Top 10 Best Car Air Fresheners in 2020 Reviews

New cars smell good, real good! If you’ve ever got in a brand new auto, you probably know the smell we’re talking about here. Unfortunately, this scent doesn’t last for long. Even worse, it’s the most difficult to mimic. After being welcomed by the great smell for a few months, or let’s say a year if you’re amongst those who don’t give rides to strangers, you’re left wandering all over for an air freshener that will bring back the long gone New Car Smell. Why? Because by this time your car has being invaded by all sorts of odors ranging from smelly socks, cigarette and weed smoke to French fries and all manners of sweats! Though no air freshener will ever bring back the New Car Smell’’ you can eliminate all the bad odors and create new smells.

Car Air Freshener Buying Guide

Car air fresheners come in all sorts and sizes. Gels, charcoal, and ionizers work by cleaning the air of all odors and bacteria leaving clean and fresh air behind. Others use chemical fragrances which mask the bad smells. Still, others are all natural and don’t rely on chemicals or artificial fragrances to clean the air around you. When purchasing these units, you need to check out their price in relation to how long they keep the air fresh or smelling good. Again, consider whether they require any powering or not. If you opt to go for fragrances, consider going for one that won’t overpower the car’s occupants. With that, let’s go to the fun part: 2020’s Best Car Air Fresheners

10. Healthy Car Air Purifier

Healthy Car Air Purifier

  • By: Earth-Air
  • Item Weight: 0.3 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.5 x 5 inches

Healthy Car Air Purifier is highly recommendable to people who share their vehicles with smokers. It’s also a perfect option for asthmatic mechanics who always have difficult times when mending the interiors of frequently smoked in vehicles. So, how does it work? It works by emitting negatively charged ions that attract the positively charged ions of the offending air contaminants. Upon bonding, the heavy ions fall and are no longer breathable. A good number of its users report that they can smell the clean air after using this purifier. Others claim that it’s hard to notice any changes while a smaller percentage says that their devices’ caps fell off rendering the units useless.

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  • It’s not scented
  • It’s easy to use


  • Doesn’t add a new scent

9. Febreze Vent-Clip Air Fresheners

Febreze Vent-Clip Air Fresheners

  • By: 0.3 ounces
  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6.6 x 2 inches

The unique design with these air fresheners has seen most of their users find other uses for them. Some have them in their bathrooms, boats, pets’ houses and virtually anywhere else where air freshening is critically required. These air fresheners are designed to clip on your car vents. One package has 4 of these units. They have a pleasantly sweet aroma that replaces bad odors. The seller claims that each of the fresheners lasts for at least 30 days. However, most of its reviewers have highly disputed this saying that each goes for around 1-2 weeks. While some appreciate them for their great scent, others argue that their life isn’t worth the money.


  • Clips on the air vents
  • Have a sweet scent that’s not overpowering


  • Doesn’t last as the manufacturer states

8. DRIVE Natural Moso Bamboo Car Air Freshener

DRIVE Natural Moso Bamboo Car Air Freshener

  • By: Drive Auto Products
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.7 x 6 inches

While Drive has the same purpose as the air fresheners we’ve reviewed thus far, most of its users appreciate that it’s eco-friendly and uses no chemicals or fragrance to clean the air in your car. Secondly, Drive Air Freshener is versatile and can be utilized and placed almost anywhere without compromising its integrity. This sack is filled with natural and organic Moso bamboo that works as its activated carbon. It works by trapping odor-causing particles and pollutants. The manufacturer also claims that these bamboo charcoals will also prevent molds and mildew and can, therefore, be used in bathrooms and refrigerators. Even better, Drive claims that this bag will serve you for close to 2 years since it’s rechargeable from the sun! Some users swear that it works like a charm. Others say that it makes no difference at all.

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  • Has versatile usage
  • It’s inexpensive


  • You require several bags for efficiency

7. California Scents Organic Air Freshener

California Scents Organic Air Freshener

  • By: California Scents
  • Item Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches 

If you’re seeking for an air freshener that lasts quite a long time, I guess you may want to give this California a shot. A package of these air fresheners has 4 cans with a variety of organic fragrances. If past reviewers’ testimonies are anything to go by, each can will take you close to a year! What makes this air freshener stand out from Drive above is that it can be placed in different locations. Going through the reviews, some customers found the scents closest to a new car’s smell. Others say that they were too strong while some received dried cans with no scent at all.


