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As the festive period ends and a New Year beckons my house is still full of things that remind me of the Christmas that has just passed - these include the Christmas tree, cards on the wall and a can of Air Wick Mulled Wine and Cinnamon Apple Air Spray tucked away in the corner of my living room.
Air Wick produce a wide range of different fragrances that come in all different forms from candles, plug ins etc but this particular fragrance is in a metal canister and comes in the form of a spray. It is produced specifically for the festive period and was in the shops last year but has now re-appeared and has been re-packaged in a slightly more festive looking can, which is predominantly red and green in colour with a picture of an apple and cinnamon on the front. It is part of Air Wick's Touch of Luxury range and this logo is also displayed across the front.
The can doesn't have a removable lid but instead has a design that incorporates an open front that allows the spray to be released when the plastic top part of the can is pressed. I've found that three quick squirts are sufficient to release enough of the spray into my room and the first thing that you will notice is that the fragrance is quite powerful. I love the smell of mulled wine at Christmas time because it reminds me of the Christmas markets and this fragrance really is quite close to the real smell. The cinnamon combines with the apple to give a warm scent with a spicy kick and the aroma lingers for a surprisingly long time.
The blurb on the can claims that it lasts for up to one hour, which seems to be a bit of an exaggeration, but it certainly lingers for at least tem minutes making it ideal to squirt just before any visitors arrive. It also contains active ingredients that eliminate odours and claims to contain a new formula that makes it longer lasting than previous Air Wick aerosol products.
Air Wick's Mulled Wine and Cinnamon Apple spray can be picked up for around a £1 for a 240ml can. I guess it will be even cheaper soon as the shops sell off their surplus stock, although the shrewd shopkeepers will probably just store it away until later in the year. After all it will soon be another Christmas again.
I love candles, and have quite a few of the scented variety in my house.
Over the years I've bought many different kinds, and while the Yankee type will always be my favourites, I'm always willing to try other brands, especially when I see them on special offer.
Which is how I bought this Air Wick colour changing candle back in January. Shopping in Asda I checked out the reduced shelves and saw they were selling off the Christmas range of air freshners for a bargain price of £2 for the colour changing candles. A quick rummage later and I had a few of the mulled wine and cinnamon scented ones in my trolley.
Despite my scented candle love I only burn one at a time, so the newly bought candles were added to the stash under the stairs, and it was only recently that I opened one for the first time.
The candle itself is held inside a sleeve of cardboard that's relatively easy to tear open. revealing the instructions and warnings printed inside. Most of the warnings are the standard ones for candles, don't burn in an unattended room, near curtains or an open window, keep the wick trimmed to 1cm etc, and of course my all time favourite, air freshners do not replace good hygiene practices.
The candle itself is inside a frosted glass, which while plain, looks stylish enough to be placed anywhere in the home without drawing too much attention while unlit. Personally I keep mine on the fireplace, where it's easy to be seen and away from curious cats -- I have four, you'd think they'd keep away from a flame, but I've found that's not always the case.
But of course I buy candles to be lit, so as soon as it was out of the cardboard sleeve and in place, I lit the flame, and was immediately intrigued by the changing colour, as the formerly frosted glass turned a variety of different colours, merging one into the next quite quickly.
Sure, it says colour changing on the box, heck, that's the whole gimmick, but reading it and seeing are two different things. I'm not saying the colour changing will rock your world, but it is soothing to watch and I spent some time talking to my other half as we wondered just how the colour changing was achieved.
The packaging says this candle has a burn time of 30 hours, and I'd say that's about right. Over a few nights the colour changing did get less apparent, only changing where there was wax left in the glass. But that wasn't a big issue at all, as you still got the changing colours, just not as much. Also, the scent never faded which is sometimes the case.
Personally, I love Christmas'ey scents, so this suited me beautifully. Even though the tree and decorations were long down, I enjoyed the scent of mulled wine and cinnamon, a combination that made the whole house smell good without being over powering.
The instructions state there will be about 2.5 cm of wax remaining when this candle is finished, and again, that was the case. At that point I waited for the wax to harden overnight, and then gently tapped it out so I could check out the mysterious colour changing apparatus, which in the end turned out to be some kind of battery operated gizmo encased in plastic.
