I am a huge fan of scented candles, and in particular, love the Yankee Candle Brand. My hubby, knowing how much I love Yankee, purchased a Yankee Clean Cotton car gel for me to try a few months ago. I love clean cotton, it's one of my favourite Yankee scents - imagine clean, freshly washed, line dried bedding on a summer's day - heavenly. The car gels retail at around £3.00 each.
Now, just to be clear, we are talking about a car gel, not a car jar - the car jar is a bit of scented cardboard similar to a Magic Tree and shaped like a Yankee jar, the car gel, on the other hand, is a smaller, plastic replica of a jar filled with a scented, solidified gel, with a piece of think black elastic attached to hang it up. It is open at one end to allow the scent into the air and there is a web-like piece of plastic covering the gel.
I was delighted with the car gel, it was a lot smaller than the magic tree kind and pleasing to the eye, Although I was suprised with the colour of the gel, it was electric blue. Clean cotton in candle form is brilliant white, so that threw me a bit.
*Scent & Performance*
I was pleased that the scent, did in fact, seem to smell of the Clean Cotton candle, although have a slightly 'chemical' undertone to it, and not exactly the same as burning a candle obviously, but the familiar smell was still prominent. I put it into my car straight away, I tend to put my car air freshners round the base of the car's gearstick rather than hanging it from the rear view mirror, as I can't abide things dangling about in my line of vision. The elastic was long and stretchy enough for me to do this and it not be in my way whenever I changed gear. An hour later, I got into the car to collect the kids from school. I have to admit, I felt a bit disappointed when I got in the car. I expected to be hit with the clean, fresh, intoxicating scent immediately - but I really had to 'smell' for it. It certainly didn't fill my car with the aroma I had expected it to. The following day I got into the car and it did smell a bit more, but still not as much as I'd hoped.
*2 weeks later*
After just 2 weeks, I couldn't smell a thing, unless I put my nose right against the gel, and even then it was faint. For a few days, I kept thinking, I'll need to bin that car gel, and then forgot, until one rather warm June afternoon. As I mentioned earlier, my car gel was positioned round the base of the gearstick. just below this the car has a small compartment with a lid that I use for house keys, mobile phone etc. As I got into the rather warm car, I went to put my phone into the compartment, and felt something wet and slimey as I opened it - the gel had melted in the sun and run into the compartment, creating a sticky, gelatinous blue mess. On the plus side, the scent was back - and boy was it strong!!! The gel was everywhere, it run down into the seams of the gearstick, and was in every nook and cranny, what a mess.
At £3.00 a go, I won't be rushing out to buy these again. It doesn't last, the scent isn't as strong as I'd like, and I wouldn't want to have to clean up the mess everytime it's sunny and warm. The design is cute and the smell, although not strong it is pretty authentic, so I've given it 2 stars, if you like a subtle scent and are prepared to move it out of the sun on a warm day then it's ok, but not for me I'm afraid.
I have been a fan of Yankee candles for a long time, the fact that they use essential oils in their candles means that they are far superior to other brands I have tried. I was keen to try their car air freshener but found it hard to find them, eventually I bought a clean cotton gel freshener from a shop in Falkirk for around £3.
The air freshener is shaped to look like a yankee jar with a gel like substance inside it. You activate the fragrance by pulling the back from the jar and when the gel is exposed to the air it releases its scent with Yankee saying it will last up to a month but I found the scent had gone within a fortnight.
I was expecting there to be a really strong scent the next time I got into my car but the smell was very weak. Clean cotton is a pleasant and fresh smell which is slightly floral but with a hint of lemon which stops it being too girly or old fashioned. I was expecting more in terms of fragrancing my car and it certainly would not be strong enough to hide the smell of smoke.
The worst thing about the gel air freshener is that it melted in the heat. It has been sunny during the day recently but not unusually hot for June. I noticed that my gearstick had a sticky mess on the top of it and the same goo was also on the edge of my steering wheel in the centre of the car. It was only when I looked at the air freshener and saw the gel collected around the bottom of it that I realised what had happened.
The Yankee gel freshener is a waste of money, expensive, weak and sticky.