Diffuser Recipes: Great Scent Combinations To Try

Your diffuser is one of the most important tools in your home. People often think about the way their house looks but fail to think about the way it smells. You can use a canned air freshener for a temporary burst of fragrance, but you’re very limited in what you can do. You might not find something you like, and even if you do, you’ll need to constantly spray it to keep the aroma alive.

Scented candles work well, but they’re a little expensive for how long they last. They don’t “throw” very far and can usually only be smelled by people sitting at the table where they’re placed. 

Diffusers do something magical. They allow you to create your own custom all-natural fragrances, and they disperse them throughout the air. From air diffusers to ultrasonic ones, they can all be used to make your home smell like your favorite essential oil. They’ll keep the diffusing going for hours— long enough to entertain your guests or to spend a peaceful afternoon engaged in a lengthy pampering session. 

Don’t settle for premixed artificial fragrances—make a diffuser blend you truly enjoy. The best part is that you'll be getting all the benefits of aromatherapy from your essential oil diffuser recipes, although as a disclaimer, we are not offering medical advice.

How Much Oil Do I Need For My Diffuser?

You don’t need very much oil to create a strong DIY scent for your diffuser. In an excellent essential oil diffuser with a 400ml tank, about eight total drops of oil should be enough. If you prefer a stronger scent, don’t exceed more than 12 drops, especially if you're using different oils. For a more mild scent, try using six drops. 

Moon Goddess

A soft and sensual blend of florals is the perfect scent for your bathroom or your bedroom. It’s something that will help you feel confident and empowered when you’re getting dressed for the day or relax you while you’re doing your hair. It’s such a beautiful blend; you might even want to use it as a perfume, although make sure that you mix essential oils with a carrier oil before applying them to your skin. 

Creamy and rich jasmine blends perfectly with soft and delicate rose. Both are elevated by the sweet and bright notes of grapefruit, rounding out the scent and making the florals smell brighter and crisper. 

  • 3 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 3 drops rose essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil

Indoor Garden

Some people love the way their hands smell when they come in from the garden and feel that it adds to their overall wellness. There’s something so serene and natural about the smells of the earth or herb plants growing in a little planter box outside the front door. 

You might miss that smell when it isn’t springtime. The soil isn’t the same, and you don’t have anything new in bloom. If you're not crazy about one of the oils included in this blend, consider swapping it out for  a few drops eucalyptus, basil, or clary sage. You don’t have to wait all year for it to come back - simply duplicate it in your essential oil diffuser blends. 

  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • 2 drops sage essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil

The Cabin In The Woods

You might not be able to take that cabin vacation right now, but you can bring some of its ambiance to your home. Those woody and sweet smells you only experience in a log cabin out in the woods are easy to duplicate with essential oils. 

You could even supplement this blend with some more cozy scents like a few drops cinnamon, cardamom, or even a few drops clove. If you close your eyes and play the sound of a crackling fire over your speakers, you’d almost swear you were there. 

  • 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops vetiver essential oil
  • 2 drops pine needle essential oil
  • 1 drop vanilla oleoresin essential oil

Newly Polished

If you’re a real fanatic about keeping a clean house, you know how relieving it is to open the door and smell the scent of your cleaning products. Your furniture polish, your floor wax, your mopping solution, your dish soap. The smell that makes everything feel so sparkling clean that it’s almost brand new again. Add some Roman chamomile for an even smoother scent. Even if you miss a day of sweeping and polishing, you can still cue up the energizing aroma of the finished product of all your hard work.

  • 3 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops pine needle essential oil

Day Spa

mom and daughter do spa treatments

If you’ve ever walked into an upscale day spa, you know how intoxicating that smell can be. All the rich aromas of the natural botanical extracts used in the lotions and facials combine to make a tranquil bouquet. If you’d rather save a few bucks and do your pampering at home, mimicking the smell will help bring in that fancy ambiance. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to feel luxurious. 

