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I love having a house that smells nice, so I bought the Ambi Pur 3volution because it promises that with the combination and timing of 3 scents, you''ll always smell it. I have tried all the scents and they are all nice, but my favourite is spring forest. The installation is simple - you buy the plug in part once, and then the refills. The refills have a cap on each scent which you simply twist off, exposing the wet sticks. The wet ends go into the holes on the bottom of the plug in very simply. Then you just plug it into the wall. The scents change from one to the other to the other, so that you never get the same smell for too long and get so used to it that you can''t smell it anymore. The scent is supposed to last up to 60 days but in my experience it is less than this. I usually need to change them every 2 weeks, as once they get half full or just under half, they start to smell less. Also, on several occasions one scent has run out which means that for 1/3 of the time there''s no fragrance. The only other problem is that with regular use it forms a yellowy stain on the top which if you don''t wipe off quickly, becomes permanent. It''s unsightly but not really that bad. The fragrances are not as powerful as I would like for my house but I have quite a big house. I imagine in a smaller house it would be more powerful. The fragrances do smell like their names which is a plus.
I love having a house that smells nice and fresh so im always looking for the next thing to help me achieve this. I use air fresheners and candles all the time.
I have used 3volution for a few years now. I first bought them when we moved into our new house. I have a dog and am always paranoid that our house will smell of dog if im not really careful. When I saw these I thought they sounded perfect.
They claim to freshen your home for 90 days so sounded good value to me. At £5.50 each they are not cheap but if they last 3 months I didn't think that was bad.
The thing that is great about these plug in fresheners is that they say they change the fragrance all the time so you don't get used to the smell because it is changing regularly. I think they are really well designed and look good so if you have a plug that is on view they are not unsightly.
So how do they work....
When you first buy the 3volution you will need to buy the full one with the plug but after that you just have to buy the refill. The plug is about 4 inch wide so not too big, I have one in the hall and also one in the front room both are on view but they don't look bad as they are not too big. The unit itself has 3 different fragrances and a setting button on the side so you can choose how strong to have the fragrance.
I have mine set on the highest setting but its just personal choice. I have mine plugged in all through the day and just turn it off at night. I have never timed how long they last but they seem to last a long time I don't have to regularly buy the refills. The fragrances change every 45miins and you can see which one is working at any time as a red light comes on above the one.
The refills are available all over the place from chemists to supermarkets. I normally get mine from Morrison's. I have bought 2 today and they were on offer at 2 for £7. You can buy lots of different fragrances. I really like the cotton one but again this is just personal choice they are all nice.
Loved the idea when I first saw this product of the triple fragrance idea. I used to buy plug ins over the years but stopped, because after the first inital hit, I never thought the fragrance was strong enough for me. This idea I thought might hit the spot.
This refill comes in many different fragrance. So far I have used the vanilla bouquet and also exotic fruity fusion. So regardless of what your own taste of smell is, there should be something for everyone.
Its easy to use, as long as you have the unit, you take the refill and unscrew the three tops on it and push it in. Yo have a sliding switch on the slide that allows you to adjust the strength of the fragrance.
My experince of the fragrances are they are lovely. The first time I used it I felt the fragrance was quite strong and circled through my hallway beautifully. The second refill I bought it was no where near as strong and too sutle, despite it being placed in the same unit, adjusted to the same strength, was placed in the same area of the house ( a small narrow and short hallway ) and was the same fragrance.I found this very disappointing. I thought maybe this was a bad refill so I contacted the company and they were lovely, as they sent me vouchers to buy replacements. So very good customer services. The fruity fusion isthe next one Iused and found the smell to be quite soft despite being on full strength, but was still very pleasant.
On the plus side the fragrances that I have used have smelt exactly as their title would suggest, so not much thought needed for that. On the negative side, it seems crazy that sometimes its more cost effective to buy a new plug in with refill than just the refill itself ( depends on what offeres are on at the time ). The refills for what they are are far too expensive, and because they need to be plugged in, I think the makers should clearly state how much electricity to requires to run it, as electricity these days is so expensive. Also find it concerning all the warnings on the back of the product eg avoid contact with skin, avoid contact with eyes. So thinking aloud how good is this stuff to breathe in?
I will use the last few refills I have so not to waste, but will be finding alternative.
We moved into our house in April last year and it needs completely re-decoratingto get the house looking how we want it. In the meantime, because the house doesn't look the exact way we would like it, we always try to make the effort to make sure it smells nice.
I have tried various plug ins and found them all to do their job but I have to admit to being quite interested in the new Ambi Pur 3volution when I saw an advert on the TV for it.
What Is 3volution?
Ambi Pur 3Volution is similar to all the other plug in air fresheners on the market except that this one has three fragrances instead of just the one. The idea is that our noses become used to just one smell so with other plug in air fresheners, after a while, you tend not to notice the smell of them in the room. With Ambi Pur 3volution, because the smell switches between the three different fragrances within the plug in every 45 minutes, you always notice the scent in your room.
