Best reed diffusers: 16 buys to make your home smell fantastic

These best reed diffusers will elevate any room in the house. From cheerful citrusy scents to complex creations, we've rounded up the best in show

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Looking for the best reed diffuser? Reed diffusers are the easiest, safest way to fragrance your home, and the variety of scents out there is very impressive. From light florals to unconventional and complex fragrances, there's truly a reed diffuser for everyone out there.

Need guidance? Jump down the page to find out how to buy the a good quality reed diffuser. Can't decide whether you want a reed diffuser, candle, or oil diffuser? See all the best home scents for every room in our buyer's guide. 

What is the best reed diffuser you can buy?

Our top pick is the Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia. It's luxurious, fresh, comes in an elegant-looking bottle and it has notes of pear, freesia, amber and patchouli. We also love the Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser; it has a beautiful bottle, all ingredients are sourced from sustainable resources and it's lightly floral smelling.

For full reviews, keep scrolling. If you don't have the time to read them all, here are favourites at a glance:

  • Best reed diffuser: Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser 
  • Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser 200ml
  • Best reed diffuser for autumn: Noble Isle Whisky and Water Room Diffuser
  • Best natural reed diffuser: Neom Organics London Real Luxury Diffuser
  • Best eco-friendly reed diffuser: Paddywax Eco Green Pomegranate and Currant Fragrance Diffuser
  • Best reed diffuser for sustainability: Ashley & Co Vine & Paisley Diffuser
  • Best budget reed diffuser: AromaWorks Madarin Vetivert Diffuser
  • Best reed diffuser for your bedroom: Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser
  • Best reed diffuser for orange blossom lovers: Ortigia Zagara Diffuser
  • Best sophisticated reed diffuser: Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser
  • Best reed diffuser for winter: Cassis by The White Company

The best reed diffusers

Best reed diffuser you can buy: Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser 165ml

1. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia Scent Surround Diffuser

Best reed diffuser you can buy: our best-of-the-bunch diffuser is fruity, fresh and floral all at once

Specifications
Best for: A luxurious fresh scent
Size: 165ml
Notes: Pear, freesia, amber, patchouli
Reasons to buy
+ Cult favourite perfume in diffuser form + Delightfully fresh and fruity 
Reasons to avoid
- Not for those who want a strong scent- Expensive

Take up Jo Malone’s invitation to 'decorate with scent' with the perfumiere’s best-selling English Pear & Freesia, a fruity-floral scent that encapsulates early autumn beautifully.

Scent
The combination of juicy King William pear with the delicate white flower scent of the freesia and a base of earthy, woody patchouli is a real winner.  

Packaging
Encased in a glass bottle, the reed diffuser comes with 10 reed sticks. The bottle and sticks will come wrapped in an iconic Jo Malone box tied with a grosgrain ribbon, making it a perfect gift!

What we like about it
It's unusual, but subtle enough that it won’t give you a headache or overpower the room. A real cult favourite, we think this makes a wonderful first foray to the world of home fragrance, which makes it our top pick.

What we don't like about it
If you're after a strong-smelling diffuser, this isn't the one for you. Also beware of the high price tag.

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Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser 200ml

2. Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for stylish bottle: bring the outdoors in with this botanical-packed, floral reed diffuser

Specifications
Best for: Beautiful bottle
Size: 200ml
Notes: Lily, rose, hyacinth, green leaves
Reasons to buy
+ Lovely decorative jar + Light floral scent 
Reasons to avoid
- Not enough 'fresh' notes for some 

If you’ve ever fallen in love with Stoneglow’s botanicals-packed gel candles (we know we have) then this decorative reed diffuser is for you, although if you're looking for gifts, we have it on good authority from happy reviewers that it makes a great one. 

Scent
The delicate blooms adorning the jar and the exquisite scent of lily, rose and hyacinth with a fresh green base give this floral scented diffuser an air of an English country garden – hence the name. A light, airy scent with just a touch of sweetness that will have your guests wondering where to buy it.

Packaging
Arriving in a StoneGlow white box, the scent sits in a beautifully elegant round glass bottle filled with flowers. The diffuser comes with five sticks.

