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Did you know there are different types of Diffusers?

We prefer electric diffusers.

words by: Natasha Marsh
Feb 3, 2022

An essential oil, a concentrated liquid with chemical compounds extracted from a plant, are used in aroma lamps and diffusers to diffuse the essential oil into the air. This is the most common way of doing this but, did you know there are different types of diffusers that cater to different needs?


If you’re not sure what diffuser to get to get the full aromatherapy benefits, we break down the top six most popular methods and styles.


Ultrasonic diffuser

This type of diffuser atomizes water and essential oil using sonic waves instead of heating or burning. When using this diffuser you will see small amounts of mists.


Terracotta diffuser

Because terracotta is so porous, it absorbs and releases scented oils very well and quickly. Some people like to hang terracotta diffusers in the window so it can be warmed by the sun for better diffusion.


Reed diffuser

Reed diffusers are great for small spaces or if you want to utilize multiple diffusers in one home. Essentially, the reeds have tiny little channels that allow it to release fragrances throughout the day. The microscopic openings absorb the oil and push it to the top of the reed. Once the oil reaches the end of the channel it is released into the air, circulating the smell around your home. Because they don’t require charging (or electricity, for that matter), they an be placed anywhere inside your home.


Room mist and sprays

The simplified version and original diffuser: Room mists and sprays. These use a mixture of oil and water to scent your home.


Electric diffuser

Electric diffusers, one of the most common, will use heat generated by electricity to heat the oil and disperse it into the air. The nice thing about electric diffusers in comparison to the other five types is it comes in many shapes and sizes, often having larger tabletop models that can plug into the wall.


Candle lamp diffuser

Similar to room mists and sprays, candle lamp diffusers mix oil with water and are placed in a glass bowl underneath a candle. The heat from the candle will disperse the aroma into the air.


Got it, I know which to get. Anything else? 

As you know, essential oil diffusers offer countless mental and physical benefits from calmness, sleep, and muscle pain. Choosing the right one will ensure you have the best experience. And now that you know which diffuser does what, before you decide to purchase, it’s important to keep the following safety tips in mind.

  • Most importantly: Keep essential oils away from flames.
  • Use the right amount of oil. Essential oils should last you months on end so remember, less is more when diffusing.
  • Do not use if you have specific health conditions.
  • Keep olfactory fatigue in mind.
  • Be on the look out for allergic or asthmatic reactions.
  • Follow the instructions of your specific diffuser for optimal results.
  • Clean diffuser regularly (weekly).


If you’re opting to go the room spray route, we’ve chosen our favorite room sprays for 2022. We also have a beginner’s guide to incense if that’s more your thing.