An introduction to Lampe Berger diffusers:
Invented in 1897, by French pharmacist Maurice Berger,
the Lampe Berger diffuser was designed specifically to disinfect air in hospitals in France.
Lampe Berger is a unique product, that can improve your health and breathing by removing airborne bacteria. Unlike other similar looking products available on the market, Lampe Berger is the only diffuser to truly provide multiple benefits in your home.
Don’t be fooled by claims from other companies, promoting “identical” benefits to the Lampe Berger range. The only benefit their diffusers provide is aromatherapy, which provides temporary relief at best.
Masking a smell using a stronger smell is not eliminating it, it is temporarily overpowering it. Once the stronger smell fades away, the original bad smell will return. This is why most products on the market have such strong smells to begin with, because they do not actually remove the smell at all, instead they simply cover it up with an even stronger one !
Genuine Lampe Berger products on the other hand, provide multiple benefits to your lifestyle.
Benefits of the Lampe Berger diffuser:
- Removes bacteria from the air, preventing disease and illness
- Removes airborne dust, allowing easier breathing
- Removes cigarette smoke, from the air and fabrics
- Removes bad odors trapped in fabric and carpet
- Eliminates kitchen and bathroom smells
- Removes cat urine odor
- Kills dust mites on contact
- Pet friendly and can kill fleas
- Repels Insects like mosquitos
- Purifies air by releasing oxygen
- Prevents mold growth
- Releases negative ions, strengthening your immune system
- Aromatherapy benefits
- A Pleasant range of soft fragrances to choose from
A bit of History:
Lampe Berger was invented in 1897 by Pharmacist Maurice Berger, to be used in hospital wards in Paris during World War 1.
At the time, Lampe Berger was odorless, its main benefit being that it could kill airborne bacteria and prevent disease.
In 1910, the first Lampe Berger boutique was opened at 18 Rue Duphot, in Paris. At the time, tobacco bars were commonplace in Paris, and Lampe Berger was readily adopted by high society, to reduce cigarette and cigar smoke from these social venues.
Famous writers Colette and Jean Cocteau, and world famous painter Picasso were great fans of Lampe Berger products, due both to their design and beauty. Many Lampe Berger diffusers are hand-made, even today, providing both uniqueness and artistic curiosity, as no two Lampe Berger diffusers are quite identical.
In 1927, essential oils derived from plants were added to the formula, providing additional aromatherapy benefits to both new and future Lampe Berger diffuser designs.
During the 19th century, a collectors club known as “Club des Collectionneurs de Lampe Berger”
(Lampe Berger Collectors Club) was formed to organize the systematic collection of original Lampe Berger art pieces, as with each year that passes, a new range of Lampe Berger designs are created, and in most cases, previous designs are no longer available for purchase, unless you can find someone willing to sell a past art piece to you.
The diffuser designs range from simple clear or colored bulbous glass flasks to highly elaborate, intricate works of art, crafted by some of the top French designers around today. In fact, some designs are so unusual that to the untrained eye, the Lampe Berger diffuser could be confused with an exquisite sculptural piece, especially in the collector’s range, where function is given second place to art.
The signature and collectors range of Lampe Berger are highly distanced from the basic designs, despite sharing the same functions. This range is exclusively hand made, and incorporates both exotic variation with creative flair.
The diffusers in this category carry a higher price tag, but in turn they are tuned to a much greater level of precision. They are handcrafted by materials such as fine porcelain, rare timbers, silver, gold, pewter, jewels, bronze and Baccarat crystal. While the diffusers in this range still incorporate the benefits of the basic Lampe Berger range, they are in a class of their own when it comes to their elaborate and unique design.
Some of the diffusers in the collectors range are extremely rare, due to having strictly limited production quantities, with as few as 250 pieces being created worldwide. These Lampe Berger diffusers are individually numbered, signed by the artist, and also include a Certificate of Authenticity to ensure maximum quality.
Over the past decade, several fake design companies have popped up and tried to imitate Lampe Berger diffusers in this range, but these are easily spotted in the market, and in many cases the original designs have been so intricate that fakes stand out like a sore thumb.
Due to the worldwide popularity of Lampe Berger, there have even been companies that have tried to manufacture fake oils for Lampe Berger use, however the catalytic stone has been specifically designed to only work with Lampe Berger oils, and so burning these fake oils simply will not work.
As a rule of thumb, is if it’s not made in France, it is not Lampe Berger, as there is only one factory worldwide that manufactures the Lampe Berger diffusers, and all products are shipped from this location, in France.
To provide enough oil to meet the demands of customers worldwide, Lampe Berger has set up a factory with the largest bottling facility currently in existence. I do not have an exact figure available, although I’ve been told they manufacture over 300,000 bottles of oil each day.
The oil was originally sold in huge 2 Litre glass bottles, but these days the bottles have been reduced to 1 Litre or 500ml in size, and are now made from a distinctive clear brown translucent plastic, with a blue cap on top. In some parts of the world, the oils ship in white or clear plastic bottles, this all depends on the region.
Different scents of oils are available in different countries, individually tailored to suit the cultural needs. With over 20 scents available, there is sure to be a scent that you will enjoy.
The flavors are not the typical strong scented artificial flavors employed by most companies on the market. Instead, they are homely scents, which blend in with your lifestyle. Flavors such as Eucalyptus, Pink Grapefruit, Ocean, Sandalwood, Apple Cinnamon, Blood Orange, Blue Lotus, Lavender and Green Tea are available, as well as several type of Roses, Jasmine, other flowers and Mulberry.
There are even situation specific oils, designed to kill dust mites, repel insects, or neutral scent for those who prefer no smell at all. Some non-believers of the product have claimed that the smell is removed by replacing it with another smell, as with the majority of air based deodorizers available on the market.
