Jasmine sambac is my go to happy note when the sun is bright and the mood is clear. A big fan of the sambac/tuberose combination found in Heeley’s Jasmine OD (Bubblegum Chic) and Dolce & Gabbana’s Velvet Desire, I was happy to rediscover A Fuego Lento (‘slow burn’) again recently from Argentinian brand Frassaï. Perfumer Rodrigo Flores Roux (Tom Ford Jasmine Rouge, Arquiste Flor Y Canto) is a master of this genre of contemporary white floral : tight, fresh and clean (despite the listed notes of civet, suede, and tolu balsam – indoles tamed but present, civilized, the flowers still genuinely romantic), and this is something I will definitely be reaching for in the coming late spring and early summer months.
A gorgeous sambac is the headliner in A Fuego Lento, made a little tarter with some blackcurrant up top and greener with a touch of flouve odorante, or sweet vernal grass, and a more bodied orange blossom, for anchoring, in the heart. Although there is nothing complicated to write about here – I don’t think this perfume is exquisite, as such, never straying any further than its own natural, dreamily gentle comfort zone – but for me, that is precisely why it is lovely. It is just what it is meant to be. Easy and light. Sensual. A simple, well made sambac jasmine/white floral melange with a comforting, sillage that floats close to the body : pretty much the perfect daytime floral.
18 responses to “THE BEAUTY OF JASMINE SAMBAC: A FUEGO LENTO by FRASSAI (2018)”
Beautiful photos as usual. The scent sounds very nice.
I like it a lot : a little too sweet in the ultimate conclusion, but could prove ambrosial and gorgeous on the right individual
Sometimes, all we need is a basic sambac jasmine, white floral to just lift our mood. I love them at this time of year. I’ll be reaching for them all.
give me some more sambacs por favor
One of my favorites right now is Lancôme Jasmins Marzipane. It is gorgeous! I’ll come up with some more readily available ones I like and let you know.
Oo – I haven’t tried that one. How did you come across it?
I am sold just by the name.
I found it when Lancôme did a release of a group of fragrances about 6 years ago. There were a few good ones in the bunch, but the jasmin stood out.
Seeing a picture of the bottle I had a flashback to Dubai airport a few years ago when these came out. I think I had a brief sniff but didn’t have enough money available at that point to be able to buy it (I had just bought D + G’s Velvet Desire which is also gorgeous).
All praise jasmine sambac!
Jasmine Sambac is gorgeous. If in perusing your second-hand shops, you ever come across a Le Galion Jasmin, buy it immediately. It’s a grand old-fashioned, really well-made jasmine.
YES – I had it once and think I reviewed it on here. Divine. Love it. But then I found another one, and it had gone mothbally – horrifically indolic (but still kind of fascinating).
On flamboyant days I used to wear it with the original Gianfranco Ferre – now there’s a sweet musky jasmine for you along with the first Carolina Herrera. I quite like that style sometimes.
I will have to look for your review. I might have even commented on it? I used to love Gianfranco Ferre!!! I need to hunt down a vintage bottle on ebay. Carolina Herrera was lovely as well.
Ah, the good old days.
Good that there are current dusky float sweet jasmines that we can enjoy as well though!
Sounds really, really nice. I almost invariably like my jasmines adulterated, played around with. It doesn’t have to be complicated, and this sounds fresh and playful.
A sales rep in the fragrance department at my local drugstore had on a great deal of Guerlain AA Jasminora when it was newly released, and it made me want to dance down the aisle. Just a joyous little scent. I should have bought some then. Some AAs hang around for years and years and are completely mediocre; just my luck that that limited edition disappeared in a blink. I wonder if A Fuego Lento would give me that same feeling?
I’m so glad Hawaii was such a success. Just catching up now with your posts.
D and I feel as if it never happened : quite an unusual psychological phenomenon
I think these recent big deal sambacs are almost the current equivalents of the poisons etc
but maybe not
(what has actually happened to my brain )
Jasmine Sambac is my happy scent, it’s all things balmy, breezy, blissful, and carefree. I prefer it unaccompanied and unadorned.
I shall have to try A Fuego Lento, sounds lovely!
but possibly a little too sweet and adorned for thee