What we like about it
Apart from the fact that the Stoneglow Nature's Gift English Country Garden Diffuser looks great on display, the essential oils and natural waxes which make the product are sourced from sustainable resources. The diffuser also lasts for quite a while, and we think it's affordable for how luxurious it is.

What we don't like about it
Nothing!

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best reed diffuser for autumn: Whisky and Water by Noble Isle

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3. Noble Isle Whisky and Water Room Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for autumn: an evocative fragrance that'll transport you the the Scottish Highlands

Specifications
Best for: Autumn
Size: 150ml
Notes: Rose, Davana blossom, jasmine,orange blossom, tonka bean, amber
Reasons to buy
+Unique and unusual fragrance+Makes a great gift +Cruelty free
Reasons to avoid
-pricy 

Looking for the perfect home fragrance for autumn? We think that Whisky and Water by the luxury bath and body products makers Noble Isle could very well be it. 

Scent
Don't pay too much attention to the notes listed, because it's the effect they produce together that matters: imagine inhaling the finest single malt whisky while surrounded by the autumnal mists of the Scottish Highlands. This will especially appeal to amber lovers, as that's the most prominent note. 

Packaging
The black glass packaging with the engraved logo is classy, and the silk reeds are thick and sturdy. The whole package, with the presentation box, is very gift worthy. 

What we like about it
This reed diffuser is made in England – great for those of us who are air mile conscious. The company take pride in sourcing its fragrance ingredients locally, too: their Whisky and Water range contains barley extract sourced at an actual whisky distillery. 

What we don't like
The price! We wish we could afford to have one in every room of our house.

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Best natural reed diffuser: Neom Organics London Real Luxury Diffuser

4. Neom Organics London Real Luxury Diffuser

Best natural reed diffuser: capture a sense of luxury whilst de-stressing in your own home

Specifications
Best for: Natural
Size: 100ml
Notes: Lavender, jasmine & Brazilian rosewood
Reasons to buy
+Organic and 100% natural+Can get a refill once finished+Lasts a long time
Reasons to avoid
-Over powering when too many reeds are used

Part of the Neom Scent To De-Stress™ range, the London Real Luxury diffuser is our choice of the best buy for those who are after something natural.

Scent
Made from a blend of 24 different oils which are all 100 per cent natural, organic and cruelty-free, Neom are also vegetarian-conscious and aim to use minimal chemicals.

Packaging
This reed diffuser comes in a rather pretty Neom Organics box. The scent sits in a glass bottle which features a white Neom label. The top of the bottle has a mirrored cap which opens at the top to hold the six diffuser sticks in place.

What we like about it
A lovely smelling, yet strong product, it truly is luxury in a bottle. You can add however many of the reeds you prefer; the more you add, the stronger the smell in your home. Turn daily to release the scent. The scent lasts for around 12 weeks, and you can buy refills, so you can either top up on your favourite, or opt for a change. 

What we don't like
If you put in all the reeds at once, it's way too overpowering and the product disappears fast.

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Best eco-friendly reed diffuser: Paddywax pomegranate and currant reed diffuser

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5. Paddywax Eco Green Pomegranate Currant Diffuser

Best eco-friendly reed diffuser: want a reed diffuser but conscious of it being eco friendly and natural? Opt for this Paddywax diffuser which is made from recycled wine bottles

Specifications
Best for: Eco lovers
Size: 118ml
Notes: pomegranate and blackcurrant
Reasons to buy
+Made from recycled wine bottles+All natural ingredients
Reasons to avoid
-Quite a strong scent-Can't buy refills

Eco friendly, natural and fresh smelling – what more could you want from a diffuser? In our opinion, this is the best choice for those who are eco-conscious. Once you've opened it, pop your natural reeds into the liquid to release the all-natural, gorgeous smell, which will wake up your senses with its underlying herbaceous notes. 

Scent
Lasting for up to four months, this reed diffuser has a fresh-fruity smell of blackcurrant and pomegranate. 

