Oil Warmers, not Aroma Burners.

Oil Warmers and Aroma Burners basically refer to the same thing, but the goal is not really to burn the oil, the goal is to evaporate it into the air of the room, and create a pleasant mood.
An Oil Warmer is a decorative container of some kind used to heat aromatic oil so that fragrance is carried around the room on subtle currents of air. The heat source may be a tea-light candle, or it may be an electrical heating element. Most of the ones I sell do require a tea-light candle, but on the other hand you do not have to plug them in.

How to Use Oil Warmers.

Oil Warmers require an aromatic oil, water, and a candle or heat. Some of the heavier ceramic ones may also be used with "aroma wax tarts". In my opinion the oil and water mixture is lighter and more pleasant in the air than wax, even non-petrol waxes like soy. It takes about 20 minutes to get the full effect from an oil warmer, be patient, don't add too much oil in the beginning or you may be overwhelmed later.

  1. Find a stable surface away from any flammable objects (including curtains) on which to set the oil warmer.
  2. Place a tea-light candle in the holder, or plug it in and turn on the switch.
  3. Fill the oil reservior about half to 2/3 full of water.
  4. Place a few drops of oil on top of the water, but not enough to cover the water cushion completely.
  5. The oil will naturally float on top of the water. The water protects the oil from being scorched by the heat from the candle below; this prevents smoking.
  6. The water will probably evaporate before the oil does. Continue to add water slowly, a teaspoon at a time to avoid splatters.
  7. Less is more. When you are starting to smell the fragrance it may already be stronger than you think. Blow out the candle, go out of the room and come back in again. You can always light it again.

General Room Scent Suggestions.

Stick with very simple, identifiable scents, rather than complex perfumes. Flavor oils such as natural lemon, orange, cassia (cinnamon leaf) or vanilla create a pleasant space, as do herbal notes of lavender or sage. If you are airing a room after someone has been sick, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, or cedar are good choices to cleanse the air. The trend for people to be sensitive to fragrance has increased, in our increasingly de-odorized culture. Many work places have "gone fragrance free".

Oil Warmer as a Tool.

If you make candles, soaps, or lotions, an oil warmer can be used as a tool for creating your own essential oil blends. Use an oil warmer with a glass or well glazed ceramic oil dish so that you may wash it completely between experiments. Soapstone has a tendency to absorb oil.


Keep out of reach of pets and children. Use only on a stable, fire resistant surface. Do not carry around once it is lit. Ceramic or glass may become hot. Avoid burns. Be full of care and use common sense; if there are a bunch of four year olds in your house chasing puppies, don't light a candle.

A whole industry has developed around the Psychology of Scent that uses scented air systems in commercial spaces to make a deeper impact on customer experience. Mammals are continuously processing information through their noses, either on a conscious level or not. Aromachology is becoming a very sophisticated tool to manipulate our deepest sensory perceptions.

Go to Aromachology Charts if you are curious about the Aromachology of combining fragrances.

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