When I was a young boy, my favourite spot for reading was in the magnolia tree in our backyard. I had a reading nook up high and a lower branch for swinging on with my sister. Dad made a rope swing which we used for climbing as well as swinging. The local florist had an arrangement with my parents to harvest the leaves, buds and flowers.
Magnolia is featured as a heart note in the Men’s Fragrance Derring-do by Ineke.
To find out more about this note I asked the perfumer, Ineke, for more information.
The Magnolia Note
Ineke Rühland: There are quite a few different varieties of Magnolia with fairly different scents, and some are not scented at all. The one that’s generally referred to in perfumery is Magnolia Grandiflora. These are very tall trees native to the southern USA, and we have quite a few of them in San Francisco lining our streets. They have huge white flowers that drop their petals one at a time, and they smell really great. The scent is quite fresh for a floral. I smell nuances of lemon and sweet melon. Magnolia doesn’t lend itself to extraction or distillation unfortunately, so the scent needs to be replicated with other materials. I used magnolia in Derring-do because I thought it went well with the fresh water and aromatic theme of the fragrance. Magnolia works particularly well in fresh fragrances in general.
James Dennard took a look at Derring-do recently in the post called A Fragrant Friendship.
Last year Jonquil was the new white. This year Magnolia is the new white. Tomorrow we take a peek at an upcoming release featuring this fresh floral scent. The new ‘fume is a collaboration between a famous florist and the perfumer who brought us Manoumalia. You can take a guess as to who they are in the comment section below.