If you are the parent of a teenage girl, I have some fantastic news for you.
Good news - You will never have to purchase an air freshener for your car again. Ever.
I kindly gave my daughter and three girlfriends a lift yesterday. As each young passenger boarded, pleasant smells and odours of various perfumes and fragrances wafted and swirled around the car interior until it resembled a perfume counter at Boots.
By the end of the journey, as I jettisoned my precious cargo, the smell was overpowering and I started to feel positively nauseous and light headed. 15 minutes later, I found myself slumped unconscious over the steering wheel. Or rather, the police officer did. Thank goodness, I passed that breath test and the policeman also had a grown-up daughter, who has just graduated from Exeter University.
Despite opening all windows, the sun roof and leaving the boot open in a futile effort to defumigate the vehicle, this pleasant smell will persist for a period of six months, rendering the need for small, refillable air fresheners that attach to the air vent grille completely superfluous.
Bad news - the cost savings of the air freshener won’t make up for the unspecified and intangible costs of owning a teenage daughter.