“ Brand: Dunelm / Product Type: Air Freshener „
I am a big fan of reed diffusers for use for home fragrance. Over the years, I have purchased a variety of these to varying degrees of success. Some have fragranced even the largest of rooms in my house delightfully, others have failed to even fill the smallest of rooms with any hint of fragrance. When trying to sell our house, I was determined that the house would smell fresh and clean rather than stale or, worse still, over fragranced. That is why I opted for this 'soft linen' reed diffuser from Dunelm. I hoped that the soft linen would be a discreet, clean smell as I hoped for. The reed diffuser comes in a 45ml bottle for £4.99 (currently on sale for £2.49 - Dec 2012). The bottle is quite a thick glass and clear - it is not particularly attractive to look at and gives the impression that it wasn't a very costly purchase. On top, there is a cork screw cap with a hole in the top to place the reeds that are provided through. There are 8 reeds provided - these are quite thin. Overall, I find the appearance of the reed diffuser to be quite cheap looking and it doesn't really make a feature point or add any attractiveness to the room. I guess that this isn't that important if you are just looking for a fragrance but I do like things like this to look a little bit more attractive - for me, the cork top would be better replaced with a metal looking top. The liquid itself is clear and almost colourless. When I first opened this, it did give off the fresh fragrance I was hoping for. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting - I was thinking it would smell like fabric conditioner or washing powder. Instead, it smelt quite overpoweringly 'powdery'. It is difficult to describe but I found it caught me at the back of my throat when sniffing! I set this up in my bathroom (one of the smallest rooms in the house) and made sure to turn the reeds around several times. I was quite disappointed with the level of fragrance this gave my room. For the first few days, it was lovely and I really noticed the fresh scent that I had hoped for. However, after a couple of days, this was not at all evident in the room - even to people who had not smelt it previously (I always worry I have just become 'accustomed' to the scent). I am not sure that the reeds provided are really the best quality to distribute the scent. However, the scent in the bottle didn't seem as strong as at first either. Overall, I was disappointed with this reed diffuser. I have purchased some for a similar price that have been a much higher quality. The liquid did last in the bottle for a decent length of time but this is somewhat irrelevant when there is no fragrance being emitted.
I've been using a few Reed Diffusers over the last few years. I first tried a Yankee candle 1 when I got it for a birthday present one year, and after then I have had a couple of them over the years and in different rooms. I always have 1 in each of my Bathrooms - just because. I often buy scented Candles from Dunelm but had never seen the Diffusers for sale but I spotted this 1 about 3 months ago. Not sure if this is available in any other scents but Soft linen is a favourite scent of mine. This cost me £2.99, which was a bit cheaper than I would have spent on one of these. Considering that I have spent up to £14.99 when i've bought 1 of these from the Body Shop. This one isn't as large anyway, but still a good enough size. This comes in a clear plastic box so you can see the little Jar which has the Oil in it, a seperate jar which is the Jar that you pour the Oil into and the little bunch of thin wooden Reeds which are seperate in the box. So the idea is to pop the Reeds into this Oil and the Oil soaks into the Wood and the scent gives a gentle scent into the room that you have this. It is a nice gentle scent and it is a lovely fresh clean scent. I guess this does smell just like Fresh laundry and it is just nice. I'm still using this and it still have a bit of Oil in the jar so a pretty economical buy. Next time i'm in this shop I will be looking to see if there is any other scents out from here as it is cheap and works well.
