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Choosing the right diffuser sticks for your diffuser can significantly impact the effectiveness and longevity of your diffuser. Several factors come into play when determining the best diffuser sticks, including material, size, and shape. Here’s a breakdown of the types of diffuser sticks and their qualities to help you make an informed decision:

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  • Bamboo diffuser sticks are popular for their natural and eco-friendly properties. They are porous, allowing essential oils to travel up the stick and disperse into the air gradually.
  • Rattan sticks are another common choice. They are lightweight, durable, and offer excellent capillary action, I am a convert of this type.
  • Some diffuser sticks are made from synthetic materials like polyester or cotton. While these sticks may be cheaper, they often don’t diffuse oils as effectively as natural materials. I have used Porex® reeds for years but currently favouring the rattan.
  • Thicker sticks generally release more fragrance than thinner ones. However, thicker sticks may clog more easily, requiring more frequent replacement. I have also just introduced turbo reeds– does what it says on the tin!
  • The length of the sticks should be proportional to the size of your diffuser vessel. Larger containers can accommodate longer diffuser sticks and provide a stronger scent throw.
  • I started using flowers this month and was impressed with their scent throw. You just have to ensure they don’t tilt over otherwise the oil can drip from the petals.
  • Look for sticks with high wicking capacity, meaning they can absorb and diffuse oils efficiently. Rattan and bamboo sticks are known for their excellent wicking properties.
  • Choose sticks that are durable enough to withstand prolonged exposure to essential oils without disintegrating or deteriorating quickly.
  • High-quality bamboo and rattan sticks are less likely to break or shed fibres compared to cheaper alternatives.
  • Consider the aesthetic aspect of the diffuser sticks, especially if they are visible in your living space. Some sticks come in various colours or decorative designs to complement your interior decor.

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