When The House Smells Like Kids, Pets and Dirty Laundry, It's Time For An Essential Oil Diffuser

by Maria Tallarico
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Anjou Essential Oil Diffuser

The best aromatherapy diffusers are the ones that help you forget about the weird scents that seem to be attached to kids, pets, and food. Without one, the common “What’s that smell?” question in a house with small kids could mean anything. The answer could be anything from a banana discarded under the couch to a bathroom 9-1-1.

But there is a way to turn the question into a positive with an essential oil diffuser with an essential oil diffuser (and maybe an air purifier while you’re at it), an entirely customizable self-care accessory that caters to mood and room (think lavender for a quiet bedroom or lemon for a busy kitchen).

This comprehensive guide includes a chic option favored by Instagram influencers, a 5-star Amazon super scent star, a portable plug-in (perfect for travel and a not-so-fresh car) and a mid-century modern centerpiece.

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What Are The Benefits of Oil Diffusers?

Essential oil diffusers release specific scents into the air (such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, etc.) for a specific effect. Whether its purpose is stress-relief, to calm, or to revitalize, scents are known to be mood-boosting and can help with focus and even help you have a restful night’s sleep. They’re the best way to unwind after a long day (other than wine, of course). Essential oil diffusers are also a safe alternative to candles and, at minimum, anything smells better than toddler farts.

For some pets, like birds, essential oils are a no-go, so do check out this ASPCA guide for safety tips. If you’re all set and ready to up your self-care game, check out the best essential oil diffusers of 2021 below!

Best Essential Oil Diffusers

These are the fan-favorite oil diffusers (some with an actual cult following). You can’t go wrong.

Anjou Essential Oil Diffuser

Cue the relaxation: The Anjou Essential Oil Diffuser is exactly what you need to create a zen workspace/home space/sleep space, you name it! Get in the zone with 12 hours of consistent scent and aromatherapy. (Just FYI: The scents last 11-15 hours in low mode and 6-10 hours in high mode.) By only adding water, it can also double as an air humidifier by putting moisture into the air. Benefits of incorporating an essential oil diffuser into your home life include getting better sleep, sharpening focus, relaxing your mind, and relieving tiredness. Picture this: You attempting your morning yoga routine with a calming aroma to chase away any negative thoughts. “Better than MUJI essential oil diffuser in terms of price and quality,” says one Amazon customer. Keep reading—it gets better. “This essential oil diffuser is beyond my expectation. I was planning to purchase a MUJI essential oil diffuser and therefore read a lot of comments by people who bought it. However, I found that some of them complaining of the short working hours (~ 4 hrs for the medium-sized one), fragile, difficult to clean, and most importantly pricy. This diffuser, in comparison, can work for 12 hrs with moderate mist, and quite silent (as I am very sensitive to noise during sleep). What is more, I can choose the light color as I want and can also completely turn it off. Last but not least, the price is also affordable. Overall, I give this diffuse a five-star.”


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