“Grasse Jasmine is unique, it exhales a delicate and sensual scent.” Olivier Polge, CHANEL Perfumer
A harvest day in
Jasmine, flower of the stars
Each night, the emblematic flower of Grasse opens its fragile, star-like petals infused with fragrance.
From August to October, in the early morning before the sun reaches its peak, the gatherers empty the jasmine flowers into their wicker baskets. Because it is such a fragile flower, picking jasmine requires nimble fingers.
1 kg of jasmine represents 8,000 flowers.
Each gatherer picks 350 g of flowers per hour.
Covered with a wet cloth, the baskets of jasmine are taken to the plant, where they must be weighed within three hours of picking.
Each gatherer picks 2 kg of flowers daily.
The flowers are sent in metal crates to the processing platform, where they are then soaked at high temperature in a solvent that will soak up all their fragrance during
At least 90 % of the jasmine in the Grasse region is grown on the Mul family's farm for the House of CHANEL.
Once the solvent has evaporated, the flowers release all of their fragrant power in a highly aromatic wax called
350 kg of jasmine are needed to produce 1 kg of concrete.
Following the instructions received from the CHANEL Fragrance Laboratory, the alcohol is separated from the fragrant substance to obtain the
, an extremely concentrated liquid used in the formulas for the CHANEL N°5 Parfum.
1 kg of concrete yields 550 g of jasmine absolute.