I can't resist a good scented candle and I've been building a bit of a collection lately. Maybe it's because I'm becoming more of a homebody or maybe I'm just turning into a crazed candle hoarder (my aunty collected novelty candles so it's in the genes). However, while chatting with friends the other day one of them half-joked that she didn't use candles because she didn't want to burn her house down. We all laughed but of course she has a point. No candle is 100% safe and any open flame requires constant supervision. Which is why I was pretty keen to see how reed diffusers stacked up against their candle counterparts. Enter: this Ecoya scented candle and reed diffuser gift set.
I hadn't previously used diffusers but they seem like the ideal solution for the candle-adverse out there. You simply pour the oil into the decanter, pop the reeds in, and let the fragrance envelop the room. I had trouble pouring the oil into the decanter at first - I tried tipping the bottle at an angle but found that oil would trickle down the side. The best technique was to tip the bottle upright, covering the neck of the decanter completely to avoid any leaking.
Scent-wise, the candle and diffuser are basically the same. They have a similar intensity and there's no noticeable variations in scent. If you fill up the glass decanter completely, it's supposed to last you around one and a half months - so you have to be pretty committed to a scent - as opposed to a candle where you can control the burn time.
Overall, I think diffusers are handy if you want a long-lasting scent (unless you only use a little bit of oil at a time). I prefer being able to switch up my scents on the reg which is why I'll probably always be more of a candle gal. Of course, if you can't choose between the two you could always take the ¿porque no los dos? approach with a gift set like this Ecoya one.
[This Ecoya set was a gift from RY.com.au; all content is my own]