I think I 'created' the perfect Fabric Softener :)
As some of you know, I went natural a few weeks back. That article in Wired Magazine about how Fabric Softeners are made with animal fat totally grossed me out!
I have been using Ecover Sunny Day and Mrs. Meyer's softeners. Ecover is really bad at softening and the smell is almost non existant. Mrs. Meyer's smells great and it lasts...but it actually softens towels too much. For the first time ever, I understood absorbency issues with towels.
I LOVE the smell of the new Purex Crystals Fabric Softener Fresh Spring Waters (blue bottle)...and they are also 92% natural. The smell is awesome...a perfect marriage of Persil and Vernel Day at the Sea softener (since Henkel owns Persil, Vernel and Purex...they obviously share fragrances). BUT...they do not soften very well. Almost no softening IMO.
A-ha!!! I use a cap of Purex Softening crystals with whatever detergent I decide to use or play with...and then a cap of Seventh Generation Free & Clear Softener in the softener dispenser of my washing machine (a W4842 Miele).
NIRVANA!!! The smell of the crystals and the softness of liquid fabric softenere...and they are both "natural and green" products. I feel like a Chemist today!!!! ;)