Invented more than 120 years ago, the popular Papier d'Arménie booklet is made up of cut-out strips of gently scented paper. It has always been produced in the same workshop, in Montrouge, according to the same artisanal methods as when it was invented.
Benzoin resin gives Papier d'Arménie its unique fragrance. Without that resin, the Papier d'Arménie would not have become what it is today. Auguste Ponsot discovered the disinfecting properties of benzoin resin during a trip to Armenia and decided to "import" them to France. Renowned since ancient times for its antiseptic, healing, and expectorant properties, benzoin balm was used externally in the treatment of asthma, coughs, and hoarseness.
BURNABLE FRAGRANCE BOOKLET - MADE IN FRANCE
Papier d' Armenie is a century-old fragrance brand from France. With its unique craftsmanship and only made in the Montrouge area of Paris.
The history of Papier d' Armenie originated from a beauty that changed the history of incense. During an accidental trip, Founder Auguste discovered that the Armenian people burned benzoin to achieve incense, concentrated and sterilized effect, and he decided to import the product to France. After returning, he and his pharmacist, friend Henri Rivier develop a method of dissolving benzoin in 90% alcohol and then soaking the paper to absorb it, creating the first paper incense in 1885.
Luxury products need the luxury of time. Each Papier d' Armenie booklet takes six months to make with multiple processes to create the complex scents. It uses natural ingredients with a certain lifestyle, a sure sign of good taste and underpinned by strong values regarding health and the environment.
Recent years have consequently seen the emergence of new products. Papier d' Armenia has extended its range of new fragrances, a range of candles, and the cut and presentation of the strips redesigned.
3 booklets of the most ancient natural room deodoriser. 12 leaves and 36 strips per booklet. Tear off a strip, fold it into a zig-zagging concertina, set alight, and blow out so it gently smolders releasing its perfume into the air. Strips can also be placed into chests, drawers, or cupboards, and I know of a French dealer in classic vehicles who likes to drop a strip into their heating and ventilation systems to imbue them with a mysterious, subtle, and pleasant scent. Tradition.
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.
"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 frankincense and benzoin resins and in the traditional and original green booklet. A ROSE booklet is also available and an ARMÉNIE booklet was created by famed French- Armenian nose/perfumer FRANClS KURKDJlAN. We carry all three in original booklet form and 50 hours, 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.