It seems that every time I visit a new destination, I somehow fall head-over-heels for a certain scent that comes to represent the place in my memories. There were the rose gardens in Paris… the lavender in Tuscany… then the diffusers that smelled like sea salt and were placed in every corner of our hotel while honeymooning in Capri. My latest obsession is with jasmine flowers, which grew all over the gardens and walls of our hotel in St. Tropez earlier this summer. Their scent is at once sensual, delicate and feminine, and I find it completely intoxicating. I’ve been searching for ways to bring the fragrance home with me, and while I wait for our new jasmine vines to blossom in the backyard, I’ve found a few simple ways to get more immediate gratification. Here are my current favorites:

  1. diptyque jasmin candle
  2. le labo jasmine perfume oil
  3. jo malone white jasmine & mint
  4. black jasmine liquid marseille soap by compagnie de provence
  5. voluspa amaranth & jasmine

What scents do you associate with favorite places and memories?

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  1. 1
    afetefullife July 29, 2014 at 6:28 am

    I am also obsessed with jasmine! It grew everywhere when I lived in the SF Bay Area and miss it so much. I’ll definitely be picking up one of these suggestions. Thanks!

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    Shannon at July 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I love having the ability to connect a scent to a certain destination. It always brings back so many memories! I think most of mine are perfume based – it’s worth using a different scent for each place you go. I do love the smell of jasmine though. That brings me home as I often have a jasmine candle burning.

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    kelsey July 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    beautiful! this scent is lovely
    ladies in navy

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    204 Park July 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I love the Diptyque Jasmine candle too! Now if only I could get you to find the scent of the spa in our hotel in Hawaii – I still remember it 5 years later!! Xo, S

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    atxitect July 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

    A friend told me before our wedding to wear a unique & special perfume on the big day, she said it would bring back memories every time I smelled it. It was one of the best pieces of advice I received, now I love opening that bottle, it always makes me so happy!

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    arielle July 29, 2014 at 9:08 am

    white tea and ginger always reminds me of our honeymoon suite and ever since, I’ve been searching for the perfect combination of both to bring home with me. I’ll definitely have to give the jasmine options a whiff, though.

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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    Thistle Jones July 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    OH my goodness, Le Labo anything is perfection! Have you ever tried the a night-blooming jasmine essence? So different and lovely!

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    Sarvani (baker in disguise) July 29, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I love jasmine!! It is the scent of summer evenings here in India!! Summer is unbearable and as the sun begins to set at dusk…a light wind picks up and pick up the fragrance of all the summer flowers.. and jasmine is my favourite!!

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    Vanessa @ Living in Steil July 29, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I love smelling something that’s reminds me of one of my favorite designations. The diptyque candle is amazing – it smells so wonderful.

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    Sarah | Live The Life You Dream About July 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Jasmine is such a beautiful scent. I also love magnolia because it reminds me of my wedding day, and tuber rose because it reminds me of our second wedding in India.

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    Lindsay July 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Have you tried Antica Farmacista’s Orange Blossom, Lilac & Jasmine? Omg it is my absolute favorite!! Definitely put this on your list to try next… their diffusers are divine!!

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    Joelle July 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    My parents have jasmine growing outside their bedroom window, so this scent always reminds me of home – so beautiful, delicate, and wonderful!

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    Cristina Cleveland July 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Jasmine is my favorite floral scent, I actually went to buy some this weekend and the nursery said they won’t have any until next Spring!

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    Gabriella July 31, 2014 at 8:56 am

    My very favourite (and somewhat affordable) room scent is ‘fresh linen and jasmine’ by Laura Ashley. I get it every time I’m in the UK, but you could order it, too. It’s subtle enough to have all around the home (not just the bathroom…) and I always have people comment on it, when they come around.

    Here’s the link for the diffuser, if you’re interested (but there are also room sprays, candles and drawer sachets)