All that rose talk last week left me feeling like I was neglecting the King of Flowers, jasmine. I’ve been pulling out jasmine perfumes to sample all this week¹. I’ve satisfied my current jasmine craving with this soliflore, Ramón Béjar Jasmine Maat.
Jasmine Maat is a big ‘ole jasmine. It opens with sunshine and hay paired with a realistic, slightly honeyed jasmine. This brand‘s strength is offering fairly “simple” perfumes that emphasize the sophistication of high-quality notes. Jasmine Maat is no exception. I have a hunch on the origins of the jasmines in this, and trust me, they aren’t cheap. Jasmine Maat has all of the qualities that I look for in a jasmine – floral, indolic, rubbery/fleshy with a hint of warmth. And that’s the heart of Jasmine Maat. The fragrance enters its “dusk” phase which when the jasmine diffuses into a powdery musk and slightly waxy, sweet tiare. The dry-down slips into a slumber of a musky vanilla talcum powder.
Jasmine Maat is a soliflore which means that some may label it as “simple”. I’ve already said that I don’t find soliflores simple anymore; their complexities are more nuanced. Jasmine Maat is a straight-forward jasmine that is well choreographed. It’s beautiful and dances on the skin.
Notes listed include bergamot, black currant, chamomile, Egyptian jasmine, jasmine sambac, rose, tiare flower, vanilla and musk. Launched in 2014. PERFUMER – Ramón Béjar
Give Jasmine Maat a try if you like jasmine perfumes. Or if you like perfumes like Serge Lutens A La Nuit, Keiko Mecheri Jasmine, Montale Jasmine Full, Nasomatto Nuda and/or CB I Hate Perfume Jasmine Sambac.
Projection and longevity are above average.
The 2.55 oz bottle retails for $295 at Osswald.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Radiant jasmine soliflore. It’s expensive but it really is a luxurious jasmine.
¹I realized that I have very few jasmine perfumes in my collection and honestly, very few that I even like wearing. I have this issue where I almost view jasmine as “too sophisticated” for my usual wear but I’m fine with all other florals. Go figure. I think the “cost per wear” of something like Jasmine Maat would be astronomical for me since I’d probably only wear it once a year.