The Best Reed Diffusers Last All Season and Don’t Compete With Your Decor
These are our favorite scents for fall.
Published Sep 18, 2022 1:00 AM
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Much like our wardrobes, our interiors also require a transitioning between seasons—and one particularly low-lift practice for updating a space is scent swapping. To avoid burning through a new suit of expensive candles every three months, we suggest going the reed diffuser route. These flameless fragrance alternatives can last an entire season while also functioning as a relaxing ritual and aesthetically pleasing decor accent. We love placing the well-designed vessels in foyers to greet guests upon entry or inside bathrooms to maintain a fresh-and-fragrant facade, turning over the reeds every so often to redistribute the aromatic oils.
But as there are countless scents to sort through, we culled a list of the best reed diffusers from our favorite brands for fall—including options for passionate pumpkin-spice-heads as well as those who prefer subtler woodsy notes, sun-ripened apple orchards, or grassy hayrides.
- Best for pumpkin spice: Williams Sonoma
- Best for fallen leaves: Puebco
- Best for apple picking: The White Company
- Best for fire weather: Apotheke
Best for Pumpkin Spice: Williams Sonoma
Notes: Pumpkin, butter, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted pecans, and spices | Refillable: No | Reeds: 9
Why we chose it: Because you’re the first in line when PSL hits the menu.
We’d be remiss not to include this fan-favorite fragrance—nothing says (or should we say, screams) fall quite like pumpkin, especially when this garden gourd happens to be sweetened with notes of brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon. It’s easy to get this scent wrong; we’ve experienced our fair share of the overwhelming. But Williams Sonoma’s latest version is well rounded with notes reminiscent of ginger and toasted pecans. It’s warm like a fresh loaf of bread and bottled inside a frosted glass container with clean square edges (no pumpkin shapes or gaudy colors). Be sure to check back next season, when the retailer drops more, limited-edition options, which in the past have included harvest spice and citrus clove.
Best for Fallen Leaves: Puebco
Notes: N/A | Refillable: No | Reeds: 6
Why we chose it: Like the fresh air on a morning walk or run, leaves crunching underfoot.
It can be challenging to capture that crisp feeling once the air has chilled and winds have scattered scarlet, gold, and brown leaves from the branches—but that’s exactly what Japan-made Puecbo’s aptly named blend conjures. Outfitted with black reeds and housed in an amber glass vessel that looks like it could easily be mistaken for a spice jar, this is the sort of diffuser that captures the essence of fall weather. The label is small enough to not be distracting and, though demure in appearance (just 230 milliliters of oil in a 5-inch-tall bottle), its luxe reputation shouldn’t be overlooked.
Best for Apple Picking: The White Company
Notes: Pear, quince, and apricot | Refillable: No | Reeds: 5
Why we chose it: Synonymous with the smells of fall harvest, it comes in a luxe glass container.
The White Company’s fruity fragrance encapsulates an October weekend replete with freshly plucked boughs of sun-ripened Macouns and MacIntosh. It has all the markings of a full harvest: In addition to apple, there’s subtle hints of pear and apricot, though it’s bright enough to not come off as sickly sweet, according to past purchasers. One reviewer even attests that it’s so intoxicating they wish the scent was available all year long.
Best for Fire Weather: Apotheke
Notes: Cedarwood, smoky amber, sandalwood | Refillable: No | Reeds: 6
Why we chose it: An all-black exterior can double as Halloween decor.
This one’s for all you fall bonfire lovers out there who are biding your time before you can bundle up, pop on a few logs, and start sipping the red wine. Apotheke’s earthy reed diffuser offers the smell of smoke without the lingering aftermath. Unlike the brand’s usual frosted glass containers, this one is swathed in an all-black matte exterior and outfitted with dark-stained reeds to match. While we can’t help but see it in a more gothic light, it will also pair well with modern plumbing fixtures sporting the same finish. Reviewers have raved about the cedarwood lasting some months without needing a replacement—so we’d wager this should get you to the first snowfall, if you’re not ready for another seasonal swap before then.
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Long-lasting is the name of the game for Nest, which offers not one, but two on-the-nose seasonal scents: Autumn Plum and Pumpkin Chai. Go with the latter if you like your autumnal scents cozy (think: pumpkin but with masala chai and cardamom). Or, for a fruity offering, the former is your best bet with additional notes of patchouli leaf and cinnamon to keep it from erring on the side of too sweet.
If our above vessels skew on the safer side for your sensorial tastes, Voluspa’s affordably priced and dappled orange container might be a better fit. This pumpkin latte oil is said to last for up to six months and is described by the brand as warm and spicy, thanks to the combination of pumpkin and cinnamon spiced brulee. Though we’re weary of the fluffy vanilla marshmallow and whipped coconut crema notes, using fewer rattan reeds is an easy trick for minimizing the potential potency of the fragrance.
Luxurious Giftables, All Year Long
If you’re looking for a unique housewarming or wedding gift, or don’t want to show up empty-handed at an upcoming gathering, then the below selection of reed diffusers are definitely luxurious enough to be gift wrapped.
The Last Word
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