Magnolia

lat. Magnolia grandiflora (Magnoliaceae)

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Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora (Magnoliaceae)
Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora (Magnoliaceae)
Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora (Magnoliaceae)
Odor profile: waxy lemony tinged floral, fresh and lush at the same time

Blooming Magnolias in the springtime are a spectacular sight. The magnolia family accounts for about 200 species distributed mainly in two regions: Asia (from the Himalayas through China to Japan, and Southeast Asia) and the Americas.

Magnolia was named after French botanist Pierre Magnol , the man behind the current scheme of botanical classification.

Magnolia is believed to be one of the most ancient flowering plants. Dinosaurs saw Magnolias blossoming. There were no bees back then but beetles, creatures three times older than the magnolia, extracted the magnolia’s protein-rich pollen, as they still do nowadays.




































Magnolia is a significant flower in Chinese and Japanese culture, and has been cultivated there for centuries. Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) has been the official state flower (emblem) of Louisiana since July 12,1900. Mississippi is known as the "Magnolia State," where Magnolia has been the official state flower since 1952 and the official state tree since 1938.

Magnolia Virginiana species from Virginia was the first Magnolia in Europe.  It was sent in 1687 by the English missionary and naturalist John Banister  to Henry Compton, English bishop and a great gardener of his day. Soon after discovering the American species, the Western world was introduced to Chinese Magnolias (Magnolia Denudata and Liliflora) and then to the beautiful Star Magnolia (Stellata) from Japan in the mid-nineteenth century. One of the most exciting discoveries was the "queen of Magnolias"-- pink Magnolia Campbellii from the Himalaya at the beginning of the previous century.
 
 
Some of the most popular and oldest Magnolia species:

Magnolia in Perfumes

 

Magnolia flowers are often fragrant. The scent is creamy sweet with a light citrus nuance (Magnolia Grandiflora). Magnolia is a common ingredient in floral perfume bouquets, and there are also several fragrances with Magnolia in a starring role.

                   
                     Magnolia by Yves Rocher


This perfume was made in 1983 and is now discontinued, but you can still find it on eBay. I bought a bottle produced in Morocco under the license of Yves Rocher few years ago.

Magnolia was a very popular fragrance, a heady floral composition, very intensive and crowded with notes in the bright style of the 1980's. Very possibly it is the darkest and heaviest Magnolia perfume, with a strong personality and an honorable mission to guard the memories of at least two generations.

It seemed so romantic just two decades ago, but as I smell it today I think how quickly and drastically our preferences in smell can change. Magnolia is hopelessly stuck in '80's, but it is still dear to me.
 

     


Magnolia Romana by Eau D'Italie

Magnolia Romana is the sixth fragrance in the Eau D'Italie perfume line. Like other fragrances in the line, Magnolia Romana is inspired by Bella Italia, celebrating Spring in one of the most beautiful and famous parks in Rome – Villa Borghese.

Magnolia Romana is a dewy floral composition with a lot of the ozone we detect after a brief spring shower. Shiny greenness is everywhere, and even the soil breathes with life. Spicy notes together with the bitterness of citrus branches make a picturesque background behind the soft floral notes. This perfume is not a magnolia close-up; it's a poetic landscape with a pond near the magnolia trees.

 

        
Magnolia Nobile by Acqua di Parma


Magnolia Nobile is the second floral aristocrat in the line after Iris Nobile, and was introduced in 2009. While reading reviews of this scent on the perfume pages, I saw many complaints about the citrus notes in the composition. I was lucky enough to smell a real magnolia flower in the park right after. It was Grandiflora, and it does smell citrusy.

Antoine Maisondieu recreated the creaminess of the flower, balanced with a bright citrus note very close to Nature. With a puff of transparent, powdery vetiver as a finishing touch in the base, the scent has a dusky, glowing, noble look.


Explore more beautiful Magnolias:




Magnolia by L`Erbolario

Magnolia Petal by Ayala Moriel
Magnolia, Orchid & Mimosa by Antica Farmacista
Magnolia Blossom by Bath and Body Works
Eau De Fleur de Magnolia by Kenzo (Fleur Collection)
Eau du Val (Magnolia) by L`Occitane en Provence
Magnolia Pourpre by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier

 

The World of Magnolias (Hardcover) by Dorothy J. Callaway
Magnolias: A Gardener's Guide (Hardcover) by Jim Gardiner

Images: Image of Sweetbay Magnolia by and (c)2008 Derek Ramsey

 

