Jasmine-Scented Things

I’m starting a new category called “Jasmine Scented Things” and here are the first four things in it! (You can also check out “Rose-Scented Things“, “Lavender-Scented Things” and “Almond-Scented Things“. Some categories may not have many posts, but I’m still working through the – now infamous – archives, so there will be more joining them.

Jasmine – the heady, powerful, exotic floral that reminds me of holidays in hot places. Most specifically, a holiday that I took in Cyprus and stayed at the Hideaway Club. I don’t know about now, but when I visited Northern Cyprus a good few years back, there was a real lack of good accommodation (yes, I’m used to being spoilt when it comes to travelling, it’s a perk of the job!) and I almost had heart failure when Mr AMR and I arrived at the place I had booked through lastminute.com. It wasn’t horrendous, but we had booked a two week stay and it wasn’t how I wanted to spend two weeks. Which is in relative luxury, by a quiet pool, with great food and enough privacy to get one’s baps out.

Anyway, the Hideaway Club was cute, with white, airy bedrooms and little terraces on which breakfast was served. (If you wish – it’s about 3,876 degrees by 9am, so you may want to sit in the restaurant or inside your room!) It was a good find, and I would go there again. Mr AMR wouldn’t, because he has a weird phobia of revisiting places.

(By the way, I’m not in the business of slating hotels that aren’t up to my (quite frankly ridiculous) standards, so I won’t print the name here . I’ll let you know in the comments if anyone’s thinking of booking in N.Cyprus! It wasn’t a bad place, just not….special.)

I digress. Jasmine. My room at the Hideaway Club was absolutely surrounded by Jasmine plants in full bloom (nightmare for hayfever sufferers, perhaps!) and I am transported back there every time I smell them! So here goes with my first four favourites – feel free to suggest more in the comments!

1) Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge – see full review here. Heavy (almost too heavy for me!) and heady, this is definitely not for the faint-hearted. But it’s complex and unusual, and due to the price, pretty rare. I mean, not rare as such, but you won’t find every Tom, Dick and Henrietta wearing it. £125 from Selfridges.com

2) Acqua di Parma’s Gelsomino Nobile is lighter, I think, both on the nose and the wallet! It’s slightly less heady than the Tom Ford Private Blend, and easier to wear as a daytime fragrance. There’s orange blossom in the mix, too, which appeals to me greatly. (In fact, “Orange-Blossom-Scented Things” needs to be another category, doesn’t it?!) Gelsomino Nobile is £66 from JohnLewis.com

3) For a spot of product layering, try Jo Malone’s White Jasmine & Mint Body Creme. The scent is actually really long-lasting, I hardly think that you need very much fragrance over the top at all. The cream’s formula is thick and decadent, but not too buttery – you can actually get out of the door within ten minutes, put it that way! (Once dressed, obviously.) £48 from Selfridges.com

4) ila Spa bath salts for Inner Peace, £48 from ila Spa. Utterly luxurious, a blend of Rose Otto, Sandalwood and Jasmine. Really very, very relaxing and if you’re looking for a proper pamper-session then these are just bliss! I have a little scrub-a-dub with them on my thighs and bottom before getting into the bathwater – they seem to dissolve more easily and I like that I get double the use out of them!

So, there’s the first lot of gorgeous, exotic Jasmine products for my new category. I’ll make it easier to find these categories, soon – God only knows how, but I will get there!

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  1. Lisa Fusco
    June 29, 2012 / 7:56 am

    Morning Ruth,

    Now Jasmine I LOVE – not too keen on Rose ( which I know you love).

    And as for N.Cyprus – we adore it there – so much we bought our own apartment and we’re off there in just over two weeks time !! YIPEE!!! I would say it’s got better in the last few years as far as accommodation is concerned – but still not over developed ( which is just how we like it). Can’t wait to be sinking my teeth into Steak Diane at Niazi’s down by the harbour.

    This year of course I will be taking a ridiculous amount of products thanks to this blog and that of Beauty Mouth!!!

