Whether it's for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day (which this year falls on Sunday March 11th) or simply a birthday, a beautiful bouquet of flowers is always a lovely gift. Seasonal blooms always look gorgeous and, of course, they smell amazing too.
But sadly, fresh flowers eventually die, with their petals ending up looking slightly tatty and their fragrance all but disappearing, sometimes within just days.
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What started out as a thoughtful present can soon end up in the garden recycling bin, meaning the money you spent on that gift went towards something that didn't last for all too long. This doesn't mean your efforts will have been any less appreciated, but if there was a way to make those sweet floral scents last for longer, wouldn't you go for it?
Well, at Heyland & Whittle, many of our luxury home fragrance products have a powerful aroma inspired by flowers, filling your whole house with a glorious smell that will last for much longer than a fresh bouquet.
Half a dozen reed sticks might not sound quite as romantic as a dozen red roses, but the fragrance will last for much longer, especially if you keep a stock of our handy Reed Diffuser refills so that your chosen scent never has to run out. And with beautifully designed glass bottles and opulent-looking packaging, our Reed Diffusers make a lovely addition to home decor too.
Our range of handmade blended soy wax Candles are also available in a wealth of floral fragrances. Light them during a romantic dinner, ahead of a long soak in the bath or while you're winding down in bed with a book in the evening for a burst of fragrance whenever you desire - you can't do that with a bouquet, can you?
But with so many gorgeous floral scents to choose from, how do you pick the one that's right for the recipient?
Of course, if they have a favourite flower, it should be relatively easy to decide, but if you're not too sure, think about the time of year and what's in season instead.
At the moment, spring blossoms are starting to come into bloom, so our Cherry Blossom Reed Diffuser with notes of sweet cherry alongside warming amber and vanilla would make a lovely addition to a home. Our Sweet Pea & Rose Reed Diffuser is another that evokes springtime scents and really welcomes the new season indoors following the long winter months.
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For a stronger, headier floral scent, go for our Lily & Ylang Ylang Reed Diffuser, or our intensely powerful and exotic White Dahlia Reed Diffuser, which combines notes of jasmine, sweet peas, lilies and rose, against a backdrop of musky vanilla, sandalwood and amber. This one really is a delight for the senses - you won't find a fresh bouquet as overwhelmingly beautiful as this.
It's not just our Reed Diffusers that are a brilliant, longer-lasting alternative to a bunch of flowers; our handmade Soap Bars and scented Candles are also available in a range of floral fragrances, designed to linger on the skin and in the home, so your gift can be enjoyed all day long.