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Since March most of us have spent our days sequestered inside, with just the occasional trip to the supermarket or allocated daily walk to take us outside. With lockdown restrictions lifting we’re now likely to be heading to the shops (remember your face mask!), to attractions and to see friends and family more and more, but we must still stay alert.
The relaxation of lockdown might make you feel uneasy, but keeping your home disinfected against coronavirus can be easier than you think. Thankfully, coronavirus is a lipid enveloped virus, which is be easily destroyed by soap, alcohol, or bleach. Just following some simple steps like washing your hands, wiping down surfaces and using an Ashleigh & Burwood Catalytic Fragrance Lamp can keep your home clean and protected so you can enjoy the looser guidelines safely.
Let’s dive into the three main areas that should be cleansed to keep up a coronavirus-free home.
The Lamps can be known as Catalytic Lamps, Catalytic Fragrance Lamps, Effusion Lamps, or simply as Fragrance Lamps.
The original Lamp technology dates back over 120 years, to when a French pharmacist discovered the catalytic combustion process, and the Lamps came to be widely used to help disinfect and purify the air in hospitals, thus cutting down on infection transmission. In the 1920's designers were commissioned to create aesthetic bottles to be offered to private consumers. The Lamps, which had previously cleansed and purified the air exclusively in an industrial setting, now came into the private home.
We have taken the original technology, tweaked and refined it over the course of the last 10 years or so, to create what we believe is the best system out there.
When the Covid-19 pandemic started taking hold, we immediately wondered whether our product could be useful, and began researching a microbiological laboratory that could do the type of testing that was needed. At the end of January 2020, we commissioned a specialist US laboratory to begin testing our Lamps specifically for their efficacy against coronavirus. In June we received the verified results in the final test report.
Recently there has been a spotlight shone on one aspect of coronavirus – airborne transmission. In July the World Health Organisation said there was “emerging evidence” of airborne coronavirus transmission following an open letter from a group of over 200 scientists warning that the virus could be transmitted through tiny aerosols breathed out by those infected. Since then the government announced face coverings would be made mandatory in shops in England as well as on public transport in an attempt to cut down on infections cause by expelled droplets or aerosols. While scientific advice is constantly evolving, the new evidence and guidelines make it clear that guarding against airborne transmission is increasingly important in fighting the COVID-19 virus.
Like almost everything in the unpredictable 2020, Pride looks a lot different this year. While usually members of the LGBTQ+ community, friends and supporters would be gathering for joyous parades and celebrations, this year we’re staying home and socially distancing to control the spread of coronavirus. However while London’s Pride parade won’t be going ahead today, the ‘new normal’ doesn’t stop us from celebrating at home.
A great activity for the young and young at heart alike; raid the cardboard recycling for old egg cartons, cereal boxes and delivery packaging and craft your own parade floats. Use coloured paper, felt tip pens, stickers, and plenty of glitter to create a dazzling float and then throw your own parade by touring round the garden or living room as the music plays. To complete the celebratory atmosphere, scent the occasion with a zesty uplifting scent like Pink Grapefruit or Mandarin & Bergamot.
One of the biggest trends in fragrance over the last few years has been the rise of gender neutral fragrances. According to Mintel, gender-neutral fragrances in the perfume market accounted for just 17% of the market in 2010 growing to 51% by 2018. Emerging in tandem with the increasing mainstream visibility of the LGBTQ+ community and those who challenge traditional ideas of gender, gender neutral fragrances shook up the rigidly gender-divided perfume market.
However the idea of unisex fragrance can also be applied to scenting the home, offering a middle ground between ‘feminine’ florals and ‘masculine’ notes of woods and spices. These scents either foreground fresh and fruity scents that tend to have broader appeal or blend together stereotypically masculine and feminine elements for an interesting, layered fragrance. Here are some of our favourites!
Today is the summer solstice, a traditional festival marking the first day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere. While many of our summer plans are looking much different to how we thought they would at the start of the year, the beginning of the season and its welcome warm weather are still a cause for celebration. To help you welcome in the season, we’re sharing some of our team’s favourite fragrances to enjoy in the sunny weather, from cooling fresh scents to joyful florals.
“I love our Sicilian Lemon Lamp Fragrance, which is so light, fresh and sparkling that it cuts through summer heat. It brings to mind a vision of sun baked lemon groves on the island of Sicily, and an ice cold little glass of Limoncello liqueur!”
– Andrew, Managing Director
Happy Best Friends Day! Most of us will be spending the day apart from our best friends or, if we do see them, it’ll be from six feet away, but there are still many ways we can celebrate together from a distance.
Write a letter
While we’ve all been video-chatting, Whatsapp-ing and staying in touch online during lockdown, sometimes it’s nice to receive something tangible from a friend in the post. Take pen to paper and write your bestie a letter to tell them all about what you’ve been up to and how you’re feeling. To make it extra special, include mementos like Polaroid or Instax photos, stickers or pressed flowers.
Send them a gift
If you’re not much of a wordsmith, then near or far you can still treat your BFF to something special. That’s why we’re giving you 15% off sitewide just for today (8th June 2020) – just use code FRIEND15 at checkout! Spoil your friends with their favourite fragrance or introduce them to a scent you love to let them know you’re thinking of them.
This year the theme for World Environment Day is biodiversity, focusing on how we can support and rehabilitate nature. At Ashleigh & Burwood, we take lots of inspiration from the diverse natural world around us for our fragrant creations, particularly for the vibrant designs of our Wild Things collection which bring the beauty of nature into the home. After launching our Wild Things collection in 2017, we were keen for the success of our bright, beautiful wildlife designs to give back to the animals which inspired them and we’re proud to be supporting two wonderful charities through sales of the collection.
As part of staying home and staying safe, lots of us have found our homes becoming our new offices, many for the first time. Even though WFH has many benefits – a non-existent commute and much comfier workwear to name a few – it’s also rife with distractions. While a well-chosen home fragrance won’t be able to take your phone out of your hand and stop you scrolling Instagram every five minutes, it can help you to create a focused, invigorated mood to keep you motivated at work. Here are our top choices for zesty, energising scents to help get you going in the morning and to help you stay productive as you work.