I do like the smell of commercial fabric softeners. I also discovered that my HE washer rinsed most of the smell out. I buy my favorite liquid softner and then add equal parts hot water to the mix cut up sponges and there you go.
To use keep the sponges in the softner and take one out, squeeze out excess and place in dryer with your load. This will make your laundry smell great and save you some bucks in the long run.