I received this nebulizer from my SO for Christmas and a few of you were curious about it, so here are my thoughts:
Saje sells various models of nebulizers, ranging from $60 to $120. The aromaBreeze model retails for $74.95.
Feature images from Saje.ca
First of all, what the heck is a nebulizer? According to Wikipedia:
In medicine, a nebulizer or nebuliser is a drug delivery device used to administer medication in the form of a mist inhaled into the lungs. Nebulizers are commonly used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis, asthma, COPD and other respiratory diseases.
Interesting! I honestly thought “nebulizer” was a word made up by Saje. 😛 Of course, this is not medical equipment, it’s just meant for general well-being.
The nebulizer doesn’t come with the fragrance oils, I got those separately.
From the product description:
Create a soothing atmosphere of purifying, supportive aromatherapy with the AromaBreeze ultrasonic nebulizer. With an optional soft LED light, the AromaBreeze creates a soothing atmosphere in any room. Also an air purifier and humidifier, it’s an easy-to-use, heat-free essential oil diffuser that preserves the integrity of your oils for optimal benefit. Silent and safe for use when resting or sleeping. Each nebulizer has a sensor inside and when the water in the reservoir reaches a certain level, the nebulizer turns off automatically.
I’d say most of what it claims is true, but I’d have to say that I do not agree it’s a humidifier. I have a humidifier in my bedroom and the reservoir holds at least 5x more water, and the mist is more powerful – it really pumps moisture into the air. This nebulizer, on the other hand, creates a very fine, almost invisible mist. It only holds 180ml of water (less than a cup) and I’d say it can operate for about 3 hrs with that amount of water before it’s all dissipated. I also would not call this unit silent as claimed in the description – it makes a noticeable humming and bubbling noise, very similar to how a humidifier sounds.
The primary use for the nebulizer for me is as a to infuse the room with fragrance and purify the air somewhat. But again, I do have a separate air purifier that has a filter and a fan to promotes air circulation – I do not agree that this nebulizer is anywhere as effective as my air purifier. As a device to disperse scents into the room, however, it is fantastic. I was quite surprised how far this little machine was able to spread the scent – I use this in the living room and I can smell the scent in our spare bedroom (our condo is about 1,100 sq ft).
What I really love about this little machine is that there is absolutely no heat or flames or melted wax to worry about. It’s super easy to use: plug into any power outlet, fill the base with tap water (using the cup included in the box), shake 10 drops of the fragrance oil into the water, and turn it on. There are little specks in the water in the above photo – that’s from the fragrance oil. Cleaning is easy too – just wipe the reservoir every week with bleach or vinegar.
It was really difficult to capture the mist on camera and this is the best I could do. It automatically shuts off when the water is gone so I don’t have to worry about forgetting to. One thing to note, I wasn’t sure if I should use plain ol’ tap water or if I should use filtered water, so I asked the SA when I was at the Saje store. She advised that it should be tap water since it contains all the minerals that this machine requires to operate – she had some people complain about the unit not working because they were using filtered water.
My SO gave me the Liquid Sunshine fragrance oil along with the unit, and I bought myself the Gratitude one. Liquid Sunshine consists of grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime, and mandarin essential oils – it smells so refreshing. Gratitude contains orange, vanilla, coffee, spearmint, rosewood, sage, benzoin, and black pepper – it’s a more mellow scent. Since I only need 10 drops per use, these will last a very long time. I’ve not tried other fragrance oils but Saje recommends to use their oils because… they work better or something. 😛
There are also some claims on the box about ions and the immune system but I have no way to substantiate these claims. I will say though, that I like the soft glow of the unit and it makes me feel more tranquil. 😉
• Easy to use
• Safe to use
• Effective to disperse fragrance
• Quiet (but not silent)
• Automatic shut off
• Initial cost is high
• Not great as a humidifier or air purifier
I’m not going to give a rating since this is a gift! 🙂
Besides Saje, I’ve seen nebulizers sold at Muji as well (they call them “ultrasonic aroma diffusers”). Have you ever heard of a nebulizer or used one?