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When we moved in to our new home I wanted it to be very appealing to us, as well as visitors. One major thing that makes a house appeal to me is how it smells and I wanted all of our rooms to smell good and avoid any damp, stale or musty smells. I do like plug in air fresheners and I find that these work well but these are not an option for our bathroom or downstairs toilet due to their electrical nature. Previously, I have used gel air fresheners in bathrooms but I have found that these smell lovely to start with but fade out very quickly and do not fragrance the room well.
When I came across these sense and spray fresheners on promotion in Tesco, I though that they would be the perfect solution and I bought one in white (as pictured) for the downstairs cloakroom and one in sandstone for the bathroom as this fitted in with our brown coloir scheme perfectly. I can not remember exactly what I paid for them but I think it was around £6 each - they currently price at around £8-10.
The idea behind these fresheners is that they detect when someone passes by, instantly releasing a burst of fragrance into the air. To conserve the refill, the sensor will turn off automatically and will not spray for 20 minutes. It is battery powered and comes with a battery supplied. The unit also comes with a fragrance bottle to put in - these can also be purchased seperately in a variety of fragrances for around £4. On the front of the unit - which has an attractive, rounded vase like appearance, is a small flashing light indicating that the sensor is working.
When activated - either by someone walking past or by pushing the button on the front of the unit - a small spray of fragrance is omitted upwards. You can hear the spray as you would an aerosol can and also the spray is visible too. Immediately after the spray, the scent is apparent. I have the clean linen scent and this is very subtle but does make the room smell clean and fresh. It is not overpowering at all and quickly disperses to evenly scent the room lightly. I have found that the freshener lasts well. Being in the bathroom, it is activated quite frequently in the day but has so far lasted over 5 weeks. The battery life is also good. I am also pleased with how well the unit blends in to the room and it os quite discreet at the same time as looking good.
Overall, this is a great air freshener that works well and looks good. It can get annoying that it sprays everytime you pass - even if you are just passing in and out of the room but as it has lasted well, this doesn't bother me too much. The scent that I have tried is fresh and subtle and I look forward to trying more from the range.
~~The Product: 'Glade® Sense & Spray® Starter Kit - Apple Cinnamon' ~ 'Love Is In The Air'!~~
This fragrant product comes packaged in a sturdy cardboard box with a part of the front display screen clear to show a section of the freshener within and beneath another circular portion revealing the sensor that activates this contemporary designed item.
The packaging details the product's contents, the manufacturer and some other notes on its capabilities. Opening the carton is easy with its folding lid and securely within its plastic casing is the hardened plastic white air freshener. The tub stands at a full 6" and has a lovely curved edging that tapers elegantly to the top. The case is plain apart from near the base in a kind of tear drop is placed the sensor which lights up a bright orange when detecting movement, setting off the spray.
The reverse of the casing shows a practical space to place the device onto a nail or screw to hang on a wall if preferred. The spray comes with two batteries and gas canister of the fragrance.
Now, I am very pleased with the ingredients, or perhaps I should say the lack of ingredients! Many other products of this design have as much as ten or more pretty formidable and dangerous additives that can cause some very nasty health problems! But, SC Johnson has done their homework and has acted more responsibly! There are only four ingredients in this freshener and those are far more conducive to safety than those in general use. The first two, both propellants, Isobutane and Propane are used to create the spray effect. While the Ethenol, a solubilizer, ensures even distribution of the ingredients. And the final ingredient being the fragrance. In the words of the Company, 'If we wouldn't want it for our family, we wouldn't ask you to use it near yours. We don't formulate our products with these ingredients', which then goes onto detail other hazardous ingredients used in other alike products.
~~My Usage experience ~ 'Let's Clear The Air'!~~
I purchased this product from Sainsbury's as it was on offer. Opening the back of the freshener's casing was so simple. I grasped the back with one hand as I securely held the front with my other hand. The back came apart with one gentle pull, revealing a space for the canister and the batteries. There is a clear explanation on the instruction leaflet within the packaging that advices how to work the aforementioned in place safely.
