There are so many fun ways to use fragrance oils. One of the easiest ways to start enjoying a new scent is with a room diffuser. Diffusers tend to be marketed towards people who use essential oils, but you can also use them with fragrance oils. With a diffuser, you can make your home smell great without needing to burn a candle or turn on a wax warmer
Did you know? Many of our fragrance oils are actually formulated with essential oil blends to create more complex notes!
What is a room diffuser?
A diffuser is device that helps disperse fragrances into the air. Oil diffusers are designed to slowly disperse the fragrance so that you can enjoy an ongoing scent that doesn’t overwhelm the whole house.
There are numerous types of room diffusers on the market, but here are a few of the more popular ones:
- Heat diffusers have a tray that is warmed with a lamp or tealight. Oils are placed in the tray and they scent the room until they evaporate.
- Humidifying diffusers (aka ultrasonic diffusers) use ultrasonic waves to break up oil into a fine mist. Oils need to be diluted in order for the diffuser to work. In addition to distributing fragrance, these diffusers can also help add moisture to the air, which is great for dry winter months.
- Nebulizing diffusers periodically mist pressurized air into the room in order to distribute the fragrance.
- Evaporative diffusers use a small fan to help disperse the fragrance. The oils are dabbed onto an absorbent pad or are placed into a tray. A fan in the device blows across/through the oil to distribute the fragrance.
- Reed diffusers use diffuser sticks to help distribute fragrance into the room. The sticks are placed into a bottle or container holding the fragrance, which then soaks into the sticks and travels upwards where it disperses.
How to Use Fragrance Oils in a Room Diffuser
Fragrance oils and essential oils have similar physical properties. For this reason, you can generally swap out essential oils for fragrance oils in any style of diffuser that is meant for essential oils. Just be sure to follow the instructions for whichever diffuser you’re using.
For example, humidifying diffusers only work when there is enough liquid in the device for it to run. Because you’d get an overpoweringly strong scent by using pure fragrance oil or essential oil in the device, you need to dilute it. Not only that, using pure oil would cause damage to your machine and be very messy to clean out.
Most people use distilled or filtered water. Simply fill your reservoir to the max fill line and add a few drops of your favorite fragrance oil. Keep in mind that oil and water don't mix, so the fragrance will not fully blend with the water. However, this is what happens when you add essential oils to a humidifying diffuser too. As the diffuser runs and creates mist, the fragrance will be dispersed into the air.
How much fragrance oil should I use in a room diffuser?
Essential oils—like fragrance oils—can have different potencies. Some oils will smell super strong and you will find that you can scent the whole room with a smaller amount. Others may have a milder fragrance. It will take some trial and error to find the perfect concentration of fragrance whether you’re using essential oils or fragrance oils.
Likewise, aromas can have different effects. For example, lavender helps some people feel more relaxed, and is thought to help ease anxiety or make it easier to fall asleep.
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In trying to achieve the perfect scent, you will want to avoid adding too much fragrance, as it can affect how the diffuser works. In most cases, you only need a few drops of fragrance oil to get a nice, strong scent from a diffuser.
The instructions for your oil diffuser will usually tell you what amount of oil is recommended. If not, it’s generally a good idea to start with just a few drops of oil and increase the amount if you think it needs to be stronger. A plastic pipette works great for dispensing oil neatly!