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Guest Blog: Faux La Fleur Product Review - Ruth Holroyd of What Allergy Award Winning Blog

Updated: Sep 11, 2022

(Sponsored Review)

This week we want to thank Ruth Holroyd for reviewing our pink hydrangeas and potted rosemary products. Ruth runs the award winning 'What Allergy' website and blog. Ruth has been blogging now for many years, her blog was voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs and in the Top 10 UK Health Blogs. She won the Free From Hero Award in 2021 and the blog regularly wins awards.

Allergen and pollen free plants for your home

04/03/2022 by Ruth Holroyd

If you have a pollen allergy or even a fragrance allergy, having plants in the home can be problematic, causing wheezing, shortness of breath and other allergy symptoms. But there is a solution with silk artificial plants and flowers.

Firstly I would like to thank Faux La Fleur for gifting me a potted rosemary plant and hydrangea bouquet to try at home. They’re absolutely stunning and I love them.

Which flowers are the most allergenic?

WebMD reports flowers with the most pollen production like chamomile, chrysanthemums, daisies, goldenrod and ordinary sunflowers are among the worst. I’ve also heard that Lilies are also very allergenic and people can also be allergic to Poinsettias. Read this for the 12 worst flowers for people with pollen allergies.

What I loved about these artificial plants

I do have a few artificial plants in my home and I do love the effort free burst of colour and joy they bring me, but it’s not easy to find good quality, realistic silk flowers. These ones really are top quality and very professional, you could easily believe they were real living plants.

If you know me and follow this blog you’ll know that I’ve been on a mission to reduce the allergens in my home so these instantly appealed to me. I hope you are intrigued and inspired by them as I was.

Here are my top benefits of having artificial flowers and plants in your home:

  1. So pretty – They look amazing guys. Look how pretty they look, how colourful and alive. The colours are so vibrant.

  2. They are so realistic – My mum visited the other day and wanted to know how I’d got my hydrangeas looking that amazing. She thought these were dried ones as I dry the flowers from my garden and keep in vases. The Rosemary potted plant looks so luscious and green, you’d never know it’s a fake!

  3. No pollen – Doesn’t really need explaining! But what a brilliant gift for your pollen allergic friends and family.

  4. Easy to clean and dust – You can wipe the silk flowers clean with a damp cloth and the plastic house plant could go in a bowl of warm water to clean it. There are instructions on the website of how to care for these plants. They suggest a hair dryer to blow off dust but if you have a dust allergy, wiping with a damp cloth may be safer.

  5. They won’t die! – I am a terrible house plant mother and often neglect or over water plants so this is the ultimate solution! No more dead and wilting plants, forgotten and unloved. These will always look amazing despite my negligence.

  6. UK business – What I also love about these guys is that they are local, UK based and family run. I love supporting home run companies like this.

  7. Perfect Gift – Whether you need a gift for Christmas, Home Décor, Gardens, Weddings, Funerals, or any number of Special Occasions, there is something suitable from their range. Go and take a look.

The story behind Faux La Fleur

The company came about after trying to find suitable plants for a wedding bouquet as the bride had asthma and her mother had a very severe pollen allergy. Real flowers would obviously not be suitable but they couldn’t find any artificial or silk arrangements that were quite right so the bride decided to create her own! Clearly there was a gap in the market because not everyone would be able to turn their hand to creating wedding flower arrangements by hand! ‘It is estimated 20% of the global population suffers from a pollen allergy which is considered the most common allergy on a global scale. Although only 8% are officially diagnosed, it is suspected that 20% of the US population suffers from pollen allergy. Europe has the same percentage while Australia has the lowest with just 10% of the population suffering from pollen allergies as per allergy statistics worldwide 2017.’ (Poaceae pollen as the leading aeroallergen worldwide: A review, H. García‐Mozo, First published: 22 May 2017, European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology)

If you are allergic to pollen, you may also be interested in finding out more about Pollen Allergy Syndrome or Oral Allergy Syndrome where certain foods can cross react in the pollen allergic individual. This revelation presented its own questions, where do all of these individuals buy flowers and floral arrangements from? How do they decorate their homes? How do they hold a wedding bouquet made from lilies and roses or send their loved one Valentine’s flowers? It was then we decided no longer would these people go without, and thus, Faux La Fleur was born. The intention behind the company is to provide a wide, varied, and affordable selection of products through an eCommerce and online setup available across the UK. To find out more visit Faux la Fleur.

How do I get some artificial plants myself?

These products are only available in the UK, so apologies to all my followers in other countries, but I’m sure there will be a local supplier near you. These guys have really amazing reviews on Trust Pilot, solid 5 stars. I’ll be reviewing on there shortly and would agree they get 5 stars from me too.

To start searching and shopping, visit the Faux La Fleur website. The only problem you’ll have is which flowers to choose! I have my eye on some more and may treat myself as I’m also loving the potted Thyme, Sage, Ficus Tree and Topiary Pot.

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