THE GREAT DIFFUSER EXPOSÉ PART TWO – WHICH NON-YL DIFFUSER AND WHY?

Introduction

Part One – Reviews on YL Diffusers

Part Three – Your Diffusing Questions

Hey hey! Phew! Almost done with the whole series on diffusing. I swear, I got high on the oils because to get myself into the mood, I have been diffusing to help me writefasterwritefasterquickquickquick!

Proof as below. 😀

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Using my Gratitude diffuser while writing this piece

So ok! Besides using YL diffusers as I have covered here, I do use a number of non YL diffusers too. I had a lot of fun testing them out and using them in my home so I hope you can gain some experience from my experiences!

FULL DISCLOSURE: While a number of the diffusers are sold by my friends, please note these are all bought by me rather than being sponsored. So what you are reading, are my honest and candid opinions on each diffuser. 

Muji Diffuser

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A classy Zen looking diffuser, this is one of my favourites to use in the home. Because of its compact size, I have used it EVERYWHERE!

It’s usually found in my kitchen because admittedly, I have a lot of clutter on my kitchen table and this doesn’t take up a lot of space. And I have also brought it with me to the hospital when I was labouring for both my pregnancies! Maybe that’s why I fell asleep between yelling between contractions.

Ah so many fond memories….

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: SGD89.00 (but check with Muji for the latest pricing)
  3. Area of coverage: Bedroom
  4. The Piggy Factor: Really easy to use! I love the minimalist look, the ease of cleaning and maintenance. The Japanese are so good at design and one thing I appreciate is that when you turn it on, it is by default set to 3 hours rather than you having to press 1 hour then 2 then 3.
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: 5 drops, 100 ml, diffuse to 3 hours
  6. Travel friendly: Very. Easy to bring to places. Would be ideal for the hotel or in my case, the labour suite, heh
  7. Appearance: Zen
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy! Just drain off, rinse with water, refill with water and eo and you are good to go!
  9. Tip! If you have a friend who is in Japan and don’t mind buying this over there, it sells for SGD20 cheaper. However you need an adaptor for the differing voltage

Soundtech Orb Diffuser

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The Orb diffuser was first introduced by YL USA during the 2014 USA convention. I found it cute then but did not purchase. Consequently my group bought some and the main gripe coming back was that there were metal parts inside the Orb and these do come into contact with water. The parts rusted over time and while it didn’t impact the operating, it was a uncomfortable thought to know that you are diffusing… “rusty water”.

So when Teresa and Pat show me their Orb diffuser, and revealed that theirs have no metal parts, I WAS SOLD! There’s black and white; I bought the black and I love the fact that it is USB powered so I can attach a power bank and diffuse wherever I go.

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Sticking the Orb right next to my baby Sol 🙂 

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water + wick
  2. Cost: SGD28.00 (email Teresa and Pat at qamidala1@gmail.com to enquire. They do offer it at SGD25 each if you purchase 5.)
  3. Area of coverage: Personal space / Office / Car
  4. The Piggy Factor: Because this diffuser is spill-proof, this is very ideal for the car. Or for clumsy people. 😉
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: 5 drops on wick, diffuse up to 3-4 hours depending whether you set it as continuous diffusing (green light) or intermittent diffusing (blue light)
  6. Travel friendly: Perfect for traveling. Runs on USB power leh~!
  7. Appearance: Cute! Get white and it really looks like an egg!
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Medium. Because it uses wick and water, you have to switch to a new wick for each oil you use. To clean, rinse and dry off.
  9. Tip! If you want a spa like experience in the bathroom, bring the Orb there! 😀

Gratitude Diffuser

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Newly launched by 7 Hummingbirds, I was intrigued by it because it looks like a baby Muji diffuser and yet it runs on USB power too! It also comes with a car plug so this is ideal for placing it in the car especially if you have a cup holder. 🙂

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Gratitude (left) and Muji Diffuser (right) for size comparison

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  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: SGD28.00 (Purchase at http://7hummingbirds.myshopify.com. They also have a FB page as well.)
  3. Area of coverage: Personal space / Office / Car
  4. The Piggy Factor: Just like the Muji, this is easy to use, clean and maintain
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: 3 drops, 70 ml water, goes up to 3 hours
  6. Travel friendly: Perfect for traveling. Runs on USB power leh~!
  7. Appearance: Cute
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy! Just rinse, drain off, top up with water and eo and you are good to go!
  9. Tip! *HINTS* Christmas is coming~! *hums*

Abundance Diffuser

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This one! Oh! It’s my lifesaver during the darn haze.

Picture a crazed woman, running around in the house, with a LARGE scoop of water in one hand and Purification in the other.

