Maison Berger & Lolita Lempicka Home Fragrances


It was in 1898 , that the amazing Lampe Berger story started. In response to a major preoccupation at that time – a sepsis in hospitals – Maurice Berger, a pharmaceutical dispenser, invented a system of diffusion by catalysis, for which he filed a patent. This revolutionary technology, which purifies the air in enclosed rooms, was soon to be applied for private use , giving birth to the Lampe Berger company.

The little lamp which destroys bad smells saw its apogee during the1930s: fragrance provided the dimension of pleasure; the Lampe Berger became a collector’s item, each lamp being associated with a designer and major manufacturer such as Cristal de Baccarat, Cristalleries de Saint Louis, Emile Gallé, René Lalique, and then the top porcelain producers of the 1950s…   Adopted by leading figures of the world of Arts and royals The Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan, Coco Chanel, Jean Cocteau, Colette or Picasso each had their own Lampe Berger.


Since then the French Maison has always continued to develop and reinvent itself in order to be more than ever present for people living in the 21st century. Founded in 1898, the French Maison celebrates this year their 120th birthday. Maison Berger, in collaboration with German fashion house Lolita Lempicka, presents for this occasion a special limited collection which coincides with the celebration of twenty years of Mon Premier Parfum, the first fragrance launched by Lolita Lempicka.

On the great occasion of the anniversaries of Maison Berger and Lolita Lempicka, the collection brings together the magic of the two houses, zooming in on the Lolita Lempicka fragrance and its delicate details. The collection has the appearance of the recognizable Lotita Lempicka flacons, reflecting the beauty and the fairytale world of Lolita Lempicka’s fragrances and her style.


The modern interpretation of an apple with its stylisch facets is a perfect replica of the original flacon and available in violet and in a clear transparent version. What draws attention are the calligraphic details in the color of gold and the leaves of ivy that decorate the packaging. The delicate ivy leaves are one of Lolita Lempicka’s emblems, visible here in the cut out pattern of the satin gold metak mounting.

The inspiration of Maison Berger was found in Lolita’s story when she created her first fragrance. ‘A fairytale, the enchanted story of a burgeoning woman, the exact moment when she leaves childhood, yet without abondoning it. The dream of an awakening, of a journey beyond oneself, of the first emotions, the first feelings of lust, of femininity at last unveiled. Using all of the olfactory codes of Parisian stylist Lolita Lempicka’s Mon Premier Parfum. Maison Berger Paris provides its interpretation of this iconic fragrance and delivers te Lolita Lempicka Home fragrance – sensual, complex and multi-facetted.


It all begins with fresh notes of star anise note and the pungency of ivy leaves,. But it soon gives gives way to a promise of sweetness with an oriental and sensual bouguet of licorice notes. The heart continues the sweetness and becomes enriched with floral notes; violet leaves provides elegance, while precious iris confers delicasy. The base, consisting of tonka bean, cistus, caramel and creamy wood, adds even more more sweetness and senuality to the whole.

This Lampe Berger x Lolita Lempicka collection has been designed in the spirit of festivity and homage. The collection is announced as limited and dedicated to upcoming holidays. Its includes sets and products in transparent and violet flacons with Berger’s interpretation of Mon Premier Parfum, Lolita Lempicka’s iconic perfume.


Maison Berger x Lolita Lempica is available as Transparent Premium Box Set (65 euro), Transparent Premium Scented Bouquet (48 euro), Transparent Discovery Scented Bouquet (25 euro), Transparent Scented Candle (49 euro), Violet  Premium Box Set (65 euro), Violet Premium Scented Bouquet (49 euro), Violet Discovery Scented Bouquet (25 euro), Violet Scented Candle (49 euro), Lampe refil 500ml (16 euro) Bouquet refil 200ml.

Maison Berger x Lolita Lempicka products are available is selected shops worldwide and at the official website. Come into the world of Maison Berger.





From Paris With Love: Lampe Berger

As long as can remember, there was a Lampe Berger in several rooms at Yakymour, and, as a child I was always facinated by them. Not only because of the scent it spread, but also how it worked….


Cartier Art Deco Basculante Clock, Cartier Art Deco Triptique Clock and Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge)

Begum Om Habibeh had several different scents she could use for her Lampe Berger , depending on mood or occasion. I grew up with them, my grandmother had one, my mother, and me, myself and I…. and still facinated, and enjoying it a lot!


Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

I can tell you how wonderfull it is, but first: what is it? A Lampe Berger is a fragrance lamp, also known as a ‘perfume lamp’, ‘catalytic lamp’ or  ‘effusion lamp’. The lamp disperses scented oil, using a heated stone attached to a cotton wick. The catalystic combusion wick was originally developed in the 19th century for use in hospitals and mortuaries. A Frenchman named Maurice Berger was the first to receive a patent (in 1897!), and the company he founded, Lampe Berger, is the oldest worldwide manufacturer of the device though there are a growing number of companies making such lamps. For myself: I go for the original!


Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge)

The lamps are sold on the premise that molecules that cause bad smells are inherently unstable and the fragrance lamp’s flame-less, low-temperature catalytic combustion speeds up the decomposition process, converting odor molecules into harmless substances (such as carbon dioxide and water). While the lamps are no longer considered effective for use in hospitals, they have remained popular as air fresheners.


Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

The fragrance lamp’s process is initiated by lighting the stone burner seated at the mouth of the lamp. After a few minutes the flame is extinguished by blowing it out. But; the heated burner remains active as the flame-less, low-temperature catalytic combustion process; and diffuses the aromatics throughout the room. The lamp does not operate with an open flame, making it much safer to operate than scented candles. Its lower operating temperature also means that, unlike scented candles, the aromatics are diffused very efficiently into the ambient air without being burned. One of the by-products of these fragrance lamps is low-level ozone, which has been attributed to the “purification process” of the lamps in eliminating odor.


Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge).

At Yakymour there where a few Baccarat crystal Lampe Berger’s, and my mother owned a Limoges porcelain one. Even today the ‘bottles’ are availble in countles kind of shapes, styles, colors, materials and price ranges. From classic, to ultra-modern, from around 39€ to 1500€ and everything in between. Every year Lampe Berger invites a designer or crystal house to design a limited edition for them. So… something for anyone..


Lampe Berger Bacarrat (Privat collection)(Click photo to enlarge)


The lamp fuel contains 90% isopropyl alcohol and should be regarded as a highly flammable liquid. Furthermore, to start the catalytic wick according to the instruction it is necessary to light the catalytic burner with a flame and let it burn for approximately two minutes until it reaches the correct operating temperature. At this point the flame should be extinguished in order for the oil to be diffused.

Some point sound logic maybe, but still: precautions should be taken to avoid any possible hazards:

  • Make sure the fuel container is in perfect condition, perfectly tight and not leaking.
  • When not in use, make sure the airtight cap is on at all times to prevent evaporation (alcohol vapour/air mixture is highly flammable!).
  • Do not leave unattended during operation.
  • Do not use in an unventilated room.
  • Do not inhale, ingest, or use the lamp fuel in any other manner.
  • Use only original Lampe Berger fuel, not fake ones!!
  • Take extreme caution while refilling the fragrance lamp. Make sure there is ventilation, and that there is no open flame.
  • In case of any spillage, wipe the area carefully before lighting the lamp.
  • Do not fill lamps on wooden furniture or use a lamp without a dish underneath it. The fuel will damage furniture.

Soon more about Lampe Berger, and its scents, here on Yakymour.

by Jean Amr