By : VIDUSHI VIJAYVERGIYA
How often have you wished for your car to smell a certain way? Or wondered about what your car should smell like if that crush of yours asked you for a lift? What kind of a fragrance would be ideal?
A car fragrance is an important aspect of our driving lives, yet also one that is much ignored. A lot of times, this is not because we do not have the fragrances, but because we’re often clueless about the right fragrance for our cars. Many of us also know very little about which fragrance to use when and where. Besides, there are also a lot of questions about the right formats of using car fragrances. Allow me to elucidate further.
What is the right fragrance for me?
The right car fragrance can often set the mood for the day. Just as a floral fragrance can freshen up your mood, as you pull into your office, a citrusy fragrance can add a spot of brightness to your day. Here is a guide to choosing the right fragrance for your car.
A floral fragrance with notes of flowers such as rose, jasmine, lilies, violets, lavender, etc, has sweet facets to it and smells fresh. Floral fragrances are best suited for the daytime, especially when you’re driving to work. They also work well during those evening outings with your loved one. I recommend a rose or a jasmine-based fragrance for those special long drives.
Citrus notes generally include notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime, bergamot, etc. I often call them happy notes since citrus has the power to brighten up any dull day. They are great for those long adventure drives with friends and/or family. Citrus based car fragrances are a great way to add a solid fresh punch to your car.
Woody fragrances have notes of sandalwood, cedarwood, leather, patchouli, etc, as the main ingredients. The main difference between woody and other fragrances is that woody scents are usually denser and heavier. There unique characteristics mark them as a great evening fragrance for your car.
Fruity and fresh scents are clean and youthful, designed mostly for those who do not like strong scents. Think of peach, apple, coconut, etc, and how they smell when you bring them home from the market. They have a similar impact on your car, leaving it smelling fresh and youthful.
Floral, fresh, citrus and sweet fragrances are best suited for daytime, while woody fragrances are better for the night. Similarly, stronger scents are better suited for colder months, whereas lighter scents such as citrus and fruity are best suited for the warmer and sunnier summer months.
What Is the right diffuser tech for my car?
There are various formats in diffuser tech that are available for car fragrances. From card-based ones to gel based ones to solid ones to liquid ones to the ones that can be stuck onto the dash to the ones that can be plugged-in to the air-con vents. But how do you decide on the right diffusion method for your car?
Hanging cards, gels, foam, etc, are the simplest and the most cost-effective options available in the market. However, the thing with most of them is that they do not last long enough and their effectiveness also reduces over a period of time.
Vent based car fresheners can be clipped on to the ac vents of the car. These are generally
pads infused with fragrance, sometimes they’re also sold in a bottle with fragrance oil, or can also be gel based. They are more effective and long lasting (Some even up to 30 days) than the hanging ones.
Stick-on car fresheners could be gel, oil or soaked foam based. These too last for around 15-30 days but are not as effective, especially for woody warm notes.
Several jar-based fragrances are available in the market. These come in the form of a gel, powder or foam. They too last up to 30 days and come with a rotatable lid to control the release of the fragrance. One good thing about this format is, that one can replace the jars easily depending on the mood, or choice of fragrance for the day.
Plug-in car fresheners uses the vehicle’s cigarette lighter port to work. It consists of a container filled with an oil-based freshener. After plugging it into the port, the oils vaporises due to the heat thereby releasing its beautiful aroma. Plug-in car fresheners are most effective and long lasting of most of the options available in the market. However, they are also one of the most expensive car fresheners out there.
And so, the next time, you’re out looking for a fragrance for your car, make sure that not only is it the right one but also remember that it is vital to also focus on the right tech to help diffuse the fragrance evenly and for a long time.