Picture her topping up the 123456789 diffusers in the house madly 123456789 times. Ok ok, I don’t have that many diffusers but you get what I mean. -_____-;;

Abundance is great as a heavy duty diffuser because it can diffuse up to 8 hours, on either low or high mist settings. I love it for the night too because I don’t have to get up to top up the water and the oil. #sleepisprecious

It comes with 7 LED light settings so you can pick your favourite colour or even no light if that is what you want. This is also my favourite besides the AromaLux when I need to diffuse during the haze or when I want to keep everyone healthy at home.

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: SGD56.00 (Purchase at http://7hummingbirds.myshopify.com. They also have a FB page as well.)
  3. Area of coverage: Living Room
  4. The Piggy Factor: God is good for making Abundance. Heh.
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: Goes up to 15 drops, 500 ml water, 8 hours
  6. Travel friendly: Erm… unless you think you will diffuse all day long??
  7. Appearance: Utilitarian
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy. But I don’t clean it at all since it diffuse off almost all the water
  9. Tip! Do you need a night light when you sleep? Because Abundance has 7 LED light colours, what I do is I pick a soothing colour like blue or  purple and diffuse it at night. Great smell + Night Light = Happy Faith!

Serendipity Diffuser

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So I run YL as a business. Amidst 2 young kids who needs my attention like 10 million times a day. Tandem nursing. Cooking for the family every day.

This girl needs her own space! Uurgh!

Enter the hubs. He saw that I really needed a space to be alone, to think and do work for my business AND hide away from the kids for a bit. We do have cafes and restaurants just downstairs but I’m not in favour of bursting my wallet, waistline and my data plan everytime I work downstairs on my laptop in those non Wifi zones.

So he quickly cleared up one of our rooms and I am now SMUG enough to say that I am sitting up high and cosy in my little niche, working, daydreaming and inhaling Motivation from my chic chic Serendipity diffuser. Sometimes Motivation smells real bad to me especially when I am lazy but Serendipity keeps me ticking along on the productivity track. 🙂

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: SGD46.00 (Purchase at http://7hummingbirds.myshopify.com. They also have a FB page as well.)
  3. Area of coverage: Medium Sized Rooms
  4. The Piggy Factor: If you like Abundance but want something chic and prettier, this is it!
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: Goes up to 9 drops, 300 ml water, 6 hours
  6. Travel friendly: Not really. Especially with the protruding top
  7. Appearance: Chic
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy. But I don’t clean it at all since it diffuse off almost all the water
  9. Tip! Watch the colours change and soothe you as you do your creative thinking!

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THE GREAT DIFFUSER EXPOSÉ PART THREE – YOUR DIFFUSING QUESTIONS

Introduction

Part One – Reviews on YL Diffusers

Part Two – Reviews on non-YL Diffusers

Actually I thought it’s gonna be a short article with like only 5 questions… then my awesome Let’s Add Oil teams came back to me with more questions. Thank you ah~~ *burns midnight oil*

So anyway here goes!

  1. Why diffuse? Isn’t it just a nice smell? 
    Nooooo~! Actually if you pick the right diffuser and use awesome oils like Young Living, diffusing can bring about so many benefits.
    It can support your respiratory health, immunity, emotions and the list goes on. Tidbit! Do you know that emotional memories and trauma (eh even getting scolded by Mom when young also can be considered as trauma ok???) can only be released by smell alone? I kid you not.
  2. Can I use a burner, e.g. the one with a tealight candle? 
    Please don’t. When using the Young Living oils, I would highly recommend the Young Living diffusers and a select number of non YL ones that I have personally tried. 
    Basically you want to look for an ultrasonic diffuser that emits cool mist OR a nebulising diffuser rather than something that can burn and produce carcinogens with heat. After all, you don’t want to compromise the awesomeness of these oils ya?
  3. Can i mix 2 or more oils together to diffuse? 
    Ok, this one is a mixed bag of answers. I personally don’t because I think blending needs someone trained in aromatherapy to do it in order to yield the best benefits.
    However I have seen blending recipes for diffusing at the Young Living Blog and have seen recipes created by YL members too. So I guess my answer to you is “Do you trust the source?” If so, go ahead.
  4. What are the diffuser brands you would recommend? 
    Definitely Young Living. For non YL brands, I do like Muji, 7 Hummingbirds, SoundTech Electronic. I have heard good things about brands like Novita and Whisper too.
  5. How about those pushcart diffusers? Or those from Qoo10? 

    Well honestly I haven’t tried those yet and can’t recommend either way. But I would question on their quality of plastic because the oils can corrode them.

