I am liking the homemade reed diffuser more than the ones that are pre-mixed. Don’t get me wrong, the pre-mixed is convenient and offers a wide range of scents to suit your needs, however, it does contain more alcohol and chemicals even, and can come off a tad too strong at times.
I love the green tea reed diffuser that I bought on Qoo10, but I am placing it in the bathroom instead. The scent is a little overwhelming in my work room and gives me headache.
Homemade reed diffuser has its drawbacks. I don’t have the high-proof vodka, and I doubt we have that in Singapore. The highest we have is 40% alcohol / 80 proof vodka by the popular brand ‘Absolut’; one of the highest proof vodka is by the brand ‘Devil’s Springs’ which is 80% alcohol / 160 proof vodka. I imagine that will work better to dissolve the essential oil with the base oil when making reed diffuser.
The 40% alcohol vodka works too, but I’ll have to shake and ‘stir’ the mixture, turn the reed sticks more frequently, and replace the reed sticks every two to three weeks in order to have the diffuser works better.
Also, I would recommend Organic Jojoba Oil as the base oil. The safflower oil that I used in the tutorial works great, but jojoba oil has a very long shelf life, and doesn’t turn rancid overtime; the safflower oil and other vegetable oils do become rancid after a week or two, it’s especially detectable with milder scent of essential oil that can’t mask the rancidity.
- 100% Pure Organic Moisturizing Oil
- USDA Organic
- For Skin, Hair, & Body
- Expeller-Pressed and Hexane-Free
- Certified Organic by QAI
Condition: In need of healthier hair, softer skin, or an oil for general bath care and massage.
Solution: 100% Pure, Certified Organic Jojoba Oil is derived from the seed of the jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) shrub and is one of the most popular cosmetic oils available today. Its high stability, invigorating scent and cosmetic versatility make it ideal for skin and hair types, and it is most commonly used to promote softer hair and skin. Jojoba Oil contains many nutritional compounds, including long-chain essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols.
Clear bottle contains UV light protectant.
Besides using the Organic Jojoba Oil for the homemade reed diffuser, I am using it on my super sensitive skin too. Jojoba Oil is said to be closest to the skin sebum, therefore it is great to be used for oil control. I know, it’s crazy right, oil to control oil? Jojoba oil is actually a kind of wax that is liquid to ambient temperature. By using Jojoba oil for oil control is a way to trick your skin into thinking that your skin has enough sebum, therefore it doesn’t produce more oil that clogs the pores.
Most importantly (for me), it is said to be great in treating eczema. Well, I have a couple of skin problems now, so it’s really helpful to at least check one off the list.
Use on skin:
With moisturizer –
1. mix 1-2 drops with your favorite moisturizer (mine is the secret key snail cream for night; and secret key syn-ake cream for day) in your palm, spread on your face and massage for a bit. Cup your palms on your face to allow the product to better permeate the skin.
2. use 1-2 drops after your moisturizer
Use 1 drop of oil if you have small face or using with very rich moisturizer/cream. The jojoba oil is absorbed very quickly. In the case that I use it with the rich cream (snail cream), I blot the excess with a tissue paper, don’t rub, just press the tissue paper on your skin for 2 seconds, and remove it.
It’s amazing! Really. The skin feels very soft, and it really does control oil production. I have oily T-zone, and the jojoba oil really helps in delaying the face from greasing up!
I have not tried jojoba oil for hair, and I’d probably try to use very sparingly to tame flyaway hair after blowing dry. It is said to be great for dry scalp – massage the oil into hair scalp and go to sleep, wash off in the morning – but since I have oily scalp, I will skip that!
Unlike safflower oil, jojoba oil does has a light hint of smell (a little nutty, a little sweet), so I imagine that stronger scents work better.
My current favorite essential oils are Bergamot and Rosemary.
I bought my jojoba oil and essential oils here:
+ Pure Essential oils