Do you ever walk into a Muji store just to clear your mind? Same. When you live in New York City, you begin to really cherish any peaceful space you can find. And by peaceful, I mainly mean: spaces where you cannot hear the sound of mice, cockroaches, or Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.”
This is why, on particularly chaotic days I'd find myself strolling the tidy aisles of the Japanese household goods store without a purchase in mind, just to feel some semblance of order in my life. Good news: It worked! Though, the major revelation came with realizing that I could replicate the Muji Experience right at home by purchasing a crucial atmospheric component: the light-up aroma diffuser. To walk through Muji is to walk through a cloud of lemongrass, lavender, rosemary, and yuzu oils. There isn’t a Muji without it. Adding a light-up aroma diffuser to my nightstand setup — and purchasing some oils for rotation — has completed the transformation from Gloom Room to Zen Den.
Certainly, you will be able to find plenty of cheaper aroma diffusers on the market. However, you won’t find one that checks all the same boxes: The Muji diffuser offers a minimalist, unfussy design (surprisingly difficult to find), functions perfectly for your desk at work, doubles as an effective mood light (which, for a room with harsh, medicine-cabinet-like light like mine has been a godsend), and has an auto-timer so that it will shut off on its own if you fall asleep. (Your choice of 180-, 120-, 60-, or 30-minute sessions.) And if you're looking for something a bit more heavy-duty? Just upgrade to the larger size.
My essential oil recommendation: lavender or "love," a blend of lavender and rosemary. Also, if you ever visit the aroma lab at the flagship location in Manhattan, let an expert help you out. (Did you know that mixing all of your favorite scents together does not equal a good smell?) —Colin Gorenstein
Get it from Amazon for $54.90 or with essential oil for $84.