Born in 1774, Pierre-Francois Lubin lived in a period thought to be the most eventful in France’s history. He began his career as a perfume apprentice at the age of 10 to the famous Jean-Louis Fargeon in 1784. During this time under Fargeon’s tutelage, Lubin came to be entrusted with the beauty recipes of the French Royal Court. Fargeon came from a dynasty of expert perfumers and was Marie Antoinette’s official fragrance supplier. Through Fargeon, Lubin began working closely with Marie Antoinette and Empress Josephine, wife to Napoleon I. In 1792, at the age of 18 and just as the Revolution was causing unrest in the capital, Lubin left Paris for Grasse to work under renowned Italian perfumer Tombarelli.
Just after the French Revolution in 1798, Pierre-Francois Lubin founded his boutique perfume house on rue Sainte Anne in Paris. “Au Bouquet de Roses”, was a discrete tribute to the Queen, and his friend, who had by then met with her tragic fate. The creations of the young perfumer were appreciated by the first dandies who emerged after the turmoil of the French Revolution. Known as Les Incroyables or the Incredibles, while their beautiful, extravagant companions were referred to as Les Merveilleuses or the Marvellous, they were the first trendsetters. Their extravagant way of life soon became the symbol of a new Parisian savoir-vivre.
Renowned as the ‘holder of the secrets of beauty of the old court of France’ and thanks to his illustrious patronage, Lubin became the favourite perfumer of many European Courts. In 1821, he became the appointed official supplier of the King of England George IV. Then, in 1823 perfumer to the great Tsar of Russia Alexander I.
As the first perfumer to conquer the New World in 1830, Lubin’s fragrant creations would soon be famous the world over. Today, the brand works with Lubin perfumers from decades past to revive and renew original formulations whilst still honouring the original recipes. Continuing to uphold The House of Lubin’s ideals whilst creating perfumes of the highest quality that will enchant generations for years to come.