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Beyond Augeo: The Next Best Reed Diffuser Base

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The recent reclassification of the Augeo Reed Diffuser Base has certainly raised eyebrows in the fragrance industry. For many, Augeo was a go-to, and its changed status prompts a reassessment of choices. Whether you're a DIY enthusiast experimenting in your living room or a home fragrance professional with decades in the field, staying informed is key.

In light of these developments, we recognised the need to explore the alternatives. Through rigorous testing and analysis, we’ve aimed to provide a clear, unbiased view of various diffuser bases available in the market. This is more than just a technical exploration—it's about ensuring quality, safety and efficacy for everyone involved.

So, as we navigate these changes together, we invite you to join us in this comprehensive analysis of reed diffuser bases. Let’s unpack the facts, understand the nuances and make informed decisions.

Reed Diffuser Alternatives: The Pioneers and The Underdogs

Within the vast and intricate world of fragrance solvents, it's essential to recognize that no two bases are truly alike. Each one presents its own signature blend of attributes, quirks, and potential drawbacks. Driven by our commitment to providing comprehensive insights, our meticulous testing protocol was designed to shed light on the strengths and limitations of each contender. From assessing solubility to understanding evaporation rates, we delved into every aspect to bring you a thorough evaluation.

DPM (CAS: 34590-94-8)

This non-hazardous base is a crowd-favourite due to its stability and cost-friendliness. But where it gains in price, it loses in scent integrity. Its significant drawback is its odour, which can be a compromise for a product where fragrance is paramount. Also, the reeds demand flipping in a mere couple of days, which can be labour-intensive.

DPG (CAS: 25265-71-8)

Although it shines in the world of perfumes due to its low evaporation rates, DPG's high viscosity poses challenges. When used in reed diffusers, the reeds often become oversaturated, causing a lacklustre fragrance output.

TPM (CAS: 25498-49-1)

A solvent that evaporates slowly, TPM boasts a commendable scent throw. However, its high cost—more than one and a half times the price of other bases—raises eyebrows regarding its cost-efficiency.

MMB (CAS: 56539-66-3)

Promoted as a potential rival to both DPM and Augeo, MMB offers a swift evaporation rate combined with a lower odour. But its rapid evaporation can be too accelerated for regular diffuser use. Its hazardous nature, causing potential eye irritation, makes it a less favourable choice for those seeking non-hazardous options.

Perfumers Alcohol (CAS: 64-17-5)

The old guard of the fragrance industry, PA is not without its flaws. Despite its longstanding presence, it grapples with issues like a pronounced odour and rapid evaporation rate. The flammability warrants a Tactile Warning Label (TWD) and mandates a hazardous classification during shipment.

DGM (CAS: 111-90-0)

A true standout in our tests, DGM combines safety with performance. Its odourless nature, complemented by being paraben and phthalate-free, offers a remarkable fragrance output even with a low fragrance load.

Behind the Scenes: Our Rigorous Testing Process

Our mission to identify the best Reed Diffuser Alternatives was no small feat. The testing phase was designed to be comprehensive and standardised. We ensured a broad cross-selection of scents, representing varied olfactory families. By maintaining a uniform ratio of 20% fragrance to 80% base, consistency was maintained across the board. However, with DGM, which showed promising results, further tests were conducted at reduced ratios.

Bases in Focus: A Quick Comparison Chart

For those who appreciate a concise overview, here's a snapshot of our findings:




Hazardous Status

Key Highlights




Presence of odour, frequent flipping of reed diffuser sticks




Viscosity leading to reed saturation




High cost impacting affordability




Swift evaporation, potential eye irritant




Notably odorous, necessitates TWD, flammable




Odourless, paraben and phthalate-free, exceptional performance


The Road Ahead: Where Do We Stand?

The reclassification of the Augeo Reed Diffuser Base was an industry-shaking event. However, change paves the way for innovation, and our extensive research underscores DGM as a standout alternative, which promisingly mirrors the feedback from our community of makers.

As we bid adieu to Augeo, we're very pleased to mark this new chapter with DGM by announcing that this game-changing base is now officially available to purchase — just head over to our Diffuser Base collection to start embracing the future of fragrance with confidence.

8 Response(s)

NI Candle Supplies LTD
NI Candle Supplies LTD

Great news! Our new diffuser base is now available and can be found via the below link or by clicking on the link at the bottom of our article above 🙂 https://www.nicandlesupplies.co.uk/products/non-hazardous-diffuser-base 

NI Candle Supplies LTD

I can’t tell you how relieved I feel knowing that there is going to be an alternative to Augeo. I have tested so many different ones and have not come across any that has the same effect. Do you have an idea on when DGM will be available on the market?
NI Candle Supplies LTD replied:
We’re glad we could provide some relief John! The new base is expected to be available by the end of August.

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Venessa Simmons

Excellent article. Very informative and provides food for thought.

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Anny Ndon

This is huge development a Nd thanks so much for finding a solution.
May I know how can I buy your products i am in Nigeria.
NI Candle Supplies LTD replied:
You’re very welcome Anny. You would need to select pick-up at the checkout page and then arrange for your own courier to collect from us – some of our international companies also use forwarding services from England, so this may be an option worth exploring.

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Kerry McNally

Hi there,
Thanks for this information.
As I’m in London, am I right in thinking that there’s extra shipping/taxes involved getting this over the water to me?
Many thanks
NI Candle Supplies LTD replied:
You’re very welcome Kerry. There are no additional Customs charges or taxes payable when purchasing from us and shipping to London; as we’re based in Northern Ireland 🥳

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