Dollars and Scents

A breezy history of the air freshener.


Lysol is America’s most popular contraceptive. Really.


Little Trees first hung on rearview mirrors.


Glade introduces the air freshener spray can.


Glade solid scent sticks hit shelves.


Plug-in air fresheners exude ambience 24-7.


Man sprays Prince Charles with a can of air freshener.


US air freshener sales reach $239 million.


Renuzit unveils the Super Odor Neutralizer.


Air Wick releases Relaxation and Revitalization scents. Febreeze launches Scentstories “scent-themed” discs. Sample: Exploring a Mountain Trail.


Glade presents the Scented Oil Light Show—designed for girls 8 to 12.


Enviro group finds hormone-disrupting chemicals in “all-natural” air fresheners, asks epa for further testing. SC Johnson sues Dial for stealing its three-scents-in-one idea.


US air freshener market hits $2.3 billion—not including scented candles.

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