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Reed Diffuser Tips and Tricks

Reed Diffuser Tips and Tricks
Reed Diffuser Tips and Tricks
A Reed Diffuser makes your palace smell amazing and delivers a strong visual statement.

Reed Diffusers have become very popular and trendy over the last few years. A Reed Diffuser is a great way to add an interesting visual element to your home or office, and obviously they smell great too. It’s a win-win!

Reed Diffusers come in many shapes and forms. Some are totally awesome, while others (usually the cheaper ones) aren’t so great. The general idea behind them is always the same. They work via diffusion. What does this actually mean? In a nutshell, this basically means that it works via evaporation. The reed sticks soak up the fragranced oil, which is then released (evaporated) into the air giving off their amazing smells. As the reed sticks dry from the top they’re able to soak up more oil, continuing the cycle.

So, what’s the best way to get the most use and enjoyment out of your diffuser? Glad you asked!

Reed Diffuser Tips and Tricks

  • Room size ~ generally bigger rooms call for a bigger (or multiple) diffusers, though of course this is a matter of personal preference.
  • Position ~ you have a few options depending on your desire. If you want to greet visitors with a pleasant smell as they walk into your home or office, place your diffuser close to the entrance. If you’d rather have a subtle wafting fragrance throughout a particular room or area, place your diffuser somewhere with good airflow. Also keep in mind that being placed near a very drafty area (such as next to an open window) will cause your diffuser to evaporate faster and therefore it won’t last as long as it could.
  • Flip your reed sticks ~ over time your reed sticks will pick up dust. Therefore we recommend you flip your reed sticks every so often to get a fresh burst of fragrance. About once ever 3 – 6 days is fine in most cases, but you can do this as little or often as you want. It’s personal preference really. You can also flip your reed sticks just prior to guests arriving to greet them with a fresh burst of fragrance. If you’re going away for a few days flip your sticks as you leave, you’ll return home to a nice smell rather than a stuffy house smell.
  • Clean before refilling ~ if you’ve come to the end of your diffuser or you just want to try a new fragrance, then you can purchase a Reed Diffuser Refill Kit. You’ll receive a new (clean) set of reed sticks, plus some fresh fragranced oil to use. It’s important to clean your original diffuser jar out thoroughly using hot water, and let it dry completly before refilling. Your old reed sticks will be dusty and clogged, replace your old reed sticks with fresh ones provided.
  • Protect your surface ~ (optional) you’re dealing with oils here. Oil can mark or stain surfaces pretty easily. If you’re concerned about this then place your diffuser on a decorative plate or a coaster. This also gives another way to make your diffuser an amazing visual piece.

Amazing Reed Diffusers by Little Olive Tree

Reed Diffuser Tips and Tricks
Enjoy a NZ made Reed Diffuser!

One of our Reed Diffusers will deliver amazing fragrances for your office or home for up to 6 months. This is terrific value for money, and you’ll be enjoying a great NZ product! These are presented in a stylish 120ml glass jar and come with 8 reed sticks ready to go.

We offer these in 11 yummy fragrances, check them out here and buy online.




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How to Use Body Butter

Whipped Shea Body Butter

Body butter is a great way to pamper yourself and will help a lot with dry skin. Though, these days there are so many topical products on offer that it can be overwhelming. We have lotions, creams, ointments, pastes, moisturisers and of course, body butter. So, let’s talk about how to use body butter. A good starting question is how is it different from, say, a lotion or cream?

How Is Body Butter Different from Lotions?

How to Use Body Butter
100% natural whipped shea body butter will absolutely pamper your skin.

If you’ve used a lot of lotions but have never used a body butter then you’re missing out! One of the major distinctions is that a lotion, by definition, contains water. Body butters on the other hand contain butters and oil only. You still see some brands using water in products that they call ‘body butter’ – but as soon as water is introduced in reality it becomes a lotion. Therefore an ideal body butter is literally a buttery texture; firm to the touch yet becoming soft as you work it. This is totally different to lotions, which contain a lot of water and are much ‘lighter’ to use. Because body butter contains no water it will last much longer on your skin. Water-based products typically evaporate quickly, and the ingredients that remain give a short term appearance of moisturised skin by reducing water loss (by physically blocking pores).

