Origins Ginger Essence: An All Time Favourite

by lyn on April 18, 2014 · 4 comments

in Fragrance, Origins

origins ginger essence

This is probably the sixth bottle I have used over the years. I’ve been a fan of the Ginger Essence ever since Origins first launched this spicy concoction back in 2000. I like herbal and spiced fragrances, and anything with ginger or nutmeg will definitely get my attention.

origins ginger essence

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime
  • Middle Notes: Ginger, Nutmeg, Clove, Coriander, Violet Leaves, Jasmine
  • Base Notes: Vanilla, Amber, Sandalwood

Just by understanding the fragrance notes, it’s no wonder I am drawn to the Origins Ginger Essence. Not only does it have a few of my favourite herbs, the base note is a wonderful mix of amber and sandalwood.

The first spritz is a tangy lemonade mixed with a hint of spice, and the ginger and nutmeg become more pronounced after approximately 10 minutes. To me, the scent is creamy gingery-nutmeg with a little bit of herbaceous notes peeking through, that is probably the jasmine.

After about 4 hours or so, when the scent has had time to properly settle down, the amber and sandalwood will start to come out. I get a bit more sandalwood, which is another favourite base note that I like in fragrances.

I find that the fragrance lasts all day on me but that’s only because I give it a good 5 or 6 spritzes all over. It’s not an intrusive scent and will fade gradually, but if I take a really good sniff, I can detect the scent lingering in the background.

I’m probably not doing the fragrance much justice with my description, especially if you don’t appreciate a similar fragrance profile. On me, the Ginger Essence is a creamy ginger-nutmeg with a slight bubbly lemony tang and dries down to a warm sandalwood. I also like that the packaging is neither fussy nor fancy and that it doesn’t take up much counter space.

origins ginger essence

I love this scent and I have to love it a lot to purchase it 6 times. It’s comforting, warm and spicy, just like a cup of hot ginger tea. I find it to be quite unique because there are not a lot of pleasant ginger-based scents out there. If you’re looking for something similar, I’d highly recommend taking a good whiff of the Origins Ginger Essence. Each 50ml bottle costs RM142 (I need to check and confirm as I cannot recall the price).

What type of fragrances do you enjoy and are you a fan of spiced, herbal smells? Have you tried out the Ginger Essence? Do share your current scent-loves.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sunny April 20, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Hey Lyn, I think I’ve sniffed this and I actually like it! I’m just not too sure how it’ll actually smell on me, since spices could go wrong on me (especially nutmeg. I don’t know why)! I’ll have to take a good look at Origins next time I’m in Taipei. It is unfortunately not available here in Belgium!
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lyn April 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

I think spices are generally tricky scents to wear. But the Origins Ginger Essence has a bit of sweetness and tang so it’s not completely herbal or too spicy. It’s a bummer Origins is not available in Belgium though, they do have quite a few lovely smelling products.


Ting April 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

whoa 6th bottle??! I do salute you! :D

Somehow I haven’t quite relate Origins with perfumes… hmm… Their ginger soufflé smells gorgeous though. :D And your descriptions of the notes are really acute! I wish I have sharp nose like you! :D


lyn April 25, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Yes, I go through perfumes quickly because I spray them quite liberally. I only like the ginger scent from Origins, the others smell a tad bit strange to me too. Having a sharp nose can be a curse sometimes because you tend to smell things you don’t really wanna smell.


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