Packaging
Paddywax Pomegranate Currant Diffuser comes in an earth-friendly recycled glass bottle and is packaged in a wooden veneer tube, making the perfect gift for an eco-conscious friend, too. Four diffuser sticks are included.

What we like about it
It's green – colour and environment-wise. We're big fans of smart packaging and the fact it's all natural, so safe around little ones. The smell is very nice and natural.

What we don't like
You can't buy refills. So if you want to re-purchase, you'll have to buy the entire thing again. Boo. And we're surprised by how strong the smell is, so it may be more suitable for larger rooms. 

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Best reed diffuser for sustainability: Ashley & Co Vine & Paisley Diffuser

6. Ashley & Co Vine & Paisley Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for sustainability: cruelty free, long lasting and completely recyclable and biodegradeable – box and bottle that is

Specifications
Best for: Sustainability
Size: 250ml
Notes: Vanilla
Reasons to buy
+Balanced scent+Cruelty-free and sustainably packaged+Stylish
Reasons to avoid
-Price

New Zealand brand Ashley & Co produce eight different fragrances across a range of 50 products. Founder Jackie Ashley's products are inspired by a childhood spent in Hong Kong and travelling to exotic places. Expect fun names like 'Parakeets & Pearls' and 'Bubbles & Polkadots' and wealth of beautiful spices and botanicals to suit all tastes, including wild jasmine, mandarin peel and mimosa. 

Scent
We tested the Vine & Paisley scent which is made from vanilla and sandalwood – fragrances which on their own have a tendency to be too powerful, but combined create a lovely sweet smell of vanilla that is well grounded by the earthier smells.

Packaging
The minimalist black bottle would fit well into lots of room schemes and even the box it comes in, with its slick typography ,is beautiful in its simplicity – a lovely present for a fragrance-loving friend. The box is also FSC card recyclable and biodegradable.

What we like 
This reed diffuser is strong enough to ward off nasty niffs, without being overpowering. Apart from winning in scent delivery and length of use (up to six months of fragrance), this reed diffuser looks super stylish and is cruelty free which ticks a lot of boxes for us.

What we don't like
You will want to buy the whole set – body lotion, surface spray, hand cream and candles. Yes, your home will be one harmonious zing of scent, but it will be a rather expensive habit. Ashley & Co products are at the higher end of our budget so the price is the only thing putting us off.

Best budget reed diffuser: AromaWorks Madarin and Vetivert reed diffuser

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7. AromaWorks Mandarin and Vetivert Diffuser

Best budget reed diffuser: looking for a reed diffuser but don't want to spend an arm and leg?

Specifications
Best for: Budget
Size: 100ml
Notes: Mandarin, bergamot, vetivert, frankincense
Reasons to buy
+Pretty bottle+Affordable+Smells great+Natural

Looking for an affordable reed diffuser to fill your home with fragrance? This natural essential oil blend from AromaWorks is hard to beat on value for money.

Scent
This simple, all-natural scent is pure genius: the cheerful and zingy citrus notes of bergamot and mandarin blended with the grounding and earthy vetivert, and then flavoured with the incense-like scent of frankincense. Amazing.

Packaging
Simple and effective: a frosted glass jar and natural reeds. 

What we like
This home fragrance is proper value for money: it's natural, it smells great, and it's only £12. 

What we don't like
Nothing. This is an all-around winner.

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Best quirky reed diffuser: Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser

8. Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser

Best quirky reed diffuser: it might sound odd, but this scent of London is thoroughly modern and a little pastoral

Specifications
Best for: An unusual fragrance
Size: 200ml
Notes: Crocus, nettle, salt air
Reasons to buy
+ Beautiful design + Unusual scent 
Reasons to avoid
- May be too medicinal for some 

When it comes to Tom Dixon’s decadent home fragrance, we’d all do well to take what we think we know about diffusers and disregard it completely. 

Scent
The scent is as unusual as the packaging, too, claiming notes of 'red brick and London parks with crocuses and nettles, and the salty smell of the Thames at Dagenham'. 

