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With our mobile solution, we deliver well-being to go. Start relaxing or get motivated while you are on the move. No extra time required.  

MoodConnect is a revolutionary mobile device, delivering well-being to go. Conveniently controlled from a smartphone, it creates a feel-good atmosphere with high-quality active fragrances—whether at home or while traveling. Fitting in every cup holder, MoodConnect will also have a secure and safe place while traveling in your car.   

Active fragrances interact directly with the brain through our limbic system. Their effect varies from relaxing and calming to energizing and motivating. In addition, selective active fragrances have an antiviral and antibacterial effect. Your health and mood are most important to us.  

MoodCartridge is the capsule containing the active fragrance. No spillage and very easy to exchange. Elegant and convenient for sure.

Our MoodCartridge only contains 100% pure and natural essential oils
Our MoodCartridge only contains 100% pure and natural essential oils

MoodApp is available for Android and iOS and controls your MoodConnect via Bluetooth from your smartphone.

Fragrances affect you. No matter where you are. No matter where you go. Maybe you do not even know how odors control your well-being. MoodConnect can do that. And our active fragrances – an adventure for all your senses.

Let us revive you with your favorite fragrance. Wherever you are.

Whatever you smell, your brain reacts immediately. How do you feel? Dull or rather excited? That is determined by your limbic system. Have you ever not liked a person because of his or her smell? The muse has kissed you? All this is controlled by this specific area in the brain. Feel good. Enjoy life. We want that for you. Because you are worth it.

Our fragrances are active and come in four moods you can choose from. Every mood will have 2-3 different fragrances to choose from, so you can select the ones you most like. Every fragrance is composed by professional and world renowned aromatherapeuts and scentcreators to make sure that it smells good and gives you the right activation.

So let's introduce our four moods of active fragrances: 

Wake Up

Sun beams are tingling your face. Rising to the smell of freshly squeezed orange juice you are looking forward to begin the day.

Hello world, here I come!

The wake up scents will smell like: Rosemary, Spruce, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Basil, Lemon

Get Ready

Be focused and feel your strength. Your mind and body work together as one. Be confident and experience adventures with no limits.

Be your star!

Get ready scents will be: e.g. Lemongrass, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Thyme

Calm Down

It feels like the warm glow of the sunset and you can calm down. You will find your inner balance at the end of a stressful day and fall asleep easily.

One breath changes everything.

To calm you down we will use pure natural oils of: e.g. Lavender, Rose, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Tangerine, Sandalwood

Relax

Take your time to relax and recharge your battery for the next challenge waiting for you.

Enter the island of tranquility.

To relax your essential oils can be a composition including: Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Anise, Jasmine, Palmarosa, Chamomile

Mobility (rechargeable battery operated) MoodConnect works without cables. You can put it everywhere you want and than again at another place. You can take it with you (we ourselfes always have one in our bag). Mood Connect runs for one week on battery when used 2-3 hours per day .

Fits in every cup holder We tested it with every car at the 2017 motor show IAA in Frankfurt. The only car it couldn't fit into a cup holder was the Porsche 911 because we didn't find the cup holder. ;-)

It really fits
It really fits

Operates without water (drip proof) Because of our innovative cartridge-system there is no dripping of oil or water. You don't have to clean anything nor you get in direct contact with the oil. That also makes it very easy to switch from one active fragrance to another in seconds.

 

Switch from one active fragrance to another in seconds
Switch from one active fragrance to another in seconds

 

Pulsation (no olfactory saturation / no getting used to effect) Always fresh. You do not smell your favorite scent anymore? That can happen. Your sense of smell is getting used to it. We know how to avoid this. Our active fragrances will always refresh you. Over and over again.

Three intensity levels (adjusts to your level of comfort) How intense should it be? Sometimes more, sometimes less. How intense do you want your fragrance today? You can change the setting any time. Depending on the mood you are in. Had enough? Just turn off your MoodConnect. It is that easy.

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Can be turned off Ever tried to really turn off your diffusor? It will mostlikely continue to smell. Not so with MoodConnect. By closing MoodConnect the sealing at the cover will prevent an uncontrolled scenting.

Very quiet fan For the best performance and distribution of our active fragrances we are using a fan. We know how important it is, that the fan noise will not disturb you while you are enjoying your MoodConnect. That is why we have selected a high quality super silent fan running at a low voltage und paid special attention to the integration. 

