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My First Love: JASMINE

 


I'm mad for Jasmine.  Simply infatuated.  


I can't recall the first time I smelled the lush aroma of Jasmine.  I grew up in New England, a region not exactly famous for it's jasmine cultivation.  I believe my first contact with Jasmine would be as a teenager working the perfume counter at Macy's.  I went wild with smelling every perfume I could.  I sniffed every exotic gorgeously packaged mainstream perfume I had missed out on growing up in a small rural town.  The perfume counter at Macy's was glamour and glitz and sophistication.  I found myself drawn to a variety of scents and they all had one note in common: jasmine.


Now I realize what I was huffing was most likely synthetic jasmine.  It wasn't until I was a bit older that I actually smelled real jasmine absolute.  Jasmine absolute is so incredible, so creamy and full and plump; in my opinion it's aroma is unable to be wholly duplicated by aroma chemicals.  In Jean-Claude Ellena's book Perfume, the Alchemy of Scent he comprised a pared down list of essences he uses for perfumery he calls "The Collection."  The list is smaller than you might expect.  I found it interesting that along with Jasmal, Jasmolacton and Jasmonal H (synthetic jasmines) Ellena also lists Jasmin absolute and Jasmin Sambac absolute.  It's also interesting to note that Jasmine is the only aroma included in the collection in five different compilations.  From this we learn that Jasmine is IMPORTANT to perfumery and that real Jasmine absolute is UNDUPLICATABLE.



Fast forward a few years and I find myself working for Aveda surrounded by real Jasmine.  I was in jasmine heaven.  During this time I found that jasmine possesses universal appeal.  While many customers wrinkled their noses at the scent of patchouli and even rose, they smiled when sniffing the sweet aroma of jasmine.  I learned my lesson well.  Even now, when blending a custom scent for a more err  . . . challenging client I reach for the jasmine.  When all else fails, jasmine triumphs!


There is a jasmine for every preference.  Sweet jasmine, musky jasmine, dirty jasmine, filthy jasmine.  When teaching Introductory Natural Perfume classes, I'll often pass around a bottle of unlabeled jasmine grandiflorum for everyone to smell.  When I ask the class what essence they think they're sniffing many will guess correctly it's jasmine.  I'll then pass around bottles of jasmine sambac, jasmine flexile, jasmine auriculatum.  Silence.  Many haven't smelled these jasmines.  Many are surprised that jasmine can vary so wildly in aroma.  We talk of indole and jasmine.  We laugh.


- Jasmine is present in many of my perfumes. 
- Jamine's beauty beckons me.
- Jasmine blends well with all essences. 
- Jasmine is a team player. In perfumery jasmine is happy to take a supporting role or be a star.
- Jasmine is indispensable and important.

If you have any Jasmine absolute, go grab it and take a deep long sniff.  See what I mean?  It's just that good.


In celebration of the Natural Perfumers Guild sixth anniversary blog event, the following perfumers are participating by sharing stories of their first love.  From sandalwood to rose, be sure to check these articles out (see below.)


http://perfumebynature.blogspot.com 

http://anyasgarden.blogspot.com 

http://www.matriarch.biz/blog.html 

bellyflowers.blogspot.com 

http://www.roseenbos.com/category/blog 

www.lesparfumsisabelle.co.uk 

http://joannebassett.com/natural_perfumes 

www.oneseedcompany.com 

http://ellenoire.blogspot.ca 

http://africanaromatics.com/int/

The Joy in January Winners!


Thanks to everyone who participated in the Joy in January Event!  Sending sunshine and appreciation for everyone who left comments, and all the Natural Perfumers Guild members who generously participated.  Cheers to Anya McCoy and Elise Pearlstine for coordinating the event. 

On to announcing the winners!  (Insert drumroll)

Day 1 Giveaway (Jan. 18) of bitter orange essential oil and Divine edp sample goes to: Vicki D. 

Day 2 Giveaway (Jan 19) of Ginger Lily edp goes to: Sandi Lundberg 

Day 3 Giveaway (Jan. 20) of Wild Lime Leaf body oil goes to: QuoterGal 

Please email us at: info@providenceperfume.com with your name and shipping address to receive your winnings


January Joy Final Giveaway-feel good in your skin!

 

It's the last day of the Joy in January blogathon!  Here in Rhode Island the sun is shining and it's clear and windy.  It's amazing how a little sunshine can lift your spirits.  




In thinking of joy and today's giveaway, I thought of my hands.  As I got ready for bed last night I remembered to slather my hands with cream.  I recalled washing dishes earlier, meticulously scrubbing beakers and glass funnels from my earlier perfume making endeavors. The hot water stung my hands. A sure sign they were dry. As I looked at my hands closely I felt my face flush red.  They looked terrible.  I have large strong hands with big knuckles.  They are not what I'd describe as feminine looking hands.  They are dry, red with very short nails.  (I have terrible weak thin nails that tear and break and bend no matter what I do--so I cut them.)  At one point in my life as a sales representative, my hands were pointed out by a manager as a sign of ill grooming, apparently my digits were a deal breaker.  "You're doing great--but your hands!  You must bite your nails--they look awful. Why don't you just go and get some artificial nails put on?  They'd look so much better,"  He'd said imploringly to me.  My manager was the sort who wore too much cologne and strutted when he walked.


As I looked at my hands and had a shameful flashback to the conversation with my old sales manager, I thought of how difficult it is to take care of ourselves.  Adding a dose of seasonal depression does nothing to help this.  It's hard enough to pamper ourselves when we are happy.  It's hard to take the time to make ourselves feel good.  I reminded myself that my hands are strong and good.  They are powerful.  They are nurturing.  They've scrubbed floors, and wrote papers.  They've changed diapers and made beds.  They've brushed dogs and dried tears.  They've made perfumes and picked flowers.  I hoped to pass this sentiment on.  To make someone feel good . . . in their skin!  

Today we are giving away a bottle of our Wild Lime Leaf body oil.  This is the product I reach for when I need a pick me up.  The aroma is a refreshing, green, energizing blend of Mexican lime oil, combava petitgrain (often referred to as kaffir lime), violet leaf and jasmine grandiflorum.  It's got zing and zest and wakes you up.  Unisex and clean.  The best part? The skin softening blend of apricot, safflower, jojoba, and sweet almond oils.  Your skin will be softer than you can imagine, especially if applied fresh out of the bath or shower while skin is till damp.  Our motto for the final day of Joy In January: smell good, look good, feel good!

Because this is a full size product (heavy bottle) and international shipping costs are high, this drawing is only open to U.S. residents.  Sorry International friends.  We love you.


Please share a comment on how you "pamper yourself happy."  In other words, what lifts your spirits when you're feeling down, tired or dreary?  Is it a glass of wine?  Take-out pizza?  Best to stop listing my own pick-me-ups :) A walk in the park? A hot bath? Do tell and be entered to win Wild Lime Leaf body oil. Please visit all participating perfumer's blogs for the final day of the Joy In January Event.  Winners to be announced tomorrow!