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What is an Essential Oil Car Diffuser?

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Some people take pride in their vehicles and keep them looking pristine at all times. Others don’t have the time, energy, or desire to maintain their cars’ interiors. If you fall into the latter category but hate the feeling of having a dirty car, it could be time for you to take a look at your personal habits and make a change. Besides spring cleaning your car on a fairly regular basis, you can enhance the ambience of your car by making it smell nice.

You might consider hanging a Little Tree air freshener from your rearview mirror, or even keeping a can of air freshener in the glove compartment to refresh your car’s smell, but these strategies aren’t long-term solutions as the scent can disappear relatively quickly.

If you’re looking to hang onto that new car smell for longer, consider using an essential oil diffuser in your car.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are extracted from a plant’s leaf, root, fruit, stem, or flower. Some essential oils are reported to aid in sleep, alertness, or stress-reduction, while some can be used as liniments and in creams. When it comes to your car, however, diffusing essential oils as an aromatherapy aid can help you stay calm behind the wheel while making your vehicle smell nice.

In-car essential oil diffusers release the scent of your choice slowly and steadily and can be topped up once it has all evaporated. Some naturally diffuse into the air of their own accord, while others are powered by plugging them into your cigarette lighter for a more even and steady release. These diffusers keep your car smelling great, while also being kinder to the environment than disposable one-use car air fresheners. You can also change the scent whenever you feel like it.

Associated benefits

If you are one of the millions who suffer from the occasional outburst of road rage, or simply find yourself feeling tense when driving, essential oils could be the key to your new serene life behind the wheel.

Diffusing in your car ensures you get the associated benefits from essential oils without causing irritation or rashes that can occur with topical use.

Whether your car is pristine or filled with kids’ toys and candy wrappers, the quickest and easiest way to improve the atmosphere is with a pleasing fragrance. Essential oil diffusers help keep your car smelling fresh, and let you switch up the fragrance whenever you like.


Before using essential oils, whether topically or by diffusing, check to make sure you are using them safely.

This is a collaborative article.