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// Maxime Rousset

Difarø is an essential oils connected diffuser.

The capsules contain microbeads moistened with essential oils.

This object is connected to an app.

Users can program the essential oils diffusion via the app.

According to INSEE (the French national institute for statistics and economic research), the number of annual doctor’s appointments for French people has doubled in 30 years. Maxime has created a simple and intuitive system designed to get round the French nation’s tendency to systematic self-medication. DIFARØ is a connected companion which helps minimize benign and everyday health problems using aromatherapy. The object with its contemporary design works using dry ventilation. The microbeads in the capsules, soaked in essential oils, are activated by a ventilation system which diffuses their health-boosting benefits. The mobile application allows users to get advice from professionals and makes them active agents in their medication which is both natural and responsible.

The starting point for Maxime’s end of studies project was the alarming observation of the risks of self-medication. Recent studies show the risk of addiction to painkillers which is particularly dangerous in the case of opiates. Thanks to the expertise of a network of health specialists and his extensive field studies, Maxime found an alternative to the systematic and autonomous taking of medication: empowering individuals and making them aware of preventive techniques inspired by naturopathy. DIFARØ is a connected object/service: an essential oil diffuser dedicated to well-being. Its use is inspired by the man machine relationship that users have with sophisticated household appliances (capsule coffee-makers, kitchen aids, etc.)  The physical relationship and the importance of gestures in preparing recipes plays a preventive role. Remote communication with the object establishes a benevolent relationship based on listening and better use of time. The application strengthens the feeling of belonging to a community. Sharing the discovery of different combinations of certain oils increases the enjoyment and encourages people to use their new companion even more.

Arnaud Le Roi
MDes Human Machine Design Course Leader

This project is selected for Design L’Expo 2019 and will be exhibited from December 19th 2019 to March 1st 2020 at la Cale 2 Créateurs.


End of studies internship, Goldfinger Factory, environment and design at the heart of the creative process, London, UK

Thesis on the theme of self-medication

Double degree - MDes Tangible UX Design, Human Machine Design Lab, L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique + Master’s in Business Administration and Management, IAE, Université de Nantes

Internship with Loïc Bard, Designer Cabinetmaker, Montreal, Canada

BDes Product Design, L’École de Design Nantes Atlantique

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