Repurpose Your Wax Melt Burner For Essential Oils

If you still use synthetic fragrance to scent your home:  1) stop  2) you don’t need new equipment to switch to essential oils.

It’s incredibly easy to repurpose your wax melt burner.  If the burner has a heat source and a bowl for water you can use it to diffuse essential oils.

What’s that?  You’ve heard one should never use heat to diffuse essential oils.  Sadly,  I’ve heard the same thing many times over the years.  Here’s why I think it’s a silly rule.

The reason given for not using heat to diffuse essential oils is that heat destroys the therapeutic compounds in the oil and also changes the scent quality.  This is true to a degree.  However the changes induced by heat are so small that it makes no difference for a person who simply wants to make a room smell great.

In almost 15 years of using essential oils I’ve never found lavender or ylang ylang to be less relaxing when diffused with heat.  I’ve never found grapefruit to be less uplifting.   Heavy oils like benzoin, peru balsam, vertiver or myrhh tend to behave better in a heated diffuser.  Heat based diffusers are inexpensive, easy to use and effective.  If your nose isn’t as good as your dog’s and you don’t need to keep viruses from circulating in a hospital, then heat is perfectly fine and often more practical.

Moving on…

If your fragrant wax burner is clean, congratulations!   All you have to do is add water to the area where the wax goes, then a few drops of your favorite essential oil and plug in the unit.

Heat time will vary depending on the size of your burner.  If you have a large burner, it isn’t necessary to fill it to the top.  A small burner should be filled as much as possible without causing spillage.  The more water in the reservoir the longer the burn time.  Never put essential oils on your burner without adding water first.  

If your burner is not clean follow these steps to prep it for essential oils.

  • Put the burner in the fridge overnight.  Many burners have two parts, you only need chill the part holding wax.
  • Once thoroughly chilled the wax should be fairly easy to pop out of the unit using a butter knife.

One the wax is out you can deal with stuck on wax and fragrance oil in a couple of different ways.

  • Add rubbing alcohol to the bowl and let soak for at least an hour then wash with hot soapy water.  Repeat if needed.
  • Add water to the bowl and place it on the warming plate, once the residue has liquified follow the step above.

If your burner is all one piece add a 50/50 mix of water and rubbing alcohol, allow the unit to heat for 30 – 60 minutes, then wipe it down with alcohol.  Don’t worry if you can’t get stubborn bits of fragrance oil out, it will diffuse and fade as you use the burner with water on a regular basis.

One of my favorite oils to diffuse at home is Bergamot.  It’s a perfect oil for anyone transitioning to natural home fragrance.  It blends well with most oils and has a clean happy scent that is more sophisticated than other citrus.  Eden Botanicals has a consistently great smelling bergamot at a reasonable price.

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