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I have to admit having been to a number of Partylite parties over the years and having a cupboard full of tealights I was a little dubious about trying the oil rather than an actual candle, having tried some of the "off the shelf" diffuser the smell lasts for a few days and is very over powering and then it seems to disappear. I was in need of something to brighten up my bathroom without the maintenance of having candles in there and so decided to give this a go. The cost of the oil is quite expensive in comparison but it does tend to last quite a while, Partylite often have offers on so it can be worth stocking up if it's a good one. I really love my reed diffuser, the smell is strong enough so that you know there is something there but not so in your face that it hits the back of your throat when you walk into the room. I now have a few different bottles, the Signature and Colour rage are my favourites as they can go in any room and the Colours are available to match most themes. My favourite oils currently are Signature Tamboti and Plum Pleasures. This is definitely a case where it's worth spending that extra bit of money on the Partylite versions as they last so much longer and give out the best fragrance as well as lots of bottle choice to suit your décor.
I have been to ALOT of party lite candle parties it seems to have the snowball effect someone you know has one then while your there another friend books one to get the host extra commission and at their party another friend books one and so on and so fourth before you know you've been to six in two months. While your at these parties you find yourself looking through to brochure again and again to find something thats not too expensive that you don't mind spending your hard earned money on. I'm not a fan of candles with children in the house you rarely get time to sit and relax with a nice smelling candle burning and if your anything like me when you do get the chance you forget to light it, either that or they look too pretty to light which defeats the object. I have however purchased a few of these reed diffusers i find they are a good alturnative you just poor the oil (scent of your choice) into the vase, pop in your reeds and leave it on your shelf, it fragrances the room all the time, you don't have to remember to light it and theres not chance you can burn the house down. You can purchase refils for your oil and actually change your scent if you fancy something different. The down side like with most party lite products they are a good quality but are expensive.
After hosting my PartyLite Candle Party (please see my previous review) I had over £50 of credit to spend on their huge and very tempting range of products. It took me quite a while to decide because they have so many lovely products. One of the products I chose was a reed diffuser. ==A Bit About The PartyLite Reed Diffusers== PartyLite have a choice of 5 different styles of diffuser, a mini one holding 74ml of fragranced oil, the standard sized one holding 147ml of oil, the Tri-Glow reed diffuser, which is the same as the standard one but has 3 different coloured layers of fragranced oil, the Wellbeing diffuser holding 163ml of oil and the Fresh Home diffuser, which again holds 147ml of fragranced oil. The standard, mini and Tri-Glow diffusers all come in good strong glass bottle, which from the front is round and side on is thin and narrow. The Wellbeing diffuser again is in a strong glass bottle, which this time, is teardrop shaped, being quite rounded at the bottom narrowing sleekly towards the top. The Fresh Home diffuser is a square and dumpy strong glass bottle with a narrow neck. If you order the standard, mini or Tri-Glow range your diffuser comes with the oil already in it and a screw top lid. With your diffuser you get a wooden cowl, which you place around the neck of the bottle once you have taken off the lid and you get 12 reeds, which you place in the oil. The wooden cowls are quite decorative, some are just plain, either being in a dark or light wood, whilst others may have an animal print on them, it all depends on which one you choose. The 12 reeds you get with your diffuser remind me slightly of wooden skewers, on the whole they are plain but again, depending on what diffuser you decide to choose, some of them also come with decorative reeds too, twigs, bamboo and decorated reeds. All looking very stunning. The Wellbeing and Home Fresh Diffusers don't come with the wooden cowl, with the shapes of their bottles being slightly more decorative and they are supplied with the 12 plain reeds. There are 10 different fragrances to choose from and 6 different fragrances in the Tri-Glow range. Refills can be bought for the 10 standard fragrances but the Tri-Glow range does not have refills available yet. The refill bottles have a funnel shaped top allowing them to be poured very easily into the diffuser minimising the risk of spilling. ==My Experience with My Reed Diffuser== The reed diffuser I chose was from the Tri-Glow range. When it arrived the oil was a bit shaken up and the 3 different colours of oil were pretty much one colour, but after a few hours the oil settled and gradually separated into the 3 distinct colours, yellow on the top, red in the middle and blue on the bottom. The fragrance I had chosen was Island Nectar, a lovely summer fragrance, which gave images of sitting on a beach sipping cocktails. Around the neck of the bottle was a string with a pretty medallion with a picture of a flower embossed on it. I took off the screw top lid and placed the wooden cowl around the neck of the bottle. I then placed 8 of the reeds into the oil. For a stronger fragrance you can use more reeds and likewise, for a gentler fragrance fewer reeds can be used. It does take a couple of days before you are fully aware of the fragrance as the oil has to work its way up the reed. I was quite satisfied with the amount of scent