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.
His business partner, pharmacist Henri Rivier,After some trial and error, the desired end-product was finally ready. Papier d’Arménie® proved a great success, especially at the health exhibition of 1888 (where it won numerous prizes) and the Universal Exhibition of 1889 (year the Eiffel Tower was built), during which it convinced judges of the effectiveness of the paper's anti-sceptic properties.
The two inventors 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!
Created more than 120 years ago, the famous Papier d'Arménie® booklet contains detachable strips of perfumed paper. It is still produced in the same factory in Montrouge, where only traditional manufacturing methods are used.
Its 1885 formula remains unchanged but its color is now eggshell marching the “Arménie” and “La Rose” booklets.