I have a soft spot for tulips. They remind me of spring in Lawrence, new beginnings and my happy times walking from class to class on the campus of the University of Kansas.
When I graduated college, I asked for a simple, elegant tulip necklace instead of a clunky class ring to commemorate my four years at KU. My lovely sister-in-law gifted me with this beautiful Tiffany necklace:
To keep tulips in my life without setting aside a chunk of my budget for fresh-cut flowers (wouldn’t that be nice?) and counting on being surprised by special bouquets from nice people I know, I’ve discovered the next-best thing to having beautiful tulips in my apartment.
While researching home fragrances for an upcoming issue of Natural Home, I found a company I absolutely adore. Hillhouse Naturals makes elegant, eco-friendly diffuser reeds and soy candles scented with French Tulip essential oils. I love the soft scent and simple packaging.
Because I share a bathroom with my Siamese cat, Anya, I keep the powerful diffuser reeds on my bathroom countertop to help balance the odors. I was a little worried Anya would whack the reeds around, but so far she’s been fine with the new addition to the countertop. The diffuser reeds release the sweet scent of French Tulips into my bathroom by allowing the highly concentrated essential oils to seep up through the bamboo reeds and then evaporate. I’ve only have the diffuser reeds in the bathroom for 24 hours, but I’ve already noticed a difference in the smell!
I’ll be sharing a more in-depth review of Hillhouse Naturals products on the Natural Home website in the coming week; until then, enjoy these inspiring pictures of my favorite flowers.
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