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    Default Perfume "Houses"?

    I'm sure this has been answered before but I'm curious why perfume manufacturers are sometimes referred to as "Houses". I'm looking for a little historical background I guess. Thanks for any replies.

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    Default Re: Perfume "Houses"?

    That's an interesting question. Never thought about that before. Would love to know also.

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    I suppose that it reflects the use of the same word for fashion houses (Maison Dior, Maison so and so), which soon started producing perfumes. Whether it was applied to other types of merchants, I don't know, but I suspect it did. And it might simply derive from the fact that merchants would produce and sell their wares in their actual house. But this is just a guess


    Edit: a quick google search seems to indicate that the word maison in French has for some time had the figurative meaning of "family" and "business" (given that in the past businesses were family affairs passed down from one generation to the other). So I guess maison -> family -> business
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    Here's an old thread on this topic.

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    It sounds more user friendly than 'Castle'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kumquat View Post
    it sounds more user friendly than 'castle'.

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    Default Re: Perfume "Houses"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiliwia View Post
    Here's an old thread on this topic.
    +1 on that, thanks!

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