The Art of Good Scents
  • Nora Ridzwan

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Diffuser

Benefits of Diffusing Scents

Scents have the power to instill positive feelings, to make you remember happy memories and look forward to the day.

For example, the scent of citrus can make you feel more awake, productive and uplifted, while the scent of lavender can help you feel more calm and relaxed. There are many reasons why we diffuse scents in the air, be it to benefit from the therapeutic benefits that scents have to offer; or to create the right mood for any occasion.

However, for us to achieve the best sensorial experience while leveraging on the benefits of diffusing scents in the air; we would need a diffusing machine to do the job right. If you are currently on the lookout for the right diffuser, here is the guide for the different types of diffusers available in the market, so you can make an informed decision on which type suits you best.

The Different Types of Diffusers

There are 5 different categories of diffusers available on the market today. Each of these use different diffusion methods to diffuse essential oils into the air, with different pros and cons.

1. Heat diffusers

This type of diffuser heats the essential oil to promote diffusion throughout the room. The most common heat diffuser that you can easily find is the candle diffuser. It is an inexpensive option for scenting your space, but they are not optimal because heat can change the chemical properties of the oil and the therapeutic properties of the essential oil are minimised.

Candle diffusers are usually made from glass, ceramic, and other similar materials. To use a candle diffuser, mix a few drops of oil in some water and pour the mixture into the dish on top. Light the candle below the dish so the heat from the flame can heat the water-oil mixture and disperse it into the air.

If you are wondering whether there are other types of heat diffusers available, you can also look for lamp rings, electric heat diffusers and steam inhalation units. They disperse scents in the air in the same way that it works with a candle lamp diffuser.

Pros: Diffusing using heat is an economical, yet efficient and silent way to spread the aroma of an essential oil throughout the room.

Cons: The heat used can change the properties of the oil at the molecular level. This means that the aromatic benefit of an oil may lessen or change entirely. You might also have to monitor the candle used from time to time and place it on a higher ground if you have kids or pets around your home.

Price: Budget-friendly and great for beginners.

2. Reed diffusers