Allergy Masks - Which Would You Choose?
Posted by kevvyg on Wednesday, March 14, 2012
With nearly 80 degree weather here in Atlanta and everything in bloom, it seems like an excellent time to make sure you are set for this year's spring allergy season. One of the simpliest measures people take to protect themselves is wear an allergy mask.

Masks come in a variety of styles and sizes, and being such a personal item, it can be difficult to find the one that balances all your needs: filtration, breathability, aethestics, and price. Here at Achoo, we focus on filtration and breathability first, then comfort and price.

One big complaint about allergy masks is the look of them, but would you be willing to sacrifice some filtration for style? You may be familiar with some of the masks below, but browse our Andy Warhol-esque selection below and see which you would prefer. Allergy Mask Styles
  • a. Vogmask (Microfiber) - Non-woven microfiber, 3-ply, that offers basic particle filtration, roughly equivalent to the Silk Mask.
  • b. Vogmask (Organic Cotton) - Organic cotton, 2-ply, that offers slightly less filtration and the Vogmask microfiber.
  • c. ICanBreathe Organic Cotton - This organic cotton face mask uses no latex, dyes, perfumes or plastics. The filtration is similar to the Silk Mask.
  • d.Respro Techno - With the European equivalent of N95 filtration and activated carbon, the Techno filters chemicals, smoke and particles.
  • e.Respro Aero/Allergy - Like the Techno, the Aero offers N95 equivalent filtration of particles with optional smoke/chemical filtration.
  • f. ICanBreathe Silk - Very popular, the Silk is lightweight, easily stored and blocks medium to larger particles, like dust and many pollens, less than N95 filtration.
The Vogmasks are new masks that incorporates a lot more style into the design. The filtration varies, and both are washable and reusable. So for around $20 in price, would you sacrifice some particle filtration for a more stylish mask? Which mask would you choose? We'd love to hear your comments below.

On 3/19/2012 Daniel wrote:
The Vog masks loog great. I'm glad to see that someone finally made it a bit more stylish. Living in the city, the fashion of particle masks IS important.
I've bought 4 already to cover me for pollen season.
On 3/19/2012 Naomi Bayer wrote:
I would definitely pick Vogmask, comfortable and stylish!
On 3/19/2012 Paul Hewitt wrote:
b. organic cotton, yes, want the style and ease of reusing.
On 3/19/2012 Kevin wrote:
Just going from experience, I like d - a little warm but great for biking.
On 3/19/2012 EA wrote:
I love the color on the Vogmask, stylish. Ear bands look more comfy.
On 3/19/2012 Flip Wheatley wrote:
Gotta go with B--the Vogmask organic cotton looks perfect for every-day use.
On 3/19/2012 Joanne wrote:
They are the best! Can't be beat for comfort, style and efficacy!
On 3/19/2012 Lisa Castello wrote:
I love mask B from Vogmask! Stylish, washable and comfy!
On 3/19/2012 Emma wrote:
I like the pink one from Vogmask, cool to look stylish, but yet get the protection
On 3/20/2012 Mark Q wrote:
Hands down the coolest looking mask is the Vogmask. I went and checked out their website and saw a whole bunch of other styles to choose from. Super fresh, super cool!! A or B all the way for me!
On 3/20/2012 Sarah wrote:
i like the pink one!
On 3/20/2012 Sasha wrote:
I'd have to go with letter A, for the style and protection combo!
On 3/21/2012 Annie wrote:
I vote for the organic vogmask!
On 4/18/2012 Donna wrote:
I like "b" best for looks. The white ones look to me like she's wearing a jock strap on her face. The black one looks like it offers the most protection, but it makes her look rather frightening. The pink one looks like ladie's lingerie.
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