Magnolia grandiflora is for many the glory of the genus; tall trees mantled with those startling blooms, shrouded in the fragrance of elusive beauty. Although the flowers fade so fast, to have and to hold their perfume is a gift. The abstract wish to translate a rare flower into an original parfum initiated a journey through seasons and to remote gardens. Finally, it led to the ateliers of the worlds most original parfum designers.
The story of this fragrance begins millions of years ago. Magnolias are so ancient their pollination required beetles. Bees, like humans, did not exist at the dawn of the flowers existence. Drawn to the ancient enigma, the Magnolia grandiflora tree of Michel Roudnitska’s childhood summers planted a seed. “I was so fascinated by this unusual scent I decided that one day I would reproduce it. It took forty years to fulfill this dream and the right person to launch it.” The meeting between Saskia and Michel in Grasse was a union of hemispheres and ideals: a dream of a rare flower finally allowed to open.
Madagascan Jasmin 50ml
This beautifully orchestrated fragrance joins Grandiflora’s suite of florals and is an encore for Michel Roudnitska, the creator of Magnolia grandiflora Michel. His artistry has again achieved, with great subtlety, a spiritual integrity that captures the glory and intensity of this almost devout white flower. His Madagascan jasmine interpretation may rank among the classics.
Queen of the Night 50ml
With unique insight Bertrand Duchaufour has thrown a noose of light around the fragrance of Queen of the Night. The flower that famously blooms for one night a year and dies in the dawn is simply one of nature’s most beautiful, most fleeting scents. Yet here it is; a captivating mix of memory and desire, of love itself without regret.
The delightful paradox of this native Australian is how such an unpretentious flower has a fragrance so valued and memorably vivid. Pollinated by just one type of tiny, day-flying moth, itself dependent for survival on the flower makes it one of the world’s rarest botanical miracles. This is Bertrand Duchaufour’s second composition for Grandiflora. With his legendary skill and insight he has touched the complexity of Boronia with exquisite hints of cassis and freesia, of sunburnt hay, hemlock and immortelle absolute. These and his other intrigues create a fragrance for the senses as well as for the engaged mind.