September 8th 2017
Promising a long lasting subtle scent for the home without the fire hazard of our beloved scented candles, reed diffusers are fast becoming an interior must have. With offerings from all ends of the price spectrum, which ones lived up to the hype? Click on through to find out…
Feedback: “Ever since my sister burnt half of her bedroom down with an array of scented candles, I’ve been slightly apprehensive about using them. Combine my large collection of embroidered pillows with my overly clumsy nature and you've got the makings of a complete fiery disaster. So, this week we chose to opt for the much safer and increasingly popular choice of reed diffusers.
“Extremely simple to use all you need do is pull off the cap, place the reeds inside the bottle and relax as you are transported to fragrance nirvana. With a scent named Jasmine and Lilac, this diffuser offered a combination of berries and citrus fruits blended with a euphoric bouquet of Lavender that evokes the enchanting and blissful smell of summer - a difficult task on a rainy, dull winter evening. Almost immediately my bedroom was filled with a delicate floral fragrance that created a spa-like tranquil ambience.
“Too often home fragrance products can be extremely overpowering and too ‘perfumey’ but this Heyland & Whittle product had just the right amount of sensuous subtle scent. What’s more this diffuser is great value for money given that this little bottle lasts up to a whopping three months. With a whole host of beautiful scents available I can safely say candles are a thing of the past as I think I’ve just found my new best fragrance friend.”
Feedback: “I really like a scented diffuser as it's so much more chic and fragrant than a cheap and grotty air freshener, but I am very fussy when it comes to scents so the challenge was well and truly on this week. The packaging for this one from J by Jasper Conran is quite androgynous but the bottle is impressively sized considering the price and comes with eight very tall diffusing reeds. As I popped open the cork-like screw top I found my hands covered in oil (tip: it will take a while to wash away the scent) as it was a little leaky but other than that, in went the sticks and on went the silver cover and that was it.
“I set them down in the biggest room of the house as I can't stand overbearing fragrances, but I needn't have worried. The jasmine neroli scent is incredibly subtle - so much in fact that I moved it to a smaller room so that it was a bit more useful. That said, the scent itself is right up my street - floral, calming, and very lightly refreshing; but I prefer organic oils that I have used in the past as I think they're more powerful without being too much to handle. This is pleasant, and would make a lovely gift, but it's not quite got that wow factor.”
Feedback: "Encased in a decadent-looking cream box, this reed diffuser gets straight tens across the board for its chic, clean and elegant aesthetic. Inspired by the sunny streets of Saigon and incorporating a superb blend of essential oils, I was initially (pleasantly) bowled over by the jasmine, gardenia and peony scent, which managed to fill the room almost instantly.
“Opening this small diffuser does feel like unearthing a huge bouquet of flowers and while the grown-up fragrance is incredibly beautiful the scent is akin to the type of eau de parfum that a very glamorous grandma would wear. Yes, there’s no doubt about it, this is definitely one for your gardenia loving glam gran. Elegant but fairly overpowering, this reed diffuser (and its price tag) are probably better suited to a more chic and mature owner than myself.”
Feedback: “This new addition to the Molton Brown home fragrance range is certainly suave; if James Bond owned a reed diffuser this would probably be it. The sleek steel and glass packaging looks both elegant and expensive (inconspicuous enough for MI5) and the fragrance is far from sweet or cloying - it has a very unisex appeal with a herbal aroma (that’ll be the notes of basil, thyme and clary sage). I wanted to really get a feel for the scent so I added all of the reeds to the diffuser at once, and over a few hours my living room smelt a lot more grassy. Rather than perfumed, the space was crisper and fresher.
"This reed diffuser might be a slow burner in the scent stakes (no actual burning involved thank goodness), but far better a subtle hint of fragrance than a pungent hit of perfume in my books. No boyfriend/husband/brother/man friend could ever object to this. It’s so subtle they may never notice it’s there. Depending on your taste and priorities this is either a big plus or a bit of a let down. I personally loved its understated effect, but if you’re looking to spend your money on a scent that makes an impact you may want to sniff out other options.”
Feedback: "There’s something supremely chic about reed diffusers and I often think they carry a greater aesthetic appeal than a candle or my handy can of Oust ever could. Plus, they also come without the fire risk. Although a little fiddly to open, the scent of this particular product struck the perfect balance between understated and distinct for me. The combination of White Lotus and Yi Yi Ren made for a great match for my house and wasn’t at all overwhelming or overtly feminine.
