DIY: Essential Oil Reed Diffuser

   What do you get when you combine beautiful art with the wonderful aroma of pure essential oils? One of our favorite decorative pieces! Reed diffusers are quick and easy to make. They are sold most places but generally come pre-filled with synthetic fragrance oils. So naturally, we came up with a purer alternative. Reed diffusers are fun to put together because there are so many ways to decorate the jar, and also a plethora of oils you can use to enhance the atmosphere in a room. So get your creative caps on, gather your materials and let’s get started!


Decorative Jar or Vase

2 oz. Sweet Almond

15-25 drops EOs

1 tsp. Alcohol

8-10 Rattan Reeds, like these


  1. Stir together Sweet Almond oil, alcohol and 15-25 drops of your favorite EOs, depending on your desired strength of aroma.
  2. Pour mixture into your decorative jar. Or, decorate a plain jar to make it your own!
  3. Dip the rattan reeds into the mixture, and flip them over to saturate both sides. These reeds are porous, allowing the oil to be carried upward.


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Though it generally takes months for an oil to completely oxidize, this recipe has a recommended one week shelf life, since oxidation begins once essential oils interact with oxygen. If the aroma begins to dissipate within a week, more essential oil may be added to the diffuser oil. When refreshing this recipe, pour the diffuser oil out, dispose of the used reeds and rinse the jar. Add water and alcohol in the jar and let sit overnight. Rinse the bottle and refresh with a new mixture and reeds.


These comments were contributed by customers without influence from Edens Garden. The opinions expressed in these comments are 100% the authors' own and do not reflect the views or opinions of Edens Garden.

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Jean! Sorry to hear that. You could use another odorless carrier oil like Sunflower or Camellia Seed. If the aroma is not as strong, you could add more essential oil. It’s difficult to say why the oil was cloudy, but our guess is that there may have been particles in the carrier oil.

  • jean julian says...

    would a different carrier oil work better than the almond?

  • jean julian says...

    yes, this is the recipe i used.. although i added more drops of eo.. i used siberian fir, because i was making it for my sister for christmas, and it just barely smelled, and never did diffuse into the air. I used rattan reeds, but it just didn’t work. was very disappointed. and the oil looked almost cloudy.. not clear like you see in store bought diffusers.

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