13. Alisha says:

    And – they’ve got one of the best commercials I’ve ever seen. Hands down.

  14. Jen says:

    Hmm, my (only) bathroom is also located just off the kitchen–WHAT were they thinking???? Odeur de poop under the lilac bush or pine tree has been known to emanate from there on occasion. FYI, a frugal alternative to poo-pouri is to light a match or 2 or 10 whilst doing your business. Burns that scent right up!
    Just wondering — does the poopourri leave a residue in the toilet bowl?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jen ~ I haven’t noticed any ring around the toilet or anything like that. No residue. Not yet anyway. I”m not sure what would happen after years of use. ~ karen!

      • Chez_AU says:

        I was wondering the same thing Karen. Also wondering is it good for the environment. Lighting a match after the “P Event” is a method I’ve heard that works well 😉

        • Karen says:

          Hey Chez_AU – Perfectly safe for the environment. It’s just essential oils and a carrier. Probably some other type of natural oil or alcohol. 🙂 ~ karen!

  15. Jcrn says:

    Have used this for years. It works, at least better than air fresheners used after the act. Poo Poouri actually leaves a scented film on top of the toilet water, sealing in most odor.

    But here’s a product I do NOT understand: the TeoDaLoo Ugh. Bleck.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    There is a great “recipe” for this on Pinterest by onegoodthingbyjillee. She calls it No 2 spray and I have been using it for some months now and it really works. Sure beats having to spray the room with air freshener

  17. Karen Rains says:

    Wow, bless your heart!

  18. magali says:

    I knew about this product, but this review made me realize that this is a perfect stocking stuffer for my husband!
    Love your cleaver rating system!

  19. Annie says:

    Stocking stuffer!
    Thanks Karen!

  20. Dixie says:

    You can get a product called “Just a Drop” at Walmart for almost half the price you paid for this product, and no shipping costs….
    it does the same thing…it’s not citrusy…it reminds me of Tee Tree Oil.

    I have tried it and it works…

    Have fun!

  21. Christina says:

    Karen, love the review! I’m curious how many “movements” does one bottle cover up? I think in my house one bottle will be gone in no time!

  22. Diana says:

    Karen, you are so crrrraaaazzzzzyyyyy! lmao
    in china they play music in public toilets to overplay the noise – in Canada they use poo pourri…
    You saved my day

  23. Thera says:

    Love the commercial, sounds like it works pretty well, but $16.53 (plus taxes?) for a 2 oz bottle is a touch rich for me. I am with the “can we make it?” camp!

  24. Maureen Locke says:

    Hmmmm, what if you have a “floater”?? We do the wooden match thing in our house and it works every time no matter how bad it is. However, if I did that in a public restroom, people would think I’m smoking perhaps. I guess a little bottle in the purse would probably be a good idea.

  25. Reg says:

    LOL Who thinks of these things?

  26. Diane R. says:

    FYI your click here to buy link is not working…at least not on my pc.
    Can lemon essential oils be sprayed or do you need to add something?

  27. Kelly says:

    a friend who is a tiny, dainty, girly girl apparently has the ability to peel the paint from the walls when she poops and was in an agony of anxiety anticipating a cruise with her boyfriend. she loves the stuff. Luckily, i’m sufficiently constipated both physically and emotionally not to need to buy 🙂

  28. Su says:

    seriously?? not wasting the money…. a fan and a few minutes is all that’s needed….

    • Karen says:

      Hi Su – If your bathroom was in your kitchen, you wouldn’t be saying that, lol. Besides, I for one, don’t have a fan in my bathroom. So, this is far less wasteful than installing a fan. 🙂 ~ karen

      • Su says:

        I see your point! but if you did the cost analysis and amortized the cost of a ceiling/exhaust fan over a period of time you would see that the fan has the true cost savings…. AND if you install an exhaust fan that also doubles as a heater, you would agree with me that this is a true necessity! AND no chemicals spraying around…. I’m all about no chemical sprays….

  29. Amy in Stl says:

    Unfortunately some of the new low flow toilets don’t have much standing water in the bowl. Which means an iceberg which exists above and below the surface is fairly common, at least at my work.

