If I were asked to describe the Garden of Eden, I am sure that there would be many decorative and fragrant flowers in it, but a special place would belong to the magnolia. Strong and magnificent, and yet gentle and beautiful, its history is rich and long. Magnolia is one of the oldest plants globally, and it adorned the gardens of even the ancient Incas.
It was named after the French botanist Pierre Magnol. It originates from parts of East Asia and parts of America, but today it is grown worldwide. It is assumed that it gained popularity with its impressive appearance and its unique citrusy fresh, but intoxicating floral scent. Depending on the type of magnolia grown, the flowers’ shape, size, and color vary. The flowers are usually gorgeous, white, pink, or slightly purple. They are always associated with tenderness, purity, and beauty.
An interesting fact about the magnolia is that its flowers appear in early spring, even before the leaves’ appearance, as if it cannot wait to give this world a little beauty. It is not only people who are in love with magnolia but bees as well. Although they do not contain too much nectar, its flowers are full of pollen, essential for bees.
Magnolia has strong symbolism and is often associated with the nobility and beauty of nature. Men often give magnolia flowers to women to express their admiration for their beauty, tenderness, and femininity.
Magnolia bark and buds have been used for decades in Chinese and Japanese alternative medicine, usually as a remedy for anxiety. Due to its sweet, floral fragrant note with a dose of citrusy, sparkling fresh elements like champagne, magnolia is often used in aromatherapy. It encourages feelings of peace, nature, and tranquility, which is why it is gladly used in Chinese wellness centers.
Magnolia is the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi in the United States, where thousands of magnolia trees adorn state gardens and national parks.
Rare and valuable essential oil is important for the needs of the perfume industry. It is produced mainly in China and Thailand, and perfumers worldwide also use its sweet, floral and refreshing fragrant note. Essential oil is obtained from a species called Chinese magnolia by steam distillation of flowers previously hand-picked from the tree.
Magnolia contains a high concentration of linalool alcohol. This natural compound is considered one of the best as it promotes a sense of calm and serenity. For this reason, magnolia is often paired with hesperidic notes to create a balanced, fresh, and vibrant scent profile.
Thanks to its sweet, creamy, and light floral scent, magnolia has been used in the perfume industry for centuries. It creates an authentic aroma of a freshly picked bouquet in combination with other floral notes. Magnolia itself is rarely used because its fragrant note is too strong, and in blend with additional notes, it acquires a radiant and blissful quality.
During the eighties of the XX century, it was at the peak of its popularity in the perfume industry. Many famous perfume houses like Yves Rocher have continued this magnolia trend in perfume compositions, emphasizing its uniqueness. Acqua di Parma, a perfume house from Italy, also recognized this specialty and dedicated one of the most beautiful perfumes from their royal collection – Mag Nobile – to this stunning flower.
Perfume list with the magnolia note:
- Acqua di Parma Mag. Nobile
- Amouage Reflection Women
- Atelier Cologne Mag. Sud
- Avon Femme
- Bath and Body Works Mag. Blossom
- Bvlgari Irina
- Chanel Allure
- Dior J’Adore
- Estee Lauder Bali Dream
- Floraiku Cricket Song
- Frederic Malle Eau de Mag.
- Gianfranco Ferre In the Mood for Love
- Gucci Flora Glamorous Mag.
- Guerlain L’Instant
- Jo Malone Star Mag.
- Kenzo Eau de Fleur de Mag.
- L’Erbolario Mag.
- Lancome Miracle
- Lanvin Marry Me
- Lanvin Rumeur
- Mugler Show
- Versace Bright Crystal
- Yves Rocher Mag.