Homemade Oil Diffuser

It struck me as I {briefly} considered going to the store to pick up more diffuser oil, when the one I had been using ran out, that this has got to be something easy to make.  Sure enough, it is.  I like oil diffusers as opposed to plug-ins or sprays because the fragrance is dispensed evenly and lightly.

As you can see from the two photos, any glass bottle will do.  The photo above is a vintage milk bottle and the photo below is the bottle I had originally purchased with diffuser oil in it, then purchased a rusty star from the craft store and adhered it with a glue dot.  The more narrow the neck of the bottle, the better, as the scent will be forced into the reeds as opposed to evaporation.

As far as the reeds go, most craft stores carry them as well as the sleeves for the bottles if you desire.  The vodka is necessary because it aids the essential oil in being soaked up by the reed. {a perfect use for any vodka leftover from making Vanilla extract!} With the oils, if you make soaps or lotions you can use the same scented oils used in those items or purchase essential oils.  My favorites are citrus or citrus-rosemary blend scents for the kitchen and bathroom and vanilla blends for the living room.

  • small glass bottle
  • 1/4 cup - 1/2 cup carrier oil {depending on the size of your bottle}, I used sweet almond oil {found in health food stores} but you could use any unscented oil such as grapeseed oil
  • 10 drops essential oil per 1/4 cup of carrier oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Vodka per 1/4 cup of carrier oil 
  • 6-8 diffuser reeds per bottle
Using a funnel, pour the carrier oil into the bottle.  Add the essential oil and vodka to the carrier oil.  Place the reeds in the bottle and let sit in the oil mixture for 30 minutes to 1 hour then remove the reeds, turn them over and place the dry ends in the oil. 

For the most scent, rotate the ends of the reeds every week or so {wet ends come out, turn them over, then dry ends go in}.


Bearlakenana said...

This was a perfect post for me today. I just opened a new diffuser last night and was thinking there had to be a better way. Thank you for sharing!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Fantastic! I'm so happy it was useful for you.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

How cool! I had no idea this was even possible. I've always wanted a diffuser but never got one because they are so expensive in stores. I love this idea and it's so nice that you are able to make a scent that you want. I think a citrus scent would be perfect for the kitchen!

Meg said...

I've never used a diffuser before (usually stick with candles) but now I want to make one! That sounds so easy!

daisy g said...

I've been wanting to make vanilla anyway, so this gives me an excuse to go out and buy some vodka. Sure won't be drinkin' the stuff!
Thanks for the recipe!

Amber said...

Well, this is pretty awesome! I'd love to give it a try! By the way, I'll be getting my homesteading post up this morning. Blessings!