Educational Insights: Smens Review & Giveaway

So today, I have another fun little giveaway from Educational Insights for you! Smens Scented Pens!

The Smens from Educational Insights have become our latest summer school motivating tool! We’ve been using them to complete our Summer Bridge Activities from Carson Dellosa. We do a lesson each day and the Smens are our “special” pens for these activities. Somehow having something special makes the work more fun ;o)

What are Smens?

Smens are gourmet scented pens made from recycled newspapers. Available scents include Red Licorice, Creamsicle, Aloha, Mystery Scent, Banana Fo Fana, Mocha, Passion Fruit, Ninja Berry, Pink Lemonade, and Black Licorice. Each Smen is individually wrapped in a stay-fresh biodegradable plastic tube and is guaranteed to keep its scent for two years.


What’s the Cost? $24.95 for a set of 10 scented pens

The only complaint we had were that the pens are all black ink, my kids were hoping that they were colored according to their scent. We also received some colored pencils though and that seems to have made their color issues disappear. They use both all the time!

I have to say that I love how the pens write. They’re nice and smooth and the ink flows out nicely, no clumping! And I can really tell that something’s a hit when I find the Teeny Tot trying it out for herself. She’s working on her older sister’s 3rd grade book below. Clearly she’s advanced for her age.


Want more info on Educational Insights? Check them out below, make sure to let them know Erica @ Confessions sent you over!

Would you like to win a set of these yummy pens for your own group? I just happen to have a set to giveaway to one of you! Guaranteed to make learning more fun! And definitely more aromatic!

Buy It:

Win It:

  • To win a FREE set of Smens simply leave a comment below letting me know you could use some scented motivating tools to get your kids going this summer!

Giveaway Information:

  • The give away will be open until midnight EST Friday October 14, 2011. Winner will be announced by Sunday October 16, 2011.
  • Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, winner will be chosen at random.
  • This giveaway is offered to US & Canada residents only.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
  • NOTE: In order to enter the contest you must leave a comment on THIS post. To leave a comment scroll to the bottom of the post and click “Post a comment” (If you are reading this via RSS, you will need to visit my actual blog to post a comment.)

Disclosure: I was provided with a free set of Smens to review on my blog. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.


  1. OH! We have wanted to try out Smens for a long time! Great giveaway!

  2. Stacy Schindler says:

    I think that my son would want to do his work more with a special set of scented pens. Smens would be a great addition to our homeschool supplies!

  3. Please count this as my entry for the scented pens…what a great idea!



  4. Oooo I’m so excited. These are on my wish list for things to use next fall with my preschooler. Yeah!

  5. how cool! My kiddos would love those. I had never heard of that before. I remember loving scratch & Sniff stickesr as a kid.

  6. These would be great!! I would love them!!!

  7. I could use these to motivate my daughter to learn to write her letters, numbers, and name!


  8. I’ve seen these and have been wanting to try them! We could def use something special to help motivate the kids.

  9. My kids have been wanting Smens. This would be a great motivator! Thanks!

  10. my little guys love to “smell” so these would be really fun!

  11. Heather D says:

    Oh my girls would love these for school!

  12. I’ve seen these scented pens and am torn in trying them. I’m not sure how much work would get done! Would it excite my kids to do their work or would my kids sit there and keep sniffing the pens. 😉 But I’d love to try them out!

  13. Jen Lowke says:

    We would LOVE these at our house! It would make my correcting more fun as well! :)

  14. My daughter loves scented markers! These would make writing fun.

  15. Emily Edwards says:

    My 4yo. would love these, and they sure would motiviate her to want to learn to write her alphabet!!

  16. I would love these for my daughter as she is just learning to write. What a fun motivator!

  17. These would be a wonderful motivator for my 6 year old! She is the queen of office supplies!

  18. My son just got a scented pencil for his birthday from his Sunday School teacher. He couldn’t wait to do school with it. Giving some scented pens to the kids would make doing the worksheets a little more fun.

