Dental Hygiene -How to make your toddler brush

So the last time I wrote about dental hygiene(Dental Hygiene for babies- When to start and how!!) was when I was dealing with a baby and this time I am dealing with a toddler.

A simple thing like brushing  teeth can be a reason for great misery atleast for parents.I have seen a whole episode of meltdown because I asked someone to brush his teeth.

When we started with the real brush it was all fun, my baby was 13 months and had a fixed routine of getting up and sitting on his high chair while I combed his hair and brushed his teeth.Before that I use to wash his teeth and gums with washcloth.It went on well for few days then he started snatching the brush from my hand.Attimes he would try to brush on his own which was fine with me and most of the time throw it away.It went on for quite sometime and then I realised I need to break the monotony.

I tried different fun ways to teach him how to brush and today he waits for his brushing time.

Let them watch 

So the first mistake I realised  was making him brush sitting or for that matter not in the proper place.I started taking him to the washroom while me and my husband brushed our teeth.Initially he use to stand there and ask for brush and cry for our brush if we handed him over his own.So we bought a brush for him our size off course.After few days he wanted his brush.

ToothPaste in not important Brushing is 

All of us make this mistake I did as well,I would stress on using toothpaste and hence he got a feeling of something being forced into his mouth.I stopped giving him toothpaste for sometime to make him comfortable with brush and introduced the paste again when he was comfortable with toothbrush.

Make Brushing fun

This may sound silly but me and my husband use to sing and dance while brushing.That made him feel he is missing out on something and to join us he would take his brush and shake his bum.

Brush Brush Brush your teeth, every morning every night is his favourite.

Role Play

Make everything brush their teeth in the house, my sons makes his doll brush his teeth every morning now.We have a brush for the doll similar to what he has.

Give them Options/Freedom

This is very important let them choose keep few brushes and let them choose.Most of the time they end up making their favourite.Sometimes when even after making so much effort and even after making it as a habit my son doesn’t feel like brushing I let him be.Forcing will make him hate it which I don’t want to.

Make the area accessible

Let them brush their teeth where everyone in the family does.We bought a stool for him to stand and he comfortably reaches the wash basin for brushing and yes some fun with the running water is a daily activity.

Show them how to 

Instead of taking their hand and making them brush, show them how to.Children are curious and they try to imitate.Take advantage and show them how you do it.

Switch Brushing Buddies 

This was so far the most effective in making him brush.I stay with my son the whole day so brushing was taken over by his father and this is something they look upto now.They both sing and brush together.Once he gets bored I will takeover again.Hopefully he would not get bored ever.

Just like any other thing with babies brushing requires lot of patience from the parents end.When we make it a routine it becomes boring add some spice to it and let them enjoy and you will see the difference.

Wishing you guys happy Gums and teeth and Dental Hygiene is important always remember that.

Watch this video and see how my little one loves brushing now

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Sensorial Activity -Edible Slime (Free Play)

This time for our weekend activity we chose a messy  play as summer leaves us with no option but to stay indoors and what better than a messy indoor play.

A sensorial activity with toddler means lot of exploration and hence the stuff might just end up in their mouth.I am still not comfortable with the slime available in the market and decided to make a non toxic edible slime, so that even if the slime ends up in the mouth I won’t go berserk.

Slime Recipe

Corn starch-1 cup

Water-1/2 cup

Food colour (optional )

Mix cornstarch with water till you get the gooey consistency.Adding food colour is optional but to make it more attractive it is advisable.

Cornstarch has the property to bind when mixed with water into solid but the moment it is dropped down it drips as liquid and again solidifies.

It can be a fun solid-liquid science experiment for older kids.

Nirvaan initially was not  able to pick it up and play as it was solidifying hence added little more water to make it more gooey for him to play easily.


He used everything to lift it tong, spoon,fork.

Applied on his body as cream.

Had fun pouring solid as liquid.


Mixed it and messed around for almost an hour or may be more.

He was not ready to leave it and I had to finally lift him so that he could take a shower and I am pretty sure he would have enjoyed for another hour if left.

