Yuri Gutsatz


Tubéreuse Trianon Notes

Top: rhubarb, petitgrain, coriander Middle: tuberose, lily of the valley, clove, jasmine, ylang ylang, neroli/orange blossom Base: frangipani, raspberry, coconut, Peru balsam

The inspiration behind Tubéreuse Trianon

1985: Tubéreuse Trianon burst onto the scene in the middle of the 80s’ the decade of New Romantics, decadence, and statement perfumes. Originally called Tubéreuse, it was reminiscent of the elaborate Trianon gardens of Marie Antoinette at Versailles, perfectly fitting in with 80s excesses. At the hands of Yuri Gutsatz, this was no ordinary tuberose. A touch of rhubarb in the top note and an unexpected note of raspberry brought out surprising facets of this enigmatic, nocturnal flower.

Yuri Gutsatz has a complex, Baroque style and he adds a little touch of something unexpected. You could say he creates unexpected twists that add a finishing touch. He was a true original.  

perfumer Maxence Moutte

In 2016 when Le Jardin Retrouvé was revived by Michel Gutsatz and his wife Clara Feder, curating a classic collection for the modern palate was crucial to the brand’s success. Yuri’s formulas made for a vast collection and it was difficult to choose just seven. Tubéreuse Trianon has more than earned its rightful place, becoming a consistent bestseller, year in and year out. Beloved of both customers and critics, its testimonials speak for themselves.

Tubéreuse Trianon today

Tubéreuse Trianon is a solar and luminous eau de parfum. With its notes of white flowers, raspberry and coconut this floral and fruity fragrance will make you travel to warmer climates: from a floral facet to creamy, musky and milky base notes. Due to its popularity, there is now a Tubéreuse Trianon candle and a matching 99% natural skincare duo consisting of hand & body milk and a body scrub. Customers report a new depth and longevity when this beloved floral fragrance is layered with our skincare products, not to mention that shimmer of iridescence.

Tuberose was introduced to Europe in the 16th century. It has a characteristic heady nocturnal scent that disappears when the flower is cut. By the 17th century, it had become popular in perfumery. Marie Antoinette called tuberose “Sillage de La Reine” and “Parfum de Trianon” after her beloved Trianon garden at Versailles, known for its intricate landscaped flowerbeds. The 20th century saw tuberose enjoying a renaissance and to this day it is widely used and enjoyed around the world.

 I think back to the first time I tried a sample of Tubéreuse Trianon. It was a year ago and I literally rolled my eyes back and luxuriated in the sunny glory of the scent. It was instant love. Had Chanel gone down the path of producing a tuberose perfume, this would be it.


Clara Feder’s inspired text on Tubéreuse Trianon: Trianon Gardens, Versailles, France circa 1689

“You are headed towards the Trianon in the Versailles garden where the King has had a profusion of flowerbeds planted. It is evening. You pass by a group of courtiers. A gaze pierces you. In its wake, the heady scent of tuberose, mingled with jasmine and ylang-ylang, and as though veiled, the unexpected trace of raspberry. Your heart just encountered love. It melts. 

Text and above image by Clara Feder. Feature image by Kaya Bagamaz for Le Jardin Retrouvé.

Tubéreuse Trianon perfectly illustrates the romantic facet of this versatile flower. In this perfume, the tuberose has joined a sunny jasmine and a seductive ylang-ylang note and together they merge into a very creamy and feminine scent. Even though it is listed as unisex, for me, Tubéreuse Trianon is certainly made to caress a woman’s skin. The fragrance is very potent and stays on my skin for hours and hours, but its velvety texture makes it very easy to wear and to love.


The Woman Who Made The Garden Grow

Arlette, the lifelong love of her husband Master Perfumer Yuri Gutsatz not only raised three sons and imported fabrics from India but also co-founded Le Jardin Retrouvé. It was Arlette who had the idea, revolutionary at the time, to expand her husband’s fragrance line just about anywhere that made sense to her. From perfumed bath oil to an oatmeal scrub, from scented soaps to fragrant candles, Arlette had her finger on the pulse of customer appetite and was an invaluable asset to the family business.

