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Maison Louis Marie No. 4 (and No. 9) are No. 1

 

We love it. You love it. So we've expanded the range. Brand new Maison Louis Marie is in the building (and in the virtual building).

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A Little Bit of History

 

It starts in 1792 with Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars, a pioneer in French botanical history. During the French revolution, he was exiled to Madagascar, La Reunion and Mauritius where he discovered a huge variety of plant specimens. After ten years he returned to France bearing a collection of over 2000 plants and was promptly elected a member of the prestigious Académie des Sciences. Fast forward 200 years and descendant Marie du Petit Thouars, growing up in Belgium and France, began making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother’s greenhouse. She then embarked on a career in fashion, initially working for Isabella Blow and later becoming a fashion editor in London for The Sunday Times. Her next move was to LA to study fine art photography. In 2013 she launched Maison Louis Marie, her almost eponymous fragrance and skincare brand.

 

What is No. 4 (also known as Bois de Balincourt)?

 

Balincourt is the family home outside Paris which is surrounded by an ancient mysterious forest where long walks on the magical trail called Lover’s Lane was a favourite activity of multiple generations of the Thouars family. Taking inspiration from the family estate, and particularly the smell of the forests after heavy rain, Marie, according to the New York Times, 'wanted to create a scent that would remind her of home, no matter how far she travelled.' It's a bit woody with some sweet warmth.

With an amber wood base, mid notes of vetiver, nutmeg and cinnamon and top notes of sandalwood.

 

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What is No. 9 (also known as Vallee de Farney)?

 

Vallee de Farney is a nature reserve in the native forests of Mauritius. The forest is home to more than 100 plant species and numerous animals where Louis Marie discovered many new plant specimens. This has a woody, mineral fragrance. Imagine citrus fruit and a log fire. In a good way.

With amber, musk, vetiver and benzoin (a balsamic resin, since you ask) base notes, mid notes of patchouli, geranium and top notes of grapefruit, orange and black pepper.

 

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So What's New?

We have been selling the perfume oil, candles and lotions for some time, thanks to a tip off from our lovely friend, the eminently talented calligrapher and nose, Imogen Owen. We are now making a very happy foray into the world of EDP (Eau de Parfum). These fragrances last longer on the skin than the perfume oil. Maison Louis Marie estimate 12 hours of deliciousness. Paraben, Sulfate and Phthalate free. And look out for the Perfume Oil Discovery Set, which is winging its way to us. This is the perfect introductory present to Maison Louis Marie, Nos 2,4 ,5 9 and Cassis in cute little 3ml bottles.

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