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LAFCO Diffusers vs. Room Sprays: Which Is the Right Choice for You?

Both reed diffusers and room sprays offer a convenient and customizable means of scenting your home, but there are some key differences to consider. One solution offers long-lasting fragrance for weeks or even months on end while the other is a quick way to freshen up a space. What are the benefits of reed diffusers and how do room sprays differ? Which option is the right choice for you?

Here’s what you need to know about the difference between reed diffusers and room mist along with some simple tips to help you choose the best option for your home.

What are the Benefits of Diffusers?


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A reed diffuser is a simple home fragrance solution that requires three elements: fragrance oil, a vessel, and reeds. You simply fill the vessel with your choice of fragrance oil and add porous reeds which pull the oil up from the bottom and release it into the air. Reed diffusers work best in open areas with plenty of air movement to help circulate the fragrance.

Here are some of the potential benefits of reed diffusers:

  • A reed diffuser offers long-lasting alternative to scented candles, some lasting up to 12 months.
  • You can customize the intensity of the fragrance by adding or subtracting reeds.
  • It is easy to refresh the fragrance by flipping the reeds.
  • Reed diffusers don’t require a flame, so they may be a safer option for homes with children.
  • A reed diffuser can be combined with scented candles to create a custom fragrance combination.

LAFCO reed diffusers deliver continuous long-lasting fragrance and are presented in ornamental glass vessels that double as an enduring objet d’art. Choose from two sizes, the Classic 6.5-ounce reed diffuser or the Signature 15.5-ounce reed diffuser.

How Do Room Sprays Differ?

Whereas a reed diffuser offers long-lasting and continuous fragrance, room spray delivers a quick burst of fragrance. They’re a great option for smaller spaces where the more intense fragrance of a reed diffuser might become overwhelming, and they are a safe option in areas where candles may not be appropriate. They’re also a much more portable option than candles or reed diffusers.

Room sprays are simple to use and they are completely customizable in terms of fragrance intensity. To maximize the benefits of room spray, spray it into the air as high as possible so the fragrance can more easily disperse. LAFCO room mists are crafted with premium quality fragrance and delivered in attractive glass vessels. A single spray can fill an average-sized room and provides 1 to 2 hours of fragrance.

Which is the Best Option for You?


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The right fragrance can completely change the ambiance in your home and transport your mind and spirit to another world. The key to harnessing the true benefits of premium fragrance lies in choosing the right application.

Reed diffusers are ideal for large spaces that get plenty of air circulation like the living room or entryway. They can also be a convenient option for spaces where candles aren’t ideal, but you want a fragrance that will pervade the entire room and last for weeks or months rather than hours. Room mists, on the other hand, are perfect for freshening up a smaller space. They’re also great for layering fragrances with other options like candles and reed diffusers.

In the end, there’s no reason to exclusively choose between reed diffusers and room mists. Both offer a simple fragrance solution for different applications, so why not use both?

Here are some of the most popular reed diffusers and room mists from LAFCO:

  • Sea & Dune Reed Diffuser – Transport your mind to the beach with this bright and breezy fragrance. Bask in the scent of fresh lemon and spicy coastal lily before it settles into a heart of blue lotus and beach grass. The lasting impression is of warm sand, ginger, vetiver, and amber.
  • Marine Room Mist – Freshen up the bathroom or laundry room with this crisp fragrance. The gentle essence of marine water is accented by the scent of crisp sea air, interspersed with notes of bergamot, jasmine water lily, and rhubarb.
  • Fresh Cut Gardenia Reed Diffuser – Fill your home with fresh floral fragrance with this Classic 6-ounce reed diffuser, also available in the Signature 15.5-ounce size. This fragrance features blossoming notes of gardenia, neroli, and orange flower accented with lemon and apple over a lasting base of cedar, musk, and orange blossom.
  • Champagne Room Mist – Breathe a breath of sparkling fragrance with this effervescent room mist. Fresh notes of orange and mandarin zest combine with raspberry and Tuscan lemon before fading into a lasting impression of vetiver, verbena, and rose.
  • Feu de Bois Reed Diffuser – Warm and comforting, this fragrance creates a relaxing ambiance with a combination of smoky leather accord, woody frankincense, and smooth vanilla. Enjoy this fragrance in the Classic 6-ounce reed diffuser or the Signature 15-ounce size.
  • Chamomile Lavender Room Mist – Bring an air of peace and calm to the bedroom with this relaxing room mist. Top notes of bergamot and chamomile hover over a heart of lavender and eucalyptus, giving way to a lasting impression of rosemary, patchouli, and honey flower.

If you can’t decide between a diffuser or room spray, why not shop by fragrance instead? The LAFCO Fragrance Finder makes it easy to pick the perfect fragrance according to your preferences. Before you commit to a full-size product, you can always sample your top three fragrance choices with the LAFCO Discovery Trio. Enjoy samples of three fragranced candles for just $16 with free shipping.

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