In my opinion, this is a softer, sweeter, more traditionally “floral” absolute than our other Jasmines.
Jasmine Grandiflora Oil is much more widely known than the Jasmine Sambac we also carry. It is the jasmine grown in Europe and Northern Africa, and usually the specimen grown in the US. The Grandiflora is much more commonly used in perfumery than its rarer cousin.
Jasmine Grandiflora’s aroma is softer, more gentle, and less exotic than that of the Sambac. As the Sambac blossoms seem to capture the mystery of the night and the moonlight, the dawn-blooming Grandiflora seems to carry the essence of a bright new day.
A softer, somehow more feminine aroma…. The English language seems to lack the vocabulary to truly describe the differences between these so similar aromas. You must experience both and form your own descriptions.
Side note: A noted British expert on aromatics sampled some of this Jasmine on a recent trip to the US. He declared it the “finest Jasmine he had ever experienced.”
Perfume writer Victoria, of Bois de Jasmine, wrote of our Jasmine Grandiflora:
I have to preface my description to say that jasmine is my favourite scent, but I nearly gave up trying to find jasmine eo that would capture the true beauty of its blossoms. What a pleasant surprise here! Upon opening of the bottle, the scent rising from its rim is both opulent and exotic. It sings clearly, unobscured by heavy indoles that are often present in jasmine oil, making the scent seem too animalistic. This oil is just a clear veil of jasmine blossoms falling from the sky. Yet, the powerful sensuality underscores the sweet, slightly fruity accord. The fruity note becomes more obvious the further the oil is diluted. It is reminiscent of summer fruit, perhaps sweet melon, lacking any acidity. While it is very faint, it adds a very special elegance and evokes sun drenched blossoms. Simply magnificent!
Available pure and undiluted here, or in a 10% dilution in light, odorless Fractionated Coconut Oil.
SAFETY: Robert Tisserand advises moderate skin sensitization, IFRA recommends a dermal limit of 0.7%
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 3 to 4 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.