The sense of smell is a powerful one and influences your mood much more than you may think. In a 2014 article in, Sean Heffernan wrote: “Smell is the most sensitive of the senses. As infants, smell is the first sense to develop. Our noses have as many as six million odor detecting cells.”
Chelsea and John Pinto saw definite proof of this on a trip to Thailand in 2010. They noticed that nasal inhalers were in common use and “… many people wouldn’t leave their homes without an inhaler in their pocket.” Visitors to the region called the inhaler “The Wonder Vapors,” and claimed that its use enabled people to “party all night at the legendary Full Moon Party on Thailand’s Koh Phangan Beach.” It was also said to have helped a Muay Thai fighter regain his senses after a devastating blow. (If you ever started to faint while donating blood, and had an ammonia capsule snapped under your nose, you will have no doubt that this is possible!)
When Chelsea and John returned to the States with a few inhalers, they embarked on a mission to work with top chemists and medical professionals in order to develop a similar item that would provide some of the same benefits, but would be made of more healthy ingredients.
An article on Yahoo! Finance in September of 2016, reported that the Boom Boom Inhaler had already been selling for several years on Amazon and was initiating an Indiegogo campaign to support efforts to have the inhaler placed into retail stores. The inhaler was featured at the Kern Fitness Expo, the largest multi-sport event in California, held at the San Diego Convention Center last May.
Pinto emphasizes that the effect of the Boom Boom inhaler is different from an energy drink or coffee in that it does not make the user feel buzzed or amped up. Rather it provides a natural, refreshing boost that can improve one’s attitude and enhance an overall feeling of well-being.
The Boom Boom inhaler is made in a GMP-certified facility from four basic ingredients commonly used in hundreds of food and health care products: menthol, peppermint oil, eucalyptus, and natural flavoring. While the natural flavors are considered proprietary information and are not disclosed in detail, they are 100% natural and safe according to FDA definitions. The scent lasts for about three months, although it is most effective within the first 30 days after opening. The inhaler is approximately the size of a Chapstick, so it can easily be carried in a pocket or purse. Boom Boom also makes a lip balm, essential oil blends and various accessories.