Product Type: Airwick household products
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Member Name: angelboouk
Air Wick Reed Diffuser White Vanilla Bean
Advantages: appearance, offer price, it is strong?
Disadvantages: smells awful, is like paint stripper, full price, overbearing and sickly
~White Vanilla Bean~
Air Wick offer a range of scented products for your home. They offer a few different reed diffusers. Today, I will be discussing my use of the White Vanilla Bean scent which is part of the Colours of Nature range offered by Air Wick. This particular scent is described as 'the smooth blend of white vanilla sprinkled with essence of fresh coconut and a touch of white magnolia and musk'.
Inside the beautifully decorated box is a small, clear glass vase. The vase is filled with essential oils and little balls (not sure of the official term for them). Also included is six rattan sticks. This reed diffuser requires a small amount of set up and the instructions are on the box alongside the safety warnings.
The cap in the lid needs to be removed and the rattan sticks inserted into the liquid. The sticks absorb the liquid and allow the scent to be released up into the air for up to four weeks.
~Where To Buy~
These reed diffusers are stocked in various supermarkets and stores such as Wilkos. The full price is around £7.00 but supermarkets often have this range reduced to £4.00. This particular scent can also be experienced in the form of a candle, plug in spray and a freshmatic refill spray.
I recently reviewed the Purple Blackberry Fig reed diffuser and had a positive experience with it. At the time that I purchased the first diffuser in that scent, I also bought this White Vanilla Bean reed diffuser. I only buy when on offer as I feel they are overpriced at £7.00. The reason I bought this one is because I love the scent of vanilla. On paper (well on the box) this scent sounds very appealing but sadly, this was not very nice at all.
The little vase has a simple design and can be sat on most flat surfaces providing children and pets cannot reach it. I chose to use this one in my bathroom and it looks perfectly fine on my bathroom window sill. Whilst I find reed diffusers to be a little too heavily scented for use in smaller rooms, my intention was to have this in my bathroom with the door open. This would allow the scent to filter into my hallway. I don't have room to have a small table or anything in my hallway and there is no natural air or light let in unless I leave the doors open.
I was actually quite disappointed by this scent as soon as I popped off the lid. It was very strong but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and placed it in my bathroom. This is a very powerful scent and the rattan sticks do absorb quite a bit of scent and at a quick pace. I was really hoping for a sweet vanilla scent but what I experienced did not smell natural at all. It smelt overpowering and caused me to feel very sick indeed. Each time I approached the hallway or the bathroom, I was offended by an awful smell that with neither vanilla, coconut, magnolia or musk like. It smelled like chemicals and the only thing that I could relate it to is paint stripper mixed with cheap alcohol.
The scent was of course strong enough to overtake any bathroom smells but instead of keeping my bathroom smelling pleasant and sweet, it was left smelling of horrible chemicals. Even my bleach smells better. I certainly wouldn't be able to relax in a bath with that smell lingering as it makes me feel very ill. Compared to the other Air Wick scents, this is poor and doesn't smell like it should at all. I somehow managed to stomach having this in the bathroom for a few days but couldn't handle the scent anymore and it was relegated out onto the balcony as it was the only place in the house that I couldn't smell it.
To be fair, I did only plan on leaving it out there overnight as I didn't want it leaking all over my bin but forgot about it for a week or so. When I brought in back in, it still reeked and showed no sign of becoming less nauseating so I put it out into the communal hallway in our block of flats..next to the window and my neighbours door and away from mine. It does seem to keep the communal area smelling of 'something' but has started to weaken slightly after being out there for the past three weeks. Most of the liquid has been absorbed by the rattan sticks and it will be thrown out soon. The four weeks claim is accurate.
Using a reed diffuser in the home is a much safer way to create a welcoming, scented ambience without the need for electricity or candles. So far, this has been the only disappointing scent in this range. It was too heavy, too chemical infused and just not nice. I thought I was imagining the paint stripper smell at first but my sister noticed it too when she visited and said that it was really bad. I won't recommend this one and won't be buying it again. No refills can be bought and a whole new set needs to be bought each time.
Thanks for reading :)
Originally posted to Ciao 04/2013
Summary: never again!