An evergreen shrub with fragrant, star-shaped pink, yellow or white flowers, the Jasmine genus contains around 300 species. J. sambac is native to southern India and has a long history of cultivation in India. It is commonly referred to as Mogra.
About The Oil
Our sweeter Jasmine Oil, from the sambac variety, is solvent extracted from 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.
It is an oil that brings a lightness and happy feeling to those who use it. If you are interested in a deeper, less-sweet Jasmine, try the grandiflorum 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.