Luxury diffusers make excellent Christmas gifts for your partner or for yourself as a treat. A good quality oil diffuser can change any room, making it a place of calm and reflection. We look at the history of essential oils along with the best luxury oil diffusers on the market.
- 1 The History of Aromatherapy Therapy
- 2 The Science of Aromatherapy
- 3 Types of Luxury diffusers
- 4 VicTsing 150ml Essential Oil Diffusers for Aromatherapy Review
- 5 Criacr 150ml Essential Oil Diffuser Review
- 6 Neom Organics Wellbeing Pod Review
- 7 Muji large aroma diffuser
- 8 Este Aroma Diffuser by Neals Yard Review
- 9 Neom Real Luxury Diffuser Review
- 10 Scented Glass Diffuser by Tom Dixon (Heals)
- 11 Culti L’Oudness Black Label Fragrance Diffuser (Harrods)
- 12 Dr Vranjes Firense Reed Diffuser
The History of Aromatherapy Therapy
The use of essential oils has been around for hundreds of years. The Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese were all known to extract essential oils for medicines and embalming their dead. Hippocrates (the “father of medicine”) was recorded for using aromatherapy for medical purposes, though the actual term was not coined until 1937 by the chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse.
With the growth of ‘wellness’ over the last couple of decades, we have seen a marked increase in the rise of aromatherapy for therapeutic benefits.
But aromatherapy is not all about creating a feeling of calm; according to some scientists it can also promote healing, reduce inflammation and fight infections.
The Science of Aromatherapy
Research has shown that aromatherapy does consistently improve the mood of individuals tested. Essential oil molecules are found to stimulate olfactory receptors, which in turn sends signals to parts of the brain like the olfactory cortex and limbic system, which affect your mood.
Types of Luxury diffusers
Luxury room diffusers comes in two main types: reed diffusers and electric diffusers. Electric diffusers are generally more expensive and aimed at the top end of the market.
We will look at the best products in both types and give you our recommendations.
Best Luxury Electric Diffusers
This is one of the top selling oil diffusers on Amazon with 5,679 reviews – 86% of reviewers giving the diffuser a 4 or 5.
This beautiful looking diffuser works a charm, with it’s 15 different light modes for whatever takes you fancy.
It runs very quietly at only 23Db (equivalent to someone whispering) and has a timer and auto shut off.
The VicTsing Diffuser also comes in different sizes like 300ml and a smaller 130ml diffuser.
Note: Essential oils are not included, Amazon recommends the Mystic Moments Fragrant Oil set: Frankincense, Mulled Wine, Orange and Cinnamon, Vanilla, Yuletide Spice
This is another top selling diffuser on Amazon with over 3000 reviews. Like the Victsing, this diffuser is marked with ’BPA Free’, which stands for bisphenol A. BPA is a toxic chemical found in plastics and sometimes food packaging like tins. You certainly do not want your diffuser blasting out nasty chemicals.
To get the diffuser going, you simply remove the lid and fill with 120ml of water and add a few drops of the oils you want (see chart below), then screw the lid back on. Set the required lighting then the mist frequency, dim your home lights and relax.
Neom organics have built a dedicated diffuser brand. The Neom Organics Wellbeing Pod comes in a gorgeous box and immediately you feel you have bought a good product (never underestimate the power of a good packaging design marketers).
Like the electric diffusers above, the Neom Organics Welling Pod is used by adding water and a few oil drops which then vapourize to produce a fragrant mist which disperses throughout your room. The amount a dispersion can fill a large room, but this could be due to the quality of the oils we bought from Neom Organics – we used the same quantity of oil with the other diffusers, 4 drops.
We love the Wellbeing Pod. Unlike some of the plastic-made diffusers on the market, the Wellbeing Pod is made of ceramic and would sit well in any high-end spa – in fact they actually had one at Rockliffe Hall Spa last time we were there in Darlington.
I have loved Muji for years and wish we had one in Newcastle. I love rummaging through their shops at all their products, though they tend to have too many storage product boxes!
Like all Muji products, this diffuser is minimal in design and perfect for the Japanese Zen look in your room. Like all diffusers it has a multi-light setting and mist controller. If you have ever been in a Muji shop, they would have had this diffuser pumping out fragrant mist.
We love this electric diffuser as it looks so stylish and chic. Neals Yard describe the diffuser as ‘Eco-Lux’, as the diffuser is made by hand from sustainable bamboo.
This diffuser has two different light setting depending on your mood using low energy LED bulbs and emits oil mist every 30 seconds.
Best Luxury Reed Diffusers UK
Reed diffusers work without any electronics. You simply add you water and oil to the glass jar/bottle and insert a ‘reed’. The liquid will then travel up the reed stick and permeate through your room.
Here’s our list of the best luxury reed diffusers on the market from some of the top luxury websites.
Another product from Neom Organics. If you don’t want the plug-in Wellbing Pod, then one of their reed diffusers is a good option.
Neom state Real Luxury Diffuser will last for around 12 weeks with the reeds inserted full-time into the bottle.
Neom Organics’ key fragrant is the ‘Scent to De-stress’, which is a blend of 24 different oils to create the perfect blend.
Neom Organics carried out some research on 65 women, results showed 95% of them felt calmer after using this product. Nearly all the reviews of this product on Amazon are 5/5.
Here at Materialist, we are big fans of anything designed by Tom Dixon, one of the UK’s top designers. We own a couple of his chairs and some very cool copper light shades.
This Tom Dixon reed diffuser looks very clean in its design, with Tom Dixon clearly printed across the font (showing off your design knowledge is a big part of this). The reeds are made from British sourced charcoal and the smells are described as ‘blend of Neroli, pink pepper and orange flower’.
Now we are into the real high-end luxury diffuser market after looking at some on the Harrod’s website. Note, we did not buy and test and Harrod’s diffusers as they were too expensive.
Culti Milano is an Italian based diffuser brand, specializing in expensive fragrances. The diffuser does look like a beautifully made product, but you need to decide if you want to part with nearly £500.
If you are looking for the World’s most expensive reed diffuser, then it surely this has to be the Dr Vranjes Firense diffuser at £12,000 – yes you read that correctly.
The bottle is made from 24 carat gold leaf with a marble cork. Sorry we did not test this one, we were tempted to ask for a free sample for review just for fun.
Oil Diffusers and Pets
Cats and dogs can be particularly sensitive to oil diffusers, with their sense of smell being up to 40 times greater. Dogs have 300 million olfactory receptors in their, we only have six million. You need to be very careful when using them around your pets, let them run for an hour as a test a look out for any adverse effects. Diffusers can sometimes cause drooling or nausea in pets, so just keep an eye out. It is not recommended to buy an oil diffuser if you keep birds as their respiratory tract is highly sensitive.
Common Essential Oil Smells
Below is an infographic which acts as an essential oil cheat sheet: Find the correct oil for the ailment you have.
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