"it is the natural product par excellance ."
- Edmond Roudnitska
Tenacious , calming , soothing , penetrating , sensual , complex , aphrodisiac , heavy , musky , uplifting...is there nothing jasmine cannot do ? It is so unusual , it cannot be imitated , nor successfully created through chemical accords . They keep trying though don't they ?
There are over 100 varieties of jasmine , most native to India . Jasmine loves and flourishes in the sun , and develops the finest perfume in the heat . No wonder the plant in my back yard is so heavenly , it exudes an almost candy - like aroma . I can stand and inhale forever !
Commonly in perfumery , the rootstock is jasmine officinalis , grafted with jasmine grandiflorum . Sambac jasmine is native to Saudi arabia , has a spicier , even more penetrating odor . Jasmine must be pruned in the fall , as it flowers only on the young shoots .
Jasmine blooms at night , and it's blossoms are harvested early in the morning and retain their odor and continue to develop in complexity for several days .
Historically , the blossoms were then immediately placed in the chassis for enfleurage * . No longer commercially cost effective , enfleurage has been replaced with solvent extraction , a process of continually rinsing the flowers with hexane which dissolves the fatty oils containing the scent . ( sort of like dry cleaning ! )
The resulting waxy paste is called a concrete . When dissolved with ethanol , a pure alcohol , the highly fragrant absolute is produced . Two thousand pounds of blossoms will yeild about three pounds of absolute ! I could not find the exact hz. vibration of jasmine , I am assuming around 50 hz. Please share if you know !
Jasmine will blend beautifully with almost any other essence ,smoothing and enriching them . It forms the backbone of many of the famously successful fragrance of our time . It's main chemical constituant is benzyl benzoate acetate , is very beneficial to the skin , whether dry , irritated or greasy .
* enfleurage is the process of placing blossoms on a bed of wax until the wax absorbs the scent . These plates of wax are loaded with blossoms many times until the wax is permeated with the oils from the flowers .
Formula for Essence Mousseline
rose oil..................5 drams
neroli oil...............5 drams
sandal oil..............5 drams
bergamot oil........5 drams
orange flower.....6 ozs.
Today I am wearing the bright and lovely Jasmine by Malak !
Some of my favorites :
TDC Jasmine de Nuit
Tuvache Jungle jasmine
Tauer Le Maroc Pour Elle
What is your favorite jasmine perfume ?
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