DIFFUSERS, SCENTED CANDLES OR INCENSE: WHICH IS PERFECT FOR YOU?•
Posted on July 23 2022
Did you know that studies have proven that smells have a huge role to play in our lives –Scents can increase your productivity, reduce stress levels and some scents can even increase your power to focus! Your ability to smell has a crucial role to play in your overall well-being and daily lives.
Light a scented candle, burn an incense stick, use an electric diffuser or place a reed diffuser in your home – there are plenty of ways to add scent to your spaces. But which is right for you? There a various methods of doing this so we at Napev created this handy guide to help you decide what style of home fragrance is perfect for you.
Which Home Fragrance Is Best?
- Incense Sticks
- Scented Candles
- Reed Diffusers
- Aroma Humidifier
- Which Is Best? Don't Choose. Have Them All!
A beautiful smelling home is a joy to live in. Whether you’re fighting the odour of much loved, but ever so stinky pet, setting a cozy mood to relax or just fancy changing the ambience of a space through a scent boost, there’s more than one way to fill your spaces at home with lovely a scent right here in Ghana.
From diffusers to incense, scented candles to room sprays, there are plenty of options for infusing scents into your rooms at Napev. Deciding which is best for you depends on a few factors. Here, you’ll find our handy guide to the different styles of home fragrances and how to decide which best suits you and your home.
What is Incense?
Incense sticks and cones are made from a variety of flammable substances that give off a fragrant scent when burned. The word “incense” is actually derived from the Latin word for “to burn”.
The materials and scents used to create incense are typically plant-based, including resins, bark, seeds, roots, and flowers. Aromatic ingredients including frankincense, cinnamon, patchouli and sandalwood are often used.
Why should you choose Incense?
Incense provides a quick boost of fragrance making it the ideal choice when you don’t have a lot of time. Incense sticks generally burn for less than an hour and the fragrance and scent throw can be quite strong.
Lighting some incense in the morning as an accompaniment to a gentle yoga flow is a wonderful way to fill your home and self with a sense of balance, ready for the day ahead.
Incense sticks are best for…
A short-term fragrance boost when you don’t have a lot of time
Filling a room with scent quickly.
People who like stronger scents. Incense sticks typically have much stronger scents.
Incense might not be right for you if…
- You don’t like the possible mess made by falling ash. Its best to have an ash tray for this (simply throw out the ash once the stick has finished burning.
- You don’t want to keep an eye on it – you should never leave burning incense unattended.
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What are Scented Candles?
Scented candles are made from a combination of wax and scented oils, that when lit, diffuse aromas into the air.
Why should you choose Scented Candles?
Lighting a scented candle isn’t just about adding beautiful scents to a room. Thanks to the flickering flame, you also get the bonus of candlelight casting a warm glow around your space, setting a cosy or romantic mood.
To get the most out of your candles, you should aim to light them for over an hour. Short burns reduce the life of a candle considerably, so it’s important to make sure you have enough time to allow the pool of molten wax to reach the edge of the candles jar.
How long this will take very much depends on the diameter of the candle, the number of wicks and the type of wax.
Scented Candles are best for…
- Creating an ambience thanks to the combination of soft flickering light and beautiful fragrance.
- Adding a steady amount of scent to a room over the course of a few hours.
- People who like more complex scents.
Scented Candles might not be right for you if…
- You don’t have time to wait for the wax pool to reach the edge of the candle jar.
- You don’t want to keep an eye on it – you should never leave burning candles unattended.
- You either want an instant boost of fragrance, or a scent that lasts for months.
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What are Reed Diffusers?
Reed Diffusers come with three main parts; the fragrance oil, the vessel and the reeds or sticks. Made from porous types of wood, the reed sticks absorb the essential or fragrance oil and gently diffuse it into the surrounding air, giving off a continuous stream of scent until all the oil has dissipated.
Why should you choose a Reed Diffuser?
Adding reed diffusers throughout your home is a great way to have wonderful smelling rooms all the time. (It’s a great idea to create a different smell in each room). Thanks to their continuous, flameless fragrance throw, reed diffusers provide the easiest way to make even the dankest corners of your home beautifully scented. Place them on bookshelves, in bathrooms, and around your office to keep your spaces smelling good.
