Joseph Mul, pictured, shows off a jasmine plant. These fields have been in his family for six generations, and now they produce flowers exclusively for Chanel.
There's more to these plants than meets the eye. Although there are different varieties of jasmine, Chanel uses Jasminum grandiflorum for its scent. The plant is native to South Asia, so it doesn't grow well on its own in France's cooler climate. To make the plants thrive, the Mul family grafts Jasminum grandiflorum to roots of the hardier Jasminum officinale — which keeps the plant's roots strong and healthy while producing the fragrant flowers needed for the perfume.