Essential Oil Diffuser For The Car – Aromatherapy On The Go

February 6, 2018 Anna 18 Comments

Many people spend a lot of time driving, whether it be a long commute to work every day, or your always getting stuck in traffic, or simply running errands. For those of you that love to have your diffuser running in your home throughout the day, you can also experience aromatherapy while driving, with an essential oil diffuser for the car. Diffusing oils in the car, helps with unwanted odours, purifies the air, kills bacteria, and enhances your overall drive. Also, an essential oil car diffuser is great if your are feeling tense or fatigued and need something to keep you alert during the ride. What could be better than a natural car freshener?


Types of Car Diffusers – Which one to choose?

There are a number of different car diffusers, out there. Some use wireless, some use USB, and some just simply clip onto the car’s vents. The ones that you can use in your home, office or car, are the most versatile. Here are a few car diffusers that are good quality for reasonable prices.


The InnoGear is a USB essential oil diffuser for the car, that changes color. It gives moisture and maintains a fresh, odourless atmosphere in your car. It is portable, so can be taken anywhere (including at home/office) and fits perfectly in any vehicle cupholder.

InnoGear diffuser

  • 100% BPA free
  • Capacity of water tank is 50ml
  • The diffuser has two mist modes which last 3 – 6 hours depending on the mode (constant or 30 seconds intermitted).
  • It has 7 color changing LED lights, or you can have the light shut off.
  • Intelligent auto off – the diffuser shuts off, when water gets too low.
  • Comes with a USB cable, although does NOT come with the adapter.


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Zaq Tour

This travel friendly diffuser’s ultrasonic technology transforms the interior of your car, or even your kitchen, living room or reading area, creates a soothing environment . It fits nicely in any vehicle cupholder and its unique design prevents tipping while your car is in motion.TheLiteMist aromatherapy silently mists the essential oils into the given space.

Zaq Tour diffuser

  • BPA free, made with health friendly materials
  • Water tank capacity is 60ml
  • Runs 2-4 hours or 5 hours in intermittent
  • 4 hours automatic shut off
  • Includes car adapter with charger, and home adapter


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This stylish diffuser is great for in the car, office, bedroom, hotel, or travel. It is a step above the traditional one-piece design, in which it creatively separates the engine from the tank. It contains a hidden air inlet, its easy to clean, and handy to use in the car.

BESTEK diffuser
  • Made with health friendly marterials, corrosion resistant
  • Water tank capacity is 110ml
  • Runs 3 hours in red light mode, 7 hours in blue light mode
  • Auto shut-off feature with water shortage
  • No power adapter needed – includes USB power cord


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This sleek diffuser is a battery operated (wireless) nebulizer – which requires no water – you don’t have to worry about any spillage in the car. Its great atomizing performance requires very little essential oil to quickly saturate the air. Its perfect for any space including your car. The batteries in the diffuser are rechargeable, so you can literally take it anywhere.

Skey diffuser

  • Rechargable battery allows for up to 10 hours of use
  • 2 hour safety shut off feature – will automatically shut off after 2 hours of use
  • No water and no heat
  • USB charging chord


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If you are looking for something smaller, this compact diffuser has a 2 in 1 design that plugs right into the car jack and has two USB charging ports with it. Its gooseneck telescopic arm can be adjusted to just about any angle. It uses a cylindrical filter sponge on the inside that will need to be replaced every so often.

Tekey diffuser

  • Capacity is a 50ml water tank
  • Safety shut off feature after 2 hours of use
  • USB charger
  • Extra filter sponge


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This locket style essential oil car clip is super simple and ads a nice touch to your vehicle. It comes with cotton refill pads that you ad your oils to. Once the desired scented pad is placed inside the “locket”, it simply attaches onto one of your car vents. As the air from your vent is blowing, it releases the aromas from the diffuser.

Bluesnow car clip diffuser

  • Main material is stainless steel
  • Each car clip comes with 12 varying color cotton refill pads
  • Varying design styles to choose from


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How to Choose Your Blends For Driving

When choosing your essential oils/blends (or single oils) to use in your car diffuser, you want to make sure you avoid certain oils that might make you feel too relaxed or sleepy such as lavender, roman chamomile, cedarwood, vetiver, and other relaxing oils.. When driving, you want to be calm and stress-free, but also alert and focused. This is especially important for long commutes, where you might start to get tired. Personally for me, inhaling straight peppermint oil (along with some direct application) was a lifesaver, when I had to drive a thirteen hour trip, on barely any sleep! (caffeine will only do so much)..


