A botanical tradition
200 years later…
Marie du Petit Thouars grew up in Belgium, playing in her grandfather’s nursery while making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother’s greenhouse. Years later, Maison Louis Marie was born: using the rich botanical history of her family as her inspiration and her guide, Marie has created luxury candles, perfumes, and skincare that focus on illustrious scents imbued with unique floral fragrances. Made in harmony with the environment, Marie believes in making every effort to preserve the unique terroir of each fragrance element as it is derived from nature.
Still a family tradition
The collaboration between Marie and her husband Matthew Berkson has allowed them to expand Maison Louis Marie’s reach. Together, they’re committed to the business of clean beauty and non-toxic fragrances. Their collaborative work ensures these products have unique, memorable scents, contain no toxic or environmentally harmful ingredients—whether naturally sourced or manmade—and are never tested on animals or made with animal-derived ingredients.
Marie Du Petit Thouars
Founder & Creative Director
Marie started her career as a fashion editor for the London Sunday Times and worked extensively with global luxury fashion brands. She later moved to Los Angeles to become a fine art fashion photographer. Utilizing her expertise in fashion & design—and with a desire to share her love for luxury scents and candles at a more attainable price point—she launched Maison Louis Marie with an initial six scents that were inspired by her family’s rich botanical history. Today, her family’s work and love for natural fragrance continue to inform each product Maison Louis Marie makes.
A native of Los Angeles, Matthew began his career as a producer for corporate branded music programs, eventually shifting gears into fashion. He started a manufacturing agency specializing in domestic U.S. manufacturing for the high-end contemporary market—in 2016, he brought all that experience with him to Maison Louis Marie, enabling the business to scale efficiently so more people can explore this world of botanical-driven fragrance.
Our commitment to
clean beauty & the
To us, 'clean beauty' means we have a strict adherence to providing environmentally-mindful products that do not contain toxic ingredients (whether they're harvested or manufactured) that may pollute the earth or harm one's body.
We don't test our products on animals and we never utilize animal-derived ingredients. We always strike a careful balance between utilizing synthetic and natural ingredients. We only use synthetic ingredients in order to protect the planet from the over-harvesting of endangered plants, to avoid animal products, and to protect against known natural allergens.
We can proudly say that our products are free of all the following ingredients: Parabens, Phthalates, Sulfates, Formaldehyde, Butylated compounds, Aluminum, Triclosans, Hydroquinone, Talc, Coal Tar, Mineral Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Oxybenzone, Coal Tar, Hydroquinone, Acetone, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Acetate, Triclosan, Triclocarban, Ethyl Acrylate, Ethyl/Methyl/Butyl Methacrylates, Ethyl Acetate, Methylene Chloride, Animal Oils/Musks/Fats, Trimethylolpropane Trimethacrylate, Aluminum Salts, Benzalkonium Chloride, Benzophenone, Carbon Black, Lead, Lead Acetate, Methyl Cellosolve, Methoxyethanol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Plastic Microbeads, Bisphenol A, Butoxyethanol, Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Ethanolamines, Methyl Cellosolce, Methylisothiazolinone, Mercury, Thimerosal, Resorcinol, Toluene and Polyethylene Glycol, DEA, TEA, MEA, ETA, Nanoparticles, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Acrylamide, Bromostyrene, Styrene Oxide, Sodium Styrene, PEGS, Silcones, EDTA & Octinoxate
We use 100% recycled fiberboard and FSC certified paper in all of our gift boxes. We don't use any toxic coating on our papers and we utilize soy ink and avoid using shiny foils or other toxic ink treatments that ensures that our boxes are 100% recyclable. We do our best to limit plastic consumption wherever possible in our products. We use glass bottles for our Eau de Parfums, Perfume Oils and Candles and never use cello wrapping on any of our products.
1% FOR THE PLANET
Maison Louis Marie was founded on the principles of composing clean luxury fragrances while doing good for our planet. We joined 1% for the Planet because we believe the world needs us now more than ever—it's time to take responsibility. 1% for the Planet inspires people to support environmental organizations through annual membership and everyday actions. They advise on giving strategies, certify donations, and amplify the impact of the network. This pledge means that we will be donating 1% of our revenues towards environmental causes.
Moving forward, our first partner will be the National Forest Foundation who works closely with the US Forest Service to address the pressing needs of our forests by planting native trees in areas that are desperately in need. Through our contributions we will be planting thousands of native trees on a monthly basis. Reforestation efforts directly impact the decrease of carbon in our atmosphere, forest health & resiliency, watershed health and the protection of the habitats of thousands of species that depend on the National forest habitats.
