Battle of the diffusers: Why an ultrasonic diffuser is the best way to fragrance your home

by Tia

Diffusing essential oils is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways of scenting your home. In addition to making the home smell good and creating an ambience, it’s also an easy way for you to benefit from the aromatherapy properties of the oils. 

Diffusing essential oils is the gentlest and most natural way of introducing fragrance to your home as pure essential oils are plant extracts without the addition of any chemicals or artificial ingredients. A diffuser typically mixes these natural oils with water to create a fragrance that fills the air and moves throughout the room. 

There are several different ways in which to diffuse essential oils in the home, and there is often debate as to which one is the best: Reed diffusers, heat diffusers, evaporative diffusers, nebulizer diffusers and ultrasonic diffusers. 

Of these options, the ultrasonic diffuser is the newest on the market. With other options already available, why was it necessary to develop a new one? To put it simply – to offer an improved alternative. Ultrasonic devices are in a class of their own, taking your home fragrance experience to the next level. Here’s how they compare to the various diffuser models on the market:

Reed diffusers

Thin reeds are dipped in a bottle containing a mixture of essential oils and water, allowing them to soak up the infused liquid. These reeds are left to sit in the oil, being turned occasionally to allow the dry ends to soak up the oil and become saturated. Reed diffusers give off a subtle scent, providing fragrance in a small contained area such as on a desk or a bathroom counter. For many, they are too subtle. They aren’t designed to carry a scent throughout a room, and are not able to fill a substantial area with aroma (so you likely won’t be getting the full therapeutic benefits from them). 

Heat diffusers

A heat diffuser utilises a candle or electric heating system to warm essential oils, causing them to evaporate like steam and permeate a space. Heat changes the properties of essential oils – by essentially boiling them, the oil molecules are pulled apart and permanently changed. This affects their scent as well as their therapeutic benefits. They also carry the risk of causing burns if spilled. 

Evaporative diffuser

Evaporative diffusers use a highly absorbent wick to hold essential oil. An internal fan blows on this wick, slowly pushing out the essential oils through natural evaporation without the use of any heat. Evaporative diffusers work, but they work a little harder than they need to, and may be difficult to clean.

Nebulizer diffuser

These types of diffusers are traditionally the top choice for aromatherapy and complementary medicine practitioners. They break essential oils down into atoms with a very powerful atomizer, creating a fine mist that consists of pure, undiluted essential oil. They go through essential oils very quickly and need to be kept on a timer and monitored as they can use a lot of oil in a short amount of time. While they deliver, they do so expensively.  

Ultrasonic diffuser

Ultrasonic diffusers use silent and subtle ultrasonic vibrations to break apart essential oils and water, sending them into the air in a cool mist. The oils evaporate through the tiny vibrations and because this type of diffuser does not use any heat, their fragrances aren’t changed. The device dilutes essential oils with water before sending them out into the air, fragrancing the room and allowing occupants to reap the therapeutic benefits of the oils. 

Why does an ultrasonic diffuser beat the rest?

While each type of diffuser has its pros and cons, the ultrasonic diffuser is incomparable in terms of its efficacy, safety and affordability. The scent is able to travel far further than it would with a reed diffuser and unlike the nebulizer diffuser, you only need a few drops of essential oil to fill your whole room for an extended period of time. 

Ultrasonic diffusers are easy to clean, they have no wicks or pads to replace and because they don’t use heat, they don’t change the scent of your oils. They are safe and don’t get hot (meaning they don’t carry a burn risk) and offer potent aromas. 

When it comes to choosing an ultrasonic diffuser for your home, you’ll find many options on the market, and the key is selecting one that offers great quality and efficacy without breaking the bank. 

The SOiL Ultrasonic Diffuser, available in white and black, is the best option on the market. Available at a reasonable price, it has all the functionality one needs for the most enjoyable aromatherapy experience.

This cold mist diffuser is low on energy. It uses water and ultrasonic vibrations to disperse the molecules of the essential oil into the air via a fine mist. For 200ml of water, you only need around 6 – 10 drops of essential oil (depending on the size and ventilation of the room), so a little goes a long way. 

It is safe and easy to use. To begin misting, press the mist button once. When you press it a second time, you’ll change to an intermittent setting of misting 15 seconds on, 15 seconds off. If you press the button a third time the diffuser stops misting. When the water level becomes too low, the diffuser automatically stops, and you can also adjust the timer settings should you wish to time the mist. Plus, the white diffuser offers a lighting setting that adds ambience to your room. 

The SOiL Ultrasonic Diffuser retails at an affordable R600 and will last for years if taken care of. 

Add any of SOiL’s organic essential oils to your diffuser, or one of their popular blends if you’re looking for targeted results. 

Learn more about SOiL’s Ultrasonic Diffusers here: https://soil.co.za/

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