1. Registration/Account Management
2. Products
3. Writing
4. Colour
5. Order/Delivery
6. Secure Payment
7. Maintenance/Repair/Return

1. Registration/Account Management

Why should I set up an account on the Caran d'Ache e-boutique?

You need to set up an account on the Caran d'Ache e-boutique before you can place orders. This allows you to manage your personal information, consult your order history or track your orders.

How do I set up my account?

You can register by simply completing the required fields, then validate. You will then receive an account creation confirmation message, reminding you of your username and password. You may change your personal data at any time.

How do I connect to my account?

After clicking on "My account", you can enter your username and your password in the spaces provided under "Already registered". These have been sent to you by email when you set up your account. If you forget your password, you may ask for it to be sent to your inbox from the "My account" page.

How do I change or delete my personal data?

When you log in to your account, you can change your personal data. You may also delete your account by completing the Contact form and requesting to delete your account.

What should I do if I have forgotten my password?

If you forget your password, you may ask for it to be sent to your email address from the "My account" page.

How do I subscribe/unsubscribe to the Caran d'Ache newsletter?

When you set up your account, you can tick the box which validates your subscription to the newsletter. You can also enter your email address in the space provided for this purpose at the bottom of the page.
If you wish to unsubscribe and no longer receive our news, you can simply untick "Subscribe to the newsletter" on the "My account > My personal information” page.

What is the data protection policy for my personal information?

Your personal information is used exclusively to process orders and is not sent to third parties.

What are the General Terms and Conditions of Sale?

You can find our General Terms and Conditions of Sale using this link.

How can I contact Customer Services?

You can complete the Contact form.


2. Products

What are the special features of Caran d'Ache products?

Caran d'Ache is Switzerland's sole manufacturer of pencils, fine-arts materials and luxury Writing Instruments, and the symbol of technical excellence, precision, reliability and innovation. Made in workshops in Geneva since 1915, each design combines expertise, superior quality and recognised know-how. Elegance, refinement and creativity for outstanding products to give you a unique drawing, painting and writing experience.

Where are the Caran d'Ache products made?

All our Fine Arts and Writing Instruments products are made in our manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland and meet all legal requirements to benefit from the “Swiss made” certification, except from our Accessories including the Sharpening Machines and leather accessories.

What quality controls are carried out on the Caran d'Ache products?

Throughout the production process, many controls are carried out to ensure writing comfort, quality and style for each Caran d'Ache product.

Are the products sold online the same as those in the boutiques?

The e-boutique offers a wide assortment of models. The online availability of items may vary according to stock levels.

How do you look for and find an item on the e-boutique ?

If you are looking for a specific item, you can carry out a search using the name of the model, the colour or the collection to which it belongs. You can also find all our items via the product categories using the drop-down menu that can be accessed at the top of the site's pages.

Where can I find a Caran d'Ache boutique or Caran d'Ache dealers?

Here you can find our points of sale.


3. Writing

With which ink, cartridge or lead is delivered my Writing Instrument ?


Our 849 and Alchemix ballpoint pens are supplied with a medium (M) blue Goliath cartridge.

Our 849 fountain pens are supplied with a blue ink fountain pen cartridge.

Our 888 Infinite® ballpoint pens are supplied with a blue Swissride cartridge.

Our Fixpencil mechanical pencils are supplied with graphite leads, Ø 2 mm.


Our Ecridor, Léman, Léman Slim, Madison, RNX and Varius ballpoint pens are supplied with a medium (M) black Goliath cartridge.

Our Ecridor, Léman, Léman Slim, Madison, RNX and Varius roller pens are supplied with a fine (F) black roller cartridge.

Our Ecridor, Léman, Léman Slim, Madison, RNX and Varius fountain pens are supplied with a blue ink fountain pen cartridge.

Our Ecridor, Léman, Léman Slim, Madison, RNX and Varius mechanical pencils are supplied with graphite leads, Ø 0.7 mm.

How do I choose the nib size of my fountain pen?

You can find all the information via this link.

How do I choose a refill for my pen?

You can find all the information via this link.

Can I personalise my Writing Instrument?

You can have your Writing Instrument engraved, provided it is technically possible for that specific product. Engraving is offered for CHF 19.- / € 15.- / £ 12.-, except on mentioned special occasions. You may choose your own font and type of engraving. The products from the Office Line (Alchemix and 849 collections), as well as some products from the standard collections cannot be engraved.
Please note that engraved or personalised Caran d'Ache products cannot be exchanged or refunded.

Caran d’Ache reserves the right to reject any order for personalised products featuring wording that is considered improper or contrary to the law.


4. Colour

What are the special features of the colours from Caran d’Ache?

All Caran d’Ache's colour products are made in our workshops in Geneva. They are the result of our expertise and carefully selected raw materials and pigments which produce quality pencils, pastels and other products that interact with the paper to provide unique creative experiences.

What colour classification system does Caran d’Ache use?

