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      09.09.2013 09:32
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      a handy gel air freshner that is in a nice glass container

      I have the purple lavender one from Air wick in my bathroom. It is still half in it's packet as I found that the scent lasts longer. When I got my first one the scent was very powerful when I opened it, and also for about a week or so, then it stated to go and after a few weeks, then it was gone.

      With only releasing a bit at a time it lasts longer although it looks a bit untidy in the packet and you can't stand it up on the flat part at the bottom.

      I like the design and style of these air fresheners, being glass they make a nice clinking sound when you put them down, and they catch the light well and have a nice look about them.

      USAGE

      This air freshener contains Lavendar & Chamomile says it contains essential oils. Chamomile is well know for it's calming and soothing properties, so it would work well if it was in there, we just have to trust that it is.

      The gel acts to release the scent more slowly according to AIR WICK using it's Crystal'Air tecnology. It should last up to 6 weeks but it may depend on the one you get as some may last longer than others, also, if its straight out of the packet as I said before, it will run out quicker, and if it is near a window.

      The scent is quite sweet but pleasant enough, and goes with the lavender / purple colour giving out a refreshing fragrance.
      My neighbours smoke, and I can smell it, so I just move this to wherever the smoke is for 10 minutes and open the french windows, and cough loudly.


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      This AIR WICK air freshener is £2.50 in Tesco and you can buy the in other supermarkets and also online. You can also buy supermarket own brand versions which do not have such a 'refined' fragrance and start to smell sickly after several weeks, as I have bought one and now developed a method of lasting out the quality one instead of using the cheaper one for a short time.

      This AIR WICK air freshener can last months if you last it out, or 4 - 6 weeks of strong fragrance just opening it and leaving it there.

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        24.01.2013 14:27
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        Air Wick Crystal Air Freshsener

        The Product
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        The product I am reviewing is a Crystal Air Freshener from Air Wick. This product comes in a range of different scents, how-ever I am reviewing the Precious Silk and Oriental Orchids scent. The product claims to give up to 4 weeks of constant and effective fragrance. The product claims to be very effective drawing its scent from the gel which shrinks so you can see when you need to replace the product. This particular air freshener has the scent of fresh orchid flowers wrapped in notes of silky jasmine and sandalwood to leave your room smelling fresh. The actual air freshener is made from clear glass and is a circular shape but has a flat bottom so it can stand up. The air freshener is quite thin and looks reasonably attractive, unlike these plastic cage air fresheners that you can still purchase. On one side of the air freshener is the gel which gives off the scent and the other side is glass. The product comes in cardboard packaging which holds the air freshener in place on the card. On the front of the product it states what scent the product is and you can clearly see the Air Wick logo on the packaging as well. One the back of the packaging is information about the product and the scent. It also states how to use the product and also gives you precaution information as well as what the product contains. I purchased this from Pound Land but I believe you can also purchase it from supermarkets and possibly some local shops.

        Other Fragrances Available:

        * Blue Ocean Coral
        * Pink Sweet Pea
        * Purple Lavender Meadow
        * Ivory Freesia Bloom
        * Mulled Wine

        There may also be other fragrances in this range but these are the only one's listed on the Air Wick website.

        Using the Product
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        The glass disc comes in plastic packaging which is sealed with a foil wrapper. Simply pull the silver seal back and pop out the disc upright on a flat, level surface away from any edges where it may fall. It states not to place the item on varnished surfaces or in direct sunlight or near any heat sources. This was going to be placed in the toilet at work so it wouldn't be near any of these things anyway. The foil seal was easy to remove and I took the disc out and placed it on a shelf in the toilet. I could already smell the scent of the product which smelt very floral but I could also smell the slight hint of sandalwood as well. The coloured gel in the disc was a light pink colour which made the disc look quite attractive due to the way the gel was actually displayed in the disc. The smell of the air freshener is actually quite strong as when I went to work the following morning I could smell the scent of the product as soon as I walked into the large stockroom which is located next to the small kitchen, which is next to the toilet in which I placed the air freshener. Although the smell of the product was strong it wasn't overpowering and actually gave the other rooms a nice, light floral scent. The small toilet in which the air freshener was placed smelt very fresh. Although the smell is quite florally it definitely is a lighter type of floral smell. As the weeks past the gel in the disc got smaller and the smell of the product went very quickly, after about 2 weeks. I would personally say that the disc lasts a lot less then 4 weeks. The fragrance from the products goes within approximately 2 weeks. The disc can be thrown away after use, but please bear in mind the disc is made from glass.

