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Self-care varies from person to person and takes on many forms. It can involve anything from taking a bath, eating a nourishing meal, doing a sweat-dripping workout, to drinking a glass of wine (hey, it contains antioxidants).
For me, scent plays a major role in my self-care routine. Next to my bed is a lavender, bergamot, chamomile, and CBD oil roll-on by Sagely, Le Labo’s Santal 26 candle, and a lavender room spray my fiancé bought for me. Recently, I’ve also added Vitruvi’s ultrasonic oil diffuser to my relaxation routine. I set it to a 7-hour, 30-second interval and breathe in the benefits of bergamot, including reducing stress and anxiety. It also has antidepressant and stimulating qualities, like increasing energy and improving the circulation of your blood flow. When the diffuser is on, I catch myself taking deep breaths to inhale the soothing scent.
“Aromatherapy diffusers have the ability to interact with the brain and many systems of the body to impact mood and overall health,” says Barbara Close, Naturopathica founder and aromatherapist. “Diffusing lavender on your bedside table can help lull you to sleep, while diffusing citrus oils work as a [mood-booster], especially during the winter months when the days are short.” Close adds that essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint can also combat a stubborn cold, and can even serve as a disinfectant aid in your house by adding a few drops of tea tree oil.
To help you reap the benefits of essential oils, here’s an extensive list of the best oil diffusers out there, both nebulizing (not using water) and ultrasonic (using water).
Best Overall: Vitruvi Stone Diffuser
Beautifully crafted in a matte ceramic finish, the stone diffuser comes in a handful of colors including black, white, grey, light brown, and a pretty pink that is only available at Sephora. Because they’re all dreamy, choosing which color will be a difficult decision. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Best Smart Technology: Aera Smart Diffuser
Bring hygge into your life with Aera. You can control the smart diffuser over WiFi using their app or an Amazon Alexa, or you can opt for a touch diffuser. Unlike the other oil diffusers, Aera uses its scent capsulation technology instead of drops of essential oils. Smart features include monitoring the fragrance life and scheduling diffusion time. Both devices allow you to control the intensity. “Alexa, will you order me one? Thanks.”
Best for Travel: Campo Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser
This ultrasonic diffuser comes in a natural wood finish, white ceramic, and black ceramic. Bonus: You can accessorize it with a limited-edition leather artisan cuff. There’s also a travel diffuser with USB capability so that you can use it in on the go, like in your car or at a hotel. We need this.
Best Splurge: Le Labo Santal 26 Home Diffuser
Sure, the price of this diffuser is steep, but can you put a price on a luxury olfactory experience? Crafted on maple wood, this diffuser features a light bulb, a nebulizer that transforms Santal 26 fragrance oil into a mist, and a knob that allows you to control the glow of the light and fragrance level. Your home will smell like notes of amber, coco, vanilla, cedar, and musk.