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Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

al lexal lex Posts: 9

I'm getting T. jasminoides and wondering if it actually smells like jasmine which is the fragrance I enjoy.

Last edited: 01 October 2016 11:24:00

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 78,312

    Trachelospermum jasminoides is jasmine so that's what it smells like  image

    It needs a sheltered spot protected from frosts. 

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  • al lexal lex Posts: 9
    Dovefromabove says:

    Trachelospermum jasminoides is jasmine so that's what it smells like  image

    It needs a sheltered spot protected from frosts. 

    See original post

     Thanks, just wanted to check as I understand it isn't actually from the same genus as "real" jasmine nor biologically related to it, and haven't found anyone comparing its scent to sambac online.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 78,312

    To my nose the perfume from T. jasminoides is more like the intense perfume of jasmine oil than Jasminium officinale.

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  • al lexal lex Posts: 9
    Dovefromabove says:

    To my nose the perfume from T. jasminoides is more like the intense perfume of jasmine oil than Jasminium officinale.

    See original post

     ahhh, that's great to hear then! as I'd hate to have bought a plant that looks but doesn't smell like jasmine which is the best part of the plant I feel! 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,010

    I'm going to disagree. Trachelospermum jasminoides smells more like artificial jasmine perfume or jasmine base. (synthetic).  Jasminum officinale smells like Jasmine absolute.(genuine extracted oil) One is £5 a bottle, the other £500.  It has to be said I was the only one in a room of 30 that could tell the difference. ( I was on a perfume course at Bush Boake allen who make a lot of the perfumes used in household products)

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,010

    I also think that Trachelospermum is slightly more tender.

    I have J. officinale growing at the side of the patio. On a hot summers day, I sit blissed out in a cloud of the scent.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 78,312

    I'm probably one of the other twentynine then image

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,010

    I was told it was very unusual for anyone to notice the difference.  We were given jasmine base to start with. everyone agreed it smelt of jasmine, but I said there was something missing. Later I had a spill wafted under my nose with no warning. Now that is Jasmine  I said. He said it was pure jasmine absolute , as used in perfumes such as Joy. Most of the perfumes we buy have the synthetic form in it, due to the cost.  I like smelling perfumes and picking out the individual notes.

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 8,826

    Smell is very personal. I can't bear the smell of regal lillies, many people love them.

    I have a TJ growing on a fence below my bedroom window. On a warm summers evening the scent is lovely (but sometimes too strong and a bit sickly) and I think it smells jasmine-like, but I prefer the scent of the common-or-garden jasmine, it's not as strong but more refined and less sweet

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