The Viva Naturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser is easy to use and with some easy navigation, you will be set to the perfect relaxing mood right away. A measuring cup is included so you won’t add too much water to the water tank.
All in all this diffuser is a great budget essential oil diffuser for anyone who wants to start using essential oils in their home or office.
What makes it different?
I have used oil diffusers before but have never been satisfied with them for a variety of reasons. The ones that use candles have the obvious potential of starting a fire and therefore are not well-suited for households that have kids, pets or simply if you are going to leave it unattended while you go on with your daily life. Plus, you have to use care that the candle scent doesn’t compete with the scent of the essential oils. Plug-in electrical diffusers use a heating element and right there that is a major safety concern, especially if the liquid burns off and the heating element doesn’t shut off properly. Neither of these types of diffusers produce any volume of mist, if any at all.
When I saw this item I wasn’t sure how it was different, or better. The photo makes it look like it is about the size of an onion. It’s actually quite a bit larger than that, more like a small pitcher. Unlike candles or heating elements it uses a high-frequency transducer that produces no heat at all, it vibrates at a rate faster than a hummingbird’s wings to break down the water and oils into microscopic tiny droplets. The volume of mist it produced was a huge surprise to me, it literally was able to fill my entire living room with fragrance, yet whether I was close or far away the scent wasn’t overpowering. It also leaves no trace of moisture on the table, walls or other surfaces.
While the entire thing is made of plastic, this is one of the most attractive and well-built devices of its type I have seen. The manufacturer has an eye for an attractive Zen-like design and a choice of colors and materials that look more like driftwood than plastic. The color is a perfect complement to my driftwood-colored cabinet that I have under my window. Note that the seller calls it gray but I think it has a more complex blend of silver/gray and brownish earth tones.
Operation is simple; you lift the top portion off and pour water into it using the included measuring cup. HINT: try to avoid using tap water, especially if you have a lot of calcium in your water. Distilled water works the best for long-term life of the unit. After adding water you only need to add a few drops of essential oil (I only used 4-5 drops). Obviously you will use much less oil than with the heating-type units. Then you can turn the power switch on for 1, 3 or 6 hours or continuously (it automatically shuts off after it runs out of water). The same switch can control the amount of mist, which I found to be a LOT even on the lowest setting. Another switch lets you cycle through multiple shades of color that softly illuminate a ring around the base. The colors pulse very softly for a very relaxing look.
Not only do I like this diffuser so much that I believe it earns a full 5-stars but I will be ordering more units, one for each bedside, my work desk and even the kitchen.
WARNING: read this if you have cats. While essential oils and diffusers are safe for humans and dogs, they can be toxic and even fatally lethal to cats, according to industry expert Essential Oil World. In cats, otherwise harmless substances can build up in the liver, sometimes very quickly depending on the amount of exposure. This can cause toxicity problems and liver damage. It usually doesn’t show up until it’s too late. The best advice is that if you are a cat owner you use a product like this with extreme caution or not at all. This does not affect the rating of this product as it only applies to cat owners and is not a defect or shortcoming of the product itself.
Smells Divine, Looks Great
This year's favorite family Christmas gift. I love the ease of use, the look, and most of all, I love the way my house smells. The lights are colorful and cool to watch in a dimly-lit room. We have four cats, and this, with essential oils added, helps with the inevitable litter box smell. Why did I wait so long to finally purchase? If you're undecided, don't be...this is amazing.
No issues, still working as described and like it did when first received. Love the lights, can cycle through colors, stay on your favorite color or turn the light off completely! It is a little big, but otherwise I highly recommend it.
Smells Good & Looks Good, I think I'll take it on a date!
Just kidding, but in all seriousness, I like this diffuser quite a lot. I found it very easy to use--after reading the instructions. I also like the aesthetics of this particular model both in shape and color. Speaking of color, the LED light has several different color options as well as a rotating color option that gradually cycles through all of the different lighting colors. I also chose this particular model over others due to the higher capacity reservoir.
These reviews were begotten from the Amazon product page.
An ultrasonic diffuser makes use of energy frequencies to produce vibrations. These types of vibrations go to where the oils drift away and vaporize the oil so it is diffused into the area without having to heat any element.
Since heat is able to take apart the essential oils and conflict with the quality of the oil’s advantages, the ultrasonic diffuser is an ideal option for anyone who wants to start using essential oils. These types of diffusers also create negative ions that help to soothe the body.
An evaporative diffuser makes use of air that blows through a filtration system and evaporates the essential oils through it. Considering lighter oils will diffuse quicker compared to heavier essential oils with this technique, you may not get the exact same health advantages as you would get from the essential oils as a whole, however, this type of diffuser will still do a good job of getting the scents into a room.
A nebulizing diffuser breaks down the oil into super fine tiny drops, and subsequently sprays them into the air, to atomize and ionize the oil so you get the maximum therapeutic gain from the essential oils. This diffuser must be used with thin oils that have not been weakened.
Heat diffusers are usually not best suited for the therapeutic use, due to the fact the heat will ruin the quality of the essential oil. Making use of this type of diffuser is good for making your home smelling great fast.
Reed diffusers use reed sticks put in the oil to soak it up and discharge it into the air. Reeds can hold the fragrance for months. However, the affected area is smaller, and the aroma is mild. Reed diffusers are better used for fragrance, rather than therapeutic functions.
Candle diffusers make use of a small candle to heat the oil so it’ll vaporize and discharge the smell. They’re much like the ultrasonic diffuser, but don’t need electricity to operate.