Febreeze Me, New Zealand style

As some of my long term readers know, a couple of years ago I was contacted by a marketing company in regards to something I had written in my Miss Mom column, then at the Spartanburg Spark. I had mentioned the word Charmin in a story I had written about the trials and travails of living in a house with teen-aged daughters and toilet paper. About six months after that column came out I was contacted and asked if I would be willing to test try a new product by the makers of that famous brand toilet paper.  I agreed and was sent a sample along with a sample of another product produced by the same company. We now use this particular brand and style of toilet paper almost exclusively, as it delivered what it promised…yeah I know its TP, but it’s soft TP, plus the double rolls are fairly long lasting.

It is with the other sample that I’ve had a long running relationship with. The makers of Febreeze send me samples of new products every so often, usually with something a bit extra tossed in as well. I test the product and then write about it, then they send me more new goodies. Usually its a new product they are focusing on and sometimes I get an early example of the product. Its a nice gig. I get free goodies in return for my writing about it in my little blog that some people actually read

The newest batch of Febreeze goodies to hit my door is part of the exotics collection. What I was sent was the New Zealand flavor in the form of the Air Effects spray. I was actually sent two cans in really pretty black boxes. I kept the boxes for future use. They will either make great gift boxes or something pretty to store something in. I just couldn’t toss them into the recycle bin.

As I have no sense of smell, the ironic part of this marketing relationship, I once again farmed out the actual testing. My tester works cheap, considering I gave birth to her. Her assessment of the scent was “It smells really fresh, with a forest/mountain stream flavor. It is not too heavy either.”

Apparently it also works well for those sudden odors that occur when a cat makes an exit from the litter box. I am besieged by four cats, so daily scooping of the cat litter is routine. Yet even then, someone in the feline platoon gets a little gassy, hence the need for a smell fix.

“UGH, that smells horrible.” Megan will cry, as she grabs the latest test product while muttering profanities under her breath in the direction of the offending feline. I remain blissfully ignorant of the olfactory assault, but I am thankful that I have something to ease what my daughter is smelling.

On a side note. I am an avid fan of the clumpable litter. I’ve been a cat owner for awhile and have tried a wide variety of litter styles. The scoop kind is my personal favorite. It makes scooping out the box less distasteful as the litter does tend to ball up in clumps when coming into contact with liquid. One still needs to chuck it all and start over with all fresh, but not as often as the daily removal of waste is much easier then with the non-clumping litter. These days I use the Arm and Hammer multiple cat kind, and I get it by the gross ton. Well not quite, but I have litter box filling masters so I get the big containers. If there is a different brand that delivers as promised, and that doesn’t cost the earth, let me know. I keep coming back to this brand, and I’ll never go back to plain litter again.

Now back to the good smelling stuff.

One thing that I happen to like about Febreeze products. I have developed a lot of chemical allergies over the years, and certain scented products bother me, even if I can’t smell them. I have yet to have an adverse reaction whatsoever to any Febreeze product I have used in the nearly two years I have been using them. That to me is a plus.

So, when you go shopping next time and have smell good stuff, toilet paper and cat litter on your shopping list, you know what I’d tell you to buy.


2 Replies to “Febreeze Me, New Zealand style”

  1. I challenge the makers of Febreeze to come up with a coffee bar aroma. To me, nothing smells better than freshly brewed espresso. Or baby hair. See, there are two product development ideas for free. Ball’s in your court, Febreeze.


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