I don’t know what it is about me, but every time I am randomly given a sample in store, it is always a “jasmine” perfume. What about my physical appearance says I want to smell like jasmine? With this one, the Jo Malone rep spent a good 40 seconds searching through a basket for what she said was “the perfect perfume for you”. I wouldn’t have thought anything of it but this has been at least the 15th time this has happened to me at a department store.
Spritz. Oh, no. This opens up terribly. This is such an odd thing to compare this fragrance to but do you remember sheets of scratch n’ sniff stickers? This is what it smells like. It’s a mix of citrus, mint, strawberry, dill weed and flowers with adhesive and paper. It’s a hodgepodge of everything synthetic. The final result is a book of scratch n’ sniff stickers. And I mean, this isn’t terrible if you are looking for something grade school nostalgic. Real talk – scratch and sniff stickers were one of the best things of childhood. Some things sound nostalgic and great in adulthood. Then you find yourself at a 30-something friend’s house eating Count Chocula at 3:30 am in the morning because it seemed like a comforting, awesome thing to do at the time. Plus, you’re in awe that your friend has a box of this stuff around. AND you remember crying to your grandma to buy you a box of this stuff every week when you were 6 years old. She never bought it for you because she wanted you to be miserable…one time you had it a your cousin’s house. It was tasty with scandal! Anyway, half a bowl later, you realize that chocolate, sugar and milk doesn’t settle well with a gut full of gin and tonics and what other alcoholic beverage you consumed over the past few hours. This is how Jasmine and Mint makes me feel. Nostalgia quickly turns to regret. Eventually it turns into a soft, squeaky clean jasmine floral soap. I mean if it brings to mind cheap-o novelty items, it’s difficult for me to not to think of this as cheap-o fragrance. I think of it as a much cheaper fragrance than its price tag based on my past associations. It’s like some chef trying to sell you a General-Mills cereal as something luxurious and novel.
I realize that I don’t make friends when I make statements like what I’m about to make, it’s never a personal attack. But, I think White Jasmine & Mint is garbage. I hate the way it smells on my skin so much that I should file a restraining order on it. I don’t want it near me anymore. Never again. As always, mileage will vary. Something about this composition just rubs me the wrong way.
Hey, do I look like a person that wants to smell like jasmine? Or do I look like a person that wants to smell like stickers? Your answer is appreciated.
Notes listed include jasmine, lily, orange blossom and wild mint. Launch date 2007.
Give White Jasmine & Mint a try if you like a cooling, squeaky clean floral. I guess it could be a good choice for summer or sweaty weather. I don’t know. I’m trying to be nice here.
Projection and longevity are average for a “cologne”. I get about 2-3 hours wear from it.
White Jasmine and Mint comes in 2 sizes with prices ranging from $60-$110 at Nordstrom.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A vintage book of scratch and sniff stickers. A synthetic mix of ctirus, mint, berries, dill, nondescript flowers and glue. I think I’ve made myself clear about how I feel about this one.
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