Jasmine is long regarded as the “King of Flowers”, and Rose is the “Queen of Flowers.” We love this exquisite flower and another example of nature’s unique and magickal creations. Jasmine is called the King because it is the most masculine floral scent. It is vital, smooth, intensely floral, and sweet. Used extensively in perfumery. We use a lot of Jasmine, especially in our perfumes. In some cultures, Jasmine is used in wedding ceremonies because of its aphrodisiac properties. It is calming, sensual soothing.
Jasmine has other benefits with spiritual practices, including being used for an anointing oil during ceremonies and mainly for protection, blessings and good luck. Skincare has some advantages: it rejuvenates and nourishes the skin and helps reduce irritation and skin damage. It has been suggested that Jasmine has anti-bacterial activity and aids in some minor inflammatory issues.
Did you know it takes around 7000 – 8000 carefully hand-picked flowers to produce 1 gram of essential oil? It is mind-blowing when you think about it.
We grow Jasmine Polyanthum and are extracting our oil to make a unique perfume for 2024. So, look out for that. It will be our organic perfume, with a few oils to add a Middle Eastern twist. Heads up, there will be Sandalwood and Oudh in it as well. There is a vast difference between species. Jasmine Grandiflorum (pictured) and Jasmine Sambac are the two most common varieties that we use. Polyanthum is a green, buttery scent; it smells pretty different from walking past the plant and capturing the sweet, soft, nectar-like bouquet on the bush. Polyanthum has a powdery scent, not sweet and nectar-like like that with Grandiflorum and Sambac.
We are crafting our own Jasmine mainly because we are using an ancient technique from Egypt called “Enfleurage.” It was used in the 1700’s in France, particularly in Grasse. This technique was carried out mainly by women. We have found that modern extraction methods lose some of the complete odour profiles, and enfleurage is one of the least used because of the labour intensiveness and time to craft a perfume.
We prefer this. We love to use traditional techniques with some of our products, and you also gain a lot of positive intention and love when you smell our scents. Our multi-faceted and highly layered perfumes offer an intense and immersive experience with the olfactory system.
Have you ever heard the saying, “Take time to smell the roses?” It is an old saying, but never a more accurate word has been spoken. Walking past a beautiful rose bush, jasmine bush or daphne, your senses are transported to a magical place. Well, it is for me. The scent is connected to the limbic system, and when we smell a flower or something present in the past with trauma, we will always have that trigger until the trauma has been resolved, especially where the scent has been part of it.
One day, a lady told me at the market, “I hate lavender!” I said, “That is an unusual and powerful response to such a beautiful aroma.” She replied, “It reminds me of my grandmother, who was awful and nasty!”
Then, I said, “Can you believe I love moth balls? They remind me of staying with my beautiful nan as a child.”
Scent can trigger great memories and emotions and evoke stressful and traumatic ones. Fortunately, the smell is our thing. We love it. See us at the market, or drop us a line and tell us what you love most about your favourite scent.
So, next time you walk past Jasmine, think of how many little blossoms are used to make a small amount of absolute or essential oil. Also, consider that the flowers must be carefully picked so as not to bruise the buds, which can impact the odour profile and make the odour unpleasant. When crafting your own oils, all flowers must be treated with respect and care. Trust me, you can tell the difference on an energy level.
The Malano Family xx