Making Your Own Lamp Oil


I’m really excited to show you how you can make your own lamp oils or catalytic lamp oil.

I have this 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.

TIP: You can get it on Ebay in larger quantities much cheaper.


  1. Pour the distilled water into the bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (Isocol)
  2. Pour the 1/2 tsp of essential oil into the bottle of Isopropyl alcohol (Isocol)
  3. 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 and here
  • 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.