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How to Choose a Personal Diffuser for Essential Oils

Written by Myles Nystrom and updated on November 28, 2016
Aromatherapy necklace

Aroma-bearing jewelry has been worn for centuries for health and spiritual purposes. Inhaling essential oils is well-known to have many health benefits and can have a profound influence on how we feel.

Aromatherapy jewelry diffusers are wearable which means you can breathe in essential oils all day, taking a pro-active approach to staying healthy and feeling good.

What to know about essential oil diffusers

There are a few things you should understand before you purchase your essential oil diffuser. Many different styles and applications will allow you to use your essential oils in unique ways.

Types of Personal Diffusers

When thinking of a diffuser, most people imagine a large clunky machine that shoots a scent into the air. While these large room diffusers are great, there are many more methods of diffusing your essential oils.

Aromatherapy Diffuser Patch

Sharing the scent throughout your entire home, or even just a specific room is not always appropriate. That is why there are many different options, some of which allow you to carry your scent with you to enjoy independently. These types of machines are called personal diffusers.

Essential oil diffusers can come in many shapes and sizes. Ranging from necklaces to patches these can be small and discrete while still allowing you to benefit from the soothing scents of the essential oils.

Why Wear an Essential Oil Necklace Diffuser?

When you’re on the go, you need a diffuser that can go with you wherever you go! If you apply essential oil to your skin, it is quickly absorbed, and the smell is gone before you know it. A wearable diffuser is a way to make sure that you will be able to inhale the essential oils effortlessly throughout the day.

If you share an office space, you may not feel free to use a room diffuser and a necklace offers an easy solution. It is also easier than carrying around bottles of oils, cotton balls, and droppers.

So many essential oils are available for different purposes, from helping with a headache, calming your anxiety, giving you an energy boost and much more. You have the option of selecting what you feel you need the most each day. You can choose eucalyptus if you’re battling with a cough or cold or an energy blend to help you to get over that afternoon slump at work.

Sweet orange may be exactly what you need to uplift your mood when you’re feeling down. Just imagine what calming oil could do when facing the onslaught of morning traffic on the way to work. Calming oil could also help if you knew were going to face a particularly stressful or anxiety creating event during the day such as making a presentation.

Feeling the chain of the essential oil necklace around your neck will remind you to take a relaxing breathe and the oil keeps diffusing throughout the day. How many drops of oil you add is up to you and you may have to experiment to find what works best for you.

What to Look for in an Aromatherapy Necklace

Aromatherapy jewelry is increasing in popularity as an easy and desired way to get the benefits of your favorite essential oils. This can take the form of a necklace, bracelet, pendant and more as they devise new gadgets daily. Skip the perfume and opt for a more natural scent that has healing powers. Simply add a few drops of oil and watch as it holds the scent from a couple hours to days.

You will want an essential oil necklace diffuser that is light enough to wear comfortably all day and yet is heavy enough to stay put. It must be well constructed from superior quality materials so that it is durable. Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials used because it is beautiful and resists tarnish.

The most commonly used stainless steel is surgical grade 316L because it is very resistant to essential oils. It is lead and nickel free so it’s an excellent choice for those who are sensitive to some metals.  

Consider the length of the chain and whether it is adjustable. Find out what the pads made from, how many are included and whether they washable.

Body heat is conducted through the diffuser to the enclosed pad that contains the oils. The vaporized oils diffuse into the air and you breathe them in. The filigree design allows the vapor to diffuse. You don’t want to risk getting oils on your clothing, so the locket must be well constructed with a solid back.

Patches

Another way to never be without your favorite scent is an aromatherapy patch. This is essentially a sticker that has an aromatherapy scent. It can be applied to a piece of clothing such as a shirt or blouse and can be removed at any time. You can be discrete by putting it on the inside of your clothing so that it isn't as obvious. This will allow you to use different scents every day depending on your need.

How to choose the one for you

There are a number of factors that can help you when it comes time to choosing which personal diffuser is the right one for you.

Price: Cost is an important factor that should be considered. Especially with jewelry, you will find that there are a number of different price points in which this delivery method will come. This doesn't just include the initial cost, but also the refill cost. If it uses one time cartridges the overall cost could add up quickly.

Ease of use: Being comfortable with and liking your diffuser is key to using it and enjoying it. Look for one that is low maintenance and easy to use.

Amount of use: Consider how much you’re planning on using your essential oil personal diffuser. You may want to go with a necklace that you can experience all of the time or the patch which you can just use when needed.

Top Choices for Essential Oil Jewelry

We have done the research for you. Here is our list of the top personal diffusers on the market.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by AromaLuxe London is made of hypo-allergenic 316L surgical grade stainless steel.

The Tree of Life design is not only beautiful and elegant but is a symbol of great significance to many. The locket uses magnetic closure to keep the pad secure. 