    Well for a fact, I know Osim doesn’t work well with the oils – it had spoiled their humidifier and the plastic has gone all blurry. Not a good sign.

    And since you would be breathing in the air and the oils tend to leach out petrochemicals, you wouldn’t want the risk right?

  6. Why should I pick an ultrasonic diffuser and how does it work?
    “Ultrasonic diffusers are typically filled with water and the Essential Oils are then added to the water where they remain on the water’s surface.  Most Ultrasonic Diffusers work by using ultrasonic vibrations to agitate the water causing the separation of the water particles and thereby releasing negative ions into the air.These negative ions bond with positively charged free radicals in the air and help to clean your space while adding a small amount of moisture.When using Essential Oils in your Ultrasonic Diffuser, the oil’s particles are dispersed into the air along with the water, leaving your space smelling fresh.  This is also how you will benefit from the Essential Oil’s therapeutic properties.”
    Source – http://www.theessentiallife.org/theessentialblog/2014/how-does-an-ultrasonic-diffuser-work
  7. Why should I pick a nebulising diffuser and how does it work?

    The nebulising diffuser works by forcing an air current through a narrow micro-tube which increases its velocity. The pressure at the exit point of the narrow micro-tube is subsequently reduced.

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    Due to the difference in pressure, suction is created. Hence it causes the essential oil in an alternate micro-tube to rise up. Finally, the fast stream of pressurised air then comes into contact with the essential oil causing fine, atomized micro-particles of oil to be sprayed against the wall of the glass diffuser reservoir.
    As a result, the smallest mist droplets (1.5 – 5µm) are diffused out of the top of the glass cap in a light vapor, while the larger mist droplets are returned to the bottom of the instrument to be diffused, thus forming a cycle.

    Due to the fact that there is no heat involved, the original chemical structure of the essential oils are not altered or destroyed. Therefore, the essential oil molecules are able to be quickly inhaled and absorbed by the human body in their most natural, original state.

    Thanks Winnie for putting this explanation together!
    Reference – http://organicaromas.com/pages/how-it-works

  8. How long should I diffuse?
    You can usually diffuse as long as you want for most diffusers.For the AromaLux and Therapro, because they are so powerful and you can diffuse a full 15 ml bottle, I would suggest be conservative.If you want to diffuse non stop until the bottle is empty, try setting at a conservative setting first (low intensity, longer periods in between diffusing). AND DRINK MORE WATER PLEASE.When you inhale the oils, they do start cleansing you from inside and you need water to facilitate the cleansing. That could also help prevent rare but possible reactions like headaches.
  9. Is it ok to diffuse if I am pregnant / have a baby / young child in the room?
    Yes it is generally ok. Diffusing is one of the gentlest ways to introduce oils to a body.Though I would say monitor and watch out for any symptoms too. Anytime you don’t feel comfortable, stop diffusing. Trust your gut instinct and honour your comfort level. 🙂
  10. How about diffusing for pets? 
    Yes it is ok too. But because your pet can’t communicate with you OR you may misread their cues, leave an escape route for them, e.g. leave the door ajar. If they don’t like it, they WILL leave the room.
  11. Can I diffuse in a room without aircon switched on? 
    Yes you can. You can also have the fans on, windows closed if you like. If your windows are open, perhaps shift the diffuser away from the window.
  12. What are some oils that are not ideal for diffusing? 
    That would be the really thick and goopy oils – Myrrh, Vetiver, Patchouli. They may clog up your diffuser so I would rather apply these topically instead.
  13. I heard from my friends that the ultrasonic diffusers need to use filtered / distilled / boiled water for diffusing. Is that true?
    It depends on which diffuser you are using. Check the instruction manual? Thank goodness the recent models like Dewdrop can use tap water. I know personally that Muji, 7 Hummingbirds, SoundTech, Aria, Sha can use tap water too. 🙂
  14. I can turn on my diffuser but there is no mist coming out. Is it spoiled? What I can do? 
    If you have a YL diffuser, good news! There is a one year warranty. Bring it down and quote your member ID to the customer service staff. They will run a check, troubleshoot and swap for a brand new diffuser as necessary. The new diffuser will continue on the remaining of your existing warranty.If yours is a non YL diffuser, contact the seller. I am sure they would do something for you. I know 7 Hummingbirds and SoundTech have excellent customer service!

 

Big thanks to these Let’s Add Oil (LAO) folks for helping me come up with the FAQ questions! You rock, ladies! 

– Bunga Mawar
– Winnie Fannon
– Michelle Yeong
– Lynn Ong
– Saera Wee
– Siying Huang
– Maine Foo

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