I can't remember exactly how I found this. However I found a Wiki article here about how nineteenth century French housewives used to burn strips of folded paper called Papier d'Armenie as an air freshener and disinfectant. It seemed rather quaint and I quite liked the mental image of a sturdy housewife in a white pinafore wafting smoking papers around a French apartment.
Then I had a bad day and browsed eBay. Experience has told me that I should never, ever, ever go on eBay when I am feeling low. That's how I ended up with an Icelandic necklace that supposedly wards off trolls. It is also how I ended up with my own packet of Papier d'Armenie.
It is so cute. Inside are pages that are divided into three strips.
I carefully tore one out, folded it and lit it. It burned up really quickly and the room smelled of burned paper. DH asked what I was doing and he also folded up a strip and lit it. The room still smelled of burned paper. I actually went on YouTube and found this - a video showing how to use the paper. It is in French (I couldn't find one in English) and I was reminded that it was thirty years since my French A level and I didn't do that well then.
So we followed the instructions, folded up the paper, lit a tiny corner and let it smolder. The room smelled of faintly vanilla scented burned paper. I may use the unburned strips to scent drawers.
The candle I bought from IKEA for 85p is also a disappointment. It burns beautifully but has nothing like the scent of the Woodwick candles. Of course, the Woodwick candles are sooo much more expensive. I may have to stick to opening a window.