Equipment needed to make a reed diffuser.
To begin the process of making your own diffuser with your perfume you will need the following pieces of equipment.
- 1 Clean empty bottle.
- 6-10 Rattan Reeds
- 75ml Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 25ml Perfume of your choosing
Top Tips: Make sure that the reeds are at least two-thirds longer than the bottle you are using. You need a good length of reed outside of the bottle for the scent to track up the reed. Find a bottle that has a capacity of about 120mls. Make sure that you use a strong eau de parfum/parfum, not eau de toilette as that has been heavily diluted and the scent will not be very long-lasting.
How to make a reed diffuser.
It is very simple to make, once you have all the pieces of kit simply pour 2 thirds fractionated coconut oil and 1 third eau de parfum into a separate mixing bowl and stir gently.
If you are using old perfume from a spray bottle and it isn’t very easy to remove the top, then I would suggest carefully spraying the perfume into the bowl once you have measured out the coconut oil. This may take quite a lot of sprays, but it is better than trying to remove the top if it is tightly secured. Aim for approximately one full tablespoon in quantity.
Transfer the oil and perfume into your bottle and place the reeds into the opening – Viola it is made! Place it in your room and wait for the scent to gently permeate through the air. Make the sticks sit in an attractive fan shape to get the best scent dispersal.
How does a reed diffuser work?
The way it works is the carrier oil soaks into the reed and tracks upwards into the exposed part when it starts to evaporate the perfume scent gently fills the air. Over time the oil evaporates until the bottle is empty.
How long will the scent last for?
Usually the fragrance will last around 3 months, it is a good idea to turn the sticks around every week, as that will refresh the smell. You can also top -up the oil and perfume as you wish. It is a good idea to fully replace the reed diffuser sticks every 6 months as they can become clogged with oil, and this will impede the fragrance from being released into the air.
Why Choose a Reed Diffuser.
Reed diffusers have become ever more popular lately and make a great substitute for plug-ins and scented candles. They are not a fire hazard and will not need to plug into an electrical plug point so are far more versatile in that respect. Also, you can control the scent's strength via the number of reeds you use. If you want a rich strong fragrance then use a generous amount of reed sticks, the more reeds you use will allow more of the fragrance to flow. However, it will mean that the oil will evaporate more quickly.
What is the best perfume to use in a reed diffuser?
When making your own diffuser with perfume, I would strongly recommend a scent with heavy base notes. This will make the fragrance last longer. When you are using your favourite perfume in this manner you will be opening your olfactory experience to new depths, and you will smell elements of the scent that you may not have noticed before. Look for scents with heavy base notes including Vanilla, Amber, Musk, and Patchouli, any scent with these elements will make a great home fragrance.
Making a reed diffuser is a great idea if you have some old perfume that you are no longer using or any free samples you may have in your make-up bag. This will use them up and put old bottles of fragrance to good use.
Some of the best fragrances to try out in Reed Diffusers
Here is a list of some popular perfume brands that will make sensual opulent room fragrances and have your friends begging to know your secret! They can also be a great way to create different moods and atmospheres in your home.
Fragrance is such a special luxury that we can all enjoy regularly, it can lift your mood, evoke memories of the past or loved ones, and bring us comfort. It can boost your confidence and leave a memorable mark when you meet people. If I smell cologne or scent that I am familiar with it can transport me back to happy memories of holidays and special events instantly. It is one luxury that I would hate to do without.
Fun Fragrance Facts
- Chanel No. 5 is the best-selling fragrance in the world.
- You can become 'nose blind' to scents regularly used, so don't spray too much because others are not.
- One of the most expensive perfumes in the world is by Clive Christian, it sells for over £150,000! Much of the cost is due to the bottle having an 18ct Gold collar and 5-carat diamond!!
- It is reported that Princess Diana wore the exclusive Hermes 24 Faubourg on her wedding day.
- The best-selling celebrity scent goes to Beyonce with Heat Mrs. Carter
- YSL Opium is said to be the favoured fragrance of many stunning celebs including, Gisele, Heidi Klum, Salma Hayek, and Emily Blunt.
- If you spray some scent into your hair, it lasts longer as it does not have to compete against your skin's natural oils, also your hair's natural movement diffuses the scent around you.
- AMBERGRIS, found in the intestines of Sperm Whales, is one of the most valuable raw materials used in Perfumery. Thankfully most companies now use a synthetic version.