There's a reason why real estate agents say to bake cookies right before an open house. Whether consciously or subconsciously, the smell of a space has the ability to alter the feeling someone gets just by inhaling. The internet has tons of air freshener options, but the best reed diffusers can refresh your space immediately with minimal effort on your part.
Unlike candles or electric diffusers, reed diffusers don't require any flames, plugs, or batteries. Instead, they use wooden sticks (or reeds) to pull the fragrance oils from the bottom of the bottle to the top of the reed, where the scent then evaporates into the air. They require pretty much zero maintenance or remembering to do anything, besides maybe refilling the bottle every couple of months. That's why they're one of the best ways to freshen up your home.
Scientific studies have proven that fragrances can interact with the brain to impact our moods, stress levels, and even working capacities. That's because they can cross over the blood-brain barrier and interact with receptors in the central nervous system. Whether you have a home office, are looking to make your guests feel welcome, or just want a more uplifting environment for yourself, reed diffusers are an effective way to get there. Of course, scent preferences are subjective, so I've included some of the best and most diverse the Internet has to offer.
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1. Paddywax Eco Collection Diffuser Set
The Paddywax Eco Collection is dedicated to using materials and ingredients that are safe for both you and the environment. This diffuser set features an earth-friendly recycled glass vessel, reusable wood veneer packaging, and all-natural fragrances made from guiltless ingredients. The range includes scents from fresh bamboo and green tea to energizing verbena and lemongrass, all of which fit the above quality standards.
According to a reviewer: "I hesitated buying this online because I am sensitive to heavy, perfumy, sweety smells like most diffusers are. This one has a pleasant smell and I love the packaging. I would buy another for a gift."
2. Karma Scents Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser Gift Set
If you're having trouble choosing just one or are looking for the perfect housewarming present, this gift set comes with six different scents to suit any season or mood. Reviewers say the lavender, rose, vanilla, patchouli, jasmine, and sandalwood oils are "lovely" without being "overpowering," and the price is surprisingly reasonable. Each is carefully curated, inspired by Indian tradition, and comes with its own glass bottle and six reeds so you don't have to worry about inadvertently mixing fragrances.
According to a reviewer: "These are packaged nicely and make excellent gifts, they smell fabulous!"
3. Oojra French Provence Lavender Essential Oil Reed Diffuser
For loads of people, the smell of lavender invokes feelings of relaxation and peace. That's because it actually interacts with the nervous system and increases theta and alpha waves in the brain. No wonder the Oojra French Provence Lavender aromatherapy diffuser is so popular. It uses real lavender essential oil along with minty herbal notes and a woody undertone. The large modern decorative glass bottle complements any space, from bathrooms to bedrooms, and some buyers even use it to add an uplifting scent to their offices or studios. It's also available in three other scents: jasmine bamboo, white tea and ginger, and Christmas tree.
According to a reviewer: "This lavender scent is just right - not too powerful or weak and it is so calming. I have tried many lavender scented items, but this is the best I have come across and will be purchasing more. I feel like there is a fresh lavender plant in the bedroom!"
4. Old Factory Fresh Linen Diffuser Set
The best thing about having done laundry is getting to climb into a bed outfitted with clean sheets at the end of the day. You can replicate that delicious feeling with this fresh linen diffuser set. Made with non-toxic fragrance oils, it gives off a more delicate, subtle scent than some other diffusers, so it’s a great option if you’re looking to avoid overpowering fragrances. It lasts up to two months and gets bonus points for the cool, vintage-looking glass jar.
According to a reviewer: “I was pleasantly surprised by this product, as there was no strong artificial scent whatsoever. It was a very nice and pleasant natural smell.”
5. NEST Fragrances Moroccan Amber Scented Reed Diffuser
One of the highest-rated options on Amazon, this NEST Fragrances diffuser has notes of amber, patchouli, and bergamot accented with eucalyptus. One reviewer describes it as a "warm, spicy scent that reminds [them] of cologne and baking cookies," while another simply says it makes their home "smell like a spa." More impressive than the scent, however, is how effectively it diffuses around your home. The alcohol-free formula releases slowly and evenly through the patent-pending ScentSticks for 90 days straight.
And if amber is not your taste, there are more than 20 other fragrances to choose from like tarragon and ivy, birchwood pine, and sugar cookie.
According to a reviewer: "Within days of placing these diffusers my entire family loved them so much that they were telling me to never remove these Nest diffusers from our bathrooms. We even had our guests making comments about what’s that great scent in your bathroom? I love these diffusers as they are elegant looking, and they are so easy to set up."
6. Yankee Candle Spiced Pumpkin Reed Diffuser
I'm obsessed with fall and of the belief that it's never too early to prepare for the best season ever. This Yankee Candle reed diffuser smells of pumpkin and simmering spices like clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It's also got a sweet hint of brown sugar that warms your home when the cold evenings start to roll in. The set comes with a reusable thick-cut glass bottle and natural rattan reeds. If you'd prefer a less autumnal scent, there are other options that'll transport you to a tropical beach, a lilac garden, and more.
According to a reviewer: "The smell lasts for a long time in the room it’s placed in. I do turn the reeds throughout the life of the oil to get maximum smell and the reeds hold smell for quite sometime after oil is gone."
7. Frasier Fir Reed Diffuser With Pine Needle Design
If winter is more your season, this cult-favorite Frasier fir scent might be just what you're looking for. Fir is combined with cedarwood and sandalwood for a sophisticated option. Plus, the bottle is decorated with pine needles making it a great gift or decorative option.
According to a reviewer: "This works great in our laundry room and other pet areas that need freshening. We use the Frasier candles year round in our house so it’s nice to have the same scent in places where we don’t want to keep a candle burning."
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