Ingredient Feature: Jasmine
The air is sweet, pure, hypnotic.
What bloom lends its robust aroma to Chinese tea, Hindu puja ceremonies and French perfumery? Adorns garlands from Kolkata to Jakarta to Waikiki? Is the official favorite flower of Tunisia, Damascus, Syria, and Pakistan?
Jasmine, that’s what.
Jasmine is exotic, hypnotic and blooms only at night. A genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family, the jasmine plant (Jasminum grandiflorum) opens its delicate white petals after sundown, releasing its fragrant perfume into the moonlit air. At dusk along the cafes and souks of Tunis, vendors proffer boutonnieres of jasmine, like lush-headed lollipops, to adorn lapels, scenting the desert air and enchanting the evening.
Few fragrances are quite as beloved or precious as jasmine. That’s because jasmine emits an intensely floral, warm, rich and lastingly lush aroma, making it a favorite essence for perfumery. (See below for the many Thymes collections that feature jasmine.)
It is said that jasmine first bloomed in the valleys of the lower Himalayas, near western China and northeastern India. From there it spread along the Mediterranean to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Spain, crossed the Hindu Kush to Persia (now Iran) and rode the trade winds to Indonesia and the South Pacific islands. Its English name comes from the Persian yasmin, meaning “gift from God.”
Jasmine opens its delicate petals at night, releasing its fragrant perfume into the moonlit air.
In aromatherapy, jasmine flowers are recommended for inflammation, easing both physical irritation and sensitivity to pain. But perfumery is where jasmine truly flourishes.
The smallest amount of jasmine absolute, a highly concentrated paste made from the plant's essential oils, supplies an unrivaled exotic-floral character to fragrance. It takes about 8,000 freshly picked flowers to make 1 gram of absolute.
At Thymes, we've long admired jasmine's considerable charms. Find it in these Thymes collections: Azur, Bergamot Vert, Goldleaf, Kimono Rose, Sweetleaf Baby, Thymes Essentials Foot Care and Neroli Blossom.
The best thing about the marriage of jasmine and Thymes? The flower may only bloom at night, but you can enjoy our jasmine-infused fragrances anytime.
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