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Q: What are "Reed Diffusers" and how do they work?
A: Reed diffusers are the best alternative to candles. Vibrant scents. No risk of fire. Reed diffusers have a wonderful aromatic scent while being flame-free. Absolutely no heat is needed. This makes them safe for classrooms, offices, nursing homes, homes. Each 2.75 mm or 3 mm reed stick contains 20 or more individual cellular sections that run from top to bottom of the reed- like 20 micro-mini straws, totally open to pull liquid from bottom to top. This wicks the fragrance from inside the bottle, carries it to the top surface of the reed, and releases the fragrance into the air naturally.
Q: Are Reed Diffusers environmentally friendly- "green"?
A: Our reed diffusers are very environmentally friendly. They emanate NO soot or film onto your furniture, walls and ceiling- the way candles do. (If you use an ionic air cleaner, you already know that ionic cleaners must be cleaned twice as often if you use candles in your home. Not so with reed diffusers.) Our ingredients are alcohol-free and DPG-free. Unregulated reed diffusers from China may have any combination of unregulated ingredients.
Q: What should we look for in Reed Diffuser oil quality?
A: Reed diffuser oils should be formulated in the USA. Our oil are created to our high standards in reputable North American fragrance labs. Reed Diffuser oils from China may contain any variation of unregulated ingredients. Our reed diffusers contain no DPG and no alcohol.
Q: Do reed diffuser oils have to include alcohol or DPG?
A: No. You don't need alcohol or DPG to make the reed diffusers "work". Our reed diffuser oils are complete as you receive them.
In fact, the cheap imported reed diffuser oils have a high alcohol/and/or/DPG content so that they will evaporate faster (and get used up so that you have to buy more). They also have less of the essential oil base that makes up the reed diffuser oil.
Q: What size reed sticks (and how many) should I use?
A: We sell three diameters: 2.75 mm, 3 mm, 3.25 mm. 2.75 mm and 3 mm are very, very close in size. The thickest are 3.25 mm for the highest ratio of diffusion, but 2.75 mm is the most popular. Use as many as will fit the diameter of the bottle neck. 12 is usual.
In terms of length, you want the reeds to stick out of the bottle at least as much as the height of the bottle. See proportions at left. The photo are left shows, from left, the mini-orb with 10" reeds, the 3.5 oz apothecary with 10" reeds, the 8 oz apothecary with 12" reeds, and the 13.5 oz apothecary with 12" reeds.
We have reeds in 10", 12", and 15" lengths. Use whichever length looks best to you. You don't want them to be top-heavy so that they are apt to get toppled. (For example, don't use 15" reeds in a 3" tall bottle.) Usually you want the reeds sticking out of the bottle more than equivalent to the height of the bottle. For example, an 8 oz apothecary can use any length of reed, but a 4 oz mini-apothecary should use 10" or 12" reeds. A very large 66 oz Orb bottle should use 15" reeds.
Q: Why can't I just re-use my sticks over and over again?
A: Once the sticks are totally saturated, the cells in the reeds get somewhat clogged and lose their ability to pull the scent up into the reeds and throw the fragrance into the room. Needless to say, you definitely can't move the reeds to a different scent of oil- because the cells will be clogged with the previous scent of fragrance diffuser oil. You won't get a pure scent transfer. Reeds are very inexpensive so you can replace them by having a small stock on hand in your favorite size. Order replacement reeds here.
Q: How long do Reed Diffusers last? How do I use them?
reed diffuser oils last for months. It's not possible to say precisely
how long. They're subject to environmental factors: closed doors, open doors,
dehumidifiers, air conditioning, etc.
Q: My reed diffusers don't seem to be scenting the room as strongly as I would like. What's wrong?
A: If you've flipped your reeds so that moist reed ends are sticking up, perhaps you're trying to scent too large of a room. You might need more than one bottle of reed diffuser- placed in opposite corners- for optimum results. Also, if your room has an active A/C, air exchange system or frequent door opening to the outside, it may effect results.
Q: Bamboo, Reed, Wood? What really works?
A: There's a lot of misinformation about diffuser reeds in the ads online. The answer is simple. It's not wood. It's not bamboo. It's "reed", and reed is the only fiber that will work.
Easy to understand if you think about it botanically:
Bamboo absolutely does NOT work
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Q. Then why do I see reeds listed on the Internet as "bamboo diffusers"?
A. Simple. There are a lot of sellers who don't know what they're selling.
Q: Can I use different scents in different rooms?