        Overall Opinion
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        I thought the fragrance of this product was really nice and I liked the light floral smell. Although the smell was strong it wasn't overpowering and smelt rather pleasant and very fresh. I do like the design and the look of the disc and it's much more attractive than the air fresheners you can get in those horrible plastic caged boxes. In terms of value I can't really complain as the product only cost me £1.00 anyway. I may buy this product again due to the cheap price and the fact that the smelt was very nice. I probably wouldn't purchase this for use in my home as I think there are better products out there and one's which last a long longer than this one.



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        15.10.2012 15:29
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        Nice fragrances in a good design freshener shame they don't last longer

        I'm not a big fan of air fresheners and used to hate it when I lived at home and my Mum used to spray her aerosol fresheners around as they always made me cough. Now I have my own home wherever possible I prefer to open windows to let fresh air in, but during last winter I tried having a freshener in my bathroom and downstairs toilet. I first saw these Air Wick crystal air fresheners round my friends house and thought that they looked attractive as air fresheners go and she had different fragrances through her house.

        Packaging
        These air fresheners are sealed in plastic with a foil seal to keep the fragrance in. They then have cardboard packaging that tells you that the fragrance should last 4 weeks.

        How does it work?
        This air freshener is made of glass and contains a fragrance gel which slowly releases fragrance into your room. They are meant to last 30 days by I find that after the couple of weeks the fragrance isn't really noticeable anymore. I try to change the fragrances around but have found that the range on offer has reduced. I used to like the morning mist as the gel was blue and it suited my bathroom colour scheme, I liked the fragrance but it is no longer available at my local Tesco.
        I like that these air fresheners are recyclable and so don't have to go to landfill when they are finished.

        Price and availability
        The Lavender and Mulled Wine versions of this product are currently (October 2012) £2.50 at Tesco and the Morning mist version is £2 at Tesco. I do think these air fresheners are quite expensive for how long they last and I wish it was warm enough all year to be able to just open the window.

        Would I recommend?
        No, I like the look of these air freshener as they don't shout 'air freshener' at you but I am disappointed that they don't release fragrance for as long as they are meant to. Unfortunately I still haven't found an air freshener that I like.

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        13.10.2012 20:58
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        pretty air freshener

        Recently I had a coupon for £2 off Air Wick products, so I headed to ASDA to see what I could get with it and spotted that these Crystal Air, air fresheners were reduced to £2 - so with my coupon I ended up getting this for free!

        I got this in the fragrance of Purple Lavender Meadow as the other scents available were at the higher price of £3. Having checked the ASDA website, it seems that this might have been because they no longer stock this particular fragrance, although it is still available at Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose priced at £2.50. I am not particularly a fan of lavender because I find it can sometimes be a little old fashioned or overpowering, but at the end of the day it was only going to go in the downstairs loo, so I didn't mind too much.

        The air freshener comes backed onto a card which advises that it should last up to six weeks. The product itself is a glass circle with a flat base and wavy indentations filled with scented purple gel. The scent apparently is drawn out of the gel gradually and you can tell when the product needs to be changed as the gel will eventually shrink and disappear.

        On removing this from the blister pack it is encased in, I was hit by the scent of lavender. The official description of the fragrance is 'a colourful fusion of natural lavender and bergamot finished with a flourish of red geranium'. To me, I could only smell lavender and a fairly unnatural lavender scent at that. It wasn't unpleasant, but it very much smelled like a cleaning product to me, rather than a natural fragrance. My husband described it as smelling medicinal, although personally I didn't think this was the case.

        I placed the glass disc on the windowsill, and although our downstairs loo doesn't get much light, it still looked pretty and gave a sort of stained glass effect. The first couple of days after opening this, the scent was very intense and although I did not find it sickly or overpowering, it was a little too strong for the room. I think perhaps I should have put it into a larger, more open space for a little while until the scent dulled a little.