  30. kristin says:

    Thanks for doing the dirty work of product testing this one- I’ve been so curious since seeing the ad online! My husband showed the ad to the guys at work; they are doubters, for sure.

  31. Auntiepatch says:

    I was doing ok until you mentioned the lemon meringue pie smell! LOL!

  32. karol says:

    Teehee, love it. Who doesn’t love a good poop story?!

  33. Jennifer S says:

    What a hilarious start to the morning! Seems a little pricy. I’d love to see a DIY.

    • Jcrn says:

      A DIY? Check youTube, where there is an actual commercial for the stuff under the heading
      Girls Don’t Poop – but I think Karen could produce a better one and certainly ought to do a video review on Amazon 😉

  34. Elizabeth says:

    We sell this product where I work and it’s very popular. There is also the men’s version Heavy Doody.

  35. Elen Grey says:

    Karen – I got a “404 – Document Not Found” when I clicked through. I remember when Marilyn Denis reviewed this on her show. LOL funny. The cleavers make me smile.

  36. NikiDee says:

    What a neat product! I usually light a candle in the bathroom. Pooping ambiance. We have a shy pooper in the family so this may just be a stocking stuffer for her. Thanks for passing on a video of this 🙂

  37. The first time I saw the commercial for this product, I was starting a YouTube video and, as usual, clicked the “skip” button. When my brain registered what I had seen, I backtracked and watched the whole commercial with my mouth hanging open in a shocked grin, if there is such a thing. Then I had to do some research to see if it was actually a real product and not just an internet joke. Great commercial and amazing marketing!

  38. Mary Werner says:

    I have almost completed the invention of Poot-poouri which are flavored mints that when eaten will “scent” your toots. Everyone will appreciate this and ask you what is causing that lovely smell. Root beer, ripe banana, chocolate cookie, sizzling steak, and popcorn are the scents so far but more will come. The only part that I don’t have completed is the actual invention yet – the the ideas and name have been created for many years. Still working on the muffler bit for silent “spritzes” but because the scents are so wonderful most people will probably be holding their breath waiting for the next release and applaud your noise when it happens. I do know I will be buying some stocking stuffers for this new product you have found. Thanks for thinking of our every need.

    • Jeannie B says:

      Mary, you should make a commercial. So funny!

    • Rhonda Smartypants says:

      You had me at “Poot Poourri” and the muffler – reminded me of a cartoon I saw the other day: Older couple sitting next to each other. Old man says to old woman, “My butt went to sleep.” Old woman replies, “I know, I can hear it snoring.” Not quite as entertaining as the PooPourri ads because the woman in the ad is so “ALIVE” with her enthusiasm. I still chuckled at the ‘snoring’ bit.

  39. Manisha says:

    This a brilliant! We have a small house, a one-level, two-bedroom bungalow. I have in the past refused a guest entry to our house because my husband was in his “office” completing his “business.” It doesn’t help that the bathroom is in the center of the hallway between the two bedrooms and always, the smells drifts into all the other parts of the house. I’m going right now to order some.

  40. Caroline Baker says:

    I have found that you can save some money by purchasing a citrus based (orange or lemon) essential oil and drop 4 or 5 drops in the bowl and it will do the same thing. The bottle is smaller (easier to carry) isn’t labeled, so is less embarrassing lest someone see it and lasts a long time. Just thought I would throw my 5 cents in.

  41. Sally says:

    Personally I don’t think I need this product, but my salad bowl would disagree. But my bathroom is off my dining room so I guess I should give it a try.

    I wonder what effect it would have if the dog decided to take a sip of chateaux toilette with poo-pourri in it. Would it freshen his breath?

  42. Sherri Hanigan says:

    My bff claims her poo smells like perfume. After sharing a small cabin bathroom with her this past summer, I can dispel her claim without prejudice. She shall be getting a bottle of this magic elixir in her Christmas stocking

  43. SHerry says:

    I knew when you said you’d be doing product reviews that this would be one of the first. I have been eagerly awaiting your thoughts, knowing it would be THE best review of this product ever. And you did not disappoint! I’ve given these as gifts for those men in my life that are so hard to buy for. It IS an amazing product! Thank you, Karen, for your diligence in reporting truthfully and honestly. And hilariously!

