Light, Jasmine Scents That Are Perfect for Spring

Jasmine, says the Parisian-born perfumer Frédéric Malle, “is like butter in French cuisine — add a little in the end or at the beginning and it will fill up the holes in your formulas.” This was one of the first lessons he learned at perfumery school in Grasse, he says, before starting his own fragrance house, Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle, in 2000. A favorite ingredient for many perfumers, jasmine is “the epitome of white flowers,” Malle says.

This spring, the flower makes its way into a fresh crop of perfumes. In Louis Vuitton’s Le Jour Se Lève ($240), the sweetness of the bud is heightened with a plump black-currant accord, while in Ex Nihilo’s Viper Green ($225) jasmine notes combine with vetiver and patchouli for a green, woodsy scent inspired by a vegetal poison. Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge ($312), by contrast, is full-throttle and sensual, underlaid with warm spices like ginger and cardamom.

Those who wish to branch out from traditional perfumes can find other ways to experiment with the floral, too. Malle has pumped Egyptian jasmine into his Superstitious Hair Mist ($215), a lighter version of his heady Superstitious fragrance that contains less alcohol — which can dry out hair — but still has “a lavish, Parisian air.” Meanwhile, In Fiore’s face and body oil Fleur Vibrante Solution ($175) taps into the flower’s healing benefits. The formula is infused with hydrodistilled jasmine, which is rich in antioxidants and promotes circulation, says the brand’s founder Julie Elliott. She recommends rubbing the potion between your hands and breathing in deeply for a calming, on-the-go remedy. Or, for a springtime boost, try exfoliating with a dry brush and then anointing your limbs with the aromatic oil. “Your skin will be so beautifully plumped and dewy,” says Elliott. And, she adds, you will smell like “heaven.”



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