White Jasmine & Mint is the new addition to the Jo Malone collection of fragrances. It is described as having been inspired by "the tranquil moment in an English garden when the sun emerges, the dew gently lifts and the blossoms are at their most fragrant", and for once an official description is so close to the image a scent evokes in my mind that I am actually hard pressed to think of any other visuals and poetic comparisons to add.
Jasmine here smells neither indolic and sensual nor delicate and soapy, which are the two extreme direction jasmine scents tend to follow on my skin. This is an aromatic jasmine, crisp and verdant. At first, the herbs (wild mint and peppermint) and the spices (cardamom and coriander) seem to dominate the composition, imbuing it with the most enjoyable pungency, coloring it into the deepest of greens. Slowly, jasmine starts to gain strength, aided by the whole plethora of other flowers, among which orange blossom and rose seem to be the strongest. Jasmine IS the star of the scent, but so are mint and spices; and flowers and woods, although not nearly as prominet, are very apparent. Therefore, although I would certainly call White Jasmine & Mint a jasmine scent, I would not call it a soliflore. The base of the scent is still very much green due to the presence of vetiver and mate, and its slightly smoky, earthy greenness feels like a very logical and very enjoyable conclusion of the scent that is wild, rustic and windswept.
White Jasmine & Mint will be available at Jo Malone stores, including the online shop, at Bergdrof Goodman and Neiman Marcus starting from October 1 and will cost $50.00 for 30ml and $95.00 for 100ml.
Image courtesy of Jo Malone.