Occasionally, like a lot of hubbies, I am pressed into shopping. I don't like it, but I am generally compliant and go along with the trip to keep the peace and provided only that I get a decent trade off in return. Whenever we go to our nearest town, my wife likes to go to Dunelm where they have a lot of nice things albeit at hefty prices. She seems to spend an eternity in various departments and is forever asking me what I think of whatever it is she is considering buying. More often or not I couldn't care less. After all, I have the Grumpy Old Man stereotype to live up to. On a particular occasion last summer when the time for the cricket was drawing near, I found myself agreeing that we should buy this reed diffuser. We had never had one in the house before and had had no chance to research available options. But there it was; she liked it so we bought it - at £4.99. She doesn't have to ask my permision before spending but for some reason she required reassurance on this occasion. Only a week later I saw similar products on sale in the pound shops so wasn't well pleased. I shall endeavour to not let this affect this review. The reed diffuser is prettily boxed and is one of a number of available fragrances. My favourite of those available was Vanilla (it was on offer) but apparently that is too sickly so it had to be this one. There are detailed instructions on the box as to Directions for Use, but the basic idea is that you dunk the reed sticks into the 45ml of smelly perfumed oil supplied in the bottle and the smell diffuses through the reed sticks and into the room. From time to time you are advised to turn the sticks upside down to maximise the fragrance output. We duly followed the instructions and sited the bottle amongst the ornaments on the dresser. Yes, there was a pleasant smell in the immediate vicinity of the unit after a couple of hours but it did fade over the course of the next couple of days and didn't extend into the whole of the albeit fairly large room, so we were rather disappointed. We turned the sticks upside down and re-sited it onto a window ledge at the bottom of the staircase. Again, not a central point in the room but it did result in the smell wafting upstairs onto the landing which we often pass through so we had a nice smelling staircase and that's where the unit stayed. Gradually the smell faded and after about a month we could only really smell it if you held it to your nose and the level of the liquid had gone down to only about an inch. Meanwhile my wife had bought another couple out of the pound shop for the bedroom and dressing area and although the fragrance wasn't quite as nice, they lasted just as well - no better or worse than the Dunelm unit but at only 20% of the price. I have since heard that you have to be careful about where you site these as if it gets spilled it can take a couple of layers off any varnished or painted furniture and can leave indelible marks on other pieces. This hasn't happened to us and I note there is a warning to this effect on the box it came in, but it has put us off a little. We don't envisage buying any other reed diffusers and now that we no longer have our dog and cat, we are less likely to need such things. If price is unimportant to you, I would say that the one from Dunelm had a nicer pong and lasted a bit longer, but in our case, certainly not the 8 weeks implied on the packet.
When it comes to fragrance in my home it is a very important thing for me. Both me and my flatmate smoke however I own a gorgeous little hamster called Colin and I'm really wary of using air freshener or burning candles or incense sticks that could make him cough and I did once without thinking and vowed never again would I do that. I spotted these reed diffusers in Dunhelm and although I may have seen them before the other week but that I had never really took a lot of notice of them before. They had lots of varieties of fragrances and I love the smell of fresh washing and so opted to purchase this one! Now as I have just said there are a variety of fragrances available and all different sizes and they really do vary in price. This particular one was one of the cheaper options costing me £2.99. The Packaging: Well you don't get any packaging really. Just a clear plastic see through box and your told on it what it is and you can see the 'reeds' and bottle of liquid through it and a larger glass jar. You get about 10 long thin wooden and pine looking sticks. Rather long and all you do is tip the little bottle of liquid contents which is a gold coloured liquid into the plain see-through glass jar and pop the reeds in. When they get saturated with the liquid shake off the excess liquid into the jar and turn them around to release the scent into your room. When you can't really detect the scent any longer repeat that process to revive the smell. The smell of this is quite simply lovely. Really crisp and clean with a delicate sort of floral aroma to it, I really do like this fragrance. However although the smell of the liquid is strong in the jar it isn't on the sticks and although you can detect it at first the smell disappears rather quickly which means I do tend to have to keep turning the sticks around. On the plus point although I do turn the sticks and saturate them often and the liquid lasts a good few weeks and it does look a pretty and rustic and I know its not harmful to my Colin! All in all I don't mind these however they only give off a soft and gentle scent for a short amount of time and for that reason they are probably best off in a none smoking environment and one that is pretty fresh to begin with! Only available in Dunhelm.