The excitement of a new Frederic Malle release is so much fun, and Frederic Malle Eau de Magnolia doesn’t disappoint.
Eau de Magnolia was created by Carlos Benaim, with the intention of capturing the difficult to capture magnolia scent. He based his work on a study by Braja Mookherjee of IFF. He found that magnolia – ordinarily badly translated in perfume world – starts with a fresh citrus. That’s how Eau de Magnolia opens – bracing, crisp green citrus. There are softer notes that blend in and start to shape this magnificent magnolia. Woods and amber with a little moss and somehow buried in all of this lush woodsy green is a little magnolia. It starts small and blends outwards, incorporating everything that magnolia does, becoming bigger until it is the whole thing.
It’s really brilliant and subtle and lovely and something that I’ll be wearing all summer, along with Parfums DelRae Wit. It’s one of those fragrances that is much more than it seems. You could just call it a lovely floral, and it is all that, but it also laid out the scenery and the place and the setting and plomped that magnolia down in it, making it seems natural and perfect.
Boys, this one is for you too! I think this would be amazing on a guy, and many of you better be wearing it this year. Can I also just make a big, loud clap for Malle slowly working out unisex scents centered on traditionally “chick” notes and making them perfect for everyone. Portrait of a Lady was genius, and Eau de Magnolia is positioned to do the same thing for Magnolia that POAL and Le Labo Rose 31 did for the rose note.
Notes of bergamot, magnolia headspace, vetiver, patchouli, cedarwood, amber, and tree moss.
It’s available now at Malle boutiques and at Barney’s next week. Of course we’ll do a draw! I’ll give away 4 samples of this gorgeous fragrance to commenters drawn at random. Favorite Malle? And Why? I have so many favorites in that line, it’s obscene. En Passant, Vetiver Extraordinaire, Portrait of a Lady, Carnal Flower. Oh, it would be easier to list the ones that aren’t my favorites!