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Victoire de la Beauté: a ceremony that rewards responsible brands

At the 2022 Victoire de la Beauté ceremony, Le Jardin Retrouvé received a prestigious award. It is with great pride that we bask in this exciting win for our small Maison de Haute Parfumerie.
The Victoire de la Beauté ceremony has been held every year since 2002. The event rewards sustainability in the cosmetics and wellness sector. The winners are selected by a jury composed exclusively of French consumers. The methodology used is based on a participatory aspect. The volunteers test beauty products adapted to their skin type, hair type, age or possible sensitivities. They then receive them to use at home at their leisure, sometimes for up to sixteen weeks .

The packaging is “blind” meaning that the brands competing can not be identified and consumers cannot be influenced by the brand’s reputation. This ensures that the products are tested on their merits alone. Consumers examine such areas as texture, fragrance and in the case of skincare products, results. Using these methods, the consumer experience prevails over marketing and packaging.

When the tests are completed, products that have met the established criteria are presented with their award at the Victoires de la Beauté. The participating brands belong to a variety of distribution networks, such as pharmacies, para-pharmacies, beauty institutes, supermarkets, selective perfumeries and direct sales platforms. The awards are global and, above all, committed to sustainability.

This year, sustainable development and the reduction of plastic packaging were among the values particularly highlighted during the ceremony. In fact, the majority of the award-winning products were organic, natural, responsible and clean. This is probably why our entire range of
range of fragrances was able to win over the jury!

Our fragrances were rewarded by consumers for their compositions and their natural composition

Le Jardin Retrouvé is a house of Haute-Parfumerie founded in 1975 by master perfumer Yuri Gutsatz. Fragrances were created by hand, following a six-week maceration and maturation process, which has remained unchanged. Today, over 93% of our fragrances are made from clean ingredients.

Each fragrance has an organic alcohol base. No dyes or preservatives are used in our fragrances, nor are there any UV filters. Among our collection of 11 fragrances is an eau fraiche, Eau des Délices, made from essences of bergamot, mandarin, petit grain and clary sage. The result is a true olfactory delight, blending the acidity of citrus fruits with subtle vegetal notes.

Maxence Moutte

Our 11 eaux de parfum are also made from natural ingredients such as oakmoss and lentiscus, or essences of Virginia cedar and incense for our Mousse Arashiyama fragrance. The essence of cistus and the resinoid of violet leaf are used in the composition of our aromatic fragrance Cuir de Russie. Our floral and fruity fragrances, reminiscent of a garden in springtime, are created with essences of rose, geranium, neroli and blackcurrant and tuberose absolutes. For our spicier and woodier fragrances, we use the essences of basil, eucalyptus,clove, cinnamon, black pepper, sandalwood, patchouli, coriander and vetiver, as well as lavender absolute.

The ingredients in our fragrances are listed on the certificate of each product, which can be viewed on the Blockchain found on our packaging.

Le Jardin Retrouvé, a French brand committed to the environment

Since the quality of our ingredients is one of our main priorities, we take great care to select the raw materials directly from the producers. This choice is in line with the eco-responsible approach that is particularly important to us. We have also taken care to replace certain components that are harmful to the environment and to health. In addition, we are very proud to be a member of the 1% For The Planet movement, and to donate a portion of our turnover to associations that work for reforestation. We also take care to to design reusable products and to fight against waste.

Our perfumes are refillable

In the early years of our Haute Parfumerie company, the perfumes of Le Jardin Retrouvé perfumes were eco-friendly before their time and were already refillable. Nevertheless, at that time sustainability was not the major global issue it is today. Since 2016. Each perfume bottle is refillable. Storing it in a refrigerator can help your fragrance last for several years. When the bottle is empty, simply order the La Re:Source to refill it again and again.

Our packaging is environmentally friendly

Le Jardin Retrouvé perfumes are available in two packaging styles. You can choose the traditional recyclable cardboard box, or a recycled textile pouch. The fabrics are part of the personal collection of Arlette Gutsatz, Yuri’s wife. Each pouch is made in Paris, in a workshop that provides work opportunities for the disabled. By choosing this type of packaging, you are also benefitting the planet, by limiting waste. We avoid the use of plastic when sending our products, using only recycled and recyclable cardboard to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible.

A collection of eco friendly home fragrances

Le Jardin Retrouvé also offers a complete range of home fragrances. What could be better than
lighting a candle after a busy day and letting it gently perfume your home?

Floral, green, fruity, woody : an enchanting way of bringing the garden indoors.

