scent of your home

What’s the Scent of Your Home? Plus a Diffuser and Essential Oil Giveaway

I’ve been using doTERRA essential oils for nearly two years now and I’m only discovering some of the benefits of using these oils.

One of the main reasons I love my essential oils is how they make my house smell all kinds of wonderful. I also find that whatever I diffuse, can have an effect on how I’m feeling.

If I’m feeling a little frazzled because of the kids, I diffuse Peace or Lavender Peace.

If I feel overwhelmed, I diffuse Basil.

If I feel wired up when I should be more relaxed, I will diffuse Balance.

Diffusing my oils is one of my favourite ways to enhance my mood and control how my home smells.

Smells get me all the time. I have to love the smell before I diffuse an oil. And lately I have LOVED diffusing a few combinations of oils to get a gorgeous fragrance throughout our home.

Whenever I have friends and family drop by, they will ask what I’m diffusing.

I thought I’d share 4 of my favourite diffusing blends at the moment.

White Fir and Petitgrain

white fir and petitgrain

White Fir assists in the feelings of being burdened by the issues of others and Petitgrain is known as the oil of ancestry which helps an individual break away from the thought patterns and decisions that have been inherited through the family generations. I love this combination when diffused together. I generally do 2 drops of each oil in a diffuser and it gives a magnificent scent. It reminds me of walking through a pine forest, early in the morning.

Geranium and Patchouli

geranium and patchouli

Geranium is the oil of love and trust. It’s said to heal a broken heart and allows grief and/or pain to be let out. Patchouli is the oil of physicality. This oil allows individuals to feel more grounded and at peace with their body. This is another one of my favourite combinations which is both floral and herbal. The geranium can overtake the patchouli so I add 1-2 drops of geranium and 3 drops of patchouli for a delicious, more floral scent.

Lavender and Vetiver

lavender and vetiver

Lavender is the oil of communication. Lavender allows one to share their true selves through self-expression. It can release tension and constriction. Vetiver is a grounding oil and helps one become more centered and grounded. Vetiver can help an individual to focus on themselves, rather than have their mind scattered on all the things that can often distract. This combination is what I diffuse when I go to sleep. Vetiver has an earthy scent and reminds me of dirt whenever I smell it. Yet, the more I use it, the more I love this grounding oil. If I can’t get to sleep in the middle of the night, a drop of this oil on my big toe helps me drift back to sleep.

Lavender Peace and Balance

lavender peace and balance

These two oils are blends which I love diffusing together. Lavender Peace, as it’s name suggests, has lavender in it and this blend is known as the oil that can promote calm in a household. This oil is known as the restful blend. It can calm children and may assist in helping them drift to sleep. Balance is a grounding blend and has an earthy smell as well, but many people find it more pleasing to smell than Vetiver. It’s another one of my favourite blends. I will diffuse this combination when tension is high in our household or just before bed to get everyone a bit more relaxed before going to sleep.

Favourite Places to Diffuse Oils

I have a diffuser in all four bedrooms of our home. We did have a diffuser on our kitchen bench, but Jacob took this to work. I also have a diffuser in my office, which I turn on while I work.

diffuser at my desk

We use the diffusers for our girls at night. They love their diffusers and take comfort from the night light when the oils are on.

diffuser on at night at desk

When their rooms smell particularly funky, I will diffuse lemon. If we are going through their toys and culling stuff, I will diffuse lemongrass as this helps with the emotion of holding on and allows one to let go of possessions.

I can’t imagine my life without essential oils now. I use them as part of my health management. I’m also now using them on my skin, which I will share in another blog post.

If you’ve never tried essential oils, or have never owned a diffuser, I’m running a giveaway where one lucky reader will win an Aroma-Lily Diffuser (in pink) and two of my favourite doTERRA essential oils.

The Giveaway

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is enter the rafflecopter and then in the comments, tell me where you’d use this diffuser, and which oils would you diffuse together and why? The most interesting answer will win.

