Interior design no longer stops at paint selection or choice of soft furnishings: fragrance is now considered one of the most important aspects of the home. The properties of smell have been recognised for thousands of years, rooted in aromatherapy and still commonly used today as a complementary therapy.
Olfactory receptors, which detect smells in our surroundings, are directly linked to the brain and appear to trigger emotions within us at the deepest level. Aromas have the ability to transport us back to cherished moments in time, like holidays and childhood memories. Pleasant smells can lift our mood and aid relaxation, important for a sense of well-being.
Home fragrance can be used to produce the desired ambience in every room. Warm vanilla and floral fragrances create a welcoming living room, while lavender is traditionally associated with calming properties, ideal for the bedroom.
Then there are the citrus and herbal family of smells, great for alertness, but also for overcoming household odours from the kitchen, bathroom and our beloved pets. In this article, we review the 5 best reed diffusers, which provide the perfect solution to your home fragrance needs.
Why Use Reed Diffusers Over Other Home Fragrances?
Reed diffusers are a modern and effective way to fragrance the home: rattan reeds are inserted into an attractive bottle of scented diffuser oil; tiny channels that run through the reeds draw the liquid upwards; once the oil reaches the top of the rattan, it evaporates and mixes with the air, spreading fragrance around the room.
As capillary action and diffusion are natural processes, no heat or electricity are required, making reed diffusers safe, economical and environmentally friendly. Reed diffusers produce a continual fragrance, the intensity of which can be customised by simply changing the number of reed diffuser sticks.
With no messy wax or soot and no need for a plug, reed diffusers are a clean and flexible alternative to scented candles and plug-ins. Reed diffuser oil refills are available, but remember that new reeds will also be required if changing fragrance.
Our 5 Best Reed Diffusers Reviewed
5. Air Wick Base Range Reed Diffuser
- Elegant vase-shaped bottle with decorative beads
- Continual fragrance for up to 4 weeks
- Available with Life Scents™ for a constantly changing fragrance
With such a range of aromas available, it is difficult to believe that this is the budget range of Air Wick Reed Diffusers. Unique in its vase-shaped design, this attractive glass bottle allows the natural rattan stems to fan out beautifully; neutral beads in the diffuser oil add to the aesthetics. There are seven fragrances to choose from, three of which are from the exclusive Life Scents™ range.
Air Wick’s Life Scents™ range has been designed to be true-to-life. Rather than one overriding aroma, these oils produce a multi-layered sensation, reflecting the real world in which the smells that we experience change from one moment to the next.
Each of the Life Scents™ comprises three interchanging fragrances: Summer Delights is full of white florals, melon and vanilla; Sweet Lavender Days combines this calming herb with sugar and bright red currants; and the fresh fragrance of Linen in the Air exudes aromas of clean laundry drying in the breeze and crisp apples.
However, if you are seeking a specific scent for a room, the Air Wick Base Range also comes in single aromas: White Vanilla Bean, Pink Sweet Pea, Crisp Linen & Lilac and the fruity Purple Blackberry & Fig.
4. Molton Brown Aroma Reeds
- Continuous fragrance for up to 4 months
- Sophisticated fragrances, expertly blended using exotic ingredients
- Branded Molton Brown bottle with stylish brown diffuser reeds
Known for their aspirational bath, body and beauty products, Molton Brown has long been the choice of five-star hotels. Using this experience, Molton Brown has developed a range of luxury reed diffusers. Made in London since 1973, the company pride themselves on bringing exotic ingredients from around the world to their blends, while still adding a touch of ‘London eccentricity’.
More of a considered purchase, it is worth bearing in mind that the Molton Brown Aroma Reeds come in a generous 150ml size and can last for up to 4 months. The branded bottle has a very designer feel, with a silver-look neck and is accessorised with distinctive brown reed diffuser sticks.
Complex fragrances cite top, heart and base notes – the top note is the first to evaporate and the initial aroma that you sense, while the heart and base notes follow on to provide body and depth.
