If you love using Wallflowers from Bath and Body Works to add fragrance to your home, you may have noticed that they can sometimes be too strong-smelling.
Whether you’re sensitive to strong fragrances or just prefer a more subtle aroma, there are ways to reduce the strength of your Wallflowers.
Plus, it doesn’t feel good to think you’re breathing in and inhaling potentially harmful chemicals, does it!
Why Are Wallflowers So Strong Smelling?
Wallflowers are designed to be long-lasting and provide a consistent fragrance for several weeks at a time.
To achieve this, they use a high concentration of fragrance oil.
While this makes them effective at providing a strong and long-lasting fragrance, it can also make them overpowering if you’re sensitive to strong smells or prefer a more subtle aroma.
First of all, you’re certainly not the first person to think they’re too strong, so it’s definitely not you!
There are a lot of discussions online about how powerful some Wallflowers are, it’s something they’re known for.
Are Bath and Body Works Wallflowers Toxic?
Bath and Body Works Wallflowers are not toxic per se, otherwise, they wouldn’t be able to sell them, right?
They are made with a blend of fragrance oils and other ingredients that are safe for use in your home.
More specifically, Bath and Body Works states that Wallflowers are made from a “highly concentrated blend of fruit, flower and tree essences.”
However, it’s still important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for use and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
A lot of people report feeling a sore throat or other symptoms when breathing in a strong Wallflower scent, so there is certainly something to that.
It’s advisable you use them on a low-intensity setting if the scent is too strong, have a well-ventilated room, and just stop using them if you feel any adverse effects!
The Risks of Inhaling VOCs
While Bath and Body Works Wallflowers are not toxic, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks of inhaling volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
VOCs are chemicals that are released into the air as gasses and can have negative effects on your health, including headaches, dizziness, and respiratory issues.
Fragrance oils, including those used in Wallflowers, can release VOCs into the air.
While the levels of VOCs released by Wallflowers are generally low and not considered harmful, it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and take steps to reduce your exposure to VOCs if you’re sensitive to them.
As mentioned, listen to your body. If you feel adverse effects, it’s best to just stop using the Wallflowers and opt for a more natural way of scenting your home.
Can You Adjust the Strength of a Wallflower?
If you find that your Wallflowers are too strong smelling, there are a few things you can do to reduce their strength.
Check if You Can Change the Intensity Level
All of the Wallflowers I’ve used had three intensity levels that enabled me to control how powerful the scent is it’s releasing.
If your Wallflower has this feature, then you should be able to adjust the intensity level and reduce the strength of its scent.
Use It in A Well Ventilated Room
If the scent is too strong, it’s important to ensure that your room is well-ventilated when using a Wallflower.
This will help disperse the scent and make it less powerful and leave your room smelling and feeling even fresher.
Don’t Keep It Switched on 24/7
It’s best to just avoid keeping your Wallflower switched on 24/7 if the scent is too strong.
This will help it last longer, but also ensures that the scent is not overpowering.
It’s a bit annoying to keep switching your plug off and on, so here is an awesome tip…
Top Tip: Use a Plug Timer to Turn Your Wallflower On and Off
If you’re worried about the strength of your Wallflowers, a simple solution is to use a plug timer to turn them on and off automatically.
This will allow you to control when the Wallflowers are releasing fragrance into the air and can help to reduce the overall intensity of the fragrance.
To use a plug timer with your Wallflowers, simply set the timer to turn the Wallflower on for a few hours at a time, then turn it off for a few hours.
This will allow you to have the fragrance from the Wallflowers when you want it, without it being too overpowering.
Why Not Consider Using Essential Oils to Scent Your Home?
While Wallflowers can be a great way to scent your home, they are not the only way and aren’t even the best way (in my opinion).
Essential oils can be used in an aromatherapy diffuser to scent your home naturally and without the risk of VOCs.
You have a wider choice of scents, they’re easy to use and can be a lot safer for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Plus, they often come in lovely decorative bottles that will look great in your home!
So, if you’re looking for a more natural way to scent your home, then why not give essential oils a try?
Related – Want to know if Bath and Body Candles are safe around pets? Read this article!
In summary; Bath and Body Works Wallflowers provide a safe and effective way to add a sweet-smelling fragrance to your home.
However, they can often be too strong-smelling and even cause people discomfort
If you find that your Wallflowers are too strong, there are a few things you can do to reduce their strength.
Such as, adjusting the intensity level, using it in a well-ventilated room, and not keeping it switched on 24/7.
It’s also important to be aware of the potential risks of inhaling VOCs and take steps to reduce your exposure if you’re sensitive to them.
I recommend looking into natural alternatives to scenting your home, such as using essential oils that provide a safer and more natural way to keep your home smelling beautiful!
Image credits – Photo by Daniel Hansen on Unsplash
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.