ITS ORIGINS - ITS ROLE - ITS SUCCESS
Dorin was born in the latest period of history of the old regime where
art and beauty had the highest honours.
Maison Dorin was the keeper of feminine beauty :
" a beautiful face being ", according to the expression of La
Bruyère, " the most wonderful of all performances ".
With royalty, perfumes entered the kingly court: powders, blushes and
creams were used and with Marie-Antoinette, the taste in perfume became
Maison Dorin specifically is one of the oldest brand names selected by
the aristocracy. In 1780, it became the appointment of the Royal Court.
The boutique on Grenier St-Lazare Street saw visits from all levels of
nobility and the most elegant élite of the end of Louis
XVI's reign. The famous French actress Marguerite Montansier, well
known at the time in the most distinguished worldly spheres, was its
real founder. Her knowledge of luxury and of feminine taste led to
small masterpieces, which are on display among historical souvenirs at
the Carnavalet Museum in Paris, thanks to the generous gift of Maison
From this noble origin and beautiful inspiration came the exceptional
art of Maison Dorin.
It was during the years of the Empire that the perfume industry became
transformed by science. Maison Dorin modernised its methods and spared
no expense to put science to the service of pleasure . At that time,
its laboratories, the largest and best equipped of Paris, testified of
its ever-increasing search for perfection.
The expositions of Paris in 1839, 1855, 1867 and 1889 opened the eyes
of foreign merchants to French luxury products, and on-the-spot won an
unequivocal place among exporters of England, Russia, Spain and the
Its reputation thus universally established and confirmed by the
greatest successes at the expositions of Moscow in 1891, Chicago in
1893, Brussels in 1897, was crowned with a gold medal at the exposition
in Paris in 1900 and the Grands Prix of 1894 in St. Louis, 1905 in
Liège, 1922 in Brussels and by its jury membership in 1924
Paris has always set the standard for beauty in the world: Maison Dorin
has remained at the head of this movement for a very long time indeed.
1998, France Excellence carried the torch onward for Maison Dorin. This
company found in Dorin the creative inspiration to revitalize its image
in perfumes and cosmetics and to perpetuate its tradition of
creativity, beauty and excellence.