This page lists perfume houses with names starting with the letter M. Perfume houses are alphabetized by first name, so that "Marc Jacobs" is listed under M. Some perfume houses have their own pages — if the name is a link, click on it.
The page was last updated on 9 December 2013.
Maître Parfumeur et Gantier was established in Paris in 1988 by Jean Laporte, the founder and former owner of L'Artisan Parfumeur. For his new perfume house, LaPorte was inspired by the French tradition of master glove-makers, who became perfumers by necessity to supply the perfumed gloves that were all the rage in 17th century Paris: "I wanted to do something different and my concept is tied to the past. I was seduced by the tradition of the parfumeur-gantiers, who were located mostly in Paris and served the king and, later, the emperor." (Women's Wear Daily, 9/6/1991) Jean Paul Millet Lage, who apprenticed with Laporte, is the current house nose.
Website: Maître Parfumeur et Gantier
Hawaiian line of fragrances, home fragrances, bath & body items.
Recent releases include six organic perfumes (2011).
Website: Malie Kauai
New York-based apothecary line established in 2004 by Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz, both formerly of Kiehls.
Recent releases include Synthesized Geranium Leaf and Petitgrain Tonic (2009).
Website: Malin + Goetz
Mancera is the Paris-based line of Pierre Mancera; the scents are reportedly "inspired by the Art Deco period". Fragrances include Wave Musk, Sand Aoud, Roses Vanille, Musk of Flowers, Cedrat Boise, Roseaoud & Musc, The Aoud, Aoud S, Wild Fruits and Black Intensive Aoud.
Recent releases include Roses Greedy (2012).
Where to buy: in the UK at Selfridges.
Italian leather goods & accessories company established in 1997 by design team Paolo Trento and Piero Mannato. Fragrances were introduced in 2004 with Mandarina Duck for women, followed by Mandarina Duck Man in 2006.
Recent releases include Mandarina Duck Rouge Intense (2007), Cute Pink (2007), Scarlet Rain (2008), Pure Black (2009), Mandarina Duck Blue (2011), All of Me (2012), Cool Black (2013), Pink Is In The Air (2013).
Where to buy: in the US at dillards.
Website: Mandarina Duck
Spanish fashion retailer; fragrances are created under arrangements with Puig. Scents include Mango Adorably (2004) and Mango Delirium (2006).
Where to buy: at Mango boutiques; at escentual in the UK.
French textiles company founded by fabric designer Manuel Canovas in 1963, and purchased by British firm Colefax & Fowler in the late 1990s. The firm currently produces bedding, swimwear, accessories, fashion and home fragrance items.
Personal fragrances were introduced in 2007 with Les Fantaisies Parfumees, including Pink Riviera, Anse Turquoise, L'ile Bleue, Ballade Verte, Route Mandarine.
Website: Manuel Canovas
Italian perfumer who attended the Grasse Institute of Perfumery before launching her own line in 2009. Fragrances include the Classic Collection (Exultat, Cinabre, Gershwin, Barry Lyndon, Hanbury & Sideris) and the Exclusive Collection (Burlesque, Gentile, Luberon & Lady Day).
Recent releases include Finisterre & Noir Tropical (2013).
Website: Maria Candida Gentile
American pop singer. Fragrances were introduced in 2007 with M by Mariah Carey, followed by a collector version, M Gold by Mariah Carey, and a new fragrance, Luscious Pink, in 2008, followed by yet another collector edition, Luscious Pink Deluxe Edition (2009).
Recent releases include Ultra Pink (Walmart exclusive, 2009), Forever (2009), Lollipop Bling Honey, Ribbon & Mine Again (2010), Lollipop Splash the Remix Inseparable, Never Forget You & Vision of Love (2011), Mariah Carey Dreams (2013).
Fragrances are produced under arrangements with Elizabeth Arden.
Where to buy: at department stores and online discounters.
Website: Mariah Carey
Chicago-based cosmetics, skincare and fragrance company founded by former dancer and model Marilyn Miglin. Best known for their Pheromone fragrance (1978), other scents in the line include Mystic, Goddess and Destiny.
Recent releases include Seven Sacred Oils (2006).
Website: Marilyn Miglin
Niche line with one fragrance, Summersent, launched in 2006.
Where to buy: in the US at Von Maur department stores; in London at Liberty of London.
Mark was established in 2003 as Avon's direct sales label for younger consumers.
Recent releases under the Mark label include Sassy Mark (2007), Instant Vacation Greek Isles (2007), Jewel (2007), Instant Vacation Caribbean, Pure Mark (2008), Earth (2008), Rebel Rose (2009), Instant Vacation Costa Rica (2009), Sophistique (2009), Citrus Bloom (2010), Instant Vacation RioRhythms & RioBikini (2010), Celebrate (2010), White Vetiver (2011), Ibiza Sol (2011), Night Iris (2012), Instant Vacation Hamptons (2012), Very Sassy (2012), Jewel Shine (2013), Instant Vacation Marrakesh (2013).
