In 1792, Louis Marie Aubert du Petit Thouars was a pioneer in French botanical history. During the French revolution, he was exiled to Madagascar, La Reunion and the Mauritius islands where he discovered a vast array of plant specimens. Ten years later and bearing a collection of over 2000 plants, Louis Marie was finally able to return to France where he was elected a member of the prestigious Académie des Sciences.
200 hundred years later...
As a young girl, Marie du Petit Thouars grew up in Belgium making candles and experimenting with scents in her mother’s green house. With the creation of Maison Louis Marie, she has built upon the rich botanical history of her family with luxury candles and perfumes that focus on illustrious scents imbued with unique floral fragrances.This Dryorkis Antidris Thouars orchid was discovered and named by Louis Marie. The drawing on the box of each candle represents the fruit (where the seeds sits) of this orchid. Both drawings were made by Louis Marie while in exile. All his discoveries were published in a book
“Histoire particuliere des plantes orchidees” in 1822