Jasmine – Mythology, Historical past & Scents…

Jasmine and rose are the 2 ‘basis stones’ of perfumery. VAST numbers of scents function a sort of jasmine someplace of their building, and little surprise we’re addicted – the scent of jasmine has enraptured and impressed human civilisation via centuries…


yearly it appears
the jasmine
creeps again
into my life
simply after I start to fret
nothing will scent candy

Samantha Rae Lazar


Since historical instances, jasmine flowers have been prized for his or her antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, stress-free and even aphrodisiac qualities. The scent is definitely potent (strongest at evening) and its Jasmine provides a richness and depth to fragrances:  a candy floral observe, however with a dead-sexy muskiness to it.  In the event you scent completely different concentrated ‘absolutes’ (the oily liquids created via macerating the jasmine flowers), they’ve their very own characters:  some scent medicinal, some candy, some musky, some inexperienced.



  • Jasmine has variously been known as each ‘the Queen of Flowers’ and ‘the King of Flowers’, and in several cultures is synonymous with love, romance, weddings, ardour, seduction and wonder. Additionally it is identified to perfumers, fairly merely as ‘La Fleur’ – or ‘the flower’ – such is jasmine’s significance.


  • Regardless that jasmine might not be listed within the pyramid of components, chances are high there’s a contact in there someplace; it’s some of the widely-used components in perfumery.


  • The title itself is Persian, that means ‘a present from God’.


  • In Persia, Historical Greece and Egypt, jasmine’s therapeutic powers had been already recognised: aromatherapists nonetheless use it for enhancing digestion, weight reduction, accelerating the metabolism – and for its aphrodisiac results…


  • There are literally over 200 species of jasmine – however two members of the gorgeous white-flowered household are prized above others, by perfumers. The primary is Jasminum grandiflorum – which interprets as ‘big-flowered jasmine’. The opposite is Jasmine sambac, a.okay.a. ‘Arabian jasmine’ (one thing of a misnomer, because it originated in southeast Asia).


  • Jasmine truly originated in China and India and – who knew? – is a member of the olive household.



The lifecycle of Arabian jasmine – from Wikipedia.org



The web site jardineriaon.com provides a pleasant recounting of a number of the mythology surrounding jasmine, together with this story…


‘…the that means of the jasmine flower occupies an essential area inside Arab mythology. On this mythology it’s mentioned that a gorgeous younger nomad whose title was Jasmine used giant quantities of veils to guard herself from the dangerous solar rays which are within the desert. A prince belonging to a North African race was fascinated by Jasmine’s magnificence as folks described her. To be able to discover out if that lady was actual or not, he marched via the desert searching for her. That is when he discovered her strolling among the many desert sands and dunes and was in a position to observe her sleek manner.

The bearing was so sleek and reminded him of mythological goddesses and fell head over heels in love together with her, although she all the time saved her face lined. The prince proposed to her quickly after, and the girl agreed to reside in his palace and depart the desert. Nonetheless, with the passage of time, he realised that he was not from and since he had misplaced freedom when leaving the desert. For that reason, in a single evening she escaped mounted on a horse and returned to the desert the place she belonged. She opened her arms to the solar and launched all of the veils that enveloped her. It’s then that the solar determined to immortalise it within the stunning flower that’s identified in the present day as jasmine.’

It’s extraordinary {that a} single plant can scent so completely different, relying on the place it’s grown. The genius of perfumers is realizing simply what they need to do, to mix these into completely constructed scents for us to put on – and on this (scented) observe, we’ll be following up with the proper jasmine perfume strategies within the weeks to return.



Jasmine enfleurage



For 1000’s of years, although, jasmine’s treasured scent has been naturally extracted for perfumes via enfleurage – a prolonged and labour-intensive course of whereby numerous flowers are pressed into layers of fats, steadily the scent impregnating the fats with every new layer of the blooms, from which it may ultimately be extracted.


the jasmine lightness
of the moon.

— William Carlos Williams


When the solvent evaporates from the mass of petals, what’s drained off is a semi-solid mass often called a ‘concrete’:a wax-like substance with an extended shelf life; and a whopping 400 kilos of flowers are wanted for only one kilo of that concrete. That interprets at round 8,000 hand-picked blooms to supply one millilitre (1 ml) of the ‘absolute’ – which is why it’s so terribly costly.

However jasmine can be recreated synthetically with different aroma chemical variations of white flowers and added components to create an ‘accord’ (although perfumers and connoisseurs will all the time clarify that the actual stuff is the perfect, so far as jasmine’s involved, and why perfume homes who use it are so eager to share their scented tales).


The scent of jasmine makes folks inform their secrets and techniques.

Jandy Nelson


Seducing writers, artists, poets and perfume-lovers, alike; there’s little question that your nostril must get know jasmine, intimately. So, watch this area within the coming days and weeks for much more jasmine-centric scented details, historical past and perfume strategies…


Written by Suzy Nightingale