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. 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.
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.