Three: Alternatives to candles

I do love a fancy candle and am basically borderline obsessed with making the flat smell nice. And whilst I’m still partial to burning a candle or two in the warmer months, when it’s Summer sometimes a candle doesn’t quite seem as fitting as some other nice-smelling-flat alternatives to candles. So I thought I would share a few of my current non-candle loves at the moment.  Including a new purchase from MUJI that I am loving.

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Jo Malone Diffuser*

I have a couple of these around the house at the moment. My favourite Pomegranate Noir is in the living and due a top up soon – which I have no issue splashing out on as they last so darn long (and smells so darn good). Then on the windowsill in front of my desk I currently have this beauty – this is from the Charlotte Stockdale Wanderlust Collection and is the Lime Basil & Mandarin scent with the special Wanderlust design (which was LE and now looks to be sold out – but may still be around on counter). The fragrance itself is still on sale and is permanent so same can be bought without the purple packaging style. I love that these last so long and deliver noticeable but subtle scents for the whole time. As I type this is the fragrance nearest to me (from those featured in the post) and it’s just a lovely refreshing and uplifting one. When I use this style of fragrance I tend to place them near the entrance to a room so it’s where you get a gentle waft of scent as you walk in.

At £54 for one of these they’re not a cheap option – but when they easily last well over 6 months (my Pomegranate Noir one is close to a year old now) the cost per use is pretty effective.

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MUJI Fragrance Diffuser (£45 MUJI)

On the other end of the tech scale to a reed diffuser we have my newest home-fragrance purchase. This is the MUJI Fragrance Diffuser which uses ‘ultrasonic waves to vaporise water and the essential oil in the tank to produce a cool, dry fragrance mist’. The fact the mist that comes out of these is cool and dry does baffle me – but I like it. Basically it’s a little white pot that can have a lamp or not – depending what you fancy. Then when it’s on it puffs out a white mist that is a blend of the water and the oil so delivers fragrance around the room. This is the smaller of the two options from MUJI and I really like it so may very well be tempted to pick up more or the larger one when we (hopefully) move house. I like that there’s no risk if I forget to turn this off (i.e. I won’t set fire to anything as I could if I forget to blow out a candle) and you can switch the scents up for relatively low cost as you can just add a few drops of any essential oil to the chamber. My current favourite being Pine which I also picked up from MUJI. The fragrances are immediate when you turn it on, so there’s no waiting for the scent to filter or take it’s time to warm up. It doesn’t perhaps linger in a room quite as much as a candle would, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as not everyone wants the scent to stay beyond when you want it on. Still…how the mist is dry… mind boggles.

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MUJI Incense Sticks (£3.95 MUJI)

This takes me immediately back to being a teenager when I decided I wanted to be a hippy, wanted tie-dye everything and to burn these little sticks everywhere. Especially the ones that smelt like marijuana… because of course that made me feel like some sort of total rebel. Much to my parents displeasure I’m sure. Plus I’m pretty sure I burnt my bedroom carpet when trying to move a burning one from one place to another…. Ok, I’m not giving Incense Sticks a fair rap here I am?! But I recently picked up these little sticks (also from MUJI) and a tiny little holder to put them in whilst I burnt them. I went for the lavender scent as I really like lavender and I figured it would be a fresh alternative to what I remember these incense sticks smelling like (sort of smokey versions of fragrances) and whilst I do like the lavender scent they do still have a sort of smokey-ness to them so create a blend of fragrance and something cosy. I spotted that MUJI do a fresh leaf version too so going to try and pick those up next time I’m in the store. These are the ones I’d burn when having a cosy night at home in Summer as the lavender scent is nice and relaxing and the incense makes a nice summer alternative to a candle. At only £3.95 for a pack (and 95p for the holder) this is a cheap as chips home fragrance option.

Are you a year-round candle burner or do you tone it down in Summer and look for other alternatives? I’ll always go back to candles as I really do just love them but whilst it’s getting sunnier it’s nice to have some alternatives to candles that I can make my home smell lovely with!

*PR sample or gift.

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3 Comments

  1. May 1, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    I love reed diffusers, this one is SO pretty! And yes that is mighty pricey but you are so right, well worth it when you get almost a year out of it!

  2. May 2, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    I have been waiting to see if there were any reviews on the muji diffuser as I wanted one but I wasn’t sure if it would be really good or not really work. It looks great and I think that’s going to be my payday treat! Xx

  3. May 2, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    the Jo Malone diffuser looks pretty. Have you tried non toxic Wickfree candles? I became a Scentsy rep after experiencing the amazing scent throw! Have a look at http://www.parfum.scentsy.fr if you need a sample of anything let me know PS love your writing “voice” and your blog always has content I can relate to!

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