I finally caved and bought the Pura diffuser I’ve been seeing everywhere. Since we moved into the new house, I’ve been trying to make it smell like home. I know, I’m weird. But, here me out. Our old house had years worth of….seasoning, for lack of a better term. Like a cast iron skillet. Candles upon candles and hours of diffuser runtime. Even if I had nothing going, it just smelled good when I walked in. Cut to the new house. New drapes, new rugs, stuff that had been in storage, etc. I just didn’t get the same experience when I walked in.
I’m a candle girl, and I’ve been using them some, but with a kid and cats, they can be tough. Cue the Pura diffuser. I’ve seen it popping up in my feeds and got curious. I know, I’m a sucker for marketing.
What is Pura?
For those that haven’t seen it, it’s a plug-in smart diffuser. Kind of like Glade on steroids. You can fill it with up to two different scents at a time. Using the app, you can set a schedule for it, switch between scents, change the scent intensity, and turn it on/off. It also has a nightlight feature you can operate from the app. Pura also claims their scents are pet and kid friendly. And they have hundreds of fragrance options. So basically, having OCD and being scent obsessed, I decided to try it. I used my own money to purchase it. I was not gifted anything. I am writing this because it’s something I enjoyed and want to share. With that being said, I am including a commissionable links in this post, because a girl’s gotta eat.
How it Works
I ordered one diffuser and two bottles of the Vanilla Chiffon scent—“…cozy, classic vanilla—with a little extra. Silky smooth vanilla is the star of the scent joined by delicate swirls of ripe red berries, comforting coconut, delicate florals, and sheer musk.” Overall, I like the scent. It fits the vibe I was looking for. However, I made the rookie mistake of ordering two of the SAME scent. In hindsight, I should have gotten two different ones to shake things up a little. No big deal, though.
With Pura, you can order one-off fragrances, or subscribe for automatic deliveries. With the subscription, you get a small discount, can swap out which scents you receive, and, I believe change the delivery date. I did a subscription and have my next delivery set to send both Apple and Welcome Home. I’ll post a short review after I receive them and test them out.
First thoughts on the diffuser. I’ve had it for a day and love it. The first time I used it, I ran it for an hour on medium intensity. I could smell it in four different rooms. I also really like that I can schedule when it turns on and off. For example, I have ours in our foyer. This morning, I scheduled it to turn on about 30 minutes before when I usually go downstairs. It was great coming down to a pretty smell, and it had wafted through the living room by the time breakfast was over.
Another pro is that Pura does sell samples on their site, so you can smell a fragrance before fully committing. Because, let’s be honest, buying anything scented online can be tricky.
The set-up was easy, but my Pura was “updating” for over an hour after. Thanks to Google and every IT person I’ve ever met, I tried unplugging it and plugging it back in. It worked fine after that.
The cost can also be prohibitive. The device retails for about $45, and the scents that I saw range from $10ish-$20ish. The Pura branded fragrances are on the less expensive side, while collabs with places like Anthropologie and The MET are more expensive. Basically, I won’t be putting one in every room, but I can justify one or two based on the ease of use and what I want to get out of it. Plus with the subscription, I get 20% off the fragrances.
So far, I really like my Pura. It isn’t replacing candles anytime soon, but it does provide a nice background scent. I love that I can control it using an app and don’t have to worry about blowing it out. I also love that unlike an ultrasonic diffuser, I don’t have to refill water every time I use it. I plan to keep using it, and would definitely consider ordering a second unit for upstairs.
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