Product Type: Airwick household products
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Airwick Air and Fabric Crisp Linen and Lilac
Member Name: jo1976
Airwick Air and Fabric Crisp Linen and Lilac
Advantages: Long lasting effects on bedding and fabrics, trigger bottle is easy to use
Disadvantages: Scent is more like soap than fresh linen, irritates my nose
I love the smell of freshly washed bedding, especially when it has been dried outside in the fresh air. This was the scent that instantly came to mind when I purchased this new style of air freshener from Airwick. 'Crisp Linen and Lilac' evokes that lovely fresh but subtle fragrance associated with clean bedding, so I was certain that I would love this scent even though there was no opportunity to sniff the product before purchasing.
This 'Air & Fabric' spray is, as the name suggests, intended for use as both an air freshener and a linen spray. It's not an entirely new concept - I've used multi-purpose air and linen sprays from Avon and Virgin Vie before, for example. I particularly like sprays that combine the two functions in this way as I can use them to disguise any stale or unpleasant odours throughout the house and also freshen up towels or bedding that has been stored in the airing cupboard for a while.
Airwick is one of the brand leaders in the field of home fragrancing so I expected this new spray to be a high quality product. I particularly liked the unusual design of the plastic spray bottle which uses a trigger pump action to release the fragrance, rather than a standard aerosol design. Whilst this isn't exactly a design statement, the bottle does look much nicer sitting on the the top of my toilet cistern than an aerosol. The trigger itself is rather unusual, with quite a distinctive curve at the top which does help to make this product stand out on the shelf. I find that the trigger is easy to press and releases a generous amount of spray each time. The nozzle and bottle design makes it easy to direct the spray in a particular area too and it can be applied evenly to larger areas such as over a quilt.
My first experience of using the spray was as a standard air freshener in the bathroom, which is where I tend to use air fresheners the most. I have to say that the fragrance isn't as pleasant as I'd anticipated. There is a subtle floral side to the spray but the overwhelming smell to me is that of soap! The closest thing that I can liken it to is the smell of original Dove products. It isn't exactly identical to Dove but definitely reminds me of that distinctive Dove fragrance, with unmistakable. I do actually like Dove and use quite a few of their products but it isn't a scent that I'd choose to use as an air freshener! This certainly smells nothing like 'crisp linen' whatsoever unless the linen has been washed in particularly strong soapy water!
The other noticeable aspect of this spray is that I find it goes straight up my nose, giving me an unpleasant headachey sensation and the need to sneeze violently. I find the same unpleasant effect when this is used as either an air freshener or a linen spray and it does make me feel even less inclined to use the spray. This is disappointing, particularly as the effects of the spray are surprisingly long-lasting- certainly more so than the Avon room sprays that I've used previously.
The bottle does claim that this spray will last up to twelve hours per application when used on fabrics which is a pretty impressive length of time. Airwick also claim that the spray has very clever 'Fresh Bubbles' which burst to release additional fragrance, when bedding or fabric is moved. It's difficult to prove or disprove claims such as these but I do find the smell lingers throughout a night's sleep when used on bedding. It may well seem more noticeable for me as I don't particularly like the aroma, however. I find the spray to be less prominent and enduring when used as a standard air freshener and can just about tolerate using this in the bathroom to mask any unpleasant toilet aromas. I can't stand using the room for a good ten minutes or so afterwards though, by which time the scent has dispersed and dissipated considerably.
The full RRP of the sprays for this range is £3 but these often appear to be available on half price promotions from most major supermarkets. I can't personally recommend this particular fragrance, given that it does, quite literally, get up my nose! I would still consider trying any different varieties from the same range as I am impressed with the staying power of the product itself, particularly when used as a linen spray.
Summary: Smells like soap to me!