Reusable Scented Candles

As well as providing a tranquil glow, our scented candles delicately fragrance your home. Each candle is contained in a Limoges porcelain jar, enamelled with colours that match their fragrances. For example, the Osmanthe Liu Yuan candle, has a fruity scent of childhood nostalgia. Ginkgo leaves adorn the outside of the jar, which has an enamelled interior of peach to match its fruity scent. The Tubéreuse Trianon scented candle, on the other hand, evokes a warm summer day. White flowers are nuanced with a hint of coconut. Visit our website to discover more.

All our candles are vegan and made in France. When the wick is completely consumed, the candle jar can be reused. To do this, place it in the freezer for about an hour. The remaining wax will come out easily.

Reusable Scented Stems

Our scented stem home diffuser received a warm reception from press and consumers alike when we launched them in 2021. Like our candles, they consist of Limoges porcelain decorated with a raised Gingko leaf pattern. The magical touch lies in the fact that our diffusers are porcelain rose stems rather than sticks. They can be reused endlessly, and you never need to dispose of them. Topped with a beech lid from the Jura region, our scented stems fit elegantly into the décor of any room and are availbale in the same fragrances as our candles. Made in France, they contain 92% natural ingredients and one flask of fragrance will last up to twelve weeks. When it’s time for a refill, soak the porcelain stem in domestic alcohol overnight and start all over again.

Our Core Values

As you can see, eco-responsibility is at the heart of all we do at Le Jardin Retrouvé. We are proud to have won the Victoires de la Beauté 2022 award for our perfumes, and we are even prouder to be able to offer you sustainable quality products, that respect nature and our beautiful planet.

All of us have our own imaginary garden deep within us.  Have you found yours?

Here is the story of the garden of Yuri Gutsatz, poet, perfumer and founder of Le Jardin Retrouvé.

Yuri was a Russian born in 1914, who was looking for a haven in a world in turmoil, where the future seemed uncertain, much like it is today.He imagined being able to offer everyone a space where they would feel protected, meet and unite in the face of adversity.

This space could not, of course, be physical, because Yuri was, above all, a poet.

As fate would have it, it was the world of perfumery that attracted him when he came to France in 1933, after a long journey through Europe that took him from St. Petersburg to Paris, via Berlin.  He joined Parfums Mury, and later Roure Bertrand, where he was steeped in the extraordinary tradition of French perfumery where perfumers are committed to creating fragrances of exceptional quality.

Yuri’s colourful journey through life was inspired by his devotion to his family and a love for the France that had welcomed him. Having created perfumes for Estee Lauder, Mary Quant and Emanuel Ungaro (to name but a few), and also having written poems, and translated Russian poets, Yuri founded Le Jardin Retrouvé, the first-ever niche perfume brand, in 1975.

He dedicated it to all who have an imaginary garden in their hearts: to anyone with a secret garden that helps them to persevere in the face of uncertainty.

Le Jardin Retrouvé envelops us with a sense of wellbeing, soothes us with fragrances that evoke memories and desires, offers us moments to be shared, to experience together. It is far removed from what modern society expects us to be, or what it expects from us.

Yuri wanted to return this sacred dimension back to perfumery, because it is, like poetry, a direct medium of communication with what is the most spiritual in us, the most secret, the strongest.  This dimension is one we need more than ever today.

The perfumes from Le Jardin Retrouvé are meant for the dreamers. Of the heart.  The dreamers who act with determination and whose guiding principles are integrity, authenticity, profound truth drawn from deep within us, and the will to bring about a better world.

Clara Feder, May 2016

In February 2018, the olfactive testament of the Founder of Le Jardin Retrouvé, Yuri Gutsatz, was found in a box long forgotten in a cellar. About 2000 fragrance formulas created throughout the perfumer’s life, from 1935 to 2005. 70 years of creation …
The current perfumer of the Jardin Retrouvé, Maxence Moutte, then reviewed this treasure in order to extract “nuggets” from it. He reconstructed 8 of Yuri’s creations and made them smell by Le Jardin Retrouvé team. They fell in love with 4 fragrances. What to do next? Resurrect them all? Choose one? Or maybe two?
“It will be up to our community to decide!”, said the team. This community, made of bloggers and Fragrance Lovers from all over the world, had been growing for a while, due to the close relationship created between its members and Clara & Michel, the owners and heirs of the Jardin Retrouvé.
A first one in the world of perfumery : a community voting for its favorite fragrance, which would be launched by a Parisian Maison de Parfum.
(Thank you to Marcos Orlando of @FashionDesignHouseGroup for his beautiful photograph of the 4 Mystery Fragrances)
TO BE CONTINUED