10 February 2014

Another MOO Reed Diffuser

I first wrote about MOO reed diffusers here. It's a simple process, but one that requires a couple of specific ingredients.

A few weeks ago, just after Christmas, I came across the instructions for another version and decided to experiment. Many skewers and bottles of oil mixture later this is the version I prefer.

It uses ordinary kitchen ingredients. It's cheap. It's quick to make (takes about 2 minutes all up!). And it works really well.

You will need:  
A glass bottle with a narrow neck
4-5 reed diffuser sticks OR bamboo skewers  
1/4 cup safflower oil  
20-25 drops of essential oil

Step 1. Mix the essential oils and safflower oil together. It's easiest to do this in the bottle.

Step 2. Place the skewers in the container. It will take a while for the oil to travel up the sticks, so speed up the process by flipping the sticks after several hours.

That's it. Easy. Refresh the scent by flipping the skewers every few days. Once the skewers (or reeds) become saturated you'll need to replace them with fresh. And the oil will eventually evaporate. I suggest topping it up when it gets down by a third for a continuous fragrance.

Search op shops or $2 shops for suitable bottles. Better still ask friends, family and colleagues if they have any small sauce bottles they could pass on to you. I used a cute little bottle that had coloured salts in it (that had faded beyond recognition) for one diffuser. Another one was a repurposed sesame oil bottle.

I used bamboo skewers because I had them in the kitchen drawer. You can buy reed diffuser sticks from craft shops if you prefer the look of them.

For the oil any light oil will work. You could use sweet almond for instance but it will be more expensive. I had safflower in the pantry and it works perfectly.

When it comes to essential oils, oils aint oils, to coin a phrase.  Pure oils are a little expensive but they are pure, they last much, much longer and a little goes a long, long way.  If you want reed diffusers that really scent your rooms, buy the best possible essential oils you can afford.

Some of my favourite scents are:
Lavender, lemon and rosemary
Peppermint and orange
Eucalyptus and lavender - sounds odd but it's delightfully refreshing!

You can create your own fragrances by combining your favourite essential oils. Experiment to find the scent that suits your home best.

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