Papier d'Arménie incense paper was created more than 120 years ago and is a respected and much-treasured part of Parisian life. These are famous fragranced paper booklets that have been hand soaked in a process that takes more than 6 months. Each booklet contains 36 detachable strips of perfumed paper. To use, tear out a strip, fold it into a fan or concertina pattern, and place it in a burner or other container such as an ashtray. Light one end of the paper and it will begin to smolder, gently emitting an incredible fragrance that is based on a traditional recipe of resins, including benzoin. The smoke clears the space, it acts as a beautiful deodorizer and uplifts the mood. These strips have been a secret to maintaining an amazing atmosphere in French homes for more than a century. The booklet is convenient and very easy to use and one strip is enough to gently fragrance any indoor space in no time. People will ask you what it is.
To this day, Papier d'Arménie is produced in the same factory in Montrouge (France). Only traditional manufacturing methods are used. The formula and repipe from 1885 remain unchanged.
You may also be interested in another European heritage brand of incense papers from Italy. They are Aromatic and Blue Incense Papers of Eritrea, (Blu Carta Aromatica d’Eritrea – Essence du Touareg), which we also stock.
"HOW TO USE" (these instructions are included in the booklet in multiple languages)
Tear off a strip of the Papier d'Arménie and fold it like an accordion (see pictures). Place it on a fireproof surface (like the matching ceramic burners). Light one tip of the paper with a match. Allow the flame to die down and allow it to smolder away, it will completely burn itself out releasing the resins and oils in the paper. The Papier d'Arménie strip should turn into ash.
The wonderful scent then unfolds in the space as the paper glows. Enjoy the fine scents of exotic and soothing resins and in the ARMÉNIE booklet which was created by famed French- Armenian nose/perfumer FRANClS KURKDJlAN. We carry all three scents (Arménie, Tradition, and Rose) in original booklet form and also in 50-hour, soy wax candles.
The booklets make unique and thoughtful gifts and are available in three beautiful fragrances. Please check out my other listings for Papier d'Arménie candles, burners, and gift sets.
Below are some more details of the history and manufacture of Papier d'Arménie Incense papers
The principal ingredient in their making is Laotian benzoin. Held in high esteem for its sweet, vanilla, and balsamic notes, benzoin is used as a fixative in the perfume industry, an example being by Guerlain for Shalimar. Without benzoin, Papier d’Arménie would not have become what it is. This resin comes from styrax, a tree that grows in the forests of the Far East, especially in Laos. When the trees reach a diameter of around 15 cm (6 in.), notches are made in the bark so that the resin can trickle out. Six months later, the raw benzoin resin can be harvested in the form of "tears". One tree produces from 1 to 3 kilograms of benzoin each year.
The absorbent paper used to make our Armenia paper is a fiber of natural origin. Its mahogany color comes from the bath in which the sheets soak up Papier d’Arménie's complex blended scent. Some of its aromatic ingredients are trade secrets.
Luxury products need the luxury of time – 6 months in the making
The workshop where Papier d’Arménie has always made its Armenian paper following the craft tradition is in Montrouge in the Paris suburbs. There are several stages in the manufacturing process, which involves 12 people, eight at the workshop, lovingly producing the little booklets, under the painstaking eye of the head of the lab. It all starts with the health-giving styrax, the best benzoin resin, delivered in the form of tears, two tonnes of which are imported by the workshop every year.
Following an unchanging ritual, the resin is dissolved in alcohol for two months. The fragrance extracts are then added. A special absorbent paper is then soaked in the resulting mixture, an entirely manual job, carried out sheet by individual sheet. Once the soaking and drying and other steps are complete, the sheets are pressed for a month.
It is only after this 6-month process that they can be perforated, cut, and assembled into covered booklets.