Le Jardin Retrouve has published many interviews with perfumers, perfume lovers, writers, and bloggers in a series named Fragrance Lovers. I’m proud that The Plum Girl blog was featured on their site and grateful to Clara Feder and the whole Le Jardin Retrouve team for the first live Salon I took part in, and the transcript published in LJR Fragrance Lovers posts.
“Le Jardin Retrouvé is an Independent Haute Parfumerie House, created in 1975 by Yuri Gutsatz, acclaimed perfumer and initiator of Niche Perfumery. In 2016, his son and daughter in law revived his original formulae and ethos to create a new, sustainable and multi-sensorial way to enjoy his beautiful, comforting scents.”
Not only did they publish this Fragrance Lovers interview – but we also had a live chat in their FB group called Fragrances LJR & YOU, and this is a lovely group of fragrance lovers where you can connect and learn everything about LJR, news, plans, and special offers. If you know me, you also know that I’m not into lives and videos but Clara and Michael convinced me that everything will turn out just fine, and it did: it almost felt like being with them again, in Paris, in their boutique!
And I’m a big fan of their collection, with a special fondness for Cuir de Russie: I reviewed it, and my text was among the Top 5 Finalists for The Fragrance Foundation Awards / Editorial Excellence!
Here are some excerpts from our conversation:
How did you discover us?
I followed you on social media and then we talked and got to know each other. You sent me some samples and eventually, I visited you in Paris. I remember you used to be based very near to the Arc de Triomphe.
What does fragrance mean to you?
I am a fragrance lover. Fragrance is art. Art moves something inside you so I regard perfume as an art form. It’s liquid emotion.
When did you get serious about blogging?
For years I was serious about perfume but kept it to myself. I went to two weeks of workshops in Grasse in 2016. I try and go every two years. A French woman asked me what I was doing there. I told her I came to learn. She asked if I was in the industry or looking for a job, but I said no, I just came to learn. She asked me a question that inspired what I did next. She said “What are you going to do with this knowledge? How are you going to share what you’ve learned?” Answer: write a blog! So I did…
The live chat we had is quite lengthy, and you can find my short interview here.
Thank you, lovely Fragrance Lovers! Until we meet again…
The Plum Girl