These claims were quickly dispelled by directing these customers to a bottle of unscented Neutral oil, which provides the same benefits as the scented versions, minus the aromatherapy functions of course.
Unlike other diffusers available on the market, the Lampe Berger diffuser vaporizes essential oil without an open flame. If flammable materials such as cloth or paper fall on the diffuser during operation, they will get warm, but not catch on fire.
Even if the diffuser is knocked over, and the essential oil spills out, the oil will evaporate leaving no stain, and will not cause a fire.
Lampe Berger diffusers have been scientifically proven to reduce airborne bacteria. The Lampe Berger diffuser underwent air improvement testing at Lyon University of France.
The diffuser was placed in a 60 square foot room, and a controlled amount of airborne bacteria was added to the air. The diffuser was then operated for 30minutes, and then deactivated. The level of airborne bacteria was measured 1 hour after the diffuser had been deactivated, and it was found that the diffuser had reduced airborne bacteria levels by 91.4%. It remained at this level for 3 hours after deactivation. Bacteria levels returned to normal 24 hours after the diffuser had been deactivated.
Further airborne bacteria testing experiments have been carried out by the “Institute for Environmental Health and Related Product Safety Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention” and the “Institute of Development and Quality,” in Macau, to ensure the accuracy of the experiments results.
A report on the “Reduction of smoke components” was completed by the University of Havre, which showed the reduction of smoke particles in a controlled environment, where 4 cigarettes were burning, after an activated Lampe Berger diffuser was introduced. Smoke reduction is noticeable after only
10 minutes of diffuser operation in an enclosed environment.
A lab report measuring the release of negative ions by the Lampe Berger diffuser was conducted by the “Japan Far Infrared Association.”
Before the diffuser was activated, negative ion count was measured to be 43/cc. After running the diffuser for 20 minutes, the negative ion count was remeasured 20cm from the diffuser, at 536/cc,
or 12 times increase.
The negative ion levels were remeasured from a distance of 80cm from the diffuser, which showed a level of 320/cc, or 7 times increase.
In recent years, Lampe Berger was used to protect medical staff at the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, during the SARS epidemic, with a donation of 1332 bottles of 2L Lampe Berger oil being made in 2003.
Lampe Berger has won multiple awards since its development, including:
1901 French National Product Invention Award
6 times winner of Paris Product Award
Lyon Superior Commodity Award
Grenoble Commodity Award
Decoratifs Art Award
Diplome D’Honneur Sales Award
1906 Roman Market Product Award, Italy
1912 Exposition Internationale d’Economie Managere Gold Award
1925 Chambre Syndicate des Accessories de Pharmacie Gold Award
France’s Grenoble National Tourist Gold Award
1938 National Scientific Research and Development Gold Award
2000 US Atlanta Annual Award for Best Decorative Figure Certificate
2001 High Quality Consumer Product and Lifestyle Art Award, France
2003-4 CAPITAL Best of the Best for Executives Award
(Best Health & Nourish Brand)
Where to purchase
Genuine Lampe Berger diffusers are available from this website, for shipment worldwide.
The essential oil that is used in Lampe Berger diffusers is highly flammable, and can only be shipped via ground or sea cargo.
For this reason, if you live outside of Australia please contact us, and we will put you in touch with your nearest local Lampe Berger oil distributor.
How to Care for your Lampe Berger
Lampe Berger diffusers are highly durable, if properly cared for. Provided the included instructions are followed correctly, your Lampe Berger diffuser will last a very, very long time.
In France, Lampe Berger diffusers have been known to be passed down generations as family heirlooms.
If the burner stone is used regularly, with the same scent of Lampe Berger essential oil, the stone will usually last for several years, if not longer.
If different essential oils are mixed, although rare, there is the possibility of the stone becoming clogged, due to slight variances between the essential oils, dust exposure, moisture build up etc.
In most cases, a clogged burner stone can be easily cleaned by exposing it to a hot flame for less than a minute, allowing the clogged debris to be burnt out.
If the stone is very old, visibly damaged or goes out when it is lit, the burner stone should be replaced. This is available as a spare part from our store for $20. The burner stone is continually being improved, so don’t be alarmed if the replacement head looks slightly different to the original. Burner heads are all compatible with each other, except for some Collector’s Edition diffusers, which have longer wicks due to their unusually tall designs.
Lampe Berger oil is available in Australia, for just $97 per litre.
That may sound like a lot at first, so let’s do a basic comparison.
A typical bottle of regular essential oil, costs $9 per 15mL.
Convert that into Litres, and it works out to be $600 per litre!
Plus, with regular essential oils, you only get aromatherapy benefits, and miss out on all the added benefits a Lampe Berger diffuser will bring to your home and lifestyle.
So in actual fact, what seems a lot to begin with is actually great value for money.
You save $503 per litre AND get extra benefits, plus there’s hardly any risk of starting a fire when the phone rings and you walk out of the room.
A 1 Litre bottle of Genuine Lampe Berger essential oil will last for a minimum of 40 hours.
At 20mins per day typical usage, this equates to about 120 uses, or 4 months per bottle.
One thing to note, is that due to varying expansion rates of different materials, diffusers made from glass tend to use up oil faster than those made from ceramic or crystal. I have tested each of these materials in my own home, and find that diffusers made from crystal tend to use oil most efficiently of the three types.
Genuine Lampe Berger diffusers start from $127 for the basic glass version, and go up from there.
Just a reminder, Lampe Berger designs change throughout the year as well, so if a particular design catches your eye, act fast or it may be too late to order one like it in the future.