As well as raising three sons with Yuri and taking care of the marketing, networking and design of Le Jardin Retrouvé, Arlette was also in demand as a consultant, stylist and designer. Pictured is her design for the Dorothée Bis luggage and accessories division. She also worked with Cacharel, Ted Lapidus, Le Printemps, Chantal Thomas and more. She never allowed this side of her career to interfere with the creation of the world’s first niche perfume house. It was Arlette who ensured that Le Jardin Retrouvé reached the shores of Great Britain, the USA, Canada, Japan and countless European countries, to an audience thirsty for French haute perfumery.

A Woman Ahead of Her Time

In the 70s, Arlette orchestrated a collaboration with Agnès B and Le Jardin Retrouvé, a practice that is commonplace today, but was rare in the late 1970s. She attended trade fairs on her own (leaving Yuri in the lab, having driven her there) and was an irrepressible force of nature, organizing textile imports from India whilst being the quintessential heart of family life at the Gutsatz home in Paris. She had a surprisingly modern eye for upcycling, storing reams of Indian fabrics so they could be re-used (and they are, in our fabric pochons) and also acting as archivist, filing and dating every press mention carefully, so that we can refer to them today.

A Meeting of Hearts and Minds

Yuri and Arlette married within a year of meeting and remained devoted to each other until death parted them. Yuri passed away in 2005, leaving Arlette widowed. Their marriage was a meeting of hearts as well as minds, with Yuri still sending her romantic postcards and writing her poems well into his 80s.

Her favourite perfume? A Yuri Gutsatz creation, of course!

Arlette loved the scent of roses so it was little wonder then, that her chosen Le Jardin Retrouvé fragrance was Rose Thé, or Rose Trocadéro as it is known today. With notes of rose, white musk, clove and blackcurrant bud, the eau de parfum so beloved of Arlette smells the same today as it did then, and in keeping with her innovative spirit, we have a matching body scrub, body milk and a fragranced candle.

Arlette passed away on December 12th, 2012, 37 years to the day from when Le Jardin Retrouvé was established. To this day she inspires those who knew her and those who didn’t, and her influence lives on through the pioneering maison de parfum that she and Yuri created in their family home, back in 1975.

Rose Trocadéro skin care outline

Biodegradable castor balls, soothing cucumber seed extract, 99% natural ingredients, Rose Trocadéro scented.

The inspiration behind Rose Trocadéro body care products

1975: When Yuri Gutsatz founded the world’s first niche perfumery, he had the invaluable support and creative input of his wife Arlette, herself no stranger to customer trends and appetites. With Arlette as his inspiration, Yuri introduced ancillary products to the Le Jardin Retrouvé product range an approach other brands were yet to adopt. As you can see from ELLE magazine of November 1982 bathroom pamper time was fully embraced by icons such as Jane Birkin. Next to her hairbrush, you’ll see a bottle of Le Jardin Retrouvé perfume.

Fast forward to 2020 and just as the body scrub and lotion launched, so did a pandemic. “Wash your hands” became a mantra worldwide and Le Jardin Retrouvé could play a modest role in helping restore hands constantly scrubbed.

After use my skin was so soft. I did this on Friday night after my hard day at work and gym session. It was my pamper night. When I tell you it really soothed me I’m not exaggerating. Plus my skin smells so good I couldn’t stop smelling it. And I slept like a baby. I didn’t have to put on moisturizer, my skin is totally hydrated.


When Michel Gutsatz and his wife Clara Feder revived Le Jardin Retrouvé, they quickly realized that Yuri and Arlette’s ideas were still appropriate. When it came to developing new body products, the flagship Rose Trocadéro fragrance felt like the right choice. Judging by the feedback, the body scrub was successful. It was closely followed by a matching body cream, much to the delight of its fans. Its versatility was quickly spotted: the cream soothes over-washed hands and the scrub acts as the the perfect pre manicure preparation.

Rose Trocadéro returns…in a different form

Every fragrance house needs “its” rose and Le Jardin Retrouvé is no exception. The timeless popularity of Rose Trocadéro (the signature scent of Arlette Gutsatz herself) lent itself perfectly to the cream and scrub. Using 99% natural ingredients, the products were a success with people who used them. When Le Jardin Retrouvé introduced a candle range in 2018, Rose Trocadéro was selected as one of the fragrances used to scent them. Now every bathroom can smell like “a bed of roses.”

Layering a fragrance is a highly effective way in which to extend the lasting power of your perfume throughout the day. Once your skin is cleansed by the scrub and moisturized by the matching cream, a few sprays of Rose Trocadéro eau de parfum will fragrance your every move for that little bit longer.