Basically, a good body butter should be much more effective at deeply penetrating the skin and providing unbeatable nourishment and conditioning. In the case of Little Olive Tree, our body butters are rich in shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, rosehip oil, vitamin E oil and beeswax. These ingredients combine to give a luxurious topical and 100% natural product.

How to Use Body Butter

Essentially you should use a body butter in the same way that you use a lotion. Some people prefer to avoid using a body butter on their face due to the oiliness, though others prefer this to a lotion. It really comes down to personal preference.

For best results we recommend that you apply directly from the shower or bath on a daily basis. After drying, apply a dollop of body butter directly to your skin.  Rub it in gently using firm broad strokes, if your muscles are sore in that area feel free to massage it in. Keep rubbing until all body butter is absorbed. If your skin is too greasy for your liking, continue to rub until your skin absorbs it.

Pro tip: keep in mind that a little goes a long way – don’t overdo it or you might find that your skin becomes too greasy for your liking.

If you have particular regions that are especially dry, strained or calloused, consider applying a little extra and kneading these areas well. Examples of such areas are hands, feet, knees and elbows. Finger and toe cuticles also love being smothered in body butter, but obviously you probably won’t need to apply a dollop to these areas – just remember to rub your fingers/toes after applying to your body.

Finally, if you feel that your skin is especially dry then you might consider applying some butter before bed. By using body butter as part of your morning and (if desired) evening routine, you’ll do your skin a massive favour that lotions alone can’t offer. And that my friends is how to use body butter!

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How to Get the Most out of Your Soy Candle

Scented Soy Candle

Our scented soy candles are a great way to add an uplifting scent to your home or office. We personally inspect each and every candle that we make to ensure that you’re receiving a great product that you’ll love. Have you ever wondered how to get the most out of your soy candle? There are a few tricks to get the most use and enjoyment out of your candle.

To Get the Most Burn Time with Your Candle

How to get the most out of your soy candle
A scented soy candle is a great way to uplift and invigorate your place of pleasure or business.

Every time you burn your candle, you want the ‘melt pool’ to spread across the entire surface so that the wax is melted (ie, liquid) right to the edge of the glass. Allowing your wax to melt to the edge means that all the soy wax is being consumed and none of it will go to waste. Your aim is to avoid ‘tunneling’ which is when the melting wax tunnels down instead of spreading out to the glass. Tunneling will mean that a lot of wax won’t be consumed by the flame and therefore will be wasted. How to get the most out of your soy candle:

  • Use your candle on a level surface: uneven surfaces will cause melted wax to pool towards one side of the candle.
  • Place your candle on a surface where drafts aren’t present: noticeable drafts will encourage one side of the wax to melt more/faster than the other.
  • Always let your wax melt to the edge before extinguishing the flame: you should expect the flame to take at least 1 hour (sometimes longer) to achieve this. Extinguishing the flame before melted wax reaches the edge will cause tunneling.
  • Before each burn ensure the wick is trimmed to approximately 7mm (1/4 inch): having a taller wick results in a larger flame which in turn will consume the wax at a faster rate. We ensure the wick is the correct length upon receiving your candle, but you must keep it trimmed as you go.
  • Keep melt pool free of wick trimmings and other debris: clean and pure wax will melt easier and encourage an even burn pool.

It’s important to try and take these steps right from the very first burn. If you allow your candle to tunnel from the first burn then it will continue to tunnel during subsequent burns.

How to Be Safe with Your Candle

We’ve all heard the saying ‘play with fire and you’ll get burned’. Please be responsible with your candle:

  • Never leave your candle burning unattended: and always extinguish your candle if leaving the house.
  • Don’t let water get into the wax: if water is introduced into hot wax you might experience splattering and popping of the wax.
  • Be responsible: never leave your candle where pets or children can interfere.
  • Keep your candle away from flammable items: especially cloth trimmings, curtains and drapes etc.
  • Keep your candle out of direct sunlight: and keep away from other heat sources such as stove tops.
  • Make sure your candle is completely extinguished: check for red embers or smoking wicks.