As her name suggests, Marie du Petit Thouars’s family history is no garden-variety tale. No, this fascinating story starts with the French Revolution, when her great-great-great-grandfather, Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars, was exiled to Madagascar and the Mauritius Islands. It was there that he discovered over 1,000 different orchid species, which laid the groundwork for his career as a famous botanist. His plant obsession was passed down through the generations—as a kid in Belgium, Marie spent afternoons making her own candle combinations in her mother’s greenhouse.
After heading down a fashion-editor path, working for the likes of Isabella Blow and the London Sunday Times, Marie made a move to L.A. and felt herself drawn back to her roots, which—sure enough—brought her back to woodsy smells and fun with wax ‘n wicks. “My family’s botanical history plays a huge role in the line,” explains Marie of Maison Louis Marie, which officially launched in 2013. “There’s the name as well as the individual fragrance notes and the incorporation of Louis Marie’s actual technical drawings on our packaging.” Now the collection includes hinoki and cedarwood perfume oils, grapefruit and black pepper hand washes, and cassis body lotions—some might say it’s blossomed.