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How to make a reed diffuser

Posted by Sheila on 4th Dec 2020

How to make a reed diffuser

Looking for a flame and heat-free fragrance option for your home? Want to expand and add value to your candle line? Try reed diffusers.

Reed diffusers are very easy to make—and they offer great profit margins! They provide a subtle but continuous scent to a room without the use of flame or heat, making them great for people with small children or mischievous pets. Easily customizable to fit in with any decor or existing product line, reed diffusers are an elegant, low maintenance home fragrance option.

How do reed diffusers work?
Reed diffusers are a simple mixture of a base solution and fragrance oil poured into a glass bottle.

Typically, reeds are placed into the mixture to draw the solution up. The solution then evaporates into the air leaving the aroma molecules behind for you to smell.

That's it!

The more reeds you add to the mixture, the stronger the scent. If the reed diffuser will be fragrancing a very large room, or you enjoy a strong scent, begin with 1-2 more reeds than usual.

Keep in mind that a diffuser with lots of reeds will not last as long as a diffuser with fewer reeds.

What is reed diffuser base?

Our base is a new and exciting solvent made from a renewable source. With excellent solubilising power, low evaporation rate and low odor, Augeo is by far the best reed diffuser base oil we have found and is the base we use to make diffusers for our luxury brand owners. Unlike DPM and other diffuser bases, Augeo evaporates fully and does not have the metallic odour associated with other base materials. We are very excited to be using this new and exciting product and are delighted to offer it to our customers.

Augeo works extremely well with synthetic reeds in Diffusers.

What are reed diffuser sticks made from?

Our Fibre reeds are compatible with both Alcohol based,water based and oil based fragrance diffuser products.

Fragrance is diffused along the entire length of the wick. Fibre Reeds are also engineered not to clog and do not require to be flipped. The reed has a porous structure that provides a controlled rate of fragrance release. Making the perfect reed diffuser can be difficult, with the reeds clogging up or the base not evaporating properly. Using Fibre Reeds with Augeo diffuser base to create a luxury reed diffuser that works perfect every time. You can use as many or few as you like; the more reeds you add, the more scent you will have, but the mixture will not last as long.

Which fragrances can I use in reed diffusers?

Fragrance is the fun part! Most of our fragrances work with the diffuser base. We have tested them all and provide a recommended maximum for compatible fragrances on the product page or state that it is not compatible.

So what does compatible mean? Some fragrances tend to not stay in solution with the base and will separate over time or under certain conditions like intense heat or cold. This is most common with cinnamon and vanilla fragrances, but there is no easy way to know without testing first. That’s why we test all our fragrances for diffuser base compatibility for you!

How much fragrance do I use in my reed diffusers?

For Craftastik fragrances, we recommend a usage percentage of 25%, but check the recommended usage levels on the product page for the scent you choose.

When it comes to reed diffusers, more fragrance doesn't always mean a stronger scent. Using more than the recommended 25% will likely cause separation and may clog the reeds. If you find that you're not quite getting the scent throw you'd like at the maximum usage level, try adding a few more reeds.

Another great thing about reed diffusers is their longevity. A typical mixture with 6-8 reeds will last for around 2-3 months in an average-sized room. This will vary based on the size of the bottle and the number of reeds used.


Directions:
Step 1: Create a Diffuser Solution

Place a small measuring container on the scale and tare the weight. Weigh out 75ml of Reed Diffuser Base and place it to the side.

Using a second container, weigh out 25ml of fragrance oil. Then pour the fragrance into the container with the 75ml of reed diffuser base and gently stir.

Step 2: Add Diffuser Solution

Carefully pour your diffuser solution into your diffuser bottle.

Step 3: Add Cap

Screw on your chosen cap if using straight away. If you're selling to customers, place your bung back into your bottle before placing the cap on.

Step 4: Add Reeds

Place 6-8 reeds into the container allowing air to flow between them. Place your finished reed diffuser in the desired area. Replace with new reeds and solution every 2-3 months. 

Don’t forget the finishing touch: your labels! A customized label is a great way to elevate the look of all your handmade items and crafts, and is essential if you plan on selling. Warning labels are also essential—while there is no industry standard for reed diffuser warning labels, it doesn’t mean you should neglect using them. A basic warning label for reed diffusers should include:

Keep out of reach of pets and small children

Do not ingest the liquid

Avoid placing in areas where the bottle can be knocked over

May damage wood and porous surfaces if spilled

Get started creating your own brand and warnings labels!

Share photos of how you package and label your reed diffusers by tagging us @craftastik_fragrance_oils