Flavour Bottle: The world's first flavored bottle
Flavour Bottle: The world's first flavored bottle
Flavour is the world’s first scented and flavored water bottle that makes plain water taste similar to soda or juice.
Flavour is the world’s first scented and flavored water bottle that makes plain water taste similar to soda or juice. Read more
About this project
Flavour Bottle: A New Twist On An Everyday Necessity
What is Flavour Bottle?
Flavour is the world's first scented and flavored water bottle that creates the sensation of drinking flavored water, without the added junk and preservatives. It makes drinking water a healthy addiction by making it taste closer to soda or juice. The scent and flavoring is safely added to the lid, which can be changed around. (Patent Pending) These flavoring oils have been approved for use both within the EU and by the FDA, are already used in existing beverages on the market, and can last anywhere from 6 to 12 months.
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Flavour has all the flavors that you will love.
Throughout 2016, we developed five flavors which include: strawberry, watermelon, orange, grape, and cola.
These flavors can also be enjoyed with carbonated water, which creates the fizz that many sodas and flavored waters have.
So How and Why Does it Work?
Although our taste buds discern a good amount of flavor in 5 sensations (sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and umami), most scientists agree smell accounts for up to 80% of the sensation of taste.
Through a patented process, we’ve managed to safely add food grade flavors to a silicone spout on the lids of the Flavour bottle. These are added during the manufacturing process, allowing the scent and flavor to last.
Rather than diffusing quickly, we’ve used a process that gradually brings the flavor and scent to the top of the spout, allowing it to last much longer. Our scents have lasted up to 12 months, depending on the usage of the bottle. Once the scent and flavor is used up, an additional lid can be purchased to replace the old one, without having to replace the bottle.
The process is completely safe and is similar to edible waxes being incorporated into paper coffee cups to keep them from leaking. The silicone we are using is the same silicone already used by several other large water bottle companies on the market.
As you drink through the spout, you’re also breathing in scented “air” from the straw itself, allowing you to get the full sensation of flavor while drinking water. You're also getting a hint of flavor from the flavoring oils coming through to the surface of the silicone. Structurally, we added a cap so that the scent wouldn't diffuse too quickly.
When you are congested, you lose a bit of the flavor experience. Food just doesn’t taste as good when you can’t smell. That’s because a special channel connects the roof of the throat to the nose. When we eat and drink foods, odors make their way up through this channel to olfactory cells in the nose. It becomes blocked when we are sick or congested or even if we are consuming something while holding down our nose.
There has been a lot of work done in this field of science. Below are just a few of many resources on this topic.
It Really Works!
When we initially begun working on the Flavour Bottle, we had been
through many different experiments to really get this concept to work as well
as it is claimed by science.
We spent over three years of research and development to get to a prototype we felt worked for everyone, not just those who have stronger senses of smell.
Our very first prototype was a scented cap on top of a bottle. One of the first things we realized was that we don’t consciously smell through our nose while eating or drinking. Most of the scent of our food is actually being breathed in through the back of our mouth. We also experimented with creating a scented plastic ring from plastic casting resin to put on top of a bottle.
So our first prototypes did not work nearly as well as we expected them to. They worked similarly to the way a cup would work with a rim to drink from. Although it made the experience of drinking water more pleasant, it did not really add any taste to the water we drank. We had also molded this initial cap out of plastic and fruit flavors, and the scent did not last very long.
We began to think, what if we created some sort of drinking spout that
was flavored. Its proximity to the mouth while water is being drank would work
And Eureka! That is how the Flavour Bottle was born. Inspired by scented silicone bands as well as erasers with scents that have lasted a very long time, we decided to create a food grade silicone spout.
Our first prototypes were a few food grade silicone straws that had watermelon scents infused into them. We wanted to test these straws out to make sure they conveyed what we felt they would. The positive reinforcement kept us going to develop the bottle fully.
We poured water in glasses and invited random students to try it out at the University of Texas at Austin. Check out the results below.
Through a proprietary process, we’ve managed to add the natural flavors that beverage companies use in their drinks and safely insert them into our silicone spout. We are working with a manufacturer that sources food grade flavors that have been approved by both the FDA and the EU.
