We ID'd 10 Reed Diffusers Fashion People Love to Keep in Their House

One of the biggest compliments I receive regularly as a longtime lover of all things beauty and fashion happens to be that my space always smells good. My secret to maintaining a delightfully fragranced home can be traced back to a single multipurpose item that makes an appearance in almost every room I find myself inreed diffusers. In addition to being a convenient and long-lasting way to infuse a room with my favorite fragrances (I'm a sucker for all things floral), they often serve as an eye-catching piece of home décor thanks to their beautifully designed vessels and reed sticks. For the fragrance lovers out there who aren't big fans of candles, this is an option you should seriously consider adding to your space.

To find out which reed diffusers deserve attention, I tapped a number of Who What Wear beauty and fashion editors for the 10 products they'll always return to once their favorite reed diffusers have run their course, which can take months or even years in some cases. Keep scrolling to discover which ones we use to keep our spaces smelling amazing year-round. There's something here for everyone, whether you're on the hunt for something extra luxe, affordable, or a particular fragrance profile.


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Finding + Placing the Fragrance

Reed diffusers are popular home fragrance products that allow aroma to continuously diffuse into the air throughout an entire area in an elegant, flameless way. Like any fragrance, be sure you don't have any sensitivities to the ingredients before using them. One major tip for anyone looking to add a reed diffuser to their space is to first determine where it would best be placed. Some popular locations for reed diffusers are foyers and entryways, kitchens, offices, bedrooms, and bathrooms.

The larger the space you'd like to use a reed diffuser, the more fragranced oil a reed diffuser should hold. Airflow also plays a significant role in how a scent moves throughout a space, so if your reed diffuser will be in a room with consistent airflow, you'll want to go larger. If a room has heavy foot traffic, ensure the surface your reed diffuser will be placed on is flat and away from the risk of knocks.

Getting the Most Out of Your Diffuser

Reed diffusers come in a variety of shapes and sizes and have three main components: fragrance oil crafted from a mixture of essential oils, reed sticks (which are traditionally made from natural rattan reeds) to soak up and disperse the scent, and a vessel to hold the oil and reeds in place. As with anything, having a general understanding of how to use your reed diffuser can help you get the most out of it. To set up your diffuser, place a few paper towels or a reed diffuser tray to catch any spills. To begin, gently remove the seal on the oil jar or vessel, paying particular attention to its level.

Next, place the reed sticks in the vessel so that one end is submerged in the fragrance oil while the other end is exposed to the air. Each reed has small pores that allow the fragrance oil to be absorbed and travel to the top half of the stick. For a fresh burst of fragrance, the sticks should be rotated every one to two weeks. This helps prevent the reeds from getting clogged! To do this, simply take the reeds out and put the dry end into the vessel.

Once the fragrance oil has reached the part of the reed that's outside of the bottle, it will evaporate and release scent molecules into the air for a constant, fresh scent ideal for anywhere you'd like to maintain a delightful fragrance with little-to-no effort.

Overall Best Scent: Diptyque Baies Fragrance Reed Diffuser

Best Earthy Scent: Voluspa Santal Vanille Home Diffuser

Best Sweet Scent: Jo Malone Myrrh + Tonka Reed Diffuser

Best Floral Scent: Nest Rose Noir & Oud Reed Diffuser

Best Warm Scent: Edition Reed Diffuser Set

Best Clean Scent: Antica Farmacista Prosecco Home Ambiance Perfume

Best Fruity Scent: Neom Happiness Reed Diffuser

Best Spicy Scent: Maison Margiela Replica Autumn Vibes Diffuser

Best Luxury Scent: Trudon Ernesto Le Diffuseur in Leather + Tobacco

Best Affordable Scent: Casaluna Reflection Fashion Reed Diffuser Pink

Maya Thomas
Assistant Beauty Editor
Maya Thomas is Who What Wear's assistant beauty editor based just outside of Seattle, Washington. Her strong love for all things beauty and fashion stems from a strong childhood interest in the fine arts. During a gap year spent in Paris studying the history of French fashion, she shifted her focus to English literature and journalism as a student at Loyola Marymount University with the goal of one day pursuing a career in fashion. After graduating in May 2021, Maya began freelancing for Parade.com as a contributing commerce writer while also building a following on her lifestyle blog, Itsmayalala.com. When she's not writing, Maya spends her free time catching up on reading, perusing art galleries, and enjoying a night out at the ballet every now and then.