Creating atmosphere in your home always gets a boost by little rituals.
Papier d'Arménie (Armenian paper, in English) provides just such a diversion when said home is in need of deodorizing.
We picked up a booklet of the French-made paper strips, and followed the instructions to tear out a strip, fold it into an accordion, then light and partially extinguish as one would a stick of incense. We like how it can be laid casually on its side (on a non-flammable surface, of course).
The result is a subtle, faintly exotic smell that manages to curiously cancel out the other smells in our kitchen without giving the impression of covering them up. The active ingredient is Benzoin, a resin sustainably harvested from trees in Laos and to which many curative properties are attributed for a host of ailments, from asthma to depression.
Other fun facts: Benzoin is also used in perfumes, such as Shalimar [Guerlain]. The Papier d’Arménie booklets have been made in the same French workshop for over a century, and the production process for one batch takes six months.
Instructions for use
Tear off one strip,
fold it like an accordion and place it on its longest thinest side on a heat-resistant surface.
Light it, blow gently so that the paper does not burn up (the Paper of Papier d’Arménie® should burn slowly).
The Paper of Papier d’Arménie® can also be used without burning. Tear off entire sheets and place them in wardrobes, dressings, chest of drawers, books, etc. They will be perfumed with a subtle, delicate scent.
The Paper of Papier d’Arménie® can be used all year round to scent your home and create an atmosphere of well-being.
Some Advice • Burn one strip at a time, 3 to 4 times a week • Ventilate your home regularly • Never leave a burning strip unattended • Do not leave the product within reach of children.