What Does The Plug In Look Like?
It looks fairly similar to any other plug in except that the 3volution one has three bottle of scent attached to the plug in. The plug in itself is white and slightly bigger than a normal plug in simply because it needs to house three bottle of scent instead of one. The plug in is about 3 inches high by 2 inches deep by 4 inches wide.
The three bottles of fragrance are 20ml in size and the bottle are made of glass with each bottle having its own lid.
On the side of the plug in is a sliding button which allows you to alter the strength of the plug in.
Setting Up The Plug In
This bit is nice and easy; you just have to remove the lids from the top of the three bottles of fragrance and then pop each bottle into the plug in. Then, simply plug it into a socket. You will know the unit is working because a red light will come on. One thing I quite like about this air freshener is that the light moves as the fragrance changes so you can always tell which fragrance is being pumped into the room.
The whole unit (which includes the plug in and the three bottle of fragrance) costs £7.99 which initially I thought was really expensive. But once you have bought the plug in, the re-fills are slightly cheaper at £4.48 for the three bottles of fragrance. This product claims that if used on the maximum setting, the fragrance will last for 90 days and so far, with mine being on the medium setting it has lasted longer than this.
There are seven different varieties of the 3volution plug ins and they are all colour coded. The seven varieties are Heavenly Flowers which is baby pink, Fresh New Day which is pale green, Spring Flowers which is bright pink, Winter Collection which is cream, Spring Gardens which is dark green, Seaside Breezes which is blue and Oriental Dreams which is orange.
What Did I Think Of It?
These plug ins are the best ones I have ever come across out of all the ones I have used. Every time I enter the house, I am greeted by the lovely smell of the plug in. I have a plug in in my living room and one in the bedroom and the scent from each of them can easily be smelt in the surrounding rooms. The one from the front room can be smelt when you enter the house which is pretty good going considering it is plugged in down the hallway from the entrance of the house. A higher setting than medium can lead to such an overpowering smell which can be quite unpleasant because it is just so strong.
I would definitely recommend this product and I can't fault it in any way except that they are a little bit expensive. Having said that though, although initially they seem quite expensive with the holder costing nearly £8, these holders do last for ages and the re-fills ate slightly cheaper that the entire plug in.
The one thing you do need to be careful of is that you keep an eye on hw much liquid is left as if the freshener runs out, the holder can get warm and the nib of it dries out and may not be able to be used again - meaning you will have to buy another holder. It is very easy to keep an eye on how much liquid you have left though as the refill is made from glass and you can easily see how much liquid there is left.
One more thing, be very careful with the plug in. For example, sometimes I take the plug in out for a while to plug in something else i.e., the hoover and you need to be very careful where you place the plug in. It doesn't balance very well and if it falls over then it will stain carpets, furniture etc so make sure you are careful.
I'll admit, I fell for the advertising gimmick and decided to give the air freshener a go! Before this I used spray air fresheners and constantly forgot to put a new one in. This one stays in our hall, and the small boy always reminds me to put it on in a morning (and if I'm too slow does it for me! *sigh*)
Description from mysupermarket.com
"Natural scents inspired by the world. Japan Rituals; a harmonic collection of 3 complementary fragrances inspired by ancestral rituals - herbal scent of traditional Japanese tatami mats used during tea ceremonies, uplifting aroma of Jasmine tea leaves, and an evocative perfume of Japanese gardens in bloom. 3 scents alternating every 45 minutes, so you always notice them. "
I bought this for around £5 from Tesco as part of a full 3volution set (not a refill). It comes in eco-friendly packaging that can be recycled but very difficult to get into - kitchen scissors come in handy for it! It has a plastic casing with 3 holes at the top to release the air freshener and has a slide button to increase or decrease the fragrance being given off. The refill itself just slots into place after you have taken the plastic caps off each one and can also be recycled as it consists of glass and plastic. You have to wait until you hear a click to make sure it is in place. Then you just have to plug it in to a UK socket and switch it on and viola! You have a nice smelling area. I usually have it on the minimum setting and can smell it in most areas of the house (though we are in a tiny 2 bed terrace).
The description is pretty accurate and it says on the pack that on the minimum setting it lasts 90 days, it actually lasted a bit longer than that for us and was on every day, sometimes for more than 12 hours (though not often).
I really like the smell of this, and it was noticeable when it changed, but in a nice way. It's pretty unique too. It is certainly noticeable when you go out and then come back, and it's lovely to walk into from outside and tends to neutralise any other smells that were lingering (e.g. the smell that was left over from cooking lunch/dinner). Whenever it changed fragrances if we were in, we would suddenly get a gentle waft come into the living-room which was great to.
My only problem is that Tesco don't sell it any more, (however it does seem to be available from them via mysupermarket.com?) so I have had to choose a different one (which I don't like as much) which is a shame as I would highly recommend it.
