The fragrance was created in April 2018, in collaboration with Celine Roux and Mathilde Bijaoui as a fresh and unexpected combination of flowers, noble jasmine sambac, and lovely marigold. Mathilde Bijaoui andCéline Roux explained:
“Marigold is a fairly unusual ingredient. Its fruity and aromatic facets contrast harmoniously with the fresh and natural tones of jasmine sambac. Together they capture the vibrancy of an Indian flower market.”
Arabian Jasmine is the king of all jasmines. I went to India to experience the floral harvest. It would be early in the morning when flowers have just opened, blooming in the countryside, picked by women in saris handling these buds as if they were precious jewels.”
Jasmine Sambac & Marigold Qualities
Marigold, also called tagete, has a pungent green aroma which also carries a fruity character along with it. The fragrance starts this with the marigold out front given some depth with ylang-ylang. That is what allows it to stand up to the jasmine in the heart, the accord that dominates the entire scent from the moment it is released from the bottle. For richness and warmth, there is also hints of vanilla and amber, entwined with a base note of Benzoin.
- Top Notes – Marigold
- Heart – Jasmine Sambac
- Base Notes – Benzoin
The marigold is an excellent contrast forming an enjoyable duo for those spring mornings which start cold and end warm. It’s fresh, heady, delicious and just the thing your fragrance wardrobe has been missing.
I must say, the Jasmine Sambac & Marigold is definitely a step away from the usual fragrances you encounter in the market. It features a delightful array of distinct ingredients that combine for an unusual, intriguing perfume that’s layered yet simple. You really do get an Indian flavor to it and it’s absolutely stunning.
As with most Jo Malone scents, the wear time on this is amazing. A few spritzes in the morning and you’ll still be smelling it into the evening. It has 10-12 hour longevity and average sillage. It is a fairly strong scent, as you would expect but not intimidatingly so. If you love jasmine and you want a scent that lasts then this is an ideal evening fragrance scent. It has a perfect balance, strong enough to make a statement, but not ridiculously overpowering. The fragrance is available as 50, 75 and 100 ml.