The canister is placed carefully into the centre with the plastic fawn strip, which is used to ease out the empty canister after use. The top is secured into place by the internal plastic white lid of the case. Two AA Raymax super power alkaline non-rechargeable batteries are provided to place either side of the canister. Closing the casing is as easy as opening, with one gentle push together; a clip sound indicates the unit is shut and ready for use.
I chose apple and cinnamon as a lovely seasonal fragrance. Upon closing the case of the freshener, it instantly sensed motion, flashing orange light and let out a whoosh sound and noticeable gas spray straight up into the air. The apple for me isn't apparent but the cinnamon is absolutely amazing. The scent is strong but curiously not at all overwhelming. This wonderful spicy aroma furnishes one with a sense of exotic evergreen trees of the forest. The bouquet lingers in the air for some time after the generous burst of the vaporizer.
So, are there any down sides to this air freshener that works entirely upon motion detection and affords a luxurious perfume into the surrounding air? Umm yes! I initially placed the freshener on a table in my hallway. The passageway is a pretty busy corridor during the day, this means that the motion sensor would often let out a stream of the spray far too often. On the up side, it means that the sensor is working perfectly. But as a negative, the canister would soon run out if I didn't move the freshener!
I thought what better place than the bathroom! Umm another hiccup here! As soon as one enters the bathroom, the spray is activated, which is fine, but, and this is a big but, the motion rest thereafter for a while. This means that one can be in the bathroom for a long while and the sensor will not activate. Now, once the toilet has been flushed and you go to the basin to wash your hands, this is the time one would hope for the vaporizer to sprinkle the air with a most attractive essence! This doesn't happen. For me, it is more important the atomizer works after using the bathroom than on entry. Even both times would be preferable to just upon entering the bathroom.
So, here I am, sitting at my desk with the air freshener about two feet from me. It has been about twenty minutes and it has just let out an enthusiastic spurt of fragrant spray. The orange light has remained on showing its sensor is continually activated. Thankfully, this does not mean that just because it senses movement it will continually spray.
Finally, this gadget will occasionally just activate without anyone being near! I think it gets lonely and simply wants someone to take notice! Yep, I'm finally losing the plot folks! :~)
~~Would I recommend?~ 'Spring Is In The Air'!~~
Despite the quandary of where to place the spray for the best effectiveness, yes I would recommend this product...when on offer! The odour of this freshener is gorgeous. The sensor works perfectly, time after time. The design is contemporary and affords excellent results. The ingredients are more in keeping with a safe household product!
The 'Glade Sense & Spray Air Freshener, Spiced Apple & Cinnamon, Limited Edition 18ml' product is currently available at Sainsbury's at a saving of 50% off as it was £10.00 but now available for the more affordable cost of £5.00. But you don't need to shop only at Sainsbury's as this product is available throughout countless high-street stores and online.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review of this motion activated little gem
Glade Sense and Spray is an intelligent air freshener that you can put anywhere around your home. There is a motion sensor inside the unit (which is powered by AA batteries) and when you walk past the device, a spray of scent is sprayed from the top of the unit with lovely smells emanating from the unit. The cost of the device with one refill is around £10 usually but sometimes you can get them half price on offer for £5. As with all of these type of things, the base unit is fairly cheap but the refills tend to be quite expensive. Over £4 for a refill which doesn't last more than a month is expensive in my book but I have found that you can get them more cheaply (albeit limited smell options) in Home and Bargain. The unit is about 15cm in height and is quite inoffensive looking so would blend into the background of most home decor nicely. The unit does not spray every time you walk past it, it has a 20 minute memory so if you walk past it several times in a minute, it will still on spray once.
Its hard to say whether I like this or not. I have three dotted around the house and do really like the idea of them, particularly as I love the Spiced Apple scent in the autumn and winter time. I have also had the fresh linen in the bathroom which I don't think would be suitable for anywhere else around the house as it really does smell quite clinical and laundry like, nice for the bathroom but not elsewhere. As I said, the unit itself is very inoffensive and blends in nicely to the rest of the house. Sometimes guests jump out of their skin when the spray goes off in the bathroom as it makes a fairly loud hiss as it sprays. As the spray goes upwards there is limited chance of it getting in eyes. My in-laws had something similar which sprayed horizontally and I had an eyeful of spray on more than one occasion in their bathroom! The motion sensor works well and the memory of 20 minutes is useful but personally I feel it could be a bit longer as the scent lingers for more than 20 minutes. A 45 minute memory would be ideal in our small house, perhaps smells disperse more rapidly in large houses? Who knows. The unit price is very reasonable and if you can buy it on offer then I think it is great for the price of £5 as it comes with the batteries and the refill. The batteries last ages in the device at least several months so that is good. The refills last about a month usually but obviously that depends how often you walk past them!
