Give Your Home a Spa-Style Makeover With an Essential Oil Diffuser
Keep your home smelling fragrant and feeling zen with these elegant additions.
Forget a burning tea light heating essential oils from below to gently fragrance a room. The newest generation of diffusers use ultrasonic power to vaporise fragrance into the air, and also double as mood lighting. These are the essential oil diffusers we like to relax with.
While old-school essential oil diffusers used to work by heating the essential oil until it evaporated, giving off fragrance, the latest ones use ultrasonic waves that break the mixture of water and essential oils up into very fine particles that are released in a mist. Modern humidifiers work in the same way, but they tend to have larger tanks to allow them to release more water into the air.
The length of time that your oil diffuser is able to run for is dictated both by the size of the water tank, and the rate at which it puts out mist. The manufacturer should be able to give you a guideline for the maximum run time, but generally a larger tank means it will be able to work continuously for longer, without requiring a refill. Most have a safety feature which means that they automatically switch off when they run out of water.
It’s worth noting that while with a traditional oil diffuser you might get the odd crackle of a flickering candle wick, with an ultrasonic one you get a gentle hum and the bubbling of water. While some people find this relaxing, for others it’s a distraction. If you fall into the latter camp, one solution can be to set the diffuser running in your bedroom with the door closed for an hour or so before you go to bed so the room fills with fragrant moist air, and then you can switch it off over night.