  19. We have one smencil and love it! We would love to try the smens too . .

  20. My daughter has asked for the Smencils before at the checkout stands but I haven’t bought them yet. I think all three of My kiddos would definitely have more fun doing their Summer Work using the Smens
    Thanks for the chance to Win Them!!!

  21. Erica Pierce says:

    My daughter would love these pens! What a great giveaway, thanks!

  22. How neat! My three year old would love these. :)

  23. Michelle F says:

    OH how I love pens! Especially yummy smellerific ones like these. Crossing my fingers!

  24. We have a couple of Smencils, these look AWESOME!!!! All three of mine would love to have these for their work. Thanks!

  25. My daughter would love these!

  26. Tania Fernandez says:

    I would love to win these!!! I’m just getting started with my 5 year old and I could definitely use them!!

  27. I am loving how excited my son is to be learning new things and grasping new concepts but how fun would it be to add these in for him? Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  28. What a neat idea. My kids would love to try these. I think they would come in handy and make homework time fun. Thanks!

  29. I think these pens would make spelling much more fun!! :)

  30. Stephanie says:

    My 4 year old and 8 year old would love these!

  31. My daughters would so love these!

  32. I’d love to try them with my girts. I subscribe via email.

  33. Crystal Melton says:

    I have seen these pens at teacher stores and have always wanted them. I remember fondly when my teachers used these pens to grade my papers. I know my children would love them too!

  34. Hmmm…scented pens. Well, I know my kids have loved using scented markers in the past when drawing and coloring. My kiddos typically use pencils to complete their school work, but I let them use pens or markers to check their work. …And every now and then, I’ll let them break out and have a ‘special’ day and they’ll use pens to do some of their work (which they love and think they are ‘big high school-aged kids’). i think scented pens would be a pretty cool twist to those days :) I’ll have to look into those smencils too 😉 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  35. These sound SO fun!!!

  36. Malia Liermann says:

    My children would love these!!! They love pens and markers just like their mom! What a motivator!

    Malia Liermann

  37. My four-year old would love these! We have just begun homeschooling, and one of our daily activities is to practice writing his name, the date, and then we use the date to solve little math problems. (on October 4, we figured out ways to make 4, 1+3=, etc.) He gets bored with this quickly but I think it is important to do the repetition for writing practice and to help him memorize basic addition facts. Having scented pens would make it SO much more fun for him!

  38. We would love to win these!

  39. My dd would love those pens!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Well, it’s not summer, but we could use them for school work. We have Smencils and they have been a big hit.

  41. My kids love colored pens, I think pens that smell would really interest them and get them motivated for assignments they might not want to do.

  42. My three year old son would love to use these.

  43. Wow! What will they think of next? How fun do these look, my daughter would go bananas (and they have a banana scent!)

  44. We are just starting our homeschooling adventure and these pens would be SO fun!! :)

  45. I would love a set of Smens. We already have Smencils, and they are awesome!

  46. Gita Suchland says:

    my kids would love to have these!

  47. Daily Woman says:

    We love scented markers and pencils, we have some of the pencils now.

  48. oh how fun, my kids love the smencils so I’m sure they would love these too!
    kathy k

  49. These would be so helpful! My DD loves to “write” stories, but HATES to work on handwriting (hers is atrocious!) These would defintiely provide an incentive for her to practice more.

  50. My kids would love trying these out. They love trying to guess flavors and scents!

  51. My kids would love these!

  52. My 6 y/o son has some borderline ADD tendencies, and anything to help keep him focused on his task would be welcome!

  53. Danielle N. says:

    Our kiddos would LOVE these!

  54. I love smencils and didn’t realize they made smens too!!! Would love some!

  55. I’d love to win these for my daughter!

  56. My kids would love these (and my husband and I would probably like them too :-)

  57. I’ve tried smencils but never tried smens. We would love to try them.

  58. Anjanette says:

    My son got a scented pencil from the library last year as a prize for the reading program and loves it! I’m sure these he would love just the same!

