Clive Christian Stories: Jasmine Fragrance Family

Jasmine, the king of flowers – complex, multifaceted and deserving of the utmost respect and skilful treatment. This versatile flower flirts with different finishes; from sweet and heady to green; from animalic and rich to musty, It is one of the most expensive, exotic and alluringly sensual ingredients in perfume.

Traditionally the scented secrets of the jasmine flower were extracted by a technique called enfleurage. A laborious time intensive process where individual petals are placed onto wax and turned by hand until the scent seeps fully into the wax. The wax will then be cleaned to create the absolute. It is more common now to use high tech but less laborious solvent extraction to give a clean absolute. Whilst the flowers are a pure white the absolute captured is a thick deep brown substance with hints of gold, much like how the petals of a flower brown with age and the scent becomes heavier. It can take around 10,000 single blossoms, all hand-picked, to produce just 1 ml of Jasmine Absolute, a key ingredient in every one of our Jasmine Perfumes.

Jasmine fragrances can be characterised by a sweet floral top note, often accompanied by a subtle but rich woody musk. While a predominantly floral scent, different species and growing conditions give birth to a range of characteristics. Fragrances that contain a high concentration of Jasmine are often described as having a sweet, green and rich smell. The jasmine scent is naturally mind-altering as it has mood-boosting and aphrodisiacal qualities, making its effects within perfume transformative. 

Different varieties produce different fragrances. Green jasmine gives freshness like a spring day to a perfumer, the scent of the green vine unfurling in the sun and the first buds blossoming. Sweet jasmine is voluptuous in nature, adding fullness to a fragrance and imparting a heady aroma which is perfect for floral or gourmand perfumes.

As a key component of some of the finest perfumes in the world, Jasmine’s combinations have the ability to create complex and sensual fragrances. With it’s naturally floral characteristics, these perfumes can be perfect for the warmer summer months.

The smell of Jasmine in Clive Christian X Feminine and X Masculine perfumes is Jasmine Sambac or Arabian Jasmine, carefully cultivated in Egypt even though historically jasmine originates from the far east. These perfumes capture the racing sensuality of this ingredient in both of their hearts, showing its versatility in different types of perfumes. 

The various effects of jasmine are diverse in the skilled hand of the perfumer, adding different palatable notes to our perfumes, it is so important that it is simply referred to as “le fleur”- it is the flower, essential in perfume creation. The animalic jasmine scent is one of the most intriguing of types; the muskiness is amplified, and it heightens its aphrodisiac qualities to make it more provocative and sensual.

In the Clive Christian X pair, the perfumer has expertly crafted the scent of jasmine to celebrate the sheer sensuality of perfume. A kiss from the purest flower to uncover hidden secrets of desire.

You can experience the delicate diverse effects of jasmine in the X pair and the following Clive Christian perfumes: Jasmine Absolute for a pure indulgence, 1872 Feminine for fresh twist on the floral, Noble VIII Magnolia for a delicate fresh composition, and for a headier white floral jasmine try our Noble XXI Vanilla OrchidVision in a Dream Mesmeric or Jump Up and Kiss Me Ecstatic.

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