Watch him enjoy

Slimey messy fun 🤗 . Slime made from just three ingredients .✅cornstarch .✅water .✅Food colour . The happiness and hours of fun was worth the mess . It was a stress free messy fun for mama too . ✅Used a high chair ✅Before bath time ✅A seperate tray was used ✅No clothes . When making slime is so easy then why not have some fun .. Try it and join the slime fever don't forget to tag me will love to see your messy slimey fun pics . #slime #slimerecipe #slimefortoddlers #nontoxicslime #messyplay #messyfun #toddlers #toddlerfun #toddlerlife #keepingtoddlersbusy #summerdays #summerfun #indoorfun #momlife #mommy #mom #expatmom #expatlife #muscatmums #muscatbloggers #parents #parentingblogger #indianmomblogger #indianmontessorimum #sensorial #blog #rattlebabblebattle

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To make it easy for me to clean the mess

1.I have used the high chair for him to play as that would limit his area.

2.Used a separate tray instead of using the high chair tray.

3.The activity was timed right before the shower time.

4.The high chair was placed right outside the bathroom.its really hot here so balcony or open space was not an option for us.

5.No clothes were on not even an apron to save me from the washing and removing food colour stains from clothes if any.

Hope this activity and my tips for a less messier activity would help you try this out.And if it does don’t forget to share it with us.

 

 

Raising A Reader- Books on Farm Animals

So the last week was all about farm animals in our Montessori Shelf trays Farm Animal Themed Montessori Activities and also the books we picked were all about farm animals to make our experience better and easier.

We unknowingly have a decent collection of books on farm and farm animals.I never realised till the time I searched the book basket for more books.

Along with all the activities we did last week we read a lot about farm animals too and tried to atleast touch all books we have and made few favourites.

Starting with the favourites

Usborne Farmyard Series Noisy Animals 


This is a big board book and attracts the attention instantly with bigger illustrations.The illustration is colourful and attractive.This is a great book for learning the sounds animals make.

This book been one of our favourite as Nirvaan loves pointing out at the animals and makes the sound while pointing them.The last page has all the animals and he loves matching the figurines by keeping the figurines over the picture of the respective animal.

This book is musical but since we borrowed it from the library it doesn’t have the musical part anymore.

Old MacDonald had a farm (Igloo Books )


This one is a musical book and has the rhyme and various animal sound. Nirvaan loves pressing the button to hear the sound animals make and enjoys a lot.He finds it funny though.

Helps in learning about the farm animals and the sound they make.

Farm Animal-Touch and Feel (Sterling Publication India)


This one probably is the first book we got about farm animals and is still one of our favourite.The very fact of it being a touch and feel book has made it top the list.This one is a real inexpensive book by an Indian publishing house.The book has a small write up about the animals in few words in every page along with the touch and feel animal on the other page.A medium sized easy to hold book with bright images.

When I go to the farm (Parragon Books)


More than a farm book it has been our bedtime book.A nice book for the little ones to point out the animals while reading and finding the pig which is hiding in every page is something Nirvaan looks up for.Overall a simple book which tells about the basic characteristic of the farm animals like pigs like to play in the mud in their pen etc.

Who am I ? Series book (Duck & Cow)(Manoj Publications India)


I got three of these books from a roadside hawker just for Rs70 each.The very first page catches the attention and if you ask Nirvaan for his Duck book or the Moo Moo book he would simply bring these to read.

This book tells the basic information about the animal mentioned like ducks like to swim, cow gives us milk etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farm Animal Themed Montessori Activities

So the last week was all about farm animals for us.It was a moo moo, quack quack sort of a week and we enjoyed learning a lot about the farm animals.I dedicated one or two trays per day in our activity shelf to farm animals and did a weekend activity.


Monday 

Farm animal puzzle-This is a wooden farm animal puzzle with almost all the farm animals. Nirvaan enjoys playing it and say baa baa like baba and quack quack like kaka.

Watch him doing this puzzle here 


Tuesday


Flash Cards– We used the flash cards to match the animals.You can download the flash cards here Farm Animals Printables-For Toddlers (12-18 Months)

He loves this one I am yet to stick velcro but he loves matching it so much even without it.watch him do this matching activity and trying to be perfect in his own way .