Reckon I should write to Tesco to see if they'll restock it? :)
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There is a few plug in Air Fresheners going about. I think these were popular to start off with but then the Motion sensor kind of Fresheners seemed to be the "in" thing. I have used this one before as I like the Ambi Pur range and I have picked up things like this when the price has been right.
You can buy these in the unit which has the scents with it too and a refill pack. The refill pack is a bit cheaper than the full unit, but I often find that the unit pack can be discounted at times - probably to get interest for you buying it. I think the right price for the unit can be anything up to £8 whereas the refils can be from £4. It depends where you buy it though and I find that shops like Semi Chem are usually a good price often.
This looks like the picture on here. The plug isn't too chunky but it does stick out a bit. You can see the 3 different vials on this and each vial is a different scent. If you look to the side of where the vials are then there is a little slider bit and this allows you to control how strong the scent comes out. While this is plugged in and the plug switched on then the scent comes out at a light fragrance on the low setting but it is still enough for you to be able to smell it no problem. At least you can adjust each vial on it's own so if you like 2 scents more than 1 you can set it so that you can smell them more. This changes scent every so often - have never counted how quickly it does this but I believe it is meant to do it every 45 minutes. I guess the reason for it chopping and changing the scents will be to give a different fresh scent and obviously use the Oils up much at the same rate roughly. You can even see which vial it is using as this is indicated by a little red light at it.
There is a few different refill packs for this and there should be a scent for everyone. I like the spring scented one as it is just light, fresh scents. The Oriental one is nice too but a little bit of a richer scent.
A nice Fragrance which if used every day for a good few hours will still last a good few months so when you think about it it may not work out as expensive as you think but still best picked up when on offer.
Whatever's on offer
I really like plug-in air fresheners, as I think they work better than stand-alone or spray fresheners in the main. However I have no real brand loyalty opting for whatever is on offer usually!
However this is one that I've now bought several times. I remember seeing advertising for the product that claims that the freshener automatically switches between the three different fragrances every 45 minutes, meaning that you continue to smell the scents as you don't get accustomed to the same smell all the time. And I have to say that this is definitely true as I find myself noticing the smell from this plug-in freshener again and again!
Prices for the 3Volution Plug-In units and refills seem to vary a lot depending where you look, and like I say these are often on offer. The last time I bought these were from Asda online, where the complete unit - which includes both the plug-in section and the three scents - currently costs £4, while the refills cost £3.50. If you leave this plugged in at the minimum setting for 12 hours a day, these last for 90 days.
There are all sorts of fragrances available and the three in each set always complement each other. Fragrances include Sea Breezes, Vanilla Treat and Oriental Dream.
Fresh New Day
I have tried a few of the 3Volution fragrances, but the product I am reviewing here is the Fresh New Day set, as this is the one I am currently using and enjoying! The three smells are freshly mown grass, windows flung open and the morning breeze. The freshener promises to give you "the sparkling freshness of a spring dawn, to enjoy in the warmth and comfort of your home".
To set up the unit, you simply remove the tops from the three bottles, which are attached to each other, and click them into the unit. You then plug the unit into the wall. And that's it! At the side of the unit is a small switch with three settings min and max with one extra setting in the middle. When I first set this up, I find that the minimum setting is in fact enough to give off a good strong burst of fragrance from the unit. And of course the lower the setting, the less of the liquid is used meaning your unit lasts for longer.
This is a really nice air freshener and the different fragrances, while complementing each other, are very fresh and springlike. The least favourite scent for me is the grass fragrance - it's quite authentic but isn't one of my favourite scents in the first place! However the other two are lovely and I really enjoy smelling this whenever I go near it in the house! The plug-in nicely fragrances the whole floor of the house in which it is plugged (it isn't a massive floor to be fair but still...!).
I tend to try not to leave this plugged in at all times as I want to preserve the fragrances! So if I'm out or away for example, I do try and remember to switch this off. Also when this does get nearer to the end, I find I need to switch this up to the higher settings to get the full effect.
Overall I highly recommend the 3Volution fresheners - I like all the ones I've tried and if you can get them at a good price then I would certainly say they are a good option if you like plug-ins. You can definitely make one last for a good few months if you don't keep it on all the time, and the changing scents definitely work.
I do keep a fresh smelling home and this is usually obtained by ensuring my home is nice and clean, but when I need an extra boost I also use the Ambi Pur 3volution plug in air freshener.
While in my early twenties I tried scented candles and oil burners, but usually found any scent provided was obscured when the candle was blown out. I also have this weird thing where I can't use lighters, I don't know why I just have trouble getting them to light and then when they light I am usually so surprised I drop the lighter, so as you can imagine I am a bit of a fire hazard. I can use matches, but I am a bit tentative when it comes to striking them and Mr H does not like the smell of matches.
So when the first plug in air fresheners came on the market I was quite eager to try them out. The plug in air freshener's work by gently warming the scented oil up that is in a small bottle that slots in the bottom of the plug in unit so it gradually emits the fragrance. I thought these were great, but the down side was that after a while I stopped smelling the fragrance, I knew it was still working though as when I turned the unit on first thing in the morning I could smell it again.
