There are floral perfume ingredients, then there’s jasmine. Jasmine perfume is instantly recognisable, thanks to the flower’s distinctive aroma, which is exotic and rich, without becoming heavy or overpowering.
Here’s some more information about this evocative flower, and why jasmine-scented perfume should be your next fragrance investment.
What’s so special about perfume with jasmine?
There is no such thing as one type of jasmine flower. Actually, the term covers a group of flowers; the most commonly used being jasmine grandiflorum (originally from the Middle-East) and jasmine sambac (from Asia).
Jasmine is so prized by perfume-makers that it’s often called the ‘king of flowers’. As such, it’s expensive and exclusive, and guaranteed to elevate any perfume.
The best jasmine perfume is notable for having notes that are:
- Slightly sweet
- Delicately tangy
- Heady and potent
How do you make jasmine-scented perfume?
You need a lot of jasmine to extract jasmine oil for perfume making. Believe it or not, it takes around 750 kg of flowers to create just one kg of jasmine extract! However, that extract is gloriously powerful and smells divine.
The best jasmine perfume (like Baccarat Rouge 540) is likely to feature jasmine extract in its central or base notes.
Usually, jasmine is matched with other complementary ingredients, which might include:
- Cedarwood (this adds depth and richness)
- Amber (again, a deep note that complements jasmine’s sweetness)
- Rose (this is a more floral smell, that adds a lighter, more delicate note)
- Ambergris (this provides a salty note, which toughens the whole fragrance nicely)
What’s the best jasmine perfume?
There are several fantastic perfumes that use jasmine as a key ingredient. We’ve already mentioned Baccarat Rouge 540, which teams jasmine with ambergris and cedarwood to create a fragrance that’s heady, warm and highly sensual.
Soleil Blanc is another fabulous example. This time, the jasmine is lifted by pistachio and given a hint of spice with cardamom. The result? A really unexpectedly uplifting perfume that’s ideal for summertime wear.
Alternatively, you could try Black Orchid. This jasmine perfume is exotic and deep, and conjures up images of evenings in the Far East. The jasmine is matched with black truffle (the ultimate luxury ingredient), bergamot and ylang ylang, and is a great choice for a night out with your partner.
Just these three fragrances alone emphasise what a versatile ingredient jasmine is. It’s enticing enough for a special occasion, but equally, complements fresh, breezy scents to perfection.
Where to find jasmine perfume (UK locations)
Jasmine is widely used across the world, and it’s not difficult to locate perfumes that feature this ingredient. However, it’s important to note that not all jasmine fragrances smell the same. In fact, because it’s often a ‘central note’, its aroma is usually subtly altered by what it’s paired with.
When investing in a new jasmine perfume, ask yourself the following:
- Is it for work or play? If you’re looking for a daily-wear fragrance you can wear in the office, steer clear of anything too potent (e.g. ingredients like oud oil, cedarwood or amber).
- Do you want it to be sensual or uplifting? Evocative, alluring scents often feature jasmine, combined with ingredients like ylang ylang, rose, amber or ambergris. Light, uplifting fragrances might incorporate other flowers, such as violet or lavender, or maybe even fruit, like lime or orange.
- Do you want it to be distinctive? If you like distinctive fragrances, choose something with a spicy ingredient added to the jasmine, such as pink pepper or cardamom.
It’s a wise idea to test out fragrances before you commit to purchase the full-sized version. Copycat Fragrances’ sample pack features 5ml versions of some of the world’s most famous perfumes; with the popular jasmine-based fragrances represented. It’s a great way to road-test the different options and see which one suits you best.
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