Choosing the best jasmine body cream is dependent upon a person's need and lifestyle, and whether the cream will be used on the face or the body. Jasmine, the extract of the plant Jasminum grandiflorum, has been used for its medicinal and cosmetic properties for centuries. Because of its distinct chemical properties, jasmine body creams are used to moisturize dry, sensitive and cracked skin. It is also reported that jasmine body cream can increase the elasticity of skin, but this claim is unproven. Jasmine oil, extracted from the flowers of the plant, has antiviral, antibacterial and astringent properties, as well as having a reported calming effect on the nervous system of the human body.
The formulations of jasmine body cream differ based on their intended purpose. Creams used on the body are generally heavier and may clog the sensitive pores of the face. Body creams are often formulated for use during a specified period of the day, such as a night cream or a day cream. Night creams are ideal for people who do not have time in their day to undergo an extensive beauty routine, as these creams work while you sleep.
The scent of jasmine is also a folk remedy used to calm the nerves, making it an excellent night body cream, calming the mind and body before bedtime. Because of its astringent and antibacterial properties, many manufacturers use jasmine in body acne cream. While other body creams may also confer these properties, the flowery scent of jasmine is preferred by many consumers as a rich but feminine scent.
One ounce (28.349 grams) of the fragrant oil requires just over 1,000 pounds (453.592 kilograms) of jasmine flowers in the production process. Because of this, jasmine body cream is often found only in higher-end cosmetic lines. One high-end brand, for example, does not claim to use the jasmine oil for anything besides its luxurious scent, but does include it among the ingredients in a body firming cream. Similarly, another high-end brand offers a moisturizing body cream that uses jasmine as a calming fragrance, mixed with that of rose and moss.
Jasmine body cream can be used by most people, but if it is intended for severe corrective measures, a trip to a doctor or dermatologist may prove useful. In addition, some people may have an allergy to jasmine or other ingredients in body creams. If signs of an allergic reaction occur, it is advised to discontinue use and seek medical attention. Jasmine body creams should be regarded with a measure of caution by those who are pregnant, as jasmine is known to cause uterine contractions.