“ Brand: Glade / Product Type: Air Freshener „
I am a dog owner and really need odour control products in my household! My usual product for combating bad smells would be a regular aerosol can spray freshener. However, whilst shopping recently I saw this Glade Wisp Flameless Candle on special offer reduced to £4.99 down from £14.99. I was actually shocked at the original price as I thought the reduced price was still quite high! I did think that the high price must mean this was a high quality product though. This was a starter pack and contained one refill perfume bottle which would need to be replaced when empty.
I was interested by the claim that this fake candle delivers a puff of fragrance every five seconds or so continuously and thought this might be a brilliant way to keep my living room constantly smelling fresh. I also liked the idea of a flameless candle as I am always fearful of burning my house down when I light real ones for an atmospheric or meditative effect.
The product is comprised of a large glass vase candle holder. This is opaque glass and measures just over 4 inches high. At it's widest part it is about the same width across. This glass vase is quite sturdy and has a smooth, non scratchy base. The 'candle' is a plastic contraption which must be placed inside the holder after assembling. Shaped somewhat like a large christmas candle the plastic insert has a main section where the batteries are placed in the base and an oil perfume bottle is fixed into the top. This is then covered by a plastic sheath. At the base, near the battery section there is a fragrance control lever which allows you to regulate how often the spray is pumped out of the candle. There are five levels.
The candle is easy to assemble and took me only a minute to do so. When mine was set up the fragrance control lever was set to the highest degree of fragrance and it began to work immediately. A small wisp of fragrance is dispensed into the air every 5 seconds or so. When this happens, the candle lets out a tiny squeak - you can only hear this when standing close to it. The wisp of spray can be seen faintly smoking out of the top of the candle holder.
The candle has another feature in that when you push down on the plastic candle the whole unit lights up and glows orange-yellow supposedly like a real live candle. Inside the holder the candle has a Halloween lantern effect and looks rather orb-like. It does not really look aesthetically pleasing unless you make your room very dark.
The fragrance of the candle is very intense and actually started to catch in my throat after about an hour, even set to the lowest level of fragrance. When I went to turn the candle off I realised, rather stupidly, that there was no off switch! This candle works non stop until the batteries run dry! I couldn't cope with the amount of perfume in my room so I had to remove the batteries and leave the thing in an untidy heap on my table top.
Whilst the candle delivers regular fragrance day in day out I do feel a little choked up by the power of the aroma. I also am not keen on the idea of my room being bombarded by chemicals 24 hours a day. I am not really happy with the candle as it does not look great and has no 'calming effect'. I also feel it should have been made with an 'off switch' so you can choose when you need to use it. A high priced product and I feel there are better and cheaper alternatives on the market.
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Having last week bought the Glade Circul'air in Island Breeze for my high traffic hallway and being absolutely thrilled with it I decided to try the Glade Wisp for a more subtle scent in my low traffic lounge.
I initially decided to try a wisp or something similar as the lounge isn't used too often, and I'd feel uncomfortable leaving a plug in in there, or have the hassle of going in and out everyday switching the socket on and off.
I chose the Island Breeze scent as I'm already using it for the Circul'air, and think it's a lovely, fresh scent. The Wisp is very quick and easy to put together, you simply remove the cap from the scent bottle, insert the bottle into the main unit, twist to secure it and remove the tab from the (already inserted) battery to activate.
It has 5 settings and according to SC Johnson you should expect the scent bottle to last approximately 8 weeks on setting 2. I have mine at setting 1 and it's lovely, giving off a little 'poof' of scent every 1/2 an hour or so. Setting 5 is the highest and that seems to 'poof' every few minutes.
It's not bad looking either, and doesn't look out of place on the shelf, though they are small enough to conceal should you wish to do so. Also, as I discovered with mine, they don't seem to need to be in the centre of the room or placed in an airflow to circulate the scent, as so many standing room fresheners do.
The unit comes complete with instructions, a bottle of scent and a battery, which is Energizer, not some nondescript battery you seem to get included with a lot of products these days. I'm absolutely thrilled with mine and will be adding another unit to the trolley in next weeks shop for the bedroom.
Edited to add;
Prices-these do seem to vary widely. I bought mine for £3 from my local Asda, however, having just looked on their website to do a home shop it's now £5.28. Our local Boyes have them in and on sale for £1.99, though they are overstuck with foreign instructions. Carefully peeling this away re-revealed the english. Tesco are currently selling them for £5.28 as well.
An added bonus is that the Glade Flame effect candle and the wisp both take the same refill, stated on the refill packaging, meaning that you have double the choice of scents!
Glade Wisp air freshener is the only home fragrancer that automatically releases a measured puff of fragrance every few seconds.