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About the Prize

Aromalily diffuser in pink

The Aroma-Lily Diffuser is RRP $75.95. It can operate 3.5 hours continuous or 6 hours intermittent. Uses Ultrasonic Cool Mist Technology. I’m giving away the pink toned diffuser. Product size 9 x 25 cm
Mist dispersion covers 15-20 sq/m, Voltage 24V, power 12W, operates 2.4 million Htz/sec Also has a colour changing LED light.
1 doTTERRA Restful Blend Lavender Peace 15ml RRP$54.00
1 doTTERRA Grounding Blend Balance 15ml RRP $36.00
Total Prize Pack Value $165.95

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There is 1 prize as detailed above with a RRP $165.95.
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  • Rachel Wilson

    I would love to try a diffuser in my 1 year olds room. She is a quite unsettled sleeper at night and as yet, hasn’t slept through the night without waking at least once. I have never tried any oils so I don’t know what I would use, maybe something that would be calming or settles the mind.

  • Marisa Young

    I love oils. Geranium and bergamot are my favourites as they are refreshing and calming to me. I would love a diffuser as my old oil burner broke and I think defusers are much better. Lavender is my favourite in the bedroom for sleeping.

  • Alex Carman

    I am yet to try out a diffuser and oils but they intrigue me! I recently saw a blend called ‘Rise and Shine’, which includes Spearmint, Lemon & Wild Orange. Not only does this sound like an amazing combination, but if it helps my son get out of bed for school in the morning, I’m so in!! So I’d be putting the diffuser in his room of a morning. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

  • Kimberley Knowles

    My love affair with oils has just started. Peppermint is so refreshing and I am loving Lavender also. I need whatever help I can get to get my two boys to sleep through the night. I would love to diffuse in the bedroom for my kids.

  • maya michel

    In my art space I use Cilantro and Lime oils for the freshness and lift I feel. In my heart I am a patchouli person, I’ve been known to follow patchouli-scented people just to breathe it in. I followed a girl on a long-distance train to the dining car and was seated at her table where we discussed our obsession with patchouli and she became a forever friend. I would use this diffuser in my sleeping space where my subliminal brain creates masterpieces in my dreams that come to fruition… and take their leads… from the olfactory sense that guides me.

  • They say that lavender oil is excellent for keeping Gecko’s out of airconditioners! So far it’s working well for us.

  • I would love to try the Lavender Peace restful blend. I’m so utterly sleep deprived (aren’t we all), but on top of that I’m suffering insomnia! So I can’t switch off, once the baby is finally and temporarily settled! It’s a nightmare! I love the diffuser too, so elegant. I’d use it in my bedroom, hopefully the calming effects would also soothe my baby!

  • lara Brown

    Have 4 kids but the youngest is the one that never seems to switch off totally. She wakes several times a night and at the moment husband has been doing the hard yards as I have been so sick and ended up in hospital with pneumonia. We could so do with some Lavender peaceful rest so we can all have a restful night sleep.

  • Heath

    I’m interested in the lavender peace and balance as well – as an introduction to essential oils. I’ve heard so much raving about them, but would love to actually sit down and hear what they’re all about. I think it would help me personally during my mindfulness therapy that I’ve started, to help get through recent anxiety and panic attacks. ♡

  • Kit

    I love the sound of these. I think it would be wonderful in the kitchen/lounge area of the home and would look at Peace and Lavender Peace for calming a frazzled mind which seems to happen too often.

  • I loved reading about the different oils and blends you use and what for. I’ve not heard of some of these. I love the look of the diffusers also. I’ve never seen ones like these. I would like to try the lavender peace or balance for my seven year old who has issues with sleep walking. Last night she hopped out of bed and walked into her bookcase! I’ve tried lavender with her, but would like to see what difference lavender peace makes.

  • Mel Crawford

    Lavender Peace and balance sounds amazing. Id live to try those together. Ive heard Lavender Peace is awesome for sleep.

