They’re the new scented candle.
From the coolest boutiques to the best spas and salons, everyone’s misting the air with a non-stop flow of essential oils.
While the oils are nothing new (the last time they were trendy we were burning them in little candle-lit dishes, remember?), the 2018 obsession is with diffusers, handy little gadgets that introduce your favourite oils into the air in vapour form.
You can choose an oil for every situation or feeling. Pop in some lemon oil when you need to concentrate on that proposal or end-of-year report. Add some lavender to relax before bedtime or some eucalyptus or peppermint to refresh your senses in the morning.
Geranium oil is the great balancer, while clary sage, jasmine, neroli, patchouli and rose are known as aphrodisiacs.
Bergamot, frankincense, geranium and mandarin are also helpful in dealing with anxiety… plus they make your house smell amazing.
There’s even an oil to help you attract more money into your wallet; patchouli is associated with abundance and prosperity, while cedarwood is said to help purge negative energy from people and places.
Here are five of the most popular oil diffusers on the market:
The Modern Botany Diffuser is sold with the West Cork brand’s Aroma oil, a signature blend made up of 11 essential oils including sandalwood, lavender, lemon tea tree, frankincense, clove leaf and chamomile. The result is a beautiful scent to calm and soothe the senses.
Price: €70 for the diffuser and one Aroma Oil.
The stylish wood VicTsing can be used as an aromatherapy diffuser, humidifier, air purifier and night light and can run up to 10 hours of continuous output. Its silent operation means there’s no annoying beep sounds to disrupt your yoga, meditation or nap.
The doTERRA Petal Diffuser is a small, user-friendly diffuser with four time settings, a relaxing mist and soft white ambient light, making it ideal for nighttime diffusion.
Crafted from ceramic and wood into a pottery-inspired design, the Ellia Blossom Oil Diffuser comes with a quick start guide and an Ellia essential oil starter kit including two bottles of 100% pure essential oils in peppermint and orange.
The Anjou model is one of the top rated on Amazon. A humidifier, an oil diffuser and a seven-colour lamp (you can use these functions individually or together) it’s BPA Free) and has an auto shut-off function and 300ml capacity for eight hours of continuous use.