Operating since 1775, the House of Houbigant is the only fragrance house that has existed through four centuries of history. Through these centuries, the perfumers of the House of Houbigant have made groundbreaking discoveries in the formulation of perfumes that have revolutionized forever the way perfumes are constructed.
It is not an exaggeration to say that, without the House of Houbigant, modern perfumery as we know it today would not exist.
It all began with just a basket of flowers. One day in Paris in 1775, a young man, Jean-Francois Houbigant, hung a hand painted sign of a basket of flowers over his little shop in rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. From the start his fragrances found favour with royalty and the nobility.
Houbigant taught the titled women at the Court of Versailles how to perfume their fans so that just a fragrant flutter would send out a romantic message. When in 1793 Marie-Antoinette was executed by guillotine, she carried 3 vials of Houbigant perfume in her corsage to give her strength.
Fascinated by the world of perfumes from an early age, Michele Perris starts very early to work with some of the most prestigious companies in the fragrances and cosmetic industry. This is how in 1973 he meets the last descendant of the Houbigant family and begins his involvement with the House of Houbigant, where he operates as a consultant.
Through the years of collaboration, a great friendship arises between the two men so when Michele, opens his first company in 1981, it is to distribute brands of the House of Houbigant. Years later, the owner has to walk away from the House of Houbigant for health reasons and sell the brands; the Perris family makes a point of honor to try to put back together the historic brands of the House of Houbigant.
After several years of efforts, they finally succeed in 2005 by acquiring the control of the Houbigant name for the fragrances and cosmetics market. From that moment on all the family efforts have been focused on bringing back the name of Houbigant and giving it back all the respect and prestige it deserved.