40 Days and 40 Nights of Fragrance Notes: Jasmine
Mandy Aftel describes jasmine as "rich and warm, heavy and fruity, intensely floral, it is nearly narcotic in its ability to seize the senses and the imagination. Its almost cloying sweetness gives way to a drier note as it evolves, but it has considerable tenacity, and it retains it warmth and depth all the way down to the drydown".
This quote comes from her book Essence and Alchemy. For the fragonerds it is located on page 111.
Patti insisted that no jasmine review could be complete without the nod to the legendary Patou's Joy. I attempt to appreciate Joy every few years. This is not a perfume for the faint hearted. This is a thug jasmine. Joy is all kinds of grand. It is greener and more animalistic. And by animalistic...I mean tomcat spray.
My favorite jasmine fragrance is from Serge Lutens. Sarrasins is a Gothic jasmine. The filmy, frothy jasmine is just heartbreakingly gorgeous. It is green with just a hint of a camphor(band aid) note. The dry down is a mix of leather and musky woods. It does not get enough fragonerd love.
Le Labo's Jasmin 17 was instant and mad love after the first sniff. The jasmine is clear, precise and razor sharp. The dry down is a puff of musk, amber and a creamy vanilla. Jasmin 17 is outrageously pretty.
Chanel's Gardenia is a prim and proper ladylike jasmine. The jasmine is airy, light, tinged with a violet greenness. It is also slightly fizzy like champagne.
Etat Libre d'Orange's Jasmin et Cigarette is a clean, pretty jasmine with a drydown of wet cigarettes. This might read as unappealing. Jasmin et Cigarette is just so damn cool. Twisted pretty.
Some Lovely Jasmine Fragrances
Jean Patou Joy
Serge Lutens Sarrasins
Serge Lutens A La Nuit
Different Company Jasmin de Nuit
Jo Malone White Jasmine and Mint
Annick Goutal Songes
L'Artisan La Haie Fleurie
Keiko Mecheri Jasmine EDP
By Kilian Love and Tears
Bulgari's Jasmin Noir
Thierry Mugler Alien
Calvin Klein Obsession
Creed Jasmin Imperatrice Eugenie
Creed Love in White
Creed Spring Flower
Creed Virgin Island Water
ELd'O Jasmin et Cigarette
Marc Jacobs Blush
Let us know your favorite jasmine fragrances are in the comments!
Also let me know what jasmine fragrances I neglected to mention in this post.
Disclosure: The products reviewed have been purchased or sniffed by the reviewer
Graphic Credit: Melanie Parker