Jasmine, like vanilla, has been (over) used so widely and added to so many other ingredients that it’s all too easy to lose sight of what jasmine actually smells like. Even then it can be hard to say because there’s a whole spectrum of what jasmine can smell like.
I have wavered on jasmine in the past, finding it a little indolic, like so many others before me. There could be an explanation for this: synthetic Jasmine is used so widely to mask unpleasant smells (think cheap air freshener in public loos) that the nose can start to associate it with toilets, hence the indolic tag that keeps cropping up. The other end of jasmine is that it can be very heady: not in the same league as tuberose, but on the same track, and often paired with orange blossom so that the two become difficult to isolate as separate notes.
However, my mind was firmly made up for me when I smelled Serge Lutens Sarrasins ( bear with me, I know where I’m going). It immediately took me back to my childhood when I would pick enormous bunches of bluebells and take them home (I wouldn’t do that now- I would leave them there!). Bluebells remain my favourite flower (like little fairy’s hats) and funnily enough, jasmine, naked and plain, really reminds me of freshly picked bluebells. It wasn’t until I reviewed Sarrasins that I realised this and fully entered the portal of Jasmine fandom.
Which brings me to Library of Fragrance Jasmine: where does it fall on the Jasmine spectrum? Right where I hoped it would. It smells like clean, freshly unfurled petals with a hint of characteristic pure jasmine soapiness. Even better news: on me it lasted over eight hours and I kept getting delightful little wafts well into my evening, having applied it late morning.
Although Library of Fragrance scents are perfect for layering, opening up all sorts of wonderful possibilities, I would actually wear this one alone. Jasmine has been stuck in the crowd too long. How refreshing to find it doing a beautiful solo.
Where to buy it: The Library of Fragrance range is available in branches of Boots across the UK- even quite small branches like my local one. In the USA and Canada, the brand is Demeter, and you can find this on Amazon.com. Prices are very, very reasonable indeed.