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Day by Day Review
on July 2, 2009
The below is my day by day review of the Febreze Luminary Starter Kit (Green Tea Citrus scent). Each scent last for about a week so I waited until after a full 7 days to write this to give an accurate description of how this works at either eliminating odors or at least masking them.
Day 1 - Decided to set this up in our living room on or first floor. Our house is fairly open so I thought this might be a good place to get the scent throughout the entire floor of about 1000 square feet. When I opened it, I was pleasantly surprised at the look of the air freshener and the great scent that the green tea citrus put out. The scent is located on a square paper cover that sits on the base. Once it is placed on the base, it gives off a candle like flicker for about 4 hoarse until you remove the paper square for a second and then put it back on. We placed it on our mantle and went on with our business. Within 30 minutes, I heard the basement door open and my wife came down with the air freshener and said, "way too strong. Starting to make me sick". So it ended up in my home theater room in the basement. Within 15 minutes, all I could smell was green tea citrus which was now starting to smell bad!
Day 2 - Went to my basement and the room just reeked of the smell. The best way I can describe how strong the smell was is by comparing to one of those car air fresheners shaped like a tree. You are only supposed to open it layer by layer by pulling it up through the plastic but there are those individuals that think it's a good idea to just rip it out of the package causing the entire car to smell like cheap perfume. In this case, it smells better than perfume but it makes the air real thick in the room. If you have breathing problems, day 2 is not better than day 1.
Day 3 - Getting better. Still strong but I can at least sit down there without "seeing" the scent float by me.
Day 4 - Similar to day 3. Man, this thing is strong!
Day 5 - OK, I am starting to dig the light scent leftover. Not strong but not so faint that you can't notice it.
Day 6 - I can barely smell it now but I also don't smell any type of odors in the basement so I guess it is still working
Day 7 -Same as day 6. I can smell it a little. It reminds me of a scented plug-in air freshener when it is near its end. I think I will keep the current air freshener on a another couple of days to see how it works beyond its recommended time period.
Overall it would be hard to recommend this to someone who plans on putting it in a small room. The first few days would make it unbearable unless you like thick heavy smells. Yes, it smells nice but too much of a good thing is usually bad! I would say keep it in a wide open space until around day 3 before moving it to a more confined space.
I am not sure if I will use the second refill that came with the starter kit. While it smells OK right now, I don't think I want to deal with 2 day exile from my home theater room in my basement. Also, I haven't seen any prices on the refills for this device so it could end up being much more expensive than a plug-in or old fashioned air freshener.
I will say that the design is nice and the flickering light gives off a nice ambience. It can definitely fill a void in a nice room without looking like an air freshener so I may consider using this in my living room more for that than an actual air freshener.