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Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine

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Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine is one of two signature scents launched at the same time in 2014 by new perfume house Grandiflora founded by Sydney-based floral design artist Saskia Havekes. Each fragrance is an interpretation of the Magnolia Grandiflora flower. Both fragrances are stunners, but it is the Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine that grabbed my heart.

Magnolia Grandiflora, that medium to large evergreen tree that grows best near the seashore and is native to the southeastern United States, with its large white, lemon scented flowers is Saskia’s favourite flower and her muse. In an interview with A magazine she explains why: “…it’s the supreme purity of the rapidly opening flower of the Magnolia Grandiflora; the incredibly ephemeral nature of it - fleeting in its magnificence and lasting power. The subtle, yet very suggestive and perennially evocative fragrance…” She calls it her “heaven tree” and it was her first choice for a personal perfume. And nose Sandrine Videault, with whom she had worked and became close friends with, was her first choice to create it.

Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine opens with a dramatic burst of lemon, the scent of a fragrant magnolia flower opening, along with a sweet note of melon and hints of rose from pink pepper. The bitterness from grapefruit tempers the fruity floral aspects, keeping it light and ephemeral. Aldehydes give the opening the waxiness, that magnolia petals have, and rounds out the citrus notes. Musk smoothes and warms the top notes so that the fragrance smells, well, sunny. As it blooms, it becomes fresh and green, dry and woody and smells like being in a magnolia garden. There is a woodiness at the base, along with a marine-aquatic chord which brings a sea breeze to the garden. A note of sheer musk fuses it all together without compromising its lightness. The drydown is soft, refined and elegant.

Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine smells like standing in a magnolia garden, in the soft early morning of a spring day experiencing the burst of a magnolia blossom opening, catching its fleeting, magnificent scent before it is carried away on a sea-breeze. I cannot get enough of it.

Sadly, Magnolia Grandiflora Sandrine was the last fragrance Sandrine Videault created before passing away last year. What a wonderful way to honour a friend. What a glorious fragrance to wear.

Notes: lemon, grapefruit, pink pepper, fresh garden accords, dry wood accords, marine-aquatic accords, musky accords

Type: EdP

Parfumeur: Sandrine Videault

Price: $5.00