They came packaged perfectly and with the full range of colors I wanted. The silver and gold came out with a strong metallic color and the other colors were vivid and vibrant. I added tea bags to the mugs and wrapped them in fabric and a bow. If you want a fun DIY project for a gift or something to do with the kids, this is a great idea. We just have to accept this hard truth: There is no such thing as a "perfect" paint pen.
They can clogged up, they can leak, sometimes they don't last long and sometimes they seem to last forever. That being said :) here's a 2-cent opinion from someone who has tried them all. --Sharpie water-based pens seem to have fewer problems than Sharpie oil-based pens. --Sharpie Poster-Paint pens, especially in extra-fine tip, are my top choice, but if you need oil-based pens, these are your best choice. On a side note: Who knew purchasing paint pens could be so challenging? It's nearly impossible to get all the listings in one search due to Amazon's search engine. No matter how general or specific you search, different choices will show up and disappear. I suggest simply searching for paint pens, then filtering brand to BOTH Sharpie and Sanford for the .
The Rise Of The “Personal Diffuser” Essential Oils Stick. These pens are offered as a portable option for your favorite scent. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire—and where there are clouds of vegetable glycerin vapor, there are probably essential oil vaporizer pens. Often called a “personal diffuser” or “diffuser stick,” aromatherapy “vape” pens look like colorful hard plastic cigarettes and are filled with a mixture of essential oils, vegetable glycerin, and water. While they’re not quite the same as traditional vape products like Hamilton Devices, the diffuser sticks work quite similarly. Inside is a heating element that’s activated by suction—when someone inhales, the mixture is heated and a white cloud of aromatherapy vapor emerges. The vapor may look like smoke at first glance, but its composition is mostly water, and the ingredients are similar to those found in mood-setting hazes found at haunted houses, concerts, and sporting events. The use of E-Liquids is quite similar too, but instead of essential oils, this uses scented oils like Strawberry and Orange. Click here to continue finding out more information about this and read the article below for more regarding the use of essential stick oils. Amazon reviews for diffuser sticks are overwhelmingly positive. Customers indicate that they can help combat stress and panic attacks, aid with smoking cessation, stave off menstrual cramps, and make for a great alternative to a smoke or coffee break when you just need a quick escape from the frenetic bustle of every day life. “The truth is, we just don’t know what’s happening to the essential oils when you heat them,” says Amy Kreydin, Certified Clinical Aromatherapy Practitioner and owner of The Barefoot Dragonfly, “Vape pens are too new for us to have that research, so we don’t know the full safety profile.” We do know, however, that when you heat vegetable glycerin to more than 536 degrees Fahrenheit, a substance known as acrolein is produced, which is a known respiratory irritant and carcinogen. The FDA recently delayed regulations for e-cigarettes—but had regulatory procedures moved forward, vaporizer manufacturers would have been required to submit their products for testing. For now, until FDA testing is performed, there’s no way to be sure exactly what compounds are being inhaled once the mixture of glycerin, water, and oils is heated. “We know the chemistry of essential oils changes when they’re heated,” Kreydin says. “The big question is, ‘What is the heat changing the oils into?’ Once we understand the chemistry changes taking place, we can look at the research and say, ‘Okay, this is no longer considered safe,’ or ‘Well, this didn’t change that much, so it’s probably not going to hurt you.’” (Here are 6 times you should never use essential oils .) TO INHALE OR NOT TO INHALE. Two of the biggest companies in the personal aromatherapy diffuser space, VitaStik and Monq, both offer 10 different “flavors” of sticks and boast the use of 100% organic essential oils and vaporizer blends. The companies differ, however, when it comes to the heating of the oils and the recommended use of their products. VitaStik, which infuses its blends with vitamins and supplements including B12, ginseng, and melatonin, recommends that consumers inhale and “breathe” the contents of the stick. (Some studies have indicated that B12 is more readily absorbed by the body when inhaled). VitaStik devices heat up to between 110 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit—nowhere near the 536 degrees required to produce acrolein. “There are a lot of products out there that aren’t good,” says Al Santos, founder and CEO of VitaStik.
“Some of them heat up to 800 degrees and the flavors are made with propylene glycol, which can turn into formaldehyde when heated. I’ve tested our formulas extensively and looked at them through a spectrometer, and I can tell you exactly what’s happening to them—you end up with exactly what you start with.” Unlike VitaStik, Monq recommends that consumers don’t inhale, rather that they breathe in through the mouth without inhaling, “similar to sipping on a straw,” then exhale through the nose.
Although Monq’s blends (from $20 per stick on Amazon) are safe to inhale, brand strategy manager Carlie Russell says the “mouth inhale” is recommended because it allows the oil blends to pass along the olfactory glands, giving a more enhanced aromatherapy experience than you would get if you inhaled into the lungs. Monq’s devices heat up to between 401 and 437 degrees Fahrenheit.