Early testers were so surprised that they always asked us if the fan is really working. To put it in numbers, we have measured the sound pressure level of our latest MoodConnect prototype and it is lower than 25 dBA. For reference, a very quiet room has a sound pressure level of 20-30. So yes, MoodConnect is very quiet.

MoodConnect in the semi-anechoic acoustic test chamber with two of the three microphones used for the measurement
MoodConnect in the semi-anechoic acoustic test chamber with two of the three microphones used for the measurement

Timeless design The design of MoodConnect is inspired by the old greek vase and stands for the past while the MoodCartridge looks like a mini spaceship which stands for the future. So we combine the old and the new in our products.

Connectivity As the name already states, MoodConnect is connected. Bluetooth LE is our choice, so MoodConnect can be controlled via our MoodApp and running long on its battery. While this is just the beginning of what will be possible with the connectivity. Let us see, what the future will hold for MoodConnect. 

100% pure and natural essential oils (no synthetic ingredients) We will only use 100% pure and natural essential oils because only those will have the desired effect we want you to enjoy. They have a positive effect on your body and will give you motivation (Get Ready & Wake up) or relaxation (Relax & Calm Down).

Research experiments show that an exposure to active scents has a positive effect on emotional states, autonomic nervous system, and brain electrical activity. Ever heard of the limbic system? No? Then let us explain what role the limbic system plays in all this and why it is so important. 

The limbic system is a complex set of structures located in our brain. The hippocampus, the hypothalamus, and the amygdala are the most significant ones when it comes to active fragrances. So, let’s focus on these three structures. The hippocampus is very important for learning by transferring things from your short-term memory to the long-term memory, as well as in spatial memory that enables navigation. The hypothalamus regulates certain metabolic processes and controls body temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep and circadian rhythms. It also synthesizes and secretes certain neurohormones which stimulate the secretion of other hormones to help control e. g. blood pressure, temperature, and pain relief. Finally, the amygdala plays an important role in the processing of memory, decision-making, and emotional reactions. 

For sure you have already experienced that your emotion and memory were triggered by a special smell or odor. But how does this work? The olfactory bulb, which starts in your nose and runs along the bottom of the brain, is the first organ to process incoming smells. It has a direct connection to the amygdala and the hippocampus, both brain areas heavily involved in emotion and memory. Interestingly, other senses such as visual, auditory, and tactile are not directly linked to these brain areas. That is why olfaction is so successful at triggering emotions and memories. 

Do you like the smell of freshly brewed coffee? Yes? Do you know anybody who doesn’t? No? Well, we also don’t know anybody who doesn’t like the smell of coffee. And here is why: When you smell coffee, your hypothalamus gets active and stimulates your brain to synthesize dopamine which mediates pleasure—you automatically start to feel good and that is why everybody loves the smell of freshly brewed coffee.

Tailored for your body

When exposed to scents, olfactory fatigue will set in quickly, leading to a temporary, normal inability to smell these particular scents. This sensory adaption will prevent the overloading of the nervous system, allowing it to respond to new stimuli.  

We are sure you have already experienced this for yourself, e. g. in the morning using your personal eau de toilette or when entering a restaurant. Initially the scent/odor is very strong, but after time it will fade away. As soon as you leave the room for some time and re-enter it, you can smell it again. But not for long as the olfactory fatigue has already started to set in once more.  

Therefore we have equipped MoodConnect with state of the art technology, preventing olfactory fatigue. Enjoy your favorite active fragrance without your nose getting used to it.  

Other than identical twins, no two persons will have the same perception of scents. Genetic differences in the olfactory receptors will lead to different combination of olfactory sensitivities. The result is, that you as an individual will perceive the intensity and pleasantness of a scent different than others.

MoodConnect will offer three intensity levels, so you always will find a setting that meets your personal sensitivity needs. And we will offer a variety of active fragrances to ensure that there is at least one scent per mood you feel comfortable with.