being released by the 8 reeds. Not too strong a scent but just enough to give my room a lovely background aroma. I do think these reed diffusers are more suited to the smaller room they don't give off a strong enough fragrance to fill a large room but definitely do well in a smaller room. The prices for these diffusers range from £15.95 to £26.45 with the 147ml refills costing £17.95. This does sound rather expensive but I have had mine for almost 5 months now and only the top layer of oil has gone, still leaving another two thirds and the fragrance is still as strong as it was when I first opened it. The catalogue states that the Diffuser gives 120 days of fragrance but in my experience it will definitely give much more. I would definitely recommend the PartyLite Diffusers as they not only fill the room with a wonderful scent, they are long lasting and they are also beautiful centre pieces as well, much more attractive than plug-in, gel or spray fresheners. The PartyLite products can only be purchased through a PartyLite Consultant, for more details you can visit their website at www.partylite.co.uk Many thanks for reading. ©lel1969
Partylite is an American company that has self-employed demonstrators who are pretty much like Ann Summers reps but whom sell candles instead of naughty things that probably shouldn't be talked about on this review. However much I want to start rambling on about them. They have a website at partylite.co.uk where you can request to book a show with a rep local to you. There's a huge variety of candles, from tealights and melts (you put them in an oil burner type thing, they're little dishes of wax), pillar candles, huge 3-wick candles, even handsoap and these home diffusers. I was lucky enough to win on a 'lottery' game from a friend's candle party. I actually made purchases at the party, but also paid £2 to pick a number that the rep then threw into a hat and randomly selected a number. I got the amount of money paid into the lottery to spend in the catalogue as a prize and this was what I chose with that. I've not been disappointed by Partylite candles at any time, although the holders tend to be slightly overpriced, and I was curious about the diffusers. As someone who has a really poor sense of smell I am pretty paranoid about if the house smells bad (all homes smell, some not so nice, others homely) - yes this means I am constantly sniffing at myself as well, and get very worried if I can smell anything at all as if I can notice it then it means it's offensive. So naturally I tend to buy things that will make my house smell pleasant and usually wonder if it actually works until someone mentions that they can smell something, is it coming from that weird looking white thing hooked on the wall above the kitchen arch? The diffuser I bought is a slightly different bottle to the one shown in the picture, but the website didn't have it on there as it was in the slim summer leaflet that was an add-on to the main catalogue. There's quite a few different scents you can buy, and different looking bottles too - but they all use the same premise, you pour the oil into the pretty glass bottle and then try to artfully arrange the reeds which soak up the oil and distribute it gradually over time. The oil lasts forever, a regular sized bottle lasts for around six months according to the catalogue, it's not cheap, but nor is it incredibly expensive as I consider some of their stuff to be (and I used to be a Partylite rep myself so that's saying something). However I got a half sized bottle, as I ordered a mini version vase and reeds. I've had it in my living room for two months now and it's not quite a third used up yet - so I can see this lasting me six months. Really good value when you compare that to Glade plug-in refills and suchlike over the same period of time. Of course if it didn't work it wouldn't be such good value for whatit is, even though it is much prettier than any other kind of home fragrancing item I've purchased over the years. The bare bones of the matter is that it does work. I can't smell it all the time, but hey that's normal for me, I do however get lovely whiffs the French Vanilla scent I chose when I walk by, or when I first walk into the room. The French vanilla is one of their best selling candle scents, it's warm, delicious and not overly floral and offensive like some air fresheners I've bought and hated. Mulberry, Raspberry & Thyme, and French Lavendar are also very popular choices. Visitors often ask me where that lovely smell is coming from, and are almost as often surprised when I indicate the simple but classy glass bottle in the corner with the decorative sticks coming out of it. It makes me feel all grown up and elegant, and it looks so much better than the AirWick spray thing above the arch to the kitchen I can tell you! Not to mention it lasts longer, smells a hell of a lot better and doesn't make unsuspecting guests jump off the sofa when it squirts the fragrance out of a can. No batteries in this either, making it more eco friendly my friends ;) Nope, still not going into the battery operated toys sold by Ms. Summers' reps. So there you have it, the fullsize diffusers costs around £25, depending on which style you chose. Mine was around £18 for the mini one. It was something I was sceptical about, until I'd actually had it a while and realised I could really smell it. My friend who hosted the party also has one, but the full size, and she only keeps two of the reeds in hers as although it's the same scent, she has a sensitive sense of smell and finds putting all of them in to be too much for her. So you can adjust the scent until you get it to a level that you are happy with, unless you're like me and bung the lot in and try to keep little fingers away from them after you've spent ten minutes trying to make them appear as good as they look in the catalogue. I will be investing in a refill when mine gets almost used up, and that should say it all.