Where to buy: from Mark consultants or the website (see below).
In 2012, the line was relaunched under the name Mark Buxton Perfumes. New fragrances include Sleeping With Ghosts, Sexual Healing & Devil In Disguise (2012), Emotional Rescue (2013).
Website: Mark Buxton
British celebrity makeup artist who launched her debut fragrance, Plum, in 2010.
Website: Mary Greenwell
The beauty line of fraternal twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who achieved stardom after a long-running role on the sitcom Full House, followed by the book and video series The Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley.
Fragrances were introduced in 2003 with Mary-Kate and Ashley One & Mary-Kate and Ashley Two, produced under arrangements with Coty. Subsequent fragrances include L.A. Style (2005, aka coast to coast LA), N.Y. Chic (2005, aka coast to coast NY), London Beat, Tokyo Fusion, South Beach Chic & Hamptons Style (2007).
In 2013, they released their first fragrances under their Elizabeth and James brand, Nirvana White and Nirvana Black.
Website: Elizabeth and James
Direct sales of cosmetics, skincare and fragrance; company founded in 1963 by Mary Kay Ash.
Recent releases include Affection (2006), Bella Belara (2007), Simply Cotton, Exotic Passionfruit, Sparkling Honeysuckle & Warm Amber (2008), Forever Orchid (2010), Thinking of You (2010), Dance to Life & True Original (2012), Belara Midnight (2013).
Where to buy: from Mary Kay consultants; see website.
Website: Mary Kay
Japanese fashion designer who introduced his line in Paris in 1992. Fragrances include mat; (2000), mat; Le Parfum (2003), mat; Le Rouge (2003) and mat; Le Vert (2003). Fragrances are created under arrangements with Panouge (see).
See review for mat; Very Male (2005). Other recent releases include mat; M (2005), mat; Yellow (2005) and Mintea (2006), M; Men (2006), mat; Cherry (2007), Masaki Masaki (2007), Aqua Mat Homme, Masaki SUu (2008), M;OºC for men (2009), Art by Masaki (2010), Fluo (2010), Aqua Platinum (2010), Shiro & Art Homme (2011), Tokyo Smile (2012), Art Mosaic (2012), Snowing Rose (2013), Aqua Earth (2013), Tokyo Days (2013).
Where to buy: Sephora in the US carries a limited selection.
Website: there is a section for Masaki Matsushima at the Panouge site.
Line of "signature fragrances" for various colleges & universities in the United States.The line debuted in 2008 with Penn State & University of North Carolina.
Recent releases include Louisiana State University/LSU (2009), University of Florida, University of Tennessee, University of Alabama and Auburn University (2009), University of Georgia, Florida State, University of Oklahoma & Waseda University (2010), University of Mississippi, University of Kentucky, Texas A&M, University of South Carolina, Clemson University, Virginia Tech & North Carolina State (2013).
British fashion designer who launched his own label in 1996. His first foray into fragrance was Incense, a much-loved limited edition (now discontinued) created by Miller Harris (see below). His first mainstream offering was Matthew Williamson (2005).
2007 introductions include The Matthew Williamson Collection (Incense, Lotus, Jasmin Sambac & Warm Sand) and Matthew Williamson Sheer.
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Website: Matthew Williamson
French high-end jeweller founded in 1827. Fragrance launches include Mauboussin (2000), Histoire d'Eau (Topaze, 2000), Histoire d'Eau Amethyste (2003) and Mauboussin Homme (2003).
Recent fragrance launches include M Moi (2007), Emotion Divine (2007), M Generation (2010), Mauboussin Pour Elle (2011), Mauboussin Rose (2012), Mauboussin Pour Lui (2012), à la Folie & Lovely à la Folie (2013).
Recent releases include Gin Tonic (men's & women's versions, 2008), Tabac Man Silver (2009).
Website: Mäurer & Wirtz
Italian fashion house established by Achille Maramotti (d. 2005) in 1951. The first fragrance, Max Mara, launched in 2004.
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Milan-based Italian perfumery chain founded in 1967 by Augusto Mazzolari. In 1993, Mazzolari introduced a house brand with three perfumes named after Mr. Mazzolari's children (Carolina, Alessandro & Marina), and other scents followed.
Recent releases include Fleurs d'Oranger (2007).
Mazzolari (website no longer working)
Indie line established by Anne McClain, a graduate of the Grasse Institute of Perfumery. They debuted with Humanity, a 2010 fragrance created for a "perfume fountain" in a Brooklyn park.