Tailored for your lifestyle

Enjoy it at home
Enjoy it at home

 

Enjoy it while traveling by car
Enjoy it while traveling by car

 

Enjoy it at the pool while doing yoga
Enjoy it at the pool while doing yoga

 

Enjoy it at your office
Enjoy it at your office

  

 

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Customs, Duties, and Taxes

iqento is not responsible for import taxes, customs duties and fees for shipments to countries outside of Germany. We have no control over these charges and cannot predict what they may be. Please contact your local customs office for your country's policy on importing such purchases and to obtain an estimate on duties or taxes applicable in your country. When customs clearance procedures are required, it can cause delays beyond our original delivery estimates.

  

 

 

Dieter and Jan the co-founders
Dieter and Jan the co-founders

 Dr. Dieter Sartorius (44), Co-Founder - Product & Sales

“Nothing works better than just improving your product.” Joel Spolsky

Over 12 years experience in developing automotive products and managing development departments. Extensive experience and expertise in the field of fragrance diffusers.

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Jan Kutschera (43), Co-Founder - Marketing & Finance

"Good marketing makes the company look smart. Great marketing makes the customer feel good."

Over 18 years experience in e-commerce and online marketing. Founder of three marketing and SEO agencies. Built the SEO and analytics department of Bild.de

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For this project to finish it is important to proof, that there are more people out there than our friends and us that believe in our vision that iqento will become the worlds most well-being-oriented company developing and selling emotional and sustainable products helping people to feel good—whenever and wherever.  So join us and our vision because we believe that everybody should feel good.

 

 

 

Our 1st prototype that already uses fragrances. Although working flawlessly we knew right away that we desperately needed an expert for the design.
Our 1st prototype that already uses fragrances. Although working flawlessly we knew right away that we desperately needed an expert for the design.

 

This is our dummy prototype showing the final shape. It came in handy to check how it looks and feels prior building a working prototype with this proportions.
This is our dummy prototype showing the final shape. It came in handy to check how it looks and feels prior building a working prototype with this proportions.

 

What a difference. It really paid off to have experts working on the design.
What a difference. It really paid off to have experts working on the design.

 

Our 2nd generation prototypes traveled a lot and received many positive feedback. But this did not stop us to further improve MoodConnect. We have listened to each and every feedback we have received to build the most advanced mobile fragrance diffuser.
Our 2nd generation prototypes traveled a lot and received many positive feedback. But this did not stop us to further improve MoodConnect. We have listened to each and every feedback we have received to build the most advanced mobile fragrance diffuser.

 

This is our 3rd generation prototype with the first iOS app for testing the Bluetooth connectivity. The design is almost production ready.
This is our 3rd generation prototype with the first iOS app for testing the Bluetooth connectivity. The design is almost production ready.

FAQ

How long will a MoodCartridge last?  
Approximately 4-8 weeks at medium intensity level and 1 hour usage per day.  

How many different active fragrances are available?
8-12 active fragrances will be available when MoodConnect is launched. We plan to release more active fragrances over the time.

What are active fragrances and how do they work?
Active fragrances are special essential oils which have a positive impact on our body. Known from aromatherapy, we only use 100% pure and natural, therapeutic grade essential oils. Active fragrances will interact with your limbic system. 

What about allergens?
We understand that some active fragrances may have the potential to cause allergic reactions. Our technology will ensure that the exposure is limited and only as long as necessary to achieve the positive impact on your body. So the risk is very low. However, we recommend you contact your physician in case you are not sure or have a history of allergic reactions.

Will the active fragrances contain any synthetic substances?
No, definitively not. Our active fragrances are 100% pure and natural, therapeutic grade essential oils. Together with our partners we ensure that only the purest and highest quality essential oils will be used as ingredients for our active fragrances.

Why not using synthetic oils?
Synthetic oils may smell similar but have no proven effect on the body.

How long can the MoodCartridge be stored? Our MoodCartridges will be shipped in special bags to ensure they will keep their freshness. When properly stored in the bag and kept in a dry place at normal room temperature they will last for a minimum of one year.

 

Risks and challenges

The money from our backers will not be used for salaries, development or tooling. Your money will be used only to purchase materials and parts to produce your MoodConnect. We will refund 100% of your money in the very unlikely event, that we would not be able to deliver MoodConnect to our valued backers.

Setting up the production for such a product costs clearly more than we can expect to achieve through Kickstarter only. Therefore we have MAHLE a very strong investor at our side.

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. In 2016 , the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.3 billion with about 77,000 employees and is represented in 34 countries with 170 production locations.

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