Made with biodegradable castor beads with moisturizing and soothing properties and cucumber seed oil, this is a knockout rose scent that will project you into a sun-filled garden. Rose is known for its soothing properties in aromatherapy. Even after rinsing your skin will remain delicately scented. 


99% Natural, 100% Beautiful

Our Body Scrub combines the exfoliating properties of biodegradable castor balls with the moisturizing and soothing properties of cucumber seed oil extract. Its fragrance is ideal for an intimate escape moment. After rinsing, your skin will remain subtly scented. Thanks to its creamy texture, your skin will regain suppleness and radiance.
Our Body Milk combines cucumber’s powerful moisturizing & soothing properties with our signature Rose Trocadéro fragrance. It will protect the body from dehydration while delicately perfuming it.

This is it, I’m in love with a smell! I tested this body scrub and I really love it. It’s a scrub cream, very gentle, with nourishing plant oils and biodegradable castor beads to exfoliate. With gentle rubbing, the moisturizer eventually penetrates, and the little grains fall off by themselves. For the hands and the décolletage it is top!) I love it to bits! Why? For its scent!!! It smells like a rose, the real rose I smelled in my garden when I was younger…. Beautiful!!!


Cuir de Russie Notes

Top: Lemon, aldehydes, lime, petitgrain Middle: Violet, violet leaf, cedar, styrax, ylang ylang Base: Leather, cade, vetiver, patchouli, oakmoss, labdanum, sandalwood

The inspiration behind Cuir de Russie

1977: Cuir de Russie captures a long-held childhood recollection for perfumer Yuri Gutsatz. It was inspired by the fond memory of his father’s leather boots and strap back in St. Petersburg before Yuri had to flee the country as a child never to see his father again. Cuir de Russie became his talisman and his signature scent, as it still is for his son, Michel. This legendary leather was used for the shoes of Diaghilev’s ballet troupe. Many perfume houses have their own version of Russian Leather, but none quite like that of Le Jardin Retrouvé, with its authentic Russian roots.

Cuir de Russie has a soft, warm, sparkling violet and peppery opening.  It feels like it dances on the skin with its warmth, yet cool embrace.  There’s so much movement to the perfume as it whirls and twirls to the delight of my nose.


When Le Jardin Retrouvé was revived in 2016, Michel Gutsatz and his wife Clara knew that Cuir de Russie had to be a part of the collection. This was a perfume that was very personal to Yuri: from young Russian boy to world class perfumer, it encapsulates the story of his life more than any other fragrance that he made.

Cuir de Russie returns

Since 2016, Cuir de Russie has become a firm customer favourite, enjoying rave reviews from around the world. Praised by men and woman alike, this exceptional eau de parfum allows gentle violets to merge with leather, juniper wood, and the warmth of cinnamon. When Le Jardin Retrouvé introduced a candle range in 2018, Cuir de Russie was selected as one of the quartet of fragrances. Customer demand would accept nothing less!

The intensely personal and nostalgic origins of Cuir de Russie, coupled with the timeless appeal of a Russian leather fragrance, made it an invaluable addition to the Le Jardin Retrouvé collection. It has since become the Le Jardin Retrouvé flagship fragrance and a bestseller, cementing Yuri’s status as a master of his craft.

 It’s a breathtaking fragrance. You can smell quality and love in this. It’s a fantastic old-school leather with a twist thanks to the juniper instead of birch. I get a bit of spice from the cinnamon and there are floral and green notes as well that remind you of a scented leather glove or boot. This is one that you want a bottle of especially if you appreciate history and French perfumery.


Clara Feder’s inspired text on Cuir de Russie: Ballets Russes, Paris, circa 1924

“The opera hall is packed. Diaghilev is presenting his Ballets Russes.  Flamboyant Parisians and you are seated in the front row. Wide-eyed, you watch Nijinsky and his soft leather boots. He leaps, he spins, he fills the stage with the bewitching scent of ylang-ylang, violet, and cinnamon enveloping a harmony of cade wood and styrax. You wish that this moment could last forever…”

Text and above image by Clara Feder

The masterpiece of Le Jardin Retrouvé’s rereleased collection without any doubt whatsoever is Cuir de Russie…In a stroke of genius it is driven by bluntness and earthiness, pulled down and given a breadth I see in more contemporary suede leathers, giving a tremendous worn-in effect. Combining this with violet flower adds an earthy puff of powder over the body of the composition, reinforced through cinnamon and soft resins.