January 27, 2006

Review: Xela Aromasticks

xela.jpg This week for Accessory Friday, we are going to write about something a little different, something that you don't wear, Xela Aromasticks. The Shirt Snob was lucky enough to win two of their fragrances thanks to the Lucky Breaks in the back of Lucky Magazine (probably our most favorite magazine ever). The big box with our fragrances came earlier this week, just in time for the Shirt Snob's birthday, and we couldn't have been more excited to try them out. We love having a beautifully smelling house, but with three cats this is harder to do than you would think. We've tried candles, but they can be dirty, you can't use them when you aren't home, and we have always been a little nervous about the safely aspects. With Xela's reed diffusers, there is no trouble and no worry. If you have 10 seconds to put it together, you will have the best smelling house on your block. All you have to do is open the top of the bottle full of the scent (is it oil? alcohol? we aren't too sure), put the wooden globe on top, place the sticks into the globe so they are sitting in the oil, and place the bottle where you'd like it. Within 24 ours, our entire apartment smelled like Vanilla Latte. We were at first concerned that it would be a little strong, but it's the perfect strength. We can smell it if we breath in deeply or walk into the house for the first time, but it's not so intrusive to be in our thoughts all the time or give us a headache.

Now, we are sure you are wondering what a reed diffuser is. We sure were at first. Here's what the website says about this:

Simply put, a reed diffuser is an ancient system for introducing fragrances into the air. It starts with a bottle of scented essential oil. The bottle is opened, and long bamboo reeds are placed inside and allowed to protrude from the top of the container. Because bamboo is porous, the reeds draw the essential oil upward and out of the bottle — where it “diffuses” or evaporates into the air. The result is a gentle, continuous release of fragrance that can last up to six months (depending on the amount of oil used).

There are many different scents. So far we've only tried the Vanilla Latte although we also won the Creme Brulee. We want to try them all though, especially the Nursery with our baby coming in a few months. There are three sizes, 16 oz, 8 oz, and 4 oz. If you like scents, you should definitely consider Xela.

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Posted by Laura at January 27, 2006 10:41 AM

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