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Scents of Morocco - Yves Rocher Tendre Jasmin Review

Scents of Morocco - Yves Rocher Tendre Jasmin Review

When my husband wants to surprise me, he generally brings me something lovely smelling as we're both addicted to perfumes. Yves Rocher had an incredible sale for the month of February, buy 1 get 1 free perfume! For Valentines day, I received both Tendre Jasmin and Comme une evidence, though the Jasmin totally blew me away. 

I was in Northern Morocco in May last year, and everywhere bushes of night blooming jasmine mesmerized me with the most luscious, delightful fragrance. This is an incredible and rich scent in comparison to the day to day Morocco smells which can be a little invasive on the senses sometimes. Nothing pleases me more than a perfectly done jasmine, Yves Rocher has one of the best. 

For some reason when in the states, I had always thought jasmine to be very old lady like, or dark and heavy, maybe because I associated it with many bold and downright cloying fragrances, as Jasmine can be very expensive to source in America.

 Upon first spray, I was ecstatic to smell a wet, bloomy, sparkling, sweet and almost green scent with a hint of vanilla. Tendre Jasmine, where have you been all my life? How could I reach this age and travel through so many countries without knowing your beautiful true scent? I collected the flowers, brought them into my room and put them into a small vase because I wanted to enjoy this scent for as long as possible even when sleeping. I then decided that I needed a perfume with a more soft jasmine.

 I've tried many, but I have to say that the only one that came close to the natural jasmine fragrance was Tendre Jasmin of Yves Rocher. Guerlain Jasminaura has a fresh, sunny jasmine note in the beginning, but too soon the jasmine fades and all the other notes come out. After a few hours the scent settles in a fresh-floral bouquet, which is very nice, but not the jasmine magic I craved. The whole Bvlgari Jasmine Noir series was a big disappointment because the other notes are so dominant that you can't pick out the jasmine very easily. I also found some amazing extracts by smaller brands but these came in oil form, had a very short shelf life and were extremely expensive. 

Tendre Jasmin is not a pure jasmine. The head note has citrus fruits and in its heart the jasmine is supported by mimosa, which, in my opinion, is a well-balanced match because mimosa has a very delicate presence. I don't notice any citrus at all and I detect a hint of mimosa but she's very shy, a bit like the lady in waiting of a queen. The undisputed queen is she, jasmine, from beginning to end. I wouldn't say that this is a scent for hot days because in the Italian summer wearing this fragrance was a bit too much, but I have the same problem with all tropical flowers including tuberose, gardenia or frangipani maybe because they all have this kind of vanilla sweetness.

Now in the colder weather it is bright, sunny, lovely and also very cosy and comforting. I later discovered that most of my favourite perfumes, above all CD Forever and Ever, have jasmine in their heart notes. Go figure!

You can find this Tendre Jasmin at Yves Rocher, starting at €57. This product is unfortunately not available at the Canadian Yves Rocher, and can only be purchased in Europe or Morocco. 

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, though product review is entirely my own. 


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