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I had recently bought a lamp burner (something like lampe berger) and came across recipes using isopropyl alcohol and essential oils.
The recipe I got was 16oz of isopropyl alcohol and 2 tablespoon distilled water and 5ml - 10ml essential oil (depending on strength).
I have a few questions. First, if the concentration of the isopropyl alcohol is 99% is it alright to use? Secondly, why must distilled water be used in the solution? Would it cause the burning effect to be affected as water is a non inflammable? And finally, I find that especially when I try to use sandalwood essential oil for burning, the stone will not be burning after an hour or so. Why is that?
By Stephen from Sarawak, Malaysia
I make my own fragrances for my Lampes Berger using 16 oz. of 91% isopropyl alcohol, 8-10 drops of a pure essential oil, and NO water. I have had no problems with the stones going out.
I don't understand why some recipes recommend adding distilled water, but my Lampes work fine without it. Personally I think it's the water that may be fouling the stone and causing it to go out.
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