De Atramentis Jasmine: Ink Review

This week’s Monday Matchup featured De Atramentis Jasmine, a bright orange ink that is lightly scented. Since I was the artist, I got to spend a lot of enjoyable time working with this gorgeous ink. I love the color, the scent, and the flow of this ink!

Supplies Used:

Smear Test (Dry Time):

  • Slow– It takes 30+ seconds on Rhodia paper for this ink to dry. This is definitely one you’ll want to put to the side to dry.
  • This is a decidedly wet writing ink. You’ll want to use fountain pen friendly paper to avoid feathering and bleed through. If that isn’t an option, go for an Extra-Fine or Fine nib. 

Drip Test (Water Resistance):

  • Low– You can still see the color, but the lines basically disappear when it’s wet. When using it in an ink wash it looks great! 


  • High– This is a highly pigmented ink! 

Ease of Cleaning:

  • Easy– This ink will wash away without a lot of trouble. 


  • Medium– You can see some variation in the color, but not the intense color variation seen in some other orange inks.


  • Medium– This is a wet wet ink! You can see on the Moleskine paper just how much feathering happens with this one. I personally love a wet ink, so it worked well for me. 

Unique Characteristics

  • Scent– This ink has a light floral scent. I loved it- not overpowering and virtually disappears after it’s dry. I could smell it while writing, however, which was a pleasant experience.  

Packaging and Aesthetics:

  • 35ml bottle with Jasmine flowers on the label.
  • Utilitarian. It is a stand alone bottle with no box. 
  • Wide necked bottle making it really easy to refill your pen.

Inks similar in color:

I’m a huge fan of this ink. Orange is one of my favorite colors and the fact that this ink flows wet and has a lovely scent as well just added to the appeal. If you are using this for writing, not drawing, I’d say stick with a smaller nib on good paper and allow for a good amount of dry time. If you’ve ever been interested in trying a scented ink, I think this would be a great one to start with! Its lovely scent is calming and not at all overpowering.
You can find a 35ml bottle of De Atramentis Jasmine for $11 (currently on sale!) or a 2ml sample for $1.25 at Have you used De Atramentis Jasmine? What do you think of scented inks? 
Write on,
2017-10-11T14:38:00+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Ink Reviews|8 Comments
  • Tom Johnson

    Whoa! An orange ink splash, love it. This is a great ink review Madigan, you really made this ink perform. Love the art. All of these images are now on the product page, but it would be great if the link to this blog could be on the product page as well so customers could read what you say about it. Maybe not easy though. Thanks for another great ink review.

    • Madigan

      Hi Tom! That is a great idea. I’ll see if we can make it happen. I’m glad you enjoyed the review! I really like this one. 🙂

  • Sophia

    That pen is beautiful! And I love the colour of the ink!

    I love the look of all these red and orange inks, but unfortunately, I was taught at a young age that one does not write in red ink in Chinese tradition — the negative connotations are too steeped in history. To this day, I can’t bring myself to journal or write any correspondence in red ink. So I can only admire it from afar. *sigh*

    • Madigan

      Hi Sophia! You are bringing back memories of teaching in Korea and being told to never write a student’s name in red. I’d completely forgotten about that! Does it apply to orange or is it red only?

      • Sophia

        That doesn’t surprise me at all! I read into it a little after I posted, as I got curious as to why I kept being told that, and it appears to come from the historical use of writing the names of prisoners on death row in red, and also the red ink on gravestones. Which explains a lot.

        I love orange inks, but the moment they come close to a reddish hue a little voice in my head starts to nag. I just try to work around it by sticking with just bright oranges 😀

  • Andrea

    Hello Madigan, I really enjoyed reading such amazing review of De Atramentis jasmine ink. Orange color is my favorite and good to see an orange color ink review. I’ve not used De Atramentis jasmine before, so I’m very excited to give 2ml sample a try. Thanks.
    Best Pens

    • Madigan

      Hi Andrea! I’m glad you enjoyed the review. This was a different ink to work with- the floral scent is really nice and it’s so bright and wet! I think you’ll enjoy the sample. Let me know what you think once you’ve tried it out! 🙂

  • FraijoManda

    How pretty!