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Brand: J. Herbin


J. Herbin uses all natural dyes in their fountain pen inks. This natural composition is reflected in the very neutral pH of the inks.  The inks come in bottles of 30ml.

From the beginning, J. Herbin distinguished itself from its competitors by offering a wide range of colors for the fountain pen inks. In 2007, 4 new colors were introduced which brought a total of 30 references of various colors. The names chosen for each color are very poetic to preserve the originality of the brand and as a French tradition.

Gris nuage (Cloud gray): a light gray resembling a cloudy sky at sea slightly darkening before the storm. This color also represents the journeys taken at sea by J. Herbin when traveling to India.

Perle noire (Black Pearl): the black ink was the first created by J. Herbin, with an exceptional quality. He gave it the name “Perle Noire” for its preciousness.

Bleu azur (Azure blue): a frank blue for a wandering mind, a dream, an escape to the seas and the Caribbean beaches. A fresh and young color, a reminder of the holidays.

Bleu pervenche (Blue periwinkle): named after the flower of that very same name.

Bleu myosotis (“Forget-me-not” blue): named after the flower of that very same name. Based on the famous legend, a knight and his lady were taking a walk along the river. He bent over to pick up a flower for his lady but lost his balance with the weight of its armor and fell into the river. While drowning he threw the flower at his lady screaming “Forget-me-not”.

Thanks to that legend the myosotis had become the symbol of memory and remembrance. The bleu myosotis is also the closest color to the standard and traditional blue ink used by every French pupil.

Eclat de saphir (Sapphire blue): sapphire is a gemstone. The terminology probably comes from 2 origins: the Greek with “sappheiros” (a stone of blue color) or from the Hebrew “sappir” (the most beautiful thing).

This color is a reminder of J. Herbin and his work at the most prestigious royal courts of Europe.

Bleu nuit (Midnight blue): this is the darkest color after the « perle noire » ink. A color symbol of the sky at night when bursting with stars in the summertime.

Rouge caroubier (Carob seed red): the caroubier is a tree measuring from 5 to 7 meters and can reach 15 meters exceptionally. It is cultivated for its fruit, the carob.

Rouge bourgogne (Red burgundy): this red with a shade of rose is a reference to the French wine of the Burgundy region. These highly renowned wines are soft with a bold color, aromas of red berry, spices, musty forest …

Vert pré (Green prairie): a very fresh green for the spring season, the color of the prairie and the new grass growing right after the end of winter.

Diabolo menthe (Mint lemonade green or Peppermint soda): the name comes from a popular non-alcoholic French beverage made of peppermint syrup and club soda.

Vert olive (Green olive): the color refers to the olive tree, a Mediterranean tree which provides olive oil.

In France, the olive tree is a symbol of the summer holidays, the cicadas and the popular novels of that region from the renowned writer Marcel Pagnol.

Lierre sauvage (Wild ivy green): a very subtle green symbol of nature but also anarchy. Wild ivy is found on the façade of houses and grows without being invited.

Vert réséda (Green reseda or Green mignonette): reseda is a plant famous for its delightful fragrance.

Vert empire (Green Empire): this color represents the proclamation of Napoleon Bonaparte on December 2nd 1804 as the French Emperor at the cathedral Notre-Dame in Paris. Napoleon Bonaparte famously crowned himself Emperor taking the imperial crown (the laurel crown) from the hands of Pope Pie VII to put it on his head. He then crowned his wife Josephine Empress. This scene is depicted in the painting by Jacques-Louis David, Le Sacre de Napoléon (The Coronation of Napoleon).

It was a tradition among the Greeks and the Romans to crown the poets and the winners with a laurel wreath.

In the Middle-Ages it was also a tradition to crown the distinguished scholars at the university with a laurel wreath.

Ambre de Birmanie (Amber of Burma): amber is a fossilized tree resin mainly used as ornaments in the jewelry industry. Worn as jewelry since Antiquity, it was simply added onto a metal chain or skillfully crafted as a pendant.

Lie de thé (Brown tea): subtle brown with soft shades whose name symbolizes the tea from Orient.

