Star rating: 5 stars–outstanding/potential classic, 4 stars–very good, 3 stars–adequate, 2 stars–disappointing, 1 star–poor.
If there is a theme in feminine perfumery that seems to be evolving over the past decade, it must be pink and sheer. Fitting with the light and transparent style of Fresh Index fragrances, Pink Jasmine cannot be described in any other way but pink, delicate and pretty. Whether these are positive or negative attributes would depend on personal preference; although, those who like sweet florals rendered transparent like chiffon and durable like nylon will find Pink Jasmine a good choice for the spring.
From its glittering top of oranges covered with flower petals to the transparent woody base, Pink Jasmine retains its airy floral sweetness. The splash of orange juice in the top notes immediately gives an appealing citrusy freshness which delicately persists in the floral heart. The fruity notes become more apparent as the fragrance dries down, with the sweetness growing more substantial, although never becoming cloying. …
Although jasmine is obvious among the floral notes, the composition is dominated by the fruity sweetness of freesia. The fresh and sweet accord is sustained through the development of Pink Jasmine, and even in the drydown, the floral quality retains its strength. The tenacity of this fragrance is impressive for a fairly light composition, and a couple of sprays seem enough to last for most of the day.
Those looking for the scent of jasmine in bloom will find that Pink Jasmine does not render it well, because above all the composition has a character of a silk flower corsage, rather than a jasmine bouquet. While not possessing any particularly original elements, it is pleasant, and those who like Fresh fragrances are likely to enjoy it very much.
Notes include red orange, freesia, spring lilac, magnolia, peony, fresh jasmine, tiare flower, precious woods, velvety peach skin, marsh mallow. Besides the EDP, the Fresh Pink Jasmine range includes a body cream and a soap. The pink jasmine body cream was one of Allure magazine’s giveaways this year. The body cream has the same scent as the EDP, however on the skin it is flatter and sharper. Nevertheless, like other Fresh body products, it has nice texture and good moisturizing properties.
Photo: Pink Jasmine or Jasminum polyanthum, a flowering shrub from W. China. From kartuz.com.