So why don't I like it? Well the re-fill cost is expensive in my opinion for how long it lasts. However, I've never tried any other sort of home fragancing such as plug-ins or gels etc. so I'm not certain how it compares to those in terms of price and longevity. A couple of the units have broken after a couple of months of using them which hasn't been great in terms of confidence in the design. However I haven't been too bothered because I've always bought them/replaced them when they have been £5 which is OK for the refill and the batteries too. However, don't hold out too much hope that they will last a long time !
In terms of the scents, there are about 5 to choose from. The Spiced Apple is by far my favourite and smells very festive which is why I love to use it in the autumn and winter. People comment on how nice the house smells with that fragrance too. I have had the clean linen which I like but found it (and all the smells) slightly overpowering in our downstairs toilet which is quite small - it is fairly easy to choke someone (not literally!) with the smell in such a confined space so I don't recommend it for very small bathrooms.
The final thing to comment on is that the smells don't smell artificial like some of the cheap air fresheners can. They are much more home fragrance than air freshening and mask smells rather than take them away.
I do like this product despite the design flaw and think it is quite good value when you can get the unit and the refills on offer. The scents are good if not limited slightly in choice but the refill costs can mount up. I also think that the sensor memory should last a bit longer so that the scent isn't used up as quickly but of course that is why Glade have the 20 minute sensor memory so that we use more and buy more - they aren't daft! :) Just three stars from me but that's not to say I wouldn't buy it again because I probably would!
I love clean linen fragrance in the home as it smells lovely and fresh so I tend to own cleaning products, aerosols, plug ins, spray units and candles in this particular range so I was over the moon when I seen that my local beauty store had the glade sense and spray units in for just £3.00. I snapped one up considering they are normally around £6.00.
The unit is plastic and white in colour and is slightly shaped to add a little design if the product is on display. When you first get the unit you will get a little fragrance tin which has to be inserted into the machine. You basically pull open the plastic freshener and insert the device and shut the top back down. I actually found it hard to insert as every time I tried to close the air freshener it wouldn't shut so I had to use some force. The unit already comes with batteries so once the freshener is inside you are good to go.
This is a motion sensing device so once you pass it you will hear a mechanical sound and a puff of the freshener will be released into the air, it is surprising but just one puff fills the whole room with a lovely fresh scent. The motion detector will only go off about every 20 minutes so it is not too overpowering however there is a button located on the front and if you wish to have a spray in between you can do by pressing this.
There is also a light on the front on the button and this light indicates whether the unit is ready to release a spray or not. My unit normally lasts around 3 weeks give or take so for 3 quid it is definately worth the money.
I love this unit, it freshens the room at just the right time and none of it is wasted as it won't keep going off if you are not at home. One thing I will say is your cat may not like it. Every time mine goes off my cat gets a fright and looks around like a nervous wreck.
What a absolute farce it has been since I purchased this Glade sense and spray. First the unit does not spray, the nozzle goes up but nothing comes out so off I go to the store to buy another refill. Still does not work. Email the company who have the audacity to say that the batteries that come with the product don't actually have enough power to operate the unit properly!! and that I should buy new batteries?? errm don't think so customer advisor. How about you refund me my money and say sorry for wasting my time and how about you provide batteries that actually work or don't provide them at all. Certainly will not be purchasing from this farcical company again.
~~*~~*~~ Glade Sense & Spray ~~*~~*~~
I live in the House of Dog. I realised this a couple of months ago when I walked in after a day at work to be confronted by the stale odour of wet fur and vomit (somedog who shall remain nameless had decided to drink the sea that morning and it had reared it's ugly head a few hours later, dog bless her). It so happened that when I trotted off to Asda that the Sense and Spray were on offer so I got a couple of them.