Website: MCMC Fragrances
See Clementine Perfume.
Italian niche line established in 2007 by beauty company/distributor Eurocosmesi, a division of Burani Holdings. As of 2009, they seemed to be going under the name Made in Italy: Emotional Olfactive Landscapes.
The Italian Olfactive Landscapes series includes 22 Settembre 2007, ore 8 Vaporetto per il Lido, Venezia (2007) and 6 Marzo 2008, ore 11 - Piazza Duomo, Ortigia, Siracusa – Sicilia (2008), 1 Ottobre, ore 18 - Belvedere, Villa Borghese – Roma and 28 Gennaio, ore 15 - Hotel Cristallo – Cortina (2009).
Niche line established in 2007 with four fragrances under the name Les Echappées: Lalibela, Siwa, Sundance and Inlé.
Recent releases include Jannat (2008), Moon Safari (Moon Fever) (2009), Manoa (2010), Shams (2011), Granada (2011), Quartier Latin (2012), Luxor Oud (2012), Irish Leather (2013), Italian Leather (2013).
Where to buy: at Harvey Nichols in the UK, at the Memo boutique in Paris.
Custom perfume line that launched in 2006. You can read a description of Memoire Liquide's initial offerings here, or a review of the custom perfume process at the Memoire Liquide counter at Henri Bendel.
Recent releases include Memoire Liquide Reserve Encens Liquide, Fleur Liquide, Amour Liquide, Soleil Liquide & Vacances Liquide (2009).
Website: Memoire Liquide
Japanese cosmetics company founded in 1959. Fragrances include L'Eau de Ryokuei (2003) and L'Eau de Kasaneka (2004).
Netherlands-based clothing and design chain founded in 1980 and later owned by Liz Claiborne; in 2011 Claiborne sold Mexx to The Gores Group.
An eponymous fragrance launched in 1996; subsequent releases include Mexx Diversity (2002), Waterlove Woman and Waterlove Man (2004), Ice Touch Man (2005).
Recent releases include Ice Touch (2006), Amsterdam Spring Edition (2007), Fly High (2007), XX by Mexx Nice & Wild (2008), Berlin Summer Edition (2008), Mexx Black (2009), XX by Mexx Very Nice & Very Wild (2009), XX by Mexx Lovesome and XX by Mexx Mysterious (2010), First Sunshine (2010), Mexx Magnetic (2011), Mexx Summer Edition (2011), Mexx Fresh (2011), Mexx Pure (2012), Mexx Summer Edition 2013 (2013), Mexx Energizing (2013).
Niche line established by Danielle Igbanugo and Ashleigh Moss, the founders of Cameo Beauty Lounge in Minneapolis. There are two fragrances, Siren & Gypsy.
Website: Mi Angelic (Cameo Beauty Lounge) (Website no longer operational)
See Parfums M Micallef.
Los Angeles-based niche line which debuted in 2006 with three fragrances for men: Monk, Djin and il Giardino.
Website: Michael Storer
Niche house of Canadian Michel Germain, a former electrical engineer who launched his first fragrance, Sexual for women, in 1994. As of 2007, there were three versions of Sexual (Sexual Femme, Sexual Classique and Sexual for men) and two of Deauville (for women & for men).
Recent releases include Sexual Secret (2007), Sexual Fresh Pour Homme (2007), Sexual Star (2009), Sexual Secret Man, Sexual Blush, Tattoo for women and Tattoo for men (2009), Sexual Sugar & Sugar Daddy (2010), Sexual Fresh for women & Sexual Nights Pour Homme (2011), Sexual Fleur & Sexual Noir Pour Homme (2012), Sexual Noir and Sexual Steel Pour Homme (2013).
Where to buy: at hamptonct and selected Bloomingdales stores.
Website: Michel Germain
Parisian design house established in 1985. Fragrances include no. 1 Parfum Trouve, no. 2 Spiritus/Land, no 3 Green, green, green and green (2006), and Close Your Eyes And... aka Bois de Gaiac et Poire (2006), A Quiet Morning & Shanti Shanti (2008), Om (2010), Oh, ooOoh …oh (2012), In, (2013).
Website: Miller et Bertaux
Niche line. Miriam Mirani launched Aqaba, a fragrance inspired by "the legendary love of King Solomon for the Queen of Sheba", in 1998. She followed with Aqaba Spring, a lighter version of the original Aqaba, then a trio, Jewels of Aqaba (2005).
Recent releases include Aqaba Men (2008).
Website: Miriam Mirani - Aqaba
Italian fashion house best known for their knitwear designs. Three fragrances were introduced starting in the 1980s under arrangements with Max Factor; those are all now discontinued.
