Magnolia Nobile (2009)

Magnolia Nobile by Acqua di Parma
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Magnolia Nobile is a popular perfume by Acqua di Parma for women and was released in 2009. The scent is floral-citrusy. It is being marketed by LVMH.

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Fragrance Notes

Top Notes Top NotesBergamot, Citron, Lemon
Heart Notes Heart NotesJasmine, Magnolia, Rose, Tuberose
Base Notes Base NotesPatchouli, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Vetiver



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Bottle 8.0/10 Longevity 7.0/10 Scent 9.5/10
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Fresh cream bath on the hills of Tuscany...
Strange, but with all five floral scents from the'Nobile range' - rose, jasmine, peony, iris and magnolia - from Acqua di Parma, Tuscany always comes back to my mind.* Probably I remember similarly noble floral scents from my travels there. If I think back, I must have spent my most beautiful holidays in Tuscany, at least so far! Besides favourite places like San Gimignano, Pistoia, Siena, Lucca and of course Florence, I especially like the tranquility of the quiet landscape belts, which are far away from the lively cities that rarely come to rest. I like this hilly expanse, the silence that prevails there and I like the traditional wine regions with their old buildings in the typical Tuscan style. Sometimes, while roaming around by car, I discovered an old winery, still in operation, which had some noble hotel rooms and sometimes also a good restaurant ready for unexpected guests like me.

But I don't want to distract from the subject, therefore back to MAGNOLIA NOBILE... This eau de parfum resembles a delicious, creamy-fruity dessert of the extra class, on which decoratively a porcelain-like magnolia blossom shows off..... No, a more accurate picture comes to my mind: an invigorating cream bath that is taken outdoors in early summer temperatures in May. The ingredients contain flowers of various garden flowers, the sensual, oriental-looking tuberose is also clearly perceptible, next to it lemony, vanilla and something that smells of spicy wood and dark, red-brown earth... warming, mildly sweet patchouli can also be sensed. Such a cream bath gives refreshment, fragrance, comfort and elegance. But this elegance is neither stiff nor artificial; rather, it enchants with a vital naturalness that radiates something life-affirming. I imagine a four-footed, upscale bathtub standing on a hill in the afternoon of May, where the bather enjoys the breeze of a gentle breeze and the splendid view of the surrounding Tuscan countryside. A large magnolia tree, rich in years, with its strong, densely leafy branches provides the necessary shade and additionally scents the happy one from the air. The white-pink flowers open very wide in this soft light and from the petals, which appear as if they were made of wafer-thin porcelain, a pleasant yet persistently intense fragrance flows, the creamy-soft, bloom-pure fragrance of a magnolia. And quite a few leaves sail directly into the tub... what a beautiful sight and what a wonderful bouquet!

Not far from the hill is a grove of lemon and orange trees, whose delicious aromas are gently carried over by the wind. The bather turns her gaze to the other side and looks at the flower beds lovingly laid out by her neighbours, in which freshly opened rose buds with jasmine bushes are eagerly blooming. The air is filled with this mixture of buttery magnolias, fruity-wild lemons and oranges, the nerolig-flowery odeur of roses and the beguiling jasmine, which makes bathing in this magical place a great pleasure.

Soft patchouli resonates and the spicy scent of cypresses joins the fragrance actors that have appeared so far. No wonder, because at some distance seven cypresses stand dead-straight at an exact distance from each other, which stand out like black columns in front of the horizon. Soon the sun will approach the earth, will kiss the earth just where the cypresses are, then disappear for a few hours and reappear in the very early morning.

Yes, so is MAGNOLIA NOBILE for me - like such a soothing open-air bath in the late afternoon on one of the countless Tuscan hills. This unforgettable afternoon in Tuscany, which actually belongs to the realm of fantasy, becomes miraculously perceptible and somehow real for me with this perfume. Every time I spray MAGNOLIA NOBILE on, I feel a mild, creamy white-pink blooming magnolia full of grace, elegance and natural charm, which smells lavish under a warm spring sky. Delicious, green-orange veils of clouds rush ahead of the beautiful and in the wake I recognize vanilla sandalwood, warming, flattering, subtly sweet patchouli and the irresistible smell of cypresses after a warm rain.
Listed is cedar, but I smell a cypress, its green-yellow needles on deep brown, flexible twigs, wetted by a mild shower just before dusk. Orange is not listed in the fragrance pyramid, but I perceive more orange than lemon in the fragrance course.

This scented water also rests in the round glass bottle typical of this line of flowers, which captivates with its simplicity and elegance. When I stock up on some good sprayers, the fragrance lasts 4 hours so that others can also enjoy the noble magnolia. But even after 6 hours I still smell the very noble, creamy-citric magnolia soap clearly on my skin and enjoy it as long as possible.....
* Thank you, dear Couchlock, for sending me the samples the other day!
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Bottle 7.5/10 Sillage 7.5/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 5.0/10
Too nobile
In my city, for any reason, there are many magnolia trees. I mean, they are not originary from here (i believe they come from North America) but is one flower i have had around forever. In summer we always had magnolia flowers at home, one single flower in one teacup or any wide short glass. The water of the cup, after a couple days, was so strongly magnolia scented that i was trying to keep it in bottles, but it was always rottening soon and you could only use it for some days...

I really like the scent of magnolia: though intense and persistent, it is softly floral, milky and lemony at the same time, little bit sour... so i always wanted to find a convincing magnolia perfume.

Magnolia Nobile, as it is the trademark of Aqua di Parma (who normally features local ingredients from the Emilia-Romagna city) starts very citric. The lemon is very refreshing and bright, but not blinding, i find it enjoyable. The magnolia note blooms almost immediately, a bit aldehydic and heady first. The general feeling is (in this first stage) more a flowery classic cologne than a soliflore. I find the magnolia in MN to be rather authenthic, with this tart emanation along with the soft aquaeous flower scent. As the brightness of the citrus fades the fragance becomes more the soliflore i was aiming for. Magnolia is adorned by the fruitier facet of the rose, almost strawberry tinged. I don´t detect jasmine, but it could contain hedione. The tuberose is very soft and never competes with the magnolia, in any case adds depth. A lemony whiff stays. So far, great.

After a couple hours warm notes of wood and earthy vetiver arise. The floral notes are kept (the magnolia persists heroically and with it, a bit more noticeable tuberose but not a shiny one, and a bit insecticide rose) Then, although is well blended gets boring, and, hmmm, dated. Magnolia Nobile, after the freshness is gone, turns heavier, too proper, a little dull and old-fashioned.

I guess it is classy. And noble. I don´t hate it, i do not madly love it either, so lets leave it in a tie.
Sillage 5.0/10 Longevity 7.5/10 Scent 6.0/10
Lemon and magnolia
I was beyond excited to try this fragrance. I almost dreamt about it.

Magnolia Nobile does indeed start out citrusy and alcoholic, however the more it settles on the skin the better it becomes.

The magnolia is obviously a dominant note in this composition, however the lemony finish tends to override it ever so slightly. I was disappointed that the rose and jasmine were not as prominent. The woodsy notes tend to be the main focus in the heart and drydown.

I was honestly enjoying this delightful, Summery take on magnolia until it suddenly transformed into a big, strong, bathroom air-freshner type scent. Please don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, it's just not to my personal tastes.

The scent is very feminine, just not very young or lively. For such an expensive price tag and a niche label, I really did expect something a little better, perhaps more floral and rich.

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