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Reed Diffusers

About Reed Diffusers:
The reed diffuser or aroma diffuser delivers fragrance with a distinct yet simple wicking system of reeds. Fragranced liquid seeps up through the reeds of the reed diffuser sticks allowing scent to fill the room. The reed diffuser uses essential oils or fragrance oils mixed with a special non toxic dispersing base allowing the reed diffuser to not just add scent to a room but to allow the therapeutic properties or essential oils to fill the room as well. The ease of use and minimal maintenance and care have made the reed diffusers the most popular product in room fragrance.

A Reed Diffuser consists of:

  1. A Vessel generally made of glass for its aesthetic appeal. This holds the diffuser fragrance and reed diffuser sticks inside.
  2. The diffuser fragrance. This is a special blend of fragrance and/or essential oils blended with diffuser base designed to disperse fragrance through a room.
  3. Reed diffuser sticks. The reed diffuser sticks allow the aroma fragrance to be drawn up through the sticks via tiny holes and dispersed through the room.
Advantages of a Reed Diffuser or Aroma Diffuser:
  • No Flame or Heat: Unlike candles, the reed diffuser has no flame to worry about. This makes the reed diffuser a safer alternative to candles.
  • No Going Out: with incense or candles the aroma is temporary relying on active lighting. The reed diffuser lasts all day and night. The only monitoring a reed diffuser needs is a weekly turning of the reeds.
  • No Smoke: incense is nice but the smoke is not so wonderful. The reed diffuser achieves the same purpose but without any smoke.
  • No Wax or Mess: incense has ashes, candles have wax, the reed diffuser has neither.
  • No Aerosols: unlike sprayed scents, the reed diffusers does not have any added chemicals.
  • No Electric Power: you can place a reed diffuser anywhere without having to rely on an outlet or change batteries.
  • No Heat: heated fragrances like plugins may actually damage the fragrance or essential oils while the reed diffuser protects the integrity of the oils.

Diffuser Reeds:
The diffuser reeds or sticks look very similar to bamboo except the best performing diffuser reeds are made from rattan, a natural plant material. They contain many tiny channels or holes that travel the full length and these can be seen in the photo to the left. The most popular size for rattan reeds or diffuser reeds is 30cm, however you can cut them down smaller if using a very short glass as your diffuser glass. Each rattan stick contains about 20 individual channels inside. These run the entire length of the reed and draw or suck up the fragrance to help disperse it. Always purchase these types of quality rattan reeds and not solid rattan or bamboo reeds. They will not perfom as well. As a general rule 10 diffuser reeds will give a nice scent throw and the more reeds used the stronger the scetn throw.

Diffuser Glass:
Most people use glass containers with there diffuser oils. The reason being is that some other substances such as plastics or metal may react with the fragrance oils. Plus as you can see from the photos on the left, its easy to see why people prefer glassware. It looks quite elegant when filled with diffuser oil and diffuser reeds.

Diffuser Oils:
When purchasing diffuser fragrance oils be sure to look for high quality oils. This will ensure long life and a pleasant smell. Avoid cheap oils that smell very chemically as these may also be harmful to smell. As a general rule about 40 mls of diffuser oil should last about a month. This does depend on several factors such as temperature, air-conditioning, airflow etc.
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