Friday, June 17, 2011

Crazy Drops

I was recently sent a couple of samples of a new liquid water enhancer by an independent company by the name of L3 Home. To date, this is the second liquid water enhancer that I have tried, and although only two brands is certainly not a huge data set from which to pull information, these liquid flavorings have a pretty good track record so far.

CrazyDrops are very small bottles of highly concentrated fruit flavor. And when I say small, I mean small. These things are about the size of a prescription eye drop bottle, if not a bit smaller.

No camera tricks here. These are just that small.

Each bottle contains approximately 30 servings of flavor, with the recommended serving being 8 drops of flavoring per 8 fl. oz. of water. One drop per ounce of water means that there is a lot of solute packed into these small containers, and it is always nice to be able to modify your serving to better fit your personal tastes. One thing that I really like about CrazyDrops is the "dropper" style nozzle on the top of the bottle. It makes adding the flavoring a slower process, but it allows the user a lot more control over how much is being added. Once a comfortable level of flavor is established, it is very easy to add the same amount of flavoring each time by simply counting out the right number of drops. My only complaint about the packaging is that the lids do not seem to tighten down super securely. Although the seal is probably tight enough for most circumstances, it's not unreasonable to imagine the lids being knocked loose if left to be tossed around inside of a pocket or a purse. This is not a huge problem for me, as I typically just leave these sorts of things on my desk at work, but those intending to travel with their CrazyDrops should make sure that they are in a secure spot before setting out.

Overall, I really like the taste of CrazyDrops. I received both the blueberry and passion fruit flavors for my review, and they are both quite tasty, particularly the blueberry. Despite the name containing an adjective indicating a lack of control, CrazyDrops are actually fairly subtle in flavor. I was somewhat surprised to discover this, but I actually prefer water enhancers to be subtle. I think that the purpose of water enhancers should be to make your water more interesting and enticing, not completely transform it into something else. L3 Home seems to understand this, and has engineered a product that is light and refreshing, yet still offers an interesting flavor without overpowering the water. The flavors are also fresh and crisp, and I found the blueberry taste in particular to be pretty close to the natural taste of the fruit.

CrazyDrops are sweetened with sucralose, but the sweetening is also subtle and does not leave the typical sucralose aftertaste. There is some aftertaste, but it is nowhere near as strong as the taste left behind by other artificially sweetened beverage products and does not linger quite as long. One thing that I found particularly interesting about my experience with CrazyDrops is that although the flavoring itself is colored, the drops are so highly concentrated that the coloring simply dissipates into the water, leaving you with a clear, non-colored beverage. The use of artificial colorings tends to cause a controversy amongst fans of completely organic beverages, but the coloring used in CrazyDrops is so minimal that it barely even offers grounds for complaint.
All in all, I really like crazy drops. They are convenient, inexpensive, tasty, relatively healthy, and they offer a great alternative to highly sweetened beverages for those who shy away from the often boring tastelessness of water. I, for one, love drinking water, but even I sometimes have trouble getting motivated to drink it in large quantities. CrazyDrops offers an excellent solution to the often tiresome doldrums of our essential dihydrogen monoxide intake. I would definitely recommend them to those seeking to make their daily water dosage a little more interesting, and I know that I will certainly be purchasing more of these in the future.

Oh, and have I mentioned that I really like the blueberry flavor?

Verdict: Highly Recommended

Check out CrazyDrops here at the L3 Home website.
Or check them out on facebook.

Review samples sponsored by L3 Home
Size: 6 mL [Approximately 30 servings per bottle]
Price: $2.60 - $2.75 per bottle

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