Our Know How

Our expertise is Yuri’s expertise, taken from his extensive laboratory experience, his Vice Presidency of the Société Française des Parfumeurs, the creation of the Osmothèque (the conservatory for bygone perfumes) and the extraordinary volume of notes that he left. Not only did Yuri meticulously document the unique formulae and processes of his craft; he was also able to capture the delicate nuances of his fragrances in poetry and prose.

The rich archive of information and the values that Yuri passed down enables us to share Le Jardin Retrouvé in the spirit of true connoisseurship - appreciated by those ‘in the know’ and cherished by all.

Raw ingredients are the Perfumer’s palette

We only use high quality raw ingredients, and we pick them ourselves without price constraints. Since we do not work with on any Perfume House, we are free to directly buy to small suppliers, whenever that is possible. For instance, our Tuberose, Sandal Wood and Jasmine come from a family of ingredients suppliers who used to work with Yuri well before the creation of Le Jardin Retrouvé.

Our Aging Protocol

We followed Yuri’s steps regarding quality and care in elaborating our fragrances. All of them undergo the same process:  3 weeks of maturation (time during which the ingredients stay mixed in an aluminum bottle), followed by 3 weeks of maceration (time during which the ingredients are put on alcohol). These stages are a guarantee that the ingredients will reach their full potential in a harmonious way. When you buy a Le Nécessaire or a RE:Source, the processing times are written on the aluminum bottle – which is a smaller version of the bigger ones we use in our Lab.

Maturation Time

The ingredients, such as Bulgarian Rose or Haitian Vetiver, are weighed according to the Perfumer’s formula and mixed in an aluminum container, in which they are left to mature for a certain period of time.  This determines the subtlety and the overall balance of the perfume.
The industry standard is often barely over a week.  Following Yuri’s protocol, we have set our maturation time at 3 weeks to ensure optimal refinement. 

Maceration Time

This is when the maturated concentrate of ingredients is mixed with alcohol to create the perfume as it will be sold.  The industry standard can be just a few days but Yuri believed the optimal time to be 3 weeks, which is the standard we apply to our perfumes.

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Date of Bottling

Kept in a typical glass bottle, perfumes can generally last in good condition for about 2 years.  This does not, however, take into account the two main elements that cause a perfume to degrade: light and heat.
 
By storing the opaque, aluminum LA RE:SOURCE  flask in your fridge (like perfumers do in the labs) you can keep your Le Jardin Retrouvé perfume true to its intended fragrance for much longer.  This is one of the main reasons we developed the LA RE:SOURCE concept.

The Date of Bottling can be found on your LA RE:SOURCE flask, unlike any standard perfume bottle.

Trying it on

Everyone’s personal chemistry reacts to fragrance formulae differently, which means that what you like in a bottle often smells different once warmed by your skin.  Our free sampling program allows you to test Le Jardin Retrouvé’s perfumes directly on your skin, in the situation that you are most likely to put it on (ie. after morning shower or before you go out at night) and with the time to let the fragrance settle.  
 
This is the best way to discover your love of a fragrance, without being rushed by a salesperson or the olfactory distractions of a perfume shop: Nothing is more confusing to the nose than two arms that have been spritzed with every scent in a store!
 
We recommend spraying your Le Jardin Retrouvé perfume directly on your skin and waiting for two minutes before smelling its extraordinary fragrance: Two minutes is the time needed for the extreme complexity of its formula to fully develop.

Sillage and Synthetics

Contemporary perfumes are built around the extensive - and often excessive - use of powerful synthetic ingredients to boost sillage.  These attention-grabbing, “in your face” modern scents are, chemically-speaking, the result of natural ingredients being overwhelmed by synthetics.   Put another way, synthetics are used to make perfumes scream.

By contrast, Le Jardin Retrouvé perfumes have been created in the spirit of traditional French perfumery, built around the very best natural ingredients while only using synthetics to enhance their performance - reinforcing the complex richness of the naturals during evaporation time to prolong the staying power of the scent on the skin.   As such, ours are a ‘parfum pour soi’, that speak to you - and those closest to you - in honest tones of comfort and beauty.


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