I’m a huge fan of essential oils and think that they can be very calming, especially when you’re overly stressed which can happen when you’re on the road a lot. I wrote about Gurunanda Essential Oils back in May and we also tested out one of their diffusers which we use quite regularly at night, most often with the Lavender scent, which I love. Most diffusers work by heating the essential oils and the Aroma 360 folks take a different approach. Since essential oils are very delicate and volatile, they tout that the therapeutic benefits are destroyed when they are heated, as well as their ability to disperse well in large areas. The molecules fall as they come in contact with the cool air, shortening the life of the scent.
We’ve been playing around with one of the Aroma 360 diffusers, which uses cold air diffusion.
They offer a variety of models, so you can select one that best works for the amount of space you have and they come in both silver and black. Their Mini 360 is sleek and compact, a great solution for a smaller apartment or one room. The Picasso 360 is larger and the most robust solution is the one they call Museum which will scene every square inch of space via a HVAC system. We tested out the Mini 360, which works with open areas of up to 600 square feet. It is compact enough to put anywhere, especially since it’s tall and slender — only 2.5 inches in diameter and 12.2 inches tall.
Cold air diffusion is the latest technology in the scenting industry, and it works by using high amounts of air pressure to compress oils into a dry mist of nano particles. This cold air diffusion technology is used in all Aroma 360 diffusing systems and is meant to ensure consistent and subtle scenting without high or low points in the scenting process. Below is an idea of where and how you can set it up in the house — we happen to love using it in the bedroom before we go to sleep as a way to calm our spirits and take in the relaxing aromas of calming essential oils.
We tested the diffuser roughly 80% of the time before going to bed and 20% in the late afternoon when we were winding down on a weekend to get an idea of how it works in an “awake state” and right before a “sleep state.” In both cases, we found it to have a calming effect and of course, this depends on the type of oils you select.
The Aroma 360 folks offers a variety of essential oils to choose from. What’s really cool is that you can choose by scent or by the benefit it provides, such as Beauty Sleep, Focus, Fresh, True Romance, Social Butterfly (gotta love the name), Inner Peace (great one), Signature Scents and more. Counting Stars is one of my favorites, which is French lavender with Nordic pine (Purple Rain and Take a Bow are also great choices if you like Lavender), Dancing Queen has lilies and zesty coriander and Beautiful Day which is a combo of succulent honeydew, zesty lemon and lemongrass with bamboo and sage.
Green Eyes is a bit like a fragrant Asian garden brimming with fresh green tea, aromatic lemongrass, sweet Valencia oranges and plum wine, Moondance gives the fragrance of an ocean breeze with notes of citrus zest and sharp musk and When Doves Cry is meant to help with circulation and cluttered air with thyme and calming mimosa. They have a very impressive collection of scents and the bottles are much larger than most you’ll find out there. What else is nice is that they have a lot of scented candles to choose from as well.
We went with Purple Rain as mentioned above (I absolutely love the power of Lavender), California Love, which gives off a scent of crisp, clean lemongrass and refreshingly smooth green tea. There is also a touch of soft jasmine and serene lilies that comes through as well. The third scent we went with is something they call Across the Universe which is a crisp, clean therapeutic scent of eucalyptus to help clear your mind and awaken your space. Another very relaxing choice is one they rightfully call Serenity, one of my favorite words and states of being (just look at my Instagram feed). Their Serenity oil gives off wild bamboo stalks and fresh water lilies, and is balanced with notes of lotus blossom, vetiver and dark amber. Bravo and oh so lovely!!
I’m not a doctor of health practitioner so full disclosure that I am merely speaking from personal experience using it and not advising diffusers or essential oils for any particular ailment. I do find that having those lovely relaxing essential oil scents in the air, particularly before sleep, helps put me in ultra relaxation mode pretty quickly. Two thumbs up. More info at http://www.aroma360.com.