Imagine breathing in the warm, woody and comforting aroma of sandalwood wafting through your lounge while enjoying some downtime. Or a fresh floral scent lingering in your cosy study. Or the powerful tang of tea tree filling your bathroom while soaking in Himalayan rock salt and peppermint oil at the end of a busy day. Spaces affect our mood, so being in a space that feels pleasant to our five senses can be crucial in terms of mental health and well-being. That is where an essential oil burner comes into the picture!
- 1 How to use an Oil Burner
- 2 Different Types of Oil Burners
- 3 Top 14 Essential Oil Burners
- 4 Electric Oil Burners
- 5 Cheap Oil Burners (Under £10)
How to use an Oil Burner
If you decide to boost your mood and scent your indoor air with essential oils, there are two main methods of diffusing them: using heat energy, or kinetic energy (ultrasonically). Oil burners use the heat method. You pour water into a bowl, then you add a few drops of essential oil, and use a heat source to evaporate it. This heat source can either be a candle, usually a tealight, or electrical. The size of the bowl matters because you do not want to refill your bowl too often. The candle should also be at least 6 cm from the bowl, or even more so that you won’t overheat the water that would evaporate the oil too fast and you would have to replenish it too often.
Different Types of Oil Burners
Electrical oil burners are not only safer because of the lack of flames present, but also keep the bowl at a constant, low temperature providing a slow and steady diffusion of essential oils. Heating might change the properties of these oils, but it is still an effective way of scenting your home with purifying and healing fragrances. The main advantage of using ultrasonic mist essential oil diffusers is that they don’t heat the essential oils since they use kinetic energy to disperse them through propelling water vapour – containing the scent of the oil – into the air. After you have made up your mind over what type of oil burner you want, you might as well check out the most popular ones on Amazon.
Top 14 Essential Oil Burners
A large, glazed ceramic oil burner with a deep well and earth tones that suit most home decorations. It is easy to clean as it has a glazed top ball that ensures minimal soot deposition. You can fill it with fragrance oil without adding water and it has a long-lasting burning time.
The candle is placed in the centre of the salt lamp under the metal frame that holds the glass bowl. It has a nice pink glow through the salt while diffusing your favourite scent and creating a tranquil ambience. The distance between the candle and the bowl might be a little less than ideal, but it is still a good value for money.
Made of top-quality porcelain is the perfect choice if you are going for a nocturnal effect. The star patterns cast the light throughout your bedroom, while the flickering light helps you relax. It comes with a wide and deep enough bowl, and a tealight spoon to prevent you from burning your fingers with the hot candle.
The stylish and contemporary essential oil burner is made of solid wood, can be an elegant addition to your home décor. But it’s not only stylish, but it is also practical too. The bowl is 10 cm in diameter and its depth is 6 cm, so you don’t have to worry about refilling it too often. When it comes to safety issues, there is no risk of the bowl toppling over, while the good-sized ceramic tea light holder sits neatly on a thick wooden base, so your furniture surfaces are safe too.
The elegant, handmade with hollow floral pattern is resistant to high temperatures and easy to clean. Light is evenly distributed through the pattern and can help create a romantic ambience. It is relatively sturdy and comes with a candle holder for smaller-sized tealights. The 60 ml bowl provides evaporation for 3 hours.
A delightful little piece of art featuring the forget-me-not motif. It is bigger than your average burner so you can use chunkier tealights. It is made of quality, hand-made porcelain, and you can even pop it in the dishwasher. Its only disadvantage might be the shallow bowl.
Comes with a 250 ml metal bowl that will definitely not shatter if it dries out while the candle is still burning. It is simple and elegant, so can blend in with any home décor style. The brass might discolour, but with a smidgen of baking soda and lemon, it is easy to remove the stains.
Electric Oil Burners
This reasonably priced Electric Essential Oil Burner comes in four different patterns: tree, deer, butterfly and owl. You just simply plug it in, switch it on, put an essential oil of your choice in the bowl, and you can enjoy the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere. The bulb inside gives enough heat to disperse the fragrance of your oil around the house, plus you have a lovely little light on at the same time.
Made of hand-painted, colourful glass. It works with a normal small screw bulb inside it, and it doubles up as a small lamp. It is easy to use and clean and gives off a light that provides pleasant atmospheric light in the room.
This well-designed, glossy black Spaas Wax Melts Burner might seem cheap, but it is an ornament as much as a burner. You just place a tealight at the bottom of the burner, and it diffuses your favourite essential oil or wax melts for hours. Its top is deeper than other burners so it can hold enough water for long hours.
Cheap Oil Burners (Under £10)
This white-glazed, ceramic with dragonfly cut-outs are simple yet distinctive. This minimalistic, glazed design is a neat piece and good value for money, although the bowl is closer to the flame than it should be, so you’d better keep a small jug of water next to it for top-ups.
This is the perfect home décor piece for yoga lovers and meditation enthusiasts, and for anyone who is into aromatherapy. It burns the oil quite quickly as the tealight is close to the bowl, but the buddha head will lighten up your mood as well as your room.
This sturdy and well-designed diffuser is an artisan hand-carved piece with intricately elegant tendril openwork. It can accommodate a full-size tea candle, and the light projects beautiful patterns through the holes. The bowl holds a decent amount of water and the flame is not too close to it.
An Essential oil burner is the perfect way to diffuse the scent of soothing and healing essential oils to create a delightful fragrance in your home. But essential oils, extracted from herbs and other plants with healing properties, not only help you create a soothing and tranquil environment in your home but also help kill infectious airborne microbes and purify the air. They can also be part of your daily skincare if you mix them with carrier oils.
Perhaps you are now thinking about what type of Essential Oil to burn in your Essential Oil Burner? We have a handy guide about which are the best oils to burn, click here for more information.