Widely recognised as a symbol of love, prosperity and beauty, jasmine has long been known as the King of flowers
A FLOWER FROM AFAR
From the Persian word ‘Yasmine’ meaning ‘fragrance’. Jasmine is the collective name for a group of flowers that contain several species. The most popular kind used in perfumery are jasmine Sambac (native to China and India but now mainly grown in India) and jasmine Grandiflorum (native to Afghanistan and Iran but now commonly grown in France). Watch a jasmine harvest here.
Said to have originated in the foothills of the Himalayas in India, Jasmine is widely recognised as a symbol of love, prosperity and beauty, and has long been known as the King of flowers (with rose being the Queen). It’s one of the most expensive extracts used in perfumery with a scent that is heady, spicy, slightly sweet and fruity and of course beautifully animalic (one of the reasons that makes white flowers so addictive for some and revolting for others).
SEXY AND SUBTLE
It undoubtedly conjures feelings of love, romance and has an innate sexiness to it. Not to mention its original extraction method of enfleurage – one of the most romantic of the extraction processes that has since been replaced with more affordable methods.
At its very origin, these tiny, exquisite flowers were left in odourless oil to extract their scent. This kind of method speaks to the delicacy of the blooms – individually laid with care and precision, they end up looking kind of magical, trays gracefully peppered with rows of petite, elegant flowers.
You need around 750 kg of flowers to obtain only 1 kg of absolute extract! Jasmine absolute is a viscous brown / yellow liquid. Jasmine is also often recreated using molecules present within natural jasmine. Hedione is one of those molecules and is frequently used to recreate transparent jasmine notes in fragrances. Other molecules that are essential to recreate the smell of jasmine include benzyl acetate, linalool, cis-jasmone and indole.
LAYERS\01 JASMINE OSMANTHUS
This soliflore celebrating Jasmine Sambac through its bright and ‘sunny’ facets, is married to a velvety Osmanthus, with apricot and tea notes. The jasmine is lightened up by creamy tiare flowers with a slight coconut accent that will leave an impression of the subtle smell of hot skin and sand.
Image credits to Scent Corner