Jasmin Bonheur by Guerlain

Hey there Posse. Jasmin Bonheur is a 2022 addition to the Guerlain L’Art & La Matiere collection. My 1ml spray sample came from Surrender To Chance. I will tell you straight up that Guerlain have priced themselves well out of my market. Unless I win the lottery in a big way these aspirational prices have just gone too crazy. Yes, I know, broken record. Sorry all. While I do gripe at the cost the modern bottles are pretty gorgeous. I love how hefty they are, the bee engraved and the choice of caps and ribbon. That side of the business has embraced luxury and it feels like they’ve hit the nail squarely. In fact the only bottle I own of the new is Santal Pao Rosa. Bought to celebrate Jin and my 10 year anniversary and half split to cover some cost.

From Guerlain: “Delphine Jelk, Guerlain Perfumer, takes the beguiling delight of jasmine and floods it with sunlight. This daring approach unveils a trail bathed in the light of southern France, a region once beloved by Henri Matisse.”

Jasmin Bonheur by Guerlain 2022

Jasmin Bonheur by Guerlain Matisse. jpg

Parfumo gives these featured accords:
French jasminum grandiflorum, Apricot, Indian jasmine sambac, Indian jasminum grandiflorum, Calabrian jasminum grandiflorum, Iris, Rose

Well, it is as advertised. Jasmine! but a jammy jasmine. As you know, in the wild jasmine is a very green white floral. Being right next to the bush it’s overwhelmingly fresh, a bit breathy, so strong it could be a petrochemical. in Jasmin Bonheur Ms Jelk has kept quite a bit of the greenery and added a sweetness. The aggressiveness is pared back and all thoughts of raunch shorn away. We now have a clear, crystal like fragrance that is softened, sweetened and warmed by jam. Clever and oh so pretty.

I do enjoy through the heart the waft of orris that grounds and centers Jasmin Bonheur. It smells expensive.

Jasmin Bonheur by Guerlain STC

The thing is, for me anyway, this fragrance could easily have been an Aqua Allegoria. Just lessened the concentration and given it more lift and diffusiveness.

Jasmin Bonheur is gorgeous and will be a perfect summer wear. Is it L’Art & La Matière gorgeous? If you don’t have a jasmine like it and this is the one that floats your boat, you have the money, will love to have and wear it? Yes, go for it. If it’s all of those things to you then your enjoyment will be real and it will be a glorious thing. For most of us perfumistas though, we already have some pretty good, lovely and/or spectacular jasmines. For us it might be superfluous.

Did you get your sniff on Guerlain’s L’Art & La Matière Jasmin Bonheur?
Portia xx

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  • Tara C says:

    I think of this one as a perfumey jasmine, as opposed to a fresh or an indolic jasmine. It’s lovely but not my favorite, I think Korres jasmine body cream is actually my favorite.

  • Musette says:

    LOL! I didn’t see the cost on here, so went over to Guerlain… BLAAAART! That’s….that’s the price of the medicine cabinet I have to buy for this reno!

  • Maya says:

    I have also drawn the line with these new perfume prices. It’s quite shameless. I won’t bother with any of these companies. There are too many reasonably priced, amazing perfumes whose creators I enjoy supporting. That’s my win win.

  • Maggiecat says:

    Jasmine is one of my favorite notes, and this sounds perfect for me. Sadly, the price will likely keep me from even trying it – why risk falling in love with something unobtainable? I mean, that never stopped me in romance in my younger days, but perhaps I’ve become more practical in my (now happily married) old-er age.

  • Tom says:

    Well these make the classics like Mitsouko and Shalimar seem like total bargains, so that’s something. But no, too pricey for me.

  • Dina C. says:

    This sounds beautiful, Portia. I love that tinge of greenness that jasmine has. I need to sniff this one. Like you, it’s well beyond what I want to pay, but it sounds gorgeous.

  • carole says:

    I feel like I’m not really their customer anymore, for the same reasons as alityke. I have nowhere to sample, and if I could restrain myself to one bottle a year and if it was something I truly loved-it would still be a stretch lol. I do love reading about other people’s experiences, though, so thanks for this 🙂

  • alityke says:

    Way out of my budget & nowhere local to spritz & sniff. Anyway I try not to sample things I cannot afford & it saves me some heartache.
    I’m still in mourning for Sarrasins. Yes it’s on the US & French SL sites but not the EU or UK. Maybe it has an ingredient that is now restricted?
    It doesn’t sound like JB would be a replacement.
    Apricot though….. hmmm….. no no no no no!

  • cinnamon says:

    This sounds lovely, especially the apricot note. Love me some apricot in perfume (looking at you, SL Rose de Nuit). I have two jasmines in my garden: one smells of serious pong; the other has a really interesting bready aspect. Next time I’m somewhere Guerlain will definitely try this.