J. HERBIN – THE ORIGINAL NAME IN SEALING WAXES & INKS:
“History was made and written with J. Herbin wax and inks.”
No other brand can make such a claim.
For over 300 years, J. Herbin waxes and inks have been used by dignitaries, conquerors, novelists and fashion designers.
Following frequent visits to India as a sailor, Herbin returned to France, and in 1670 formulated a sealing wax from natural elements including pine resin, limestone and lacquer.
Heralded as the finest wax seals produced then, and still to this day, Herbin’s refined combination of materials results in a glossy, neat and elegant seal each and every time.
J. Herbin Sealing Wax (la cire) is made with several natural elements: pine resin, ground limestone, lacquer, and a dye made from cochineal. To make wax, the components are heated in a cauldron for one hour at 140 degrees centigrade. To give wax its colour, pigments are added. Wax is poured by hand into steel molds, which fashion sticks (les bâtonnets) of wax. The sticks are still warm when they are removed from the molds.
It is this long, rich tradition that has seen Herbin waxes and inks in the hands of an extraordinary array of people over centuries. From King Louis XIV in 1682 and Napoleon Bonaparte in 1814, to Les Miserables author Victor Hugo in 1862 and Coco Chanel, who used a J. Herbin wax seal as the finishing touch to her first perfume box, a practice the company continues to adopt 90 years on.
Also the world’s oldest name in ink production, J. Herbin have produced the vivid Perle des Encres (Jewel of Inks) range since 1700. Today, their fabulous colours and long lasting pigments ensure J. Herbin continues to be the foremost choice of ink for calligraphy writers and fountain pen users around the world.
History was made with J. Herbin Wax and Inks
- 1682 – One hazy morning, a cavalier takes a letter to Louis XIV, King of France, in Versailles. The ribbon wound around the letter is sealed with wax.
- 1814 -Napoleon Bonaparte pauses for a moment, then dips his quill in the ink and writes his abdication.
- 1862 -Victor Hugo dips a steel nib in the bottle, and prepares to write the final sentence in Les Miserables.
- 2008 -A decorative touch of wax is applied to a Chanel perfume bottle.
The common point with all these events: J. Herbin wax and inks.
How J Herbin Sealing Wax Is Made
Herbin Sealing Wax has been made in France since 1670. Generations of remarkable people, from Louis XIV to Coco Chanel, have used this traditional sealing wax, and it is well known around the world as one of the highest quality sealing waxes ever made.
La société J. Herbin, sealing wax manufacturer, was established in 1670. Louis XIV, the Sun King, was 32 years old. M. Herbin was a sailor, and from his many journeys to India he brought back to Paris formulas for manufacturing sealing wax. His special lacquer formula improved the quality of seals in adhesion and neatness, helping him to become famous throughout the kingdom. The house was established at rue des Fossés Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois. Then as today, sealing wax was used for documents and correspondence, but also in decoration and bottling. J. Herbin has supplied Chanel from its beginning with wax used for finishing touches on their perfume bottles.
J. Herbin Sealing Wax (la cire) is made with several natural elements: pine resin, ground limestone, lacquer, and a dye made from cochineal. To make wax, the components are heated in a cauldron for one hour at 140 degrees centigrade. To give wax its color, pigments are added. Wax is poured by hand into steel molds, which fashion sticks (les bâtonnets) of wax. The sticks are still warm when they are removed from the molds.
We suggest you use J. Herbin traditional wax for artwork, certificates, contracts, bottling, personally delivered notes and calling cards, or documents and packages that require proof of tampering.