Homemade diffuser oil recipe

Updated February 21, 2017

Reed diffusers are a popular way of adding a subtle fragrance to any room in your home or business. While a variety of diffuser scents are commercially available, you can also easily make your own diffuser oil. Making your own oil is less expensive, quite easy and can allow you to choose fragrances you prefer. If you are sensitive to certain chemical scents, you can avoid them in your homemade diffuser oil.

Diffuser Base Oil

You have several options when making reed diffuser oil. You can opt to buy a commercially prepared diffuser base or use dipropylene glycol (available from soap making suppliers). You may also be able to make a diffuser base by combining almond oil and a small amount of high proof vodka or perfumer's alcohol; however, this will be less effective.


Reed diffusers may be scented with essential or fragrance oils. Alcohol may be needed to adequately disperse fragrance oils. You can make your own scent blends. Try combining rosemary, lavender, peppermint and Roman chamomile for a soothing fragrance ideal for the bedroom or bath. You might use a blend of bergamot, lemon and spearmint for a fresh smell in the kitchen. Combine juniper, sweet orange and cinnamon for a warm and cosy feeling in your living room. Change the blends of oils you use seasonally to create a refreshing scent in summer and a warming one in winter (See References 3).

Making Diffuser Oil

Blend your essential or fragrance oils as desired in a dark, glass container. Combine essential oils with your diffuser oil base or dipropylene glycol. Use three parts essential or fragrance oil to seven parts diffuser base. Blend well. Dip the reeds in and allow to rest briefly before removing and reinserting the opposite end of the reeds. The diffuser oil base will prevent evaporation of the essential or fragrance oils and keep your home smelling lovely for several months.

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