Cacao du Brésil (Brazillian brown cocoa): a name symbol of the exotism of the South- American continent and the bitterness of cocoa bean.

Café des îles (Island coffee): a light brown color reminder of the great coffee smell enjoyed at the terrace of a café in a far away island.

Terre de feu (Tierra Del Fuego or Land of Fire): Land of Fire (Tierra del Fuego in Spanish) is the name of an archipelago off the southernmost tip of the South American mainland. Divided between Argentina and Chile, the main island is known as Land of Fire and also composed of a group of smaller islands.

This brown ink has a red tone a reminder of the burnt lands and vast deserts where nothing ever grows.

Poussière de lune (Moondust purple): a very poetic name, the color of the night when only the crescent moon is glowing in the dark.

Bouton d’or (Yellow button gold): this color is related to the flower of the very same name. Based on a children’s game that consist of putting the flower under one’s chin, if the latter becomes yellow it means this person likes butter.

This ink has an intense and bright yellow hue.

Orange indien (Indian orange): this color refers to the numerous travels of J. Herbin in India but also as the country itself, India, a colorful and festive nation.

Rouille d’ancre (Rusty anchor red): this color also refers to the journeys of J. Herbin, when traveling at sea. This color comes from the rust found on the anchor of the boats when moored in one location for a very long time.

Rose tendresse (Tenderness pink): this is the rose of love and the flowers of the same name and symbol of love.

The color represents the feeling of love and also tenderness shared by 2 lovers.

Bouquet d’antan (Bouquet of yesterday pink):It represents a bouquet that can be found at an elderly’s house.

The color is the symbol of nostalgia of the time that has gone by.

Rose cyclamen (Cyclamen pink): this color is also a flower from the very same name. A bold pink with a light touch of purple.

Rouge opéra (Red opera): this is the red of passion, the passionate love from an opera. The design of the fan, a reminder of the Spanish flamenco and also synonym of passion.

Violette pensée (Pensive violet): this color is also a flower from the very same name.

Since Napoleon I, French pupils used violet ink color, the least expensive color. This ink was made of methyl-violet, also used to disinfect wounds.

Larmes de cassis (Tears of blackcurrant): this ink with a dark purple hue is the symbol of grievance and penitence (Tears).


J. Herbin is the oldest name in pen inks in the world. M. Herbin created “The Jewel of Inks” in his shop on the Rue des Fosses Saint-Germain in Paris in 1700.

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28 reviews for J. Herbin Perle des Encres Ink – 30ml Ink Bottle (35 colors)

  1. English

    Arno Jacobs

    This review is on “Bleu des Profondeurs”. It’s a deep dark black & blue ink, fairly wet and preforms well. Because of the dark blue I prefer this ink in a pen with a broad (and not too wet writing) nib. This ink with a fine nib gets too dark for my taste.
    It is of course very personal but I think it is a very nice color.

  2. English


    gebruik de Herbin Perles serie in mijn tekeningen. Ze bevatten veel pigment, vloeien mooi en zijn met Arabische gom te gebruiken. Ze zijn niet goedkoop maar wel waard!

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    Ik gebruik de Herbin Perles serie in mijn tekeningen. Ze bevatten veel pigment, vloeien mooi en zijn met Arabische gom te gebruiken. Ze zijn niet goedkoop maar wel waard!

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    Ik gebruik de Herbin Les Perles serie in mijn tekeningen. Ze bevatten veel pigment, vloeien mooi en laten zich ook goed gebruiken met Arabische gom. Ze zijn niet goedkoop maar het wel waard. Ik ben er heel tevreden over.

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    Hamdi (verified owner)

    The colors are great and fluid

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    Annie (verified owner)

    This ink is on the dry side for me. Lovely color!

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    Heb al meerdere inktjes van Herbin en deze Bleu Myosotis is zo’n heel mooie zachtblauwe kleur.

  8. English

    Ken (verified owner)

    I love Herbin inks some great colours, I find the ones that I have used to be very well behaved and very fountain pen friendly with good flow and easy to clean out of pens when changing colours.

  9. English

    Aaron (verified owner)

    Wet, gorgeous, and easy to read. Very similar to Sailor Shikiori, but darker and better priced. I highly recommend.