        As time went on, I did find the scent of this to fade a little, yet it was still noticeable in the room. The gel gets lighter in colour and eventually will disappear completely at which point the glass base can be put into the recycling. In my experience six weeks is perhaps a bit of a push for these air fresheners, I'd say you get four weeks of generous scent followed by perhaps two of a barely there, but still detectable if you sniff hard enough, scent!

        For the price I do think these are good value. They look pretty and the best thing is that you can just leave them and they will scent whichever area you have placed them in whilst you get on with other things. They are much more convenient than a spray or a candle which cannot be left unattended. Although I find the £2.50-£3 mark a little much for what they are, they can often be found on offer and I have also seen them in the pound shops and at these lower prices, I think they are well worth a try.

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        13.10.2012 20:36
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        A pretty useless air freshener

        Like most people I like to have my home smelling nice especially when I share my home with dogs, cats, a child and a partner who of course all combined don't have the makings for an aromatic home! Therefore, I use a range of air fresheners whether the aerosol type or plug ins. I am not brand loyal either and will tend to pick up whatever is on offer as air fresheners, diffusers and plug ins etc are not exactly cheap.

        My office at home is the smallest bedroom and all my plug sockets are taken up by my laptop charger, camera charger, printer etc. Therefore, the option of having a plug in air freshener isn't possible so I do have to try other products. Recently on a trip into my local Wilkinsons I picked up a few air fresheners of all varieties but for my office I opted for the Air Wick Crystal Air in Lavender.

        Air Wick is a brand that I am very familiar with and use quite a few of their products and have done for a number of years. Their range consists of a whole variety of air freshener type products and I generally find them very good value. The Air Wick Crystal'Air is available in Blue Ocean Coaral, Pink Sweet Pea, Purple Lavender Meadow and Ivory Freesia Bouquet. I opted for the Purple Lavender Meadow mostly because it was the only one available!

        The Air Wick Crystal'Air is a patented product and is a free standing air diffuser made out of a glass disc (which for those that like recycling the glass disc can be recycled). It is circular in shape with a flat base so it can stand easily on any flat surface. The glass disc is ridged where the fragranced gel sits. Dependent upon the variety you buy the colour of gel reflects this. For the Purple Lavender Meadow which I have has a purple transparent gel.

        The Air Wick Crystal'Air comes on a flat piece of cardboard with a clear plastic cover. The packaging has a lavender image theme and on the back there is information about the product such as what it actually does and how you can use it. To use all you need to do is take it out from it's simple packaging and you then display it on a flat surface in a room where you need it. Air Wick claim that it is "attractive enough to be displayed in your main living areas" for me it is small enough to go unnoticed really which for me is fine.

        Air Wick claim that the scented gel will release fragrance for up to 6 weeks. For me I found that the fragrance although does have a very distinct lavender fragrance which is one that you would definitely associate with air fresheners and is quite a synthetic aroma it doesn't last for 6 weeks. The Air Wick Crystal'Air was placed on the corner of my desk in my office (which is the smallest bedroom) and although for the first week or so I could easily smell this lavender fragrance it seemed to go downhill from there.

        Whilst I never expected this to last for a full 6 weeks I did expect the fragranced gel to last a lot longer than about 10 days! Now, considering my office is in the smallest room of the house I thought it wouldn't have a problem releasing its fragrance but it did and it was disappointing. The fragrance started off quite strong and noticeable but then suddenly disappeared altogether. By the 6 week mark the gel had started to dry up and shrivel which was the point where I just chucked it in my recycling bin.

        Air Wick claim that the Crystal'Air "works continuously to leave rooms smelling fresh and clean" and whilst it did for about 10 days that's where it stopped. Overall, a clever design as it is subtle with it's clear glass disc but it just doesn't deliver well. May be a different scent would have worked better but I won't be spending my money on another one as I just don't think they are effective and I have now tried much better alternatives which deliver on what they claim. For me I give it 2 stars and I wouldn't recommend.