Wednesday 


Flash card matched with the animals figurines.another fun activity ,there can be little confusion once it comes to figurines but its all fun.

Watch him match 

Thursday


Lacing-We tried lacing rabbit, which we found was little difficult and hence didn’t force him much to do it.Here he is trying his hands on lacing.


Friday 

Singing and dancing on the rhyme “old mac Donald had a farm”.Well this is something we do every day but this time with all the moves.As I was the one dancing and singing so no video for this one.

Weekend Activity



Made a farm and had some fun free play feeding the animals ,transporting them in tractor.

Weekend activities are for father son quality time,I only make video from the back while they both enjoy playing and spend some quality time together.
I have used his existing toys to create this farm.

The hut is from his Noak’s ark

Old Mac Donald and his wife are actually Noak and his wife.

Animal figures from the farm animal set

Duck from his bath set and hen one of his random toy 

Tractor is from his construction set.

The carpet is the one we bought for balcony and now is used for his play .
Watch this video and excuse us for the rash driving we did with the tractor while transporting.

Raising A Reader-My Story

Honestly I never planned or thought of raising a reader, but the first board book I bought filled me with so much of happiness that all I wanted was to hoard books for my little one.Those cute little books with such bright colour and texture where a delight to flip.And hence started our journey towards the world of books.

While growing up I saw my elder sister glued to books.She would even read while having dinner at times and when asked would say she is about to reach the climax and can leave the food but not the book.Her love for books was never ending and so was her collection starting from famous fives to mills and boons to classics.I never bought a single book honestly it was all her collection.

I remember my father reading stories every night before we use to sleep from the famous Chandamama or Panchatantra.It was those bedtime stories which compelled me to read and love reading initially.When my father would not read to us, me and my brother would take turns to read stories and we always asked for more when my father read those to us.And would doze off to sleep even before the story finished.

I grew up in the era when subscriptions meant magazine for mothers and comics for us.I grew up reading Cha Cha Chaudhary ,Pinky,Archies,Tin Tin before I graduated to Nancy Drew and famous five.Mills and Boons came much later for me.

It was during my holidays after my Xth board when I read a book by an Indian author and fell in love with the style of writing and realised how much I feel connected.Reading became my hobby and my imagination took me to places I have never been.Throughout my college and MBA I used my library card for course books right before examination rest part of the year it was all about exploring different genre.

As I mentioned earlier I never planned to raise a reader I just bought books at different stages and eventually fell for raising a reader.As a parent all I want is the best for my baby and the habit of reading is the best I can do for him.I want him to see the world in a wider sense, when we read it opens so many perspective and widens our thinking process more than intelligent reading makes us smart.

I am waiting for my son to grow up so that we both can go to the oxford book store at Barakhambha road, New Delhi where I have so many fond memories of reading dates with my besties, we loved smelling those books and loved flipping thorough sipping the coffee we could afford occasionally from our pocket money and paying in turns for each other on every visit.We sat there and made our bucket list of books and saved money to buy those.

So as I take you forward with our journey of #raisingareader I wanted to share the story behind my love for books.Watch this space for more on Raising a reader.

Posting a video of my tiny reader in action…

 

Rainbow Rice-Sensorial Activity

The last week was all about colours in our Montessori Trays , so to end the week I planned a rainbow themed activity for Nirvaan.I had Rainbow rice in my mind since long but somehow wanted to introduce this to the sensorial activity when he would be able to differentiate colours.This was the right time as he can do sorting colour wise now.


Making Rainbow rice is very easy and it took hardly 15 mins for me to make primary coloured rainbow rice.

Ingredients required:

1.Rice (4 cups for four colours)

2.Vinegar

3.Food colour (I took the primary colours-Red,Green,Yellow,Blue)

4.Mixing bowl and some newspaper to dry the coloured rice.

Method:

To one cup of rice add one table spoon of vinegar and few drops of food colour.

Mix it well and let it dry.

How we enjoyed with the Rainbow Rice

Since it was weekend and he spends time with his father the most I wanted both of them to enjoy their day and hence they both did this activity together.I wanted Nirvaan to have fun and make the coloured rice rainbow on his own and believe me toddlers are great at mixing stuff without instructions and help.

