About us and the few dozen pairs of little shoes that started this air freshening company on the right foot


Hello, we are the Tio Family (Christopher, Trang, Tobias, Xavier, Gabriel and Siena) of Nanaimo, BC and we started this little Vancouver Island company to help you remove pesky odours from the air you breathe without polluting your air with airborne chemicals.

One fine fall morning in 2012, after getting a nose full of our front closet, I decided I would prefer being woken by the caffeinated aroma of a warm cup of coffee then the smell of a few dozen little pairs of shoes. This began my mission to find the Holy Grail of all deodorizers. 

What I was looking for was a freshener that did what you'd expect it to. An air freshener that would actually freshen air without using any chemicals or scents. Something I started referring to as a “scent-free air freshener”, but it was proving to be an enigma. 

After rummaging through every local air freshener isle and scouring every decent corner of the web, I came upon a Far Eastern tradition that uses bamboo charcoal as precisely this kind of natural, scent-free deodorizer. However, even with credit card ready, I was having a really tough time getting my hands on some. When finally the first few sacks of bamboo charcoal did arrived on our doorstep, the daily ritual of holding my breath while opening that dreaded closet vaporized as a thing of the past.

I was curious. Was this alleged lack of odour an empirically measurable phenomenon or just the imaginary result of my utter willingness to believe in the immeasurable?

Thus began my ongoing series of experiments involving VOC meters, gasoline, a jars full of smoke and activated charcoal. The results were conclusive, bamboo charcoal and activated charcoals are measurably effective in absorbing odours and air borne chemicals from the air we breathe without batteries, scents or noise. My scientific curiosity satiated, I became eager to share my discovery with everyone by making it much more accessible and as easy as popping round to the local grocery store. 

Our goal with Aircoal is to provide as many people as we can with the same scent-free solutions we've incorporated into our own home. The same safe and healthy deodorizing products that have been tried and tested to help you in to wage the war against toxic airborne chemicals and unwanted household odours.

All the best in clean air,

The Tio Family of Nanaimo