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How Do I Choose the Best Jasmine Perfume?

By Lynelle Harmon
Updated May 21, 2024
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Choosing the best jasmine perfume depends on the type of jasmine used, the notes of the fragrance blend, and the perfume's percent composition. The two types of jasmine commonly used in perfume are jasmine grandiflorum and jasmine sambac. Jasmine usually appears as a middle note or layer in the perfume, surrounded by other scents. The fragrance oil blend may constitute up to 30 percent of a perfume's ingredients.

Jasmine flowers grow on shrubs that reach up to 15 feet (4.6 meters). The flowers are typically white with waxy leaves and grow during the spring or summer. Nighttime is when most types of jasmine flowers reach their height of fragrance.

Jasmine perfumes typically contain jasmine sambac or jasmine grandiflorum. The oils of these flowers lend best to fragrances due to chemistry and strength of scent. Oils extracted from the sambac variety have a strong musky floral scent. Grandiflorum oil produces a floral scent that is lighter and sweeter.

Perfume notes refer to the top, middle, and base scents that are layered to create the fragrance. Top notes are the scents first apparent when smelling a fragrance. Middle notes provide a transition between the top notes and base notes. The scents that linger longest are the base notes.

Jasmine perfume may contain jasmine alone or blended in the top or middle notes, but typically not in the base notes due to its strength. Top notes can include citrus or light herbal scents such as lemon, grapefruit, or rosemary. Middle notes can include floral or earthy herbal scents such as fennel, nutmeg, or chamomile. Base notes may contain heavy wooden scents, musky florals, or spices such as cedar or vanilla.

An essential oil contains pure concentrated jasmine oil. Perfume, or parfum, contains a blend of 22 to 30 percent jasmine oil combined with alcohol. Eau de Parfum contains 15 to 18 of oil combined with a blend of alcohol and water for dilution. Eau de Toilettes also contain four to eight percent oil heavily diluted.

Perfumes are subjective to the wearer and can smell differently from one person to another. Buying the best jasmine perfume is best done by visiting a cosmetics store or counter where the fragrances can be sampled. The perfume should be worn throughout the day to test for longevity of scent before purchase.  

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Discussion Comments

By ZipLine — On Apr 06, 2014

The only way to find the best jasmine perfume is to try different types. Many perfumes contain jasmine as a note, even though it might not be labeled as such. It's commonly used in exotic and warm or spicy fragrances like vanilla, orange, sandalwood, rose and cardamom. I personally like jasmine as a base note in perfumes.

By SteamLouis — On Apr 05, 2014

@fBoyle-- Perfume oils tend to be more fragrant because they are concentrated. But that's why they are applied in such small amounts. You only need to dab on the wrist or behind the wrist and the scent will last throughout the day.

I use jasmine perfume oil regularly and I really like it. The type I use is completely natural, it is just jasmine oil. I made sure to get one that does not contain alcohol or other fragrances and ingredients.

If ingredients are natural, then the perfume really smells like fresh jasmine.

By fBoyle — On Apr 05, 2014

Jasmine essential oil has a very strong fragrance. I don't like strong fragrances though. I like light scents that dissipate a few hours after I apply them. So instead of essential oil, I now use jasmine water.

Jasmine water is also perfumed but the scent is much milder. It's made by infusing jasmine petals into distilled water. So it is a bit like body spray but it works great for me.

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