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Old 06-07-2009, 03:32 PM
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Totobobo dust mask review

Hi Folks,

Recently, based on a thread started by Paula Ford, I purchased the Totobobo dust mask. I thought I would share my review.

The first thing I noticed was that there seemed to be more air coming through the Totobobo mask than the previous mask that I have been using (3M #8210). In fact, I took the mask off to check and make sure the filters were in place, because there was no noticeable decrease in air flow! (Yes, the filters were in place!) The mask seems lighter, too.

The straps were more comfortable than the 3M #8210 mask, and even better, they are adjustable. You can tighten or loosen them with a little clip that is attached to the strap.

The mask seems to do a fine job - no coughing or clearing my throat after working with the pastels.

One of the nice things about it is that the filters detach and are replaceable, so the mask itself is more environmentally friendly. You only throw the filters away - not the entire mask. The filters will probably last a good long time, I guess I don't know how long yet! I've used it twice and the filters aren't dirty at all.

One thing that you might need to do, is make some "homemade adjustments" to ensure the mask is tight against the side of your nose - so that the air does not escape through there. Paula contacted Totobobo and was instructed to cut a filter in half and place a piece on either side of the nose. I ended up doing something different - I cut a small groove at the top of the mask for the bridge of my nose (which, apparently, is larger than the average totobobo mask user!). It worked fine, and when I wear the mask, it does not fog up my glasses!

So, that's my review and I definitely recommend this mask. I know many of you are hesitant about wearing a mask, and believe me, so was I. In fact, I pretty much had to give up pastels for about 20 years, only doing them occasionally and then stopping due to coughing issues. Finally, I decided that using a mask was something I could get used to - and I did. I think it would have been an easier decision if this mask had been available then. It seems very unobtrusive compared to the others.

If you are looking to get one, I highly recommend buying one here:

http://totoboboartistsmask.blogspot.com/

The service was excellent, delivery was quick, and Paula will answer any questions you may have!

Don
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Old 06-07-2009, 03:47 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

thank you for the great review!
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:09 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

I totally agree with Don. I was fortunate to win one donated by Paula in the raffle held at the WC Party in Albuquerque (or rather my hubby did - and I claimed it!). It's extremely comfortable, does not fog up my glasses and fits well. The only thing I would caution is.... don't wear it within one hour of being seen in public, because I find it leaves quite noticeable depression marks on my cheeks after I remove it. It may be that I tighten it too much in my efforts not to let any dust in, but it doesn't feel too tight.
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Old 06-07-2009, 06:20 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

Thanks for the review Don. I just placed my order.

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Old 06-07-2009, 06:29 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

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I totally agree with Don. I was fortunate to win one donated by Paula in the raffle held at the WC Party in Albuquerque (or rather my hubby did - and I claimed it!). It's extremely comfortable, does not fog up my glasses and fits well. The only thing I would caution is.... don't wear it within one hour of being seen in public, because I find it leaves quite noticeable depression marks on my cheeks after I remove it. It may be that I tighten it too much in my efforts not to let any dust in, but it doesn't feel too tight.

Carol, I was wondering who won the mask!!

If it is making marks on your face, then it needs to be repositioned. That happened to me at first. Make sure your face is totally relaxed with your mouth closed and gently position the mask so there are no pressure points. Also, you may be wearing it too tight. Loosen up the straps because the mask is going to stick naturally to your skin. If you have dry skin, apply a bit of moisturizer, or a gel based moisturizer to your skin just before wearing the mask...it will stick like glue and you can loosen up those straps considerably.

Don, Thanks very much for your review and I'm so glad you like the mask.
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

For those that don't just live in the USA here is the link to buy it worldwide.


http://totobobo.com/blog/?page_id=98
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Old 06-07-2009, 09:42 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

Thanks for the review; it sold me, I just ordered one. I have not been painting with pastels for awhile now primarily because I find it hard to breathe when I work with them indoors. I am going to give this mask a try. Thanks.
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

This is the only mask I've been able to get used to. I had to cut it to the first mark for it to produce a good seal. Most important of all, is that it doesn't fog my glasses! Yeah!
It does leave marks on my face, so I'll have to learn to adjust it correctly.

As soon as I take it off, I'm aware of how much pastel is on and around me by just breathing (it's scary to think I was breathing all that dust before!), so next time I'll blow the pastel away with a fan before removing it.

Thank you Paula for sharing this great product with us! (I'm not associated with that company in any way )
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:16 PM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

You're welcome Adriana!
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

I just ordered one. If anything it will keep me from blowing on my paintings!
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:53 AM
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

I used to do that too Barry. It's r-e-a-l-l-y bad!
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Re: Totobobo dust mask review

For those who may be interested, I took a photo of the mask with the cut I made for the bridge of my nose. I didn't start with the cut this large, I started smaller and made small additional cuts until it fit better. The material cuts easily with a regular pair of scissors.

Don

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