Jasmine and Gardenia flowers ready for making perfume!

by | Aug 22, 2014 | Anya McCoy, Anya's Garden Perfumes, natural perfume, raw materials of perfumery | 5 comments

Jasmines and gardenias smell so beautiful in a cool, early Miami morning. Heavy with dew, this is little early to harvest them for enfleurage or tincture, because the sun needs to work its magic and burn off the dew and warm up the flowers, so they’ll release their scent.

Jasminum grandiflorum on trellis. Hundreds of rare, beautiful smelling flowers.

Jasminum grandiflorum on trellis. Hundreds of rare, beautiful smelling flowers.

Tahitian gardenias, aka Tiare flowers, are very rare in the United States. A beautiful shrub of this fragrant beauty is on the path to my front door.

Tahitian gardenia flower aka Tiare flower, heavy with morning dew

Tahitian gardenia flower aka Tiare flower, heavy with morning dew

Jasminium azoricum is very, very rare. The flowers smell like jasmine with a hint of vanilla. The vine is very vigorous, and has covered a big hibiscus plant, where they live in harmony. So, I have a hibiscus-jasmine shrub at the end of my driveway, measuring 10′ tall and 15′ wide.

Jasmine azoricum vine covering huge hibiscus shrub. Look closely to see some red hibiscus flowers peeking out.

Jasmine azoricum vine covering huge hibiscus shrub. Look closely to see some red hibiscus flowers peeking out.

Closeup of the delicate jasmine azoricum flowers.

Jasmine azoricum flowers bloom year round! Sweet, gentle scent.

Jasmine azoricum flowers bloom year-round! Sweet, gentle perfume scent.

I encourage you to grow flowers and other fragrant plants to make perfume from, it’s a delightful hobby, or, if you’re an artisan perfumer like me,

5 Comments

  1. Julie Nelson

    Simply divine, I so miss my beautiful fragrant gardens…

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  2. Jiki

    Gorgeous pictures; would love to have window boxes filled with these all around.

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  3. Anya

    Hi Julie:
    Hope you get back to having a fragrant garden soon!

    xo
    Anya

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  4. Anya

    Jiki,
    Don’t know where you live, but maybe there’s still time this year? If not, make plans for next year.

    Anya

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  5. Tamara

    Thank you Anya !
    The Gardenia’s tincture must be delightful ! I would love it !

    Reply

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