  44. JamieK says:

    I keep this in my guest bathrooms and powder room.

  45. Erica O says:

    I am SO grateful you purchased and then reviewed this.
    I have been intrigued by the hilarious commercial, thinking it wasn’t a real thing until I found out it was.
    But then I got all worried: Will the oil coat the pipes, collect things and end up clogging up the toilet? Is it bad for the sewer water? Is it hard to recycle and reuse water that has essential oils in it?
    I guess you probably didn’t test those things but I like knowing that it pretty much works for what it is intended because I know a lot of people who should keep this near their toilets.
    This would make an excellent stocking stuffer so thank you for this timely review!

    • Erica O says:

      Just a follow-up – my friend and I were out shopping this weekend and I saw PooPourri in one of the boutiques and told my friend all about your review and we squealed like morons, all excited over the prospect of owning this stuff and NOT having to buy it online and so we made our purchases. I haven’t used mine yet; I’m going to put it in my stocking. I’m waiting to hear back from her.
      SO! Because of you, two more bottles of poopourri were purchased this holiday season! Hooray!

  46. Leslie says:

    Brilliant stuff! Thinking practically here … Maybe having some kind of pre-existing lemony scent in the area would mask the evidence of PooPouri in use? So maybe a person could keep a little bit of lemony potpourri in the vicinity? I’m not a huge fan of room deodorizers or scented candles and stuff all the time, but maybe for special occasions?

  47. The only problem I’ve found with Poo-Pourri is REMEMBERING to use it before you go. How many times have I been merrily sitting there, doing my morning business and looked up at that cute little bottle on the shelf and thought…
    oh crap.
    Forgot it again.

  48. Jcrn says:

    A tip: if you use this be careful not to get it on the toilet seat itself or at least wipe it off if you do. Otherwise, you have an oily, slippery toilet seat and…trust me on this….even worse than a poopy smell is the sound of someone falling off one of your toilet seats. Or almost falling off and grabbing something less sturdy than it looks to avoid falling.

    I have, love, and use Poo-pourri. And it doesn’t create terrible slipperiness on toilet seats…but there is some. It is an oily type film which presumably keeps odors from escaping the toilet water. For good measure, I use it before and after going to the bathroom. It makes a huge difference.

  49. Jcrn says:

    What I MEANT – and didn’t clarify well- was that I spray it in the toilet bowl before and after using the restroom, bathroom, loo…whatever. Maybe a delusion but I think it is more effective that way,

  50. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    How would I ever know about these things without you???

  51. jainegayer says:

    Karen, I am laughing so hard that coffee is coming out of my nose.
    I’m looking forward to the next product test.

  52. Jeannie B says:

    Something that I find works well, is to fill an empty spray bottle, with water and lavender scented PineSol. Spray the bowl before or after. it cleans as well as deodorizers. I’d hate to have something put me off lemon meringue pie. Big spray bottle is hard to carry in your purse though.

  53. Haha Have you seen the ad on You Tube for this:
    So funny. Love your review! Thinking about the stocking stuffer list and this would be a perfect addition!!

    • Jcrn says:

      Feral- you might want to check out the company’s holiday gift sets. Really. Especially made for holiday giving and with seasonal scents. I posted about it below.

  54. Margaret says:

    I’m wondering what’s the difference between the bottles at the *best price* and those you *buy new*?

  55. Kim K. says:

    There is a Japanese product that has been on the market for many years that serves this same function but has no color and no perfume-y just blocks the odor (somehow). It can be found in Asian markets. With this, one just puts a few drops into the bowl before using it. Its a small squeeze-dropper bottle that fits beautifully into one’s purse or pocket. All men should carry it.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Can you tell me the name of it???

    • Kanoe says:

      I scrolled through the comments to see if anyone would mention that the Japanese have been on to this concept for years, probably due to their tiny housing arrangements. I also agree that there is “no perfume-y smell” but the best thing is that it is only a couple of dollars and very discreet (lol this works on the go since like you said, it fits easily into a purse–eyedropper bottle sized). 🙂 Even a drop does the job. In Hawaii, with the huge Asian population, this is widely available in stores like CVS and Japanese stores.

