Product Type: Febreze in Homeware
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The scent of foreign climes
Febreze Thai Orchid Air Freshener
Member Name: isobelj
Febreze Thai Orchid Air Freshener
Advantages: Gorgeous smell, effective
Disadvantages: Expensive, you have to use plenty
Scented candles and wax tarts are definitely my preferred way of keeping my home smelling nice and fresh, but really they're more of an evening thing. If I want a fresh scent during the day, then I would usually grab an air freshener. Thankfully air fresheners have changed dramatically from the chemical, floral scents my mum used to spray, and now there's a wide range of options available at the supermarket.
Febreze are obviously best known for their fabric fresheners which many people swear by. My husband obviously thought this was all they made because when he saw me spraying this around the room he told me to stop because it wasn't meant to be used like that! However Febreze also now have a range of spray air fresheners (which they call 'Mist and Refresh') as well as candles and plug in fresheners. This product is from the Mist and Refresh range. There are four or five different scents available, but this one, the Thai Orchid, is by far my favourite.
The idea is that a Febreze Mist and Refresh will neutralise odours in your home, instead of just temporarily masking them. The other thing that apparently makes it different from normal air fresheners is the trigger that you use to spray it, which combined with a nitrogen propellant in the product, creates larger droplets in the air, meaning that the lovely scent lasts even longer. I don't know about the sciencey bit but there's definitely a difference between this product and a traditional spray can. When I spray the freshener, instead of shooting out up to the corner of the room (I generally point up and into the corners), it just puts out a little bit of mist immediately in front of the can. This means that I have to use more of the product at a time than I would if I was using a traditional can. On the other hand, this scent definitely stays for longer than other ones I've used, so perhaps their theory works.
The most important factor for most people here will of course be the scent. I absolutely love the smell, and I think the name 'Thai Orchid' and the hot pink colour of the spray can match it very well. Whilst there are some floral notes, there's also a fruity undertone to it. It's quite warm and sweet, and very relaxing - it reminds me of lying in a tropical garden in a far off country. It's a beautiful smell and visitors to our house have commented on how lovely it is too. The scent is pretty much the only reason I buy this, because to be honest it's a bit more expensive than I'd ideally like.
As I mentioned briefly in my recent fabric freshener review, we don't have dogs or smoke, so we rarely have any specific strong smells that we need to neutralise. However we do have an open plan living, dining and kitchen area which means that pesky cooking odours can sometimes linger longer than they are welcome. My first instinct in this case is to open a window but if that isn't possible then I'll whip out this spray. I don't think I could say honestly that this spray neutralises the odours straight away, single handedly, but the smells do go away much faster than they would do normally. Sometimes I'll have to spray round the room a couple of times, but the difference it makes is definitely noticeable. The mist settles quickly, and it doesn't irritate my skin.
From first sight (and first scent) it's clear that this is a premium product, and as such it comes with a premium price tag! This generally costs about £3 per can, although I have seen it on offer recently (April 2012) in a 2 for £4. Add to this the fact that I feel I have to use more of this than I do products in a standard can, and it's starting to look a bit much. I don't think I would buy this again at full price, but if I spotted it on offer I'd definitely treat myself. I love how it smells and I also think it's quite effective, especially in comparison to other, similar products. The fact that it neutralises odours is a big bonus, too.
Four stars - I'm knocking a half for the price and a half for the fact that it doesn't last as long as other cans.
Summary: A divine scent, totally worth paying for