Product Type: Air Wick in Homeware
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Air Wick Reed Diffuser
Member Name: jo1976
Air Wick Reed Diffuser
Date: 16/10/12, updated on 18/03/13 (604 review reads)
Advantages: Pleasant scent, inexpensive, stylish design, diffuses scent effectively
Disadvantages: Scent too strong and cloying, gave me headaches
With three young children in the house, scented candles aren't a particularly practical or safe option so I generally rely on products such as plug ins, sprays and diffusers to freshen up my home. I have tried some of Yankee Candle's range of reed diffusers in the past but they can be quite expensive so I was pleased to discover that Airwick had produced a range of their own reed diffusers. These generally retail at around £6.99 each but are frequently found on half-price promotions at most supermarkets and stockists including Wilkinsons,which is where I purchased mine from.
A reed diffuser is a method of freshening the home gradually by diffusion. The fragrance is kept inside a glass bottle into which sits a handful of reeds (or what Airwick refer to as 'rattan stems.') The Airwick diffusers are considerably smaller than the more expensive Yankee Candle counterparts but the principal is much the same, with the fragranced liquid being gradually drawn up and through the reeds and the scent being released gradually into the surrounding environment. The sticks used in the Airwick version are smaller and there are actually fewer of them than the YC versions but certainly appear to be just as effective at absorbing the fragranced liquid and releasing it.
I do like the concept of reed diffusers more than other types of air freshener as they are a little more stylish and attractive to look at, especially if used in the living room where other kinds of air freshener can seem a little too obtrusive. I found that to be especially true with this Airwick version, given its small proportions so I was happy to leave this out on display on my mantelpiece in the living room. The design of the bottle is very simple, almost like a tiny little glass vase, and the inclusion of several small beads at the base of the bottle is also very attractive, helping this to appear as much like a stylish little ornament as it does an air freshener.
There is a range of different fragrances available under the Airwick branding. I chose the 'midnight blackberry & vanilla silk' variety, which sounded quite mysterious and unusual. I expected this to be quite a musky type of fragrance, with the fruitiness of the blackberry scents being balanced out by the vanilla notes. The packaging does include a handy 'scratch and sniff' sticker, which helps to give some indication of whether the scent will be to your liking prior to purchase although I wouldn't say the sticker is entirely representative of the fragrance inside the bottle itself.
My first impressions of the fragrance were quite positive, once I had unpackaged the bottle and inserted the stems provided. I can't honestly say that I would be able to identify the scents as being blackberry or vanilla, without the help of the packaging, but the aroma was certainly pleasant enough. The smell is distinctly fruity with a noticeable herbal undertone, almost like a mild lavender fragrance amongst the mix.
The main issue started to become apparent within a few hours of setting the diffuser up and placing it in position. Much as I liked the scent, I found the fragrance to be far too strong and overpowering, with the scent quickly filling the room and becoming quite cloying. I hoped that this would settle down a little once the diffuser had been in position for a while but it didn't really seem to wear off at all. If anything, the fragrance seemed to become even more prominent, especially in the mornings when the doors had been closed all night, allowing the scent to become even more concentrated. The worst aspect was that I found that I was experiencing lingering headaches, shortly after introducing this diffuser into the home. I don't tend to suffer from headaches and the diffuser seemed to be the likely culprit, with the headaches stopping once I moved it out of the living room. I ended up moving the diffuser into the downstairs toilet where, even though this was a smaller area, I wasn't being opposed to the scent on a constant basis.
In the toilet, the diffuser did seem to perform effectively, helping to keep the littlest room in the house smelling fresh and fragrant. I also found that the diffuser retained its fragrance for a surprisingly long period, with the liquid gradually evaporating away over a period of a few weeks. As far as I'm aware, it isn't currently possible to purchase refills for the diffuser bottle but it isn't something that I'd be particularly interested in, given my reaction to the fragrance.
For the price paid, this does seem an effective and long-lasting method of fragrancing the home. The design and simplicity of the product is excellent but one of the drawbacks of this method of air freshening is that it is difficult to adjust the strength of the fragrance accurately. Unfortunately, I found the strength of the diffuser to be a little overpowering and the added inconvenience of the associated headaches means that I'm unlikely to repurchase any other Airwick diffusers.
Summary: An effective method of air freshening but I found it too strong for my tastes