I gave one colour at a time with few blocks of same colour for a free play and soon he wanted all and mixed them.


I think almost for half and hour he was busy pouring the rice in different container.

Then came pouring with funnel and his juicer was of the right size with handle.He scooped poured in the funnel used almost all kinds of spoons available in his kitchen.


 

He even took the rice to cook in his kitchen,I never knew he notices so much and knows that rice is meant for cooking.


 

His activity table was finally used for some more pouring and throwing of the rainbow rice.

 

He did some practical activity by using brush and pan to pick the spilled rice. I tried clicking pictures but my phone memory ran out and I went to transfer the pictures and videos to the laptop and He was busy for good 1 and half hour just repeating pouring spilling the rice on the mat picking it with pan and brush.

Watch the video to checkout how the activity went 

And some more fun and free play 


The quantity of rice may seem less here because I have just made four colours and will be doing many activities and introducing new colours to our rainbow rice.After the play was over I stored the rice for future Play.

 

Many mom ask me rather tell me that cleaning is a task hence they avoid such activities so here are my tips for easier cleaning after messy play

1.Retrict the play area

2.Use a mat so that cleaning would mean only cleaning the mat

3.Make your baby wear clothes that  you won’t regret getting spoiled.

4.Make cleaning a part of play ,initially with younger toddlers it might seem like it doubles your task but eventually they learn and start doing it and enjoy cleaning as well.

Hope these tips and play idea will make your activities with kids more interesting and hassle free.

Product Review-Mamaearth Mothers Range

As a mother we go through a lot and expect very less in return,all we want is love from our babies and care from the loved ones.When we talk about motherhood and the products related to it are all about babies.So here comes a brand which launched its Mothers range exclusive for mothers  on Mothers day.

So as you all know I have been using the Mama Earth Baby products since a while now and loving it.When Mama Earth  launched its Mothers range of product, I was more than excited to try them out and guess what! They were kind enough to send across three of their products for an honest review.

This is what I received

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1.Mamaearth Calming Body Wash

2.Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask

3.Mamaearth Nourishing Body Lotion

(Packaged nicely in  a beautiful travel kit/bag )

I have a habit of checking the ingredients (side effects of being mother) so when I Unboxed and held my hands on the non toxic Mothers range the first thing I did was a quick glance at the back side of the bottles to check and was more than happy to see the check boxes with

  • phthalates free
  • mineral oil free
  • paraben free
  • SLS free 

marked on it.And yes not to miss it is enriched with their secret mama’s love oil.

I have been using the Body wash and body Lotion daily and have used the hair mask thrice.This review is based on my personal experience with the product.

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Mamaearth Calming Body Wash

As a mother all you long for is a long pampering session where you can take bath without your kids knocking at the door and asking you what you are doing inside.Well that is a dream but at least if you can grab that loofah and apply a body wash is a bargain enough.So my bargain is with this product.

The body wash is lathery and has a strong soothing peppery fragrance.A small amount on loofah is enough for a soapy lathery bath.

I have a dry skin and it didn’t dry my skin out post bath.After my bath I use the lotion which is reviewed below as well.

Mamaearth Nourishing Body Lotion

So I have a dry skin , the real test of the skin care products comes in with the lotions.It has be extremely long-lasting with moisturising my skin to get a thumbs up from my end.The Mama Earth Lotion has again a very peppery fragrance just like the body wash but is milder.

The Lotion is not sticky and quickly absorbs into the skin keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised for a long time.I will be testing this product again in winters to see the effectiveness as the real test of lotions is when they are applied in winters.

I suggest using the lotion after patting your skin dry after bath with a body wash.Reason is simple body wash is not harsh and doesn’t dry the skin out patting and not rubbing retains the effect of water on the skin and applying a lotion on a hydrated skin makes the lotion last for a longer duration.

Mamaearth Argan Hair Mask

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I have used it thrice and let me share my very honest experience with you all.As I have mentioned I have a dry skin and yes I have dry hair too.

