In this article we compare wax warmers and oil diffusers. There are a few important things to take note of right off the bat. If you’re looking for a wax warmer for hair removal this article will not have the information you are looking for. This article provides information and reviews of scented wax warmers because they have similar functions to oil diffusers.
Here is a list of the section headings in this article. Feel free to skip to the one most interesting to you.
- Wax Warmers vs Oil Diffusers
- Can I use essential oils in a wax warmer?
- Essential Oil Diffusers
- Nebulizers and Cool Mist Diffusers
- Essential Oil Nebulizers
- Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffusers
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Wax Warmers vs Oil Diffusers
In this part of the article we begin exploring some of the different types of wax warmers. Further down the page we do the same for oil diffusers.
Wax warmers are basically candles without the flame. Generally there’s a small dish that holds the wax. Underneath this dish is in light bulb that generates heat. This heat melts the wax and let’s the scent and aroma come out of the wax and fill the room that you have it in. Using a wax warmer can be a lot safer than a scented candle, especially if you have pets or children in your home. There is almost no risk for fire when using a light bulb to warm wax.
If you want a wax warmer that uses a candle then check out the row of images coming up. While there is the risks that come with using an open flame, the candle can add a lot to the ambiance of the room. From a practical perspective – if you are using a candle, the wax warmer does not need to be plugged in. This opens up a few more possibilities for placement without worrying about trying to hide the cord to an electric wax warmer.
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include some of the most popular and unique tealight wax warmers.
On the other hand using a candle-powered wax warmer means you will need to make sure there is enough wax left in your tealight every time you want to use your wax warmer. Also, some people worry about the small amounts of particulate air pollution that candles produce and will want to stick with an electric wax warmer.
If you are having trouble deciding between a candle wax warmer and one that uses a light bulb, try to remember that it is personal preference. Both types of wax warmers produce great aromas by melting wax. You can use the same kinds of wax in both of them.
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include a selection of the top electric wax warmers available on Amazon. Our top pick is the Hosley Ceramic Wax Warmer.
One of the reasons people may choose to use essential oils is for the therapeutic benefits they can offer. This is generally not the case with wax warmers. The main reason people would use wax warmers is for their pleasant aroma and scent.
What is the best wax warmer brand?
There are many different wax warmer brands on the market today. One of the biggest reasons is how easy it is to manufacture a wax warmer. Because there are so many, it is helpful to have a quick summary of some of the best.
Scentsy has the biggest selection of scented waxes and they have a great lineup of wax warmers. However, they are generally some of the most expensive. Scentsy is a very well known brand with a great reputation. This gives added peace of mind when making your purchase that the warmer is quality and will last a long time.
If you are looking for something a little more unique or want to match a well developed theme in your home, check out ScentSationals. They have a number of collections, or themes of wax warmer styles. These collections include:
- Retro Collection – includes an old jukebox shaped warmer
- Folia Collection – these have different plant designs on them
- Day of the Dead Collection – intricately decorated skull shapes
Can I use essential oils in a wax warmer?
Yes, it is possible to use essential oils in your wax warmer. Some people will combine the essential oils with a base like coconut oil or jojoba. This gives the mixture to be diffused the correct potency. This is the same idea as using a carrier oil in a reed diffuser.
When it comes to Scentsy wax warmers, they say that their wax warmers are designed for wax melts specifically and that oil may discolor the dish you melt the wax in. This does not seem like a real downside since the dish will always have something in it – you would rarely ever notice the discoloring. Their blog also indicates using oil in a wax warmer will not void the warranty. However, adding heat to an essential oil does have the potential to reduce any therapeutic benefit you might get from it.
Oil diffusers on the other hand, can diffuse the oil into your room without adding heat. In the next part of this article we go over how this is possible.
Essential Oil Diffusers
There are two main kinds of oil diffusers that do not use heat to diffuse essential oils. Diffusing essential oils without heat is the main reason someone would choose an essential oil diffuser over a scented wax warmer.
The first kind is a nebulizer. Nebulizers use compressed air to break up the essential oil into very small pieces. These small pieces are basically a missed that diffuses into the room. The process of turning an oil into a mist is called atomization.
The other kind of essential oil diffuser that does not use heat is very similar to a cool mist humidifier. In these oil diffusers the essential oil is diluted with water. This mixture is agitated with an ultrasonic vibration. This function is exactly the same way that a cool mist humidifier works. Vibrations turn the water and oil mixture into a mist that easily diffuses into the air.
For a more in depth read on these types of essential oil diffusers, check out this article.
Nebulizers and Cool Mist Diffusers
Both avoid the use of heat to diffuse essential oils. This is very important to people looking for therapeutic benefits from their essential oils. Sometimes as nebulizers are compressing the air to start the atomization process they make a humming noise. Most manufacturers advertise that their nebulizers work silently. This is very important to look for so that you are not disturbed while enjoying the benefits of your essential oils.
Essential Oil Nebulizers
If you are looking for an essential oil nebulizer, we recommend starting your search with the Nebulizer Diffuser for Essential Oil Aromatherapy by Two Scents. Here are the key features that set this nebulizer apart from most others on the market today:
- Rechargeable battery – continuous runtime of up to 50 hours on one charge
- Durable construction – other nebulizers often use glass in their designs
- Tip over protection – automatically turns off to prevent leaks
- Large coverage area – provides aromatherapy for up to 650 square feet
- Adjustable output – low, medium and high
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include the Two Scents nebulizer and similar products.
Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffusers
URPOWER and Exqline make some of the best cool mist essential oil diffusers on the market today. Both of these brands have solid lineups of essential oil diffusers in a number of different sizes. Choosing between these two brands will come down to personal preference. The main difference is in their appearance, not functions or features. We review their two largest models, capable of providing aromatherapy for large rooms, in this article. If space is a concern, we recommend the URPOWER 300ml Essential Oil Diffuser.
The images below are all clickable links that will take you to the product listing on Amazon.com. Once you are there you can explore other product listings as well. These images include a lineup of URPOWER essential oil diffusers.
Humidity and Indoor Air Quality
Ultrasonic diffusers add humidity to the air along with essential oils. Proper humidity levels in your home or office is an important factor in maintaining indoor air quality. Humidity levels below 40% are lower than ideal. Breathing dry air causes dryness and cracking in your nasal passages, causing discomfort and decreases the defenses against infection provided by your body’s mucous membranes.
If humidity levels are too high, above 60%, dust mites and mold spores have an ideal environment to grow and reproduce. Relative humidity levels above 60% are generally beyond comfortable levels anyway.
Since ultrasonic diffusers add moisture to the air you may want to check the humidity levels when trying to decide between them and wax warmers or essential oil nebulizers. There are some climates when you can safely assume that humidity levels are low, such as deserts or very cold places during the winter.
Other situations may be more uncertain and you will need a humidistat to measure the relative humidity levels in your home or office. ThermoPro makes an indoor humidity and temperature measurement tool. We recommend the TP50 because it is a basic model that has everything you need to measure the temperature and humidity indoors. There are many other humidistats with additional features available as well. We just like this one because of the simplicity and easy of use that it offers.
Other Indoor Air Quality Factors