Madly Bkr, 500ml
Being born and raised in California there are a few things that become second nature; beach bumming, yoga, wearing flip flops, keeping sunscreen (and deodorant) in every bag you own, and drinking a lot of water. Every Cali-girl has her favorite pair of flip flop (mostly from Old Navy) and favorite water bottle. Keeping hydrated has been a beauty secret that we learn as small children… plus it’s so hot you can’t help but drink A LOT of water from morning until night.
However, as the years have gone by, we’ve learned that plastic water bottles are not as great as we first thought they were. There has been dangers found in the plastic used in some one-time use bottles and even some refillable ones. Nowadays people avoid drink from them and/or refilling plastic bottles altogether, no matter what the make or model is.
There’s where bkr (pronounced beaker /ˈbēkər/) glass bottles come in. Created by Tal Winter and Kate Cutler, two young lawyers from San Francisco, it is the answer to beauty and hydration.
Now normally, I evaluate products for you guys and list “The Read” ratings below but let’s just be honest with each other, it’s a water bottle. It’s glass, it’s colorful, it holds water. There aren’t many charateristics that will fit into “The Read.” Instead of placing N/A next to several of the categories in the review rating scale, I’m going to do something a littler different for this one.
I did a little research and I read over 120 reviews all over the web of bkr bottles. The good, the bad, the catty. I decided to address the top concerns/complaints about this product along with my experience with using it.
The top complaint I read about was not being able to keep the bottle clean. Some people complained about not being able to clean it because the mouth of the bottle was small so all the water doesn’t come out, leading to condensation and/or mold.
Clean your bkr with hot soapy water and dry UPSIDE DOWN. This will force all of the water out and leave you with a completely clean and sanitized bottle. If you are really concerned about the cleanliness of the inside walls of your bottle, like myself, bkr also offers a custom designed bottle brush on the website for $8. It is also recommended that you store the bottle with the cap off.
Remove your sleeve and clean inside and out, this will prevent any build up of dust and dirt.
The second concern I saw was about the bottle breaking or cracking.
Answer to this… common Sense. Bkr bottles are made of soda-lime glass making it more durable than standard glass, however, IT’S STILL GLASS. Just like you know if you drop your favorite eyeshadow or nail polish on a hardwood or tile floor, if you drop BKR bottles, they may break or crack. Handle your bkr bottle with care.
The last largest thing I found in several reviews was customer were concerned about being able to take the bkr bottle into Bikram Yoga classes, saunas or other hot environments.
Bkr are glass bottles so some temperatures like freezing or below should be avoided. However, I took my 1 liter and 500 ml bottle into my regular Bikram Yoga class and my bkr bottle wasn’t efforted at all. Normally, Bikram Yoga classes are 104 degree with 40% humidity. I didn’t see any change to my bottle at all. I think it may be because there wasn’t a rapid change in temperature so the glass did not expand to the point that it would break. With that being said I would suggest avoiding putting the bottle in the freezer or microwave. Again, use common sense.
The beautiful variety of silicone sleeves give bkr bottles an addictive fashion accessory quality and make them a daily beauty essential. They are BPA-free and phthalate-free so they are a great healthy alternative to buying plastic water bottles. They are easy to carry and care for so it’s a convenience alternative to standard fillable water bottles.
Bkr bottles can be found at MyBkr.com in 3 sizes: 250 ml, 500 ml and 1 L. They are available in a multitude of shades and hues and come in several adorable limited edition designs. Hopefully, these tips help you make the correct choice of getting a bkr water bottle of your own. Now… I need one in every color!