I’m glad Chris, our Amateur Economist, thought to try them, because they’re something I’ve been curious about for months: scented inks from J. Herbin. I first noticed them in the Exaclair product catalog, and I have to say, I was a bit skeptical at first. I don’t wear much perfume, and I can’t imagine smelling anything other than pulped wood when I open a notebook.
Then I realized the scents are probably not as overwhelming as, say, the scratch-and-sniff stickers I remember from my childhood (which are the only real association I have with perfume and paper). Sure enough, Chris seemed to like the bottle of Encre Bleue that he tried, describing the scent as “flowery and generally pleasant.” His daughter liked it, too.
According to the J. Herbin website, scented inks were “inspired by a tradition that began in Italy in the 19th century,” when ink manufacturers “used to collect different scents from the perfume industry and add them to their inks.” Each ink matches fragrance and color: blue has a lavender scent, green has an apple scent, amber is orange, red is rosey, and violet is, well, violet.
Have you ever used scented inks?