Diffusers have been heralded as an easy way to unwind at home, soothing our perpetually anxiety-addled senses and somehow making our bathroom feel like a spa (even when there’s a toddler banging on the door). It’s no wonder that Google searches for them are up 60 percent lately. But as soon as you start perusing through the multitude of options, buying the right diffuser can feel a smidge overwhelming. Where do you even begin? Which ones are worth buying? Should I get a classic reed diffuser, an electric model or a smartphone-enabled one, so I can control my scents without getting off the couch? I totally get it. That’s why, over the past two months, I’ve been obsessively testing essential oil diffusers all over my home.
In doing so, I’ve learned a few things:
- It’s all about the water-to-essential oil ratio
Diffusers use a mix of water and essential oil, which are released as vapor in the air. Each diffuser has its own recommendations for how many drops you should use, so be sure to follow those guidelines. (If you buy a reed diffuser, the ratio is already there, so there’s no mixing on your part.)