Portable Diffusers for Essential Oils – A Man Versus Oils Review

Portable Diffusers for Essential Oils – A Man Versus Oils Review

December 20, 2018 18 By Paul

Hello there my fellow festive season man-oilers!

As we hurtle uncontrollably towards the Christmas break, many of us are knee-deep in travel plans. Whether it be a quick trip for Christmas lunch with family or a longer camping getaway, it is time to turn our mantention to all things car travel. My beautiful wife and I were discussing this at length the other day and she made comment that we needed a good car diffuser to help keep us calm on the roads. She ignored my eye rolls to inform me that there are plenty of good portable diffusers for essential oils out there and that they may even make a good Christmas present.

I had a bit of a look around and what do you know? There are a LOT of them out there! No need for you guys to stress though as once again I have your back. I have had a good look around and here is what I have found!

Before we start

Before we dive into all things portable diffusers, I just wanted to clear some things up for you so that you are going in with your man-eyes open. I want to stress to you that we are looking at portable – read small – diffusers here. None of the options listed below, even though they may say otherwise, are going to cover large areas. So if you are looking to get a diffuser for any other than a standard sedan-type car, office or hotel room, I would really suggest going for a larger, sturdier model.

The biggest negative in regards to feedback in regards to these types of diffuser (besides not covering large areas) is that they do tend to use a bit more oil that the larger types. Again, they will say not, but in reality they do so if you are planning on using this type of diffuser on a daily basis in the one spot, go the bigger option.

My only other concern here is for those of you with brand new cars – do we really want to risk that new car smell just yet?

Note: At time of writing I had not got my man-backside into gear to give you a list of good, non portable diffusers on this site. I promise to remedy that soon!

Now that’s out the way… onward to the world of small, portable essential oil diffusers!

In-car diffusers

First up, I have had a good look at the best diffusers for the car. These are designed mainly for use in automobiles and even though they can definitely be used in other small areas, I have chosen ones here that will fit in your car vents, cup holders or power sockets.

Young Living Dash Away Car Vent Diffuser Set.

What is it?: The Young Living Dash Away Car Diffuser is a stainless steel frame containing re-usable cotton oil pads.

How it works: Essential oils are added to a cotton pad within the unit which is then clipped onto the air-conditioning vents in the car. The oil aromas are then dispersed via the car air conditioner/fan.

Pros:

  • No power required to run unit

    YL Car Vent Diffuser

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  • Scents can be changed without the need to clean each pad
  • No chance of water/oil spillage in car
  • Includes 6 re-usable cotton pads

Cons:

  • Can be overpowered by strong air conditioning settings
  • Can only be used in car
  • Higher levels of less aromatic oils may be required

Price: $32.85 Members $43.20 Non-Members – Click here to order

 


2 Pack Aromatherapy Car Vent Diffuser

What is it?: Package contains two stainless steel vent clip diffusers containing interchangeable felt refill tabs.

How it works: Essential oils are added to a felt pad within the unit which is then clipped onto the air-conditioning vents in the car. The oil aromas are then dispersed via the car aid conditioner/fan.

Pros:

  • No power required to run unit
  • Scents can be changed without the need to clean each pad
  • No chance of water/oil spillage in car
  • Contains 2 units with different patterns
  • Includes 32 re-usable felt pads in 8 colours
  • Vent clips contains rubber protector to avoid scratching

Cons:

  • Can be overpowered by strong air conditioning settings
  • Can only be used in car
  • Higher levels of less aromatic oils may be required
  • Pads are not reusable (however extras can be purchased)
  • Actual frames are smaller than they appear

Price: $USD 11.99 – Click here to order


Invigorate Essential Oil USB and 12VDC Car Diffuser

What is it?: In-car heat plate essential oil diffuser.

How it works: Essential oils are added a heat plate which heats the oils. The aroma is then dispersed via the inbuilt fan.

Pros:

  • Contains both USB and 12VDC car power adapters
  • Auto turn on and off with vehicle ignition
  • No chance of water/oil spillage in car
  • Cap can be turned to increase/decrease aroma release

Cons:

  • No auto shutoff for non-car uses
  • Not suitable for larger rooms or cars

Price: $USD 39.99 – Click here to order


Mini USB Car Diffuser/Humidifier

What is it?: USB Powered Ultrasonic diffuser with a 55ml capacity, 2 spray modes, one-touch operation and 2 speed selections.

How it works: Essential oils and water are mixed to release an ultra-fine and smooth uniform aromatherapy mist.

Pros:

  • Can run for up to 3 hours (continuous misting) or 6 hours (intermittent misting).
  • USB Cable included
  • Completely Silent & BPA free
  • Automatic shutoff when water runs out or container tips to greater than 90 degrees
  • Designed to fit most vehicle cup holders
  • Can also be used in small offices/bedrooms etc.

Cons:

  • Water/oil can be spilled if container tips
  • Does not come with USB to 12VDC car power adapters (can be purchased separately)
  • Can lose effectiveness in bigger cars

Price: $USD 20.99 – Click here to order


USB Aromatherapy Car Essential Oil Diffuser/Humidifier

What is it?: USB Powered Ultrasonic diffuser with a 100ml capacity, 7 colour modes, one-touch operation and 2 speed selections.

