Unbranded In-Wash Fragrance Booster, Spring Scent (Dollar Tree)

A pink container of Unbranded In-Wash Fragrance Booster Spring Scent, from Dollar Tree
Smells and works pretty well, especially for the price.

I’ve already taken a look at whatever Dollar Tree fragrance booster comes in the blue bottle (and am too lazy to look up exactly what that one is), so now it’s time to turn our attention to a scent I didn’t even know existed: spring, which is in a pink container. Do they carry this one all the time now? Or did I just happen to see it one of the few times our store actually had it in stock?

Whatever the reason, I decided to give it a shot, mainly because I wasn’t sure if I’d ever see it again. (This seems to happen with semi-regularity at our local Dollar Tree, where I’ll see something once, or for a little while, only for it to disappear forever.)

The smell is...well, not as bad as many dollar store products. It’s called “spring”, and while I guess the floral aroma could be considered “spring”, it smells more like a specific flower, rather than the whole of the titular season. Almost kind of like a hibiscus, perhaps? At any rate, it’s a rather strong smell, which I guess is kind of the point of a fragrance booster, although I have to say - even as a fan of floral scents - that it gives me a headache if I’m around it for too long. (Easy fix: don’t stand around it for too long.) The scent isn’t as “smooth” as national brand scent boosters, but it’s also not as artificial and rough as some Dollar Tree fragrance products can be.

Just like the stuff in the blue bottle, these are tiny scent boosting “crystals” (I still can’t bring myself to try the little circular scent boosters Dollar Tree carries, even though they look a lot closer to the national brand) that are even colored pink, just like the packaging. The instructions clearly state that you can use “a little” all the way up to ⅔ cup for maximum fresh scent. I never use a measuring cup for non-liquids, so I have a very unscientific method that involves pouring it out slowly while going in a circle around the washer, stopping only after I feel I’ve put in an adequate amount (it’s usually three or four full circles, although it can be more for larger or dirtier loads). Using this method, I’d say I manage to get upwards of 10 loads out of one bottle, although the reality might be a little less than that.

The instructions also clearly state that you’re supposed to put this at the bottom of the washer drum, before you add in your clothes. I have to confess that I never remember to pour it in until after I’ve put in my clothes, so I just sprinkle these on top of the clothes themselves. Honestly, I don’t notice much of a difference in scent compared to the times I did remember to put the booster in first, so I don’t honestly think it matters all that much.

As can be expected, the performance is the same as the one in the blue container; namely, it smells good right out of the dryer. In fact, the scent smells much better on the clothing than it does when you deliberately concentrate and inhale right out of the packaging. It definitely doesn’t seem to last nearly as long as the name brand stuff my wife uses, with the scent dissipating after a couple of days, but my refusal to measure out a specific amount might have something to do with that. Then again, I don’t have the same obsession with fresh-smelling laundry as she does, so it doesn’t really bother me all that much.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make your clothes smell at least a little better than regular detergent can, I highly doubt it gets much cheaper than this.

Overall: 6/10. I’m not sure the “spring” moniker really fits, as this smells like a straight ahead floral scent, rather than the light freshness I would associate with the titular season; maybe that’s just me. At any rate, the aroma isn’t as artificial and fakey as other Dollar Tree fragrance items, and is strong, which is probably what you’re hoping for in a fragrance booster. I just pour random amounts in at a time (and don’t bother to measure out the ⅔ cup maximum mentioned on the packaging), and my clothes come out smelling pretty good right out of the dryer, although the scent seems to quickly fade thereafter. It doesn’t match the performance of the name brand stuff my wife uses, but those are also 10 times more expensive. Assuming you don’t need your clothes to smell good for 10 years after you take them out of the wash, these perform well enough for the price to justify a purchase. Personally, I prefer the one in the blue container, which I’m still too lazy to look up.