Jasmal 1959

Jasmal by Creed
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Jasmal is a perfume by Creed for women and was released in 1959. The scent is floral-green. The production was apparently discontinued.
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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamotBergamot
Heart Notes Heart NotesItalian jasmineItalian jasmine
Moroccan jasmineMoroccan jasmine
Base Notes Base NotesAmbergrisAmbergris
GalbanumGalbanum

Ratings

Scent

7.518 Ratings

Longevity

6.813 Ratings

Sillage

6.212 Ratings

Bottle

8.018 Ratings
Submitted by Kankuro, last update on 04.03.2021.
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LiliumLibido

51 Reviews
LiliumLibido
LiliumLibido
Very helpful Review    4  
A late bloomer
When I first smell the cap of the bottle, all I get dusty pencil shavings. That prevented me from even spraying it on to test it for the longest time! When I finally did, the pencil shavings were still there, but light. And persistent. It's only about 90 minutes down the road that the jasmine finally emerged. Because of that, I wore it only rarely for the longest time. Then one day the heat was unbearably humid, and I put on Jasmal in the morning.

By lunchtime, a drop dead gorgeous, feminine scent, sunny, sensual and delicate emerged. Considering that I was sweating bullets and that the air felt like a steamroom, that was something!
Jasmal blooms in humid heat, on my skin, under the right conditions, it's all green goodness and jasminy beauty. The base has gorgeous wood notes and the ambregris is superb, it really ties into the whole composition.
I'm a convert. :D
jtd

484 Reviews
jtd
jtd
Very helpful Review    5  
A conclusion
I really don't find the indolic jasmine that others mention.  The opening is not appealing, but it is interesting for the fact that it does hold together some opposing elements.  The topnotes , while not smelling of jasmine to me, are sharp and arid, yet green and crisp and a bit urinous.  

I spent a brief paragrapsh on the topnotes.  Let me be more concise with the next two and give a snapshot of the complexity and charm of the perfume in its heart and basenotes.

Gets soapy.

Smells like inexpensive lily of the valley.

I used to try to understand Creed, and felt that I just wasn't a Creed customer.  Knowing that their concept ('the esteemed house of Creed') and their representation of the company strike a nerve in me, I've given them more benefit of the doubt than I otherwise would have.  I'm revising my opinion.  I simply don't think that the bulk of the Creed fragrances I've tried are very good.  The compositions are unfocussed, often derivative and evolution of the fragrances tends to be unengaging.

To end on a positive note, I really do like Irisia.
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Sherapop

1239 Reviews
Sherapop
Sherapop
Helpful Review    2  
The Definition of 'Indolic' by Ostension
It was thanks to Creed JASMAL that I finally learned the meaning of the word 'indolic'. I had seen the word in so many reviews in which perfumistas breathed a sigh of relief that the perfume under evaluation was NOT indolic. Thus it was fairly easy to infer that indolic was a euphemism for "stinky", but until JASMAL, this particularly difficult to support jasmine component was merely a hypothetical possibility lying in parts of the olfactory Ur-sphere yet to be charted by me.

Having now worn and experienced JASMAL, I can affirm that 'indolic' is indeed a euphemism for 'stinky'. But JASMAL actually drove me to the dictionary, where I learned that there is also an organic chemistry explanation for the off-putting smell of indolic jasmine: that it contains a highly potent molecule in common with civet. In fact, all of the technical details really pale in the face of the reality of a waft of indubitably indolic JASMAL.

I might be able to finish the rest of my sample, by mixing it with some form of innocuous dilutant, perhaps a strong natural vanilla, but it's safe to say that JASMAL is not on my wish list. This edp is not merely all jasmine all the time, but indolic jasmine too much of the time!

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Update:
I "ended up" with a bottle of this. It's jasmine. The real deal. Not nearly so indolic as my carded sample, and a bit more green. I explain the variation along the usual lines: natural ingredients vary from place to place and time to time. The bottle now in my possession is old. I have not been able to date it. But it is genuine and smells mighty fine. I should say, however, that Molinard JASMIN is still at the top of my jasmine soliflore list!

A tangential report:
Having recently acquired (and swiftly returned!) a fake of TABAROME from a discounter (with a liberal return policy--else I'd never have taken the risk), I am now under the distinct impression that many of the negative reviews of Creed perfumes are based on fakes.

The fakes are clever, people. You need to test some house-sourced samples before writing Creed off for good. If you test something labeled "Creed" which has poor longevity, that's your first big fat red flag that it's a fake. Why? Because fakes are usually made by taking one real Creed and diluting it ten times. That way they waft of the real thing just enough to be mistaken for it by those with no prior experience with the house.

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