• May 15th 2010 at 9:28AM
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The cash register says $50 million dollars went into the car freshener business last year – an $8 million drop from the year before – and that means a lot of pine, rain, and cinnamon apple fragrance into car interiors. At an average price of $2.65, that put nearly 19 million air fresheners in circulation in 2009, and the between scent creators and scent removers, the olfactory onslaught won't be letting up this year.

Instead of more purchases being made, however, industry reps say the profusion of flavors are where the money trail leads. Little Trees' (pictured) site alone offers 97 different odiferous options. Black Ice, which replicates the scent of men's cologne – whatever that means – is the runaway hit in Michigan. We thought it odd enough that people wanted their cars to smell like pine trees, but men's cologne? Really?

[Source: The Detroit News]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      a police officer was summoned to the site of a car crash...

      the blond female driver was nursing a light cut on her forhead and behind her sat her car, half totalled in a didtch...

      the officer says: how did this crash happen?

      the blond female driver goes: i took my eyes off the road for a split second, and out of no where i saw a tree , so i swerved to the left, and then i saw another tree, so i swerved to the right, and then again i saw another tree so i swerved to the left, lost control and crashed....

      the officer nodded as he wrote the notes into his little notepad, and with a smug and perplexed face, looked around him, excused himself and went to check the mangled car...

      within a minute he was back on the deserted desert road and said to the Blond Female Driver.... It must have been your little tree air freshner
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've consistently had a tree air freshener in my car (and spares in the glove box) since seeing Repo Man over 20 years ago.

      If you watch the movie, even the motorcycle cop has one hanging from his handlebars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Find one in every car. You'll see." Tracey Walter was great in that film.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bought this for the first and last time when i had to return my first leasing case
      i wanted to hide the smell of stale smokes

      i don't remember which one i bought, but it ended up smelling like stale smokes AND stale wine ..

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm actually on my way to the car wash right now and I never buy these, I like the smell of Febreze or Renuzit better.
      JJ Henry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanted to tell everyone about something far superior to the smelly trees. Auto Shocker an odor eliminator, not an air fresher. This means that Auto Shocker actually kills odors at the source. You really ahve to check this stuff out, it the real deal. You can find it at http://www.biocidesystems.com/auto3hslanding.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      The stench from these things is beyond belief, cannot understand how anyone could put one in their car. Just keep it clean in the first place and you are ok. If I wanted that foul of a smell IN my car I can just fart. Which is healthier then the artificial chemicals in that other junk
        • 5 Years Ago
        If I ever ride with you, just warn me that you're going to fart so I can put down the window. The good thing about fart smells is they disapate; stupid little tree smell lasts forever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure if the "Relax" tree is what people need in their car

      * Anti-stress 'n Tranquil scent
      * Calming vanilla fragrance
      * Enhances the mood

      I'm developing a "get off the #$%#$ phone" scent.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I keep my car clean, so I have no need for air fresheners.

      Although my girlfriend's car has one of those Refresh dual scent fresheners which smell nice. I can't stand those "Little Trees".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Vanillaroma.... FTW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every time I see an air freshener in a car I can't help but think the person is publicly admitting that they smell bad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I grew up with Little Tree freshners--the damn things were everywhere--so it's a nostalgia thing for me. My pop hung the blue "Bouquet" tree religiously so I find myself using that same freshener. It's like a powerful jolt of memory every time I climb into my car. I dig that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Two worst things:

      1. getting into a cab driven by a stinking driver
      2. getting into a cab with a stinking smelly tree

      Air-fresheners' only use is to cover other smells, I can't imagine anyone voluntarily submitting themselves to a heavy, artificial and asphyxiating smell in a car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Air-fresheners' only use is to cover other smells"
        I keep my car as clean as it can be, but I really don't want to smell some disinfectant wipes.
        And it's really not that heavy, just like how a man would wear cologne, you just have problems with cab drivers.

        So I use Peachy Peach :) Best smell there is, guarantee it haha
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or... you can get into a cab with a stinking driver AND a stinky tree used to cover the smell of said stinking driver.
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