Essential oil diffuser : which one to choose ?

Choosing an essential oil diffuser is not easy. The criteria are numerous: the technology of diffusion, the size, the price, the surface to be diffused, the play of light or not, nomad or not, the design, the timer, etc. That's why we have created the guide below, so that you can choose your diffuser with precision and speed!

3 main broadcast technologies

Diffusion technology is the first choice to make. If you don't want to be disappointed, put this criterion before the visual aspect of the diffuser. Before describing each diffusion technology in more detail, please note that :

  • If you diffuse essential oils for their therapeutic effectiveness, and therefore want excellent "technical" quality diffusion, nebulizer diffusion is a must.
  • If you want to both benefit from the virtues of essential oils, but also give a beautiful atmosphere of diffusion to your home, it is best to turn to misting, the only technology that allows you to see the diffusion mist. We talk about mist diffusers or ultrasonic diffusers.
  • If you want a totally silent diffuser, you'll love the gentle heat diffusers.
  • Finally, you may sometimes come across ventilation diffusers, a technology we don't recommend: it's not very efficient and requires the use of consumables. To be avoided.

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What price to put in a diffuser?

The answer is not easy to give! Indeed, 2 very important factors will have a considerable impact on the price: the diffusion technology and the materials used. But here are some orders of magnitude.

  • For a nebulizer, count between 45 and 80€. Below that mistrust (the techno is complex, hard to produce good quality cheaper), above that, you are buying an art object, not the diffusion (that said, why not...).
  • For a mister, count between 40 and 60€. Beware of low prices on misters! The simplicity of the techno has allowed the marketing of 10aines of misters, some of which are clearly designed to last 1 month.
  • For a diffuserby gentle heat, between 20 and 30€.

What area does my diffuser cover?

While the following are approximate, depending on the diffusers and ceiling height, they give you an idea of which technology to choose based on your room size.

To simply diffuse an olfactory atmosphere

  • For a room of 100 m² : diffusers by nebulization
  • For a room of 50 m² : diffusers by misting
  • For a room of 20 m² : soft heat diffusers
  • For a room of less than 10 m² : diffusers by ventilation

To diffuse with an effective therapeutic effect

  • For a room of 50 m² : diffuser by nebulization
  • For a room of 20 m² : diffuser by misting
  • For a room of 10 m² : soft heat diffuser
  • For a room of less than 10 m² : diffuser by ventilation

How can you be sure of the quality of a diffuser?

The diffusers are a recent success, and are quite easy to manufacture. All the production is done in China, and on the web as in stores, the best is next to the worst. Nothing will replace the trust you can have in a particular seller, but if none of them are so lucky, here are some criteria that can help you "feel" the quality of a diffuser.

  • Of course,price is a decisive factor.Beware of cheap misters. Vigilance on Amazon in particular, which highlights low prices without worrying about the longevity of the products.
  • Unfortunately, origin cannot be a criterion since all of the broadcasters are produced in China.
  • We advise you to privilege aromatherapy brands already known for their essential oils: they will be careful not to jeopardize their brand image for an aromatic diffuser...
  • Warning also regarding diffusers with too many features (bluetooth, multiple essential oils, alarm clock, etc): making a diffuser that diffuses well for a good price is already quite a challenge and manufacturers who try to do everything often neglect the diffusion itself.
  • Spare parts available for sale ? This is a good test of the seller's experience in the products he sells: if he sells spare parts (glassware, nozzles, blotters, remote controls), it means that he knows his products well and the customer feedback related to the product. It's a safe bet that products that are too fragile have already been exfiltrated from the range.
  • And of course if you are on the internet,reviews from other customers.

Pebbles, sprays, perfume burners: good idea to diffuse?

Stemmed scent diffusers: not good

Perfume burners: no!

Perfume burners diffuse a room fragrance thanks to a candle that heats a perfume extract deposited in a cup above the candle. These do not work with essential oils but with perfume extracts. Indeed, using essential oils with this type of diffuser would risk denaturing their molecules because they would be heated to more than 40°C, the maximum temperature at which essential oils can be heated without danger. There is no therapeutic purpose here, only an olfactory purpose ...

Essential oil sprays: yes

The sprays allow to diffuse a perfume of environment. It is recommended to spray 5 to 6 times its interior to perfume the air. When spraying, a large quantity of volatile organic compounds (VOC) is released into the room. These compounds include a large number of substances that can be natural (biogenic origin) or anthropogenic, ie of human origin. The best known are ethanol, acetone or benzene and are very volatile, spreading easily in the atmosphere. This method of diffusion is therefore not 100% natural. This idea is confirmed by the gas and alcohol added to allow the spray to work and by the large number of essential oils present in these sprays, which shows that they are not pure essential oils.

Diffusion rollers and passive diffusers: no

Diffusion pebbles are porous, which allows essential oils to be absorbed and their scent to diffuse naturally. Often made of 100% natural materials, they are intended to be used in small places (drawers, storage boxes, cupboards, cars etc). It is recommended to pour 5 to 10 drops on the pebble to feel the smell of essential oils. This type of diffusion is less effective than a traditional diffuser because there is no projection of essential oils in the atmosphere. With this type of product, there is only an effect coming from the volatile particles of essential oils, which will disperse the smell in the room. In terms of the intensity of the smell, it is like pouring a few drops on a handkerchief or an open bottle of essential oil on a desk for example. So why buy a pebble or passive diffuser?

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