Because of this battery recycling this candle isn't as simple as just throwing the glass in the recycling bin. The battery needs to be recycled separately, and then you can either recycle the glass, too. Or else keep it for use in the house, though I'd suggest as a container and not as something to drink out of.
While this particular scent of colour changing candle isn't on sale now, you can buy others. Right now -- 17/03/13 -- Asda has three different scents for £4, and I have to admit, I'm always tempted to buy one even though I have other candles ready to be burned first.
Would I recommend this product? Yes I would. Watching the colours changing is soothing and the scent is lovely.
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Airwick Changing Colour Scented candle -Mulled Wine and Apple
I have been very happy with all the Airwick scented candles that I have bought and when I saw these reduced recently I just had to buy a few. I bought a couple of this scent and a couple of a chocolate one.
These come in a frosted glass about the size of a quarter pint and this is protected by a carefully folded cardboard outer. Luckily for potential purchasers who like to smell before they buy, like me, there is a hole in the top of the card wrapper through which you can have a good sniff. The wrapper looks classy with deep mulled wine colours and the picture of the candle showing its pink colour. A picture of an apple with a stick of cinnamon is in the top right corner. The product is sold as a ' Touch of luxury' item.
On the back of the wrapper is a huge amount of information in three languages, Englism French and German.
THE PRODUCT CLAIMS
" Once lit , a soft and tranquil glow illuminates through the wax. The glow then gently changes colour to create a captivating rainbow effect."
"Create a dazzling ambience in your home with the magical warming scent of mulled wine and festive cinnamon apples."
So as you can see you get two senses satisfied in one product. You not only get the wonderful colour changes but you also get a great scented candle with a really lovely gentle cinnamon sweet warm aroma.
THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN OUR ROOM
I really am impressed with the colour changes. I am fascinated by how it works as it started to develop colours as soon as I lit the wick so it must be done with heat through the wick. When the previous one finished I put it in the freezer to get the last bit of wax out. Buried in there was quite a sizable piece of plastic which must be the working of the colour changes. I didn't investigate further and just popped it in the bin.
The colours go through about four or five changes from a lovely green to a red then a purple to a blue then back to green . The changes take place smoothly and constantly and quite quickly so if you watch it for a minute you will see all the colours.
It is just as effective in the day as the colours changing are quite calming. At night if you put it somewhere that is darker the colours are more obvious and make that part of the room fill with each colour.
It would be lovely to have a couple in a bathroom and have just those and no other light while enjoying a nice relaxing bath. I put mine in our front hall so that it welcomes guests as they arrive. If we are not expecting guests then it is in the room where we are sitting so that we can enjoy both the light show and the aroma too.
The scent is not as strongly mulled wine as some of the Airwick candles are. It is a creamier sweeter aroma with a hint of cinnamon and sweetness. It is very relaxing and over Christmas I burned the other one I had of this fragrance and everyone commented on the lovely smell.
It is quite good at filling a room and I can smell it as soon as I come into the room. It is warm, sweet and welcoming.
The candle is supposed to have a burn life of 30 hours but we are warned not to let it burn down further than about 2.5cm from the bottom.
The outer sleeve has instructions in four languages. The English version is at the top so saves you struggling through several to find the right language.
It warns that the glass will get hot when the candle is burning and remain hot for some time afterwards.
Do not use if the glass is damaged at all. If swallowed then seek medical advice and show them the cardboard sleeve (provided you have kept it in case of this emergency).
NEVER leave a candle burning when you are not in the room.
Never put the burning candle on any electrical furniture such as TVs as they get hot and will melt the TV unit and cause a huge fire. This happened to friends of mine so take heed.
Place on a heat resistant, flat surface and away from draughts.
Keep the wick trimmed to about 1cm to avoid excessive smoking.
Do not use the candle if the glass is broken.
How this candle is scented is not divulged on the pack but I am warned that
"Air fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices".
So sadly you will have to continue cleaning the house. What an amazing surprise! Who do they write these instructions for? Or should I ask "Who thinks of this sort of rubbish to write on packs?" I am honestly almost struck dumb with amazement at things I read on some packs.
It does say on the box that the candle is harmful to aquatic organisms but I am not sure if that is from the aroma or if you throw the candle into the tank or river. This might need investigating further if you own a fish tank.
They also say that those sensitive to perfume should be cautious using this candle.
