I recently purchased Red Flower's Orange Blossom diffuser to put in a newly remodelled guest bathroom. I was looking for a fragrance that would be light, uplifting and refreshing, while also maintaining a certain air of elegance. I took a chance and ordered the Orange Blossom diffuser unsniffed as I generally have been so pleased with the variety of products I have tried from Red Flower. I was not disappointed!
The Red Flower diffuser fragrances come in lovely recycled light green-blue Spanish glass vases. Their distinctive flattened oval shape lends a flair of modern style to any room. The available fragrances are jasmine grandiflorum, cardamom amber resin, orange blossom and cherry blossom. The website describes the Orange Blossom diffuser as scenting the air with "warm and bright mandarin, oranges, lemon and soft rose honey".
Within a few short minutes of opening the bottle and putting the long palm wood stems into the fragrance, not only the bathroom but the entire hallway was filled with the scent of orange blossom. I was delighted, as I had wondered how the delicate scent of orange blossom would fare in a diffuser, but it was lovely and certainly held its own.
Unlike other diffusers I have tried which remained quite constant in their scent, this particular one evolves more on the lines of a perfume, except the time frame is extended over days rather than minutes or hours. For the first day or two, the orange blossom was quite prominent, underscored by a citrus accord that reminded me more of grapefruit than lemon, but with definite flashes of green-y sharp mandarin. There were occasional hints of deeper, rounder, sweeter notes.
As the scent mellowed and evolved, underneath what might even be lime peel, I picked up the emergence of a subtle rose, mellowed and tempered by a sweetness reminiscent of golden honey and what might almost have been a soft amber, with perhaps even a wee touch of vanilla. All contribute to what Red Flower aptly describes as a 'rose honey' note. The rose-honey note seems to be the baseline fragrance which remains fairly constant, although occasionally I will be surprised by a return to the orange blossom — especially lovely when it escapes out of the bathroom and floats down the hall, reaching out to tantalize those who unsuspectingly walk by.
Red Flower recommends that one turn the palm stems upside down once a day, so that the fragrance diffuses more strongly. I found that when I did this, the fragrance immediately returned to the primarily orange blossom note combined with bright citrus, and the process started over again.
This is the second high quality diffuser I have tried, the first being from Anthousa (Winter Daphne, Peony and Clove), and I have been equally pleased with both. I would characterize the Anthousa to be slightly more elegant and formal (and also very beautiful), while the Red Flower is a bit more 'easy-going'. This particular scent would brighten up a guest room, bathroom, or even home office space and should gladden the hearts of orange blossom fans everywhere, even though it does eventually mellow into something sweeter and more rotund. At $74, it is not inexpensive, but the value for money is very high in terms of lasting power compared to candles in the same price/quality range.