Our fragrances are broken down into families by their notes and ingredients. See our glossary for a breakdown of any relevant terms.
White Ginger Flower
Hinoki woodMid Note
White BirchBase Note
Black PepperMid Note
White RoseBase Note
Ylang JasmineMid Note
White LilyBase Note
Italian OrangeMid Note
Blood OrangeMid Note
Touch of SugarBase Note
Valencia OrangeMid Note
Tobacco FlowerMid Note
Balincourt is the family home which is surrounded by an ancient mysterious forest where long walks on the magical trail called Lover’s Lane was a favorite activity of multiple generations.This scent is a sandalwood fragrance with a dominant cedarwood & sandalwood accord supplemented by a spicy cinnamon nutmeg complex with an earthy vetiver note.
Vallée de Farney is a nature preserve, located in the native forests of the Mauritius Island. The forest is home to more than 100 plant species and numerous animals where Louis Marie discovered many new plant specimens. This scent is a woody, mineral fragrance. The top note is a citrus accord of grapefruit, orange and black pepper enhanced by cedarwood and Patchouli. Top note: Grapefruit, Orange, Black Pepper Mid note: cedarwood, Patchouli, Geranium Base note: Vetiver, Amber, Musk
Le Long Fond is a nursery in Belgium that was founded by my Grandfather in 1979 and is still active to this day. This scent is a savory mixture of hinoki wood accord underlined by notes of cedarwood and patchouli with a strong amber character.
This limited edition holiday candle encapsulates the holiday season, evoking scents of a warm and cozy fire within a cabin deep in the Swiss Alps. Le Refuge d'Ernest pays homage to Marie's great great great grandfather, Ernest Solvay, a Belgian scientist and inventor who developed a passion for nature and exploration. He was quite fond of climbing the Matterhorn and through his early explorations, he realized the dangers of climbing this area due to erratic weather conditions. In 1915, he decided to commission a little refuge for safety in the form of a tiny cabin just below the peak of the Matterhorn - should a climber get stuck in bad weather. Imagine, upon lighting the candle, being transported to a cabin in the Alps and taking in the warmth of the fire before preparing to ascent to the top of the Matterhorn.
This fruity fragrance begins with a black pepper note enhanced by bergamot & cassis. It then develops a strong green accord with a white rose base and dries down to a warm oakmoss, tonka and clean musk base. Top Note: Cassis, bergamot, black pepper Mid Note: White rose Base Note: Oakmoss, musk, tonka
Kandilli is a small village set in the Asian bank of the Bosphorus in Istanbul, where my mother, Twinkie, experienced her first scent of a tuberose flower at the age of sixteen. This scent is a tropical tuberose accorded with a white lily background and sits on a warm amber sandalwood base.
Dame de Boumois, Louis Marie’s mother was one of the most elegant women in 18th century France. She married Gilles du Petit Thouars in 1754 and Louis Marie was the second of five children. This scent is a violet blossom fragrance with a green leaf and pear top note, enhanced by jasmine vanilla and rosewood.
This romantic and gentle floral fragrance incorporates top notes of Italian orange and a rich green floral accord. The body of the fragrance is a floral bouquet of jasmine, ylang-ylang and tuberose. The fragrance dries down to an oakmoss and white musk background.
An exotic blend of lavender & amber stone, natural fennel and vetiver grass infused with the pure essential oils of Patchouli, eucalyptus are the essence of this fragrance.
Scalpay is the name of family relative’s Scottish isle with hundreds of acres of diverse coniferous woodlands, freshwater lochs and burns.This scent embodies a summer seaside fragrance with an herb accord of lavender and lemon grass complimented by amber musk notes.
Neige de Printemps, meaning “spring snow,” brings back the memory of my grandmother, Tita, who spent the spring seasons in Switzerland during the carnival of Cran sur Sierre. This scent is a fruity fragrance with a blood orange top note enhanced by a rich blend of mandarin, kumquat and a touch of sugar.
Fresh limes & zesty mandarin opens this fragrance. These notes are intertwined with a peppery basil and an aromatic thyme accord supported by a floral lily character and a woody amber Patchouli.
