The Best Jasmine Women’s Perfumes

Jasmine is an exceptionally feminine and intoxicating note in many women’s perfumes. Whether it’s used in large doses or just as that “something extra” that you can’t put your finger on that makes a perfume special, jasmine is a common addition to warm, sultry women’s fragrances. Some of the best include:

Giorgio Armani Code: This is a thick, creamy jasmine scent with additional notes of orange blossom, sandalwood, and ginger. The jasmine’s the most noticeable, but it’s balanced well so that it’s far from an overbearing floral. To sweeten things up and keep them from becoming too spicy or citrusy, there’s vanilla and honey in the drydown, and the sandalwood is not nearly as pronounced as it is, in say, Samsara perfume by Guerlain (which also features jasmine and sandalwood). The projection and sillage on this women’s fragrance is astounding.

YSL Manifesto: The newest from Yves Saint Laurent is a heady mix of jasmine, vanilla, bergamot, and black currant. There is also sandalwood, cedar, lily-of-the-valley, and green notes that make this stand out among the other jasmine scents. It’s very ripe and fruity, sweet and creamy, as well as floral, so if you don’t like your perfumes syrupy, this may not be the first choice for you.

Alien perfume by Thierry Mugler: Alien is almost identical to Armani Code, but it’s cut with green notes that make it slightly more metallic, more, well, alien, than Code. They honeyed jasmine is there and will lift you out of the winter doldrums and into a blissful spring at the hint of a breeze, but there is that “something” there that’s almost indescribable. Sniff them both side by side to see which suits you best.

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Chanel Coco Mademoiselle: In this, the jasmine is buried in the middle and acts as the “something extra” that lifts the scent out of patchouli boredom and into a category reserved for those divine scents that can be worn by any type of woman, of any age. This one’s feminine, but not over the top. There’s a hint of masculinity here that even the jasmine can’t overtake. Other notes include: orange blossom, bergamot, tonka bean, vanilla, vetiver, and white musk. The jasmine is there, but it isn’t the standout note. Instead, it’s the mix of citrus, sweet (but not too sweet) vanilla, and the “clean” patchouli that make this classy scent.

Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir: Mon Jasmin Noir is sensual without being syrupy. It’s innocent and elegant, feminine and demure, but the ever-present jasmine is darker than your typical light and airy floral. There’s a hint of mystery, the promise of something more than what you get at first sniff. Other notes include: nougat, musk, cedar, lily-of-the-valley, and a spritz of citrus to lighten the mix back up.

Jasmine could almost be considered ubiquitous in the women’s fragrances category. What’s your favorite?

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