Okay, let’s see what we have here – a jasmine soliflore. That is usually grounds for dismissal. Jasmine is loud and often indolic, and even if it is clean and whitest white, it is overbearing and acts like a diva. Jasmine for cowards is what I want and need and I found Ormonde Jayne Sampaquita to fully satisfy my every jasmine need.
But you know me, when I explore a line, I explore the line. Jasmine or not, Love and Tears, Surrender needed to be tested. And that is what I did, I wore my sample down to the last dregs and even if I am no born again jasmine fiend now, I really like Love and Tears, and I see the appeal a bit better now. I went from wondering why the heck people loved jasmine, to appreciating its beauty on myself as well as on others.
Love and Tears opens very green and fresh, and although the jasmine – only slightly indolic in the beginning and morphing to clean territory over time – is present and accounted for from the very beginning, the green is here to stay as well. Fresh and green at first, budding you might say, the jasmine note gets sweeter in its development, the flowers bloom, become radiant and sparkling almost, before devolving back into a deeper, mossier green in the drydown.
Love and Tears is no shy flower (pun intended), but states its presence clearly, but it manages to stay on the side of being opulent and radiant rather than verging into loud and obnoxious. If applied with restraint, sillage is above average, but perfectly acceptable for me. Wear time is excellent.
What Love and Tears does to me, was very unexpected. I find myself basking in its light. For me Love and Tears has an almost visible glowing aura, I feel like I am in my own private ray of sunlight when wearing it. Like a halo, it surrounds me and bathes me in its white light. It softens contours, it makes my vision fuzzy and my outlook mellow and benevolent. The people around me get to deal with a less stressed and less high strung person. Maybe I should read up on the aromatherapeutic benefits of jasmine, I don’t want to jinx it though.