“ Brand: Wilkinson / Type: Candle / Category: Home Fragrance „
I am currently trying to revamp up our small little flat (on an even smaller budget!) and Wilkinsons is one of my preferred shops! I had saved up all year for some Love 2 Shop vouchers (plus others) and since Wilkinson accept them, last month I had a nice splurge on a shopping trip in there spending £50 worth on Christmas presents and homeware and one of the little bargains I got was this vanilla oil.
I bought a very nice, ceramic oil burner, and so of course located in the same area was their selection of fragrance oils. The option that most intrigued me was the Vanilla Oil as I am a big fan of the vanilla scent, and when I purchased it in store it only cost £1 although I can see online it is a new price of £1.10. It comes in a small glass bottle, with a plastic black lid. It has a nice label but I ripped this off as the instructions for the oil were underneath and the label was poor quality and ripped apart as I tried to peel this off so in the bin it went!
The oil is very thick, and aside from this consistency it practically looks like water as it is clear and transparent. Opening the lid it smells extremely strongly like vanilla and I love it! It can be used for either a diffuser or in an oil burner but so far I have opted for the latter. The bottle recommends to pour water in the top of the burner and only a "few drops" of the oil, keeping the water fully replenished so the burner is not empty. Now this is a lot easier said than done as the bottle has a small filter lid, with a hole about the size of a pin prick to allow the oil to escape through. The first time I used it, I was shaking the bottle upside down like a maniac and literally only three drops came out! Not huge and not enough to scent the water with any great effect to a lovely smell around the home!
The second time I used the oil, I reconfirmed the method with my sister who says she never adds water, only puts oil in the top and leaves it to work. So I went for this option and still, no amount of shaking, squeezing the bottle (which is glass by the way so this was pointless) and still not even enough to fill a teaspoon came out. My only solution was to leave the small bottle upside down in the top of the burner (with no candle lit underneath I might add!) for about 10 minutes and afterwards enough had dripped out to fill the burner up to a decent level. I still topped it up with a bit of water as I didn't want the scent to be TOO strong and this amount was perfect! It burned for a few hours (courtesy of 99p store candles lol) and my living room smelt beautiful, warm and homely.
I have used this oil a few times now, and it has barely gone down past the top of the label on the bottle so it is really good value for money and great quality. I may seek to find some reed sticks and a glass bottle and use this for my own DIY diffuser as it really does smell lovely. It only costs £1 so I'd certainly recommend it, but I'd also recommend some patience to wait to get the oil out the bottle!