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Origins and characteristics of jasmine
Jasmine is predominantly grown in China, India, and Egypt, while Morocco and Italy also produce smaller quantities of jasmine flowers. In Damascus, Syria, jasmine is affectionately called the "city of jasmine" as it grows in abundance both indoors and outdoors. Europe's most famous jasmine producer is the city of Grasse in the Alpes-Maritimes, the world capital of perfume since the 17th century. The rare jasmine harvest in Grasse takes place in August, with the flowers picked before dawn and processed as quickly as possible. It takes an astounding 7 million jasmine flowers to yield 1kg of absolute jasmine essence. Although jasmine flower absolute is highly prized in luxury fragrances, many perfumeries opt for synthetic alternatives due to its high cost. The extraction process of jasmine flower absolute involves solvent extraction, resulting in a powerfully sweet and warm aroma that is both wild and medicinal.
Jasmine scents, intense and authentic
Jean Patou's Joy perfume contains an abundance of jasmine essences, with 250,000 Grasse jasmine flowers used to create just 75ml of this luxurious fragrance. Jean Patou himself claimed that 10,600 jasmine flowers were required to produce a single ounce of perfume. Joy is a flagship fragrance of the house, often hailed as an antidote to gloom or depression.
Another jasmine-focused fragrance is the iconic 24 Faubourg by Hermès, a star of the 1990s that has become a classic. This scent features an explosion of white flowers, including jasmine, which beautifully melds with iris, orange blossom, and ylang-ylang. The jasmine in 24 Faubourg imparts a soothing quality, with a round and refined aroma that leaves a persistent and easily recognizable trail.
Lastly, the prestigious Lalique Flacon Jasmin 1995 fragrance captivates with its blend of vanilla, rose, musk, jasmine, iris, blackcurrant leaves, cloves, musky and sandalwood notes. This perfume exudes a powerful surge of flowers, particularly jasmine, and fruits, symbolizing passion and seduction. Its luxurious bottle was produced by the brand's crystal works, making it a limited edition series with only 5,000 copies available.