Some perfume lovers still regard synthetics with suspicion, but did you know that synthetics have been used since the birth of modern perfumery?
Many of your
favourite flowers have a scent that cannot be extracted and so must be created synthetically. For example, think of the extravagant beauty
of honeysuckle, violets, lily of the valley, cherry blossom, wild rose and
wisteria. Just imagining them fills your mind with bright colours! However, it
is nigh on impossible for a perfumer to extract their natural aromas and it therefore
has to be replicated in a lab. Doesn’t sound very poetic, does it? But the sublime results speak for themselves.
How is it done?
An “ Isolat” is a molecule which is extracted from essential oils and replicated to create just a fraction of a scent. They come from nature, but need a lot of scientific help to get noticed. Synthetic molecules are blended with naturals so that the scent of the flower can be produced.
In 1830 a violet molecule was created (alpha-isomethyl-ionone) in the Russian perfumery industry. You can find this in Le Jardin Retrouvé’s own Cuir de Russie .
In 1874, the first synthetic aldehyde was made for the first time and the reasons were purely economic. The Guerlain family tasked a group of German chemist with creating a vanillin molecule, which was subsequently used in Vol de Nuit. In fact vanillin is produced from a combination of tree bark and by-products from the paper industry. You would never guess this from the scent of such a beautiful classic as Vol de Nuit
These are just two examples that stretch back to the very earliest beginnings of fragrance and as you can see, synthetics are created with a great deal of care and expertise to do the job when nature can’t.
Did you know that Yuri Gutsatz once fragranced the world famous Paris Opera House? Maurice Lehmann, then director of the Paris Opera, gave him the task of perfuming the theatre during Act 3 of Rameau’s Indes Galantes (Ballet des Roses) This fragrant opera ran for THREE YEARS.
Yes, this is the same opera house where Gaston Leroux set his novel, the Phanton of the Opera. Did you also know that there really is an underground lake underneath the opera house? What an experience it must have been to have sight, scent and sound all at once with such history above and beneath you. No other perfumer had a life quite like Yuri’s!
Did you know that Yuri was the nose behind Miss Lentheric eau de toilette? The fragrance was launched at Glyndebourne in England and Yuri, as the perfumer, was of course invited. On this occasion, he had to leave his beloved Arlette at home in Paris, although they never enjoyed being parted. Miss Lentheric is now sadly discontinued but was a popular perfume for several years after its launch. You can still find it on eBay if you’re lucky, as it has become a collector’s item, like many of Yuri’s fragrances, including PM for Mary Quant and Chromatics for Estee Lauder.
As well as a career as a gifted perfumer, Yuri was what you might call a
mover and shaker within the industry. His influences remain in place today,
notably as one of the founders and developers of the world famous Osmothèque
The Osmothèque acts as guardian over fragrance formulae that have
often as we all know either been reformulated or long discontinued (not our
policy at Le Jardin Retrouvé – all our fragrances faithfully follow Yuri’s
formulas). The oldest scent there is from the 14th
century, L’Eau de la Reine de Hongrie and it is not advisable
to open or try it! Yuri, along with nine other founders, helped to
conceive and develop this unique concept, which preserves perfumes that would
otherwise have been lost forever. We can share an insider information
with you: Yuri in his early years worked for a now defunct perfume company who
had bought the rights to all Paul Poiret’s perfume creations – Les Parfums de
Rosine. When the Osmothèque was opened he donated Paul Poiret’s
original formulas – that he had kept and treasured – so that the perfumes
could be reconstructed!
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!
We’ve designed a loyalty program that is easy and simple–just for you! Here’s a little guide that explains the nuts and bolts.
How To Earn Credits?
For every purchase made, you’ll get 5% of each purchase as cashback towards your next purchase. A win-win for you!
Simple: We display the exact amount of euros that you’ll receive–no confusing point system involved.
No Limits: Get 5% back on all purchases, including discounted products. Yep, you read that correctly.
Endless Rewards: Credits from your previous purchase(s) will never, ever expire. We promise!
How To View Your Credits?
Step 1 – Log into your Le Jardin Retrouvé account.
Step 2 – Click on the section titled “My Rewards Account”.
Step 3 – You will see full information and status of your credits.
How To Use Your Credits?
Step 1 – Log into your Le Jardin Retrouvé account.
Step 2 – Shop your favorite fragrances (or try something new!) and add them to your basket.
Step 3 – Your credits will be automatically applied to your purchase at checkout–it’s that simple!
If you have any questions (or just want to say bonjour!), email us at email@example.com. We’re here to help!
Arlette Gutsatz lived a few years with her husband Yuri and her 3 children in India and fell in love with Indian textiles. Back to France in 1963, she went into importing to her country the beautiful fabrics that she loved. At that time, small cutting-edge fashion brands were emerging, some of them still existing, such as: Dorothée Bis, Chantal Thomass, Renoma, Hémisphère… Arlette began to work for them a long time before Le Jardin Retrouvé even existed. After she passed away in 2012, Clara and Michel, found an entire wall of textile samples in her home. Instead of throwing them away, Clara made a template and Michel gave the samples to sew with this instruction: “Put a different fabric on each side of the pouch”. That is why the pouches are unique!