Here’s a picture of Yuri (far left) during his years in India. He was posted there in 1956 by his employer, Louis Amic, to establish a production plant for perfume ingredients on behalf of the famous Tata Group.

It was a huge responsibility and undertaking, and Yuri with his loyal wife Arlette, moved to Bombay (now Mumbai) for six years. This turned out to be a valuable experience when he eventually decided to go it alone almost twenty years later.

Many of the small family businesses he met out there later supplied Le Jardin Retrouve (also a small family business!) with their authentic ingredients. Let’s just say that our sandalwood essence travels a long way before it reaches us!

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