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The Bathroom or Incense Match Can Really Save the Day
Nature is calling. You're at work, and it's time to go to your "second office," the one you visit every day. You can attribute some great ideas to your second-favorite chair! You get up from your desk, walk down the hall with single-minded focus, and before you even enter the restroom—you know. Someone just dropped a serious bomb in there, and it wasn't too long ago!
You're about to drop a bomb yourself, so you know you're about to spend some quality time with your coworker's gaseous cloud of fecal matter. But this would be much more tolerable had they lit a match! Or even better, they could have lit a bathroom match that smells nice, like incense.
In this article, we're going to talk about:
- What a Bathroom or Incense Match Is
- What Type to Use
- Where to Get Them
- Why the Match Works
- Why the Incense Match Is Superior to a Regular Match
Notice: This article may (definitely does) contain adult humor. Not intended for children.
What Is a Bathroom or Incense Match?
Sometimes you cannot avoid the need to use the restroom after someone has already made the environment "less tolerable" with certain bodily functions. That's life. A bathroom match is simply a match lit after the deed is done, and it is intended to mask the odor. Any match will work, but the term "bathroom match" typically means a match infused with an aroma and designed to burn similar to incense.
The theory is simple: You light the incense match, let it burn for a short period, and then blow it out. You will see the smoke waft off the match and start dispersing into the air, getting to work on that nasty cloud you just created (or that other person so rudely left for you!), then you can drop it in the toilet, or you can place it in a shallow ashtray, either way has the desired effect. Later on, we're going to talk about exactly why does lighting a match remove the odor from the bathroom.
What's a Good Brand to Use?
The Incense Match is a popular brand of incense matches used all over the world to make the trip to the bank, after someone has already made a deposit, a little more easy on the ol' olfactory.
Where Do I Get Incense Matches?
You can do like we do here and buy them from Amazon, or you can purchase them from a local store (if you're lucky) or you can go directly to The Incense Match's website and order from there. It's your choice, really.
If You Order the Variety Pack, You Can Try These Fragrances
You'll see a variety of different incense match products, quantities, and some other incense related items. If you get the variety pack of the Incense Matches you will get a nice assortment of the following (15) fragrances:
- French Vanilla
- Oriental Blossom
I'm recommending that you order your bathroom/incense matches from Amazon just because they are so trusted and most of us have an account and the ordering and shipping is really easy.
Why Is the Bathroom Incense Match Superior?
Like much in the world of bowel-movement debates, the match-method to remove odor is a hotly debated topic.
- Does the match eliminate the odor, or just cover it up?
- Is the flame actually burning the fart smell?
- Are the smoke particles absorbing the fecal particles?
- The incense matches don't work as well as Lysol, or other air fresheners.
- Or, another fierce competitor: the candle. People love their candles.
Perception Is the Key, and the Incense Match Works the Best
No matter what, short of cycling the air in between 'sessions' you're not going to get rid of the writhing cloud of disgust floating through the air. But, as long as it feels better to your senses, then it's not so bad. Life is perception, right?
Your smell receptors are extremely sensitive to sulfur dioxide, a chemical released after a match is lit. The human body is able to sense a minute amount of this in the air, and it will take precedence over the commonplace smell of feces. There is no real evidence that the smoke is absorbing the smell, or the flames are burning it away. All evidence points to the fact that an incense match, lit in the bathroom after healthy a deuce is simply masking the smell; effectively distracting your senses from it.
Lighting a candle with a match will produce a similar effect, and, of course, the long term smell of a candle can be quite inviting. But, light the candle with a lighter, and well, you could be missing out on that glorious shit-masking effect caused by our new friend sulfur dioxide. Lysol and air fresheners are disgusting and horrible chemicals. Don't use them if you can avoid it (you can). And if you like the smell of rank ass more than sulfur dioxide, then get a scented match, like the incense match. It masks the sulfur smell with a variety of pleasant fragrances.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2011 Time Spiral
Kostas on March 13, 2013:
You can also order them directly at http://www.incensematch.com/
rose young-stewart on February 22, 2013:
If I ever spent five minutes with you, i'd be having a laughing heart attack. I bet you are hilarious when in a crowd. i like you and your humor.
Time Spiral (author) from Florida on December 19, 2012:
Where did you find that information, Sredni? I updated some of the links so people can still buy them.
Sredni on December 16, 2012:
Unfortunately the Incense Match seems to be out of production as of 12/2012. This is not surprising if it's sold, as in this column, as a solution to a problem. In our house we prefer to think of it as a ritual observance, in part favoring the next bathroom use -- though that's often the same user who lights the match.
This is a great product. Too bad it's misunderstood -- as most things seem to be -- by my fellow Americans.
Hillary from Atlanta, GA on November 09, 2011:
Ha Ha - I really enjoyed your humorous take on a very real problem. You covered all the issues, but then there's always someone who will flag you for smoking in the bathroom! :) A for TP (another interest of mine as you may well know), I must assume your next installment will be about moist wipes. Cheers
Hillary from Atlanta, GA on November 09, 2011:
Ha Ha - I really enjoyed your humorous take on a very real problem. You covered all the issues, but then there's always someone who will flag you for smoking in the bathroom! :) As for TP (another interest of mine as you may well know), I must assume your next installment will be about moist wipes. Cheers