Recent releases include Missoni Colori Collection (2008).
Where to buy: at department stores and online fragrance discounters.
Italian jeanswear and fashion line. The first fragrance, Miss Sixty, launched in 2005, and was followed by Miss Sixty Elixir (2006).
Fragrances are created under licensing arrangements with Coty.
Website: Miss Sixty
California-based line of soaps and fragrance products established by Matthew Tilker in 1994. As of early 2008, there were five Eaux de Parfum: Lychee Rose, Grapefruit Red Currant, Verbena Flower, Wild Blackberry and Balinese Vanilla.
Japanese perfumer who studied in Tokyo and Paris, and now teaches perfumery in Japan. See review for Sakura.
Website: Miya Shinma
UK-based skin & bath care company established in 1971 by Caroline & Harvey Collis. There are over 20 boutiques in the UK; the first free-standing stores in the US opened in 2004. The line is also carried by specialty and department stores.
Recent releases include Intoxicating Davana Blossom (2007), Celestial Maracuja (2008), Navigations Through Scent (2011), Londinium (2012), Valbonne (2012), Paradisiac Pink Pepperpod (2012), Mahina (2013).
Website: Molton Brown
The fashion house, which is no longer active, was founded in Paris in 1919 by British designer Edward Molyneux. The perfume license has changed hands several times; as of 2012 it was held by Parfums Berdoues. Well known fragrances include Quartz (1978), Quartz Pour Homme (1994), Modern Quartz (2000).
Website: Parfums Molyneux
Recent fragrances include Oiro (2007), Amyitis (2008), Chamarré (2009), Jabu (2009), Les Nombres d’Or Ambre, Cuir & Musc (2010), Vétyver, Vanilla & Tubéreuse (2011), Rose Etoile de Hollande (2011), Eau Absolue (2013), Violette Fumée (2013).
Mona di Orio passed away in 2011.
Website: Mona di Orio
Paris-based niche perfumery of Pierre Montale. There are two lines: an oudh line based on the precious oudh (or agar) wood frequently used in Middle Eastern fragrances, and a regular perfume line.
French fashion house of designer Claude Montana, established in 1979. Montana was known first for his designs in leather, later for his big-shouldered designs for women. He was the couture designer for Lanvin for several years in the early 1990s.
Fragrances were introduced in 1986 with Parfum de Peau; subsequent launches include Parfum d'Elle (1990), Just Me (1997).
German line of watches, pens & accessories, established in 1906. Fragrances were introduced in 2001 with Presence for men. Subsequent releases include Presence d'Une Femme and Femme Individuelle.
Fragrances were produced under arrangements with Proctor & Gamble; in 2010 Montblanc signed a new agreement with Inter Parfums.
Recent releases include Starwalker (2005), Femme de Montblanc (2006), Femme Individuelle Soul & Senses (2007), Homme Exceptionnel (2008), Montblanc Legend (2011), Montblanc Legend Special Edition 2012 (2012), Legend Pour Femme (2012), Legend Intense (2013).
Where to buy: Montblanc boutiques and online fragrance discounters.
New York based fragrance company. Scents include Ambra di Venezia for women and Paratus for men.
Where to buy: online at aedes or at Takashimaya in NYC.
Website: Montgomery Taylor
California-based independent perfume house of Tristan Brando. Two fragrances, Monyette Paris and Coquette Tropique.
See also review for Monyette Paris Cashmere Body Mist.
Website: Monyette Paris
See Parfums Morgan.
New York-based fashion house established by Liliana and Carlos Casabal in 1982. Fragrances include Morgane Le Fay Classic and Morgane Le Fay Blue.
Recent releases include Morgane Le Fay Collection 2008 (Pink, Green, Yellow, Blue).
Website: Morgane Le Fay
Fashion house established by Franco Moschino (d. 1994) in 1983, and currently under the design leadership of Rosella Jardini.
The first fragrance, Moschino, appeared in 1987; subsequent releases include Cheap and Chic (1995), L'Eau Cheap and Chic (2001), Couture! (2004) and I Love Love (2005).
Recent releases include Moschino Friends Men (2005), Moschino Funny! (2007), Cheap and Chic Hippy Fizz (2008), Moschino Glamour (2008), Cheap and Chic Light Clouds (2009), Toujours Glamour (2010), Moschino Forever (2011), Pink Bouquet (2012), Chic Petals (2013), Forever Sailing (2013).
Where to buy: department stores and online fragrance discounters.
See Claus Porto.
Fragrances for the Mustang car line, produced by Estee Lauder's Aramis division in collaboration with Ford Motor Cars and the Sarantis Group.