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United States Patent  [li] Patent Number: 4,708,851
Freytag Von Loringhoven  Date of Patent: Nov. 24, 1987
U. S. Patent Nov. 24,1987 Sheet 1 of2 4,708,851
U. S. Patent Nov. 24,1987 Sheet 2 of2 4,708,851
 ROOM DEODORIZER OR ODORIZER
 Inventor: Andreas E. T. W. Freytag Von Loringhoven, Grasse, France
 Assignee: Azur Fragrances France S.A., Grasse, France
 Appl. No.: 788,104
 Filed: Oct. 16, 1985
Related U.S. Application Data
 Continuation of Ser. No. 489,833, Apr. 29, 1983, abandoned.
 Foreign Application Priority Data
May 3, 1982 [DE] Fed. Rep. of Germany ... 8212730[U] Sep. 11, 1982 [DE] Fed. Rep. of Germany ... 8225646[U]
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The American Heritage Dictionary (2nd ed.), Houghton Mifflin Co., p. 231, 1982.
Primary Examiner—Barry S. Richman
Assistant Examiner—William R. John
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Karl F. Ross; Herbert Dubno
A room deodorizer for fragrance dispenser comprises a support at least partially enclosing a fleece-like tampon or wick impregnated with the material to be dispensed and formed on one end with a synthetic resin cap which can be pierced by a pin on the support.
2 Claims, 6 Drawing Figures
A variety of room deodorizers capable of releasing a deodorant into the space around the deodorizing device have been commercialized in recent years. Some of these devices include deodorant or fragrance holders which are replaceable in a housing shell to which room 20 air is afforded access through openings or the like and through which the fragrance of the deodorant can be released into the ambient air.
Such devices may be affixed adhesively or chemically to surfaces e.g. in a kitchen or sanitary facility to re- 25 move or mask cooking and other household odors, can be stood upon a surface of an article of furniture or the like in a living room, bedroom or dining room to remove or mask other household odors or placed at critical locations such as pet dwelling areas to remove spe- 30 cific odors.
In all cases, the devices are intended to make the environment more satisfying by eliminating unpleasant aromas or superimposing more pleasant odors thereon.
For the most part, conventional room deodorizers 35 have hitherto utilized specially formed multipart perforated synthetic housing resins in which the fragrance carrier was disposed, the latter being a bibulous synthetic resin foam layer or a paper or other plastic material which can be treated with, immersed in or saturated 40 with the fragrance in a liquid form.
The fragrance carrier is generally provided in a matlike configuration and usually requires special holders or the like. The production of fragrance impregnated synthetic resin mats, the need for holders which fre- 45 quently must be complex and the complex constructions of earlier room deodorizers has made the cost thereof prohibitive in many cases, has created problems in handling and assembling the devices and has resulted in a general failure to use the prior art units as frequently as 50 they might have been used. In some cases, the deodorizer was not sufficiently decorative to allow it to be exposed to view and in other cases it could not readily be used or did not permit replacement of the fragrance carrier. 55
OBJECTS OF THE INVENTION
It is the principal object of the present invention to provide a room deodorizer or odorizer which obviates the aforedescribed disadvantages. 60
Another object of this invention is to provide a lightweight easy to handle and esthetic room deodorizer which can be fabricated simply and at low cost so that it can be utilized with greater versatility and ease than earlier room deodorizers. 65
Still another object of the invention is to provide a room deodorizer which affords especially effective release of a fragrance into the ambient air and does so
while having a pleasant appearance and simplicity of design and construction.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
These objects which will become apparent hereinafter are attained in accordance with the present invention by providing the fragrance carrier in the form of a plug or tampon of a fiber fleece material which forms a bibulous wick for the fragrance. Such tampon-like fragrance-carrier wicks composed of a fiber fleece, are extremely inexpensive, easily fabricated and highly bibulous so that they are particularly effective for use as carriers of a fragrance which can be impregnated into the wick in a liquid state. The tampon or plug form, i.e. generally cylindrical, solid configuration, enables them to be disposed in comparatively small housings. Advantageously the fragrance-carrying wick or plug can be forced over a spike, pin or like support in a base of a housing so that practically all surfaces on the end of the plug penetrated by the spike can be exposed to air within the housing. The plug can be readily replaced as the fragrance release diminishes with time by a new plug which can be available, preimpregnated, in a cellophane, plastic or other odor-tight wrapper.
I have found it to be particularly advantageous to form the housing as an artificial flower, in whose calyx the plug, which can have a base at one end, can be inserted, e.g. via a spike as previously described. The synthetic flower can, of course be made true to nature in the manner of sophisticated artificial flowers currently on the market, e.g. of silk, and the fragrance with which the plug is impregnated can be an aroma associated with the particular blossom or flower. The plug or tampon can also be colored to conform to the natural colors of the flower.
According to another embodiment of the invention, the housing surrounding the fragrance plug can be provided with an artificially symmetrical form and with perforations through which the air is afforded access to the plug. Even in this case, the housing may have a decorative or utilitarian function apart from its use as a holder for the plug.
It has been found to be especially advantageous to form the housing of two relatively rotatable shell members which are coaxial and have perforated wall portions. By appropriate relative rotation of these portions, the perforations can be opened or blocked or masked to control the access of the fragrance from the plug through the perforations to the ambient air. It is advantageous in this embodiment to form the housing as a candle holder, as a lamp or the like since the presence of the tampon or plug will in no way adversely affect the utilitarian purpose.
The housing can have still other decorative or utilitarian forms. For example, it can have an egg shape, it can have the configuration of a spice dispenser, and practically any other upright closed configuration. The housing can also have petal configurations or can be formed with one or more members each providing a petal shape or the like.
When a more utilitarian purpose is desired, it can have an upwardly open cup shape, can receive the plug or tampon impregnated with the fragrance in a central portion protected by a perforated wall, and can form a pencil, pen or other utensil holder.
I have found it to be advantageous in some cases to fabricate the housing of porcelain or a light metal such as aluminum, to suspend the housing among or in the