If you were to drop in to my home at any time, chances are that you would find a diffuser humming away or a candle burning. It is not a secret that I love creating ambience through scent and am a bit of a candle and essential oil junkie. While I love both candles and a diffuser, there are times where I appreciate a subtle and constant scent that requires no turning on or lighting. Plug ins and air fresheners that contain artificial scents tend to give me a headache and smell unappealing to me which is just one of the reasons why I use natural options.
Enter my new favorite: a reed diffuser
Reed diffusers are not a new concept. In fact, you have probably seen them at gift shops, in a friend’s home or in the candle aisle at Target or Walmart. I’ve seen them priced anywhere from $8-50 – going the DIY route is definitely more economical and you know exactly what is in the liquid – nothing artificial. They are unobtrusive and decorative while providing just a touch of scent to any room. I love the ability to choose my own scent and vessel and the fact that they are surprisingly simple and inexpensive to make. I am already thinking ahead to Christmas and hostess gifts and imagining how cute these would be tucked in a bag with several essential oils ready to go.
Supplies – find the links at the bottom of this post:
- clean glass bottle – look for a small vase with a narrow neck around the house – here’s what I used.
- 5 to 7 diffuser reeds
- 1/4 cup light carrier oil. I like using almond oil, but fractionated coconut and apricot can be used as well.
- 1 tablespoon of vodka. You can also use rubbing alcohol but just keep in mind that the scent may be affected by the stronger rubbing alcohol odor.
- 20-30 drops of essential oil – this can be one scent my suggestion is to custom blend your favorite scent. I also have some ideas for you at the bottom of the post too.
- Add all of the ingredients into a liquid measuring cup and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture in to your bottle or container using a funnel and put the reeds in. Let the reeds sit for an hour or so to fully absorb and then flip them over.
- You can turn the reeds over every week or when the scent in the air starts to dissipate. I also do this when I am expecting company to just freshen up the air. Be sure to use fresh reeds with each combination you create.
Just a word of caution, if you have small children and/or pets, keep the reed diffuser out of their reach. This solution would do a number on your floors or fabrics 😉
Looking for some scent combination ideas? Just click on the image to see some of my favorites: