I have loyally used Downy April Fresh sheets for 20+ years. In recent months, the smell of the dryer sheets has changed drastically. Initially, I noticed that the scent became much stronger. So strong, in fact, that I had leave my car windows open when driving home from buying a box. If I didn't, my allergies would act up and I would get watery eyes, scratchy throat, and cough.
Now, with a new design on the box, it seems like Downy has both intensified the smell AND changed the smell. The new scent barely (if at all) resembles the old April Fresh, which was clean and light. The smell is so cloying that I got nauseous trying to wear clothes that were laundered with it. I lasted 5 minutes, and had to change. After 4 subsequent washes, the stench remains - it is, for lack of better words, "baked on" to the clothes. I threw the remainder of the box out and thought that perhaps there was a factory mistake and another scent had been incorrectly put into April Fresh boxes . . . that is until I came on here and saw the reviews.
Downy April Fresh has been around for so long because it WAS great. Why fix what wasn't broken? Like so many others who have posted reviews, I will be moving on to another product - not to be spiteful, but because I genuinely cannot use it anymore without allergic reaction. If Downy brings the classic April Fresh back, I will be first in line to buy it. On a final note, and from a person with allergies, I know I would have appreciated Downy labeling the boxes as having a changed scent.