Essential oil burner in use

Health & Safety

Using an essential oil burner for the first time is very exciting but before you can started you need to know how to use it safely. Oil burners can get very hot and so you should ensure to put it on something heat-resistant so that you do not burn your surfaces. You should check for possible hazards nearby, moving all flammable items away. Once your candle is lit and is placed underneath you should not touch it, otherwise you may burn your hand.

Do not leave the bowl to go completely dry with the candle lit otherwise you may get a burnt aroma, and smoke. You should never take any essential oils orally and should always keep them out of reach of children. If swallowed seek medical help immediately. Never leave lit candles unattended.

Step 1

Fill up the little bowl on top of the oil burner with water and then add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice to the water. Alternatively you can place a few essential oil wax melts that make it even easier.

Step 2

Place a lit tea light candle underneath, this will cause the water and oil mix to vaporise / evaporate causing the aromas to fill the room. Enjoy the aroma and any health benefits that come with it! 

How to Clean My Oil Burner?

After use, they should be cleaned but only after it has completely cooled down to avoid the risk of burning yourself as these can get extremely hot from just a little candle.

To remove grease you will need to clean thoroughly with a damp cloth and a washing up liquid detergent if it has stubborn burnt oil you may need to use baking powder and water to help rid of the residues. Avoid using a metal scourer as it may damage the oil burner.

How to Use An Essential Oil Burner Video 

Essential Oil Burner Buying Guide

Sometimes it can be hard to relax after a long day at work but luckily essential oils can help with just that. The best way to use essential oils and wax melts is by diffusing them in an essential oil burner. As there are so many different ones made from different materials, various designs, and all at different prices when the time comes to choose one, it can be a little overwhelming.

That is why we have made this guide to help you choose which one to buy. We have done all of the research on the common materials that they are made from and have highlighted all of the most important information here to make the choice easier for you. 

Our Recommended - Ceramic Oil Burner

variety of ceramic oil burners


If you haven’t got an oil burner but are looking at purchasing one, we do sell them right here on our website, ours are of course fair trade, completely handmade, and carved from soapstone. We have different colours and designs.

These wonderful ceramic essential oil burners are perfect for diffusing essential oil or soy wax melts throughout your home to create refreshing scents. They come in different colour glazes and will look great in just about any modern home. Each one is handmade in Thailand from natural clay earthenwares and has a satin finish. With colours of plum, orange, ocean blue, raspberry red, and more which one do you like the most?


  • Handmade from natural clay
  • Interconnected tealight chamber and oil dish
  • Great for use with relaxing scents
  • Suitable for essential oil and wax melts
  • Perfect gift


The way that the oil burner is manufactured is also important, as is the size of it. A good oil burner is one in which you can use essential oils and wax melts. This flexibility means that you can do more with yours without needing to purchase another one. 


Oil burners can be made of almost any material from brass metal, and glass to ceramic, Himalayan salt, and soapstone. Each material has its own pros and cons in terms of visual aesthetics and usability. All the material can be suitable for use as an oil burner but the one that is right for you very much depends on what you like.

If you have an industrial themed home, you may be better off opting for a metal oil burner, although these are harder to purchase as they are a less popular option. The two materials that are the most popular for oil burners are soapstone and ceramic. Soapstone talc comes from the ground and contains silica which can be harmful to health if you are exposed to the dust particles and as these oil burners are hand-carved by artisans this increases the risks for both the consumer and the creator. Ceramic is the best material for oil burners and here's why.

Ceramic is made from natural clay and water, it is natural and can be shaped however the maker desires. It is waterproof and can be customised with paint glazes. It is a sustainable material that is eco-friendly, also ceramic is more porous than glass which means that it will hold the heat better keeping the oil warmer for longer.


When it comes to buying an oil burner, you shouldn't expect to pay any more than £20. A small budget oil burner that is around 10cm is the cheapest option and will cost you around £5 but a full-size one that will easily fit a T-light candle inside and will hold a good amount of oils in the top will cost you between £15 and £20. If you pay any more than that then you are likely paying for the design or bells and whistles.

For example, Soapstone oil burners are usually hand-carved in various designs but still they are not the best material for an oil burner simply because if it gets damaged the dust particles can be harmful to health. Also, there are some high-end electric oil burners that can cost up to £150 but these are not needed and you get better results by burning without one of these diffusers as candle oil burners get hotter than their electric counterparts. Below you can explore some other great options.

Elephant Soapstone Oil Burner

These little oil burners are amazing, they set any mood depending on the oil that you use which makes them suitable for most situations. If you are feeling a bit run down, use some eucalyptus in yours, or if you are feeling tired some orange essential oil should get you energised. 

White Glazed Dragonfly Oil Burner

ceramic white glazed dragonfly oil burner

This beautiful shiny glazed ceramic oil burner has intricate dragonflies cut out of it which allows the light to escape setting the perfect mood. Its about 12cm tall, and is extremely popular. Customers rated it as easy to use, and easy to clean. It's minimal design will blend into your current decor and will help you feel calm during the evening, oil burners are a great way to switch off from a long day.

Oil burner: Frequently asked questions

Can your essential oil burner catch fire?

Once I lit an oil burner in the kitchen and went to go charge my phone. When I came back the oil burner was on fire and so yes it can catch fire but let me explain how. 

Can you use too much essential oil?

Essential oil is flammable and If you use too much  it is dangerous because it makes the liquid on top easy to ignite. 

Can you use too much water?

If you combine too much essential oil with too much water it can cause the liquid to bubble over and when it leaks around the side of the oil burner and goes near the flame, it can easily catch fire. 

Carelessness causes fires which is the main reason why it ignited in the first place. I should have walked out of the kitchen leaving the oil burner unattended. Oil burners can be great tools that can provide you with many health benefits but in order to use them well you have to first learn how to use them safely. 

What to do if your oil burner catches fire?

Do not put water over the fire it will make it much worse. To put out the fire you can use a metal pan. Alternatively, pour baking powder or salt over it and it goes out like magic. As a last resort use a fire extinguisher. 

Are oil diffusers safe for lungs?

The safety of oil diffusers depends on the type of oil being used and how they’re used. While there are some potential side effects, when used appropriately and with natural essential oils, oil diffusers can be a safe way to enjoy the aroma in a room.

Essential oils are typically safe for the lungs when used in a diffuser, as long as the diffuser is used correctly and with the right type of oil. Natural essential oils, such as lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil, are the best option for oil diffusers, as they are less likely to contain synthetic chemicals that could be harmful. Synthetic oils can contain chemicals that can cause allergic reactions or respiratory irritation.

It’s important to follow the instructions when using an oil diffuser, as it can be easy to use too much oil and create a strong scent that can be uncomfortable. Inhaling too much oil can cause nausea, headaches, or dizziness. When using an oil diffuser, it’s important to keep the room well-ventilated and not to leave the diffuser running for too long. It’s also important to clean the diffuser regularly to keep it free of bacteria and mold.

Overall, when used correctly and with natural essential oils, oil diffusers are a safe and effective way to enjoy aromas in a room. However, it’s important to be aware of the potential side effects and to be sure to follow the instructions for the diffuser and for the oils. Doing so will help to ensure the safety of the lungs and protect against any allergic reactions.

We are making weekly videos related to essential oil burners on our YouTube channel and plenty of blog posts will follow so what question do you have about oil burners? Let us know in the comments and we will answer it in a new blog post. 

Up next: How to Use Wax Melts with an Oil Burner


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