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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Review: Pang Wangle Essential Wrap

Whenever I travel, I have at least one wrap with  me. I find I get cold indoors and sometimes in the evening, so it's nice to have an easy layer to throw on. It's also perfect for using several different ways on the plane. I hear you saying "but travel is cancelled!" First of all, it's not cancelled, just postponed, but Pang Wangle has a great wrap that you can use wherever you go, even if it's just your backyard for the next month or so.

The Essential Wrap is created by a woman-owned company based out of New Orleans, where you get a lot of humidity. With these warm, wet weather conditions, you often get mosquitoes and other bugs, making hanging out outside a literal pain sometimes. Pang Wangle knows you want to look good, and also be bug-free. The Essential Wrap has Insect Shield Bug Repellent bound to their lightweight, soft fabric, meaning you never have to carry bug spray with you again.

The meaning of Pang Wangle is “To live or go along cheerfully in spite of minor misfortunes.” Bugs are a natural part of the outdoors, but now you don't have to worry about them when you have your Essential Wrap. You're wearing a product made of eco-friendly fabrics, plus you're saving the environment in a second way by doing away with poisons that you leave behind when you spray repellent. These sprays aren't good for your skin either, and they always smell, even the natural ones. 

Save space in your liquids bag for the essentials and leave the bug repellent where it belongs: at the store. Pang Wangle only uses natural and renewable fabrics, making this the ultimate green travel accessory. 

Apparently, these are what pics look like when the sun is directly in your eyes.

The Essential Wrap is large (a full 6-feet long), giving you a multitude of ways to wear it. I love a versatile item and this is definitely it. I tried it several different ways and there are even more ways to style it. Wear it as a traditional scarf, a wrap, a head cover (for those churches you might be entering), a hair scarf, a sarong, and even a crop top. It has no odor, but the bugs will still stay away. Not just mosquitoes, but also ticks, flies, fleas, chiggers, ants and midges, so you're protected anywhere you go. 

If you're wearing it in a hot and/or muggy climate, the fabric is both breathable and moisture-wicking, so you won't find it sticking to you when you're sweaty and hot. That's really the worst part about trying to wear a scarf or long sleeves while you're out in less-than-favorable weather conditions. This means anywhere from a swamp tour in Louisiana to a tromp through the rainforest in South America to a safari trip in Africa.

I adore companies that are trying to make the world a better place, and Pang Wangle is doing more than their part. Not only are they using the best fabrics, but they're also using eco-friendly practices on them. You're also keeping unwanted chemicals out of our environment, which is especially important in struggling ecosystems, where they ask that you only use reef-safe sunscreens and other important things you need for your trip. While there are all-natural forms of bug repellents, wouldn't it be even better to not have to bring any at all? 

I apologize for the general awkwardness and quality of this pic

If you go to outdoor concerts, you're covered. If you're sitting outside watching a movie in your backyard, you're covered. If you're roasting marshmallows while out camping, you're covered. Not only that, but you're going to look stylish, and you're also going to feel good too. I'm excited to use this on my next trip to Orlando, but I'm also thrilled to wear it in the chilly movie theater. 

The fabric is lightweight, meaning you can totally wear it in the summer without adding a heavy protective layer. Then in the winter or cooler temps, you can double up the length to create a more substantial scarf to keep you warm. It's a fantastic wrap that looks effortlessly chic that you can just as easily wear with a dress as you can with a pair of shorts. It'll fit in your carry-on without taking up too much space, or you can wear it instead of packing it and not feel weighed down with extra stuff.

Not only does this wrap have no detectable odor (and I would be the first to pick up on it, as I have a pretty sensitive nose), but it also lasts 70 or more washes, so you're going to have bug repellency for quite a long time, especially when you think about how much you wash your current wraps/scarves. And when it loses its magic, it's still going to be one of the best looking wraps you own that you'll keep coming back to. 

I love this wrap so much, that it's going to be one of my new go-to gifts for ladies I know. Mother's Day is coming up, and even if travel isn't happening right now, it will be in the future (probably sooner than we expect) and it can be worn to the farmers' market and while out doing yard work in the meantime. Graduations are coming up soon, and there are other scarves that are more suitable for men to rock, too, so everyone is (literally) covered.

More details:
Where can I buy it? On the Pang Wangle website
How much is it? $58
What colors does it come in? Sandshell (shown) | Rust | Black | Faded Denim
Other details: 29" wide, 55% recycled cotton & 45% tencel fabric, hypoallergenic. Packaging is made of 100% recycled materials, poly bags are biodegradable, made in the USA. 

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What's the "buggiest" place you've ever visited where this would have come in super handy?

Disclaimer: I was provided with the Essential Scarf for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.

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