“ Brand: AirWick / Type: Air Freshener / Subcategory: Diffuser / Category: Home Fragrance „
I picked up a couple of the Air Wick Reed Diffuser air fresheners whilst shopping in Sainsbury's a few weeks ago. I normally use the reed diffusers where you can refill the oil/liquid, however these Air Wick ones were on offer in Sainsbury's at half price and so I thought that I'd give them a try.
I picked up two of the fragrances; the midnight blackberry & vanilla silk, and the crisp linen & lilac. They also had two other fragrances available; pink sweet pea, and ivory freesia bloom. They were on offer at half price, reduced from £6.99 to £3.49.
I have the midnight blackberry & vanilla silk in the living room, and this smells lovely. I can smell both the blackberry and the vanilla in this, and I think that the two scents compliment each other very well. I can smell them both fairly equally, neither one appears to be the dominant fragrance. This is quite a strong and warm fragrance due to the vanilla in this, and it's perfect with the colder nights drawing in now. I personally think that this is a perfect 'downstairs' type of fragrance, or maybe the hall or landing. It's a bit too meaty for the bedroom, I prefer fresher, lighter fragrances in the bedroom.
The Air Wick Reed Diffuser air fresheners are little glass jars that contain an oily liquid with coloured plasticy balls in the bottom (brilliant description there hey!) You then put the enclosed natural rattan stems in the jar and the rattan stems absorb the liquid and fragrance your room.
Air Wick state that these will last for up to 4 weeks. I would say that this is fairly accurate as it's coming up to 4 weeks now since I bought ours, and I can still smell the fragrance. Granted they are not as strong now as they started off, but I can definitely still smell the blackberry and vanilla fragrance. One way to prolong the fragrance is to regularly turn the rattan stems. I turn the rattan stems in mine once a week, and I think that this does make a big difference. I always notice a fresh burst of intense fragrance for a few days when I've just turned the stems.
These are quick and easy to use and set up. Unscrew and remove the cap. Push out the sealing disc from the top of the cap. Screw the cap back onto the bottle. Insert the rattan stems into the bottle making sure you spread out the stems. Done.
You do need to ensure that the glass jar is placed on a stable surface to prevent any accidents i.e. spillage or even worse knocked over completely. And the instructions do advise you not to place them on polished, painted or plastic surfaces. I have mine on the bay window sill in the living room, this is a wooden polished surface, but I think that as long as you're careful and the glass jar doesn't get knocked over then you could really place it on any surface.
I don't think that these look as nice as the larger style reed diffusers that you can refill, however these are generally a lot more expensive, but I like the fact that you can refill these. I think that this is probably my biggest issue with the little Air Wick ones - you can't refill them.
I would pick this up again if I saw them on offer, I certainly wouldn't pay the full price for it though.
'Midnight Blackberry and vanilla silk' Airwick Reed Diffuser
I do really like my house to smell nice and with four cats who seem to prefer the kitty litter to outside and because we have our house on the market it is especially important to have nice smells around the house. I love Yankee candles diffusers but they are rather expensive and so when I saw these on sale in Tesco the other week I bought a few as at £4 instead of £8 I felt they were good value. The first week I bought one scent to try and the next week I bought two other smells to try in different rooms. The first scent I bought was this one 'Midnight blackberry and vanilla silk ' and the other two were the 'Crisp Linen and lilac' and finally 'Freesia and Jasmine'.
This 'Midnight Blackberry and vanilla silk' one I put in my daughter's old bedroom which is quite a large room so takes a bit of freshening. The room is all clean and I keep the door shut on all the bedrooms as this keeps the cats out and stops me having to clean them quite so often. Most of the rooms are not used as all our children have left home now and the rooms only get used when they come back for the week end of for a celebration so they really do not need cleaning except for the quick wipe away of dust and vacuum every now and then. This small diffuser I put on the window sill and then shut the door again and forgot about it for a few days.
