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I always have a can of spray air freshener under the sink in case I need to have a quick squirt around. I do have various air fresheners dotted all over the house and I do burn scented candles every evening, but even so sometimes I just want a quick squirt of air freshener before guests arrive, or just to freshen the rooms up quickly. I always have a bottle of Febreeze under the sink as well to freshen up fabrics, curtains, cushions, sofa etc. When I was buying a replacement air freshener a few weeks ago I noticed these Air Wick Air & Fabric with fresh bubbles air fresheners - two in one basically, an air freshener and a fabric freshener. So I decided to give one of them a try. I bought the crisp linen & lilac fragrance, and they also had 3 other fragrances available which were; pink sweet pea, purple lavender meadow, and ivory freesia bloom. This was £3.00 from Waitrose. This was the full price, and not an offer price. I'm sure that if I'd have shopped around one of the large supermarkets would probably have had it on offer. This smells lovely. It smells just like freshly washed linen, it's a real clean and fresh fragrance. It definitely has that just washed clothes smell that normally fills the house when I've got things drying on the maiden that can't go in the tumble dryer. I can't say that I can smell the lilac in this specifically, I think that the freshly washed linen fragrance is the dominant fragrance, however it does have a slight floral undertone, so I guess that's the lilac. So as I mentioned this is designed both as a regular air freshener, and as a fabric freshener. It's in a bottle more like a bottle of Febreeze than a regular air freshener canister, with a trigger action pump rather than an aerosol type spray. It states that you will get up to 12 hours of freshness from this air freshener, now I certainly don't seem to get 12 hours of freshness from this, but it certainly does seem to last much longer than the regular cans of spray air fresheners do. I find that if I spray it both in the air and on the fabrics in the room then the combined effect will make the fragrance last much longer than just spraying it into the air alone. The way it works on fabrics is by claiming to have 'Air Wick Fresh Bubbles' which rest on fabrics for up to 12 hours and burst when the fabric is moved or touched, releasing a second light boost of fragrance. Again I'm not convinced about the 12 hours claim, but it certainly does seem to work as stated because if I brush past the sofa or the curtains, or if I sit on the sofa or plump up the cushions then I can certainly catch a fresh waft of the clean linen fragrance for quite a few hours after I've sprayed them. (You are not supposed to spray this onto vinyl, silk or leather.) I would definitely buy this again, and I'd buy the same fragrance, the other fragrances just didn't appeal to me as they were all very floral and I'm not a floral fragrance kind of person.
If you've read any of my fragranced candle reviews you'll know that I always state that I prefer burning either a fragranced wax tart or lighting a scented candle over using proprietary air fresheners when it comes to making sure my home smells fresh and clean. I don't like the nasty artificial scents that some air fresheners produce and I often either find them too cloying and headache-inducing or too light to have much lasting effect. It may be somewhat of a surprise then to read that I do actually own an air freshener but the one I'm about to review here, Airwick's Air & Fabric is much more than something you spray into the air and then forget about, it serves another purpose too... Packaged in a nicely designed plastic bottle complete with a easy to use spray nozzle this is a Air and Fabric freshener from Air Wick, there are a few fragrance varieties to choose from but mine is the "Crisp Linen and Lilac" and forms part of the "Touch of Luxury" collection. It's a new product from Air Wick and has been formulated to be a fragranced spray that can be used as both an air freshener and a fabric revitalizer and I bought my bottle specifically for use in my home on my curtains, rugs and most of all, my fabric sofa. As regular readers of my past reviews will know, I have a dog who I share my home with and he likes nothing more than curling up with me on my sofa when I'm watching the television. This I don't mind at all but as my sofa is made from a Chenille fabric and was very expensive I soon became aware that Barney's 'doggy odours' were becoming noticeable plus the smell of tobacco as I'm a smoker and I wanted something that would eliminate them and leave my sofa smelling as good as it looked. I've used Febreeze in the past and found that to be good at eliminating smells in fabrics so had the intention of buying a bottle of that until I spotted this product from Air Wick and decided to take a chance on something new. There are directions for use which are clearly printed on the back of the bottle and rather than repeating them all here it's a straightforward product to use in that you simply spray the solution either into the air if you're using it as an air freshener or if you're using it on fabrics you should aim the spray at about 30cm away from where you want it to land. The solution comes out of the nozzle as a fine mist and rather than saturating what it lands on it seems to rest gently on the surface and then works its way into the fabric, Air Wick state that the fragrance should be able to be detected for around 12 hours on fabrics which I would agree with but as an air freshener it's perhaps noticeable for around 30-40 minutes. I do use this for both purposes but find it a bit lacking in staying power when its sprayed into the air and isn't a patch on fragranced candles for keeping a room smelling fresh and inviting but for use on fabrics I think it's fantastic and it really does freshen up the fabric on my sofa and does indeed get rid of any 'doggy' and cigarette odours that may be lingering. Crisp Linen and Lilac has a gentle fragrance to it which is light and airy, it's not as floral as I feared it might be and unlike original Febreeze which as a non-descript "clean" smell to it this does actually have an aroma which although is rather artificial it isn't too strong to be too overpowering. I hate synthetic smells which is why I generally avoid air fresheners but I can tolerate this one as it's not too strong, I've used it on my curtains and rug and even on my bedding and have found that it leaves behind no residue or marks, it evaporates completely and leaves behind a gentle fragrance which restores the 'newness' to fabrics and overall I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the product. My bottle has 345ml of solution in it and has been used quite a few times over the past month or so that I've owned it, you don't need to spray too much of it for it to be effective and I would say that it has been well worth the £1.99 I spent when I bought it from Morrisons. A slight word of caution should be given if you do use this as an air freshener as I've found that it does mark the surfaces it lands on should you spray it into the air, I've got a glass coffee table in my living room and it does leave tiny spots on the surface of that when it's been sprayed - it's easily removed though and not that much of a problem but do be aware that it is perhaps a little 'wetter' than traditional air fresheners that seem to evaporate as soon as they've been sprayed. Personally I feel it's better used on fabrics rather than as an air freshener but it works as both and I have very few complaints or concerns about the product overall. I'll continue to use my bottle until it's empty and would definitely buy it again, my near-perfect 4 star rating here goes to show how impressed I've been with my bottle and it's a product that I would recommend. Thanks for reading my review.