Sunday 8 March 2020


Oliver Bonas burner £16, currently out of stock.

Love scented candles,
but nothing creates a bigger aroma than an oil burner,
pardon, oil diffuser.
(I've gone on about this before). 
Those little pots you put a candle inside with a hollow on top for either scented oil and water or a wax melt.

Big in the 90s (and they never went away in the Pound shops),
they seem to be having a bit of a revival.
Mrs Hinch has once again partly led the charge with her wax melt obsession,
and my theory... reed diffusers are too subtle.

They are generally available in cheap shops for £2 or £3.

But here's a few pricier ones, so we can see whats out there...
then as always re-create the look via Flying Tiger etc.

Oil burner design collab between Daniela Rubino and Sarah Akwisombe
(Also admiring, with a view to pinching, their bit of budget photography styling using cardboard and tape).

LOVE this large beauty which weighs over 1kg, £125 from Aesop

I put this out as, not an aspirational item, but as a warning.
Who would buy that bit of tut/plug in air freshner for nearly £80...  standard Urban Outfitters.

White and gold £100 plus burner from Goop
We'll say nothing about the fragrance after the Goop candle!

Folksy oil burner £30

And oil burners are cheap to run.
A 3p tealight and a drop of oil about 1p as prices start at around 50p a bottle,
4 hours of scented candleness for 4p.
You would have burnt £5 in the same time with a Jo Malone,
or heaven forbid, an extra 46p with a Poundland scented candle.

Some affordable burners/diffusers...

Nice classic white ones, £1 from Poundland.

Ochre retro looking one £4 from Dunelm

You could even knock one up from what you have lying around, reduse, reuse, recycle etc.
Here's mine,
not a thing of beauty, but a twenty plus year old stoneware number dragged back from Germany in the days before hand luggage only flights existed. It's done so many years of service, I can't unsurp it.

 Off to hunt down Jo Malone oud and bergamont style oil,
for hopefully under £5,
that would still be 4hrs of scented candleness for under 15p,
And eyes peeled in case the Aesop number ever turns up in a charity shop.

Found this ebay store selling all the good essential oils for just a couple of pounds each,
natural pure essential oils, in glass bottles not tested on animals etc and just around £2 a bottle.
And they have the oud and bergamot! Winging their way to me now.


  1. There are three sorts of gel candle wax, high, medium and rarity . Each sort of wax has its own characteristics. the upper the density the thicker it's and therefore the higher its fragrance hold. rarity gel can hold alittle amount of fragrance and therefore the objects which will be successfully embedded in it are people who are light and little only. Medium density gel candle wax is that the hottest among the three due to its cost and features. It can hold a medium amount of fragrance that's not too strong or too light. It can hold almost any quite embeds except people who are really heavy. High density wax can hold the very best amount of fragrance and most any objects are often successfully embedded in it.wax melts

  2. reduse, reuse, recycle etc. perfect sharing.