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The effect of Lampe Berger/catalytic lamps on perfume oils... (and a few other questions)

I know these matters may be a bit déclassé for a community like this, but I really hope I can find help on my quest for adding perfect Scents to my life. I've spent a lot of money and time experimenting over the last few weeks.

I had thought that the Lampe Berger/catalytic lamp was heaven sent after the first few times I tried it, however, I'd say it only works with half the perfume oils I have tried. I mix them with 99% isopropyl as has been suggested on the internet to create this scented fuel.

Ones that have worked well are:
Jasmine (Good Scents and Sambac Absolute from Eden Botanicals)
Lilac (P&J)
Rose (P&J)
an Almond/Amaretto blend (From Nature With Love, and Vetiver Aromatics, respectively)
Himalayan Bamboo (Candle Science)

Ones that didn't work at all:
Wild Cherry (From Nature With Love) - No matter what ratio I make it, all I get is an oily smell with a ghost of vanilla.
Lilac (Good Scents) - it emits a very light oily scent with the slightest touch of lilac in it. Perhaps a touch of grape in there somewhere.
Any Lilies or Lily of the Valley - the ones I tired were from Good Scents, Vetiver's Aromatics, From Nature with Love and P&J
Peony II (From Nature With Love)
Violet (From Nature With Love)

For the most part, it does seem like the the stronger scents perform better, but Wild Cherry in particular, which was is very strong on its own, (and I feel like there had been another one that I can't remember...) it's like certain smells get cooked OUT on the smoldering wick.

Any insights as to if there is a way that I can tell what scents don't work well with with any kind of heat? Or ones that DO work particularly well with it? Or will I forever have to just test everything I get my hands on?

Can excess smelling cause either respiratory problems or degrees of asphyxiation by decreasing my oxygen intake just a little too much?

Fortunately the scents that I can't burn, I can still apply to essential oil locket jewelry. I've had several points in my life where I've gone through scent focused phases but I'm not settling for "close enough" this time around. Since I'm in olfactory mode, I often bring the jewelry closer to my nose for a better whiff, or randomly think "I'd like to have a sniff of gardenia right about now." (wish I could develop a good system for this) I probably do this about 1-3 times an hour and bask in about 3 breaths or so at a time.

The real crux of the matter is that sometimes I'll go through longer smelling sessions where I'm trying to compare some scents and match them up for blends. I don't really feel like I experience smell fatigue very often or very strongly, but I do take breaks when I can tell I have to. The long experimental sessions are usually sessions over 30 minutes and the one thing that concerns me is that my throat starts to feel kind of dusty and I develop a light cough. Sometimes this is accompanied by a headache. It doesn't really feel like an allergic reaction the way I have experienced them thus far in my life. So I'm wondering if going through smelling sessions over 30 minutes is reducing my oxygen intake for too long? Or can I just ignore these minor symptoms?

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The effect of Lampe Berger/catalytic lamps on perfume oils... (and a few other questions)


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