Pros: Scents a small room safely; easy-to-use; can use any fragrance oil; quiet; doesn't eat batteries
Cons: Won't scent large spaces/rooms
I'd seen the Scentbug in my local Bath & Body Works store for a few months and dismissed it as something I didn't need and that probably didn't work anyway. I then started to hear good things about it from friends and co-workers and decided I needed to get one. I'm so glad I did, as I love my Scentbugs (yes, I have more than one!)!
The Scentbug is a Slatkin & Co. product. It is a fan-based room scenter that, in a nutshell, circulates air through the unit, which contains a small pad that sits in a little "drawer". The circulation of the air around the small pad creates scented air, which then scents the air. It runs on two AA batteries.
The Scentbug is about 4" high and about 3" in diameter. It has four little "feet" that balance it on a flat surface. The "feet" have rubber pads on them so that it will not only not slide easily but also so that it will not scratch the surface on which it is sitting. The little "drawer" is in the middle of the unit. The top and sides of the Scentbug contain holes, and this is where the scent comes out.
A Scentbug can be purchased in several colors - white, black, hot pink, brown, lime green, purple, yellow, red and blue. There is also one that looks like it is made from mahogany, one that looks like it is made from burlwood, and there is a red apple-shaped Scentbug with a cute green stem and leaf as well.
When I purchased my first Scentbug, there weren't a lot of colors available. I think the choices were just white, brown, black, hot pink and lime green. I didn't think that any of the colors other than white went with my living room decor, so I purchased the white. At that time, I also bought the Caribbean Salsa fragrance oil. This is a blend of tropical fruits and flowers (but mostly fruits). I brought home my Scentbug and new fragrance oil and, like I always am when I buy something new, was excited to try it out.
The Scentbug comes with three pads, so you can use three separate fragrance oils before you need to buy new pads. The pads are small and white and about 1.5" in diameter. To get started with the Scentbug, all I had to do was remove the bottom of the Scentbug (which is where the batteries are kept), remove the little piece of plastic between the batteries (which are included) and where they touch the unit, put the bottom back on, remove the little fragrance pad "drawer", put several drops of fragrance oil on the pad, put the little "drawer" back in, and turn on the power button. Within two seconds, I could smell the great scent of Caribbean Salsa coming from the Scentbug. I was already in love with it!
Our living room is small, but not so small that it doesn't hold a roomful of furniture and several other items. I ran the Scentbug the first time I used it for about two hours. The room was lightly scented, and I didn't have to worry about a flame, hot oil or hot wax. I sometimes worry when I have a candle burning, or have a tealight under some fragrance oil - I feel like I can't work on something in another room and need to keep an eye on whatever flame is burning. In addition, we have a dog and two cats, and I sometimes worry that one of them will bump into the piece of furniture that is holding the candle or fragrance oil, knocking the hot oil or flame to the floor, or worse, one of them getting burned. With the Scentbug, I don't have to worry about any of that!
I don't want to make the Scentbug seem like it's a room-scenter AND a fan, because it really isn't. The little fan is inside the unit. If you put your hand on top of the Scentbug, you can feel just a wisp of air coming from it. It doesn't create an actual breeze or anything like that.
I have used the Scentbug in several other rooms, including the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. I also purchased a lime green Scentbug for my office at work. My office is about 12x14, and the Scentbug scents the room and into the hallway within an hour. I have several of the Slatkin & Co. fragrance oils, including Strawberry Patch, Island Nectar, Island Margarita, Fresh Lemonade, Kitchen Spice as well as several discontinued scents. I also have some Yankee Candle and The Body Shop fragrance oils, and these fragrance oils work in the Scentbug as well. I use anywhere between 15 and 20 drops of the fragrance oil in the Scentbug. I don't really need to put more oil on the Scentbug pad, because the fragrance doesn't seem to fade. I find myself wanting to change scents more than I want to reapply more oil to the pad.
Bath & Body Works, which is one of the few places the Scentbug can be purchased, states on their website that the two AA batteries that the Scentbug uses to operate will last for about 75 hours. This is a little on the exaggerated side. I get closer to 50 hours from a set of batteries. I still think that 50 hours or so is reasonable, considering that the unit is probably run just two or three hours at a time in most cases. You will know when your batteries are running low - the Scentbug's power light will not glow as brightly and you will hear the Scentbug running not quite as quietly as it did when there was a fresh set of batteries in it.
Refill pads for the Scentbug are available, and there are eight in a pack. They are very reasonably priced at $3.50. To change scents, just throw away the pad that was in the Scentbug and put in a new one.
Overall, I love the Scentbug. This is a great idea and is a great way to scent any small space or room, and it would even be a safe way for kids to have scent in their bedrooms without the worry of a candle flame. I love having one in my office at work. I change the scent a couple of times a week and can use the scent that matches my mood.
Price and Purchasing Information:
The Scentbug is $12.50 but can sometimes be found on sale. The mahogany, burlwood and red apple versions are $14.50. Sometimes Bath & Body Works will also have a sale where their fragrance oils can be purchased for $4 if you purchase a Scentbug at the same time. This brings the oils down almost 50%, as they are normally priced at $7.50. The Scentbug can also be purchased as part of a couple of different sets from QVC.com.