Grandiflora is a floral boutique in Australia. This year the boutique launched two different interpretations of magnolia-inspired perfumes, Michel and Sandrine.
Grandiflora Sandrine opens with sulfuric grapefruit with spicy pepper. To my surprise this one is all about the citrus – bright, spicy citrus. The heart is like a really luxurious laundry detergent – musk and clean florals. It goes through a stage that reminds me of gunpowder tea (smoky green tea). The dry-down is a stunning slightly-fruity musk that melds perfectly to my skin.
If I had “blind sniffed” this, I would have thought of it as a clean grapefruit tea. I would have never picked up on any magnolia references. Overall, this is a good “clean” citrus tea. Honestly, I would have thought it was a new perfume in By Kilian’s Asian Tales Collection (and it would have been the best one in that collection).
Notes listed include lemon, grapefruit, white pepper, fresh garden accords, dry wood accords, marine-aquatic accords and musk accords. Launched 2014. PERFUMER – Sandrine Videault
Give Grandiflora Sandrine a try if you like citrus florals. Or perfumes like Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis, Antica Farmacista Grapefruit, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, By Kilian Water Calligraphy and/or Tommy Hilifiger Tommy Girl. Because of the citrus and the freshness, I think this one would be a good perfume for spring/summer wear.
Projection and longevity are average (which is rather good for a citrus-heavy perfume).
Victoria’s Final EauPINION – A clean grapefruit tea. If you are looking for a magnolia perfume, I don’t recommend this. If you are looking for a grapefruit perfume, I recommend this. It’s a really good citrus.
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