Ikat Jasmine by Firmenich for Aerin 2013


Post by Poodle


Hey there fragrant juice junkies!

OMG! Jasmine! I love a good jasmine. You know those perfumes that are heavy on the jasmine that just make you swoon almost immediately? That almost narcotic blast of white floral that almost blinds you with intensity upon first sniff. A jasmine that makes your eyes roll back in your head as you are overcome by the indoles. A jasmine so intoxicating you’re convinced that you are that hot, sexy someone that you see in the perfume ads.

Well…sorry, this definitely is NOT that jasmine.

Ikat Jasmine by Aerin 2013

Ikat Jasmine by Firmenich

Ikat Jasmine Aerin Lauder FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Egyptian jasmine,jasmine sambac, tuberose, honeysuckle, sandalwood

Ikat Jasmine is described as “the embodiment of the modern woman”. That right there should give you a clue that this is not that kind of jasmine. It’s clean, fresh, terribly pretty and most definitely unoffensive. Very PC. It’s jasmine that has been washed, dried, plucked, and powdered. It’s all buttoned up to the neck. There’s no cleavage or too much leg showing. No dirty or exciting bits at all.

Ikat Jasmine Aerin Lauder Apron_1922 WikipediaWikipedia

Even at the start it’s a clean jasmine with some hint of citrus although it’s not listed in the notes. It’s settles in quickly and becomes somewhat office friendly on my skin. Within 30 minutes I’m barely able to smell it unless I get up close and sniff. If I wore this I don’t think anyone would think I’m wearing perfume. On me it smells more like a whiff of whatever functional scents I had used; shampoo, lotion, fabric softener, soap. It’s so soft that I can’t even pick it apart note-wise. It is what it is from start to finish. A clean whitish floral with a slight powdery aspect that fades to a faintly chemical wood base.

In an hour or so it’s basically gone on my scent eating skin. You may have different results.

Ikat Jasmine Aerin Lauder work-clothes PixabayPixabay

I know that this will be the perfect jasmine for many people who like that scrubbed up type of scent. Ikat Jasmine is just not my cup of tea. It’s not a bad perfume but I need a little more oomph and a bit more than 45 minutes of wear time to get excited. It might be nice as a candle scent. Beyond that I can’t really think of a thing to say about it. *sigh*

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So, what jasmine perfumes make you swoon? Or maybe, what perfumes bored you to tears? Oh, and don’t be upset if someone hates a favorite of yours. It happens. One man’s trash is another’s treasure even in perfumeland.

Until next time, my sweets.
Big hugs

32 comments on “Ikat Jasmine by Firmenich for Aerin 2013

  1. Gina Tabasso says:

    I love Etat Libre d’Orange’s Jasmin et Cigarette and Le Galion Snob and Jasmin as well at Jessica McClintock which is more lily and white floral to me, but the best jasmine is an unmarked bottle of Henry Jacques made by Firmenich that is jasmine and civet central. OMG!!! I have no idea which Henry Jacques it is but I got an amazing find.

    • tain says:

      Would it be possible to get some more reviews of our differents fragrances on your blog?
      Can we speak of it?
      Send me a mail at e.tain@brecourt.fr

    • poodle says:

      I’m jealous of your secret unmarked bottle! I like Jasmin et Cigarette too. I have never personally tried Jessica McClintock but I’ve been hoping for a bottle to turn up at the discounters because a woman I work with wears it occasionally and she smells great so I want some too.

  2. Erica says:

    Hahahaha! You had me giggling. What a fun read!
    My favorite jasmines include Nasomatto Nuda, PPC Hindu Honeysuckle, April Aromatics Jasmina, Bruno Acampora Jasmin, and pure absolutes of Jasmine Grandiflorum and Jasmine Sambac. Kisses!

    • poodle says:

      You don’t really like jasmine at all do you? 😉
      You’ve reminded me I need to take a road trip to Providence Perfume Company. Yes, I’m within driving distance and I’ve never gone. I need to try Hindu Honeysuckle I think.

