Capturing Jasmine's Essence September 04 2014

Do you have jasmine in your garden?

I only have a little trailing through mine ~ and I'd love more ~ but even those few random jasmine flowers are enough to have me closing my eyes and feeling overwhelmed with gladness and gratitude for such simple pleasures.

Jasminum officinale is the botanical name of the variety whose fragrance and beneficial aromatic properties are captured in essential oils.  Or rather, jasmine is an essence or absolute, not technically an essential oil, due to the way it is extracted.  The end result is the same: an intoxicating, lavish and precious commodity.

Grown in India and delicately plucked before the sun rises so its fragrance has not yet evaporated, jasmine has the nicknames 'queen of the night' and 'moonlight of the grove' . I say 'delicately plucked' because crushing the petals can compromise the quality of the blossoms.  I have visions of white gloves being used but that might be going too far.  That said, what a charming scene it would make.  It's estimated that more than 3 million fresh blossoms are needed to produce less than 500 grams of pure essence.  Precious, indeed.

To bring the scent of jasmine indoors, simply flip the natural fibre reeds of your Jaye Niemi Jasmine + Ambrette Aroma Reeds , found in our Intense range: enclosed in a smaller glass flacon than our Signature Aroma Reeds to best complement its eau de parfum fragrance strength.

Key scent notes Brazilian grapefruit, hyacinth, jasmine, orchid, ambrette seeds, myrtle bark

Scent inspiration notes Was it the heady scent of jasmine that dispelled all thoughts of sleep? Or the mossy basket of lush grapefruit and hothouse flowers left quietly on the doorstep. The embossed card tucked in its foliage revealed a woody intrigue of myrtle bark and musky ambrette, but no words; only mystery.

When you catch Jasmine + Ambrette drifting on the air currents in your home, close your eyes and write your own story.

And if one jasmine perfume isn't enough for dressing your home, you'll also find its essence in our Aroma Reeds, Scented Candles, Room Mists and Aromatic Oils of Precious Woods + Vetiver . {A spritz of this one also adds a divine touch to your personal stationery.}

To simple yet beautiful pleasures ... X

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