Jasmine is with rose one of the two queens of plants used for fragrances.
Its name is derived from the Arabic word ياسمين ( yāsamīn ), which has Persian origins. More than 200 species are known but only a few are used in perfumery.
Known to be white, it can sometimes be yellow and even in rare cases kind of greenish. To grow, the plant require a certain climate, this is why you will mainly find it in tropical and warmer environments. Today, two countries are largely producing it, Egypt and India.
Jasmine in Perfumery
Let’s talk about perfumery, jasmine is what we call a floral scent. Sweet with a deep richness, it is without a doubt an elegant, ever present and powerful aroma in the world of fragrances.
7.5 million flowers are needed to produce only 1kg of the essential perfume oil, therefore we understand why the price is so expensive in perfumes containing this beautiful ingredient.
Jasmine and its production
In terms of finding the best concrete or essential oils, Grasse was probably the best provider, their jasmine was used by the top fashion brands. As for today, Chanel has the exclusivity of what is produced in Grasse.
After Grasse, the capital of perfume, India is the best country where it is done. From a long history of distillation, they have been able through time to produce top level extractions from the jasmine plants.
Jasmine is used in some of our perfumes, the most popular is Tataouine, inspired by the city with the same name in Tunisia.
Did you know that jasmine is the national flower of Tunisia and its common name is Arabian Jasmine? Jasmine is even the favourite national symbol of the Tunisian people. They are attached to their national flower and that’s why jasmines are planted all over the country.