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I quite often pick up one or two of the Air Wick reed diffuser air fresheners if I spot them on offer in the supermarket. I normally buy either the crisp linen & lilac fragrance or the midnight blackberry & vanilla silk fragrance. Just recently though I've picked up the pink sweet pea fragrance. The other fragrance that they do is the ivory freesia bloom.
I specifically wanted the sweet pea one to place in the guest bedroom as we've just had my Godmother staying with us for a few days, and I always remember her having sweet peas in her garden when I was growing up and we went to visit.
The full retail price of the Air Wick reed diffusers is normally £6.99, I got the sweet pea one for £4 in Sainsbury's. I have to say that I don't think that they're worth £6.99, however if you can pick them up on offer then I think that they're definitely worth buying.
Now I honestly don't know if this smells like sweet peas or not, as I can't remember what they actually smell like. It does however smell very sweet and very floral. It's not too sweet or too floral that it's sickly, it is a kind of sweet and fresh floral fragrance if that makes sense. But it's definitely a floral fragrance compared to the two fragrances that I normally buy. I personally don't really like floral fragrances, and didn't particularly like this one, I didn't hate it, I just wouldn't buy it again.
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 four weeks. I would say that this is fairly accurate as I always seem to get around a month out of these, the sweet pea one is two weeks old now and the fragrance is still fairly strong. The fragrance does wear off over the month though; you can still smell the fragrance towards the end of the month - it's just not as strong as it started out. 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 this on the window sill in the guest bedroom, 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.
The reed diffusers themselves I think deserve 4 stars if bought when on offer, 3 stars if full price. The sweet pea fragranced reed diffuser specifically only gets 3 stars even though I got it on offer as I personally didn't like the fragrance.
Pink Sweet Pea' 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 scent was one of the last two I bought and I bought those on my next vist to tesco as they were still on half price.
Apart from this 'Pink Sweet Pea' they have these other scents, 'Midnight blackberry and vanilla silk ' ,'Crisp Linen and lilac' and finally 'Freesia and Jasmine'.
This 'Pink Sweet Pea' one I put in our little study room where we spend most of our time. It is quite a small room but because we spend so much time in there joined by as many cats as feel the need to join us, it does take a fair bit of freshening. The room is obviously clean and I keep the door open most of the time as otherwise it gets a little too cosy in there. Now because this is a room that is used a lot and the stupid felines also feel that it is a gym from time to time I was very careful where I placed this. I put it behind a couple of pretty sturdy ornaments so that it was unlikely to get knocked off if one of then decided to leap onto the shelf on the way up to balance on the open door - I kid you not.
I have to go in and out of the room at least thirty times a day and each time I walk passed this diffuser I get a lovely whiff of fresh sweet pea aroma. It does smell almost like you have a small bunch of sweet peas in a vase in the room. It is not one of those powerful rather unnatural smells that hits you but more that gentle scent wafting on the air as someone walks passed. The room didn't smell unpleasant before but this just gives me a lovely uplifting freshness as I pop in and out in the way that a nice bunch of scented flowers do.
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. All you are left with after setting up the diffuser is two bits of cardboard which of course can be recycled in many places.
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 'Pink Sweet Pea' fragrance allows you to:
"Pink Sweet Pea Delights your senses with full bloom pink sweet pea and fresh melon, accented by a burst of sun ripened raspberry..."
I can really smell the fresh sweet pea scent but the raspberry escapes me but maybe that is the sweet freshness rather than cloying smell that some floral scents have. The combination of fruit and flower scents brings a lovely sweet and fresh 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 and it is a scent which is really natural and I think it does remind me of having a bunch of real sweet pea flowers in a vase in the room. 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 a week and so far I am very pleased with the job of freshening our little family room which is small but well used by us all . 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 have now bought all the variants in the diffusers that are on sale and I have been happy with them all. They all smell very different but are good and strong but quite natural too.
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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