The first time I used the hair mask it left my hair dry and frizzy.I was disappointed but I thought of giving it a try at least  thrice before giving my verdict.The second time I used and I expected the same result but to my surprise my hair felt soft ,the effect was visible a day after the use.The same happened when I used it for the third time my hair felt soft and shiny.I used it thrice in a span of 10 days and my hair feel much better now.

The reason why my hair felt dry and frizzy for the first time was I was expecting a miracle in just one wash.Hair products have a long-term effect and specially when you have dry hair the products take time to show results.

While I was pregnant I never bothered about checking the products I used but I seriously wish I did.And I so wish MamaEarth was launched then,I would leave a suggestion with MamaEarth to introduce a pregnancy Gift pack so that I can gift my expecting friends with this bundle of non toxic goodness.

I will keep you all posted with my ongoing reviews on these products regarding the long-term effect and any thing new that crops up on Instagram. So follow me there if you have not done already and I shall see you there.

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post ,I was sent across the products mentioned for an honest review.The skin care products have different results on different skin type and my experience is based on my skin and hair type which is dry.

 

Toy Review- Hape Lacing Vehicles

I was searching for lacing beads online when I came across this beautiful product.I am in love with wooden toys and that is my small effort towards a greener earth.One look at the product and I knew what I wanted to do with these beautiful wooden cars.

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My son is not a car freak but he loves cars and when the package arrived he was more than happy to see the beautiful  colourful wooden cars.

These lacing vehicles are from Hape and I was so happy to find it in amazon.Priced at Rs599.00,its a set of 12 lacing vehicles which includes cars, ship, trees, cloud and stop sign.It came with a lacing red thread.

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Review- Priced at Rs 599.00 I expected the cars to be little bigger in size but then as lacing beads the size is good.The lace is not good quality wise whereas the quality of wooden lacing vehicles is very good.

Its non toxic and a nice product for colour recognition,lacing,couting etc.I find it a very innovative lacing idea.

Rating-3/5

As you know when I review a toy I also mention the various ideas the toys can be used so that the kids doesn’t lose interest easily and quickly.So this time also we didn’t keep ourself limited to lacing but we had more fun activities with these lacing vehicles.

1.Lacing– Fine motor skill can be fun and at the same time challenging for the toddlers.This can keep them busy for a long time but with lots of motivation as inability to perform a particular task can make them anxious.

My son tried many times to lace the vehicles but the lacing thread has small hard ending to lace and and it doesn’t pass through the vehicles completely.For an 18 months old the lacing thread is not suitable but the product is ideally for 3 yrs and above.for older kids it is good and lacing can be done with little concentration.

2.Stacking– The most common and fun activity for a toddler is stacking and knocking the stack down.

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Check the video at the end of the post to see how Nirvaan enjoyed stacking and knocking it down.

3.Counting– The cars can be used for counting in a fun way.While lacing the child can count till 12 and then you can remove two and ask how many are left and similarly addition.

4.Colour Sorting– This time to make the colour sorting fun I made a parking lot with different coloured parking slot.  Nirvaan was not able to sort the cars by its colour but with prompt he was able to put few cars to the right slot.But he had fun parking and taking the cars out of the parking lot.

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5.Free Play– I staged this free play for him.I cooked a story about a farm near the river with cow and horse in it and he had a fun time driving his car through the farm.

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Check how Nirvaan enjoyed Playing in this short video

You can buy these Lacing vehicles online by clicking the pic below

Disclaimer- This is not a sponsored review.The product has been purchased by me and review is based on my experience with the product.

Toddler Meltdowns and a Mother’s confession

Its a confession post,yes I want to confess I have been a completely non Montessori when it comes to handling my sons tantrums and melt downs.I have shouted on him told him will throw him out if he doesn’t stop his drama, have man handled him.It can’t get any crazier at 18 months, he has been behaving so strong headed that it becomes so difficult to handle him.

While flying from Oman to Kolkata we had a connecting flight at chennai so it was a long travel and needless to mention exhausting; we were ready for a tired baby to carry but toddlers are the most unpredictable species on this earth.He was full of energy and refused to sleep and this resulted in a highly cranky baby  at landing.Just as we landed and were boarding the bus he had a desire to climb the stairs of the flight again and again and yes we had a bad melt down and I cursed the airport authority for not having an aero bridge but then the reason would have been something else for a cranky fit.No amount of cajoling and counselling stopped him from crying his heart out and all we could do was trying our skills to calm him down in turn till the time he was tired and slept in the cab.This was a whole half an hour before he slept.

