Monday 24 May 2021

CEDRUS CEDAR DIFFUSER by Ancienne Ambiance

There are certain questions that can never be categorically answered. Is tea better than coffee? Is the BBC better than ITV? Should shops really be open on a Sunday? However, alongside these is the thorny subject of scenting your home. There are so many ways to add fragrance to your surroundings but it always comes down to a battle between the two undisputed leaders. Are you a diffuser or a candle household? There are pros and cons for both, so making a decision is always hard, but Ancienne Ambiance have risen to the challenge with their newly expanded Cedrus Cedar collection.

I don’t think that there can be a home in the country that doesn’t have either a candle or a diffuser gently wafting in the corner of a room. These two items have been household staples for decades, although the argument around which is superior continues to rage on. Some say that candles produce soot that marks the walls whilst others counter that the gentle glow is intensely relaxing. The power of a diffuser's scent is often brought into question but is quashed by the argument that the ingredients chosen are not suitable. So you see, you can never please everyone.

Ancienne Ambiance is one of the companies that actually can please everyone because their approach to home scenting is grounded in a much more generous sphere. They have candles and diffusers that carry the same scent; however the fragrance is reworked to function at its best in each of the products. You’ll still have the same overall experience because the functional alterations are not noticeable. I always say that if you think diffusers don’t smell strongly enough or that candles produce soot then you simply haven’t tried the right ones. So, with this in mind, let’s discover the Ancienne Ambiance Cedrus Cedar Diffuser.

Diffusers celebrate their thirty-first birthday this year, and we owe it all to Alessandro Agrati of Culti Milano. His discovery that rattan could hold onto scent revolutionised the way we fragranced our homes, and started a worldwide trend. Now, Ancienne Ambiance has always been very careful not to overextend their range, and so each year their regular diffusers simply get a label refresh. However, this year they’ve well and truly spoiled us by launching a limited edition 200ml version. In a stylish and reusable laboratory style flask, the scent is as fantastic as ever. There are four scents to choose from, but Cedrus Cedar is still my favourite.

We’re still spending so much time in our homes and so adding the aroma of the outdoors is a great way to relieve the frustration. Cedrus Cedar takes the key ingredient but accentuates it with touches of piercing galbanum and bergamot. This adds an expansive green dimension to the scent which perfectly complements the dryness of the cedarwood. You also have subtle traces of earthy vetiver and perhaps even a whisper of sweetened patchouli, but nothing is allowed to get in the way of the elegant central aroma. Cedrus Cedar is, quite simply, the most wonderfully grounding scent that you could choose to surround yourself with.

The Limited Edition Cedrus Cedar Diffuser is available from the Ancienne Ambiance website at priced at £68 for 200ml and is also available in its original 100ml size priced at £44. The matching candle is called Phoenicia Cedar and is £48 for 200g. [Sample provided by Ancienne Ambiance]

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