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PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 May, 2012, 12:00am


Abode Aroma - Ginger Pear Diffuser

The oil-based formula in this diffuser (HK$199/120 grams) contains 90 per cent pure fragrance oil which ensures a longer lasting smell that lingers for three to six months. It does not contain any artificial colours or water. Other than this ginger and nutmeg spiced pear and apple blossom scent, which fills your room with the warmth and aroma of a freshly baked pear tart, a range of flavours are available, including Grapefruit Crush and Pearl Tuberose. Give it some time and it spreads evenly around your room.

Aveda - Shampure Candle

This plant-based soy wax candle (HK$380/275 grams) is scented with the aroma of 25 pure flower and plant essences, including lavender, bergamot, lemon, petitgrain and ylang ylang essentials oils, to calm and reduce stress. The candle offers more than 50 hours of burn time, and is surprisingly light - in the sense that it doesn't diffuse around a large space effectively.

Diptyque - Interior Scent - Oyedo

Named after Yedo (or Edo), the ancient name of Tokyo, this interior scent (HK$495/190 grams; HK$350/70 grams) adds a touch of freshness to the room, with notes of citrus fruits including yuzu, lemon and piquant green mandarin. Some may find it a little too strong and woody, but as it's a spray, you can control the intensity of the scent. Results are immediate, though not very long lasting unless it is sprayed on fabric. There are 24 scents - classified under five locative families, namely fruity, floral, woody, spicy and herbal - to choose from.

Red Flower - Moroccan Rose

This candle (HK$480/170 grams, available at Joyce Beauty) is topped with scented petals which should be taken out before you light the candle and can be used to scent a hot bath, drawers and the like. Its rich and intense tang is the result of the deeply perfumed, 15 per cent (the industry standard is 2 to 6 per cent) unadulterated essential oils extracted from the petals of the Moroccan rose. The vegetable-based wax burns for up to 50 hours. Other scents available are Indian Jasmine, French Lavender and Italian Blood Orange. It's free of dyes, parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals and synthetic preservatives.