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Note Series #19 – JASMINE


Note Series #19 – JASMINE

4 -1ml. decants for $15.00, regular $20.00


Jasmine is described as smelling of bananas and apricot jam but also of horse sweat and mothballs. One moment you notice the springlike freshness of white petals and the next you’re seduced by its hot animalic breath. Even a hint of jasmine essence can lend a seductive, voluptuous layer…” (Sources: Fragrantica)

SARASSINS by Serge Lutens – lush and indolic and warm

A Lutens exclusive this EDP is all about lush, indolic jasmine. The bergamot/jasmine opening is like putting your face in a big bouquet of jasmine flowers – gorgeous! Soon a note of carnation appears and enhances the floral aspect of jasmine. As it blooms on the skin, whiffs of naphthalene and ink pop up. Musk adds a leathery, animalic, dirty dimension, but before it can get too skanky coumarin and patchouli warm it up, soften the jasmine and give it a touch of warmth at the dry down. Jasmine bliss!

HOW YOU LOVE by Jasmin Sarai – pure and tender and soothing

Dana El Masri is twenty-eight years old, the founder and sole creative force behind Jazmin Sarai, a small indie brand based in Montreal with the concept of matching music with scent. Sade’s “It’s Only Love That Gets You Through” from 2000 was reimagined in How You Love, a fragrance tuned to the tender lyrics and range of Sade’s contemporary jazz voice. Starting with a soothing swirl of green cardamom and sun-warmed grapefruit, How You Love soon leads into velvety rose and sensuous jasmine florals, beautifully framed by the herbal sweet citrus. The basenotes are a soulful blend of musk and creamy sandalwood, sensually sweetened with honey and earthy beeswax and the indolic jasmine. How You Love is tender, soothing, loving, an uncomplicated fragrance, pure and authentic like Sade’s voice.

REMARKABLE PEOPLE by Etat Libre d`Orange – effervescent and indolic and exotic

Inspired by Josephine Baker, the St-Louis-born French dancer, singer, and actress who took Paris in by storm 1925 with her "La Revue Nègre" at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. Her dancing was erotic and exciting – just like Remarkable People. Tart, citrusy grapefruit along with a fizzy effervescence from a champagne accord launches the fragrance. Cardamom adds a little spicy warmth that leads to a heart of luscious, indolic jasmine that threads an exotic floral dimension through the fragrance. The base is resinous from labdanum and woody from sandalwood. It smells exotic – just as I imagine Josephine Baker was.

DIORELLA by Christian Dior - tart and flirty and sexy

Diorella, by the great Edmond Roudnitska, is a floral chypre, and  is as close to the perfect perfume as you can get. Opening with a tart lemon-zesty blast, sweet but cool at the same time, Diorella becomes more green and juicy from the melon and peach. In the heart a floral bouquet mixes with the fruit, and Diorella becomes its distinctive self, creating an accord that is hard to ignore and hard to forget: citrusy but not sharp, fruity but not sweet, green but not sour, floral but not cloying.  It’s young, round and full… and it also has something going on beneath the surface, a note that is somewhat unsettling.The base notes pull back the curtain on Diorella’s sunny  facade, revealing a seriously intelligent core with an unconventional vibe. Whatever this mystery note is (I think it's an super-indolic jasmine) it makes Diorella unique, and elevates this fragrance to the realm of art. 


Price: $15.00