Scented Duct Tape Review: Why Is the Room Spinning?

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When nuclear winter strikes, it's highly likely that cockroaches and duct tape will be all that survives. But just because our new post-apocalyptic wasteland might appear bleak doesn't mean it has to smell bleak, too. At least, that seems to be the train of thought behind the Duck Tape brand's new line of scented tapes. Because why else would you ever buy scented duct tape? We decided to try a few rolls and find out.

According to the Duck Tape's website, the scented duct tape is "sure to add a fragrant pop to your Duck Tape crafts, decorations, and repairs." And that "pop" comes in a wide variety of flavors, each one certain to transport you back to your marker-sniffing elementary school days. The new scents include bubble gum, cupcake, grape, lemon, mint, and orange cream.


First and foremost, let the record show that this sweeter smelling cousin to the handyman's best friend is not for the faint of heart. In preparing for our smell test, I opened up about a dozen rolls of the stuff at my desk. This was, I soon discovered, a poor choice. Allow this excerpt from the Gizmodo group chat to explain:


With just one roll of tape open, the smell is arguably pleasant. Strong and a little too sweet, certainly, but nothing overtly offensive. But it's incredible how much that scent manages to waft in all directions. After about ten minutes of messing with the rolls, I began to experience a mild burning sensation in my nose and throat. My desk mates were also less than pleased.

But potential loss of brain cells aside, Duck Tape mostly delivers. At first sniff, you can vaguely tell a difference between each type, and it's not too hard to see what they're trying to hint at—when you can see, that is. Our blindfolded volunteers had a hilariously difficult time distinguishing between various versions. Grape seemed to be universally easy to judge, but guessing the rest was a crapshoot.


So what would you ever actually need to use scented duct tape for? Well, nothing really. The scent seems to wear off after a few days, but just five minutes spent with the stuff was plenty for us. At about $7 a pop, it's a fun novelty for Duck Tape enthusiasts and hoarders alike, but other than that, you're probably better off sticking with the classic silver—a silver that's mercifully scent-free. Your friends and family will thank you. [Duck Tape]