How to Make a Gorgeous DIY Essential Oil Reed Diffuser with Essential Oil Blends suggestions

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How to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser with essential oils.  

Who doesn’t love those pretty reed diffuser sticks?They look great on a bathroom counter, in the living room or anywhere else you need a cute decoration.

I’ve always been a fan, but never liked the chemicals that store bought versions put out.  The heavy perfume always gives me a headache.

It is so easy to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser with essential oils that pure and natural, and are good for you!  

This easy DIY Reed diffuser is great to have at home, in the office, at school, or anywhere you want a fresh clean scent.   

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The Dangers of Store Bought Reed Diffusers

Most commercial, store bought reed diffusers are made using synthetic fragrance, which can be very toxic to your health.

“Many synthetic chemicals in fragrances are derived from petrochemicals (petroleum-based), and can be harmful to human health.Chemicals found in man-made fragrances include phthalates, which are endocrine disruptors, and benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and toluene, which are known carcinogens.Some fragrance compounds are neurotoxicants and others are linked with reproductive birth defects.In addition, some children and adults have allergic or hypersensitivity reactions to fragrance chemicals.Allergic and asthmatic children are at especially high risk.”-According to CEHN.ORG

According to the U.S.National Library of Medicine (, “A survey of selected scented consumer goods showed the products emitted more than 100 volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including some that are classified as toxic or hazardous by federal laws.

Even products advertised as “green,” “natural,” or “organic” emitted as many hazardous chemicals as standard ones.”

If that doesn’t scare you, it should.  Synthetic Fragrances are linked to a staggering number ofhealth risksand are found everywhere – in our cosmetics, cleaning products, personal care products,   Most people don’t’ stop to think about how many products we use on our body every day, and around our home that have harmful toxins in them.  

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Benefits of Making Your Own Reed Diffuser

When you use pure, Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oil like doTERRA for your reed diffuser, you are improving the air quality in your home.  

It is critical to note that I am referring to high quality true CPTG essential oils.  Not the inexpensive fragrance oils found in most drugstores, superstores, and home goods stores.  These all contain synthetic fragrance, which, as I noted above, is very harmful.

Instead of pumping out chemical filled toxins, the essential oil will do some amazing things for you:

  • help kill any airborne germs floating around
  • give you some amazing emotional and mood boosting benefits 
  • Will make your living room, bedroom, or bathroom smell fabulous (I’m a mom of 2 boys – can you imagine what their bathroom smells like!)

Supplies for Your Homemade Reed Diffuser

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A Reed Diffuser Vase

There are many choices when it comes to a vase for your reed diffuser.  You can find many pretty vases that are specifically made for reed diffuser and have a cap at the top with a whole for the reed sticks.

You could even choose to repurpose a vase you already have.   For example, grab a cute mason jar, and this makes a super cute, decorative, and inexpensive project.   The open top might make your ingredients evaporate a bit faster than a vase with a cap, but that’s a choice you’ll have to make.

Here’s some very pretty small glass bottle reed diffuser vases.  You can snag them on Amazon.

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I also love these reed bottles with the bamboo look. They come with the reed sticks that you’ll need which means you won’t have to buy those separately!

Reed Sticks

You can purchase reed diffuser sticks at most craft stores like Hobby Lobby, and our trusty friend Amazon carries them.

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I bought this pack of 100 for only $5.85.  That’s clearly going to last me a while.  Since I have so many, I might make some teacher’s gifts with them.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

The fractionated Coconut Oil will serve as your carrier oil.  The essential oils will bind to the fractionated coconut oil and keep everything combined nicely. Use any carrier oil you like.

This is one that I frequently purchase from Amazon.  I love that it is made right here in the U.S.A.

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Essential Oil Recipes to Use For Your DIY Reed Diffuser

You can add any essential oil you like, this is totally up to personal preference.  

I LOVE to use Lemongrass essential oil in my reed diffusers.  I always get compliments on the scent.

Lemongrass is known as the Oil of Cleansing, which makes it a perfect choice for your reed diffuser.

Here are a few essential oil recipe ideas for your DIY Reed diffuser.  These can be used to refill your diffuser when the oils start to run low.

There are several pre-made Blends from doTERRA that don’t need anything extra.  You’ll love these in your reed diffuser just as they are:

Directions to Make a DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oil

It’s super easy to make your own DIY Reed Diffuser and only takes a couple minutes to put it together.  

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  • Add your coconut oil to the vase
  • add essential oils to vase
  • add reed sticks to vase


It may take up to a day for the essential oil blend to make it’s way up the diffuser for you to smell.
Flip each reed every 2-3 days for a stronger aroma and maximize the essential oils by making it last longer.

Comment below and share this post if you love this recipe! 

And share a pic of your homemade reed diffuser (tag me on social media @desertnaturals).  I love to see your creations.

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7 thoughts on “DIY Reed Diffuser with Essential Oil”

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the wonderful information. I have been using essential oils for several years and DoTerra is my go to brand. I love your recipes. I love seeing the way others blend their own and trying them out myself.

    1. Hi Candee, You’ll need to add more oils whenever it evaporates and gets too low in the container or starts to lose the scent. You’ll know when it’s time. I’ve never had to change it. But I also live in a very dry desert environment with very low humidity so evaporation is a bigger factor for me than probably most people. Just refill with carrier oil and / or essential oil as needed. I usually add a few drops of essential oil maybe once a week or so. As far as changing the reeds, I don’t really change mine unless I change the scent for a different scent.

    1. Hi Sylvia, You’ll need to use a liquid oil. It’s possible to use another oil such as jojoba oil or grapeseed, just be sure not to use an oil that has a strong scent because the scent of that could overpower your essential oils. Organic Coconut Oil hardens in colder temperatures which makes it not ideal for this.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      You can start with around 15 – 20 drops and go from there. There isn’t a right or wrong amount. Some people like the scent to be stronger, and some people prefer it lighter so I recommend you start small and add more until you are happy with it.

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