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DO I NEED TO REPLACE MY DIFFUSER REEDS?

I have just refilled my reed diffuser after the original one I bought finished. Can I reuse the old reed sticks (also known as diffuser reeds or rattan reeds)?

The answer is capital NO!

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Once a reed diffuser oil finishes (which usually lasts between two to six months, depending on the size of the bottle) and you refill the bottle(s), you will need to use a new set of reed sticks.

WHY?

Reed diffuser sticks are an essential part of using a reed diffuser. They are an easy, quick and portable way of infusing your home with fragrance. They help to distribute the fragrance evenly throughout the room and provide a consistent scent over time. These sticks do not require any water or heat to release the fragrance; insert the reed sticks into one of our reed diffuser holders and enjoy a soothing aroma, making your home fragrant and inviting.

Like I usually explain to people in a layman’s language, the reed stick is likened to a car’s engine… it is the medium that transports the oil fragrance into the atmosphere.

Care should be taken that they are not left in direct sunlight, or they will leak – like any other essential oils product, they need to be stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.

Once diffuser sticks are used for these periods (usually two to six months), the reed sticks become saturated and clogged with dust, so the tiny pores get blocked; at this period, the fragrance oil is not able to be wick up easily as before, hence why you will notice you still have oil in the diffuser bottle but cannot perceive any scent.

WHAT ARE REED DIFFUSER STICKS MADE FROM?

Reed diffuser sticks are produced from various materials, including bamboo, reeds, and other natural fibres. These materials are chosen for their ability to absorb and release fragrance oils into the air.

There are a variety of materials that reed diffuser sticks are made from; each has its benefits. Some materials are better at absorbing fragrance oil than others, so it depends on your priorities and what type of fragrance it has been used for, either oil- or water-based.

Diffuser sticks made from natural rattan reeds contain tiny pores that allow the fragrance oil when reed sticks are placed in the bottle containing the diffuser or fragrance oil to be wick up the stems without any hindrance, and they tend to last longer than other types of diffuser sticks.

I STILL HAVE LOTS OF OIL IN THE BOTTLE, BUT I CAN’T SMELL ANY FRAGRANCE… WHAT CAN I DO? 

 The oils power Reed Diffusers in your fragrance, so the length of each reed will last depending on the aroma and strength of the scent you choose. Different types of oils and frequency of use will also determine how long the diffuser reeds last.

If you can’t smell any fragrance from your reed diffuser oil, give it a gentle shake and turn the reed sticks upside down, and that should do the trick.

If that does not work, it may be time to replace the reed sticks. It’s best to get new reeds every few months or when the scent becomes less potent. Your reed diffuser should last approximately 3 to 6 months, depending on the size of the diffuser bottle and the amount of fragrance oil in the bottle. We also recommend changing your reeds every few months if possible, as this helps keep the scent strong and at its best

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