Diffuser sticks: What they are, how they work, and which to choose

Diffuser Sticks - What they are, how they work and which to choose

In recent years, many people have been using diffuser sticks as a way to fragrance their homes. This is no surprise because they have a wonderful aromatic scent while being flame-free. This makes them safe to use at homes, schools, nursing homes, and many other places. 

What are diffuser sticks anyway?

Diffuser sticks, also known as reed diffusers, are the conduits for diffuser oil. They have three main parts: the scented oil, the reeds, and a small glass with a narrow neck. The sticks are full of microscopic channels that absorb the oil and push it towards the top of the reed. Once the oil reaches the end of the channel, it is released into the air, circulating the smell around the space.  

To set up the reed diffuser, uncap the bottle and pour a few ounces of oil into the bottle. Then, reseal the oil and store it in a cool, dry place. Place the reeds into the bottle and arrange them until they look nice.

How to choose diffuser sticks

There are different types of essential oil diffusers available in the market which may make it quite confusing to choose the most appropriate one for yourself. So here we are here to inform you about the pros and cons of the different types.

 But here are four main families of essential diffusers:-

  • Nebulizing diffuser
  • Mist diffusers
  • Gentle heat diffusers
  • Ventilation diffusers

Nebulizing diffuser

A nebulizing diffuser works by forcing a stream of air at high pressure through small tubes that contain essential oil. This stream of air turns the oil into a fine mist and distributes it around the room.


Used in aromatherapy, a nebulizer is greatly assumed to release the purest form of essential oils.  It also produces smaller particles of oil that cover wider surfaces and remain longer in the atmosphere. 


Nebulizers have a long reputation for being noisy. They produce a low hum that tends to sound louder at higher output levels. (Often it is not actually louder, but the pump is working faster and that increased frequency sounds louder). So, If you are using it at night it might stop you from sleeping.

Mist diffusers

A mist oil diffuser plugs into the wall with a standard electrical outlet, which triggers a ceramic disc inside to vibrate. This vibration breaks down the essential oils into teeny-tiny particles, which are then blended with water and dispersed into the air as aromatic mist.


The tiny particles that emerge from the diffuser allow you to create a Zen atmosphere in your space. In terms of noise, these diffusers are quite discreet with their little lapping that can recall the sound of a stream. The diffusion surface varies greatly between the different models but the majority can cover between 30 and 40 m 2 .


 Mist diffusers are similar to nebulizer diffusers. However, the diffusion is less effective because the essential oils are mixed with water. As such, the “olfactory” duration will last less. 

Gentle heat diffusers

The diffusion technique of these diffusers simply consists of heating the essential oils at a low temperature (never more than 40°C) and allowing the essential oils to diffuse naturally. Aluminate Life has essential oil diffusers like the Sleep Reed Diffuser. Each reed diffuser is made with premium essential and natural fragrance oils in a coconut base.


Gentle heat diffusers do not use advanced technology or engineering, so their cost is generally low. The diffusers are also quite discrete because they do not make noise, the diffusion is almost inaudible.


Due to the simple technology that they use, gentle heat diffusers are only ideal for use in a small space (bedroom, bathroom, entrance, etc.). If you want to diffuse oil to a bigger space, you need to choose something else or use multiple gentle heat diffusers.

Ventilation oil diffusers

Just like essential oil diffusers by gentle heat, ventilation oil diffusers use a simple mode of operation: A fan blows air through a cellulose pellet that contains drops of essential oils, which causes the oils to evaporate into the air. 


They are very easy to use, you just have to put drops on support. The diffusion is pure since the essential oils are not mixed with water. They are also generally inexpensive and durable.


Ventilation diffusers are not ideal for large rooms. Diffusers are generally unattractive and made of plastic.

In a nutshell

You will come across several diffuser sticks when shopping. All you have to do is define your needs first and then weigh the pros and cons:

  • What are you going to use it for?
  • What price are you willing to pay?
  • Where do you want to use it?



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