Wick(ed) Wonders


Europe’s premiere home fragrance brand makes a comeback in Manila.


Fragrances have the power to alter our disposition, transport us to far off places and trigger memories both pleasant and foul. I love fragrances that smell like my favorite food.  Beauty and skin care products that have hints of vanilla, chocolate, lemon, oranges and mint are sure buys for me. These pleasant smells immediately relaxes , refreshes and puts me in a positive mood.

But what if I told you that fragrances are healing too? Several years ago, Nikko Wu had a bad case of the flu.  His parents tried the Lampe Berger Paris (LBP)home diffuser ( which was then sold via multi-level marketing but eventually disappeared in the market) to prevent the spread of the virus. Not only did the fragrance envelop the Wu’s home with a pleasant smell, it prevented other members of the family from getting sick and helped Nikko get better, too. Tall tale? Not at all!


Healing Scents

The very first lamp was really not intended as an air freshener. In1989, Maurice Berger, a pharmacy dispenser, invented it to purify the air of hospital wards. Today, more than a century later, the LBP brand has travelled halfway across the globe and is now available in Manila.

As fate would have it , it was Nikko Wu who brought the idea to his dad Nicholas Wu to secure the exclusive Philippine distribution rights to LBP.  Last March 1, Sea Olympus Marketing Inc, welcomed select showbiz personalities, online influencers and guests to the grand launch of LBP’s flagship store in Robins Design Center, Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig.

The showroom smelled heavenly! Tall display shelves lined the wall of the all white interior. Guests happily milled around the store and were treated to a multi-sensory experience. Neatly arranged inside the glass cases were LBP’ diffusers ranging from the simple to he exquisite.  Ooh’s and ahh’s could be heard around the room as guests took turns in marveling at the colored containers and smelling the scents which were poured in mini rollers. I liked the Green Apple scent.

Choose your healing scents from Lampe Berger Paris.

Choose your healing scents from Lampe Berger Paris.

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These beautiful Lampe Berger lamps serve as beautiful decor for the home too!


Currently. there are 35 lamp designs, 18 variations of the gift sets (lamps are sold with scents already included) and 12 collector’s item vessels.  Lamps are sold at P3500 – P5500 while gift set prices range from P2,995 – P4,095.  There are also 11 fragrances to choose from. The bestsellers are Eucalyptus, Oceane Breeze and Zest of Verbena. You may also opt to purchase refills of the purifying scents which come in one litter bottles and cost P1,795. How long will one liter last? A bottle will give you 40 hours of fragrance, protection and relaxation.  Every LBP  product comes with a detailed instruction book so you need not worry about how to use it.

The BQP with Rica Peralejo at the LBP event.

The BQP with Rica Peralejo at the LBP event.




I like this product because of its versatility. Unlike other home fresheners which only masks foul smells, LBP is the very first product invented that purifies air. Its unique technology guarantees the destruction of unwanted odors as well as long lasting fragrance. Whether in use or not, it’s a lovely décor for the home too. Lastly, LBP is a long time investment on healthy living. With all the airborne sicknesses in the environment, it’s a must to have one of these lovely lamps in the home.


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Preventive Potions

 An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This saying resonates immensely with mothers. One of the most difficult things that a parent has to face is taking care of a sick child. We have all dealt with cough and colds, fevers, flu, asthma and a host of other illnesses. But what happens when there is no cure for your child’s ailment? Case in point- dengue.  In the first three quarters of 2016, the Department of Health reported  84,000 cases of dengue in the country and out of this number, 372 people died.


Born Out of  Love and Necessity

In 2012, friends Marga Nograles and Celine Gabriel-Lim  decided to put up Kiele to address their own needs for an effective deterrent to insect bites. “As a mom of three, I’m always concerned about my children getting insect bites and the dangers that come with that, specifically dengue. Celine has sensitive skin and is quite prone to them, too,” shared Marga.  “We tried many brands in the past. Some would work but were full of toxic ingredients. Some smelled good but were inefficient.”

Celine & Marga

The Women of Kiele – We want to make the world safer and more beautiful one product at a time.

Unsatisfied with what was available in market, the two women thought of creating their own anti-mosquito spray.  The idea was to make no less than a product that  was efficacious, all natural and one that had a distinctly unique fragrance. It took the women more than a year to achieve this. “The process involved numerous trials and errors.  We sourced our scents from France and worked closely with local  fragrance experts to come up with a product that met both our meticulous standards. And that’s how Kiele’s anti- mosquito cologne was born.”


Origin and Philosophy

 Marga and Celine chose Kiele (a french name) for the brand as an ode to the french origin of their fragrance. Later they discovered that Kiele also means “fragrant blossom” in Hawaiian which turned out to be pretty apt description.

The business partners confess to being  the biggest fans of their products. To date there are two eau de toilette: the Kiele Anti-mosquito Baby Cologne and Chibelli Alcohol-free Baby Cologne (not anti-mosquito). Also available is the Kiele Green Tea  Anti-mosquito Room Spray which leaves your house smelling fresh but also keeps those pesky insects at bay.  All are backed by the brand’s par excellence philosopy which is comprised of 3 A’s : anti-mosquito, contains  anti-harmful chemicals and is  acceptable for all ages

Kiele products

Kiele products are anti mosquito, anti-harmful and acceptable for all ages.

What’s next for the brand?  “We are definitely planning on expanding our categories as we continue to create products that are all natural and safe for consumers.  Next in line is the Kiele Skin Correcting Powder which is a cosmetic wonder! It not only blurs imperfections and creates a perfect matte finish but also heals and protects as it is loaded with anti-acne and anti-aging properties,” enthused Marga.

Now available! Achieve the perfect matte finish as you heal your skin. A staple in my make-up kit.

Now available! Achieve the perfect matte finish as you heal your skin. A staple in my make-up kit.

For a brand that started out as a personal undertaking, Kiele now has a solid fan base that’s consistently growing.  I was all but ecstatic when I discovered it. The nightmare of having both my kids in the hospital because of dengue last August (yes, they form part of that alarming statistic) still haunts me. Today, I spray the anti- mosquito cologne on my children everytime they leave the house. The packaging is very handy too and fits comfortably in my daily bag. It’s also very reasonable priced.

Another plus is that for a minimum order, the owners can customize the bottles in the design of your choice. I absolutely loved the bottles with The Busy Queen P logo that Marga just made for me! These perfect blend of protection, prevention and light perfume in a bottle makes wonderful gifts.

Kiele x The BQP! Love my personalized bottles.

Kiele x The BQP! Love my personalized bottles.


For orders, you may call the Kiele hotline 0307 8621 and look for Tonette.  Kiele is also sold in the following stores: The Echo Store, Tart Tatin (Rockwell) and Nothing But Water.

With a pocketful of glitter,

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