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How do diffusers work?

By Kira Kemlo

5 Min Read

Essential oils are amazing for reducing stress and improving sleep or focus. Releasing them into the air can be incredibly beneficial for your mood. This is called aromatherapy, using fragranced oils to boost your emotional and physical wellbeing.

Diffusers spread essential oils into the air. The result is a transformation of your space with different scents. But how do diffusers work? There are many different types of diffusers, and each works in a slightly different way. We’ll discuss their ins and outs, so you can fully embrace the magic of aromatherapy.

Types of diffusers 

Let's explore the enchanting world of diffusers and find your perfect match. There are a few different types.

Heat diffusers

Heat diffusers gently warm oils to release a subtle, consistent aroma that’s perfect for relaxation.

Nebulising diffusers

This kind of diffuser uses a small pump to create a vacuum. The vacuum draws the essential oils up into a glass chamber. A high frequency vibration then disperses the oils into the air.

Ultrasonic diffusers

Essential oils are dropped into a small water tank and vibrations create waves at ultrasonic frequency. This spreads the essential oil molecules through the air.

Evaporative diffusers

This kind of diffuser works through evaporation, as its name suggests. They typically use a pad, filter or reeds to spread the essential oils.

How do reed diffusers work? 

Reed diffusers are the classic choice when it comes to home fragrance. They’re a beautifully simple way to add a touch of luxury to your space and boost your wellbeing.

A blend of essential oils is poured into a small container. A carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or sweet almond oil should go in too. Natural reeds follow, typically made from rattan. The reeds begin to absorb the oils and slowly release it into the air.

The process by which reed diffusers work is called capillary action. It happens naturally, without the need for electricity or heat. This makes reed diffusers a low-maintenance and eco-friendly choice.

The carrier oil is really important. It dilutes the concentrated essential oils, ensuring a safe and steady release of fragrance. The reeds act as natural wicks, drawing up the oil mixture before diffusing it.

Benefits of diffusing essential oils 

The benefits don’t stop at gorgeous fragrance. Diffusing essential oils is great for your general wellbeing. Tailor the fragrance to suit your needs at any moment in time.

Improve your sleep

Struggling to drop off? Tossing and turning throughout the night? Diffusing certain essential oils can help you slip off into a deep and peaceful sleep.

Feel calm and content

If you’re feeling stressed, pop a few drops of essential oil into your reed diffuser. The gentle fragrance will calm your nervous system and help you feel more relaxed.


Maybe you’re working to a strict deadline. Certain blends will transform your space into the perfect working environment. You’ll be flying through those work tasks in no time.

Simple and versatile

Diffusers are so easy to set up and fit perfectly anywhere. From offices to bathrooms, living rooms and even your car – there’s a reed diffuser to suit every space. 

Cover up nasty odours

All of our reed diffusers and essential oils can help to improve your mood, but they also smell amazing. They’re great for helping to rid your home of any unwanted smells. From the bathroom to the kitchen, fresh home scents keep everything smelling lovely.

Choosing the right essential oils 

In need of a good night's sleep? Essential oils that are usually used for sleep are lavender, chamomile, marjoram and cedarwood. Each is renowned for its calming and soothing properties.

To calm yourself down, opt for clary sage, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Bergamot is also great for reducing the effects of anxiety and stress.

If you need to get focused, peppermint and rosemary are great for increased concentration. Cypress, pine and eucalyptus are also good to declutter the mind and keep you thinking clearly.

Our essential oils are of the highest quality, sourced from natural ingredients and carefully blended to deliver pure, captivating scents. From uplifting Cedarwood & Citrus to refreshing Bergamot & Geranium, we have reed diffusers to match every mood. 

Explore the magic of ARRAN's diffusers

Step into the enchanting world of aromatherapy with our exquisite reed diffusers and essential oils, transforming your home into a sanctuary of calm. Embrace the art of wellbeing and infuse your space with beautifully fragranced, natural goodness. 

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