Magnolia by Santa Maria Novella

Year: unknown

Notes: citrus, lily of the valley, magnolia, honey, musk

Comment: Eau de Cologne review

One has to admit that Magnolia was approached with some scepticism – fearing that the composition would be laden with overwhelmingly powdery aldehydes. Thankfully, one was proven very wrong.

With a sweet opening of either orange or mandarin, the green floral attributes quickly reveal themselves. One is also able to detect some lily of the valley, which perfectly complements the magnolia. While a subdued orange rind accord cascades throughout, its growing intensity is both soft and calming – never losing its honey-infused sweetness, even during its final soapy moments on the skin.

With reasonable sillage and good longevity, it's the best magnolia scent that one has encountered so far.