You can find all the information via this link.

How are the pencils produced?

There are around fifteen main stages from the Californian or Swiss wooden planks via the pigments to the final pencil.

What materials are used to produce the lead?

The lead for the pencils consists of three main elements: pigments, binders and fillers.

What are the different graphite lead grades?

The higher the 'B' grade, the higher the graphite content. The higher the 'H' grade, the higher the clay content.

  • B for Black
  • H for Hard
  • 9B for very soft and black
  • 4H for very hard and light
  • HB for drawing and writing
  • F for Firm (robust)

What makes a pencil or pastel water-soluble?

The composition of the binders determines the permanent or water-soluble nature of the lead. Initially the pigments aren't soluble, it is the wax that enables the colour to disperse upon contact with water.

What is the range of colours available?

Each collection has its own colour chart, but if we group all the colours used at Caran d’Ache, there are as many as 400 different shades.

Which pencil or pastel is best suited to my needs?

To establish the product that best suits your needs, ask yourself the following questions: am I looking for a hard or soft instrument? For dry or water-based use? For drawing or painting? You can then click on this link to see the pencil, pastel and paint categories.

Is it possible to dip the lead of my water-soluble instrument directly into water?

Dipping the water-soluble lead directly into water is one possible technique. However, indirect application using a medium or palette is recommended to guarantee the lead's durability.

What medium or paper should I choose for my artwork?

You should choose a quality pH-neutral, acid-free medium to ensure the longevity of the artworks. For dry use and precise details, choose fine, smooth drawing paper. For watercolours, choose an absorbent paper weighing at least 200 grams per square metre. For artwork using pastels, choose a rough tinted paper. You can find our mediums via this link.

Can I use NEOCOLOR® II as face makeup?

NEOCOLOR® II water-soluble wax pastels bear the symbol CE, which means the product complies with the European regulations of the ‘Toy Safety’ Directive 2009/48/CEE and EN 71 Harmonised Standards. Caran d’Ache donot recommend the use of NEOCOLOR® II on the body (this use does not appear in any brochure or leaflet from Caran d’Ache). This product has not been manufactured for cosmetic use and has not been dermatologically tested. NEOCOLOR® II pastels are intended for painting on paper or other surfaces (card, stone, glass, etc.).

How can I fix my artwork?

You can find our range of varnishes and fixatives via this link.

What are the quality assurances?

The products are developed, produced and controlled at all stages of production in the Geneva workshops, in compliance with Swiss and international standards and laws. The CE standard EN71, which certifies all the products in the 'Hobbies' range, guarantees safe use for children.

What are the certifications associated with Caran d’Ache's colour products?

You can find all the information via this link.

Does Caran d’Ache use animal wax in its products?

Only the graphite leads contain a small amount of tallow, animal fat extract, while some NEOCOLOR items contain beeswax. However, all products respect quality and safety standards and are not dangerous for users.

What is the lightfastness certification?

You can find all the information via this link.

Can I purchase the colour products individually?

All Caran d’Ache colour products are individually available in our points of sale.

Are there any educational kits?

Please contact the “Caran d’Ache Atelier” (French/German).


5. Order/Delivery

How do I order from the Caran d'Ache e-boutique?

After setting up a customer account, you can add an item to your basket.
On the window which opens, you can choose to complete your purchase with another product from the range or a case.
Once you have chosen your products, click on "Finish".
If you are not yet logged in to your personal account, log in, or if it is your first purchase, set up an account.
After choosing the delivery and invoice address, tick the box to say you accept the General Terms and Conditions of Sale and then validate.
Then select your means of payment and complete your purchase.
An order confirmation email is sent to your email address. Your order is complete.

To which countries does the Caran d'Ache e-boutique make deliveries?

The Caran d'Ache e-boutique delivers to

  • Switzerland
  • France (Metropolitan)
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • United Kingdom
  • Belgium
  • Austria
  • Netherlands

to the delivery address that you have given. For deliveries outside the above-mentioned areas, please refer to our points of sale.

What are the delivery costs?

For deliveries to Switzerland, delivery is free for purchases of CHF 60 and above, otherwise they are invoiced at CHF 7.
For deliveries to Germany, France (Metropolitan), Italy, Belgium, Austria and the Netherlands, delivery is free for purchases of €60 and above, otherwise they are invoiced at €10.
For deliveries to the United Kingdom, delivery is free for purchases of £50 and above, otherwise they are invoiced at £10. 

How is my order delivered?

All Caran d’Ache products are delivered in an elegant Caran d’Ache box.

After validating your order, you receive a confirmation email. Your request is immediately taken care of by Caran d'Ache. Our couriers then aim to deliver your products to you as soon as possible.

What are the delivery times?

You will receive your order on average within:

  • Switzerland: 3 to 5 working days
  • Germany: 8 working days
  • France (Metropolitan): 8 working days (Corsica: 15 working days)
  • Italy: 8 working days
  • United Kingdom: 8 working days
  • Austria: 8 working days
  • Belgium: 8 working days
  • Netherlands: 8 working days

Are my products in stock?

