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DIY Aromatherapy Reed Diffuser

Diperbarui: Apr 25



Pernah berada di lift atau ruang tertutup ber-AC dan menghirup wewangian sintetis dari automatic room freshener spray? Atau pernah naik taxi dan mendapati gantungan wewangian sintetis pas di depan lubang angin dari AC. I hate that kind of situation. I’m allergic to that kind of fragrance dan bau-bauan beberapa bahan kimia lain, seperti bau cat, bau cairan pembersih toilet, bahkan bau cairan pembersih lantai. Saya juga allergic to camphor alias kapur barus. Pernah saya dan hubby rented a car di Bali yang ternyata di dalam mobilnya ditaruh banyak kapur barus under the carpet (jadi we couldn’t remove them). Saya mulai pilek, hidung mampet, mata berair dan demam. Since then, I don’t have any air freshener to use in my apartment. I simply just use spent coffee grounds around the apartment (and car, and fridge) as natural air deodorizer


However, I have to admit, life is boring without scent. Our sense of smell adalah indera yang paling kuat yang dapat mempengaruhi aktivitas otak kita. 75% emosi kita dipengaruhi oleh aroma. So…I need to make my own room freshener atau room fragrance yang aman untuk hidung dan tidak bikin alergi.Nah, kali ini saya share tentang bikin sendiri aromatherapy reed diffuser. Aromatherapy reed diffuser ini practical banget dipakai di dalam bathroom karena tidak perlu pakai listrik, tidak pakai api. Jadi sebenarnya reed diffuser adalah room fragrance yang paling sedikit resiko.


I use two different sources of aroma, yaitu essential oil dan fragrance oil. Fragrance oil yang saya pakai adalah fragrance oil for soap making/personal care products yang adalah fragrance oil with cosmetics grade. I don’t usually mix essential oil and fragrance oil, so here are 2 methods of making aromatherapy reed diffuser.


Both of methods will need this equipment:

  • · Glass jar yang mulutnya kecil (agar mengurangi percepatan penguapan) – saya pakai botol kaca bekas susu almond dan cold brewed coffee yang lehernya kecil

  • · Rattan sticks as wick (I use 5-7 rattan sticks per bottle)

  • · Alcohol (I use ethanol)


Essential oil based reed diffuser

For making aromatherapy reed diffuser using essential oil, pick your favorite essential oil. Saya suka pakai eucalyptus sebagai air disinfectant atau citrusy essential oil (I love grapefruit and sweet orange essential oil) untuk bikin mood lebih ceria. To enhance productivity, saya pakai peppermint dan spearmint oil.


In most recipe of making reed diffuser, essential oil will firstly diluted with carrier oil (biasanya pakai carrier oil yang light such as sunflower oil), then added with alcohol. Fungsi alcohol di sini adalah to diffuse and lift the aroma. Saya pernah mencoba metode ini: mix antara carrier oil, essential oil dan alcohol, tapi hasilnya menurut saya kurang memuaskan.


So I use only 2 ingredients: alcohol and essential oil – dengan rasio essential oil 20-30% dari alcohol. I mix both ingredients and put the rattan sticks inside the jar. Hasilnya cukup memuaskan tapi cons nya: diffuser ini jadi mahal sekali. I used the whole bottle of essential oil in one time.


Then I skipped this idea of making essential oil based reed diffuser. Saya prefer to use electric diffuser jika hendak menggunakan essential oil – it is more practical, more economical than reed diffuser.


Fragrance oil based reed diffuser

Sama seperti di metode pakai essential oil, I only use two ingredients: alcohol dan fragrance oil. Rationya 20-30% (tergantung intensitas kewangian yang diinginkan). Campur alcohol dan fragrance oil, masukkan dalam glass bottle/vase, kemudian pasang rattan sticks. I explore different scent of fragrance oil yang aromanya bisa jauh bervariasi daripada essential oil, dengan harga yang lebih ekonomis juga. I love using coconut scent, coffee scent atau berries scent.


Hasil reed diffuser menggunakan fragrance oil ini sangat memuaskan. Seantero bathroom bisa wangi yang menyenangkan (ingat ya, pilih fragrance oil yang safe – cosmetics grade)


Note

Setelah satu minggu, balik rattan sticks (yang bawah jadi ke atas). Rutin membolak balik rattan sticks bisa memaksimalkan wanginya reed diffuser.


Karena hidung kita akan terganggu kepekaannya jika kita pakai fragrance atau scent yang sama dalam waktu lama, I recommend you to change scent every time you make a new reed diffuser dan balik ke scent yang sama setelah lewat 2 atau 3 scent lain.




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