Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum by Bulgari

By Randi Reed

A review of Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum by Bulgari, just in time for Fragrance Friday. If you’re a jasmine-loving Cosme-Haul Fragrance Freak, you should definitely know about this one.

FTC Disclosure: I purchased this product myself. The banner at the end of this post earns a small commission, which helps keep Cosme-Haul running. This post is not otherwise sponsored, solicited, or partnered. I posted an excerpt of this review on the Fragrantica website in September 2014.

Living in a warm climate, I’ve never been one for signature fragrances. What works beautifully during the California winter can be nausea-inducing when summer temperatures hover over 90 degrees. Then there’s the matter of mood: the Shalimar you wear to a 1920’s event is usually all wrong for seeing your favorite metal band. So, I keep a variety of favorites in rotation, with new samples or purchases added regularly.

If there is a constant in my collection, it's jasmine in varying degrees—more in winter, less in summer. Enter Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum by Bulgari.

Mon Jasmin Noir Eau de Parfum by Bulgari.

According to the Bulgari website, Mon Jasmin Noir is a “Floral Woody Musk” with “Top Notes of Golden Cedrat and Lily of the Valley, Heart Notes of Sambac Jasmine and ‘Angel Wing’ Jasmine, and Base Notes of Musky Nougatine and Vibrant Wood”.

On me, none of the notes leap immediately ahead of the others. I can smell lily of the valley, but it's beautifully blended with citron, and the jasmine comes in almost immediately.

This jasmine is light and bright, and not at all heavy. Jasmine is one of my favorite fragrances, but until Mon Jasmin Noir I mainly wore it in winter, because it can be a bit moody, heavy, and deep.

Mon Jasmin Noir's jasmine is sweet, light, and pretty.

On me, the musk is mostly only noticeable after drydown. I'm sure it's contributing to the beginning too, but it's all so well blended it's not immediately discernible as musk. When it pops out after drydown, it's a musk with a light touch, and the overall effect is intoxicating.

The nougat notes mentioned don’t register on me at all, unless it's faded into the musk. The patchouli and Virginia cedar mentioned on the Fragrantica website aren’t discernible on me either, which I'm glad of because my chemistry tends not to like them.

I love beautiful, well-blended perfumes that make it hard to pick out specific notes. On me, Mon Jasmin Noir more than fits that description. Mon Jasmin Noir is the only fragrance in my collection that stays in the rotation year round.

Being sensitive to the ingredients in many fragrances, I should also note that Mon Jasmin Noir doesn't trigger my migraines, make me nauseous, or give me a scratchy throat.

The bottle is beautiful, too, with a vintage-esque look that fits in nicely with vintage bottles as well as modern.

Did it trigger my fragrance sensitivity issues? No.

Sillage (how far a fragrance trails away from the person wearing it), Score 1-4, 4 being strongest: 2.5

Best season and time for wear: Year round, evening.

Long lasting? Score 1-5, 5 being extremely long lasting: 4.

Misc. Pros, Cons, and Tips: Note that Bulgari Mon Jasmin Noir and Jasmin Noir are two different fragrances. 

Notes about the reviewer’s chemistry: My chemistry hates Chanel no. 5 or overly green fragrances. (On me, Chanel no. 5 turns into Eau de Catbox.) Sweet, spicy oriental fragrances with vanilla or tonka work well with my chemistry. When musk notes and floral notes are present together, my chemistry usually emphasizes the florals.

Would I buy it again? Yes!

Score 1-10: 8.5


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