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Aromatherapy diffusers might sound like a deeply bougie thing to have, and tbh they kinda are, but that’s not to say they don’t have lots of benefits.
For one, they make your room smell nice, without any risk of burning down your house, unlike candles and incense. They also restore moisture into dry indoor air, which means your skin stays clear and balanced, your hair stays shiny and moisturised, and your indoor plants don’t wither and die. There’s also a huge difference of prices that humidifiers can come at, and we wanted to see if those prices actually reflect their performance.
So, we three champagne-on-lemonade-budget babes tried out a £25.99 diffuser from Amazon, and a £59.95 diffuser from Muji – to see which was worth the money.
Ailbhe: I love fancy bedtime things, but also have a low tolerance for "hippy crap", as my inner old timey grouchy old lady alter ego would say.
Natalya: I love plants and I love skincare, and humidifiers are one of the few products that fully satisfy both those interests because they're good for your skin and your plants. Here is a picture of me caressing a leaf as proof of my love of plants.
Emma: I have an obsession with both aromatherapy and pretty things and I live my life surrounded by enough clutter that fits both those criteria to horrify any minimalist.
Ailbhe: I mean, my thoughts are clear. I want a chill, sleepytime diffuser that I can schedule to turn itself off. So Amazon just wasn't for me. Team Muji for ever.
Natalya: For me and my purposes, I don’t think the Muji humidifier justifies a price tag twice the amount of the Amazon one, even if it is more efficient. However, if you prefer the aesthetic, and you want it for ambience, it’s probably a good option. If you just need an affordable humidifier, the Amazon one can do just as good of a job. All that said, I think the main thing I’ve learnt is that humidifiers are surprisingly easy to become emotionally attached to.
Emma: Overall, I'd be hard pushed to pick which diffuser I preferred. But I think if you're on a budget, the Amazon is 90% as good as the Muji one, for 50% of the price, which is a pretty good deal. Plus it may fit your home decor much better. Either way though, make sure you buy the Amazon oils – they're double the size of the Muji oils and won't make you consider smashing them against the nearest wall to get them open.