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Candle Vs Diffuser – Decadent Scents Served 2 Ways

It's not a myth that scents and smells can trigger memories. They can make you feel better, sexy, relaxed, or even confident. Some studies show that there are certain smells that can even boost the productivity of your brain.

So, why not turn your space into a zone of tranquility, calm, or excitement with the perfect fragrance wafting throughout your home?

Now, there is a debate going on regarding whether it's better to use scented candles or scented oil diffusers to create a fragrant environment. We thought we'd delve a bit deeper into that candle vs diffuser debate.

To be perfectly honest, we're all fans of both candles and diffusers, as most of you probably are as well. But, we thought it would be fun to dive in and check the pros and cons of each.

So, if you're wondering whether you should go the old fashioned route and burn a scented candle, or you'd like to try one of the many types of diffusers on the market today, read on to find which one of them might be best for you.

Candle Vs Diffuser- head to head comparison

We'll start by comparing candles and diffusers feature by feature.


Candle’s main purpose is to illuminate the place. But they not only give light, but they also give off amazing aromas to lift your mood and spirit. So, scented candle is a must if you want to set the mood for a romantic rendezvous.

On the other hand, some diffusers do have mild lighting, but not all of them.

So you need to do some research to find the one that will allow not only beautifully fragrance your room but also provide soft light to set the mood.


Candles do not only give light, they can also light up fires and so they are a safety hazard. If you use a scented candle, you need to be there as you cannot leave it unsupervised.

With most diffusers, you do not need to worry about it being a fire hazard. It is safe as it does not require any hot wax or to be ignited in order to disperse scent around the room.

Furthermore, with reed diffusers, you can eliminate both odor and worries over safety as all you need to do is just put reeds in a bottle of essential oil and relax. It will permeate longer-lasting fragrance for months.

Health Issues

Ever thought, what materials are used to make candles? It is not only wax but nowadays, a host of chemicals is used in order to make candles.

Many candles contain lead, paraffin, known carcinogens such as toluene and benzene, and these releases toxins in the air when burned.

So while you are making your home fragrant, you may also be endangering your health.

This is where diffusers are effective and a better alternative option. Essential oil diffusers use natural essential oils to eliminate the odors from your rooms without harming your health.

Just put in a few drops of essential oil in some water and put it in the essential oil diffuser, it will emit fragrant water vapor instead of any toxic smoke.

Long-Lasting Fragrance

Scented candles do give off quite a strong fragrance through the smoke as it is burned. However, their smell does not tend to last long as it disappears into the environment.

So, if you want the strong smell, candles are perfect for you but do remember that the fragrance remains only for a short while.

However, reed diffusers or essential oil diffusers will slowly permeate the room with fragrance, and it will consistently disperse fragrance, which lasts for a longer period.


Scented candles are expensive regardless of brands, and it is not very cost-effective. You will literally watch your money burning in order to experience the smell of tropics or lavender for about 40 hours.

So, it is a never-ending investment as you need to buy it over and over again.

Diffusers are much more cost-effective in this regard as after buying the diffuser, all you need to do is buy essential oils and/or reeds.

You need to put a few drops of essential oil in the diffuser, these last almost three times more than a candle, which means you don’t need to buy a lot every few days.

Instead of buying different candles to experience the different fragrance, you can just buy different types of essential oils and use the same diffuser.


Candles are prominently featured in movies, TV shows, advertisements, home décor magazines, spas, etc. because they are great decorative pieces. They add a touch of elegance, romance, and luxury to your home, meals, or baths.

The same cannot be said for all diffusers, though. Most diffusers are made of flimsy and cheap plastic, which ruins the aesthetics of well-decorated interiors.

However, there are diffusers that look amazing, but the prices are hefty too.At the same time, the diffusers are generally very small, so you can hide them anywhere without worrying about either smell or looks of your home.

You can also go for reed diffusers, which usually come in stylish or simple glass bottles with long reeds. These reeds are fanned out to put in a more natural touch to your décor.

Now let’s look at some pros and cons of candles and diffusers.



  • Creates a beautiful ambiance
  • Symbolic of romance
  • Decorative
  • Can help in meditation
  • Makes a good gift
  • Helps express personality
  • Disperse fragrance faster and more strongly than diffusers


  • Fire hazard
  • Scented candles are expensive
  • Does not last for months
  • Smoke may be toxic
  • Fragrance is short-lived



  • Variety of diffusers available
  • Generally cheaper than a scented candle
  • Not a fire hazard
  • Disperses fragrance consistently
  • Fragrance lasts longer
  • Essential oils dispersed by essential oil diffusers have aromatherapy benefits


  • Nebulizing diffusers can be expensive as it runs on pure essential oil and doesn’t use water
  • Not as decorative as a candle

Candle vs Diffuser - The Wrap Up

Relaxing after a long day does not have to be hard if you have a fragrant home to help you relax. You can eliminate the odors of your pets, food, and much more simply by lighting a scented candle or turning on a diffuser.

As for the battle between candle vs diffuser, you can choose the one that most suits your needs. Diffusers come in various shapes, types, sizes, and the use of essential oils makes it a much cheaper, cost-effective, and healthier option in comparison with scented candles.

Although many companies now sell candles made with soy wax in order to make scented candles healthier, they are quite expensive.

If the price is not a concern for you, you can surely go for candles as they are not only decorative, but they're also great for setting the mood for romance.

Hope the information here helps you decide. And if you haven't decided yet...we say it's probably wise to get one of each!

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