Of the four fragrances in the new limited edition Floral Curiosities collection at Anthropologie (all of them created by niche perfume line Ineke), Poet's Jasmine was the one that most sparked my interest. No surprise there — I love jasmine. There are times that I wish jasmine would replace oud as the new "big" thing in niche, and then, of course, there are times that I don't. If I ever get sick of jasmine, I might as well go find a new hobby.
Quite predictably, it was also my favorite of the four after I smelled them; in fact, I spent so little time with the others that I ought not to say anything, but I will just mention that I was intrigued with the wine-y Scarlet Larkspur as well, and anybody who shares my troubled feelings about melon might best stay away from Angel's Trumpet. The official description of Poet's Jasmine is right on target, so I'll repeat it here:
Citrus and Herbal. A fragrance inspired by Poet’s Jasmine tea, replete with slices of citrus fruit. Added points of interest include star anise, rosemary, absinthe, frankincense, cardamom, hinoki wood and guaiac wood.
That's it exactly: this is a bright, summer-y jasmine with a juicy citrus opening, something along the lines of L'Artisan's wonderful Thé Pour Un Été, or the Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint. It's slightly more floral (and less crisp) than either of those, but only slightly. The heart is a soft, sheer jasmine-focused mixed floral, more clean than not, with light fruity undertones. As advertised, it has an herbal cast, but it's quite subtle and well-blended — none of the listed herb or spice notes really stand out on their own. In keeping with the summer-y feel, the dry down is paler than you might expect, but it isn't at all bland, and it warms up nicely (and maintains the fruity undertones) on skin in the later stages.
A man who would wear either of the other two fragrances I mentioned (the L'Artisan or the Jo Malone) would probably wear this one too.
It's a very wearable and enjoyable fragrance. If it came in a (much) smaller size I'd probably buy it. If you need your jasmine cleaner than this, you might like Guerlain's Jasminora.1 If you want more jasmine than this, but you'd like to stick with the summer + citrus theme, try Aftelier Candide. And of course there are many, many more: try a quick run through the jasmine tag if you haven't yet found your perfect jasmine.
Ineke + Anthropologie Poet's Jasmine is exclusive to Anthropologie, and is available in 75 ml Eau de Parfum, $68. The lasting power is fine.
Coming tomorrow: a review of Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile.
1. And in the comments to the Jasminora review, I asked people to mention their favorite summer jasmine fragrances, so you can find more suggestions there.