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        Brand: Air Wick
        Price: From £2 upwards
        Availability: Supermarkets, discount stores etc

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        18.03.2012 21:20
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        A nice freshener for a small room

        I'm a sucker for most things that will fragrance my home and I recently bought this from Tesco to stand in my little porch way, I usually have a bowl of pot puree in there but that was looking a bit jaded and there's only so many times you can add oil to it to refresh the smell. I thought this would be ideal as I could just leave it in there to do its thing, there's no flame to worry about and unlike potpourri it could easily be dusted.

        Glade Crystal Air is a recyclable glass disc with ribbons of scented gel running through and around it. According to Airwick the gel will release fragrance for up to 6 weeks which in my opinion is a bit optimistic. The fragrance I bought was the Relaxing Lavender and camomile, I love floral scents so thought this would be ideal.

        The Crystal Air glass disc comes attached to a card. The card has the Airwick logo on the front in green, the rest of the card is in different shades of lavender. The front of the pack tells the customer that this is Crystal Air in lavender and camomile and contains essential oils, there is also a small picture of lavender and camomile flowers too. The back of the pack gives the instructions for use.

        As I mentioned I wanted the crystal air for my porch, its only small and I like it to smell nice as my front door opens into it so I like to be greeted by a nice smell, its also nice when people visit. To use the air freshener you need to remove it from the packaging and stand the glass disc upright on a coaster. The packaging advises never touching the gel or laying the disc perfume side down, also this must never be used around fish tanks.

        Once opened its very obvious that this is a lavender fragranced air freshener, it smells strongly of lavender but to honest I couldn't detect anything else. I popped the crystal air on a coaster and put it on the window sill. The glass disc looks quite nice, better than some air fresheners on the market. It doesn't take long for the porch to smell of lavender but to be honest its a very small area.

        I'm pleased with my Airwick crystal air, when I open the door to go into the porch its lovely to be greeted with a blast of lavender, its a lovely smell and makes my home inviting and welcoming.

        I've been using my crystal air for 3 weeks now, half the time Airwick claim it could last, I have to say I don't think this will last the full 6 weeks. Although the smell is still there when I open the door it is much weaker and if the door is opened several times or left open for a few minuets the smell has gone. I would say 4 weeks is a more realistic amount of time. Also in my opinion I don't think I would use this in any other rooms in my home other than maybe the bathroom. It would be no good for the downstairs as its all open plan and I don't think this air freshener would last or be very noticeable in anywhere other than a small room where the door is kept shut. Having said that though I would certainly buy another one of these for my porch, Tesco are currently selling these for £1.80 instead of £2.50, and for 4 weeks of lovely lavender fragrance that in my opinion is good.

        If you are wanting to fragrance a small room such as porch or bathroom then I would recommend the Airwick Crystal Air.

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          29.11.2011 09:17
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          A decent air freshener

          Since getting our kitten and having a litter tray in the house I have become quite conscious about it smelling even though I clean it out daily. I do have a candle tart burner which I regularly use as I am quite paranoid about it smelling bad. I am unable to use spray air freshener often as my daughter does cough a lot if I use them and I don't like to spray around the kitten either. I decided to buy an air freshener that I could just leave in the kitchen near the litter tray though I really don't like those gel ones that come in a white plastic tub. I came across an Airwick Crystal Air freshener in the pound shop so picked one of those up to try.

          The Airwick Crystal Air comes quite simply packed on a piece of cardboard and is protected by a plastic cover. The background is covered in berries and is mainly red with a large orange drop stating it contains essential oils. As the cover is transparent you can see the air freshener clearly and at a glance you can see that it is more modern looking than many other air fresheners. Opening the packaging you will see that the air freshener is circular tablet type which looks more like an ornament than a household product. Inside the glass there are coloured 'waves' which hold the gel that the fragrance is contained in.

          In order to use the Airwick Crystal Air freshener you need to remove a foil seal from the back which prevents the scent being released. As soon as this is removed you immediately smell it and it is quite strong but once it is set on the shelf (or wherever you decide to place it) it does settle and is not as noticeable. I have mine above the cat litter tray (well out of reach from the kitten and my daughter) so that it masks any smells that come from the tray before I can get to it to clean it out.

          My particular air freshener is the berries and spice variety but at Christmas time I like to buy the Mulled Wine and Crackling Fire as I just adore the smell of it. There are others available and come in a range of colours also to suit most decor.

