It's important to understand that I didn't really expect any of this to work. Usually I brush my teeth and the garlic stank breath returns almost immediately. I mainly intended my overzealous garlic solution to entertain my fiancé. But surprisingly, it completely eliminated any trace of stank breath. We did a sniff test several times and even a kiss test. In the following six hours, the garlic didn’t come back.
I don't suggest you start chugging mint schnapps next time you eat something with garlic, but if you forget about your hot date until after you've snarfed a pita filled with shish taouk and toum (marinated grilled chicken skewers with garlic paste) and you need a quick fix, you might try the toothpaste-mouthwash-lip balm-schnapps* combo.
*If you're twenty-one. Don't drink and drive. That's way worse than stank breath.