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Planet-friendly fragrances.

MIKE ARMSTEAD, at Wax Lyrical, says: "The traditional way of fragrancing a home has changed over recent years, with new products such as reed diffusers becoming increasingly popular because of their versatility and 'flame free' scents.

"Those who want candles but are concerned about the environment should look for those that are made from soy wax, contain essential oils, and are free from colours and dyes. We also use natural cotton wicks."

Wax Lyrical's candle fragrances include White Tea, Acia and Fig, Lychee and Pomegranate, and Goji and Raspberry. Candles from pounds 8.50, diffusers pounds 9.99.

Milk and Honey is another company which prides itself on its eco-credentials. Its room diffuser collection, pounds 22.50 each, includes Wild Red Berries for living areas, and Rose or Violet for a bathroom or bedroom.

TOP TIP: Tess Heslop, creator behind organic home fragrance brand Ochre & Ocre says: "Fill one third of a hurricane lamp with black peppercorns and place one of our beeswax candles in the middle. As the candle warms the peppercorns a warm peppery and fragrant scent is released, which suits a dinner table. You don't want floral scents clashing horribly with the smell of food."

Ochre and Ocre soy candles start from pounds 8, and two beeswax tapers, pounds 6. Alternatively, Heyland & Whittle's Vanilla and Black Pepper reed diffuser, pounds 20 for 100ml, could give a similar effect.

Heyland & Whittle Coconut, Vanilla and Black Pepper 100ml reed diffuser, pounds 20


Large soy wax candle: relaxing, pounds 10, from Ochre & Ocre
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 19, 2009
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