Sorry, Candles—I'm Replacing You With One of These 13 Luxurious Diffusers

I've written before about my love of home fragrance—no matter where I've lived (and no matter how small and poky the apartment!), I've always relied upon candles and fragrance diffusers to make my space feel truly like home. You really can't underestimate the power of scent to turn your house or flat into a welcoming and relaxing space as soon as you open the front door.

While candles may be the obvious suspects, reed fragrance diffusers and electric fragrance diffusers are just as good options, and ones I certainly relied upon when renting. Plus, if pets, children, or general forgetfulness make lighting candles a risky option in your home, fragrance diffusers offer a much safer experience—they don't require constant minding and they fill your rooms with fragrance 24/7.


(Image credit: @THATGRACEGIRL)

When it comes to scent, of course, there are a world of options—whether you're looking to scent your space with warm, cosy, comforting vibes in the winter or bright, fresh, uplifting ones in the summer, you won't be limited in your choices. In addition, the best fragrance diffusers don't just smell amazing, they also look chic and stylish, so you'll actually want to set them on your coffee table or sideboard instead of hiding them away. 

Below are the best fragrance diffusers I've tried—all perfect for creating ambience at home, or for giving as presents (because the best gifts always smell good).


(Image credit: @THATGRACEGIRL)

The best fragrance diffusers:

1. Susanne Kaufmann Balancing Room Diffuser

2. Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves

3. Miller Harris Santal Reed Diffuser

4. NEOM Wellbeing Pod Electric Diffuser


(Image credit: @THATGRACEGIRL)

5. Santa Maria Novella Room Fragrance Diffuser Melograno

6. Soho Home Bassett Pine Diffuser

7. Ruth Mastenbroek Fire & Roses Fragrance Diffuser

8. Elemental Herbology Soothe Reed Diffuser

9. NEOM Real Luxury Reed Diffuser

10. Beauty Pie Bahia de Miel Reed Diffuser

11. Maison Margiela Replica By The Fireplace Diffuser

12. Rituals The Ritual of Sakura Mini Fragrance Sticks

13. ESPA Energising Diffuser

Next Up: These 19 Candles Will Make Your Home Feel (and Smell) So Luxurious

Freelance Beauty Editor

Grace Day is a beauty editor and content creator. She has over 10 years of beauty-industry experience, spanning editorial, retail, and e-commerce, which gives her a unique understanding into how people shop for their beauty routines.

While studying for a history degree (specialising in the history of beauty) and working as a beauty adviser in department stores, Grace started writing her own beauty blog in order to share the products she discovered while dealing with acne. After graduating, she moved to Beauty Bay as beauty editor and content manager. Grace is currently a beauty contributor to Who What Wear. She has also written for Hypebae and PopSugar and works as a brand consultant and copywriter.