I’m really excited to show you how you can make your own lamp oils or catalytic lamp oil.
I have a beautiful catalytic lamp I bought from Dusk and I love it! But it burns through the oil very quickly and the oil is SO EXPENSIVE!
After a bit of research I came up with this recipe that I use and it works great so I’d like to share it with you.
354ml (1 bottle of Isocol) Isopropyl alcohol (90% or stronger so it burns)
1 tsp Distilled Water (Water that has been outside for few days is fine, this just lets any chemicals evaporate) This helps the oil to burn cleaner.
½ tsp Essential or fragrance oils
In Australia you can buy Isopropyl alcohol easily as Isocol. Isocol is 100% Isopropyl alcohol so it’s perfect for burning. You can get it at the supermarkets or chemist for around $10 for 345ml. You can get it on Ebay in larger quantities but with postage it works out around the same cost, if you can pick up though it will be much cheaper.
- Pour the distilled water into the bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (Isocol)
- Pour the 1/2 tsp of essential oil into the bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (Isocol)
- Replace the lid and shake well to combine the contents
- Fill the lamp with fragrance lamp oil (no more than 2/3 full).
- Put your wick in. Let it sit in there for about 15 minutes to absorb the oil.
- Light the stone and let it burn high then die down for about 2 – 4 minutes.
- Remember that the fragrance lamp works after the flame is extinguished. The flame is only to heat the stone to operating temperature and needs to be blown out after 2-4 minutes.
- You can use essential oils or fragrance oils to make this mixture – whatever suits you.
- Experiment with your essential and fragrant oils. Some are very strong, if it’s too strong, add more alcohol.
- After use put the snuffer cap on the stone. If you don’t the alcohol will evaporate and leave a build up of the fragrance oil which may clog your wick. It also absorbs moisture, which makes the lamp harder to burn.
- If your lamp wont burn correctly then you might need to replace the wick and stone. Search ‘catalytic wick stone’ on Ebay for a replacement. You can get them sent from Hong Kong for under $3.
- Soak your wick and stone in isopropyl alcohol in a sealed container to keep it clean – having one soaking and one in the lamp is a good idea. You can try soaking your wick and stone if it isn’t burning correctly.
- You can find fragrance and essential here http://www.aussiesoapsupplies.com.au/fragrance-oil-samplers and here http://www.heirloombodycare.com.au
- Always use 100% pure essential oils for the best results, lower quality oils can ruin your wick and stone.
- Try Citronella essential oil to burn outside at your next BBQ to deter mozzies.
- For cold season try Eucalyptus, Lemon, Rosemary and Tea Tree to clear the head.
- A blend of Rose Geranium and Lavender essential oils is very calming.
- Patchouli with Sandalwood, Lavender or Ylang Ylang smells wonderful.
- Dusk ‘Harmony’ style scent = Geranium, Lavender, Orange, Lemon and Petitgrain.
- Dusk ‘Passion’ style scent = Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Orange, Lavender, Sandalwood and Jasmine.