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What Is an Air Fragrance?

By Mary Ellen Popolo
Updated May 16, 2024
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An air fragrance can simply be defined as a scent that is administered into the air. Many people use air fragrance to freshen the air in their homes and to remove foul odors. Pet odors, cigarette smoke, cooking odors, and garbage smells are a few common things people use air fresheners for. Spraying an air freshener or lighting a candle can help to remove unpleasant odors and leave the room with a nice smell. These products come in several forms including sprays, solids, gels, and candles as well as a multitude of scents.

Spray air fresheners come in an aerosol can or pump bottle which sprays the fragrance directly into the air. Non-spray type fresheners, such as adjustable cones, gel blocks, or crystals are opened and kept in a room to continuously work at removing odors. Plug-in styles are plugged into an electrical outlet where the unit slowly warms a gel pack or gel oil, slowly and continuously releasing the air fragrance into the room. Another type of air freshener automatically sprays the fragrance into the air either at pre-determined intervals or by sensing motion.

There are a wide selection of air fragrance scents available on the market making it easy for shoppers to choose a scent they find appealing. Scents can be divided into groups such as clean scents, floral, tropical, and fruit scents. Some of the most popular fragrances include vanilla, lavender, and fresh linen. Special holiday scents such as mulberry, cider, cinnamon, and peppermint are available during the holiday season. For those who prefer not to have a specific fragrance, such as fruit, linger in the air there are neutral air fragrances available which neutralize odors and leave a light, clean, fresh scent in their place.

Scented candles are another method of adding fragrance to the air. When candles are burned, the wax melts emitting its fragrance. Candles are available in several different sizes, including tea lights, votives, pillars, and jar candles. They come in a wide variety of scents, much like other types of air fresheners. Flame-less, scented candles which emit their scent into the air but have an artificial flame to reduce the risk of fire or injury, are also available.

Air fragrances specially made for vehicles are also available. There are a few different types to choose from, but one of the most common is a scented cardboard tree that can be hung inside the car. Tin air fresheners, vent clips, and sprays are just a few of the types of air fragrance available for cars and trucks. Auto air fresheners also come in a large assortment of scents.

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