AFTER THE GLOW IS OVER
This candle takes a bit more disposing of and they suggest you tip it upside down when the candle is finished in order to get the left overs out. I had to put mine in the freezer. There is a battery in the plastic bit which you should recycle in battery recycling places. The glass you can recycle with other glass or use for a small vase but NOT for drinking out of I would suggest.
Yes I loved my changing colour candles and still have a couple more left. They not only smell lovely but also give such a lovely glow which is very calming. I would say that if you have children around then take care as it is quite attractive and rather tempting to fiddle with and of course it does get hot and wax could spill if a child knocked it over.
The price of these varies so if you are interested shop around. They are often on sale in supermarkets which is when I buy mine. The price varies from £5.99 to about £3.99 so it is worth shopping around or waiting for a deal.
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Air Wick is a range of home fragrance products including candles, reed diffusers, plug in units and air freshener sprays.
*~*Mulled Wine and Cinnamon Apple*~*
The Mulled Wine and Cinnamon Apple fragrance is part of the Touch of Luxury range from Air Wick. This range is designed for use during the festive season and includes various plug ins, automatic sprays, a candle, a reed diffuser and this aerosol spray.
This air freshener spray is designed to be released using fresh air as opposed to butane. It claims to offer longer lasting scent compared to other aerosols and eliminate odours. The official description from the canister is "create a dazzling ambience in your home with the magical warming scent of Mulled Wine and festive cinnamon apples".
The spray is presented in a tall, sleek canister which can be recycled once empty. The canister adopts a festive colouring using deep reds and green tones and showing images of apple and cinnamon. The can includes various pieces of important information. The spray itself is dispensed through an open gap at the top of the canister. There is a push down top to release the scent into the air.
This 240ml aerosol can be purchased in supermarkets and stores such as Wilkos. It is priced from 89p-£1.20 depending on where you buy it.
As you can tell from previous reviews of candles and diffusers, I love to have a nice smelling home. With the festive season fast approaching, I have stocked up on more warming scented products so my house has a cosy feel even if its chilly outside! Having made a further purchase of the reed diffuser in this scent, I was rather excited (yes I am crazy) to spot this aerosol on the shelves of Wilkos a few weeks ago. I paid 89p which is an absolute steal!
I do believe this was available last year but in a different can. They have updated them to remove butane and allow the scents to be a more natural and I'm all for that! Nothing worse than giving the house a spray to have an artificial scent lingering. The canister is easy to use and looks pretty. It has never clogged and releases a fine mist into the centre of a room. It appears to hang in the air as opposed to rapidly dropping to the floor and making my floor slippy!
*~*Apples From Heaven..*~*
I already knew what to expect in terms of scent from this spray. The reed diffuser currently has pride of place in my living room and lingers beautifully. I use the spray to give the house a top up of fragrance and happily spray this in each room. I like to use it before visitors arrive or whenever I fancy relaxing with the scent lingering around. It works wonders to override smelly nappy, bin or cooking smells and freshens up the bathroom a treat!
The scent from this aerosol is very natural and fresh which surprised me at first. When I first spray it, the apple scent comes through wonderfully and is juicy and refreshing. The scent changes after a short spell and I can detect a lingering spiciness from the cinnamon. I know it sounds like I am doing one of my perfume reviews but I'm so impressed and feel like this scent has its own fragrance notes! It's a perfume for my house! As the freshness fades, the scent turns to the most stunning, warm and cosy aroma from the Mulled Wine. It is comforting and can quickly change the atmosphere and ambience in any room. It is a full bodied, delicious scent.
This is quite a long lasting aerosol. As I said before, it lingers in the air and is quite strong but natural smelling. You could be forgiven for thinking I was cooking a cinnamon apple pie after I spray this. I like the aroma as it is welcoming and ideal for cold days and nights. It fills a room with festive goodness and is a happy scent without being in your face. Because the scent changes, I notice it lasting longer and can detect it an hour or so after spraying. Any room still has that fresh feeling for a few hours which is brilliant.
I usually go through a can of air freshener a week as I spray it constantly. Despite only having 240ml in this can, it has so far lasted me 2weeks and there is still some left. It has definitely made it to the top spot of my favourite air freshener sprays and both myself, my guests and my home love it. It is a bargain price and I would happily spray it all year round.
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