What are essential oil diffusers good for? Glad you asked. Oil diffusers fill a space with a pleasant smell, provide eye-candy to a home or office (depending on the brand), and, in many cases, promote mental health. Yes, studies have shown that scents can change your mood for the better.
“Aroma therapists believe natural scents alter mood by reaching the portion of the brain that governs emotion,” reads a New York Times report. “The proper scent, they say, can calm the tense, stimulate the drowsy, even awaken sexual passions.”
Indeed, there are all kinds of therapies out there that help sustain one’s emotional well-being. Some involve years of psychological discussions with trained professionals, while others are much less time-consuming. Aromatherapy, in particular, is a practice that doesn’t require too much effort.
Many of us could use some help to circumvent the distress and anxiety we’re feeling. And though an essential oil diffuser will certainly not change the world, it might put you on the right path to a momentary state of equilibrium and help provide you with some much-needed self-care time. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best.
Beautiful design is at the core of Vitruvi, and this stone diffuser is a testament to that ethos. As pleasant as its sleek cylinder case is to look at, so, too, is its nontoxic pure oil to smell.
With its smooth, round wood case, InnoGear‘s diffuser imbues an all-natural vibe, making it perfect for a space that follows the same aesthetic. But it isn’t all appearances; the compact item offers a range of functions too. Along with being a diffuser, it is also a vaporizer and humidifier.
The Asakuki oil diffuser case is made of an eco-friendly, high-grade material, making it one of the safest on the market. It also features a large 500-milliliter tank with an auto-switch that prevents it from overheating in case it runs out of water.
If a state of Zen is what you’re after, look no further than this oil diffuser by Urpower. Not only is it encased in a chic natural wood that imparts a serenity, the item uses ultrasonic technology numbs out any sound.
Where most diffusers stick to a natural aesthetic (see above), SpaRoom‘s marble diffuser captures the essence of, well, big-city spas. And if your space subscribes to a minimalist aesthetic, this gem is right up your alley.
Stadler Form is a Swiss company with the reputation of creating technologically advanced home appliances that improve air quality. That said, it’s safe to say that the brand’s line of diffusers upholds this reputation.
Diffusers aren’t just for adults. Kids, too, can enjoy them, and this one by GuruNanda, with its bright blue color and honeycomb design, will surely strike their fancy.
Sometimes the simplest things make the most impact. And if you prefer something without all the bells and whistles, Pilgrim Collection‘s diffuser will make a great addition to your home or office space.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.