Papier d'Arménie since 1885
The history of Papier d'Arménie starts in the 19th century when, on a trip to Armenia, Auguste Ponsot noticed the local people scented and disinfected their homes by burning benzoin. This traditional and ecologically-sound practice appealed, and he decided to import the product to France.
After some trial and error, the desired end-product was finally ready. Armenian paper proved a great success, especially at the health exhibition of 1888 and the Universal Exhibition of 1889, during which, convinced of the effectiveness of the paper's anti-sceptic properties, Poncot placed two pieces of meat under two bell jars, one of which had some of the paper burning inside. After a week, the meat that had absorbed the fragrance from the paper, was still fit to eat, the other piece was off. A memorable experiment!
Today the company is run by the great-granddaughter of Auguste Ponsot.
Unique since the day it was first sold, Papier d'Arménie is instantly recognisable. It is the only indoor fragrance that comes in the form of paper for burning. Renowned since ancient times for its anti-sceptic, healing and expectorant properties, benzoin resin used to be applied externally to treat asthma, coughs and hoarseness. Its positive effect on the psyche and emotions makes it popular with those feeling stressed.
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. It is only after this 6-month process that they can be perforated, cut and assembled into covered booklets.