FLORAL

Type
Natural Raw Material
Parts used
Flowers
Extraction method
Solvent extraction

Floral, fruity, suave, animal, rich, heady, powerful.

Jasmine, the ever-popular heart note, is highly desired and extensively used in perfumery. A fragrance chameleon, jasmine is delightfully versatile: transparent and luminous as a top note, and surprisingly animalistic and sensual as a smooth base note. Its suave, heady characteristics combine in an intoxicating wave of rich tenacity. Perfectly balancing femininity and masculinity, jasmine emits an unmistakably powerful scent that is both floral and fruity.

Production

Native to the Himalayan valleys, the jasmine flower is grown in several countries around the world. India and Egypt are top producers, while smaller amounts are produced in Morocco, Italy and France. With more than 200 varieties of jasmine, there are actually only two used in perfumery: the Jasmine Grandiflorum and the Jasmine Sambac. The blooming season for Jasmine Grandiflorum is from June to October, with the best flowers being gathered in July and August. Extraction with solvent is the most commonly used method to obtain a concrete from which absolutes are derived after washing it with alcohol. Hexane is the most widely used solvent.
Photo by courtesy of IFF (LMRNaturals) and Gregorie Mahler
Origin
Egypt, france, india, italy, morocco
Iconic perfume
Jean Patou
JOY EAU DE TOILETTE

"The most expensive perfume in the world", launched the day after the Wall Street stock crash, caused scandal. No less than 1000 jasmine flowers from Grasse are needed to create 30 mL of this rich and bold floral composition.

FLORAL

History

Photo by courtesy of IFF (LMRNaturals) and Gregorie Mahler
Photo by courtesy of IFF (LMRNaturals) and Gregorie Mahler

Did you know

In India, during harvest time, women wade through bushes from sunrise to sunset, picking only the small buds that are still closed. All the flowers are gathered and brought to a wholesale market. Jasmine is a gift from God to women, used as offerings, in beauty, hair and perfume.
Jasmine holds a special place in different regions and different times in history. In Grasse, they affectionately refer to jasmine as The Flower. In China, jasmine symbolizes femininity and gentleness. The flower came to be associated with the Virgin Mary in medieval art. The Hindus call it forest moonlight. The essential oil can be used to treat dry or irritated skin, while in Asia it's used to flavor tea and food.

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