How to Make Your Own Catalytic Fragrance Lamp

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A catalytic fragrance lamp surrounds your environment with rich fragrances. Unlike a diffuser, a catalytic fragrance lamp doesn't require the use of bamboo reeds. This is because the catalytic fragrance lamp contains a variety of materials that allow it to disperse freshening scents throughout your home. Knowing how to make a catalytic fragrance lamp gives you the ability to decorate your home while scenting its air.

Things You'll Need

  • 4 oz. glass attar bottle (with 1 inch mouth)
  • 3/4 inch wick stone
  • 2 oz. essential oil blend
  • 1 tsp. polysorbate 20
  • 1/2 oz. mineral oil
  • Fireplace matches or lighter
  • Add the essential oil blend to the glass attar. For example, mix 1 oz. of vanilla with 1 oz. of lavender essential oil to create a warm and sensual scent.

  • Add the polysorbate 20 to the attar. This is an emulsifier, but it also works as a thinner that allows the oils to heat up without creating black sooty smoke.

  • Add the mineral oil to the attar. Secure the lid on the attar and shake it vigorously for 30 seconds to assure the contents are mixed thoroughly.

  • Remove the lid from the attar. Aim the looped, thick wick over the opening of the bottle and ease it into it. This part should dangle from beneath the cylindrical stone.

  • Push the stone disc firmly into the mouth of the bottle. For a bottle with a 1-inch opening, use a stone that is 3/4 inch in diameter. It should fit snugly into place. Secure the lid of the glass attar and allow it to sit for one hour.

Tips & Warnings

  • To enjoy the fragrance lamp, remove the cap and apply the flame of a match or lighter to the stone surface. It will immediately produce a tall flame of about two inches. Allow it to heat up for two minutes and then blow the flam out. Allow the catalytic fragrance jar to draw scent through the wick to the heated stone, releasing the fragrance into the air.

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  • Photo Credit vanilla beans image by joanna wnuk from Fotolia.com Abstract black smoke flowing image by JoLin from Fotolia.com three-color decorative glass bottles image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com
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