  • Oh dear! My house smells kinda funky of late – we are trying to train a certain little ginger cat to NOT scratch at our bedroom door to come in, first thing in the morning. So we have put mothballs there as she LOATHES the smell. Hopefully we will soon have her “trained” and I will be able to freshen up with one of these diffusers! As for the scent – lavender of course for its restful qualities, and ylang ylang to inspire other things in the bedroom LOL …

  • Vyky Beattie

    I would love to win this prize, I am anxious to dip my toe into the oils and diffusing pool as we are mid way through a ADHD diagnosis and very slightly loosing the plot. We have had some very lovely people suggest doterra oils to us but we just don’t know where to begin and everyone seems to be so over the top about the whole thing when we try to start up a conversation about it!! Your blog post was so easy to read and understand thank you so much! It was a breath of fresh air! If I won this prize I would LOVE to try out the Lavender Peace and Balance blend you spoke about because I think it is just the thing we would need to help our gorgeous but currently undiagnosed 6 year old girl. We wouldn’t trade her for the world but if rubbing her with oil every morning would calm her at school by goodness I’d send her to school gleaming at this point!! Fingers crossed from a slightly uncalm Mum

  • Clare Tsoi

    I have just this last week been thinking more about these oils (Things about oils keep popping up on my Face book feed!) and wanting to learn more about them. The Oil combo you talk about that “helps an individual break away from the thought patterns and decisions that have been inherited through the family generations.” I had no idea oils could do that!!!?? does it really work? well a few thing have happened in my life recently and I am at the point where I think I am ready to give it a try and find out, so I’d love to win this. thanks Bec for all the info, It was a very interesting read. ooxx

  • I’ve been meaning to get all aboard the DoTerra train for some time. I think I’d put my first diffuser in the bedroom because a good night’s sleep is everything. It can take me ages to get to Sleepy Town with a very busy brain and once I’m there I’m very restless. I reckon the Lavender and Vetiver would be just the ticket to get me to Sleepy Town and to ensure I stay there 🙂 PS Can’t wait to see how you use them on your skin. Do you use them for cleaning etc around the house too?

  • Narelle

    I have never tried a diffuser and oils before, but would love to after reading your blog. I would use the diffuser on my kitchen bench, out of reach of toddler hands, and in the heart of our house so it can diffuse the oils throughout the house. I would use any of the blends you have mentioned in you blog, especially lavender and balance. Bit i think my house could benefit from lemon and balance. The lemon could rid my house of the food and stinky pooey kid odours while the balance might calm my crazy kids slightly.

    • Hi Narelle, I love your answer and you have won the diffuser and essential oils. I will send you an email if you could reply with your address. I hope the diffuser helps rid your home of pooey kid odours. LOL

  • Mrs B

    Lavender and Vetiver would be ideal in my bedroom at night, it would help ease me into a peaceful nights sleep, by clearing my mind, creating no distractions which so often keep me awake.

  • Karina Lee

    I would stick the Lavender Peace and Balance blend in my kids room because they need a lot of calming, especially during sleep time!

  • Ryan

    I’d use the Lavender Peace and Balance oils in my bathroom. The scents are made for relaxing and no finer place to relax after a long hard day than in a soapy bathtub with candles and a glass of red.

  • Charlotte

    Geranium and Patchouli as its a powerful combination bound to invigorate you. I’d have it my living room to relax to whilst watching TV in an evening.

  • Gabriella

    I’d go for the Lavender Peace to give me a relaxing end to my day and have it in my bedroom so it can help me drift off to sleep.

  • Kasey Evans

    I’d use Lavender Peace and Balance Oil & place it in my lounge as it’s a big open area that would flow the amazing aroma throughout my home.

  • Doug Bowie

    I think the Geranium and Patchouli would be the best in the lounge room so I can feel at peace with myself and my surroundings.

  • Oh I need some peace and balance in my life. Things are getting a little hectic and out of control here. The teen thinks he wants to leave school and the tweens are well just being tweens.

    So I think I would start the day with Peace and add in some balance for later in the day to get us through the afternoons. The diffuser would look perfect on the hutch below our TV in the loungeroom and from there the beautiful blend would waft through our home bringing calm once again.

