Originally from China and Northern India, jasmine is an evergreen, fragile, climbing shrub with green leaves and small white star-shaped flowers, which are picked at night, when the aroma is most intense. The oil is produced from jasmine blossoms. Jasmine is extremely rich in esters, which can make up 70% of the oil. Esters are the most relaxing chemical “family” found in essential oils. Aromatherapists use Jasmine oils for their calming effects. Jasmine’s softening effect on the skin makes it a valuable essential oil for both face and body. A Perfect Skin Softener.