If you want a jasmine that smells like jasmine but isn’t thick and heavy, try Diptyque Olene.
That’s a hell of a lot of jasmine. Olene opens with a ton of indolic jasmine and an old-fashioned wisteria. There are tea-like nuances in this fragrance. Olene starts out as strong. Olene is interesting in that it is so indolic but somehow it smells clean and almost like a soapy jasmine and honeysuckle. It doesn’t smell dirty or rotten, it smells sheer and crisp. The dry-down is a pretty honeyed jasmine that wears closer to the skin. It’s more subtle and I like it better at the dry down.
Olene starts out strong and mellows out with time. But, Olene isn’t as strong as let’s say Carolina Herrera or Montale Jasmin Full. It’s tenacious but not “thick” or heavy. And it’s not sweet like Fracas.
Notes listed include wisteria, jasmine, narcissus and honeysuckle. PERFUMER – Serge Kalouguine
Give Olen a try if you like jasmine. Don’t try it if you dislike jasmine 😉 Give it a try if you like perfumes like Annick Goutal Chevrefeuille, Estee Lauder Private Collection, L’Artisan Parfumeur La Chasse aux Papillons, original Marc Jacobs, and/or Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage. I find Olene to be very feminine.
Olene has above average projection and longevity. I actually preferred it dabbed over sprayed.
It is available at Nordstrom. It comes in 2 sizes with prices ranging from $88-$120.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Jasmine and honeysuckle. Strong but sheerer than most. I find it pretty but not something that I would wear. Or at least wear at this stage of my perfumed life.
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