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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Perfume Review: Eau d'Italie Magnolia Romana

A single, pale-pink magnolia submerged in a vase full of clear water...aroma of a pale-green stem, of fragile petals, of water itself...a minimalist and touching image...a Japanise silk painting...this, to me, is Magnolia Romana, Bertrand Duchaufour's new creation for Eau d'Italie.

The beginning of the perfume is fresh and slightly herbal, the scent of clean skin, of dew glistening on delicate blossoms, a translucent, elusive aroma. As the perfume develops, it becomes more substantial, as if materializing from the droplets of water and fresh air into a corporeal entity. It is tuberose and neroli that, in my opinion, breathe life into the almost-colorless blend, making it acquire a form that is far from voluptuous but is pleasantly smooth, creamy and soft.

The watery-floral overtones of Magnolia Romana reminded me of Duchaufour's new creation for L'Artisan, Fleur de Liane, which also features a (perhaps even more) generous dose of magnolia. The flower seems to be the perfumer's new fascination, along with other floral and aquatic-ozonic notes. If this is the direction Duchaufour wants to explore, taking a break from his incenses and woods, I am all for it. If anyone can make watery scents wearable and interesting, it is Duchaufour...Disturbingly, I have been drawn to the watery florals myself lately, and wore a lot of Un Jardin Apres le Mousson, Fleur de Liane and Magnolia Romana this summer. The end of the world is upon us.

Magnolia Romana is available at Luckyscent and Lafco, $120.00 for 100ml.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Тебе пойдут ускользающие )

9:57 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Не спится?

9:58 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Да уже поздно спать )

10:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been running around like a madwoman all day and Eau d"Italie sounds as though it could be the perfect calming antidote. It it's anywhere near as soothing as your description, Marina, I know I would love it!

11:04 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Marina...
Did you guys see that pig flying by?:)

11:07 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ох, не знаю... не знаю... Страшнее волка зверя нет. (Волк - aquatic-ozonic notes)Боюсь, что солнце погаснет раньше, чем я пойму, а уж тем более полюблю этого волка.
Но и тебя мне пока трудно представить в красной шапочке, прогуливающейся по лесу под ручку с этим волком. :)

11:17 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am wearing Paestum Rose today and loving it. I wasn't so taken by Magnolia Romana at first sniff but think it could be a creeper scent and will re-test. Thanks !

4:59 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Knowing that you liked FdeL, I'd say you might like this one too

7:48 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Yep, and there was blue moon in the background and a voluptuous lady was singing. :-)

7:49 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Женя :-)))
Видимо будет альтернативное окончание у этой сказочки. И жили Кр. Шапочка и Сер. Волк долго и счастливо. :-) Ну я так надеюсь :-)

7:51 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Paestum Rose was my favorite Eau d'Italie from the start, but the others have crept on me, as you said.

7:52 AM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, I have an aversion to water in scent also, but this description is so very attractive! I have not tried any of the Eau d'Italie scents yet, but am very drawn to Paestum Rose because 1. I love rose scents and 2. I cannot resist a beautiful name.

9:26 AM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

They are all very worth a try

9:28 AM EDT  
Blogger Billy D said...

Oooh, I assume the review of Fleur de Liane is forthcoming? I've been waiting on that one for a while. Of course, the timing seems a little off--shouldn't they have released it earlier in the summer?

9:47 AM EDT  
Blogger Beth Schreibman Gehring said...

OOOHHHH. this sounds lovely. I planted a magnolia in my mother's yard 21 years ago when my son was born. Every spring it bursts forth with the most extraordinary yet fleeting flowers. The fragrance is heavenly , something about it lulls me into a very quiet state of mind. To find it in a perfume would be the equivalent of laying in a beautiful hammock , sipping tea and dreaming the day away.

10:19 AM EDT  
Blogger TrippleJN said...

Beth, your story is lovely, and I could go for that hammock and tea.

August always seems to need calm and gentleness, even though I really love the month.


11:59 AM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I love Magnolia and I do love tuberose; perhaps the apres mousson treatment (I can't decide how I feel about the Hermes, once I tried it and it was wonderful, once it was like being smothered by a honeydew) is the way to go with some of these flowers without actually suffocating someone with them.

12:04 PM EDT  
Blogger Alyssa said...

You have reached the end of your transformation, Marina. Now no doubt you'll make a loop back to the beginning and we'll spend the winter in a glory of leather reviews from you... :-)

12:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I don't know if I personally will review, but maybe another PSt writer will.

12:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Aww, that is such a sweet story.

12:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I know I need calm and gentleness this August for sure :-)

12:41 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Here they are anything but suffocating. Ghosts of flowers I would call them.

12:42 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

You think so? I dunno, I dunno...the road to the beginning of the circle so to say might be a long one yet :-)

12:43 PM EDT  
Blogger elle said...

Am mesmerized by that photo. Love it! If it is the visual of this scent, then I know I will like it. Once again, I seriously suspect I have a sample lying around somewhere, waiting for me to try it. Those hanging things for my samples arrived - now the thing will be for me to *use* them. :-)

2:17 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

I've been looking at those too, but my problem here is the lack of hanging space for those thing. When I move, I will, like this: I will only move if I can have a room that I can use for all tings perfume :-)))

2:19 PM EDT  
Blogger TrippleJN said...

What hanging things for samples?...I need a system for samples, pronto. My "system" for storing them now has graduated from exciting little vials in my dresser to "it's leaking...put it in the basement!"

2:37 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

the hanging holder things meant for shoe storage.

2:38 PM EDT  
Blogger Flora said...

Wow, I really love Magnolia, and I admire this perfumer, what could be better? I will admit to some trepidation about "watery" scents but your description gives the impression that the watery notes in this fragrance are very pleasing. I look forward to trying it.

We have the big Magnolia grandifloras here, and their scent is sweet and lemony, and somehow both tranquil and sensual at the same time.

4:28 PM EDT  
Blogger Billy D said...

I'd love to review Fleur de Liane for you, Marina!

4:44 PM EDT  
Blogger tmp00 said...

I'd love to read that!

5:44 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

This one is certainly tranquil

9:58 PM EDT  
Blogger Marina said...

Billy, Tom,
I'd love to read both of your reviews.

9:59 PM EDT  

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