Then along came Ambi Pur 3volution, this is like your traditional plug in except that it uses 3 complementing scented oils as appose to 1.
Unfortunately the initial outlay of purchasing a 3volution unit is quite high, anywhere between £8 and £10, so I did wait till they were on offer before securing my first plug in unit. I think I paid less than £5 for my unit and it came with a set of scented oils so I was up and running. The refills for the plug in can cost anywhere between £3 and £5 depending on what scents you buy and where you buy them from, so if you can get a full unit on a half price offer you have got a bargain.
Now these do work like the old style single plug-ins, once you have removed your plug in unit from its sealed plastic packaging and liberated the scented oils too you are faced with the task of putting your plug-in air freshener together.
The three scented oils are fixed together with a plastic clip that is coloured according to the type of fragrance the bottles contain; flowery fragrances are usually pink, outdoor fragrances blue, plant type smells green etc. . . The bottles should not be taken apart and the oil in each bottle should only be used in the bottle provided and with a 3volution plug in. Each little bottle will have a screw cap, once each cap is unscrewed it reveals what is in essence a wick, I keep the caps as they come in handy for sealing the bottles back up if you want to switch fragrances before the oil has run out. The bottles can then be inserted into the plug in unit, just push them firmly till they click in and you are ready to go. There is a little slide situated on one side of the plug in unit, this can be set to three different settings, low, medium and high. The box recommends that setting the unit to a medium setting and using for 12 hours a day will give you a life span of 90 days for each fragrance unit. I find this to be about right. I use my plug in on the low setting for the first week or so as I find the fragrance to be very strong, I will then switch it to the medium setting till it runs out.
The thing that 3volutuion has over other plug in air fresheners is that it switches between fragrances every 45 minutes, ensuring that you can constantly smell the air freshener as the new smell is picked up by your nose, I find the fragrances each have there own distinctive perfume but still complement each other. You can tell which fragrance is being emitted because a small red light is lit above the hole where the fragrance comes from. The plug-ins are usually strong enough to easily fill the down stairs of my medium sized three bedroom house with a beautiful fragrance.
I have had my plug-in unit for around three years and have a second one for use upstairs. The plug-in units are very sturdy and I have not had one break on me, the white plastic is easy to wipe clean and comes up like new. I think the good thing about these units is that there are so many different perfumed refills to choose from, you can quite easily and cheaply perfume your whole house after the initial cost of the plug-in units.
In conclusion I think these are a great item for any home. There are better looking air fresheners widely available now but this one does the job.
Thank you for reading.
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A BIT OF BACKGROUND
I like my home to smell nice and welcoming to visitors. We're not a smoking household nor do we have pets so we don't have the smells to mask like some homes do but, never the less, everyday smells of cooking etc can leave the house smelling stale if not careful so I buy a lot of products to freshen it up. I have bought more than my fair share of candles, reed diffusers and plug in air fresheners - all with varying degrees of success. When I went to my sister's house and was greeted instantly with a subtle, welcoming fragrance I was eager to discover what was responsible and she showed me the 3volution unit plugged in to her hall socket. I decided that this would be my next purchase and, after shopping around, purchased myself a unit.
The refill I chose for the unit was the Cotton Sensations variety. This cost me £4 on special offer at Tesco. The refill comes in a plastic shell with a cardboard backing. The colouring of the cardboard is quite plain and pale and there is a picture of a teddy bear. At the top of the cardboard the promise that the refill will last for 90 days is displayed. This is if used for 12 hours a day at the minimum setting.
The 3volution units works by alternating between three different fragrances, each lasting for 45 minutes. The idea behind this being that your nose can not 'get used' to a scent so it is always noticeable. The refill is like three small glass bottled moulded into one unit. Each has a plastic cap that is a slightly different shade of brown - this needs to be removed before it is slotted into the base of the unit. The three scents in this refill are described as being 'fresh clean towels, soft warm jumpers and natural delicate blossom'. Once plugged in, the scent is immediately obvious and the differences between the three scents are very subtle rather than dramatic. The scents are very 'clean' and do remind me of the smell of clean laundry and fabric conditioner - which is a lovely scent to fill your home with.
The refills are also available in a broad range of other fragrances, for example Heavenly Flowers, Relaxing Countryside and Vanilla.
I use the unit on the maximum setting rather than minimum as it is in our kitchen, which is quite a large room and this makes the scent more noticeable - on minimum, the scent barely fills the room. The scent is lovely and fresh and, I would say, it is not overly 'artificial'like some air freshener fragrances can be. To me, my house smells like I have been doing washing and I like this! The 3volution idea is definitely a good one as the fragrance remains noticeable to me throughout the day - even though I am unable to detect any really strong differences between the three fragrances in the refill.
