Essential oils can be diffused in many places and for various reasons. Smart diffusions can make a world of a difference for your health and mood. But how do you diffuse your favorite scents smartly to enjoy the full benefits of the oils? The answer is with glass essential oil diffusers.
In this article, you’ll get to read about:
- The answers to some of the most common questions about glass diffusers. What they are, how they work, how to use them and how to clean them, are just a preview of the FAQ section.
- In depth reviews of some of the best glass aroma diffusers. You’ll find the pros and cons of each chosen glass oil diffuser so you know exactly what you’re paying for.
- Some essential oil diffuser recipes. They’re meant to help you get started with your new glass Aromatherapy diffuser.
FAQ about Essential Oil Glass Diffusers (Nebulizers)
Few people know exactly what nebulizers are. Because this article is about them, I’ve put up this section of questions and answers. I’ll address everything related to a glass diffuser that comes to mind. Feel free to use the comments section to ask me new questions you can think of.
a) What exactly are glass essential oil diffusers?
Glass essential oil diffusers are totally made of glass. They have a glass container where you put the essential oils in. In a glass diffuser, there’s no need for water or other extra substances. These nebulizers don’t use heat either.
Cold vapors are the best at preserving the oil molecules and their benefits intact. That is also why today, glass Aromatherapy diffusers are the most advanced technology.
There are also diffusers that have plastic chambers and glass cases. But that is more the case with ultrasonic diffusers. The nebulizer term comes from medicine, but they are also known as atomizers or vaporizers.
b) How do glass diffusers work?
The glass reservoir of the nebulizer is connected to a compressor or pump. This pump causes the air to flow through the essential oil. That turns the oil into a beneficial mist (aerosol) of micro-molecules. They are then released through a glass lid.
This mist is loaded with active micro-droplets of essential oils that are very easy to inhale. A glass diffuser can be used for very large rooms as it has more power to disperse the oils effectively.
The manufacturer of an aroma glass oil diffuser should specify the way it needs to be used. But in general, you simply pour a small quantity of essential oils into the glass recipient.
For a smart diffusion, you should only keep the nebulizer on for 30 minutes at most. Turn it on again every 2 hours.
Why do I say smart diffusion? Because after 60 minutes of oil diffusion, the air becomes saturated. Your body will start reacting to this negatively. So, instead of being relaxed, joyous, etc. you’ll end up more agitated, stressed and your heart will beat faster.
This has been proven by many studies, where 10 – 20 minutes of inhalations were enough to reduce blood pressure and anxiety.
So no, it is neither wise, nor a good idea to keep your diffuser on continuously. Regardless of the type or brand it is. The diffusion should also be done in a room with good ventilation. Fresh air needs to be left to circulate and prevent air saturation. Air saturation may also lead to nausea or headaches.
You should also never use thick essential oils in glass diffusers. This includes blends with carrier oils too. Carrier oils are too thick and can clog the device. Plus, they are not volatile (don’t evaporate) and don’t have fragrances.
c) Why are glass diffusers expensive?
Glass oil diffusers are more expensive than your average diffuser for several reasons:
- The materials needed are not cheap. Glass diffusers need good quality glass and wood to make resistant devices.
- Glass essential oil diffusers don’t use heat. Because of that, the oil molecules and their properties are preserved intact, which no other diffuser does. Glass diffusers make Aromatherapy an efficient complementary therapy.
- They don’t use water either, which means there is no risk of diminishing the effects of an oil. Oil molecules may stay suspended in the air and evaporate by the time they should get within your nose’s reach. Glass diffusers don’t change the level of humidity in the air.
- Their aspect is very nice and elegant, which makes them good gift choices. These refined diffusers are also great décor pieces.
- They can cover areas of up to 1076 sq. feet (100 sq. meters).
All these things make nebulizers superior even to ultrasonic diffusers. Therefore, a glass diffuser for essential oils will always cost more. Its benefits and advantages though, are well worth the investment. They are the best for therapeutic purposes.
d) How do you maintain and clean a glass diffuser for essential oils?
If handled and cleaned regularly, your glass oil diffuser should last a very long time. Their cleaning should be done as often as you use them.
Turning the diffuser on twice a day for instance, would not require cleansing. Yet, if you’re going to use it every other day or rarer, it should be cleansed before adding the oils.
The cleansing of a glass oil diffuser can be done in several ways:
- If the glass recipient is not too dirty, you can pour 1 ml of pure alcohol in it and turn it on for 2 minutes. Do not use water in this process. I haven’t yet tested this method, but the French did and it worked. Alcohol should dissolve the oil leftovers and leave the glass recipient clean.
- Take the recipient out and wash it gently with a glass solution and lukewarm water.
- You could also leave some glass cleansing solution in the recipient overnight and rinse the next day.
- Vinegar solutions may also work.