  • The scents last long
  • Great scents


  • The scents may be overpowering for some

6. Little Trees Black Ice Car Air Freshener (Pack of 24)

Little Trees Black Ice Car Air Freshener (Pack of 24)

  • By: Little Trees
  • Item Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches

Not unless you’ve just relocated from another planet, Little Trees with their tree-shaped air fresheners requires no introduction at all. Why? This company has existed since the early 1950s. All along, they have been able to produce air fresheners with all sorts of fragrances including vanilla, chocolate, and Black Ice. For those who don’t like extremely perfumey’ air fresheners, this is the way to go. These Little Trees have a scent that’s not overpowering at all. The only drawback is that they last for a shorter time than one would expect. On the upside, each pack has 24 of them which sound a good deal, especially for around 15 bucks.


  • Each pack has 24 pieces
  • Have a masculine fragrance


  • The scent doesn’t last long

5. Ozium Smoke and Odors Eliminator Gel

Ozium Smoke and Odors Eliminator Gel

  • By: Auto Expressions
  • Item Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.1 x 2.8 inches 
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Auto Expressions describes this air freshener thus: The Anywhere Odor Eliminator. Ozium won’t emit any new scents per se. Rather; it helps absorb bad odors that won’t be eliminated by other fragrances. Ozium is in the form of a gel. However, it won’t melt no matter how hot your car’s interior becomes. Again, its compact design makes it easy to hide under seats, in offices, and bathrooms. Even better, this air freshener is cheap. At below 7 dollars, you can have several for different places.


  • It eliminates bad odors fast
  • It’s small to place anywhere


  • Have no new fragrances

4. FriEQ Car Air Purifier

FriEQ Car Air Purifier

  • By: FRiEQ
  • Item Weight: 1.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.3 x 1.3 inches

FriEQ car purifier works in the same way as Ozium Gel Eliminator and Healthy Car Air Purifier. This air freshener plugs into your car’s 12V cigarette outlet. It works by emitting negative ions that bond with the positively charged ions from cigarette and weed smoke and other stale odors. FriEQ claims that this purifier releases up to 4.8 million ions per cm3. Though hard for us to prove this, past users’ testimonies about its performance are proof that it does the trick. It also emits a bluish light that boosts your car’s aesthetics.


  • Uses no chemicals
  • It’s decorative


  • Won’t work without power

3. Chemical Guys New Car Smell Air Freshener

Chemical Guys New Car Smell Air Freshener

  • By: Chemical Guys
  • Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches

Chemical Guys seem to have discovered the way to a new car’s smell. Or let’s say that this is the closest that you can ever get. This air freshener comes in a 16 Fl. Oz jar. However, the manufacturer says that you can dilute it with up to 2 gallons of water. Even after diluting, this freshener’s unique fragrances remain strong. One spray could take you for almost a month. The best thing about Chemical Guys is that you need not worry about where to place it. You can spray and leave it on your garage shelves until when required next. Secondly, you can spray anywhere from the carpets to the trunk. Has it any drawback? Sure. Its fragrances smell like rubber immediately after spraying. Fortunately, it fades into the New Car Smell’ after 1-2 hours.

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  • Closest to New Car Smell
  • Long lasting fragrances


  • Has rubber-like fragrances

2. North American NA222-6 Citrus Orange Air Freshener

North American NA222-6 Citrus Orange Air Freshener

  • By: Blue Magic
  • Item Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 2.1 x 7.4 inches

For those who love fresh orange zest scents, now you can have it welcome you to your car every time you open the door. Though not specifically meant for use in cars, most car owners have made it a go-to due to its ability to mask different odors easily and naturally without exposing you to harmful chemicals. This air freshener uses pure citrus oils and has no hydrocarbons or fluorocarbons. Users recommend it since you only need a small amount that lingers for so long. You can also use it in your bathroom, kitchen, garage, and nasty trash cans.


  • It uses fresh orange oils
  • Have brilliant scents


  • The scents may overpower some users

1. Moso Natural Charcoal Air Purifying Bag

Moso Natural Charcoal Air Purifying Bag

  • By: Moso Natural
  • Item Weight: 7 ounces
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches

This bag of Moso Bamboo Charcoal by Moso Natural emerges as the best way to eliminate bad odors and maintain clean air in your vehicle. Remember Drive Natural Moso Bamboo Air Freshener we reviewed earlier on? This one works in the same way only that it’s cheaper. How does it work? This bag is full of bamboo charcoal. In case you don’t know, bamboo charcoal has numerous pores that make it look like a sponge. Now, when bad odors pass through, all odors and bacteria are trapped. Consequently, you get clean, breathable air. That’s not all. You can use and reuse this bag for close to 2 years just by leaving it in the sun for recharges. A good number of its users believe in it and recommend it to you. However, they don’t like that you need to order for several bags to cover large areas. Others claim that it did totally nothing.


  • It’s pure and natural
  • 100% safe


  • Has little coverage
  • You require several bags

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