  59. I would really love to win these for my girls!

  60. What a fabulous giveaway!!!! We’d love to win these pens, nothing like yummy smelling things to brighten a day!!t

  61. Angela Foltz says:

    All kids love to use pens to do their work! The smells would make it even more fun! I think they’d be great for practicing spelling words with.

  62. Would love to win these scented pens! They look fun!!

  63. I have three kids ages 7, 5, and 3 1/2 (almost 4). The older two do their school work without complaints but the youngest has a mind of his own. These pens might be a great motivator for him! Would love to try them and see!

  64. Amber Etoniru says:

    Would love to win these. They would be a big hit with my kiddos!

  65. My boys would LOVE those!

  66. We would love a set. My girls would love to scent their work.

  67. My kids would love these!
    Thanks so much,

  68. Melanie M. says:

    My kids would adore these pens. I am often looking for the smelly pencils too. Thank you for the give away.

  69. Cherise Kennedy says:

    Oh, those would be great to win!!

  70. all 4 of my boys would love these! They look so neat I may have to borrow them and use them too.

  71. I know my 4 y.o. would love these! I remember a similar product when I was a kid and it made learning by smelling kinda fun!

  72. Angela Ruotsi says:

    Great giveaway, would love to try them!

  73. Getting my boys to write anything is like pulling teeth sometimes. A fun “smelly” pen for them to use would be the perfect motivator!

  74. Why not use all of their senses while learning! WE COULD USE THESE NICE PENS- and I promise to share with the kids ; )

  75. Wow! Those look really fun! I’d love to scentify our life! :)

  76. Jen Berry says:

    My kids are reluctant writers. Maybe these would motivate them during writing assignments.

  77. This is fabulous!! Any of the children I work with would love these!

  78. My kids would love these!!!

  79. Sounds fun!! Good memories of scented markers from my childhood :) Thank you!

  80. My dc would find these a special treat.

  81. My boys would think it is so fun to do school work with scented pens. What a fun idea!

  82. I’ve seen the Smencils, but didn’t know they made scented pens too! My kids would love scented pens – each day would see a new scent on their papers!

  83. Ooooohhhh! Scented pens, how fun! My 7 year old would LOVE them!

  84. We have a few Smencils and love them! Hadn’t heard of Smens until now. Thanks for all that you do!

  85. I have never even heard of smelly pens!! My kids would think they were awesome. It would surely take the whinning out of doing written work. We would love to have them:)

  86. I would love these!!! Looked at the pencils as well!! They look fun!!

  87. I would use the pens to encourage my daughter to write. We have been struggling with it and using new materials would help.

  88. I cant get my son to like art… maybe this would help

  89. My daughter would love these pens! These would be highly motivating for taking her addition fact tests.

  90. This would be so great for my 1st grader..she loves this kind of stuff. Thanks!

  91. Vickie Munoz says:

    My kids (4 and 3) would get a kick out of scented pens! Fun…

  92. Jacqueline says:

    Things that smell nice always make the day a little sweeter! I know my kids would love them.

  93. My daughter loves the scented markers so these would be perfect!!

  94. We have used the smencils and LOVED them. Having the spens would be incredible!!

  95. my boys love writing with markers and the scent seems so fun!

  96. I think these would be a hit here!! :)

  97. Julie Goodson says:

    I would love to try out such a fun product!

  98. i have several children with sensory issues this would be a great gift for them

  99. We would love a set. My daughter has used them in Occupational therapy but I have not really wanted to shell out 16.00 for a set ;0). Hope this would motivate her to Like her handwriting lessons.

  100. Paula Chan says:

    My three year old quintuplets would absolutely love these! Especially that they are absolutely loving to work on their writing skills. We love your LOTW curriculum!!!!!!!!!!!

  101. Susan Menzmer says:

    Not only would my 7 year old daughter love these, but her MOM would love them as well! Some days I think “I” am the one who needs the motivation. . .

  102. Oh my gosh, SMENZ!!! We have smensils and haven’t used them – I am so getting those out!! I so want some smenz – even if I don’t win them I book marked them for stocking stuffers!