          I bought this air freshener for a pound and they are said to last for up to four weeks but I have to say I find that after just a couple of weeks I am no longer able to smell the fragrance and have to replace it. For that price though I can't complain as it does work for that period of time and it means I don't have to spray aerosols in my house.

          Thank you for reading my review.

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          18.11.2011 08:39
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          A good buy

          Like most people I do like my home to smell nice and I am particularly conscious about the fact that I have a dog and there may be that "doggy" smell around and so as such I am often burning yankee candle wax tarts at home but this can become quite expensive. I am not a huge fan of spraying too many aerosols because of having my son at home with me as well as the pets and so one thing I do pick up quite often is the Airwick Crystal Air product.

          Airwick Crystal Air comes packed in a plastic fronted pack which has a cardboard back. Through the plastic front of the packaging you can see the product which is quite different from other air freshening products. The Crystal Air product is basically a glass disk which looks somewhat ornamental. The glass disk has waves of coloured gel inside it which releases the fragrance. I have to say that I do quite like the look of this product in that I could have it sat on a shelf or at the top of my stairs or something and I would not be embarrassed that it looked ugly. I tend to pop mine on a shelf on the bookcase in the hall where it is primarily hidden but this is only because that is where I have a space for it.

          When you first use the Crystal Air product there is a foil back which seals the fragrance in the disk. When this is removed the fragrance is apparent but obviously you notice it less and less as you become accustomed to it. I find I can always smell the fragrance as I enter the house for the first couple of weeks but then as my nose adjusts and the fragrance begins to die down that it is obviously much less noticeable. The manufacturers claim you get four weeks fragrance from each glass disk but that the scent will obviously lessen over this period.

          The Crystal Air disks come in five different fragrances that I am aware of but the two which I purchase the most often are berries and spice and mulled wine and cinnamon apple because both of them are fruity yet warming I find and both have a good strong fragrance as well.

          What is nice with this product is that although it looks nice displayed at home the fragrance offered also lasts quite well and is decent and so this isn't all about style over substance which so many products seem to be. The glass disk can also be recycled once the product has finished.

          I always buy this product from my local discount store where they cost just a pound each which I think is excellent value and I would certainly recommend giving the product a go should you see one in your area.

          Thank you for reading my review!

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            13.06.2010 23:17
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            A different way to freshen and fragrance

            When looking at replacing some air freshener products I came across the Air Wick Crystal Air Freshener range. I hadn't ever seen them before and almost walked on past them.

            I thought they were probably going to smell similar to those old fashioned super whiffy air fresheners that were made of awful gloopy jelly. You know, the ones that the school care takers used to put in the boys toilet blocks to counteract nasty pongs. But on closer inspection I found these to be quite attractive compared to many of the other fresheners, so thought they were worth a try.

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            They were on a promotional offer of 2 for £3 so I picked out 2 that seemed the least risky in terms of fragrance and once home, cracked them open. The first one was the Berries and Spice fragrance, which was very warm, a little like mulled wine, packed with berry fragrance. The second one that I had was the Freesia and Jasmine fragrance which was quite tangy and floral.

            If you are wondering what these look like, I can say that they come in a small glass coaster shaped holder that is flat on one side, with the rest being circlular/ round. The idea is that you stand the freshener on the flat side so its is standing up right, although I have tried these laying flat and that works too.

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            Each different variety contains a patented, pleasantly fragranced gel. The coloured, fragranced gel releases a soft pleasant fragrance for 4 to 5 weeks, depending on where its placed. I have found that if you place these in direct sunlight the gel dries rather more quickly, so a more shaded area is best.

            The Air Wick Crystal Air is attractive enough to be displayed in any area of the home even your main living area, as its unobtrusive and modern looking without being fussy. The good thing about the product is that the Air Wick Crystal Air works continuously, so you don't need to do anything other than unwrap it and place it in the area you want to. I have found that its leaves rooms smelling fresh and clean without being too overpowering. They work really well in bathrooms and cloakrooms too.

