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Gucci Glamorous Magnolia
Glamorous Magnolia is from the perfume house of Gucci and is described as
"The striking recreation of the Magnolia's silky statuesque flowers. Sensuous and compelling, the scent's freesia top note gives way to a heart of peony and magnolia and a memorable sandalwood base.
Glamorous Magnolia is a reverent homage to the flower's radiant freshness and smooth, velvety petals ."
I have tried a few of Gucci's perfumes and on the whole they are appealing to me usually and so when they created this new collection I was keen to try them.
House of Gucci is an Italian fashion house and this collection which was released in May 2012 was created under the direction of Frida Giannini.The collection is called Flora by Gucci Garden Collection. The collection recreates the five most important blossoms outlined on the legendary Gucci scarf designed by Vittorio Accornero for Princess Grace of Monaco. These five new editions are: Glorious Mandarin, Gorgeous Gardenia, Gorgeous Gardenia, Glamorous Magnolia and Generous Violet.
Giannini says of the Flora perfume collection '"Creating The Flora Garden collection allowed me to express the depth of emotions of every woman. Each fragrance is distinct, yet together all the scents embody the beauty and allure of this muse.""
PACKAGING AND PRICE
This scent comes in a hexagonal tall glass bottle with a transparent stopper. The perfume is a pale green colour which shows through the clear glass bottle so it is best to keep it in the box otherwise the light will affect the scent over time. I have no idea why they have made this green as Magnolia is either pink or white pink so pink or clear would have made more sense.
The box is very pretty and feminine with flowers and is actually quite classy and understated. The flowers are black and the box a white or pale creamy colour with green and black stripes on the base so a minimum of colours.The flowers look nothing like Magnolia but more like wild flowers however I actually like the box more than the bottle which I think is pretty ordinary for this price of perfume.
The scents come in 50ml and 100ml eau de toilette s and no eau de parfum is available. The 100ml spray varies in price from about £57 on line to about £70 in Boots and Harrods. The 50ml is £50 in Harrods and again cheaper in on line stores if you hunt around.
NOTES TO BE FOUND
Top notes: Freesia, green and citruses
Heart or middle notes: magnolia and peony
Base notes: musk, sandalwood and Mexican chocolate
Just looking at the notes you would think this might actually be a floral with a bit of depth but sadly this is not the case.
The initial scent that I can smell when I first put this on is fresh and green and a bit cucumber like and not a lot else at this stage. I also get a hint of watermelon at this stage and is really light with a slight hint of sweetness.
After a short while a little more sweetness come through but of Magnolia or peony I smell nothing of either of them. Both these two flowers are really pretty fragrant so how a perfume with these two notes in it can smell so little of any floral elements beats me.
The base notes are also fairly strong fragrances, certainly musk and sandalwood are very heavy strong elements but again they are hiding really well in this perfume and any hint of chocolate is beyond my nose to detect.
This light watermelon cucumber scent does stay with me quite some time but all in all I find this quite underwhelming and disappointing in its fragrance and its silage too.
The heart notes are no existent and there is no real warmth or depth from either the musk or the sandalwood and no creaminess from the chocolate. This is a very light and slightly sweet perfume that has little warmth or depth.
This is not a complex perfume in my mind. It is fresh, light and green. It is a perfume that I would be reasonably happy to wear during the day anywhere somewhere hot as it is so light and fresh and would be more like a body spray in its depth so it is better suited to a spring and summer fragrance .
It lasted quite a short while on me and I would say that about three hours later I could barely detect the scent on me. It is not a sophisticated heavy scent so might be more appealing to younger ladies although am not that young and do like the scent but just wished it hung around a bit longer as it isn't a cheap one.
I like a range of scents I different situations but this is really so light that it is more of a body spray and lasts not much longer than the Soap and Glory body sprays which cost about £6. Considering the price of this there is no way I would spend that amount on something so light and undetectable.
Some floral perfumes are too heady and one dimensional where this so light that it is almost not worth bothering with. It is not a complex scent as there are few notes but they blend and work well together and in a very light and green cucumber/watermelon sort of way and it just doesn't last long enough for me.
WOULD I BUY AGAIN
Well I didn't buy this I got a sample and if I could afford the prices that this perfume is selling for then I think there are many others that I would choose before this. I do feel it is very expensive and that I can find other perfumes that I like for a lot less money. So in short even though this is a fresh light feminine fragrance it is so short lived and grossly over priced for what you get here.
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A brilliant opening of buoyant freesia zest and green leaves yields to a tactile fusion of peony and magnolia / Sandalwood musk and warm chocolate lend sensuousness to a base that proves as lingering as it is addictive / Glamorous Magnolia celebrates the magnolia in all its guises radiant freshness velvet petals and an enduringly feminine sensuality / Glamour is assured / The Glamorous Magnolia woman is spellbinding in her allure / Confident charismatic she draws her audience in with a caressing touch /