I’ve always had a thing for candles. I even had a entire closet shelf in my LA apartment dedicated to them. For me, there’s nothing cozier than an evening curled up with a book and a cup of tea while a Diptyque Figuier candle flickers away on my coffee table. . . but, there’s the whole problem with scented paraffin candles that takes away a bit of the magic.

Not familiar? Here’s the deal. Unfortunately, artificially scented candles and any candles made with paraffin release a long list of carcinogenic chemicals like toluene and benzene while burning and can contribute to a host of health problems.
Major buzzkill, I know. 
If I’ve ruined your love for candles, please don’t worry – there are some fab alternatives! 
Nowadays, I stick to candles with a cleaner burn. I recently discovered the lovely brand, Neom Organics which are 100% natural, organic, ethically sourced and scented with pure essential oils. 

And the even better solution. . . 

As you can probably guess from my slight obsession with essential oils, my favorite (and the healthiest!) candle alternative is diffusing essential oils. I keep my diffuser(s) going All. Day. Long. 
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I start with an energizing wake-up blend before my morning meditation session. My desk diffuser runs throughout my workday, and I usually switch up the blends every few hours, depending on my mood. In the evening, I diffuse a blend of nighttime oils as I’m winding down and reading before bed.  
So, with summer approaching, I thought I’d share my favorite refreshing essential oil diffuser blends. 
As you will see, I love a bit of citrus and herbs at this time of year. 
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Here are my favorite essential oil diffuser blends for summer: 
Morning/Daytime Blends: 
3 drops Rosemary + 3 drops Bergamot 
3 drops Basil + 2 drops Cypress + 2 drops Grapefruit1 
4 drops Bergamot + 3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Geranium
2 drops Cilantro + 2 drops Lime + 3 drops Grapefruit
5 drops Lavender + 3 drops Clary Sage + 2 drops Lemon
2 drops Lemon + 2 drops Wild Orange + 1 drop Bergamot + 1 drop Lime
3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Grapefruit + 2 drops Spearmint + 1 drop Lemon
3 drops doTERRA Citrus Bliss + 3 drops Grapefruit + 2 drops Sandalwood
Evening/Before Bed Blends:
3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Clary Sage + 2 drops Ylang Ylang
4 drops Cedarwood + 3 drops Lavender + 1 drop Vetiver 
3 drops Lavender + 2 drops Majoram + 2 drops Roman Chamomile
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Try them out and let me know what you think!
Do you have any favorite diffuser blends for summer? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments.