Here at Style Chicks, we love a good spa day. And the only thing next to a good spa day at a spa is a good spa day at home. The spa-at-home experience would not be complete without soothing scents to match the warm, relaxed atmosphere. An easy way to add scent to the room without it being overkill is to add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser. But a diffusing humidifier is not just for creating a soothing atmosphere or when you are sick, it is a tool to help combat dry winter skin.
ABOUT DIFFUSING HUMIDIFIERS
A cold-air diffuser disperses a microfine mist of essential oils into the air, scenting the air for up to several hours. Diffusers are also used in medical settings: frequently in Europe and the UK, diffusers are used by hospitals to cleanse the air in a room. Diffusing capability can be a function of a humidifier device, such as the Anjou Diffusing Humidifier, which can be used with or without essential oils to add needed moisture to the air. Dry air can rob the skin and hair of needed moisture, especially while sleeping overnight in a room with forced air/heat.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE OILS IN THE ANJOU ESSENTIAL OILS KIT
Anjou oils come in a black presentation box with a pull out tab to reveal six 10 ml therapeutic grade essential oils. The oils are Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and PepperMint. These oils are pure and undiluted, and are for topical and diffuser/oil burner use only.
Sweet Orange is a relaxing aroma suitable for complimenting a spa-day massage. Known for its calming properties, Sweet Orange also can be used topically in a carrier oil as an anti-inflammatory, an antidepressant, an antiseptic, a diuretic and a sedative. Orange essential oil also blends well with essential oils of Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Sandal Wood if you are making a custom aroma blend. A drop or two can be added to a massage oil or lotion to address inflammation.
Lemongrass is highly antifungal and cleanses the air of cigarette smoke and pet odors.
Lavender is common in spa and beauty treatments and is known for its’ ability to help one relax, to quell headaches and help induce sleep.
Eucalyptus is an invigorating scent often associated with a taking a “steam” to open the pores and clear the sinuses. Eucalyptus is anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiviral, expectorant and anti-inflammatory. This is an especially good oil for use in a diffuser when one has a cold, flu or other respiratory problems to help ease a cough and clear the passageways. Just a tiny bit of the Eucalyptus oil does the trick in the diffuser, and the steam is cool yet soothing, especially to a sore throat.
Tea Tree Oil very helpful in cleansing the air and is antiviral.
PepperMint is an invigorating scent that helps lift the mood and deters the presence of pests and insects without harming pets. If your home has a distinct “pet” smell when you come home, Peppermint can address that.
HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS
For topical application, dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as jojoba, argan, sweet almond or coconut oil. Just a few drops of essential oil is all that is needed to impart the scent within a carrier oil. This oil combination can be applied directly to the skin or added to a lotion base.
For use in a diffuser, just add a drop of the oil to the water after following the water fill instructions. I like the Anjou diffuser because it is small but holds enough water to meaningfully diffuse a space with scent, and it has an attractive wood look base that is suitable for many decors. I also like that it has rotating soothing colors that glow like a soft candle when it is turned on. There are setting options for length of time of use and it can be used for up to eight hours. There are safety features so it can be used overnight.
NOT JUST FOR SPA DAYS: WHY USE A DIFFUSING HUMIDIFIER REGULARLY?
Diffusing is not just for an at home spa experience or to ease symptoms of congestion, it also helps reduce bacteria, fungus, mold and unpleasant odors in the home. It can help you relax, relieve tension, and help with some types of headaches.
If you are new to diffusing, don’t overdo it at first. If hospitals use diffusers to cleanse the air in a room, it is realistic to assume that diffusers can be a potent tool. Some people complain that being around a diffuser gives them a headache. This likely happens because they were exposed to too much too soon. The first few times, run it for only about 10-15 minutes and slowly build a tolerance. The scent will last in the air for several hours, so running a diffuser for about 20 minutes before your spa day treat will likely last throughout your at-home spa experience.
The timer settings on the Anjou Diffusing Humidifier are ideal for regular use once you build an initial tolerance. And the Anjou Diffusing Humidifier is a particular nice diffuser to own as it has a large 300ml water container while still being a relatively small item, it has an auto-shut off for when the water almost runs out, and it has timer options ranging from 1 to 6 hours. There is an ability to use the lighted feature to rotate between colors or select a light color or no colored light at all. It is a quiet item that will not disturb the relaxing mood during use.
It can of course, also be used without an essential oil like a humidifier if you just need some moisture in the air and at night, the option of a soft glow light, particularly useful on dry nights. If your skin gets dry in hotels or when traveling places with forced air, a humidifier is a necessary beauty tool to keep your skin moist and supple. My bedroom gets dry in the coldest part of the winter when the forced heat is on the highest, to date I have used a kids’ humidifier to counteract the dryness, but that sometimes made my bedroom too humid. So I was happy to find this discrete humidifier that has controlled settings to leave it on for a few hours at a time, just long enough to battle the dry air and save my skin from feeling raw in the morning.
As to the diffuser itself, how long a diffuser might last is heavily dependent on the quality of what makes it ultrasonically diffuse: the electric piazo piece. The Anjou diffuser has a pretty solid unit that can last for a long time, but it must be wiped clean when the water runs out, or when oils have been used in order to keep gunk out of the piece. When not in use for more than a day or so, remember to empty any remaining water out of the base and wipe it down.
This diffuser and essential oil set come in very nice gift package presentation, which makes it a nice gift item.
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I received this product in exchange for my unbiased review and I was compensated for my time and effort, however, my experience with the product and the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine.