I am often asked by my Healthier Oil the Thyme team about diffusers: Which is the best? Are there others to try besides the Young Living brand? Can you trust other brands?
So I’ve been on the hunt for other diffusers to try them and see how they work. I’ve tried two others from Amazon, and I haven’t been totally impressed, as least not compared to the Home Diffuser from Young Living. Still, I have been on the hunt for a more affordable essential oil diffuser to recommend.
I was recently able to try out the Loris diffuser (sold on Amazon for $36.99), and I’m excited to share information about it with you. I did a Periscope broadcast of the diffuser, and I have the video saved on YouTube:
In case you don’t want to watch the video, here are the highlights:
- Holds 120 mL of water.
- Has graduated lines on the inside cylinder to keep track of how full it is.
- Comes with a cup to refill it (watch as the cup measures to 150 mL, although you should only fill the diffuser to 120 mL).
- Small in size, but attractive-looking (about 6″ tall and a modified cone shape).
- Has a color-changing nightlight, and you can let it cycle through all the colors (press the button once), flip through the colors and select your choice (keep pressing the “light” button), or turn the light off completely (press and hold).
- Two mist settings: intermittent (green) or always on (red).
- When you plug in the diffuser, you still have to press the button to turn on the machine and pick your settings.
- Rubber feet to grip the tabletop surface.
- Dots to line up and lock the cover onto the base.
To use the diffuser, it couldn’t be easier:
- Remove the cover.
- Connect to an AC adapter. Tuck the cord underneath (fits nicely).
- Use the provided measuring cup to add water (I’m assuming tap water is fine as it mentions “from the water pipe” in the directions). Do not fill past the fill line (120 mL).
- Drop 2-3 drops of essential oil per 100 mL of water (I used 4-5 drops of Peace & Calming).
- Put the cover back on and line up the dots.
- Turn on the mist and choose your setting: intermittent (green) or always on (red). The intermittent setting means that it’s on for 30 seconds and off for 30 seconds. This is typically my favorite setting.
- Turn on the light (or don’t) and choose your setting: cycle through all the colors (press the button once), flip through the colors and select your choice (keep pressing the “light” button), or turn the light off completely (press and hold).
- Leave and enjoy.
Some other things I found:
- I wanted to test how long the diffuser ran. I kept it on the continuous setting, and it was still running 6 hours later, although the water lever was low and it wasn’t putting out as much mist. It is supposed to run for 8 hours, and I think it would get pretty close to that.
- After 6 hours, It also wasn’t as strong as before. This could have been because I was used to the smell, but it also could have been weaker as there was less water. This is very normal for all diffusers, including the Young Living ones. If you put your nose right up to the output, you could still smell the Peace & Calming (ahhhh!).
- When it was completely out of water, if you pressed MIST, it will cause the unit to beep 3 times to remind you to add water. It also will beep as you are changing settings.
- Per the instructions, after 5-6 times of usage or 2-3 days, you must clean the unit. There are directions that come with the diffuser.
- It does have a fan sound, but it is much quieter than the Young Living Home Diffuser.
- I am not sure that it will cover a large area and have a very strong smell. One thing to consider, however, is that you don’t necessarily have to strongly smell something for it to work. Remember how strong, concentrated, and powerful Young Living oils are! On the Amazon question/answer page, one user said that it worked for their 300 sq foot room.
- Along with the purchase, you can receive a free e-Book with EO recipes. I didn’t receive an email with it, but you can look in your Amazon Message Center for it.
- This diffuser doesn’t utilize heat at all, which is exactly how you want your EO diffusers to work!
- The biggest issue that I had with the diffuser is that I had a hard time taking off the cover because it was so smooth and there wasn’t a good grip for my hands. But if that’s the worst it gets, then I would say that is great!
Overall, I really, really like this diffuser! I can definitely recommend it as an inexpensive alternative. It’s not perfect, but it definitely beats a $25 diffuser I tried a year ago!
Disclaimer: I received the following product in exchange for my honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my post, but all opinions are 100% my own.