Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lampe Berger

You need a Lampe Berger.

What it does: purifies the air in your home and destroys odors. (Cooking smells, cigarette smoke, pet odor, etc.)

How: Via catalytic combustion. Whatever.

Why you need it:
  • It works.
  • The lamps are beautiful.
  • It smells wonderful (or, it simply cleans the air without scent if you like; it's up to you)
What you need:
  • A Lampe Berger lamp. They can be pricey, but they come in an array of styles and prices and look beautiful simply sitting on your table. Below, some of my favorites from the Lampe Berger website.

    Glass, "Capri"

    Limoges Porcelain, "Louis XII"

    Metal, "Compression"

  • Lampe Berger Oil. My favorite scent is New Orleans: "A deliciously gourmet fragrance with fruity and sweet accents, enhanced by a hint of cinnamon." I've also enjoyed Lilac Blossom and Royal Jasmine (one I do not recommend is Amber Powder). As I mention above, you can also use a Neutral oil which will cleanse the air of odors but not disperse a scent.
Where to buy: My favorite on-line source for Lampe Berger lamps and oils (and candles, generally) is Candles Off Main. If you find a local store that carries Lampe Berger products, however, you can usually test the fragrances, which is nice.

How you use a Lampe Berger:

  • The first time you use it: Remove the cap and the burner/wick, fill the bottle about half full of oil. Replace the wick and let it soak, capped, for at least twenty minutes.
  • Then, whether you've just done the step above or for regular use: Remove the cap and light the burner. Let flame for about two minutes, or when the burner starts to turn gray. Blow out the flame, and top the lamp with the decorative cover (do not cap!). It will take 25-40 minutes for the lamp to do its thing: rid the air of bacteria while emitting the scent. NOW, remove the decorative cover (careful, it's hot!), cap the burner and replace the decorative cover. Mission accomplished.
If you already use a Lampe Berger, what are your favorite oils?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Things I'm Supposed to Feel Badly About, But Don't

  • I wear white all year 'round. (Not, however, only white.)
  • I like Birkinstocks.
  • AND, I'm all for spending hundreds of dollars on beautiful shoes and handbags, preferably with cash (but usually not).
  • I think a woman of any age can have long hair.
  • I apply lipstick in public.
  • I don't really like to entertain (but I like to be entertained).
  • I like to eat, but I don't cook and I don't want to learn. (I do bake.)
  • I think having a career is overrated.
  • I think people should be able to hunt as sport. Unregulated ownership of M16s or handguns is not sporting.
  • Americans don't all have to speak English.
  • Smoking is unhealthy, but an occasional Sobranie along with a Very Dry Martini is le dernier mot.
  • I enjoy witty vulgarity, and sometimes there's no greater satisfaction than a well-rendered swear word.
  • I admire Dita Von Teese and Kim Kardashian for their beauty and style.
  • If someone gave me a gorgeous fur coat, I would probably wear it.
  • I might try hard drugs when I am eighty. (Curious about the supposed heightened awareness, concerned about addiction or a bad trip.)