Grandiflora is a perfume line created by an Australian florist. Currently, the line consists of two perfumes inspired by magnolia, Michel and Sandrine. My experience with magnolia perfumes is that none of them smell like magnolia. I thought that I only thought this because I grew up with magnolia grandiflora. There are different varieties of magnolia and it’s possible they don’t smell like what I’m familiar with. Grandiflora Magnolia Grandiflora Michel is not like a southern magnolia. Instead it reminds me of a Dior Diorissimo for a modern era.
Grandiflora Michel is a humid citrus-hued floral. After having my nose planted to my wrist, I realize that Grandiflora Michel is a lily of the valley after a spring shower. For most of the wear all I get from Michel is a dewy muguet. The heart starts to remind me of magnolia – lemon and heady with a milkiness. They key word here is “remind”. It tries to replicate magnolia with lemon, milky lactones and a “clean” jasmine but it’s not a realistic magnolia grandiflora. The dry-down is a white musk/white floral with a hint of grassy vetiver.
Grandifloral Michel is a pretty floral, almost too pretty! It reminds me of throwback lily of the valley fragrances like Dior Diorissimo. Because it’s one of those 100% “pretty princess” floral fragrances and because it brings to mind popular perfumes from the past, I see this being a polarizing perfume. It’s one that people will love because it ventures into being aggressively pretty and “ladylike”. Or they will hate it because it’s another pretty muguet in a world with plenty of pretty muguet perfumes. I do find it more modern in interpretation than what already exists on the market but I also think that the person that wants to smell like this is already wearing those classics and isn’t looking for something “new”. But, maybe they are?
Notes listed include lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, jasmine, ylang-ylang, rose, magnolia, vetiver, patchouli and musk. Launched 2013. PERFUMER – Michel Roudnitska
Give Grandiflora Michel a try if you like dewy spring florals. Or perfumes like Dior Diorissimo, Coty Muguet de Bois, Parfums de Rosine Le Muguet de Rosine, Jessica McClintock, Annick Goutal Un Matin d’Orage and/or Acqua di Parma Magnolia Nobile. I find this fragrance more feminine (I may think that since the perfume industry has been conditioning us since the 1940’s to think of lily of the valley as the most feminine note ever).
Projection is average. Longevity is below average. I also don’t find this floral cloying.
The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $180 at Indigo Perfumery. Samples are also available for purchase.
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – Ladylike lily of the valley. It’s a good perfume, but not really magnolia grandiflora (still searching for one of those!). Like I’ve already said it’s one that most people are going to dismiss as another pretty and proper floral; other people will love it just for that reason. Personally, I think it smells good but it isn’t for me. I like the idea of wearing lily of the valley but never do despite having them in my perfume collection.
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