WHAT I SMELL: Sud Magnolia initially reveals a bitter orange and soured citrus accord that’s ripe, juicy and fresh as well as a berried note that is green from the stem. Quickly, the perfume becomes warmer, like the citrus opening has been warmed in the sun. Still juicy, the perfume moves towards the more floral with a soft magnolia making its presence known. There’s a cottony freshness about the perfume which reminds me of sun laden sheets on a clothesline. The freshness of the sun, combined with the warm breezes fill the sheets with a warmed comfort. As the perfume develops, the magnolia blooms, but very subtly. This magnolia is a real lady, strolling through the hot sun under a parasol shielding herself from the blinding heat and light. Slow to continue her journey, Sud Magnolia begins to become a tad sweeter and once again feels touched with a dewy freshness. Eventually, a very subdued woody musk eases in to complete this stroll under the Magnolia tree.
Top notes : bitter orange from Seville, pomelo from Florida, blackcurrant from Burgundy
Heart notes : magnolia from Louisiana, Bulgarian rose absolue, saffron flower from India
Base notes : atlas cedarwood from Morocco, sandalwood from New Caledonia, musk
WHAT IT SMELLS LIKE TO ME: A stroll through the streets of New Orleans with the springtime Japanese Magnolias in full bloom.
THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE SUD MAGNOLIA: comforting, fresh, genteel
BOTTOM LINE: Sud Magnolia is a nice interpretation of magnolia that is fresh and soft. My only regret is that it dissipates quickly on my skin to a rather innocuous musk.
- Bone Rating: 3 out of possible 5 bones
- Scent: Floral Woody Musk
- Nose: Jerome Epinette
- Classification: Leans Feminine
- Expense: $125 for 3.3 oz. Cologne Absolue