Product Type: Glade in Homeware
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Fragrance your home in style with Glade Discreet
Member Name: alyson29
Date: 04/07/11, updated on 02/01/12 (401 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to use and long lasting fragrance
Disadvantages: RRP is a little expensive
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The product most definitely lives up to its' name and that is discreet. It is presented to us in an oblong shaped piece of cardboard with a transparent plastic covering that secures the product together with the refill. The three prongs of the 12g plug can be witnessed on the reverse of the packaging where we are provided with a considerable amount of product information. The front of the sturdy white plastic plug-in measures approximately 8 cm square and is of a very sleek and contemporary design. It consists of five curvy lines with a narrow gap in between each to enable the fragrance to be released into your home. What I particularly liked about this product, particularly when making my first purchase, is that there is a circular scratch and sniff area located on the front. This is of great benefit, as a real bug bearer of mine is purchasing a new product only to discover that I dislike the scent when I get home. My first choice of fragrance was the Soothing Lavender and Jasmine, which are both very calming and relaxing fragrances and perfect for inducing a good night's sleep.
USING THE PLUG IN
Unlike some of the other brands I purchase I do not need to be a member of Mensa to work out how to get into the packaging, as I simply need to tear the cardboard at the reverse to remove both the unit and refill. I've always been used to quite cumbersome units where I have to slot in glass perfume bottles, which have to be carefully avoided when vacuuming to prevent the bottles from detaching themselves and falling to the floor. I was quite amazed when I first removed the unit from its' packaging, as it is very compact and neat and with the exception of the three prongs at the reverse its' depth is just 1 cm.
The refill is 7 cm squared and contained within sturdy transparent plastic packaging with a soft membrane on the one side. Its' consistency can be described as being somewhere between a gel and liquid format and as the fragrance I am currently using is a combination of lavender and jasmine it is a beautiful shade of purple. I simply need to peel off the protective foil covering by way of a small lift up tab located in one of the corners and push the refill tightly into the unit with the flat edge situated at the front. The stunning aroma was evident the moment I removed the covering and as I had sampled the scent using the scratch and sniff I was aware that it delivered a natural aroma as opposed to a nasty imitation. The unit is now ready to be plugged into your electrical socket and unlike other brands I have used there is no switch to select your desired strength of fragrance. Whilst all other brands of plug-ins can appear rather unsightly and often spoil the appearance of a room, the unit blends in perfectly with the décor.
I use mine in the socket situated at the top of my landing to enable the fragrance to find its' way into my bathroom and bedrooms and create a relaxing and comforting aroma. The fragranced is long lasting and whilst not overpowering, is strong enough to deliver the scent to almost the entire upstairs of my home. The beauty of this design is that if you need to pull it out of the socket there is no need to balance it in an upright position as there is nothing to spill, as the gel is securely located inside its' protective covering. There are no directions advising that the plug-in needs to be removed overnight, which is generally the case with other designs. The beautiful fragrance lasts me for approximately 3 - 4 weeks with continuous use and I cannot state that I have noticed it fading, as I replace the refill when the gel begins to dry, which is easily detectable by its' cracking appearance.
There are a number of warnings contained on the reverse of the packing such as avoid contact with the skin and keep out of reach of pets. Whilst my cat is no longer with us I am a little unsure how a pet owner would be able to use this product, particularly as all electric sockets in the home are normally situated very low to the ground other than those in the kitchen. The packaging and refill can be recycled once empty.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
This unique product can be purchased from most supermarkets and until 12 July 2011 you can purchase from Tesco both the unit and refill for £2.99 as opposed to the normal price of £5.99, which in my opinion is a little excessive. Glade Discreet is available in three fragrances, namely Clean Linen, Exotic Fruits and Lavender and Jasmine. Refills can be purchased at £2.69 each.
If I were to rate this product solely on its' performance, design and ease of use it would receive 5 stars from me, but due to its' excessive price it loses 1 star. However, I can fully recommend this product and provided I can purchase at the lower price I will continue to use it to deliver a relaxing and beautiful scent to my home.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A unique and very contemporary way to fragrance your home
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