  3. Bernadette Winfield-Gray says:

    Loved your post. I am a mite confused: does the Aerin on this fragrance have anything to do with the Lauder empire? If so the clean scrubbed frag effect perfectly encapsulates the US preppy ‘clean’ scents that are so popular. Jasmine vine in flower elicits instant sinus headache in me though I adore Eau de Givenchy in summer and it has jasmine as an accord.

    • poodle says:

      Yes, that’s the same Aerin. I agree, it totally fits the image but I have to admit I was hoping for just a wee bit more…something. Even a lingering white musk. It was just sort of there one minute and poof. Gone.
      I once tried growing jasmine as a house plant. It didn’t do too well. I just don’t have the right sunlight or warmth where I am. It was nice while it bloomed though.

  4. Holly says:

    Hi Poodle!

    I adore jasmine, and will probably forget a gazillionty of the ones I like. Tawaf, Diptyque Essences Insensees 2015, Surrender, A la Nuit, Sarrasins,Jasmin et Cigarette, Love and Tears are all good, but honestly I find the best to be straight up jasmine absolue of any variety. I would love to have jasmine garlands available here like the ones that are sold on every urban street corner in India, dammit!

    Boring perfume is terrible – I’d prefer something that stinks over that because at least there’d be a point to it. Hmm … what would the point be? Oh well, I dunno but there must be one, right?

    Holly xo

    • poodle says:

      Oh I love those garlands! I’ve never seen one in real life but I can only imagine how fabulous they are. If we had those we wouldn’t need perfume. Lol.
      Stinky perfumes at least make you have some response other than a blank stare. Some are even so bad they’re funny. We’ve all got a story about a scrubber that would not go away. Horrible at the time, but funny looking back.

  5. Azar says:

    Hi Poodle,
    Thanks for the heads up on this one! Do you have experience with the other EL Aerin fragrances? I wonder if they are all just as “clean”? Like you, I relish heavy, indolic, jasmines. I remember one that I purchased from the bazaar in Mashad over forty years ago, the scent burned into my brain, the actual fragrance gone forever. I also have a small, half empty bottle of a lovely jasmine mystery perfume oil labeled simply “Jasmine Supreme Oud”. It seems to be J. grandiflorum mixed with civet and something oudy.
    Azar xx

    • poodle says:

      I have briefly sniffed a few of the other Aerin’s and I don’t recall anything dirty. I don’t think that’s what they’re really aiming for. Honestly I’d love to smell Aerin scents on younger girls instead of the fruity messes most of them smell of.
      I can only imagine how great that old jasmine scent was. Your Jasmine Supreme Oud sounds pretty nice too.

  6. Fifi says:

    Ha! Your opening was the old one-two sucker punch right in the funny bone. Loved it. I haven’t really been drawn to jasmine, but I tried “Lights” by Roads the other day, which has a strong jasmine top note, and I liked it. Viva experimentation!

    • poodle says:

      I’m glad I made you laugh.
      I haven’t heard of Lights. Hmmm…adding to my list to investigate further. It’s fun to experiment as long as there’s a sink nearby in case a perfume goes very, very wrong and needs to be scrubbed.

  7. Julie F says:

    Sarrasins is the only one that does it for me. Smells just like a light-blue-flowered weed I discovered growing in an alley when I was a small child. Lovely.

  8. tain says:

    Would it be possible to get some more reviews of our differents fragrances on your blog?
    Can we speak of it?
    Send me a mail at e.tain@brecourt.fr

  9. cookie queen says:

    Hi Poodle. You know I do not have a single jasmine in my collection. I mean it may well be in some stuff but not jasmine jasmine. Perhaps I need to find one. Although I did use a bottle,of Bulgari Jasmin Noir a few years ago.

    I hate most of the stuff that says woody accord in the note list. So a faintly chemical wood base is a definite no. Not now, not ever. xxxx

    • poodle says:

      Some of those fake woods just choke me too. I cannot stand some of them.
      I like Jasmin Noir. I’ve gone through a few samples and actually almost asked for it for Christmas one year because I knew it was was easy to find and hubband wouldn’t mess up and get the wrong thing. In the end I picked something else. I still like it though.

  10. maggiecat says:

    I love, love, love jasmine, but disliked Jasmine Ikat because to my nose it was All Tuberose All The Time. Just a big shrieking Bunch o’ My Least Favorite Floral Note.

