Product Type: California Scents car accessories
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California Scents Car Scents
Member Name: x-cupcake-x
California Scents Car Scents
Advantages: Discreet, spill proof, organic long lasting
I like to have an air freshener in my car, and usually use a Magic Tree type hanging card one. In previous cars I've hung them from one of the grab handles as I prefer not to have them hanging from the rear view mirror, but in my latest car it doesn't have any grab handles. One day I was searching ebay for a strawberry scented air freshener for my car, when I came across the California Scents range of air fresheners. The company was founded in 1993 and introduced an air freshener in a canister.
Although it was slightly more than I would normally spend on an air freshener for my car I decided I would buy one and see what I thought of it, so I ordered one in the Shasta Strawberry fragrance. I liked the idea that being a can I could place it somewhere in the car rather than have to have it hanging from the rear view mirror. It also claimed that the fragrance lasts for up to sixty days.
When it arrived the can reminded me of a tin of gourmet cat food as it was quite small. It came with a ring pull lid to open and a little sticker on the lid which is a scratch and sniff to give an example of the scent contained inside. The lid was easily opened and inside there were three fibre pads, it is the pads that contain the fragrance oil which is 100% organic.
The one I ordered also came with a black plastic lid which is vented, so once open you place the lid onto the can so that the fragrance is released. The vents are adjustable so you can control the fragrance strength to some degree.
Measuring 6 cm in diameter and 4 cm tall, I found that it fitted perfectly in the cup holder in the back of my car. Although they can also be placed in glove boxes or under seats if required. I think this is great as you can place them somewhere discreet if you like, and also they don't flap about in the wind if you want to have your windows open when driving.
When I first put the can in my car I thought the fragrance was a bit weak and slightly chemical, so I opened the vents slightly more and after a few days I noticed it more and it started to smell like the strawberry lace sweets you can buy which I think is really nice.
After a couple of months the scent did get less noticeable so I rotated the pads as advised and this revived the smell again.
I find that you do get used to the smell and you don't notice it as much, but when people have got into my car they all notice it and say that it's got a really nice scent to it.
After four months of being in the car you can still catch a whiff of the strawberry aroma so it is well out lasting the sixty days fragrance claims. I'm really pleased with how long lasting is it is, although I have got another fragrance to try now so I am getting a bit impatient wanting it to run out.
This is definitely the best air freshener I have bought, some can be really strong and overpowering and I find they give me a headache but this hasn't happened with this particular one.
I think I paid around £3 with free postage for mine which is more than I would usually spend on this type of thing, but giving how long it is lasting I think it's a reasonable price to pay. You can buy these from Halfords for £3.50 however if you search around the internet you can pick them up a little cheaper and some sellers on ebay do a "pick 'n' mix" deal where you can choose a number of different ones for a set price, some of these work out at about £2 per can.
One thing to be careful of is some sellers do not always include the vented lids with these, and although they aren't a necessity for the air freshener to work the smell can be overpowering without them - it also makes it look a bit nicer if you have it somewhere visible. It also prevents the pads spilling out, which as the tin advises not to place the pads on fabric, plastic or painted surfaces this is probably a good thing.
The car scents are available in the following fragrances:
La Jolla Lemon
Santa Barbara Berry
Gardenia Del Mar
Newport New Car
Golden State Delight
Palm Springs Pineapple
So there are plenty to choose from, having read about them on various forums some do seem to have a stronger fragrance than others with Newport New Car being listed as one of the weaker ones. Coronado Cherry and Golden State Delight (bubble gum) seem to be very popular and I have chosen Golden State Delight as my next one.
Summary: My new favourite air freshener
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