I do think that the unit and refills are quite expensive but they do work and the unit is a one-off purchase. The refills often seem to be available on special offers at the supermarkets so I often stock up when I see them. The refill lasted me longer than the 90 days promised, even though I use on the maximum rather than minimum setting. This is because I very rarely have it on for 12 hours a day - more like 5 or 6. For the refill to last that length of time, the £4 I paid seems pretty good value to me.
The fragrance is fresh, inviting and subtle - perfect for me - and I would highly recommend it.
I bought this when it was on a half price offer in Morrisons. I never would have payed full price for it because I think these kinds of air fresheners are ridiculously expensive. The usual price for this one is about £9 depending on where you get it from, and the refills are about £5. Out of all the different scent options available (and after spending time sniffing the scratch and sniffs on the boxes), the only one that remotely appealed to me was the Vanilla Treat one, all the others just seemed really boring and samey.
It comes in plastic pack, the kind which usually take all day to get into, but they've made it easier by perforating part of the pack so you can just pull it open. Inside the outer pack is the unit and the refill. The unit is quite bit, as you would expect with it housing 3 different fragrances. the front of the unit is white plastic and the back is grey. There are 6 holes on the front, 3 near the bottom where you can see the bottles of fragrance through, and 3 at the top where the fragrance comes out of. On the back is the plug, which you just plug directly into a mains socket. Despite it being fairly big it does look quite neat and unobtrusive.
Before you can use the air freshener you need to set up the unit, which is simple. The refill is just 3 bottles of fragrance held together at the top by a piece of plastic. They each have a cap which needs to be removed to expose the wick, and then the refill is pushed up into the bottom of the unit. Then you can plug it in and switch it on. You can choose the strength of the fragrance by pushing a little button on the side, but you only have 2 options - 'min' or 'max'. Personally I think it would be better to have at least 3 options as I'd usually like it set somewhere in between these.
The disappointing thing for me was the actual fragrance. The fragrances are supposed to be inspired by freshly baked cakes, creamy hot drinks and warm inviting homes, though it doesn't say specifically what each scent is, but I normally love these types of scents. Unfortunately all I got from this was a kind of soapy scent which really wasn't pleasant, and I could not distinguish between the 3 scents at all, they just all smelt the same. The whole idea of the 3volution is that because it's changing through 3 different scents it's always noticeable, so the fact that they didn't smell any different to each other wasn't helpful.
On the back of the pack it says that a refill will last up to 90 days if you use it for 12 hours a day on the minimum setting, which if this is true would make it better value than it first seems as most air fresheners only last around a month. However I will not be buying this again as my experience of this fragrance set has put me off trying any more for a fiver a time. Very disappointing.
It seems that every time I go to the supermarket and do a "trolly shop", I have to eye up the latest air fresheners, and see what's on offer. The offers on air fresheners always change, and I tend to just buy the ones which look best value for money. However, by the time I return to the shop to buy refills, they are back to their regular price. That's the problem with refillable air fresheners - I buy the dispenser at a cheap price, and then next time I buy, I buy another dispenser, as it's cheaper.
I bought the ambi pur 3volution at a reasonable price and decided to give it a go. It came with a refill already, a fragrance named "Vanilla treat". I am partial to a bit of either Vanilla or Lavender around the house, so thought this would do. The ambi pur 3volution claims to last 90 days if set on minimum setting for 12hours a day. Unfortunately, I never remember to turn mine off, so it's always on. I do however, leave it on the minimum setting. The air freshener is easy to set up, just click in the refill and plug in, remembering to set it on low, medium or high on the side of the plug. On the first day of setting this up and plugging it in, I set the fragrance to medium. However, it was far, far too over powering. On the minimum setting, the air freshener provides a subtle constant fragrance, which doesn't offend or over power at all. However, unfortunately, there is one scent which I'm not too keen on. The other two scents are sweet and fresh, whereas the third is rather like a strong perfume.
A good thing about this air freshener is it really does stay noticeable, and after approx two months, has not ran out yet. I have managed to pick up further refills too whilst they were on offer so they should last me a while. As they last so long, I would probably fork out the £5.50 - £6.00 for a refill, although this is expensive.
For a while there my wife was into candles of varying degrees of scent and size. They were fine and in the most part worked well in drifting a nice fresh clean and usually pleasant smell around the house. Recently however it those plug in things that have caught her attention. This is probably due to the fact quite a few shops round our way frequently have this type of product on offer.
I've used quite a few Ambi Pur products in the past and in fact my current car freshener is of this make. I've grown to accept that although they are usually a bit more expensive than the other brands they do seem to last longer and the fragrances on offer are of a wider range and can be varied in use for different rooms. The single version of the Ambi Pur plug in is very nice and comes in many varied and nice scents, but the clever thing about the 3volution is that there are three fragrances in the one kit/pack and these disperse at different rates and rotate the fragrance so as you do not become too familiar with the one currently being wafted around the room.
