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I love my home to smell nice and use all sorts of things to achieve this, candles and wax tarts are my favourites but you cant leave them unattended for obvious reasons. I have a Yankee Reed Diffuser in my bathroom and have recently started using one from The Body Shop. I was lucky enough to find a brand new packaged Japanese Cherry Reed Diffuser in a local charity shop. It was on sale for just £1.50 so I really had to take the opportunity to try it.
What I got for my £1.50 was a bottle of scented oil, a little square glass vase with a wood effect lid and 9 reeds. The scented oil contains several ingredients that give it its lovely floral smell, these are:-
Top Notes-- Fuji apple, Chinese magnolia and osmanthus flower.
Heart Notes-- Star jasmine, Japanese cherry and Japanese persimmon
Base Notes-- Sandalwood, hinoki wood and fruity musk.
I had no idea scented oils had all these notes!
To use the reed diffuser you simply pour the oil into the little vase provided , place the lid on the top and put the reeds into the little holes. The oil will then be absorbed by the reeds which will in turn diffuse it and gently fragrance your home.
I have my reed diffuser upstairs, I've got a little table on the landing at the top of the stairs and my idea of using it there is so the fragrance will hopefully creep down the stairs and into the lounge and also into the 2 bedrooms upstairs.
Despite the oil containing all those ingredients the smell is just floral, I cant personally smell any individual notes at all, however the fragrance is lovely. Its sweet and very floral, quite strong but definitely not overpowering, it never gives me a headache.
After I placed my reed diffuser on the upstairs landing I left for work. When I walked in at tea time I could smell the diffuser as soon as I opened the lounge door. It smelt sweet and summery. Living in an open plan house the whole of the downstairs smelt of cherry blossom I was impressed. I went upstairs and found that the smell had filtered through to both bedrooms as well.
Of course the house had been shut up all day and once we were both home and the door was opened a few times the smell did fade a little but was still there
I am very pleased with my bargain diffuser and would certainly use The Body Shops reed diffusers again. It gives my home a lovely flowery summery smell, and unlike candles and wax tarts can be left unattended.
I paid a ridiculously small price for my reed diffuser after checking The Body Shop online and saw they are selling reed diffusers for £15.00.
I would definitely recommend the Japanese Cherry Blossom Reed Diffuser, it has a gentle smell that will filter round your home filling it with flowers but I do have one small gripe, I hate the lid of the vase with the holes in it. I cant help thinking it looks a bit like the vases you get on graves! Apart from this though I'm very pleased with it.
I had tried this scent a while ago and although I don't currently need yet another Reed Diffuser as I am using 2 at the moment, I think this one I would buy again. I like the Perfume and other products from this scent range as well. There is a few scents in the range, and I would say this is 1 of the more sweet and lightly floral scented ones.
This costs £14 on the normal price. As I mentioned before I have picked up the Cranberry one for £7 in the sale, but I didn't see this one in the sale or I probably would have just got it and kept it for later. You may think that £14 is expensive for a product that scents the house and perhaps it is, but I find that 1 of these products can last a year, so when you think about it that way then it isn't all that bad.
The box looks like the Dooyoo picture - as usual. It looks alright, and since there is a cut out bit on the front of the box then you can see the bottle through the box. The colouring on here is a light pink colour which looks nice in my view.
So what does this box consist of? All it is is a clear glass bottle with a lid on it and a handful of Wooden Reeds. The idea is simple. Just unscrew the lid from the bottle and pop the Reeds in. I could be harsh and say that the bottle could look a bit more pretty, but this looks alright standing on my windowsil, and doesn't look too bad. The Reeds stand in the bottle no problem and they sort of scatter out a bit which looks ok too. The Reeds soak up the Oil from the bottle and this lets the scent hang in the air. It's a delicate scent but you can smell this anytime you go into the room that you are scenting. Over time the Oil evaporates, but you will see this by looking through the bottle.
As I mentioned the scent of this is like light white Flowers, and a slight Cherry scent. Reminds me a bit of Pink Carnations as well and it's just a nice, fresh, clean scent.
A good range of Diffusers from a good Store and there should be a scent in here for everyone.
I received this lovely diffuser for my birthday recently and I love it.
I hadn't got into the whole reed diffuser thing and probably wouldn't have bought one myself but was glad to receive this as a gift.
The pot is a simple glass cube shape with a wooden beech effect lid. The lid has nine holes to put the reeds in and then sits very securely on top once you have poured the fragrance in. It was very easy to set up in a minute or so.I placed it in my bedroom but the design of the glass pot would look great anywhere.
I left it for a couple of hours but when I returned to my bedroom I could instantly smell it as soon as I walked in.
The fragrance is quite light and fruity and not at all over powering. I was impressed with the reed system as it really did gently fragrance the room, leaving it feeling fresh and 'spring like'
I will definitely be buying the shower gel and body butter in this range as I love the fragrance and would reccommend the diffuser.
When I opened this birthday present from a friend and saw the Body Shop packaging, I was quite surprised to find that it was a home fragrance as I didn't realise they did a home range. I was eager to try it though as I always find Body Shop products to be great quality and smell lovely. I'd also never heard of the concept of a reed diffuser before and was intrigued.
The reed diffuser is basically made up of a small square glass receptacle (vase?!), a flat wooden lid with holes in, and 12 reeds which are placed in the holes. The pack includes an 80ml bottle of scented oil, which I poured in all at once (not sure if you're meant to!). According to the packaging "the reeds will absorb the fragrance and release a delicate cherry blossom scent" ... and they do!
The scent is described by the Body Shop as: "subtle, delightful, radiant and pretty" and I'd say this is an accurate description - it's definitely a flowery smell, but with a slight fruitiness that stops it being too floral and old-ladyish. It's a gentle perfume that doesn't catch the back of your throat like a lot of air freshening products can, nor does it smell at all synthetic - it's a very natural aroma. Although in the bottle it seems overpowering, it is indeed a subtle scent once the diffuser is in place. Subtle but noticeable - I placed this in our hallway and the scent greets you when you walk through the door.
We are advised: "to get best results invert the reeds regularly, avoiding contact with skin". I'm not sure whether this is because the oil is harmful to the skin or just because it's so greasy to touch. I was, perhaps a little naively, surprised at how greasy the reeds and even the wooden lid got, this would put me off inverting the reeds to be honest, and they could have done with designing the lid so that the whole thing could just be turned over, rather than have to switch each reed individually. The fact that the lid just sits on top of the vase is a worry too, as I imagine the oil is a bugger to get out of upholstery or curtains if spilt!
I know you're not supposed to look at the prices of gifts but for the purposes of this review I went online and found that this reed diffuser costs £14. I'd say that's a bit of an extravagance but really not THAT much more expensive than some of the plug-in products (especially when you factor in the electricity!), and it's certainly more attractive, even in a neutral, minimalist home. Judging by how much the oil has gone down in the last week and a half, I'd say this will last about 6-8 weeks. 90ml refill bottles are also available for £9, but I'm not sure how long you could keep refilling the original before the reeds start to look grubby.
Also available are diffusers in Satsuma and Moroccan Rose. Like all Body Shop products, they are not tested on animals.