  56. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for the review, Karen. However, my sh!t don’t stink.

  57. Veronica says:

    is this something I can make myself. ?

  58. Jcrn says:

    Hey, Karen, you didn’t mention there were special holiday gift sets! I am not kidding. On Amazon, at least, there is the Poo-Pourri “Master Crapsman” Gift Set (contains a bottle of Heavy Doody and Poo-tonium) and there is also the very holiday themed Poo-Pourri “Welcome to the North Poo” Gift Set.
    They even have a Secret Santa scent and one that has a Christmas holly scent! The welcome to the North Poo smells of cinnamon and vanilla. This company is really branching out!

  59. Carolyn says:

    OMG….. I can’t stop laughing at you. I will say it again. You are one hot mess. A Lemon pie. Hahaha. I will never take a poo without thinking about this…. Just when I thought I was a mess… Karen you are a joy, you bring a smile to my face even when I’m having a bad day…
    Thank You..

  60. Bols says:

    I think I’ll have to try it – I love citrusy smells. But I also have grapefruit and lemongrass essential oils (dab a drop of lemongrass oil on a bulb before you switch on a lamp and your living room will smell so good) at home so perhaps I can try it with those first.
    I love the illustration!

  61. Peg says:

    oh my what a great laugh,saw this post the other day but didn’t want to be the first to comment.Fun to read all the posts! Thank you 🙂 for the review.

  62. Marti says:

    I started laughing at “test run.” Does that make me sicker than the rest?
    Seriously, K, I would Never have thought to look for this product. But wow… and gift sets?
    Where was this when my brothers and I were growing up?

  63. Elizabeth says:

    I try to never poop in a public place! I’m an introvert I guess. I bought the stuff and I’m pretty happy with it except my daughter says going in the bathroom smells like “Shitris”. A combo of shit and citrus!

  64. Kate says:

    I adore the Poo-Pourri commercial. But Caroline is right, 5 drops of any essential oil will do the trick. Heck, you could probably add a few drops of any perfume you have sitting around to cooking oil and get the same result. After I saw the commercial, I did a test run with the oil I had on hand, which happened to be tea tree. Worked great. Tea Tree oil is a little intense, so now my bathroom emits a calming lavender fragrance post poo visit. Kitchen matches have been returned to the kitchen.

  65. Ev says:

    Great, funny post! Saw this item in a local “upscale” hardware store. Stood and watched the commercial. It is pricey, but a good idea since it works. Our downstairs bathroom opens into the dining room! We converted a large closet that was there when we moved here about 30 years ago. We had three kids approaching teenhood and I had visions of WWIII when they were getting ready for school. Opening to the dining room lost out to peace! I try to get family members to do “important” stuff upstairs. I think I will get some of this stuff, but I doubt anyone here will use it but me! Thanks Karen, enjoyed the post as well as the replies!

  66. Kinsey says:

    I’m a little weirded out by the stuff only because I don’t LOVE sitting down to poo surrounded by a really pungent lemony smell. It’s fine for after, but during, the smell is almost enough to choke you.

  67. ally says:

    I gotta stop reading your blog on my lunch break……

  68. Barbie says:

    I laughed SO hard all thought this post!
    and PS: You have a VERY clean toilet bowl!

  69. Kasia says:

    love the little graphic showing how it works! Did you create that or is it from their ads??

  70. Debbie says:

    I made my own and hubby tried it for the first time this morning. He didn’t read the directions I put on the label and used one spritz. He will try two or three tomorrow. I decided to experiment with lower priced oils (though still pure, not with a carrier oil) and it seems to be working. Thank you so much for the post and the readers who directed me to Jillee’s site for the recipe.

  71. Hannah says:

    So, what you’re saying is your bathroom now smells faintly of shitrus!

  72. Vicki says:

    For Elizabeth & Hannah,
    Why would it smell of “shitrus” if it eliminates rather than covers up odors?

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