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Our Expertise

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 (a 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.

 

Our Expertise Shared

The Ingredients

We source our natural ingredients from around the world, selecting only the very best as Yuri Gutsatz used to do. Some are as expensive as 12,000 euros per kg.

The high price of our best ingredients explains why some of our perfumes are more expensive than others. 

Aging Protocol

Ageing is critical for perfumes. Perfumes age in the period between the time the ingredients are mixed and when the final perfume is bottled - not in the bottle itself.

This ageing process happens in two phases: during maturation (before the concentrate is mixed with alcohol) and maceration (when the concentrate is mixed with alcohol).

The maturation and maceration time of your Le Jardin Retrouvé fragrance is marked on your LA RE:SOURCE flask.

 

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.

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 their 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.

 

Our Expertise: A Family Legacy

Yuri’s father, David Gutsatz, was a chemist in Saint Petersburg (Leningrad in the 1930’s) and - unbeknownst to his son who had long-since fled Russia and settled in France - worked to develop some of the most important synthetic ingredients in modern perfumery.

It is only much later that Yuri learnt from a friend that father and son - without being aware of it - were instrumental in building modern perfumery: one in patenting synthetic processes, the other in fostering a new vision of the art of perfumery.

 
 
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