    Lisa F x

    • Ruth
      June 29, 2012 / 9:16 am

      Oh that’s so exciting Lisa – a whole new place to decorate and do things to! xx

  2. anonymous
    June 29, 2012 / 8:23 am

    Great post, I love jasmine! Korres have a really amazing jasmine line, it is worth a place in your list!

    • Sam
      June 29, 2012 / 3:56 pm

      must echo the comments on Korres having a great Jasmine line – I tested the body lotion for the peeps over at Beauty Bible once, and it has been a staple in my bathroom ever since – great texture and sublime scent x

  3. MakeUpNaive
    June 29, 2012 / 1:28 pm

    I love jasmine more that i love rose scent, albeit my toner is rose water.

  4. Syvie
    June 29, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    RUTH I JUST tried Tata Harper’s products for the first time last night (did a mini-facial with samples off of Spirit Beauty Lounge). I don’t even have words to describe how incredible and (immediately) efficacious these products are. The most amazing product, though, (and here’s where this become relevant) is the Rejuvenating Serum. It also happens to smell DELICIOUS, very jasmine-y but with a certain lightness about it. Anyhow, thought you’d be interested to try these uber-luxurious products if you haven’t already. Cheers!

    • Ruth
      June 29, 2012 / 5:10 pm

      Ooooh! OK, I am going to investigate! xx

  5. MariaBent
    June 29, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    What a good idea! I also love jasmine scent.
    Till a couple of months ago, I had a 10m wall, alongside the pool, completely covered with jasmine plants (planted by myself some 7 years ago). In early June they bloom and fill the garden with the most marvellous perfume. It was very nice to smell it while swimming.
    As I said in a previous comment, I moved house recently, so bye-bye jasmine for the moment, as a matter of fact, bye-bye garden, because the new one is not properly fixed yet. So, I’ll check out some of your suggestions, I think I’ve seen the Acqua di Parma somewhere.
    Further, one vote for the “orange scented things”.

    Nice week-end everyone.x

  6. June 29, 2012 / 6:40 pm

    I got to try some of the Tom Ford perfumes in the Spring and was blown away. I’m a die-hard Chanel girl, so it’s very difficult to impress me, but his range did just that! And do keep up the travelogue posts. I love reading about where you’ve been, good places to stay etc…


    • Ruth
      June 30, 2012 / 11:56 am

      Thanks Ali, will do! x

  7. Ruby Blue
    June 29, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    Yes please to the Orange Blossom scented things category ;)

  8. Jasmine
    June 29, 2012 / 9:44 pm

    Hm.. my name is Jasmine! yay! :)

  9. Anastasia
    June 29, 2012 / 10:40 pm

    Heyy gorgeous,
    love your cute blog :)

    if you follow me I will follow right back =D

    much love

  10. Jennigui
    June 30, 2012 / 4:51 am

    Dear Ruth, I wonder if u would pls do a make up tutorial on Imogene poots in the movie miss Austen remembers, she looks just like u :) thank u xoxo

  11. Jennigui
    June 30, 2012 / 4:52 am

    Oops, I meant miss Austen regrets… Sorry

  12. June 30, 2012 / 7:01 am

    Oh Ruth, I just so enjoy your “rambling on” (your words, often used!) in these posts. I always get such a kick out of it.

    I’m still looking for my “me” fragrance. Perhaps Jasmine is a possibility, thanks!

    @MariaBent, so sorry to hear about your having to leave your gardens…ouch! But it sounds like you have the talent to make a beautiful new one!

  13. July 1, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    Korres also has a beautiful and affordable jasmine range. I had their cream and lotion and the scent stays on for some time. I’ve had tones of compliments on it!

  14. Jessica
    July 2, 2012 / 11:26 pm

    LOVE this post. I too am not a huge rose fan but would urge you please please PLEASE to do an orange-blossom scented things post! Divine. My two fave smells by far.

  15. Alexis
    July 3, 2012 / 4:47 pm

    I love Jasmine scents, and I love orange blossom even more! I can never find any really lovely orange blossom perfume so would love a post about that!

  16. Donna
    November 19, 2012 / 10:39 am

    I am a Jasmineahoilic – thanks for this Ruth.

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