Hooray! The new samples have landed. I was incredibly excited to have a bank of smellies (as I have taken to effectionately calling them) to smell and write about again. One of the first I noticed was Le Labo’s Jasmin 17.
In Bottle: Instantly makes me think of a light spring breeze that’s touched with a little bit of floral. Definitely white floral in scent with a very delicate sheer personality to it.
Applied: Light and airy. Jasmin 17 goes on so sheer but has such a great lightweight feel to it at the same time. It’s like the concept of a fresh Spring day. I get an initial waft of orange blossom, nice and sweet and easy to enjoy then a tumbling into a more floral bouquet featuring other delicate little flowers. The “Springy”, airiness of this reminds me of green tea served cold. I get a lot of neroli projecting from the bouquet of white florals, but I had to do a lot of digging to even start smelling the jasmine. It’s so faint that I question whether I’m actually smelling any jasmine in this or if it’s just my mind wanting me to smell jasmine at all. The whole fragrance is held together by a quality, delicate vanilla scent that lends a bit of sweetness to the whole affair. Overall, Jasmin 17 is a really fresh, easy to love experience for anyone who enjoys clean, fresh and floral scents. It’s right up my alley, anyway!
Extra: Maurice Roucel was the perfume for Jasmin 17. You may remember his work for Bond No.9’s Riverside Drive, Musc Ravageur and DKNY’s Be Delicious.
Design: Jasmin 17 was bottled in a pretty similar fashion to most of Le Labo’s other fragrances. The whole line is charming in a “vintage chemist” sort of way to me. One bottle on its own looks a little out of place among much more decorated specimens, but lining a shelf with Le Labo fragrances would look quite nice.
Fragrance Family: Floral
Notes: Neroli, bigarade, jasmine, orange flower, amber, musk, sandalwood, vanilla.
I picked Jasmin 17 mostly for the fact that I wasn’t satisfied with letting Thierry Mugler’s Alien take the limelight. There had to be something more “niche-y” that interpreted jasmine with a bit more flare. I remember the buzz surrounding Le Labo’s Rose 31 a while back and never got around to ordering a sample of that one until now. And to go one better, I threw in some Jasmin 17. Unfortunately, if you were looking for a strong jasmine presence, I don’t think you’ll find it in Jasmin 17. If you wanted a light, easy to wear, airy scent that reminds you of cool spring breezes, then you’ve got your fragrance.
Reviewed in This Post: Jasmin 17, 2012, Eau de Parfum.
I tried Jasmine 17 only at the store and though it wasn’t bad it didn’t impress me enough to want to test it on the skin. Currently my two favorite jasmine fragrances are By Kilian’s Love & Tears and Dior’s Grand Bal.
Grand Bal’s a pretty recent release, isn’t it? I’m waiting for it to hit the store shelves here with no small amount of glee. 😀 Love & Tears is another one I haven’t yet tried and might have to!
Seeing as Jasmin 17 isn’t anything close to the jasmine explosion I was hoping for, my favorite jasmine is still Mugler’s Alien for the cannonball of jasmine that it launches up my nose every time I smell it.
Grand Bal is the one before the last new releases from Dior’s La Collection Privée so if there is a boutique close by that has that line it’s already there. I’ve recently published a story about it, if you’re curious.
I’ll have to check that out. Unfortunately, I still don’t know my way around my new home yet, but methinks the place close by won’t be getting this in any time soon if it doesn’t already carry it. 🙁