I was happy to read it’s been proven that inhaling the scent of jasmine is as calming and soothing as taking a valium:
“Instead of a sleeping pill or a mood enhancer, a nose full of jasmine from Gardenia jasminoides could also help: in collaboration with Dr. Olga Sergeeva and Prof. Helmut Hass from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, researchers from Bochum led by Prof. Dr. Hanns Hatt have discovered that the two fragrances Vertacetal-coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol. They soothe, relieve anxiety and promote sleep. The researchers have now been granted a patent for their discovery. “ (full article)
"Vertacetal-coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol. (full article)So all that and beauty too, without a lot of dangerous side effects or addictive qualities, except perhaps a rather nice perfume addiction that may develop in certain susceptible types.
I still have the jasmine sambac concrete from Enfleurage , so I have been using it much more frequently ever since reading about this phenomenon. I notice that in addition to the mentally beneficial effects it also has a beautiful effect on certain perfumes worn over it, especially those that already have a fair amount of floral, wood or musk components.
I know that most perfumes, maybe as many as about 80%, have jasmine in them to begin with so this makes it simple to experiment with layering jasmine as a separate component. I found that wearing a little of the jasmine concrete as a base with Nenufar for example, a blue lotus perfume I have written about before, and also Tallulah B2 from A Wing and A Prayer, lifts and expands these already beautiful compositions up and out into the air around me, and also adds depth, almost like sinking their warmth into the skin.
The intense humidity and heat we have had lately also heightens the effect. Definitely something for the evenings, or on weekends, for relaxation and sleep enhancement. Most jasmine plant scents are stronger at night, so it all fits together.
Above photo, the Jasmine Festival in Grasse . In early August, with jasmine covered floats, girls throw flowers at the spectators, who are also getting a fine spray of jasmine scented water.
A favorite prior post on Jasmine here.
Enfleurage Jasmines - available as both essential oil and sometimes as concrete, available online and at the store.
Septimanie Pavilion des Fleurs, a fine super-realist jasmine perfume, with more thoughts on Jasmine in a prior post here. More thoughts on layering as a trans-seasonal practice and with other types of fragrances here and here.
Photo at right, a jasmine and pearl ornamentation from India, the connection is clear between the head and the nose, with a fascinating article, here.