The information below will help you with some of the common Reed Diffuser questions.
What are reed diffusers and how do they work ?
Reed diffusers are the hottest trend right now in home fragrancing ! Rattan reeds are inserted into a glass bottle or glass jar of scented diffuser oil.
Each rattan reed contains about 20 "channels" that run the entire length of the reed. Much like "mini-straws", these channels "suck" the oil to the top of the reeds. The scent is then naturally dispersed into the air through evaporation- leaving your home smelling wonderful !
Unlike candles, reed diffusers are flame free and do not require any heat. They disperse scent into the air naturally. No flame means no soot and more importantly, no risk of fire ! This makes reed diffusers safer for your home, office, classroom, etc.
Are your reeds bamboo or rattan ?
Our reeds are premium quality RATTAN reeds. There is a lot of misinformation on the web about reeds. Reeds are not bamboo. Perhaps people confuse rattan reeds with bamboo as rattan reeds look somewhat similar to bamboo skewers. However, bamboo reeds or chutes would not work as they do not contain the channels for the oils to wick (travel) up. Bamboo contains "nodes" which block liquid from wicking (traveling) up and scenting the air.
Can I reuse my reeds ?
No. Once reeds have been used for a certain scent, you cannot use them for another scent. The scent that is already absorbed into your reeds will mix with the new scent and could produce undesirable scent combinations.
You should use new reeds when you switch to a new scent, if the reeds become completely saturated, or if they become clogged with dust. After prolonged use and complete saturation of the reeds, the channels can become slightly clogged. Simply replace with new reeds to get the scent rolling again !
How long do reed diffusers last ?
That is a difficult question. There are many factors that contribute to how long the oils last. Fans, humidity, air conditioning, heating, closed doors, open doors, dehumidifiers, etc. However, as a general rule of thumb, our 4 oz. diffuser oils will last for approximately 3-4 months and our 8 oz. diffuser oils will last for approximately 6-8 months.
Can I dilute the oil with water ?
No. Oil and water do not mix. You'll end up with warped reeds and uneven wicking. Our reed diffuser oils are specially blended for easy wicking. There is no need to mix them or dilute them with anything.
How often should I flip my reeds ?
Whenever you notice the scent fading a bit or want an extra burst of fragrance. In our home, we flip the reeds about once per week.
Can you tell me what's in your base ?
We can tell you that it does not contain alcohols or harsh chemical solvents such as DPG.
How often should I replace the reeds ?
Replace the reeds after they permanently stop diffusing. Over time, reeds can become clogged with dust. Before replacing, flip them. This usually starts the scenting process all over again. If this doesn't work, your reeds are probably clogged with dust or overly saturated and in need of replacement.
How many reeds should I put in a bottle ?
It is a matter of preference really. More reeds diffuse more scent. We usually put between 6 and 10 reeds in a bottle.
Does your base contain alcohol or DPG ?
No ! We are quite proud of the base we use to mix our Reed Diffuser refills ! The MAJORITY of those selling reed diffusers use a base that is made up primarily of alcohol, Dipropylene Glycol (DPG) or a combination of both. Alcohol is highly flammable ! It also evaporates into the air very quickly and you go through your oils a lot faster that way. That's a sneaky little way to get you to have to more frequently buy more oils from them.
Dipropylene Glycol (often referred to as DPG) is a dilutent used in perfumery. DPG is thicker than water and although it is effective for thinning out fragrance oils, it can clog up your reeds.
Our reed diffuser base contains NO ALCOHOL and NO DPG. This is why we very strongly believe that we offer the best !
If you want a real eye opener, e-mail or phone other suppliers and ask if their bases contain DPG or any forms of alcohol. You will find the results very interesting !
What are the safety recommendations for reed diffusers ?
Do not ingest oils. Use caution when filling your bottles with oil or flipping your reeds as oils can damage some surfaces. (This is why we give you that handy little coaster in our gift sets !) Do not light reeds. Be careful not to tip over the diffuser. Some of our diffusers come with beautiful little charms. Charms may present a choking hazard.
Are reed diffusers green/esuriently ?
Our reed diffusers are environmentally friendly. Reed diffusers, unlike candles, emanate no soot. Also, our reed diffusers are made in the USA without DPG, alcohol or other harsh chemical surfactants.
How full should I fill my reed diffuser bottle ?
Some suggest halfway and others suggest 3/4 full. We suggest filling your glass bottle 3/4 of the way full. That's how we have them in our own houses.
Can I color my reed diffuser oil ?
Yes ! You sure can. Adding a few drops of food coloring can be very aesthetically pleasing and can match your decor or give it that “pop” of color. The color will travel up the reeds just as the oil will. It’s a great way to visually see your diffuser working. Only add a few drops though. Adding too much color can slow the diffusion process or clog the reeds. We recommend no more than 5 drops per 8 oz. bottle of reed diffuser oil.
Can I cut my reeds to make them a little shorter ?
Yes ! You can cut reeds to any length you’d like. Just use a sharp scissors and snip to the desired length. If the ends of the reed become a little crimped (often caused by using scissors that need to be sharpened) then just roll the end of the reeds between your fingers and they will regain their shape. Cutting your reeds will not affect the wicking process or the diffusion of the oils. After all, the reeds you buy from ANY retail source have been cut from long lengths of reed to begin with. Be sure to cut your reeds BEFORE you place them in any oil. If they have already been placed in oil, don’t cut them as the oil can get on your delicate surfaces and damage them. Also, those with sensitive skin may experience a little redness if the oil gets on their skin.
Where are your reed diffuser oils manufactured ?
Our reed diffuser oils are manufactured right here in the USA.. Use caution when purchasing reed diffusers from other countries. As an effort to keep their prices low, they often use subpar materials and cheap, diluted oils. We use only the highest quality materials and we never dilute or "cut" our fragrances.
What if I have a question not answered here ?
If there is a question you have that has not been answered here, then please visit our Contact Us page and drop us a line. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have !