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April Aromatics Jasmina EDP Perfume Review

April Aromatics Jasmina

The phrase “natural beauty” is one of those phrases that I don’t like. One of the reasons I dislike it is that it is a term used to describe something that we perceive as “natural” even if it is or isn’t…it just has to look “natural”.  Another reason I dislike it is because I don’t believe “natural beauty” is any better than “faked” beauty. I think our culture often uses the phrase for shaming people that they may perceive as illusionists or “fakers”. Any way you slice it, when you talk about “natural beauty” in regards to a person, you’re talking about physical appearance. I guess that is shallow depending on who you ask. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I dislike that phrase but it’s completely appropriate for describing April Aromatics Jasmina. Jasmina is a natural beauty and I mean it. It’s the sort of floral fragrance that will always be in style, an instant classic because beauty this pure is timeless.

Jasmina is an indolic jasmine and ylang-ylang which means it’s right up my alley. Grapefruit adds a natural “fizziness” or lift to these white florals. The white florals are naturally sweet like bubblegum. Jasmina wears rather linear as this beautiful, heavenly jasmine and ylang-ylang. And it’s not just a “natural beauty”; it’s not trying too hard. It seems genuine and pure and that’s why it’s so beautiful. Jasmina is being herself.

WInifred Lenihan, a natural beauty
Winifred Lenihan, beautiful with and without makeup.

Notes listed include jasmine, ylang-ylang and pink grapefruit. Launch date 2012. PERFUMER – Tanja Bochnig

Give Jasmina a try if you love jasmine. Or if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Songes EDP, HEELEY Ophelia, Guerlain Chamade, Patou Joy and/or Diptyque Olene. Jasmina is an all-natural composition but you don’t have to be a fan of naturals to love Jasmina.

Projection and longevity are average. I have also found out by accident that this smells great layered over something really patch-heavy or woodsy.

The 1 oz EDP retails for $190 at Luckyscent. Samples are also available for purchase.

Victoria’s Final EauPINIONTimeless, elegant, naturally beautiful ylang-ylang and jasmine. Beauty like this is always in style. – My only complaint is the price but I can say that the raw materials used in this aren’t cheap.

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*Disclaimer – Sample provided by April Aromatics. I am not financially compensated for this review. My opinions are my own. Product pic from April Aromatics. Winifred Lenihan by Edward Steichen, 1924, from Conde Nast.

5 thoughts on “April Aromatics Jasmina EDP Perfume Review

  1. I really like how you started this review … you gave me food for thought that I hadn’t considered before. And you’re right,of course: whether natural or faked, beauty is beauty.

    Your segue into the perfume was perfect, too – your explanation of how Jasmina’s pure and singular focus render it classic/timeless and rather immune from changes in taste and style. I couldn’t agree with you more, and I’m so happy you reviewed this one!! (By the way, have you reviewed Rose L’Orange? Because that one strikes me as very you … the Spring version of you, I should say.)

    1. I don’t want to rant, but it happens. Beauty is beauty and I have a broad definition of it. I mean so many people love Marilyn Monroe and she was a product of a studio and we were brainwashed to believe she was beautiful 😉 And you know what, she was beautiful…with our without a perfectly tweezed hairline and perfectly placed beauty marks.

      It’s such a beautiful perfume. It will never go out of style. Well, that’s my opinion, but still. It captures that realism and joy of the flowers it’s inspired by. Like I said, it’s an expensive perfume but I’ve looked into some of these Thai ylang ylang absolutes and they ain’t cheap.

      Yes, I have tried Rose L’orange and adore it! The line does florals wonderfully. It doesn’t clutter it with any of that unnecessary stuff 😉 I think Rose L’Orange could make a rose hater even love a rose.

  2. Lovely write up! The natural “bubblegum” sweetness is a beauty 😀
    I really like the simplicity of this line, it’s not always appropriate but I find myself drawn to wear some of them in the summer. Unter Den Linden is my favourite spring scent by them I’ve worn it to death!
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    1. White florals and bubblegum belong together 😉

      Sometimes, even with food, I find myself craving simple over complex. This line helps me get through those phases. Unter den Linden is great. You like Tauer’s Zeta, right? I’m trying to narrow my linden purchase between these two.

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