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Febreze Aerosol Caribbean Paradise Air Freshener
Member Name: fizzywizzy
Febreze Aerosol Caribbean Paradise Air Freshener
Date: 16/07/11, updated on 16/07/11 (82 review reads)
Advantages: Lovely scent; easy trigger mechanism; effective
Disadvantages: Still artificial; recycling issues with an aerosol
Perhaps I've become inured to the particular smell of our home but I rarely find that I need to use air freshener around the place. I tend to keep windows and doors open at every opportunity and much prefer to have a neutral aroma than an artificial one. Recently, though our netbook experienced a temporary death situation which meant that the two of us had to "share" the desk top in the spare room. For most normal people this would not be a problem but when, like I do, you have to share with a person whose typical snack regime involves a Pound of peapods, there are elements of unpleasantness. Having found that the nozzle on a cheap aerosol spray had irreparably clogged up, I made a mental note to purchase a new one.
Personally I find shopping quite a stressful experience, in part due to unnecessary amounts of choice; you just don't need so many different ways to create artificial smells in your house. It is better to mix a margarita or a gin and tonic fill your home with the zingy aroma of freshly squeezed limes than it is to agonise over the array of products in Wilkos, but it's not always ideal to start on the margaritas at eight in the morning, alas.
Swayed by a special price and the temptation of a scent called "Caribbean paradise" I plumped for a sky blue can of Febreze. A 300ml can should last me pretty much into the next millennium so even when my pension prospects are being abused, I'll have at least one thing to bequeath to my descendants.
A word first on the packaging. This tall aerosol tin has a trigger mechanism which is ergonomically designed to be easy to use; there's no chance, as I find with other products, that you'll cover your hand with air freshener when you try to spray. It's sturdy too and I doubt that this mechanism is going to jam leaving me with loads of product I have no way of using. While the top of the can fits nicely into the hand, you do need to be quite firm when squeezing the trigger in order to get an even spray, otherwise you get a spray of liquid coming out rather than the fine mist which is intended; I'd say you're probably going to struggle with this if you have arthritis in your hands.
The mist that is released when the spray is actuated properly is very fine and only just visible. It disperses very nicely and don't have time to settle on surfaces. Although this is a Febreze product it's a simple air freshener and there's no mention on the packaging that it's intended for special use on fabrics like other Febreze products, although neither are there any warnings to the contrary. As a result I tend to just give one quick burst of spray into the air above me and occasionally, if we've been cooking food that smells quite strongly I'll aim at the curtains but try not to get too close.
The scent is described as having "the freshness of exotic fruits enjoyed on a Caribbean beach enclosed by palm trees" and Febreze suggest that "you might just be tempted to roll up your trousers and build a sand castle in your living room". The smell is light and fresh with an emphasis on fruit but there's a vague floral scent in there too. It's a bit pineapple-y and a bit mango-ey but it's not cloying and over sweet. The smell lasts some ten to fifteen minutes before disappearing altogether although it does what it says on the tin and eliminates the original odour rather effectively. I'd much rather have a quick burst of scent than have it lurking all day, even if it is a nice scent. As for hitching up my trews and having a quick paddle I can't say I'm inspired, though it does make me yearn for a pina colada.
I'd recommend Febreze Caribbean Paradise air freshener as a quick fix solution; it's easy to use, deliciously fragranced and so far has proved effective even against the might of the legacy of many mountains of consumed peapods. If you prefer a long lasting method of fragrancing your home, Febreze do a plug-in with the same scent. The product is now selling in Tesco for £3 which is relatively expensive in comparison with a lot of brands and supermarket own brands but I find I use it so infrequently I would be happy to pay a bit extra. (If you are an ASDA shopper - and shame on you if you are, Walmart's evil empire must be defeated - you might like to know they have it on offer for £2 right now, while Ocado are offering 2 for £4 until 19th July - prices quoted by mysupermarket.co.uk)
Summary: Effective aerosol air freshener with a lovely fragrance
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