Unitasker Wednesday: USB fragrance oil burner

Why would anyone have an empty USB port on his or her computer with so many great products just waiting to be plugged into them? Well, if your office smells terrible and you still have a USB port just sitting there completely unused, then you can probably use the USB Fragrance Oil Burner.

If the one pictured is a bit boring for your taste, you can go a step further with the illuminated version. This version kind of looks like an alien flower that glows different colors to soothe you while it emits sweet smells for your relaxation needs. 

If you have a USB fragrance oil burner, your cubicle may become the most popular workplace hangout, especially if the rest of the office smells like a locker room.

**Each week, the Unitasker Wednesday column humorously pokes fun at the unnecessary, single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

24 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: USB fragrance oil burner”

  1. posted by Megan on

    I’ve also seen a USB hula dancer. Genius!

    I’m pretty sure that USB decor is the next big thing. You’ll be seeing it on HGTV.

  2. posted by Chris on

    I really want one. Where can I buy? Thanks!

  3. posted by Sharon D on

    Just click on the words (USB Fragrance Oil Burner)it’s in red.
    They have all kinds of USB stuff.

  4. posted by infmom on

    I suppose that’s a bit more attractive than the flash drive that looks like a humping dog, which Gizmodo features now and again. 🙂

  5. posted by Sue on

    Well, I could warm my cuticle oil in it.
    Melt sealing wax for those “special” letters.
    Warm sake in it.
    I suppose it’s too small to coddle an egg…..?

  6. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    LOL. These are so ridiculous that they actually crack me up.

  7. posted by Egirlrocks on

    Actually this is one unitasker that I’d put to use. My office doesn’t have windows, and given the high stress level in my workplace I’d love to have one of these. We often work thru lunch — eating at our desks — so not only would I get the benefit of calming aromatherapy but the smell of food would dissipate faster. I like it!

  8. posted by Lia on

    Well, I’m a geek and my office always smells like Doritos and Diet Coke and anything else caffeinated. All the outlets in the room are taken with electronic toys… so a nice aroma from my computers (other than frying wires, that is) would be a welcome change. 🙂

  9. posted by Elizabeth on

    Meh. That’s no worse than, say, an incense burner or glade plug-in. It probably even takes up less space than the burner I have. The difference would be, I suppose, that the oil diffuser is more likely to be allowed in a workplace.

    I suppose the metal rings (which you fill with oil) that go on light bulbs are becoming much less popular now that most people are switching to the coiled-style energy saving bulbs. A pitty. Those were a great way to diffuse oil without creating additional clutter.

  10. posted by Joelle on

    Actually, I think I want this… My office is a cube-farm and lots of people have those things called “candle-warmers”… it’s like a hot-plate sort of thing that warms up scented candles, so as to release the scent without lighting flame to it. The problem is that the fire inspector won’t let people plug them into their outlets.

    USB device to the rescue!

  11. posted by Josh on

    This is clutter. Who needs one of these? Save your money and don’t collect useless items.

  12. posted by Another Deb on

    I really object to the release of one more volatile fragrance in the workplace. I have become increasingly sensitive to scented candles and air fresheners to the point that a lovely vanilla candle becomes a throat-burning distraction in my vicinity. Luckily I work in a school and not an office where everyone is “plugged in”.

    Of course, 8th grade boys late in the day are no picnic either. Do you know they don’t have to shower in PE class anymore? What to do, what to do?

  13. posted by em on

    Silly idea. Yet, why would a blog with “unclutter” as it subject market a clearly “cluttery” thing?

  14. posted by B on


    read the blog “**Each week, the Unitasker Wednesday column humorously pokes fun at the unnecessary, single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.”

  15. posted by Tiffany on

    I think my favorite part of Unitasker Wednesday is seeing how many people will completely fail to read the whole article and therefore miss the joke.

  16. posted by Tabitha (From Single to Married) on

    wow – now they’ve thought of everything!!

  17. posted by Rue on

    @em & @Josh, and @people who are quick to assume this and other ridiculous unitaskers are clutter: It’s NOT clutter if you actually use it! It only becomes clutter once it’s stuck in a drawer and never sees the light of day again.

  18. posted by Plaid Ninja on

    To those of you who can’t imagine why anyone would want this:

    You probably never worked with someone with extreme BO. Consider yourselves lucky.

  19. posted by Charity on

    AAAHHHH NNNOOOOOOO!!!!!! save me from my habitual benadryl usage!! i am severely alergic to smelly crud. scented candles, oils, insense, perfume and eath boyond death Axe for “men” smelly crap. Now there is another way for people to ambush me with noxious fumes?? WHY!! WHY!! WHY!!! wow.. if my gaming group sees that product i will be in a world of hurt…..

  20. posted by TTC on

    I think his is a useful item. Years ago I was desperately trying to have a baby and was using some aromatherapy oils for this purpose – really dangerous in the office :-)). I would swap my electrical diffuser which required water in it for this one.
    PS. I had an office to myself and was very reraly visited.

  21. posted by garrick on

    I’m with Charity. There’s enough friggin’ perfume in my office as it is. And all those lovely ladies re-apply at lunch. Most days I go home with a headache.

    Spare me.

  22. posted by Megan on

    @Josh and @em and @other people — I TOTALLY agree. Why would you buy the scented oil doodad when, again, you could get the HULA DANCER?!!!!

  23. posted by em on

    @B Obviously, it seems I missed that part. Sorry.

    @Rue. Come on! Sure, different people have different needs. How is something totally unneccesary promoting an “uncluttery lifestyle”?

    @Megan. You are so totally right. The hula dancer is definentally my dream item. Couldn’t live without it.

  24. posted by smells on

    thanks i love this site, but what is RSS?

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