A California Company Has the Bad Idea That Your Car’s Exhaust Should Smell Like Cotton Candy


If custom scents for your car’s exhaust don’t tip you off that we live in strange times, I’m not sure what will. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind catching the sweet and slightly bitter smell of hot car exhaust when it gets the right kind of cold. Even though this smell is nostalgic and calming in small doses, it will also lead to brain damage or even kill anyone who partakes too much. It is for this reason that makes this California company’s idea to make your car exhaust smell like cotton candy a strange idea, indeed. 

What is a fuel fragrance? 

At the risk of sounding ugly, fuel fragrances are exactly what they sound like: a liquid additive that one can add to their fuel to make the burning fossil fuels smell better. 

Power Plus Lubricants is the company behind this idea. They claim the flavored juice will not only make your car’s exhaust fumes smell better but also make the fumes less irritating to one’s eyes and nose. We aren’t totally sure what that means, but here is how the company’s website talks about the exhaust potpourri: 

“Power Plus fuel fragrances are designed to eliminate unpleasant exhaust odors and the eye, nose, and throat irritations that come with them. Pre-mix with fuel or pour directly into your tank before filling up.”

“Power Plus Lubricants fuel fragrances are safe for all internal combustion engines, injectors, carburetors, 02 sensors, and catalytic converters. They do not inhibit or enhance engine performance. One 4 oz. bottle treats up to 35 gallons of alcohol/methanol, 20 gallons of gasoline or nitromethane, or 10 gallons of diesel fuel.”

What kind of exhaust fume flavors are available? 

If this troubling business idea needed any help being less appealing, the chosen flavors are such that even reading their names feels like you can taste them. Keep in mind that we are talking about the fumes given off by burning gasoline with an added bouquet of aromas from heated oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and other noxious chemicals. 

Power Plus markets such fragrances as “Rocket Cotton Candy,” “Full-Blow Bubble Gum,” and “Born Bad Baby Powder.” If you are worried that they haven’t captured your signature scent, worry not; there is more where that came from. 

They seem to get less appealing the further down the list you go. A writer at Verve Times continues the list with all the fruity scents like watermelon, grape, apple, strawberry, and more. But we still aren’t done; that’s right, for those of you thinking, “Why even start the company if you aren’t going to do “Supersonic Cinnamon?” That isn’t the only autumnal scent. There’s also “Victory Vanilla,” “Hot Rod Hippie Patchouli,” and “Pop-a-Wheelie Popcorn.” 

I really don’t want anyone to worry; thankfully, they had the presence of mind to not leave the green leafy fiend out of the mix, “Reefer Madness.” Yes, the California company made a weed-smelling exhaust fume flavor. It’s a strange choice, maybe, but if we are honest with ourselves, it adds up. However, what doesn’t add up is why anyone would choose to have their car blasting out a smell that signifies a crime in the majority of America, essentially inviting the police to your car. 

Power Plus does know exhaust fumes are poisonous, right?

Either way, anything encouraging the breathing in of toxic fumes is an interesting business model, to say the least. Next time you get a whiff of some out-of-context cotton candy or Vanilla, it’s either some dude vaping or a Power Plus customer bubbling down the road.