~*~ He who smelt it, dealt it ~*~
I used to have plug-ins littered around the downstairs, but these seemed to be fairly potent at first and then did very little after the first week. The S&S have seemed to be much more productive in their hiding of my smelly dogs - I have one as I walk in the door (because that's where my shoes are!) and one in the lounge on the fireplace. I used to have it situated lower down but it was constantly going off each time a dog got up for a drinkies or had a scratch so it now only sprays when my fat ass waddles past it. The 'motion-activated' sensor triggers the battery powered spray to release a puff of sweet smelling loveliness - there is a slight whirring noise as the machine is triggered and a 'psst' as the spray goes off - nothing too irritating. If I shuffle back past the machine within 20 minutes, it doesn't go off again as it's locked down thus not wasting my precious pennies. Should there be a random bottom burp from one of the girls, I can press the button on the machine to release an extra puff - this is particularly necessary if the kids have found a dead creature in the woods. The refill lasted about a month but it'll totally depend on the amount of traffic that passes it and whether or not you need to press the additional spray.
~*~ Smell ya later ~*~
I have 'Clean Linen' in my hallway and 'Sandalwood & Jasmine' in my living room and both are very pleasant - not too overpowering and not too lingering. There's definitely less dog aroma in the house generally which is good. There are quite a number of smells available and there are the seasonal releases but the thing I like is that on the packets there is a scratch and sniff sticker just in case you accidently were going to purchase one that stank of vomit. The one in the hallway is an off-white colour, the other is a lovely fake brown stone thing which co-ordinates perfectly with my décor - what more could a stinky house ask for? Well, the shape and style of them is ok too - they're definitely more attractive than the earlier models and the stone one blends in apart from the bright flashing orange light that announces to one and all that the batteries are working and the sensor's ready - if the light is constant then the machine is locked down and you can do a little dance in front of it to no avail. They're dead easy to set up - just remove the tab which allows the batteries to connect (the AAs are included: a bonus in this tired and grabbing world), close the back of the machine and ta da, you're embraced with a heavenly aroma.
~*~ Within sniffing distance ~*~
As previously mentioned I purchased these from Asda for a bargain price but they're generally about £4 for the holder and spray - I saw 3 for 2 on the refills in Tesco the other day so stocked up and they were £2 each. I expect a bit of shopping around will find you a better bargain but I'm a lazy cow! It's not exactly a cheap machine but at least you know that should you go on holiday or never move from the sofa; the spray won't be unnecessarily wasted. I personally think the spray's are the best thing I've found - they're less intrusive than a handheld spray likely to make the dogs sneeze; more effective and possibly cheaper than the plug-ins and definitely better than those weird gel air freshener things that stink for an hour and then just get clogged with dirt.
~*~ I smell the blood of an Englishman (kind of) ~*~
The Johnson company was founded in 1886 in Wisconsin and are now based in over 70 countries so not exactly the blood of an Englishman. However, there are 3 free ways of contacting the Johnson family should you wish to ask them a question regarding their spray machines -
Email them through their contact form at www.scjohnson.co.uk
Frimley Green Road
0800 353 353.
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Caroline, Pig, Puddle & Oink
This is an air freshener that automatically sprays into the room.
It has a motion detector that senses when someone walks past it, and lets out a jet of spray air freshener.
It is good because when someone triggers it off, you get the spray but if you decide to go out then it dosent spray by itself therefore you are not wasting any of the spray so it is good value for money.
After it has sprayed into the room it locks by itself so none gets wasted therefore it is good value for money.
You will know if it has locked by itself because an indictor light if the light flashes then you will know that the air freshener can be triggered again.
Obviously if you place this on a high shelved unit or on the top shelve of a book case where no one will walk past them the trigger would not get activated and it wouldnt function properly.
It must be placed on a flat surface whereby someone could walk past and activate the trigger sensor for this to work and release the air freshener spray, do not place it where it might be blocked by other furniture or ornaments etc.
The unit is battery operated and you can buy a realistic stone coloured one as advertised on the television which blends into your house nicely, the one I have brought is white as I liked the cleaness of it and it sits nicely onto of one of my kitchen work surfaces where I would walk past and activate it.
They come in various fragrences but the one I have purchased is called French Vanilla as I do like the smell of Vanilla in my home, they are quite expensive for an air freshener but in my opinion well worth every penny.
