Enter the Sensory World of Maison Louis Marie.

Posted: Dec 04 2015

In 1792, Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars was a pioneer in french botanical history. During the french revolution, he was exiled to Madagascar, Reunion and the Mauritius islands where he discovered a vast array of plant specimens. Ten years later and bearing a collection of over 2000 plants Louis Marie was finally able to return to France where he was elected a member of the prestigious Académie des Sciences. 200 hundred years later, Marie du Petit Thouars as a young girl grew up in Belgium making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother's green house. With the creation of Maison Louis Marie, she has built upon the rich botanical history of her family with luxury candles that focus on illustrious scents imbued with unique floral fragrances.

How did you get into the art of perfumery?

It started as a side project experimenting with making candles at home and as I got deeper into it I really became fascinated with creating scents and when friends and relatives started asking me to make them some of my candles I took it a step further and created Maison Louis Marie 

How important is the idea of mystery when it comes to scents?

I believe scents can transport you into a pleasant place from the past or ignite some new idea or feeling you previously did not even existed.

What is your go to scent from the MLM line? 

Currently it's #9

 MLM has such a well edited discretion in the palette and design, can you speak about your visual inspirations and references?

In this very busy world we find ourselves in with social media, email, etc I am very attracted to calm, clean, pure and simple things as it's the only thing that provides me with some serenity. I wanted to bring this essence of a chic, simple and timeless beauty into my products and the whole brand itself. In my previous work as an artist I was fascinated with negative space and when used properly it can be very bold and exhilarating and you can get your point across with less and still leave a strong impact. 

How do you feel about changing seasons & the passage of time? 

It’s part of life, like a bottle of wine aging it gets better with time. You don't see the seasons change as much as in Europe which in a lot of ways I miss but in many ways have become accustomed to out here and now I appreciate the more subtle changes of the seasons in Los Angeles.

What was your first favorite smell as a child? 

Lily of the valley, once a year on the 1st of may it’s a tradition to give a lily to your love ones, I used to love it has a child and could not wait to get my stem.

-With the unique condition synesthesia in humans, visual information can heard and and smells can be visible. Are there colors you associate to your fragrances? 

Not really, all of my scents are inspired by actual places and natural surroundings rather than specific colors. 

How is it different making a home versus personal fragrance? 

A personal fragrance can be much more complex since it will smell slightly different on everyone therefore it becomes somewhat of a longer process to come up with personal fragrances as opposed to home fragrances.


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