Citric woodiness, aromatic herbs and aqueous floral patterns.
Mediocre (or better un-original) fragrance not in line with the great ones from the same brand but appointed for all the lovers of the contemporary easy/aquatic (slightly aromatic, woody and floral) fragrances. Decently crafted anyway and thank God not too much sharply woody and dusty as many modern juices in the same clan. A first layer and many many "olfactory conjurations" pass through my mind; i figure indeed on my skin a tad of the vintage Trussardi Action Uomo (aromatic herbs, floral notes, in particular jasmine, musk, cedarwood, lemon) and of the new disappointing Trussardi Uomo as well as an hint of the great Coveri Pour Homme (ambergris/oakmoss), a whiff of the sharp/aromatic 1881 Cerruti, as much as a twist of Fissore Cashmere For Men and finally a whisper about Estee Lauder Pleasures for men all in a swirl of aquatic notes, deep floral patterns, astringent citrus, herbal aromatic/redolent molecules, a touch of soapiness and sharp woodsy notes. I feel by soon the cedarwood (aquatic and citric), the lemon, the aromatic herbal notes (especially the standout basil which is really notable throughout dominating and outlining the aroma) and a deep floral mélange, in particular jasmine (this one i feel rather than the tuberose), neroli/rose and aqueous flowers of the pond (peony?). The aqueous feel dominates all the run deep, citric, floral and aromatic till when a more woody/musky consistency starts to turn out its vibe (floral, mossy and woody). I appreciate indeed far better the dry down which is more dry ground also due the dry hay's vibe may be plus the oakmoss and with its touch of prickly spices (hints of pepper?) and virile ambergris flanking woods and musk. The base is masculine, comforting and warm with a deep (but soapy) floral/musky temperament. Longevity and sillage are more than good on my skin.
Pros: Well balanced and comforting.
16th October, 2013 (last edited: 28th May, 2014)
After an initial blast of neroli it calms down to become a Magnolia/Champaca flower scent. The Champaca flower has a beautiful scent, though being somewhat bitter green. It has a freshness although it clearly also has the sweetness of a 'white flower'. In the dry down one may encounter other florals such as tuberose and in the end it becomes more musky.
I'll give it a mild thumbs-up.
For me, it has two phases. The first one is quite good. It evokes a sunny field, through notes of hay and green herbs. The scent is not at all sweet and in fact I never get any floral notes. Here, it is arguably a masculine-oriented scent.
The second phase is a translucent, watery style. Perhaps a pond in a sunny meadow -- but not terribly interesting, not much distinctive character here. As the scent loses any herbal or grassy notes, the bottom drops out and there's very little left. An airy, slightly soapy scent -- that's it.
But on the strength of phase 1, the thumb will keep pointing skyward.
Whoever thought that Bertrand Duchafour's mastery lies within smoky orientals has obviously not tried MAGNOLIA ROMANA from Eau d'Italie. This is a beautifully rendered watery floral (as opposed to a floral aquatic) that is not only pitch-perfect but successfully conveys an Italian feel with its aromatic, herbal-citric nuances. The florals are fleshed out adequately without getting overblown, perfectly counterbalanced by the brighter elements, leaving the indoles lying just beneath the surface to sustain the intrigue.
I'd rate Magnolia Romana right up there with the best from MDCI and Kurkdjian. I'd wear it in a heartbeat even if it does veer towards the classical dandy side of unisex.
Notes from Luckyscent:
purple basil, lemon leaves, neroli, nutmeg, cypress, magnolia, Bulgarian rose, tuberose, lotus, ozone, aquatic notes, cedar, hay extract, white musk
Brilliant opening! It’s a strong floral-herbal aromatic introduction that pretty much stays with the fragrance throughout its run – ameliorated only by a gradual lessening of its intensity. After forty-five minutes it reaches a beautiful intensity. The purple basil is a potent contributor to the audacity of the scent – it dominates to my nose, but it is not the thin aromatically screechy basil that appears in so many older masculine fragrances. It has strongly floral, citric, and possibly spicy substance supporting its basil selfdom. I like it very much as an aroma, but I don’t care to wear it in public for the first half hour. To my nose the basil dominates so much that I miss the florals – rose, magnolia, tuberose, lotus – as separately identifiable notes, but I accept that they are there providing a soft floral texture to the attractive basil accord. I also miss out on the cedar and I don’t get a strong aquatic note, but the hay extract note comes though beautifully: It lends a needed earthiness to the aromatic dominance of the fragrance. The drydown is discreetly excellent… a softly aromatic basil / floral accord presented with a recessive white musk. Rather strong sillage at first, lessening to a rather long-lasting near skin scent. An ingenious fragrance…