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After over a year of longing for the restorative comfort of a spa, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
No, I didn't splash my savings on installing a sauna in my bathroom, instead I simply bought a diffuser.
Sure, a diffuser can't give you a hot stone massage and it doesn't ask you how you're feeling when you turn it on, but what it does do is gently infuse your space with a relaxing, soft scent to help ease stress and create a peaceful atmosphere.
I now have the Ultrasonic Diffuser from John Lewis' new Anyday range propped up beside my other decorative ornaments in the living room, and another one by my bed - with a range of fragrance options for each.
In fact, it has become a running joke with my partner that when I get home I rush to turn on the diffuser before I say hello to him.
Well, what can I say? One emits a restorative, uplifting scent and the other doesn't.
I can set the light on the diffuser depending on the type of glow I want in the room and then pick my scent according to my mood:
In need of a pick-me-up? I add orange.
Keen to de-stress? Lavendar.
Looking to wake up feeling energised? I opt for peppermint.
So, what are the benefits?
Well, other than calming me down and lifting my mood, depending on your essential oils blend, a diffuser can help improve sleep, uplift your mood, and obviously eliminate other odours in your home.
I've noticed that I feel more rested when I wake from falling asleep with the diffuser on and I definitely find that I breathe lighter when it's in use.
What the reviews say:
"Stylish and sophisticated diffuser, looks like a very expensive product, heavy and well made, makes the room smell divine... would recommend."
"This diffuser is very effective and looks good too, as good as ones that are double the price."
"I had wanted one of these for ages and I know how good the John Lewis branded goods usually are, so was happy to wait for it to come back into stock rather than buying the expensive branded one."
"I enjoy the quiet trickling noise when the house is silent and I love the smell it fills the house with - I mostly bought the scents for their aromatherapy qualities and I think they really work. The design is lovely, clean and crisp, easy to give a quick wipe, and I like being able to select the length of time it stays on... Great value John Lewis branded item - exactly what you would expect, great quality and value, and while it's not a cheap item, it's much cheaper than a similar quality branded one."
"It's a lovely luxury item and it's great value when compared to another brand that looks rather similar. I highly recommend it."