More jasmine! A quick run through the jasmine tag here at Now Smell This reveals that I’m the main jasmine freak in residence. If you’re not a jasmine freak, sorry, come back tomorrow.
Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume
I was curious about Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume for two reasons. One, it’s jasmine, and as I already made clear above, I’m nearly always interested in jasmine. Two, it was developed by perfumers DS & Durga, and I’m very fond of their bold, rustic-chic indie style.
The Olio Lusso Perfume is apparently meant to capture the aroma of the Rodin brand’s Luxury Face Oil, which I’ve never used. Now that I’ve tried the perfume, I’m pretty sure I could find a way to fit the oil (or the hand & body cream!) into my skincare routine if only I could afford it. The perfume opens rich and strong, and it’s mostly jasmine straight through from the beginning to the end. It’s brightened with a bit of citrus and tempered with a bit of lily of the valley (you’ll hardly notice unless you’re looking for it). It’s slightly indolic in the early stages, less so later on — not as indolic as some of the huge jasmine bombs (Serge Lutens A La Nuit, Bruno Acampora Jasmin), but nowhere near as clean (or sheer) as more mainstream-oriented jasmines (Guerlain Jasminora, Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile). It’s much stronger on the jasmine than my more recent favorite, Lush Silky Underwear.
I have no idea how many notes there are, but it smells relatively unadorned — just a deep, sexy jasmine with a slightly musky dry down. I don’t think there’s any point in trying it if you don’t love jasmine. I’d buy it in a heartbeat if it weren’t so spendy. The lasting power is reasonable if not quite fabulous, and it layers beautifully (and while it is alcohol based, it does leave an oily sheen on the skin).
Ko Denmark Jasmine + Neroli Perfume
Ko Denmark, like Rodin, is primarily a skincare / bodycare company, but they do offer their signature fragrance in an organic roll-on perfume.
I called DS & Durga’s style rustic-chic,1 but in the case of these two particular perfumes, the label might be more appropriately applied to the Ko Denmark. It is jasmine, but it’s a soft, quiet jasmine. It’s also equally focused on the rose (other notes include neroli and ylang ylang), and has a natural, almost herbal cast, that while not overdone, contrasts with the Rodin’s bright yet heavily floral character — worn next to each other, the Ko Denmark scent feels a little flat and lifeless, and the Rodin rises up to the luxury status bestowed by its price. By the same token, the Ko Denmark might be more likely to appeal to someone who doesn’t like their jasmine to overwhelm. Personally, I enjoyed wearing the Ko Denmark, but have a feeling I’d get more use out of the Body Lotion (which would presumably make a nice layering agent) or the Body Wash.
Ko Denmark Jasmine + Neroli Perfume is $45 for 3.6 ml Perfume Oil, and can likewise be found at b-glowing or Beautyhabit.
Tried any other great jasmines lately? Do comment!
1. Actually, I stole the term from Jessica, who used it when she reviewed DS & Durga’s Poppy Rouge, The Orchid Drinkers and Five Step Waltz. I do think it’s an apt description of their perfumery style, but the Rodin arguably has a more “polished” and “pretty” feel than some of their prior fragrances.