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, and those from Life Science Publishers. 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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THE GREAT DIFFUSER EXPOSÉ PART ONE – WHICH YL DIFFUSER AND WHY?

Introduction

Part Two – Reviews on non-YL Diffusers

Part Three – Your Diffusing Questions

So here is my lowdown on the many YL diffusers I have used. Just remember that for the prices listed, sometimes YL does monthly promos that allow YL members to get them for free. 🙂

Dewdrop Diffuser

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One of the starting diffusers that most people have since it may come FREE when you sign up for a YL membership or after completing 3 months of Essential Rewards orders.

Created by the renown diffuser company, Puzhen, I really like the Dewdrop. It is resilient, easy to use, easy to clean and you have the options whether to have the blue light on or off.

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: Free to SGD117.50 for members. Come with a free 5ml Lemon and Lavender
  3. Area of coverage: Bedroom
  4. The Piggy Factor: Very easy to use and clean. Tops most diffusers by being able to diffuse up to 4 hours.
  5. Consumption of EO: 5-8 drops for a full tank of water, diffuse up to 4 hours
  6. Travel friendly: No. Because of the conical shape, it’s a little hard to pack in
  7. Appearance: Utilitarian
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy. Wide base so you don’t have to strain your fingers poking and cleaning at the cornerswpid-dsc_1724.jpg
  9. Tip! Align the inner cover with the hole along the same line as the button at the bottom AND the Young Living words with the top cover for a perfect fit when you close the diffuser before operating.

Ceramic Diffuser

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When I was tired of using water based diffusers (have you seen how the water looks like when you didn’t diffuse for days?! Uurgh!), I went to explore the nebuliser type of diffusers.

At that time, the ceramic diffuser was just launched to replace the Everyday Diffuser and I got one to try. I like it so much that I got 2 more because I love the strength of its diffusing and I prefer nebulising to water diffusers. It’s not very child friendly though because it’s made of ceramic and glass so be careful if you have young kids around.

  1. Type of Diffuser: Nebuliser
  2. Cost: SGD100.50 for members. Come with a free 5ml Citrus Fresh
  3. Area of coverage: Bedroom / Large Room / Living Room
  4. The Piggy Factor: Well… it can be finicky to clean so I compensate for it by not cleaning very often and using back the same oils over and over again. Ahaha. However it does get choked up if you delay the cleaning for too long and you can see a pool of eo in the base of the flask.
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: 12-20 drops, diffuse to under 3 hours
  6. Travel friendly: No. It’s fragile
  7. Appearance: Utilitarian
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Medium. What I do is I use the YL Thieves Household Cleaner and water to clean the inside. Once it is clean but wet, I run the diffuser and it vibrates off the water (if you are particular about it being dry)
  9. Tip! Sometimes water or eo get stuck in the narrow tunnel underneath the flask. I usually use my mouth and blow hard to push the oil / water out. Weird I know but hey it works!

Aria Diffuser

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Oh my, the crème de la crème of all YL diffusers. When I first saw it, I LUST for it… but wow the price! #imworthit

So I got smart. I BUGGED my hubs and sis until they gave me my ONE AND ONLY ARIA for Christmas 4 years ago. Heh. Well Young Living Singapore got SMARTER. They gave it as a freebie for the December holiday promo then. WUTTTT. So anyway. *ahem* #luckilynotmymoney

The Aria is also from the renown diffuser company, Puzhen. This is a lovely lovely piece that adds a touch of class to your living room or bedroom. It has pre-programmed soothing zen music and lights that transports you to SPA LAND or in my case, got me to doze off before bedtime. *sheepish*

When it is operating, you will see the mist filling up the glass bowl before coming out of the sprout. Such a beautiful piece. And robust too. My Aria is still working well after all these years.

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water
  2. Cost: SGD335 for members.
  3. Area of coverage: Bedroom / Large Room / Living Room
  4. The Piggy Factor: Very easy to clean and operate because the base is large.
  5. Consumption of EO and Duration: 12-20 drops, you can diffuse to 3 hours for 2 rounds
  6. Travel friendly: No no no! It’s large and fragile… LEAVE IT AT HOME!
  7. Appearance: Beautiful
  8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy. I usually just rinse it, drain off then dry and use. Just be careful with the glass globe
  9. Tip! Be careful not to have water stay in the diffuser for too long. There are metal parts in the Aria and I’ve realised the metal circle at the bottom of the Aria rusted a little AFTER MANY MANY TIMES OF NOT EMPTYING IT OUT AND LETTING THE WATER EVAPORATE.GLUM.
    Well that’s what I pay for being a PIGGY

USB Diffuser

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When I first saw this at the USA Convention in 2014, I was like wow, this is so cool! A thumbdrive diffuser, portable, nifty looking and you can even set the intensity of the diffusing.

