The Third Type of Jasmine
Traditional Types of Jasmine
Most have heard of the exquisite Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute, traditionally used in Chanel fine fragrances, however volumes of this traditional ingredient are now being eclipsed by Jasmine Sambac, which adds the sweet, spicy note to Christian Dior's J'Adore fragrance.
Image: Jasmine Auriculatum flowers after harvest
The Third Type
Our Indian supplier partner has now introduced a third type of Jasmine Absolute: Jasmine Auriculatum.
In an impatient world, those smelling Jasmine Auriculatum from the bottle for the first time will declare that it brings shame to the Jasmine family. Those willing to put the absolute on a smelling strip will say they have tried it, but it is not for them. Those who leave it on the stick for 20 minutes will notice that, after the initial high boilers have gone, you are left with a lush, intense aroma that is reminiscent of its Jasmine cousins but with an addition of green and foreign notes. Try leaving the strip for 1 to 4 days and when you return each time, you will see how powerful a small amount of this Tamil grown gem will be in your formulations.
Jasmine flowers are too delicate to be steam distilled so are extracted using a solvent, which is then removed using an ethanol wash. As such, trace levels of solvent remain after the production of the absolute so it cannot be certified organic.
Image: Jasmine Auriculatum flowers
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