Banksia Grandis Pods - Mother Nature's diffuser

 

MOTHER-NATURE'S DIFFUSER

The Banksia Grandis seed pod (the material from which these products are made) is particularly porous. It soaks up any essential oil and slowly releases the aroma through its pores. No flames and no electricity are needed with our all-natural diffuser.

Because the seed pod is not as dense as timber, it has the ability to soak up essential oils. Once the oil is soaked up it is slowly released through the holes of the pod. This eco-friendly product is a must in every environmentally conscious household.  The natural scent of the pod will subside once essential oils are added to it as the pod will soak up the oils and take on this scent.

Each Aroma Pod has a combination of rough edges (the outside of the seed pod), holes where the seeds once were, and a red velvety fur. These attributes are a completely natural part of the seed pod. Each Aroma Pod has its own unique qualities and you will never find two the same.

Oiling the exterior of the pod and the coasters will retain their colour and suppleness.   This is recommended once a year. Place on absorbent tissue to soak up any excess oil.

In summary:

  • Natural diffuser (requires no flames or electricity) that lasts for weeks!
  • Soaks up any essential oil and slowly releases the aroma through its pores.
  • Aroma pods are crafted from the iconic and uniquely Australian Banksia seed pod
  • Banksia is a particularly porous material and will soak up your essential oil and fragrance your room for weeks

INSTRUCTIONS AND COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

How big are the Aroma pods? 

The mini Aroma pod measures approximately 7cm in circumference and the medium Aroma pod measures approximately 9cm in circumference.

How much oil should you put in the pod? 

You should roughly put enough oil in the pod hole to fill it half way.  Remove the cork and pour droplets into the hole then re-cork.

Can I change the oil in my Aroma Pod? 

YES, you can change the fragrance by adding your own essential oil instead of topping up with Eucalyptus.  Wait for the Eucalyptus to completely dissipate and add whatever you choose.  This can be done over and over again!

Will the oil leak through the bottom of my Aroma Pod? 

Each Aroma Pod is tested to ensure they don't leak. However, the Aroma Pod is made from a naturally porous material and it is recommended that something is placed underneath to protect painted or highly polished surfaces. 

How often do you fill the Aroma Pod with essential oil? 

It depends on the quality of the essential oil and how much has been put into the pod. If no smell is present, simply pop more essential oil into the pod.

How long will the Aroma Pod last? 

The Aroma Pod is guaranteed to last a lifetime. 

What do I do if I cannot smell the oil in my pod? 

First, you can try priming. This is a process of filling the Pod right up to the top and letting it soak into the pod, repeat this 2-3 times. If this does not work you may need to try a different aroma or essential oil Brand. 

What is the spongy material on the pod and why does it fall off? 

This is the fur of the Banksia Seed Pod, it is a natural part of the product and it is completely normal for this to fall off from time to time.

What do I do if a cork breaks? 

If a cork breaks off in your Pod you should be able to get it out with a corkscrew. We will happily send you a new cork in the very rare chance a cork does break.

Are the Tea Light Holders safe to use? 

The Banksia seed pod is designed to withstand bush fires. In fact, the Banksia Grandis relies on fire for re-germination.  In a bush fire the 'eyes' of the seed pod open up and the seeds fly out.  The pods are often left remaining on the tree or on the forest floor merely charred.  As with ALL candles, ours come with strict WARNINGS about how they are best handled. Please see the following:  Never Leave Burning Candles Unattended Place Holder on a level surface, in a well-ventilated area.  Trim candle wick to 10mm before lighting.  Only suitable for use with tea light candles sized 38x15mm, in a foil cup. 

Can these products be taken Overseas? 

Yes, they can be taken all over the world, however, if you are asked to declare a timber product in the country you are entering you must declare the Banksia products.  We do not provide a document for use when traveling through customs.

Are the products treated? 

No, we don’t treat our products. We find the chemicals harmful to us and the environment. We also note that customs are not accepting of this process in any case.

Do we ship to New Zealand? 

As mentioned in the above question, our Banksia products are not treated as we find the chemicals harmful to us and the environment. Customs in New Zealand don't allow the pods through.

 

THE PLANT

The Banksia Grandis, commonly known as the Bull Banksia, is a prolific and distinctive Banksia tree found in the South West of Western Australia. This variety grows particularly large at a height of 5 - 15 meters. The large cylindrical yellow flowers reach up to 35 cm long.

It takes 24 months from the time the tree produces the flower to the time the Banksia nut reaches maturity and is suitable for picking. The fact that the tree re-grows its pods over and over again makes the Banksia an incredibly renewable resource.

RESPONSIBILITY & SUSTAINABILITY

The collection of the Banksia Grandis is highly regulated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife Western Australia. It is the collectors' responsibility to ensure that the landscape is undisturbed and that the Banksia trees continue to thrive in the Australian bush. 

The seed pods collected have expelled their seeds and have completed the lifecycle of the plant. They are carefully handpicked to ensure no damage is done to the tree itself or the Australian bushland. The collectors go into the bush on foot, careful not to disturb any surrounding plants or wildlife, and no heavy machinery is used during this process. 

A royalty is paid to the Western Australian Forestry per seed pod, which goes to aid in forest management and conservation. The pickers are designated certain areas to collect the pods, and these are constantly changing to ensure no one area is ever depleted. Only 10% of the Banksia Seed Pods can be collected in any one area at a time.

THE PROCESS

Experienced tradesmen use a traditional form of woodworking called woodturning. Each pod is cut into sections and put on a woodturning lathe. A chisel is then used to shave away the outside of the seed pod revealing its unique pattern. The products are hand sanded with up to three grades of paper, then polished with 100% Australian Canola Oil to enhance the Banksia pod's natural color. 

Headed by Anthony Hansen, one of Australia's leading and award-winning craftsmen, his ability to transform a piece of wood into a work of art comes from his committed love of the Australian materials he uses.

We recommend the ECO range of essential oils.  This trusted Australian brand has been producing the finest essential oils for over a decade. 

 

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