Author: Jeca (jeca)
Fragrantica Member

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Eau De Fleur de Magnolia Kenzo
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Rosa Bulgara Zara
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Magnolia Yardley
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With a Kiss Victoria`s Secret
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Wish Upon a Star Sebastiane
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Atlantide Micaelangelo
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Giallo Missoni
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Magnolia Imperiale Officine del Profumo
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Magnolia Demeter Fragrance
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Field of Flowers Magnolia Blossom Philosophy
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Magnolia Grove Perfume Trio Phoenix Botanicals
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Jazz Funeral Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Fleur de Sephora Magnolia Sephora
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Magnolia C.O.Bigelow
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Eternity Summer 2006 Calvin Klein
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Paradiso Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
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Cabaret Ayala Moriel
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Eau du Val (Magnolia) L`Occitane en Provence
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No. 23 Magnolia & Pink Pepper Rituals
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Tommy Girl Summer 2011 Tommy Hilfiger
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J`adore Dior
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Party Sentifique
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Magnolia Blossom Bath and Body Works
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Bright Crystal Versace
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Pure Moments Swiss Arabian
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Adidas 3 Extreme Pour Elle Adidas
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Vintage Peony & Fig Leaf Nicolai Bergmann
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Chloe Eau de Parfum Chloe
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Agua Magnoliana Fueguia 1833
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Volare Magnolia Oriflame
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Magnolia Yves Rocher
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Curious Britney Spears Britney Spears
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Merry Merry Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Magnolia, Orchid & Mimosa Antica Farmacista
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I Love Passion Dzintars
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Malena Fueguia 1833
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Eternity Love Calvin Klein
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Carmen Victorio & Lucchino
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Silk Zara
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Zara White Zara
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In The Mood For Love Gianfranco Ferre
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Moulinette Soeurs Arabelle Anthropologie
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Be...Serene Avon
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Magnolia Petal Ayala Moriel
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Femme Supreme Roberta Andrade
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Alesha Rose Quartz Alesha Dixon
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Gardenia, Lilac & White Magnolia Nicolai Bergmann
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Miracle Lancome
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Zara Woman Rose Gold Zara
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Ex Libris Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
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L`Air Nina Ricci
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Bombshell Seduction Victoria`s Secret
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Far Away Bella Avon
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L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
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Maman Cherie Fragonard
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So Givenchy Givenchy
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Indian Summer Green Priscilla Presley
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Love of Pink Lacoste
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Comme des Garcons 2 Flower Power Comme des Garcons
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Classica di Magnolia Pineider
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Rebel Angel Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume
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Unzipped Woman Perfumer`s Workshop
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Mugler Show Thierry Mugler
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Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Special Edition Acqua di Parma
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Jeanne Lanvin Couture Birdie Lanvin
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Valeria Valeria Mazza
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Air de Fio No 6 Pupa
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DKNY Be Delicious Donna Karan
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Benetroessere Resort Etro
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Camellia Keiko Mecheri
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Holy Champa Antoine & Lili
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Casma Caswell Massey
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Le Jasmin Annick Goutal
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Party Betty Betty Boop
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J`adore L`eau Cologne Florale Dior
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Magnolia Grandiflora Michel Grandiflora
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Six Scents 6 Preen: Teen Spirit Six Scents
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Femme Avon
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Or Noir Lise Watier
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Jala Calypso St. Barth
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Sophisticated & Sensual Aromachology
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Magnolia & Mure L`Occitane en Provence
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Japanese Cherry Blossom The Body Shop
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Rare Pearls Avon
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Eternity Summer 2009 Calvin Klein
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Flor y Canto Arquiste
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Tommy Girl Summer 2012 Tommy Hilfiger
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Ralph Ralph Lauren
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Australian Wild Jasmine Lucy B
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Allure eau de parfum Chanel
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BHPC Classic for women Air-Val International
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Sagittarius CnR Create
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Black Ink Giorgio Monti
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Shozan Black Princesse Marina De Bourbon
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Expressions by Reese Witherspoon: Live Without Regrets Avon
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Rose Splendide Annick Goutal
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Very Irresistible Givenchy
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Up To You for Her Avon
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Baby Phat Dare Me Kimora Lee Simmons
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Precious Moments Red Dream Oriflame
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Cereus No.3 Cereus
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Fontana di Trevi XII Acqua di Genova
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Wild Berry Blossom Illuminum
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Love MCMC Fragrances
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Rose Miraculum
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L'Instant d'Un Ete Guerlain
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Hibiscus Acca Kappa
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Reflection Woman Amouage
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Flora by Gucci Glamorous Magnolia Gucci
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Odyssey Avon
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Luz Victorio & Lucchino
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Opera Classic Dzintars
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Japanese Cherry Blossom Eau de Toilette The Body Shop
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Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum L`Occitane en Provence
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Water Calligraphy By Kilian
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DKNY Be Delicious Message Of Hope Donna Karan
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Tender Blossom Betty Barclay
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L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Toilette Guerlain
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Insense Ultramarine Blue Sky Givenchy
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Per Una Originale Marks and Spencer
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El Dorado Fueguia 1833
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Ocean Pacific for Women Ocean Pacific
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Magnolia Nobile Special Edition Acqua di Parma
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Corason Agatha Ruiz de la Prada
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Biagiotti Due Donna Laura Biagiotti
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Abril Victorio & Lucchino
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Dolce Vita Dior
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Oh Lola! Marc Jacobs
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Chelsea Flowers Bond No 9
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Zen Gold Elixir Shiseido
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Lotus Matthew Williamson
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Chloe Rose Edition Chloe
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Hamlet Carla Fracci
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Dance of Life Mary Kay
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Kirra Pink Pacsun
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Monti by Giorgio Monti Giorgio Monti
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Gold Jeans Roccobarocco
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Love for Her Annayake
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Adidas Originals pour Femme Adidas
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MAC Creation Hue M∙A∙C
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Amarante Louis Feraud
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