Packaging
Moving away from the beloved but admittedly common glass-jar-plus-reeds model, the mirror-shine copper vessel and deep, dark rattan reeds give this designer diffuser a look that’s more industrial loft than country house spa. It comes in a posh gift box and includes seven diffuser sticks, too.

What we like
Tom Dixon London Scented Diffuser is definitely one to go for if you’re after something that strays from the usual. 

What we don't like
Some people may find it too medicinal...

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Best reed diffuser for your bedroom: Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

9. Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser 250ml

Best reed diffuser for your bedroom: relaxing neroli and sensuous jasmine come together to form a boudoir-ready scent

Specifications
Best for: Bedrooms
Size: 250ml
Notes: Blackcurrant, bergamot, neroli, jasmine, patchouli
Reasons to buy
+ Good-looking bottle + Lovely balanced scent 
Reasons to avoid
- Quite quick to evaporate 

On the hunt for a reed diffuser for your bedroom? With its statement jar and relaxing scent, this decorative Esteban Neroli Decorative Scent Diffuser is the best pick for the bedroom, or lazy languorous afternoons in the living room.

Scent
Beginning with zesty top notes of cassis and bergamot orange before relaxing into a neroli and jasmine heart, and finally to a woody patchouli base, it’s a beautifully balanced scent that’s sure to delight no matter your mood.

Packaging
As we've mentioned above, the stunning bottle the scent comes in really does make a statement, and its triple reed design and elegant glass pearl details look fabulous. The diffuser itself comes in a fancy gift box ideal for a present, and it comes with 20 diffuser sticks included.

What we like
Firstly, the design of the bottle and that it comes with so many sticks, and secondly, the smell really does fill the room. We can bet your guests will be asking you what the smell is!

What we don't like
We did note, however, that it does evaporate fast, but that's easy to solve – just add fewer diffuser sticks.

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best orange blossom reed diffuser: Ortigia Zagara diffuser

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10. Ortigia Zagara Diffuser

Best orange blossom reed diffuser: heaven in a bottle for orange blossom lovers

Specifications
Best for: An uplifting scent
Size: 100-1000ml
Notes: Orange blossom, neroli, pettigrain
Reasons to buy
+ Powerful scent+ Gorgeous packaging
Reasons to avoid
-Reeds are a little thin 

The Zagara Reed Diffuser by the Sicily-based brand Ortigia is a thing of beauty. From the intoxicating orange blossom fragrance to the ornate packaging, this is very gift worthy. 

Scent
An intoxicating blend of orange blossom and neroli, this will instantly transport you to Sicily in spring. In fact, we love using this in winter, when the cheerful fragrance cuts through the grey and cold. 

Packaging
The packaging is to die for: just look at that elaborate engraving, and the box has a real wow-factor. 

What we like
The orange flower essence here is natural, which makes the fragrance super realistic. We also like the choice of sizes available, which means you can spend as little as £27.

What we don't like
The reeds are a bit on the thinner side, but this is a tiny imperfection in an otherwise stunning design. 

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best long-lasting diffuser: Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile reed diffuser

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11. Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Reed Diffuser

Best long-lasting reed diffuser

Specifications
Best for: a pleasing scent for any room
Size: 250ml
Notes: Red berries, fruity and woody notes
Reasons to buy
+Really long-lasting +Elegant bottle+Suitable for any room in the house
Reasons to avoid
-Not cheap

The Dr Vranjes Rosso Nobile Diffuser has been in our home fragrance collection for a long time, and it really deserves its place in the hall of fame of reed diffusers. This elegant and easy-going fragrance just lasts, and lasts, and lasts, without ever becoming overpowering.

Scent
Although it's described by the brand as a recreation of the smell of red wine, it's basically a very, very sophisticated take on a red fruit scent. Perfectly suited to someone who's been after a realistic, grown-up fruity fragrance without the bubblegum effect you get with some of them. 

Packaging
As elegant as the scent: the facetted glass bottle, the deep red juice inside, and the black reeds are just so perfectly poised. There's also a (crazily expensive) deluxe version in a glass decanter, which you can only get in the UK, from retailers such as Fortnum and Mason.

