We have these large ceramic oil burners in our Natroma shop.
When you purchase an oil burner, it's always a good idea to purchase one that has a good sized bowl - too many are shallow or small and this means they'll dry up quickly. It's far easier to use a deep, large bowled oil burner since it will hold a greater volume of water and this has two benefits. Firstly, you can fill it with water and there's a good chance the water will last longer than the tea light (typically these last for about 4 hours). Secondly the larger volume of water should ensure that you do not over heat your essential oils - they will smell truer if you do not boil them! (This is why we usually recommend using an electric diffuser, since it cold diffuses the essential oils so their fragrance isn't distorted).
When using a oil burner, you must add water to the bowl before lighting the candle. We go out to many events, and it never ceases to surprise us how many people think that you add the essential oils straight into the bowl and heat them. All this will do is scorch the essential oils (they'll basically burn, and become stuck to the ceramic surface) - so you'll use far too many drops and they won't smell too good either! So you add water to the burner, and then float drops of essential oils on the water surface. We usually suggest no more than 6 drops of oil (in total) each time. You can burn a single essential oil on it's own, but it's much nicer to create your own essential oil blends. You can choose any combination of essential oils, but it's usually best to limit to 2 or 3 at the same time otherwise your aromatherapy blend can become quite muddled. Always (always!) write down the number of drops of each essential oil....because you'll hate yourself if you create a beautiful aromatherapy fragrance and then can't remember which essential oils were used!
We'd recommend that you fill your oil burner with water before you light your candle, and it should last until the candle burns out. If you find it is beginning to run out of water you can top it up with a small jug (something like the small container that comes with your iron) and fill it with hot water so you don't crack the burner. Try to anticipate re-filling the bowl before it's needed - it's never a good idea to let it burn dry. After use, the bowl can be wiped out with a soft cloth - try to do this so the essential oils do not leave a residue on the surface.
Size: 9cm diameter, 11.5cm tall.
Available in 2 Colours: Blue or Green
These burners are glazed black with holes in the body of the burner, and are open at the back for the candle. The bowl is coloured either mid to dark blue (some are paler than the image) or a mid to olive green. Each one is slightly different.
Supplied in a plain brown box with some tissue to provide protection during transit - this is not a decorative gift box.