Originally Posted by mikeperez23
What makes it 'feminine' smelling to you musclegod007? Florals? The overall effect?
Magnolia Romana didn't smell at all "feminine" on me. The sharp, peppery kick it packs makes it squarely unisex to my nose.
Here, by the way, is my full review, for those who don't browse the Directory:
Neither of the two earlier Eau dItalie scents Ive tried Sienne lHiver
or Bois dOmbrie
pleased me much, but I just had to know what Bertrand Duchaufour, master of dark, smoky incense, would do with an aquatic floral. Magnolia Romana
goes on with a blend of green floral notes and smoky (yes smoky,) nutmeg so beautifully calculated that I want to freeze the opening in place for hours. But after a few minutes an aquatic accord wells up to douse the smoke, and Magnolia Romana
emerges quickly and dramatically from veiled mystery to limpid clarity. Bright rose, crisp cypress, and ozone/calone notes blend into an accord that smells more of lotus than magnolia to me, while a very hard-edged cedar interacts with the rose to yield a nose-tingling peppery accent.
Its that sharp, peppery edge that keeps me engaged as Magnolia Romana
develops. Its bitter dissonance rescues the scent from the comfortable blandness that ruins so many watery florals. Another redeeming feature is an utter lack of sugar. Most similarly structured scents I know wallow in gobs of tropical fruit syrup, but this one eschews the melon margarita mix for a bracing shot of Campari.
Once it reveals its cool, bitter heart Magnolia Romana
remains linear for three or four hours before folding down into its cedar base. Though not a weak scent, it wears close to the skin, even when applied generously. Magnolia Romana
is not a scent for those who enjoy filling a room with their fragrance, but I can recommend it as a warm weather option for anyone who hankers after a sugar free variation on the aquatic green floral theme.26 June 2008