Something fresh in the morning, a sporty scent in the afternoon and rather elegant in the evening? There are now even perfumes for the car that can be used to scent the interior. This is how it works
New cars have their very own smell. It often smells of heavy leather and a bit of wood, but sometimes also of rather cheap plastic. The customer was spoiled for choice - either he was satisfied with the smell, or he hung a colorful scented tree on the rearview mirror, which then gave off a hint of vanilla, sports freshness or green apple. It seldom smelled good, but at least it was able to drown out the other.
For all those who now fear a swan song on the wonder tree: Don't worry, the fragrant cardboard mobiles are still there. However, some car manufacturers now also offer a scenting system ex works. At the push of a button, a perfume can be distributed more or less discreetly in the interior, currently mainly in the luxury class.
To make this possible, the engineers hide various fragrance flacons in the car, mostly in the glove compartment. Mercedes, for example, are elaborately designed perfume bottles that you would also put in the bathroom. Instead of Chanel No. 5 there are the flavors Downtown Mood, Nightlife Mood or Sport Mood, with which personal mood can also be expressed. The scent enters the interior easily via the air conditioning or ventilation.
The special thing about car scents: They shouldn't be too heavy and they evaporate relatively quickly. After all, nobody wants the smell to settle on clothing or even the surfaces in the car and stay in the nose permanently - this sometimes happens with the scent trees, which constantly give off their smell. The professional scenting, on the other hand, takes place in waves, a little of the odor substance is released again and again. At the same time, the intensity can be regulated.
In addition to scenting, some manufacturers now offer another option for air freshening, so-called ionization. The air is enriched with negatively charged oxygen ions and thus refreshed. A look at nature shows how this works: while the air in the city has around 200 to 500 natural ions per cubic centimeter, in the mountains it is up to 10.0000 and in addition to a waterfall even up to 70.000 ions. And nobody should deny that the air in nature is fresher than in the city. Another positive effect: the ionized air can break down harmful viruses or bacteria.