After two weeks taking turns curling up on the couch to hog the blankets and the tissues, yesterday we were all finally well enough to have people over. And by “people” I mean “the kids’ friends” because when are we ever entertaining? (Rarely. Who has the energy?) In the wintertime, I like to light my favourite pine-scented candle or throw a batch of cookies in the oven to make the house smell warm and welcoming and mask the ever-present scent of fried egg whites (I eat a lot of egg whites), but yesterday I tried something a little different: a beautiful air purifying lamp, Lampe Berger. Lampe Berger sent me one to facilitate this review and has generously offered a starter kit to one lucky try small things reader so you can try it too.
What makes Lampe Berger different than your run-of-the-mill air freshener is its patented burner, originally developed over 100 years ago in France (ooh la la!) to help disinfect hospitals. The burner purifies and perfumes the air, destroying the molecules that make undesirable smells and diffusing one of over 50 scents of your choosing, including a fragrance-free So Neutral blend to use on its own or dilute another scent.
There are over 100 different lamps to choose from, ranging from classic designs like my Ovalie lamp, to more trendy and/or ornate models. I read the instructions a few times because I’m bit bumbling and nervous around flames (I almost lost my eyebrows the one time I tried to light the barbeque) but really, it’s very straightforward:
- Remove the protective top, stopper, burner and wick
- Insert the funnel and fill the lamp 2/3 full (I used the Fresh Linen scent)
- Remove the funnel, insert the wick and burner and put the stopper on
- Wait for 20 minutes
- Remove the stopper and light the burner
- Wait two minutes
- Blow out the flame and put on the protective top
- When the air is perfumed as you like, remove the protective top and put the stopper on the burner
My seven-year-old has lots of practice blowing out candles on birthday cakes so we let her blow out the flame. But it was hands-off after that.
Our main floor is all of 500 square feet, so in 20 minutes or so the entire downstairs smelled fresh and clean. A few hours later we made fish sticks for dinner and the house smelled like a wharf, but I lit the lamp again and within minutes Captain Highliner was a guest no longer. It’s like magic!
I’d love you to try it and see for yourself. To win a set just like mine (that’s a lamp, a burner, a 180 ml Home fragrance and a 180 ml So Neutral fragrance –a $48 value!), enter your contact information here, then come back and tell me which Lampe Berger lamp and/or scent you’d like to try. You must leave a comment to be eligible. The giveaway is open to Canadians (excluding Quebec) and ends March 8, 2015.
You can learn more about Lampe Berger on their website, Facebook page, Instagram account and on Twitter and follow them everywhere at #LampeBerger. Lampe Berger products are widely available across Canada. In Ottawa you’ll find them at C.A. Paradis, Suite Dreams Home Emporium, Hallmark Davis (Carling) and The Cookoo’s Nest.
Best of luck!
Update March 9: Congratulations to Rebby! And thank you to everyone who entered.