“Subtly perfumed with a fragrance that would please even the fussiest of noses, it’s brought a sophisticated touch of tranquillity and zen to my living room. I would definitely recommend it!”
Feedback: “I have to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of reed diffusers. I don’t really like the way they look and I’m really sensitive to smells so if I can’t turn a scent off I find it a bit like having to wear a fragrance that I can’t wash off. For this reason I’m a bigger fan of candles which you can blow out, however I totally understand that reed diffusers are popular as they are much safer if nothing else.
“This reed diffuser, while it looks pretty, is too much of a synthetic smell for me. It smells of something a bit fruity and bright but definitely doesn’t smell of white grapes. Another complaint I have is that it says that it contains aloe, which makes no sense to me since real aloe vera doesn’t actually smell great (I know because a guy on a beach in the Caribbean gave me some last week having scraped it straight from the plant, and it’s currently in my fridge festering away). Aloe vera is only soothing when applied to skin (you can drink it too) - I don’t believe you can diffuse it in the air! Sorry guys, give me a candle any day.”
Feedback: "Tranquil, relaxing and wonderfully calming, this diffuser has taken permanent residence in my living room.
I'm often a little wary of lavender-scented products as they can sometimes be a little overwhelming. However, this diffuser had the perfect combination of notes (thanks to an uplifting hit of neroli and lemon) to achieve the perfect balance. Ideal for bedrooms and living rooms alike, it also looks beautiful too for an elegant touch to anyone's home in my opinion."
Price: £54 for a 165ml
Feedback: “Beautifully designed in its signature cream and black packaging, the Jo Malone reed diffusers are the essence of chic sophistication. Pomegranate Noir is one of their bestselling scents and I love both the fragrance itself and the candle so had high hopes for this version.
“With a combination of pomegranate, raspberry and plum together with pink pepper and spicy woods, this has a beautifully rich fragrance. Although a gorgeous scent in itself, it does not seem as developed in the diffuser as it is with the candle and so I was a little disappointed. I like strong fragrances in the home and others I’ve tried have been more powerful and therefore more to my taste; however if you prefer your scent on the subtle side this would be ideal. I did also try the English Pear and Freesia which gave off a more stronger scent, so I think it depends on the fragrance you pick. If you want a chic reed diffuser that is pure elegance on your dressing table without the full fragrance of a candle this is spot on; I just prefer a little more depth.”
Feedback: “I’ve used my fair share of refreshing room scents and household zen enhancers before and I have to say this is one of the most impressive yet to date. Within just five minutes of opening the bottle, not just the living room but the whole house was filled with the subtle, clean scent of lavender, chamomile and sandalwood. It’s also made using organic botanicals and fragranced with 30% of the highest quality essential oils, meaning it’s 100% natural and free of nasty preservatives. It’s slightly pricey but the enticing ambiance enables it to turn any house into a home, making it a worthwhile investment indeed.”
Feedback: “Having previously always favoured the soothing ritual of lighting a candle over a reed diffuser I was pleasantly surprised by this Body Shop offering. Once I got the stopper out (quite the struggle!) and the sticks in I left the diffuser in my loo overnight. Come morning the room was fragranced with a subtle but definitely noticeable scent of green tea and lemon. The scent was lovely crisp and fresh and not overly lemony in a fake fairy liquid way I had feared.”
Feedback: “When it comes to scents in the home, I've always been more of a candle girl. There's something about the ritual of lighting one and letting its scent spread through the air while seeing the glow of the flame warm up a room. Though with candles, comes caution. You always have that nagging in the back of your head reminding you to blow it out before you fall asleep in a fragrant haze.
“For me, this is where reed diffusers have the upper hand. They’re safe, easy to use and last a long time. One thing that drew me in to the Neom Organic Reed Diffuser was its name - 'Happiness’. The pure oil is a combination of organic and natural ingredients - white neroli, mimosa and lemon, combined with natural fresh grass notes. It’s reminiscent of spring and was created to ‘make you smile, take the weight off your shoulders and sprinkle a little joy into your world’. If Pharrell’s song ‘Happy’ was to be transported into a bottle, this would be it.
“The box advises to allow 48hrs for the scent to fully diffuse but when I (finally) got the bottle stopper off, I got a whiff of a beautiful yet subtle aroma. I simply placed the sticks into the bottle and within 12 hours, the area was filled with a scent that was both fresh and calming, without being too overpowering. Its lasting power is impressive and it created a more serene atmosphere without much effort.”
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