Everyone loves their home to be filled with a gorgeous aroma, and we all have different methods of achieving this. While many people burn an incense stick or put a light beneath a wax melt to create a mood, others opt instead for a lemongrass and ginger or a moss and sandalwood diffuser to stimulate their olfactory receptors.
But, to discover which of the three is the right one for you, we at Dragonfly & Co. have created this useful guide that we hope will make the decision easy and your home smell incredible. To help you along, we’ll list each form of fragrance delivery and discuss the pros and the cons, so you can make an informed decision that’s right for you.
A diffuser consists of the fragrance oil itself which is generally supplied in a small bottle, and the stick or “reed.” The stick is a porous type of wood which enables the oil to travel withing it before being “diffused” into the atmosphere, thereby creating a beautiful fragrance such as Pomegranate Black which pervades the room or space. One of the great features of diffusers is that they give off a steady and consistent stream of scent, until the small receptacle is empty.
Having diffusers dotted around your home is a brilliant way to have fantastic smelling rooms constantly. Due to the fact that they don’t need to be burned and they’re so consistent, diffusers really represent the simplest and safest method of making your home smell yummy. Unlike the other options in this list, diffusers can be left to do their thing for months on end, and you’ll have peace of mind that they won’t burn down your home rather than making it smell good!
On the other hand, diffusers might not be what you’re looking for. If it’s an instantaneous hit of fragrance you’re after, diffusers might not be right for you because they emit their fragrances very gradually. If you’re someone who likes instantaneous blasts of ever-changing fragrances, one of the other types may be more suitable; something like…
Incense Sticks and Cones
Incense comes in two main forms – there are the regular sticks and the cute little cones. They’re made from a number of different materials which emit a fragrant and often quite pungent scent when they’re burnt.
Traditionally, the sticks consisted of a bamboo stick, covered in a paste usually made of charcoal or sawdust, guar gum or joss powder. The latter is a natural glue that’s made from the bark of Litsea Glutinosa (commonly known as soft bollygum or bolly beech) , with perfume ingredients added in to the mix
Generally plant-based, the scents and perfumes are derived from tree bark, resin, roots, seeds and flowers with sweet-smelling spices such as cinnamon, patchouli, sandalwood and frankincense added to give the fragrances depth and vigour. However, the quantities and specific materials used in each incense stick is different, varying with each different manufacturer.
You’ll opt for incense over the others listed here because it gives a fast jolt of fragrance, so it’s the one to use if you’re short on time. The sticks usually smoulder for around an hour or slightly less, but due to their pungency, you really wouldn’t want them going for any longer! We find that it’s wonderful to light some incense first thing in the morning, especially if you’re meditating or gently exercising, as it will set you up for the day to come.
Incense may not be what you’re looking for if you’re unable, due to time restrictions, to keep an eye on it while it burns. We wouldn’t advise you to light some incense and then go straight out, because…well, use your imagination! The falling ash created by incense, especially the sticks, may be an issue for you, so if you’re not keen on ash-drifts then maybe it’s best to go for the diffuser or the wax melts.
Speaking of wax melts – if you’re not sure what they are, or how to use them,it’s a good job you stopped by, because we love talking about them!
Available in a myriad of fragrances from Autumn Spice to Clean Cotton, and from Rock Salt & Driftwood to Lemon Verbena (which sounds incredible, doesn’t it?), wax melts really occupy the middle ground between incense sticks and diffusers.
You’ll need to invest in a burner, which are often of ceramic construction, and some tea light candles, and hey presto, you have a gorgeous aroma wafting throughout your home for as long as the tea light burns! They’re ever so convenient, and also slightly safer and less messy than the incense sticks, while being more immediate than the diffusers.
The Choice is Yours
So, the choice really is yours to make now you have all the necessary information. Will you go for the incense sticks or cute little cones, with their immediate and pungent odour? Or, will you opt instead for the diffuser, which can make you wait for its beautiful scent to permeate? Or, will it be the wax melts with their decorative pottery burner?
Of course, there’s absolutely nothing preventing you from having ALL of these options, creating beautiful fragrances at different times all throughout your home, is there? Let us know what choice you made, and if we’ve helped to make things clearer and less confusing for you!
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