A jasmine for winter. Épice Sauvage by Ayala Moriel Parfums


Merging jasmine with winter might seem counterintuitive as this heady, warmblooded flower feels so sultry and lush against the heat of the summer sun. Pairing it with a chill in the air seemed odd to me and it wasn’t until last December that I realized jasmine’s power to soothe and comfort during winter’s frost. It was Aftelier’s Fig that showed me jasmine’s ability to assuage the doldrums of cold rainy day after cold rainy day. Its blend of fir and fig is a jammy alpine enchantment, and I am pleased to say that jasmine’s winter-appropriateness does not end there.

Épice Sauvage by Ayala Moriel Parfums is somewhat gourmand in its treatment of jasmine, as it delves into culinary spices like cardamom, coriander, cinnamon and clove. Interestingly, jasmine grandiflorum was chosen rather than jasmine sambac which initially surprised me. I thought the spicy nature of jasmine sambac to be the obvious choice for this spice laden perfume, but Ayala in her great wisdom and talent chose jasmine grandiflorum which as it turns out, was the perfect choice. I’ll tell you why in a bit.

First, let me explain why Épice Sauvage feels so cozy. I love to bake with cardamom, especially in cookies, so its scent feels homey and nurturing. Of course it elicits images of spice markets as well, but cardamom’s comforting, homebody aspect is very strong to me. In Ayurvedic cooking, cardamom is a warming spice that balances all three doshas which are the elements that determine our physical, mental and emotional characteristics. I don’t adhere to Ayurvedic principles on a routine basis, but I’m pretty sure my dosha is vata for many reasons. Most relevant to this discussion is my preference for summer, so cardamom’s sweet, warm, and activating qualities are immensely welcome this time of year.

Upon first smelling Épice Sauvage, I knew I would love it. Cinnamon introduces the fragrance with a whisper of sweetness and foreshadows the emergence of cardamom as the central spicy focus. And here’s why jasmine grandiflorum was such a brilliant pick, it’s rounder and more voluminous than jasmine sambac which has a spicy tone that might have competed with cardamom’s flavor. With the grandiflorum species, cardamom is given the opportunity to provide Épice Sauvage itspiquancy while the jasmine offers up its lush floral heart.

Cardamom dominates the heart of Épice Sauvage, but as the drydown comes into reach, coriander has an important role as well. This spice is a little earthy and peppery, with a suggestion of woods which plays nicely with the cedar note that reveals itself in the basenotes. But let us not forget jasmine as it continues to support all of these essences. Such a compliant floral foundation for the ofttimes unruly jasmine! In the drydown, its blossoms fully coalesce with cardamom which allows the cedar and coriander to hover over and ultimately permeate the fragrance.

After 3-4 hours of wear, a 2nd drydown occurs, one that is very intimate and oh so pretty. It’s pure jasmine, like the moment the blossom begins to open to the night air. It’s the nascent fragrance of a jasmine, dipped for a brief moment in warm honey and rose blossoms. I can’t think of a better way to revel in jasmine’s winter radiance.

Ayala Moriel Parfums are 100% natural and made with loving care by Ayala Sender. Épice Sauvage is available at AyalaMoriel.com, starting at $48 for a mini to $120 for a 9ml Parfum Extrait Flacon.

Posted by ~Trish

Disclosure: This sample of Épice Sauvage was my own purchase. The opinions in this review are my own. I was not financially compensated for this review or any other.
image: Heart of Snow by Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914) at artmagick.com


14 thoughts on “A jasmine for winter. Épice Sauvage by Ayala Moriel Parfums

  1. Wow! this really sounds great, and it has all my favourite things in it. 🙂 The older I get, the more I realize I love all kinds of spices.

  2. Ayala has several jasmines in her collection, but this one is by far my favorite! It’s been a wonderful discovery this winter.

    Thanks for stopping by Marina!

  3. Trish, I’m so glad you are enjoying Epice Sauvage this winter!
    Thank you for the lovely review.
    t’s so interesting that the jasmine really comes through on your skin – and just goes to show you how important body chemistry is – there is very little jasmine in this formula and on me personally, it smells like a Rosh Hashannah honeycake in a cedarwood chest 😉

    BTW – Cardamom and coriander are my two favourite spices… Both in cooking and as perfume notes.

    1. Ayala,
      Thank you so much for your comment! It gives my readers another (very personal!) perspective on your perfume. It is very interesting that the jasmine is pronounced on me and the cedar quite subtle. Sounds like the opposite on your skin. Either way, it’s a stunner! And I love your image of a Rosh Hashannah honeycake in a cedarwood chest 😀


      1. 🙂
        Body chemistry is always fascinating to smell in action…
        The amount of jasmine in the formula is really quite minute. Very interesting…

    1. You must then! The cardamom is sublime in Epice Sauvage. I think it needs to go right to the top of your list!


  4. Gorgeous post, you find such wonderful things to share.
    So happy to have your thoughts online on a regular basis, & I look forward to what the new year brings…

    1. Thanks so much for the generous comment Lucy, it means a lot. You know how much I adore IndiePerfumes, and look forward to another year of inspiration from your musings!


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