How To Make Homemade Reed Diffuser Oil

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How To Make Homemade Reed Diffuser Oil

DIY Reed Diffuser Oil Recipe

DIY reed diffuser oil is fast an easy to make at home. In no time you can fill your home with your perfect scent for a fraction of the cost.

If you are planning to make your own homemade reed diffuser from scratch or you have a store bought diffuser in need of diffuser replacement oil you are in the right spot.

I’ll show you a few of your options for base oils as well as provide a couple of essential oil suggestions for scenting your diffuser oil.

If you’re interested in what all your options are for making your own homemade diffusers check out my post on how to make diy essential oil diffusers.

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How To Make Homemade Diffuser Oil

To make diffuser oil all you need to do is combine 1/2 cup of base oil, add 30 – 50 drops essential oil of your choice, mix and you’re done.

Making diffuser oil is very simple, but it can feel a bit overwhelming especially when you start looking into your different ingredient options.

I like making diffuser oil because once you learn how to make it you realize it can be made from loads of different ingredients.  I love that there are a ton of options because whenever I decide to make more diffuser oil I always have enough oil of some kind laying around to make a fresh batch of diffuser oil.

You can also check out my full post on how to make your own homemade reed diffuser that you can use your new batch of diffuser oil in when its done!

Homemade Diffuser Oil Ingredients

With that in mind let’s explore the two ingredients of diffuser oil: base(carrier) oils and essentials oil.

Diffuser Base Oils

homemade diffuser oil - base oil

What Do Base Oils Do?

The base or carrier oil is the backbone of our homemade diffuser oil. This oil will help to “water down” the essential oils that you choose to use.

The base oil will also carry your essential oils up the diffuser reeds so that they can diffuse into the air.  Without the base oil your homemade reed diffuser would be overpoweringly strong.

Picking a Base Oil

For my homemade diffuser oil I wanted to choose a natural oil as my base.  There are a lot of options for your base oil, I ordered up 4 recommended options I’d seen around the internet.  

Common Base Oils

Note: Although mineral oil might sound like something that would be nice and natural. Mineral oil is actually a petroleum product which automatically disqualifies it from contention in my book.

It might seem overwhelming trying to pick the right diffuser base oil, but trust me it’s not.  In the end any of these oils will work.  However when selecting a base oil consider its thinness and color.


The thinner an oil is the better it will be drawn up your reed diffusers. Of the four base oils I ordered, I personally recommend either fractionated coconut oil or almond oil because they are the thinest oils of the bunch.


The color of a base oil may not be a major issue for many, but if you are going to be using a transparent container the color of the oil may be a deciding factor for you.  

Many base oil options have a yellow tint to them which make them not ideal for using in glass containers.

My Base: Fractionated Coconut Oil

I ended up going with fractionated coconut oil in the end for this batch because it is clear, which I thought would work best in my blue mason jar, and it is extremely thin making it perfect for reed diffusers.

The typical coconut oil that most people are familiar with is a solid at room temperature. Fractionated coconut oil is a more processed version of coconut oil that results in the oil being both clear and a liquid at room temperature.

Essential Oils

homemade diffuser oil - essential oil

Next choose your essential oil or oils that you would like to use. Since this is what is going to be wafting around your house start by picking one of your favorite scents.  However, as far as I’m concerned Peppermint Essential Oil is always a good place to start.  You can use pretty much any essential oil that you would like.

Here are a few of my favorite options:

  • Pine
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint
  • Lavender
  • Rose

Try an essential oils starter set for a bunch of options for your batch of diffuser oil!

Fabulous Frannie - Aromatherapy Top 14 Essential Oil Set, 100% Pure - .33oz Size Bottles
Vegan, Cruelty-free, Natural, GM/MS Tested. Amber Glass Bottle with Euro Dropper Cap
$75.99 −67% $24.99

Try starting with scent you already know you love.  By starting with a scent you know you like you can dial in how strong you like your diffuser oil in the most pleasant way possible.

A simple way to test if essential oils will go well together is to take off their lids and place them closely together wafting the air above them towards you.

If it smells terrible, lol, you’ve discovered a great scent combo to not make into diffuser oil. If one oil smells more strongly than another consider using less of it compared to your other essential oils when creating your diffuser oil.

In the end the best way to find what works is to try, try, try, so get out your oils and get experimenting!

It’s really hard to go wrong when selecting essential oils for a diffuser so don’t stress, even if it smells terrible you can just start over!  Just start playing around with essential oils that you like and see how they work out in a diffuser oil.

Alcohol (Optional)

Alcohol is an optional ingredient in my opinion.  Many reed diffuser oil recipes recommend including alcohol to thin the oils and help your diffuser oil to be draw up the reeds.  I have gotten great results without using alcohol.

I would recommend giving it a shot first without using any alcohol.  If you find that the oil is not getting drawn up the reeds or not getting drawn up at the speed at which you would like then try adding in a little vodka to help the wicking process.

Finished Homemade Reed Diffuser Oil Replacement

Finished Homemade Reed Diffuser

Once you’ve selected your base oil and essential oil(s) of choice combine 1/2 cup of base oil add 30 – 50 drops essential oil and mix.

When your batch of diffuser oil is complete pour it into your reed diffuser of choice, pop in your reeds, and you’re good to go.  You can now enjoy months of that lovely scent wafting throughout your home.

