Thread: The best jasmine perfume
Can someone describe to me what Jasmine smells like in relation to other white florals? I am familiar with Lilly of the Valley, Gardenia, and Lilac, to me they are all very similar.
There are different varieties of jasmine. Relative to other white florals, jasmine smells richer and sultrier, that is it has a warm, dirty aspect to it that's not present in the other white florals you mention. Some jasmine varieties are now severly restricted, so it's hard to come by in modern perfumes (apart from the suggestions before, like Sarrasins or the like), and in any case, in most mainstream perfumes, jasmine is a synthetic reconstruction and when you read "jasmine", it usually means only the synthetics that replicate the clean part of it, not the sultry one. If you get hold of A La Nuit, you can get some ideas of what a rich jasmine smells like. The heart of Chanel No 5 still has some as well, but mixed in with other notes.
Lily of the valley is sweetish and clean, and in most reconstructions comes off as functional; lilac can be rich, but a little rough. True gardenia, which is almost impossible to find in perfumery, is intoxicating and has a distinctive mushroom note, but in perfumes it usually means an unremarkable clean floral note.
Well, I suppose then I will have to recommend the perfume oil I just received then, it is similar to Gardenia but not quite, I think you should (or someone with a taste for this stuff) try this one out for the thread, but it is called "Full" by Al Rehab, very cheap on ebay, $8 shipped for 6ml of Concentrated Perfume Oil
Thanks for the suggestion! Usually good gardenias go for $$$$ (Lutens Une voix noire, not to speak of the JAR- Jardenia)., so this one is clearly a must try.
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I would have thought it would depend on the variety of Jasmine. Like Rose different varieties of jasmine smell and behave quite differently.
To me sambac always reminds me of jasmine tea and I can easily pick it from the sweeter and heady polyanthus and multiform variety (I have all three growing in my garden). I guess it depends on the type of note you are after and which is used in different perfumes as to would appeal.
As for the best jasmine perfume, I tried every one I could find and my favorites were Serge Lutens -A La Nuit, and Creed-Jasmal. I guess Jasmal is to be discontinued, mores the pity!
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It is gorgeous. I am wearing it today. Jasmine is a note that is hard to handle, and it is masterfully crafted here.
Recently I started a topic about it, "In Praise of ..." - http://www.basenotes.net/threads/370...BEY?highlight=
There are no answers, only choices. (Stanislav Lem)
Hi, LilliB. Jasmine is my favorite floral and I'm resuming my Jasmine Sniff-Fest thread today or tomorrow in search of its perfect rendition in perfumes. [I drink Jasmine tea, have Jasmine air freshener put in my car]. For years my favorite has been Creed's Jasmine Imperatrice Eugenie. However, I bought SL's A la Nuit as soon as I smelled it. Sarrasins is lovely, too. I hope to locate more to-die-for Jasmines in my sniff fest.
To DHL: And I've learned the Jasmine I adore is the Grandiflora which is much more indolic, warm and sultry than Jasmine Sambac. To me, Jasmine Grandiflora is the height of scent. I'm smelling an absolute now from a perfumer kit...it does smell a little like quite ripe bananas with vanilla, but imagine them flambe'd in an old, old rum until the alcohol is gone.
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Since IFRA set restrictions on jasmine absolute (<0.7%) and jasmine sambac absolute (<4%) in 2009, all these top quality, natural smelling jasmine fragrances in production (A La Nuit, Sarrasins, jasmin imperatrice eugenie, etc.) must only contain very little amount of real jasmine absolute. I think they all use synthetic jasmine notes, just very well done so they don't smell synthetic. Companies nowadays often use synthetic indole to add the dirtiness associated with real jasmine. So indolic scent does not necessarily mean natural. Synthetic indole has the moth ball and ink smell. I am wondering whether that explains why some of the SL fragrances have the moth ball footprint.
Feel the urge to tell everybody how gorgeous a jasmine Venezia Giardini Segreti by AbdesSalaam Attar is! I received a sample with my last order and I think it's one of the best jasmine fragrance I've ever smelled.
For a beautiful description of it I'll suggest:
"Your fragrance with a fume of iodine" L. Cohen