This necklace has an elegant chain of 20.8 inches with tiny balls that upgrade its style. Two decorative charms are included that can be worn with the pendant or on their own. A velvet bag is also included that can be used for storing and polishing the diffuser necklace. 

The 9 micro-weave pads in different colors have great absorbency and are washable and reusable.


The Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by GerTong is made of hypo-allergenic 316L stainless steel. The diameter of the diffuser pendant is 30mm (1.2 inches) and it offers quality, magnetic closure with a solid back. The design on it is smooth, simple, and appealing. It comes with 11 color refill pads and an adjustable chain.


The Inlife Jaroma Sunflower Pattern Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace is made of hypo-allergenic 316L surgical grade stainless steel. The pendant features a sunflower design and the diameter is 3cm (1.2 inches).  The chain is 24-inch long.

The highly absorbent, washable, reusable pads come in ten different colors (white, black, pink, red, blue, light blue, purple, green, orange, yellow). You can coordinate the colors with your daily outfits.


The Flower of Life Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace by mEssentials is made from hypo-allergenic 316L surgical grade stainless steel. The pendant has two strong magnets and a solid back. It has a bit of weight to it and comes with a 24-inch attractive chain. A bottle of essential oil, Inner Peace, is included which contains a recipe of clove bud, geranium, patchouli, orange oils, and lavender. It comes with 5 refill pads.


Exquisite Antique Silver Aromatherapy Necklace Essential Oil Diffuser Locket by ViLu Essentials is a little different in that it comes with a locket and bottle combination. Two lava rocks are included. The locket is round with a vintage look and the bottle is tiny and stylish. The silver locket locks with a clasp and the bottle has a screw-on cap.

Load your essential oils into the small bottle and use with the very porous lava rocks. You can wear the locket or the bottle or both together, giving you three different looks. The chain is adjustable, so it can be worn close to the neck or tucked under clothing.

Fill the bottle with your favorite oil and add a few drops to the lava rock for hours of enjoyment. Two lava rocks are included so you can easily shift from one type of essential oil to another.


Other Types of Personal Diffusers

This Heart Aromatherapy Diffuser Necklace Gift Set is a complete necklace aromatherapy set and comes with everything you need to get started including the necklace and four bottles of soothing oil. A handy box allows you to easily store and easily transport everything no matter where you go. The pendant is a beautiful heart shape with tiny holes that lets a small amount of your favorite scent into the air around you.


The Naturopatch of Vermont Bergamot patches are easy to use and affordable. The combination of essential oils has a soothing, calming effect on your body. Coming in a ten pack you will be able to use this remedy whenever you need to, just peel the backing and apply to your skin. Don’t worry about oily residue as the back has been specifically designed to leave no trace. The combination of essential oils will allow you to have relief from stress and put you in a better mood.


The Sage Hill Essential Oil Inhalers are the perfect size for easy carrying while big enough that your oils will last up to two days. To use this diffuser simply uncap the container, put three drops of your oil onto the included wicks and put the wick inside the container. While the lid is on there will be no scent, but when the lid is off you can experience the soothing smell of your favorite oil.


The Personal Air Freshener Snooze Button will create a calming effect on your body. All you need to do is stick the patch onto an item around you and it will freshen the air and create a happy environment for you. Coming in a set of twelve, you can stick one of these in every place you frequent, like your office cubicle, car or bedroom. If you want your scent with you always you can easily stick one of these on the inside of a sweater or shirt top. They have been extensively tested and are completely safe. The combination of lavender, orange peel, and chamomile create one of the nicest smells available.


The SAMYO Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser Pendant with ball chain necklace is a stylish way of keeping your essential oil close. The compact design allows you to keep your oils around your neck and use them whenever you want. A sturdy cap will keep the smell in until you want to use it. The long chain will let it dangle freely around your neck or attached to a purse or bag. Just add one drop of your oil for a scent that will last for hours.


Final Thoughts

An aromatherapy necklace diffuser pendant is not only the best way to breathe in essential oils when you are on the go but also makes a great gift. Not only does this jewelry look good but the benefits of the essential oils they offer are long proven. They not only help to calm nervousness and anxiety, but help to lower the heart rate, blood pressure, soothe headaches and so much more.

We love being able to bring aromatherapy with you. Our favorite is the Heart Aromatherapy Essential Oil & Diffuser Necklace gift Set (Lavender Peppermint Zen Inner Peace) Ball Chain. The complete set comes in at an affordable price giving you everything you need to get started on the road to personal essential oil healing. The stunning design and affordable price makes it our top buy when looking for your next personal diffuser.

Tried one of the personal diffusers on our list? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

About the author

    Myles Nystrom

    This adventure-seeking Canadian spends his time traveling the world full-time. A trip through Europe gave him a desire to experience the world. His Volkswagen van allows him to go anywhere its wheels will take him. Currently adventuring through North America he is always tethered to the internet which allows him to write from anywhere. His passion for writing sparked his need to document his trip which can be seen on www.gurtthewesty.com.

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