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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Magnolia Marks and Spencer
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Magnolia Elizabeth W
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Pure Moments Swiss Arabian
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Aurien Rubra Eudora
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Giallo Missoni
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Atlantide Micaelangelo
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Fleur de Sephora Magnolia Sephora
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Magnolia Imperiale Officine del Profumo
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Magnolia Avon
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Magnolia Grove Perfume Trio Phoenix Botanicals
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Field of Flowers Magnolia Blossom Philosophy
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Magnolia Demeter Fragrance
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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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No. 23 Magnolia & Pink Pepper Rituals
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Eau du Val (Magnolia) L`Occitane en Provence
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Tommy Girl Summer 2011 Tommy Hilfiger
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Agua Magnoliana Fueguia 1833
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Per Una Marks and Spencer
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I Love Ecstasy Dzintars
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J`adore Christian Dior
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Party Sentifique
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Eternity Love Calvin Klein
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Secrets to Keep Kiss Avon
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Fleur de Magnolia Evocative Perfumes
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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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Bright Crystal Versace
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Volare Magnolia Oriflame
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Be...Serene Avon
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Rebel Angel House of Cherry Bomb
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Merry Merry Pink Victoria`s Secret
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Mugler Show Thierry Mugler
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I Love Passion Dzintars
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Curious Britney Spears Britney Spears
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L`Air Nina Ricci
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In The Mood For Love Gianfranco Ferre
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Silk Zara
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Carmen Victorio & Lucchino
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Magnolia Yves Rocher
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Moulinette Soeurs Arabelle Anthropologie
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Femme Supreme Roberta Andrade
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Gardenia, Lilac & White Magnolia Nicolai Bergmann
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Magnolia Refan
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Miracle Lancome
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Far Away Bella Avon
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Ex Libris Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
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Zara Woman Rose Gold Zara
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Essencial Exclusivo Natura
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Zara Powdery Magnolia Zara
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Cabaret Ayala Moriel
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Magnolia Blossom Bath and Body Works
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Bombshell Seduction Victoria`s Secret
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Malena Fueguia 1833
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Maman Cherie Fragonard
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Love of Pink Lacoste
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So Givenchy Givenchy
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01 04 Magnol'art 3 Fragrance Republic
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Indian Summer Green Priscilla Presley
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L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
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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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Unzipped Woman Perfumer`s Workshop
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So Dupont Pour Femme S.T. Dupont
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Eau De Magnolia Frederic Malle
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No. 12 Le Cherche Midi
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Camellia Keiko Mecheri
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Casma Caswell Massey
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Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Special Edition Acqua di Parma
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Air de Fio No 6 Pupa
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Benetroessere Resort Etro
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Magnolia, Orchid & Mimosa Antica Farmacista
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Secret Arte Profumi
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DKNY Be Delicious Donna Karan
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Le Jasmin Annick Goutal
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Tommy Girl Summer 2012 Tommy Hilfiger
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Beverly Hills Polo Club for Women Air-Val International
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Magnolia Grandiflora Michel Grandiflora
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Six Scents 6 Preen: Teen Spirit Six Scents
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J`adore L`eau Cologne Florale Christian Dior
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Or Noir Lise Watier
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Sophisticated & Sensual Aromachology
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Magnolia & Mure L`Occitane en Provence
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Rare Pearls Avon
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Zara White Zara
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Shania Starlight Shania Twain
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Japanese Cherry Blossom The Body Shop
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Australian Wild Jasmine Lucy B
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Magnolia Nera Bottega Verde
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BHPC Classic for women Air-Val International
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Kalemat Floral Arabian Oud
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Sagittarius CnR Create
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Pure Love Al Musbah
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Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
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Freedom One Seed
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Rumeur 2 Rose Limited Edition Lanvin
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Shozan Black Princesse Marina De Bourbon
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Black Ink Giorgio Monti
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Eternity Summer 2009 Calvin Klein
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Very Irresistible Givenchy
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Allure eau de parfum Chanel
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Ralph Ralph Lauren
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Baby Phat Dare Me Kimora Lee Simmons
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Up To You for Her Avon
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Jala Calypso St. Barth
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Magnolia Petal Ayala Moriel
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Cereus No.3 Cereus
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Flor y Canto Arquiste
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Expressions by Reese Witherspoon: Live Without Regrets Avon
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Jeanne Lanvin Couture Birdie Lanvin
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Fontana di Trevi XII Acqua di Genova
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Joyful Escada
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Rose Splendide Annick Goutal
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Femme Avon
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Wild Berry Blossom Illuminum
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Reflection Woman Amouage
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Neiges Eau de Glacier Lise Watier
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Rose Miraculum
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Love MCMC Fragrances
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7 Heartbreaks West Third Brand
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L'Instant d'Un Ete Guerlain
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Holy Champa Antoine & Lili
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Flora by Gucci Glamorous Magnolia Gucci
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Tender Blossom Betty Barclay
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Pink Tonic Azzaro
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Eau d’Ivoire Pierre Balmain
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Hibiscus Acca Kappa
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Very Sexy Now 2008 Victoria`s Secret
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Aqua Allegoria Rosa Blanca Guerlain
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Halloween Fatal Rose Jesus Del Pozo
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Mademoiselle Fragonard Paris Fragonard
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Luz Victorio & Lucchino
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Alesha Rose Quartz Alesha Dixon
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Jazz Funeral Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Opera Classic Dzintars
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Savannah Magnolia Nomaterra
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Emilie Guy Bouchara
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Water Calligraphy By Kilian
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