  • Do you know the craziest thing….I bought a whole bunch of oils and a doTERRA bible but I’m yet to get stuck into it. I desperately need to find a nice diffuser, but I feel a little lost with it all. I keep giggling I’m a witch with magic potions. I know my friends rave about the Lavender Peace and Balance blend so I’d like to see what that’s all about. Have you ever used oils in the car Bec? We have some spilt milk and cannot get the smell out, I’ve seen those mini diffusers online but not sure how they’d go. I’ll pull out that bible tonight and see what mischief appeals 🙂 #teamIBOT

  • Anna Ryan-Punch

    I’d diffuse them in the bedrooms as no matter what I do they seem to smell damp in winter. I’d diffuse geranium and bergamot to chase the winter mould away!

  • Benjamin

    In the hallway, with patchouli, to purify all visitors. Like an aromatic version of asking people to de-shoe, it would create a more welcoming, warmer experience. And smell nice.

  • Karen Edwards

    I’d use the diffuser with lavender peace and balance in our lounge room dining area for when the kiddies get home from school to calm them down and stop world war 3 breaking out 😉

  • Lisa G

    I’m behind the times have haven’t got any doTERRA essential oils; so I’d love this beautiful diffuser to use the Lavender Peace and Balance Oils to enjoy a better home ambiance.

  • Dianne

    After reading your blog lemongrass in the living room to help let go of things not needed anymore whilst unpacking. Also the grounding blend in the kitchen because I love it’s woodsy fragrance and it is so clarifying for me. Thanks!

  • What a generous giveaway Bec! I love our oils too and I’ve been diffusing elevation a lot lately, it always gives me energy and puts us in a good mood. We’ve got two diffusers, one in the kitchen and one i move between my room and the boys and I’d love another diffuser to keep in Aiden’s room as we use a mixture of lavender peace and easy air for him which really helps.

  • Rachael Abbot

    I would love to use the diffuser in my classroom and the two oils I’d love to use in it would be On Guard and Lavender. On Guard, to protect the students and staff and keep us all healthy and the Lavender to calm the classroom and all who enter it! I’ve heard such amazing things about using essential oils in the home and the classroom that I’d love to experience it and share it with my students!

  • melinda nardella

    What a great review! I too love the doTERRA oils.
    I love Lavender and orange together. It’s fresh, yet soothing. The great thing about the Diffuser is they can be moved from room to room.

  • I’ve always used essential oils – I can’t honestly remember a time when I didn’t. I use them for fragrance, healing and even cleaning. I’ve never owned a diffuser though, and I would love that. What a gorgeous idea to have one in the kids’ bedrooms.

  • Tony Iomazzo

    Aromatherapy is as old as humanity itself and has been proven to assist in a range of ailments. Apart from the healing aspects, there is nothing more enchanting in a home than an environment where natural fragrances waft around sparking and cajoling our senses in a positive way.

    When choosing and using essential oils you want to make sure they are sustainably and ethically sourced and of the highest quality and purity (no additives or preservatives).

    I would place the diffuser in my office as in my case; I would use it for stress. Lavender – Calms and relieves stress and can help clear your mind and heart of negative emotions and thoughts, so that you are able to fully relax and be peaceful. I also like to combine some Orange oil – as it energizes while reducing anxiety.

  • Malinda Brown

    Everyone seems to be talking about essential oils and I honestly keep meaning to try it but I just haven’t got around to it. I think I’d put one in the living room so as soon as we walk in the house at the end of the day with the post-school post-work grumps we can be instantly soothed and welcomed home. I think it would be like entering our own little safe sanctuary. I’m not sure which oils I’d use, I’m still learning, it would be a matter of trial and error or perhaps following the suggestions of those who have nailed it already.

  • Paula Johnson

    I think I would use it in my family room with some calming oils to help reduce the energy of 3 busy boys… maybe some Lavender Peace at the end of the day to help them all settle into bedtime?

  • Michelle

    Geranium and Patchouli would be great in my lounge room when I need to have a break and feel more grounded.

  • Pamela Simpson

    Id use the Lavender peace and Balance in my sons room. He is on the spectrum and suffers high anxiety. But has never really been able to sleep well. Hopefully this would help.

  • Eva Kiraly

    White fur and Lavender, I’d use these two together in my bedroom as I need to let go of my restrictions, I feel it mostly in my throat and also let go of others burdens that I seem to take on.