I have found that if you use the same one for a long period you become slightly immune to its scent therefore it becomes a bit useless. There are once again various pretty named versions of the 3volution but by far my favourite is the Winter Dream collection. I guess in essence the fragrances in this set are predominantly considered winter smells, but I feel they are suitable pretty much all year round at least I like them and when its my turn to choose the delicate odour to be drifting around the room this is the one I choose.
Hints of cinnamon and woody offerings are the main characteristics of the three scents in this pack, whilst every so often a subtle hint of vanilla creeps in. Every so often
(it says 45 mins on the box but I think it varies considerably from this figure) it changes the fragrance and you are rewarded with a fresh clean scent slowly overpowering the previous scent. This cycle of changing happens through the plug in unit which unfortunately has to be bought separately at a cost of around £6.50 added the cost of this refill at around £3.49 and your talking a tenner to get some nice smells drifting around your house. The good news is that the main operating unit only needs to be purchased once and the 3volution refills simple pull out and are replaced with the new ones.
Other versions include Oriental Japanese Garden, Nevada Dessert, each with its own unique combination of three fragrances, and each with its own charm and feels. Most of the ones available have a sniff and scratch surface on the from face of the packet so you can try before you buy. The main unit is sturdy and can take a fair bit of battering if the hoover tends to knock it now and then. It is white in colour so fits in with most décor.
The three scents in the winter dream collection are designed to compliment each other whilst at the same time being completely different in order that you should have a continual breeze of fresh and nice whiffs wafting around. The scents are quite strong and the changing every 45 mins or so makes the room feel a bit newer each time. The hints of spice and wood an d vanilla all work quite well along with some other pleasant niffs lingering in the background.
They are a bit expensive, but this is well compensated for in the fact that they rotate smells, are strong enough to be noticed and to freshen the room. They also last quite a bit longer than other types. The main unit has a strength control on the side so you can adjust the fragrance from strong down to mild; there are three settings here. I think even though they are more expensive they are worth the little extra for the quality of smells, the variety of other fragrances on offer. The winter dream collection shall I think remain my favourite for a while although I am quite fond of most of the other offerings.
When my last plug-in air freshener was starting to seem a bit sorry for itself, I happened to spot an Ambi-Pur 3volutions plug-in on offer in the supermarket at half price. As these normally sell for over £9, the best part of a tenner, it seemed like a good idea to get one while on offer.
The Ambi Pur 3volutions is an electric diffuser which you plug into a socket. It includes three different fragrances which are designed to complement each other, and which spray in rotation so that you should always be able to notice your air freshener, rather than becoming accustomed to the same fragrance all the time. There is a switch on the plug-in which allows you to choose the frequency of the sprays of fragrance - I tend to have mine set on low because refills are pricey at over £4, and I want to make it last as long as possible!
I've used two different fragrance sets in this, most often the Fresh New Day. I find that these fragrances are quite fresh, not overly floral or sweet. I have also used the National Geographic Japan Rituals once, and I actually found it very similar to the Fresh New Day fragrances. I don't like overly floral or sickly fragrances, so I won't be trying the Flowers or Vanilla fragrances, but there are some interesting ones available, particularly the National Geographic collection - Nevada Desert Essence or Alaska Bay anyone?
I find that the diffuser does do a good job of making my home smell fresh. I started using plug-in air fresheners to attempt to combat cat litter tray smells, but I don't think the Ambi-Pur 3volution is quite as effective at that as the Febreze one I was using previously. The fragrances aren't quite as strong. It does however provide a more constant fresh fragrance to my home, and I expect that is a result of the alternating fragrances. It is noticable when the plug-in has just activated because there is a slightly stronger smell, but it is never instrusive.
Overall, the Ambi-Pur 3volution is a very good electric plug-in, but it's not quite brilliant. It could do with the fragrances being ever-so-slightly stronger, and a slightly lower price (but the same goes for all electric plug-ins to be honest). Recommended, but look out for offers.
Ambi Pur is a company who offer fragranced plug ins, sprays etc for the home and the car. Whilst good cleaning practices cannot be forgotten about, a scented products allows your home to be clean and fresh smelling.
3Volution is a plug in room freshening device. When you first buy the device, you receive a refill pack with it. Each plug in can accommodates 3 little bottles of scent and refills can be purchased seperately. Each scent comes in a fragrance group and singles can be bought if you have a specific favourite but you shouldn't mix the different sets.
3Volution works through the use of electricity. Once the plug in is set up, it should be plugged in to an available plug. Every 45mins, a new scent is released into air. You can set the plug in to 3 different strengths and you know which one is coming through by the red light at the top of it. Ambi Pur claim that if this plug in is set at the minimum setting for around 12hrs per day, it will last 90days.