That half an hour I had been angry felt like crying myself,leaving him alone for a while but no options were possible as we were not at home. It added to my frustration and the second melt down at home made me furious but since he was surrounded by my in laws I had to control some how.

After two days we travelled to Delhi to my Mom’s place where I had a final showdown  he refused to go to anyone and was cranky for no good reason.The reasons were pretty obvious, his father left for oman so he was missing him, he is used to just two of us so new people with his father not being around was completely unacceptable for him, but my mind refused to acknowledge these reasons  and I shouted, shouted for the very first time on him so badly that even thinking about that episode now makes me feel guilty.I told him I would throw him out and cried my heart out and told him now I can’t handle him.

How could I? He has been travelling and was tired, he is not use to so many new faces and he was meeting new every time, he is teething and that makes it worst for him.The faces he is showing arrogance to are new to him and it might hurt me seeing him not accepting my mom but for him they are just new people he doesn’t remember a bit of what my mom did for him or what  my sister did for him.My expectation of him accepting my dear ones is so unreal.

So this episode of my shouting and break down made me learn one thing. Losing my temper did good to no one. My mother and sister were upset with me for behaving so bad and losing it on the poor baby.My baby hugged me thinking I am upset and was clingy all the time.I have never felt so bad in my entire life.

This has made realise few things

  • Understand what my baby is going through.
  • Not to pass the burden of my expectations on to his shoulders
  • Keep my anger and frustration to myself and never pass it on to the baby.I know it is difficult but somehow its really important.
  • A meltdown needs a calm parent , a frustrated parent only adds to the misery.
  • Everyone goes through it I am not alone may be the only one at that point of time .
  • People will give me looks and suggestions but my baby is none of any one’s business.
  • Relax and remember that he is my same baby who gets fits of laughter for no reason ,so a meltdown here and there is ok.

I didn’t write this post to tell the tips to handle the meltdowns but honestly just wanted to share an experience with mommies so that somewhere some mommy would relax reading it and thinking she is not the only one and feel less guilty maybe.

 

Product Review- Mama Earth Insect Repellent Spray

It may sound weird but I saved this for my visit to India in summers, the reason is pretty simple come summers and Delhi becomes the epicentre of dengue,malaria etc.I saved this spray for this very reason.So while I am on visit to India I am putting this repellent spray to test and use almost daily.

My baby is a magnet to bugs and mosquitoes, I really don’t know how but he is kissed by them often.So you can understand my concern and my need for a product which would repel insects.

I have been using Mama Earth Products from quite a while now and is loving their product. Read my review on the body wash here

Key ingredients 

Purified water , cold pressed soybean oil , cold pressed castor oil, citronella essential oil ,cedar essential oil ,lemon eucalyptus essential oil, rosemary essential oil and peppermint essential 

The ingredients are all natural and I never gave a second thought before using it regularly all thanks to the fact of the product being 100% natural and toxin free.

How am I using it

1.Spraying and rubbing on the exposed part of the body like hands, legs.

2.Spraying it on clothes as it has citronella oil which is an excellent repellent.

It has been almost 15 days we are using it and the result is as below

  • No signs of insect bites including mosquito bites
  • No swarm of mosquito on my baby’s head even if he wears dark coloured clothes at evening time.
  • even I am excused by the mosquito as I carry my baby.

I am really impressed with the effectiveness of the product.For a place like Delhi I would recommend this product for daily usage before you send your kids outdoor and also while sleeping.Not just Delhi I dont think any place is spared of mosquito menace as my last visit to kolkata was no good.

So you can keep this as a companion for your visit to the park 

While you do some gardening with your little one 


And use it while they are off to sleep so that they don’t wake up all kissed 


Regarding the product

It has a strong fragrance of ecaluptus which is the main reaon for its effectiveness.

I love the packaging and the fact that its a spray makes it way more conveient to spray it on clothes.

I would give this product a big thumbs up and a scoring of 5/5