Considering purchasing a Pura diffuser for you or a friend? I’m sharing my honest review of this smart home fragrance diffuser and if its worth the buy.
As someone who loves for my house to smell good (and will go out of my way for my house to not smell like dogs), I was intrigued when I first heard about the Pura diffuser. A device that lets you control your home’s fragrance remotely using an app on your smartphone? Count me in! I had seen a few influencers talking about it, but I was always a little hesitant, because I like to sniff before I buy and I couldn’t figure out a way to do that with Pura. Then, Pura did a pop-up here in D.C. so I could see it in person and I decided to dive all the way in. After a couple weeks of use, I’m sharing my experience with the Pura diffuser, covering its cost, scent longevity, safety, and how to refill it. Plus, I’ll detail the pros and cons I’ve encountered along the way.
My Honest Pura Diffuser Review
Let’s start with the basics. The Pura Smart Fragrance Diffuser can scent up to 1,000 square feet of your living space and is available in two main options: a single unit or sold with fragrance. At the time of my purchase, the single Pura V4 diffuser was priced at around $49.99, while the duo pack (diffuser plus two fragrances) was available for $71.99. It looks like the older version of the diffuser (the V3) is still available for $44.99. The device features a night light (you can change the color in the app), and the ability to create schedules for your scents.
I opted for the combo with two fragrances and chose my favorite scent that I discovered long ago Anthropologie: Capri Blue. There are hundreds of scents to choose from, including special holiday scents (think pumpkin and cozy Christmas scents), by brands you probably already know or look familiar.
How Long Does Pura Last?
One of the most impressive aspects of the Pura diffuser is its incredible scent longevity. Each fragrance bottle lasts for approximately 120 hours. What’s more, you can customize the intensity using the Pura app, allowing you to prolong or shorten the life of your chosen scent, as well as create schedules for your scents to diffuse. This flexibility not only ensures your home always smells good, but also means you won’t have to replace scent bottles as frequently, ultimately saving you money in the long run.
Is A Pura Diffuser Safer Than Candles?
While I can’t deny that I love candles, they do come with risks. Here’s the Pura breakdown when it comes to safety:
Flameless Operation: Pura relies on an ultrasonic nebulizer to disperse fragrance into the air, eliminating the risk of an open flame. This is particularly reassuring if you have kids, pets, or worry about fire hazards in your home.
No Smoke or Soot: Unlike candles, Pura doesn’t produce any smoke or soot, which not only ensures cleaner air in your home but also prevents any unsightly staining on your walls and ceilings. This is especially great if you are a renter and worried about damaging your rental home.
Customizable Timers: The Pura app allows you to set schedules and timers, ensuring the diffuser turns off when you choose. This adds another layer of safety by preventing it from running unattended. I always turn ours off when we aren’t home, just in case.
Remote Control: I don’t want to talk about how many times I’ve left the house and been like “Shoot, did I put the lid on that candle?” With the Pura app, you can control the diffuser from your smartphone, even when you’re not at home. This feature enhances safety by allowing you to monitor and adjust the device from virtually anywhere.
Pura also operates under the “Pura Promise” which promises a commitment to environmental and social responsibility. It’s worth noting that Pura fragrances are created without acetaldehyde, diclorobenzene, ethylhexanol, formaldehyde, GMOs, methyl pyrrolidone, parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, styrene, or animal testing.
Refilling Your Pura Diffuser
Refilling your Pura diffuser very simple. Here’s how I do it:
Unplug the Diffuser: Before refilling, I always make sure the diffuser is unplugged to avoid any electrical mishaps.
Open the Diffuser: Gently remove the top cover of the Pura diffuser to access the fragrance bottle slot. I made the mistake of thinking it was a twist off cap when I first got mine, but the front cover just pops off.
Remove the Empty Bottle: Carefully take out the empty fragrance bottle. It should pop right out.
Replace with a New Bottle: Insert a fresh Pura fragrance bottle into the slot, ensuring it pops in securely, and scan it using your Pura app to make sure the device registers a new scent.
Secure the Cover: Place the top cover back on the diffuser and press it down gently to ensure it’s locked in place.
Plug It In: After refilling, I plug the diffuser back in and control it using the Pura app on my smartphone.
Pros and Cons of Pura Smart Fragrance Diffuser
Customizable Scents: Pura offers a vast array of fragrances that I can mix and match to create my own unique scent profile.
Long-lasting: The impressive 120-hour lifespan of each fragrance bottle makes it highly cost-effective. With two scents
Safety: Flameless operation and remote control enhance safety, which is a significant relief for me.
Smart Control: The Pura app allows me to schedule, control, and monitor my diffuser from anywhere, making it incredibly convenient.
No Smoke or Soot: Pura eliminates the problems associated with burning candles, such as indoor air pollution and staining.
Duo Pack Option: The duo pack is perfect for scenting multiple rooms or gifting to friends and family.
Initial Cost: The upfront cost of the Pura diffuser may be higher compared to other plug-ins.
Ongoing Costs: While the fragrance bottles last a long time, the expense of purchasing refills can accumulate over time.
Wi-Fi Dependency: A stable Wi-Fi connection is necessary for the Pura app to function effectively.
Is A Pura Diffuser Worth The Cost?
After having my Pura for a few weeks now, I can honestly say yes, it’s worth it if you can afford the splurge. I won’t lie, the price intimidated me at first, because it is an investment. That said, being able to control the scent in my home (including how much or little I want) from an app on my phone no matter where I am is something I definitely enjoy. I think there is a good assortment of scents (including many you probably already know and love since Pura partners with many fragrance ateliers). Something I noticed that is unique to Pura (in my experience) is just how far the scent carries. I only have one Pura plug-in at my house and I can smell it almost everywhere on a medium setting. Pretty impressive!