I want to go to New Zealand, Thailand and Hawaii (Giveaway)

{Suda Sudarsana talks about the new destination inspired Ambi Pur Air Effects range}

Suda Sudarsana P&G fragrance expert talks Ambi Pur Air Effects Destinations Range

I’m not particularly interested in science but I could listen to Suda Sudarsana, Procter & Gamble (P&G) fragrance expert, talk all day! He’s so obviously passionate about his work and it’s infectious! At breakfast, as I looked over Thailand’s sparkling sea, Suda talked about three new destination inspired scents in the Ambi Pur Air Effects range.

Destination Inspired Ambi Pur Air Effects Air Freshener

Ambi Pur Air Effects Destinations Range Thai Dragon Fruit New Zealand Springs Hawaiian Flowers

In stores now. RRP $5.99

New Zealand Springs

New Zealand Springs is a perfect likeness of the fresh outdoors captured in a bottle. This scent features a blend of white peach and red grapefruit with gentle hints of golden amber and oakmoss.

Thai Dragon Fruit

Thai Dragon Fruit is inspired by the exotic fruit of Thailand. This this new scent will awaken the sense and leave a fresh and lightly topical fragrance throughout the home.

Hawaiian Flowers

Hawaiian Flowers draws upon Hawaii’s abundance of beautiful fragrant flowers like freesia and jasmine with an eclectic mix of flavourful juicy pear, melon and succulent pineapple.

As I lifted a hot cup of tea to my lips, I jotted down a particular thing Suda said.

Scent is closely bound up with memory.

I had not thought about it before, but realised how true this was! I spent some of my childhood years in Papua New Guinea and sometimes, I will have a flashback, like I’m back there. I know it’s to do with my sense of smell and I wish I could capture it because my childhood was amazing. I spent many hours each day playing and exploring the environment. I have wonderful memories of my childhood, and since my mum died, I’ve been recalling many of the happy times we had together.

Later, I interviewed Chandler Burr, consultant for Ambi Pur, and he confirmed the role scent plays in regards to memory.

“I think scent is very, very viscerally felt, and so I do think it’s hugely important [for creating memories].”

{My cat Tiger and I in Papua New Guinea}

me in papua new guines

Interview with Chandler Burr

To read the entire transcript of the conversation I had with Chandler Burr, consultant for Ambi Pur, click here: Interview with Chandler Burr about Ambi Pur and Scent. In the interview, The Former New York Times Perfume Critic gave me wonderful insight into the sophistication of these new scents.

“[Ambi Pur] are providing you with something more than just a feeling; they’re providing you with a destination, an experience.” — Chandler Burr

Hawaiian Flowers: Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood – that opulent demand they make on your sense of sight; the “Look at me!” That is very much is a visual analogue of the Hawaiian flowers scent. The hibiscus has a huge presence and it says, “Here I am! This is what I am! Pay attention!”

Thai Dragon Fruit: The Thailand dragon fruit scent is much sleeker. The beauty lies in the materials and the beauty lies in the subtlety. I think designers like Armani and Tom Ford rely on subtlety, not on wild cuts; they rely on the beautiful fabrics that are used. They don’t need to draw attention to themselves.

New Zealand Springs: With the New Zealand scent, I would say it’s like T-Shirt, Jeans and good pair of hiking boots.

What an exciting concept for home fragrance!

What was I doing in Thailand?

What was I doing in Thailand? Well, really, I was there to have an amazing experience, so who was I to argue? I lapped up ever single moment with an inspiring bunch of women. Below are some of my experiences.

Ambi Pur air effects destinations press trip

Day one: Travelled, Hawaii-five-0 style on a boat to a glorious beach. The air was humid and rich with weight. I walked the stretch of white sand dotted with splashes of colour before swimming in the tropical blue water. This experience gave me a wonderful representation of the gorgeous beaches of Hawaii.

Ambi Pur Air Effects Destination Range -- Hawaiian Flowers

Day two: Ate Thai Dragon Fruit at breakfast. It really is a stunning fruit to look at! Later, I attended a Thai cooking course (recipe here). I loved experiencing some of what the Thai culture had to offer.

Ambi Pur Air Effects Destinations Range -- Thai Dragon Fruit

Day three: First ever elephant ride. The ride ended close to a cascading waterfall. The water was loud as it crashed down the rock face. There was mist in the air that sat lightly on my body, leaving me feeling refeshed, despite the humid heat. The waterfall trip was inspired by the rugged and beautiful openness of New Zealand.

I was only in Thailand for three full days but it felt much longer than this. Time seemed to slow as I drank everything in while I was transported to the different and inspiring environments.

Ambi Pur Air Effects Destinations Range -- New Zealand Springs

My attitude towards scent has changed. In my own home, I’ve discovered its power to remove odour, create atmosphere, enhance comfort, express personality and inspire destinations. Also, I’ve come to appreciate the role scent has to play in recalling and making memories. I want to go to New Zealand, Thailand and Hawaii but until then, I’ll remember through my experiences linked with scent.

“It’s a moment, and it’s a wonderful experience. It marks time.” — Chandler Burr



**Giveaway ended. Winners have been emailed**

Want to try it? I have the range of destination inspired Ambi Pur Air Effects and Ambi Pur Set & Refresh to giveaway.

