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Can reed diffusers be refilled?

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Limer Thu 30-Oct-14 08:49:39

I've got a reed diffuser that's almost empty, can I refill it with a concoction of my own? If so, what works? Anyone tried this? All ideas welcome thanks.

justaweeone Mon 03-Nov-14 18:12:01

Reed Diffuser Recipe #1:

Ingredients and Items Needed:

6 parts Diffuser Base Oil or 6 parts Dipropylene Glycol
4 parts Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend
Several Rattan Reeds
The number of rattan reeds that you use will be based on your personal preference and the size of the bottle or vase that you use.
Bottle or Small Vase
Choose a small bottle or vase (one that holds several ounces is best). A clear or pale colored bottle with a mouth that can hold several rattan reeds is best.
Optional Ingredients:

1-2 parts High Proof Vodka (or Everclear) or Perfumer's Alcohol
Alcohol may be needed if you are working with thicker essential oils or CO22.
Diffuser Oil Base vs. Dipropylene Glycol:

There are a number of diffuser oil bases available. If possible, check the ingredients to ensure that you're comfortable using it. At least with Diproylene Glycol, you know the exact ingredient that you're using.

Directions:

Combine the proper portions of your diffuser base oil or dipropylene glycol with your essential oil or essential oil blend and mix well. I find that combining either in a bowl with spout or in a separate bottle works well.
Essential oils vary in strength as does the effectiveness of particular diffuser base oils, so you may find that you need to adjust the ratios a bit. If you are using stronger essential oils like geranium or peppermint, you'll probably want to use less essential oil.
If you are using thicker or more gently aromatic essential oils like patchouli, you may find that you need to increase the amount of essential oil used.
Use alcohol, as described under "Optional Ingredients" if you find that the thicker essential oils aren't wicking up the rod well.
Experimentation will be needed. Keep a notebook of the exact ingredients, essential oils and proportions that you used so that you can reduplicate your recipe the next time, or adjust it, if needed.
Pour your aromatic diffuser reed oil into your chosen diffuser bottle.
Add the rattan reeds to the bottle so that the ends are submerged fully in the oil. Rattan reeds can be cut if needed.
Every few hours (more or less) over the first day, flip the reeds and place the opposite reed ends back into the bottle. This helps the wicking process. After the first day, flip the reeds every few days.

Reed Diffuser Recipe #2:
All Natural, But Less Effective Version

Ingredients and Items Needed:

1 part Jojoba, Watermelon Seed Oil or Other Carrier
1 part Essential Oil or Essential Oil Blend
Several Rattan Reeds
The number of rattan reeds that you use will be based on your personal preference and the size of the bottle or vase that you use.
Bottle or Small Vase
Choose a small bottle or vase (one that holds several ounces is best). A clear or pale colored bottle with a mouth that can hold several rattan reeds is best. I recommend using a bottle with a wider mouth than if you were making Reed Diffuser Recipe #1. The wider mouth will help to passively diffuse the blend as this more natural recipe does not wick up the reeds as easily as does recipe #1.
Directions:

Combine equal portions of your chosen carrier oil and essential oil or essential oil blend and mix well. I find that combining either in a bowl with spout or in a separate bottle works well.
Essential oils vary in strength, so you may find that you need to adjust the ratios a bit. If you are using stronger essential oils like geranium or peppermint, you'll probably want to use less essential oil.
If you are using thicker or more gently aromatic essential oils like patchouli, you may find that you need to increase the amount of essential oil used.
Experimentation will be needed. Keep a notebook of the exact ingredients, essential oils and proportions that you used so that you can reduplicate your recipe the next time, or adjust it, if needed.
Pour your aromatic diffuser reed oil into your chosen diffuser bottle.
Add the rattan reeds to the bottle so that the ends are submerged fully in the oil. Rattan reeds can be cut if needed.
Every few hours (more or less) over the first day, flip the reeds and place the opposite reed ends back into the bottle. This helps the wicking process. After the first day, flip the reeds every few days.
Essential Oil Reed Diffuser Blends
Blend #1

1 drop Jasmine
5 drops Lime
3 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Cinnamon

Blend #2

12 drops Patchouli
5 drops Vanilla
2 drops Linden Blossom
1 drop Neroli

Blend #3

1 drop Jasmine
3 drops Sandalwood
4 drops Bergamot
2 drops Grapefruit

Blend #4

10 drops Lime
7 drops Bergamot
2 drops Ylang Ylang
1 drop Rose

Blend #5

4 drops Bergamot
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Grapefruit
2 drops Ylang Ylang

Blend #6

5 drops Spruce
3 drops Cedar (Virginian)
2 drops Lavender

Blend #7

4 drops Rosewood
5 drops Lavender
1 drop Ylang Ylang

Blend #8

5 drops Rosemary
1 drop Peppermint
3 drops Lavender
1 drop Roman Chamomile

Blend #9

6 drops Bergamot
11 drops Lemon
3 drops Spearmint

Blend #10

5 drops Bergamot
4 drops Lavender
1 drop Cypress

Blend #11

5 drops Spearmint
5 drops Lavender
9 drops Sweet Orange

Blend #12

5 drops Sandalwood
1 drop Rose
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Scotch Pine

Blend #13

1 drop Jasmine
6 drops Sweet Orange
3 drops Patchouli

Blend #14

4 drops Ylang Yalng
4 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Bergamot

Blend #15

7 drops Sweet Orange
2 drops Vanilla
1 drop Ylang Ylang

Blend #16

6 drops Juniper
3 drops Sweet Orange
1 drop Cinnamon

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