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Febreze for Your Mouth
SorbayPC Lozenge cleans the palate, but doesn’t quite freshen
I recently sampled the new SorbayPC Lozenge – a sugar-free hard candy embodying “patented breakthrough palate cleansing technology” to remove food flavors and leave you “smelling sweet.” (Just like the pear sorbet – get the connection? – you’re often served between courses at a chichi restaurant.) Since it’s virtually impossible to know if any kind of breath cleaning/freshening product is working when you’re solo, I brought a handful to sample with a friend.
At church, of all places. In a huge cathedral. In New York City.
As we’re sitting through the service, I remember the lozenges and unearth a couple for us to try. First rule of thumb with the Sorbay: Do not open at church. Like their distant cousin the cough drop, it was a noisy crackling scene. Second rule of thumb: Do not open at church if you have dexterity issues such as mine, causing your SorbayPC lozenge to catapult into the air and glide under the pew in front of you.
Lozenge rules aside, we did finally manage to get the things out of their packaging and onto our tongues, resulting in a lot of befuddled looks at one another since, again, I brilliantly chose church as the appropriate test lab, rendering speech uncouth. After the service, we debriefed and agreed the lozenge does seem to clean your mouth (I actually found myself scrubbing my tongue with it). But what’s left is – well, nothing. The candy itself tastes like nada, sans a mild lemon flavor at the onset, and afterward your mouth tastes like nada too. Whether we smelled sweet is hard to say – we were somewhat obsessively breathing into our cupped hands and sniffing, which sort of made us look like we were expecting a SARS outbreak. Truth be told, neither of us was smelling anything foul. But while the lozenge lives up to its promise of removing “residual food flavors and food residues,” we were left hankering for a minty fresh zing. We likened Sorbay to Febreze – removing odors rather than covering them.
The verdict? We think Sorbay is halfway there – the palate cleanser is a good idea and it works. But they should take a cue from the folks at Tootsie Pop and add a “mint surprise” in the center. Because cleanse or no cleanse – everyone likes a little minty freshness.