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Introduction about Air Wick Fabric Spray with Fresh Bubbles - Crisp Linen and Lilac
I live in a small flat in East Ham. The kitchen cooker has no exhaust and is not far from the bedroom. Even though the wardrobe is tightly closed, I am sometimes paranoid that the various cooking smells could seep into the clothing! I therefore decided to try out some spray on fabric fresheners. The first spray on fabric freshener I picked up at Sainsbury's, was the "Air Wick - Air and Fabric with Fresh Bubbles". The scent I chose was crisp linen and lilac. You have to take note though that the fabric spray is not suitable for use on vinyl, silk or leather.
Value for money
The spray on fabric freshener with fresh bubbles was very good value for money and a 345ml bottle has lasted about two months. A little tends to go a long way. The smell of linen is quite strong so I don't tend to use a lot. The fabric spray costs £3.49 at Ocado and £3.50 at Sainsbury's.
The quality of the fabric freshener is absolutely long lasting. The supplier claims that the scent can last for up to twelve hours after spraying on to fabric. This type of fabric spray has a patented technique called "Air Wick Fresh Bubbles" where bubbles land on the fabrics and these can burst within the next twelve hours, if the fabric is moved and this releases more scent. I have to say that my wardrobe has been smelling very nice over the last two months and the smell of linen is actually more dominant that the scent of lilac. To use the fabric spray, you just push the trigger about 30cm away from the clothes and this releases small squirts of the freshener.
I would definitely recommend that you buy the air and fabric spray with fresh bubbles as it definitely makes a difference to the scent of all my clothes.
I always like to have a can of spray air freshener under the sink in case I need to have a quick squirt around. I do also 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 maybe just want to freshen the rooms up quickly. I used to always have a bottle of Febreeze under the sink as well to freshen up fabrics, curtains, cushions, sofa etc. Until I discovered the Air Wick Air & Fabric air fresheners - a two in one basically, an air freshener and a fabric freshener.
These are actually called Air Wick Air & Fabric with fresh bubbles air fresheners. I always buy the crisp linen & lilac fragrance, and they also have 3 other fragrances available which are; pink sweet pea, purple lavender meadow, and ivory freesia bloom. They retail for £3.50 normally, but you'll usually find them on offer in one of the large supermarkets. I've just recently bought a replacement one from Sainsbury's where they're currently on offer at £2.
The crisp linen & lilac fragrance 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 get 12 hours of freshness from this, but it certainly does 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 don't agree with the 12 hours claim, but it certainly does 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 vinyls, silks or leather.)
I buy this all the time now and I use it as a combined air freshener / fabric freshener. I always buy the crisp linen & lilac fragrance as the other three fragrances just didn't appeal to me as they are all very floral sounding and I'm not a floral fragrance kind of person.
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.
I purchased a duo pack of Airwick Air & Fabric sprays a month or so ago in Costco. The main reason was simply that they were cheap and I like a bargain, but as an avid user of Febreze I was intrigued by the fact that this product could not only be used as an air freshener but also as a fabric freshener. The pack also makes a big deal of the 'fresh bubbles' this contains. Apparently these are tiny bubbles of fragrance which rest on fabrics for up to 12 hours. When the fabric is moved or touched, the bubbles burst and release the fragrance.
This product is new to the market and is available in a variety of scents. I got a pack of two different ones, a pink floral one (pink sweet pea I believe) and Crisp Linen and Lilac. After spraying both, the Crisp Linen and Lilac scent was the clear winner and I have been using it for around a month or so now.
This scent appeals to me because it is a very clean, neutral scent. It has a 'just washed laundry' sort of fragrance to it with a tiny hint of floral. It is not overly feminine, just homely and clean and I don't think it would offend too many people. I actually like it so much that just a couple of days ago I purchased a reed diffuser in the matching fragrance.
It is packaged in a silvery white bottle with a trigger spray on the top, which looks a little different from your standard air freshener and does look like a good quality, modern product. I personally would prefer the bottle to be clear, so that I could see when I am running out, but that's only a minor niggle and I can just about see a water line if I hold the product up to the light anyway.
When sprayed, the product comes out in a very fine, even mist. I don't find it choking like some aerosol air fresheners and the mist seems to 'settle' quickly. On that subject, I did spray this in the bathroom which has a shiny slate floor and I could see little marks where the droplets has landed, so it is not ideal to use in rooms with shiny tiles. Strangely however, I do not notice the same issue on my wooden floors - whether I just have not noticed or it just doesn't show up as much I am not sure.
The product does work well as an air freshener. It is not great for covering odours such as cooking scents, but just to freshen up a room and give a fresh clean scent I find it ideal. I also find the scent is quite long lasting for a spray air freshener. I'd say around two hours before it fades, which probably doesn't sound much, but it's longer than many others I've tried.
On fabrics I have also found this very good and a good match for my Febreze favourite. As the mist is light it doesn't soak fabrics and I do find that scents seem to retain the fragrance much better than when the product is just sprayed into the middle of a room. I have used it on my sofa, curtains, throws and even on my living room rug and it seems to perform well. I must admit that I have never noticed these so called 'fresh bubbles' working at all - although fabrics retain scents for some time (I'd say 4-6 hours), I don't notice the scent becoming stronger when the fabric is touched or moved, so in my opinion that part of the product is all a gimmick.
This product comes in a generous 345ml bottle. Despite almost daily use, when holding this up to the light it seems that only around a quarter of this has been used so far, so it does last. It is currently retailing at just £2 a bottle in ASDA, which I think is great value for money.
Overall, I've been very pleased with this product. It works well, smells gorgeous and is long lasting. I will definitely consider purchasing this again and would recommend it.