What we like
We say it's pretty much impossible to dislike this lovely, wholesome fragrance; it will never give you a headache.

What we don't like
Dr Vranjes products are not cheap, though you may get it cheaper in Europe.

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Best sophisticated reed diffuser: Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

12. Tom Dixon Earth Scented Diffuser

Best sophisticated reed diffuser: treat yourself to this opulent and unusual diffuser, and watch guests try and figure out what it is!

Specifications
Best for: A sophisticated look
Size: 200ml
Notes: Mint, cedar, guaiac wood
Reasons to buy
+ Amazing unique design + Unusual green scent 
Reasons to avoid
-Very pricey-Only one reed 

When is a reed diffuser not a reed diffuser? When it’s Tom Dixon’s unique charcoal Earth Scented Diffuser stick version, of course. If you want to fragrance your home but are reluctant about diffusers, this luxury buy may well change your mind. 

Scent
The scent, as well as the design, is created in a way that’s beautifully masculine, with mint and cedar mingling to create a fresh, green scent. 

Packaging
Part of a series on the four elements, this Earth diffuser is our favourite, with its opaque black jar and matching charcoal reed, making it the best choice for people who don’t ordinarily like the look of traditional ones. It also comes with one big British-sourced charcoal diffuser stick.

What we like
The bottle is definitely a huge selling point here for us. It's a big statement and even when empty, you could keep it for decorative purposes if you don't fancy refilling. Also, on that subject, refills are available so you don't have to purchase the entire thing again.

What we don't like
Other reed diffusers come with several sticks so that you can control how much fragrance it emits. So the more sticks, the stronger the scent. This one, however, only has one huge stick, so you can't control how strong it is. It's also expensive.

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Best spa-like diffuser: The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser

13. The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser

Best spa-like diffuser: set off your next at-home pamper day with this heavenly scented diffuser

Specifications
Best for: Spa days
Size: 200ml
Notes: Neroli, geranium, eucalyptus
Reasons to buy
+ Relaxing and refreshing + Naturally derived ingredients 
Reasons to avoid
- Some commented it was too subtle 

Made with a pure natural base and naturally derived essential oils, The White Company Spa Restore Diffuser is a great pick if you have children or pets running around and you’re worried about chemicals in fragrance, especially in open containers.

Scent
With notes of neroli, geranium and eucalyptus, the White Company’s Spa fragrance is at once relaxing and rejuvenating – well, just like a spa! 

Packaging
Housed in a stunning white glass vessel, this diffuser comes with five rattan reed sticks included and it's packaged in an elegant white box, perfect for gift giving.

What we like
Everything about this diffuser is thoroughly grown-up, from the elegant, borderline medicinal notes to the white glass bottle. It's subtle, which we love, and smells incredible.

What we don't like
This diffuser isn't the one for you if you're after something strong as it's quite subtle. 

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Best reed diffuser for prosecco lovers: Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser

14. Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser

Best reed diffuser for prosecco lovers: love a bit of the bubbles? this one's for you

Specifications
Best for: Prosecco fans
Size: 200ml
Notes: Fruity
Reasons to buy
+Beautiful looking bottle+Scent fills whole room+Ideal as gift
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best pick for those who want something subtle-Expensive

For all of the Prosecco lovers out there, this is the product you need, or should definitely want to receive as a gift very soon.

Scent
The Heyland & Whittle Clementine & Prosecco reed diffuser is tantalising and zesty but also light, sweet and delicate. Not only does the sweet and fruity scent fill the whole room, but it actually stays around for a while, too.

Packaging
The bottle design, although slightly old fashioned looking, offers a stylish way to scent your home depending on the vibe in your house. We still suggest using just a few reeds at first (it comes with eight), just to test the waters as you can always add more in if you feel the scent isn't strong enough. 

What we like
Made from a brand you can trust, we think this diffuser makes a pretty great gift. It also lasts for quite a while before needing to be refilled. The best part? You can be surrounded by Prosecco all day, every day and you'll (hopefully) be hangover-free. Win win!

What we don't like
The bottle isn't the prettiest on our list.

