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HGTV Editors Sniff Out the Coziest Car Scents for Fall

September 19, 2019

We put autumn's most popular air fresheners to the ultimate smell test so you don't have to.

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Hit the Road

Did you know that the average driver spends over an hour a day in the car? That's almost 400 hours a year! So why not make it as cozy as possible this fall? While you probably won't be lighting a pumpkin-scented candle in your cup holder or piling up gourds on the dash, you can easily add a touch of fall flavor to your home-on-wheels with an autumn-scented air freshener. To help you pick from the veritable pumpkin patch of products, we sniff-tested this season's most popular scents, saving you the time, money and headache of doing it yourself.

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The Sniff Score

To ensure bias-free results, we put each air freshener to a blind sniff test, judging solely on smell. Our 22 testers gave each scent a sniff, then a rating from one to five (five being the highest). We then averaged the votes to come up with an individual sniff score. Read on to check out our fall favorites, and stock up before the season's over.

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Yankee Candle Smart Scent Vent Clip: Spiced Pumpkin

Yankee Candle is known for its saturated scents, and with its strong notes of spicy clove and a light pumpkin aftertaste, this one's no exception. The vent clip design also features a potency dial that allows you to release only as much scent as you want and a clear window that tells you when it's time to replace. Sniff Score: 2.7

$6 at yankee candle

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Bath & Body Works Fall Scentportables

Each of the fall-themed scents in this Bath & Body Works 4-pack are distinctly and excitingly different — great for someone who likes to switch it up. "Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin" is spicy and astringent, "Leaves" smells like a crisp autumn day, "Pumpkin Cupcake" (the sniff test favorite) is confection-shop sweet and "Flannel" smells just like fresh laundry. Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin: Sniff Score 3.0, Leaves: Sniff Score 3.3, Pumpkin Cupcake: Sniff Score 3.8, Flannel: Sniff Score 2.6

$25.95 (set of 4) at amazon

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