A family history: “Avant-Garde” as a legacy
Le Jardin Retrouvé is an independent, timeless, artisanal and family-run Haute Parfumerie House..
In 1975, Yuri Gutsatz, a renowned Master Perfumer, rejecting the constraints of traditional perfumery dominated by marketing, became the first perfumer to found his own House.
In 2016, Clara and Michel Gutsatz boldly reinvented Le Jardin Retrouvé, while keeping the delicate formulas of Yuri and his historical suppliers.
A troubling family coincidence
Yuri's father, David Gutsatz, was a chemical engineer in Saint Petersburg and, far from his son in France, worked on many of the synthetic ingredients essential to modern perfumery. Much later, Yuri learned from a friend that father and son - each without knowing what the other was doing - were at the same time bringing their stone to the perfumery they loved so much, one in the synthetic ingredients, the other in building a new vision of the art of perfumery!
A precious legacy: formulas
Yuri bequeathed us his thousands of laboratory tests, his formulas since 1935, his involvement in the Société Française des Parfumeurs of which he was vice-president, his participation in the creation of the Osmothèque (Fragrance Conservatory)
… and poetry
We also owe him an extraordinary volume of notes, as well as hundreds of poems about Russia and the perfume, all preserved by his wife Arlette. It is thanks to her that we have inherited them and that we can share this treasure with you today.
An exceptional encounter
In 2016, perfumer Maxence Moutte joined the team to recreate Yuri's formulas, staying as close as possible to their composition and original smell. He met Clara and Michel at a wedding, where he expressed his admiration for Yuri's work. Thanks to this encounter, the perfumes were revived and a friendship was born. Maxence made a first creation for Le Jardin Retrouvé: the beautiful “Mousse Mystique” candle.
Raw materials are the perfumer's palette
Yuri's protocol ensures that the fragrance ages harmoniously
The maturation time is measured in weeks
The maceration also takes its timeMaceration takes place when the concentrate obtained from maturation is mixed with the alcohol to create the perfume as it will later be sold. Perfume industry standards are usually around a few days, but Yuri was convinced that the optimal time was three weeks, so this is the one we chose. Would you like to take our quiz and test your knowledge? Take the quizz!
Arts are at the heart of the family identity of Le Jardin Retrouvé, starting with our founder, Yuri Gutsatz, who was both a poet and a perfumer.
Clara, Yuri's daughter-in-law, is also an accomplished artist and author (under the name Virginie Michelet). It is thanks to her that each fragrance is embodied by a garden, with its own visual, video, invented story and even a podcast. She also designed our multi-media and multi-sensory olfactory journey in the Experience Store, making the purchase of a perfume an artistic and surprising moment. If you want to follow Clara on Instagram, you are more than welcome to: @clarafeder