Sunday 19 November 2017

Shopping Around: Room fresheners

You could always open a window if there isn't a gale blowing, but sometimes it's nice to spray a little something in your home, both for the scent and to mask odours.

This week we tested four own-brand room fresheners. We scored on scent, longevity and on price (although the Tesco, Lidl and Aldi sprays all cost the same).

Aldi Mistik Room Spray, 300ml

€0.69 (€2.30 / Lt)

VERDICT: It's a great price and the exact same price as available at Lidl and Tesco. We chose the 'fresh linen' scent and found it to indeed smell of fresh washing.

It was quite a strong perfume hit when you first spray but this calmed down and we thought this lasted the longest, as a now subtle scent was still very much apparent a couple of hours later.

Score: 8 / 10

Lidl W5 Air Freshener, 300ml

€0.69 (€2.30 / Lt)

VERDICT The same great price, this one was 'mountain fresh' with "a combination of flowers, herbs and grass of an Alpine meadow".

Not being overly familiar with Alpine meadows we can't say if that claim was lived up to, but it did have a nice outdoors smell and wasn't overpowering.

Score: 7.5 / 10

M & S Room Mist, 150ml

€3.19 (€21.27 / Lt)

VERDICT To be honest this was our favourite scent. Called 'soft linen' it claims to have "notes of vanilla and musk" and we did get the hint of musk.

It was delicate, not too perfumey and quite classy really. The quality is high but so is the price.

Compared to the others the price is in a different league, plus the scent didn't linger the longest.

Score: 7 / 10

Tesco Air

Infusion (All in 1), 300ml

€0.69 (€2.30 / Lt)

VERDICT The same great price as Aldi and Lidl, but the reason we weren't crazy about this one was that while we found the scent fresh and bright, the lemon scent we tried was also a little sweet and cloying.

Score: 6 / 10

Irish Independent

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