Scented Candles VS Oil Diffusers…which is better?

Scented Candles VS Oil Diffusers…which is better?


We all love coming home to a beautifully smelling home, but there are so many options these days. Let’s run through a few main ways you can add charm and warmth to your living spaces with fragrance and compare scented candles, reed diffusers and electric oil diffusers like the doTERRA Petal diffuser.



Candles Reed Diffuser Ultrasonic Diffuser
Mood Lighting
Cost Effective
Large Rooms
Moderate Rooms
Small Rooms (Like bathrooms)
Control over fragrance
Safe around children and Pets
No nasty chemicals
Purifies the Air
No Mess

scented candles


Scented candles have been used for decades, if not centuries, to add fragrance to a room. Oils or perfumes are added to the candle during production and as the wax melts and is heated by the burning of the wick the fragrance is released in to the air. The burning of the candle provides a lovely glow and definitely sets the mood with subtle lighting. Very romantic. They are able to fragrance a medium or large room depending on the size of the candle and how long it burns for. One of the major drawbacks to scented candles  though is they produce a lot of heat as they burn. Not so bad in winter but if you like to fragrance your home all year round the burning of candles can increase the amount of cooling required, especially in smaller spaces. Safety is another main concern. If you have pets or children, the flame of the candle, hot wax and potentially glass associated with the candle all pose risks if it was to be knocked over while burning. Do take in to consideration too what type of candle you burn. Lots of common scented candles out there are made from paraffin, which is actually a petroleum waste product and when burned release chemicals considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. YUCK! They can also contain nasty artificial fragrances and dyes. If you love a candle for the pretty, romantic glow, look for candles made from beeswax or soy as these are a safe alternative. However, be aware that even a natural wax candle that has had essential oils added for fragrance, the burning of the oils changes the molecular structure of the oil.It is also why we don’t recommend oil burners.  Pure beeswax candles without fragrance will release a lovely, delicate sweet scent as they burn.

DIY Reed diffuser essential oils


With reed diffusers, the oils or fragrance are diluted with a carrier oil or other liquid and this travels up the reeds, evaporating and releasing the fragrance in to the air. It is generally a subtler smell and covers a smaller area. Reed diffusers are ideal for smaller rooms and even in bathrooms and toilets. Safer than candles as there is no flame or hot wax but if it is knocked over the oil contents and the glass still provide some risks for children and pets. Generally, more cost effective than burning lots of candles and because there is no heat, as the oils are released their molecular structure remains in tact ensuring they are still safe. You still need to be careful about which reed diffuser you purchase as there are no regulatory bodies monitoring essential oils and most on the market are synthetic.  Reed diffusers are super simple to maintain as you only have to flip the reeds every now and then to continue releasing fragrance. Making your own reed diffusers are incredibly simple and you probably have everything in your house already!

Make Your Own Reed Diffuser

Glass jar or vase with a narrow neck – check out op shops, whatever you like to match your home

Bamboo skewers or natural reed sticks

1/4 cup of light carrier oil (apricot kernel or safflower for example)

15- 20 drops of your favourite doTERRA essential oils

2 Tablespoons of alcohol (this helps the oil travel up the reed) – Vodka works great as it’s odourless

That’s it!!! Just mix it all together, pour in to the vase and pop the stick in. Easy and so much cheaper than store bought ones.

doterra petal diffuser ultrasonic cold mist


As I said earlier, we don’t recommend oil burners as these heat the oils and can change the molecular structure of the oil which can effect its therapeutic benefit. Ultrasonic oil diffusers like the Petal diffuser you get in the Home Essentials Kit are quiet, easy to maintain and give you complete control over the fragrance you want in your house. You can change it up every day or every hour if you want to. Depending how you feel you can create a blend to motivate, calm or focus you or even purify the air if there are viruses going around. The Petal diffuser has a light function which gives off a lovely, warm glow or this can be turned off. It gives you the freedom of 1, 2 or 4 hours with the additional safety of automatically turning off when the water level is too low. With no heat and just water and essential oils, oil diffusers are safe to use around children and pets. The Petal diffuser can cover a reasonable sized living room well and bedrooms and offices easily. For particularly large spaces though, a nebuliser technology diffuser may work better. Simple to use and easy to clean. For more information on how they work click here.

There are lots of options for introducing beautiful fragrances into your home. Depending on your room size, your preferences and just how creating you like being, scented candles, reed diffusers and oil diffusers all have their place. Just be sure to pick the option that is safest for your family.

For more information on how essential oils can improve your sleep, concentration and mood all while making your house smell amazing, contact me>>


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