This is great for anyone who spends a lot of time in their car, especially rideshare drivers for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar.
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0:42 Little Trees
1:59 Ozium / Aerosols
2:54 Lemongrass Essential Oil
3:43 Finding Essential Oils In Store
4:14 How To Diffuse In Your Car
5:48 Thanks For Watching!
Today I want to share with you guys the best air freshener I have found. I’ve done thousands of trips between Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar and tried many, many air fresheners in both my personal and my semi-professional life as a driver and I wanted to share with you the bus when I found. Now, this air freshener, I get comments on it all the time for my customers, they seem to really, really like it. I would say probably like 30% of my passengers comment on the scent and I like it too and the reason I like is because it smells great, it’s all natural, and it’s also really cheap. So let’s go ahead and get into it, but before we do I wanted to show you some of the air fresheners I’ve tried so you can know what I’m comparing it to.
All right, so first up we have the classic, the OG of car air fresheners, the little trees. Some of these smell okay in my opinion and some of them smell absolutely disgusting. Here’s the best smelling little tree I’ve ever found, it’s — the scent is called blackberry clove and I picked it up at an auto parts store a while ago. I think it was AutoZone or O’Reilly, something like that. After that I could never find in the store again so I actually ordered it on Amazon and a lot of passengers commented on this one. They did like it, but at the end of the day it’s a chemical smell. I almost feel like when you’re using these are fresheners you’re inhaling fumes. I mean, you’re in a closed car and these are obviously unnaturally occurring chemicals. Do we really want to be breathing them in? I mean, maybe they smell good for a second but if you really think about it, it’s like breathing in fumes. So that’s why I’m kind of against using these for now. Anyway, here’s another one that smells terrible, in my opinion: Jasmine scent. And they actually spelled Jasmine wrong, I believe. I think the actual like naturally occurring tree, Jasmine, has an E at the end that this when they spelled it “Jasmin” like a stripper would spell her name: Jasmin. And I apologize if anybody is actually named Jasmin and spell their name this way, that was just a joke.
All right, next up we have an aerosol can. This one is Ozium and it’s the vanilla scent there. It says “vanilla” there at the bottom. Ozium. Ozium, it smells really good and the original scent will totally, like, get rid of other smells in the car. Not totally, but it definitely helps. But still, it’s an aerosol, it’s a chemical. You know what? I don’t want to be spraying this in my car.
And another air freshener I’ve tried is a spray and the one that I got, I got it online, maybe on Amazon, I don’t remember. The company’s name is actually “Chemical Guys” and it’s a new car smell. They have like all these different smells and I don’t know why I bought this, to be honest. I think it was on sale or something, so I think that’s probably why, but it does have the new car smell. But still, I mean the name of the company is “Chemical Guys,” so do I want to spray that in my car where I’m going to be sitting for hours and inhaling that? No thank you.
All right, so the great air freshener that I promised to tell you guys about, it is lemongrass essential oil and that’s all there is to it. Essential oils are oils that are extracted from plants or flowers, or fruits, they’re all-natural. Some other popular ones are lavender, there’s peppermint oil, you can get that, eucalyptus oil, people like to use that in steam rooms, rosemary oil. There’s tons of essential oils. They come from all kinds of different plants, so they’re all-natural, they’re super, super cheap. I actually got this — my friend just gave it to me like probably two years ago and I still have the same bottle and almost half of it left. You can get a lot of essential oils for just like three or four bucks a bottle. You can get a nice lemongrass oil on Amazon for around six dollars.
Now, if you want to find essential oils in store, natural food stores are good place to look. They probably have a really wide selection at Whole Foods though the prices are probably higher, but it’s a good place if you want to check out a couple different scents. You know, lemongrass is by far my favorite. I would describe it as it’s very fresh and has somewhat of a citrus scent as well. You just have to smell it and experience it yourself, but it smells really, really good. Other great scents are lavender, that one’s probably my second favorite essential oil so that’s another one you might want to check out.
All right, so essential oils generally come in these bottles with little contraption at the top that allows you to get one drop at a time because they’re super, super concentrated and really, really strong, so you only need a few drops to make your car smell good. What I like to do is put it on a small cotton pad. So I picked up some cotton pads from Walgreens. “Premium cotton ovals,” you see? They’re just little cotton pads. You could get cotton balls as well. These were around $1 or $1.50, I think, so very inexpensive. This is what it looks like. Like I said, you could probably also just use cotton balls, you could use a paper towel, a piece of an old towel you don’t want, a napkin, a tissue.
Keep in mind that some essential oil to do stain. Lemongrass would stain, so you don’t want to get that on your clothing. It’s kind of a yellowish color. But anyway, it’s really simple: I just take the pad and take my lemongrass oil, put — I usually put like 5 to 10 drops, so I think that was about 10 drops. Then I take the pad and I — for me, you could probably just put it on the floor somewhere, tuck it out of sight. What I like to do is actually put it in my air vent and there’s no way it can get stuck down there. So I take it and just fold it up and pop it right in my air vent like that. So when the AC is on others any air blowing through the event, the smell just kind of goes throughout the car.
Like I said, that’s the best air freshener I’ve found. It’s all natural, it super cheap. I mean, probably an investment of about eight dollars would — should last you, I think, two years and you don’t have to worry about air fresheners, you don’t have to worry about inhaling any fumes from these chemicals that we’ve been accustomed to using in our cars, which if we stop and think about it for a second, do we want to inhale that stuff? No, at least I don’t. I don’t know about you guys, I’d imagine you’d agree.
So hopefully this tip helps and at the end of the day, I just think it’s a better smelling air freshener. So I hope you guys enjoy it. I would love to hear what you think about it if you’ve tried using essential oils in your car as well and I will see you guys soon with more videos.
(Originally published at Rideshare Genius 4/18/2015 – http://ridesharegenius.com/the-best-all-natural-air-freshener-for-your-car/)