I enjoy the air freshener because it lasts for ages and on passing you get a burst of spray which brightens and freshens up my kitchen covering any smells that might be lingering in their from cooking etc.
I like the smell of this one, but you may like to try other fragrances for different rooms in your home.
It does take a little while to set the unit up, but I must say that the instructions given are acurrate and precise and easy to follow and then hay presto you have a device which will last a good few months and add that extra freshness to your home.
I like this gadget and would certainly recommend it to you.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
Glade sense and spray freshener is an innovative motion activated air freshener. The purpose of it is too release a burst of fragrance into the room when it detects the movement of someone passing by.
The unique design means that the fragrance is not wasted when there is nobody at home and it is only released when it is necessary. Once it has detected movement and sprayed the fragrance into the air, the sensor then locks for around 20 minutes before it can be triggered again.
In order to know whether the freshener may or may not spray, there is a flickering light. If the light is solid then it is in locked mode but if the light blinks every five seconds, then it is ready to be activated again when necessary. To override the lock out button, it can be used manually as there is a button on the top which allows a burst of fragrance to be released when pushed.
The do's and don'ts of using this product are quite comical in their length and complexity. In order to use the product, you must place it on a flat, even surface where the blast of fragrance will not be obstructed by anything such as a shelf or plant. It needs to be placed within five feet of where there is regular movement or the sensor won't be able to reach you.
Also, as the sensor reacts when a shadow is casts onto it, if the room is too dark, it won't work. Likewise, if it is too bright no shadows will be cast at all so it mustn't be placed in direct sunlight. The sensor must never be blocked by anything. The list of assembly instructions are just as complicated as you are instructed to lift this, pull this, snap this and so on. Does all this seem like a bit too much work to get a nicely fragranced home?
The product is battery operated and there are two designs available. One is white and the other is a brown stone like colour. Refills are available in a variety of scents so you can switch the fragrances that are released. The scents include Apple Cinnamon, Clean Linen, Crisp Waters and French Vanilla. It costs around £8 and can be bought from most department stores and supermarkets.
Now I am just about the biggest vanilla fan going but the French Vanilla aroma of this was horrible. It was overpowering, strong and more like a musk that a sweet scent. I initially put it in my hall way but my flat mate couldn't stand the smell and neither could any of my guests. My cats also though another cat was hissing whenever it went off and they would puff up into a furball! I moved it into the bathroom but whenever somebody went in there, they'd jump thinking something was hissing at them before getting gassed out of the room! I binned it within a week.
All in all, I was so disappointed with a product that looked so fun and useful on the advert. I love Glades candles and was equally disappointed with the fragrance this released. It goes off when it feels like it, making you jump and it is much overpriced for an air freshener.
Glade produce a wonderful range of fragrant candles, room fresheners and sprays. I love the candles around the holidays but as I have a little toddler now I don't really like to have open flames around the house. I was looking for something to keep the whole house fresh but nice looking at the same time and came across the Glade Sense and Spray automatic room freshener.
Firstly the design of this air freshener is what really attracted me to it. It doesn't look like an air freshener which I really like. There's nothing worse than having a big tacky bit of plastic stuck on a shelf looking totally out of place with the rest of your home decorations, yes, it keeps the place nice and fresh but it just doesn't look nice at all. This air freshener looks just like a stone ornament and really blends in well to my home. I have it on a table by the front door and it looks like it really belongs there. I have it actually as another ornament and it looks perfect. It is in a sort of bulb shape and is rounded and bigger at the bottom. At the top there is a hole in order for the spray to come out of.
This air freshener works by releasing fragrance when someone walks past it. I think this is such a good idea as you don't always need your house to smell of fragrance all the time but do need it at the important times like when people come in etc. When someone walks past the air freshener a motion sensor detects it and release a burst of fragrance into the air. Now, I do find that, especially when you have first opened a new unit or added a refill, that it is very strong so you may want to move it to somewhere where you don't pass all the time or somewhere that you do not sit down in as the smell is a little overpowering and can get into your lungs. That said though, if you have it somewhere out of the way it will freshen up the whole room or downstairs. I have mine by my front door so it goes off when I walk in the door and makes the whole of my downstairs smell fresh for ages. What's great is that once activated, the unit then goes into what it calls a lock-out mode where it will not spray fragrance again for 20 minutes. This means that the refill will last longer than regular room sprays.
