Did you know that Le Jardin Retrouve was the first niche perfume house in the world? Yuri Gutsatz didn’t follow trends, he started them.
After several years in India, Yuri returned to Paris and felt frustrated that perfumers were still so anonymous, and that fragrances could only be produced by and for large companies. He felt this stifled the true nature of creativity in perfumers.
So what did he do? He founded Le Jardin Retrouve, the first niche perfume house. He ran the business from his Paris home, aided by his loyal wife Arlette and their sons. A year later, L’Artisan Parfumeur followed suit and after that, many more small indie brands came into being, but Le Jardin Retrouve was the very first, and we have Yuri’s pioneering spirit to thank for that. Every one of our fragrances is made from Yuri’s original formula: all timeless classics that don’t compromise their integrity to meet passing trends and fads.
Not only was Yuri the first perfumer to start his own brand, he was also the first to add accessories to the fragrances, such as matching lotions and soap. Prior to this, he was the first perfumer to fragrance an entire opera house! And did we mention that he was a co-founder of the world famous Osmotheque?

Today, we are guardians of his hundreds of formulae and we are proud to continue his work so that the world can appreciate his talent, even after he has gone.

At London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum, you’ll find a breath-taking exhibition opening today, 6 th April and running until February 2020. Yuri was the creator of one of Mary Quant’s earliest fragrances, PM. With an AM and a perfume PM, the advert told women to “two time him” with both. Sadly, it’s now discontinued, although a collectors’ item among connoisseurs.
We were just too late to meet the call for exhibits. The Garden Found would have happily recreated PM from the original formula. We take a great pride on how you can get your work done in the USA, France, and even Swinging London! Not bad for the chemist’s sound from St Petersburg. 

When Yuri and Arlette Gutsatz launched Le Jardin Retrouvé in 1975 they had a very innovative business in mind: they wanted their customers to access the wonderful sophisticated fragrances created by Yuri in many different categories. Of course fragrances, but also bath products (body wash; shampoo; bath oil and later soaps), treatments ( a wonderful oatmeal face mask), home fragrances (with scented candles and incense).. For instance if you were a lover of Yuri’s Rose Thé (now Rose Trocadéro) or Tubéreuse (now Tubéreuse Trianon) you could buy them as an Eau de Parfum, a scented candle, a bath oil or incense… You can see this in the original 1976 and 1978 price lists of the brand!

This business model was and is unique: all the other niche fragrance brands that were created at that period only had fragrances – and only much later moved to scented candles (except Diptyque who started with candles!). Some only very recently have gone into bath products (Byredo or Frédéric Malle with their soaps). Le Jardin Retrouvé from its inception offered a complete product line around its sophisticated fragrances.

This is why Clara and myself have decided to revert back to this original model : last October we launched scented candles and this month we added to our offer two scrumptious body care products: a Body Milk and a Body Scrub, both using our signature Rose Trocadéro fragrance!