Star jasmine

Star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) also known as Confederate jasmine or Asian star jasmine, is native to China and Japan, but is not a true variety of the jasmine species (Jasminum).

Star Jasmine or Confederate jasmine flower. ©2016 Bajan Scent

Been seeing this little beauty in the late afternoon for many years now, and only recently did it occur to me to look it up. Star jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) also known as Confederate jasmine or Asian star jasmine, is native to China and Japan, but is not a true variety of the jasmine species (Jasminum). In Barbados I usually see it growing as an ornamental shrub, but appartently this lovely flower is known elsewhere for having its own unique, fragrant qualities. The small white blossoms are highly perfumed, although when I pass by this particular shrub unfortunately I don’t detect its scent, so possibly they only release it either very early in the morning or late at night like many scented flowers do.

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Star Jasmine or Confederate jasmine flowers. ©2016 Bajan Scent

Geranium de La Reunion

Hi everyone, just a quick update to let you know that I have decided to re-name the Bourbon Geranium perfume currently being sold to Geranium de La Reunion. There are still a few bottles left of the original Bourbon Geranium in my Etsy store and at Andromeda Botanic Gardens. But when those have been sold out I won’t… Read More

Organic gardening at Andromeda Botanic Gardens

Some great things are happening at Andromeda Botanic Gardens, one of Barbados’ premier natural attractions. The six-acre tropical gardens – complete with shaded pathways and a unique collection of trees and plants of diverse origin – not only continues to be a beautifully designed and maintained botanical retreat, but is also fast becoming an important centre of sustainability and horticultural learning with the introduction of organic gardening… Read More

Bush Tea Perfume

Remember bush tea?  Many of us growing up would have had the experience of being made to drink bush tea for colds, upset stomach, fever, tape worms, bronchitis, you name it – at some point in time as a child we had to drink bush tea straight up. Of course, due to the bitter taste of many of these herbal teas it… Read More

Jasmine in India

The House of Dior recently released in French (for the English subtitles click on the ‘cc’ button under the video with the other controls) a series of short films entitled The Quest for Essences. The series features some of the classic raw materials used in Dior’s perfumes and beauty products, the countries that Dior acquires them… Read More

September Facebook giveaway contest

Hi everyone, I’m pleased to announce my first-ever Facebook giveaway contest, beginning THIS THURSDAY (September 17). This competition is exclusive to Facebook for the month of September, so to be eligible to enter simply head on over to my Facebook page, and follow the instructions on how to enter. (Also, on my Facebook page I share news… Read More

Floral edibles

I’ve been collecting images of floral edibles on Pinterest for some time. What exactly are floral edibles? They are basically any dish, drink or food that is infused with flowers. The flowers become a main part of the dish, not just used as a garnish. Normal everyday meals can be taken to a whole new… Read More

Geranium Perfume Oil

I have a new perfume  available – Bourbon Geranium Perfume Oil – made from geranium flowers that were sourced from Reunion Island, a country that I would very much like to visit one day.  The essential oil that is obtained from geraniums by steam distillation of the leaves and flowers has a strong rosy, sweet-floral scent. I like the smell… Read More