Bulgari Jasmin Noir by Carlos Benaim and Sophie Labbe for BVLGARI 2008


Post by Portia


Heya APJ Family,

Since 2008 I have longed to wear this fragrance. Every now and then I give myself a spritz in the mall but it’s too busy there to contemplate fragrance and Jasmin Noir doesn’t seem to be big enough to maintain my attention when otherwise occupied. So I bought a decant, now I get to spend some time in peaceful surroundings and really test drive it. Don’t worry, my expectations are very low but sometimes you just have to scratch the itch.

Bulgari Jasmin Noir by BVLGARI 2008

Bulgari Jasmin Noir by Carlos Benaim and Sophie Labbe

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Parfumo gives these featured accords:
Top: Gardenia, Green plant juice
Heart: Jasmine sambac absolute, Almond
Base: Precious woods, Glycyrrhiza, Tonka bean absolute

Sheer radiant sappy floral, pretty and slightly plastic smelling that is airy and sparse. This fresh greenness never really points to one flower but smells to me like an amorphous white floral bouquet and when the jasmine arrives it feels fizzy and metallic, are there some aldehydes hidden in the mix? As far as flowers go my skin is throwing floral holograms rather than the flowers themselves, space flowers, crystal floral replicas. I am just not getting the notes I’m supposed to be smelling, except the green plant juice. Green plant juice and woods as if what I’m smelling is in a dream about standing next to a council shredder and they are putting through leafy branches of soft stemmed plants like hydrangea, tied old air conditioning and maybe some arum lilies, there is a petroleum/exhaust hint too that I would normally love. They must have used the cleanest isolates of flowers or chemical representations of them.

Jasmin Noir Bvlgari Fragrantica adPhoto Stolen Fragrantica

I wanted to like this, was ready to love it and buy one of those gorgeous bottles, but sadly on me Jasmin Noir smells bad. My skin throws some awful thing up at me that is not the way I would like to be, or imagine myself, smelling. Sorry if it’s your favourite, more power to you if it smells better on you than me.

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Do you ever crave to try something even though you’re 98% sure that it’s going to be a complete failure? Does Jasmin Noir work on you? I’d love to read reports of it being fabulous.
Portia xx

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13 thoughts on “Bulgari Jasmin Noir by Carlos Benaim and Sophie Labbe for BVLGARI 2008

  1. I only like the rather differnt, and lighter, Mon Jasmin Noir. That one is perfect for the office. I like the design of most of Bulgari’s bottles, but never buy bottles if I don’t like the perfume.


    • Hi there Ingeborg,
      I haven’t tried Mon Jasmine Noir yet, pretty sure I haven’t.
      Even lighter?
      Portia xx


  2. Hi Portia,
    I have a mini of this somewhere in the chaos. I don’t remember it at all and so imagine it was probably one of those “meh” fragrances that got dumped immediately after the initial application. My biggest fragrance disappointment was Aventus. I knew it wouldn’t work for me but I bought a sample anyway. Fortunately I didn’t blind buy a bottle 🙂
    Azar xx


  3. Interested to get your take on this one and sorry it doesn’t work on you – it’s not as green on me. It’s fuzzy and aldehydic on me from the off, and quite sweet and a little bit hoochy, and maybe a wee bit plasticky now you mention it. And the white flowers can occasionally be a bit too heady if I am not in the mood. I had a bottle, gave it away, then missed it and ended up buying one of those lovely jewel charm flacons on eBay or Cheap Smells or somewhere for about £15. Am glad I did, though I don’t reach for it often. I would say my experience is most similar to that of Katie Puckrik in her mini-review of this.


    • LOVE that this works for you Vanessa. One day we should get together and see how our skins throw it differently.
      Portia xx


  4. Like with many Bvlgari perfumes, I thought this one was nice but I never wanted to actually wear it.

    As to the craving a perfume against all hopes, I have a feeling that it has been a story of my life for the last couple of years: I get drawn to the next release from one of the favorite brands even though from experience I know it’s approximately 10-15% chance I’ll even like it – let alone love. But the quest must go on!


  5. It’s definitely sci-fi space flowers. I can’t smell a bit of anything I’d call jasmine in it. I don’t recall thinking it was completely dreadful on me. It was okay but not something I’d want a bottle of.
    I’m always craving at least one perfume dream or more. Usually the wanting is more fun than the actual wearing.


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