Where do you purchase the oils to make my own Lampe Berge Fragrane. I bought some candle oil from a craft store and mixed it up, but is smells like burning alcohol. So I added more and now it will not burn.
Debby from Vinton, LA
Hallmark stores carry it for around $13. Have not tried it because the lamps are so expensive. (12/31/2006)
I love some of the Berger scents too, but if you have more than one lamp and burn often, it gets expensive. Making your own fragrance is so easy, yet I found too many people try to complicate it with details or opinions about what oil or alcohol to use. Or whether to use water or not. I finally just did it and I have had no problems, only success.
Some say don't let it burn out, I have done both. I let it burn all oil and later find the lamp empty and cold. No oil, no way for the stone to stay hot. Other times I put the snuffer cap on.
Do not leave the lamp on if you have cats that climb around while you are not home. Always keep your lamp in a place away from animals and children, because an accident can cause a fire. Also, do not lay your snuffer cap on furniture, because the residue can damage the wood. I found this out myself. Fill your lamps in a kitchen or bathroom where you can rinse the funnel and wipe the bottles without damage to your furniture.
The combination of oils you use is your preference. I like the smell of roses, so I only used the rose oil. It was too strong. Later I added some lavender oil to the rest of my mix and a little alcohol, shook it up and added it to the lamp with the strong roses oil and it was much nicer.
If you like sweet and spicy, add 1/2 bottle of something sweet that appeals to your senses and 1/2 bottle of a spicy scented oil, you'll have both. Or try 3 scents, 1/3 of each bottle to one bottle of alcohol. This is where you get creative. Yes, essential oils can be used and perfume oils. Whatever you use, make sure it is pure and undiluted.
I have a 2 Berger lamps, a no name high quality lamp, and more recently a Redolere lamp. I like how fast it gets hot and how it burns, although I didn't care for the wick or quality as much. Yet, it is a very good lamp. So, looks aren't everything. The decorative cap on the Redolere is also thin and it gets hot, so if you get one, be aware.
Finally, I have been burning my lamps without cleaning the wicks for months. If I have trouble getting them to light I will soak them in alcohol, but not until then. To the reader who mentioned the Sophia oil. I used it once, loved the scent, but it smoked black really badly towards the end.
Hope this helps someone who like me was scared to make their own oil, because of the differences of opinions on the web. Don't buy the recipes from sellers at eBay. One is just what I told you how to mix. The other seller sells you the most confusing file with other recipes for lotion, bath salts, etc. that I personally saw free on the web. Don't add to their bank balance for something given free on a search engine.
Beware. You will void your berger stone warranty if your stone doesn't work after you use a homemade fuel. The Lampe Berger fuel is 100% all natural, they don't use common essential oils in their fuel, it's an organic version, I tried to return a stone and couldn't because the stone leaves a residue if you use any other brand but theirs. Try to save a few bucks and it will cost you more. I know.
I have made my own fuel for the Lampe, 91% isopropyl alcohol and essential oil. That's it. Anyone who says there is an added ingredient is just continuing the scam. Walgreen's sells the 91% for 1.29 a bottle and that last two refills if not more in my lamp. I ran it all day no problem with the wick and I can adjust my scent to be not so strong. Clean the wick only when it will not stay hot. Place in a covered bowl in 91% isopropyl until it is clean, about two days. Stop believing everything the marketers write after all, the original recipe for hospitals was just the alcohol. (11/23/2007)
By Make your own fuel
I also have a catalytic effusion lamp and make my own lamp fuel. When you make your own it is not Lampe Berger. It's just catalytic lamp fuel. Lampe Berger started the thing. The Lampe Bergers are really nice but can be really costly. I would not recommend using anyone else's lamp fuel to use in your Lampe Berger, because they just do not do well, plus you would void the warranty of the wick, but you can buy a wick, used for catalytic lamps, not a Lampe Berger wick just one that will fit in any lamp, and those wicks do well with other peoples lamp fuel.
The ingredient for the lamp fuel if you look on the bottles says: Fragrance, purified or distilled water, and 90-91% alcohol, or maybe just alcohol. The trick is getting the formula right. If you add too much fragrance oil it may clog your wick or not work properly. The formula I use is for every 16 oz. of alcohol use 1/8 oz. of distilled water and 1/4 oz. of fragrance oil or essential oil, there is a difference, I believe the essential oil would burn better. Maybe this will help somebody have a better understanding. (12/02/2007)
I have the ultimate fix for clogged wicks. It took me a while trying different things. Soaking them in alcohol just doesn't work. But if you soak it in alcohol to clean it of the oils, and then empty your lampe and fill it with pure 90 to 91% alcohol and burn that through it will make your wick like new, this will remove any residues.
Mine looked like I had just bought it after this. Thought I would pass this on, have seen a lot of people complaining about clogged wicks. Also, do not bother to add the distilled water to your home brew. 90% isopropol alcohol and a small amount of fragrance 1/4 to 0.5 ounce works great. If it gets residue or smokes it is too much fragrance or essential. I found that you can use, perfume, essential oils, or fragrance. When your wick gets clogged soak it for about 30 minutes, empty the lampe, fill with nothing, but alcohol and burn it for a few hours. So keep making your own home brews without worry now. (03/06/2008)
By lampe berger fanatic with clogged wicks(fix)
I read the posts below thinking I can make my own lampeberger oil because it is just so expensive to buy. However, I realized that the branded oil contains Ozoalcool (patent) ingredient that contains O1 and when combined with the alcohol which contains O2 when heated, they produce Ozone which is what eliminates odor and kills bacteria. Therefore, I guess if I want fuel that also eliminates odor and kills bacteria instead of just masking it with scent, I will have to fork out the money to buy the "Lampe Berger" fuel. (09/07/2008)
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