  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop vanilla oleoresin essential oil

Spring Cleaning

Think about your spring cleaning routine. You finally get around to clearing out all the junk. You give the house a good, deep clean. You open the windows to air everything out, and the beautiful breeze of fresh blooms and new greenery wafts in through the windows. It’s nature’s way of signaling new beginnings, new life, and fresh hope. It’s an uplifting smell—the aroma of positivity. You can create its doppelganger year-round with the right essential oil diffuser blend recipes.

  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 2 drops jasmine essential oil
  • 2 drops geranium essential oil

Sea Castle

Everyone needs a trip to the beach once in a while, but it’s a little harder to get there if you live in a landlocked place. You may not be able to bring yourself to the ocean, but you can bring the ocean to you. The smell of the ocean is a little crisp, a little sweet, and a little woody. You might miss the fresh air, but you definitely won’t miss the low tide, hungry seagulls, and sandy car seats. This great blend all of the benefits and none of the drawbacks.

  • 3 drops blue cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • 2 drops orange essential oil
  • 1 drop juniper essential oil

Patisserie

If you love decadent smells, but you’re a little burnt out on ginger, cinnamon, and apple, a patisserie combination is the perfect combination. Imagine decadent buttercream, fresh macaroons, and crispy almond topped tortes. It’s rich and indulgent and a little different from most people’s idea of a typical “yummy” smell. If you want your kitchen to smell like there’s something special cooking, try this blend. 

  • 2 drops bitter almond oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil
  • 2 drops clementine essential oil

Zen Courtyard

meditation

Many people diffuse essential oils to create the right environment for meditation, relaxation, and yoga. If your essential oil is intended to be used as an accompaniment to your meditative activities, you want a blend that will support your body and mind as they begin to drift into a state of complete and total relaxation. This blend will help you feel connected with nature. 

  • 2 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • 2 drops sage essential oil
  • 2 drops rosemary essential oil
  • 2 drops rose essential oil

Meditation Temple

Some meditators love the imagery of historic sacred religious temples that pay homage to the original practitioners of the art of meditation. Those who practiced in these spaces often burned sacred cleansing herbs to ground themselves and their spaces before they cleared their minds and became one with the universe. This modern take on traditional spirituality will allow you to enjoy a similar experience.

  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 2 drops myrrh essential oil
  • 2 drops sage essential oil
  • 2 drops ylang ylang essential oil

The Hippie

You’re taking out your vinyl collection, pouring yourself a cocktail, and riding a beautiful wave of nostalgia. Nothing complements Fleetwood Mac better than a hippie blend of essential oils. This fragrance blend will take you back—perhaps to an era before you were born. It sets the tone for the right films and tunes to be appreciated. You don’t have to exclusively use it when you’re in a retro mood. If you love a vintage vibe in your home, you can use this DIY recipe whenever you please. 

  • 2 drops patchouli essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops neroli essential oil
  • 2 drops sandalwood essential oil 

The Love Nest

This essential oil is the perfect blend for your bedroom or anywhere else you want to feel intimate and beautiful. This balance of sweet, floral, and woody scents inspires cozy and romantic feelings. You’ll want to snuggle up in a big warm blanket with someone you love.  This DIY essential oil blend is a great addition to the ambiance of date night, and it’s not so feminine that it isn’t universally appealing. 

  • 3 drops rose essential oil
  • 3 drops sandalwood essential oil
  • 2 drops vanilla oleoresin essential oil 

Conclusion

Your sense of smell ties all of your memories together. Just the aroma of something can trigger a memory in such a profound way that it brings on a wave of nostalgia. Most people don’t get to travel as much as they’d like or enjoy their favorite experiences all time. Using scents to set the mood or remind you of your favorite things is an easy and inexpensive thing to do to make your day a little brighter, so it's worth it to take the time to find the best essential oil blend for you.

Sources:

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/g3345/spring-cleaning-tips/

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/beauty/mind-body/a32219183/mini-spa-at-home/

https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/introduction-cultures-religions-apah/buddhism-apah/a/buddhist-monasteries

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