An evergreen shrub with fragrant, star-shaped pink, yellow or white flowers, the Jasmine genus contains around 300 species. The grandiflorum variety is native to northern Iran, Afghanistan and Kashmir, was brought to Spain by the Moors and has now adapted to growing in more mild Mediterranean climates throughout Europe, Morocco, Egypt and India.
Grasse, a town in the south of France, became the principal supplier of jasmine absolute. However, due to the high costs of production, most jasmine cultivation is now in countries such as Algeria, Morocco, Egypt and India.
About The Oil
This Jasmine Absolute is a simply intoxicating oil produced from jasmine blossoms; 1000 pounds of blossoms (about 3.6 million fresh blossoms) produce one pound of Jasmine oil. The blossoms are collected before sunrise, and handled with care to preserve their delicate scent.
The grandiflorum variety is appreciated for its combination of floral and deep notes, plus its complex character. This Jasmine absolute is an orange-brown, viscous liquid with an intensely rich, warm, floral scent and ‘tea-like’ undertone. It is an oil that brings a lightness and happy feeling to those who use it. If you are interested in a lighter, sweeter Jasmine, try the Sambac variety. Lighter and sweeter doesn’t mean ‘less interesting’, though it may mean ‘broader appeal’.
A Note On Absolutes
Some plant material is simply too fragile to put through steam or hydro distillation; the organic material begins to decompose immediately upon harvesting. To retain the delicate aromatic compounds that would otherwise be lost in traditional distillation, a method is used whereby solvents draw the volatile essential oils out of the botanical material. The solvent is then extracted, resulting in a waxy concrete. A second extraction removes waxes and solids, and what remains is the most complete aromatic profile available with existing technology.
Jasmine has been nicknamed ‘Queen of the Night’ and ‘Moonlight of the Grove’; for centuries, women have treasured it for its seductive, beautiful fragrance. It has been used for personal adornment as a perfume and as a mood-setting agent at religious ceremonies, feasts and in bed chambers.