As we know, hygge appeals to all the senses. It’s the comforting warmth of a fresh cinnamon bun, and the feeling of sinking into a hot bubble bath, and the glow of an open fire on a snowy day. One of my favourite, favourite things in the world is fragrance, and I’m always looking for new ways to get my environment smelling gorgeous.
Having used scented candles, room sprays and reed diffusers for many years, I was intrigued to discover essential oil diffusers. These are fairly similar to reed diffusers, insofar as you pour the scented liquid into a well, but instead of using wooden reeds to draw the scent into the room, oil diffusers use a unique theorem of fluid dynamics called the Bernoulli principle. Without getting too scientific, this basically means that the oil isn’t heated or diluted with water, ensuring the essential oils remain in their purest form without having any of their properties altered (there’s a more detailed explanation of the process here).
I was delighted when Organic Aromas offered me the chance to try out an oil diffuser to see how they can fit into my own hyggeligt lifestyle. The first thing I liked was the wooden base and glass top – it would blend into any room to keep the focus on the scent rather than the diffuser itself. I love that it’s compact and unobtrusive, and while I’m using mine in the living room, I think it would fit into a bedroom, kitchen, dining room or even bathroom just as well.
Obviously with any scent-diffusing device, the most important thing is the scent. My diffuser came with a free bottle of Organic Aromas signature blend, but there’s a wide range of essential oils available to suit any taste. If you’re looking for a more relaxing scent, I’d go for the Serenity, Purity or Lavender essential oil blends, or for a zingy summer hit, the Sweet Orange and Grapefruit blends are guaranteed to lift your mood. The fruity scents would work particularly well in a kitchen or dining room, whereas the floral and herbal blends are better suited to the living room or bedroom.
I love how quickly the scent permeates the room. I turned my oil diffuser on 15 minutes ago, and already I’m getting a hit of the essential oil blend from across the room. As a massive fan of home scenting, I’m seriously impressed with how quickly this starts to take effect. Scented candles are often quite subtle, or the scent doesn’t carry far across the room. Room sprays provide a quick burst of fragrance, but this often dissipates quickly. With reed diffusers, you have to remember to change the reeds regularly to keep the scent alive. Oil diffusers are a great compromise, and you don’t need to worry about any heat, extra water or residue damaging your surfaces.
So, how does it fit into the hygge home? To put it simply, easily. I’d recommend finding a versatile design that you can move from room to room, and select a range of scents which can evoke the mood you’re looking for. I’d suggest something energising and citrussy for mornings when you need to be up-and-at-’em, something relaxing for chilled evenings and something rich and heady when you’re planning a romantic night in. If you already have a collection of essential oils, it’s worth noting that thicker oils don’t work so well with this type of diffuser. If you want to use an oil like vetiver, sandalwood, frankincense or patchouli, dilute them with a thin carrier oil like sweet almond to ensure it nebulises properly.
If you still want the flicker of candlelight to maximise the hygge, you could opt for unscented tealights, or if you’re feeling creative, why not try some scent mixing? Look for fragrances which complement the essential oil (for example, if you’re using an orange-scented oil, you could go for bergamot or lemon candles for an extra citrus hit).
My verdict is that if you’re looking for an easy, low-fuss way to make your home smell gorgeous, oil diffusers are a fantastic way to set it up and go with minimal maintenance, leaving you with more time to relax. Now, if you’ll excuse me I have another chapter of my book to read…
PS – how gorgeous are the flowers in the photos?! This is the Charlie bouquet from Bloom & Wild and it’s perfect for this spring/summer transition period. They’re delivered in a box which fits through the letterbox, so you don’t even need to be in to receive them! If you like them, I have a £10 off introductory offer – just use my link to get £10 off your first bouquet.