Unlike Scented Candles and Incense Sticks, both of which require burning to give off their fragrance, reed diffusers give off their aroma all day every day. And they’ll do this for weeks or months at a time!
Sometimes we just don’t have time to keep a close eye on a flame. Reed Diffusers take the faff out of interior fragrance.
Reed Diffusers are best for…
- Continuous scent
- Flameless fragrance.
- Being put anywhere.
Reed Diffusers might not be right for you if…
- You want a quick boost of fragrance.
- You like to change the fragrance of a room every day.
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What are Aroma Diffusers or Humidifiers?
An aromatherapy humidifier is a humidifier that allows you to humidify your room whilst infusing the air with essential oils.
In this device, the essential oils will be diffused into the mist that is created by the humidifier. This means you get the best of both worlds; you can increase the moisture in the air and create your own aromatherapy treatment!
Sometimes these can be called ultrasonic aroma humidifiers.
So whats the difference between a Reed Diffuser and Aroma Humidifier (Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser)?
A Reed Diffuser consists of three main components:
- A small jar, bottle, or bowl, generally made of glass
- A set of 5–10 wooden reeds or sticks
- Essential oil or other natural liquid fragrance to pour into the jar
Once you fill the jar with the oil, place the reeds in it, and they’ll spread divine scent throughout your home.
A 100ml reed diffuser can last up to one month, but a reed diffuser of quality can last anywhere from 3–4 months with proper care.
An Aroma Humidifier plugs into the wall. It has a receptacle that you fill with water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. When you turn it on, it dispenses the aromatic oils into the air through a vibrating plate that causes ultrasonic waves, which disperse microscopic particles of oils into the air.
You can change the level of fragrance being released, from mist mode to a heavier continuous mist, and set a timer so it automatically shuts off. The benefit here being it can be left unattended (no need to keep an eye on it).
Aroma Humidifier also comes with led lights that you can set (which make them great as a night light) creating a cozzy space to be in. Check out our range of Aroma Humidifiers you're sure to love.
So now, which is best?
Scented Candles vs. Incense
As both candles and incense provide a quick fragrance boost to the room in which they’re burnt, deciding which is best for you comes down to how much time you have.
Scented candles generally require being lit for at least an hour to allow time for the fragrance oils to warm up and start diffusing into the air. Incense however, can provide scent in as little as 10mins. Check out our variety of Incense Sticks for a speedy way to fill your space with beautifully crafted scents.
If you’re looking for an entire evening of scent alongside the cosy glow of candlelight, a Scented Candle will be right for you. Giving you the perfect excuse to relax for a few hours, lighting a candle can easily become the ritual that allows you to unwind.
Reed Diffusers vs. Scented Candles
Lighting a Scented Candle is a beautiful way to bring scent into your home, but unfortunately you need to be present whenever they are alight. This means no distractions and no leaving them alone.
Reed Diffuser on the other hand are very independent – once you’ve placed them in an ideal location, they’ll provide you with scent 24 hours a day.
You’ll get home to a beautifully fragranced home without ever having to worry.
Incense vs. Reed Diffusers
Reed Diffuser are a great way to add a beautiful background scent to your home that will last for many months. But variety is the spice of life and sometimes you just want a quick change!
Lighting some fragrant Incense Sticks gives you the ability to quickly change the ambience of a room. It can make a space feel sensual and warm, thanks to the gentle tendrils of smoke enveloping the room in a deeper fragrance.
Why Choose When You Can Have Them All!
Giving your house a signature scent is a wonderful way to make any space feel like yours whether it’s a tiny apartment or a large mansion.
Add reed diffusers to the rooms you pass through once in a while like the bathroom and hallway. With Aroma Diffusers, simply place them in any room and leave it to distribute essential oil particles evenly across the room. Use scented candles in the spaces you reside and relax in most often like the living room and bedroom. And, light some incense if you’re in need of a quick fragrance boost. They’ll work together to keep your home smelling at its absolute best all of the time.
Napev is the place to buy Reed diffusers, Scented Candles and a variety of fragrances for your home or office in Ghana. All within affordable prices.