What is Magnolia?

magnolia treeMagnolia is a tree with over 200 different flowering species and belongs to the Magnoliaceae family. Fossils of 20 million years old have been found of this family. Because the genus of trees is so old, the flowers are pollinated by beetles, there were no bees at that time. The trees can reach a height of 20 meters and the flowers can get a diameter of 20 cm. The Magnolia Grandiflora is the most popular in Europe and is known for its wonderful scent and glossy leaves.

How does Magnolia smell?

Catesby Natural History of Carolina - Magnolia virginiana and Blue GrosbeakThe scent of magnolia is fresh and transparent with a floral twist. In the background, you can smell a hint of the green of the tree.
The twigs of magnolia when bruised give a strongly aromatic, often anise-like scent.

How is it used in perfumery?

An essence can be made from the magnolia flower by means of steam distillation. For 1 kg of essence, 5000 kg of flowers are needed. This essence can be used by perfumers to depict this beautiful scent in their creations.