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Magie (1950)
by Lancôme


Magie information

Year of Launch1950
AvailabilityIn Production
Average Rating
(based on 44 votes)

People and companies

PerfumerArmand Petitjean
PackagingGeorges Delhomme
Parent CompanyL'Oréal Group

About Magie

Magie is a feminine perfume by Lancôme. The scent was launched in 1950 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Armand Petitjean. The bottle was designed by Georges Delhomme

Reviews of Magie

rbaker Show all reviews
United Kingdom
This is a review from a small vintage bottle, which was purchased in Southern Japan about fifty years ago; it appears to be a parfum.

Whisky - a delicious whisky is filling the room with a malt whisky-like boozy note that initially is endowed with a sprinkle of gentle aldehydes. In the opening stage I also get a dark lily that soon is underlined by a delicious rose, which has a dark tendency.

This rose glows beautifully, rich and intense but neither heavy or intrusively sweet. It defines the beginning of the heart notes, together with a jasmine impression that blends in very well.

The heart notes continue the jasmine and the boozy parts, including a fairly contained natural sweetness that fades to some extent over time, as does the booziness of the opening stage.

This results in the the base being only minimally sweet, and then it develops a pleasant violet that gives space to a very discrete amber impression; the latter constitutes the core of the base note stage now.

I get moderate sillage, excellent projection and seven hours of longevity in my skin.

This spring evening creation boasts ingredients of amazing quality - absolutely superb! The blending is beautiful too. Maybe the base is a bit pale but otherwise it is a very impressive scent. 4/5.
25th February, 2017
A beautiful old-fashioned chypre, combining amber and civet. It's a very warm and enveloping scent, not as complex as most chypres of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, but a good representative of where such scents were going in the decade of the 1950s, when the heavy, rich scents of the past were to go through a paring down, a thinning out.

Lancome's Magie Noire, which came out 28 years later, is now considered a masterpiece and I agree. It has little to do with the original Magie, being denser and richer with many more oils than the original.

I am experiencing an unopened (plug still in) half ounce of parfum, so am fairly certain I have the genuine vintage article. I am reminded of Charbert's Breathless and of course Coty's original Chypre.

A very lovely scent and worth investigating if you are a fan of chypres.
29th June, 2016
Such a strange scent... I want to call it unisex but I can't- like there's a woman living in it. Baba Yaga, from the Forests of Olde, once powerful, feared, revered, respected, and finally all but forgotten. Magie contains mystery, beauty, age, wisdom, poise, and wonder, but I can't shake an underlying threat in the mix, as though by wearing it I'm breaking a code or trespassing somehow. Whereas such abnormal sentiments would normally thrill me, coming from a mere scent, this one unsettles me, and while I can see myself enjoying it I would just as soon keep a safe distance.
Doubtless one to try, but not to own unless you live in a hut supported by chicken feet.
If that statement lacks sense I would suggest reading about Baba Yaga. Then buy a sample of Magie. Oh, to smell the old world.
31st March, 2011
Magie Conjours a esoteric mystery Opens with the darkest
and the most animalistic note of amber pure and unsweetened, Walking though a dimly lidded cave on a
nocturnal moment threads of Calligraphic Arabic verses
of gold Dangles with an Ethereal glow, Elusive jasmine
grows in the Rock's crevice elegantly grows on the on
the bare walls with sinuous beauty with it's leafy vines. I detect Civet in it's purest form adds to the
Dark Exotica of this scent Wisp of incense smoke pierces
though the utter darkness of the cave following the smoke until you saw where the smoke is burning from
a beautiful incense burner etched in the shape of a
dragon burns with the note of dry sandalwood, as the
incense burns your transfixed by the smoke dancing
revealing our Inner thoughts.

Magie is a dark beauty delighting in sensual pleasure
a bit of danger with Civet and meditation with amber.
21st January, 2011
I believe I have a vintage sample. Maybe many notes have faded over time. I am getting a very refined and pure rose. Not a Chanel rose, no aldehydes or jasmine. There is a resin-y pine note to lift the rose and also a wine note to darken it. So, the effect is middle of summer/middle of day rose. If I use my imagination, I might smell violets in there. It reminds me of Joy (but clearly Rose) or maybe a rose attar (but more balletic). Sadly there is no amber or musk to lengthen the ride...I just have the rose-y middle notes.
29th July, 2010
JDBIII Show all reviews
United States
This is a very unusual scent! It begins at Chanel No. 5 and there starts a continual, non-stop evolution until it ends up at Chinatown and then begins to disappear. My bottle is a vintage aerosol from the 1960's that has been in a box since forever. I'm not kidding. The Chinatown accord is unmistakeable. I ran around the house sniffing my wrist until I could place it and then compared it with my sample of Chinatown. Almost identical. If you like a classic scent that is always on the move, this is the one for you. I have not smelled the modern formulation, but I can't imagine it could compare with the vintage juice for complexity and surprise.
12th April, 2010

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