There is plenty of choice of fragrance groups which come in sets of 3. Each scent is designed to compliment the others in the set. The scent you choose will depend on which room you want to fragrance and the time of year it is. The current line up of scents includes but is not limited to :
*Oriental Spice - the perfect festive scent
*Relaxing Countryside - for the clean and green scent
*Fresh New Day - for a fresh, breezy, outdoor scent
One of the scents available is Vanilla Treat. This particular scent offers a delicious, sweet scent for your home. Its aim is to fill your room with the aroma of freshly baked cakes before moving on to creamy, hot drinks and finishing off with some scrumptuous, vanilla fudge.
~~~Design and Set Up~~~
The Vanilla Treat refill can be purchased alone and also as part of a pack with the plug in itself. The plug in/refill are packaged in a clear, tough plastic packet where everything can be viewed before purchasing. The design is very indulgent with cream and brown backing. The refills themselves come in cardboard boxes with the same design and instructions for use inside the box.
The plug in itself is white and smooth but quite bulky so needs to be placed in an area which it won't get bumped or bashed. One end has the plug which is a 3 point plug for UK households. The side has the slider button which allows you to change the strength from min - med - max. The front part of the plug in has 3, large holes which the scent omits from. At the base, there are 3 cut out holes showing the contents of the refill bottles.
The refills come in 3, clear bottles which are topped with screw of tops of different colours. Once these are removed, we see the bottles are slotted into a frame with ridged edges. This frame needs to be slid up into the plug in until it clicks. The diffuser tops on the bottles raise up to underneath the holes at the top of the plug in allowing the scent to omit and a red light shows which scent is coming through.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
The actual plug in plus one 20ml refill varies in price. These are stocked in supermarkets, stores such as Semi Chem and Wilkos etc. If you look around, you should be able to pick up the complete set for under £5.00 on offer or around £8.00 retail. A refill can be purchased for around £2.49 on offer or £4.50 retail.
Since having my son, I have become quite obsessive with having a spotlessly clean and beautifully smelling home. Mess as in toys lying about I can handle..dirt and unhygenic surfaces and foul smells I cannot! I spend a small fortune on a monthly basis purchasing various home fragranced products including sprays, candles and I also have many plug ins around my home.
I have 4 plug ins around my home - my livingroom, hallway, spare room and our bedroom. My bathroom has a gel and spray freshener, my sons room has nothing and the kitchen is freshened enough with my citrussy sprays. I first bought a 3volution plug in as I liked the idea of 3 alternating fragrances rather than one continuous one which could become less noticeable. I had 2 of these, one in my livingroom and hallway but
now I have one as I bumped one with the sofa when moving it and broke it!
Over the past year or so, I have purchased most of the scents available. During the summer months, I found the fresher combinations such as Fresh New Day and Nevada Desert Essence more appealing as they really brightened up my livingroom creating an airy, fresh aroma which was also ideal for when the windows were shut over and the scent really came to life.
What I would say is that sometimes it is better to purchase the full set again and have a spare plug in as it can work out just as cheap. I normally buy my refills in Semi Chem or WIlkos as they are often on offer from £2.29 onwards. I won't pay anymore than £3.00 for the refills as I like a bargain and a bargain can always be found!
~~~Initial Impressions and Ease of Assembly~~~
The first 3volution pack I bought contained the plug in and Vanilla Treat refill. My purchase was purely based on the scent alone as vanilla is one of my favourite scents and the thought of having it around my home is enticing. The packaging may seem alot but considering the amount of liquid inside, it is a safe approach. Everything is well packaged to avoid damage from store to my home.
Setting this plug in up is so easy that I can even manage it! The plug in itself sticks out quite far so I tend to place it in the spare plug behind my chair (which sits at a slant). I don't have many free plugs in my livingroom and this seemed the best option as its away from the toy or TV corner and has enough room to release the scent and not be constricted. I have placed it in other areas of my livingroom with mixed results.
The frame supporting the bottles is sturdy and the bottles contain a fair amount of liquid. The vanilla treat bottles have a cream, orange and brown lid and the diffuser seems far down into the bottle allowing all the liquid to be released and less wastage in the long run. The bottles are quite easy to unscrew and the frame slides in with a confident click. Plugging in, one scent will be choosen at random to begin the cycle of 45mins at a time.
I normally have mine on all day which is longer than recommended but not a problem as it doesn't exactly heat up. When it comes to removing the bottles, the frame needs to be clicked at either end and slid out. The bottles should be disposed off in the bin and a new refill placed in or the unit stored until such time as you need it again.
~~~Fill My House With Vanilla Treats~~~
As I said before, this was my first choice of scent and has continued to be my favourite. I have had mixed opinions of the other scents but they have all being nice enough to last in the plug in until they are empty. Once I plug this into my wall, the light picks a scent for me to appreciate and indulge in. The light isn't too strong but noticeable in the dark. The treats that await my room as well worth waiting a good 20mins for on initial plug in. My livingroom is weird shaped so any plug in needs to be strong enough to sweep around every corner.
