If there’s one drawback to enjoying a fine cigar, it’s the smell that follows you around. While it might not be a big thing to the person smoking the cigar, it can be off-putting to others.
A fairly new product aims to eliminate that smell of smoke and other odors: Gone Smoke is an aerosol spray that smokers can use on themselves, their clothes, cars and other areas to neutralize the smell of cigar smoke.
Two of the personal size Gone Smoke cans were sent unsolicited for a review. Needless to say that with smoking a lot of cigars comes plenty of opportunities to review the product.
The use is very easy — take the cap off and spray where needed. It didn’t seem to harm clothes or fabrics in any way, which is always a good thing.
The smell is like laundry detergent — some colleagues compared it to Tide specifically, though that may be up for debate. Straight out of the can it is certainly a strong and noticeable scent, but it fades quickly.
The big questions, though, are does it work, and how does it compare to other options?
Quite simply, it does work – at least in the sense that you won’t smell like a cigar after using it. It takes a couple of good sprays to adequately cover you, but it does do the trick. Several people preferred it to the smell of cigar smoke, making it a good option if you’re heading back to the office or heading out with friends after enjoying a stogie.
One cigar store in the Phoenix area keeps a bottle of Febreze on hand to spray down customers if they would like. While it’s ultimately a matter of personal preference, the Gone Smoke seemed to leave a fresher, more pleasant smell than the Febreze did, which seems to be a bit harsher and more chemical-based.
With a retail price of around $4 for a 0.6 ounce can, it might seem a bit spendy, especially when compared to products like Febreze, which is generally about $0.20 per ounce. It’s certainly more convenient to carry around the smaller Gone Smoke personal size, but you’ll pay a premium for it.
Despite the higher price, Gone Smoke seems to be a good addition to a cigar smoker’s accessory box, particularly if you have a significant other, children, friends or colleagues who don’t like the smell of a cigar. While it’s not perfect, it is pretty good, and consistently earned the comment ‘it certainly smells better than a cigar.’
Gone Smoke is available for order online through the company’s website, Amazon.com, as well as several cigar retailers.