Monday, February 11, 2008

Effusion Lamp Scent Reviews

So many of you have written to me about the Effusion Lamps! Most people are enjoying them, creating their own scents, mixing their own fuel and filling their homes with great fragrances. Some people still have questions and thoughts about using them so I encourage you to comment or write to me any time. I ordered a bunch of new scents from I have been very satisfied with the ordering process, delivery and the quality of the scents I have received. So far none of the oils have clogged my stones, which leads me to believe these are pure, good quality fragrances.

I'm going to tell you a little bit about each fragrance. I do this to help everyone decide what they may like or dislike. I'll try my best to describe them, but I'll probably steal a few words from Brambleberry's site because they do such a good job of it.

  • Cold Water-This is a men's fragrance. It doesn't make your house smell like a bunch of business men walking around either. This one I really love. It is very strong (so I now use less in my mix) and smells very clean.

  • Cucumber Melon-Love this too. Very strong scent of melon and you really can make out the smell as soon as you enter the house.

  • Coconut Lemongrass-Reminds me of the beach and that's what is smells like. A heavy scent in the effusion lamp and somewhat overwhelming at first. If you like the smell of coconut, you will love this one.

  • Gardenia-I hated this one and I'll tell you why- I don't like the smell of Gardenia and I didn't realize it until I burned the scent. Very, very strong. If you like Gardenia, you will love this scent.

  • Grass Stain-fresh and clean. Very nice, but not my favorite.

  • Herbal Essence-Smells just like the shampoo and this is one of my favorites. Very floral. Love it!!!

  • Kumquat- I can't believe they can make a scent like this! Very nice and smells a little like candy.

  • Energy-Citrus scent of Grapefruit, Lemon Lime with some Cucumber and Jasmine. This one is also great.

  • Pearberry-smells very floral to me and I love this one as well. Not real strong so don't dilute.

  • Lychee Red Tea-My favorite!! Smells like a rasberry iced tea blend. Fruity and exotic. I just orderd some more along with some new ones to try out.

My two very favorites out of this bunch: Cold Water and Lychee Red Tea!

That's all I tried over the past month and just wanted to share with you how I felt about them. I have finally come up with a great way to store all my potions. I occasionally purchase the 91% Isopropyl Alcohol in the small bottles (16 oz) and pour about 1 inch out. I mix it up in these bottles and label them for future use. I have in the past purchased the larger bottle of alcohol, but now I have stocked up on the smaller ones. It's real easy and they are just the right size (16 oz).

I have also found a new kind of lighter that does a superior job of heating up your stone when it get "stubborn" and won't light. This lighters are called "wind free" and I 've found them in Walmart. They are the long Barbeque lighters. If you can imagine, their flame looks like a mini torch. It heats up that stone and makes it red hot!

If you have a stone that will not light, try the wind free type lighter and just hold it on that stone for three minutes. You will have yourself a very, red hot stone.

Check out for a complete list of fragrances and essential oils that you can order. Their descriptions are much more appealing then mine and they have a large selection to choose from.

If you have tried a scent and enjoyed it please post a comment and let us know what you thought. In the mean time I'm working on several projects that you will see in future projects. A mosaic table, stenciling a border in a room and creating something out of an old window. Please check back..........
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1 comment:

  1. I am so grateful for all your tips, which probably kept me from abandoning my new effusion lamp hobby after I got discouraged by several clogged wicks!

    I enjoy burning a variety of scents but don't care to have tons of bottles sitting around my house.

    This prompted me to try measuring out 3/4 cup Isopropyl Alcohol and mixing in a little Brambleberry's fragrance oil. (I don't add any distilled water.) Then I just pour the mixture into my lamp and light it. It works like a charm!

    How much oil I use depends on the strength of fragrance and my scent preferences. I always experiment.

    For soft scenting that makes the house smell fresh and clean, I add in as little as 4 to 6 drops of Brambleberry oil in 'Lettuce' or 'China Rain'.

    I must have some 15 different Brambleberry scents by now, I'm embarrassed to admit! If I want strong scent I add up to about 1/2 tsp. in my lamp for every measured cup of alcohol.

    I bought a supply of inexpensive, plain old round wicks from Courtney's Candles early last year and they are still working beautifully with regular soaking.

    For some reason 'Cucumber Melon', 'Strawberry','Rise and Shine' and certain other sweet, fruity scents from Brambleberry don't put off as much scent with these wicks.

    And I tend to stay away from these scents altogether because they clog my wicks more easily, though I am not sure why. I did notice that these particular oils don't seem to blend as rapidly into the alcohol as other Brambleberry scents.

    That's ok. Brambleberry has enough scents to keep me busy indefinitely!