Reed diffusers are a popular and elegant way to add a continuous fragrance to your home without the need for flames or electricity. However, sometimes their scent can be too subtle. If you've found yourself wanting a more potent aroma from your reed diffuser, here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve a stronger scent.

1. Choose the Right Oil and Reed Sticks

 Quality of Essential Oils
The quality of the essential oils or fragrance oils you use plays a significant role in the strength of the scent. Higher quality oils tend to have more concentrated and longer-lasting aromas.

 Types of Reed Sticks
Not all reed sticks are created equal. Opt for natural rattan reeds, which have channels running through them, allowing the oil to travel up and diffuse into the air more effectively. Avoid synthetic reeds, as they don't absorb and diffuse the oil as well.

 2. Flip the Reeds Regularly

One of the simplest ways to boost the scent is to flip the reeds. When the reeds are flipped, the saturated ends are exposed to the air, releasing more fragrance. For best results, flip the reeds every few days. However, keep in mind that frequent flipping can cause the oil to evaporate faster.

3. Use More Reeds

The number of reeds you use directly impacts the intensity of the scent. Adding more reeds will increase the surface area through which the oil can evaporate, leading to a stronger aroma. Typically, using between 5 to 10 reeds is effective. Experiment with the number until you find the perfect balance for your space.

4. Place Your Diffuser in the Right Location

Place your reed diffuser in a high-traffic area or near a source of airflow, such as an open window, a vent, or a fan. The moving air will help disperse the fragrance more effectively throughout the room.

 Room Size
Consider the size of the room. Smaller spaces will naturally hold the scent better than larger, open areas. If you're using a diffuser in a larger room, you may need to use more than one diffuser or place it in a more confined area within the room.

5. Refill and Replace Oils and Reeds

 Refresh the Oil
Over time, the oil in your diffuser can lose its potency. Refresh the scent by topping up the diffuser with fresh oil before it runs out completely. This ensures the reeds stay saturated and continue to diffuse the aroma effectively.

Replace the Reeds
Reeds can become clogged with dust and lose their efficiency over time. Replace the reeds every 1 to 2 months, or whenever you notice a decline in the scent's intensity.

6. Adjust the Oil to Base Ratio

If you're mixing your own diffuser oil, ensure the correct ratio of essential oil to base oil. A common mixture is about 30% essential oil to 70% base oil (such as a carrier oil like almond oil or a specialized diffuser base). Increasing the concentration of essential oil will result in a stronger scent.

7. Maintain Your Diffuser

Clean the Bottle
Residue and dust can accumulate in the diffuser bottle over time, which can affect the scent diffusion. Clean the bottle thoroughly with warm, soapy water and let it dry completely before refilling it with new oil.

Avoid Direct Sunlight
Keep your diffuser out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources, as these can cause the oil to evaporate faster, reducing the lifespan and potency of the scent.

 8. Experiment with Different Scents

Some fragrances are naturally stronger than others. If a particular scent isn’t giving you the desired strength, try experimenting with other fragrances. Citrus, eucalyptus, and peppermint are examples of strong essential oils that can provide a more potent aroma.


By following these tips, you can enjoy a stronger and longer-lasting scent from your reed diffuser. Remember that achieving the perfect fragrance intensity might require some experimentation with different oils, reeds, and placements. With a little effort, your home will be filled with a delightful aroma that suits your preferences.

Happy diffusing!

Editorial Team Jan