What's great is that if you do need more fragrance within that 20 minute time limit you can just push the button on the front and it will boost another bit of fragrance into the air. It works with batteries which are included when you buy the whole unit. One thing I will advise is do watch where you place it as if the sensor is blocked it will not go off. THe Sense and Spray unit costs £9 and we have had ours for quite a few months now and it is still working so I would say it is quite good value for money. There are various fragrances you can get for this unit. At the moment because it is Christmas I have a spiced apple fragrance but you can get it in a more neutral Linen fragrance and also a nice warm vanilla.
After coming back from my holiday to a house that had been empty for a week. I realised something that I hadn't realised since I had moved in to the house at the beginning of the year. That realisation is that my house smells strange. I couldn't tell you why, its not that my house smells particularly unpleasant it just doesn't smell right probably due to old carpets and the like.
I have never been a huge fan of air fresheners but since moving in to older houses and owning a cat I do think they can work well to make your home smell nice. I already own a couple of plug in air fresheners and was looking to add to my collection so that each room could have its own air freshener. I wanted something a bit different which preferably didn't plug in to the wall (for some reason I worry about how much making my room smell nice will cost!). I came across glade sense and spray in my local Boots/Savers type shop. I picked it up on offer for around £4.00 which I thought was quite a reasonable price.
Glade sense and spray is a motion activated air freshener that runs off batteries. The starter kit which I purchased comes with the sense and spray unit, batteries and a small aerosol type can which contains the fragrance. On first use getting the air freshner to work is fairly simple, after lifting up the front of the unit and pulling the little tab on the battery compartment you just need to place the fragrance tube in to the base unit. After replacing the front of the unit you will notice that a light has come on which indicates that the unit is working.
I decided to place my Glad Sense and Spray on a table in the sitting room which was near the kitchen door. I thought this would be a good idea to conceal any nasty smells that come from the kitchen but also help the sitting room smell nice. This was a bad choice on my part! The unit itself is actually pretty annoying and I would advise if you were going to buy one of these its best to place them in a hallway or a room you don't accommodate too regularly. This is because when the motion sensor picks up the movement the unit quite literally whirs in to life to make the fragrance puff out of the top and then whirs back down in to lock out mode. This lock out mode is actually quite useful as it stops the unit from constantly going off evrytime you move. After spraying the room the unit locks itself for twenty minutes. You can tell the unit is locked as the light on the front remains constant. However, after twenty minutes the light will start to flash letting you know its ready to detect movement again and spray. This in itself is really annoying as you always manage to catch it flashing out of the corner of your eye!
In terms of longevity I don't think this air freshener lives up to much. I think that maintaining air fresheners can be quite costly and so fresheners with gauges and the like to adjust the amount of fragrance used is very handy. The Glade Sense and Spray does not have this feature and so it uses what it uses. The refills are meant to last for 270 sprays in 'normal conditions' which should last you thirty days. Although I placed my freshener in a fairly prime position in terms of movement I would still consider the amount it was walked past etc. normal. I found that the fragrance lasted for a maximum of three weeks, which is pretty poor and in the long term with all the refills it will be expensive.
The one thing I have liked with this unit is the fragrances I have used in it so far. I tend to like quite sweet smells and have so far used vanilla and spiced apple. Both of which smell really nice and have done well to make the room smell lovely.
Other fragrances for the Sense and Spray include:
Lavender and vanilla
However, what you will be able to buy will depend on the store you visit. Where I bought my starter kit from tends to have older fragrances (like spiced apple which was presumably released for last Chirstmas) but shops such as Tescos tend to have the newer ones. Prices also vary for the refills with prices ranging from £2.00 to £4.00 which is very similar to the cost of other air freshner refills out there. However, as always its best to look out for refills when on offer.
All in all I half like this unit, the idea behind it is a good one but I wouldn't recommend it for anywhere but your hallway and even then I would only recommend you put it somewhere out of the way as its likely to scare the hell out of you if you need to walk past it in the middle of the night to go to the loo!