    But that’s all right…I still have Jo Malone’s Honeysuckle and Jasmine, Van Cleef and Arpels California Reverie,
    Ineke’s Poet’s Jasmine, Badgely Mischka’s Fleur de Nuit, Bulgari Jasmin Noir L’Essence, Givenchy Le De…Oh, and Aerin’s Mediterranean Honeysuckle has a strong jasmine note.

    Did I mention that I really love jasmine?

    • poodle says:

      No, I don’t recall you mentioning jasmine…nope, not at all. 🙂
      I got a tiny puff of tuberose in the beginning. Barely there. Funny how our skin or noses make things smell differently.
      Poet’s Jasmine is a good one. I almost bought a bottle at Anthropologie but the line at the checkout was too long and I was way too impatient that day even though it was a great deal. Yes, I’m still kicking myself for that one.

  11. Fazal says:

    my favorite Jasmine is Sarrasins and among modern ones, it is Jasmin et Cigarette

    • poodle says:

      Excellent choices! I love tobacco but usually more the pipe tobacco note. Somehow the cigarette tobacco note really works well with the jasmine in that perfume.

  12. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey Poodle,
    Seems your post has struck a nerve. Jasmine is one of my favourite notes, especially in the wild on suburban fences here in Australia. We don’t smell it so much here anymore but sometimes while riding my motorbike I get the heftiest bam of jasmine, makes me smile every time.
    Portia xx

    • poodle says:

      I wish I lived in a climate where it grew wild like that. I do have other flowers to sniff but we always want what we don’t have don’t we?
      Yes, it seems that there are some jasmine fans out there. Good to know.

  13. Maya says:

    I got a laugh from the beginning of your post too! Later, I thought, jasmine, that’s easy. Wrong. BWFs yes,but not mainly jasmine. I also had a bottle of Bulgari Jasmin Noir years ago, but that’s it. Seems I’ve been loving tuberose. Right now it’s Arquiste Flor y Canto. I definitely want a bottle.
    PS – Heeley Coccobello is a winner.

    • poodle says:

      Yay! I’m glad you liked Cocobello.
      There are so many jasmines that aren’t jasmine and are some other white flower. Gardenia is like that too for me. Oddly enough I think that everyone’s nose interprets some of these scents differently. I’ve smelled some gardenia or jasmine perfumes and thought they smell like lily of the valley or tuberose.
      Flor y Canto is quite nice. It may be my second favorite Arquiste.

  14. Ingeborg says:

    I own Acqua di Parma Gelsomino Nobile edp and it blooms in a lovely way on skin on warm summer days (not too many of those, sadly). I have also been through several samples of C. Dior Grand Bal. Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir is good for the office, but it is not really a jasmine perfume, is it? it is simply too clean.

    MDCI Enlèvement au Sérail has a very good sillage and I regret not having it, last time I looked it was not available on the company’s website.

    • poodle says:

      We are now having some warm summer days here so I’ll be happy to send you some heat if you will take the humidity as well. Ugh. I do like it for the perfume bloom aspect but that’s about it.
      I like Grand Bal. there was a lot of buzz about it at first and now it’s forgotten it seems.
      Mon Jasmin Noir is very clean. I prefer Jasmin Noir even though there’s not much noir to it either. Its funny how we need office friendly perfumes these days.

  15. willa says:

    SL Sarrassins – the Queen of jasmines.

  16. Robert H. says:

    Hey Poodle, I love Jasmine but am pretty picky about them, many just don’t work for me at all. SL’s A La Nuit and La Religieuse which smells like jasmine-scented pastry. Also La Nuda (thank you Erica!) and for cheap-as-chips I LOVE Bodycology’s Pure White Gardenia, which has a UUUUGE hit of Jasmine to my nose!

    I struggle with the whole Aerin line sadly, but the new Tangier Vanille wounds interesting! ?????

    • poodle says:

      I know the reviews weren’t all that glowing but I still want to try La Religieuse one of these days.
      I’ll be on the lookout for the Bodycology. I love cheap fragrance thrills.

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