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6 Reasons Why Your Diffusers Don’t Produce A Strong Smell


You may have discovered three reasons to your diffuser’s problem with this article, or you’re about to discover one of your body’s naturally occurring adaptations that prevents you from identifying this problem.

What do I mean by your body’s naturally occurring adaptations is that you may be experiencing a nose blindness.

This may be one of the reasons why you think that your diffuser is not giving a strong scent to your room. Imagine having a nose that can’t see, or should I say smell!

Kidding aside, we’ll learn more about this, as well as the other five most likely reasons why your diffusers don’t produce a strong smell.

Let’s get specific…

Here are the 6 reasons why your diffusers don’t produce a strong smell

These five reasons are responsible for the issue you’re currently experiencing.

  1. Nose blindness
  2. Defective diffusers
  3. Wrong diffuser range
  4. Using small amount of drops
  5. Using a low quality essential oils
  6. Using a not long-lasting essential oils

Let’s take a look at each of them individually…

1. Nose blindness

Your nose, and the nerves that deliver scent messages to your brain, can become fatigued.

When your nose gets fatigued you can experience nose blindness.

The condition of nose blindness is merely temporary. You can try to confirm if you have nose blindness by asking someone else if they can tell you what they can smell in your room, for example.

In this case, if you believe you have nose blindness, you will not be able to detect any strong scent coming from your diffuser.

According to olfactory specialists, you can open all your windows and doors and allow the scents flow – by this time, you’ll be able to gradually modify the scent of your room, and your nose will start to trigger the nerves to send new signals to your brain about the scents in your surroundings.

You will notice an enhancement in your sense of smell as a result of this, and you will enjoy the scent of your essential oils!

2. Defective diffusers

You might have damaged or non-functioning parts.

This is because of water leaks, minerals can accumulate on the circuit board of your diffuser. The most typical source of a water leak is an air vent.

There are notes in the diffuser’s manual that you can check to identify which parts of your diffuser must be kept dry.

If your diffuser isn’t working properly, it can contribute to the diffuser not producing a strong smell. Even if you try to add extra essential oils to your diffuser, it will not provide you the results you are looking for.

I’ve had this happen to me and was quite irritated by it!

Here’s what I did;

You can first check with your manufacturer to determine if there are any damaged parts that need to be replaced. It’s also a good idea to bring your essential oils to the manufacturer’s store and then test it after the parts are replaced.

3. Wrong diffuser range

You can’t produce a strong essential oil smell because you are using the wrong diffuser.

The strength of the essential oil scent is also affected by the diffuser’s coverage range; if the diffuser is designed for a small room but you have a large room (measure the area), you have the wrong diffuser.

If this is the case, you won’t be able to notice a strong scent in your space if you use the wrong diffuser coverage range.

I have illustrated how to measure the area of your room here.

You can choose the suitable diffuser based on the size of your space by using this link or the table below. The diffuser’s coverage range is important to know if you want a strong smelling scent in your room.

4. Using small amount of drops

You’re probably not using enough essential oil drops in your diffusers.

If you use 500 ml of water and only 1 or 2 drops of essential oil in your diffuser, you will most likely not be able to smell anything.

One or two drops of essential oil will not suffice for that amount of water in your diffuser. To have a stronger smell within your room, you would need to have the proper number of drops of essential oils.

A good rule of thumb is to use 2-3 drops of essential oils per 100 ml of water in your diffuser. You could also experiment with adding one drop more each time you use your diffuser; ultimately, you’ll find the right amount of water to essential oil ratio for your diffuser.

5. Using a low quality essential oils

You’re probably not using high-quality essential oils if your branded diffuser still does not produce a strong scent.

Certain essential oils are not pure and may contain other compounds or carrier oils. This could be a low-quality essential oil that does not have a strong aroma.

If you have these kind of oils, you shouldn’t expect a strong smell from your diffuser when using it.

Consider the packaging when purchasing high-quality essential oils; it is best to choose organic essential oils that have been certified; and finally, do some research on popular essential oil brands before making a purchasing decision.

This article includes a list of organic essential oils from which to choose.

6. Using a not long-lasting essential oils

You are most likely using a type of essential oil that does not have a long lasting smell, such as citrus varieties of essential oils.

In contrast to other types of essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oils, citrus types of essential oils, according to aromatherapist, do not last very long. Most citrus fruits, such as lemon, orange, and other varieties, do not have a long-lasting aroma.

Here I have listed different types of long-lasting essential oils.

It’s likely that you won’t notice a strong smell in your room if you’re using an essential oil that doesn’t linger long.

Change your essential oils to ones that are not citrusy in smell and follow the other suggestions above to ensure that you will have stronger scents in your home.

Do this if you need a strong-smelling diffuser right now…

The most effective advise I can give you is to increase the number of drops of essential oils you use in your diffuser.

If the recommended drops per 100 mL are 2-3 drops, increase it to 3-4 drops or continue to increase it until you achieve a strong smell by adding more drops.

Always proceed with caution when using essential oils, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

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