How to use fragrance oil burners?

Aromatherapy — also called essential oil therapy — has emerged as a new holistic healing treatment and offers a number of unique health benefits. When used the proper way, aromatherapy can:

  • Boost your mental clarity and concentration.
  • Relax your body and mind.
  • Relieve your muscle tension and soreness.
  • Relieve your stress and anxiety.
  • Help you regulate your mood.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Help you sleep better at night.
  • Ease your joint pain.
  • Soothe redness and calm flushed skin.
  • Promote healthy skin.
  • Improve circulation and drainage beneath the skin.
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Help you clear a stuffy nose and congestion.
  • Reduce the challenges associated with making lifestyle changes
  • Support your gut health.
  • Encourage healthy eating habits.

Thanks to the many physical and mental benefits it offers, people are investing in fragrance oil burners to fill their houses with pleasing aromas. These fragrance diffusers use a single tealight candle to warm the liquid in the burner’s bowl. As the essential oil burns, its delightful fragrance fills the entire room. While fragrance oil burners are a great tool to practice aromatherapy, they should be used carefully as they can pose a few risks when handled carelessly.

Which kind of oil is ideal for fragrance oil burners?

One of the most common misconceptions about fragrance oil burners we hear is that they can be used with any scented oil. However, this is not true at all. These burners are only compatible with oils specifically designed for them — these are readily available at local stores that sell home fragrances. Fragrance oils are a blend of several scents that are combined to produce a specific fragrance fit for certain moods or even occasions (think Christmas or marriage anniversary.)

It is also important to note that aromatic products like perfumes are not meant for oil burners and should never be used as a substitute for fragrance oils. Before using, carefully read the oil’s label to ensure the oil is specifically formulated to be used with fragrance oil burners.

In addition to that, essential oils can also be used in fragrance oil burners. Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquids that contain volatile chemical components extracted from plants. Essential oils are “essential” in the sense that they carry the “essence of” the plant’s aroma — the distinctive scent of the plant from which they are extracted. Examples include lavender, peppermint, lemon, frankincense, lemongrass, cedarwood, and vetiver. There are no additives or carrier oils in essential oils. If you use them in your fragrance oil burner, use only 1-2 drops because they are highly potent — adding more will result in an unpleasant, overwhelming aroma.

How to set up a fragrance oil burner?

You must know how to use an oil burner in order to prevent misusing it and harming yourself. So, in the following step-by-step guide, we will go over how to use a fragrance oil burner the right way:

Step 1: Before you light the candle or put the oil in the bowl, make sure to clean the burner’s bowl to get the full benefits of aromatherapy.

Step 2: Make sure that the tealight candle fits easily beneath the bowl area where it is meant to be placed. Since some fragrance oil burners have a small opening, it can be challenging to place the burning candle. Therefore, determine how you will position the candle beneath the bowl before you light it.

Step 3: Remember to cut the candle’s wick to a proper length. Wick trimming is important because long wicks produce a large flame that will quickly evaporate the oil. We recommend that you cut the candle’s wick between ⅛ and ¼ of an inch every 4 hours of burn time. Wait until the candle has returned to room temperature after you have blown out the flame before trimming the wick. After that, you should wait at least 2 hours before lighting your candle again.

Step 4: Once you have cleaned the burner’s bowl carefully and prepared your tealight candle, place the fragrance oil burner at the desired location in the room. Choose this location carefully and ensure there are no flammable materials near the burner.

Step 5: Pour a little water into the burner’s bowl so that it is ⅔ full. Be careful while pouring the water in shallow burner bowls and avoid spilling. Once done, add 4 to 5 drops of the fragrance oil of your choice to the water. Check the bottle’s label to determine the amount of oil to add — the recommended amount is usually listed on the bottle.

Step 6: Once you have lit the tealight candle, place it carefully under the burner’s bowl, and your room will smell heavenly in just a few minutes. Never leave the fragrance oil burner unattended; check it after every 10 minutes to ensure the liquid has not evaporated. While checking, pay attention to the flame as well. You do not want it going out of control.

Step 6: When the water and fragrance oil mixture evaporates, blow out the candle and simply add more water. You need not add more oil, as the oil residue will be enough to emit a calming fragrance. After you have finished using the fragrance oil burner, blow out the candle, and you are good to go.

How to clean the oil burner?

If you are a frequent user of the fragrance oil burner, there are high chances that your burner’s bowl would be sticky and full of oil residue. Using the burner in this condition will never yield the results you want. Therefore, you must clean your fragrance oil burner regularly to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

Not to mention that if you keep switching the kinds of fragrances, it is advisable to remove the traces of the previous fragrance oil before using a new one. Of course, you do not need to clean your fragrance oil burner after every use if you only use one kind of fragrance.

In order to clean your fragrance oil burner efficiently and safely, make sure the unit is completely cool. If it is indeed cool, wipe out the residue with a clean, dry paper towel. Subsequently, clean it with a damp paper towel. If the oil residue is stubborn, consider using a sponge or cloth soaked in some soapy water to remove the gummy residue. To entirely remove the substance, wipe the burner’s bowl with white vinegar and then with a clean, damp cloth. And you should have a squeaky clean fragrance oil burner, ready to be used.

Safety tips to be mindful of while using a fragrance oil burner

One of the most common concerns regarding fragrance oil burners is they are unsafe to use. However, that is not true. Though you need to be a bit more careful while using essential oil warmers than when you use other fragrance diffusers, fragrance oil burners are 100% safe to use.

The following are some safety precautions to take when using oil burners:

  • Never leave an oil burner unattended in a house with children and pets. Children and pets are curious beings and would want to know more about this incredible unit that makes their house smell amazing. However, improper handling of burners can cause burn injuries. Therefore, keep it out of reach from children and pets.
  • Maintain a low temperature for your oil burner. High temperatures will cause the liquid to evaporate faster. On top of that, the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy will also not be fully realized if the temperatures are too high. Not to forget, essential oils are flammable. Therefore, keep the candle at least 6 centimeters away from the burner’s bowl.
  • Always snuff out the candle before going to sleep and when the liquid is fully exhausted. Whether you use a ceramic oil burner or one made of soapstone, it is highly recommended to blow out the candle to prevent any accidents and injuries.
  • Too much of a good thing is never a good thing — the same goes for fragrance oil burners. Therefore, do not use them for more than 40 minutes, as overuse can lead to headaches.
  • Never clean the oil burner with a metal scourer, as it can damage the unit.
  • Only touch the device when it has completely cooled down.


In today’s demanding world, you need therapeutic solutions like aromatherapy to relax and relieve tension. Follow the tips mentioned above to use fragrance oil burners safely and avoid mishaps.

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