How to Use a Fragrance Oil Burner – Tips for Warming Oils

Tips for Using a Fragrance Oil Burner

Electric aroma lamps, fragrance oil burners, essential oil warmers, whatever you call them, all serve the same purpose – to diffuse essential oils into the air to enjoy their benefits.

When used carefully, they have the power to drive you away to a different place, magically transport you back in time or soothe and relax you after a long day.

If you have ever wondered how to use a fragrance oil burner for the excellent healing touch of aromatherapy, this post is for you.

I will share my top tips for getting the most out of your oil diffuser and answering some common questions.

How Do Fragrance Oil Burners Work?

Oil warmers are generally of two types – those with a bowl or dish on top in which you place your oil and a candle underneath, and those with a heating element underneath that is electrically operated.

The first fragrance oil burner consists of a heat source (usually a light tea candle) and a dish to hold the oil. The heat of the candle warms the oil and diffuses the fragrance into the air.

Secondly, you can use essential oils in electric aroma lamps. These are often electrically operated, and they use a bulb to heat the oil instead of a tea light.

As the heat from the element or lamp warms the oil, it starts to evaporate and disperse into the air of your room. You can then enjoy the benefits of the essential oils you have diffused.

How to Use an Electric Oil Burner in Your Room?

To get the best results from your electric oil warmer or burner, here are a few tips for you to keep in mind.

  1. Start with a clean burner
  2. Add a few drops of water to the bowl before adding oil
  3. Use a carrier oil (instead of water) if you are using an essential oil that is too concentrated
  4. Next, add 3-10 drops of your favorite EO oil to the bowl, depending on the size of the bowl/container
  5. Place the burner on a heat-resistant surface
  6. Turn on the heat source (electricity) and enjoy the benefits of your essential oils.
  7. When you are finished, turn off the electricity and allow the burner to cool completely before cleaning it.

Cleaning your oil burner

It is essential to clean your oil burner after each use. If you don’t, the oils will start to build up, making it difficult to eliminate the residue.

To clean your electric oil burner, simply remove the bowl and wash it with soap and water.

You can use a cotton swab dipped in white vinegar or rubbing alcohol to clean the bowl and remove any oily residues that have remained.

Vinegar will be especially helpful if you have an old candle-based oil warmer with gummy residue in the reservoir.

Be sure to dry the bowl completely before adding oil to it again.

Are Essential Oils Flammable

Can Essential Oils Catch Fire – Are They Flammable?

Most essential oils are extremely flammable, with a flashpoint between 100 and 215 degrees Fahrenheit (37 to 102 Celsius).

Flashpoint is generally the temperature at which they will catch fire.

This means that you need to take extra care when storing and using essential oils and be aware of which ones are more flammable than others.

Some of the most flammable essential oils include tea tree oil and frankincense oil.

So, if you are working with these oils, be sure to take extra precautions and use them with fire safety in mind.

Due to the obvious safety hazard, it’s generally safer to use essential oils in the diffuser rather than in an oil burner.

What Oils are Best to Use in my Fragrance Oil Burner?

The market is sprouted with a wide variety of essential oils you can choose from. You can use any kind of essential oil or blend of recipes.

However, remember that not all of them are suitable for use in an electric oil burner.

Some essential oils are too concentrated and can cause skin irritation. Others simply don’t smell good when they are diffused – due to not being pure.

When choosing a pure essential oil with a good scent, I would recommend getting therapeutic-grade organic essential oils from reputed brands such as Aura Cacia, Eden’s Garden, Now Foods, and Plant Therapy.

They all have different smells, including floral, fruity, minty, earthy, and spicy. You can even find some that smell like chocolate or coffee.

Some of my favorite essential oils in my oil burner are lavender, chamomile, jasmine, lemon, sandalwood, and peppermint.

So, you can go with them and get started if you do not have any specific ones in your mind.

For a carrier oil to dilute your concentrated essential oil, you can use fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.

Electric Oil Burner vs. Candle Warmer – What’s Better for My Room?

When comparing candle-driven lamps vs. electrical oil burner lamps, I think the lamps that work on electricity (or battery) are much safer. Since there is no open flame, it reduces the risk of fire hazards.

Plus, modern-day electrical oil burner lamps are highly decorative. It has different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can even find some that are shaped like animals or flowers.

If you’re looking for a decorative way to add some ambiance to your home, a scented electric burner lamp is the way to go.

On the other hand, if you’re looking for a more potent way to diffuse essential oils, then a candle-driven oil burner might be a better choice.

The candle’s heat will help release the essential oils into the air more quickly. However, you need to be careful with candles since they can be a fire hazard.

When using a fragrance oil burner, it is also important to be aware of the safety of your kids and pets. If you have pets, keep the aroma oil lamp out of their reach.

Another thing you will need to look at is the material of the body your device is made of. These can be glass, ceramic, metal, or plastic.

As a rule of thumb, I would recommend using an electric oil warmer made of glass or ceramic rather than plastic.

This is because essential oils can dissolve plastic over time which can be a health issue in the long run.

These devices may be slightly more expensive than plastic ones, but I think they are worth the investment.

With all that being said, I think an electric oil burner is the better way to go since they are much safer to use. But overall, it comes down to personal preference and budget.


Is warming oil the same as essential oil?

No, essential oil is a concentrated liquid containing a plant’s aromatic compounds.

Warming oil is simply a scented oil that has been warmed up so that it can release its fragrance.

You can use oil on the oil burner to warm up and release its scent, but essential oils are the most popular choice since they are natural and have many health benefits.

How often should I use my fragrance oil burner?

You can use your fragrance oil burner as often as you like. Maybe some people use it daily, while others only use it on special occasions.

If you are using it every day, you might want to choose a small oil burner, so you can easily change the oil without wasting any.

It gets the most out of your oil burner, and it is best to use high-quality essential oils. These oils are more concentrated and will last longer than cheaper ones.

Oil warmer vs. wax warmer – what’s the difference?

The difference between the two is that wax warmers are designed to melt wax cubes or pellets, while oil warmers are made to heat essential oils or scented oils.

Compared to wax warmers, essential oil warmers typically have a stronger fragrance since the oil is heated up and diffused into the air more quickly.

The conclusion

So, there you have it – a complete guide on how to use a fragrance oil burner in your room.

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to use fragrance oil burners. Some people do it for the decorative factor, while others do it to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy.

Regardless of your reason, I hope this guide has given you some helpful tips for getting started.