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 Elizabeth W
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Magnolia L`Erbolario
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Missoni Colori - Missoni Giallo Missoni
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Atlantide Micaelangelo
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Magnolia Demeter Fragrance
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Jazz Funeral Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
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Magnolia Imperiale Officine del Profumo
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Magnolia Grove Perfume Trio Phoenix Botanicals
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Fleur de Sephora Magnolia Sephora
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Field of Flowers Magnolia Blossom Philosophy
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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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Malena Fueguia 1833
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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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No. 23 Magnolia & Pink Pepper Rituals
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J`adore Dior
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Party Sentifique
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Eternity Love Calvin Klein
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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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Be...Serene Avon
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Magnolia Blossom Bath and Body Works
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Magnolia Yves Rocher
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Cabaret Ayala Moriel
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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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Carmen Victorio & Lucchino
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Silk Zara
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In The Mood For Love Gianfranco Ferre
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Moulinette Soeurs Arabelle Anthropologie
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Magnolia Petal Ayala Moriel
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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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L`Air Nina Ricci
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Miracle Lancome
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Ex Libris Tokyo Milk Parfumarie Curiosite
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Zara Woman Rose Gold Zara
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Bombshell Seduction Victoria`s Secret
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Maman Cherie Fragonard
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Far Away Bella Avon
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Rebel Angel Cherry Bomb Killer Perfume
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L'Instant de Guerlain Guerlain
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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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Casma Caswell Massey
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Unzipped Woman Perfumer`s Workshop
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Camellia Keiko Mecheri
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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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Valeria Valeria Mazza
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Air de Fio No 6 Pupa
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Alesha Rose Quartz Alesha Dixon
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DKNY Be Delicious Donna Karan
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Benetroessere Resort Etro
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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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Zara White Zara
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Magnolia Grandiflora Michel Grandiflora
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Six Scents 6 Preen: Teen Spirit Six Scents
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Or Noir Lise Watier
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Jala Calypso St. Barth
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Jeanne Lanvin Couture Birdie Lanvin
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Femme Avon
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Sophisticated & Sensual Aromachology
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Wish Upon a Star Sebastiane
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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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Allure eau de parfum Chanel
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Tommy Girl Summer 2012 Tommy Hilfiger
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Australian Wild Jasmine Lucy B
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Sagittarius CnR Create
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Magnolia Santa Maria Novella
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BHPC Classic for women Air-Val International
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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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Eternity Summer 2009 Calvin Klein
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Ralph Ralph Lauren
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Holy Champa Antoine & Lili
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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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Very Irresistible Givenchy
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Precious Moments Red Dream Oriflame
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Cereus No.3 Cereus
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Flor y Canto Arquiste
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Fontana di Trevi XII Acqua di Genova
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Rose Splendide Annick Goutal
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Wild Berry Blossom Illuminum
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01 04 Magnol'art 3 Fragrance Republic
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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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Odyssey Avon
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L'Instant d'Un Ete Guerlain
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Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile Acqua di Parma
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Hibiscus Acca Kappa
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Reflection Woman Amouage
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Very Sexy Now 2008 Victoria`s Secret
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Flora by Gucci Glamorous Magnolia Gucci
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Halloween Fatal Rose Jesus Del Pozo
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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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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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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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Pivoine Flora Eau de Parfum L`Occitane en Provence
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Secret Arte Profumi
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Password House of Matriarch
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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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L'Instant de Guerlain Eau de Toilette Guerlain
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Dolce Vita Dior
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Abril Victorio & Lucchino
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Eau d’Ivoire Pierre Balmain
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Oh Lola! Marc Jacobs
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Rumeur Lanvin
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Zen Gold Elixir Shiseido
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Lotus Matthew Williamson
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Scentini Nights Midnight Glow Avon
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Zelda En Voyage Perfumes
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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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Love for Her Annayake
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Gold Jeans Roccobarocco
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Adidas Originals pour Femme Adidas
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