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Jasmine is one of the most prevalent flowers in modern fragrances. The tiny white bloom seems unassuming at a glance, but it actually boasts a sensual, sweet perfume, hence why it’s used so frequently. And whether you consider yourself a devout floral fragrance user or not, chances are it plays an integral role in some of your favorites. So in celebration of the small-but-mighty flower, we’re rounding up 14 of the best jasmine perfumes on the market. We’ve included classic floral options, offbeat niche scents, designer drops, and drugstore picks that prove fragrance doesn’t need to cost the world.
So keep scrolling for jasmine-focused scents to suit all different perfume personalities.
Fragrance is no doubt a personal choice, but as far as jasmine-forward scents go, team Byrdie can’t stop spritzing Byredo Flowerhead (view at Selfridges & Co), DS & Durga Jazmin Yucatan (view at Nordstrom), and Le Labo Jasmin 17 eau de parfum (view at Nordstrom). We love Flowerhead for taking a true floral and giving it an edge, Jazmin Yucatan for bottling up the scent of a tropical holiday, and Jasmin 17 for being the sweet, sensual, anti-floral floral of our dreams.
What to Look for in a Jasmine-Centered Fragrance
What Scents Are You Drawn to?
Jasmine is obviously a floral note in fragrance, but that doesn’t mean it’s found exclusively in the “floral” fragrance category. According to Nick Smart, Director of Libertine Parfumerie and CEO of Agence de Parfum, jasmine adds a “vibrant, crémant/sparkling note to fragrances”. But it’s important to consider the different types of jasmine, as they offer different olfactive qualities: “Egyptian jasmine and Madagascan jasmine add a green, vegetal under notes to the aforementioned, and Indian sambac creamier, sweeter waxier notes, not unlike Gardenia,” explains Smart.
If you’re after a start point or trying to purchase a fragrance online, Smart has shared his three favorite jasmine scents for you to consider: Trudon Elae and Amouage Ashore.
How to Properly Test a Fragrance
The best way to trial a fragrance is to actually wear it for a day and see how it develops on your skin (pandemic permitting). Smart suggests choosing a few front runners, spraying one on each wrist and a third on the inner elbow. Smart explains you should allow at least 30 minutes for the notes to open up, and in this timeframe, you’ll realize what works and what doesn’t.
Jasmine is a flower, and its scent is most simply described as floral. But there’s much more to it than that. Jasmine has a sweet and rich smell, and some people notice notes of grass or greenery in it. It’s very different from rose and lavender, which are two common floral scents. If you haven’t encountered jasmine and are looking for another flower to compare the scent to, gardenia is often said to resemble jasmine.
Some scents are thought to help set the mood, and jasmine is definitely one of them. It’s considered a top scent as far as aphrodisiac scents go, and has actually been proven to improve mood. Jill Didonato writes for Byrdie that “In Hindu and Muslim traditions, jasmine is known as the ‘perfume of love.’” At the very least, you may very well find yourself in a better mood after smelling it, which can in turn help set the mood for love.
Ideally, you’ll want to smell perfumes in person to choose one. It’s worth noting that perfumes can smell different in the bottle than they do on your skin and from person to person, because everyone’s body chemistry is different. So, even if you like a friend’s jasmine perfume, that doesn’t mean it will smell the same on you. “We can all smell similarly but not exactly the same, as our skin type, pH balance, hormones, and odors are all different,” perfumer Maya Njie tells Byrdie. You can even try layering perfumes if you like a jasmine perfume but want a more unique take on it.
Why Trust Byrdie?
When it comes to the team Byrdie fragrance wardrobe, the limit does not exist. Essentially it’s Emily Algar‘s job to constantly spritz fragrance, so she’s pretty confident when it comes to a standout floral note like jasmine. She has also enlisted the help of a fragrance expert to help break down the how and what of this particular flower.
According to our Diversity Pledge, 15% of products in our newly-published market roundups will feature Black-owned and/or Black-founded brands. At the time of publishing, we were not able to find any jasmine perfumes from a Black-owned and/or Black-founded business. If you know of one we should consider, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will evaluate the product ASAP.