Glass essential oil diffusers must be cleansed often to ensure proper oil diffusion.
e) What makes essential oils so good for diffusion?
Essential oils are concentrated herbal essences. They are extracted via steam distillation from various plant parts. These oils are composed of tens of active chemical constituents. Each one has its own specific characteristics and effects on the human body, skin and nervous system.
A nebulizer will break the already tiny molecules of the oils into micro-droplets. These droplets are easier to inhale, thus they make it into the body faster. This also results in them working faster.
The inhalation/diffusion of essential oils has a rate of absorption of about 70%. This means that 70% (which is a very good percentage) of the oil molecules will get into your system. They can’t enter the body 100% unless they’re injected, which is not an option.
The benefits and effects of an aromatic essence depend on the essence itself. But generally speaking, essential oils can:
- Protect and/or treat infections.
- Prevent viral infections such as colds, the flu, etc.
- Soothe inflammations.
- Kill bacteria and fungi.
- Stimulate and strengthen the immune system.
- Uplift and improve your mood.
- Help with concentration.
- Help with insomnia.
- Improve anxiety.
- And so much more.
f) Why is a glass recipient better than a plastic one for essential oils?
Pure essential oils are always kept in dark, glass bottles. The reason for that is that, in time, they can dissolve the plastic. They do not interact with the glass, which preserves them as they are. This way, there is no risk in them damaging the device.
Glass Essential Oil Diffusers (Reviews with Pros and Cons)
With all the questions and answers about nebulizers out of the way, it’s time to get to more pressing matters. Next, you’ll be reading about the pros and cons (and some personal thoughts) about some of the best glass aroma oil diffusers.
1) Raindrop 2.0 Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser for Aromatherapy
This is a very cute and chic glass essential oil diffuser. The Raindrop Nebulizer promises 100% guaranteed satisfaction.
- The manufacturer offers 1 year free parts & service warranty.
- The device is “ultra-durable and whisper-quiet”.
- It also has many beautiful LED colors to choose from that can be turned on/off.
- It has 2 operating cycles: 2 minutes on, 1 minute off or 2 continuous hours. After these 2 hours, it shuts off automatically.
- The glass recipient is hand-blown and the support is 100% plantation hardwood. The wood is painted with water based lacquer that doesn’t release harmful gasses.
- The measurements of this glass essential oil diffuser are 5 inches wide (13cm) and 9 inches tall (22 cm). The models however, vary.
- The Raindrop nebulizer works on 110-220v electric systems.
- The manufacturer recommends the cleansing of the glass reservoir once a week. For that, he recommends the use of isopropyl alcohol.
- They also promise “rock-solid after-sale customer support”.
- The diffuser may cover ranges of up to 800 sq. feet (70+ sq. meters).
- For two continuous hours of diffusion, you must use about 20 – 25 drops of essential oil. This means that, depending on how often you use it, you’ll go through oils very fast. However, for the recommended half hour diffusion, you should be good with 8 – 10 drops only.
- The fragrance released may be affected by the quantity of oil used.
- The device should not be kept on in a small, enclosed room, even if it’s well ventilated. It may be too powerful, though if you add only a small amount of oils, the smell will also be weaker.
- The glass is fragile and may break easily if not handled with care. Keep it some place high and out of easy reach.
Why I like it:
The design is very pretty and looks great wherever is kept. It can also be moved from room to room, though I would not recommend it too often. The Raindrop Nebulizing Glass Essential Oil Diffuser could make a great gift idea.
2) Aromis Wood and Glass Aromatherapy Diffuser
The new and updated Aromis glass oil diffuser has all the functions you’d want from a diffuser like this.
- This device is made of a round wood base and a hand-blown glass oil recipient.
- The intensity of the fragrance of oils can be adjusted.
- It can fill both a small space as well as larger areas.
- The timer works “10 on/10 off” and it automatically shuts off after 4 continuous hours. It has 6 ten-minute cycles and it stops on its own after 60 minutes.
- It has a long life expectancy and it’s easy to maintain.
- The Aromis glass diffuser looks very beautiful, which makes it an impressive gift.
- The product’s dimensions are 11 x 3.5 x 7 inches (28 x 9 x 18 cm).
- It can be cleaned easily, with pure alcohol.
- The seller promises a 1 year full parts, replacement and labor warranty.
- You can find all the replaceable parts on the website of the seller.
- Whenever switching from a fragrance to another, you need to clean the glass reservoir. It can be time consuming, especially of you want the fragrance to be pure. Otherwise, a bit of blending with a different fragrance is usually a good idea/recipe.
- The glass needs to be handled with care all the time.
- Thick essential oils can clog the device, so avoid their use or dilute with other more fluid oils.
- The sound of the motor may be bothering to some. It is not very loud though.