How Well Does This Diffuser Oil Work?

In my experience this diffuser oil recipe works great.  My mason jar diffuser is sitting on my mantle as we speak filling my living room with a lovely gentle peppermint fragrance just as your new diffuser will be doing soon too.

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Thanks for reading,


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  • flower says:


    I really like the ideas of these natural diffusers …. I will surely give them a try. Many thanks..

  • Adelle says:

    Thanks! that was really clear and helpful -can’t wait to get started!

  • Elisabeth Weller says:

    You made my life and the diffuser a happy place again. For month I have tried to replenish the oil. But what I did not know, was I needed the base oil. I put my oils in water, of course I had no smell at all and the water evaporated within days. Thank you so much for the instruction. Have a nice day.

  • Dr.Maneet kaur says:

    thanks for such an elaborated information

  • Kristina Burkart says:

    Lance, thanks for the recipe for the diffuser oil!!

  • Shellie says:

    Hi thankyou for sharing!

  • Gaynelle Savage says:

    I love your oil diffuser recipe! I too, make a lot of my own stuff. I’ve been using some of this stuff for years. I make shampoo, weed killer, car washer fluid, laundry soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc. The diffuser works perfect. Thanks!!

  • I’m looking forward to trying this – I love reed diffusers but the cost really adds up!

  • Mary Ann says:

    Enjoyed your instructions and details. Making my first reed diffuser and recipe.
    I will let you know how it goes
    You answered several questions that I had, Thank you.

  • Remilekun says:

    extremely helpful indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jessie says:

    I’m really glad I found your post! I used to have a scent pot, where one added a bit of water and then a scent or essential oil to it and a 1 hr candle under the little pot, which made the room a bit moist but beautifully scented as well. Did wonders when my kids were sick! 😷 Lately though, I can’t find them for under $25! What the .. ?! The issue was moot when I moved to an apt where candles weren’t allowed. Bah!
    Your ideas for the scent/oil diffusers are right on the money!! Meaning they’ll save me a bunch! My favorite scents are peppermint with tangerine, 10 & 5 drops respectively, of the NOW brand. The combo smells refreshing and energizing! For meditating, I like to mix tangerine with some patchouli, numbers reversed and a cpl of drops of peppermint. It’s really soothing without putting you to sleep.
    Anyway, wanted to say thanks for these posts AND the sachets for stinky shoes. I think my brother will appreciate those this Christmas!!
    Keep it up!! I’m subscribing!

    • Mollie says:

      Thank you so much for sharing Jessie! I’m so glad the information on the blog posts has been helpful, and thank you for subscribing! The scent suggestions are awesome, I will have to give them a try!

  • diamond says:

    awesome post, going to try this out!

  • Eileen Twomey says:

    Lots of great information, thank you

  • Dusty Reid says:

    Thank you very much!! My fav is Geranium and it’s really hard to find in a reed diffuser oil so now I can just make it!

  • Lucy Howard says:

    Wanted to make my own diffuser oils for ages, but, never got around to it – I intend to now.
    Really helpful article, thanks Lance.

  • cheeks says:

    thank you Lance! very informative :)

  • Anna says:

    Stumbled upon your site as I am about to make my first batch. Lots of good advice, straightforward and clear. Thanks :)

  • Margo says:

    Thanks Lance, I am off to buy some almond oil which is also great to rub on your fingers and toes in these drying winter months.

  • Cheri Blair says:

    Your site is great! Thanks for all of the useful information!
    Best of luck!

  • Fanny Elias says:

    thank you for sharing I’m going to try it Personally i like simplicity and you mastered it

  • Tamm Chambless says:

    This was very helpful – thanks so much!

  • Judy J says:

    Thank you so much for helping me to save money today!
    I am re-using my lovely birch diffuser by making my own birch oil solution.

  • Thank you so much for providing these valuable information. I’m looking forward to the next time that I get to come to your blog.

  • Linda says:

    Thanks for a really great idea! Store bought refills can be very expensive, making it unrealistic to use all of the time. My very first refill was $40.00 Cdn. Will try your homemade version shortly!


  • Mel says:

    I love how simple you’ve made it! I’ve been searching over and over through Google or Pinterest and everyone says alcohol is required. I’ve been looking for a confirmation that I don’t need it. Since I don’t have Vodka and the only isopropyl I have is 70%. Thanks again!

  • Barbara says:

    Hi. This was very helpful.

  • Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing in such a basic way that we can do this at home!

  • Christine Kelly says:

    Thanks for the directions. Well written!

  • Chrissy says:

    Hi and a big thank you for sharing this info. I’m keen to get started by following your instructions.

  • Kim says:

    Awesome, cannot wait to make one

  • Juan Shyster says:

    I did this but used CBD oil laced with peppermint. It may be anecdotal but I seem to be more focused when I’m at home.

  • Ella says:

    Thank you! Great post :)

  • Alma says:

    Thanks for your post Lance which I discovered today. I made a reed diffuser a few months back using almond oil but it’s not very aromatic so I welcomed your explanation of having a thinner consistency to increase the speed of the oil going up the reeds. I have added more vodka and oils. I like to understand what and why things work!
    Btw I bought some diffuser jars online quite cheap because should there be an accident there’ll be less of a spillage!

  • Barbara says:

    Excellent post, thanks.

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