“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Air Fresheners / Category: Home Fragrance „
I don't usually use these gel air fresheners as to be honest they always remind me of my parents aubergine coloured bathroom suite in the 1980s, which always seemed to have a gel air freshener perched on top of the loo, in various stages of shrivelled up-ness! They're available anywhere and everywhere, every supermarket, most chemists, pound shops and cheap shops, even B&Q sell them. And it was when I moved into a less than pleasantly scented new house which was very much in need of gutting and starting again, when I bought one for the very old and delapidated bathroom, knowing that in less than a fortnight it was due to be pulled out and replaced.
So, knowing it was only to cover up the 'fragrance' of a 20 year old badly maintained bathroom, and knowing it would be there a matter of days, I went for the cheapest option in Sainsbury's, hence my buying the Sainsbury's Gel Boat Air Freshener priced at 39p, against all my inner morals!
The Sainsbury's Gel Boat Air Freshener is a cheap looking plastic air freshener which stands up and has a cardboard front which is removed to reveal a slotted white plastic grille which allows the user to smell the lump of perfumed gel inside. Over time, these shrivel up and need to be replaced.
Ripping off the front I expected to be hit by the fragrance but to be honest it was all a bit of a flop as it didn't smell strong at all, quite lacklustre really. But over the next few days the scent (a fake, flowery smell, not particularly amazing but certainly nicer than whatever was eminating from the carpet (carpet!!) in the old bathroom) did make itself known and the bathroom was that bit nicer.
However, all of this experience was based on my old bathroom and I can't really say that for my nice shiny new bathroom that I'd buy the Sainsbury's Gel Boat Air Freshener again. If you're on a budget, or it's to cover up an odour (student bathrooms, I'm looking at you), then you can do worse for 39p. But the scent is a bit cloying and I am not sure I could live with it long term. There are much nicer air freshening devices available for very little more, so I would class this in the absolute budget arena, not that it doesn't have it's place because it was useful to me. I was quite pleased to sling it in the bin, though ;) Overall I'll give it 3 out of 5, it is cheap, it looks cheap, and to be honest it smells cheap, but it sells itself as a basic gel air freshener and that is what it is. So no misrepresentation here!
Last year I had my kitchen refurbished and it didn't always go to plan. We had to put up with some less than pleasant smells from a water leak as well as the more predictable paint and varnish whiffs. We had to resort to using air fresheners and deodorizers at times when keeping the windows open just wasn't enough. I used Neutradol's gel air fresheners mainly and they worked well but I also stocked up on a few cheaper ones. I saw that Sainsbury's offer a gel air freshener in their Basic range for just 39p so I decided to buy one to try. I ended up relegating it to the spare room and this is the reason why..
The gel air freshener is the sort refered to as a "boat" becuase of it's shape. When standing up it looks like a rowing boat standing on one end, or a teardrop shape with a squared off end if you prefer. The outer shell is white plastic, and inside is the scented gel which should freshen the air. To start it off you just need to pull away the large sticky label that covers the front, which reveals the holes through which the scent will come. Once the Basics label has gone, there is nothing left on the product to show it is an own label item, although the design is simple. It is about 15cm tall and narrow so it isn't hard to find somewhere on a shelf for it to sit and it doesn't look too obtrusive. [It can't be placed on polished surfaces though.] If you need to position it somewhere very visible you may not like the simple plastic look so much but this is never going to be a decorative item to me. The "boat" doesn't topple over so the basic design works even if it won't win any beauty awards! The gel doesn't escape either which is a relief as it would no doubt be messy to clear up if it did.
SOMETHING WHIFFY THIS WAY COMES
There is no choice of scents and in fact the packaging doesn't actually state what you can expect from the one variety available. If I didn't have a cold when purchasing this I probably could have sniffed it through the label before buying it and I wish I had. I am not sure what the aroma is supposed to be, but to me it is not at all agreeable. If I am charitable I would say it reminds me of sandalwood mixed with a disinfectant. It is very soapy overall and more the sort of scent I would expect in a bathroom cleaning product or toilet cleaner really! When I'm close to it, the scent is strong enough to make me sneeze but it strangely doesn't seem to linger in a room very much. I noticed it most when I put it in the toilet for a while, which isn't surprising as the room is small and the door is mostly kept closed. In a less confined space, the aroma was thankfully even less noticeable at a distance. I am not sorry given that I didn't like it. I perservered with moving the freshener around hoping it would disguise some of the odours wafting up from downstairs if I found the right place for it but I have to say it made no impact on them at all. I left it in the spare room and forgot about it for a couple of weeks. By that time, the gel had half disappeared and even up close the scent was quite weak at last. The other gel fresheners I used at the time were still going strong by then so I think even if you do like the scent more than I do you won't get to enjoy it for long.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE PRODUCT?
Given the products low price I didn't expect it to compete with those fresheners that claim to actually neutralise scents as well as disguise them. I was suprised by the fact that this freshener smells so strong up close at first but has so little effect on the aroma of a room. Considering what I felt about the scent, this something of a blessing for me but defeats the purpose of having the product in the first place. The "boat" has now long since departed to the dustbin and it is safe to say it won't be replaced. I wouldn't recommend it despite the low price because even if you do like the scent, I don't think it actually works well as an air freshener.
This is a review of Sainsbury's Gel Boat Air Freshener, from their Basics range of own brand lines. I purchased a few of these at once to place in discreet corners of the house to try and make sure the house smelt nice and pleasant.
The packaging for the gel air freshener is described as a 'boat' mainly because of its shape. It is made of white plastic and has a label that you peel off when you wish to activate the contents. The label advises that the product is kept out of reach of children and pets.
Upon opening, this product does smell quite strong. It reminds me of undiluted washing up liquid so I suppose it is a clean smell! I find you don't really notice them after a while although they last for a few months before the contents shrink and disappear.
I think these are good for a general background house fragrance but are not good for tackling nasty niffs in the bathroom (or our baby's nappy bags!) - for this you need something more immediate and strong. For the price paid though I think these provide excellent value for money and certainly make you feel that you are making an effort. We have cats and I don't think they smell but I have been to other people's houses with pets and can smell that the animals live there so this makes me a bit paranoid about what our own house may smell like to other people!
These gel air fresheners cost just 39p each which I think is a great price for the amount of time they last.
I do think these have a bit of a chemical smell to them but they are not placed anywhere near where we sleep or eat, we just have them in the entrance hall, bathrooms and sometimes I will put one in the bottom of a bin (between the bin and the liner) if I think the bin smells a bit. It is not a good idea to have these near food and I don't think they tackle smells the way an odour neutraliser does. I will repeat buy these in the future as they are handy to have in, especially when my husband gets it in his head he can smell something 'bad' in a room! The fact that they are white means they blend in well and are not that noticeable in a room so I will continue to use these in the future.