It’s been raining in Massachusetts for more than two months. My lawn looks like Ireland. I know I shouldn’t complain because we were in a drought for more than a year, and the rain has pulled us out of it. But this is getting ridiculous. I’ve got cabin fever. I need to see some sun. I could use some mood elevation, for sure.
Simply Earth Diffuser and Essential Oils
Several months ago, I got a package from Simply Earth. Simply Earth makes pure essential oils. The scents from natural essential oils alone or in combination with other essential oils have been known to alter mood by energizing, calming, de-stressing, creating alertness, etc. according to which oils were selected. I had never really tried them. Although I was curious, the Simply Earth package sat in my closet for a quite awhile. A couple of weeks ago as I hit rock bottom (almost) mood wise from the gloomy weather, I sought out the Simply Earth package and finally opened it.
Inside was a very cute diffuser. It’s small so it can sit on even a narrow table, though sometimes I put it on the floor. When I plugged it in, the unit itself flashed with a white light. Next, I discovered that it has a color changing mode where the unit flashes through all the colors of the rainbow. The pretty rainbow colors are almost enough to help raise my spirits on their own.
Although I had never tried an essential oil diffuser, I am a scent person. I love fragrances. I love to grow flowers that actually smell. I have about a million perfumes. I even love me a good scented fabric softener. So I was very open minded about trying essential oils that I could broadcast throughout my rooms, scent that might even have a psychological benefit for me!
Along with the diffuser came a “recipe box” full of goodies. Inside were 4 amber bottles with easy-to-use dropper tops, each containing 15 ml of essential oil.
Because I must have received this set around Christmas time, the recipe box included scents that are Christmas-y:
- Happy Joy, a mix of several essential oils: Geranium, Sweet Orange, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang.
There was a 5th box included: a 10 ml amber roll-on bottle called Curb Hunger made up of several essential oils that are meant to curb appetite. I guess that’s included at holiday time to keep us from overindulging! I tried it a week ago, but my desire for goodies was greater than Curb Hunger’s power at that time. Funny though, I tried Curb Hunger again a couple of hours ago, and at 7:15pm, I still haven’t had dinner and I’m not hungry in the least. Hmmm, this could be something big!
The Simply Earth box also included little DIY gifts for the holidays as well as a “recipe ring” with instructions on how to make the gifts or how to combine the oils to create different scents and effects.
Here are some examples of the gift ideas and the paraphernalia included to create them:
- Christmas Air Freshener that is made from rosemary and pine EOs, baking soda (you have to provide this), a mason jar and ribbon (included)
- Holiday Home Scent Spray: pine and frankincense EOs, water and a silver spray bottle (included)
- directions for making your of scented Christmas tree ornaments from frankincense EO, baking soda, corn starch, water, and string.
They also included a gift card, printed gift labels, two extra mini dropper-top amber bottles as well as a plastic measuring cup to add water to the diffuser unit. Very impressive and useful set up indeed!
How to Use the Diffuser and Essential Oils
The diffuser and oils are easy to use. Just lift off the clear outer plastic cover on the diffuser, take off the white plastic top, fill the measuring cup with water to the line on the cup, fill the inside of the unit, add drops of essential oil, put the covers back on, and turn on the unit.
Soon water vapor will start to come out of the top, and you’ll begin to smell the scent. The scent really fills the space! You can turn it on so that it goes until empty, or you can choose to have it on for either 2 or 4 hours. Since the amount of water added is the same, I’m assuming the timing device affects how quickly or slowly the vapor comes out of the unit.
You can also turn on the Light color changing mechanism via the little push bar at the bottom of the unit for the full light show, if desired! While it’s working, you can sometimes here the water sloshing around which I find rather soothing.
This afternoon, I’m using Happy Joy, a combination that’s supposed to create joy and help you de-stress. I brought my car into the dealership today for an oil change, and discovered that the car needs $2000 worth of repairs. I definitely need help de-stressing, and the dreary weather isn’t helping. Deep breaths along with Happy Joy have helped lift my spirits somewhat, though Happy Joy won’t pay my repair bill 🙁
The recipe ring provides suggestions about how to combine the essential oils provided in the recipe box to create different effects or mood states.
How Simply Earth’s Subscription Works
Essential oils can be pricey on their own, and it can be a crapshoot trying to figure out how to combine them to achieve different goals. For $39 a month, Simply Earth sends subscribers a different theme of 6-7 essential oil recipes and all the key ingredients including 4 different oils plus anything else you need to make the recipes.
Simply Earth essential oils are 100% pure with no additives or fillers. From the Simply Earth recipes and their essential oils, you can create better-for-you natural cleaning, beauty and bath products as well as use a little of your own creativity!
If you decide you’d like to subscribe to Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box, here is a coupon code that you can use to receive a free diffuser: beautyfreedif
There are three subscription options:
- once a month for $39/box
- one box every 3 months for $45/box
- a single current month’s box for $49
On the website, you can see the contents of last month’s, this month’s and next month’s recipe box so you can decide if it’s interesting to you. With Simply Earth’s subscription program, you can pause your subscription or cancel it at any time. There’s free shipping as well as a 100% money back guarantee. Check out their website for complete details.
Purchasing without Subscribing and Other Information
If you’re curious about essential oils but you don’t want to subscribe, (though their subscription seems to be a really good deal) you can still shop on the Simply Earth website and select the products that you wish to buy. Individual essential oils are priced from $6.99 and up with the average price around $10-12. There are a variety of roll-ons for a variety of needs, e.g. Breathe Easy, Energy Boost, Immunity Boost, Digestion Aid etc. They sell 4 oz. bottles of 100% pure oils such as almond, jojoba, camellia seed, meadowfoam oil, and pure fractionated coconut oil for under $10 each – great to make your own fragrances or bath and body products! And there are sets of 6 essential oils for less than $50.
In addition, Simply Earth donates 13% of their profits to organizations that are fighting to stop human trafficking.
I need to pick up some soothing, night time essential oils like lavender to help me fall asleep faster. In fact, I just took the quiz on the website that’s supposed to match you with essential oils, and lavender was recommended for me. By sharing that on Facebook, I got a code for a free essential oil! I plan to get lavender. Plus I’ve read that lemon eucalyptus oil is good for repelling mosquitos and deer ticks so I may give that a go as well.
Have you tried essential oils? What are your favorites?