I had to go into the room to fetch something and as I walked in I was immediately aware of the lovely fresh fruity sweet smell in the room. I had forgotten about the diffuser so it was quite a pleasant surprise and once I realized what it was I rushed down to share the excitement with my husband. It really was very noticeable in a most pleasant way. The room didn't smell unpleasant before but this just lifted it into smelling really lovely rather than not smelling at all.
The kit comes in a cardboard outer with card inner package. You get a small decorative glass bottle filled with fragranced oil and small beads sealed with a lid, ten wooden sticks or 'reeds' to allow the fragrance to permeate the air in the room.
The directions for use are pretty obvious. You unscrew the plastic lid and then (wearing gloves) take out the sealing disc from the cap before screwing the lid back on the jar and then poke the reeds into the bottle. Keep the whole thing upright and put it somewhere where it won't get knocked over by pets, children or anything else. Allow 24 hours for the fragrance to reach full levels but you can hurry it along by turning the reeds upside down so the wet part is up. You can do this at any time to refresh the scent if you feel it needs it.
I had a look on the Airwick website to see what the scent is made up of and according to the website the 'Midnight Blackberry and vanillas silk' fragrance allows you to:
" Let the subtle balance of fresh blackberry and sumptuous vanilla transport you to a secret garden bursting with fragrant delights.."
I can really smell the fresh fruity aroma which combines to give a creaminess with the vanilla. The combination of scents brings a lovely sweet and creamy smell that is very evident when you walk into the room. The oil is not watery at all so will not evaporate quickly and lose the smell quality. According to the company jargon the oil will keep its fragrance from day one till it is empty which I hope is true as it will be really good value then.
I am not aware that you can buy refills for these as you can with the Yankee ones but at £4 a go I wouldn't bother really. According to the pack this should last four weeks but I should imagine it might last a bit longer as my Yankee ones lasted about a year. At the full price of £8 I would think four weeks of smell was quite expensive but at £4 it would be a fair price.
Keep away from children and pets and put this on a surface where they are not likely to knock it off as the oil could make a nasty mess on the floor or carpet.
The company blurb says you should NOT put these on polished, painted or plastic surfaces which kind of limits when they can be put. Mine is on a painted window sill so fingers crossed!
If any of the oil spills then wipe immediately.
If you suffer from perfume sensitivity you should be cautious using these.
This is an irritant to eyes and skin so be very careful and if any gets in your eyes ( Can't see how it might) then rinse immediately with clean water and if it gets on your skin then wash off straight away too.
If swallowed then seek medical advice and take the cardboard outer wrapper with you.
JUST IN CASE
For those of you who were hoping that this would save you cleaning ever again apparently 'Air fresheners do not replace good hygiene practices.' I really love that they have to put this on these products. I cannot imagine that anyone would imagine that they would clean for you!!
WOULD I BUY AGAIN
Yes indeed I love the smell and at £4 a time it is good value. Not sure that I would pay the full RRP as £8 is quite a lot for four weeks scenting but I suppose it isn't a bad price but if you go quickly then you'll benefit from the £4 price in Tesco.
I really like this smell as it is light and fresh but cceamy too and it is a scent which is really natural and I think it does remind me of fruit freshly picked and vanilla custard. It isn't at all overpowering but makes your room smell really nice and welcoming.
This fragrance is available in the form of a plug in as well as this reed diffuser but I am very wary of plug in scents since a fireman told me once that they cause so many house fires.
I have had this for about two weeks and so far I am very pleased with the job of freshening my daughter's large and empty room. The other ones that I bought have been placed in other parts of the house to encourage potential buyers into making us a good offer. I think I wil buy a few more if Tesco still have the offer when I next go shopping.
I am impressed with the smell and its ability to freshen the room and would recommend these reed diffusers from Airwick. This scent is most pleasant fresh but subtle and natural at the same time.
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