Also, when diffusing oils in the car, keep in mind that it is in a small space, so it is recommended to keep your window open just a touch, to avoid over saturation of the oil’s molecules, since essential oils are so powerful. Also one should not diffuse more than an hour or so at a time (especially if windows are closed), so as not to acquire possible symptoms of nausea or headache due to the concentration.

Blend Ideas for the Road

Uplifting Blend for Morning Drive

  • Grapefruit essential oil
  • Sweet orange or tangerine essential oil
  • Ylang-Ylang essential oil


De-Stress Blend for Driving

  • Lemon essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Bergamot essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil


Energize/Staying Alert Blend for Long Drives

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Rosmary essential oil
  • Lemon or grapefruit essential oil


Motion Sickness Blend

  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Ginger essential oil



Whether your tense behind the wheel, or need something to keep you awake, or you just want to freshen up your vehicle (without having an artificial smelling air freshener), car essential oil diffusers might be the thing for you. Its nice  to be able to have a more enjoyable and uplifting commute to wherever you are driving.

If you have any questions, or would like to share your own personal review on any of these items, feel free to leave your comments below.




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18 People reacted on this

  1. Awesome this is a wonderful niche. Great information as well. My opinion this will only grow. Nature is creative median that everything else is based on. I think you will grow here for sure. As the possibilities are Infinite, I encourage you to trod forward always.

    1. Hi Barron,

      Thanks for the comment! Yes I hope to advance, and be able to provide enough information for others to help their knowledge and their decision – making process.

  2. I love essential oils but never thought of using it for diffusers. This is so helpful as you have listed down all types of diffusers. I like how you have described different oils for different purposes!

    1. Hi Demi!

      Yes, essential oils have so many great uses and benefits – and diffusing them are great too – besides aromatherapy it helps with purifying the air and making your space smell awesome!

  3. I know what I want for my birthday: a diffuser for the car. One time my spouse bought one of those artificial diffusers and I got a really bad headache. Of course, he was being very sweet and didn’t realize it would give me a headache and tossed it when I told him, but this would be a great alternative to nothing, lol.

    1. Hey Rachel!

      Yeah those artificial fresheners can be too overpowering…its easy to get tired/sick of the smell really quickly, not to mention any headaches, like you experienced! You can actually make your own car fresheners with essential oils and a clothespin and stick it on the vent. I still have to try that 🙂

  4. This is really cool. I would have never thought of oil diffusers for the car. What a great idea. My wife is going to love these. I am going to buy her some for here birthday.
    Great niche as well.

  5. I am partial to the Bluesnow difuser because a user does not have to mess with cords, adapters, or batteries. While it is great for a car, it is not so good for using at home or office. I definitely like the idea of using a de-stress blend for commuting in congested areas.

    1. Hi there, thank you for your input! Yes, your right – the bluesnow may not work so well in a home or office – although I suppose it could still work if you clip it onto one of your heater/air vents in a small room.

  6. Hello, I didn’t know there were diffusers for the car! That’s a fantastic idea.
    You’re right, we spend a lot of hours in the car and these diffusers can help us staying calm… you need that especially when driving ^_^
    I love the design of Bluesnow, but probably will choose Tekey, the others look like mugs and I don’t wanna risk to drink from them… Kiddin’!

    1. Haha! Yes some of them do kinda look like mugs don’t they..but thats what’s great about them – is that they can fit right in your cup holder

  7. I have never really thought about using essential oils in my car or really ever outside my home until I stumbled across this website. What a great idea! Seems like you could have very relaxing car rides especially if it is a long distance or stressful. I believe there shouldn’t be limitations to this product, and we should be trying to see where else it can be introduced outside the home.

    1. Agreed! Most of these can be taken travelling or if you are staying in a hotel – and the ones that are wireless, well, you can take just about anywhere!

  8. Very nice Anna, I have a bad chest cold at the moment, and it really made me want to have one of those diffusers.I like your site .I didn’t no they existed and that there were so many choices.I have used essential oils before a little bit but not in diffusers.

    1. Yes, essential oils have so many uses and benefits! Eucalyptus and peppermint are great for decongestion and cinnamon/clove oil are great for fighting colds and viruses.. soon I will be posting some info on a bunch of different essential oils and their uses.

  9. I love how the Zaq Tour looks and the colors look really fun, particularly the purple one. And to put in it I’d use the lemon essential oil because after a long day of work, it would be nice to relax a bit before I get home to my family. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thats a great idea! Lemon is so refreshing and uplifting – that would definitely make your car smell amazing! Glad you liked the post.

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