Essential oil diffusers: everything you need to know

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Photo credit: Harper's Bazaar
Photo credit: Harper's Bazaar

Not only a relaxing ritual and gratifying way to scent your home, the use of essential oil diffusers can deliver aromatherapeutic benefits to the body and mind. Whether you want a specific oil or blend to uplift and invigorate, or one to set a calming ambience, you can tailor the use of an aromatherapy diffuser to set the scene for your mood.

What are oil diffusers?

“This increasingly popular way to use essential oils disperses tiny molecules of the oil into the air in a fine vapour or mist,” explains Tipper Lewis, aromatherapist for Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Traditionally, oil burners have been used to diffuse oils, but now there are numerous options. “Today, there are several types of diffuser including ultrasonic ones, vaporisers that use a small fan or warm water, electronic aromastones, and reed diffusers. They're often multi-sensory, with mists, lights and timers, so you can opt for either a 30-minute burst or keep them going all day.”

Lewis favours a misting diffuser. "They're perfect to have in your home in the transition to cooler temperatures to help counteract the drying central heating,” but also ideal for spring and summer when used with citrusy scents to create a refreshing environment. The therapeutic hum of bubbling water also conjures up visions of refreshing springs."

Oil diffusers vs candles

While nothing may replace the ritual of burning a beautiful candle, know that when it comes to aromatherapy, synthetic fragrances boast limited benefits.

“Using an aromatherapy diffuser with pure essential oils gives you a fresh and unadulterated fragrance: the aromatherapeutic benefits of the individual essential oils can have a positive impact on body and mind,” Tipper explains. “A scented candle may be made from synthetic fragrances, which offer no benefits beside smell, and the candle itself may be made from petroleum-derived ingredients which, as they melt, release vapours into your space.”

Therefore, when choosing a scented candle for arometherapy benefits, make sure it’s made with pure essential oils and the base is either plant wax or beeswax.

The best essential oil diffusers to buy now

It should come as little surprise to hear that Aromatherapy Associates makes one of the most impressive essential oil diffusers around. Minimalist in design, this weighty cream diffuser can be fitted with one of the brand's five classic oil blends, and set to work for 30 minutes, one hour, or three hours before switching itself off. The oil is diffused straight from the bottle without using heat or water, which reduces the faff and ensures your home is filled with the purest, most mind-soothing aroma. Switch from the energising Revive to the calming Forest Therapy after working hours.

Clearly one of the chicest options, this ceramic misting diffuser releases a fine aromatherapy-infused mist and comes with a host of added extras. It doubles as a calming mood light, can be switched on and off via a smartphone app, and even has an auto shut-off feature for peace of mind. Use it with any of the Neal's Yard Remedies pure oils or ready-made blends.

Originally designed for the famed spa at her family-run Hotel Post Bezau, Susanne Kaufmann’s natural wellbeing products are some of the most thoughtfully made (and sustainably produced) around. New to the line-up is this essential oil diffuser, which marries floral ylang-ylang with calming lavender and a base of warming patchouli.

As with everything in the EYM home-fragrance line, this diffuser is created using 100 per cent natural essential oils. Neroli and orange blossom combine to create a genuinely soothing spa-like scent that never feels sickly or cloying.

Neom is a go-to for mood-altering aromatherapy scents, and its wellbeing 'pod' is an enduringly popular choice when it comes to scenting your home. A little more tech-based than most, the mains-operated pod can be filled with the brand’s 100 per cent natural essential-oil blends (there’s one to suit every mood), and timed to release the scent for as long as you wish. There’s even a low-level LED night light to enhance the calming mood.

With bracing notes of peppermint and eucalyptus, Espa’s Energising diffuser is the perfect choice for anyone who prefers a more mind-awakening scent. If you're looking for something floral, opt for the equally lovely Positivity diffuser, with notes of rose geranium and jasmine.

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