How it works: Essential oils and water are mixed to release an ultra-fine and smooth mist.

Pros:

  • 7 colours can be selected as a single colour, cycled or turned off.
  • USB Cable included
  • Completely Silent & BPA free
  • Automatic shutoff when water runs out
  • Designed to fit most vehicle cup holders
  • Can also be used as a diffuser/nightlight in small offices/bedrooms etc.

Cons:

  • Water/oil can be spilled if container tips
  • No auto shut-off if container tips
  • Does not come with USB to 12VDC car power adapters (can be purchased separately)
  • Can lose effectiveness in bigger cars

Price: $USD $17.98 – Click here to order


Portable Diffusers

These diffusers are similar to the USB car types that I have previously outlined however are more designed for small offices and for travel (hotel rooms etc.).

YL USB Orb Diffuser

What is it?: USB Powered Oil Cartridge diffuser with a 4.5 hours operation time, 2 colour modes and intermittent and continuous operation speed selections.

How it works: Essential oils and water are mixed to released when the oil cartridge is heated.

YL Orb USB Diffuser

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Pros:

  • 2 colours can be selected as a single colour, cycled or turned off.
  • USB Cable included
  • Completely Silent & BPA free
  • Automatic shutoff after 4.5 hours
  • Comes with 3 replacement cartridges

Cons:

  • Oil can be spilled if container tips
  • No auto shutoff if water runs dry
  • Can lose effectiveness in bigger spaces

Price: $43.25 Members $56.90 Non-Members – Click here to order


AromaTech Aromacube

What is it?: Battery or Powered fan diffuser with a 2-hour operation time.

How it works: Essential oils are added to a cotton pad and dispersed via a heat-free, fan based system.

Pros:

  • Silent and energy efficient

    Aromacube

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  • Constructed from recycled plastic
  • Uses 3 AAA batteries or socket power
  • Covers up to 100sq ft
  • Automatic shutoff after 2 hours
  • Comes with 2 replacement pads
  • Available in 2 colours (black or white)
  • User manual available

Cons:

  • Batteries and power cables not included

Price: $USD 31.23 – Click here to order


Rechargeable Waterless Essential Oil Diffuser

What is it?: Rechargeable Waterless Essential Oil Nebulizer with auto shutoff, 4 timer settings and 3 aroma sensitivity settings.

How it works: Essential oils nebulisers process essential oils into an almost gas like state and then release them into the air. Often considered the purest way to disperse oils.

Pros:

  • Built in rechargeable battery
  • Up to 50 hours continuous use per charge
  • Auto shut off if unit tips
  • Timer shut off
  • No cables required for use making it extremely portable

Cons:

  • Does make a small humming sound when working

Price: $USD 39.98 – Click here to order.


USB Diffusers

And finally, USB diffusers. These are small diffusers that literally look like USB sticks – and what man doesn’t like a good USB stick?

YL USB Diffuser

What is it?: USB diffuser with 3 timer settings.

How it works: Essential oils are disbursed via an internal wick and nebuliser.

YL USB Diffuser

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Pros:

  • Compact
  • Completely silent
  • Comes with 3 replacement wicks
  • Light flashes when oil is diffusing
  • Comes in Black, White, Pink and Purple

Cons:

  • Does not auto shut off

Price: $37.95 Members $49.15 Non-Members – Click here to order.


Pure Enrichment USB Personal Aroma Diffuser

What is it?: USB diffuser with auto shutoff, 3 timer settings.

How it works: Essential oils are dropped onto a small cotton pad and disbursed via an internal fan

Pros:

  • Waterless
  • Comes with 3 replacement pads

Cons:

  • Does not auto shut off
  • Oils need to be added more regularly than other models
  • Unit can heat up

Price: $USD14.99 – Click here to order.


Recommendation

Hmmm, A lot of options there. In my opinion, I would be looking for one with an auto shut-off and that can be transferred between the car and a small hotel room. I have personally seen both water and non water based portable options in use and I must say that any diffuser with water use tends to provide a better coverage and more noticeable aroma. The obvious risk here is that even though there may be an auto shut off, water/oil could still spill in the car if the unit tips or rolls. Placing the unit in a cup holder however may alleviate this.

I have also seen the vent options in use and they do seem to work making them a good, cheap option as well.

Oils

Once you get your diffuser, you will obviously need some good road-travel oils to go with them.  For car trips, I (my wife) recommends the following recipes:

Ginger and Peppermint – Ginger is very good calming upset tummies and peppermint is actually proven to assist with IBS so try this one for car sickness.

Lavender and Cedarwood– Lavender and Cedarwood are both heavily used in many calming recipes so add these to make the car ride smooth and relaxed.

Peppermint and Orange – Getting tired?  This one is a more energetic blend!

I have tried to keep the recipes small so as to reduce the amount of oil bottles to be packed – obviously feel free however to experiment with larger receipes as you see fit.

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Conclusion

Anyway, I hope this helps and I have provided you with enough information to make a solid informed decision in regards to your portable diffuser needs. If not, please let me know below and I will be more than happy to do some more legwork on your behalf.

In the meantime, Merry Christmas to all and as always, have fun!

Paul


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