Scentbird, Inc., New York, NY 10001
Mon Jasmin Noir description
Bvlgari Mon Jasmin Noir is unusual in that it doesn’t smell exactly like you’d expect it to based on the official notes list. True, there is an interesting contrast between the sticky nougat notes and the cool, limpid lily of the valley, but the true star here is the musky, indolic Arabian jasmine that rings out as clear as a bell against an oily, sharp violet leaf.
The result is a cool, cucumberish floral note that gives off the same violet leaf “gasoline” impression as the famous Fahrenheit, a perfume that is so distinctive it is surely seared into our collective memory. Just how does that play in a fragrance for women? Simply put, it’s stunning.
The jasmine comes off as both watery and syrupy, fresh and oily, green and purple. This series of little contrasts built into the perfume intrigue the wearer, making her guess as to what lies around the next corner. Its very lack of conventionality is what makes Mon Jasmin Noir so weirdly addictive.
Don’t discount that lusty, slightly coarse Arabian jasmine, though. For a mainstream perfume, the jasmine has not been scrubbed to within an inch of its life – it retains that slightly dirty, inky edge for which jasmine is justly famous. Boy, it’s sexy.
Better yet, all this comes wrapped up in a musky accord that smells very intimate and skin-like. The sweet, chewy nougat notes and the jasmine tip the scent towards the syrupy end of the scale, a quality famously present in real musk.
Here and there, though, the crisp muguet and the stingingly sour citron peek through the musk, piercing the honeyed fug with their lancing sharpness. A touch of earthy patchouli and dry woods gives the flighty florals and musks the backbone they so dearly need. The balance here is extraordinary.
The woman who wears this is herself striking and unusual, and does not mind her fragrance also being so. Mon Jasmin Noir has that rare attribute of being both luminous and murky, and half the delight in wearing it is figuring out what makes it tick. It is also quite bluntly sexy, with its ripe, indolic jasmine and that silky, skin-like musk. Are you woman enough to pull this off?
Pairing sweet, almost gourmand notes with dark musk and a sultry jasmine is a risk that pays off in Mon Jasmin Noir – it is both sparkling and nocturnal.