Muji Aroma Diffuser
By Get Lippie
I genuinely don’t know what happens to me when I get into a branch of Muji. I’ll get an inkling earlier in the day, a little voice in the back of my head saying something like “You need to tidy up, freak”, and I know that at some point later on in the day I’m going to end up wandering around Muji, slackjawed and glassy-eyed, wondering just what the hell all … this … is actually for. Then I’ll casually hand over approximately the GDP of a small African nation for a couple of what are essentially a couple of cardboard boxes made of polythene, and some gel pens, and leave the store. And furthermore, I’ll be happy. Not just any old kind of happy, either. ORGANISED happy. Verging on ecstatic, even. This happiness tends to last till I get the boxes home and filled with crap, then the cycle begins again …
Anyway, I used to think that Muji were pumping out crack into the atmosphere in their stores to create this happy and contented state of mind, and I wasn’t actually that far wrong as it happens. Last time I was in Muji, I was a bit discontented, and, after buying my bodyweight in polythene boxes as per usual, I finally broke down and bought one of those “smelly fog machines” they always have on the go at the front of the store. It was £45, but I’d seen a couple of people talking about putting their favourite perfumes in them to scent their homes, and from that point on, I’d wanted one. No, actually, needed one. So I bought one.
And I love it. It’s actually called an Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser, and I have literally no idea how it works. The top is removable, you fill it with water and a couple of drops of essential oil, you pop the lid back on and off it goes. There’s also a light with two settings on it, and a timer. The diffuser gently bubbles away, and produces a light (dry) scented mist, which smells of whatever you’ve put in the machine. Simple, and, in its way, rather amazing. It scents my entire living room, which is quite a big one, with 9ft ceilings, but there’s a bigger unit too which can probably scent an entire home for £65, but the smaller unit works well in our flat.
You can buy a selection of essential oils from Muji to go into the diffuser (you literally only need about 3-4 drops of oil per 100ml of water) and these are okay, we liked the relaxing fragrance, but we weren’t so fond of the uplifiting blend for some reason, then I put a bit of L’Artisan Perfumer Safran Troublant in the machine, and we’ve been ignoring the aromatherapy blends ever since. It’s glorious to be able to scent your home with fine fragrance, without needing candles or wasting a lot of perfume just spraying it around. You’ll get a subtle, but distinctive fragrance in your home, and it will last for hours and hours – the diffuser works for up to three hours at a time. The more fragrance you put in, the stronger the effect will be. I generally use around five sprays of fragrance per “diffusion”. Today we’re diffusing Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta, and it is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve also liked Joan Collins I Am Woman in there too, but more about that another time ….
The instructions state not to use anything other than essential oils as “chemicals” in synthetic fragrances will break the machine. Somehow though, I doubt the machine can actually tell what is a synthetic and what is a natural fragrance – it is ALL chemicals at the end of the day …
So, an impulse buy, but one I’ve enjoyed hugely. And if you think £45 is expensive for what is, essentially, a glorified air freshener then let me tell you about the £80 one I have from Fornasseti …
You can find the Muji Aroma Diffuser here:
The Fine Print: I bought this. I was in a bad mood with MrLippie though, and I used his money, so it’s all good.