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You’ve probably seen those glass bottles with thick wicks in different stores in your town.
The Lampe Berger was invented by Maurice Berger, a pharmaceutical dispenser in Paris, and has been around for more than 100 years.
His original purpose for the lamp was to destroy odour and bacteria in the air, and so he sold them to institutions such as hospitals and mortuaries.
It wasn’t until Maurice sold the company to Jean-Jacques Faillot in 1927 that it became available to the retail market. Faillot also changed the alcohol used from methyl to ethyl alcohol, which had a significantly better smell upon combustion. More than a century later, Lampe Berger has become a staple in people’s homes, distributed throughout 56 countries and selling more than 800,000 lamps a year.
Besides acting as an antibacterial and helping to improve the fragrance of the air, Lampe Berger is also used in aromatherapy, increasing oxygen levels and acting as an insect repellant.
How do you use a Lampe Berger?
- The first and most important thing to remember is that the lamp is only compatible with specific Lampe Berger oil. By using any other type of oil, you risk clogging the wick and creating a potential fire hazard.
- When you’re ready, fill the lamp with Lampe Berger oil until two thirds full. The lamp won’t work effectively if filled to the brim. The general rule is to keep the lamp lit for a maximum of one minute for every cubic meter of room size.
Eg. If you’re using it in a 20 square meter room, you should keep the lamp burning for 20 minutes.
If the room is larger than 40 square meters, you should consider using two lamps, as they are not meant to burn for long periods.
- Insert the wick of the burner inside and press down on the metal ring so it stays in place. If your wick is dry, let it sit for 20 minutes so the wick can absorb the oil. If it won’t light up, the wick might be wet with water. You’ll need to remove it and let it dry completely. Make sure that the wick is always dry before use.
- Put the solid cap on to let the wick absorb the oil for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, remove the cap and light the burner. Let the flame heat up the lamp for 2 minutes. Blow it out afterwards and place the vented cap so that the fragrance of the oil can spread to the room.
After 20 to 40 minutes, remove the vented cap and use the solid cap to stop the lamp. You will notice there will still be a lingering fragrance scent that will last for a few hours. Don’t put the cap on while the flame is burning, as the flame will melt the cap.
- If the scent of the fragrance is too strong, use the Lampe Berger Neutral fragrance oil to soften the scent. Avoid using the Neutral fragrance oil alone because it can end up smelling quite sterile, like a hospital. An ideal ratio is to use just a tablespoon of the scented oil with the remaining filled with neutral oil.
Lampe Berger offers several types of scents, which can be broken down into two types of fragrances: citrus and floral. If you wish to change the scent used in the lamp, it’s recommended to use two different wicks to prevent mixing the citrus fragrance with the floral one.
You can use the Lampe Berger in any and every room, including the living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Just make sure it’s strategically placed on a spot where younger kids and pets won’t be able to reach it and knock it over.
If you use it according to the proper instructions, the wick will last for 1-2 years and your Lampe Berger will last for years.