Jasmine

J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Jasmine

Plants that wake when others sleep. Timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.
— Thomas More

Right now in southern France the fields are bursting with Jasmine, which is harvested in the early morning, distilled, and used in aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Jasmine is considered the flower of flowers, noted as one of the most important essences in perfuming. Many people find the aroma attractive with it's heady, narcotic sweetness, yet other's might find that it smells of rotten flowers. Either way, this flower continues to be of value to the perfumer. I love adding just a little bit of jasmine to a blend to brighten up the dark tones. Side by side, a synthetic will never be as complicated and beautiful as the natural jasmine absolute oil.

Jasmine veins.

Jasmine veins.

Aromatherapists might recommend Jasmine to cure a headache. Put a dab of the neat oil on your temples for a quick fix. Join us for an upcoming workshop to smell the oil for yourself!

J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Post-Beach Bliss Natural Perfume

Post-Beach Bliss is a limited edition natural perfume that I blended for Austin Fashion Week, but I have been dabbling with this formula for years! 

Why did it take me years? Because with natural perfumes they last for two hours and evolve as they dry down and I wanted this one to be an awesome transformation. I would settle for nothing less. "Dry down" means what a scent smells like as it dries and this one is a shape shifting dream. To start it off there are bold citrus top notes of Yuzu and grapefruit kicking it into high gear! The middle notes are jasmine grandiflorium absolute  with warm, herbaceous lavender absolute. The base is truly a driving force below it all, with the grounding oils of earthy Oak and Vetiver combined with the sweetness of fir absolute. It's a show stopper and after years of tinkering, I am so pleased to share it with you.

Ripe Yuzu

Ripe Yuzu

Interesting fact: Yuzu fruit is a Japanese citrus fruit that originates from China. We obtain citrus oils by a process called cold pressing. The rind of the fruit is, you guessed it, pressed and out comes the essential oil. So when you break open the skin of your next citrus fruit, that scent is essential oils you sniff!