What Are The Best Car Air Fresheners That Last?

Buying an air freshener for your car shouldn’t be difficult – and it’s not! However, what is a problem is buying one that not only smells good but lasts more than just a few days.

The problem behind this is that air fresheners are on all the time – so it’s a lot harder to find one that will last more than just a few days.

Typically, most car air fresheners are really quite terrible. I know this as I used to continually buy all different types of them! That was until I decided to start a mission, a mission to find the ultimate car air fresheners that actually last!

How are we rating Car Air Fresheners?

We’re keeping it as simple as possible as indeed, what we want is very simple. In fact, there are just four things that we were looking for:

  • Pleasant fragrance – does it smell nice? There’s no point in having a long-lasting air freshener for your car if it smells like your cat’s bottom.
  • Longevity – the fragrance or aroma-removal process needs to last for a long time. This can vary depending on the price but whatever the cost, it needs to be more than just a few days.
  • Cost – if the air freshener smells great but costs as much as Creed then we’re not interested. It’s got to be worth the money!
  • Environment – in this day and age, one must consider the environment. If possible, we will always favor environmentally friendly products.

So, there isn’t really anything else that needs to be said – let’s just get on to what you want to see. Any of the following air fresheners are good and you won’t be disappointed with any of them – that’s why I haven’t put them in a ‘Best-of’ list.

So, without any further ado – these are our recommendations for long-lasting car air fresheners.

What are the best car air fresheners that last?

Below are my 3 favorite air fresheners for cars at this moment in time.

Anzano Car Essential Oil Diffuser

I’ll be honest with you – whether the air freshener looked good wasn’t a rating factor when looking at what’s available.

However, this particular product did look good and is made from 100% stainless steel, not plastic. I do need to clarify a point about this type of freshener though as it’s not just a case of putting it in place and leaving it.

You will need to use a couple of tiny drops of essential oils every few days. However, this is hardly a big deal and most people keep these oils in their glovebox.

Whilst we’re on the subject of essential oils, you will need to buy these separately. So, what you’re buying here is the foundation and something that should last you a long time considering how well it is made.

Also, something you can try with this is to not actually use essential oils but use cologne as this seems to last a bit longer – but this isn’t down to the product itself, more the fragrance.

Car Air Fresheners That Last

Regarding the environmental impact – you may look at this and wonder how it’s in any way good for the environment. Well, it’s a good point as first glance may make you think that it’s not recyclable.

However, the reason why I included this product, despite this, is because of the materials used in its construction.

This product should last a long time so unlike products that may last you a few days/weeks or months before you need to throw them out, this could actually last you years.

If you’d like to take a look at this item, do click on the link below which will take you to the item on Amazon.

Purggo Air Freshener

What stood out for me when I was first looking for these car air fresheners was that this one seemed to focus on the environment – which immediately made me want to read more.

The Purggo air freshener is chemical-free and contains no plastic. In fact, the Purggo is made from 100% bamboo charcoal that has been said to naturally absorb odors.

Therefore, with no chemicals, this air freshener is not only safe for the environment but safe for your kids too!

The bamboo charcoal works in a similar way to a sponge. As particles pass through it, they are trapped by the charcoal surface itself. Therefore, this product doesn’t just mask the nasty smells, it can eliminate them.

Car Air Fresheners That Last

Another reason why I liked this product was the amount of time it will last. This product can easily have an effect for more than a year.

But, what happens once it’s time to replace it? Well, as its construction is bamboo charcoal, and hemp, it can be used as a natural fertilizer for your plants!

So, whereas other air fresheners for your car will simply mask those nasty odors, this will remove them.

You won’t get a particular fragrance, just an absence of nasty ones, and actually, how do you get those nice fragrances – from chemicals! Which is what this product does not use.

If you’d like to know more then take a look at the product using the below link, it’s not just me that raves over this product – check out those reviews!

Maison Berger – Refillable Car Vent

Anyone who is into nice fragrances and cologne’s will be familiar with the Lampe Berger brand and with this product coming from them, you would imagine the product would be of good quality. In this instance, your assumption would be correct.

They have a few different fragrances available but I would recommend this one, the ‘Heavenly Sun’ variety. However, as it’s refillable, it’s up to you to try different scents, according to your taste.

It’s not overpowering though like some (it has a light intensity of 2 out of 5 so it is suitable for people who are sensitive to scents within an enclosed environment).

Car Air Fresheners That Last

The diffusion time is around a month, which is better than some but not as good as I’d like.

The reason why this product is in this list is that it is of exceptionally high quality so I was prepared to make an exception in this case. It’s easy to fit and is just a conventional clip onto your car air-vent.

If you’re interested in checking out the reviews and what other people say about the product (or would like to buy it) – do check out the article below.

Gulaki Car Diffuser

Now for something a little different. The Gulaki car diffuser is designed to slot right into the cup slot in your car – so if you don’t have one of these then this might not be the best one for you!

It looks different – because it is different and comes with USB ports (plus a cigarette-charger type), why didn’t anyone else think of that? So, you can charge your phone whilst having a nice smell at the same time!

The Gulaki will hell with humidity (which can be a problem when using air conditioning). It also comes with some intelligence – it will automatically turn off when the water level (used for humidifying) drops below a certain level.

Car Air Fresheners That Last

How it works is actually quite simple. Add water to the ‘cup’ with a few drops of your favorite aroma – and you’re away. Remember though, as this is a dehumidifier and not just a diffuser, it won’t last as long as some others.

In fact, I’ve found the water to run out after just a couple of hours. So, you will need to remember to have some water and some essential oils to keep it topped up.


There are literally hundreds of fragrances one can purchase for your car. I’ve bought a lot, usually the cheaper variety.

They are not cost-effective and most of them have an overpowering chemical smell attached to them. So, although they do mask the more unpleasant smells within your car, that’s simply because their chemically-induced alternative smells more.

If I was going to suggest one to you, it would be the Purggo car air freshener. I like how it’s made and the fact that it uses natural ingredients to get the job done. Whichever one you decide to go for, you really shouldn’t be disappointed!

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