I made my first diffuser for my grandmother following the 3:1 (base to FO) ratio that Candle Science suggests. I then placed 5 reeds in the solution. After a few hours the scent made its presence known. Then I thought it would be a good thing to give to my grandmother who has poor vision. I’d tried candles, but I could only burn them while I was there. I figured she’d neglect a melter and that could present a fire hazard. I also considered placing strong candles in different rooms using the CT to odorize her home, but I want to sell my candles. So a diffuser seemed like a sound option.
I proudly delivered the diffuser and set it up with 5 reeds in a room adjacent to her kitchen. An hour or two more passed and the scent was so strong that I could hardly stand stand breathing without covering my face with my hood while sitting in the next room. I asked her if the scent was too strong for her and she replied “no.” I stayed for a couple of hours and asked a couple of more times. She hadn’t been affected as I had. Over the next couple of days I called and checked with her to see if the scent had become too overwhelming. Again she rejoined, “no.” After three days I called and she informed me that she woke up, opened her bedroom door and was confronted by an invisible yet powerfully odiferous assailant; In her words, “Baby, it lit up the whole house!” She also informed me that she removed the reeds, wrapped them in plastic and placed a jar over the diffuser bottle, but they were where I’d placed them initially. After her complaint I had intended to adjust the solution, but by the time I’d returned she’d replaced a single reed and the room smelled wonderful. I’m glad she didn’t toss the product. Now, before some of my fellow craftsmen and women start judging and/or castigating me, I will say this — I chose to test it with her because she is unable to air her home out without assistance and wanted to freshen up the air. On that note and in the words of President G.W. Bush, I say, “Mission accomplished!”
Here’s what I learned: One reed people! It was a small room (and I wish I knew the exact dimensions), but one reed was sufficient at a 3:1 ratio. This occurred using a light spa-type FO purchased from this site. I will have to try a 4:1 ratio as MB suggested in their review.