Win Rathbornes reed diffusers to scent your rooms


We have ten Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme Scented Reed Diffusers to give away, each worth £40. For us, life’s little pleasures are truly important. And very high up on our list is room fragrance. As Sarah writes this, wafts of fresh fragrance are floating up to brighten a day at the desk.

Reed diffusers are small works of genius dating back a long way. Scented rushes were used since medieval times in Europe to sweeten (probably more pongy) chambers. But the idea of scenting your home goes back three millennia at least to ancient Egypt, Greece, China and the Roman Empire. The Greeks believed the scents were a gift from the gods.

Well, this prize draw means a gift for ten very lucky Beauty Bible readers! We’re super-devoted to Rathbornes, the world’s oldest candle company, which was founded in Dublin in – wait for it – 1488. They used to light the streets of Dublin before electricity was ever dreamt of. Awesome. Rathbornes’ candles are still hand crafted as are the reed diffusers, which come in six fragrances.

We chose Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme for its sparkling, invigorating aroma – pause for quick inhale… mmmm. Much as we love scented candles and burn them often, reed diffusers don't demand that we keep an eye on them, trim their wicks etc. They just diffuse wafts of fragrance gently, continuously, to freshen any environment. We love having them on our desks, but also pop them in spare bedrooms, loos, anywhere really… the more the merrier.

The diffusers come in luxe-looking packaging and the scent is housed in a gorgeous chunky frosted glass bottle. So, just a thought, they make lovely presents. As well as Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme, this collection – called Beyond the Pale (that's an allusion to Anglo/Irish history just in case you wondered) – offers five more fragrance options and you can order any of them online at

Bitter Orange, Birch Tar & BalsamCedar, Cloves & AmbergrisDublin Tea Rose; Oud & Patchouli; Rosemary, Fougère & Camphor; White Pepper, Honeysuckle & Vetivert.

But back to this prize draw: for a chance of winning a Rathbornes’ Scented Reed Diffuser in Wild Mint, Watercress & Thyme, simply fill in the form below.

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Prize draw closes at 9 a.m. on Wednesday 9th August 2017