Splendida Magnolia Sensuel is a flanker by Bvlgari Splendida perfume line that appeared in 2018. Unlike its predecessors, Splendida Jasmin Noir, Iris d’Or and Rose Rose that were created by Sophie Labbe, known for very successful Armani She and Yves Saint Laurent Parisienne, Magnolia Sensuel is the work of Jacques Cavallier. Pictured as an ode to magnolia flower, a flower that doesn’t last for long but has an intensive aroma that seduces the senses of every living thing on this planet for millions of years.

Splendida Magnolia Sensuel composition is simple, floral with mild citrus and musk decorations, like the magnolia flower itself that has mild citrusy undertones. Sadly, this is where the success of this perfume ends. The only good thing is a faithful recreation of magnolia scent in the scent of the perfume and emphasizing the citrus tone by adding tangerine. Occasionally the perfume is too organic like the stale floral scent of the flower shop. The characteristic of a good perfume is to take the scent and lift it to artistic heights, give it some spirit and character, interpret it in a new, original way, make combinations that not only give us unusual way of looking at something we already know but sometimes open our imagination for ideas and harmonies we haven’t seen. Bvlgari Splendida Magnolia Sensuel failed miserably in this and many other aspects.

The longevity and the projections are Achilles heel for a number of Bvlgari perfumes. I personally don’t mind that. Not every perfume has to be like an atomic bomb whose effects can be felt through walls, space and time like Hypnotic Poison or Le Male. The lacknes of longevity and projection a perfume has to make up with originality, skillful composition and scent note harmony that make it a perfume and not deodorant or air freshener. In Splendida Magnolia Sensuel case, Bvlgari’s prototype flaws are not fixed and the result is under the average, prosaic, already seen boring, characterless, oudated…. I could go on like this for ever…tiresome and uninspirational perfume. Splendida Magnolia Sensuel is an unworthy surprise from the brand that gave us Bvlgari Black and Jasmin Noir. Magnolia Sensuel, in fact, is not SPLENDID at all.

[Fragrance notes] top notes: tangerine, orange blossom; middle notes: magnolia, jasmine; base notes: musk, patchouli, vanilla.

[Fragrance group] floral

Perfume creator: Jacques Cavallier.

[Perfume profiling] introverted 50% extroverted 50% rational 20% emotional 80%

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