“ Brand: Wilko / Type: Fragrancing Oil / Category: Home Fragrance „
Before I discovered Yankee, I would always have lots of scented candles and oil burners around the house, most of which I used to buy from Wilkos. You can also buy this online as well as in store and the RRP is £1 for a 10ml bottle so I think this is excellent value for money, especially when compared to similar products on the market.
The oil comes in a little glass bottle which has a black screw top lid. The label to the front is black and has the product name and information detailed on it. When I remove the lid the product is dispensed by , this does cause a bit of an issue for me, especially if I am wanting to put on my potpourri as it takes ages to come out, I have to give the bottle a good shake for the tiniest of drops to come out!
I use the oils in two different ways, one is by adding to a bowl of potpourri that I have in the downstairs toilet and the other by adding to water in an oil burner, each way has its own advantages and disadvantages. Placing a couple of drops in the potpourri doesn't really do anything as I cannot smell anything and to get a more intense effect, I do have to put at least a quarter of the bottle in, but I do find that within a few days, the fragrance has more or less disappeared so within a month, the bottle is gone. If I add to an oil burner, the fragrance is a lot more subtle and the bottle lasts a lot longer, the problem is that you aren't greeted with the smell when you walk into a room, I have to light a tea light and it has to burn for a good 20 minutes before I notice the fragrance.
The fragrance itself is very fruity and sweet, but not too sickly, I would say that it is quite artificial though. When I use in the oil burner, I only need add a few drops to get a good effect, once the tea-light has extinguished, the aroma does hang around for a couple of hours.
There are other fragrances available in the same range, Vanilla, Fresh Linen, Red Fruit and Orange and Ginger, I have tried the vanilla fragrance too and was just as pleased. Overall, I would definitely re-buy this oil and recommend so 5 out of 5 stars from me.
Thanks for reading.
I bought a lovely decorative bowl and a bag of chunky pot pourri from Marks and Spencer a while back, but the scent of the pot pourri only lasted a week or two, which was a little disappointing. When browsing the homeware range in Wilkinson's I noticed a selection of home fragrance oils. I decided to buy one in an attempt to liven up the fragrance of my pot pourri.
The oil comes in a small glass bottle with a black screw top lid. There is a black and purple label which goes all of the way around the outside of the bottle, so it can be difficult to judge how much oil is left. On removing the lid there is a plastic disc with a small hole so that the oil can be shaken out in drops, rather than having it pour out and risk using too much.
Wilkinson's carry a selection of different fragrances, the one I eventually settled on was Berry. Others available included Vanilla, Fresh Linen, Red Fruit and Orange and Ginger.
The label states that this oil can be used in pot pourri, oil burners and diffusers. I have tried it in the first two ways mentioned but have never used it in a diffuser as the bottle only holds 10ml and I don't feel that this would be an adequate amount to have an effect.
I first used this on my bowl of pot pourri which is the reason I had bought it. The bottle suggests adding 'a few drops' so that's what I did, shaking the clear oil carefully over the top of the chunky dried flowers. The Berry fragrance was immediately evident and quite strong. I'd say it smells like a mix of raspberry and perhaps cranberry. It's quite a sweet and fruity fragrance, but definitely smells a little on the artificial side, yet I still think it's quite pleasant.
Unfortunately having used this a few times on my pot pourri it didn't seem to have much effect. I experimented with adding a bit more oil, however the smell was only really noticeable when standing right next to the bowl, so not ideal.
More recently I decided to try this in an oil burner. I actually used my Yankee Candle tart burner, but any old oil burner will do. The directions advise to add a couple of drops of oil to the burner, top up with water to just below the rim and then light a tea light underneath.
The first time I used the oil this way I thought it wasn't working. I'd had the tea light lit for around twenty minutes before I could smell anything. When I did, I could smell the oil quite strongly and the fragrance was enough to fill my living room and filter out into the hallway. I was actually quite pleased with the intensity of the fragrance and despite only adding around five or six drops to the burner, the scent stayed noticeable until the tea light went out around four hours later.
A 10ml bottle of oil costs £1 from Wilkinson stores. I think this is excellent value considering the amount of fragrance produced by just a small amount.
Although disappointed with the level of fragrance this gave off when added to pot pourri, I do feel it worked very well in an oil burner. I like the berry scent, despite being a little artificial smelling and I will be very interested to try out other fragrances in this range.