Lampe Berger History
What is Lampe Berger and how does it work?

Lampe Berger is a decorative fragrance lamp that destroys odors and bacteria in the air, while increasing the oxygen levels and perfuming your environment. Lampe Berger uses a catalytic burner that reaches 140 degrees fahrenheit to combust a special alcohol based liquid fuel. The burning fuel releases molecules into the air that capture and destroy odors while dispersing essential oils.
The Benefits of Lampe Berger.

Lampe Berger purifies the air by destroying odors and air borne bacteria. It increases oxygen levels in the air. The fuels contain essential oils that are made from natural botanical extracts. These oils perfume the air and provide aroma therapy, as well as having inscet repelling properties.
Instructions for using Lampe Berger.

Remove the openwork shade and the cap. Away from any source of heat, fill your lamp two-thirds full with Lampe Berger fuel. (if you fill the lamp to full, it will flood itself out and never stay lit) Insert the wick of the burner into the lamp and position the base of the burner evenly into the lamp opening. Put the cap back over the burner. Allow the wick to draw fuel into the burner for about 20 minutes. Remove the cap and light the burner. Allow the burner to heat up for approximately 2 minutes. Blow out the flame! Your Lampe Berger is now operational. Replace the openwork shade. Do not touch the burner! To extinguish the Lampe Berger, remove the openwork shade (which will be hot) & place the cap on the burner and replace the openwork shade. 25 to 40 minutes of use is sufficient for a 1000-1200 square foot area.
Helpful Hints.

Remember that the lamp works after the flame is extinguished. The flame is to heat the stone and needs to be blown out after 2 minutes. The burner should last one to two years. Once in a while you will come across a stubborn burner that will not remain hot after the flame is extinguished. If the burner is new, remove it from the lamp and place it on paper towels to let it dry out completely. Then go through the above process again. If the burner is old, it probably needs replacing. You can change fragrances the same way, by letting the wick dry out, or you can mix scents, if so desired. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER TYPE OF FUEL IN YOUR LAMPE BERGER!
The History of Lampe Berger.

Maurice Berger patented the Lampe Berger in Paris in June of 1898. During the early 1900's, it was marketed to French Institutions where hygiene was most important, such as hospitals and mortuaries. At that time the lamps used methyl alcohol which gave off formaldehyde on combustion. It was efficient, but smelled unpleasant. In 1927, Maurice Berger sold the company to Jean-Jacques Failot. He changed to ethyl alcohol, which has the scent of apples on combustion. This change moved Lampe Berger into the consumer market. Failot began collaborating with great bottle designers of the period, including Galle, Lalique, Baccarat, Saint-Louis, Sabino and Theraud. In the 1930's sales reached approximately 20,000 lamps a year. Exports began, but had mixed success. Many failed because ozoalcohol was considered a perfume product and was taxed as a luxury item. Lampe Berger suffered during WWll. Failot died in October of 1940 as a result of wounds he received when he was knocked down by a German military vehicle in Paris. His son, Gilbert, succeeded him. To further the companies problems, raw materials became almost unobtainable, and then the factory was damaged by a bombing in 1943. Following the war, production began gradually since raw materials were still difficult to find. The war resulted in a lower standard of living, therefore production of luxury crystal models were abandoned and the porcelain and earthenware models were created. By 1973, Lampe Berger was producing 80,000 lamps per year and the company was sold to the retired industrialist, Marcel Auvrey. His son Phillipe took over in 1989 and in 1992 he set up the first Lampe Berger subsidiary in New York. In 1998, Lampe Berger began the prestigious signature line of lamps by famous designers. They also began using new materials such as enamel, pewter and opaline.