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            Available in:
            Berries & Spice
            Freesia & Jasmine
            Lavender & Camomile
            Magnolia & Cherry Blossom
            Morning Mist
            Mulled Wine
            Vanilla & Festive Spice

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            17.04.2010 20:05
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            A great little air freshener

            Our house isn't a particularly smelly one (!) but I do like it when I come home to a lovely smelling home and when people come over and I know that they're greeted with a nice smell. So last year I thought I'd try out a couple of these Crystal Air discs from Air Wick as I didn't want anything that cost too much, and I've been using them ever since.

            These are just small round glass discs which have a coloured scented gel inside. The gel continuously lets off a pleasant scent and the pack says that the smell lasts for 4 weeks. The disc is only very small so it looks perfectly nice wherever you put it. This is one of the reasons I decided to go for this air freshener as it's not big and bulky like some others and it looks very nice. You can either lay it down or stand it up on the flat base at the bottom of the disc and it looks lovely wherever you put it with the wavy coloured gel inside it.

            These come in quite a few different colours and scents so it's nice that you can buy one that blends in with the colour of the room you're putting it in. The different scents include Berries & Spice, Freesia & Jasmine, Lavender & Camomile, Magnolia & Cherry Blossom, Morning Mist, Mulled Wine, and Vanilla & Festive Spice.

            I always use the Morning Mist scent for our living room as it's a pale blue colour which matches very well with our colour scheme. I always forget that it's there as it's very small and sits nicely on the shelf next to the sofa. I often find myself thinking what's that nice smell? and then realise that it's coming from the Air Wick disc! The smell of the Morning Mist one is very fresh and welcoming and I love the smell that it gives off as it makes my living room seem much cleaner, fresher and generally nicer.

            Like most air fresheners these aren't particularly cheap but they are cheaper than most. Each disc costs around £2.30 from most supermarkets but when they last for a month, that's not too bad value. Actually I'm sure I bought my one more than 4 weeks ago and the smell coming out of it is still very strong now so they do last for as longer, if not longer, than they're meant to.

            The only couple of small disadvantages with it is that it's a continious smell so you can't turn it off and you also can't tell when it's run out apart from when the smell stops working so I guess you'd have to notice that it was no longer giving off any scent before changing it for a new one.

            I will continue to use these as they create a very pleasant smell in my house and I feel quite proud that my house smells so nice when I have people over. The smell doesn't drift over the entire room but more in the immediate area around it, but it does its job perfectly well in my opinion and I think it's a fab little air freshener.

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              Docked a star for the mulled wine scent and telling when it's finished

              A new housemate moved in in September, and with him came three cats - Halo, Sin and Chief. As much as I love the kitties, it's been getting to the stage recently where if I'm out of the house for a day or so, I can smell nothing but cats when I come back.

              I'm usually anti-air freshener and prefer to open windows or remove the source of the smell if possible, but with it being so cold and my house not particularly secure, I decided an air freshener would have to do.

              One of my old housemates left a small glass gel air freshener when she moved out, and deciding that was less offensive than the sprays and cheaper than plug-ins, I set off to find it.

              Air fresheners can be expensive, especially in supermarkets, so I headed off to Wilkinsons where I immediately found them on the shelf. They were Airwick Crystal Air fresheners, and there were four or five different scents. The 'regular' scents were £2.20, and they had two limited edition Christmas scents at £1.60. These were vanilla with spices and a kind of mulled wine scent, which is the one I chose (purely because of the price cut).

              The air freshener is identical to the picture above, except mine is filled with a reddy orange gel. Made of glass, it stands up straight on its base and is quite small, smaller than my palm. The packaging was easy to open, and had clear instructions about placing it upright not too close to the edge of any surfaces (presumably so it won't fall off). I stood it on my bookcase, which is a chest-height one at the corner of my living room.

              Now my living room not only has a sofa and TV, but also doubles as the dining room with a table and chairs - as such, it's the room we all spend the most time in, and it's the biggest room. Furthermore, the living room is next to the kitchen and the cats' room, so it potentially has a lot of smells to dissipate. I was tempted to buy two for that reason, but I thought I'd hold off until I smelled it.

              The mulled wine scent doesn't really smell like mulled wine - more like some odd combination of spices with a slightly sweet overtone. It's not great, but it's better than cat! The air freshener is actually doing a surprisingly good job - I can't smell cat at all, and the house smells warming and homey, if not as fresh as maybe plain vanilla or similar.

