Some of us may refuse to have one near our car, but there are enough drivers who love them enough to turn car air fresheners into big business. New car smell, vanilla, and mint are still as popular as ever, but ice cream, leather, and even bacon are some of the newer additions being brought in by the many companies wanting a piece of this lucrative market.
Alongside an enormous range of perfumes, the methods of delivering these sweet smelling – and sometimes whacky – flavours are expanding, too. There’s the traditional rear-view mirror hanger, vent-mounts, cans that go under the seat or in a cup-holder, and even sprays that only need to be used when required.
Here, we look at which variation will lift your cabin, getting up close and personal to find out.
How we tested them
We focused on vent-mount air fresheners to ensure we were comparing like with like. We assessed how easy each one was to install, and if it affected how the vent was used. Then we checked if the freshener could damage the trim, and looked for a way to control the amount of fragrance.
Durability was checked over three weeks, while a seven-strong tasting panel rated the perfumes. Finally, we took price into account.
Lynx has done an excellent job of transferring its bathroom-based scent expertise over to the automotive market, and took the victory here. It was also the most popular fragrance with our panel. The minimalist and good-value Little Trees takes second, while Sensi-Qui was our pick of the controllable solutions.Advertisementhttps://5430d78c6653ff7027e943840e3cea27.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?upapi=trueAD
- Lynx Car Freshener Black
- Little Trees Invisi Sport
- Sensi-Qui Parfum & Gel New Car
Lynx Car Freshener Black
- Price: Around £3.99
- Rating: 5 stars
Bringing bathroom fragrances to your car isn’t the most obvious move, but it works because Lynx takes victory here. Despite trying the Black version rather than the ever-popular Africa fragrance, it also topped our taste panel’s scores, and this is at the heart of its success. It fitted the vent well, with relatively short prongs reducing the chance of clashing with controls. There’s also little risk of harming trim, because the fragrance sponge is held in a plastic casing.