Why I like it:
This device is among the best glass essential oil diffusers. Aromis has a good price considering the features, benefits and materials used. If you’ve not used a glass Aromatherapy diffuser before, this could be a very good first choice.
3) Nebulizing Diffuser for Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
This simple, yet good looking nebulizer can make a good décor piece. It can also diffuse your favorite oils in a large enough space.
- This device does not come with lights. Now, for some this may be a con, but generally speaking no light is good.
- It has a solid, round wooden base (birch) and a spiral shaped glass reservoir.
- This glass Aroma diffuser allows you to adjust the intensity of the fragrance and mist. This makes the device perfect for smaller spaces as well as larger areas (of up to 800 sq. feet /74 sq. meters).
- The timer works for 2 hours, on a “5 minutes on/2 minutes off” cycle, after which it automatically shuts off.
- The customer service is said to give speedy responses.
- This is one of the refined and elegant glass essential oil diffusers.
- It can be placed anywhere in the house or office (kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, etc.)
- This product measures 6.75 x 4.5 inches/17 x 11 cm (height x width).
- The plug is UL certified and approved (100v or 240v).
- It is also quiet and its warranty is 1 year.
- Besides the component pieces of the diffuser, the box includes an instruction manual too.
- The diffuser needs large amounts of essential oil to cover wide areas.
- Some people complain about the noise of the motor. If used in a large space however, whatever sound it makes, should be well muffled.
- It needs regular cleaning and careful handling.
Why I like it:
It’s easy to like this aroma diffuser. It looks classy enough to be a centerpiece or gifted away on Christmas. The aromas it diffuses are pure and strong, but they can also be adjusted. On top of it all, this product has a good price for what it offers.
4) Fresh Aromas Nebulizing Aromatherapy Glass Diffuser
This glass essential oil diffuser is among the best choices for those who’ve never used nebulizers before. It looks very nice and it makes you want to use it daily.
- The product is 100% natural in that it’s made of a real wooden base and hand-blown glass recipient.
- The diffuser is nicely equipped with a glass knob that allows you to control the intensity of fragrance.
- Its working cycle is 10 minutes on, 30 minutes off.
- The device automatically turns off after 3 cycles. One cycle means 30 minutes on and 60 off.
- This product’s dimensions are 4.5 x 4.5 x 8 inches (11 x 11 x 20 cm).
- This glass diffuser can diffuse well with as little as 10 drops of essential oil.
- The Fresh Aromas diffuser is not exactly silent but on the lower settings, can be very quiet.
- Being a glass oil diffuser, it needs regular cleaning.
- Thick essential oils may clog the device, just like with the other nebulizers.
- Do not use carrier oil (blends) into the diffuser. There’s no benefit in the first place, and secondly, it will clog it and shorten its life.
Why I like it:
The Fresh Aromas Nebulizer is a highly decorative piece. In my opinion, it is also the best in terms of diffusion cycles. It means you can leave it on the whole program without worrying about air saturation. That is ideal to enjoy the full benefits of essential oils without the side effects of continuous diffusions.
These were some of the best glass essential oil diffusers that could make great choices. Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced aromatherapy fan, I’m sure there’s at least one you’d like.
Essential Oil Glass Diffuser Recipes
Before concluding this reviewing article, I’d like to help you out with some diffuser blends. Take your pick and let the oils work their magic on you whenever you feel like it.
Pick Me Up! Essential Oil Diffuser Recipe
- Grapefruit essential oil: 20 drops
- Rose Geranium essential oil: 10 drops
- Ylang-Ylang essential oil: 20 drops
Keep this blend in a dark glass bottle and pour 10 – 25 drops per diffusion cycle.
Anti-Anxiety Diffuser Blend
- Rose essential oil: 25 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 25 drops
Better Focus and Improved Memory Diffuser Blend
- Rosemary (ct. cineole) essential oil: 20 drops
- Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
- Orange essential oil: 20 drops
Insomnia Diffuser Recipe
- Frankincense essential oil: 10 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 20 drops
- Chamomile essential oil: 20 drops
Anti-Nausea and Headaches Diffuser Blend
- Cardamom essential oil: 25 drops
- Ginger essential oil: 25 drops
Besides glass aroma diffusers, there are also other easier to use (or make) diffusers. Find out more about the various affordable oil diffusers and how to use them. Or, if you’re interested in inhaling your favorite scents all day long, check out some of the best jewelry diffusers.
Aromatherapy is a great complementary therapy. It has many proven benefits on the human psyche and body. And diffusers provide the best means of enjoying all these benefits.
Glass essential oil diffusers are the best when it comes to preserving the oil benefits intact. They might seem expensive, but they’re a good investment. If cared for properly, one such device could last years and years. I’m also confident that your health and mood will also be improved this way.
Have you ever used one of these glass aroma diffusers? What’s your input or advice on their use?