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Best reed diffuser for teenagers: Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser

15. Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser

Best reed diffuser for teenagers: an ideal gift for a teenager

Specifications
Best for: Teenagers
Size: 100ml
Notes: Sweet
Reasons to buy
+Lasts for 12 weeks+Packaged nicely+Refills available+Affordable

Not only is this diffuser packaged in a pretty pink tin, but it smells similar to Lush's Snow Fairy bubble bath (a fave). The Lily-flame Fairy Dust Reed Diffuser is our pick of the best pick for teenagers.

Scent
Powdery, warm, sparkly and magical all in one. Its base notes are vanilla, musk, amber and patchouli.

Packaging
This diffuser arrives in a pink tube and the liquid sits in a rather plain glass bottle. It comes with sticks included.

What we like
It's affordable, it lasts for approximately 12 weeks and they also sell matching candles, room sprays and wax melts. 

What we don't like
Only really for youngsters.

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Best reed diffuser for winter: Cassis by The White Company

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16. The White Company Cassis diffuser

Best reed diffuser for winter

Specifications
Best for: Cold weather
Size: 150ml
Notes: Blackberry, cassis, cedar
Reasons to buy
+Juicy, deep scent+Good quality packaging

A gorgeous room fragrance with tart berry and smoky cedar notes, the White Company's Cassis diffuser has nailed the scent of blackberries in a way that makes it very suitable for winter.

Scent
You might wonder why we name 'Cassis' is the best reed diffuser for winter: after all, blackberries put us in mind of late summer. But the fragrance has a real depth to it, thanks to the terrific cedar note. Think a New Year's celebration with a Kir Royal in a hunter's lodge somewhere in a dark, piny forest. 

Packaging
As with their other offerings, The White Company are keeping it simple here; we like the silver ring and elegant lettering: it's elegant but unobtrusive.

What we like
This reed diffuser is very versatile: there's hardly a room it won't suit, from the bathroom to the hallway.

What we don't like
We're not huge on the reed sticks provided; it might be a good idea to get your own.

How to buy the best reed diffuser

A word on reed diffusers and pets

Love a reed diffuser, but heard about the potentially toxic effects on your pet? It's not just scaremongering: dogs and cats have a much stronger sense of smell than us and can be overwhelmed by strong scents. Moreover, if they are exposed to strong perfume over long periods of time, it can make them ill by damaging their livers. Here are some solutions:

1. Limit the use of your reed diffuser to parts of the house your pet doesn't spend much time in, for example your home office or bathroom.
2. If you do want to keep using a reed diffuser in the main room, keep the space well ventilated and allow your pet access to the outdoors. Consider putting the diffuser away for the night.
3. Some natural fragrances are safe for pets, notably the oils of rose, jasmine, and lavender (we mean only to inhale, of course, never to ingest). Look out for natural and organic reed diffusers that use these calm florals, and avoid anything citrus or pine fragranced. 

Refillable
With candles, once they’re gone, they’re gone. Not so with reed diffusers, which can be topped up with new fragrance oil when it's run out. Just make sure that when you buy a diffuser refill you discard your old reeds, as they’ll be saturated with all the scent they’ve soaked up from the first round of oil and won’t soak up any more. 

Safety
Reed diffusers are also a better bet if you have safety concerns – candles mustn’t be left burning unattended, or around children or pets. Fragrance diffusers are safer, but be careful choosing the fragrance, as some oils may be toxic. Also, they don’t ‘tunnel’, which is the frustrating phenomenon where candles burn in a hole down the centre, leaving loads of unused wax along the sides.

Scent
So now you know why to buy a diffuser, which one should you buy? If you don’t know what you like, choosing a fragrance can be the hardest part of shopping for a scent diffuser, but looking for individual scent families is a good place to start. Florals are fairly self-explanatory, and while some of them might get a bad rap for being overdone or cloying, our floral picks are all combined with fruity and fresh notes to keep things modern. For a more unexpected home fragrance, consider something from the woody or spicy families, or on the other end of the spectrum, a fresher, 'greener' scent.

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