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Chloé Atelier Des Fleurs Jasminum Sambac
If you're a fragrance fanatic, or just, you know, enjoy smelling divine from time to time, chances are you're familiar with the aromatic fragrance magic created by global fashion and fragrance house Chloé. The brand has gained global recognition and awards for Chloé Eau de Parfum ($105)—a cult classic—and Chloé Nomade ($72). Last week, Chloé launched nine brand-new fragrances. Yes, nine, not one, so you have more than enough options to choose from. With the help of six skilled master perfumists, the brand created a cohesive collection of single note fragrances, which are meant for you to layer and cocktail as you please. Or, do as I'm doing and find the one, then wear it until you can't anymore. Each perfumist picked their favorite flower or organic herb fit to be the heart and top note of each fragrance. (Cedrus, herba mimosa, hibiscus abelmoschus, jasminum sambac, lavanda, magnolia alba, neroli, rosa damascena and verbena make up the family of nine feminine fragrances.)
It's rare for a heritage brand, like Chloé, to come out with so many scents at once. But who is complaining? More for us. Whether your nose gravitates towards musky or floral, there's one you'll love—trust me. After putting my nose through a lot of sniffing, I settled on Jasmine. To say I'm thrilled with my decision is an understatement. Let me tell you more.
Why I'm Obsessed:
I've never liked a single note, jasmine-based fragrance before. You'll find jasmine notes in most fragrances, though. (According to Fragrantica, an online encyclopedia of perfumes, about 80-percent of fragrances created in the first half of the 20th century had natural jasmine raw materials in them.) It's a signature note, but it's usually coupled with other top, middle, and base notes for a fully blended fragrance. Here, though, it stands on its own.
“Jasminum” comes from the Persian word “yasamin” which means “gift from God.” And man, is this true. What drew me to this scent is how sensual and rich the jasmine smells once it settles into my skin. It's seductive and heady, and reminds me of an exotic sunset somewhere far away from my desk, mentally transporting me there. When creating the scent, perfumist Louise Turner “thought of the exquisite jasmine sambac she smelled on Mother's Day in Bangkok, where it is the gift of choice for that occasion,” the brand notes. “The delicate jasmine petals bring soft and sunny notes to the fragrance.” To me, the scent reads as both intense and soft at the same time. No fragrance wardrobe is ever complete. So I plan on layering this with whatever I want and seeing how it plays out. But I guarantee you don't have to. Spritz on.
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