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.