When placed behind the chair, an amazingly stunning scent creeps up and smoothly diffuses into the air and floats around my livingroom. The 3 scents provided to me are well thought out and come across as very rich and delicious..a bit like a dessert combination. Imagine being in a kitchen where cupcakes are being baked in the oven. It is warming and incredibly mouthwatering. The 45mins seem to go past in a blur and I cannot say that I time the changes but its is very consistent and the transistion is effortless.
The cupcakes are cooling in the kitchen and you are feeling a hot chocolate with marshmallows and squirty creamy would be a great idea. Creamy richness with a hint of bitter sweetness sweeps around carressing my livingroom giving an incredibly homely, cosy feel that only a roaring fire and fleecy throw infront of the telly would give. Generously sweet but not sickly so and enough to tickle the senses. So cosied up by the fire and the cupcakes are still whafting through but only in little hints now, some delicious and very Scottish soft fudge is presented to me. It is calming and enchanting.
~~~Cosy Me Up All Night Long~~~
The recommended time for each refill is 90days. I have mine set at the maximum during the day and low late at night and through the night so mine won't last aslong as 90days. I have new refill in but my previous vanilla treat refill was in for around 8weeks which is pretty good going. As the liquid is soaked up by the diffuser, I notice the scent remains consistent and apparent even down to the last drop. Each bottle dries up evenly and by the time I remove the refill, the signs of use include little brown marks around the diffuser heads.
When my refill runs out I notice that my livingroom doesn't smell as welcoming and appealing. If the plug in is turned off during the night, I don't like it as I love waking up to the sweet aroma it omits and my room just doesn't smell proper without it,..not disgusting or minging just not the way I like it! When I move the plug in about depending on which way my furniture is sitting, I find it becomes stronger when there is nothing surrounding it. I can notice the scent throughout the day and the 3 scents interchanging allow it to be beautiful and different all day. At night when I am in the livingroom alone, I find it gets a bit heavy hence the reason I reduce it a little and it becomes more soft and sweet.
~~~Welcoming My Guests~~~
Now we live closer to family, we have regular guests and moreso my Mother-in-law who lives across the main road. She has quite a weak sense of smell but notices the treats given off by this refill. She could visit in the morning and ask if I had been baking and then come back in the evening and ask if I had baked something different. The vanilla treat makes my home welcoming and moreso my livingroom which is the main area within my house.
As a home fragrances, I wholly recommend the 3volution. As a refill, I recommend the Vanilla Treat as a livingroom fragrance. I feel its indulgent and warming approach is more suited to during the winter months when you want to cosy up and watch a film of the TV. For summer months, go for something fresh and clean. These refills are well priced on offer and completely worth the money and initial cost of purchasing the set.
This comes with my full recommendation :)
I have always found that electric plug in air fresheners are an easy and efficient way of creating a nice scent throughout the home, though not always the cheapest. I bought the Ambi Pur 3volution plug in air freshener over a year ago now when it was on a half price offer, this model is a simple to use product. There are three setting options where you can change the frequency of scent release on the side of the plug so you not have to remove it from the wall. These are the standard low, medium and high release, indicated as lines (I, II, III) I tend to keep mine on the low setting which is more than sufficient to give the house a nice aroma, on the low setting it sprays about every 45mins to an hour.
The plug is a standard UK 3 pin, with a white plastic cage attached. The cage is where the refill scents are inserted. To attach the fragrance you just slide it into the plastic case, it is very easy to fit and remove the refills and all you have to remember to do before inserting one is to remove the caps on the fragrance bottles, or else a) it won't fit and b) no fragrance can get out of the bottles! There are three holes in the top of the case to let the scents out. The 3volution, as the name suggests, contains three different fragrances in one air freshener. Each time the timer releases the scent it is a different one and a red light is lit on the top of the plastic case indicating which one is being released. One downside to this product is that you cannot set it to one scent, but I have never felt the need to do so anyway.
The product retails for about £9 at full price, however they are often on offer at half price or less in the major supermarkets. For this you get the plug and your first refill which is a full sized one and there are often varieties of plugs and scents to choose from. The packaging says that the refills last up to 90 days if used for 12 hours a day at the minimum setting. Personally I don't really see the need to have it on for a long period of time, once switched on the fragrance is immediate and long lasting so I tend to use it for a few hours every few days, as mentioned above on the low setting. My latest refill has been in for about four months and it still has a fair amount of usage left in it, so in my opinion it is an economical air freshener.
The three scents are chosen around themes and are all intended to compliment one another. Some examples are;
Nevada Desert Essence
Fresh New Day
Relaxing Country Side
The refills are approximately £4-50 - £5 each, again however they are commonly on offer in the supermarkets and this makes them much cheaper. Although for the length of time they last I don't think this retail price is too expensive. You can also 'scratch and sniff' the boxes of the refills and plug in before you buy them to see which one you favour. At the moment I have the Oriental Spice scent and it is lovely and rich smelling for the winter months.
I would definitely recommend this product for its ease of use and its economical value to keep the home smelling fresh and rejuvenated. The three different scents mean that it is constantly noticeable and refreshed.