The silicone took in the scent much better than plastic, allowing it to last a lot longer and diffuse a lot slower. Silicone has a characteristic that allows the scent to release when it is rubbed or touched, as opposed to plastic, which diffuses into the air. It is for this reason that the scent within the silicone lasts a lot longer than in plastic.
Who is it for?
Our goal is to make drinking water a healthy addiction just like drinking soda. Water is the healthiest drink at the end of the day, as it does not contain any extra sugars or other harmful ingredients. Many of us do not get enough of it because we gravitate towards unhealthy sodas. We vastly underestimate how much water we really need. And for those of us who unfortunately suffer from diabetes, these sodas and juices aren’t even an option, so it makes it more difficult to enjoy water with actual flavors and tastes added to it.
But What About Flavored Waters and Fruit Infusers?
We did a test and looked into the ingredients of several different flavored waters. Most of these ingredients as you can see are preservatives and other questionable ingredients such as aspartame. Plus, they get expensive over time.
Fruit infusers are awesome, but we don’t always have the time to cut up fruit to add it in to water, plus fruit goes bad quickly and can get expensive. Water is the healthiest drink on the market, without any sugar or added calories, and often times that’s exactly what we need.
We’ve also included a cola version and will continue to create more flavors inspired by soda, which cannot be mimicked by infusers.
We want to wholeheartedly thank you for believing in our vision. You can see our rewards below:
We have worked hard to subsidize our shipping prices while still ensuring a quick delivery after prooduction. We are working with global fulfillment centers to reduce the amount of time shipment would take as well as the cost, which is difficult to reduce typically for international shipping. We are also using a special high barrier pouch to protect the scent on the bottle, which adds a little bit to the cost of shipping.
Where are you in the process?
We have spent a long time perfecting our bottle, making sure it works as fantastically as it claims. We are working with a experienced material manufacturer to source food grade silicone as well as flavors from the world's largest flavoring oil company. These are flavors that have been approved for use both by the FDA and within the EU.
What will the funds be used for?
Bringing a brand new product to market has its costs. We have a few working prototypes, but the silicone spouts we are working with have very high MOQs, so we need to raise the funds in order to be able to get a Flavour Bottle into the hands of everyone. This is because the process of using food grade flavors with silicone is a very specialized one and requires a very pristine environment, all of which lead to a high initial startup cost.
We are super excited to be able to bring this product to market. The applications are endless, and we truly believe there are many additional modifications we can make over time, by adding more flavors or even adding a filter within the bottle. Below you can see our timeline and where you all have joined in in our journey. We are extremely excited to get this product in your hands, and we won't rest until we do.
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The more people know about the Flavour bottle, the more we can decrease this addiction to sugary drinks that’s plaguing our world today. With more input, we can add many additional features that can make drinking water even more addictive.
Risks and challenges
All members of our team have backed Kickstarters that have had their delays and setbacks. No one wants to see a great idea executed poorly. An idea is worthless if it's never brought to fruition. We have spent a lot of time finding the perfect manufacturer for our water bottle, both the silicone part and the main body. Here's what we are doing to minimize any risk to you:
Manufacturing: Our most important part of this project is getting the silicone spout manufactured correctly. This means that the scent must be fully incorporated during the manufacturing phase. To really enhance the longevity of the silicone, we've worked with experts in the field of scent encapsulation, who have spent almost a decade developing this technology.
Product Adjustments: We want to deliver the best Flavour bottle to you, our backers who have put faith in us. That is why we encourage discussion throughout our process with our backers. If there is something we can do to improve the end product, we will consult with our manufacturers but also consult directly with our backers. Any modifications made will always be conveyed directly, and we promise to be honest and upfront.
Fulfillment: We've seen Kickstarter campaigns where a manufacturer did not deliver as promised or had issues with production machinery, which trickled down into the entire campaign. For production of the bottle itself, we have two back-up manufacturers that can handle the situation if something goes awry with our main manufacturer. In the event that we foresee any delays, we promise to be completely transparent with our backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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