              So the product as a whole is fantastic. The smell is a bit rubbish, but that's probably why it was discounted. I'd be reasonably happy to pay £2.20 for a differently scented one. It looks more attractive than most air fresheners and has a good quality finish, and more importantly it works. The only real disadvantage is that it's very vague about how long it will last (from memory, a good couple of months), and how you can tell when it's finished. The gel doesn't really disappear when the smell has gone, so there's no real way of telling (the packaging says the gel will reduce in amount, but unless you have a brand new one to compare to, that's not very helpful). So I guess I'll have to go with my sense of smell.

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              18.11.2009 16:07
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              excellent product that does what it says on the packet!

              I do like a nice smelling house but am not keen on using too many aerosol air freshners as I find that most of them don't have a particularly nice perfume. I particularly like my downstairs cloakroom to smell nice as it is the right near the front door in a small lobby where cooking smells can become trapped. I find that Airwick Crystal does a great job in giving a very pleasant continuous perfume over about 4 weeks.

              It comes wrapped in cardboard and foil and clear plastic over the front so that the product can be easily seen. You just need to pull the foil from the disc and it is all ready to use. The crystal disc is full of the gel fragrance and has a wave pattern on the front. It is very pleasant to look at and can be stood on show if required without looking tacky. Take care not to place it on a polished surface as it can remove the colour of the wood.

              There are about 5 different perfumes to choose from and the colours vary depending on the fragrance so they can be matched to the colour of your room if you want. I have a blue bathroom and so usually choose the Aquamarine fragrance for this room. I also like the winter collection mulled wine fragrance and have just bought this for my downstairs cloakroom. It gives a really nice welcoming smell as I enter the house.

              These air freshners are usually about £2.20 each but are £1.65 at the moment in Tesco so quite a bargain.

              I have tried lots of different air freshners and these are definitely my favourites as they look good, smell good and last a nice long time.

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                12.10.2009 14:29
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                Excellent value home fragrance option

                This is one of my firm favourite Air Fresheners. You can pick these up relatively cheap I believe the RRP is about £2.50 - £3. If you shop around, Wilkinson's, Home Bargains, etc tend to have them on offer regularly and last week I managed to pick up my favourite fragrance for only 99p! I like the Mulled Wine and Spice Apple fragrance, it is really festive and really welcoming when you come in from work. The Lavender and Gardenia is also nice, but it could be overpowering if you don't like lavender.

                The Crystal Air is a small round glass circle, slightly flattened on one edge to allow you to stand it up. You can also use sticky fixers to fix it to the wall. The glass has a design of ripples / waves and in the indented part of the pattern is the perfumed gel of the freshener. I also buy this fragrance because the gel is red, which matches the hall, stairs and landing; as it does look rather nice and attractive - almost like a little glass ornament. I place one on the shoe rack as you come in the front door and one on the landing too. It fills the house with scent, covering pet odours (my Mum has 2 little dogs) and covering cooking smells. I tend to have different air fresheners for different rooms but I really love to open the front door, kick off my shoes and hang my coat up to this smell, it is a wonderful fragrance.

                I would estimate the Crystal Air lasts a good 2 months, they only claim to last 4, so anything over this is a bonus. It does fade with time, and you will notice the gel 'shrivelling' up as the weeks go by because that's where the fragrance is released from. However, for the length of time it lasts coupled with the price, I would challenge anyone to find a better value product that lasts longer and produces the fragrance that Air Wick have achieved with this.

                Another benefit is if you have Asthma or pets, or allergies, or young children. As you do not spray the product it doesn't irritate like sprays can, meaning little wanderers will be safe, plus, it is safer than burning candles. I find it particularly effective as I have Asthma. You must ensure you put the product out of the reach of children as the gel is not in a sealed unit. Another tip is to keep it upright, as if you lie it flat it will gather dust which will stick to the gel and make it look unsightly!

                Another good tip is to pop one in the airing cupboard. Your towels will smell amazing and the warmth from the cupboard will distribute the smell gently if you don't like the strength of the product in the first few weeks when it is quite heady.