  103. We have tried a peppermint Smencil because it was given as a gift and my kids LOVED it! I would really love to have a whole set for them to use during our lessons! Also they sharpen VERY nicely! Great givaway!

  104. We would love to have these pens!

  105. My 4 year old daughter loves to do her ” homework” everyday.She would love the pens!

  106. Andrea Maddiex says:

    OH! These would be wonderful! Is is true that “scented” items are always a big hit with the kiddos. Thank You!!

  107. These look like so much fun! I may just have to reserve a few scents for me. lol!

  108. I need all the help I can get enticing my boys to do schoolwork :) Thanks!!

  109. How fun! My children would love these!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  110. Fun! My boys would love them:)

  111. My kids would love to use these in their drawings! They love to draw!

  112. I would love to win these for my homeschooled munckins. Especially my little Doodle Bug!

  113. Oh these are GREAT!!! I would love to have these to help motivate all three of my children but mostly for my oldest and myself because I have a love for new and exciting pens lol. This would be a great tool to keep them wanting to do school work.

  114. I would use them for letter time its my sons least fav thing about mommy school.

  115. My boys would loves these!

  116. Tina Anders says:

    It might get my kids creative juices flowing with all the scents as the draw and write! What fun! I have never seen these before. Thanks for the opportunity and introduction!

  117. So Fun! I love the name and we could all use a little motivation around our home!

  118. My kids would so love these! Thanks for the chance to win!

  119. How neat these are and what a great motivator. We would love to try these out!

  120. We would love to win these! I could see them being a great tool for a sense of smell lesson as well!

  121. Jacqueline says:

    I used to love the Mr. Sketch smell good markers.

  122. Lauren Fretwell says:

    My kids would love these!

  123. The kids would be so happy to do their work with these scented pens!

  124. These are so cool! My three boys (8, 5 and 5) would LOVE these pens for doing school work like labeling maps and writing memory verses!

  125. I would love to win these!! My kids love when the get to break free from their pencils!!

  126. My daughter hates writing with pencils so each day we pick out a new pen or colored pencil to write with for her school work. This would be great to be able to add another fun aspect for her.

  127. Amanda Anderson says:

    We have a couple of Smencils, but Smens?! What a fun idea…we’d love to try them out! Thanks :)

  128. My son always admires the Smencils when we go to our local teacher supply store but I didn’t realize that they made pens also! I’ll have to add these to my list of Christmas gift ideas!

  129. Magdalena T says:

    These would be fantastic for my 7, 5 & 2 year old. They love our scented markers! Scented pens would be even better!

  130. Oh, I didn’t know these existed….my kids would love them!

  131. My girls would love using these fun pens!

  132. Love all your great ideas and printables! You are a true blessing in this homeschooling family! Would love to try out these cool pens!

  133. My son would love these!!!

  134. Any extra motivation for schoolwork is always appreciated! We’d love the pens!

  135. Jessica Wohld says:

    Oh, we could definitely use some good smelling motivators in our school room!

  136. My kids ( & I) are total suckers for anything like this. It seems to take the sting out of whatever we have to do.

  137. Andrea S. says:

    So cool. The kiddos would love to try something new.

  138. Laura Zimmer says:

    My daughter is a kindergartner who loves all the fun “special” stuff to use with school.

  139. Those look like a lot of fun.

  140. I would like to win these. They look fun.

  141. Ooohhh! Definitely want a set! This would help with DD’s boredom!

  142. OH We would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try SMENS!!!! HOw FUN!

  143. My son would love these!

  144. Lizla Emerick says:

    My boys would love these!

  145. We had some holiday scented pencils last year. A gift from another homeschooling mom and my kids LOVED them!!!!

  146. My daughter would love these. And she needs a lot of motivation to do her school work.

  147. We have some of the pencils. They are well used at our house!

  148. We had a couple of scented markers and the kids LOVED to color with them. These would be a great inspiration to my reluctant writers. I hadn’t seen the pen versions.

  149. My 8 year old actually asked for these pencils for Christmas last year! Would love to surprise him with the pens!!

  150. Laurie Cassano says:

    Would love to try these!

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