Perhaps you’re not into diffusers but love essential oils, and are looking for an alternative. When you don’t want a diffuser in the house but want to get a whiff of your favorite essential oil scent, you can create your homemade air fresheners. They’re cheaper and safer than the commercial diffusers, and you can customize your fragrance blends with essential oils. 


A reed diffuser is a great place to use economical essential oils that have a strong scent. You’ll want an aroma that can fill the room without having to cut back on the amount of drops you use. Here are some essential oils with the best smelling aromas: lemon, lavender, sweet orange, clove, juniper, or peppermint. Jasmine and rose are also good options, and if you want your diffuser to have a stronger scent, add essential oil. 


Aroma Ideas For Your Diffuser: 


  • Wake-Me-Up Scent: 15 drops each of sweet orange and peppermint
  • Sweet floral Scent: 25 drops of jasmine 
  • Just Breathe Scent: 15 drops of juniper and 10 drops pine or rosemary
  • Get Cozy Scent: 10 drops each of Clove, Cinnamon and Vanilla
  • Clean Combo Scent: 10 drops each of lemon, sweet orange, and grapefruit
  • Stress Reliever Scent: 20 drops of lavender, and five drops of patchouli. 


DIY Bedside Reed Diffuser


Your nightstand can make for an excellent spot for your reed diffuser. You can fill it up with a scent to calm your worries from the day and promote sweet dreams. 


You can try this simple, yet elegant reed diffuser, which draws up the fragrance from diluted essential oils and gently releases them into the air. It also comes together in a matter of minutes, and you can customize your blend to suit the room’s purpose. This particular blend is excellent for the bedroom, but before we get started, here are some pointers before getting started: 


  • You can buy diffuser reeds or cut off the sharp ends of bamboo skewers. 
  • You can also forage up a rustic array of tiny twigs. 
  • You can look up thrift stores for glass bottles to repurpose. Bottles with a narrow neck tend to work best. Just make sure they’re clean and completely dry before using.




  • 5-8 reeds, twigs or bamboo skewers
  • 3-ounce or larger glass bottle
  • 1/4 cup carrier oil, such as grapeseed
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 15 drops of vanilla in jojoba oil




  1. Measure and pour the carrier oil into a glass bottle.
  2. Add essential oils to the carrier oil and swirl the bottle to combine.
  3. Insert the reeds and let them sit in the oil for 1-2 hours, then take them out and turn them over to expose the oil-soaked ends.
  4. Flip the reeds every couple of days and add more essential oils as the scent fades.
  5. Now you’re done! You can now enjoy your very own reed diffuser in the bedroom or wherever you plan to use it in your home.