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                Any house is going to have a few smells every so often - In my home, its a combination of smoking, pet smells, and cooking smells . I do like my house to smell nice, and do try to cover up the smells or get rid of them as much as I can .

                For most rooms, I use a spray air freshener - but I don't like to do that in the kitchen, because Idon't want the air freshener getting onto any food, onto clean dishes, or into the kettle . So, I use solid air fresheners, and the one I use most is Airwick Crystal Air, a circle of glass with attractive designs on them which are filled with perfumed gel . These are quite attractive looking, and can be stood up easily . They look very smart, and I certainly don't worry about having them on my kitchen windowsills .

                There are a wide variety of scents, the one I am currently using is Vanilla, which I believe is one of their festive scents, and comes in the shape of an attractive sharp pointed star inside the glass circle, in a creamy colour .

                When I first opened it, the smell was pretty strong - and especially on warmer days when it caught the sun, that smell would become stronger . However, after a few days, I actually got used to the smell and stopped noticing it as much, although all the normal kitchen smells were not noticeable either, so clearly it's been working .

                The packet claims these will last for four weeks, and depending on where I place them, this is fairly accurate , although I have noticed that when I place these on a sunny windowsill, they do dry a little faster . It feels a shame to throw away the pretty glass afterwards, so I've taken to washing them out, and letting my daughter use them as playdough moulds, and even occasionally using them as extra coasters .

                I think these are a little expensive at £.2.20 each, but they do the job well without having to spray nasty chemicals around where I prepare food, and I feel happy in using these in my kitchen .

                4 stars!

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                Fabulous fragrances for any room in the house

                I love these Crystal'Air thingies, they're great, I always have a few dotted around the house. They cost around £1 - £1.50 depending where you get them from.

                Air Wick say that thanks to it's exclusive technology, Crystal'Air gives you 4 weeks of constant and effective fragrance. Apparently it's so effective because it draws it's scent from the gel, and as it does so the gel will shrink, so you can see when it's time to replace it. Unlike traditional gels, this contains 80% perfume, enabling it to add fragrance to any rooms in your home, even the largest.

                Basically it's just a circular piece of glass, flattened off at the bottom so that it stands up. On one side it has a pattern, usually waves but sometimes they do seasonal ones which have a star pattern, with indented bits and raised bits. The gel sits on the indented bits, and is colourful, so it looks quite nice.

                The colours vary according to the scent, and there are plenty to choose from. There are Mandarin & Green Tea, Freesia & Jasmine, Magnolia & Cherryblossom, Lavendar & Chamomile, Morning Mist and Berries & Spice, to name but a few. They also sometimes bring out limited edition ones, usually for winter.

                All of the fragrances I've tried have smelt nice and fresh, regardless of what scent they are (though I do tend to stay away from the more floral scents), they just have that freshness and crispness about them that stops them being overpowering and makes the room smell nice and clean. My absolute favourite scent is one that's only available in winter, I believe it's called winter spice, and I absolutely adore the scent, so I often stock up on those during the winter and have them round the house all year!

                Before you can use your Crystal'Air you have to remove the plastic from the back. When you first take this off the scent seems quite strong but it soon calms down a little. The scent does fragrance the whole room, but of course it's stronger in close proximity to it. I usually leave mine on top of light-switches or door frames so that you get a nice whiff of it when you go in the room.

                The scent lasts a really long time, obviously you don't notice it as much after a while as you get used to the scent, but other people will still notice it. Mine always last longer than the 4 weeks it says on the packet, but the scent does start to lessen after that.

                The only problem I have with them is that the gel never seems to shrink for some reason, it stays just the same as it was when I bought it for months and months until I suddenly realise that I should have thrown it away ages ago. But apart from that they're fantastic. I always get people asking 'what's that lovely smell' when they walk into a room where I've got one of these, even long after I've stopped noticing the scent myself.

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                Contains a patented, concentrated, non-toxic fragrance gel in a high quality, durable glass that is recyclable. The colored, scented gel releases a pleasant fragrance for 30 days and is attractive enough to be displayed in your main living areas. AIR WICK Crystal' Air is perfect for large areas of your home and works continuously to leave rooms smelling fresh and clean. Lavender & Freesia, Linen & Cotton Flower. /