Sense and spray motion activated room spray
On a shopping trip to Wilkinsons (very rare) me and my mum saw the sense and spray and it was about £4.98 so we thought we would get it, well for that price why not give it a go.
It is a motion sensitive room spray, meaning that in theory when you walk past the sensor on the top of the spray it will automatically spray the fragrance you picked into the room and then it will diffuse out and make the hosue smell nice. Well the second part is correct, the fragrances that you can buy are really nice, we have the clean linen one which is realy nice. light, airy and summery. And it also diffuses around the room quickly and gets rid of unwanted smells such as cooking and pets (my guinea pigs).
But I have found that over the past about three days of using it in my living room where everyone walks though, it does not always go off when it is ready to. When it is ready to go off (after 30 minutes since the last one) then the little orange light on the front of the it next to the sensor starts to flash on and off. But I didn't go off when I walked past it so I though it must not has seen my so after walking past it, running past it and jumping in front of it, it didn not go off even though it was ready to and the light was flashing. The only thing that makes is really go off without you pressing the button on the front is to move your finger really close to the sensor and then it goes off, oh and when you press the button!
Also when it does go off it is quite powerful and it makes this weird noise when it does and it is quite scary and makes me and my sister jump every time it does eventually go off!
*Very nice summery smell - the clean linen one
*Cheap at Wilkinsons - about £4.98
*Also available in most larger supermarkets
*Does not go off when you walk past, run past or even jump in front of
*Handy boost button as it does not go off when people walk past
*Nice simple discrete design
*Different scents/fragrances to chose from including an oder eliminator one, clean linen and apple cinnamon
Thank you for reading my review
The Glade 'Sense and Spray' sounds good in theory, being a motion-activated air-freshener that emits a pleasant fragrance every time you walk into the room. In the adverts, the appliance produces an enchanting aroma illustrated visually by sparkly pixie-dust much to the satisfaction of the members of the hosuehold whose movements have triggered it.
The reality is somewhat different however, because the air freshener operates using an air-pump, meaning that it makes an unpleasant gargling sound before and after spraying the air freshener, with the overall effect producing imagery of being vomited at by a nauseous tramp hiding behind a fence, or perhaps being attacked by a surprised skunk found lurking in the shadows. This feeling of being spat at by one of your own household appliances every time you walk into a room is incredibly annoying, and makes you want to smash the thing into a thousand pieces very quickly.
The appliance looks pleasing enough, with a smooth white candle-like shape and green light that makes it resemble a mini-speaker, although its not particularly cheap at around £5-6. Refills are cheaper however and are supposed to last for up to 30 days, but if you put the appliance in a place where it will disturbed often then you will be lucky if it lasts for half this long. The refills come in a numer of different flavours, including a christmassy mulled-wine flavour, and smell pleasant enough, but the device's spray mechanism is far too noisy and thus irritating. Just buy a standard plug-in air freshener instead, as this will last around as long and irritate you a lot less.
On a recent shopping trip at my local Morrisons I spotted these Glade Sense & Spray air freshener units on display near the end of the aisle.
They were on promotion at £3.50 although it did not state what the usual price would be.
I picked one up and read on the box that Glade Sense & Spray is an automatic spray with a 'new and improved' Motion Sensor.
Included in the box was the unit, refill and batteries.
Reading the information on the back of the box, it explains that this is a clever automatic air freshener with motion sensor technology.
The idea being it freshens your home automatically but only when you need it. The motion sensor will detect movement when someone walks into the room, and automatically releases a burst of fragrance every 30 minutes as long as someone is in the room.
After the burst of fragrance the unit then 'goes to sleep' for 30 minutes.
I decided to buy one while it was on offer. There was only one fragrance 'Vanilla' available when I purchased it but I noticed refills available in Clean Linen and Relaxing Zen fragrances.
The refills were £3.00.
The air freshener comes with full instructions which seemed simple enough to follow. You simply lift up the front of the unit, insert the batteries and then lay the refill flat in the recess, and click it into place.
There is a red tab which sticks out, and you are told to pull this out after inserting the batteries and refill. After doing this I stood the air freshener on my coffee table and waited for it to release a burst a fragrance.
And then I began waving my hand in front of the motion sensor...
