May Lindstrom The Jasmine Garden Review

May Lindstrom Jasmine GardenA couple of months ago, I asked my Instagram friends to recommend me a mist, and May Lindstrom’s The Jasmine Garden topped the list. I wasn’t sure about the jasmine-cocoa scent, so I went to Lab Organics, the only brick and mortar store in Melbourne that stocks the line, to test it. Jo, the owner of the store, told me that she found the scent too strong for facial use, but I loved it. I bought it just for the scent.

I’ve been using this for a month and I’ve almost finished my bottle. Here are my impressions so far:

The Good: In my opinion, the greatest thing about this product is its scent. I didn’t think jasmine and cocoa would work together, but the bitterness of the cocoa balances the sweetness of the jasmine really well. The scent is strong but not cloyingly so. I find it calming and meditative.

The texture is really great, as well. The combination of witch hazel and silver feels cooling on the skin and it absorbs without any residue. It works well both under and over face oils.

The Not-So-Good: I don’t know if I was just unlucky and got a defective batch, but the spray mechanism on my bottle was faulty. It kept getting stuck, which resulted in small dribbles instead of a fine mist. I persisted with it for a couple of weeks, before giving up and decanting it into another bottle. When I pay a premium for a luxury product, I expect the packaging quality to be top notch. The Miron bottle looked great, but the spray didn’t work as it was meant to.

Packaging issue aside, I am not sure if this mist has done anything to improve the actual condition of my skin. I replaced it with a cheaper (but average smelling) mist for a week, and my skin didn’t look/feel any different. The Jasmine Garden is a sensorial delight in terms of its smell and texture, but for me it doesn’t have the hydrating qualities of Tata Harper’s mist or the brightening benefits of In Fiore’s essence. I would still love to have a bottle of this around just for the smell, but I don’t think if I can justify spending so much just for that!

Ingredients:

Pure Water (Aqua), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Argentum Metallicum (Silver), Jasmine (Jasmine) Grandiflorum Absolute, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang-Ylang) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) CO2 Total Essential Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Oil.

Price and Where to Buy:

US$60/AU$74/GBP48 for 100ml; Cult Beauty

8 Comments

  1. Claire Page
    September 26, 2016 / 8:43 pm

    Unfortunately I agree. So I save my Jasmine garden and the rest of Mays collection for a weekly spa night. I love the other products though but for daily use in finding everything too expensive to keep up with. I like la Roche posay Serozinc for the morning spritz & eau thermale for my through thr day spritz. Both are excellent hydrators and less than £10! Also Josh rosebrook is beautiful but again I find the LRP ones more hydrating and less costly. Thanks for an honest review. It’s so difficult isn’t it to be truly honest – I hate offending people and companies but we need honesty.

    • askarjun
      September 26, 2016 / 9:22 pm

      Hi Claire, thanks for your comment! I love the textures and smells of all of her products, and I think they are perfect for spa nights. I’m yet to find my HG mist! I really like the In Fiore one, but it’s expensive and hard to find. I’ll be trying some Korean ones soon, hope they work. And yeah, it is so hard to be honest without offending anyone, glad you like the review.

      • Claire Page
        September 26, 2016 / 10:12 pm

        Im seeing so many bloggers now with Korean skincare the snail stuff and lots of essence products are going down a storm. I don’t know where to start with Korean though. I think my HG mist is la Roche posay ones, and for once in my skincare routine – kind to my pocket hoorah!

        • askarjun
          September 27, 2016 / 2:31 pm

          Serozinc, for some reason, doesn’t really work for me, but I love their eau thermale. I understand what you mean when you say you don’t know where to start with Korean skincare. It’s so extensive, isn’t it? It’s so hard to find ‘clean’ Korean products, though!

  2. Jolyn
    September 27, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Thanks for the review! I was tempted to pull the gun on the brand with the promo on Cult Beauty, but now I know I saved some pennies!

    I really enjoy the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence but I find it can do with a finer mist. Have you tried January Lab’s Restorative Skin Mist? It’s no frills but the spray nozzle on that one is the best (so far)!

    • askarjun
      September 27, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      I really like Tata’s mist, it’s got a lot more oomph, in my opinion. I haven’t tried January Lab’s mist as yet. It’s on my wishlist, I’ve been hearing great things about it!

      • Jolyn
        September 27, 2016 / 4:56 pm

        When you do get the JL please share your thoughts! Though I think coming down from Tata’s mist will be hard 😛

  3. Mar Priester
    October 8, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Dear Arjun,
    firstly my apologise for being so late to read your blog but my agenda is so busy ultimately.

    Wonderful and honest review. Thank you so much. I love the whole May Lindstrom range including The Jasmine Garden but I use to use it as part of ML Spa routine. Sometimes like a relaxing mist and sometimes mixing with The Problem Solver or others. I rarely use it like a mist on its own without any other ML addition so definitely consider this product as a part of my SPA ML ritual. To be honest I bought mine in July and still have more than half bottle and haven’t thought if I will repurchase or not yet.

    As per my daily mist or toner, I am in love with Josh Rosebrook now and will definitely repurchase it because so far it is the best I have tried at the moment.

    Please once you try the January Lab mist, let me know. I´m really interested in your thoughts.

    One more time…thank you for your honesty.

    Mar

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