After a spell of cloudy, rainy weather had me craving something besides the usual, hot-weather, refreshing citrus suspects, I began poking through a recent sample stash. And landed on jasmine: Guerlain Idylle Duet Jasmin-Lilas and Jo Malone Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Intense, to be exact.
I do love this note and count Serge Lutens A La Nuit and Sarrasins, Dior’s Grand Bal and Thierry Mugler’s Alien among my favorites. I tend to forget them somewhat, however, in hot weather. But these two newbies just sort of hit the spot this week.
Sometimes jasmine has a dirty, almost feral feel to it, but not these. The Guerlain is smooth, a little sweet, and has a subtle lilac streak to it, as befitting its name, and it’s a very pretty floral scent. Here’s what Surrender to Chance has to say about it: Idylle Duet … is composed around an overdose of jasmine and mauve lilac and celebrates the revival of the exceptional Calabrian jasmine, a jasminum grandiflorum plant that was found forgotten in the Calabrian region of Italy. It is a unique jasmine with subtle fruity accents. Idylle Duet features top notes of lilacs and green accords; middle notes of jasmine and rose; and base notes of musk and woodsy accords. It is an eau de parfum.”
The Jo Malone carries a bit more bite, with a gentle punch of raspiness that the note sometimes conjures. But after about 15 minutes, it’s all pretty, all the time. From STC: It “captures the scent of serene fields of jasmine sambac, the most precious in the world. It blends the jasmine with vibrant marigold and exotic ylang-ylang and adds warmth with rich benzoin resin, vanilla and amber notes.”
Both were different enough to have me sniff-toggling back and forth, enjoying my lovely floral bubble all evening. And one aside: I read somewhere that the note helps you to relax at bedtime, so I’m all for that.
What about you? What are your favorites?