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The origins and culture of the magnolia
The magnolia is a gray tree with pink, white and cream flowers. These have the shape of a tulip or a star and adorn this tree that can climb up to 15 m in height. The magnolia is a plant belonging to the magnoliaceae family, itself comprising about one hundred and ten species. This one is native to Asia and North America and has several varieties. In addition, note that it is one of the oldest plants on the planet. Indeed, magnolias appeared even before beetles. Some species of this flower date back to 20 million years! However, those that interest us in perfumery are rather the magnolia Grandiflora or the magnolia Michela Alba, more recent species. This plant from the magnoliaceae family,like the tulip tree, takes its name from a tribute to the botanist Magnol in the 17th century. This tree is picked from May to June and then from August to November. Two types of uses are then opposed: that of its natural extract or its reproduction in the laboratory.
Magnolia in perfumes
The magnolia is a mysterious and fleeting flower. Nevertheless, its flowery, green and delicate scent has something to seduce more than one. Consumers seem to particularly appreciate its spring scent, reminiscent of jasmine. Some even consider it to be the new favorite flower of perfumers. Magnolia has an intense power of attraction despite its light fragrance. It is both seductive and voluptuous despite being a fleeting flower. Likewise, the magnolia is almost as close to a citrus as it is to a flower. It is endowed with great freshness as well as very present solar accents thanks to their somewhat vanilla facet. If the magnolia is, most of the time, extracted directly in its natural form, it can also be reproduced in the laboratory by the perfumer.Likewise, its stem is also used in perfumery, but its perfume is more difficult to use.
Among the many famous waters honoring the magnolia, L'Instant de Guerlain is a must. Likewise, this plant is also present in 1881 Lumières d'Été by Cerruti, in Agent Provocateur by the eponymous brand, in Bright Crystal by Versace or in Amarige Mariage by Givenchy.