My partner had walked into the room at this point, looking at me strangely as I sat on the sofa waving at the air freshener! I think he thought I had cracked up!
I explained that I had just bought it and what it was meant to do, so he tried walking past it, but still nothing happened.
I picked it up and took out the batteries and refill, as my partner was busy telling me how I buy some stupid things and to take it back to the shop.
I then noticed part of the red tab was still inside the unit. When I had pulled it out it had snapped, leaving part of the tab still inside. I removed it, and after placing the batteries and refill back inside, I returned it to the coffee table, where a few seconds later it finally released a burst of vanilla into the air!
The unit makes a 'psssssst' sound when releasing the fragrance and my poor cat who was curled up fast asleep nearby, awoke with a start and began frantically looking around the room for another cat! It does sound a little like a cat hissing so do bear this in mind if you buy one and you have a cat!
After realising it was the air freshener, she settled back down but kept an eye on it for a while, and remained intrigued by its 30 minute bursts. She has obviously got used to it now as it no longer disturbs her when asleep, but she has got a few shocks when she is walking near it as it detects her movement and off it goes!
The unit has a light on the front which blinks rapidly three times before it sprays. After this, it goes to sleep for 30 minutes. The light stays on while it is in sleep mode but the product does not sense motion and will not spray.
After 30 minutes of sleep mode, the light blinks every five seconds to indicate the unit is active and will sense any movement and spray.
You can also press the button on the front of the unit at any time and it will release a burst of fragrance.
The fragrance released is quite strong and lingers for quite a while. I have found that you do have to be right in front of the unit for it to detect motion, and just moving around on the sofa etc is not enough movement to make the air freshener work. I have to actually walk past it or wave my hand in front of it, although sometimes it will detect you getting up from the sofa.
The refill only lasted three weeks but maybe the cat walking in front of it when we are in bed or not at home may account for some of the usage!
I do like the fragrance it releases and it does fill the room with a lovely scent, so on that basis I have bought a refill this week. I decided to try a different fragrance and have bought 'Relaxing Zen' which I prefer to Vanilla.
Overall I do like Glade Sense & Spray, but do think it is quite expensive so I am deducting a star for that, and also it does not detect motion unless you are right in front of it, and not as you walk into the room as it tells you on the box.
If you can buy the unit when it is on promotion complete with refill and batteries then it is quite a good buy. I have also spotted the refills on sale at Asda and they are £3.00 there also. I shall be keeping an eye out to see if the refills are cheaper anywhere else.
Just be mindful if you have pets in the house when you buy one of these, as they may get a shock when it goes off! Also make sure you completely remove the red tab to ensure it works first time.
This is a great invention. This air freshener has a motion sensor which detects motion up to 5 ft away. When it detects the motion it sprays once. It then has a lock device so that it wont spray again when detecting motion for up to 30 minutes, which is good because you would not want it to keep spraying whilst you are in the room. It has a booster button so you can always press for extra bursts if needed.
The starter packs - cost about £4.32, contain batteries, plus one aerosol can of freshner in a choice of Clean Linen, apple cinnamon or clear springs odor eliminator.
Refills - cost about £2.50(Tesco) each or can be picked up from discount stores like home bargains for about £1.79. They come in a choice of Clean Linen, apple cinnamon, clear springs odor eliminator, vanilla, country garden, power fresh, hawaiin breeze.
-Clean linen is a lovely fresh smell and really smells like that lovely fresh linen smell. It is not really strong like some scents you can get but at the same time eliminates the odours you need to.
-The scent diffuses well and seems to elimate odours rather than masking them. You dont get that nice fragrance mixed in with bad odour kind of smell as you get with some air freshners
-Good how it sprays when you walk in the room so you have a nice welcoming smell.
-Great idea how it locks for a certain amount of time after the initial spray
-Brilliant, as starter pack comes with batteries and so far the batteries on ours have lasted 3 months. (Our air freshner is ontop of the fridge freezer in the kitchen so is regularly set off)
-Refills seem to last 1 month so not too bad.
-The booster button is there for times of need!
-not many, just the price of the refills. You have to shop around abit if you want cheaper. Home bargains price is £1.79 and on ebay they sell them off at lower prices.