  10. English

    Rak Kim (verified owner)

    Standard black, well-behaved, and wet.

  11. English

    Moinak Banerjee (verified owner)

    Loved the bright color of Rose Cyclamen on paper. recommend using a demonstrator pen to really see the ink slosh around the barrel. Looks gorgeous. 30ml bottle bowser is small for my taste. Personally would have preferred a 60ml bottle for these colors.

  12. English

    Atul Date

    This is best brick red ink in my collection and I simply love using it. It’s a perfect red – not too bright, not too dull and most importantly very wet and perfectly saturated. The best J Herbin ink and highly recommended.

  13. English

    Kim (verified owner)

    It’s a beautiful ink. Dark red.

  14. English

    Michael Beer (verified owner)

    The price, care and service from Appelboom exceeds expectations. This is why I go out of my way to shop there and wait for deliveries.

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    Chris Lim

    Love the color and it is such a well behaved ink!

  16. English


    I’m starting to really appreciate Herbin inks. This color is my current favorite though I’m partial to the shades of purple.

  17. English

    Rheza Leo (verified owner)

    A wonderfully shading ink. Very well behaved with medium flow.

  18. English

    Nicole P. (verified owner)

    I only ordered this ink because we needed pastel colours for a project, but was impressed by it’s beauty. It has a nice shading and the pink is actually quite pleasing to look at. While it’s a light colour, there’s no problem at all regarding legibility. Like the others Herbin inks it also dried rather quickly.

  19. English

    Amrita Sengupta

    I like the inks frim Herbin as they flow very well in all pens i use, extra fine, fine and mediums. Ith wide color ranges, good in price and easy carry bottles. I specially adore their parle noir, blue profundus, Lie de the, vert de gris and poussiere du lune.
    Even if i am in France i order the inks from Appelboom, die to their services first its always a pleasure, peace of mind and customer support and not to forget correct pricing. Highly recommend.

  20. English

    Crystal L

    This is a beautiful pale shade of pink, matching my Sailor Pink Sakura quite well. The glass bottle has a cute little nook for you to place your dip pen/fountain pen but do bear in mind this bottle is quite short so filling a piston fountain pen isn’t always the easiest.

  21. English


    Well behaved deep black ink. It dries fast on fountain pen friendly paper and the color is very dark. The ink is not too wet with good flow.
    The bottle is a bit shallow if you use pens with piston/converter filling systems.

  22. English

    Andrew R

    This is the lightest blue ink I use. Contrary to some, I find that it is readable if you write slowly and with a European fine or broader nib. It is a very unique blue, without going towards turquoise. Flow properties are excellent. It takes a moment to saturate and darken.

  23. English

    Marten van der Spuy (verified owner)

    I rather enjoy Herbin inks and after checking my ink stockpile, I have by far more Herbin inks than any other manufacturer.
    The Bleu Pervenche is a turquoise/teal coloured ink but leaning to the bluer side of the spectrum. A little darker than for instance the Visconti Turquoise with good flow and librication. Not as wet as the Visconti but close. I get fairly decent shading even from a Japanese fine nib with excellent flow.
    All on all a lovely ink with very decent properties

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    Rouille D’Ancre is a beautiful warm pink colour.
    Diabolo Menthe is pale but clear, though a little harder to read if only used in a fine nib. Needs a white page.
    Bleu Calanque is a really clear and strong blue-turquoise.
    Vert Empire is a beautiful deep winter green.
    They all write incredibly well.

  25. English

    @bosseschreibt (verified owner)

    Good Black ink with a tinge of grey. Good for everyday use and well behaved.

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    Paul Paulus

    Inkt gekocht, omdat het 1 van de diep zwartste zou zijn. Is inderdaad echt zwart. Vloeit goed.

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    Mustafa Sahin Turan (verified owner)

    J. Herbin inks have amazingly vivid colors and great wetness in general. I have used Vert Reseda, Rouge Opera, and Lierre Sauvage, and all of them exceeded my expectations.

  28. English

    Jasmine Mattox (verified owner)

    J Herbin inks are great well behaved inks. Also Eclat De Saphir is a beautiful shade of purple and blue.

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