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What a nice idea! A vehicle essential oil diffuser. I don’t know about you, but I’m not too crazy about the inexpensive pine tree or other fresheners that folks hang from their rearview mirrors. The spray fresheners aren’t much better in my opinion. They’re supposed to make the car smell good, but either they’re too strong or too synthetic smelling for my tastes. Not only that, when the freshener tree bag is opened, it seems the smell permeates everything. I’d rather not smell like a pine air freshener when I leave my car.

Fortunately, I’ve found a solution to my sensitive nose problem. My solution is the InnoGear USB car diffuser. It’s’ a neat little device that sits in the cup holder and is powered by USB. If you’re like me and prefer the non-synthetic natural aromatic scents of essential oils in your vehicle, the InnoGear diffuser is for you.

Cute, Simple and Effective

Once I received my Amazon order, I immediately opened it to give it a try. I got in my van, read the simple instructions, and gave it a go. When I say the instructions are simple, they really are. Here are the instructions:

Essential Oil Diffuser for the Car


  1. Plug it in.
  2. Open the lid.
  3. Add water to no higher than the max line.
  4. Insert a few drops of essential oils.
  5. Close the lid.
  6. Turn it on.
  7. If you’re into rotating lights, you can press the light button for it to illuminate.

The illumination is nice, but for me, it isn’t necessary. While I’m driving, I don’t like having colored lights distracting me. However, if I were to hang out in my vehicle (as I do sometimes because it’s a Chevy Express Conversion Van), then I might opt to have the lights rotating.

Please note: The InnoGear is a continuous diffuser.  It does not have the option for intermittent diffusing as many household diffusers do.

Other Uses for the Diffuser

This diffuser will prove to be useful when camping or just enjoying the outdoors. Mosquitoes and other bugs do not like certain essential oil scents. If you have a portable battery source (as I do ), you can sit outside with the portable diffuser and keep the bugs away by using any of the following oils or a combination thereof (these are just a few, there are many more):

  • Lemongrass
  • Lavender
  • Citronella
  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Catnip
  • Geranium
  • Lemon Balm
  • Bergamot
  • Tansy

The Beauty of Essential Oils

For those of you who know the benefits of essential oils, this is a nice gadget to have. Driving with the calming smell of lavender or even sweet marjoram will do much to settle restless kids in the back seat. Just make sure to keep the diffuser far enough away from the kids so they don’t get their hands on it.

This diffuser doesn’t have to be relegated to just improving the smell in your car. Use it in the office (once the COVID restrictions are lifted), while traveling or anywhere where the air could use a little improving.

Words of Caution

Do not overfill the diffuserDo not overfill the diffuser. Doing so may damage it. Additionally, keep in mind that short and sudden stops may cause the water to pour out of the diffuser (especially if it’s overfilled) causing it to turn off.

Also, be aware that running a diffuser will add moisture to the air. In general, that isn’t a problem, but there are some situations where additional moisture is unwanted.

By the way, the InnoGear diffuser comes with a 12-month warranty (18 months if you register the product).

About the author: Felicia has learned the hard way that health, whether good or bad, is a result of daily choices and habits. On this blog, Felicia shares what she’s learned and the healthier choices she now makes as a result of her new knowledge. She hopes to encourage others to experiment to find alternative solutions to nagging problems (she’s also is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment).

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