How to Make Alcohol Based Fragrance Lamp Oil

Making your own fragrance lamp oil to be used as fuel for oil lamps is remarkably easy and also extremely cost effective. This recipe will yield four 16-ounce bottles of lamp oil fuel. It is important to remember that the finished product, like any fuel, should be clearly labeled and stored out of the reach of children or pets and away from combustible or flammable materials. You will find 91%-strength isopropyl alcohol right next to the rubbing alcohol, which is about 70%-strength, at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Be sure not to use “ethyl” or any other type of alcohol for this recipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Four 16-oz. bottles of 91% to 99% isopropyl alcohol
  • 1/2 oz. Distilled water (divided into four portions of 1/8 oz. each)
  • One small bottle (1/4 oz.) of your choice of Essential oil
  • Labels (self-adhesive)
  • Pen or permanent marker


    • 1

      Open the first bottle of isopropyl alcohol. Pour 1/8 oz. of distilled water into the alcohol bottle.

    • 2

      Pour in ¼ of the contents of the essential oil bottle. Replace the cap tightly and shake well to blend.

    • 3

      Affix a label identifying the lamp oil and its essential oil fragrance.

    • 4

      Repeat for the remaining three bottles of alcohol.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add more oil if you want a stronger scent. Try adjusting by increasing fragrance oil at .1 ounce increments.
  • Be sure to use distilled water instead of tap water from the faucet. Adding distilled water will allow your lamp to burn cleaner.
  • When changing scents in your lamp, remember to clean the wicks by soaking them in a jar with plain 91 or 99 % alcohol with a lid or a cover so that it doesn't evaporate. Soak the wicks for at least 24 hours. When this time has elapsed, squeeze out the moisture and allow the wicks to air dry before use.
  • Fragrance lamp fuel oils are alcohol based and should only be used in catalytic fragrance lamps--not in reed diffusers or regular oil burning lamps. Alcohol based fuels are extremely flammable and serious injury could result.
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