Tuesday, June 13, 2006

REVIEW: Montale, Jasmin Full (2005)

Pros: An incredible white floral that smells exactly like fresh jasmine petals.

Cons: This one is strictly for floral lovers.

Notes: Jasmine, orange blossom, honeysuckle.

Reminds me of: L'Artisan La Chasse aux Papillons, but headier.

Development: The honeysuckle and orange blossom are really only accents here, helping to create a sense of depth and adding a touch of sweetness; a linear composition.

Longevity: Lasts forever on me and that's a good thing from a jasmine fragrance.

Sillage: Again, excellent, enough so that I was asked what I was wearing, but not too overwhelming.

Where can I buy it? $122 for a 100ml edt spray at Suravionline.com.

Bottleworthy: A jasmine-lover's dream.

The Bottom Line: I've always loved the smell of jasmine, it's true. Having always preferred to drink my jasmine (tea) rather than wear it, I've long been somewhat shy about wearing white florals. That began to change after I discovered Hanae Mori for men in the mid-90's and became enchanted with its big brash jasmine note. More recently, after being surrounded by an oasis of jasmine (petals, flowers, teas, oils) at the Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I officially became a jasmine junkie and Jasmin Full is the perfect scent for an addict such as myself. Yes, it's a little pricey, but the materials used are exquisite, the scent lasts forever, and it truly does smell like fresh-picked Jasmine petals. What more can I say?

Rating (out of 10): 8

What's your favorite jasmine scent?


Ina said...

Thanks for the review! I'm currently waiting for a sample of this.

Sali said...

I'm a white floral nut and jasmine is one of my top faves. Jean Patou Joy, Nicolai Eau d'Ete, Marc Jacobs Blush...I love them all. I like them light and fresh and I like them heady and animalic. Right now, I'm in love with Le Labo Jasmin 17 which to me is a good mix of both fresh and animalic. I also wore La Chasse aux Papillons for a long time and would love to try this Montale.

Cait Shortell said...

I love full. I love it from Cairo, where it is sold on the street in little necklaces. Jasmine is my heart and soul. Jasmine perfumes I love? Joy, Le Jasmin by AG, Le Parfum de Therese, Sous le Vent by Guerlain and the list goes on and on til the right break a dawn.