It takes 8,000,000 handpicked jasmine flowers to produce 2 pounds of oil. There are over 200 species of jasmine and I have been seduced by this intoxicating aroma around the globe from Europe, Africa, India, Bali, Thailand, Latin America etc. …. and at home. This is the first bloom of the season and a photo of a jasmine being sold in a park in India.
The first time I was acutely aware of its power was while living in Spain, the women would walk around the plaza with the flower tucked behind their ears. In India the streets were resplendent with large balls of jasmine. One is enveloped with a cacophony of aromas in India, this was a lovely bouquet that someone was selling in a park – the aroma is heady and glorious. My organic roll on perfume flourish and geranium jasmine lavender body lotion conjures images of all the wonderful countries I have been.
Jasmine used in my perfume and most other beauty products is either Jasminum Officinale and Grandiflorum and is quite expensive but so worth the aroma. It is in Flourishand Geranium Jasmine Lavender body lotion.