Houbigant Parfum

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Houbigant Parfum (pronounced [ubiɡɑ̃]) is a perfume manufacturer founded in Paris, France in 1775[1] by Jean-François Houbigant of Grasse (1752–1807). The brand originally sold gloves, perfumes, and bridal bouquets. The original shop, called "A la Corbeille de Fleurs", was at 19, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.[1] Over the centuries, the House of Houbigant became perfumer to the royal courts of Europe including Napoleon, Napoleon III, Alexander III of Russia, and Queen Victoria.


Robert Bienaimé, Houbigant perfumer from 1912 to 1935 and creator of Quelques Fleurs

In 1882 the House launched Fougère Royale, the first fougère (or 'fern-like') perfume ever created,{fact}} establishing a new fragrance family which still remains today the most popular family in men's fragrances.[citation needed]

During this period, under the direction of the Paris office, offices were established in the United States, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Romania. The New York office had its own manufacturing facility to distribute Houbigant goods nationwide.

Houbigant was also the first perfume house to discover how to isolate particular molecules from natural raw materials and more specifically the coumarin, which is isolated from the tonka bean. In 1912 they introduced Quelques Fleurs, the first true multi-floral bouquet ever created.[citation needed] Up to that time, floral fragrances had been mostly single flowers or were blended with herbs and other essences. The Genealogy of Perfumes cites Quelques Fleurs as an innovation that established a totally new fragrance classification and influenced other compositions for years afterwards including many of today’s important fragrances.[citation needed]

Paul Parquet, creator of Fougère Royale which created the eponymous Fougère family of fragrances


Current status[edit]

The Houbigant fragrances are now being manufactured under the original specifications by LOFT Fashion and Beauty Diffusion of Monaco and marketed in the United States by Exclusive Fragrances and Cosmetics.


  • 1775: Perfumer Jean-François Houbigant opens A la Corbeille de Fleurs, Rue Faubourg St Honoré
  • 1807: Perfumer Armand-Gustave Houbigant, the son of Jean-François, joins the house
  • 1807: Houbigant was appointed personal perfumer to Napoleon and created a special perfume for Empress Josephine
  • Early 19th century: Houbigant was appointed as perfumer to Princess Adelaide d'Orleans, mother of King Louis-Philippe.
  • 1838: The French house was awarded the license of "Perfumer to Her Majesty, Queen Victoria of England".
  • 1880: perfumer Paul Parquet became joint owner.
  • 1882: Paul Parquet creates Fougère Royale.
  • 1890: Tsar Alexander III named Houbigant perfumer to the Imperial Court of Russia
  • 1912: Perfumer Robert Bienaimé joined Houbigant and created fragrances for the house until he founded his own in 1935.
  • 1912: Robert Bienaimé introduced Quelques Fleurs.
  • pre-1950: perfumers Paul Schving and Marcel Billot created perfumes for Houbigant
  • 1990: Houbigant relaunched Lutece from prestige department store brand to domestic brand.
  • 1980s: Houbigant relaunched Quelques Fleurs.
  • 1985: Houbigant launched Duc de Vervins.
  • 1998: Houbigant launched Quelques Fleurs Royale.
  • 2010: Houbigant relaunched Fougère Royale.
  • 2012: Houbigant launched Orangers en Fleurs.


  1. ^ a b Nicklin, Mary Winston (November 28, 2016). "Paris's New Perfume Museum Smells Amazing (Obviously)". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 7 July 2018.

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