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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. *Appearance* 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.
A subject I've been interested in for many years is home fragrancing, which was made so much easier for me when I initially learned of an American company named Yankee Candles, during the early 90's. Unfortunately, my bank balance takes somewhat of a battering each time I see their products in a store, as I simply cannot resist trying out one or two new fragrances. As their tarts, jars and votives all deliver an array of beautiful scents to my home I made a purchase of their car gels approximately two years ago and absolutely loved the aroma each time I opened the door. Unfortunately, I was unable to make any further purchases for quite some time due to limited stock availability within my area. However, during the winter of last year I discovered the House of Fraser hold the largest Yankee range that I have ever seen and they are now my first port of call each time I visit Cardiff City Centre. Whilst I have many favourable scents for the warm summer months I am particularly fond of Clean Cotton and this review discusses my experience with their Car Gel. The odour eliminating car gel is shaped identical to that of Yankee's Candle Jars and is contained within airtight transparent cellophane packaging to retain its' aroma. Unlike similar car fresheners the product needs to be totally removed from the packaging and this is easily achieved by pulling the upper edges in the same manner as if opening a bag of crisps. As soon as I remove the car gel I am able to witness its' delightful aroma, which I have purchased many times in Yankee's beautiful candle jars and tarts. If you are familiar with the fragrance you will be aware that in its' wax format it is pure white in colour, but in the case of the car gel it is vivid blue. The name of the fragrance conjures up images of clean and fresh and it is based on freshly washed laundry that has been hanging on the washing line and blowing in the wind. According to Yankee Candle it delivers an aroma of sun-dried cotton combined with green notes, white flowers and a hint of lemon. The gel section of the air freshener measures approximately 5½ cm in length and 4½ cm in width at its' widest part and is situated securely within a transparent plastic container. Its' depth is approximately ½ cm, so it is not too obtrusive when hanging in your car from a length of black coloured elastic. This is by far the strongest car freshener I have ever used, as whilst its' aroma is powerful it is extremely favourable with its' clean and fresh fragrance of newly washed laundry. Whilst I have a fairly powerful sense of smell I cannot advise that I have ever detected a hint of lemon. The image on the front of the gel perfectly illustrates the fragrance, as we are able to witness a beautiful green lawn, blue skies and a few items of laundry hanging on the line. The reverse of the air freshener contains six fairly large squares that have been cut away from the plastic to enable the fragrance to be released. Unlike other brands of car fresheners Yankee Car Gels provide a continuous fragrance for up to 4 weeks where the aroma is just as powerful as day one. We are advised that as the fragrance is slowly drawn from the gel that it will gradually shrink and pull away from the plastic holder and it should then be replaced. However, in my experience of using Yankee Car Gels I have found that the fragrances last for at least 6 weeks in the car and up to 8 weeks in my wardrobe as opposed to 4 as stated by Yankee. Whilst nobody smokes in my car I love clean and fresh aromas and when I have a Yankee Car Gel hanging from my mirror each time I open the door its' fragrance is evident. Whilst Clean Cotton can be described as powerful I cannot state that it is overbearing. I often find that when I walk past the fragrance counters in departments stores I begin to suffer with a temporary sore throat due to the over keen sales assistants who are eager to spray you with the latest product. However, this is not something I experience with these car gels, as they are very natural smelling and therefore, very favourable. I would often experience that "shut in" smell if I hadn't used my car for a couple of days, but ever since I discovered these car fresheners, any strange odours are instantly lifted away. Yankee markets this product as being suitable for many small spaces, such as bathrooms, kitchens and lockers. However, I have experimented with a few different fragrances in my bathroom where I have hooked them over the top of my heated towel rail, but unfortunately, no aroma was released despite my bathroom not being overly large. Consequently, as stated above, I always have one hooked over a coat hanger in my wardrobe whilst ensuring that the gel does not touch any clothes and I am always greeted with a beautiful fragrance when opening the doors without the aroma transferring to my garments. I have always purchased my Yankee Car Gels in boxes of two, but I am currently in possession of a few bonus packs that contain three air fresheners. There is a little precautionary information on the reverse of the box where we are advised that the gel backing should not be removed and they should be kept out of reach of children and pets. The product has not been tested on animals. You can purchase Yankee Candle Gels at all good stockists where a box of 3 will cost you £5.48. As I find them extremely effective they receive 5 stars from me together with a huge recommendation. Please ignore Dooyoo's criteria, as I'm unsure why I have to advise of spaciousness and processing in relation to a car air freshener gel! I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.