These things are wonderful. The concept is that of a catalytic converter. It takes air and transforms it into wonderfully scented delight. The reservoir holds fuel - fuel - not oil. This is an alcohol based fragrance. There is a wick that soaks up the fragrance fuel, and feeds it into a stone. The stone is porous and soaks up the fragrance. You light the stone and let it heat up for about 2 minutes. You then blow the flame out, and the stone remains heated. It continues to feed the fragrance to the stone, and when it is heated, it turns into a fragrant smoke. It isn't really detectable, but you know it is there by just a little sniff. One lamp will fill your home with wonderful smelly good!
The original Lampe Berger is French, but they now make other lamps in the U.S. by other companies. One company is La-Tee-Da. They run anywhere from $200.00 to $50.00. The French lamps are on the higher end, but the American made lamps are more affordable. Beware! You will be hooked, and the fuel runs between $15 and $20 per bottle. I gave one to a friend and she calls the fuel liquid gold!
This is a picture of a Lampe Berger:
|This is the stone and wick, see how they are connected? That is what feeds the fuel up into the stone. Also pictured is a cap. If you want to snuff out the fragrance before the entire bottle is finished, just put the cap on.|
|Close up of stone and wick.|
One thing, some people complain about the stone getting "clogged". This means it doesn't stay hot. If this happens, soak the stone in alcohol overnight or let it burn for about 5 minutes in the initial light up process, either of those should un-clog it. You can also make your own fuel, although I am sure the companies that make these lamps would not recommend any other fuel but their own. To make your own fuel, take 90 percent Isopropryl Alcohol, and add a small bottle of fragrance oil. That is is! Bath & Body Works makes fragrance oil. I have tried this, and it does work. If you aren't big on fragrance, but just want to take odor out of the air, you can use plain alcohol.
I hope you try one of these, you will not be disappointed!
Have a smelly good day!