Complete set of destination inspired Ambi Pur Air Effects — the nitrogen-based propellant delivers an arc of pure frangrance to refresh the air. (RRP $5.99 each)destination inspired ambi pur air effects rangeEntire range of destinations inspired Ambi Pur Set & Refresh collection — this latest innovation contains a special membrane deigned to slowly release scented oils, without the need for plugs or batteries. (RRP $4.79 each)

Ambi Pur destination inspired set and refresh range

(Total value: $50)

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below!


1. Australian residents only

2. Open until Friday 21 October 2011.

3. The winner will be drawn randomly and notified by email. If no response is received from the email, the prize will be re-drawn.


I was treated to a scent inspired journey by Ambi Pur (thanks Ambi Pur — this mum loved it!). I was not paid for this review and all personal views are my own. To read more about my disclosure policy, read here.

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Nicole Lavender says

    There would be nothing better than family , friends & visitors experiencing Ambi Puirs destination inspired scent range ! One would feel like being on an inspirational journey without leaving the home ! The designers of Ambi Puir are surely inspirational !

  2. says

    I am such a convert. LOVED reading about your trip, you lucky devil. When I mentioned the idea of a New Zealand smell to lovely husband, he retorted “it just smells clean, like fresh air”. Errr, yeah….LOL!

  3. Joie Upton says

    these look fantastic and i listened to a previous post to yours about scent, bought a spray for house so it smells nice when im not feeling that great, works a treat :)

  4. Jo says

    What a great competition. Just what I need to take me somewhere else whilst dealing with 2 sickies…and the bonus will be not smelling the sick :)

  5. says

    I love fragrance and all of these sound like they’d smell wonderful. If the Thai fragrance smells that fruity it’s going to conjure up images of that delicious plate of tropical fruit in your photo. I LOVE tropical fruit. But one of my all time favourite places to visit was Hawaii so I’m hankering to smell that one too. I suspect though, the New Zealand one will end up being my favourite. It sounds fresh and subtle enough that hubby is not likely to turn his nose up at it…..I hope!

    • says

      The Thai is my ABSOLUTE favourite. Just enough to leave the air deliciously fragrant but not at all over-powering. I use it often too, because it takes me back to my trip — and the gorgeous fruit at breakfast, yes.

      I was telling Lucy (in the comment above) that the New Zealand is like wide open grass fields. If I had to describe it with colour, I would say green. I guess that is why the bottle is green. HA!

  6. says

    Oh, I miss Thailand so much! It will be a while before I get back there due to work and very small kids, but it would be lovely to have my house smell like Thailand. Especially when the other option is the scent of my stinky puppy dog…

  7. Alisha Luxford says

    Was just looking at these the other day. I wanted to give them a go, but the price was a bit too much for my budget this fortnight. Would love to give them a go if they are on special in the near future… or if I win. 😉

  8. Charise Sell says

    Looks like you had a wonderful, relaxing, inspiring time… It would be wonderful to give these lovely items a go… With a 5 month old, a 2 year old and a 4 year old my house is full of wonderful smells and I would like to replace them with any of these so I can dream of floating away to these exotic places…

  9. Annette says

    Loved reading your blog on scent & Thailand. Sounds like you had a great time! Glad you have great memories of your childhood too!

  10. Sarah says

    A new smell is as good as a holiday!? Even better, since there’s no packing involved! They all sound lovely :0)

  11. says

    After last nights win to the All Blacks they may wish to change the NZ fragrance to one of 2 choices.
    Choice 1 – muscle linament, dirt and sweaty rugby players or choice 2 for the rugby supporters who are still partying after the wine – champagne and cavair

  12. Glynis Limberg says

    What a great trip you had…
    I think the only way I can travel is to close my eyes and dream of it….and scents certainly would help me get there.

  13. Caroline says

    Currently, my household is using the Hawaiian scented Ambi Pur. We would love to try all of these scents to mix and match according to our moods.

  14. Julia says

    If these new fragrances from Ambi Pur bring back memories from any of these countries, whilst I am stuck at home doing housework – then I am sold!

  15. Georgina says

    It’s true about the wonders of the nose to enhance those everyday experiences. I remember when I was little, I’d come home from school and sometimes mum might be ironing. The smell of freahly ironed linen brings back wonderful childhood memories – a little escapism. How exciting to have childhood memories filled with an exotic location like Paua New Guinea – you are very lucky indeed Kelly. Oh and btw cute pic of you with your kitty cat.

  16. Carolyn says

    There is nothing nicer than walking into your house and a delightful smell wafts past your nose. I get so many comments about how great my home smells, and I’ll be rushing out to get these new sprays.

  17. Sandra G says

    MMMMMmmmm….. love the sound of New Zealand Springs, just conjures up images of freshness doesn’t it. Thanks for giving all an opportunity to win Ambi Pur Air Effects.

  18. Sue says

    I hadn’t realised that I remember a place by smell until I was reading this & closed my eyes to recall my holiday to NZ & found myself sniffing! lol

  19. Tony Avery says

    I hate coming home from work to a smelly house that has been shut up all day – would love to give these air fresheners a go they sound devine!

  20. Cheryl B says

    Anything would be better than the smell of the 2 men in my house at the moment ( 2 wet soaken dogs).You would think we were going through cyclone yasi again.Wet,windy and raining,locked up in doors,roads closed due to flooding.Need a whiff of fresh something

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