La Themis was the name of the ship that carried Louis Marie back to France after 10 years in exile on Madagascar in 1802. This fragrance begins with a fresh green leaf accord with a eucalyptus character and quickly changes to a dominant spearmint main theme. The spearmint character is supported by a wintergreen note. Then the fragrance dries down to a sweet Tonka bean accord.
Bousval is named after our mother’s hometown: there, she'd walk her four collies during warm summer evenings, spending most of her time camping outside, catching fish, and picking fresh vegetables at the pond next to her home. Inspired by her enchanted summers, this scent has nuances of Valencia Oranges are joined with Italian Bergamot and bold White Cardamom. A signature heart of Ginger Flower is complimented with Eucalyptus and earthy notes of Oakmoss. Undertones of rich, sultry woods add to misted Musk for a modern aroma.
L’Etang Noir, the enchanted black lake where my sisters and I spent many days fishing and exploring.
This scent is an oriental fragrance with a tobacco flower top note enhanced by a rich spice blend of vanilla, anise, nutmeg, ginger & clove.
Aboukir Bay is a spacious bay on the Mediterranean sea in Egypt, lying between Abu Qir and the Rosetta mouth of the Nile. Aristide, brother of Louis Marie, was a french naval officer, and hero of the battle of Aboukir. This fragrance has a spicy eucalyptus top note with a floral amber heart composed of jasmine, lavender, carnation and a rich amber accord. The base notes of the fragrance incorporate a definitive woody accord of Patchouli, cedarwood and vetiver with a sweet tonka bean accord.
A single scent element of a fragrance that builds a whole scent: they're denoted as 'top,' 'middle', and 'base', which refers to the moment at which you can sense them after application.
The top notes are the first notes you can smell after applying a fragrance, consisting of smaller, lighter molecules and evaporating fastest to reveal the mid notes.
Mid notes are also known as 'heart' notes, as they reveal the core of the fragrance: they make up approximately 70% of the fragrance, appearing after the top notes dissipate and lingering for the full life of the fragrance.
Base notes help build a foundation for the lighter notes of the fragrance, boosting them while adding more depth and resonance: they're rich and long-lasting, lingering the longest and lasting the full life of the fragrance. Popular base notes include amber, musk, cedarwood, and vanilla.
Perfume Oil’s base is a blend of three oils: safflower, sunflower, and rosemary. With a slightly higher concentration of fragrance, Perfume Oil is a bit stronger but keeps scent more intimate and close to the body. It reveals main notes all at once, meaning the scent is more consistent over time.
Eau de Parfum
Eau De Parfum has an alcohol base that allows the scent to project a bit more away from the body, evaporating each layer of notes over time, with the base notes lingering longest.
Sythentic vs Natural
All of our fragrances consist of a combination of natural, plant-derived essential oils and safe synthetics. We often opt for safe synthetic fragrances because we never use animal products and we don't include known allergens that can occur within natural essential oils. We also don’t use endangered plant species or harvested materials that contribute to deforestation.
The cruelty-free PETA certification is designated for companies that have signed their statement of assurance verifying that they and their suppliers do not conduct, commission, or pay for any tests on animals for their ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world.
To us, 'clean beauty' means we have a strict adherence to providing environmentally-mindful products that do not contain toxic ingredients (whether they're harvested or manufactured) that may pollute the earth or harm one's body. We don't test our products on animals and we never utilize animal-derived ingredients.
Hinoki comes from Japanese cypress and has a rich, invigorating citrus aroma that can increase spiritual awareness.
Amber Wood deviates from true ‘ambergris’ in being more woody, meaning Amber Wood is less dry or tobacco-like: it's a warm scent that can be used to enhance oriental or gourmand scents but is also included in floral notes, including white flower accords.
Tonka bean is the seed of the Dipteryx odorata tree, or Coumarouna odorata, which is why it is also known as coumarin, which is the chemical isolate that is used in perfumery. Its aroma is often likened to almond or vanilla, with undertones of tobacco that can lend a creamy, warm element to any fragrance.
Anise, also known as aniseed, has a long history of being used for its healing properties. The plant belongs in the same family of scents as tarragon and fennel and is, in its purest form, reminiscient of the smell of liquorice. Anise is described as having a scent that is powerful but soft: while its sweet and mild, it also adds a sort of unique kick to any fragrance.
While natural musk is the powerful stuff found in the animal world, in perfumery, musk musks are powerful molecules with subtle, almost powerdy-but-grounding scents. They're extremely powerful and crucial to any perfume formula, though, even in the smallest quantities—musk is almost always used as a base note.