That touched me. I haven't visited the Basenotes forum for a long long time. It is a forum hosted by and for "perfumistas" and I am not one! My interest is in healing, and my perfumery skills and knowledge are negligible. But I decided to go visit. and found some wonderful treats.
I browsed and skipped and searched, read reviews of perfumes, of suppliers, and eventually searched on our name. Yes. People had lovely things to say about our oils. Thank you, Basenotes community!
And then I came across a lovely article about Jasmine, written by author and perfumista, J R Lankford.
I was fascinated by her extravagant imagery. And THEN I saw our name... Quoted with permission.
- Hello, Jasmine lovers.
- First, let me share a real text reply I sent to my S.O. last week. "Oh,
what time is it? Haven't dressed and brushed my teeth yet. Grin." The time
was 4:49 pm. What had I been doing? Reading Basenote forum messages, writing
forum messages, sniffing samples, ordering samples, looking up info about
perfume on the Internet. What I intended to do was turn on the computer and
play music in the background while brushing my teeth. Unfortunately, I
checked email first and saw a reply to a Basenotes thread. There went the
hours. Luckily, I had no obligations that day.
- I guess this confirms I'm a perfume addict. Jasmine is my intoxication
of choice. Since to me it's the most beautiful thing I've ever smelled, I
thought of playing the most beautiful music I've ever heard as I explore
Jasmine perfumes. Nessun Dorma' (None Shall Sleep). It's one of those arias
so affecting and so famous no one mentions the opera it's from. Just say
Nessun Dorma and folks into opera know Turandot. Same thing with Un Bel Di.
Opera fans know that's from Madama Butterfly. Nah, these two are so
emotional, they'll take my mind off the subject. Better, I'm thinking, is
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KgpEru9lhw. Just like Jasmine, it's
hypnotic. The winding melody helps me picture the Jasmine blossom, stirring
from the long night and unfurling its white petals to the dawn, soon to find
its sultry essence swirled with other noble scents to achieve perfumery's
version of Bolero's grand crescendo -- the perfect perfume.
- The name Jasmine is Persian, originating from the land of the Tales of a
Thousand and one Nights. Appropriate that Aladdin's princess has that name -
not in the centuries-old original, mind you, the princess there was unnamed
- but in the Disney film. However, Yasmin is a popular Persian name. I
picture majestic carved pillars hung with long, flowing fabrics that blow in
a morning breeze. From between them comes a woman still wearing her thin
night shift. A servant helps her pull the shift over her head and she walks
across cool tiles and slips into her courtyard pool. No man is there. This
is the harem. Submerging, she dips her hair into the water then floats on
her back, enchanted by the palms that sway above, by the rising sun, and the
smell of Jasmine all around. Will her true love find her and take her away
on a magic carpet, or will the sultan visit and against her will make her
his own? Each night she has rejected him, though he lay the world at her
feet. But she knows he won't wait forever. Resigned to her fate, she aches
with anticipation. One day she'll be rescued, or turn her face from love and
be a queen, here, in the Jasmine garden.
- Jasmine is a shrub in the olive family, Wikipedia says. It has 200
species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Europe, Asia, and
- The Nature's Gift sampler has the three apparently most used in
perfumery: Grandiflora, Sambac, and Auriculatum (which I hadn't heard of).
- Jasmine Sambac. (Arabian Jasmine) Native to South and Southeast Asia. A
- Jasmine Auriculatum: (Indian Jasmine, Needle-flower Jasmine) Frankly,
- In my next installment, I'll return to sniffing Jasmine perfumes, grouping them by classification and/or main ingredients. Like Yasmin, I am anxious. Will they be consummations of love, alliances of grandeur, or both? At least they won't be alone in that pool. "