Sweet smell of success for Peterborough business started in entrepreneur's basement
Car Cologne, now one of the UK’s leading car air freshener brands, was launched from Anik Zubair’s family home in the city centre less than three years ago.
Since then, the social media-driven brand has been featured in dozens of magazines, including Vogue, and is used by countless celebrities, including boxer Floyd Mayweather.
Mr Zubair, aged just 29, launched the company with his two brothers, Haider and Hurarah, in July 2018 as just a side project, however the business quickly proved to be a big hit.
Moving the operation from their home within a year, the company moved to office spaces in Peterborough city centre; it wasn’t long before that location was outgrown again.
Within the last week, Car Cologne has moved to a large warehouse in Fengate where Anik continues to operate his family-orientated car freshener company with his brothers by his side.
He said: “Not many people know we’re even based in Peterborough; we have been since the start and I grew up here, I love it and I’m proud to still be within the city.
“Car Cologne has continued to go from strength to strength and we’re growing as a business every single day both in sales and traction on social media.”
With over 40 aromas, Car Cologne sell Air Fresheners, Diffusers and Car Mists which are created with expertise and precision, ensuring the uplifting scents slot perfectly into everyday lives.
Mr Zubair added: “I’ve always had a passion for fragrance and cars.
“Growing up in Peterborough, I would spray my own car interiors with my signature aftershave every day to create a personalised driving experience.
“After realising that aftershave wasn’t ideal to inhale in such a compact space, I started to research what was out there.
“With nothing on the market as an alternative, I spotted a gap and had a lightbulb business moment.”
Anik balanced being a financial contractor and designing bespoke car fragrance oils for friends and family who wanted a piece of the pie; he now runs the operation full time.
All of the products can also be used as home, office and wardrobe air fresheners.
Car Cologne, dubbed one to watch by Vogue Magazine, is sold worldwide, from its website in the UK to distributors in The UAE.
Anik has collaborated with celebrities such as Holly Hagan, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Neco Williams, Ross Worswick, Yazmin Oukhellou, Mario Falcone, Ashley Cain.
Car Cologne has been featured in Auto Express Magazine, British GQ Magazine and Top Gear Magazine to name just a few.
Home Cologne is set to launch very soon, bringing Car Cologne’s well-known long-lasting sweet smells into people’s homes with a range of new products.
For more information, visit: www.carcologne.co.uk