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The Body Shop Jolly Orange Reed Diffuser

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Brand: The Body Shop / Type: Diffuser / Category: Home Fragrance

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      01.06.2012 17:02
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      I do like to have a Reed diffuser in my bottom bathroom. Not for the reason that it is smelly - not saying anything, but where this Bathroom is situated it is near to the front door, hall and living room so the scent of a Diffuser in there does give a nice scent when you come into the house. I have used a few of the Body Shop ones and although you do pay a bit more than perhaps other brands I like the scents and I find that the scent lasts a good lenght of time as well. I have not long finished this one and am back on my favourite Fresh Linen one.

      This costs £15 normally. Sometimes you can pick up offers and I have seen these for sale brand new on e-bay for about £11. My friend sometimes has Body Shop parties and they can often be on offer for £12. I know you aren't really saving much but a saving is a saving.

      This comes in a simple cardboard box. It is a rectangular shape and is a nice enough bright Orange colour - probably in keeping with the Jolly Orange name.

      In the box you get the 125ml Liquid which is in a clear glass short bowl thing - I always thought they could make this a bit fancier looking for the money. This is sealed so the scent is not losing it's strenght. You get a handful of Wood Reeds and they are stuck together in a little bundle. It takes a couple of minutes to seperate them all. I found it hard also to get the rubber stopper out of the bottle. The seal comes off easily enough for most of it but the last part seemed to take a bit effort to get this off - I was trying to slice it with scissors, bite with me teeth etc and it took me about 5 minutes of stress to get this off.

      So once you have opened the bottle just pop the Reeds into this. They settle in a kind of splayed out way and look alright.

      So the way this works is that you will get the scent from the liquid but also the scent soaks into the Reeds and seems to travel up them a bit too so the scent lingers in the air. I know it is recommended to change the Reed around from end to end now and again and I guess you would get a bit more scent out this way but i've never bothered about doing that.

      The scent from this is quite strong and just a nice strenght. I have been using this one for approx 2 months and the scent still seems to be strong.

      These products last a good lenght of time and I would say you should get around 10 months out of this. Perhaps the scent does get a bit fainter but it is still easy to smell.

      This isn't my favourite scent in the range. It is nice enough with the Jaffa Orange kind of scent but there is lots of nicer scents than Fruity ones in my view.

      A good product but there is better scents for me.

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        07.01.2011 21:32
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        Get a glass of water and bung a twig into it

        I've been after a reed diffuser for months but they are always a bit on the pricey side so I have abstained. But I recently bought a bunch of stuff in the Body Shop sale and saw their Jolly Orange reed diffusers were over 50% off, down from £15 to £7. I thought this was a pretty good deal, and I do love orange scented products, so I figured this was a great time to buy.

        Reed diffusers are basically bottles of scented oil into which you insert some long, thin wooden reeds, and the oil fragrance is then diffused through the reeds. They make a pretty and unusual alternative to different, more traditional types of air freshener. Call me sad, but I was actually quite excited about getting mine set up.

        The jolly orange diffuser comes in a pretty box in different shades of orange, and it looks really appealing. Inside is a glass bottle and a bundle of reeds. You simply take the lid off the bottle and pop the reeds into the bottle. Before doing this I took a sniff of the oil, and it smelt really lovely - the over-riding smell is unsurprisingly of orange, but this has a slightly spicy twist. Overall, it's a great fragrance - a bit unusual but very pleasant.

        The diffuser took literally seconds to set up and it looked really attractive once I'd popped it up onto my living room shelf. It's unusual-looking and could be quite a talking point! I was really pleased with my purchase and thought it looked fab.

        *** So where did it all go wrong? ***
        A few hours later I went back into the room. The diffuser still looked pretty but something was missing. Where was the subtle, spicy yet fruity aroma I was expecting? It was nowhere to be sniffed. So I took the bottle down and gave it a wiggle. I then jiggled the reeds about a bit. But a few hours later ... still nothing. Maybe I wasn't giving the diffuser enough space to diffuse. So I moved the diffuser to a more central position in the room, giving it all the personal space it could possibly need to do it's diffusing thing. But later ... still nothing!

        I was completely gutted. My first ever diffuser and such a total and utter disappointment. And just to check that I am not missing something I have just taken a break from typing and gone back into the room with my nostrils wide open to see if I can detect even a hint of an orange, jolly or otherwise. But the only way I can get even the slightest sniff of anything is if I put my nose literally on the top of the reeds. This is not my idea of fun, and it could lead to a poked nose if not undertaken with great care.

        So all in all, I hate my diffuser! I had such high hopes and other than looking as bit cool in my living room, it is otherwise a total waste of space. I had thought I was getting a bargain at £7 but actually it turned out to be a total waste of money - I may as well have stuck some twigs into a glass of water.

        I hope someone can convince me that other diffusers work better than this one, because I think in future I'll be sticking to my trusty plug-ins!

        This is still available for £7 on the Body Shop website but I strongly suggest you buy a lip balm or a shower gel instead!

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