Unless indicated on our site, our products are generally available as our site is regularly updated. If, however, the item is not in stock preventing us from honouring your order or delaying it, we will inform you by email as soon as possible.

How do I have a gift delivered?

You can enter a different delivery address from the invoicing address, so that the gift is delivered directly to the person of your choice.
For special gifts, you may choose for your gift to be delivered with gift wrapping and a personal message.

How can I track my order?

On your account, under "Order History", click on the order that you wish to track. The last column indicates the tracking number. By clicking on it, you will be redirected to our courier's website, specifying the status of your order.

What should I do if I am out when my order is delivered?

In Switzerland, for orders over CHF 300, our courier (Swiss Post) makes a recorded delivery requiring your signature. If you are out, the courier will leave you a card. You may then request another delivery at the post office near your home.
For France (Metropolitan), Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom, our courier (GLS) makes a recorded delivery of your parcel according to the delivery times.


6. Secure Payment

What methods of payment are accepted on the online Caran d'Ache e-boutique?

Purchases are paid for by credit card or Paypal. Visa and MasterCard are accepted as well as the Post Finance card for Swiss customers.

What is the online payment procedure?

Once your order is complete, you can click on "Make payment" and choose the method of payment. You can then enter the required fields and confirm your payment. You will then receive a message summarising the order and confirming payment.

How is my online payment made secure?

The payments made on Caran d'Ache's e-commerce site are made secure by the certified PCI DSS level 1 system. To date, this is the system which offers the highest level of security. More information on the General Terms and Conditions of Sale.

Are my bank details stored?

Caran d'Ache does not record any bank data.

What are the conditions of acceptance for a refund by Caran d'Ache?

When a product is returned (more detail via this link Return conditions), Caran d'Ache's internal departments will or will not validate the refund, depending on its suitable condition for resale. If the product does not satisfy the requirements for return, it will be sent back to you and no refund can be made. If the product is returned to us protected in its original packaging, unopened and accompanied by all the accessories, instructions for use and literature, then a refund may be made.


7. Maintenance/Repair/Return

How do I clean and maintain my writing instrument?

The details and maintenance advice vary according to the materials and composition of your writing instrument. You can clean and maintain your pen according to the instructions given in the owner’s Guide for Writing Instruments, the most important being not to use aggressive products and to respect the stages for dismantling and assembling the pen.

What does the international guarantee mean?

The duration and the scope of the guarantee vary in relation to your Caran d'Ache product. The certificate of guarantee delivered with your purchase gives you further details.
For products in the luxury range, the lifetime international guarantee for all defects in materials and manufacture allows you to have your writing instrument repaired, without a time limit.
For products in the office range and accessories, the standard two years guarantee applies.

How, and in what condition, can I return my purchase?

You can ask to return your purchase from your account. Once your return number is received, you can return your purchase.
The product must be complete, correctly protected in its original packaging, with the individual protective packaging or film intact (unopened), accompanied by any accessories, instructions and literature.
The product must be sent with the return request number supplied in the previous stage and with a copy of the sales invoice.

Except for German customers, please note that the costs of returning a purchase are at your own expense. If the anomaly is due to us, we will then refund you the postage.

What is the deadline for returning my purchase?

You have a period of fourteen days to return the delivered product, the return costs being at your own expense.

How do I send my Caran d'Ache product back for repair?

You can contact our Customer Services by completing the Contact form for any request for information or quote for repair only for products purchased from the e-boutique.
Only at the invitation of the Caran d'Ache Customer Services, you may send us the complete writing instrument (body, lid, writing block), with a certificate of guarantee duly completed, signed and dated, or with a copy of the purchase invoice. The product must be accompanied by a description of the problem encountered, as well as your exact address for the return.

Caran d'Ache Customer Services will carry out an examination. If the repair is not covered by the guarantee and exceeds an amount of CHF 40 including taxes, Customer Services will issue a quotation. If it is covered by the guarantee, your product will be automatically repaired and returned to you free of charge. If the repair is not covered by the guarantee but does not exceed CHF 40 including taxes, your product will be automatically repaired for you, then invoiced and returned to you after payment, delivery costs being at your own expense.


To what address should I return my purchase?

The address to return products is as follows:

Caran d’Ache SA
Customer Services/Repairs
Chemin du Foron 19
CH-1226 Thônex – Geneva

Swiss madeSwiss made

Our colour and writing products are manufactured in our workshops in Geneva since 1915.


Free from 60€ purchase. 
Possible return under 14 days.

INFO COVID-19: Returns extended to 30 days. 

Secure paymentSecure payment

Visa, Mastercard, Paypal.

Customer serviceCustomer service

Monday to Friday from 10am to 7pm and Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

+41 (0) 848 558 558

(Calls from Switzerland : at local rate. Calls from abroad : at telecom provider’s international rate.)

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