A 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!
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