If you can boil water, you can make reed diffuser oils for home fragrancing. It's simple and easy and a huge savings over retail.
These measurements are in parts instead of exact measurements. We do this so you can easily increase or decrease a formula to suit your current need. To increase the size of your batch, increase the size of the measure. For instance, for a small batch, you might use ounces as you measure. For a larger batch, you might use pounds.
To begin, use:
3 parts fragrance/essential oils to 7 parts dipropylene glycol, fragrance grade, (DPGF).
Stir or shake gently in a large non-reactive container and dispense into a UV resistant cobalt or amber bottle.
Fill your oil bottle 3/4 full of diffuser fragrance and insert reeds.
If you find the scent is not strong enough, increase the amount of fragrance oil by one part and re-mix.
We do not recommend more than 50% fragrance oil to 50% DPG.
You may also mix essential oils in the same manner as fragrance oils.
To make an alcohol-free perfume, mix 15-25% essential or fragrance oils with 75-85% dipropylene glycol. For a less intense perfumed body oil, reduce the amount of scent to 10% and increase the DPG to 90% of the mix.
Here are a few fragrance oil blends to try. We've anchored some of the blends with essential oil bottom notes. You will find that the blend is more effusive and lasts longer using this bottom note technique.
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3 parts Wild Rose FO
1/2 part patchouli essential oil
3 parts Tahitian Vanille FO
1 part Jasmin Neroli FO
1/4 part patchouli essential oil
2 parts Satsuma FO
1 part Vanilla Bean FO
1/4 part lemongrass essential oil
1 part Matsushima Chocolate FO
1 part Pink Sugar FO
1 part spearmint essential oil
Diffuser Base Oil
You may also be able to make a diffuser base by combining almond oil and a small amount of high proof vodka or perfumer's alcohol; however, this will be less effective.
How to make it
If you find that your mix is too thick and will not "wick up" your reeds, try diluting the oil with a small amount of either Formulator's or Perfumer's Alcohol. We recommend using up to 10% in alcohol to make your mix more "wickable".
Certain essential oils, generally citrus oils, present a clouded product when mixed with DPG. While not aesthetically pleasing, the clouding will not effect the scent or its throw.
Oils that contain the aromachemical vanillin, such as our Vanilla Bean fragrance oil, will become brown the longer they are exposed to air. This will not effect the scent or its throw.
You can find dipropylene glycol, fragrance grade, (DPGF) here: