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Gardenia M. Micallef for women

Gardenia M. Micallef for women
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With a surprisingly fresh top-note, Gardenia fragrance is a deep, warm, mysterious and slightly earthy scent experience. Notes: Jasmine, Gardenia, Vanilla, Ambergris.

It is available as 30 and 100 ml EDP. Gardenia was launched in 2002. The nose behind this fragrance is Jean-Claude Astier.

Fragrance Notes

Jasmine Gardenia Amber Vanille

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Gardenia Fragrance Reviews


On me, it definitely has a sheer watery element to it.. the intense rich gardenia flavor is there but it's easy to wear. The water part makes me think of Marc Jacobs original, but this is all gardenia & no lily of the valley, so I like it more! I'm not noticing much amber, maybe a little vanilla, it does lean more sweet than green. I like how it smells like a real bloom floating on water!


This is a gardenia for gourmand lovers. The most prominent notes are gardenia and vanilla, very very rich. What I love about it is that it's not overly a flower bomb, like some perfumes of similar category can be, it's very gentle, feminine and you can smell the good quality of the ingredients. The package is absolutely beautiful, the bottle has gold Swarovski crystals on it, which a girly girl can really appreciate.
If you are gourmand and gardenia lover, this one is going to be the holy grail for you.


Gardenia opens very flowery, heaps of white flowers and some indoles. There is some sort of sultry, slightly powdery note in there that I can't identify in this mix. The scent develops even more flowery-- the ylang becomes stronger and I can clearly smell the vanilla in the base. The drydown is soft and gentle. White flowers on a vanilla base. The drydown-gardenia reminds me of the gardenia in Cartier La Panthère, with a slight tarry note.

Longevity is a bit disappointing. Sillage is moderate, but longevity is not as I hoped. Gardenia lasts only 2-3 hours on my skin.

The opening is amazing, but the performance is quite low. I wish the opening would take longer. Will definitely use the sample more often, but probably won't buy a full bottle.


I love the big beautiful opening of this perfume. Sadly, it doesn't last more than an hour or two and for the price tag, it's not a smart purchase... But, dang it, that first hour is exquisite.


I love this scent and since I got it I almost always wear it. It's feminine and unique enough to not resemble any other scents I ever had or tested.

The top amber notes are warm and almost overwhelming but once it sets down it gets cooler and flower-ier. I believe, this is the softest gardenia I've ever tested, nothing like aggressive Jo Malone's Vintage Gardenia or crispy-clean Chanel's Gardenia. Probably, it's just the right amount of vanilla (which I am generally not fond of) that compliments the flower notes and make the scent powdery but not dusty.

You'll never be unnoticed wearing this scent. Several times strangers would approach me with a question what was the perfume I wore.


The many different "collections" at the house of Micallef are a bit confusing to navigate, but this perfume, Gardenia, appears to be one of the "Exclusifs". To my nose, this is a big fat floral fragrance with a powdery facet reminiscent of some of the big fat floral fragrances launched by Bond no 9 over the past couple of years. Central Park South and Central Park West (not Central Park, which bears no resemblance to them at all!) come to mind as examples of super-floral compositions with a femme-d'un-certain-âge feeling to them.

It's a particular style which appeals to some but not others. In the mainstream, lower- price tier, I'd compare this to something along the lines of Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds but without the aldehydes. There is definitely a somewhat oriental feeling to the composition, which makes sense looking at the note pyramid, as it includes both amber and vanilla, but mostly this is a super floral bouquet. Gardenia looms large, but the jasmine and ylang-ylang are evident, and I almost imagine some narcissus, though that's probably because I'm thinking of the similar creations from Bond no 9, all or most of which feature big blasts of narcissus.

As this is a haute-niche-priced perfume, Exclusif Gardenia is not a safe blind buy, unless you already know that you like the big fat florals chez Bond no 9. Needless to say, you must also love gardenia. Other notes include sandalwood, musk, and peach, but this is not soapy at all, and after the big blaring opening, I found the longevity to be a bit disappointing.


Ok, I got mini from mister_chaz, how sweet~! This perfume is gorgeous! The most creamy, velvety, soft gardenia you can think of. The silage is not great, but the lasting power is very good. It smells innocent and natural, yet there is a seductive quality in it which makes me want a full bottle. I cannot sense any vanilla or ambergris, but I must assume these give the perfume its creaminess. It's so feminine, fresh and beautiful, unpretentious yet very classy. It just seems to elude a ladylike vibe, very aristocratic.
Edit: I wore it again, in warmer weather. It appeared quite strong this time, good sialge and lasting power too! Seems to intensify with the heat. It also became a bit soapy, which isn't a good thing for me.
Almost identical to Billionaire Boyfriend. So much that I am tempted to say.... save your money and buy that one instead. Except that this one has a gorgeous bottle while that one has a horrible one.


I've tried it!
But I still did not buy it, its on my must have list ;>
It's as I recall a very fresh floral scent, mostly gardenia... I don't remember the vanilla or the amber, I should try it again.. what I liked about it is that its a very soft feminine morning fragrance..
I hope I helped!
I will review it again once I've purchased it ;>


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Gardenia by M. Micallef 4.42 out of 5 based on 86 ratings and 8 user reviews

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