Inspired by ingredients from Tahiti to Seville, the Aroma Reed Diffusers are available in seven fragrances. The fusion of floral and oriental (also referred to as floriental) in Gingerlily, with its delicate mix of cardamom, peach, ginger and orange; heart notes of tuberose, plum and jasmine; and base of cedarwood, clove and musk, is both alluring and escapist. Even spicier are the popular Pink Pepperpod and Black Peppercorn.
For a fresh, zingy fragrance choose the Orange & Bergamot. Delicate florals can be found in the Dewy Lily of the Valley & Star Anise. If comfort and relaxation are a priority, opt for Ylang Ylang or Cocoa & Sandalwood.
3. Air Wick Home Signature Reed Diffuser
- Up to 45 days of continual fragrance
- Perfume-styled bottle with contemporary black and white rattan reeds
- Generous 100ml diffuser oil included
Part of the premium range from Air Wick, the Home Signature Reed Diffusers come with an elegant rectangular container, reminiscent of a perfume bottle. The stylish black and white reed diffuser sticks, of natural rattan, also add a more designer feel to the diffuser. With 100ml of fragrance oil, these diffusers are capable of delivering up to 6 weeks of continuous home fragrance.
Home Signature Reed Diffusers are available in four distinctive fragrances, covering florals, fruits and spices. Romantic and sultry, the Water Iris & Night Orchid balances fresh and floral, while Vanilla Bean & White Truffle is perfect for a living room with its softness and warmth. Air Wick also deliver a fresh, outdoors scent with Lucious Fruit & Exotic Wood and the aroma of mulled spices in Cinnamon Chai & Smooth Cream.
2. Yankee Candle Signature Reed Diffusers
- Enjoy the distinctive Yankee fragrances, without the candle
- Continual fragrance for up to 8 weeks
- Beautifully decorated glass designs to complement any interior
- Yankee reed diffuser oil refills available
Sitting just below the Decor and Classic ranges, Yankee Candle Signature Reed Diffusers are presented as a beautiful thick cut glass bottle, tastefully hand-decorated to reflect the fragrance within. The natural reeds draw up the skillfully blended aromas, for which Yankee is famous. However, these reed diffusers allow fragrances to be enjoyed all the time, not just when it is safe and convenient to light a candle.
Sophisticated fragrances from the Signature range are described in terms of their top, middle and base notes, a clue in itself as to the quality of the oil blends.
Fantasy fragrances, like the exotic island escape of Pink Sands and Sparkling Snow, sit alongside the realistic florals of Fresh Cut Roses and Garden Sweet Pea, Black Cherry, with its cherry and almond top notes, followed by a hit of cinnamon and sweet cherry base note, are reminiscent of biting into a scrumptious bakewell tart.
For a fresh and cosy ambience, Clean Cotton and Fluffy Towels are perfect, but for relaxation and warmth, choose one of the vanilla or lavender fragrances.
Yankee actively encourage their customers to mix and match scents to achieve a truly personalised fragrance experience. This is even easier with diffusers, as reed diffuser oil refills are available and can be blended in the bottle.
1. Air Wick Flower Reed Diffuser
- Handmade fabric flower changes colour as it absorbs the diffuser oil
- Fragrance lasts for up to 45 days
- Elegant scent vessel resembles an ink bottle, ideal for smaller spaces
A stylish alternative to rattan stems, the Air Wick Flower Reed Diffuser uses a fabric flower to soak up and disperse the scent. Not only does the flower look attractive: as it absorbs the oil, the petals gradually change colour to reflect the fragrance released. The low profile of the bottle and lack of reeds also makes this practical for positioning on a shelf or in a cubbyhole, where height is restricted.
The Flower Reed Diffusers echo the four fragrances from the Air Wick Home Signature range: Water Iris & Night Orchid, Lucious Fruit & Exotic Wood, Vanilla Bean & White Truffle and Cinnamon Chai & Smooth Cream. Mirroring these aromas, the creamy white petals gently turn purple, red, yellow and orange, respectively, combining home fragrance and decor.