A: Yes! Then you'll walk from one scent to another. Since scents trigger feelings, reed diffusers can create an environment of feelings that changes from one space to another. Consider the many variations of positive feelings: uplifted, romantic, relaxed, cheerful, generous, optimistic, reminiscent and more.
Scents need only be subtle to trigger the odor receptors in the brain and produce the the desired results. Example: a store might want its customers to feel optimistic and uplifted so that they are in a buying mood. Or, a homeowner may want his/her guests to return to childhood warmth while visiting a holiday party.
A: Your nose has at least 350 different odorant receptor proteins. These receptor proteins detect the scents in the air by combining in different combinations to identify scent molecules entering the nose. The coded signals then transfer from the nose to the olfactory bulb in the brain. From the olfactory bulb, the signals transfer to the cortex where they are mapped as "odor perceptions". They are stored there throughout your lifetime. This is how a certain scent will remind you of a certain place or a time in your life.
Furthermore, humans can identify more than 10,000 different smells!
Q: Why can't everyone smell all smells?
A: The odor receptors are encoded by specific genes. If one of more of the genes or DNA in this area is damaged or missing, that individual will not be able to smell the odor related to that odor receptor. Thus, not everyone can smell everything.
Q: Can I just add a vegetable oil carrier to make Reed Diffuser Oil from Fragrance oils? Can I use my candle oils or other oils "as is"?
A: No. Reed Diffuser oils are oils that have been designed for maximum wicking and optimum fragrance dispersion. Standard fragrance oils are too thick to diffuse properly through the reed. It's not just a matter of adding x ounces of some kind of diluted liquid. Each essential oil or fragrance oil has different characteristics of scent components and viscosity. Achieving the right formula for each fragrance diffuser oil requires the skills of an experienced perfumer (aka fragrance chemist).
Q: How much Reed Diffuser Oil should I put in the diffuser bottle?
A: Start out with a full or half full bottle of oil. 4 to 8 oz of oil in a typical 8 oz bottle. This will not only allow the oil to enter from the ends of the reed, but also, to permeate the reed sides too. The diffusion will take place faster and stronger. The fragrance will continue to diffuse as long as there's any amount of diffuser oil in the bottle. However, if you start with just 2 oz., it will take a much longer amount of time for the oil to begin diffusing, since it will be wicking purely through the capillary action on the bottom ends of the reeds.
Q: How many reeds should I put in the bottle?
A: 10 to 12 reeds will diffuse plenty of scent with our fragrance diffuser oils. If the bottle neck is a little wider, 15 reeds look and diffuse fine too.
Q: Should I remove the reeds from the bottle and re-cork the oil at night?
A: There's no advantage to re-corking the bottle at night. In fact, removing the reeds that frequently will result in loss of oil from spilling and splashing oil from the reed ends every day. Not necessary. Just put the reed diffuser in place and leave it.
Q: Can I dilute Fragrance oil with water to make a diffuser blend?
A: No. Oil and water don't mix. The viscosity is totally different too. You'll end up with uneven wicking and warped reeds.
Q: Will airing out the reeds outside "clean" them? (Someone recently asked us this.)
A: No. The reeds are saturated with oil. Oil doesn't evaporate in the same way that water does. The molecules are far too dense. It would be somewhat like trying to "clean" your dirty clothes by hanging them on a clothesline. After a day or two, they might not smell like whatever has soiled them, but the soil is still there.
Q: My bottle is not empty but my fragrance doesn't seem to be diffusing.
A: Add new reeds and your fragrance oil will start up again. Occasionally reeds may become saturated. (We haven't found this to be the case with our fragrance diffuser oils, but we sometimes get this question about oils from other companies. Maybe the oils that people are asking about are not really designed to diffuser oils.)
Q: Why can't we get 100% natural reed diffuser oils? After all, essential oils are all natural.
A: Reed diffuser oils are the 3rd step away from essential oils. We start with Essential oil - which is natural. Then the oil is thinned with non-natural elements to make Fragrance Oils (that are also used in candle making). Finally, the fragrance oil is thinned a 3rd time with non-natural elements to make Reed Diffuser Oils. If there were a natural formulation available, we would be using it, but none of the labs we work with have been able to formulate a 100% natural formula that works with reed diffusing. Cold diffusing with reed is very different than diffusing essential oils with heat. This is complicated by the fact that there's no one formula that works with all scents. Each fragrance requires its own formula.