1. Type of Diffuser: Nebuliser
2. Cost: SGD37.50 for members
3. Area of coverage: Personal space / car
4. The Piggy Factor: Only hardworking people need to apply! This diffuser  is tricky to clean and you MUST clean it often so that it operates well
5. Consumption of EO and Duration: It comes with a teeny 2 ml bottle so it depends on how often you diffuse, the intensity you set.
6. Travel friendly: Perfect traveling companion. Does your neighbour on the plane smell weird? This is a perfect solution
7. Appearance: Cute
8. Ease of Cleaning: Difficult. You have to clean thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and OFTEN otherwise it may not work well. Be careful with citrus oils or blends with citrus oils because these are especially hard wearing on the diffuser especially if the bottle leaks
9. Tip! If your USB diffuser is not working, clean again and clean thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. I have heard of cases of diffusers being miraculously resuscitated with proper cleaning 🙂

AromaLux and AromaDome

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The AromaLux (that pyramid looking thing) on the right is available in YL SG. This is the MOST POWERFUL diffuser you can find in YL Singapore and can probably rival the Therapro diffuser from YL USA for its strength and various diffusing options.

The AromaLux works by popping the bottle of eo of your choice right into the pyramid, set your duration and interventions of diffusing and you are ready to go!

The AromaDome is the tent that is a optional purchase from YL USA. If you want to have focused, intense diffusing, you can rig the Lux up to hook up to INSIDE the Dome like this:

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This is very ideal if you want to work on supporting your respiratory, immunity, emotions and so on and want an intense experience. It is recommended that you use the Dome and Lux together for no more than 30 mins. I know I have tried 5 mins and found it pretty pheeeew~~!

1. Type of Diffuser: Nebuliser
2. Cost:
AromaLux – SGD176 for members
AromaDome – USD89.75 before shippping
3. Area of coverage: HDB Flat / Very large spaces
4. The Piggy Factor: You basically only need to clean the tube or change it when you want to change the oils to be diffused
5. Consumption of EO and Duration: Depending on the intensity, duration, intervention of diffusing you set. A 15 ml bottle should last for a few days at the lowest setting
6. Travel friendly: Yes. The Dome can be folded like a car shade so it is very portable. The Lux is made of plastic so there are no breakables
7. Appearance: Utilitarian
8. Ease of Cleaning: Easy. Either wash the teeny tube or change to a new one
9. Tip! If you are diffusing a blend that has been blended with a carrier oil, you may find the residue of the carrier oil when the Lux has diffused off all the eo. Also before you plug the YL eo bottle into the AromaLux, please REMOVE the white ring of the bottle otherwise the fit into the top of the Lux is not tight

Sha Diffuser (also known as Rainstone Diffuser)

THE GREAT DIFFUSER EXPOSÉ INTRODUCTION!!

Honestly I don’t have this diffuser but my team mate, Bunga Mawar has kindly stepped in with her review. Thank you so much Bunga!!

 

https://schoolofyl.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/different-type-of-yl-diffuser

THE GREAT DIFFUSER EXPOSÉ INTRODUCTION!!

During the great hazy period of 2015, a few interesting side effects can be seen.

  1. I learnt what does PSI mean and why I need to be concerned on pm2.5  (thanks Winnie Fannon!)
  2. A lot of people started appearing on the streets like ninjas, i.e. the N95 masks came out and some even sport N99 masks. Have you seen a ninja trying to eat noodles? Loads of entertainment, I tell you. 🙂
  3. I received A LOT of questions on diffusing and diffusers!

So because I love ya folks, I have been locking myself up in the nearest cave, figuring out how to write out this GIANT of an article for you. And because I can’t think without eating, I think I now look more like the Aria diffuser than ever. *scrabbles for the nearest Slique tea*

I figured out that I better churn out a ratings chart for you folks so that it’s easier for you to decide on what you want to purchase. Or even better, BUY THEM ALL. LIKE ME. HEH.

Ratings Chart:

  1. Type of Diffuser: Water / Nebuliser / Misc
    Some diffusers would need water to diffuse the oils into the air, some just do it neat.
  2. Young Living or non Young Living Diffuser?
  3. Cost
    Honestly you can buy a diffuser for as low as $20+ or go for broke at $300+ (members’ price)
  4. Area of coverage: Personal space / car / bedroom / living room / entire HDB flat
  5. The Piggy Factor aka LAZINESS: Are you like me? Very lazy to top up with water or wash the diffuser thoroughly? I’ll give you the lowdown too. 😉
  6. Consumption of EO
  7. Travel friendly: Yes / No
  8. Appearance: Beautiful / Cute / Utilitarian
  9. Ease of Cleaning: Easy / Tricky
  10. Tips! If I have nifty tips for you, I’ll share too. 😉

In Part One, you will read my reviews on the many many YL diffusers in my home, why I choose them and how I use them. 🙂

Part Two covers the non YL diffusers.

Part Three will focus on the frequently asked questions that people would have on diffusing. E.g. can you mix 2 oils together, is it safe for kids, how is it different from an air purifier and ioniser, etc etc.

So let’s go!

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