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5 STARS FOR THE FIRST BLOCK
on February 19, 2016
December 30 - A long over due up-date on my comments below of February 2016. As stated, I also emailed Manuka. They said the smell was due to packaging (plastic) and should clear up once opened. This had failed before.
Perhaps a vinegar wash or other deodorizing application would have worked - I just felt the product should arrive ready to use and didn’t want to take chances on it NOT improving as I did wait a week with no change on the 2nd block and several days on the 3rd. At any rate this 4th block arrived with a much less intense odour to it which did clear up by day 2. A great product and I just love my Manuka mat. As Manuka's
descriptive says, “It will last a life time, maybe two.”
This is a review for the second block that arrived. I ordered one of these blocks initially and it's exactly what I wanted; good size, good weight, solid, stable. So, I ordered a second block.
It arrived smelling of mould. I informed Amazon then waited a week or so to see if the smell would dissipate. It didn't so I did an exchange. This third block has arrived with the same mouldy smell. I just spoke with Amazon and making another exchange with a request that someone check this item before it's mailed out! I've also emailed Manduka and waiting a reply. The Amazon rep. is also contacting the company they deal with. 5 STARS FOR THE FIRST BLOCK.
Fingers crossed for the next replacement because it's a great block - far superior to the soft (GAIAM) blocks I own, though they have their place at times for a restorative asana practice.
The Manduka mat is also wonderful.