Monday, October 1, 2012

A Delightful Scent For A Mediocre Product: Limited Edition Mandarin Lemonade Renuzit Adjustables!

The Good: Generally decent smell, Inexpensive enough, Easy to use
The Bad: Does not look all that great, Does not actually clean or eliminate the sources of odors.
The Basics: The Mandarin Lemonade Renuzit Aroma Adjustable is a worthwhile addition to the arguably mediocre product type.

One of the few unpleasant surprises with my wife and I moving in together was discovering that the prior residents of our house were smokers. On a hot day, the nicotine scent fills up our stairwell. So, we picked up the Mandarin Lemonade Renuzit Adjustables aroma air freshener. This was the first flavor we’ve tried since the Apple & Cinnamon Adjustables (reviewed here!). My wife picked it out and it turns out that this was one of the better scent choices, even though it is not the best-conceived product I can imagine or would like to spend money on. Fortunately, they were only $1 when we picked them up.

Renuzit Aroma Adjustables are best analogized as scented candles without the wick. These are waxy cones that come in a plastic cone package that are actually solidified essential oils that emit a scent. The principle behind them is simple; air passes through them, they slowly effervesce throughout a room and for a couple of months, the living environment smells like the scent the Adjustables claims to have, in this case, Mandarin Lemonade. The principle is a generally good one; Renuzit Aroma Adjustables eliminate the potential danger of burning down one's house by having an inflammable odor-releaser and offer long-lasting odor coverage.

The Mandarin Lemonade Adjustables lasted the whole month. Renuzit Aroma Adjustables have an instant scent and it dissipates well for about twenty days, though after that we had to open ours a little wider. Given that the point of this little device is supposed to be making odor control effortless - as opposed to having to light a candle every day or two and remember to blow it out - the Mandarin Lemonade Renuzit Aroma Adjustables generally succeeds.

The Renuzit Aroma Adjustables are five-inch tall plastic cones that look like an overturned snowcone. The base is a clear plastic dish that reveals the orange wax of the Mandarin Lemonade air freshener inside. Use is ridiculously simple; twist the white cap up and set in a place where one wants fresher air. Opening the Adjustables only half an inch instantly releases a cloud of great-smelling air.

The Mandarin Lemonade Renuzit Aroma Adjustables smells exactly like sweet oranges and slightly tart lemons, making it smell like what it is supposed to. It is an aromatic, if light, scent that is reminiscent of lemon meringue pie or a lemon cream cake. The scent is more subtle than overwhelming, but it covers the smell of cats and dogs quite well for several days.

The Renuzit Aroma Adjustable is a good theory with a mediocre execution, at least with the Mandarin Lemonade scent. Opening the air freshener half an inch gave us a reprieve for about three weeks from any animal-related scents. There is the option to open the product more, which is a simple matter of raising the plastic cone on top higher. This does disperse more of the Adjustables's scent. It, however, comes with the added detraction of drying the product out much quicker (when the Adjustable is fully dried out, it is done).

I have tried the two essential permutations with this product; closing everything up (and opening the Adjustables more) and opening the windows up for more air flow. Having the place closed up kept all scents at bay – including the nicotine scent on hot days – kept the scent dispersed well.

The Adjustables are easy enough to use; after about a month the orange waxy portion that initially looked like a candle will be shriveled to look more like an apple core and even sticking one's nose into it will not reveal the smell it originally had. At that time, the plastic cone and dish may simply be thrown away. This is very easy to use and when placed in high places, it is very safe for use around children and animals.

While I am not thrilled about this type of air freshener, I have to admit the Mandarin Lemonade Adjustables works well for what it is!

For other scented product, check out my reviews of:
Method Pink Grapefruit Cleaning Wipes
United Pet Skunk And Tough Odor Remover
Arm & Hammer Pet Fresh Odor & Stain Remover


For other home and garden product reviews, click here to visit my index page for an organized listing!

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