Why Home Diffusers Can Be Beneficial, Elegant Additions to Your Décor

Updated 05/24/18
How to Use Home Diffusers
JH Interior Design

Like most people, I love candles. The soft glow of the flickering light sets the mood like no other, and the fragrance fills the room for a memorable, delicious aroma. What's not to love? Well, all was grand between my collection of candles and me until one fateful FaceTime with a long-distance friend who saw an orange orb in the distance behind me. When I turned around, I discovered my candle had caught fire, and it wasn't just a large flame but a full-throttle fire. Luckily my friend coached me through the process of putting it out successfully (PSA: Never underestimate the might of a kitchen towel). After, I begrudgingly retired said candle and settled for a home diffuser instead.

And I have to say, I actually prefer home diffusers now. When you pick the right one, it can have even more transformative power to elevate a room, the aroma is more consistently distributed, and it's more low-maintenance than a candle. In fact, they can really reshape the energy of your entire space. So now that you're craving your own, learn how to use home diffusers and style them for a peaceful, chic, and good-smelling home with our guide below. Whether you want to dress up your living room with a nice scent, freshen up a small space, or try aromatherapy at your desk, you'll meet your match below. 

Flora Diffusing Sphere
Fornasetti Flora Diffusing Sphere $495
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Vessel Style Notes: Fornasetti's iconic lithographic images of muses and bright, intricate landscapes exude an upscale yet unpretentious sense of whimsy. 

Fragrance and Mood: Ivy, lily of the valley, white rose, iris, orange blossom, jasmine, tuberose, sandalwood, and musk for a musky floral aroma. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Just pour the alcohol-free oil inside the porcelain vessel and place the bamboo reeds in it. It's that simple. 

Stadler Form Jasmine Aroma Diffuser $60
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Vessel Style Notes: If you're looking for a classic, simple aromatherapy home diffuser, this one is a great option. The minimal black container is understated enough to put in any room in the house. And the calming puffs of mist create a great ambiance. 

Fragrance and Mood: Orange, lavender, cedarwood, pine needle, marjoram, and patchouli for a relaxing aroma.  

How to Use This Home Diffuser: All you need is a little water in the base and a few drops of your essential oil blend. You can find detailed instructions here

Amphora Porcelain Incense Holder
L'objet Amphora Porcelain Incense Holder $150
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Vessel Style Notes: With a matte white porcelain vessel and bronze base, this home diffuser disguises itself as a decorative object, thanks to the open removable top that hides the rod. 

Fragrance and Mood: Try incense number 69, with notes of cognac, lipstick, caramel, leather, and spice for a seductive, rich, and bohemian aroma.  

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Choose your own incense based on the scent you like, light the stick with a match, and then place it in the holder. Then put the top back on for an alluring sensory experience. 

Generic Ellia Gather Ultrasonic Natural Aroma Diffuser $129
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Vessel Style Notes: The perforated white orb is simple enough to blend into any space. The basket weave-inspired design catches your eye just enough. It also features a color-changing light as well as a built-in sound machine. 

Fragrance and Mood: Take your pick from their blend of essential oils, from invigorating scents like peppermint or a warm, inviting scent like sweet almond oil. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Follow these instructions to set up this home diffuser. 

Complete Bliss Reed Diffuser
Neom Organics Complete Bliss Reed Diffuser $65 $46
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Vessel Style Notes: Simple, casual, and sleek, the thick glass base and blond wood top make this a classic and versatile diffuser to complement a variety of spaces. 

Fragrance and Mood: Rose, fresh lime, and black pepper for a calming yet stimulating aroma designed to conjure the feeling of Moroccan kasbahs. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Just pour the oil inside and place the sticks in it. Flip them over when you want the scent to be stronger after a couple of days. It's that simple. 

SpaRoom Mysto Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser $36
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Vessel Style Notes: The marble-inspired container will introduce texture and dimension to any room. This one also puffs out an aromatic mist that has a nice soothing effect and aesthetic. 

Fragrance and Mood: Order it with a pack of pure essential oils to use depending on your mood and needs. This one comes with lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, frankincense, and rosemary. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: This one is also a combination of water and essential oils. You can find detailed instructions here. 

Gingembre Hourglass Diffuser
Diptyque Gingembre Hourglass Diffuser $175
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Vessel Style Notes: Evocative of an hourglass, this clear, gold, and burnt orange diffuser will be a glamorous addition to the coffee table or mantle (though you should make sure it's on a coaster if the surface is wood or marble).  

Fragrance and Mood: Freshly chopped ginger for a spicy and intoxicating aroma. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Remove the cap from the refill container and follow the directions to assemble the glass sections—the one with the fragrance should be at the bottom and the empty one should be fastened to the diffusion system. Once fastened together, flip it over. 

Tom Dixon Quartz Reed Diffuser $92
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Vessel Style Notes: This Tom Dixon glass vessel is reminiscent of a kaleidoscopic crystal. We can imagine it in a city skyscraper or a low-key beach abode. 

Fragrance and Mood: Pink peppercorn, cypriol, and ambrette absolute for a woodsy aroma. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: Just pour the oil inside and place the sticks in it. Flip them over when you want the scent to be stronger after a couple of days. It's that simple. 

Serene House Ranger Travel Aromatherapy Diffuser
Serene House Ranger Travel Aromatherapy Diffuser $30
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Vessel Style Notes: Light gray in hue and organic in shape, this travel diffuser is perfect for anyone looking for an on-the-go aromatherapy option. 

Fragrance and Mood: Order it with a pack of pure essential oils to use depending on your mood and needs. This one comes with lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, peppermint, frankincense, and rosemary. 

How to Use This Home Diffuser: All you need is a little water in the base and a few drops of your essential oil blend. You can find detailed instructions here

Now that you know how to use home diffusers to shape the energy of your entire space, find out the best air purifiers to keep things fresh and clean. 

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