Author: John Robertson

Helpful Hints When Using Reed Diffusers

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Flip Sticks for More Scent

If you would like to increase the scent intensity of your reed diffuser, just simply flip the sticks. Remember to always flip diffuser sticks over a paper towel and to wipe bottle afterwards so there is no chance of oil dripping onto your table/surface.

Less Sticks = Less Scent

In small spaces, like bathrooms for example, use less sticks. At Hairy Fairy, we believe 4 diffuser sticks works well when using citrus and floral based diffusers in our office space. If we use more sticks than this, it can be overwhelming in small spaces. Though, it is entirely up to you how intense you would like the scent.

Protect Your Surfaces

We wouldn't want our reed diffusers to leave any unwanted marks in and around your home, so we suggest placing them on a drinks coaster (ceramic, glass, etc.) or upon a glass table. Please take caution when placing on wooden surfaces as the essential oils can leave marks.

Children & Pets

Diffusers are meant to stand alone and to be left untouched. If children and pets are around diffusers, please keep the diffusers high and out of reach. We wouldn't want your loved ones to cause themselves any harm. Spilled diffusers can also damage table surfaces. Diffuser oils should not be ingested. If ingested please seek medical advice as soon as possible.

No More Plug In's

Opt for a reed diffuser over a plug in diffusers and air fresheners, as the residual chemicals from common deodorizing products like these contain toxic chemicals that accumulate in ever-increasing amounts in the human body over a sustained period of time.

Don't Dispose

After roughly 6 months, you will notice there may be little essential oil left in your reed diffuser, however, don't dispose of the reed diffuser as it can be refilled with more essential oils or even used elsewhere in the home as a decoration. Think economically and also save money.

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Why Choose Natural Candles Over Paraffin Candles?

Handmade Natural Heart Candle Gift Set

Handmade from natural wax, our Set of 3 Rose Petal
scented candles offers sustainably sourced palm oil wax!

Handmade Natural Candles

The wicks of our natural candles are cotton based with natural decorative elements. Burning time for these candles are approximately 25 hours!

When it comes to investing in pieces for your home, it isn’t always clear why you should choose one product over another. However, when it comes to candles, a natural candle should always be your first choice.

Candles for many of us play an important role in making our home, well, our home. In other words, we find them comforting as they create a pleasant ambiance from their appearance and aroma, which becomes the smell we associate with home. Though, the average candle is assembled from petroleum and scented with harsh chemicals which can be very detrimental to not only the environment but to you as a consumer.

Explaining in more detail, here’s why you should choose natural candles over paraffin candles!

Breathe Easy

Natural palm oil candles are nearly carbon neutral, and so, emanate little, if any, soot when they burn. To clarify, palm oil is hydrogenated (hardened) into wax, which does not require harmful chemicals. Certified organic palm wax is obtained by steam distillation and then chilling and spinning the oil. This is a process that does not require any non-organic substances. Whereas paraffin and GMO soy wax are chemically distilled with petrochemical solvents, like hexane unlike palm oil that is steam-distilled, without the use of chemicals. Therefore, the soot produced by paraffin candles ought to be avoided for health reasons as it can be extremely harmful to your body when inhaled. It can also leave your home with black markings on your furniture and walls.

Above all, the soot created from paraffin candles is often collected within the jar of the candle and is visible evidence of the CO2 being produced and released into your home environment. So, breathe easier with a clean burning natural candle.

Say No to Synthetic Scents

Quite obviously the scent of the candle is amongst the most important things people value most when buying a candle. Similarly, it's important to find a scent that suits you and your personality, but also a scent that is going to last and fill your home. Synthetically scented and petroleum oil-based candles, like paraffin candles, often release their fragrance quickly due to the wax burning through the scent. As a result, they are harmful for humans and pets to inhale.

Whereas, a natural burning candle that is scented with pure essential oils releases the scent gradually throughout its burn time due to the lower melting point of palm wax being 58 degrees Celsius and is not harmful to inhale as no chemicals are used throughout the process. Consequently, a natural candle will make for more of a healthy option as well as pleasing diffusion and a continued original scent. Likewise, in summer time, your candle won’t easily melt and will remain standing straight in warm weather conditions (or in the UK – our slightly warmish weather).

Burn for your Bucks

We all love getting value for our money – don’t we? You may initially pay more for a natural candle; however, the bulk of candle grade paraffin comes from refineries in China (since U.S. refineries pretty much stopped producing it), and our experience has been that it's harder and harder to get the right quality. Candles imported from China are, as a rule, of very inferior quality: using the cheapest paraffin, bad wicks and cheap synthetic scents. Consequently, they do not burn well and to our experience, burn down quite fast. Natural palm wax burns up to 50% longer compared to candles made of paraffin wax. Therefore, most importantly you get to enjoy your candle 1.5 times longer compared to regular candles, subsequently meaning you won’t have to buy new candles as often.

In short, yes, the initial investment may be off-putting compared to the price of a paraffin candle, but once you have opted for a natural candle you will reap the rewards in the results: a natural candle with a long and consistent burn time.

It Won't Cost the Earth

We now live in a world where we need to be environmentally conscious consumers. This is to say even if we try to turn a blind eye to what is happening, we should all try by taking baby steps to start looking after our planet, otherwise it won’t be able to look after us for much longer. Above all, by purchasing a natural handmade wax candle over a mass-produced paraffin wax candle, you are not only purchasing a product that has been made from sustainable resources, but you are also purchasing a product that is biodegradable and reusable. For example, the glass around the candle can be re-filled with wax or be used elsewhere in your home. Purchasing this type of product too is helping small family run businesses, like ourselves, stay running. We source sustainable items as we too believe in sustainability from both ends of the spectrum.

By Rachel Pearson @ Hairy Fairy Gifts

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Hairy Fairy,
181 Swanston Street,
G40 4HG

Tel: 01415546690