“OhPerfumer! your name is no-one” wrote Yuri Gutsatz in 1979. When Yuri was immersed in his career, he and his fellow hard working noses, were kept out of the picture. Why? Because the couture houses who were launching fragrances encouraged a touch of mystique surrounding their scents. If that led their customers to believe their perfumes were created by couturiers and not perfumers, well, that was fine by them. But can you imagine Yuri and his contemporaries being ignored today? Germaine Cellier created Fracas, Bandit and Miss Balmain. Jean Carles created Miss Dior, Shocking and Ma Griffe. Yuri himself created what later became Chromatics for Estee Lauderand Chasse Gardée for Carven (both sadly discontinued).
Luckily in 2019, we can appreciate their genius with the gratitude and the credit that they all deserve (and this is why at Le Jardin Retrouvé we put Yuri Gutsatz’s name on the bottles – and Maxence Moutte’s name on the Mousse Mystique candle he created for us).
Perfumer, your name matters.
When Yuri and Arlette Gutsatz launched Le Jardin Retrouvé in 1975 they had a very innovative business in mind: they wanted their customers to access the wonderful sophisticated fragrances created by Yuri in many different categories. Of course fragrances, but also bath products (body wash; shampoo; bath oil and later soaps), treatments ( a wonderful oatmeal face mask), home fragrances (with scented candles and incense).. For instance if you were a lover of Yuri’s Rose Thé (now Rose Trocadéro) or Tubéreuse (now Tubéreuse Trianon) you could buy them as an Eau de Parfum, a scented candle, a bath oil or incense… You can see this in the original 1976 and 1978 price lists of the brand!
This business model was and is unique: all the other niche fragrance brands that were created at that period only had fragrances – and only much later moved to scented candles (except Diptyque who started with candles!). Some only very recently have gone into bath products (Byredo or Frédéric Malle with their soaps). Le Jardin Retrouvé from its inception offered a complete product line around its sophisticated fragrances.
This is why Clara and myself have decided to revert back to this original model : last October we launched scented candles and this month we added to our offer two scrumptious body care products: a Body Milk and a Body Scrub, both using our signature Rose Trocadéro fragrance!