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Matching Essential Oils and Diffusers to Your Daily Routines
Using an essential oil diffuser is fairly straightforward: Just drop in some water and oils, press go, and let it stream the pretty scents of whatever plant you’ve chosen. But a recent conversation revealed to us that everyone does it a little bit differently. One goop staffer keeps hers at her bedside to anchor her bedtime routine. Another has hers perched on her living room mantel to mask the smell of her dog with pet-safe oils. A third keeps hers in her bathroom as a starting signal for a heavenly morning routine. Which led us to the conclusion that perhaps our imaginations have been slacking in the essential oil department and there are more ways than our own to put our diffusers to good use.
The A.M. Kick-Starter
We’ve found that the morning routines that activate and invigorate us also tend to shuttle us around, from the bedroom to the bathroom to the kitchen and wherever we go next. vitruvi’s new Move Diffuser is the perfect fit for mornings like those ones; it’s designed to go with you almost anywhere. You charge it on a dock—we suggest doing so overnight—and then it operates wirelessly.
Here’s the essential oil recipe that gets us up and moving at the start of the day: two parts bergamot to one part eucalyptus. (Eucalyptus oil is powerful—you need only a little and it really comes through.) It’s sunny and refreshing and makes us want to get things done.
To get the most out of your diffuser in the mornings, make it one of the first things you reach for when you get out of bed. Pour filtered water into the basin of the Move Diffuser, drop in your essential oils, fit the lid back on, and click the top button on the back to turn the diffuser on. To make this routine even easier, you can prep the diffuser in the evening so all you need to do in the morning is turn it on.
Let the Move Diffuser stream bergamot and eucalyptus as you wash up in the bathroom and get dressed. When you relocate to the kitchen for your morning cup of coffee, simply take the diffuser off of its charging base and bring it with you. While you’re at it, fire up a playlist that hits the sweet spot between upbeat and mellow—we’ve been listening to this one, which seamlessly mixes modern singer-songwriters like Lucy Dacus and Laura Marling with Neil Young and Dolly.
Work it out:
Carry that invigorating energy into your at-home morning workout. Again, the Move Diffuser is your friend: Set it up at the top of your mat for gentler workouts or on a side table if you’re down for something more active. (While the diffuser’s lid doesn’t slip off easily, it’s not entirely knock-over-proof.) You’ll appreciate the deep, essential-oil-infused breaths during Lia Bartha’s thirty-minute low-impact Pilates session—just grab a mat, a stability ball or a yoga block for support, and a pair of wrist or ankle weights for an extra challenge.
If your last stop of the day is your home office (whether that’s your kitchen counter or the desk you found room for in your living room last April), park yourself there for a peaceful morning. The fresh scent from your diffuser? At work, it’s an invitation to ease back into the present moment if you start feeling stressed or sidetracked.
If you’re headed elsewhere, good news: The Move Diffuser fits nicely in a car cupholder, and the battery is sure to last wherever your commute takes you. (Four hours on a charge when it’s constantly streaming, and eight if you choose the intermittent option.) You can always pause a cycle, too—so it can run with you on your way home later.
This sleek stone diffuser is our go-to model when we’re hanging out in one place: It’s easy on the eyes, has a nice weight to it, and looks at home in any room. It comes in black or white, but our favorite is the goop-exclusive French grey.
Also of note: These make great gifts. More than one goop editor has been known to keep a stockpile for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries…
All of the essential oils in this blend come from the vitruvi Essentials Bundle. It comes as a boxed set with a bottle each of calming lavender, energizing grapefruit, grounding spruce, and transporting eucalyptus. Each of the individual oils stands alone just as well as they do all mixed together. (Again with the gifts: This is a great one.) Here’s a favorite recipe:
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A calming nighttime ritual is less about a perfectly constructed routine and more about doing what feels good. A solid scent story can help set the stage. Drop the blend above into your stone diffuser, then let the aroma guide you.
Maybe you’re getting spa vibes? Smooth on a sheet mask. Highly recommended: These legendary eye masks from Jillian Dempsey, which are soaked in hyaluronic acid and nourishing almond and camelina oils.
Sip on golden milk, with spicy notes of ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom. This easiest-ever blend—just whisk into a cup of steamed milk—is a little stimulating without taking you out of bedtime mode.
If you’re looking to settle the mind for sleep, we have two suggestions. First, pop two of our Knock Me Out chews—they’re formulated with melatonin, L-tryptophan, and vitamin B6, and they taste like chocolate mint. Second, try a little active meditation. That could mean turning your attention to your breath for a few minutes, recognizing the rise and fall of your chest and lengthening your out breaths. Or maybe you’re up for something new, like a meditation coloring book. We like the ones from The Coloring Method, which draw on traditional meditation practices.
The Spiritual Reset
What sets Addition Studio’s Synergy Oil Burner apart from the rest of the diffusers on this list is that it uses heat—not vibration—to fill the air with aroma. You don’t use water; just drop your oils into the brass dish up top and light the tea light below.
There’s something transporting about this blend of frankincense, lavender, and bergamot—which makes it a good fit for moments when you want to tap into an intuitive or a spiritual mindset.
Maybe there are days where you can close your eyes and easily drop into a feeling of calm. But it might also be true that you sometimes need a little something to shift into a meditative state. Your senses are powerful tools here: Dive into sound, scent, taste, and touch to bring you home to your body.
Opt for something traditional, like a green tea or masala chai, or try an adaptogenic blend designed for moments like this. Wylde One’s Yoga in a Cup is a powdered elixir of reishi and ashwagandha, plus cinnamon, nutmeg, peppermint, and licorice; it’s a little bit oaky and a little bit spicy. Mix a sachet into hot water or plant milk and sip away.
After setting up your tea-light-powered oil burner, take a seat (any comfortable chair works—if you’re sitting on the ground, grab a meditation pillow to go easier on your back and hips) and gently release tension from the body, starting by gently massaging the head, neck, and shoulders and stretching through the upper body.
Binaural beats—a sound-bath-like experience that feeds different frequencies of noise through each ear—can help drop us into meditation without guidance or effort. You can give YouTube or Spotify a quick search to find a good one. (To save you some searching, we’ve been liking J.S. Epperson’s Solfeggio Suite, which you can find on most streaming services.) Slip on a pair of noise-blocking headphones, lie back, press play, and notice how your state of mind shifts over the course of the album (or even a single song).
No Recipe Necessary
These sets from vitruvi help you set the mood without having to play chemist. They come with four essential oil blends mixed with a particular moment in mind: The Uplift Kit is perfect for everyday occasions that feel light and awake, like if you’re packing a picnic or have friends coming over for dinner. (The blends are zesty, refreshing, and bright.) The Unwind Kit is geared toward grounding down. Think slow afternoons, fresh flowers, sunsets, and heads hitting pillows. Just tip a few drops into your diffuser and go about your business.
When you can’t have a diffuser with you
While the Move Diffuser goes almost everywhere, we get that you can’t always take it with you. For those moments, we keep essential oil rollers in our bags, coat pockets, wherever. Try the blends from Thought Sanctuary: They smell incredible. And if you’re into crystals, they’re mixed in the presence of stones that crystal lore says help cultivate specific feelings.