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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.
Over the centuries, the House of Houbigant became perfumer to the royal courts of Europe. Josephine, the future Empress of France, belonged to a group of stylish young men and women called “The Muscadins” because of their craze for musk which was Josephine’s favourite essence. Houbigant fragrances travelled in Napoleon’s campaign chest during the years when he was conquering Europe.
Rodrigo Flores-Roux was born and raised in Mexico City. He studied biology in Mexico before moving to France at the age of 20 in 1989 to attend the ISIPCA perfumery school at Versailles. Although he started out designing scents for shampoos and cosmetic products, he broke through into fragrance with Clinique Happy. He is currently with Givaudan and has worked on top brands from Tom Ford to John Varvatos.
Orangers en Fleurs is the result of collaboration by Houbigant and Senior Perfumer Jacques Flori made by Robertet. The goal was to create a new scent that embodies the spirit and tradition of Houbigant. Houbigant has more than 200 years of experience in the perfume industry. Houbigant's mission is to revive not only formulas from the past but to create pioneering compositions, which have been developed from the best raw materials with the highest purity.
This sophisticated fragrance derives its attractiveness from the warm, floral accord of orange blossom. Turkish Rose and Egyptian Jasmine Absolute are highlighted by a subtle combination of tuberose and orange blossom. Floral ylang-ylang from the Comoros is refined slightly with nutmeg. The base is pure perfection, a mixture of cedar and sensual musk.